Full System Reset


By Bernard GagnonOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, $3

So, a few months ago, I blogged about pulling back from social media and such, trying to take more time for family and writing, and you all were super supportive (because you’re awesome) and encouraging.

Then life happens.

And I have a book release just before Thanksgiving (Waking Hearts). And then a surprise project (On a Clear Winter Night) right before Christmas. And a cover relaunch (Building From Ashes/Blood and Sand) right after that. And a big promo-sale in the Elemental series. And then posting the serial chapters for Imitation and Alchemy weekly. And then publishing and promoting that book (sales have been amazing, by the way, thank you SO much.)

All this leads to Elizabeth needing what she likes to call a

FULL SYSTEM RESET.

I have no other major projects set to release right now, which means that I have deleted everything but Instagram off my phone, I will NOT be blogging much, and I’ll be spending the next month taking care of myself and actually writing. (I’m working on the next Irin Chronicles project with Damien and Sari right now.)

I do have a signing in Sacramento on February 20th, so I’d love to see you there, and THEN I’ll be going to Ethiopia for much of March to do research for the next Elemental book I’m writing this summer.

Yes, Ethiopia. I am more than a little excited.

Church of Saint George.I’ll be traveling to Addis Ababa, the lower Omo Valley, and Lalibela with an international expedition company. I cannot tell you how meaningful this is to me, and how important it is to the Elemental series. Vampires in my world did NOT emerge in Romania, they came from Africa, just like humans.

By Bernard GagnonOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, $

Unlike my travels in China or Europe, I’ll be mostly off the grid in Africa. Which, again, is probably very good for me. I live a lot of my life online, but that can be really draining. I need places without phone signal and ever-present wifi. I need quiet.

So I’m resetting.

By Jens KlinzingOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, $3

Clear the mind. Clean up the phone. Focus on the important stuff. I’ll still be around, but it will be less. I’ll probably try to start having my assistant do more of the stuff that I don’t absolutely NEED to do. She’s good at that, and I should probably delegate more.

Aaaaand that’s it. I appreciate you all. Hope to emerge in April with a better outlook on things and a lot of stories to share. Until then, many many thanks for all your support and encouragement.

Take care, Elizabeth

 

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26 Comments

  1. Good for you! Have a safe, relaxing, and INSPIRING trip! I think I can speak for all of your readers when I say we’ll be eagerly awaiting your return. 🙂

  2. Enjoy, relax, refresh… We all want you at your best! I’m super jealous of your travels. I will just have to live through you vicariously, while reading your books.

  3. Have I mentioned yet that I will miss you? I am super proud to know you take the authenticity of your books to this level, and I agree detoxing from technology is important (my way of doing it is cruises – I lock my phone in the safe the first day and it doesn’t come out until I get home). But I will miss you. <3

  4. This is what makes you a great writer and an inspiration to all of us – you know how to take care of yourself and reset. By allowing yourself some “me” time, you are able to get some down time and come back to us refreshed and reinvigorated. I will happily support your down time……and only partially because I am selfish and hope that means more books for me when I need my “me” time.

    Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  5. A lot of writer friends, including myself are “unplugging” right now. Must be something in the stars. Safe travels, and looking forward to devouring the next Elemental book when it’s finished! 😀

  6. I love that you actually visit the countries that you’re researching. Enjoy & look forward to the next in the Elemental series.

  7. Enjoy and hope you have an awesome time away and look forward to what your journeys inspire in your writing especially the next elemental book.

  8. Enjoy your travels.. I’d be excited too!! Looking forward to reading the next chapter in any of your characters lives. Enjoy.

  9. Thanks for sharing this, looking forward to April and whatever you want to share with us then, enjoy your down time. Prayers and safe travels. 🙂

  10. Have a blessed time Elizabeth and yes thank you for sharing this, you have done so much to inspire so many people and look forward to more brilliant reads can’t wait but patience is a virtue xx

  11. Enjoy your life. Enjoy tall boy. You have earned this. I “reset” once a year. If I didn’t my head would explode. Just me and my camera. It is soul refreshing, and humbling to know that the world does not end without my participation. It will be so much fun to see what ideas you come up with for future writing. And you know you will! Until the next time, Ms. Hunter!

  12. Have a safe trip, An exciting opportunity for you which means the rest of us will be able to enjoy you stories (real and fictional) when you get back.

  13. We can only benefit from you taking time to focus on yourself , your craft and your family! Thank you for the magic that you do. I also bought Imitation Alchemy. I was telling my son about it and his first comment was “So is Ben and Tenzin finally getting together?” LOL!!

    Go! Travel. Enjoy the adventure. We will be here when you get back!

  14. Good for you Elizabeth…take care of yourself and your family…you taking the time to focus on you means that we will have more great books to look forward to. You continue to be my favourite author…looking forward to your next great piece…❤️

  15. Enjoy your time off the grid. There will be times where you will want to check on things but don’t! Getting away from it all is good on so many levels. Enjoy your time.

  16. I hope your time and travels bring you peace and perspective. I LOVE your books and your travels come through in the story, BIG TIME! I can see the texture in each building and feel the age of each place that you have been when you travel, so go and do it again. I look forward to feeling like I have been to africa after you come back and write Sari and Damien’s story 😉 Enjoy your family, and enjoy taking the clock out of your life. Its very different there, time is not so important, and that can really be refreshing.

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