It has all been finalised now, and I can officially update you. My Fledgling Account series is no longer going to be published by Burnett Young Books, which is closing its doors. Instead, my books are all being shifted over to Brimstone Fiction, a publishing house that has been going a bit longer than Burnett Young and is apparently doing quite well. We now also have deadlines for the last books as well. The transition process might take as long as two months, but once that is done, my next two books (the last ones in the series) will be released within the five months after that. So The Fledgling Account series will be completed in 2021, and once that is done, it will be time for me to consider new projects.
Having an end date for the series is exciting. It will be the biggest project I've ever done in my life. I've written easily over 1,000,000 words in this series, what with all the drafts of each book, and scenes that I've written for my own benefit or edited out. The entire series once it is published will likely be approximately 800,000 words in total. This is of course the reason I used to feel stressed in uni when I had a 2000 word limit. It seemed impossible for anything to be that short!
In the meantime, things on the home front are busy as usual. I'm returning to work soon, and I've no idea how I will find that now that I'm a Mum. But I've already been a working Mum with the revisions I've had to do for my publishing company anyway. It'll just be a different sort of work.
Holly is doing excellently. She is now approximately four months old and full of smiles. This week she starts solids, and judging by today, she hasn't done too badly at all. But who knows? With a baby, tomorrow everything changes. Anyhow, she brings us great joy, and I'm very proud of my little girl.
We have been lucky enough to enjoy our holidays too. It's always a gamble in the present times, whether one can go away or not. But we were able to travel to the coast for a few days, and Holly had her first taste of the seaside and her first time in a pool. The weather was lovely, although more moderate than it is out bush. We are already getting 30 degree days, and it shan't be long before the temperature climbs back up to 37s and 39s. Holly has been kayaking with us too, in her little life jacket and togs. She seems to enjoy the pelicans and wallabies, but when she starts grizzling we paddle extra fast to get back to the car and ride home for her nap.
I'm still writing and singing and playing piano. In some ways, I feel much the way I used to before a baby. In other ways, I don't. For a start, it's much easier to get an achy back after childbirth. And breast feeding, while natural, is one of the weirdest things on earth. I miss other people, which is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to going back to work in some shape or form.
So the holidays end and maternity leave gradually ends, and another new normal begins for us. I am looking forward to our new adventures.