Saturday, June 20, 2020

Happy Solstice!

Just updated the header for my blog, and if you're visiting my online home via a desktop or laptop, you'll notice my quiet Twitter account also added to the sidebar. I might be totally conflicted toward social media, but that place really has been the best fit for me, though the current state of the world isn't making it a very pleasant hangout. Thing is, one can't go through life without knowing more about what's happening around them, and while I hate the social and political climate nowadays, I still need to know how things are and not go through life stupidly and willfully blind.

Also there's a good deal of laugh-worthy stuff to be had there. The world might be imploding, but a lot of people still have their sense of humor and are able to use it like weapons against the forces of darkness (in a manner of speaking). And god knows how much I've laughed my ass off over some random thread, comment, or meme. Now and then, the tinier, quieter stories about kindness and good people also help make the online world more tolerable, so I'm not altogether giving up on Twitter, at least.

In other news, work's been nutty, and I'm well and truly back on track even if my present schedule isn't anywhere near my old one. That said, it's been eating into my writing time, and I'm fighting for every minute I can. So far it's coming along well, and I'm roughly halfway through Agnes of Haywood Hall. I've yet to start on Eidolon, which is somewhat annoying, but I do have to remind myself that I'm way ahead of the game still, no matter what happens.

I'm hoping to be done with the first draft of Agnes of Haywood Hall by the end of July, so I can mix up the revisions and edits of that book with the writing of the first draft of Eidolon. Speaking of, I haven't started on that book yet, but I'm already getting hit with ideas for the fourth novel in the series. No idea where that tendency to being randomly scatterbrained is coming from, though I suspect it's got everything to do with the real world and my overriding desire to escape from it whenever I can. My mind's been wandering a lot if I'm not lost in a book or in playing Clue or watching a movie.

See what I mean when I call myself conflicted over reality and escapism (and the role of social media in both senses)?

And speaking of solstice, I'm not a big fan of summer, as many of you already know, but I'm always pleased with the summer solstice since after today, the days grow shorter, and before we know it, autumn's here and then winter. As to how much I'll be able to savor and enjoy those two lovely seasons, I can't say. The present is too much of a buzzkill for anything other than an anemic "Oh, good - I can't wait for fall to come!" Which is something I say year after year but with a lot more energy and meaning before 2020.

That embedded tweet, by the way? I blame it for the still-vague plotbunny quietly nudging my (easily distracted) brain for the fourth installment of the Curiosities series. For those of you reading this over at Goodreads, here's the link to the tweet. How can anyone go wrong with corpses buried with keys in their hands in the event of a premature burial? 😁 Going head-to-head with it is a possible story involving a drowned village. But this is looking far, far ahead, and I really don't want to do that. At least not yet. Things are still too weird and unsettled right now for me to be that future-focused.

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