Are we… blogging anymore?

It feels like it’s been a while.

I mean, it actually has. Look at that sidebar–not a sign of my current series anywhere (and at this point I genuinely have no idea how to update it). I’ve popped in and posted a thing or two, but I haven’t really been using this space for years.

I guess there are reasons for that. I got busy. My brain moved on to other things. Social media was a quicker and more reliable way of getting my words in front of people. My website is a more efficient place to post news and links, and my newsletter is where I’m supposed to talk about writing and new releases and everything else.

A lot has changed since I last posted here. The dashboard is different, which is always confusing. I don’t know what this un-turn-offable “newsletter access” is and I just hope I’m not bothering anyone who signed up for updates way back when and has forgotten this blog existed (same, honestly). I’m out of touch with everyone I used to follow and interact with in this corner of the world.

But I think I miss this whole blog thing. I miss having a quiet place to lay down thoughts and share whatever bright, shiny trinkets come to mind without considering whether it’s “on brand” or whether it will help or harm my standing in the mysterious algorithms that decide whether anyone will actually see my Facebook posts or TikTok videos.

There are other places I could do this. Maybe one of these days I’ll get my act together and start up a Patreon account or something, but then it will be work. I think for now it could maybe be… not work. Not a thing I do for views or likes or sales or validation, but for the sake of remembering that I like turning thoughts into sentences.

Because honestly? Sometimes I forget.

I’m in the process of working through post-editor revisions on Princes and Pawns, book four of the All the Queen’s Knaves series, and it’s hard. I love the story, but by this stage I’m overly familiar with it, the ideas I have for creating the best possible version of this particular book are overwhelming, and the whole revision process feels like trying to change the pattern of a sweater by unravelling and re-creating stitches and rows after all the knitting is done.

It will be worth all of the teeth-pulling agony when it’s done (creatively, if not so much financially these days), but it’s hard.

But this, what I’m doing right now?

Easy. Kind of fun.

So let’s try this. No deadlines, no posting schedule, just a relaxed little dumping-ground for whatever wants to be shared.

Behind-the-scenes looks at what goes into making my books.

Flash fiction, should I feel inspired to do some more “just for fun” writing.

Links to whatever beautiful, shiny things are distracting me on any given day so you can come along for the ride if you choose to do so.

Maybe we’ll even get back to posting early teasers and work-in-progress snippets one of these days, who can say?

Let the blogging begin. Again.


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

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