I’ve been back at my writing desk for a few weeks now, working on some new projects and finishing up some old ones. The new blog is all about where I’ve been for four years – caring for my husband and my mother – and I said I’d share it as soon as I went live. Not all of the posts are up yet, but more will be coming in the next few weeks. They’re written and formatted, but I want to double check them one more time (part of being a control-freak writer, I guess). In the meantime, you can check it out here.
Here’s what else I’m working on:
The 4th book in the Arienne Cerasola Series
A brand new series that has a lot to do with feathers (more on that later…)
A new romance series I started last year as my NaNoWriMo project.
I’ll be publishing snippets and teasers over the next few months so stay tuned and thanks for all of your support over the years.
I know, it’s been a loooong time, but I have a really good excuse…honest.
In 2014 – right as I was publishing Legendary Magic, my husband had a medical crisis that hit us completely out of the blue. One day we were wandering the art galleries in Vermont, the next we were in the Emergency Room. Thus began the hardest time in my life. Three years of worry, stress, and eventually savoring every moment until the inevitable happened.
I should mention that half way through my husband’s illness, my mother’s heart condition worsened…so I learned how to be a two-location caregiver. I should also mention they died four months apart.
Four months. Yup.
My two biggest supports were both gone and I had to learn how to stand completely on my own and recover from repeated trauma and stress. Fortunately, I have those skills (and a whole bunch of other ones I was surprised to learn were within me).
But it’s time to put my life back together and that means balancing my writing with my art, but first there’s something I absolutely have to do: start my own resource blog for caregivers. It’s not an easy lot in life, but (if you can keep your sanity) it is rewarding.
Needless to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of time to write. There wasn’t a whole lot of time for anything, really. But I have mental notes and all sorts of new angles running around my head and now that my powers of concentration are back, I’m diving right in. I’m drafting the blog posts right now, and I’ll put up a link as soon as I title it (I might need a bit of help on that one) and figure out if I want the entire thing to go live at once or to space out the posts. Decisions, decisions…
So as soon as the blog is ready, I’ll let you know. Then it’s back to Arienne and the gang, as well as Cally, Cleo, and a few new characters I want you all to meet.
So here we go. Back to a whole different life.
R. Leonia Shea