I can’t believe I haven’t published anything on here since February. I had plans to add something new at least once a month. But, as is been happening in life with me more than I want to admit, time got away from me. I was feeling burnt out with life in general during the first part of the year then tried to jump into a big decision which hasn’t gone as I had hoped so I haven’t had much time to come out from the burnout phrase. In fact, I went on vacation a month ago for a week. We hardly did anything expect a couple of shopping days (I can’t remember what else we did) and it got to the end of the week and I didn’t feel relaxed or rejuvenated in the slightest. I even had to step back from that big decision I had been trying to do (more on this in a later post [hopefully]) so I could do some self care over this last month. Its been a time.
But, I’m hoping things are looking up. Writing has been a bit hit and miss lately so I’m trying to set and stick with a regular writing time as well as adding in time to read and scheduling chores on certain days to makes sure they get done. Giving my life a little more structure so I don’t waste the time I do have. I’m hoping this will help with my burnout. I’ve been feeling a little better this month but I’m still working on keeping to the new schedule I’ve set.
Even though my writing is as regular as I would like, I have made some progress. Such as… Tada!… I finally released The Beauty of Magic, the Snow White with a hint of Goldie Locks retelling I’ve been working on for a while! I’ve already gotten some good feedback on it and my local, independent bookstore is caring copies. That has been amazing (I even stopped in their the other day after they sent a customer to the store I work at because they had bought a copy of my book. That was awesome but I had no idea what to say to the reader. When I stopped into the store, I found out the only had one book left and were planning on ordering more. They generosity has made me want to cry).
I’m also working on a series of stories for Havok that take place all in the same world. The series is called the Legends of Allowen and each story follows a different character. Here is a little more about it:
“Before they were legends, they had a story. Allowen is full of legendary figures, but before their tales were told across and beyond the kingdom, they had challenges that would start them on their path. Young men and women trying to make a difference in their world. A young princess who wants to fight beside her soldiers. A hero who protects others before himself. A young girl who will guide others cross the paths she’s explored (with maybe a wrong turn or two). A young healer whose only wish is to use is to study and use his knowledge to cure others. And a boy who is called by Elihu to speak his words to all of Allowen. Each one will become legends in their own right. And each will have to face trials and challenges to become all they were designed to be to save their beloved kingdom.”
You can read the first instalment now on Havok’s website. It is called “Legends of Allowen – The Escape” and the next one is “Legends of Allowen – Elihu’s Light” which will release September 29th. I also sent in another story just today so I’ll keep you posted there. Also, keep your eye out on my social media to hear about the next Havok anthology, Prismatic, which will also have a story in it by me which was pretty fun to write. Projected release is also September.
I also attended a writer’s conference in July, Realm Makers. It was wonderful. I attended virtually last year and was able to do so again this year. The keynote was by Frank Perretti and he was fantastic. Somehow I ended up a lot of classes that had very similar messages about keeping God at the center of your life and writing because without Him, whether you make it big or not, He is the most important thing so your relationship with Him in the most important. Like I said, it was great. And something I also really needed to hear.
Now, with a novella published, I’m deciding which project to focus on next. In one of the classes at Realm Makers, it talked about creating with God and letting Him guide you on your projects. I’ve been praying between two of them but can’t seem to settle between either one. If you got to vote, which do you think I should focus on next; A Beauty and the Beast retelling where there is no magic and focuses more on the protagonists’ relationship as well as overcoming internal struggles or a middle grade fantasy novel with dragons. The retelling would be one I self-published with the dragon one I’m planning to traditionally publish. I’m excited about both equally but whichever one I focused on would just change the plans on when I would pitch and self-publish my next book.
Hope you enjoyed this writing update and I planning on my next post focusing more on personal stuff. Until then, happy reading.