It’s been almost four months since my last post. Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. As part of my unplanned journey, I spent five weeks in Durham, NC. While it was a stressful time, there were good times too. Between appointments, we were able to hike every day but two during those weeks. Durham has some wonderful trails, but they aren’t mountain trails.

On the plus side, I was able to work in this lovely library every morning and evening and my writing prospered. I finally turned over Prized, Book 7 in the Farseen Chronicles series, to my first round of beta readers. Although it’s going to be late, it will be out this fall. It is the last full sized novel in the Farseen Chronicles. I have a collection of novellas and short stories from that world that I may publish, but no more full novels.

We returned home from Durham, and had a couple of of nice hiking weeks before COVID-19 began its descent into our daily lives. At first I watched with a bit of amusement as people went on a Toilet Paper hunt, amazed that of all the things to covet, TP topped the list. I would have expected canned goods and such to be the most sought after items. Sometimes it is hard to remember we are the dominant species on this rock we call earth.

My daughter and I (and, of course, the pup) are still getting out in the sunshine but only on short walks in the area, nothing over four miles. I miss the mountains, but have renewed my love of a stroll with the birds, deer, turtles, and flowers where we live.

Working on my current writing projects has kept me fairly organized, but I’ve found that not having my regular Tai Chi classes and other such appointments, leaves me wondering what day it is. I have even had to check my phone to be sure. (Not a sentence I ever expected to write.)

I’m in the process of finishing up final changes to The Caves of Kurazi (Finding Earth Book 3), with Book 4 still in draft mode. In addition, I’ve begun creation of a new series, the Veil of Thaum. At this point I’m creating art and mulling over multiple storylines. Should be interesting.