I know it’s going to be a tough holiday for a lot of you. Certainly, it’s a tough one for me.
On the one hand, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite family holidays; one of the few occasions during the year when most of us are together at the same table. I very much look forward to visiting my parent’s home tomorrow; to great food and abundant wine; to (hopefully) some fun conversation; and especially to catching up on the news from my nephews, who I haven’t seen in a while.
On the other hand, I’ve long been aware of the false myth that forms the foundation of our Thanksgiving celebration. For reasons I would prefer not to get into here, that false myth cuts especially deep this year.
But a holiday is a holiday, and I wish all of you peace and rest over the coming weekend, and some good food and drink, whether it be with family and friends, or in a different sanctuary of your choosing.
I continue to plug away at NanoWrimo. Though progress has been hindered by an avalanche of grading over the last week, I expect to meet my personal goal of between 25k and 30k.
I find myself still in the process of moving Helen (protagonist of The Hunting Grounds) out of the way to make room for Katarina (protagonist of EvenSong). One thing I’ve discovered recently is that Katarina is much less reserved about her sexuality than Helen was. This small detail promises to make for some [ahem] interesting story telling going forward.
I’d say more, but it’s still all very much a work in progress. And who knows? The landscape might change again, this time next week.
In other news, artist Thomas Vandenberg has been hard at work on the cover for Daughter of Aithne, the third and final book of The Silver Web. We are shooting for a cover reveal sometime in December (just before Christmas!), with the release planned for March or April of next year.
That’s the news for the moment. Mostly, I just wanted to stop say Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back next week with more updates, and perhaps even a thoughtful post or two. (I still have one more idea brewing that was inspired by Tobsha Learner’s wonderful novel, The Witch of Cologne…)
All the best to all of you.