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(writing) Launch day!

Not a lot here today – I’m launching Last Rites, the final book in the Horseman series, tonight at 6 pm!  Come and join us (if you are in the NH area) to the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord at 6 pm for a wine and cheese reception, focusing on my books and Robert Dorr’s amazing art, based on my books!  It’s a free reception, and there will be both books and art for sale!

(writing/to-do/health) Thoughts on the eve of a long weekend

So, I’ve been back to work on the Day Job for three half-days.  Today, I’m exhausted (although I don’t know if it’s because of the two hours at the dentist today to repair a broken tooth or just low stamina), but I have the next FIVE days off, so I’ll be able to sleep in, do some necessary refueling, and see how I feel next week.  Luckily, my doctor is happy to extend my part-time status if needed.  Finding a good doctor is so key – I’m very lucky with mine.  Seriously, if you have health issues and your doctor doesn’t talk to you or listen to you, fire them.  Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up to fail.


This weekend, I’m doing some planning.  I want to redesign the website (because I’m aware it sucks.  There’s a reason I’m not a website designer, I’m a writer).  I’m going to actually PLAN it out, though, rather than just try and do it online.  I’m also doing some writing plans, which will involve calendars and metrics and all sorts of fun stuff.  I’m determined to keep my writing going, and this year is the year when I write stuff that I can then pitch to people.  I’m not kidding when I say I have nothing held back.  I’ve sold everything that I have finished.  I have nothing to pitch.  That is not a good situation to be in.  So this year is the year of writing.


I also need to start working on some publicity things for Last Rites.  I’m working on the page proofs this week, and then I will have some interesting news for you guys.  And some teasers!  And maybe, just maybe, some other things that you might be interested in.


And now, I’m going to bed.  Because I’m mean that way.

(personal/update/writing) I really don’t do this blogging thing well, do I?

I’m trying, I really am.  I need to get myself on a schedule again, where I settle in to write before work, so it’s done.  I also need to start working on more blog posts.  I just feel like I don’t know quite what to say, so blogging feels – I dunno.  Self-aggrandizing.  Ah well, I’ll get over it.


So, what’s been going on?  I’m still writing.  My streak ended at 54 days – I’m starting a new streak today after missing yesterday due to a ghost investigation.  It was a FASCINATING investigation, and I can’t wait to work on my recorder tomorrow.  I have something like 7 hours to listen to.


Writing news – I have the interior proofs of Last Rites, which are due by the end of the month.  I’m also working on the rough draft of Midsummerland, which I’m planning on having the rough done of by June 1, so I can revise it and get it sent on the agent hunt by September.  I’m still plugging away on Pendragon Casefiles 1 too, so don’t worry.  Ghost hunters will be out by the end of the year!


More later.  I just wanted to make sure that folks knew I wasn’t dead.  And that I’ll be doing more blogging soon.  I promise.

(personal/writing/health/reading) So many things running through my head…

And yet, I fee very calm.  Not crazy, just in a zen kind of mood.  I DO have a lot to do.  And I’m confident I can do it.


I’ve been gluten-free now for almost two months, and I can feel differences that I didn’t realize I would.  Things are clearer –  like a fog has lifted.  I’m not even really missing much, except bread.  I need to find a good bread recipe that doesn’t leave me chewing forever.  But I’m working on it – it’s a work in progress, just like a story.


I’m running too – I ran twice last week, and realized that I truly need to lose a bit more weight before I run on the track again.  My knees aren’t hurting, exactly, but I’m not doing them any favors by pounding on them with the track with a 285 lb body.  So for the remainder of this pass through the Couch to 5K program (I’m on Week 2, Day 2 for Monday), I’ll be running on the treadmill, working on dropping some weight.  Once I’m running the full 5K on the treadmill, I’ll switch back to the track.  April 6 is my deadline – that’s the Todd’s Trot 5k run that I’m doing for my birthday.  The goal is to run the entire thing.  Even if I finish 2 hours after everyone else.  I WILL run it!


