Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2023 already, and I look forward to writing 2022 for the next six months or so until I get used to it. In reality, it still kind of feels like 2020 part four because my sense of time was warped during the early pandemic and never really recovered.
I hope you all had a lovely holiday! Mr. M and I went back to our hometown for a week, just in time for the temperature to plummet to -11°F (with a -30° wind chill), so we spent a lot of time indoors—LEGO and boardgames FTW! After nearly twenty years in central TX, I’m not used to the cold. In fact, it’s going to be 75°F today, which is perfect “winter” weather as far as I’m concerned. :)
But now I’m back to work, trying to find the bottom of my inbox and remember how to write.
One of those is going better than the other; I’ll leave it up to you to guess which is which, lol.
The fantasy romance is about 22k words, and the Starlight’s Shadow short story is a little over 5k. I should probably knock the short story out first, because I don’t do well with two projects at once, but I’ve been more drawn to fantasy lately, so we’ll see.
Capture the Sun is nearly done from my side, I just have galley proofs left to do at some point, probably soon-ish. It always both a relief and a little scary to be out of contract: I made it to the end of another trilogy! 🎉 What if I never have another good idea? 😱
Running out of ideas is an irrational fear, since I constantly have more ideas than I possibly have time to work on, but brains don’t always run on rationality—at least, mine doesn’t. But pitching an idea to a publisher who can (and does!) say no is always a little nerve-racking.
Good thing that’s a problem for future me. Present me just has to remember where I was in one of these stories and then make some words happen. Wish me luck!