It occurred to me, as I was looking at my home page, that people may be wondering why it has been such a long time since I published anything.
I have also struggled with whether or not to write this blog post.
When I made this decision about two years ago, I had two completed novels. One, MAGIC BY STARLIGHT is ready to submit. I am delighted with it, and would love to get it out there. The other, EAST OF YESTERDAY, was ready to submit until I decided to revert some revisions while keeping others. That work is ongoing.
In the meantime, I started a third novel, tentatively titled FOREVER A SLAVE. It’s a space epic about freedom. Plus, I have never given up on FORGING A LEGEND.
But I have decided not to publish anything, for now.
My reasons for sitting on these books are mostly personal. My daughter has special needs, and we are in her last year of high school. We homeschool. It is very challenging. I also have a challenging job. These activities do not leave enough time for the publishing process.
When I published my last book, THE MAGIC MIRROR AND THE SEVENTH DWARF, I had to take time off work in order to make the publishing deadlines, which were very tight. When I still had trouble meeting the deadlines, I was given some additional time, but it was still extremely stressful. It made an impact.
Before I attempt publication again, something needs to come off my list. I suspect that sometime in the next year and a half, my daughter will either complete her graduation credits, or we will make the determination that she is unable to. Either event should free up my time.
Life gets more complicated the older you get. Plus, it gets more absorbing. I am blogging less, reading less, writing less–but I am also living life so much more completely. I love to do too many things. There are only so many hours in the day. These are good problems to have.
I have considered blogging chapter-by-chapter, which is something that one of my sisters wants me to do for EAST OF YESTERDAY. I am not convinced that it is a good way of getting my hands into a large number of readers, but at least it would get it into the hands of the readers of this blog. Plus, I am not sure if I have anything to lose.