Easing Back Toward Home

Hi World.

It's been a minute. Or a few. Okay, a month - make that two, going on three. Gosh, where does the time go?

I would apologize for not posting in a while, but I think that would be silly. The fact of the matter is, I'm here now - and so are you, and that's so nice! I'm glad you're still around, and I hope you had a great summer full of good reads, fond memories, and all the mundane tasks we so often forget to be grateful for the opportunity to complain about.

I've spent the last few months getting acclimated to my new town and my new job. I found a church that I like, and I'm starting to make friends (which is the hardest part of being an adult - so - winning!) I've begun doing things like going to the gym on a regular basis, because I'm over 30, my body knows it, and regardless of the fact that I'll probably never wear single-digit sized jeans, exercise is good for me. I even recently started attending hot yoga classes - which is actually pretty fun, in that drenched in sweat sort of way. All the exercise, while totally necessary for my overall health and wellness, has also made me feel guilt free about my new baking habit. More specifically, my new bread baking habit. I'm currently on a sourdough journey. I've successfully crafted my first, sustainable starter - now I'm just trying to nail a batch of truly sour bread.

And, to top it all off, I think you'll be pleased to know I've been doing the author thing, too.

It took me eight months to nail it - but Severed is just about ready. It has a date with my designer next week. I'm excited to release Cruiz and Hanna's story; not just so I can say it's done and it's out there - but because I'm anxious to hear what you think of their tale and the way I wove it. I've decided this book is the beginning of a new era in the realm of R.C. novels. I'm proud of it for many reasons. It's the first book I've written since my burn out; it's my first attempt at a completely different style of writing - and I learned so much about my process, my abilities, and how much a story can evolve and solidify itself if you just give it and yourself time. I read this novel more than I've read any of my books before whilst in the editing process, and I tweaked and polished it every time. To read it again would be the definition of insanity, honestly - so, it's your turn. I'll be releasing it in a few weeks. I might even just spring it on you. Keep your eyes peeled!

I think one of the best parts about writing Severed the way I did is that it enabled me to find my sweet spot. I was telling a good friend of mine just yesterday that my writing journey has kind of been like a swinging pendulum. I started on one side of the spectrum, published my first book, saw an audience that I wanted, and then let myself swing in the entirely opposite direction. I know I found my writing voice early mid-swing, but I feel myself really coming into my own as the pendulum eases back toward home. Chasing after what I thought I wanted with my stories was exhausting - trying to keep up with my peers even more so. Now, I'm so far away from that world - far from that person - and I find myself in this beautiful place it seems I just happened upon; like it was destiny I find myself here at this particular time. And here is a place where I don't write for anyone other than the artist inside of me who loves it. It's about honing my craft and striving to write the best thing I've ever written every time. It's about the challenge. It's about the reward of stepping back after it's all said and done and thinking - Yeah. I like that. Let's do it again.

Then, I get this precious bonus of being able to share it with you.

I've already started working on my next novel - The Lies of Bryn Van Doren. I'm about four chapters in, and my level of excitement for this one is almost off the charts. I can't promise you when it'll be done, but I know I'm going to have a hell of a time writing it. When it's finished - you'll be among the first to know. So, if I disappear again for a while, know it's because of Khalohn Morgan. Oh, and in the mean time, if you don't follow me on Instagram, you should - it's a really great place to stay connected with me and see what I'm up to.

Anyhoo, if you've been waiting for something new from me - the countdown is on. I'll even show you the cover.


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