Looking back over the last several days, I can see I’ve been virtually scarce. That’s because I’ve been in full-on writing mode (one of my favorite places to be). Chapters in my latest book are accumulating at a slow but steady pace. I’d love nothing more than to bury myself in the work and wrap up the story (so I can share it with you), but other stuff’s happening. And it’s also good and necessary. Today (in the 100th edition of This Week’s Accumulation), I’ll catch you up with my clutter, share a snapshot, and unveil the latest Tried and True chibi! Come and see!
This week’s accumulation:
♦ First off, I want to thank you all again for taking part in Baird’s birthday celebrations. A nice, fat batch of MULTI-colored mail went out yesterday. Enjoy!
**I still need to hear from two party-goers to confirm your mailing addresses: Lorayn & The Bookworm. Email me at christa [dot] kinde [at] gmail [dot] com.
♦ The next celebration is only one week away! We’ll be marking the book birthday of #3 in the Threshold Series on Friday, August 22. There’ll be limited edition postcards printed up special for the occasion, behind-the-scenes gossip, a full-blown Q&A session, news about upcoming stories, and the grand prize: an author-annotated copy of The Broken Window. Plan to drop in and take part!
♦ I’m working on that Threshold Series sequel for you, but I’m also gearing up for the release of three new Byways books. That’s the fantasy series I’m writing under my maiden name, C. J. Milbrandt. The books follow the adventures of three brothers who are racing across their homeland. At each waypoint along the way, they have to stamp in with their personal seals and send a report back home. One of the fun things Byways readers can do to play along is to stamp in to my virtual Waypoint Log. Do you want to be added? My daughter and I would love to create a stamp for you and your hometown!
On a related note, back in July, I made review copies of On Your Marks available to folks who wanted to give the series starter a whirl and post a review. If you’re willing and able to support me in this way, I’d value your honest opinion. These are digital books, gifted through Amazon. Email me: christa [dot] kinde [at] gmail [dot] com.
♦ There’s travel in my near future, and that means … postcards! If you’d like me to drop you a note while I’m in my hometown, be sure to join my mailing list. More about my upcoming Minnesota trip in next week’s post. // And hey, speaking of hometowns and stamps, here’s how mine looks in the Byways Waypoint Log:
♦ Angel on High, Part 6: “First and Foremost” became available this week. Are you following this monthly serial in my column at Christian Fiction Online Magazine? Story Summary: As the newest member of his order, Koji is eager to learn what it means to be an Observer. But looking and listening lead to trouble when he spots danger and overhears secrets. Heaven’s archivists weren’t made for battle, but Koji will need a warrior’s courage to be ready for the unusual plans God has for him. This serial in ten parts is a prequel to Christa Kinde’s Threshold Series [Zonderkidz].
Angels may live without end, but there is only One
with no beginning and no end. Every angel remembers
his beginning. And among the vast hosts of heaven,
there are those who remember Time’s beginning.
These oldest of angels are known as the First.
—excerpted from Angel on High, Part 6: “First and Foremost”
♦ Tried and True reached Chapter 200 this morning. Just like Rough and Tumble, it’s scheduled to wrap up with Chapter 300, which will take us right to the end of this year. To help celebrate this story, I have my good friend Terri working her way through the cast, creating chibis. Eventually, I’ll pull them together on a cast page for the story. Who’s up this week? Asaph!
So what’s cluttering up your desktop? Do tell!