Lou’s video diary entry

Notice – If you haven’t finished Book five, there is a bit of a spoiler in the video.

The video diary option was the clear winner in the poll.  Some of you made good points about making the diary available in book form, and I will at some later date.  This is a ‘publish-as-I-write’ project.  It may actually help me with background story for book six.  At any rate, here’s entry one.  The first part of the video is me explaining my plans for the diary.  The entry starts at about 2:35.  Enjoy!

Toying with a wild idea for the Oz Chronicles (you decide)

I’ve been shooting my mouth off about releasing entries from Lou’s diary as a supplement to the Oz Chronicles until I can get the next book out.  Actually, I’ve been writing it on Facebook and this blog so technically I’ve been shooting my fingers off about it, but I digress.   I made this suggestion in response to the numerous messages I’ve gotten from readers asking me when Book Six is coming out.  Much to the publishing industries objections (well, those in it that have read my books anyway), I’ve ended all the Oz books with cliffhangers, including Book Five.  Lou is in a pickle, and people want to know what’s going to happen to her.  The diary will hopefully fill that void until the next book is released.

I’ve got a list of books I want to write outside of the Oz universe, and I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a hiatus from Oz and writing something different to give my brain a break, but for some reason I think I can do this, so I’m going to give it a whirl.  But, I’m thinking of taking it one step further.  You see the annoying laws of brand awareness say I have to do more to get my face out there.   As someone recently described me as “creepy-looking” I’m not sure if that’s a great idea, but I’ve never made a concerted effort to do so.  It’s time I give it a try which means doing more vlog entries which means shooting, editing, and lamenting over how creepy I actually do look.  If you add my normal writing time to the Lou Diary writing time and then factor in the video production time, that comes to… a lot of freakin time.   I’m thinking of killing two birds with one stone.  My vlogs will be me reading an entry from Lou’s diary.  My plan would be to release one a week.  It sounds like the perfect compromise, but I’m sure I’m overlooking something.  Rather than jumping into this head first, I’m going to ask for your input.  Vote in the survey below and a week from today I’ll tally the results and abide by your wishes.