I’m dropping a quick note here to say that I haven’t forgotten the blog. Summer’s almost over as is my self-imposed writing break. Last week, my family and I spent a much-needed vacation in the Charleston, South Carolina, area doing what we love to do on the coast: swimming in the ocean and eating a ton of seafood. It was a total vacation for me, with hours of reading and no laptop mutely accusing me of being a terrible author for not having done any “real” work in months.

Boat Leaving A Dock in Charleston


Morning on the Isle of Palms

We came home on Saturday, but will only be here for four days before we leave again. Tomorrow, my husband and I head up to Indianapolis for “The Best Four Days in Gaming” (TM), Gen Con, one of my favorite times of the year, right up there with Christmas and Halloween. There will be much gaming, cosplaying, and shenanigans as we meet up with friends from both near and far. I don’t have a new book to promote this year, so I’ve decided to spend my con experience exclusively as an attendee, wearing costumes Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and in plain clothes on Sunday. If you happen to run into me, feel free to say hi! I’d love to meet you. I’ll probably be found hanging around my friends’ booths in the vendor hall (like Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, Booth #114) or at any number of seminars, workshops, panels, or film screenings. As much as I love to play board games, it’s just as fun to try out some of the other events happening around the con.

Agent Carter Hat

Agent Carter Suit

Outlander Inspired

Inigo Montoya Sword

Gen Con ends on Sunday, and my boys go back to school on Monday. Next week will be a week of reckoning, the week to prove that I can spend time away from a project and get back into it with little difficulty. I hope to have revisions done on my sci-fi novel and back to my editor by the end of August, but that will depend on how quickly those revisions go. There may be a long period of silence on the blog while I work, or I may go ahead and start posting the prequel short stories to The Golden Orb here. We’ll see how everything goes as I try to strengthen my flabby writing muscles.

As always, I appreciate your patience. It’s been a fun summer break, but I’ve been itching to get back to writing. Stay tuned for when things start getting done!

Thanks for reading,

A. Cook

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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