How Like A Winter Hath My Absence Been

While my absence from here has been hard to bear, it has been unfortunately necessary.

The Real Life

As it goes, writing is not my full time job – as much as I would love it to be. Sadly, I don’t have the luxury of that. Sometimes it is much harder to find the time to write than others. And now it will be even harder.

My day job eats into that precious crafting time quite a lot. And, whilst I’d love someday to quit and just spend all of my hours writing, that sadly isn’t likely. I simply don’t have the finances to be able to do that.

Plus, I have a wedding to pay for, now – if you’re confused, you should check out my previous post.

As such, I’ve decided to stop beating myself up about the fact that I just haven’t been able to keep up with my regular blog posting. It might help you guys to stay in touch with what’s going on with me, but it’s not conducive to getting books done. Whilst this makes me feel guilty for not keeping you in the loop, I think you’d prefer more novels than witterings about my day.

So, I hope you can forgive me, but I won’t be asking for forgiveness for absence any more.

Just Fantasy

Through The Veil has been stalled for a few months. I’m not proud of that, but, as previously mentioned, I’ve had a lot on my plate. Plus, the start of the book finds Violet in an increasingly dark place, mentally, and, for a while there, I wasn’t coping with that myself.

Now that the space in my head is a bit brighter, I’m finding it easier to continue with this latest Indigo Skies book without impacting on my own health too much.

I’d also like to add a note to those of you who read the prequel that I recently released, Those Who Wait. Some of you may have expressed disappointment in the size and content of the book. To that I’d like to point out that it wasn’t necessarily meant to move the plot of the current arc on or to be any bigger than it is simply because it is and was always meant to be simple bonus content – a bit like deleted scenes from a movie.

In which case, I apologise to those who thought they would get more from Those Who Wait, but perhaps now you understand why it wasn’t anything more than it is.

In A Landslide

Regarding the wedding, there has been a lot of decision making and preparation undertaken recently. We plan to marry next year in our beautiful garden with family and friends present.

Of course, it isn’t that simple…

In England, you can only get legally married in a venue that is licensed with a licensed officiant leading the ceremony. That means that we will have to legally get married the day before at the registry office with two witnesses. The next day we will have a ceremony in the garden, but, to all intents and purposes, this will be our wedding day.

The theme is going to be white and shades of lavender.

So if you have any pointers for me, please please please leave them in the comments. You could very well alert me to something I haven’t thought of or help me to figure out an important aspect of the day.

No Escape From Reality

Of course, it’s been a difficult month. Yet again. It seems we never get an easy start to any year.

Firstly, there was a surprise extra booking fee for the registry office simply because we were booking more than a year in advance. That ended up making the fee nearly £100. And there’s still just over £200 to pay to set it in stone.

Then I ended up paying out £70 for a surprise vet trip for Jasper.

The poor cat had been bitten on his hindquarters. He was limping and crying when we tried to touch him. Of course, by the time we took him to the vet, he was behaving perfectly normally. The vet couldn’t find a wound, but his temperature was higher than normal so she gave him some injections and we were given a course of antibiotics for him.

As a treat, I got him some cooked prawns. It turns out that this was a godsend in regards to getting him to eat his tablets.

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And then… We were watching tv the other night when there was a horrific noise. A huge, tabby coloured cat (at least three times his size) had pinned him up and attacked him right outside our back door. It’s upsetting to think how much worse it could have been if I hadn’t run inside.

Poor Jasper was dripping blood from his front paw (which he was limping on) and terrified when he came in. So, we’re extremely glad he had just started his antibiotics. Our other two cats have both ended up with abscesses from bite wounds the previous year, which cost even more.

As it is, Jasper has a follow up appointment on Thursday morning and we’ll see what the vets says then. He’s walking perfectly normally now. So much so, that if we hadn’t seen the state he was in, we would never have suspected anything. Fingers crossed that he’s going to be okay.

Naturally, I’m hoping my birth month (February) will be a much less stressful affair on all fronts.

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