I hope all of you are doing very well, despite the very challenging two years we have had. I do hope that 2022 improves soon, despite the Omicron start. I think about readers a lot during this and the way books are one of the safe things we can curl up with and always have been, really. (And this might be why there is a definite subset of us readers who want books that are safe, too, where good things happen, and why we often follow authors we trust.)
I know I am very overdue for an update on when new books will come from me, as people often write and ask. I have been putting it off and putting it off because I just don’t have good news at this point, and I don’t know when I will.
I DID learn how to recognize my own depression and get treatment, so that was a huge step and has made an enormous difference. Worlds of difference, really, I feel like my old me. But writing became something I battered myself against every morning instead of the joy it was before, and so I had to set it aside. I found out that when I redirected all that energy into outlets where it could flourish, I could flourish, too! (And, in fact, I think I might be driving my colleagues crazy right now with all the energy I now have to create new projects and all the ways I try to loop them into them.)
So…right now writing is a bit like ground I am letting lie fallow. I can’t beat myself up about it anymore and stay healthy. But I am hoping that lying fallow will be the best thing for that ground and when it’s restored, life will flourish again there.
So that is me, and I wish I had better news for those of you wanting Antoine’s book…or any book, to help get through this time!
I hope you will let me know how you have been doing, and I hope you have been staying afloat. I know there has been so much loss and so much strain on everyone. I am thinking of you and wishing for everyone a brighter 2022!
Tous mes meilleurs voeux. All my best wishes for all of you.