Progress Report – September 11, 2021

A sweet light pink rose to make the progress report look better...

So what have I been up to lately? What progress can I report?

Writing has slowed massively. I feel worn down and ideas are slow to come. I just want to play my favorite game all day (Titan Quest, if you want to know). So I’m trying to take it easy, doing my best to function.

Life in the Times of Covid-19

I believe that the pandemic with all its restrictions is catching up on me. I’ve been holding up fairly well, I’m an introvert and I usually don’t mind spending my days at my desk at home. I miss talking with friends and going out, of course, and at the same time I have no desire to do so at all.

Yes, I got my two shots, but I received Pfitzer/Biontech with only three weeks between them, and we know by now that this does not result in as good an immunity as could have been. So I lean towards being very careful.

Progress with Wolves and Pillars

Anyway. I finished the sixth wolf book (“A Wolf’s Peril”) a while ago and went back to writing Earth, from the Winds and Pillars series (“Earth Splits”). That has been a struggle. I’m getting ideas for conflict and emotional stress, at least, so that’s good. But the words don’t flow easily.

Dragon Girl

For the last few days, however, I’ve been working on a goodie for my newsletter list, “Dragon Girl”. That’s a short story about Dorelle, telling us how she met Mashira. At least I want it to be a short story, but it’s resisting and demanding to be bigger, and that means it’s stressing me. Because it should go out in two days, and I will not be able to finish it by then. Even so, it is fun to go back to writing dragons, so there’s that.

Release Day for “A Wolf’s Honor”

As you saw yesterday, I published “A Wolf’s Honor”, and set up the sequel – “A Wolf’s Fury” – for preorder. Sales are… underwhelming, but at least some reviews for “A Wolf’s Fear” are coming in.

I long for a cheerleading team. And fear that that is narcissistic and incredibly selfish. So I’ll muddle on, as I always do.

And you’re very welcome to subscribe to my newsletter, where I do announce my new releases, share book recommendations and tell tall tales about Ember, my little red dragon pet. They always go out on the 13th of a month. Because I can be contrary like that.

About Hannah Steenbock

Hannah Steenbock is an author, dreamer, and coach. She has published several short stories in English and German, as well as one novel in German. In 2013 she started self-publishing her work. In 2014, she has won two awards for her short story "Sequoia".
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