Sorry to have been away. The only excuse I have is that it was birthday week (Verna's) here at the lair. She and I both had the week off (happens VERY rarely) and we took some much needed us time. Still managed to knock out some pivotal scenes for the novel (another chapter nearly finished - a primary character dead, another behind bars, and a third finds his magic!)
Oddly, I've discovered that being so near to completion of this story has made me a bit trepidatious. It's not that I'm going to miss the characters (well, the one who died, certainly) as they still have two very important stories to be told, plus random appearances in six other novels, so it's not as if I won't see them again. Still...
Also during the week, Verna & I have made some serious decisions regarding our writing careers (pedal to the floorboards) and for the first time in a long while, I'm feeling good about it. More on that later (if all goes well.) Meanwhile, the mundane world must go on and tomorrow begins a new work week, but now it doesn't seem so overwhelming. We'll see.
I'll do my best to keep you posted on my current writing progress.
If you like, you can visit some of my old friends at my website (rickhipps.com) and at http://www.loreleisignal.com/Grayleigh.html (if you like the story of Brenna and her family, check out the entire anthology (links are also at my website, including a new anthology coming in September, A Forest of Dreams, published by Indie Authors Press. - in paperback and on Kindle!)
Sorry for the shameless bout of self promotion, but as I said, pedal to the floorboards.
Hope we'll talk soon.