I uploaded Crucible yesterday (do not buy), and the pre-order for Tethers (covers below) is live, so I thought it might be time for a blog post. Yesterday was a full-on summery day, so of course today is absolutely miserable – perfect blogging weather!
Just a quick heads up about Crucible. It’s a Phoenix novella that does not have to be read to understand Tethers. It’s just a snippet into what was going on with him between Demon Dog and Tethers. It’s the kind of thing I write to help me keep track of the world state, and I might not have published it only for some people on the Facebook page expressing an interest in Phoenix (colour me surprised) and the werewolves – so blame them. 😛 Sadly, there’s only a little werewolf action in this one. There’ll be a coupon code for a free copy in the newsletter I’m sending out on Friday. This week, I’m working on a short Esther story, which I’m not sure I’ll publish, and a short Chaos story in the POVs of Drake and Brendan (because they’re both supah busy between Blight and Sacrifice), which I’m pretty certain will be published (as a freebie) in either July or August because the cover is nearly ready, so why not? And I’m supposed to be starting that Halloween story on Monday, but I still haven’t decided who I’m actually writing about or even if I’ll go ahead with a crossover story. Give me an eye roll, please.
Back to me, me, me. May has been one of those weird roller coaster months. Himself is very unwell, one of the twins has been sick every week this month, and even the dogs have had dodgy tummies. All the hard work I had planned for this month kind of never happened. I did get to the end of a lip balm for the first time in my life, so that’s… something?
In good/great/this brought tears to my eyes news, the marriage referendum passed in Ireland. I was a nervous wreck the entire two days of the voting and counting. I have never been so invested in a vote; it was amazing. And my daughter wrote me a song yesterday (she also earned a merit at school for writing a story full of magic, evil faeries, and dead bodies – that’s mah gurl). The lyrics were all about how freaking deadly I am, so I’m going to keep them and show them to her next time she’s mad at me. She’s currently terrified of becoming a teenager because she believes she’s going to wake up on her thirteenth birthday with insta-hate for me, but she’s failed to notice that she already hates me on a regular basis – usually when the words “Clean your room” are involved. 😀
I’m actually super popular with my kids at the moment (probably because Daddy’s all sick and pathetic, but I’ll take it!) And all it took was some epic old lady dancing in the kitchen to a certain soundtrack (and losing at a sack race. Leave your pride at the door when you come to my house). But really, they’re like my little shadows (or clingy little limpets, depending on the day) this month. I walk from the office to the kitchen (yes, for more coffee because I suck at, you know, not drinking coffee), turn around, and find a whole bunch of gigglers in a line behind me. My desk is covered in Lego, drawings (of me), notes (to me), four pairs of sunglasses belonging to a four-year-old (basically every time she’s in a shop with her father, she manages to convince him she needs a pair), and an abundance of hair accessories that nobody is able to find come school time. There’s usually a kid (or a grown man) hidden somewhere under the desk waiting to scare the shit out of me. (Reason 72 why I’m a nervous wreck). My eldest has been spending his evenings reading over my shoulder while I’ve been editing (“Ugh, crying. Really? I hate crying in books. There better not be any kissing in this chapter. Um, Mom, I think it might be more interesting if” – shut up), and I just know I’m in big trouble when the kids come home because I forgot to watch (Geek & Sundry’s) Craft Lab on YouTube with them yesterday. Only one more month at school before the summer holidays
screw everything up make us all extra happy. 😀