Some updates on life

It’s been a wild few weeks.

Summer is always pretty wild, actually. My mother’s birthday in June kicks off a smorgasbord of celebrations which last until my birthday in August. We have entered that time. From this point until August 13th, I have precisely one weekend that isn’t already planned out. I’m hoping to take a trip to DC to see friends.

As if that is not enough, summer is also often the time I experience major life upheavals. This summer is no exception. As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I have a new job which I will be starting in July. The day job is important for a lot of reasons, not least of which is that it feeds me. Starting a new day job is almost guaranteed to cut into my writing time, but I’m afraid it can’t be helped. Summer is also the season of gardening and  community volunteering, and this is taking up a lot of my time as well. My word count has not been climbing nearly as quickly as I would like, but there is climbing happening at least.

Add to that the incredibly depressing and disheartening recent headlines that have exhausted me emotionally, and I’m afraid I haven’t gotten much done. Good thing there is sunshine and thunderstorms to balance things out some. The new job is also really exciting, and while I like to keep my employment separate from my writing career, I can say that it seems like a much better fit for me.

In other news, my signing was a highly informative and fun experience. That seems like ages ago now. And I have been reading some great things. Geek Feminist Revolution was phenomenal, as I have gushed about before, and Princess Jellyfish continues to inspire. I’ve promised myself I will run more to make more progress on The Water Knife but I haven’t done it yet. I’m thinking about finally picking up Jim Butcher’s Aeronaut’s Windlass, which I’ve had next to my bed for ages but haven’t read. It looked super interesting but I have been avoiding getting into a new series and his books tend to be long, drawn out epics. I think I’m ready for it finally, and very excited. I’m also going to dig into The Raven and The Reindeer by T. Kingfisher after reading a lovely review about it. It seems to be exactly the sort of book I need to reinvigorate me.

The audiobook has hit some snags, so may come out later than I had expected. I will keep you posted on that. I’m hoping to really dig into that project and writing more this weekend and will have more updates. Until then!

 

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Author: Amanda J. McGee

Food and books are my passions. When I'm not planting a garden or working my day job, I can often be found writing genre fiction. Also I like to take hikes.

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