It’s Freaking Cold!

My spirits are not at an all-time high. It’s so damned cold in Vermont – after the winter from hell we’re still freezing our asses of. We haven’t been able to have coffee out on our deck yet, It hasn’t gotten above 50 in a couple of days, and the wind’s blowing. Now I’m someone who’s not keen on warm climates, but this is ridiculous.

But I soldier on, trying to be cheerful between a million doctor appointments (nothing lethal) and a peculiar case of insecurity, not something I usually suffer from. I’ve been doubting myself lately, with a little help from my (not) friends, and wandering between too many projects, all of which I love, instead of sitting down and finishing one. I blame the weather (seriously – in Northern Vermont it’s been criminal), and the pain (always a challenge) and chemistry (I come from the biologically bonkers on both side of my family), but I gotta do something about it. If I’m not writing, not telling myself a story, it feels like something’s missing, something’s wrong.

I have one brilliant book written that needs some more revising to be completely wonderful. Well, it already is wonderful, and fortunately I’m not a perfectionist, but this is so good (I really love it) that it’s worth being extra careful.

And I have : 1 historical (The Absolutely, Positively Worst Man in England), 1 modern (revenge fantasy), 1 slightly Indiana Jones-ish, one Mary Stewart Gothic. Maybe I should throw a dart. Or ask for a sign.

Years ago, I was under contract for a number of books, but I wanted to write one more ICE book and my publisher wasn’t interested (silly people!) So it was write On Thin Ice on spec for indie publishing or concentrate on the contracted stuff, and I was really torn, so I asked the universe for a sign. I was driving in the car at the time, and Bruce Coburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” came on. It couldn’t have been clearer.

So I guess I need another sign. I need to figure out how to escape back into my happy place. Any of you out there psychic? I’ll take signs from anyone.

In the meantime, I’ve just republished the House of Rohan series, starting with Reckless, though they’ve just given me back the rights to Ruthless so that’ll be out in a little more than a month and the short story, Wicked House of Rohan, is coming back to me this fall. I’ve also gotten the rights back to Hidden Honor and oh, my heavens, The Devil’s Waltz! I freaking love the book. So lots of reprints and masses of new audio. Lots of stuff going on.

I think spring is a fairly common time for the doldrums to hit. I gotta just slap myself out of it and get back to what I love. Somebody, give me a sign. Or a shove.

6 thoughts on “It’s Freaking Cold!

  1. We’re already hitting 80s and 90s in Omaha, and it’s only going to get hotter and more oppressively humid. I know I shouldn’t complain after the winter we had (Yay Polar Vortex!), but more than a week of 60s and 70s would have been nice. Sigh.

    1. I freaking love “The Devil’s Waltz” too!! I just finished re-reading it last month. It is in my top 5 favorite of your books. I’m so thrilled to hear about the things you are working on. Gimme, gimmee, gimmee!

  2. Fingers crossed for the revenge fantasy. Into the Fire is my favourite, your writing style makes my heart feel like it literally leaps and I can’t wait for more please!

  3. If you don’t mind, might I ask if we’ll ever see the out of print short stories in kindle? Maybe as a collection?
    I’ve been curious about this for a long time. Especially now that novels that were published in kindle before will take precedence.

    1. I’m just gathering info and have a stack of books to send my digitizer – Monster in the Closet, Blind Date from Hell, etc. I definitely want to get those out soon.

  4. I love the Ice series! I hadn’t read a book since my jr year of high school, and was bored at work, and someone handed me Black Ice. From that moment I was hooked. I couldn’t read enough. Not just of that series, but it got me reading more and more of your novels, though I have not found any character that compares to Bastien or Reno. So, when you wrote the books for the Fire series, I was beyond thrilled, and downloaded them the minute they hit the shelf. Will there be another book in the Fire series coming soon?

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