Yeah, there's a new dog in my house. I'd like to blame Grace for it, but that wouldn't be fair. For weeks, Grace had been asking if we could volunteer at the Animal Welfare League's Pet Adoption Center. One day we had some free time, so we dropped by to love on the animals. As I walked down the hallway, I see this face peering over the door and the next thing I knew I was asking questions. One week later, she came home with us. Another week later, she's part of the family.
At the AWL, they had named her "Twelve." I have no idea why. We changed it to "Jenna." So now I am the owner of two dogs: Jake & Jenna. Yes, me, the renowned cat lover. And I have no one to blame for dog #2 but myself. Except maybe Jenna and those big brown eyes.
As someone who enjoys peace and quiet, I have just introduced more madness, mayhem, and chaos into my house. But I've also brought more love and joy. Jenna is a cuddle-bug who wants to sit in your lap and receive hugs all day long. She has the sweetest personality, and we've all fallen in love with her.
Even Jake. While he may have occasional twinges of jealousy, mostly I think he wonders, "How did I ever live without her?"
So, I have a new writing buddy in my office to keep me company (or cause distractions). What can I say but life is full of surprises!
As the holiday madness ends, I finally have some time to hide away in my office and begin work on my next novel series. Over the last few months, I've accumulated a mountain of research material which I've been slowly reading through. However, I don't think I'll be able to read every page in every book! My brain can only hold so much information.
This week I've been taking the historical events and weaving them together into an outline with the fictional story in my head. I've also begun writing: I'm a whopping five pages into this new novel, but the beginning is one of the most difficult parts of a project as all the facts and ideas swirling in my head must be sorted out and brought to life.
Of course, all this Civil War research is taking its toll. I found myself awake in the middle of the night contemplating South Carolina's Nullification Crisis of 1832 pertaining to the tariffs placed on exports of Southern goods and the relationship of this situation to the eventual secession of the state. Scary, right? Just a little insight into the mind of a historical fiction novelist.
I'm not ready to disclose details on this project as it is still in the development phase, and before you ask, I have no idea what the projected release date for this novel will be. Time constraints and the level of historical research involved will likely slow down the completion of this book, but I will keep you posted as it evolves.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying the challenge and thrill of beginning a new novel, and if you haven't already read my series, Of Wind and Sky, perhaps you can find a quiet corner to hide away in on these cold blustery days!