Otherwise known as morning fuel for the panther-author. Though I tend to drink a mug of plain black Irish Breakfast first, since the roommate does not care for Earl Grey. I can understand that -- bergamot is a bit of an acquired taste, acquired in my case in my college's food court, alongside apple turnovers and enormous corn muffins.
Coming back to the present moment, I get my fix of caffeine and bergamot in the mornings via jumbo box of teabags and noisy electric kettle in my floor's breakroom. It has one advantage over the old food court days, that is, the water's actually boiling when the tea is made, which means more caffeine, more flavor, and fewer tannins.
However, this is not actually a blog about tea-brewing, but one about writing. And, much to my satisfaction, there might actually be some progress on this front today. I can't make big guarantees, but some of the emotional clouds are starting to clear, so I'm going to take a stab at working on a couple of the multiple projects I have going.
Just because I'm me, I'm going to add one to the list. How would people like to see that next short story collection out of me sometime pretty soon? Here Be Dragons: tales with scales, including stories from Trycanta and Glenscar, the Legendbreakers' universe, maybe even Killdeer-verse, and a couple totally new worlds as well?
Yes, I know. I can already hear the griping. "But you have novels to write! And fan fiction! We want Surpassing Danger, we want Playing with Fire, we want The Spell of Sealing and Worthy Queen of Greatness and Snowball and, and, and..."
Trust me, I'm well aware of my many projects. They do kicklines in my head when I can't sleep. Thing is, though my emotions are starting to settle, they're far from "good", and nothing will help me more than success, than doing things. At the same time, the things I do? They need to be real and important, not made-up pity goals.
Given both of these criteria, a short story collection sounds just about my speed. So, watch this space and the Facebook and Twitter feeds for more info, and you may well see Here Be Dragons popping up on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Scribd, and other fine e-book retailers before 2014 is too much older.
Although, for sheer instantaneous happy feedback, nothing beats a fan fiction chapter... so I'll have to keep that in mind. Send encouragement, if you are so inclined, and please remember, your comments are being accepted -- they have to go through moderation! Happy Tuesday, thanks for reading, and see you next time!