Katya on the Mend

Yellow! ๐Ÿ™‚

I seem to finally start crawling out of the dark and scaryย placeย where my poor psyche had cornered itself in the last couple weeks; and I’m making tentative steps towards a semi-functional creative existence.

So – quite gingerly – here are the plans for the nearest future ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I’m back to writing fanfiction. Just as I mentioned before, I’m planning to focus onย Letters to Your Heart andย Old Wounds, Fresh Scars; and the smaller stories (such as Here Be Dragons) on FanFiction and AO3. I’m not giving up on fanfiction completely; but I’ll try not to start anything new for now, and I’m planning to drop the stories that bring no joy (sorry, Gilmore Girls, but I just have no energy for something less than my beloved Tolkien-verse ๐Ÿ˜€ ). Just as I mentioned before, I’ll need to find a job in May; and I just won’t manage if I overload myself.
  2. I’m writing two webserials on Wattpad: the dark and tense psychological dramaย Jack in the Box {updated on Thursdays};ย and the humorous murder mysteryย Official Town Business {so far updated irregularly; after Dr T Seriesย (which has only couple chapters will the completion, can you imagine?! O_o) is over, it’ll be updated on Saturdays, and published on the blog as well}.ย Thorin/RA inspired male protagonists and new versions of Wren included ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Due Northย is still available on Inkitt. It’s gathering votes, and I’m waiting to see what this site can do for me. For now, you can still claim your free copy.
  4. Voting for Hammer Up!ย on Amazon Kindle Scout is over. The campaign is under review at the moment. Let’s see what happens ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m still drawing and ‘playing’ with polymer clay. You can see and buy my stuff on Instagram, Etsy, and Society6.

Couple projects that are at the planning stage for now:

1. A webserial on Etsy. I’m currently working on the character design for it.

2. Blind Carnival (!)ย this one is a bit of puzzle at the moment. I took it off JukePop, and I’m not quite sure what I want to do with it. I could just edit it and start selling it on Amazon. On the other hand, I could try to run a fund raising campaign for it on Kickstarter to be able to afford better editing and cover design. On the other hand, I’m not sure I have enough readers these days to pull it off. What do you think, my darlings?

So, here’s what’s up with kkolmakov ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you doing, my duckies?



  1. I’m glad things are improving for you, and sorry to hear you’ve been having a hard time. Change is always hard for me too, and scary. When I’m having a hard time, I can always retreat to one of your stories, or another of my favorite writers. Reading has always been my safe place, and over the last few years your stories have been on the top of my to-read or re-read lists. (And yes, as an INTJ I have lists of books and stories to read and re-read. Otherwise, since there are so many, I’m afraid I might lose track of them all. I must admit yours have been especially challenging, especially with all the Thorin/Wren alternate timelines!)

    Just keep writing, drawing, painting, modeling clay, baking, and playing with your son. The rest will just work its way out.

    1. Thank you, Jill! It is indeed the impending necessity to make major changes in my life that has set this dark period, but I’m definitely coming to terms with it. Ugh, I do hate change ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been great since last May to just write, and draw, and explore what else I can do creatively.

      With each day I’m growing more and more positive and optimistic about the job search and career building, though. On the bright side, my main obstacle in the said search – my partner working mad shifts, and me being a ‘single parent in terms of hours’ – means that whatever it is I’ll find won’t be very demanding time wise, and I’ll always be able to pursue writing and art.

      As for keeping track of my writing and all the many versions of John and Wren… I have given my readers hard time, haven’t I? ๐Ÿ˜€ Sorry.

      It’ll be pretty straight forward for time being (or forever, perhaps):

      1. FF + AO3;
      2. Wattpad (I don’t like the platform, but it has large audience) – it also allows you to vote for chapters and leave comments just like FF; (“Jack in the Box” on Thursdays; and “Official Town Business” on Saturdays for now);
      3. Dr T Series on the blog, but that’ll be done soon.

      And any news and updates are on my Facebook page, and you’re following it. So, easy peasy? (that’s me being self-sarcastic) ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m endlessly grateful for you lasting support, Jill! Thank you! See you soon!

  2. Good to hear that you feel a little better. And good luck for your job search. I keep the fingers crossed until they turn blue…

  3. Sorry to hear you’ve been in the doldrums girl, but very glad you’re on your way out of them.

    As for a blind Carnival, I’d just say sit back and take stock. Your writing is a marvel, so the obvious answer is to say, yes, go publish. You’ve quite enough on your plate haven’t you? The right course will be obvious at the right time. Just look after yourself for now.

    And good luck with your two project competitions.


    1. I am planning to take it slow for a while. I loved being busy with writing and drawing, it has been a blast; but sadly, now I need to concentrate on figuring out what to do with myself (a bit too late at 33, innit? ๐Ÿ˜€ ) A career wouldn’t harm, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

      It was a glorious (almost) year though. All the time in the world to write and draw *sigh*

      I’m not giving up on my meager art and writing efforts though ๐Ÿ™‚ So, we’ll still have some fun in the times to come ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello *waves her hand*

      Thank you for joining in, and for supporting my Facebook page!

      I am indeed feeling better! That was a rough patch; but everything passes, thankfully!

      Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sorry to hear that you were in a dark place, especially when you give so much light to me. Glad you are moving out of that place, change is hard but it can be fun. You are young, I’m always reinventing and 50 … ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m sorry, I’ve been reading everything you’ve put out last two weeks but have been just scattered and haven’t written any reviews … but I will. Just got email from Amazon re “Hammer” and so bummed they aren’t publishing right now ๐Ÿ™

    But keep at it cause your writing is so fresh and exciting and fun and so well written and so very good …

    I will follow all your works, wherever they are … I say try Blind Carnival on Amazon, I would support and buy … say Amazon only because I think it might be advertised more, don’t know enough about Esty but will look for your webserial there …

    Truly enjoy all your works … read and re-read and they bring light to my late evenings (which when I usually read them), no matter how bad my day they take me away as all good works do. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hello from New York (and Montreal) …. wave

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! It indeed has been a rough patch; but I’m getting through it – and at large thanks to my readers support! I can’t even express how much comments help at times like that! (But don’t worry about the reviews!)

      I got the email about “Hammer Up!” as well – but don’t get upset! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just a set back. Not winning this contest means I won’t get a monetary prize and less royalties for me; but I can still publish it. I’m planning to go through with it, and I’ll keep you informed.

      I’m glad you left a comment here actually ๐Ÿ™‚ I get a bit worried when readers – so generous and consistent as you – disappear for a bit. But I feel shy to send a message and ‘poke’ them asking if they were OK.

      Alrighty, I’ll go write some “Official Town Business” ๐Ÿ˜€ Hello and wave from Winnipeg!

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