ADRIFT AVAILABLE

I’m pleased to announce that Adrift, First Sequence in the Colony Series is now available for purchase!

I really enjoyed working on this story and am excited about the series.

I am taking a bit of a break from novels though I am working on a project that will be revealed in the next 6 to 8 weeks. I AM eager to get back to the novels and have plans for

  • Dragon Core
  • Ghost Games
  • Port Gallatan

I will also continue with other projects.

Stay tuned

LANDING PAGE: LESSONS FROM THE EDGE

I’m always happy when a project comes together.

Especially when a tremendous amount of time and energy is put into it.

With Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series soon to be available for purchase, I turned my attentions to Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army. To my surprise and satisfaction, the project finished far quicker than I anticipated.  As a result, I now have a landing page for readers and visitors to view.

There is still quite a bit of production work to be done before the book will be available for purchase, but I anticipate its availability within the next 3 to 6 weeks.

Stay tuned.

ADRIFT LANDING PAGE

Ah the joys of working from home when your neighbors are trying to find their way in the middle of a pandemic.

All that home renovation?  On the annoyance scale, the only sound more annoying than the sound of a compressor is that of a leaf blower.

It’s especially problematic when the one using the compressor doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing as evidenced by the fact it’s repeatedly cycling through like a portable generator on energy saver mode.  You know – because it’s not giving enough juice?!

My dad was a contractor.  I know my compressors.

Determined to get over the project hump I put headphones on, started up the Colony playlist, and went to work.  I’m proud to say the landing page for Adrift is ready for consumption!

Excerpt toward bottom of page.

I also finished the foundation for the Lessons from the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army

Release Spring 2021.

As I write this, listening to Death on Two Legs  by Queen, Night at the Opera.

And contemplating next steps…

Stay tuned.

ADRIFT UPDATE

“You know it’s bad in writing land if I’m doing housework.”

These were the words that went through my mind as I was vacuuming my bedroom this afternoon, after which I went on a bit of a cleaning spree.  

I despise housework.

It was only after I finally sat down 3 hours later that I realized it wasn’t that there was trouble so much as I needed to give myself a break.  I just got Adrift, first Sequence in the Colony Series back from the beta reader which means postproduction is in full swing.

I finished the book cover mockup yesterday and am taking notes for the “back of book” summary.

I have also been working on two other projects simultaneously.

They are related.

Though I’ve finished two books close together before I don’t remember resorting to housework to give myself a mental break.

I honestly didn’t feel that worn out but maybe I’m being preemptive.

I also may not be dealing with the writing thing.

It’s actually going well so why stress?  

I suspect a bit of what is going on is that in getting a nice head start on a few things issues I’ve been ignoring for – oh – awhile – are making themselves felt.

As in how about we deal with this?

I hadn’t considered how much writing can be a way to distract myself from other things.

At least not since the onset of Covid lockdown when I wrote three books in two months.

I’m going to try something a little different with this postproduction episode.  I’m going to allow myself to think about the item that seems to be the squeaky wheel of the moment while I’m doing the final edit of Adrift.

Final edit isn’t the most brain intensive activity since, with the story completed, I’m only doing a final check of grammar.

Who knows?  If it works out maybe this will be my new way of doing postproduction.

I anticipate having a landing page for Adrift up within a week.

Stay tuned.

ADRIFT FROM THE EDGE AND MORE

I am thrilled to report that I finished the updated draft of Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army.

Hard at work on Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series, Lessons won’t be ready for public consumption for several weeks.

Like so many things in my life, it’s been an interesting journey with Lessons from the Edge. 

After finishing the first draft, unable to find a place to put it that did justice, I set it aside – indefinitely.  An email from one Lamont Gates of Real Spiritual Talk Radio changed that.

And yes, there’s a synchronicity story behind that, one I will share at the end of this article.

I’m happy to again set this manuscript aside as I am able to turn my attention to other ongoing projects. 

It’s a nonfiction work which makes it a whole other ball of wax when it comes to intensity and body/mind/soul involvement.

As usual, I have a number of projects in the queue

Stay Tuned

A bit of Sci-Fi Magick at work.  I’m a synchronicity junkie.

Yep, there’s a story behind that as well.  It will be available via future article.

Back in 1997 I was introduced to Feng Shui by way of Terah Kathryn Collins’ book The Western Guide to Feng Shui Room by Room.

I’ve been hooked ever since.

I recently did a bit of what I call Feng Shui tweaking with a focus on various areas related to my writing interests.  Within hours of doing this I got the feeling I should check my email.

