An update, an apology, a plea...
Well, nearly a year ago ALL of you helped me get to here:
This "in production" thing still makes me feel like I’ve been crowned Prom Queen.
“So, Meghan, are you still writing?”
One of the teachers I hated the most in the 5th grade was my art teacher. He was a sanctimonious man who did not know how to speak to children. (I mean, we have all had jobs that weren’t ideal fits) Every time I brought him my work he would hold it out in front of him, nod his head and say, “I mean, it is a good start.”
This was infuriating to a 10-year-old unconcerned with “perspective in a city scene” and who wanted desperately to be excused to free-time coloring.
But, to a woman of a certain age, writing a novel, “a good start” is encouraging feedback! The very thoughtful folks at Inkshares have given me a lot to consider in order to make Eudaimonia better. They have also been A LOT more helpful than my 5th-grade art teacher. I like better and I am certain you will too. Currently, I’m about a third of the way through the second round of edits. My goal is to get them wrapped up before the end of the year. Either way, I’ll let you know :)
This experience is really a lot of fun for me. But your continued interest and support is like sprinkles on top of frosting! Awww, thanks, guys!
Until I have more to report,
To all who have supported me on the publication of my novel,
It is with great sadness I inform you that A Feigned Madness did not achieve the funding milestone necessary for the publisher to proceed with the project. It was a longshot from the beginning, but I decided to try because I thought the story was one that needed to be told. Alas, it won’t be told through Inkshares. I would, however, like to thank everyone there for giving it the support they did. In particular, I’d like to thank Janna Grace, Avalon Marissa Radys, and Adam Gomolin.
Mostly I’d like to thank all of you, dear readers, for believing in me and the book enough to follow me. For those who ordered, please know how much that means - and will always mean - to me. Inkshares will be processing your cc refund after the campaign officially ends 10/20.
I will most likely be pursuing other avenues with it and will keep you posted on my progress.
Dear friends and followers,
We’re at the three week mark for the Inkshares Mystery & Thriller contest, with 71 readers counted and 102 pre-orders. We’ve still got some distance to go, and about five and a half weeks to make it in. There’s been an issue in the past couple of weeks of orders not being processed as expected, so please check to see if "Cat’s Paw" is listed on your account bookshelf under "Purchased". I make sure to send out thank you emails during this pre-order process, so if you think you’ve ordered but received no thanks from me, that’s usually a sign that something’s gone wrong somewhere.
Meanwhile, there is also the Inkshares Horror contest, with its own host of entries. The one that’s caught my eye at the moment is "Ereshk", by Frederick Street which pits "an alcoholic ex-cop, a washed-up arms dealer, and a fugitive stripper" against a mysterious cult. I guess I’m attracted to it because it borders on being a crime story, and, well, you know me and mysteries.
I was recently in touch with J. T. R. Russell, author of "Wake Up Call", which was returned to draft mode after its initial campaign a year and a half ago. I remember being disappointed then, as I was looking forward to this story. I thought it had a certain Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams quality about it -- perhaps it reminded me a bit of Adams’s "The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul". Not to worry: Russell apparently still has plans for the book, and I would recommend following it in case he opens up a new campaign or does anything else with it.
In the meantime, keep reading, and have fun.
I am consumed with finishing MINE, and heading toward a self-imposed deadline of Oct. 31 (because, the synchronicity, one year since the end of the 2017 Horror Contest) for finishing the 2nd draft. Tightening up the plot, working through some continuity issues, building that arc. Strangely enough, Ruining Boise finds itself in 3rd place with 10 followers. The fact that we’re still in the top 3, but 240 pre-orders away from any chance of a Show in this thing gives me very mixed feelings. Clearly Gumshoe Rules has run so far away from the pack that he it’s a "shoe-in" for 1st. And Christopher Huang, he’s got the chops, and surely deserves Place. But maybe, with your support, we might be able to put together enough orders for Mike and I to get a deal with this project. One thing I can tell you about our discussions on the story is to provide pure characters in a straightforward Crime/Mystery trajectory. You might want to join in the fun, too, as the drama between Mike and I unfolds, the real story being can two writers of our specific temperaments actually collaborate to finish this book? If we can, it will be killer. And yes, location is important, think of it as another character...it’s in the fricking title!
Go now, pre-order, you are in control of our destiny. Feel the power. Toy with it, watch us jump and beg.
Good evening everyone!
Just a quick update for now, but if you weren’t already aware, Ereshk is now taking preorders, and is also entered in the 2018 Horror Contest.
Believe me, my friends and family are well aware and probably sick of hearing about it already.
I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone that has preordered so far, followed, left feedback, or just sent me a text saying "cool beans, man", Its all appreciated and means the damn world to me.
In the words of Hunter S Thompson: “We’d be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.”
We’ll all make it. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Can lightning strike twice?