Hello again

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Hi there.

I was thinking the other day that it's been years--like, six--since I kept up a regular blog. 

Once social media kicked into high gear, it felt like a lot of us lost the patience to sit down and write out posts the way that we used to. It was easier to chat with friends on Twitter, share photos on Instagram, and sites like Tumblr really nurtured the fandom corners of our souls. Or, at least, that's what happened with me. Slowly but surely (real talk: as my deadlines grew tighter and while I still had a day job) my updates trickled down to just giving news on books and events.

Lately I've been missing having a quiet corner of the web to call my own. Maybe it's because there are so many voices online, and more and more it feels like everyone is shouting at each other on social (with good reason, but still--I don't know about you guys, but stress is contagious for me, and I have a hard time shaking it once it worms its way into my head). I don't really want to retreat from the online world, especially since the stakes are so high and it's more important than ever to stand up for others and for what you believe in. But, to be honest, I'm struggling a bit with that balance between staying engaged and with keeping my creativity up.

The strain of spending 24/7 worrying about the future really saps the well dry, so to speak, so while I'll never back down from amplifying voices and joining the political and social conversations online, I've also been feeling like I need another outlet to help decompress and get me back into the routine of regular writing. You might remember from one of my recent newsletters that I've realized it's easier for me to keep up my pace if I don't take long breaks between projects and drafts. That's still very much true. But I also think it helps to engage in more writing outside of stories, so here we are. 

I'm thinking that maybe, without any real fanfare or regularly directing people here, I could use this blog as a way to connect with some of you in a slightly more meaningful way. I am very easily overwhelmed, I'll admit that. I struggle to keep up with Instagram comments and Twitter messages, and, to my deep, deep shame, I have hundreds of emails from readers I haven't tackled or given a response to. I'm hoping it's easier to stay in touch with you guys here, and actually chat via comments.

The plan is to keep you up to date on my books and writing, but also to dive into other things I really love. For instance, I just moved into a new house and I'm having the best time nesting and getting everything in order. I'm trying to figure out landscaping, too, even though I have whatever is the opposite of a green thumb and Arizona tends to roast everything I try to grow. Movies, books I've read, true crime (bless you @ everyone on the Prosper tour who let me go on and on about true crime and Dateline), history... let's just see how this all shakes out. My only real goal is to try to post at least three times a week, but we'll see! I might have to work up to that again. Build that blogging muscle!

Anyway, thanks for reading. Talk soon! ❤️