Hi! Um, yeah. Sorry. It’s been a while. But remember me? I’m still knocking around. Thing is, I’ve been kind of busy, but you’ll be happy to know that I’ve been busy writing, among other things, not just slacking off. Not exclusively, anyway.
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks. My office moved locations, so there’s been a new commute to get used to, and I’ve been working pretty hard on The Paper Flower after reexamining the whole enchilada after my last post. Now I feel a lot more settled – both at my new desk and at the keyboard at home – and things are pretty good.
The problem with The Paper Flower was that I was falling into the classic trap of the depressive megalomaniac: sometimes I get so wrapped up in my head, spend so much time poking and prodding my miserable feelings, that I give those emotions far too much power over my better senses, and I get trapped in my own sticky tar pit of woe and wailing. That’s something I wanted to examine through Sareisa and her world, of course, but it isn’t something I should be doing at the same time as my fictional characters.
So I’ve pushed past the worst of it, and I’m back to personal agency and adventure and treason and murder and all those good things. I’m about four-fifths of the way through my first draft of the first book, which is very satisfying indeed. I don’t know when it’ll be on the shelves, though. Part of me wants to write the entire trilogy before I release the first book, just so I don’t write myself into a corner and can’t change it because you’re reading the first installment already.
Besides, I’ve barely done any marketing for The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun at all, and I really need to spend some time on that. Bad self-published author. Bad girl. No biscuits for you.
Anyway, I just wanted to check in and assure you guys that I’m actively working on stuff, and feeling better about the direction I’m taking. I write way too many of these “I haven’t forgotten you, honest” posts, but hey. You’d rather I write books than blogs, right? Right? Right.