Long time, no blog. I apologize for the blogging hiatus. The month of January and the beginning of February were, well, crazy.

To summarize: First, the semester started, and I poured myself into class prep. I’m still putting a lot of energy into teaching this class, and I don’t see that changing this semester. So I expect slow progress on the writing front, and don’t be surprised if my blog posts are much more sporadic.

And then my elderly beagle got sick. Like, really sick. The end kind of sick. We took her to the vet for what they thought was a kidney infection, for which she needed in-patient care. But tests revealed that she had cancer throughout her body: tumors in both adrenal glands, one in her spleen, two more in her liver. The prognosis wasn’t good. We took her home, wanting her to spend as much of her last days with her family. She barely moved, wouldn’t eat, could barely walk. So we knew it was time to say goodbye. It was a sad time, but at the end, I knew she’d found peace, had the overwhelming sensation that wherever she was, she was happy. And so though it breaks my heart not to have her with us, I can rest easy knowing that we gave her a good life, that she was with her family during her last moments, and that she’s found peace and rest in the Summerland.

Angel Jan 2016
RIP, Angel. 1999-2016.

Moving away from sad things, I attended my first writing retreat last week, where I made a ton of progress. I finished a third draft of A Prince in Patience Point, which has officially reached novel-length. Really short novel length, but technically, it’s a novel now, which is what I wanted for that story. I also did a read-through and some line edits on Good Old-Fashioned Magic, which is now in the hands of my critique partners. And I started (again) the fourth draft of my novel Made of Shadows. That one needs a lot of work. I’m hoping to have a completed fourth draft by the end of April.

On the reading front, I read The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter. It’s a great historical fantasy novel, and I’d recommend it. I also read a gothic romance by Lauren Smith: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall. I’d recommend that one for fans of steamy romance with some ghosts and a dash of mystery thrown in. I’m currently reading A Certain Kind of Magic by Jessica Starre. And I’m really enjoying that one, too.

Long story short, I apologize for abandoning the blog and hope to check in at least once a week throughout the semester. Hopefully now that things are settling down, I actually have time to write and blog.

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What about you? What have I missed during my blogging silence? What’s your news?