As you may have guessed by the total lack of posts on this blog . . . I have no time. None.
The Doings were busy enough before. But now I can't see taking the time even to chronicle them.
And I really am sorry, dear readers!
But I wanted to jump in and give a quick update to all of you who might still be checking this forlorn little site now and then.
Firstly . . . I've been asked if I'll be hosting Fan Art, Fan Fiction, or other contests for Goldstone Wood Imps this year. I am so sorry to say that the answer to that question is, "No." Again, I have no time! And it takes a lot more effort to plan and put together events like that than you might expect. I do apologize, dear readers! Maybe next year, if life has settled a little bit more and some of these deadlines are met.
That being said, you are all PERFECTLY WELCOME to put together your own contests if you like! I'm sure a few of you could work together to organize something if it meant that much to you, and I PROMISE that I would show up and look at every picture, read every story, listen to every piece of music, etc. Seriously.
I simply cannot keep up with it myself this year.
Secondly . . . I've been asked if I'll be having any book releases this year. The answer to this question is much more happily, "Yes!" I have a release coming out in May, and I am totally excited to share it with all of you.
If you want to learn more about that release, SIGN UP FOR THE ROOGLEWOOD PRESS NEWSLETTER. The March edition will be revealing the title, cover, story premise, release date, and pre-orders. So all of that good stuff is happening all at once and quite soon now! No more details will be forthcoming until that time, but the newsletter will reveal all.
I think you will like it a lot. At least, I really hope you will.
Thirdly . . . My team and I have officially picked the five winners of the Five Magic Spindles contest. HUZZAH! And I don't think I could be happier with our selection if I tried. We have never had quite such a variety of stories in one collection before! I mean, really, people! And the last story selected definitely gave me pain. There were at least two others that I seriously wanted to cram into that space. But sadly seven stories will never fit into five slots. Still, thank you, dear writers, for making my task so difficult! It's a good sort of difficulty to have.
The winners will be announced on March 1 over on the Rooglewood Press page. I'll also post them here so that people can comment and congratulate and enthuse as they like. In the Rooglewood Press newsletter, we'll be giving more detailed introductions to our winners, with mini interviews, author bios, and expanded summaries of the winning stories. (So you won't be getting those expanded summaries on the announcement days as we have done previous years. We're shaking things up a bit. Even more reason to sign up for the newsletter!)
So there is an update for everyone concerned! I'll post more updates as soon as I have them. And in the meanwhile, start the countdown for the contest winners. March 1 is just around the corner . . .