Hey, blog readers!
Whenever I haven’t blogged in a while, it feels strange to start back up. My blog feels like a radio that’s been tuned to static, and I’m awkwardly tapping the microphone.
Is this thing still on?
So… What’s new? I’ve been writing a lot, reading a bunch, and feeling emotional whiplash at how quickly the world can change. In just the last few years we’ve had a pandemic, and variants, and all the political and interpersonal drama that surrounded it. Now, a war in Europe? I won’t dwell on current events here, as that’s not what this blog is about, but if your heart feels pummeled, and if you’re concerned about the state of things, you’re not alone. And if you’re looking for a tangible way to help those affected, the United Nations Refugee Agency is seeking donations to provide for those fleeing war-torn areas.
And take good care of yourself too, okay? If you can help, help, but doomscrolling won’t make the world any better.
Let’s do some writing updates!
What I’m Working On
Attentive readers may have noticed it’s been a while since I’ve published a new book. But I’ve been a busy bee, regardless.
- I’m writing the third novel in the Emerald City Spies trilogy .
- I’m lining up multiple books for my new tropical cozy mystery series: The Butterfly Island Mysteries .
- I’m revamping my schedule to accommodate things like pre-orders and more editing time
It’s all good stuff!
Experiments in Publishing
I’m also trying out a few new things in publishing.
From time to time I get an email from a reader who says something like “I’d love to read your cozy mysteries but they’re exclusive to Amazon and they only come in the MOBI format. Can I get an EPUB version?”
I get it! I prefer EPUBS myself because I can read them on all my devices.
Starting with A View to Die For , you can buy a DRM-free EPUB from me prior to the book going on sale to the public. It’s called a presale. If you’re an EPUB person, keep an eye out for the presale link in my next newsletter .
You can read more about presales here .
At the end of A View to Die For you’ll find the first two chapters of the next book in the series, Death at Dagger Cove plus a link for the pre-order.
I’ve held off on doing pre-orders until now because the deadlines stress me out. In fact, I gave myself a nice long preorder delay, so chances are I’ll move the release date closer when the book is finished.
Presales and preorders! I hope these experiments go well, and if they do, I’ll continue to offer them.
What I’m Learning
Letting go of the Taskmaster
For decades, I’ve had a tiny taskmaster in my brain. She’s always smacking me with the productivity whip, telling me I need to go faster and work harder.
Well, I’m learning that my taskmaster doesn’t help me go any faster! To the contrary, I’m the most productive as a writer when I’m relaxed, focused, and having fun.
Happily, I’ve got a plan. (The taskmaster loves plans!) Later this spring, I’ll take her to the beach, get her nice and drunk, and leave her there. Maybe she’ll find one of those Instagram #Bossbabes to order around, and they’ll be very happy together. 😋
Living Without Social Media
I’ve been off social media for nine months, and it’s been fantastic for my creativity, my positivity, and my mental health.
Speaking only for myself, I’m enjoying the post-social media life. I no longer feel pressured to:
- Read about every tragedy
- Share my private life with the world
- Pick sides in the battle of the day
- Read the latest “thought piece” everyone is talking about
- Listen to “edgy” opinions
And so on.
I’m not here to argue anyone else should do what I did. We’re all different, right? But if you’re a social media skeptic, like I was, and if you’re already wistfully thinking of throwing your cell phone in the sea, I can report that (for a sample size of one) It’s been a great move.
Here’s a quote from Rick and Morty that brings a smile to my face:
To live is to risk it all. Otherwise you’re just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you.
Well, I’m not sure if I’m ready to “risk it all” as cartoon grandpa Rick Sanchez advises, but I am eager for more real-life adventures in 2022. If all goes according to plan 🤞🏼 I may do some travel blogging over the spring and summer. Hmm… But since when does life go according to plan?
I suppose not knowing is half the adventure? Thus I resolve to take each day as it comes. 😎
Be well, friends and readers!
Until next time,