Today's blog post title is a word of many meanings. In terms of a problem, most often it means that things have been fixed, that they are settled and no longer trouble. The use in story-terms is related to this, as the conflict of a tale winds its way to an answer, though not always a satisfactory one. And then there's the timely meaning.
I mean, of course, New Year's resolutions, most of which get broken by January 15, if they last so long. Resolved: that I will lose weight, clean the house, find a boyfriend, etc... As nice as these would be, I think I'll be lucky to get the house to a moderately uncluttered state, and as for the other two, #1 is FAR more likely than #3!
However, there are some New Year's resolutions that I think I ought to make, and do my best to keep. Most of them, surprise, surprise, have to do with writing. Most of my long-time readers know that I've been working on the Dangerverse for nine years now, which means this year would be a very fitting one to bring it to a close.
In the realm of originals, I'm hoping to get back to Glenscar (happy Thursday, everybody!) as soon as I can get my mind around to it, since it does require a very particular way of thinking. Plus, Playing with Fire will need some extra research to be as correct as I would like it to be, which requires both reading and thinking-time.
I do have plans for the Trycanta side of things, but since this isn't Tuesday, I'll only say that Snowball is slowly settling into place and there might be another development there as well. We shall see. As for other novels or short story collections, I really can't say anything yet... mostly because I don't know myself!
So, in handy-dandy bullet point format, in 2014, I resolve to:
On the subject of Playing with Fire, as today is Thunder Thursday, please don't panic if the snippets of story I'd posted in September disappear briefly. I'm revising to make sure the book doesn't make people go "But wait, you said..." and will put them back up soon. Snarky comments on the changes, while probable, are really not necessary.
Also, a side-note to my brain: dear brain, I've already set up the order in which I want to release the Chronicles. Giving me scenes for Shadow's Dancing and The Highwayman's Apprentice is not helpful! I'm aware that my sister is champing at the bit to see Highwayman, but that doesn't mean you have to encourage her! Thank you.
In other writing news, my books have officially shipped from Smashwords to the website called Scribd, basically an online library with a monthly subscription fee, though they don't appear to be available to readers yet (I say "appear" because the search function is not the greatest I've ever encountered). More news soon, I hope.
Also, there's been some discussion on the Facebook page about donating copies of my books to libraries. I am slightly baffled as to why I would object to this -- I think it's a wonderful idea, and will be posting a "library combo pack" offer on Etsy shortly, for those of you who want to make such a donation and save some money while doing so!
Some of my books may be briefly unavailable over the next week or so, as I review and reload them to either add some features, fix a pricing discrepancy, or correct a couple of niggling errors. (For anyone who's already ordered Killdeer, congratulations, you have a first edition, complete with an editing mistake in the fourth movement!)
And I do believe that's all the news from my neck of the woods, so I shall post this and head off to do other things, possibly including writing. Please continue to pray or send good thoughts out for the safety of my cats, Poppy and Sesame, who are lost in northwestern Pennsylvania. Thanks, Happy New Year, and see everybody on Saturday!