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Introducing... HOLLOW CHARM

The manuscript formerly known as Matka Danu Miklagarth is now working-titled Hollow Charm, because that is something people can pronounce and remember. After beta reads, I've determined that the first few chapters need a complete, structural rewrite, and that the rest of the manuscript could use a light revision. I hope to give Hollow Charm to a fresh set of readers by the end of July and, if there are no more big issues to resolve, start querying agents in September.

***Let me know in the comments or on social media if you would like to read the next draft in exchange for your thoughts on it! Byzantine/medieval scholars most welcome. Just throwing that out there, LULZ!***

Summer is the worst season for me to find the time (and sanity) to sit down and write, but I have been finding some opportunities to dive in and find that flow state at least once a week.

Letting my daughter play hours-long blocks of Minecraft helps! (Pro tip.)

This weekend, we're supposed to have some kind of dire heat wave, though it hasn't exactly materialized yet. In any case, I'll take it as an excuse to stay quietly parked at my desk for longer than usual. It makes me so happy to hit that flow and ride it so far and deep that I don't know how many hours I've spent writing about muddy, bug-bitten skin and speculative, dead-language swear words. Who needs a real summer vacation when you can spin dream worlds so vivid you get lost in them?

*Plunges back into the wild waters of the 11th century Danube!*

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