There is nothing quite like hitting the “Publish” button on a new book. I got to experience that for the fifth time in my writing career last night when I uploaded Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2) to Amazon last night.
This second installment of the Twisted Souls series catches up with Cameron, Samuel, Malcom, Bishop, and yes, even Marius and Chim, nine months after the events in The Soul Garden. You may remember that Marius and Chim were wreaking havoc in the Office of Souls compound creating a horde of soulless ones (aka zombies!). Well, at the point where this story picks up again, there are a whole lot more soulless ones out there. That’s not good for our heroes.
My goal with this series was always to write a zombie tale with completely new mythology on the origin of how zombies are created. There are some vague sci-fi elements here (a dystopian society, it’s set in the future, etc.) but I really wanted to create some complex characters who are forced to deal with some pretty scary stuff while fighting for what they ultimately believe in and are willing to die for. I don’t go for blood and guts (although there are some) because I like to play with the things that you DON’T see that can still get you.
I’m thrilled to share this next part of the story with you, and I can’t wait to hear what you think, so leave me a comment, shoot me an email (cege@cegesmith), or stop by my Facebook page.
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Every Sunday I go through the same set of motions with my writing goals. I review the upcoming week and I think about what I need to get accomplished and backtrack my to-do list from there. I realized today that I should be using the same philosophy for everything in my life that I want to button up on, because my life isn’t just about my writing (contrary to what my husband may believe).
One awesome way to
shame motivate you to accomplish your goals is to make them visible to other people. Not that anyone’s going to come rap your knuckles if you don’t do it, but there’s something about declaring your intentions publicly that makes things feel more real. Plus, an upside is that often you’ll find other people who share the same goal so you celebrate or commiserate together. (Accomplishing goals can be social and fun? Who knew??)
So in the spirit of sharing a little bit more about me, I’ve decided to share my weekly goals over the course of the next few weeks. I’ll do this on Sundays. Then the following Saturday, I’ll let you guys know how I did. If anyone else wants to play along because you see something on my list that’s one of your goals too, then drop me a comment and I’ll cheer you on too.
Cege’s Goals- Week of July 22nd
- Launch Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2)
- Finalize draft of Ageless- it’s due to my editor on 7/28!
- Attend 2 workout classes
- Walk 10,000 steps- put my Fitbit pedometer to good use
- Track my food intake for the week
- Read 1 book
None of this is hard or earth shattering, but all are things that I could struggle with if I don’t proactively keep up with them.
Even if you aren’t tracking to some of the things I am, I’d still love to hear what you are up to this week. Sound off in the comments below and have a great week!!
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