Often when I'm trying to think of something to write for the website, I find myself attempting to work up sage writing advice or a smattering of photos I've taken recently. But let's be honest: I'm not the best at writing advice--I mean, I can give it, same as any other author, but I feel as if every writer is his or her own person, a voice special and unique. Giving advice to a one-of-a-kind individual is hard. That's not to say I don't glean from other writers myself--I do. But when I start talking about writing, I often--very well, always ramble into a sub-universe of characters and plot lines that leave people scratching their heads.
Plus, there are a million other authors out there who have written much more than I, some of whom even have self-help books. Stephen King, Donald Maass, Deb Dixon...amazing.
As for the photos...I wish I snapped more. Something tells me I'm gonna regret that someday.
For this post, however, I wanted to give a brief little shoutout that is half business/half personal and a healthy, doughy mixture of both. For the cup and a half of business, I'm extremely pleased to announce that, one, I will be doing a joint signing with fantasy author Lela Robichaux at another Geek Fair next month (details via the "Events" tab) and, two, the next book in the Symbolon series will be coming out in early May. Double-bonus. Oh, and, three...Netflix has proposed an adaption of The Other Half: The Symbolon Series Book One to be released in Summer 2019.
Just kidding about that last part. I almost had myself there.
Moving on. The for real tres is the marvelous response we've received for The Other Half. As my first YA release, to say I was scared and skeptical and eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food every other day would be putting it completely and unequivocally accurately. (Good HEAVENS that was a lot of -ly words; my senior English teacher will have a conniption, if she reads this.) Nevertheless, you guys have shown SO much love with your purchases, reviews, involvement in the working soundtrack on Spotify (Details for that via the "Playlists" tab), coming out to events...really, I don't know how to thank you enough, except for maybe with a sincere #blessed.
For the dash of personal that is, in all honesty, much more than a mere dash...The support system I have in my family is more than I could've ever dreamed. And that's real important to a writer (there you have it...writerly advice!) who is desperately trying to be a spouse, a decent parent, work a day job, keep a clean house and a family in clean clothes, plus make time to write. But my Other Half takes it all in stride. Supports my business decisions, great or small. Cheers me on when I succeed, supports me when I fail, and encourages me to keep going, no matter what. I'm a lucky chick. Thanks, baby.
And thanks to ALL of you who support what I put out there. For growing with me as an artist and a human being. I love the humans you are, too.
In closing, I don't know why I entitled this post Surges and Setbacks. It just sounded kind of good. Catchy. Or not. Or maybe because this was still on my brain:
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,