Which I had not done in awhile.

I had two emails relating to books I’d written.

One was Metatron’s Army, the other, Riding the Waves.  I replied to both.

To my delight, Lamont invited me to be a guest on his show so I could talk about the story behind Metatron’s Army and the role of the NDE and the Celestial Being known as Metatron in that series.  Because I’m a synchronicity junkie I saw the context in which it was meant.

And the likely nudge I was getting from the Universe, if not Metatron.

I circled back around to resurrect Lessons from the Edge.

Which I anticipate releasing by the end of April 2021.

hit the degauss button

So – time to hit the degauss button.  

This is my new way of describing the need to do an energetic reset between projects. 

I just finished a major revision of Adrift, first Sequence in the Colony series.

The beta reader hadn’t even finished when I asked for it back so I could edit/revise it.

This isn’t how it typically goes.  Normally I use the time the novel is in the hands of a reader to work on other projects knowing that when I get it back complete with feedback, I will look at it with fresh eyes and do any edits/revisions.

If I feel passionately about adding or changing something, I’ll write notes in a separate file and wait til I have the novel back before implementing.

For whatever reason this time I was unable to get a few open items out of my head.

I’d created a file with the notes, but it just wouldn’t let go so I asked for it back so I could work on it.

Over the weekend I did a major revision that included adding a little over 5000 words.  I did the right thing asking for it back.

Though I returned it to the beta reader yesterday.

In addition to fleshing out a couple of scenes I addressed an issue that was like a sliver.  It wasn’t keeping me up at night but as I went about my normal day, I kept thinking there was something missing.

There was.

Short a man.  When I write a series, I consider plans for future novels in the series while working on whatever one I happen to be on.  In general, this isn’t as big a deal with the first in a series as I can easily adjust subsequent stories in the series to reflect changes.  Still, I try to think ahead and lay the foundation for an easy transition from one book to the next.  

This is especially important to do for the characters in a story as opposed to the subplots that each book contains.

When writing characters I consider 

  • What is the role the character has in the story?
  • What is the role the character has in the series?
  • How do I ensure the character has what he or she needs to go the distance?

In the case of Adrift I found myself facing a unique challenge, the number of characters that would participate in an event.  I’ve never had to worry about this type of thing before so trying to address it was hard.

  • I wrote a general scene with the number of characters I thought worked then continued with the story only to circle back and change that number – twice.
  • I wrote in an additional character through a scene revision then cut the scene – also twice

The trouble stemmed from the fact I hadn’t settled on a definite number of characters.  

At one point I had thirty.  Then fourteen.  Then nine. 

Even after I settled on the final number I faced the challenge of adding a character in a way that didn’t disrupt the flow of the rest of the story which was “first draft” finished.  If I got it wrong, I’d have to rip a lot apart and put it back together.

Not a good time.

finally figured out a way to add the character unobtrusively.

Happy with everything I’d done I passed it back to the reader and scribbled notes for next projects.  

I’m the kind of person who likes to be doing so even if I’m not writing – I’m thinking of writing.

Recognizing the benefit of getting some mental rest between projects I may

  • Listen to music
  • Play FreeCell
  • Do housework
  • Do an Event Horizon Session
  • Take a walk

None of those filled the gap this time and while I don’t feel a need to go back to Adrift I also don’t feel pulled to the next task.

But I can’t do nothing.  I’m not wired that way.

Realizing there was a lot of creative noise buzzing through my mind I decided to hit the degauss button. Basically, I’m stepping back and looking at next projects from a high level view rather than the tasks that need to be done.

It’s like looking into the distance and admiring the whole rather than individual elements such as the sky, the grass, a tree, river, or house.

For now, it seems to be working to take pressure off.  

I’m not worried about what specific task I need to do next because I’m taking the time to get clearer on my plans as a whole.

So far so good.

SPRING = NEW GROWTH

Where sci-fi meets passion and passion meets the paranormal.

I am excited to announce new and expanded offerings in the works.  In addition to science fiction and fantasy readers will find plenty of paranormal fiction.

I have several new projects in the works including Port Gallatan material.

In the coming days and weeks, I will be relaunching Elizabethmaxim.com to reflect these cool changes

Visitors to the site will find

Scifimagick.  Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Traditional Science fiction, urban fantasy, and more.

The Psi Studio.    Ghosts and Psychics

Paranormal fiction and paranormal romance.

Stay Tuned