I never meant to give up writing - and I haven't so don't start clutchin' your pearls just yet - but life sort gave me a side-swipe, and a bit of reflection became necessary. As I said in previous posts, my sweet Charlie passed away and left me more heartbroken than I ever imagined I would be. A huge part of me went with him, and I have had trouble adjusting.
Also, at the same time, my responsibilities at work changed, and I have been working a lot of overtime for the past couple of years. A LOT of overtime. I feel like I'm sneaking out when I leave at the right time these days. It hasn't left much time for creative thought, much less writing it down.
And, possibly most importantly, I found myself in a quandary about my experience with the publisher of The Mage Sister. I wasn't happy, but I was bound by contract and they owned the rights. Although I don't wish ill on anyone, I was a bit relieved to find earlier this year that they have closed their doors and reverted all rights back to their authors. So, for better or for worse, all rights to The Mage Sister are now back with me, and after a good brush up and polish, I will republish the book myself, starting with a nifty new cover. Well, I think it's nifty, anyway. She looks quite a lot like what I envisioned for Arinda. Props to Unholy Vault Designs (the creator of this image, which I properly and legally acquired the right to use through Shutterstock, for the record), who's artwork is much better than mine!
For a while I did think that maybe I would just give it all up, since I wasn't enjoying the experience anyway. And then I thought, why does it have to be this way? Really, what I am disappointed in is that my own expectations aren't being realized - and really, no matter who we are or what we do, many of us come to that place eventually. If we're smart, we realize that we need to let go of those expectations in order to move forward with what can be possible. And that's what I intend to do. More to come on when the new edition of The Mage Sister will be released. She needs a good, thorough editing first. Will keep you posted.