What Stace had to say on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
I Aten’t Dead

Good lord! I cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve updated here. And this is not going to be a long post (sorry), but I do have some nice long posts planned for the next few months.

I’ve been very busy–mostly working (I have given myself carpal tunnel, bleh) but also dealing with some family-related things; my MIL has been ill and there’s been some time-consuming things going on with the girls–nothing bad, just time-consuming.

I know that you’re all eager for news of the sixth Downside book (which I have tentatively titled UNHOLY LUCK), and I can say that it looks like a Feb 2016 release date is planned. So not long now! I’m also working on a new project, and of course I have the next Terrible-POV book, and a few other things which I can’t wait to tell you about (and will, as soon as they’re more than files on my hard drive).

I’m so sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog. See, I’m a bit of a procrastinator and a big Avoider Of Things. So I’ll post something, and for the next week or so I think, “Oh, I just posted.” Then the next few weeks are full of, “I don’t want to post some crappy little meh thing, I’ll wait til I have something valuable to post.” Then comes the “Oh, I’d love to blog about That and That and This, but I’ll write it at the weekend when I have some free time.” Then the weekend comes (and seriously, this isn’t like a one-time thing, this happens constantly) and I think, “Better to just write it and post it directly.”

Then I think of writing it, and realize it’s, like, Friday at 5:00, and think, “I’ll wait until next week, so I can post it early in the week as opposed to the very end.”

This goes on for a month or two, and then I start panicking. “It’s been So Long, so loong, since I posted, I’d better have something really big to say, or they’re gonna be so mad at me.”

Next comes, “I don’t want to come back to the blog with a big old rant about something, like I didn’t stop blogging for a while at all. I need to find a nice little thing to post, to dip my toe back in the water, so to speak.”

Oh, and there’s also the “I’d love to blog about X issue, but my blog isn’t that kind of blog.”

And the “I’ll post it on Facebook. Lots of people are on Facebook, right? So it’s an update from me but I didn’t have to go into my website, which makes me feel guilty and bad because it needs to be updated.”

All of this, btw, has a strong undercurrent of, “Damn it, Stace, nobody gives a shit about you scrubbing your floors or making window screens out of net curtains or the nest of blackbirds outside your bedroom window and how you bought a bird feeder/bath, and how stupidly enthralled you’ve been watching the birds while you wash dishes. They want news and they want book info, and you’re just going to piss them off if you tra-la-la onto here nattering on about whatever random crap pops into your head. Don’t waste your time blogging about other stuff; just get the fucking book(s) done. THEN you can blog again.”

There was also a period of “Shit, WordPress has issued like three updates, and I can’t even get into my site because I’m still running the old version, ack!”

Then we reach the big Avoidance phase, where I just pretend the blog doesn’t exist. This is where I was, until about a month ago, when I skipped back to the “I have stuff to say, just not enough time to say it,” and “They’ll want a big update,” and “I need to stick my toe in first before posting big long rants.”

So here is my toe. It is very sorry it’s been away, as is the rest of me (well, the rest of me is sorry that all of me has been away; it doesn’t really care about my toe).

And I DO have stuff planned. I have some thoughts about happy endings and moral superiority, and various other things, and I do want to prep some fun stuff that I’ve had planned for a while.

…assuming anyone wants to hear about it, of course.

I have missed you all, and am so grateful for your comments on Twitter and Facebook and all of the emails I’ve received.

19 comments to “I Aten’t Dead”

  1. Maggie
    · July 1st, 2015 at 6:00 am · Link

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Damn you for no book info!!! GRrrrrrrr~! lol!

  2. Pony
    · July 1st, 2015 at 6:00 am · Link

    As if we could be mad at you. Pffft. And incidentally, I like hearing about bird feeders and net curtains and books and whatever else you feel like saying. It’s all good. :)

  3. Marta Cox
    · July 1st, 2015 at 6:22 am · Link

    February can’t come soon enough!

  4. Shelly
    · July 1st, 2015 at 6:31 am · Link

    Sorry things are chaotic but “SQUEEEEEEEE”!!! I can’t wait for February!!!!!

  5. Pam Hofmann
    · July 1st, 2015 at 8:59 am · Link

    As said above, many of us care about birds and their feeders, curtains, MILs and the other things that make up your life because they make up ours, too. Cyber hugs from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [on Canada Day!]

    • Stace
      · July 1st, 2015 at 9:02 am · Link

      Well, happy Canada Day!!

  6. Patty
    · July 1st, 2015 at 9:11 am · Link

    You are so funny! This is how I function on a daily basis. Glad I’m not alone. I love the Downside series!

  7. Miss Bliss
    · July 1st, 2015 at 10:40 am · Link

    Yep! Just happy to know you are doing alright and writing and enjoying birds and taking care of family. Looking forward to anything and everything you write.

  8. Medievalist
    · July 1st, 2015 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Really glad to hear from you!

    And I WOULD like to hear about the black birds (are blackbirds in the UK the same as US ones?).

    You know you can always write something in WordPress and then set it to publish in the future.

  9. KT Grant
    · July 1st, 2015 at 1:50 pm · Link

    My body is ready for February 2016!

  10. Valarie
    · July 1st, 2015 at 2:33 pm · Link

    YAY! SO EXCITED! <3 Chess and Terrible! Can't wait for his POV and for the next Downside book! I think I can speak for pretty much everyone that we would read anything you wrote and that we are just grateful to you for working so hard and updating info when you do! 😉

  11. Christen/Goldilox
    · July 1st, 2015 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I am “rereading” the series (on audio…hence the quotes) because I JUST COULDNT WAIT ANYGODDAMNMORE. So. This post makes me darn happy.

  12. BernardL
    · July 2nd, 2015 at 7:09 am · Link

    Welcome back, Stace. :)

    • Stace
      · July 31st, 2015 at 5:55 am · Link

      *tacklehug* Bernard!! Awesome to “see” you here!

  13. BettieLee
    · July 2nd, 2015 at 2:30 pm · Link

    I wold have liked to have heard about the blackbirds….

  14. Danielle
    · July 5th, 2015 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Yay!!! So good to hear from you. Can’t wait for more books. :)

  15. Gisela
    · July 6th, 2015 at 11:00 am · Link

    It’s so great to hear from you Stacia! I can’t wait for February! I’m currently re-reading all the Downside books – again! Because I can’t get enough of the world you created! We will read anything you write and it’s your blog so you make the rules, I want to know more about the birds! Stay in touch!

  16. Debra
    · July 6th, 2015 at 9:15 pm · Link

    Welcome back. Really looking forward to the new book.

  17. Sammy Pitnick
    · July 8th, 2015 at 8:09 pm · Link

    So glad to hear from you, whatever it is! We love you Lady!

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