While we all wait with baited breath for the August 7th release of In Plain Sight, I have taken this opportunity to do a little update for Simple Musings (an eclectic collection of poetic thoughts on love and loss, life and death, nature, spirituality and so much more) as well.
To celebrate the gorgeous new cover art, I’ve released a Kindle version and this week only – it’s available for FREE!!
I’m not going to lie, in addition to poetry dealing with the grief and loss I experienced when my mother died, there is a lot of angsty love poems from the days before I was married. What? It was 25+ years ago… don’t judge me!! XD
So… on my way to getting IPS edited and completed for publishing (and continued work on the other two novels I have in progress), life sort of got in the way. I’d like to say that I’ve gotten it all back in order, but that is not the case in any way. But figured it was a good time to at least check in.
My youngest is autistic (if I haven’t mentioned it before) and a couple years ago his teenage hormones started to do what every teen’s hormones do – go all funky – except since he’s non-verbal and has very limited communication skills in general, it’s hard for him to understand all the ups and downs and craziness that comes with being at this stage of life (that often are even difficult for anyone to understand). So, unfortunately, he started having some pretty seriously aggressive behaviors which prevented him from continuing to go to school. With him always at home with me, it leaves very little time to work on writing. Hard to come up with witty sayings when there is someone interrupting you every few minutes with a need for assistance with something. So writing got put on the back burner for a while. The good news is that eventually most of us grow out of this stuff, so here’s hoping in the next couple years things settle back down. But until then it’s going to be really slow going as I continue to focus on my son’s health and well-being.
Thank you ever so much for your patience. ❤
Sorry been so quiet. This summer was crazy, and I finally just had to put writing projects on hold and just let the crazy follow it’s course, rather than risk my sanity trying to deal with it all. XD
Only managed about 20K words on DarkHarte for July’s Camp NaNo, but I’m ok with that. Got “part one” finished, rough state to be sure, but still pretty happy with it, and I know more or less how it ends. Just that pesky middle bit, to go. I truly hate middles. Also submitted another query letter for In Plain Sight (the process of which went much smoother this time), so hopefully something good will come of that as well.
So, other than that, it’s been a bit quiet. Though I’m still not quite ready to dive back in, David Evans, author of The Mistress of Dimmiga Berg, shared this wonderful article with me, and in turn I’m sharing it with you all.
While I didn’t model In Plain Sight’s Rylee on any specific person, real women through the ages have done similar to help in various war efforts and it appears that Maud Butler is no different…
A teenage girl from the Hunter Valley coalfields was so desperate to be a part of Australia’s war effort that she cut her hair, dressed as a soldier and stowed away on a troopship.
Her life is currently being researched, and hopefully will be told in full, but for now we can read a bit about it here – World War I: Teenage girl stowed away on troopship.