So Where Have I Been?

Does anyone else have the urge to grab some crayons and color this year’s graphic?

If you’ve noticed I’ve been pretty hit-or-miss on this blog.   I didn’t do my annual Things That Go Bump In The Night posts for this year, mostly because I didn’t have the bandwidth this year to do the research.  I left a note to myself to start in August and then was sidetracked with personal emergencies until today.  

One of those things distracting me was dental surgery.  I had the first round in mid-October.  It wasn’t severe enough to require me to be knocked out, but severe enough to make me feel sore for several days.  So far I’m healing well, but I have more that needs to be done.  While I am fortunate enough to have dental insurance (yay day job!), it requires me to parse out the treatments over time instead of getting it all done at once. My next surgery is scheduled for the middle of November.

Speaking of November, I am going to attempt NaNoWriMo.  Because of the upcoming dental work, I doubt I will make a full 50,000 words.  My goal is to get at least a quarter of Chaos Kin written.  There are also a few short stories I am working on and Lucy Harker to edit. All of theses should keep me busy for the rest of the month.

 I’m also assessing my online presence. I have a Twitter account (for the moment), although I’m not as nearly active on it as I am on my Facebook personal account and page.  That may change depending on the direction it’s going under the leadership of Elon Musk.  So far one that has changed was the eventual goal of being well-known enough to have a blue check.  The $8/month charge is out of range for me until my sales pick up.

Does this mean I am quitting Twitter?  Not for the moment.  I’ll use it to alert people when a new blog post goes up, or when my new releases drop. I’m a little more active on Facebook, but given the algorithms, you may or may not see anything I post.  I’m looking at TikTok and waiting to see where authors end up migrating.

If you want to keep updated about my books, my costumes, and my cats, you have two easy options.  Watch this blog, or join my newsletter.  I send it out once a month and it features books by myself and my friends.  Also, when you join, you get an exclusive Jordan Abbey story for free.

So if you’ll excuse me now, I have to go write an email and get to work on Chaos Kin.

And of course, as I fell asleep last night, I realized why I’m having difficulties with Chaos Kin.  It will require me to scrap the project as it exists and develop a new outline.  Again, this isn’t a bad thing because I’m not that deep into writing. And it means that I can now count my new outline towards my total NaNoWriMo word count. Yay! More words!