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Actually, this is nothing serious. I just won't be able to attend the two conventions I had planned on this fall, which is okay. Those were just tentative and as finances allowed. Given I've just started working as a server at a local IHOP (training to be a server at an IHOP they're getting ready to open sometime next month) as well as starting sometime in the next week or so at Whataburger, the time just wouldn't be possible. I won't be able to get Halloween off for IHOP anyway. (One of the days they actually don't allow for people to ask for off.) The change in locale hasn't helped, either, as I'm not close enough to attend either Ramencon or Youmacon at this point.

However, I'm not going to stick strictly to facebook, google plus, and twitter to promote my stories. I am living in a larger city than I was before, and I have better access to places that I didn't while living in Michigan. That's a bonus for me at this point. I'm still trying to get myself to think outside the box on what I can do to spread the word about the ebooks. (And, believe me, with me working two jobs, buying ISBNs and getting everything in print and audio is on my list of things to do!)

A potential convention circuit is being planned for 2016. Once I figure out how long of a jaunt I'm going to take to Europe. Right now, I'm in this wonderful yet not so wonderful sweet spot where I only have to worry about my student loans and paying partial rent and utilities to my mom, stepdad, and brother (everything is in their names) while at the same time I truly need an entire living space to call my own. I have no kids (yet), no boyfriend or spouse, and no pets (everyone else has enough for me to cuddle with when I need it). And I'm trying to weigh the benefits of everything at this point while trying to live a life with no regrets with the question being what am I most likely to regret the most.

In the meantime, some informal meet and greets are on the agenda. :) I may even ask my sister to join me at a few so people can meet the cover artist. (We'll see with her. She does have her own agenda and work schedule to follow.)

The next stories underway for me are Ravensrealm - Book 3 in the Arc of Fantasy series, Snow in Olympus - Book 1 in The Twilight of the Gods series, The End of Ragnarök - Book 1 in The Cold Lands series, The Fall to Midgard, Frost Giants, and Dragon's Rain. I am not announcing any publication dates yet. I will when it's closer to time for me to do so, and right now is just not the time.

Finally, Portal to Gaming has made its way to Smashwords. You can find it at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575707 and The Sons of Thor at Smashwords as well, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575757. I'll be updating with a new entry for this.

That's where things in my life currently stand right now. I'm not 100% happy, but then I'm not 100% depressed and down in the dumps, either. I'm definitely getting myself into a better state of mind.

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