Look, it’s a flower!
This post includes a little about life, more about REAM (and a new tier I made for it), and some other stuff.
We’ll start with life, because it’s been a while since I’ve posted about the nitty gritty. Please note I am not asking for any medical advice in this post. I’m sharing. That’s it, that’s all. I’m sharing because I want to. I don’t need (or want) assistance with what I’m doing, because what I’m doing is working at a healthy pace for me. I’m sure you’re super smart and have all the wisdom of the world, but let’s leave this dead horse alone.
After some really shit advice from my doctor, I ballooned up to about 200 pounds. This did not make me happy for a variety of reasons, including the fact I knew what would happen when he wanted me to try the diet. But, because doctors like him won’t listen until they see the consequences, I did what he wanted.
I’m now back down to 186.4 pounds (as of this morning) and slowly chipping away at the unwanted weight. I’m also working on rebuilding my endurance and getting into better physical condition so I can do things like hike in a pretty park without wanting to die because I dared to walk farther than… ten feet. (Yes, it is that bad right now.)
But, progress is being made! This makes me very happy. I’m taking the time to fix my health, because if my health is garbage, y’all don’t get books.
Which leads me onto the next little tidbit about my life.
I am, by nature, rather ambitious. I always want to do better. Failure was basically punished in school, and if you didn’t perform well, you knew it. I had to break a lot of bad habits.
Failing is how you know you’re trying and learning. If you don’t do something perfectly out of the gate, this should be okay. You can’t… learn…. unless you fuck some shit up.
Parents do a LOT of harm to their children expecting them to do all these things right the first time. This failure to healthily parent their children has life-long consequences.
Praise your kids when they fuck up because they tried something new. Encourage them. Don’t punish them for trying. “Do better next time” just says YOU DISAPPOINTED THEM. “This was a great start!” Find something to praise. Praise the improvement without punishing the attempt.
Society expects perfection… and society is fucked up and wrong.
Time perfection is required: brain surgery.
Time perfection is not required: any form of art.
Driving a car? You might want to encourage perfection. Cars are dangerous. Painting a picture? Hell no, stop the bullshit perfectionary garbage.
I have battled this all of my life, because being anything other than perfect was essentially punished in some fashion or another. (Often with disappointment I didn’t do things perfectly.)
A LOT of my friends struggle with this to the point they will not try anything new because of it.
It is a struggle with my books because I absolutely CAN edit a book to death.
Accepting imperfections is important. It’s also the ultimate show of kindness.
So, I’m chugging along at the REAM backlist catalogue. There are now two tiers, which go as follows:
$5: R.J. Blain backlist
$10: R.J Blain and All Pen Names backlist.
Everyone who has signed up so far for $5 is in the R.J. Blain backlist.
I am currently in progress of getting the R.J. Blain backlist done. The $10+ tier will be started soon. There are currently 11ish books available for the $5+ tiers. (I recommend staying on the $5 tier until January 1, 2024, which is when the $10 tier will start getting its backlist thing really rolling.)
I’ll post again when the $10 backlist tier is on the road.
So, why the split in the tiers?
Eventually, the pen name books will outnumber the R.J. Blain books. That was part of my plan the entire time. The second tier makes the library pricing fair to me (especially since it includes all of the R.J. Blain books.) This is me thinking forward about how I want REAM to work.
It’s much easier to set it up at the start rather than try to fix everything later. So, that’s what I’m doing.
January 1, 2024 will see the Royal States series start publishing in current series order. Vampire of Montana will be inserted into the appropriate timeline.
All Bernadette Franklin novels will be uploaded and published on January 1, 2024.
6-12 months after retail release, new books will be serialized into REAM based on pen name.
So, that leads to the actual behind-the-scenes stuff.
I have a list of 24 books (It’s actually 30 books, but I suspect 24 would be the absolute maximum I can realistically write/produce when just on a drafting/writing bender) that I will be working on as soon as A Light in the Dark (Audrey Greene) is finished. In reality, I’m working on a bunch of books right now, I’m just making sure my primary focus is on things that have set release dates. While I’ve mentioned, in a previous post, I have some ‘Hoped for’ dates, there are zero guarantees those dates will be used. In reality, I’ll play it by ear.
I’m trying to enjoy my work for 2024-2025, and if I only write ten books… so be it. Even if I only write three books, so be it. It’s a whatever goes. I LIKE being productive. I LIKE writing books, so I don’t see myself only writing three. (I would become SO terribly bored.) But if I need the time off, I’m going to take the time off.
That’s just how this cookie crumbles.
December involves the frantic preparation of Whiskers on Kittens. I’m trying to meet Apple’s ridiculous deadline for the book, but if Apple doesn’t launch on time, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. (Spoiler alert: Apple wants 20 days compared to everyone else’s 3 days to process.) So, if Whiskers doesn’t land on time at Apple, you can point the blame at them.
Everywhere else should be fine.
Tomorrow, I have to write the bonus material for Whiskers. That way, when my proofer gets back with notes, I will have the first version of the final ready for vendors. Wheeee~
I’ll be done Trickster King in the next week or two. I’m quite close to the end, I just need to have some more fun, games, and shenanigans first. It wouldn’t be a Royal States novel if there wasn’t something societally questionable going on in the book somewhere, and I just finished handling that bit of nasty business.
My current goal is 150 pounds. Once I hit 150 pounds, I get to plan a trip to Yosemite. Hopefully, by then… I will be physically capable of handling something other than the easiest paved trail.
Time will tell. Wish me luck, as I’m going to need it.