I am back! So the last 6 months have been filled with hard decisions. But mum’s house is sold, the keys are handed over to the new owners. Which is huge relief. I didn’t realise until the keys had been handed over how much energy and time it has swallowed.
A lot of things have slipped to the side. Like my webpage. I have kept on writing, though. Which means I have actually had a productive 12 months. I finished the messy first draft of The Dragon’s Blade, book 3 in the Portal justicars, rewrote Vanished and started a new book in another series.
The plan is to revise The Shifters Justice, book 2 in the Portal Justicars, later this year and have it out around christmas. (Though release dates are always flexible.)
One thing I can say is that there will be print copies of Daughter of the Dark this year. It was on the to do list for last year, but I didn’t have time.
I have a lot of flexibility in my day job, so I can basically set my own schedule (which is good and bad, since it means if I take time off, I don’t get paid). Most of the time, I work 6 hours per day with Friday off, but last week I worked 7 hours for two days. And.. I decided that even if the extra hours were nice, it wasn’t worth it. Mainly because of self-care reasons but partially because it cut into my writing time.
That, and a lunch with my brother where he sprouted nonsense like writing less and working more, made me think about protecting the writing. Or rather protecting the writing time. While I write everyday, or try to at least, Friday is my main writing day were my family is busy (=no social obligations, except maybe a dinner), so I can focus on the writing. Except… lately I have been using it to schedule meetings. Meet the real estate guy to get an estimate on mum’s house? Friday. Go to the bank? Friday. Go and check on mum’s house? Friday.
I am the first to admit that is convenient to do it, since I have time on Friday. Except… since I live 1 hour+ away from mum’s house, it means that I lose a lot of writing time when I go there.
And.. I cannot keep doing that. Writing is… a balance towards my dayjob, which can be pretty bleak sometimes. So cutting into the writing time is bad, in the long run. Doubly so when I do it while dealing with mum’s estate.
In fact, I think I will cut down on hours until the house is sold. I mean what’s the point of being able to set my own schedule if I don’t use it when I feel that I need it?
It has been a long time since I wrote something here, which has many reasons. Most of them life related, but things have calmed down now. (More or less.) While dealing with life I have been slowly working at The Dragon’s Blade, which is very messy but it is also at 26 000 words, so I am almost done. Yay for slow and steady. 🙂
I have also been to Helsinki, which was so much fun! I got meet my friends and listen to people being smart. And I get to do it again in 2019 since Dublin won the Worldcon bid. (I might already have agreed to do a panel with my friends. Eeep.)
For the next month the plan is to wrap up the first draft of The Dragon’s Blade and then pick up Vanished again, since I put it aside when Life blew up. (I also needed the distance from it.)
If I was ambitious, I would aim to be done with Vanished before Octocon, but… I am going to be realistic and aim for Christmas instead. 🙂
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It is May 29th ( how did that happen?!). Today is the first day in over two months that I am home, without any plan of leaving in the next 24 hours. It is a nice feeling. Mum’s care doesn’t rely on me, and it wont again for a long time. That said, I don’t want to relive the last week, ever. It was *awful*.
The upside is that my life will be stable enough for me to actually write. I have decided that I am not in a good mental headspace for revising, so Vanished is shelved. For how long? I don’t know, but I will get back to it.
Meanwhile, I am having fun writing The Dragon’s Blade, and I need fun right now.
If I had been more organized, I would have written this blogpost yesterday, but… I am not organized right now. Anyway, Daughter of the Dark out everywhere (Except at Scribd and 24 Symbols). I hope you enjoy it!
When her mother’s soldiers kidnaps her daughter in front of her eyes, Jenny is willing to do anything to do her back. Even working with the portal justicars to investigate the omnious rumors coming from her home realm, Dhurig. The investigation comes to a skidding halt when she discovers that the vampire king of Ahira has put a ban on portal travel to Dhurig.
Backed into a corner, she approaches Eric, a vampire courtier and her ex-lover. He gets furious when she reveals he has a daughter. He agrees to help her, if she helps him with a string of mysterious kidnappings. She say yes. During their search in Dhurig and Ahira, they discover that their daughter’s kidnapping are connected to a much bigger web of betrayal, greed and dark magic that threatens the stability of the Portal universe.
It is May 1st and I am trying to figure out where April went. It feels as if it was yesterday when we were celebrating mum’s birthday. /A bit stressful, since I got back from London 2 hours before.) Which was when mum first complained about weird aches in her leg. The leg pain escalated around easter, when it became so bad that she couldn’t get to the grocery store. So I never left after Easter (I have been in my apartment 3 times during the last two weeks). So April was a month filled with visits to doctors and antibiotics. BUT! We found out the source of last week (after our second ER visit in 1 week). Now she is finally on the right medication. <3
In between that, I have tried to work on Vanished and finish the last touches on Daughter of the Dark. The key word is tried. I have made some progress, but I have so much to do. At least the formatting is almost done. Once I have finalized the formatting and done a final proof-reading and spell-check, I will breathe easier. 🙂
A couple of years ago, I got Roy Fares’ United Cakes of America for Christmas. I baked the cookie recipe a couple of times, it was delicious but… it required 225 g of butter, which was way too fat for me (and since swedish butter is sold in 500 g packages, it means that you had to buy a new package every time you wanted to make a new batch). So I looked around for another recipe, and found Leila Lindholm’s chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have been making a version of it ever since, since my mum loves them. I finally realised I hadn’t posted it. 🙂
125 g of butter
1 dl sugar
½ dl oatmeal
1 ½ flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
100 g Chocolate chips
chopped hazelnuts ( roughly half a bag)
Turn the oven to 200 c, while the oven heats up, let the butter soften on top of the stove.
Whip the soft butter and the sugar until it is creamy, add the egg and mix until it is smooth. Mix flour, oatmeal and baking powder in a small bowl, add it to the egg and butter mix. Add the chocolate and hazelnuts.
With a small spoon, drop the batter on a baking sheet covered in baking parchment. Put in the oven for ten minutes. *
*If you want more traditional cookies, roll the batter and put in the freezer for 30 minutes, before slicing the batter.
I prefer this version, though!
After a number of revision rounds, and line edits and copy edits, I finally finished the last rounds of edits on Daughter of the Dark. I cut 500 words, mostly a lot of had’s and that’s and what’s. (And caught some inconsistencies) Now I am going to eat chocolate and read some books. 🙂
I should have written this post a long time, but I have been focused on editing Vanished. Anyway, Daughter of the Dark is available for pre-order now, at 2.99. I might drop it closer to the release date, I haven’t decided yet.
When the Dhurken warriors kidnaps her daughter in front of her eyes, Jenny is willing to do anything to get her back. Even if it means infiltrating the Temple of Gwynfar on behalf of the portal justicars. She quickly discovers that the portal justicars aren’t the only ones interested in what is going on Dhurig. So are the Ahiran government.
Refusing to travel to Dhurig alone, she approaches her ex, Eric, a courtier at the Ahiran court. He gets upset when he finds out about Rhiane, but he agrees to help her search for Rhiane. In return, he wants her help to find missing vampires. Backed into a corner, she says yes. As they search for their daughter, they discover that what they thought were two separate cases are in fact one. As they dig deeper, a web of betrayal, greed and dark magic is revealed. If they fail, they will doom the realm.
Read chapter one.
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