The word of the summer just might be "progress." I am ALMOST done with OC Me. During the month of June I had three new beta readers go over the manuscript. Two of them I've never even met in real life (yup, I'm getting brave!) Due to their awesome feedback, the book has grown several thousand words in length, and become even stronger. My editor has been quick to go over the technical needs of the new scenes, and they are all cleaned up and ready to go!
The next items on my "to do" list are to: formally establish a publishing house/imprint, have the manuscript professionally formatted, and have the cover designed. I am planning on taking care of all of these this month (July 2014). If all goes to plan, OC Me should be available by the end of summer.
In the meantime, a new story idea has popped into my head and will NOT leave me alone. It is another contemporary YA story and I am in full-out research mode right now. My library notifications are going crazy and my pinterest board is full (but it's set to secret so you'll just have to wait!) I am refusing to go much further on the new idea until I take care of finishing up the fantasy series. SO...
What about the fantasy series? Totem and Summit have been on the back burner since earlier this year when I started the push to get OC Me ready for publication. Last weekend I spent a lovely morning sitting along the shore of Lake Michigan with my best friend and her boyfriend, (both avid fantasy readers) discussing a particular character, who will (for now) remain nameless. I took lots of notes and am looking forward to finally putting my attention back on that series.