Magick,  the writing life

Day 21: Meditation Challenge #DoMagick

Woo! What a fantastic day! I’m feeling energized and excited. Tonight’s before bed meditation will be to help me wind down so I can sleep. LOL

I started out the morning by doing my thirty-minute meditation and was thrilled when, by the end of the meditation, I felt ready to get to work. Could it be that with Mercury Retrograde winding down I’m finally seeing the full effects of this model configuration? I’m looking forward to seeing more…

Today’s Results: I actually finished Daemonic Prosperity Magick today! All those rituals I’ve been laboring over are now there! All the Daemons are there. I cleaned up the last chapter. The next step is for me to format the entire book, give it another run through (as dictation makes for some very amusing and confusing errors sometimes) and then send it off to editing and beta reading! That should happen this weekend. With any luck. my team of first reader Daemonolaters and my crack editors will be able to catch anything I missed. Once I make their corrections I can upload that bad boy. I’m starting with Lulu first, giving the first opportunity to people on my mailing list to get hardcovers or paperbacks.  Then you’ll find the paperbacks on Amazon, and finally, the ebook will come out, probably that first week of January or thereabouts. I’m imagining my time frame based on how quickly all my editors and readers can get through the book and get it back to me.

My next project to tackle is to finish the first draft of Falling From Grace. I am literally about 15K from done there. That’s a solid four days worth of work if I’m being conservative. So if I can have that done by January 14, and printed for markup I’ll be doing great. I am also adding editing for ETG into the schedule and I’m hoping all my markup and revision will be done also by the 14th. That said, while ETG is with the editors and beta readers, I’ll be concentrating on marking up and revising Falling From Grace. The plan is to release ETG the end of January, and Falling From Grace the end of February.  Still working out the details of the rest of the publishing schedule. I just know that Blackrose Coven, Illuminated Darkness, and Emily Ever After are next after these three and will all be finished by June hopefully. Then I can just move on down the list. Collaring Amy and Inherited Djinn would be next. Tiamat-Leviathan and Ashtaroth Briarwood, somewhere in there, too. With a goal of 40-60K each month, I should be able to knock a lot of this out in no time. I start a new writing + editing schedule in January. That means on writing days I do 10-20 pages of edits each day, and 2-4 hours of writing each day. My word count goals in January and February are 1500 a day so I have time for editing. I have to learn how to do both so that I can effectively get more done. On non-writing days I have to write my 1500 words, or I need to edit, or both. I haven’t decided how to work that yet. I’d like to do both.

Series’ I’m wrapping up in 2018 include Sorcerers’ Twilight, the OTS series (this doesn’t include the OTS Covens crossover), and my bestselling Gilded Lily Series. I’m ready to move on!  Next year I’m planning on completing the Tribes of Tara (with Keeping Kate), and Castle Sedgebrook. But Thirteen Covens will be ongoing, and people can still look forward to more Dalliances with Daemons, Djinn and Bourbon, and possibly some new series. I’ve been toying with a YA/New Adult trilogy about high school and college-aged witches.

I have learned the hard way not to schedule with the non-fiction just because sometimes I don’t know how long the work is going to take. With the magick books, it really depends on where my heart is. I have good intentions to write ALL THE BOOKS, but sometimes my inspiration there takes me in new directions. I’m still planning on the Sorath Model write up, the magick book for creatives, and Pre-Eminent Curse, but I have NO IDEA when they’ll be releasing. Only the Daemonic Divine knows. I’m very excited about 2018 and today’s productivity just amped up my excitement.

On that note – I am off to wrap gifts for the night. It feels good to complete a big project.

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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