February is a no-go…

Or at least, most of it. ūüėõ

I had to go in to the hospital early February because I was having weird contractions, which they determined was a side-effect of a just-started infection. Before and after that merry little interval, where I was strictly ordered to rest for three days until they could determine what exactly was going on, I’ve been frantically cleaning and prepping the house for the arrival of baby Jase.

Yeah, nesting. It kind of hit me full-force with this baby.

The good news with that is that it gave me plenty of time to listen to audiobooks. I “read” the last three Harry Potter books and the first two books in Mary Robinette Kowel’s Glamourist History series,¬†Shades of Milk and Honey¬†and¬†Glamour In Glass. They weren’t mind-blowing, but decent little Regency fantasies that I enjoyed. I also read Brandon Sanderson’s¬†Bands of Mourning¬†and am starting to re-read The Reckoners series, as¬†Calamity¬†just came out. I’m finding that Sanderson’s characters in the Wax and Wayne series are starting to sound a little like repetitions of some of his other characters, but I still love how deep he’s digging into the magical elements of the Mistborn world–and, admittedly, I will always and forever be a Wayne fan, because he’s hilarious and adorable and I kind of ship him and Marasi like crazy even though it looks like he’s getting into a relationship with MeLaan. *ahem*

Oh yeah, and I’ve finished crocheting the Very Hungry Caterpillar sleep sack and beanie set for Jase.

All of this, of course, has not left a lot of room for writing. Which has been kind of ok, because to be honest my brain has been pretty fuzzy this past month. I’ve started getting the urge to work on it a bit more the last week or so, so we’ll see if I have a chance to finish up a couple of short stories or something before Jase is born. After he’s born, I’m going to try my best to take a month-six weeks off, maybe two months even if I can manage it. We’ll see–once my brain clears from the pregnancy fuzz, I tend to get pretty antsy about writing again, so I might not be able to make myself take that long of a break.

My Secret Project still has only about 5,000 words, and Burnt Silver is still where I abandoned it earlier in this year. However, just because I’m not writing doesn’t mean I’m not plotting. I have a few ideas for the Crucible series, specifically Burnt Silver, and I want to give it a bit more thought before I commit to doing that. I’ve come to the conclusion that Burnt Silver is most likely not going to make it out by October of this year–maybe December if I’m lucky–but if I don’t get it out, I will absolutely try to get a novella and a couple of short stories set in the Underworld Mythos world out instead. It bothers me that that’s a possibility, but I’m learning more and more athat I really, truly only have so many hours in the day and I can’t do everything…at least, not while I have really young kids. ;P

Published by H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home, hatitus.wordpress.com.

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