This weekend, I sat myself down and took a long, hard look at a number of things. I’ve made no secret about the fact life in the Green household has changed the last few months. Mom’s fall and subsequent hospital stay in the hospital/rehab and her continuing rehab and needs here at home, life has been, well, interesting and challenging. I’m not complaining because I know how lucky we were that I was home when she fell. We were lucky the EMTs were less than a mile away from the house at the time and were here in less than ten minutes after the fall. We were lucky they took us to the hospital we wanted instead of the closest one. And we were lucky because she had the foresight to take out excellent supplemental insurance so we aren’t going to be left bankrupt trying to cover all her medical costs.
The real problem comes with time, specifically time for me to work. Even though Mom is making a remarkable recovery, she is still unable to get around on her own. That means simple things like going to the bathroom, getting dressed, and more require my presence. Another month and she’ll probably be able to do much of that by herself, at least with only minimal supervision on my part. Until then, every hour or so, I am helping her get up, move around to keep from getting too stiff, etc. That is not conducive to work of any kind.
It has really impacted the final work necessary to get Designation: Frejya ready for release. I’ve tried damned hard to do so but I had to admit to myself over the weekend it wasn’t going to get done. So I am pushing the release date back to Feb. 7, 2023. Draft2Digital allows me to do so with the platforms I publish to through them. Amazon, well, Amazon will cut off my ability to offer preorders for a year unless I can convince them to change their minds. But that’s okay. I’d rather lose that ability on a single platform than be forced to put out a product I’m not satisfied with.
So what does this mean? It means the book will still come out, just several months later than planned. It means I will continue to promote it on the D2D platforms and will do a push on Amazon once it goes live. For those who preordered on Amazon, my apologies. You will get notice from the ‘Zon about the cancellation. Keep watching here and on my social media channels for when it goes live.
Now, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a new title between now and February. It simply means for a new series, one that is darker in tone than most of my other work, I’m choosing be to more circumspect in when I release it. I am simply not in the mind space needed for a final edit and PR push for the project.
I hate doing it.
I hope you understand.
But I have always said family comes first and this is a prime example of that belief. Right now, Mom needs me and I’m going to give her all the attention she needs.
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