In many ways, June was a lot like May. I haven’t got as much done as I’d like, but at the same time I seem to have a lot of things on my plate.
I’m still working on SEO for God Jots. It’s slower going than I thought it would be, but that’s alright. It will pick up again soon after the middle of the month (more on that later). My blog output has significantly been reduced through all of the stuff that’s going on, but I’m okay with that as well for now. I want to have a great website that can really showcase what I do, and optimizing it is a big part of that.
The Dream Divide
Emily finished her notes, and I immediately went through and fixed the grammatical error, created some downloadable extras and, as of two hours ago, submitted the finished eBook to Amazon KDP. That should be up and available by the end of the week. Keep tabs on it here. This is another book in my Operation: Joy series. I would like to have one more by the end of the year, but with the focus moving back to the album, and then Elrik O’Dune, I don’t think that’s likely.
Speaking of… I completed a really quick teaser (using logos I designed, an After Effects template and stock music) for my Elrik O’Dune book series, which I’m still developing but should see its first book released in 2018 (I’m guessing in the Fall). This is not a series that has a true beginning and end – it’s more episodic than it is serial. But I’m really excited to tell some stories with a concept I refer to as “James Bond in a fantasy setting.” I don’t know how that will ALL look right now, but I’m in the process of developing maps, histories and an encyclopedia to go with it. I also wrote one scene as part of a screenplay (all my books start as screenplays for a blueprint), so it’s on its way.
The Art of Tactful Procrastination
I’m not going to lie. It is looking more and more every day like this album is not coming out this fall as I had planned. I’m a little bummed about that, because I don’t like setting goals and not reaching them, but for crying out loud I haven’t put out a real album in over a decade! What’s one more year right? The good news though: while the album probably will not be out until Spring of 2018, (which also pushes back a few other things), I do intend to finish a few of the songs for this Fall. I’m going to release a couple videos and singles far ahead of the release of the album, and I know exactly which ones I’m starting with! So, while I get to work on the 8th of 12 songs right now (not terrible, but could be further along) I will also be working on vocals and mixes for the two singles I want to push. I’m really hoping we will see that stuff come to life in October, and really get things moving and buzzing for a spring album release!
One thing that’s been taking up a good deal of time for me has been prep for filming the pilot for our web series “It’s Complicated”. Everything finally looks like it’s coming together but filming takes place July 14-17, and we still haven’t knocked out one last location, I think. I’m directing it, and I’m a little nervous, but it will be fun to watch these characters we created finally come to life. Once we’re done with that, I can get back to focusing on my other projects!