Nothing is ever simple or easy. Remember that when writing a novel.
It might seem to you that you’re torturing your characters enough. This is never true. In real life, things ambush you when you’re down.
Take Through Fire’s release. None of the issues would have happened if I’d been keeping track of the calendar and had gone — around October — wait a minute! It’s scheduled for February and I haven’t seen copyedits yet, let alone any other edits.
But around October, I was spending my entire time looking at houses, or collapsing, exhausted, while trying to keep up with smaller deadlines (like short stories) and getting used to Robert moving out.
When I did get anything on it, it was January, and I was having serious issues because of this offer on a short sale (which we just bought) which went in and out of my radar for 6 months, seeming impossible, before coming through, at the WORST POSSIBLE TIME.
Then just before I left for TVIW I was told that I had to move by end of March. (We were month by month but landlord knew we wanted to move end of May. BTW he wanted us out so house could go up for sale. It still hasn’t gone up for sale.) Which meant that I had less than thirty days to pack everything and consolidate the stuff just moved from the house we sold in November, as well as the “use” stuff we’d been using in the rental (You can’t sell a house with four cats in it.)
If one of you — thank you Cal Spriggs! — with a house he could rent us for three months and no objections to pets, hadn’t contacted me and offered, we’d have been in a hotel for three months. Might not have been much more expensive, but Good Lord, the stress.
And then sale came through end of May. Yay. Except it’s a short sale and there’s about 20k of stuff we need to do to house. Still a good buy, mind, but not extraordinary.
And then our movers — ONLY movers who haven’t lost or broken anything in a move and a half — told us they had to do it over three days WIDELY separated.
So I’ve been madly unpacking since two Saturdays ago, so they have room for new boxes.
And then we ran into issues because of older son’s medical issue and un-postponable appointment which means we have to go to Portugal for about 12 days right after Liberty con and we’re having trouble booking.
And then, yesterday, just as my facebook fan group exploded, I found water in the basement. Of course you immediately think “Fortune in plumbing” or “foundation in issues.” It doesn’t seem to be. More a “stupidly engineered” and the fix should be fairly easy and the trickle of water REALLY only a problem during super storms like the one we just had. BUT
But that’s how to pile things on a character. All this while I’m trying to finish Darkship Revenge AND Royal Blood. If.I.Just.Get.A.Few.Hours a day.
Whether the Author will give me that, that’s the question.