Hello hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Resurrection Day, and that your spring so far is cheery and filled with flowers! The grass is finally green here in Colorado, and the campus is filled with daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and pansies that lift my heart every time I walk passed their smiling faces. It’s actually warm enough that the windows are open! (Although, there are some clouds coming in that might mean more snow.)

One of the views on the long hike I took. Beautiful, right?

My life has been kind of crazy lately: a mixture of mountain adventures, wonderful firsts, and the increasing pressure of schoolwork. Over spring break I learned that yes, I can walk fifteen miles in one day, but no, those last few miles are not fun. It was a beautiful hike, and now that my feet don’t hurt anymore it’ a memory I’d like to repeat, though maybe with a little more preparation… But I’ll be more accurate in travel distances for my characters now that I know what it feels like! 30 miles a day? Yeah, no…not unless they’re trained for it.

Last Thursday was another experience of created memories and new possibilities for my books: I went to my first formal dance! I got to wear a fancy dress and a mask, and my Mom and little brother drove up from New Mexico so I could have a “date” to go with! It was the best first dance I could’ve asked for, and it was so much fun that I, the girl who considers staying up until 10:30 to be living on the edge, danced until nearly midnight and still didn’t want it to end. Now I know how Cinderella felt… 😉

As far as school, I’m in the last few weeks of the semester, which means all of the big projects are nearing their due date and classes are ramping up for finals. All of this homework leaves little time for leisure, though the fact remains that sometimes the best thing I can do for stress is to escape into my writing. So, though much of my time is being taken up with homework and college responsibilities, I will still be working on Frosted Fire. Even if it’s only a few hundred words here and there.

I’m still pushing for a late spring/early summer release, but I don’t have any narrower estimate yet. This book is going to take more revision and editing than my previous books, which means the story will be so much deeper and better that it’s more than worth it, but it makes it hard to estimate how long it will take.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a great week! And go find some flowers! They’ll brighten your day, I promise.