Meanwhile, short stories about Sulis and her experiences with Sand Sifters in her desert home have been running through my mind. Many of you know that the novel was originally called The Sand Sifters, and changed to Desert Rising. But I've been thinking about the sand sifters, the desperate gold seekers who explore parts of the desert for gold and gems, relying on luck to find them water before they die. And I still feel like that is Sulis's personality - and therefore she needs to have an encounter with them.
My creativity suffers in the winter because of seasonal affective disorder - but I was digging my house out of yet another snowstorm this morning and I started wondering about the summer between Desert Rising and Forsaken. Perhaps it's time to fill in the gap somewhat.
Meanwhile - what my life looks like right now. Very different than the vista Sulis is viewing when we meet her again in the short story!