Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?

If you read my post on Tuesday, you know this was a bittersweet week for me. I’m in the process of saying goodbye to favorite characters. Tortured Soul, the fourth and final book of the Medici Protectorate series, is now available for preorder. Soon it will be released, and then the end will be official. It’s “bittersweet” because I’m proud of finishing it but sad to see them go.

That’s why I found this week’s quote to be so fitting.

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?
—A. A. Milne

Milne had Winnie the Pooh, one of my all-time favorite children’s series. I have the Brotherhood, which I love more than I thought possible to love something fictional. Maybe because they were conceived based on family heritage, maybe because the guys are just so deliciously complex—both impossibly strong and heart-wrenchingly vulnerable at the same time. Maybe I’m just sentimental.

In any case, I consider myself very lucky.

And now, this week’s writing links.

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:

Posts by others in the industry:

Have a great weekend!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

27 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Ah, Staci… it’s never “goodbye” to our characters… even the ones whose books never see the light of day. After all, it’s not as though they’ll let us forget them! 😉 Mine pop up even from stories of 20 years ago, where I’ve since lost the manuscripts.
    I love the Milne quote – it’s wonderful. Thanks for all the terrific links. Hugs!

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  2. Staci, I felt the east same way when I had to say goodbye to my characters from Point Pleasant. They’d become like family. The plus side is being able to meet new characters in new stories that I create, and I know you’re doing the same with Nightforce, and probably already have much more up your sleeve. If it’s any consolation, I’m really going to miss the Brotherhood, myself 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Mae. When I ended the Cathedral Lake series, I started calling it the Keller Trilogy because I devised a bunch of spinoffs. I didn’t want to leave that world, either. But this is so much worse! I LOVE these guys. Nightforce Security was a great way for me to put off a goodbye. But I’ve already written half (actually, I’m finishing the fourth of eight now), and the outlines are all done. It won’t be long before I have to say goodbye for good. That will crush me.

      I loved Point Pleasant. This reader certainly wouldn’t mind if you decided to revisit them some day!


    1. Thanks, Craig.

      Their stories have really run their courses. But I wasn’t ready to say goodbye, so they pop up now and then in the Nightforce Security series. It’s nice to visit with them now and again. I can honestly see them popping up in any series I write, just as comic relief and a nod to their fans. (That’s one of the best things about writing a series. I can pull other things into it at will.)

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    1. Pooh just puts a smile on my face. Every time.

      Thanks. Medici was a long time in coming. And I am happy to share the end with the world. I’m just not happy that it’s ending at all. But all good things come to an end. When one door closes, another opens. (Insert appropriate adage here.) 🙂


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