I am on the final chapter for Usurper. There’s an epilogue I’ll write next week (whilst on a plane headed East) but this is the … oomph! chapter. It’s been a long, hard ride for Usurper, but I finally feel confident with what I’ve done.

Several weeks from now I’ll hate it, that’s just the way my writer-brain works, but for now I’m confident.

Endings are … difficult.

I always knew where this book ended, I had a clear picture of that in my mind, but getting there and pulling out the details and digging deep into each character to present how they changed and whatnot …

Yeah, that’s hard.

Usurper is the third installment of my Sedition series. Trenna fans have been waiting a super long time for this one so it was important to me that I get it right. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that there is at least one more book – tentatively titled Warpath – and that there may even be another.

I’ll know more once I do the outline for Warpath.

For now, however, I will have Usurper completed by March 31st and will move into the edits for Dead Weight – the second installment of the Tapped series.

Why yes, I’ll be using Camp NaNoWriMo to really push my batoosh into gear when it comes to these edits. With any luck, I’ll have a completed 2nd draft of Dead Weight by June and then a 3rd revision completed in July and then … Polishing/Galley proofs done in August and then …

I hope to release Dead Weight the first Tuesday of September.

This is me throwing confetti for goals and deadlines. Now excuse me because … that’s a lot of work and I should get to it.

Nearing “The End”

By the close of this week I will have finished the edits on Tapped. I started this book two years ago for Camp NaNoWriMo and sent its second draft to a wonderful editor by the name of Gabriel Fitzpatrick. (Authors, if you ever see him advertising to do some work, take him up on it. He’s professional and he’ll infuse you with the belief that your book can conquer the world when it’s finished.)

My original deadline for completing these edits was the beginning of May, but I was still in school and things got a trifle crazy and an avocado bested me during a salad-making contest.

Yes, I’m talking about stabbing myself in the hand. And I’ll say it again — I really do know how to core an avocado. I was just in a hurry and wasn’t paying enough attention.

Still, the damage done to my hand in that escapade was extensive enough to make typing (a core element of the writing craft) really frigging hard, thus throwing my deadline back even further.

But I am not one to go quietly into the night.

Which is why the draft will be complete this week.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who has this problem but sometimes, particularly in the last week of a novel, I want to finish so badly that I actually have to coach myself to slow down. So this week is all about taking my time to get it right. These last two chapters include a space battle where the ship we’ve been traveling on for several hundred pages now finally gets to show us what she’s capable of, and resolution moments for a couple of subplots.

And if I don’t get both of them right then the entire book is a wash.

So here’s me, rolling up my sleeves and preparing for the week-long plunge into all things “climax” and “conclusion.” I’ll see you all on the other side.