The Shadow Gate

Madeline Mercier might be a fanciful girl who builds castles in the air, but when she finds the Shadow Gate, everything changes. Her home, Eclipse Island, will never be the same, and neither will she.

Where I've Been (Or, Why No New Chapters Lately?)

Mar 2, 2015 · 13 Comments

One of my New Year's resolutions for 2015 was to post a Storybird chapter once a week. That resolution went out the window this February.

Nashville was hit with a terrible winter storm (like most everywhere else in the Eastern United States). My kids were home for eleven days, and we were all SO relieved when it started melting (it's called Cabin Fever, but it should be Cabin Plague, the kind of plague that produces zombies, I'm just saying).

One morning last week, we woke up to water POURING from both our upstairs and downstairs ceilings, and soaking through our walls. We had an ice dam on our roof. No one down here had ever heard of such a thing, but we know all about them now. Sadly.

A construction company had to rip out ceilings and walls in four main rooms. They brought in huge electric fans and dehumidifiers, and my office was boarded up, as it was one of the worst affected. I was finally able to get back into it today, and I'll get back on track in March.

I HATE disappointing people. This situation was out of my control, but I still want to apologize for not keeping my promise. Sometimes, things happen that set us off track. Snowstorms, illnesses, life in general, and all we can do when that happens is come back strong and keep trying. Has anything like this ever happened to you? Tell me about it in the comments.

I love fall and winter, but I sure do hope spring comes soon. Remind me of that when it's 90 degrees outside and I'm sweaty and grumpy, okay?

Thank you readers and friends. You matter to me!

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