What’s Next?

Well, as you know Spireseeker is finally out in all formats. It’s incredibly exciting to hear people say, “I’m reading your book.” Now, I just hope they like it.

As for me, everyone wants to know what’s next? Was this it? Nope, you haven’t seen the last of me yet. Not when I’ve learned so much. I’ve been working on the next project for at least a year. It’s a series of three books – yes, a trilogy. Yes, I know the emotion this evokes in some: trilogies are boring, trilogies are predictable. But I’m fine with it. The fact is, the three book series is a classic format, worthy of my efforts. And I promise you this one will be anything but boring.

I did receive some good advice from a friend, who said very simply, “Please don’t make the second book terrible. The second book is always terrible. Don’t do that to us.” Nice. And I won’t. The second book will be a thing of beauty.

And here’s your first hint: Dragons.


So, having been quite a while since my last blog post, I tried a little experiment. Every day in October I made myself write down one observation from that day. As you will see, this is probably why I’ve never tweeted.

1 October – Heard The Guess Who on the radio twice today; they were one of the most enjoyable bands I’ve ever seen live.
2 October – Found my daughter sitting in the drivers’ seat of my car checking my Blackberry saying she wants to be like her mom.
3 October – Saw Brandon Sanderson at a signing today; it’s such a treat to hear an author read their own work.
4 October – As disappointing as this government shutdown is, I have to say the parking on base is terrific.
5 October – Took the kids to the Renaissance Festival today; it’s always good to learn about European history, including elves.
6 October – I don’t understand why people dislike rainy days so much, it’s really hard to beat a rainy Autumn Sunday.
7 October – I feel like profile pictures should be of that person, not their kids or pets. It’s ironic that hyper-identity dilutes identity.
8 October – Let’s not overdo the pumpkin spice theme, not when peppermint season is just around the corner.
9 October – The concept that you have to keep breathing continuously to stay alive kind of freaks me out. That’s a lot of responsibility.
10 October – The Exit 7 sign on I-675 North is tilting ominously. I wonder if it will fall over. I check on it daily, so far it seems fine.
11 October – I would say dark chocolate can cure anything, but it’s done a pretty poor job with weight loss.
12 October – There are few things as pleasant as fall colors as the leaves begin to change.
13 October – Today a Cleveland Police Officer welcomed me to his city and tipped his hat – civility is so underrated.
14 October – I agree Columbus Day should be replaced also, but people do need to calm down, nobody is actually celebrating Columbus.
15 October – I take it back – my son’s second grade class celebrated Columbus in art, prose, and trivia – please resume your commentary.
16 October – If, “Friday I’m In Love” comes on the radio on any day other than Friday, I change the channel. Yes, I still listen to radio.
17 October – My book was released on the same day as my son’s tenth birthday, I feel this presages good things for the next decade.
18 October – Funny that humans still find themselves so superior when we can be completely owned by microscopic viruses.
19 October – Pondering the awkward situation where the character in Carrie Underwood’s, “When He Cheats” learns none of her speculations were true.
20 October – I don’t want to buy things that are simply less expensive; I want to see a crossed out red price indicating what a good bargain I hunted.
21 October – Honestly, I don’t want to be subjected to awareness about anything for a month. I know, kick me out.
22 October – Sometimes when I watch the numbers rolling by on the gas pump, I visualize actual money flowing through the hose.
23 October – I often wonder when someone responds with, “Living the Dream” whether that means they don’t know where their classes are. Or forgot clothes.
24 October – My husband is an amazing person, just don’t tell him I said so.
25 October – My hardcover books shipped from the printer today, keep imagining them “on the truck” like a friend taking a voyage.
26 October – Blustery fall day, watching maple helicopters fly through the air, another reason I love Fall.
27 October – My son didn’t know how to turn off a piece of electronics I purchased in high school – apparently on/off switches are now obsolete.
28 October – Baffled by the concept of people liking Facebook ads without any apparent intent to buy the product. What is it they like?
29 October – Well my book (Spireseeker) is finally out on the street in all formats. It’s a little weird, and a lot me.
30 October – Everything about Facebook sort of freaks me out; it’s like being in an elevator with everyone you’ve ever known.
31 October – I don’t like being scared, and I don’t really like candy. But costumes are a little fun. Oh, well. Time for November.