First up: there really is no fun way to say this so I’ll just say it. Last month, my oldest, sweetest, most beloved cat passed away. I’m not going to be talking about it, because even though I’m a writer I really don’t find solace in writing about my messier feelings, but I will say that I am utterly heartbroken. We had that pretty baby since she was about 4 months old, and she was 14 when she passed. I can’t even begin to imagine life without her, despite the fact that it’s technically been over a month already.
How has it been over a month already?
So. Writing updates, I guess? Because technically there’s only so much Animal Crossing you can play to numb your pain, I have been getting back to work after an initial mourning period. I identified something in my third Hopefuls book that’s been causing me a lot of struggle, and now that it’s been addressed the project is going much better.
This whole year has just been one big pattern of “Okay, FINALLY things are stable, now I can really buckle down and finish this book!”, followed by a huge, emotional side-swipe that knocks me off my game for weeks/months at a time.
To keep things fresh, I’m also tinkering with a little bonus short story set in the Hopefuls universe. I really like it, I just haven’t had the emotional energy needed to polish it up yet. But rest assured, you’ll know as soon as I do.
In the meantime, I’m doing what I can. I have a fantastic group of people around me, and I really cannot say enough to thank them for all the support they’ve been giving me this whole year.
That’s really all I have to say right now. Take care, all. Hopefully things will look better for all of us soon.