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November Update – Goods and Services

Hello! It’s been a while.

October rushed by in a haze of colorful foliage and fun-sized candy bars, and by fun-sized I mean full-sized, and by candy-bars I mean expensive dark chocolate and cheap red wine. (What can I say? Being 30 is thrilling and delicious.) While the wheel of the year has turned from the Autumn Equinox to the Witches’ New Year, and now to the month of NaNoWriMo and Thanksgiving, a lot has been going on in the world and in my life.

What do I have to report back to you? Oh, you know. A little of this, a little of that.

First off, if you’ve ever wanted to purchase signed paperback copies of any of my books, you can now do so directly through my website! Simply click on over to the Books page, click “Add to cart” on any of the books you’d like, and checkout through PayPal! (You don’t need a PayPal account to checkout.) All the orders go straight to me so if you have any special messages or instructions, let me know!

Also, since I have been formatting books for friends and family now for ages, I am pleased to announce that I have decided to start offering my services professionally. I have over 5 years experience in the self publishing world for both digital and print novels, and my own catalogue of professionally formatted books to prove it. So if you have zero desire to learn about formatting and every desire to publish your novel, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a free quote. (Also, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month and you decide you would like a paperback copy of your novel once you’re done with it, mention that it’s a NaNo-Novel and I’ll take 25% off the price of your basic print interior layout!)

In book news: I continue to hammer away at Untitled Arcana Book 3! I will post more as that develops.

I hope everyone has had a lovely autumn so far!

 

 

Happy New Year

It’s still the beginning of the academic year for lots of people. It’s the beginning of Persephone’s descent into the Underworld. It is the end of the Days of Awe–the stretch of days between Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur. To me, it feels like new beginnings.

Maybe it’s because these past ten days were the holiest days of the year for my ancestors. Maybe it’s because I am winding down from the riot of spring and summer, into the magic and quiet of autumn and winter. Perhaps I have not quite begun the actual descent into Hades, but I am on my way through the wilderness, to the entrance to the world below. I feel like I am on a pilgrimage, but with only a vague idea of my destination.

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I’ve taken September off from writing. It felt like the right thing to do, when certain projects had obviously become too fraught with anxiety–when my creative self could not hear itself speaking through the clamor of outside voices. This is what happens, every time, when I worry too much about the “rules” of writing and publishing, or what other people say I can and cannot do. I have a bad habit of always believing other people know better than I do, and while it is excellent to be open to new ideas, it is never a good idea to let outside influence undermine your internal guidance.

I’ve lost the thread of too many good projects that way. Now, I am taking September to clear out those instructive voices, to reconnect with that part of myself that remembers why I write stories in the first place. I am taking the time to read books and cook good food, to explore new ideas and opportunities, and to reestablish a place for spirituality in my life. Writing will always be my most sacred act, but sometimes it loses its sacredness when it is tied up in earnings and reviews and the expectations of others. There must be other places for spirituality to shine through, safe spaces that have nothing to do with birthing stories into the world.

But what I have re-learned this month, as I have re-learned again and again in my life, is that some stories–the best stories, even–are for yourself. And some of those stories you need to keep to yourself–at least for a little while. For any kind of magic (and writing novels is the greatest kind of magic I know), there is power in containment, in holding a secret in your heart and your hands, feeling it take on shape and form. The stronger your knowing of the soul of that story before you bring it into the world, the easier it will be to feel your way through the telling of it. The stronger your knowing of the soul of the story, the easier it will be to know good advice when you hear it, too.

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So what is the (writing) plan, now?

I flatter myself to think that some of you may be interested in knowing something about when you can expect Book 3 in the Arcana Series. ;) I can’t say anything definitive at this point other than it is coming. Unofficially, the plan is to have it out around this time next year. But a lot can happen in a year, and in fact I am expecting quite a bit to happen in the coming year (some of it writing-related, some of it life-related), so I won’t make any promises I can’t keep.

What I can promise is that I love this series, and I love you guys, and my pen will not rest until the entire story is told!

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Happy new year, peeps. I know it’s a few months early for most of you, but I just love a chance for new beginnings, don’t you?