Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

Well, the world sure feels surreal right now. Almost every nation is enacting some level of lockdown, social isolation and distancing is now a way of life and Canada’s closed its borders for non-essential travel for the first time in my memory.

It’s scary, and a lot of the implications of what can happen are scarier.

But, I want to talk about something important. The world is surreal and things can be scary, but this situation has helped me clarify what’s important to me. Family, friends, health. I’ve been on this path for a while, chasing the idea of living rather than just surviving.

Life can be hard, it can be short… but it’s also what we make it.

I’m choosing to step back from online serialization sites for a while. I had some great experiences and met some wonderful people, but since November it’s been one crisis after another. I stood up and tried to work within (and without) of the company process, but when a company chose to side with harassers over protecting users, I was torn. Do I leave and sacrifice a network and community that still held value to me? Did I stay and know that the harassment would continue?

And then COVID reached Canada. Then the safety measures were put into place and I sat down with my Mom and had a talk about what would happen if she got sick, if my Dad got sick. If I got sick. This isn’t our first health rodeo, so it was a pretty calm discussion. But.

I realised that my time spent dealing with petty and ineffectual people over stupid issues on the internet was taking up too much of my time. It feels big in the moment, until something actually big shows up.

I’m still writing, I’ll always write. My goals have just shifted back to aiming for Trad or Indie pub.

The internet drama will continue on its own, I’m sure. But I don’t have to engage with it. Instead, I’m choosing to spend time in contact with loved ones and on improving my health in any way I can.

Life is too short, but I needed the reminder.

Call your loved ones, hug your pet. Make art and rest and recover.

What about Patreon?

I’ll be reinstating the hiatus for the moment, so that folks can conserve their finances in case money gets tight.

March 2020 – Onward, Upward!

Housekeeping Stuff

Patreon!

I’ve dusted off the old Patreon which has lain dormant for… a while. If you’re interested in reading chapter updates early, and a tier for exclusive content like… Stormy Skies. [See below]

Tutorials and How To’s!

What would you like to see in upcoming tutorials and how-to’s? Let me know in the comments!

  • Editing process
  • Designing a cover for serial sites
  • developing a character from flat to flat-out-awesome
  • Other?

Stories & Where to Find Them

Taking Names

New Adult/Adult Paranormal Thriller

When Sif’s mother is killed, she’s hellbent on revenge. Things get complicated when Sif meets the extended family that her mother never told her about. A very large, very rich, very powerful family that could help her find out who put out the hit on her mother.

Hell hath no fury like a woman wronged, and Hell’s never seen a woman like Sif before.


Among the Trees

New Adult Fantasy Romance

Karley is a grad student in robotics software at MIT who desperately needs a week away from all things technical. When she takes a vacation to go hiking, the last thing she expects is to meet Hunter, a fellow wanderer with a voice of gold and a sad smile. As they spend time together on the trilocular realizes not everything can be explained. Hunter’s wild freedom is something that’s been missing from her life.

The forest sings when Hunter’s around, leaves grow greener, and everything feels… better. It’d be easier to explain that it was all in her head, but Karley knows what she’s seeing is real.


Stormy Skies – Patreon Exclusive

Adult Fantasy Adventure – Sequel to the Watty-winning Hungry Skies. Cowboy elves, Santeria orcs, and a lot of good dogs.

Millie Berry survived the battle of Scorched Bluffs, but she’s not sure she’ll survive her return to civilization and society. A society that hasn’t forgotten she used to go by the name ‘Butcher’ during the war. Not everyone believes she’s changed, and old enemies are emerging from the shadows with time-honed grudges. Can she atone for her past sins, or will Millie lose the family she’s protected so fiercely?


That’s all for today, I hope you folks enjoy my stories and writing-cat sends her regards.

oxo, Cal & Cat