Okay, not really that far. I’ve been here, just not as often as I was before because I haven’t had as much time.
I hope you’re all well, that you’re doing what makes you feel happy and good, that you’re looking forward to the end of a long winter, or the beginning of a short winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere of the world and preparing to change seasons with us. I’m done with winter. So over it, it’s not even funny.
I’ve been writing a lot. In fact, I’m nearly finished with the next Serpent of Time book, at which point I will be setting it in the “drawer” for a while to rest before editing and rewrites begin. In that time, I’ll be working on other projects, including the original Ginna story I started during NaNoWriMo 2o13, wherein my little thief from Cyrodiil is yanked from Tamriel and thrown into her own world with Brutus, Severus and a host of other thieving characters. The story will take place in the years before she met Brynjolf, and will go through some of the things I occasionally mentioned in her backstory in the fanfiction.
I’m also sharing a free serialized original story on my other site right now called The Wanderer’s Tale. The Wanderer’s tale is about an immortal bard named Morovio, who’s been cursed by the gods to walk the world until the Endtimes. You’re all welcome to drop over for a visit there anytime, in fact, I’d love to see you there, as I spend so much of my time there these days talking about writing and sometimes gaming.
I finished Thief the other day, the reboot of the game series from the early 2000s, and it was spectacular. I even found myself itching to write a bit of fanfic as I was crawling into bed the other night. I sat down, wrote almost 2,000 words on a story I would like to eventually share, but I’m not putting anything up until I know exactly where it’s going and I can guarantee I will have time to finish it.
I feel bad because there are a few unfinished fics here on this site. Stories I love so much, and would like to return to, but haven’t had the time to work on in so long. So much changed after my mom passed away. Circumstances made it difficult to focus my attention on those stories, and right now it would take a bit of effort to get back into them. Will they ever be finished? A lot of people ask me that in comments, and my answer is always the same: I’d like to finish them. Right now I just don’t know when I will.
Writing full time takes a lot of hard work and effort. I also do freelance editing on the side, so my days are often jam-packed with words from the moment I slip into my first cup of coffee until my lovely, dinner-making husband calls me to the table to eat each night. There are days I find myself furiously writing by hand in bed before turning out the lights, but most of my writing these days tends to be original work.
Anyway, now that I’ve rambled on for ages and ages, I suppose I should get back to it. I’m working so hard to get the next Serpent of Time book finished this month, and those words aren’t going to write themselves.