Several things going on right now.
First off, I got the chapters of The Musicbox Girl delivered to my amazing agent last week. She hasn't had time to read them over yet, but I hope when she does that they're all she imagined them to be. (Prior to this, she'd only seen my notes on the idea, which are admittedly rambling and disjointed. Seriously, someday, I'll post some of my notes files on novels for you guys to see, and you will marvel at how I ever managed to make it into something coherent.)
Second off, I was supposed to switch to working on JJD4 this week, but so far I've only managed to finalize what I think the title is going to be. Letting it percolate in my brain a bit, and when I'm sure, I may go ahead and commission the cover art, so that I could debut that at the RT Convention in May. Thinking, maybe having some bookmarks or something to give away with the new cover on it. (would probably do some kind of giveaway here too, for those of you who can't come to RT obviously) If any of y'all have any ideas in that area about swag you'd like to have, let me know! I'm new to this end of the authoring.
Third off, there's been some other movement on other things this past week. Can't tell you anything, because officially, nothing has happened yet. But I've made some crucial decisions, and I'm really feeling pretty good about them. Can't wait until I can fill you all in on the details.
Back to JJD4: I had said previously that I had about 7K words done on it, but as I started reading back through things, I realized that what I have as the current chapter 1 just isn't going to work. My first chapters are always flashbacks of some kind, and while the one I was writing is good, and pertinent, it's just not going to work out. I think I'll finish it anyway, and probably post it as a freebie closer to time to release JJD4. Just something to whet the appetite.
So, that knocks me back down to about 5K words. Not a big blow, but less than I'd had. Real life keeps interfering with my writing time, so this week has largely been a bust. I'll have to make it up as I go. Still want this done by May 1 (new revised deadline), before RT. That's the point where I'll have to start figuring out paying for editing, etc.
I will say, the self-publishing concept still really intimidates me, but I think it's going to be like so many other things in life. Once I get through it, it's going to be way better than I'd feared, and I'll never understand why I was so anxious about it in the first place.