Hello, hello, hello! So, for a while now I’ve been meaning to start a new regular blog series, one that would orient readers both old and new to the “big picture” of what’s going on in the world of what’s-Sarah-writing-now. My daily and weekly writing goals (posted on Facebook and Instagram), I think, do a pretty good job of showing what’s going on right now, and, of course, my Doings! posts include monthly progress updates. But I also want y’all to know how those daily and monthly updates fit together in the long term, which is the gap I hope this series — On the Taleweaver’s Desk — will fill.
On the Taleweaver’s Desk will cover four categories of projects, which I’ll explain once I get into them, and will include both projects-for-hopeful-publication and side projects that are just for me and my friends (aka D&D campaigns, because I like talking about them, they’re important to me, and they do take up a decent percentage of my writing time at this point). It’ll go up four times a year; I’m thinking a month into each season. (So, July, October, January, and April.) It’ll be posted on Light and Shadows, Dreams and Dragons, and here on my author site, so you’ll see it no matter where you follow me.
And now, with those words of explanation out of the way, let’s get on with the actual post!
On the Taleweaver’s Desk Issue 1: July 2021
On the Desktop
These are the projects you might find open on my laptop or desk if you took a peek at it during a normal day. They’re currently in progress and at the top of the priority chart.
Gilded in Ice (Bastian Dennel, PI #2)
What is it? Gilded in Ice is my next upcoming book and the sequel to The Midnight Show. It’s a mystery retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” and “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.”
Status: Waiting for beta feedback, working on preliminary formatting
Not a lot has changed with this project since my last Doings! post. I’ve started to get a little bit of feedback from some of my betas, which means I can begin thinking about what needs to be adjusted in edits. The paperback cover is about 90% done (I just need to adjust the spine width), and the actual content formatting is . . . well, I haven’t started that yet. But, since a lot of it will carry over from The Midnight Show, it technically isn’t completely yet-to-begin.
D&D Campaign: Defenders of Serys
What is it? Defenders of Serys is the homebrew D&D campaign that I run for my D&D group.
Status: Writing Season 4 and thinking of what to do during our break.
As a word of explanation, since this campaign started during our senior year of college, I set it up to run more like a TV show than your average D&D campaign, with linked one-shots and breaks every so often for me to take a break from DMing and get ahead on writing the adventures (thus the term “Seasons”). While we’ve shifted from the linked one-shots to a more traditional campaign format, we still take breaks every so often, and we’re coming up on one now. I’ve written all I need to get us to that break, and I’ve started prepping the first adventures for when the break ends. I have three in mind, and I’m very excited about ALL of them.