The Elephant In The Room

Summer’s here. Again. We haven’t been hit with the break-out-the-stillsuits heat (yet) but it will come. It always does. At least, this year, it looks like we might be able to breathe recycled air someplace other than our own homes.

What the world will look like for “summer vacation” and beyond is still anybody’s guess… there are just too many variables.

Regardless of the fact that the Day Job is in the educational sector, I don’t really get a “summer vacation.” It’s okay, though… with so many other folks on summer vacation, I actually tend to get quite a bit done. And it looks like the Day Job will still be remote – at least through the summer – so I have that extra commute time to be home doing not-Day-Job things.

The plan, of course, is to get a decent amount of writing done.

And get in a couple trips to the zoo.

But what about the last year?

I know a lot of folks that participated in NaNoWriMo wrote the pandemic into their novel. I understand the need for catharsis for both writer and reader, and that those stories could offer that.

But my muse doesn’t work that way.

When the RealWorldโ„ข has gone to shit, my muse basically throws it out even more completely than she normally does. You won’t find mention of the pandemic or the shelter-in-place orders in my writing because, frankly, fiction – in general – should be a safe way to escape for both reader and writer.

I know. I can hear it now:
What about Scarred Sun? What about the social issues that creep in around the fantasy? What about that one character?

Think about an escape.

If you’re escaping from a person/place/situation, odds are pretty high that person/place/situation was bad for you. Odds are pretty high that, to some extent, you didn’t want to be there.

And you do escape. You get away. You’re free.

Except for the memories… the residual pain and fear… the trauma… those don’t all go away. Some of it’s not as bad. Some of it you can actually pack up and get rid of. But other stuff stays and the best you can do is learn to cope.

While the pandemic is a staggering thing and is more likely to have a place in the history books than more pressing issues (that’s another rant I don’t feel like ranting right now), it’s not that bad. With just over three million obvious exceptions*, the whole of it can be packed up and stuck on a shelf to be forgotten… but that’s just not true for a lot of other things that defined 2020.

No more grim social commentary today. Maybe tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time, friends… drink some water, stop and smell the roses, pet the dogs (with permission, of course), and soak up the Vitamin D.

You need it.

We all do. ๐ŸŒž

~+~

*3,128,962 confirmed deaths according to the World Health Organization at time of writing

Shakin Off The Rust

Actively writing.

Actively editing.

Actively formatting.

It’s almost like I might be getting my groove back.

Again. ๐Ÿ˜•

I’m trying to push out the irritating voice saying we’ll see how long it lasts, this time and just be content with the fact that it actually is happening.

For as long as it lasts.

2021 is already off to a great start – Urban Wardens: Crash & Burn released the end of February, Blood in the Water drops May 1, and there are two more books (new installments for The Rio Crew and The Heroes of Vadim) making their way to you before this year flips over into the next.

And more projects are in-progress and on track for 2022… but you’ll have to wait a little while to find out more about them.

Until next time, friends… if you can’t dance like no one’s watching, turn on your filter and do it anyway ๐Ÿ’

Summer Kick-Off

I spent last summer stuck in my house: between breaking an ankle in late May and the ever-changing status of the COVID-induced stay-at-home orders, there really wasn’t much else to do.

You’d think I’d have had a lot of time to write… or do anything, really… but it didn’t work out that way. It probably could have… but it didn’t. Like I said in my last post – 2020 was a major glitch.

Even NaNoWriMo felt glitched. The first week of November was full of travel and celebration. It was well worth the trip, mind you… and I knew I’d make up the writing time somehow.

There were days I was confident and days I definitely wasn’t, but I was too wrapped up in this particular story not to finish it.

I couldn’t tell you why when I was writing it and I still can’t… but what I can tell you is that I actually really like the way it turned out.

And, as you know, that’s not always the way of things.

I was so happy with it, in fact, that I moved it up the release time-table.

Blood in the Water will be have its own page here in the next few days and will be available on Amazon May 1.

The Kindle version is available for pre-order now and will be included in the Kindle Unlimited library.

(If this book were a TV show, it would be rated TV-14 DL — strong language & suggestive comments.)

Until next time, friends… Heart get vaccinated so we can hug next time we’re in the same place!

Well, that was pleasant…

2020 is thankfully well in the rearview. While there are always some bright spots in horrific disasters (in 2020’s case, it was officially gaining a second son), it’s hard to argue that the year – in general – was one huge glitch in everyone’s life.

I didn’t forget about you, though, and I didn’t sit idly by while the world turned upside down.

I did, in fact, get some stuff done.

So… without further ado…

The long-awaited (at least by some) sequel to Urban Wardens: Alpha to Oblivion is now available!

Urban Wardens Crash and Burn cover

That’s right!

You can grab Urban Wardens: Crash and Burn on Amazon now!

All the book pages here will be updated soon.

I don’t know what the rest of this year has in store for us but I’ve got a feeling we’ll be alright.

Until next time, friends…

Be kind. You never know the power your smile may have.