Great; thank you for asking.
"Let us skip the pleasantries: it's 28 Nov; what have you accomplished for NaNoWriMo?"
As usual, much less than for that which I was aiming.
Aside from Cori's much-needed stay-cation, the month has been one of stress, grief, and darkness. Let me reel back the hyperbolic melodrama. I *have* been productive, just not on the original goals I had set for myself.
But I write this Announcement to discuss, as the Subject states, an underappreciated advantage to Independent Publishing: discarding a concept completely and starting a new one from scratch. I've been "working" on MMPR02 since mid-October. And while the original concept was--is--fantastic, it wasn't gripping my attention like Infiniti Eternia did.
"But Jessi! The Parallel Reality books are stand-alone novels, unrelated to one another! Besides: IE was your masterpiece! You mustn't pressure yourself to repeat such 'an inventive, non-easily replicated' book!" [Real quote!]
I agree. But the original concept for MMPR02 just wasn't 'sci-fi' enough for me. The Mercedes Mace series is really a detective mystery first, sci-fi/dystopian/alt-history second. I am a sci-fi-natic (If that isn't someone's intellectual property, I'm claiming it.), and I must satiate my need to consume and create sci-fi!
My new concept for MMPR02 may just be the shot of core-personality motivation that I need to work consistently through the winter months to come! It will definitely be out in 2017, but it may be more summer-months Q3 than the first-half/Q2 for which I was originally shooting.
The other publishing dates still stand:
MM04: "Happening to Me" Dec 2016.
YMM02: "Steps of a Ghost" Jan 2017.
MMPR02 (Untitled): Q3 2017.
MM05 (Untitled): Q3 2017.
YMM03 (Untitled): Q4 2017.
DMCD (Any): TBA.