Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SM Johnson ~ Love Letters ~ H is for Homestretch!

I. Am. Almost. Done. With. Grad. School.

And it was almost as grueling as I expected.

There have been wonderful moments. Great colleagues. Amazing connections. A whole new life, no kidding. And as terrifying as it was to begin this journey, it's been worth every challenging step and every dang student loan.

I never ever ever thought I'd receive a Master's degree. And no, it's not a degree that has anything at all, really to do with writing. But yet, here I am.

Life, why you do these things?

Yes, I expect to be writing regularly again, very soon. Books, not blog posts (wink).

Thank you all for finding other books to read while I've been on this hiatus. I am confident, as always, that there is room for all of us to pursue this writing gig. After all, it takes me a day or two to read a book and a year or more to WRITE one.

And thank all of creation for that - because when I have a little down time, I want to read great books.

A few more weeks, my Darklings, and perhaps I will kickstart my writer motivation with an excerpt from the new Dungeon book! Watch for it.

~SM




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

School Winds Down... and Life Ramps Up!

Good evenings, Darklings!

Just a quick update... a few more assignments to tweak and wrap up and I will be done with grad school - whoo-hoooo and Yay!

Yanno... I'm probably never going to have my old life back, much as I enjoyed it, but new horizons are interesting and interesting is fascinating in a whole new way.

I have been learning and growing in directions I never could have imagined

It's been a while since I released a full-length novel, and it will be awhile still. On deck is the 5th Dungeon installment, still untitled, and also a re-write of DeVante's Coven (fingers crossed on a fall 2016 release for both, but no hard and fast promises), and eventually the novel version of Reserved in 2017.

I had coffee with with "Chill"  today - a semi-autobiographical character from my dark novel Jeremiah Quick - and I am pleased to report that he is alive and well. So my apologies, my friend, for killing you in my book - I honestly never knew what became of you. Getting killed off in a book is sort of an unfortunate side-effect of having been in the life of a novelist. (shrug). No offense, I hope?

I am overall a little brain fried, so I'm going to stop here. But I never forget about you, my Darklings, and after a very busy April and May I expect to be able to post more often!

~SM