Wednesday, March 3, 2021

IWSG: March Project Updates

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It would seem I'm celebrating (does one celebrate this mess?) the one year anniversary of Covid disrupting our lives by getting the news that all of my upcoming April, and almost all of my May events are being bumped to 2022. I'm so very sick of all this disruption!

In other, more positive news progress has again been made on my 2021 project list:

Bound in Blue was released last month! Hooray!

Spindelkin has been relegated to a summer project.

The Minor Years will be back from beta read this month.

Seeker has also been bumped to a summer project

Not Another Bard's Tale is back from the last reader, has gone through voice read, and is now the first of two last edit/polish passes by me before heading to the proofreader. 

Why have a couple projects been pushed off? It would seem I was sailing along too free and productively. Life decided to hand me my 90 year old MIL to care for 24/7 for several months before we can get her into an assisted living facility. While I do still have a little free time to work on writing, my brain is mostly mush from the lack of sleep and disruption in my daily schedule/sleep disruptions. So I shall plod along as time and energy allows.

I'm also happy to announce that Trust won an award this month.

This month's IWSI G question is: Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice? 

Well, before I was handed a house guest, I'd been doing a little recreational reading for a change. It had been awhile since I'd had time for that. Glad I jumped on it in the little window that I did. While I write Science Fiction and Fantasy and enjoy reading both of those, I also enjoy reading Paranormal Romance and Historical Fiction and pretty much anything that falls under the Speculative Fiction umbrella. I'm also not opposed to mystery and general fiction. If the story sounds interesting, I'm in a mood to read, and the book is in reach, I'll probably read it.

Here's what I read last month:


  1. Ooooh! Congratulations on the award.

  2. Congrats on the award! I'm sorry about your events being postponed.

  3. Congrats on the award and hope that things will go back to normal soon. I love that list: paranormal romance and historical fiction. Good stuff!

    Anne from

  4. Nice award, sorry about the MIL. Best of luck on all the projects!

  5. Congrats on the award. Since we're in almost the same situation (caregivers), I can commiserate with the disruption to your life. I used to hate the expression "it is what it is." But it sure does describe our current situations. Hang in there.

  6. Award! Congratulations. I hope the world gets more normal, or settled, soon.
    I love reading a wide variety of genres. I posted for IWSG day today. My post includes a new book by a friend, a note about a free book next week, a tweet about a query contest (LGBTQ romance this round), and a quick message about April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  7. Be easy on yourself while taking care of your MIL. Caretaking's hard, and can definitely be draining. And congratulations on the award!

  8. Hi Jean - congratulations on the Award for 'Trust' ... and yes you've a lot going on - which I hope will resolve itself for you all. Stay safe and all the best for the coming year ...we're nearly there: patience - not at all easy, I know. With thoughts - Hilary

  9. Well, it sounds like you've got plenty of irons in the fire with your projects even with all the disruptions. Hope things become easier for all of us soon.

  10. Congratulations on the award for "Trust," Jean. You've been so productive during the pandemic. Looking forward to having you on "For the love of books" podcast.
    I am sorry about your MIL. Take care.


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