I don’t usually have moments when I feel like I’ve gotten anything done. I’m constantly running a to-do list and whenever I tick one thing off I usually end up adding three more. I used to think this was how I got things done, but I’ve since realized it drives me absolutely around the bend. I mentioned in my winter post that I’ve taken up video games to get myself out of that, but the compulsion still comes in spurts and so I have to sit myself down every so often and acknowledge what I’ve actually gotten done.
First, the big news – I’m going back to school. Eep. I graduated from university in 2004 and at the time I toyed with the idea of doing some graduate work, but all of the programs I was interested in were in other provinces and I wasn’t prepared to move. After a lengthy bout of pulling my hair out at my office job I decided to have a look around and see if any of the programs I wanted were now available as a distance program- and one was! So I did the applications and was accepted. Hurrah! Starting in July after I get back from a vacation. It’s going to be tough, but if I can write as many books as I did between 2012-2016 I can handle going back to research. The 400 hour practicum is going to be the one that kills me.
The first part of my project to get my A.M. Hartnett books in print and ebook is done. The rights to The Company of Fools and Out Of The Blue have reverted back to me and both have been re-released with new covers. I also put together a print anthology of my short stories, Dirty Words, in print-only (the stories are free to read on Tablo for readers 18+.) BIG BIG THANKS to Scarlett Parrish for helping me with this and offering her feedback. You can find links to all of them at www.amhartnett.com.
And since I was at it, I put together a print version of my New Adult novella, All To Myself. I wrote this over about a week ages ago and it really was a prototype of Shadows May Fall, only written with 18+ readers in mind – the poor girl/rich boy characters are basically modern-day versions of Dorothy and Robbie.
Speaking of which, I wrapped up How Dark The World, the story of what happened to Robbie after the explosion, and started posting the sequel, Pretty Boy. Unlike Shadows May Fall, Pretty Boy will be posted as it’s written – partly to game myself into writing regularly since I’ll have people poking me for the next bit. There may be some minor delays as I jump ahead to write a scene I can’t get out of my head, but my plan is to do a chapter every week or two until it’s done. I do plan on writing a couple more sequels after this, but I’ve had another couple of books on the back-burner I’d like to spend a little time on. All of these are available to read on Wattpad.
I’ve had another story featured on No Sleep called We Forgot About Muriel. Kyle Akers narrates (he also narrated Half-Moon Island) and he did a fantastic job, as did everyone else, especially David Cummings — when I noted in the script to lose it, he lost it. You can read We Forgot About Muriel here and follow the link to where you can listen on the podcast.
Oh, and I turned 40 this month. I bought myself a book-nerdy birthday gift I can’t fulfill until June, at which point I will be exploding all over social media. I’m living the dream, fellow dorks – I’m spending a relaxing evening at Ingleside, aka The Senator’s House, aka where Anne and Gilbert Blythe raised their family and where Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside was set, and I’m staying in the room the author used to stay in when she visited her grandfather (the senator.)