Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
That’s how the quote goes, right? I feel like life has been Nonstop for the past several months since the fires, the rain, the mudslides, the total insanity of cleanup. There are local streets being repaved, people are trying to rebuild, other people are moving, still others are organizing support.
And looking back on the past year maybe it’s been nonstop for a while now! Maybe GOGOGOGO is the new normal for my life, which requires some hard decisions about where I spend my time.
Which is why you’re finally getting this massive update. Because I realized I’ve been neglecting you and that’s not fair. You guys are and have been my life-blood–some of you for YEARS–and I can never forget how much that support means to me.
So what’s going on in Tami’s life since Christmas?
Mental Health is on the upswing! I feel like this report has been a LONG time coming and I’m so happy to finally provide it. I asked for a dosage increase of my antidepressant and recently combined it with some melatonin to help me fall asleep at night. I have never felt better. I don’t know how I was functioning before–which is something I remember saying the first time I was put on this drug. My days are still fraught with spoon-deficits, but I’m much more alert, completely SAD-free, and so much happier. I’m also maintaining monthly checkups with the doctor to help keep things this way.
Physical Health is also improving! During one of the many doctor visits I’ve had lately, it was noted that I have high cholesterol (a hereditary problem) and that my LDL/HDL ratio was almost 1⁄1 (not good). Then the doctor said the worst thing I have ever heard. ”You probably want to stop eating red meat.” :O People, I almost fainted. Cut out red meat?? STOP EATING TRITIP?? I was aghast.
In addition, because of the antidepressant, my weight has been creeping up. I’ve been at 110 forever, which is a little lower than I want to be (I feel 115⁄120 is my ideal), so when the gain first started I was excited! But now I’m up to 135 and I had to stop the creeping, so I’ve started cycling on a stationary trainer a few times a week. That’s feeling really good, both in terms of weight (no more creeping!) and spoons.
I have (sob!) stopped eating red meat. Now the diet consists more of fish and poultry than it did before, with only the occasional wistful longing for a good steak. I’ll give it another two months, then ask the doc for a blood test again and see if my cholesterol has improved. Cross your fingers.
So overall: exercise, check! Stable weight, check! Addressing cholesterol, check!
I’m writing more than ever before. Opportunities are opening up for me left, right, and center now that I have a few pen names that cover different interests. I’m suddenly in the position of needing to say NO to some things that I would love to participate in but simply don’t have the time.
Tami Veldura: I’ve recently wrapped up the Tidewater series with a total of 4 books. None of these books has earned out its cover art cost, which does make me a little sad. I think the branding is excellent, but because they’re short stories, and because book 1 doesn’t have a solid trope, the number of people picking them up is slim. Having said that, the sell-through (tendancy for people to buy book 2 then 3 then 4) is very good! quite a lot of folks will buy all four books in a row which is great!
Next up for Tami, I’ll be re-releasing Stealing Serenity in English now that the Italian version is published (expect that Soon ™) and I have finished a contemporary suspense novel that just released called Zero Day Exploit. I’m excited to see how people respond to this one, as it’s a subgenre of contemporary that I think I could have fun playing in.
S. T. Lynn: There are only two books on this pen name at the moment as I don’t have any major plans for it, but I received a brilliant surprise on the first of the year when out of nowhere, Cinder Ella started selling like hotcakes! It took a few hours for my coworkers and I to figure out where the heck the sales were coming from, but we isolated it to a single post on Tumblr that has gone viral. Someone requested a trans Cinderella story, a 2nd person replied with Cinder Ella’s blurb and cover art, and a third person posted the link to amazon for people to buy it! I don’t know anyone involved but the whole stack of replies when around Tumblr like a wildfire!
Cinder Ella has earned out its cover art and editing as a consequence and continues to sell about 10$ worth of copies every day since. I am SO. STOKED. I don’t have any future work planned with any certainty for S.T. Lynn yet. I have vague interest in writing a Little Mermaid retelling with a trans MC but again, nothing firm. Unfortunately, anything I’d want to put out on Lynn would have to be funded by my earnings on other books as the audience for sweet trans stories is hard to reach.
Anna Morgan: Back in early 2018 I released a story in the Powyrworld universe that was initially sold as part of a bundle. The bundle did ok, but when sales dropped, I recieved the rights back and I have since re released that book (Dragon Solstice) as a stand-alone. Sales are low, but steady and I believe additional novels in the Powyrworld series would support it.
I now have a 5 book series concept for Powyrworld that, if popular, I can easily iterate into additional 5 book seasons. What little I’ve run past my writing group has been well recieved, and I’m just looking for a place in the schedule to start outlining these .
London Kemaker: Late last year there was discussion in my writing group to collectively write and publish mpreg stories featuring dragon shifters. I’ve been struggling to find a profitable subgenre for Tami, and I wasn’t sure mpreg fit with hir brand, but mpreg would allow me to write urban fantasy to a receptive and voracious audience, so I released two short works under the London name in early Feb. The Dragon Heir’s Omega and A Valentine’s Omega. Both of these were meant to be commercial works, so they touch on themes of pregnancy and family that aren’t common in my other books, but they also introduce an aspect of a much larger UF world that I’m very interested in playing in.
I have a trilogy concept in mind for London, the first of which is The Dragon Assassin’s Omega. Book one is teased at the end of Heir and I already have almost 20k written.
I have quite a few books I owe you, a few pieces of art I want to give you, and some specific updates that will come in the next post. I’m puzzling out how to push these blogs to subscribers, so you don’t have to come check. I may have to create a mailing list.
I hope your start of the year has been productive, peaceful, and profitable. I’ll be back next week with more details about, well, everything!