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The week that wasn’t, June 18, delayed considerably

It took me only three weeks in to miss a Sunday blog post. Not exactly a record.

I want to say that it was because it was Father’s Day this last Sunday, and between the Oregon Renaissance Fair the day before (spoiler: IT WAS AWESOME) and the laissez faire of FD, I just didn’t have an opportunity to post a blog entry.

Truth is, I just didn’t have the inclination. The last week has been a dismal week for writing, and no one wants to stand up on the pulpit, as it were, and admit their shortcomings before an audience. According to my word tracking scripts and monitors, I haven’t added a single word to The Maiden’s Tears in seven days (since the 13th).  This isn’t writer’s block, and I haven’t given up on the novel. Far from it, in fact. Mostly, my brain has just needed a break, I guess.

20170617_152909.jpg As mentioned, the Renaissance Fair was awesome. Back when my bride and I were first married, we were a bit short of funds for many things, including a honeymoon. But the week after we got married, there was a local Renaissance Fair where we lived in Virginia. These days you can find pictures of it on io9 because it’s overgrown and looks a bit haunted, but for us it remains a really bright and happy memory. This was the Oregon fair’s second year, and it was spectacular, huge, and very much full of awesome. The kids had fun, we had fun, and the jousting was superb (and a bit more authentic than I remember from other fair’s we’ve been to).

I’m still reading It. It really says something when you’re 800 pages into a book, or just over 50%. It is huge.  But I’m already looking forward to my TBR pile, which grew a bit this week. I placed an order with Abe Books (I’ve always had good luck with them) and expect the first of the next books on my TBR to show up relatively soon.

Outside of writing, reading, and a Celtic themed fair weekend, the last week was mostly a blur of workdays. Here’s hoping the rest of this week is more productive in the non-work arena.

…and  a final note. If you’ve read Chrysalis, I could really use the reviews on Amazon (the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything else). It’s easy to ask folks that know me to give the book a chance, but people that don’t know me rely on reviews to decide whether a books is worthy of trying. Reviews from other readers make a book more worth taking a risk on. If you’ve read the book, please consider leaving a review. If you haven’t and are a member of the Kindle Unlimited plan, you can read the book for free. Thanks!


The Week That Was, June 11 Edition

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.

The Week That Was, Ending June 4th

Trying something a little new. Or really old. Definitely not new in the untried sense, but in the “I’d like to see myself blog more” sense.

This week I managed to write about 5k on The Mermaid’s Tears. I actually have a blurb written for the book already (it’s been my guideline, of sorts, on how the plot should go in a general sense). When I get closer to the end of the first draft I’ll post it here. I did hit the 30k mark today, so by my estimates I’m about half way there. I know 60k is a bit short compared to many mainstream books these days, but I’ve never been one to write doorstoppers. I write books that are as long as they need to be to tell a story. For now, that mark is about 60k words or so (roughly 2-300 pages in your average paperback format).

Speaking of books, today Chrysalis was made available on Kindle Unlimited. So, if you have KU and were waiting to read it, now’s your chance to do it for free 🙂

What am I reading these days? Believe it or not, I’ve been on a bit of a Stephen King kick lately. I won’t lie, the slew of movies tied to him that are coming out in the next few months don’t hurt, but I’ve always been a fan. Right now I’m trying to catch up on some of his pulpier works, starting with IT. I’ve seen the made for TV miniseries (who hasn’t?), and I’d swear I’ve read the book before, but maybe not. Started reading it this weekend and failed to recognize much of what was going on, so either I’ve forgotten more than I remember, or I never actually read it. Probably the latter. Of course, I started by reading the sample on my Kindle, but then started to get a headache, so I’ve ordered the paperback copy. Should be here tomorrow.

Like many comic book fans, I took the girls to see Wonder Woman Thursday night. I’m pretty much an oddball in that I alone haven’t minded most of the other DC movies. But Wonder Woman? FANTASTIC. On top of everything else the movie did great, I actually felt good about taking my girls and telling them this was a hero they could enjoy and aspire to. Sure, the middle daughter may have had a few words after the movie about the mythical inconsistencies between the DC mythos and Greek mythos, but we’ll let that slide for now.

Finally, this week, said middle daughter (who has become somewhat of a book lover in the last six months) has been complaining about headaches after reading. We finally got her in to an optometrist  – and you guessed it, if you haven’t already seen the photo floating around, she’s a bit near-sighted. Her new glasses will be here in a few weeks.

I realize this ended up going out late on Sunday (some would even call it early Monday, depending on where you are in the world). I’ll try better next week 🙂



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