June 2021 Newsletter
It’s my June 2021 update. I wish I could say I’ve got information saying I’m done with book 3 of Instrument of Omens, but c’mon, I just released book 2 a few months ago. At least I can say I’m 50% of the way through with book 3, and the part that’s complete has gone through 3 edits already. That’s actually a big chunk of completed work, so fingers crossed I can keep up the pace.
Some of that depends on how the real-life job goes. It’s been stressful and nearly broke me a time or two the past year, especially since November. I’m not sure how I managed to keep writing and do everything else that comes with publishing, but thankfully, I was able to take a vacation in May. It was my first since September 2019, and man, did I need it. It was absolute bliss to decompress, but it also told me that I really need to take more time off and take care of myself, so that’s going to be my new goal moving forward.
BTW the vacation spot was Hilton Head, SC, a place I’ve been going to for awhile now, but in years past, it was always with my kids. This time it was just me and the wife, our first couple-only vacation since the birth of our oldest child, 20 years ago now. That’s also something I want more in my life.
I also did some reading in the past month. My favorite series is relatively unknown. It’s by Jeremy Bai, the translator of the massive Chinese language bestseller, I Shall Seal the Heavens. In this case, it was Jeremy’s original series, the Heretic Peacekeeper. It takes place in a weird future universe where cultivation (progression in magical arts) is outlawed and controlled by a tyrannical corporation and humanity exists in various Earths and Heavens, each one different and most of them slowly crumbling. The main character is a police officer who learns the true nature of the laws he is enforcing. It is a fabulous series and reads like a mix between a noir detective series, Blade Runner, and Dredd (the Karl Urban version). I love it!
So that’s what’s been going on with my life: writing, reading, and realizing I need to take more time off.
Take care everyone, and happy reading!
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