Only two months into 2018 and things have already gone sideways! Here's how the rest of the year is shaping up:
1. The Snow Owl!
After almost a year of work, The Snow Owl is set to release in less than two weeks! As the fourth and final book in the Alder Tales series, The Snow Owl marks the end of an era in my writing career and the start of the next stage. Woohoo!
2. Moving to Baltimore
As a military family, our address changes a lot. We lived in southern New Jersey for the last 2.5 years and in June, we'll pack up and leave. It's always bittersweet to leave friends behind, but this time, I'm really excited to be living in a city I love! (Did you know my husband flew me to Baltimore to propose ten years ago?!) It will be a lot of work and vodka, but we'll get to make a fresh start in a really cool town.
(Not my pic)
3. Back surgery
As most of you know, I have back issues. Like, serious ones. I try to keep a lid on it and not complain *all* the time, but it's been really, really bad for the last year. This week, I finally got some answers: my L4-5 disc basically exploded and now my L4 and L5 vertebra are grinding together, and apparently have been for a while. Yes, it's as miserably painful as it sounds. So just as soon as the hospital and surgery and everything can be set up (about three weeks), I'll go under the knife to fuse the L4 and L5 vertebrae together. And yes, the recovery will be just as miserably painful as it sounds! I'll be walking on eggshells for the first three months, but afterwords, my back should be bulletproof. I'll take it!
(This is a real (and yes blurry) screenshot of my actual MRI film that shows the ruptured disc, compressed spinal column, and bone damage.)
4. A boxset
Before knowing my back was going to give it up, I signed up to be part of an upcoming paranormal romance box set with an 'angels and demons' theme! I've already started writing an LGBT romance between a musician and his guardian angel. I'm really excited about this one!
5. A balancing act
By now, you've probably realized that this is a LOT of things to do that don't necessarily work well together. Thankfully, The Snow Owl is on autopilot and will happen no matter what! As for the rest of it, that all depends on my back surgery. I'll likely be pretty useless for a few months (hey, maybe I'll get some good reading time in!) but other than that, I really don't know. I won't put dates on any upcoming projects because they're all up in the air. I'll do my very best to keep you posted!