My Writer’s Update 22/10/2020

Standard warning – I write as PJ Silva and Kai Parker. We are one, yet we are many… Just, go with it.

This Week in My World

  • NUSA book cover design finalised
  • NUSA #DearMoon cover confirmed
  • Kai and PJ collaborate – but not really
  • Character Collective Podcast episode 6 goes live

NUSA Earth Book Cover Design Finalised

I wish I could show you now, but I can’t because of copyright. I’m waiting on delivery of images with copyright approval so that I can finish the artwork, and then, I’ll be flashing my baby everywhere.

NUSA #DearMoon Cover Confirmed

I’m super close to revealing the cover design for NUSA #DearMoon. The design originally came from a designer I paid to create the NUSA Earth cover but it didn’t hit the genres. However, it was a great design so I’ve changed it to the prequel book. I’ll reveal as soon as the designer has completed the title changes (sneak peak further down, shhhh).

Kai and PJ Collaborate – But Not Really

So, Mars Ball is a spin-off series from the NUSA Mars storyline. The idea was to take Mars Ball back to Earth, but it would still be for the unhumans. Then I thought, what about the humans?

iStrike is alive!

So, turns out that Sean’s brother brings it to the humans in the form of iStrike. Okay, okay, I’ll back it up. Sean is on the wolf Mars Ball team with Jackson, Weylan, and Marcy. He is a tyke (human raised wolf). Sean sends back video of his games to his older human brother on Earth who is on a sports scholarship at university. In the vain of BASEketball, one drunken night, he and his teammates invent iStrike.

iStrike now sets the scene for the First Strike Book Series by Kai Parker. BUT, it will have nothing to do with NUSA beyond perhaps a mention (maybe not even that). It’s completely stand-alone and in a totally different genre – MM Sports Romance. Yep, for reals. Go me/Kai!

Character Collective Podcast Episode 6 goes LIVE

We are already up to episode 6 of the Character Collective Podcast. Amaze balls. Kristy and I are both doing NaNoWriMo (well, I’ll be doing it as Kai because I’m writing the first iStrike book) and we’re taking you through the process on our podcast. Episodes 4, 5, 6, and 7 follow the NaNoWriMo preparation process throughout Preptober (aka October). In November, we’ll do our regular weekly podcast but also daily project catch-ups. Listen to our latest episode here:

The Character Collective with Kai and Kristy

Follow/subscribe for all our episodes and join us for NaNoWriMo. Click on your favourite podcast platform below:

Want to know more about NaNoWriMo? Well, this video won’t help that much, but it’s still funny, and accurate… Do’h! After you either laugh, cry, or cock your eyebrow in confusion, maybe head over to www.nanowrimo.org for the low down.

Kessler, L 2013, “Ask Lovecroft – NaNoWriMo”. Youtube. https://youtu.be/k-CmoVXWqH4

Writer’s Update

Overview of Current Series Progress:

Series TitleDraft/SeriesProject StatusNext TaskDue Date
NUSA (primary series)4/10IN ACTIONEdit NUSA Earth31/10/20
Blood and Bone0/3On HoldPlanNA
Awakening3/3On HoldSplitNA
Human Threads3/3On HoldSplitNA
Write Now Book Writing (with Kai Parker) 5/5Kai’sEdit workbook31/10/20
Path to Purpose (with Kai Parker)5/5On HoldEdit Book 1NA

NUSA (primary series)

  • NUSA Earth, the first official release from the NUSA series is now due out on October 31
  • Cover design has pushed the date out and still needs to be finalized
  • The first cover design has now become the design for #DearMoon – so that happened
  • NUSA #DearMoon is good to go – release date pending
  • Add NUSA Earth to your GoodReads List now for early access!

This Week in the World of PJ Silva

It’s been an interesting week. I hate to mention the dreaded C word, because it really hasn’t affected me as it has many others; but, it has affected my living arrangements. I’m a house and pet sitter with no fixed address. Aside from a 2 week sit, I’ve been relying on friends to house me since March and most of that time, I’ve been sleeping on an air mattress. I’m extremely grateful that I have a roof, a bed, and friends to take my ‘technically homeless’ ass in.

This week though, has been a little frustrating. I had a confirmed sit right on the beach that would house me through November. It fell through, which is fine, it happens, but the home-owner ‘forgot’ to mention it. Lol. Anyway, as is the way of the Universe, I was delivered another sit. Not on the beach, but surrounded by sports facilities – appropriate since Kai will be writing a sports themed romance. That all happened across four days so it was a mini rollercoaster and I survived but forgot to get the t-shirt, haha.

Hiding! Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Uni finished up for the session so I’m enjoying a few weeks off before it kicks in again early November. I should be heading off to my sit next week so a bit of packing and admin clean-up coming my way. Yay – fun! Haha. But I am looking forward to five weeks locked away in quiet. Who would have thought that in a pandemic lockdown, I’m craving peace and quiet? Gees. Kai is all planned out for Taking the field. Check out www.kaiparker.com for more updates about ‘her’ writing.


Thanks for Playing

Don’t forget to check out the Character Collective Podcast and follow the NaNoWriMo journey through November. Also, feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments. Let me know what YOU would like me to share as a writer.

Until next time – keep on reading!

PJ Silva

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