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Adrian, a spy for the King, sees a nobleman murder a servant. His desire for truth is pitted against the dangers of a high-stakes political game. When his friend Draken insists on pursuing justice, Adrian must protect those he cares about as the political games of powerful men alter the lives of everyone around him.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

What happened to June?

Bear with me to the end here because that's where the important stuff is. June was an extraordinary month. Extraordinarily busy, at least. Coming off the MisCon trip at the end of May, I figured things would settle into a pretty normal cycle as summer got underway. Silly me.
Brandon Sanderson signing a book for me at MisCon.

One week I attended two weddings and a funeral and had a book club in Austrailia talk about my book. Our grandbaby had a birthday the next week. Over the past three weeks, I've been reviewing options to install solar panels on the house and fielding visits and phone calls from several salesmen.

I won first place in the DragonComet writing contest which was announced at Fyrecon where I helped out with about seven classes, panels, and demonstrations, and had to cut that short on the last day to man a table at a community event in my hometown to drum up membership for our local chapter of the League of Utah Writers. With that win, I suppose that makes me an award-winning author. The contest had entrants from multiple countries, and I even beat out a Writers of the Future winner, and friend, who took second place.  (Sorry, Julie.)

My shiny DragonComet trophy and the book with all the winners and placers.

I also found out last week that FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ has two of my panel suggestions on their program for this fall to talk about writing sensory inputs beyond the big five, and how to steer your creative tendencies into the right path.

Here we are in July, and I feel a little bit dizzy.

The thing is, I got through it all and still took time to be with my family (both immediate and extended) because without them, all that other stuff wouldn't matter.

My brother-in-law and my son with their babies. That means the baby on the left and the dad on the right are cousins.
I still have a lot of things on my to-do list. I have Crystal Queen to get out on September 4th, and I've started writing Crystal Prince, the capstone of the trilogy. I have a tight schedule on some cool things at work. I have fireworks to blow up on the 4th of July. Behind all of that is family. It's why I do things, and who I do them for. Spend time with those you love.