August–wait, September–update

Where did this summer go? I swear I just blinked and it was over!

I’m working on the final book in the Storms in Amethir series, and I have ideas for the third book in the Circle City Magic book that are beginning to coalesce. I’ve been doing research in the form of sailing again, and I have some amazing photos to share from my Friends Good Will excursion in July. I also have cover art for Witchery’s End, and I hope to share that with you as soon as the cover itself is finalized.

In the meantime, I’ve had a funny little shakeup in my personal life. Not a bad one, just one that is going to require some readjusting of my schedule. I am fortunate enough to be going full-time with my day job, starting October 1. That’s great for my financial situation, not to mention giving me vacation and health insurance!

That’s not so great for my writing schedule.

Basically I’ll be adding another 8 hours to my work week, which means I’m taking away about 9.5 hours of writing time from my work week (allowing for my commute). That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing, of course! It just means that I’m going to probably finish projects a little slower.

I’m able to write quickly thanks to my particular writing method, but I can only sustain that for about a month at a time, and then I need to slow down again. So I’m probably looking at only getting Witchery’s End out this year, instead of Witchery’s End and A Stranger in Circle City.

In fact, it’s starting to look difficult for me to get Witchery’s End out by the end of the year.

I’m really sorry! But I hope you’ll all understand why I need to make this change, and be a little forgiving with me as I do some adjustments to my book schedule.

In the meantime, have some sailing pictures!


  1. Sounds like you’re handling it fine. I find myself in a similar boat (pardon the pun) with my writing/life balance. Building a house, working a little day-job, and this being the busiest season for a lot of writers, it’s a cruddy time to lose more hours of devotion, but with any hope, the added time limitation will help you squeeze more out of every session. Best of luck to you on your journey.

    • Thanks, Martin! It helps to remember that every time I’ve done NaNoWriMo while working full-time, I have won. I haven’t always won when working part-time. Maybe because I’m subconsciously stressing about how to make ends meet. :)

  2. I’m glad to hear there’s another one coming in the Amethir series. I’ve been savoring Weather War, thinking that’s the last one!

    Somehow going full-time at the day-job and writing will definitely work out. Maybe not without hiccups in the beginning, but one day. Good luck!

    (This probably a stupid time to ask, but do you have any plans expanding the Fire Soul world/story? I thought the world was brilliant and would definitely love to read longer stories set there).

    • Hi Mooni!
      Yes, there’s definitely one more in the current Amethir series. When I finish this one, I intend for the overall story to be complete. I’m not saying I won’t go back to Amethir at some point, but I’ll feel good about working on other projects as well.

      And yes, there will be more work in the Fire Soul world! I fell in love with the characters and now I need to explore that more as well. :)

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  3. I love the stormwitches and can’t wait to see how all of it ends. Right now I am trying to read the books I haven’t read in other series. Hope you never lose your love of writing.

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