|End of Day Manuscript. Ready for printing!|
I am terribly irritable when I'm sick, because that means I can't work. Not working means I could potentially get behind on my manuscript deadlines - even though I'm actually about a week ahead of schedule. I just find it very hard to STOP, and getting sick is one of the few things that forces me to do so.
On that note, lying on my bed, watching numerous episodes of Once Upon a Time and listening to my cat beg for a taste of my chicken-noodle soup has caused me to reflect on my past year. The highs, the lows, and the in-betweens. Are you ready? Here we go!
|My bunk was the top on the right of the picture.|
This January, I began the new year by attending a retreat at a place called Hartland Christian Camps. Let me begin by saying that I do not like camping with large groups of people. I adore my isolation and privacy, thank you very much, and I don't like having to crawl over people to reach the bathroom in the middle of the night. But I did it. And I survived. And I even encountered my first wintery day. It was 17 degrees at night - I've never been in weather that cold before.
Yes. I am a true California pansy. There you have it.
I released the fifth installment of The Collapse Series, State of Alliance, at the beginning of 2015, too. And somewhere within this time I suffered from a killer sinus infection that rendered me out of commission. I remember editing pages of Alliance with a humidifier on my left and a red pen on my right. Fun times.
Day One and Moving Boxes
|My brother and his friend helping with boxes.|
I released the second installment in The Zero Trilogy, Day One, somewhere in here. And I also released State of Vengeance, book six of Collapse. It was a long spring, okay?
|Universal Studios FTW. :)|
I did get to have some fun this summer! I went to Universal Studios Hollywood with some great girl pals of mine and visited Beverly Hills and the Santa Monica Pier. I went camping at Buck Rock Campground in the Sierras and got a great tan swimming during the famous Central Valley summer temperatures. My annual vacation to the mountains was canceled because of California's Rough Fire. Our cabin nearly burned down, but thank God it survived! The smoke from the fire poisoned the air in the valley for over a month. It was like breathing in dirt. Eww. Grateful for the rain and the firefighters.
I celebrated my birthday at the beginning of this month. I played Taylor Swift's 22 over and over again until everybody got sick of it (but to be fair, I'm still not sick of it!), and had a slice of chocolate mousse cake.
Oh. And guess what?
I got engaged!
Hooray! I've been dating a wonderful guy for three years, and we're finally getting married in 2016. It's safe to say that this was the highlight of my year - and my entire life. I couldn't be more excited!
|My fiancé is a great paintball player, by the way.|
Disneyland and End of Day
I went to Disneyland a couple of weeks ago. If you know me, you know I'm passionate about the Mouse House, and Halloweentime is my FAVORITE time of the year in the park. I just adore the pumpkins and the candy and the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion ride. It was fun.
What's next? End of Day releases on October 9th. The last installment in The Zero Trilogy. It's sad to say goodbye, but I'm also glad to be starting new projects.
The Holiday Season Ahead!
Hopefully, I'll have the complete Zero Trilogy available in audiobook format for the holidays! I'll also be working feverishly to complete State of Destruction. I've got about four books releasing next year, plus I'm planning a wedding and my fiancé is going to be building our new house. So I'll be plenty busy. Wish me luck - I'm going to need lots of it!
Thanks for catching up with me! Next week I'll be posting about Halloween and some wonderfully spooky stories you can read!