Mom is taking me on a trip on the eleventh and I’m just going to go with the flow and not worry about things for a while.

Fitting, as it’s going to be retrograde in Pisces.

I’m going to prep what I can (snacks, water, ear plugs, power bank), bring backups of everything I can, and then just see what happens.

I’ve been feeling super burnt out and tired on a fundamental level, and so I’m going to take advantage of the retrograde to give myself an excuse to slow the heck down.

So far this year I’ve re-released Phoenix Chosen, published Silenced, and taken Ariagne wide (with new epilogue!).

Some of you might know that I’ve been busy on Twitter – follow me for threads on Chinese word-play, puns, and idioms. I love Twitter and what I learn on it (did you know that you need to pack your ass, armpits, and cleavage with putty with certain types of spacesuits?) but it’s been endless wildfires.

I’ll miss my friends while on the trip (no data, likely spotty WiFi), but I figure I need the forced separation for a while. It’s 2019 and it’s far too easy to get sucked into everything and feel guilty over not being on top of the news. I know that, but still it’s hard to step away.

I keep wavering back and forth whether to just block all political news while I’m in Taiwan because there’s nothing I can do anyway, but then the guilt.

New project on Patreon: the coffeeshop academy story involving all previous characters.

If you’ve read Silenced, then you’ll have met Kateri. This is her story. She’s a dreamwalker who needs anchors to keep her in the real world rather than constantly in the dream world. If she can’t find her anchors, then eventually her health is going to deteriorate to the point where her life is in danger.

DESPITE THAT, this is a story with lots of fluff, jokes about names, and safe warm fun. It tried to go dark on me (the bit where her physical body is failing) and I wrenched it back.

I’m still working on Phoenix Awoken edits and I can’t see the forest for the trees.

I don’t know how much of it is the brain fog and how much of it is the difficulty in editing something so old. The brain fog is real…I have about an hour of clear-brain time every day and it’s super limiting.

It’s going though. I’m making a point of only working on Awoken on weekdays and leaving the fluff for the weekend. (yes, this is how burnout happens, buuuuut how can anyone resist Kateri and Daddy Fen?)

Chosen was about duty, about finding a home unexpectedly, about the privilege of being able to build a home and care for it.

Awoken is …about connection, about finding the way back to something once thought lost, about love.

Chosen skews to the political fantasy (such as I do it), but Awoken is leaning hard toward the softer emotions and that might be why it’s harder to pull together.

We’ll see. I’m working really hard on it and I hope to be able to do the story justice.

See y’all on the other side of the retrograde!