Hi all - sorry for the long delay between updates. I keep putting off posting until I have news about the latest book, and then not having anything significant to report. Firsts is still a week or two before a full draft is done, and then it will be in editing. This (New Adult) is a slower genre for me, in part because in my usual SFF books I have a lot more 'event' chapters, where there's a lot of action scenes. Action is significantly easier for me to write than day to day conversations that show small emotional shifts.
While both Touchstone and Firsts are intended to have more of a 'slice of life' structure than the traditional rising action, denouement, etc, it's a very different feel when the slices don't involve monsters.
While I'm enjoying the story (and looking forward to working on the sequel), I have no intention of switching genres permanently, since SFF has some core components that I really love. And, in fact, Firsts is an SF novel (though in a very low-key way). After it's out for a couple of weeks, I'll put up a post to see if that element stood out for anyone.
Anyway, not too much longer now. I won't promise this month, since editing sometimes brings up unexpected issues, but 'soon'.