Greetings fellow terra dwellers! This week's post will be short and sweet, as I am eager to spend the day working on my book! Writing a wee blog post helps get me into an introspective and "writing" mindset.
I have some exciting news! This week we are submitting my official visa paperwork that will allow me to stay in the UK with my husband for 5 years (before another renewal).
It's been such a difficult process, ever since I first applied for the fiance visa that allowed me to come to the UK to get married. It's incredibly complicated and expensive these days. All said in done, the whole process will have cost us $6,000. I recommend not falling in love with something across the world.
But if you have to, and you need advice, let me know!
I should receive a response about my visa "within 3 months" (yea... it takes that long unless you spend £1000 for a "fast track" service). It might only take 2 weeks, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
In the meantime, I can't travel because they have my passport. So I'll continue to practice my craft and enjoy the scenery.
It means money is incredibly tight, so I've decided I will not be attending Twitchcon in October, nor traveling to the US at all this year (I was hoping to visit my family at the same time). We will be eating canned beans and ramen for the rest of the year. But hey, I'm in Scotland with my love, and that ROCKS!
I'm sneaking in a book update here, because I've been making major progress behind the scenes! For a very long time (about 8 months), I put writing on hold while I dealt with my fiance visa application, moving (within Denver then overseas), current marriage visa, and getting married. Lots of ups and downs, and that roller coaster of emotions did not allow me to get into the proper head-space for creative writing.
However, in the past few months, I've been able to get back into it, and not only flesh out some details, but really finalize some big decisions about plot, events, and characters.
That said, I have some announcements!
I will be changing the names of my main characters, and therefore, the book title.
Many of you noticed that my main character, Oli Oru, was awfully close to another beloved character in the video game world, Ori (from Ori and the Blind Forest, an amazing game!). When I first came up with Oli Oru as my main character's name, Ori had not been released.
Now, I often get people mispelling my character and calling her Ori. I'm not mad or annoyed at all, this stuff happens. However, I also can't live with that.
Oli Oru is a very meaningful name. It translates from the Tamil language, "the one with light," which is very important to the story. So I do not make this decision lightly. All of my characters have equally meaningful names.
Since I was tentatively calling the book Oru (because of my main character), I will clearly need to change that. My writer friends have suggested I use a title that does not rely on the character names, and I agree.
I am planning on releasing a big juicy book update in June, so stay tuned. I've been ramping up production on the illustrations as well. I have some story-boarding and concept thumbnails, and my goal is to have much of the book laid out by the end of the year.
That's all for now, see you next week!