It all began one day, 5 years ago, after I had baby number 3. I decided that after spending my entire young adult life raising kids, it was time for me to focus on my career. I swore I was done having babies. So when I woke one morning a few weeks ago and this Stork was outside my window, I told him to go away. Shoo.
Get outta here.
And he left. But he wasn't done with me.
Later that week, I went for a walk down my favourite lakeside trail, and just as I was entering the bushland, Stork looked up from the creek nearby. I politely nodded and hurried past. If I left him alone, maybe he'd leave me alone.
But he didn't. He came gracefully swooping down, following the path of the creek, and landed on the bridge up ahead--right where I needed to cross. This is unusual behaviour for our wildlife, and I did think it rather odd. I mean, I'd seen him before, but he'd never followed me. I said hello again and continued on my merry way. When I got home, I told my husband about the bird and we both laughed saying we hoped I wasn't pregnant.
It wasn't until hubby and I went walking together yesterday, after receiving our happy news, that I saw Stork and suddenly stopped, grabbed my husband's arm and said, "Oh my God! Remember that Stork story I told you!"
He just sighed, shaking his head, then took a photo of the bird to catalogue upon documentation of this amazing situation. Things like this happen to me quite often. They are very rarely surprising.
So, if you were wondering where babies come from, they do, in fact, come from the stork. Or perhaps by will of the stork. I'm not saying I had unsavoury relations with a long-necked white bird, but that perhaps there is some truth to this whole stork myth. Mind you, if this was a Family Guy episode, the stork would have followed me down the trail, clocked me over the back of the head and said, "Giggidy-giggidy goo."
And yes, this is the reason I will be releasing (or aiming to release) the books early. Will it mean they are rushed?
Heavens, no. I need to fully flush out the story and the plot, and this takes time. Ideally, I'd like all the books released by March next year but, in truth, I think Lies in Blood will come as early as September (cooperative editor willing), and the last book will follow roughly six months after. But if I have to release late next year, so be it. I guess it's better to have a great product than an early one. So, do not despair. I will be finishing the series. I will be writing more, and no, that won't change once I have the baby. I've done this a few times before, so I know that a new bubba might slow me down a little, but it will never stop me. The Elora series will still be happening, and I will still be in contact with you all on social media sites.
Now, I'm off to deliver a trail of children to school, and when I get back, I have section 3 for the Beta Team to finish. With any luck and a lot of hard work, I could be done tomorrow or the next day. And, I tell you, it's juicy!