What Stace had to say on Monday, September 28th, 2009
Some stuff that’s happening

First, not only did Charlaine Harris give me such a great blurb for UNHOLY GHOSTS, she talked it up on her blog the other day:

“I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of Stacia Kane’s forthcoming Unholy Ghosts after I met her at DragonCon. Unfortunately, this novel won’t be out until May. You should put it on your calendars NOW. The world-building is unexpected and complex, the characters are alive, and the protagonist Chess is a treasure. I have a very hard time reading a book with an alcoholic or drug-addicted hero, and in fact I almost closed the book after the first chapter. I’m so glad I didn’t. The characters are complex and indelible, the plot is fascinating, and I can hardly wait for another book, months before this one will be out.”

Second, I got word this morning that Karen Marie Moning, awesome NYT Bestseller that she is, also read and loved all three books in the Dowside series, and said:

“Expect the unexpected. Kane delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest. I couldn’t put it down!”

Which is totally cool. And was a great way to start my day.

Which is the other thing I want to talk about.

I’ve been debating for a while whether or not to mention this here. Part of me is convinced it’s a bad idea. This blog isn’t a place for me to whine and moan. I’m supposed to be entertaining you, and I dislike self-indulgence on blog or whatever, and really, with the exception of one or two of you, what do you care, anyway?

But here it is, and the reason why is because I haven’t been here a lot–I haven’t been online a lot, period–and I feel like I’m letting you all down. The thing is, we’re homesick for England. Really, amazingly so. And it sucks, and we’ve been having a really hard time dealing with it, and it’s incredibly depressing and awful and there are days when we don’t even want to get out of bed. So if I’m not replying to your emails, or not replying as quickly as I used to, or I’m missing days here–which I am–or whatever, now you know why. I’ve been down, down, down.

I’m not saying this to get sympathy. I’m saying it so you know it isn’t you.

We don’t know what the future is going to hold for us, but we’re trying to find a way out of the dumps we’re in. I promise you this blog is not going to become a “I’m so saaaad,” whinefest. I don’t intend to discuss this again, to be honest. But for what it’s worth, I’m sorry I haven’t been around and I know when I have been I’ve seemed rather muted. So this is my apology to all of you. I really am sorry, guys, and I’m really trying. I didn’t expect this. I didn’t expect everything to feel so bizarre and unfamiliar and uncomfortable, or to miss things so much, or to feel like we’ve made a mistake, or to have such a hard time writing like I have been.

I’ve always thought of happiness as something of a conscious choice. No, you can’t just decide to be happy, but you can make an honest effort at it. And that’s what I’m doing now, as of today. I’m going to try as hard as I can to lighten the hell up and focus.

Also, next week I won’t be here. I’m going to Baltimore for the Poe Centennial stuff, and also attending Baltimore Comic-con that weekend, just as an attendee. A great friend of ours will be there and I’m really looking forward to hanging out with him. So this will be the first leg of my “Cheer the fuck up” project, and I hope it goes well.

I’m also flying. And you know how much I love that! Um, if you’re the praying kind, I wouldn’t mind a few, since my terror of air travel is close to mania. But again, I’m trying to Get Over It. Sigh. Why can’t I teleport? Hurry up, scientists, and get on that. We white-knucklers would be forever grateful.

So, I’ll see you Thursday. Sorry again, and thanks.

9 comments to “Some stuff that’s happening”

  1. Tyhitia
    · September 28th, 2009 at 3:44 pm · Link

    I’m glad that you’ve gotten such great reviews, Stacia. 😀 Congratulations.

    I’m sorry that you’re sad. I had my share last month. I’m glad you said something. I thought you weren’t getting my e-mails. Or that you didn’t love me anymore. 😥

    It’s fine. Cheer up! I’m trying to do the same. 😀 Have fun on your trip and I’ll say a prayer for you. 😉

  2. kirsten saell
    · September 28th, 2009 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Teleport??? Aw, HELL no.

