The Turning of the Year

Hello, 2021! I know I’m not the only one who’s ready for a fresh start. But, of course, everything wasn’t magically fixed when we left the 2020 calendar year behind.

I’m writing this at the end of yet another tumultuous week, during which some very big and historic things happened. In the space of a single day, I went from hope and elation following the massive win for Black voters in Georgia, to wary horror as white supremacists overtook the US Capitol building. All of this in the midst of an ever-worsening pandemic.

I’m finding it hard to even think about what to write about. Here or anywhere. I don’t know what these next weeks will bring, and it seems a bit ridiculous to be here talking about mundane stuff like my 2021 plans in the context of all this unrest.

crows fly across an expanse of blue sky. Below, buildings and trees in the foreground give way to a scenic lake in the background.

So I’ll keep things short today – mostly, I just wanted to tell you that I have some awesome things coming your way this year! I’m about to dive into revising the third book of the Call of the Crow Quartet, and am hoping for a release date in late spring. If all goes well, the fourth and final installment may also be coming out before the end of 2021! I can’t say for certain that it will, because it helps to have some flexibility while, you know, the world is falling apart.

I also have some other things brewing in the pipeline that I’m excited about, but am not ready to announce quite yet. Stay tuned!

All of this also means that I’ll be posting on my blog and social media less frequently as I turn a laser focus to my (still very messy) manuscripts. But don’t hesitate to leave a comment or message me if there’s anything on your mind! And if there is something specific you would like to see in the future (a discussion forum? audiobooks? merch like T-shirts and tote bags?), please let me know. There are so many possibilities, but I want to focus on projects that you as readers would like to see!

In closing, I’ll leave you with this thought-provoking question:

What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?

Valarie Kaur

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  1. Kerry

    It is difficult to take stock right now and figure out what’s next. I’m glad (and I know M will be glad too!) you have exciting things planned! That in and of itself is promising. Happy New Year.

    1. Alanna Peterson

      Thank you, Kerry! Well, even if it’s not much in the grand scheme of things, I’m glad that my work can make someone else’s year a little more promising 🙂 Happy New Year to you, too!

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