So this month I am dedicated to getting back to editing my first novella – The Companion, the first in my new series, Electric Sheep. I planned on getting it done in December, but… yeah.
So this month, for sure.
I am also going to start working on the sequel. This one will be coming from a new direction, but I expect it to be a catalyst to the story.
I will be writing with other writers, to get the first draft written with VBIAM. It is a writing program I have used in the past and is really fun. Feel free to sign up to get daily updates from myself and other writers.
You can read my first message here, dedicating to these new projects (and spoilers as to what is to come!). I encourage you to follow that journey with me.
I am also working on making it a point to update my books more often. I have found in the past that if I update quotes and such for books, I am more likely to read them faster, less likely to put them aside for something new, and more able to keep up with reading multiple stories all at once.
I am bad about the multiple story thing. I have over a dozen books that I am currently in the middle of. I’m going to work on whittling that number down, but I get easily distracted by the new and shiny…
Today I will be updating as I go, so this post will grow as the day progresses… (this is an experiment, so it may not be a permanent feature).
Starting with this morning’s read:
Pg 42 –
“As far as I know, the Casino doesn’t stand on hallowed ground.”
The vampire looked down on me with an air of haughty disdain. Whatever faults Ghastek had, his control over the undead was superb. “That is a matter of opinion.”
Pg 57 –
I didn’t know if a power word would stop it, but I was out of options.
Pg 65 –
Even from this distance, his pose telegraphed violence, tightly coiled and reigned in, but ready to explode at the slightest provocation.
“How plump and tasty – she must have been fattened on nuts!” exclaimed the old bandit woman.
Well, got to busy myself with looking busy now…
Yesterday we went window shopping, and wound up with more than expected. Everyone got a little something!
And Best Buy can sometimes be frustrating. Just saying.
But after a very long search, I got a new camera, perfect for my unboxing project (and my stack is slowly growing)… I go and pick it up Wednesday…
The little one got a new Pony…
I also picked up a sample
I am dedicated to this, now! Nothing too exciting, yet… But hopefully I’ll get my updates posted tonight!
The holidays took their toll this year, as I’m sure you may have noticed. Or not.
Either way, I haven’t been around much since then. We’ve been dealing with stuff. So let me share a comic (xkcd)…
So yeah. It could always be alot worse.
But on the brilliant side of things, I’ve had alot of good pop up, too!
I have been pre-approved for books from BookBuzz.net. That is an awesome step for me! I now have free access to their current catalog, and will receive any book they post on ‘Galley, just for the asking. So far, I’ve looked around and am excited to move in on their titles!
Another positive, is a suggestion that has been made to me by a few people now – though for full disclosure, these are all people close to me – that I should start doing “unboxing” videos, opening the books and other goodies I get.
And, oh boy!, do I get quite a bit. I don’t order alot online or buy alot of stuff, because I don’t have alot of funding to spend. So I get stuff to review. Books, movies, even snacks, sometimes. And who doesn’t like that feeling of opening a new box full of goodies that just came in the mail?
So I’m going to start that, too. (I have a few boxes sitting around waiting just for this that arrived this week, so I’m all set.)
So, as you can tell, I have lots of plans for the future…
But sometimes I feel all…
And I stall out. I have so much to do that I spaz, jumping from one thing to another in an attempt to do it all at once. Have you ever done that? Almost everyone does that at some point or another.
And when it all gets too much, what do I do?
Well, maybe not that bad. Lol – But it is bad. I get so wrapped up in planning, I sometimes forget that the whole point is to DO stuff realistically, and I leave myself with like 2 hours to sleep.
So then I got to admit…
And that’s when I eat some white chocolate…
And remind myself that I am awesome.
(Heck, I learned how to put gifs on my stuff without a tutorial… Can you tell?)
So while I may wind up a little slowed down thanks to that other stuff, I’m not about to quit, or play it safe. It’s time to muscle up and show that I am a winner!
Besides… It could have always been worse:
And now, back to your (ir)regularly scheduled updates!
I love Hastings (the store, not the town). Today I hustled the kids out the door and down to the store, and we ‘rented’ the limit of 10 movies.
The list includes some book-movies, and some reborn classics:
Age of Ultron
Death Note (The Movie)
Insidious 3 (my daughter’s choice)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
So I might be spending more time here, writing review (which badly needs done), posting opinions (which might need done), and wasting time (which absolutely don’t need done, but I do anyways).
GoodReads, my favorite time-wasting site has applied new formatting updates, and they are not up to my likings. So, until either I get used to the changes, or they make changes I can live with, I will be spending less time there.
I have also been spending more time on another favorite that I abandoned a while back, fully intending to quit, but didn’t… ChickenSmoothie! So much fun, and I love giving away stuff at this time of year.
The other day when we stopped by Barnes & Noble, my daughter decided that she wanted something, and I believe in gimmes – that little thing you buy your kids when you go to the store so they behave and don’t ask for the expensive big thing – but her daddy don’t. So when she asked for the Snow Sleigh, and her daddy said ‘no’, she had a mini-meltdown. I tried to do the ol’ bait-n-switch, with a little tinker thing, but she wasn’t havin’ it. At all.
Until I mentioned Star Wars, and we wound up picking this:
This little girl loves anything Star Wars right now, and that just makes her daddy’s heart melt, so I knew he couldn’t say ‘no’ to this. Sucker!
Later, we watched Tyrion Lannister run around New York with Jupiter Jones while searching for Patch Adams in:
This was a moving, touching, sometimes funny movie. A real tearjerker, so make sure to cuddle with someone you care about, have a fresh box of tissues handy, and plan on telling at least one person you love them after contemplating your own mortality.
Because, what would you do if you only had 90 minutes to live?
I’d finish a good book.
Are you counting down for the new Star Wars movie yet?
We already bought the tickets! (Even if they have all been gifted already… wound up with some last-minute tag-a-longs for the movie… don’t you just love when that happens?) But since they are all already given out, we may actually go and see it opening night, before the presents are given!
SO, to go about preparing for this, I am going to do (and have done) alot of Star Wars-based reading…
Lets start with this short story…
Forgive the image, it was the only one on the page, and not mine. I think if it were mine, it would have turned out worse. Read the story by clicking the title above, or here. Read my review on GoodReads here.
And remember, The Force is with You!
Tonight is our weekly Writing Night, meant to be time to write in peace with coffee and pie to fuel the process, but it always seems that I wind up doing more catching up and talking than actually writing.
Tonight’s pie is:
And tonight’s book is:
Review to come, since my writing buddy is tired… But let it be known, that while this book only got 3 stars from me, it is part of a larger thing, and it definitely deserves that title…
So, tonight was de facto movie night, and I watched two films while cleaning out my email Inbox, and realized that I had missed out on doing the review for one of the books that one movie was based on –
I Am Number Four…
The other movie was Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues.
(The cover on IMDB is not nearly as pretty as the cover on the disc I got from the library. I might update this to match, but then, maybe not.)
Hank was a country music legend, and this documentary not only featured his music and original recordings, but so much that I didn’t know about the man – that I’m sure many don’t know. It was sad to hear how much he suffered, and how loved he was by those who knew him. We can all only wish to be as loved and remembered as Hank Williams was.
It was also very humbling to hear a recording of him using a phrase my Pop used to use all the time – a phrase that apparently Hank used just as often…