Still Alive

It recently hit me that my last blog entry is about a year old. At the very least, I thought I’d offer an update. I’m still alive, still writing, albeit at a much slower pace. 2014 and the beginning of 2015 handed my little family some big changes. We went from a house on a desert mountain, to an RV in the forest, to a little house in the city. My job changed in some great ways, and I’ve been enjoying the challenge.

But there’s a downside to change, too.

My family lost two members, and we very nearly lost a third. The first loss was a gentle, old Amazon parrot we adopted knowing we were in for a hospice situation. After a long stretch of apparent improvement, one morning, the little guy just stopped breathing. The second loss was our wonderful Shepherd, who had been with my husband and I since before we were married. Cancer took him on Valentines Day, within weeks of his diagnosis. And the almost-loss was our Cocker Spaniel, our accidental second dog. She, an abandoned puppy-mill mom, fell sick for months, lost a third of her body weight, and spent way too many nights in the hospital. She is finally beginning to pull through, and while I can still see far too many of her ribs, she’s actually wagging her tail again.

I know to many people these are just animals, but I don’t draw much of a line between species. To me, family is family, and mine feels decimated. So that’s part of the reason I’ve been a bit silent online. I always hesitate to share personal bad news for fear of bringing people down, when I imagine it’s the last thing anyone needs. But the truth is I’ve had little energy due to a patch of depression steered very much by the losses and illnesses of some creatures I love.

I thought about sharing some of their stories and photos with you, because these (mostly) speechless sweethearts amaze and inspire me every day. But first, I think it’s important to get caught up on projects. Plus I still get a little teary when I think about the ones I lost.

Anyway, don’t give up on me just yet. And thank you for being out there!

New Artwork for Titan Magic

I recently received proofs for Titan Magic and Titan Magic: Body and Soul—complete with new chapter headers and matte finish—and I wanted to share them with you.

Titan Magic’s cover beside Titan Magic: Body and Soul’s interior:
TM1 and 2

Titan Magic: Body and Soul’s cover beside Titan Magic’s interior:
TM2 and 1

The new artwork was all done by the incomparable Abigail Larson. If you’re not familiar with her work yet, you should absolutely check it out. Needless to say, I adore it.

Abigail had ambitions of becoming an opera singer and joining the circus while growing up, and although neither of those ended up working out too well, she still enjoys both.

Abigail LarsonShe began drawing with ink and painting with watercolor. She has recently developed a taste for flat digital coloring in addition to traditional media. Her biggest influences are Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Seuss, and many classic gothic works of fiction, such as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” just to name a couple. Her greatest artistic influences have been Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, John William Waterhouse, and Edward Gorey.

Any spare time that’s not spent basking in darkness, hunting monsters, or watching re-runs of The Addams Family, she is creating art for private clients, illustrating books, and spending time with her favorite long-leggity beasts, ghouls, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.

Read more about Abigail Larson at her website.

Operation “Get Your Ass Back to the Coast” Was a Smoldering Success

Smoldering because it went down in flames. Successfully. We made it, but not in one piece. We lost a lot of money, a transmission, six tires, and one beloved pet. This is the primary reason I’ve been taking my time about getting back online. I think we’ve just about pulled ourselves back together, and I’m so glad to be close to the ocean again. The ocean feels like home to me. It’s funny. No matter where I go in the world, the ocean is home.

It’s good to be home again.

So I’ve made goals, at last! Here’s what you can expect to see from me in the coming months:

1) Chemistry will be coming out in paperback.

2) Titan Magic: Body and Soul will be published in both ebook and paperback.

And here’s what you can expect to not see, but will be done anyway:

3) Titan Magic: Chaotic World will be outlined! YAY!

4) The Watcher, the Thief, and the Sacrifice will enter revisions. I’m really excited to share this story with you. It’s a stand alone frame story, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it when it’s ready.

That should keep me properly busy for a while. Thank you all so much for your patience while I recovered from the catastrophe that was my escape from the desert.