Anytime I read one of those “How to Use Social Media” things, I’m told to blog regularly, yet to keep the posts interesting and relevant. Ugh. I have no idea how to do that, and honestly, I suspect most people don’t want to listen to me babble anyway. Still, I should probably make a bit of an effort.
So, what have I been up to? Well, in truth, I haven’t been doing much of anything. I took most of December off. I went to football games with my hubby. I read a bit. I watched a lot of bad movies. (You can see reviews of a few of them here.) Two weeks ago, I took my mother on a Caribbean cruise, along with my best friend and her mother. We had a blast, and I’m pretty sure I gained about ten pounds. Now, I’m back to my real life, trying to decide what I’m doing next.
Last week I decided to write a short story for an anthology of Colorado-based authors called Out in Colorado (being published this spring by Storm Moon Press). It was supposed to be 10-15k words long. I’ve never been very good at writing short stories, so I thought, “I really need to boil this down to one critical moment.” Which I did, and I ended up with a story that’s only 2600 words long. Oops. It’s called To Feel the Sun, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with it now. I may submit it anyway and see if they’re interested, or I may try to write something else for the anthology and use the one I have as a blog promotion. Not sure yet. It would help if I could think of something else to write for the Colorado anthology. Any suggestions? (It has to be set in Colorado, and it can’t be related to Coda or to Tucker Springs, since it’s with a different publisher.)
I have several books scheduled for release in the coming months. First, there’s Family Man, co-written with Heidi Cullinan. Heidi thinks this is both her best book, and mine. See what you think. Family Man will be released by Samhain on March 12, and is available for pre-order on Amazon. My next Tucker Springs novel, Never a Hero, will be released May 13 by Riptide Publishing (and is also available for pre-order). Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding, the sequel to Strawberries for Dessert and the final book of the Coda series, will be released by Dreamspinner in June. I have another story, co-authored with Rowan Speedwell, that may or not be available in an anthology in April. I won’t know for sure until the end of this month, but I’ll post here as soon as I’ve heard.
I’m not sure what I’ll be writing next. I have two unfinished novels I could try to deal with. LA Witt and I are considering a joint project for Tucker Springs. Truthfully, I don’t feel very inspired at the moment. I know everybody says that real authors don’t wait for inspiration, but…
(If it seems like I have a bad attitude, you can blame it on my child, who’s home sick today and driving me batshit insane.)
On Friday, Julie Lynn Hayes will be here, talking about her upcoming release, Revelations. I read an early version of this book, way back in 2010, and it was amazing. I’m thrilled it’s finally being published.
My birthday is next week. Not only that, it’s the big four-oh. Yep. I’ll be saying goodbye to my thirties, whether I like it or not. (Not.) I may do something here on my blog to celebrate if I can get my shit together.
I guess that’s all I have for today. I’ll leave you now with this lovely image. Some of you have seen it before. This is the picture that inspired Trey in Family Man.
I hope you have a great week!