    I figure if I’m going to suspect (and my suspicions are deep and abiding) the competence, diligence and intelligectual capacity of any or all the individuals who design, build, maintain, fuel, and operate a peice of machinery that–by my estimation and rudimentary understanding of physics–should be unable to get off the ground in the first place, I’m certainly not about to put my faith in anyone involved in designing, building, maintaining and operating a device that scrambles my molecules and puts them back together again.

    On the other hand, I’m rather a cheerful flyer these days. It helps if you bring three really horrible children with you. All the bad behavior keeps you distracted. Before you’ve even stopped yelling and lecturing and prying them off of one another, you’re safely on the ground again. :)

    Sucks that you’re feeling homesick. I’m stuck in the same dilemma now, too. I long terribly for the place I grew up, but at the same time I’ve put so many roots down where I am that I’d just end up homesick for the place I was dying to escape… Sigh.

    Awesome reviews, though! I’m dying to read them. Seriously. Will they be available in ebook? Cause then I don’t even have to wait until this jerkwater burg has them at the drug store…

  3. Cora
    · September 28th, 2009 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Congrats on the great blurbs!

    I’m sorry to hear about the homesickness, but I can definitely sympathize. Whenever you’ve lived for a longer period of time in a place, you tend to get homesick when you leave. Just hang in there.

  4. synde
    · September 28th, 2009 at 10:40 pm · Link

    congrats on the great reviews..and as for the other things..we’re here helping you up that hill..(me and kate bush.. 😛 )

  5. Devon Ellington
    · September 29th, 2009 at 7:13 am · Link

    First of all, congrats on all your good news.

    Now, for some brainstorming.

    I’m not sure why you went to England in the first place or why you moved back, so forgive me not knowing that part of the story.

    I know that there are places where I feel a deeply rooted sense of belonging, and I long for them when I’m not there. One of them is Cape Cod, which is why I’m planning to relocate there. I feel very closely connected to Scotland as well, and try to spend as much time there as possible.

    Here are some suggestions:

    One: Is there any way that you can plan ahead and relocate back in a few years? Do you feel that making a permanent move could make you happy? Perhaps England is where you truly belong, and are rooted. It would take planning, but the planning would help alleviate the blues.

    Two: Keep in close touch with your friends there. Make the time to remain a part of their daily lives.

    Three: Are there any rituals/routines specific to your life there which you could re-create here? Instead of making a clean break, can you merge some of the routines/objects, et al you loved best with the life you’re creating here? Meld the best of there and here?

    Love to you, and if there’s anything we can do to make the transition easier, you know we’re here for you.

  6. writtenwyrdd
    · September 29th, 2009 at 7:18 am · Link

    I’m anxiously waiting to read that book myself!

    Sorry you are feeling homesick. that sucks. But it’s good you are trying to deal with it. It’s just one of those depressing curve balls life throws at you.

  7. Rebecca James
    · September 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm · Link

    It’s HARD making a big move like that, up and changing your whole life, especially with kids. Give yourself a break.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  8. Angie
    · September 30th, 2009 at 12:27 am · Link

    Congrats about the commentary — that’s really awesome! [beam/hugz]

    Bummer about the homesick/depression thing. :( Less awesome, of course, but you’re right that you can’t force happiness. I hope things shift back into focus for you RSN; I’ll keep a set of virtual fingers crossed for you. [more hugz]


  9. Patrice Michelle
    · October 7th, 2009 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Congrats on the amazing blurbs! That’s awesome!

    I’m sorry to hear about your homesickness. It’s hard enough to adjust to moving. Give it some more time. Take a tour of the area you live in, ask where some really cool bars, theaters or *insert whatever social outlet floats your boat here* are and go out and explore the city. You might find some neat things you really enjoy about the area you live in.

    Hugs and sending good flying vibes your way for the trip coming up!

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