The problem with having a day job is that it’s always finding ways of getting in the way, and this week was no exception. Because of reasons at work (all good), I’ve been on-call for the last two weeks, in addition to any of my normal work. Not complaining, but it’s made not-work time a real premium.

The Mermaid’s Tears continues on pace. It’s not a fast pace, or something I’d want to dance to, but it’s a pace. I only wrote about 5k this last week, nothing great, but every word counts as they say.  It’s hard not to say more, but spoilers!

Our middle daughter (13), after complaining about headaches when she’s reading, went in for an eye exam last week. We were told to expect it to take a few weeks for the glasses to be ready (nearsighted, like father like daughter), so we were all pleasantly surprised when they were ready this week.

I’m still reading It. It’s hard to praise a book that’s already well known and well liked. Believe me when I say, so far it deserves it. The paperback is 1400+ pages, and the first 300 are just introducing characters. I know the Dark Tower is the epic saga in King’s writing, any book that takes 300 pages to introduce the cast is epic in my opinion. This is King after he figured out how to write, and it’s smooth, engaging, and engrossing.

Finally, the week ended with a short story rejection. Normally I wouldn’t mention it, but this is a story that made it to second rounds, which I’m a bit proud of. Oddly enough, I’ve stopped pushing my short stories out lately. It’s not that I don’t have faith in them, but I haven’t written anything new (short) in a while. The stories I have lying around right now are stories that written by a me almost two years ago. My writing has changed since then, and I don’t think they are as fair a representation of me as something I might write now.  Of course, I’d have to not be writing a novel at the moment to have the time to write a short, so I guess that’s on hold for later this summer.

Finally, a funny little something I read this week on Tor.  My Lousy Children Are Both Fake Geeks was fun and funny, and a bit close to home.