It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Soul Mate Publishing released my debut novel, Daughter of the South Wind. Seems like yesterday I was editing to ensure I used the Oxford comma and reading the manuscript backwards to find errant double periods or floating quotation marks. Ah, the good ol’ days.
I celebrated that release a few weeks later with a trip to Big Bend National Park. Nothing says “goal-achieved” like riding your bike in hundred-degree weather up an 11-mile climb.Now I’m looking at my calendar wondering where time went—I haven’t taken a summer vacation yet. Guess I’d better hurry, right?
Two summers ago, I went to the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, to do research for Daughter of the South Wind. For the life of me, I can’t think of anything epic, and affordable, to squeeze into what’s left of this August. Living in the San Antonio area, there’s plenty to warrant a stay-cation. But, it’s so hot. Oh, what to do, what to do?
After thinking on this for a bit, I’ve realized that not all vacations require travel. In fact, some of the best places to go are the fantastic worlds we humans can build in our minds. As soon as I finish this, with my fingers limbered-up, I’ll start that second chapter of a new idea I’ve been tinkering with for a few months. I love the world of gods and goddesses I created for Daughter of the South Wind, so why not give them another visit? At least the hours on the keyboard will be in the cool bliss of climate control.
If you’re interested in learning about the world I’ll be visiting, you can find Daughter of the South Wind here.