Author News December 2016: New Release, Writing Projects, & Blog

Man, it seems like forever since I last posted here! Only it hasn’t been because my last post was in October when I released 2 planners for writers. But I do feel like I’ve been in a bit of a blogging/writing dry spell for the last few months. Or maybe it’s closer to two years now?

Anywhoo, I hope everyone had a great November. I know it was busy around the Beman household for most of the month as I tried to work into a writing schedule again while trying to complete my Christmas shopping before December 1st, we tried to finish the small jobs around the ranch in preparation for winter, and preparing to have guests over for Thanksgiving Dinner. The only thing that I failed at was finding hubby a gift. He’s terrible to buy for because he never wants anything.

Hopefully December will be less busy and stressful, but it’s not looking good so far. Oh, well. 😀

~ What’s New? ~

I know it has been nearly two years since I had a new release around here, but don’t get too excited, unless you’re a planner addict like me, then you are welcome to squeal and jump around like a mad person. I promise I won’t judge. 😀

Okay, now that that is done I have a small confession to make: I love and I hate planners. I love the idea of having one. I love using one. I hate that very few are practical for my life. So about four years ago I started creating my own because let’s be honest there are very few planners out there that cater to writers. Some of you might remember me mentioning it in passing.

In 2015 while I was talking to my lovely friend Ruth about my planning system, the idea for creating the Project & Task Planner was born. I loved creating that planner so much that this year I created a second planner, the writer’s Notebook Planner.

2017_writers_notebook_planner 2017_task_planner

If you would like to compare the two planners, you can visit this post.

While these planners are still works-in-progress, as I’m looking for ideas to add that will make these planners even more useful for writers, they are by far the best planners I’ve ever found made. I do have plans to publish a new edition each year and possibly add a third type next year. I believe I read somewhere that planners are usually released in September, so I’m shooting for a September 1st release date. 😀

Current Work-in-Progress: The Queen’s Rebellion Series

The_Scouts_Captive_1_webimageYes, I’m still working on this series. Mostly because I decided that I really needed a break to think some things through and I’m only now getting back to writing. Well, kinda.

I decided in October that I should read through my current writing-in-progress to refresh my memory about the story before getting myself back into the writing groove. The idea was that I needed to stretch my creative writing muscles and worked out the kinks.

The_Rebels_Bride_2_webimageAround book two, I stumbled upon a huge plot hole, and I do mean a really big plot hole. It only got worse the further I got in the story. I finally had to stop reading, and even though I knew that I should rethink the series, I took the easy why out and made a quick patch.

Only the patch didn’t hold. Actually, none of my attempts to patch the hole held for long. Some even opened up more plot holes. Talk about frustrating.

After wasting two months of my time, I’m doing what I should have done from the start: rework the series from the ground up.

The_Warriors_Lady_3_webimageSo this month is going to be a hosh-posh of re-planning the series and story plots for each book, adding a fourth book, changing Mina’s character arc, getting rid of a few characters I really don’t need, combining a few characters into one, adding a few characters I hadn’t planned on, writing any missing scenes, removing scenes that don’t work anymore, and revising the scenes I have written but no longer work properly for The Queen’s Rebellion Series.

Wow! That sounds like I am going to be doing a whole Hell of a lot of work. But I’m not, not really. Well, I guess I’m doing a lot of busy work for this series but it will be worth it in the end. At least it damn well better be worth it.  😀

Wishing you all the best,


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