The Three Hundred and Eighty-fourth Post: The One Where I Wonder When It’s a Healthy Focus…

I’m about halfway through edit Valentina’s Feast. If everything works out, I am looking at a late June release (depends on how fast my editor can turn around reading it). I can’t state how excited I am in that I’ve finally finished another novel and I am getting another one beta read to make changes (Romance with Advantage), that one might come out closer to the end of the year, depending on things. Everything is finally coming together.

I’m focusing on getting these two novels done – so everything else has been pushed back to either the end of the year, or just doing it during Pander-monium. That will be the real test for me. Basically, it’s twelve Nanowrimos one right after the other. I’m not gonna lie…I’m a little intimidated, but I can do it.

OK – enough about that.

I’m mad at Amazon, right now. I put in an order for a subscription for Digital Photography in January. I understand that it was going to not get here until May. I wasn’t happy about it, but I accepted it and waited…then the week of delivery came…and nothing. I sent a message. I waited another week. Another message…nothing. A third message and I talked to someone in customer support.

“It looks like it got lost in the mail.”

I’m mad that this was just turned off with a “sorry, dude” and “we’ll give you store credit”. I was looking forward to the magazine, and I got nothing.

I guess I’ll try to find it in Barnes and Noble. Let them get my money.

Sorry – not happy. Also, not learned my lesson because I ordered Dead Kennedy’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables and the best time I can get is “by 10 PM today”.

Yeah…this is going to be fun.

Enough of that.

I can’t wait for the movie theaters to re-open. The saddest thing I have ever seen is the empty parking lot of my local movie spot. I miss the smell of popcorn, the lights going dim. I even miss teasers. I still watch movies at home, but it’s not really the same thing.

There’s not much else here. I’m laser-focused on Valentina’s Feast to the point of mania, and I’m letting everything else go to the wayside for now. I’m mad at Amazon and running out of good podcasts to binge.

Other than that – I’m doing fine. Thanks for dropping by, and I’ll try to have more for y’all next week. Please bear with me. Thanks.

The Three Hundred and Eighty-Third Post: The One Where It All Starts to Come Together!

I thought I was going to work on The Agonizing Alibi Day, but it just didn’t feel right in my head. For a while there, I was wondering what this book was going to be about. The first book, The Dreaded Day Job, was about a typical assignment. I was tossing the plot around for the second book. I wanted to do something more than a look at his work life, so after a few minutes I realized that we don’t know that much about his life outside of work, and how he manages his whammy during the off-hours.

Now that, that’s done, I’m letting my mind come up with other things, and in the meantime, I’m working on a book that feels far more done in my head: Resurrectionist’s Blues: One and Done. This one doesn’t have the tight deadline the other two have (almost done!), so I can kinda take my time with it. I might even – time permitting – go on ahead and work on the second one to give Alibi Day some more time to ferment. I have a good feeling about this particular novel.

I’ve been working on photography, and I wish I had a good picture to show…but I discovered the usefulness of the correct ISO (sensitivity to light) in pictures. I had a very well composed shot and what I got was a very dark square. Still well composed, mind you, but also still a dark square. I’m going to re-try it later with what I hope is going to be the right set up.

There isn’t a whole lot of new things going on. Still editing down Valentina’s Feast and waiting for the beta readers to finish Romance with Advantage. I heard good news about the Black Widow movie – July 9th is the release date on both Disney+ (with a premium charge, of course) and in theaters. YES! Phase 4 looks interesting from what I’ve seen. I can only hope that nothing else catastrophic happens to get in the way.

It’s looking like my August deadline can remain intact, and that pleases me greatly. The one thing that really stresses me out is setting a deadline, even a realistic one and not following through. Both books (Valentina’s Feast and Romance with Advantage) are nearing completion with the last major hurtle will be getting the covers set up…please see my prior paragraph concerning my photographic prowess. Thankfully, I found a website that allows you to buy royalty, free-use pictures for covers and I found one that works perfectly with Valentina’s Feast. Well – it would be even more perfect if I could get Melissa Benoist on the cover.

That’s it for now. Things are delightfully converging for me and I hope to keep it going through the halfway point in the year. Feel free to donate some coffee to the cause, buy a book or just drop a line to say hi.

Until next week.

The Three Hundred and Eighty-Second Post: The One Where I Talk About Big Mo

No…not this Mo

Well, I have good news – I finished the first draft of Romance with Advantage and it’s off to several people to have it beta read and edited down. I’m really trying to grab on to this momentum to carry me on through the final set of edits for Valentina’s Feast. I really needed something like this to buoy my spirits. It feels nice to see all this work start to come to fruition. Between this and my current binge listening to these guys – life feels kinda good again.

I’m looking ahead to the next project: Agonizing Alibi Day. It’s the next book in Lucky Evan’s Life series. With this one, we get to see the inner workings of Evan’s company Tyche Solutions. I like writing Evan because he’s positive and the whole series is a comedy, which is a switch up from the normal and serious material I normally write. After that, I should get Calamitous Christmas Party finished and then work on the big literary work Gaze Unaverted, Staring Blankly Ahead. I’m just trying to keep my line-up for work in my head so I can go from one project to another.

Speaking of projects – I just saw the Marvel phase 4 trailer! I Cannot Wait! I’m shaky about a couple things (The Eternals) and eager for a couple (Black Widow, Spider-Man) and really, really curious about others (Black Panther?). The only thing I’m still anxious about is the Mobius film coming from Sony. It’s going to be easy to fall into the anti-hero tropes with The Living Vampire, but I’m hoping they’re going to give it the horror flavor it deserves. Also hopes it makes the transition over to the MCU.

The other outstanding news is that I got my haircut. The last time that happened, I didn’t have to wear a mask…and let me tell you – it feels good. I also look much younger, which never hurts.

That’s all for now – re-cutting Valentina’s Feast, waiting for news on Romance with Advantage and it looks like I might hit my August deadline! Hope y’all have a good day!