Not that I've been idle during this period of blogging inactivity. Far from it, actually. I'm happy to report that I've FINISHED the first draft of the second book in the Discovering Ren series, now formally titled The Shadow King. With luck, it may be released in spring 2014. I hope all of my loyal and lovely readers are champing at the bit to get their hands on the next installment in the Ambrosines' story. I have to say, I love this book. I mean, I love the first one, too, but this one was such a challenge to write and in the end, I'm pretty darned happy with the result.
In the meantime, if you just can't wait, here's your help. Cogwheel Press has just released a brand-new anthology of short stories by the members of the author "family." I had the privilege of serving as the editor and writing the introduction to this collection of spooky, funny, disturbing, and provocative tales. Readers of Discovering Ren will recognize one of the characters in "From Here to Where" (hint: he's a werewolf). I also hope you'll enjoy "The Stowaway," written by my steampunk alter ego Evelyn Grimwood. If you love speculative fiction - and really, who doesn't? - every story in A Turn of the Wheel is a great read, just in time for holiday giving.
So, the "time between" is not a void. Stuff happens, but it's really a long interlude between two significant events. In Discovering Ren, the Almighty tells Isadora that she lives in the time between, the period of existence after humanity's fall from grace and before the last judgment. No one knows how long this time between will last. None of us does. We have many little "times between" in our lives, and of course our entire existence is bookended by birth and death. It's easy to forget, or to ignore, or to become despondent when faced with the realities of the time between. Waiting, after all, is very hard to do.
Advent is the season of waiting. Today marks the last Sunday in the Advent season. In a few days it will be Christmas, but we're still waiting for the second Coming. Waiting. Watching. Hoping.
Make the most of your time between, for in it you will accomplish everything. This is the time you've been given. Savor it. Make the most of it. Cherish it. Rejoice in it.
May Christmas bring you renewed hope, and may the new year bring you joy. Peace.