One good thing that I cling to: From now on the days are getting SHORTER. I just have to survive the rest of June and all of July, August, and half of September. At least I’m not in Louisiana or Mississippi, though, those poor people. I must stay positive. North Carolina, at least, has all four seasons so I get a good long spring, winter, and fall to strengthen me. Would that I had a pool, too.
The upkeep of my writing platform is going to kill me. I decided that my website, covers, and the actual stories needed a little dusting before a couple of good promos take off today. I’m sitting here with a eyestrain and a headache BUT I’m very pleased with the results. See, if I got it right the first time I wouldn’t have to do this but I’m learning as I go on a budget of zero… so screw it. Imagine Daffy Duck shouting “YOIKES AND AWAYYY!” and there’s your visual reference for how I’m approaching my writing career. If you’re curious my website is here: http://jessiegtalbot.weebly.com/ and if it looks funky to you, believe me, it looks better than it did. I used to think a colorful background would clash with my colorful covers so it was a wasteland of grey. Bleah. And, yes, I’ve noticed that there’s odd Bold print in my contact info. I don’t know why the hell not but it just won’t go non-bold for me. *hand wave* Pretend you don’t see it. I’ll nuke it later.
I came home yesterday to men on the ceiling and a terrified cat in the closet. My new bedroom skylight is here! It’s beautiful! So clean, so clear, so not cracked in a hundred places. Just in time for the violent evening thunderstorms that hit NC in the summer. I was really afraid I was going to wake up to a waterfall. But now I’m going to dig out some prisms and hang then up. They’ll be lovely, since the sun can actually get to them.
Meanwhile, one of my poor coworkers had a blockage reamed in one of his arteries so the doctors took him off his all-salt and all-sugar diet. He’s been passing out all the bad snacks he had stored and I just got a big bag of sunflower seeds. MMMMM! I reckon one bag won’t do too much damage.
Super Witch is rolling along. I plotted out the last third and writing it shouldn’t take long. Which I’ve been saying for a month and a half now. In case you haven’t noticed I am NOT the Speedy Gonzales of writers. But I get there eventually.
People are a little doubtful of my dropping a kids’ book in the middle of my Souls series for teens but I intend to make it a stand-alone and include it in a box set. I’ll also give everyone plenty of warning. It’s Souls by the Sea #3 and a half! Now I have to fret about pricing…
North Caroline is having its first major heat. I’m utterly miserable so I bought a short lounger to wear around the house. It’s black with a white swirl pattern. I look like my grandma! Or Mrs. Roper. Well, when I start wearing bedroom slippers and a terry cloth wrap I’ll start to worry but for now I’m cool at last. Whew!
It’s raining! But it’s not flooding so I’m all for it. As long as the skylight in my bedroom holds out. It’s badly cracked and one good roll of thunder will leave me with a two foot hole in my ceiling and a wet cat. Get it fixed, apartment building.
It’s summer! NC has turned hot, miserable, and muggy which is perfect discount plant buying weather. I tripped on down to my local Lowe’s and found a beautiful red Mandevilla (the hummingbirds will love it) a six pack of regular petunias and a six pack of Wave petunias. All for just $8. It KILLS me to see perfectly good plants thrown away because they’re just a little dry. I desperately need more shelves along the wall. (And bookshelves, too. The one leaning bookshelf I have is bending under the weight of all my books. And as long as I’m dreaming, I’d like a pony…)
I’m writing! A new Chapter One for Super Witch is in the bag and now I just have the Big Action Scene and the little ending chapters to go. I’m still having problems with tone. I’m tempted to make it PG13 like all the other Souls by the Sea books and drag my teen heroine into it but it’s just not that much of a Souls story. It’s simple and CUTE! I want it to be a stand-alone so I can market it along with B and Smug Slug, my two kids’ books, in a box set. Then another box set for my romance novellas. Then back to Souls again. Work, work, work, but the past two weeks of down time did my brain good. Onward!
Everyone’s still trickling in from the holiday weekend (except for us poor schmucks that had to work) and work is slow so I’ve been keeping myself occupied with the internet. Most people would love that but my favorite comms are also in the mire, no books are interesting me, and I can only surf Pinterest for so long.
Anyway, on the home front, I’ve picked Super Witch up again and it’s progressing quickly. I feel a bit ashamed of myself for not finishing before June but oh, well! This year’s goals are to finish the novellas (Super Witch and two holiday romances) so I’m still good. Ta!
They’re playing almost non-stop Sousa on my classical radio station already. That’s my jaaaam! Sadly (and luckily, I don’t want to lose hours) I have to work on Monday and it’s going to be dead as a doorknob around here. I haven’t written all week long! Not this week nor last week. I don’t think I’ll get anything finished this weekend either. I must have needed the break.
Everyone have a great weekend and remember our servicemen and women who made our fortunate lives possible.
I took the entire weekend off and it was wonderful. The weather was hot, muggy, and stank of fresh asphalt so I stayed inside. I read Jane Austen and Dorothy Sayers in front of the AC with a glass of lovely iced tea beside me and I could actually feel my brain recovering from the extra work and stress of last week. (I had to cover for the office mgr while she was on vacation, plus I had some formatting/promo issues pop up. The technical side of Indie publishing is going to send me to the Happy Home, I sweartagod.) Back to normal hours at the ‘ol day job now, hallelujah, and I’m going to reverse all my healthy progress and dive right back into finishing up the new novella before June. And then I want two more novellas finished before August. And then I want to get a pony. AND THEN I WANT TO CONQUER THE CAROLINAS AND PROCLAIM MYSELF EMPRESS!
Shit, shit, shit, I forgot to refill my pillbox with ibuprofen and my tits are killing me. (TMI) I also forgot to put the chicken in the crockpot before I left home. I’ve gone senile. I need to take it easy more often.