Right now, hope might be a hard thing to find or hold on to. For me, the start of lockdown wasn't an issue because I'm pretty much a hermit at heart. Not so for my SO, who found the constraints on where he could go and what he could do pretty frustrating. He was lucky(?) in that his place of work remained open throughout, which at least kept him busy, but weekends became a special kind of torture for us all, and eventually that began to have a knock on effect on the whole family.
But then restrictions started easing. We could go out places. Ironically, I found this more stressful than enjoyable as people often didn't seem to think social distancing applied any more, which meant I often insisted in wearing a mask out and about (before it became compulsory in a lot of places). So now I was the one getting anxious while my SO enjoyed the regained freedom.
This coincided with the start of the summer holidays, so I still wasn't going into work. Having spent the beginning of lockdown doing a lot of physical jobs that I'd planned to do during my summer break, I found myself bored. I'd figured trying to write in the current conditions was a fail from the get go. Imagine my surprise to discover I actually felt like writing again after a super long break. Seems boredom is a big writing trigger for me. And while two of the three pieces I set myself to work on were started many years ago (seven in one case!), both had storylines that some might very well see as dark and hopeless, perfectly fitting the pandemic. Maybe that's why they called to me at this time.
Whatever the cause, the depressing stories still gave me some personal hope. My long period of burnout and lack of inspiration had apparently come to an end at long last. And now I have hope for my future works (and two set publication dates!). Maybe it's not so hopeless after all...
It is a question that will haunt him. When an old enemy comes to Kasha-Asor to kidnap their daughter, armed with a weapon that could end everything, Keir is forced to leave an injured Quin on Lyagnius. But his quest for a cure and their missing daughter will come at a terrible cost.
Book #2.5 of the Redemption series.
Trigger warning: the loss of a child. Releasing 21st March 2021