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So, I know I've been noticeable by my absence lately - if you notice that sort of thing and are familiar with me, that is. It's the usual excuse: real life is really hectic and I'm struggling to find time to spend on these forums and the archive. I have far too many unanswered reviews and it's been far too long since I've updated my author page with anything new ... or, really, with anything at all. And, to my eternal chagrin, Gryffindor are languishing near the bottom of the House Cup, and (very ashamed here) I haven't done anything to help lift them back up where they belong.

But! I have news!!! After consultation with my beta, the lovely Jasmine, and looking at how my Neville story is coming together, I have decided to START POSTING IT ON HPFT!!! Yes! A new novel! After goodness knows how many years since How to tame a Marauder was finished. (I hasten to say that I have written other novels in the meantime. It's just that they're OF and I'm not ruling out trying to get them published, so they're not being posted on the archive here.) I am finding myself extremely excited about this, because it really has been a long time since I"ve posted a story of anything like this length.

I should probably say here that the novel is by no means nearly finished, like HTM was when I started to post that. It's something like 60,000 words and I think there is probably another 40,000 to go before it's done. But, it's taking shape nicely, and I'm not going to be overly taxing with my schedule. So, I'm posting, at this stage, monthly. The first four chapter are pretty much what I posted on the old site, but I have two more ready to go and a bunch of other material that just hasn't been sorted into chapters yet. I like it, though. I like how it's coming together. I like how I'm characterising the main canon cast, and I like how it's flowing. Of course, there is a lot of work to do yet, but I figure that if I have the added pressure of needing to post the next chapter by a certain time, that will actually work for me. Deadlines and I actually get along. :)

So, here goes. Year of the Snake is now in the queue at HPFT and I"ll do an edit on this blog when it gets up. I'll add a new chapter in the third week of every month from now on.And, should it get to the point that I can progress to, say, fortnightly posts, I'll do that too.

A new novel. I'm feeling so good about this!




*raises hand sheepishly* Uh … hi???


I know I’ve been missing in action for, well, months now so I wanted to drop by and say hello. I don’t really have much of an excuse except for being hideously busy for a while now, and, frankly, exhausted. And that doesn’t really lend itself much to writing, to my eternal chagrin. Sigh.


Anyway, there have been changes on the home front and that’s been taking up a lot of my attention. Nothing major, and nothing bad, but still, changes, and those need to be adapted to. We are now a little busier than we were previously, and there was an unplanned trip to another city last weekend that took a bit out of me. Plus it feels like EVERYTHING needs to organised for the new year, such as subscriptions to events and other such, and that’s all on my to-do list to be taken care of RIGHT NOW.


Oh, and renovations. They’re still happening, so there’s that, too.


In other words, I haven’t forgotten you all, but I just haven’t had the energy lately to be an active part of this community. And that bothers me, because I miss you all. I looked at my author page the other day and it seems that the get-an-email-each-time-you-get-reviewed function of the archives isn’t working or something, because there are a bunch of new reviews I didn’t know about.  I think my unanswered list is up past 80 or something now and I REALLY need to do something about that. And I’m very aware that Tanya wrote on my Writer’s Journal several weeks back now and I haven’t responded to that yet either.


I guess what I’m saying is that I am making a conscious effort to hang around here more, but it might take a bit of time for me to get back into things. And until the extra commitments life is throwing at me ease off a bit, I have no idea how I’m going to fit everything into each day. But you guys are important to me, so I’m going to try. If it’s been a few days and you haven’t seen me around, either here or on Twitter, feel free to poke me a bit. Who knows, it might just be the impetus I need to get back on here.


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