Well it's been a while, hasn't it?

Hey lovely readers and blog friends!

As you probably noticed, I sort of...stopped updating all of a sudden. Part of it was Life Things and part of it was the changing nature of the Internet, and honestly, part of it was that I realized, at least for a while, that I didn't have a lot to say. I've been active on other social media like Twitter and Tumblr, but even there I tended to spend most of my time listening rather than talking.

So where does that leave this blog?

Well for starters, one of my goals is to transition to an actual website sometime this year. I have no idea what that will look like yet, but now that Husband and I are in a better financial place, and I'm only working very part time, I have the space and resources to figure out who I'm going to be on the Internet , and how that's going to look.  I'd like to start doing more workshops and Skype visits, and there will be a space on the website for all the writing advice I've done over the years.  The blog will probably be archived somehow.

But what have I, the writer, been doing?

Well I've been writing. And living, and growing and rewriting and living and growing and writing. I have a couple of projects I'm VERY excited about, and between that and aforementioned Life Stuff, I've been pretty busy.  It's been really good, but I think I'm ready to start slowly putting my Professional Writer Hat back on. Like I said, I don't know what form that will take, but I'm excited to find out.

So that's me. What have you all been up to for the last year or so?

Author copies, bonus Jerrit and random squealing


Hardback of Empire of Shadows and paperback of City of a Thousand Dolls




I know how much you guys loved him, so this is my thank you.

Both the paperback and the hardback will be out on November 4th, less than two weeks away!

Thank you guys, so so much. I can't believe we made it to this point and your support means more to me than I can say. I'll have a post up soon about the bookstore events I'm doing in Portland and Boise in November.

*hugs books*
*hugs readers*
*hugs everyone*

Help me give away my ARCs (and a link to a Goodreads giveaway)

So my summer has apparently vanished in a haze of heat and real life stuff and trying to GET THIS @#$%#%$#@ FIRST DRAFT DONE.


Anyway, it's September! Which means Empire of Shadows is out in about two months! Which is terrifying!

Yeah, kinda like that.

So right now, Harper is giving away 10 Empire of Shadows ARCs on Goodreads. So go forth and enter, if that is your sort of thing.

Meanwhile, I'll try to figure out some kind of giveaway for the ARCs of EoS that I have. I don't want to do a contest too close to release date, but it would be a shame to let this little stack of pretty books go to waste.

What do you all think? How should I give away my ARCS?

What I do when I'm not writing


It's been a while. I think this might be the longest I've gone without blogging since the blog started. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the main one is simply...well, I'm sort of low on things to say.

1. I'm not working a day job currently.

2. Empire of Shadows, the companion novel/prequel to City of a Thousand Dolls is done and edited and out of my hands. (I'm actually out of contract entirely at this point which is both amazingly freeing and rather scary.)

3. Anything to do with future books is currently at Secret Status

4. Empire of Shadows isn't out until November, which means it's a bit early to start yelling at you about it. (I have so some stuff planned though. For later.)

5. And honestly, there are only so many pictures of my cat being adorable that I can put up.

obligatory pic of cat being adorable

So you might be wondering, if I'm not editing and I'm not working and I'm not blogging, what AM I doing?

Well, writing is still a big answer, though lately I've had to step away and let my brain run on some story problems. (First drafts, ugh.) Also I've been teaching myself  how to keep a consistently clean house, which is a skill I somehow got to my thirties without learning. And I've been pretty active in brickspace, with friends, a bit of volunteering, etc.

And when I'm not writing? I do this.

As some of you might remember from last year, I started a new craft called quilling. The story of how I got into it and why I love it is too long for this post, (hey, blogging idea!) but basically, this is what I've been doing when I get stuck writing. It's a lot of fun.

I guess I could talk more about quilling if people are interested. What do you all think?  What do you do when you don't have anything to blog about?

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