Emerging from June Victorious With Mermaids

So, that was a month, then.

Quite a month.

With Twelfth Planet Press, I raised $24,000 on Kickstarter to make an extraordinary book! I feel so blessed at the support we received for Mother of Invention, it feels like such a step up in ambition and achievement for Twelfth Planet Press and for me personally. It was huge.

Also in July, I did a bunch of radiotherapy. Which was… not fun, though more of a scheduling nightmare than anything. The people at the hospital were fantastic, my time waiting around for appointments was minimal (my time circling the hospital car park definitely not minimal), and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be. Still, 20 appointments in one month! So in addition to everything else going on, I had side effects to manage – some pain, some hair loss, a whole lot of crankiness & skin irritation – and the thing I didn’t quite expect, an overwhelming exhaustion that hit me in the early afternoon every single day that I had treatment. I’ve never taken so many naps in my life. Thank goodness for supportive spouse, helpful friends/family and mostly understanding children. (when I say mostly I mean one was hugely understanding and the other… didn’t completely meltdown every single day about Mummy unavailability but made her Concerns Heard)

I also worked several weeks at the university, travelled to Melbourne, won a couple of Ditmars, attended a high tea, read some books, managed to keep up with at least some of my soccer team manager commitments, was dazzled by Wonder Woman, wept over Doctor Who, and kept up weekly instalments of my fiction podcast, Sheep Might Fly.

Our current serial, The Bromancers, turns out to be a lot more novella than novelette – we’re not even halfway through! So there’s a lot more writing than I was counting on, and I didn’t get much of that done at all in June. Roll on Writing More July.

As well as Writing More in July I’m back working on stuff for the Patreon – sending out Random Post, a Backstage Pass, and the first of the EXCLUSIVE stories to Patreon backers at $2 a month and above. If you’ve been thinking about signing up to support me via Patreon this is a really good month to do it, and you also get access to the many ebooks produced so far including the Castle Charming stories, Fake Geek Girl stories, and the Musketeer Space novel.

I’m also going to be working on my next book (a children’s title!), reviewing more Justice League, attending more soccer matches, surviving yet another 2 weeks of school holidays, and so on. Life rolls on.

BACK TO JUNE. Because the final thing I did in that supremely epic month to celebrate all my trials, tribulations and damned hard work was to get my mermaid hair, which I am ridic pleased with even though I can’t personally see most of it, which means I am constantly flicking it to try and see it in my peripheral vision.

It makes me so happy. It’s so PRETTY. I officially like my hair more than I have in a very long time.

Mermaids are awesome. I recommend them highly.