Well, wildfires are raging. The skies here in SoCal have been cast in perpetual twilight, which feels eerily on point for 2020.
Distance Learning has started. I first experienced virtual teaching when the shutdown began back in March, but ending a school year virtually and starting one are two very different things. Teaching primary age kiddos how to use technology (“Hi kids, let’s learn how to write an email!”) is not something I ever anticipated having to do to the extent Distance Learning requires. Alas, here we are. Needless to say, my day job has me pretty busy.
Like others have written about in their posts this year, I’m trying to find joy where I can. 2020 has been a lot of things, and perhaps left some feeling helpless or overwhelmed. I was feeling that way a couple months into lockdown, but have fortunately found my way back to baseline. I’m somebody who turns to TV and movies for familiarity and comfort. I revisited Xena episodes (y’all – that show just celebrated its 25th anniversary!). I also enjoyed the ride that was the first half of season four of Wynonna Earp. I’ve even read a few books on my TBR list.
I’ve been lucky in that my writing muse stuck around during the summer months, so I finished a manuscript just before my deadline. I even started the draft for WIP #5, which is quite exciting. This month, my third novel was released by Bold Strokes Books. Broken Reign is the second book of the Odium trilogy. For those who are familiar with Daughter of No One (Book 1), the sequel follows Princess Aurelia Diarmaid and Jastyn Cipher on an adventure across their magical, mysterious realm. There’s lots of adventure, fae, and some serious sexy tension between the leading ladies. I had a lot of fun writing Broken Reign. I’d never written a sequel to anything, and struggled at first to figure out how to get my characters where they needed to be plot-wise. Then, I realized I was holding my own characters back and let them take the reigns (no pun intended). I learned a lot writing that one.
This month I’m giving away a paperback copy of Broken Reign. So, if you like, leave a comment to tell me about what you’re doing to bring joy to your days. Doing so will enter you in the drawing to win. This will be open until Tuesday 9/15/20 at 7 pm PST.
Be well, y’all.