September Update

About my week…

So, I’ve been a bad, bad author.  I am two weeks behind on my blog.  I suck.

But it’s been a slightly busy two weeks.  I started school on the twentieth and I LOVE my class.  It’s a teen development class, and, as most of you all should know by now, I am a huge advocate for teen mental illness.  It’s the age group I most want to work with, because that is the age when I learned about my own mental illness, and I had to fight hard to learn about it and get treatment.  It also should be an easy A, and if I can get an A in my class next semester, then I should have a 2.0 and might finally get some financial aid, which could be the game changer I need to finally get my degree.

I also had a massive depression episode this past weekend, if you didn’t catch it on Facebook.  They don’t happen often, but when they do, it’s a dozy.  I basically cried, curled up on the couch, and could not move for about half an hour.  After that I had some coffee (with my Hershey’s Chocolate Caramel creamer) which brought me back down and I was able to write.  I was easily able to handle it because I knew what was going on, what it was, and that it would run it’s coarse and I would be okay.  I go public with it because not everyone has educated themselves like I have, or , even worse, some people have never even heard of depression and don’t know how to handle an episode.  I attempted suicide as a teen because of this feeling, so I know what it’s like to not know what I have and that it’s treatable.  This is why I want to be a counselor.

I have also been canning more tomato sauce and salsa as our garden finally dies out.  We go through this cycle where in the late winter and spring we get really excited about what we want to grow, then we get excited about what actually grew and how well it’s growing, then excited about the first harvest.  Then the mosquitoes come out and we get excited about the garden dying.  Thanks to GenCon and depression, I have a ton of tomatoes still in the freezer that I will hopefully put a dent in after I get this entry done.

About my writing…

So, Dragon’s Flame is about halfway done.  Writing has slowed down a bit due to school starting back and research for chapter seven.  I am really worried that I won’t make the Dec. 21 date that I was really hoping for.  In order to have enough time for edits and rewrites and proofs, I really need to finish it by the end of September, but I really don’t see that happening, since I still have half a book lift to write, and most of it is going to involve research to get the scenes just right.  I am hoping that using the worksheets I made using the information I learned at GenCon to plan out the fights in detail will help those scenes go faster, but I am afraid to hope.

So it looks like Dragon’s Flame will be a Spring release instead of a Winter one, which means Lost will, at the soonest, be a Fall release if not a Winter one.

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