I’m feeling more focused on my writing too.  I’ve shelved my pirate story for a while – it’s not working, and I’m thinking I’m going at it the wrong way.  So it goes back into the treasure chest to marinate, and I’m working on my ghosthunters again.  Although they’ve made a change too, which I like.  And I’m plugging along on my edits – hoping to have them out the door by the end of the month as well.


I’m reading again too.  I’m not really going to quantify, but I’m reading two interesting books right now.  One is called The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Dr. Atul Gawande.  It’s about how to use a checklist to make sure you are doing everything you need to.  It’s fascinating – he’s a surgeon, so most of his examples are medical-related, but he relates it to the real world.  I’m engrossed.


The other book I’m reading is The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly.  Not normally my type of book, but Mom let me borrow it, and I’m loving how she’s weaving the tale of a modern day woman trying to find her way in life with letters from the characters in Little Women (who are this woman’s ancestors).  It’s a good reminder to read outside my genre.  I’m going to have to find some more like this.


This got longer than I thought it would, so I’ll put my to-do list on another page.  I do still have a list, after all!

(personal/to-do) Recovery day

So yeah, lost most of the weekend recovering from the flu that’s going around work.  Call centers are petri dishes, you know?  I was feeling crappy on Thursday – by Friday, I knew I was sick. Spent all Saturday asleep, and am finally starting to feel better.  However, I know better than to push it.  I’m taking it fairly easy today, because I don’t want to push myself back into sickness.


I have to run tomorrow, after all.


Luckily, I have edits to do, so I can curl up on the couch with cups of tea and work through them.  I think I shall make cupcakes tonight too – I have a yellow cake mix (GF) and I want something sweet for lunches this week.  And maybe some pancakes for breakfast.  Or biscuits.  Mmm, biscuits.  And if I make biscuits, then I can make egg quiches and have breakfast sandwiches all week.  You know, I believe we have a plan.


Now to execute it.

(personal/writing) Decisions, Decisions


Yes, it’s a new year, and I’ve yet to post my goals for 2013.  What can I say?  I’m sure I’ll be late to my own funeral. 

But I’m definitely ready to start over.  I’m trying something new this year – doing month to month goals as opposed to definite yearly goals.  The only hard deadline I have is to get Last Rites done this month.  After that, I really have to decide what I want to go after this year.

I’m in an odd position.  Unlike a lot of my peers, I don’t want to write full-time.  I need my day job, for several reasons.  The biggest one is healthcare.  Because I live in the US, I don’t have national healthcare.  And, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a very expensive chronic illness that requires daily medication.  I need my healthcare.  And until and unless I’m pulling in a Stephen King-level income from my writing, I’m not quitting my day job. 

(Let’s be honest – I probably wouldn’t quit it even then.  Drop down to the minimum hours to keep my benefits, yes, but not quit.)

So, after January, I have to do some serious thinking as to what I want to accomplish.  But let’s get through January first.

Writing goals for January:

1. Finish edits on Last Rites and send them off.

2. Finish writing the last 4 episodes of Tales of the Scorned Lady, Season 1 and record them.

Running goals for January:

1. Running 3 times a week.

That’s it.  No more goals.  I’ll check back in with you at the end of the month to see how I’ve done.

NaNoWriMo update

I am still doing NaNo, and I’m going to be doing daily updates from now on.  Today, my total stands at 8363 words – I’m about 14k behind, but I’m trying to catch up.  I refuse to give up!

I also received my edits for Last Rites this past weekend, so I have to start working on those.  But I really, really need to get my NaNo done, as it’s the Advent Story I’m going to begin posting on December 1st.  Yes, Schrodinger and Molly are coming back for another season!

Also, I’ve been asked about their first adventure.  I think I will be collecting the first Advent Story into ebook form (and possibly offering it on Lulu as well, for those who want a hard copy) and putting it up for sale for a small amount.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to get it done for December 1st, but I’ll try to have it available before Christmas.

So many things are happening right now.  I’m overwhelmed, and excited, and exhausted.  It’s a great time.