Hold on. That was so irresponsible; the fantasy side got the better of this scifi-fantasy writer. After looking up the consequences of the Earth no longer revolving around the sun, I discovered the results are not pretty. Apparently, we would get to see the sun a whole lot closer than we’d like. As in, we would fall into it. Onward to Fall we march, yes?
Not that my summer has been a whirlwind of endless trips and excitement. It really hasn’t. Apart from a beachy-keen time in Wildwood/Cape May, New Jersey, I can’t say we’ve done all that much. Still, it has been an introspective summer where every member of my family has done something new:
My son embarked on a working vacation with his youth group to an economically-devastated town. It was the first time he was over five hours away from home without a parent. He weeded, built things, did heavy-lifting, and played with children in a women’s shelter. This teenage boy came back realizing … and I quote, “There is no room in life for laziness.” After he helped me off the floor and I began breathing again, he spoke about understanding something I told him months ago: Despite our own economic issues, he’s leading the good life. I guess seeing is believing.
My daughter is losing her little girl ways, which has me full of pride and teary at the same time. Suddenly, she wants to be an engineer of some sort. She has become obsessed with Once Upon a Time and enlisted me to binge-watch the series with her from the beginning. That might not sound like a big deal, but this is the girl who, until now, used to avoid anything with kissing scenes in it and would make gagging noises when faced with one. She also touched a sea ray. Again … not a big deal for most, but this kid is afraid to touch your average dog, let alone something non-fuzzy that likes sucking on human hands. Now if we could just get her to stop screaming over crickets, we’ll be in good shape.
While still looking for full-time work, Hubby branched out from his entertainment podcast (a hobby) and started producing a podcast for Toy Hunter notable Steve Savino. It’s been fun helping him pull together the website and programming, and it’s great to see him excited about it all.
Me? I went vegan this summer. While that might sound tough, giving up animal products has been cake (the non-dairy type) compared to what I had to stomach growing as a writer. In short, I had to slap a business hat on over my writer beret and make practical choices—not my forte. Early in the summer, I discovered that some elementary school teachers who read the first book of my Middle Grade series, The Secret Path of Ned the Ninja: Reluctant Hero, have placed the book in their syllabus. My co-author and I were also approached for possible school visits this year. So I was honored. I was floored … and I realized that I had to pump Ned’s second adventure out for Fall in order to capitalize on the momentum. Do I love Ned? I sure do. Am I excited the next book will launch in a couple of weeks? Terribly excited. But the truth for a fiction writer is this: You want to spend most of your writing time with your imagination on fire and a longing to return to the keyboard the way decadent chocolate cake nags you to return for another slice. My Based on a Dream YA series does that for me, and while I’ve been able to edit some, it’s killing me not to launch Book Three before the last days of summer. The characters running through that series make me tick, and I’m further bolstered by a sudden burst of new fans over the last few weeks. So it’s been rough for me to put my bottom line at the top of my To-Do list when I simply want to edit my YA work. Still, who knows what will happen with my spec fiction sales once more people read my MG work? Fellow writers, it’s all one big experiment, isn’t it?
That said, I am looking forward to a busy Fall full of buckling down on Book Three of my YA series, Ned the Ninja school assemblies, and first attempts at selling my YA and MG books at vendor shows. I suppose my greatest challenge will be time management. If only we had more hours in a day, rather than a measly twenty-four. Hmm, I wonder what would happen if we could stop the world rotating for a little while....
To find out more about Kea and her books, visit her About the Author page.