Author Update

A photo of Tessy Dockery laying in the grass during early October 2021.

I’ll be honest. I’ve been thinking over this blog post for a long time and I’m still not sure where to start. But I need to get this out there and I have to just start somewhere. So I’ll start here: I am afraid of what’s coming.

If you know me, you know that I’ve been working on the same novel pretty consistently for 3 years. It’s Only Magic has a piece of my heart and I think it always will. However, after a lot of thinking, I’ve realized this book still needs yet another major overhaul. And to be honest, I’m tired. I’m afraid to put this book aside, but I’m also afraid of not having the energy to put into another overhaul right now. So, with October upon us as of today, I’ve decided to set the 4th draft of It’s Only Magic aside. Not forever. I still feel this book needs to be out in the world in some form or another. But for now, I need a change.

October has always been a time of renewal for me. For most people, I think this season comes in the spring, but for me, it comes when the leaves are falling and the air is crisp. This is my time of year. And I think this season of renewal (no matter what time of year it comes for you) is important for us creatives. It gives us a breath of fresh air. It helps us dig in and make decisions – important decisions. This is the time when we can shed old skin and pick up new projects without feeling bad about it. It is a time of change.

So, with that, I’ll be digging into a couple of new projects – some big, some small. And I’ll revisit It’s Only Magic in the new year when I’ve been away from it for a while and can come back with a fresh sense of purpose. I’m ready. And I am so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.

[Originally posted to on October 1, 2021]

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