As it's been almost half a year (eep!) since the posting of the last part of the latest book, The Light Between, I'd been pondering posting a status update on the next installment, Hope's Light. And as this week a kind reader (hi Bibliophage!) reached out with an inquiry following up with encouragement to post about it, here we go.
In a nutshell, progress exists...just slow. Major plot points/scenes along with the 'History of Heaven' backstory threads are outlined, and Part 1 has been drafted with the kickoff of Part 2 also on the page. I'd hoped (ha!) to be further along at the end of summer, but the equinox is almost upon us. Work, which has been ridiculously busy and stressful since last May, still hasn't settled down - thanks to a bunch of details I won't bore folks with. Plus many weekend days have been dedicated to visiting my father who, due to the passing of his last puppy (after losing mom last year), is now living completely alone for the first time since over half a century ago back in his college days. He's okay, but yeah...he's admitted it's been lonely. That he actually would admit such openly expresses volumes. I'm the only family within 'close' driving distance, where 'close' is one hour each way. Not a horrid drive, but doing so has meant significantly less dedicated writing time. Absolutely worth it though.
What's yet to coalesce from the mysterious mists are the story linkages of how exactly to get from a to b, and b to c, etc. Many ideas, but the taste/feel of the story pacing hasn't settled. The muse is fighting bravely against the stress demons as best she can, and she still kicks out with inspiration to the side of the ol' noggin on the regular. She's just going to be owed some seriously good quality wine once we get through this one.
Anyway, just wanted to let folks know that the story definitely has -not- been abandoned, and the obsession over it all has not lessened one whit. Merely have lacked as many opportunities to focus properly (or the required energy) as I'd have liked. It'll get done though, it's just a matter of time. I may even succeed in taking some stay-cation time in a couple weeks to get away from work entirely and toss words at the screen in between playing with the kitties. Wish me luck.
And if you're reading this and have yet to explore the previous books...but enjoy sagas filled with soul-searching, angels, friendship, fae, family, metaphysics, and adventure...it all starts here: Into The Light
Oh, and it also has a pretty darn cool fluff-ball of a kitty. :)