A beautiful day

Today the sun is shining, the wind is just a light breeze, and it isn’t ungodly hot. It’s just a beautiful summer day.

Since moving to Texas Bjorn and I have had to adjust to the weather. I admit, we didn’t go outside a lot before but we go out even less now. The humidity just isn’t fun. You’re not supposed to feel like you’ve got your head underwater when you try to breath.

Today is the first day in a few weeks were it actually feels wonderful to be outside, so I am out in the backyard reading a new book. The Crafter’s Dungeon. It’s a unique take on dungeon core mechanics and I’m really enjoying it.

It strikes me that there is so much LIFE here in Texas. Right now I can hear four different kinds of bird calls, a couple of insects, squirrels, and something else I can’t identify. It’s just everywhere! From the squirrels playing in the trees, and on our roof, to the possums crossing the road at night, and even the deer we saw a couple of days ago. I haven’t seen/heard this much wild life since I lived in rural California.

As for the writing, I am about half way into my new litRPG book. This one is taking a little longer because I’m doing a lot more character growth in it. As I discover the story it keeps growing and becoming more. Cas is having an amazing adventure, disguising a new world, and entirely new game mechanics. But sometimes when you have those amazing experiences you learn something incredible about yourself. I’m pretty sure she’s going to learn a lot.

I’ve also been working on editing book two of my Half Blood Sorceress series. I have been stuck in this one for a while trying to decide if it was all necessary, or if some of it should be cut, and instead I decided it just needed some better connections between a few characters. Fleshing them out more and finding out what they wanted as well as the main character. What once felt like unconnected story points now is starting to feel like a whole living city.

These last few months have been incredible. I’ve written more than I have ever written before, my sales are slowly picking up, and I’m getting faster at writing every day. I’m not sure how much longer I get to do the full time author life, but I cherish every moment of it. Even when I’m stuck on a story bit and feeling like I can’t go anywhere with it, at least I have this chance. I am not stressed out by a job that makes me unhappy, or yelled at by customers who blame me for things out of my control.

On the contrary, if something goes wrong the only person I can blame is me. Was I writing or playing games? Researching or goofing off? It’s all on me. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s worth it.

Some part of me thinks that if I have to go back to a day job this experience will help me stick with the writing, and keep going, no matter what happens. I want to be an author. And authors write.

Hello Texas!

It is March first, and we have started our new life here in Texas.

It took five days to drive from Seattle to Houston. We would drive six to ten hours a day, stopping along the road to visit with friends, have lunch, and get out and stretch. When the sun went down we found a place to stay, and get up bright and early the next morning to push on.

It rained from Seattle to northern CA. We were so happy to get out of the rain. Still, it was cold until we got to southern CA.

The land was beautiful, from the mountains in the north west still covered in snow, to the warm deserts in Arizona and western Texas. The place we are staying in The Woodlands has….well…woods. I was so happy to see trees again! So much of AZ to TX is bereft of trees, and I really missed them.

During the week traveling I managed to write quite a bit and flesh out book 3, Steel Line, as well. Because I was only writing on my tablet and phone I had files saved on each of them that were not connected to my actual scrivener. Yesterday I compiled everything together and rewrote a bit. I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.

Steel Line is going to be a lot longer than the first two books, and have a nice dungeon crawl. It’s been fun to write it, especially because I have been digging into the world building a lot more. Can’t wait to get it done and out to everyone. I’m hoping by next month. Even while moving, transferring things from our home to the trash, and thrift stores, and trying to see as many people as possible, I still managed to write about half my normal monthly total. Now that I’m writing full time I’m aiming for a lot more, though.

For THIS weekend you can get book 1, Steel Soul, for free. Click right here! Book two is also available on KU as well.