Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gang A-Gley Giveaway!

Posted by: Jeffe Kennedy

What happens when you just can't meet a writing goal or deadline?

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley.

~Robert Burns


I'd asked for this date on the illustrious Here Be Magic calendar - governed by the menacing and truly frightening Calendarzilla - because I'd planned to have book three in my Sorcerous Moons, fantasy romance series out around now. 

Like yesterday, even. 

Instead, I finished writing it the day before yesterday. This isn't the first time I've had to adjust a deadline, but it feels like the most egregious slip. When I had to push back a deadline by a month once before - also (not coincidentally) for the third book in a trilogy - it was for my publisher, who'd built in months of buffer to the production schedule. I knew it; my editor knew it (and was cool with it); otherwise it didn't show.

This time it shows and I feel sheepish about it. Maybe that's not a strong enough word.

See, I figured back in mid-August that I simply wouldn't be able to write this book in time. Part of it was tying up the story. The rest was... well, all those mice and men!  I started off great - I wrote more than 18,000 words the first week, at the end of July. Good words, too. They survived mostly intact to the draft I just completed. 

Then I had a couple of weeks of totally unproductive shite. I could go into all the things that did happen instead, but I'm pretty clear with myself that I make the writing a priority, regardless of what else happens. 

And, really, what happened is the dominoes that started falling back in February caught up and smashed down. It wasn't that I didn't make the time. I just couldn't produce the words.

For the first time, I believed that burn-out might be a real thing.

I hauled back, shed a few tears, spent a few days staring at the sky, and pushed back my own personal production deadline.


Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain.

At any rate - the big ratchet-back helped. I finished a story I owed Grace Draven for TEETH, LONG AND SHARP, which turned out pretty damn cool after all.

And I finally finished THE TIDES OF BARA. More: I'm happy with it. Just wait until you see the freaking cover for that! It's coming out October 29, so stay tuned for that.

In the meanwhile, I'm offering a giveaway of the first two Sorcerous Moons books. Comment here and tell me about a plan gone wrong, and I'll give a commenter those two novels in the digital format of their choice. Open to international!


  1. I planned to visit my sister last year for her bday. I'd asked her what she would like for a bday prez & she said "come visit!". I'd taken several days off work & my sis had made all sorts of plans where we would go. Then my father fell sick. We had to cancel everything.

  2. Oh those falling dominoes! I sympathize deeply. Calendarzilla here, no need to count me toward the giveaway :)

  3. flight got cancelled

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. First (and only) int'l business trip. Boss's contacts went cold b/c he was persona non grata. He could have told me!

    When I got back, I was honest, b/c he had always said to be honest w/ him.

    Lessons learned:
    Never drive in a foreign city
    Rum & Coke is better w/ real Cuban white rum (Protip: Keep adding rum as the Coke disappears--you can always top off the rum bottle w/ Coke)
    Discretion is the better part of communicating abject reality to your supervisor
    Keep your mouth shut and file it under 'story ideas'

    Cheers, Keith


    1. wow. just wow. but great takeaways! I'm making a mental note of the rum and Coke hack :-)

  5. Congratulations, Linda - you're the winner!! I've emailed you. :-)


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