Sorry I've been AWOL for so long, but I went through a long period of health issues and I completely fell off all my grids. When I got back on the horse, I was busy reactivating my social media profiles, setting up a website, starting a new blog, writing and submitting short fiction, starting another novel... You know, the standard stuff.

Anyway, on the off chance that anyone around here still remembers me, I thought I would pop in and give you my good news. About the same time I got back in the saddle, I pulled out my first novel, thinking that I would roll my eyes and wonder what on earth I had been thinking. But I discovered that I was actually proud of it. To make a long story short, I shopped it around to publishers instead of agents, and it found a home! Disenchanted has been accepted by the Vox Dei imprint of Booktrope. I still keep pinching myself. And a piece of my flash fiction (originally written for the weekly FF Challenge here on AW) was featured on So yeah, I'm a happy camper.

At the same time, one of my sons has seen his music career take off after years of slogging. That has nothing to do with me, of course, or AW, but the synchronicity of it has been pretty cool. We've been excited together.

If anybody had told me when I started that it would take this long... LOL!