State of the Blain Address: April 2016 Edition

Karma_NookKoboFinalUnsurprisingly, things have been pretty busy! Originally, I was going to release Karma on the 26th, but I'm fairly confident in stating that's not going to happen. I've been busy hammering out Shadowed Flame, which has a hard May 16 deadline. I hate missing deadlines, but I'd rather push it back a bit and release a better book.


So, while Karma is being delayed, I have a few fun announcements regarding the May 16th release party happening on facebook. (Seriously. Come say hi, even if you're not a big facebook user. There are a lot of awesome prizes I'm giving away.

One of those prizes is a complete autographed set of Grace Draven books. An autographed copy of Tiffany Roberts's Make Me Burn will also be available. I'm really looking forward to the party, to say the least. I really love autographed books. Books are already magical, but having a book I know was, at some point, handled directly by its author makes them even more special. Yeah, I might have a bit of a problem. That's okay though, right? I mean, we're talking about books here.

In other news, the immigration process moves forward at a snail's pace. At least this time, it wasn't us slowing things down. Lawyers took their sweet time replying to some questions we had. We're down to filling out a few fields before they double check everything and send the next wave to the government. So, yay! Maybe the end is actually in sight. Maybe.

It does make me worry for the actual move, though.

On to the next subject: Taxes. Tax season didn't kill me this year, people! It's amazing! We got a refund. When husband lost his job last year, it shifted us to a lower tax bracket. In Quebec, the tax bracket differences are brutal. For the first time in forever, we didn't pay over 50% in taxes! It's amazing! The refund will help undo a lot of the damage from the sewage flood, which is a huge relief. It won't clear out everything, but it'll probably save us $150 in interest a month… which is a big deal.

Hmm. Beyond that, there isn't a whole lot new and exciting. One of my early birthday presents to myself arrived–an autographed copy of Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion! It's a gorgeous book, and it has a home beside my first edition All the Weyrs of Pern on my shelf. (Which has a home next to my pair of Flynns and my three Tom Clancys.)

Yeah, I have a bit of a book problem. I'm okay with this.

I've made really good progress on my coloring book; the first set of pages was already sent to contributors, and I'll be updating the coloring book every Friday with new pages. I'm going a bit slower than I anticipated, but this is thanks to being busy doing other things.

Part of the reason I'm so busy is a good one–for my sanity, that is. I've been trying to spend at least 2-3 hours a day playing games of various sorts. I want to make sure I play something for at least an hour a day. Unplugging is good. All work and no play makes me cranky.

I can't think of anything new on the horizon, so until next time, friends!

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Kellye Remson says April 20, 2016

I am in the process, even as I write, of reading “Pack Justice”. Great story girl. Thanks. Keep up the good work and good luck with your move.

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