Sunday, February 28, 2021

Writing Through Snowmageddon

I'm on a deadline. This is nothing new for me. I want to write all the things and love to say yes to new projects, and so I fill my schedule up. This makes me happy. Except, you would think, when something like snowmageddon happens.

I live in Austin, Texas. This February we were hit hard with an unprecedented storm. We get ice days about once a year (if that). They usually last they last 2 days at most. This one lasted 10 days with multiple rounds of ice and snow and then more ice. In addition to the power outages and water problems, we almost ran out of propane which powers our heat, hot water, stovetop, fireplace, and grill.

I feel like for ten straight days almost all our time was devoted to figuring out getting our house and our family (including our pets) through this. And yet, though all that, I managed to keep up with my deadline schedule, writing close to 12,000 words.

What I realized through the experience, maybe even more than the past year of pandemic, is how much writing is my escape. I have always made up stories in my head or on paper. To disappear into a world that isn't like this one can be a huge benefit. A world where the problems are different, where magic exists, and where the negativity of social media and the news can't touch me--seems like we would all want that.

Writing through a week that really sucked--and we were so, so blessed compared to many--got me through the suck. It was an odd relief to realize that the passion that got me into this career is still very much alive.

I hope that, if you are in Texas, you and yours made it through safely and are back to normal.

Oh! One of the other fun distraction was that I had a sale this month, and I always love watching my rankings during sales. That's fun for me. LOL.

Today is the last day to grab a copy of my multi-award-winning book, The Rogue King, the first book in my Inferno Rising series.


Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.




Diane Burton said...

I am amazed that you were able to write during snowmageddon. I understand how you used writing to escape what was going on around you. My heart went out to those in Texas who were devastated by this unusual event. Since I live in Michigan, snow is not unusual. We're prepared for it. As I understand, the power company in TX wasn't. I hope you all will get back to "normal" soon.

Diane Burton said...

Forgot to add: I loved The Rogue King. Fascinating story.

Mary Morgan said...

Awesome post, Abigail! Writing can be a great way to escape the problems of daily life. I've vanished into my writing cave many times over the years, except 2020. I believe it was time to take a step back. It was definitely a year of illumination. So happy to hear you're all doing much better. :)

Maureen said...

I feel for you going through all this- my sister also lives in Texas so I understand, almost first hand, how challenging it has been. Amazing that you kept writing!

Nightingale said...

I feel for the folks in Texas. What a tragedy. Texas and Texans aren't prepared for such weather. I like your coined work snowmaggeden. I'm sure it was. I lived in Houston for 12 years, and only once did we have a dusting of snow. I'm glad it's over for you.