I haven’t exactly been doing a very good job with my promise of more frequent updates, have I? Such is life, I suppose.
My goal was to have the fourth book in The Wind Lord’s Gambit, called “The Mage Knight”, published before Christmas. Clearly, that did not happen, and only part of it is my fault. COVID-19 has caused so many “supply chain disruptions”, and the people that support me getting sick does not help me publish books.
Further, I started a new job. It is a great job – a wonderful job, one might say. I hope that it will give me the peace and tranquility I need in my life to be able to write more. But right now, it is a huge drain. New beginnings, a lot to learn, and the need to “prove oneself” all conspire to leave me exhausted at the end of the day.
I also grossly miscalculated how rough it would be going back into an office. After two years of working from home, I thought it wouldn’t be a huge drain on my psyche. I was so very, very wrong. The drive time alone, which takes one to two hours out of every day, has a massive impact and that doesn’t even count getting dressed up in clothes I don’t want to wear and pretending to be someone I am not for eight to ten hours. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if I could write for a living? Such is the dream, anyway.
I’ll get there, though. The next book will come out – trust me, I’m more anxious than you – and the fifth and final book in the series will get written. After years of writing Young Adult fiction I’m eager to stretch my metaphorical muscles and write something a little grittier. And I will, God willing.