I have been asking that question and I am sure many of you have as well. So far, Sprite Fall has undergone more changes than I anticipated. I made a major breakthrough on a character that wasn’t coming across the way I wanted. She’s been screaming at me since the first book that she isn’t as mousy as I let her appear in the edited version. So a full rewrite for a major character. Check.
I found an issue with the main plot line that wouldn’t be fixed by a quick patch. This meant reworking every villain, every supporting character, and yes a few adjustments to Sprite so she didn’t take me out with a Spiritfire blast in my sleep. (I’m pretty sure Juan would have agreed and helped on this point) so reworking every damn thing. Check.
Finally, I had a slight (read the biggest thing ever in my life) upheaval of my life, my love, and my brain. I won’t go into details because they’re personal. I will just say that it is something I don’t wish on anyone even with the clarity it has given me. What it has also given me is a full brain that refuses to dump enough to write or pretty much anything else. I will be on the path again and I have so many great ideas for not only Sprite but also the other things I have planned.
Some good news and a bit of a treat for the curious, These are the titles I am working on in my head and on paper. Sprite (obviously), The Daeown series, Wonderland Wetworks (Standalone), The Promethean Children (My first YA short series), The Caller of Storms (not sure yet if it will be a standalone or a short series yet), and about 15 short stories that may end up being in a compilation. I am sure this list will grow as I get inspiration everyday, some from what I see and some from the amazing people I meet.
I have moved back home to Monterey, Ca. It has given me a fresh perspective and has introduced me to some amazing people that have helped me get through my troubles and reminded me that good friends are like brothers and sisters. I want to thank them for all that they have done for me.
Annette – You reminded me what it means to be strong and to be myself and to fight for every inch I want. You are an amazing person and I can’t wait to see what you do with all of that spirit.
Annabel – You are pure heart. every time I talk to you I walk away Lighter and can feel the positive energy you share just by being you and being around. Never stop being so amazing.
Angelique – You heard I needed help and you jumped and did everything you could to help me find myself and if that didn’t work, you made sure I was in the right place to find it on my own. I will always owe you.
Ash – You gave me real talk when everyone else was telling me fluffy kitten stories about life. You pushed me and never candy coated anything. I needed that more than I realized and I still go back to the things you said all the time to see where I am and where I am going. You are forever someone I will remember when I start getting to deep in my own shit. It will probably be your voice telling me to get off my ass and make it work for me.
Liz -You showed up with relaxed calm and understanding about being broken. You never gave up and put more of your heart out there than I ever expected anyone to do for me. I hope one day I can do the same for you. No matter what you need, I will do what i can to be there.
Lexy – You gave me hope. You gave me inspiration. You gave me a reason to fight. You are the quintessential badass woman. I hope I can do your personality justice as I weave it into the characters and stories you have inspired.
Leo – You have had my back from day one. You came out fighting when I didn’t know there was something to fight. I’m pretty sure that you’re psychic as well as my favorite happy hippy. I still totally owe you those glasses. Love ya sis.
Logan – My oldest and often wiser than me. You held things down no matter what the odds. You got angry when I couldn’t, You defended me before anyone told me I needed to be defended. you stood by me one hundred percent, everyday, every way. You are an impressive man and I am so proud of you in ways I can’t express. You will be whoever and whatever you decide to be. keep kicking ass.
Grayson – You never question your loyalties and you make others ashamed of backing down. I have never seen you give up when you were fighting for the people you care about and I can’t wait to see you fight for yourself equally. You have an amazing heart and anyone trying to stop you should cower and run in fear.
Eliza – You let the world come and the world go. you are the most balanced person I know. Nothing can interfere with you and nothing can stand in your way. You are everything my poor Taoist heart could ever dream of and it makes me proud. Stay focused on the center of your heart and you will always win.
Jennifer – You have been my friend for more years than I want to admit. Through all of this you have stayed rock steady and always in my corner. You gave me distractions when I needed it and gave me space when that worked better. Your advice was always the best.
To anyone I forgot – Thank you for being my friend. For caring when others would say it was too much trouble. I know I live with my heart on my sleeve and my life an open book. I’m sure that isn’t normal, I just don’t know how to be non-genuine in everything and I have never seen the sense in hiding what should be in the light. I hope these books make you proud of what you were able to do with your love, patience, and friendship.
You are all the best and I can’t imagine my life without all of you in it.