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.
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.
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.
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