"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison
"Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." - Charles de Lint

29 April, 2023

Madrigal Love (The Mania, It Has Begun)

I've been seriously thinking about moving the release date of The Heart of Ameinias up to May 16 instead of June 1 since the book's good and ready to go, and the wait's feeling really long. And if that happens, I'll also be bumping up the release for The House of Ash from Oct. 1 to Sept. 1, which, in turn, will affect the calendar for 2024 and beyond. That said, a lot of factors also come into play, and I'm trying to play it all by ear, read the terrain, and decide once and for all.

I thought to post this as a way of whetting my appetite for the upcoming wave of WiPs. This is one of a few English madrigals I stumbled across on Youtube (a second sample follows below). I hope to dig around some more since I'd love to put together a playlist for Madrigal (a book I still have to work into the calendar). 

As you know, I've been busy at the day job -- to a pretty excruciating point, even, though it's been a matter of me finally settling into the role I was trained to do when the company promoted me to production coordinator a couple of months ago. Long story, but we were so severely understaffed that I couldn't do anything more than be stuck in this limbo position of being a full-time fitter while taking care of a few of the day-to-day tasks I was supposed to be focusing on as a new coordinator. 

But things are quieting down, I'm getting used to the rhythm, and all those tasks that intimidated me before don't feel too bad now, and I'm no longer as overwhelmed as I used to be. And that's good for my writing and all the me-time I gave up temporarily until the smoke cleared. I can finally reclaim those hours, and now it's a matter of catching up on some much-needed rest (I do nap a lot throughout my weekends after my writing time and in between chores).

Anyway, enough of the day job as it's just there for me to pay the bills with though I'm grateful it's also a job I enjoy doing and am actually good at. So, yeah -- I've been trying to expand my musical repertoire, if you will, by diving into the madrigal scene in Western Europe. 

I hope to post an updated calendar soon, but I've said that before, and nothing's happened yet. Hopefully this time it'll actually happen, know what I mean? Because I'm excited about the future line up of books, and a calendar will also help me plan things out and make it all easier for me to actually get done.

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