I started a new job last week, so things have been a bit hectic. I’m working at their office for the first few days, in order to get settled in before I start working from home again. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the work and learn a lot of new things.
Thorn is live, and I’m so excited. My Patreon backers got their copies of the ebook files last week, and so far the feedback has been really great. This book completes the Engine Ward trilogy, although I am working on a forth story in the world (not sure yet if it’s a full-length book or not). My backers at $5 and above got the first chapters of this new novel as part of their reward. (If you want to learn more, check out Steff’s Patreon.)
In my ears: The new Amon Amarth album, Jomsviking. It’s a concept album dealing with the jomsvikings, and it’s glorious. Johan Hegg said, “It’s a pretty simple story where a young man is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee,” … “But he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The story of the Jomsviking is the background – it’s the way he finds to go back and claim his revenge. The way the story evolves is not a happy story… it’s a tragedy, I guess! But I like sad endings, because they’re the ones that affect you the most.”
Reading: Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham. She is an incredible writer. Reading personal essays like this kind of makes me want to write them, but I doubt people want to read about awkward sex and crashing into doors.
Writing: I am simultaneously working on Curse (the third Witches of the Woods book) and a raven shapeshifter book. I am tossing up between ideas for two new series under S C Green, can’t wait to start on either.
Watching: Star Trek All The Things.
On the Farm: Exterior cladding is now going on the house, and we’re doing a bit of planning for our next garden project, and waiting (eternally) for a fencer to show up. The chickens are made of mischief. Last week I collected about 20 ripe tomatoes off the vines in the garden, and set them all down on the welcome mat while I went for a run. When I returned, instead of a pile of tomatoes greeting me, there were two chicken, so fat and full they could hardly move, and a single scrap of tomato skin in front of them. They’d scoffed the lot!
Loving: It’s the British Invasion weekend, with Black Sabbath on Thursday night and Iron Maiden on Sunday. If you’re there and you see me, come say hi \m/ I’ve been experimenting with a sugar-free diet, which has been really interesting. I’m trying to break the habit of having a sweet tooth and be a bit healthier. I will write a bit more about this when I’ve done a few more weeks, but so far I’m finding it easier than I thought, and I have more energy, sleep better, and have also lost a bit of weight. \m/ Mongolian folk metal \m/ Planning an epic 4-course medieval banquet for 30 people for my husband’s 40th birthday. It’s quite fun researching the menu and source decorations and things \m/ Finding a set of fireplace tools shaped like a medieval knight \m/ visiting the hard-to-find bookstore and only spending $100 (bloody difficult, I tell you!) \m/ Our new banquet table! \m/ Wonderful friends and writing colleagues who are very patient with me when all the disasters happen and I lose the internet for 3 days again. \m/ Cats, always and forever. \m/ THREE DAY WEEKEND. \m/ Mexican noms with awesome people on a Friday night. My friend John let me choose all the food for us to share, and I discovered some awesome yum things.
That’s my week, what about yours?
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