So, it's been a while, and a lot has happened in that time. Of course, COVID is and was a thing, and that certainly tripped me up for a while. I had to go on unemployment back in March and that just sapped my energy and desire to write, read, and review. Everything stopped for a month or so. I don't know if I was depressed, but I had to be close if I wasn't.
Then, at the start of April, two of the biggest life events I've had to deal with happened. My sweet dog Vali was diagnosed with aggressive stomach cancer, and my fiance and I made the decision to put him out of his misery. He's not the first pet I've lost, but Vali was the first I had to call the shot on his fate. I miss that boy every day, but I know we did the right thing. It would have been cruel to make him linger.
No kidding, the next day I found out I was pregnant. You can imagine what is was like in my house. Reeling from the death of Vali and excited for our first child. My fiance and I were a tangled ball of emotions. I swear it took the rest of April until our chaotic feelings settled.
When I felt better, I decided to do another edit on my books. I know, I know. I do that a lot, but I swear this is the last time. I'm tired. Plus, I believe this final version is as close to perfect as I can get. At least that's what I'm telling myself.
Unfortunately, I still wasn't too focused on writing, and reviewing was no where near a possibility. I didn't have bad pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester, but I could have felt better. It didn't help that I was constantly worried about miscarrying. I haven't before, but I'm a chronic worrier. I knew I wasn't going to feel better until my first ultrasound, which did offer relief.
On top of that, I was dealing with a new puppy. Or second dog Heimdall was really depressed, so we decided to get him a friend. I'm very glad we've added Freki to the household, but he reinforced why I don't miss the puppy stage. I do have to say, though, he's been the easiest of our three dogs to train. Yet, he's also the mouthiest.
I returned to work in July, which was nice. It made it feel like my life was back to 'normal'. It shook me out of my creative daze, and I started editing Wroth. I didn't finish until last week, and not much has happened in that time, so the jumpstart to my creative juices wasn't that incredible. But I'm happy for it nonetheless.
Now I'm about to publish Wroth, and I just finished the outline for The Forbidden Champion. I intend to start work on it this week, but I'm not giving myself a timeline to have it done. I'm planning my baby shower, still working, dealing with being pregnant (it's been a relatively smooth ride but that doesn't mean growing a little person is easy), and soon I'll start work on the nursery. I would like to have it written by the time the baby comes in January. Fingers crossed.
I want to return to reviewing. I really love it, but I can't say for sure when I will. Writing my next book is the main priority, and I know life is going to get crazier the closer I get to giving birth (and let's not even talk about life after the little monster is born). I'll keep you posted on reviewing, though. Once my schedule normalizes, I'll know more.