I thought I was doing really well getting things done and keeping up with my to-do lists. Experiencing a loss in my family has made me reevaluate that. A week of letting all of my tasks and schedules go, as I dealt with the funeral and the life changes that come when a family member dies, made me see that I wasn’t really getting as much done as I wanted to. I was pushing myself as hard as I felt I could and still things were slipping through the cracks. I know that I’m not going to give up on my goals. I’m just as determined to keep writing and figure out how to make a career of it. Still, I need to take some time to find more balance so that I can have days where I let myself fall apart without it feeling like I’m failing. I’m not sure how long that will be but I know that I’m not going to make the timeline I’d originally planned for my current work in progress. At the beginning of this month that would have felt crushing. Now I can see that it isn’t the end of the world. I wanted to share this in case anyone that reads it has fallen off track of their writing goals too. It’s okay to take breaks. It doesn’t make you any less of a writer. Take care of yourselves and let yourself take a breath. The writing will still be there when you’re ready to take it up again.

I’ve started my newest project! While I technically hope to be done with it before the end of the month, I’m still calling it a NaNoWriMo project. I’m three chapters in and pretty excited for where the story is going. If you’ve already read my other books, Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost, you might be excited to know that this book will be continuing that world’s story arc. The protagonist for this one is Elaine but I’m aiming to show a lot more of the siblings relationship in this one. (I will definitely be bringing Quacey back as a protagonist soon but not just yet.)

On a completely different topic I recently adopted a cat! She is a cutie that likes to use my books as furniture. I’ll probably post plenty more about her as we get comfortable with each other.

This is Columbia. (Named after the Rocky Horror Picture Show character)

I’m pretty excited for NaNoWriMo this year. It’s the first year that I’ll be participating as an already published author. My plan is to work on the next book in Moon Witch Taken’s story arc. I still don’t know what that story will be called but I know that it will dive a lot deeper into the pack that Quacey and Elaine grew up with. More updates from the series will come later though.

Tonight, I’m excited about the launch of my Threadless artist shop. While my main passion is writing, I’ve always dabbled in other artistic mediums. I had this idea that it would be really cool to make shirts and other items that my characters would own in real life. So as I write more books, my goal is to bring out swag that go along side them. Favorite Character’s Shirt is were those designs will go up. For now though I’ve put up a design that I made specifically for authors writing LGBTQIA characters this National Novel Writing Month. I’m calling it the NaNoWriMo Writer’s Pride shirt. (There are all sorts of other products with the design too but I ordered shirts for myself already. I can’t wait till they get here!) Check out the variations of design below. If you don’t see your pride flag. I’d be happy to add it to the list, just leave me a comment on this post. It was a lot of fun to make these. Oh I almost forgot! There’s a free shipping code valid from now until 10/22/20 5:00 p.m. CDT: FREESHIP1020efac7b

Colors drawn from the original Gilbert Baker pride flag.
Colors drawn from the lesbian pride flag.
Colors drawn from the bisexual pride flag.
Colors drawn from the transgender pride flag.
Colors drawn from the pansexual pride flag.
Colors drawn from the asexual pride flag.
Colors drawn from the aromantic pride flag.
Colors drawn from the intersex pride flag.
Colors drawn from the demisexual pride flag.
Colors drawn from the genderfluid pride flag.
Colors drawn from the polysexual pride flag.
Colors drawn from the genderqueer pride flag.
Colors drawn from the agender pride flag.
Colors drawn from the Non Binary pride flag.
Colors drawn from the Philadelphia people of color pride flag.

I’ve been building up to this point for a long time. I’ve wanted to write books since I was in high school. It was hard to imagine it becoming a reality though. I almost never saw protagonists that I could fully relate to. I definitely never saw LGBTQIA characters leading the stories in my favorite genre until fairly recently. It still feels like a rarity to see gay main characters in any genre let alone in urban fantasy books. My goal is to change that as much as I can. I’m so happy to have written a Novel and a Novella with LGBTQIA leads. Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost are only the beginning though. I am working on another story in that world with two more to come after that. If you’re like me and you’ve been craving more gay main characters in your urban fantasy stories I hope you’ll check these ones out. Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost are on sale through Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, and Kobo. Going forward on this blog, my goal is to give updates about the stories I’m working on, share things I’m learning as I work on getting these stories published, and talk about things that excite and inspire me in this new phase of my life.
Until next time happy reading and writing everyone!