The state of me

With the first of my re-releases out of the way, it feels only right I should catch everybody up on the state of me. First off, I’m moving my blog to live here permanently. Everything in one place just seems so much more efficient, you know what I mean? My apologies to anyone who goes there first. I wasn’t planning on changing it, but the more I thought about it, the sillier it seemed to keep the two sites separate.

I’m also going to slowly work my way back onto social media. I’ve been missing on Twitter for a year, and I’ve only sporadically posted on Facebook over the past six months. I want that to change, but it’ll┬ábe slow going. I have a lot of work to do, and social media always seems like a time suck away from that To Do list. I know its value, but frankly, I miss real writing, so the sooner I get the backlist taken care of, the sooner I’ll be able to get to that.

perf4.250x7.000.inddIt’s not like I don’t have something new coming out. I do, very soon, in fact. On August 1, my collaboration with Rick Reed gets released by Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires line. It’s called Stranded with Desire, and it’s available for pre-order now. That was a real joy to work on. I adore Rick’s stories and his process closely meshes with mine. It’s always easy to get invested in the characters we create together.

But after that, it’ll be a stream of re-releases for a while. I’m going to end up self-publishing many of my short stories, but I’m trying to get the others homed first. And as for Jamie Craig titles? I have to admit, I have no idea. I can’t just do whatever I want with them, but Pepper has mostly moved on from writing and frankly, it would be a lot of work for me to do on my own. But I promise, if I ever get it settled, you readers will be the first to know.

On a personal note, life is actually really good for me. Starting next week, both of my kids will officially be in high school, which everybody’s excited about. We’re also hosting an international exchange student for the next ten months. She’s from Germany, she’s the same age as my daughter (sixteen), and she arrives here on Friday. We have a lot of adventures planned for her while she’s here, so she can experience different parts of the US. Expect to hear about those in the coming months.

After all, it’s the adventure that makes life worth it in the long run, isn’t it? Whether it’s professional or private. That’s the way I have to look at all the changes that have been going on in the publishing world lately. A grand adventure, even if it is a little daunting.

2016 Vivien Dean