Welcome back to me and everyone else who decided to stop by. As you can probably see by some of the lack of posting that’s been going on, I’ve been on a bit of a vacation. If, by vacation, you mean I’ve been going a million miles an hour and finally am getting back to normal.
First, I did NOT do NaNoWriMo (shame on me.) BUT — I am offering a special deal for those who did. I am available to edit your NaNo 2016 manuscript at my discount rate ($0.05/word). Deal will last until January 15, 2017, so if you’re interested, hit me up at infamous_scribbler ~at~ yahoo.com.
So what was I doing while I was gone? I’ve successfully extricated myself from my Army Reserve company command, and will be entering the Individual Ready Reserve very shortly. (For the non-military folks, that means I will be in a status where I don’t have to drill every month, and I don’t have a specific unit I’m assigned to, but I still have the ability to participate in certain activities and can still be called up if the Big Army so desires.) With everything going on, and trying to concentrate on the number of books I intend to write in 2017, it seemed like a good decision.
I’ve also started paying a lot of attention to local politics, with the intention of becoming more involved on the state and local level. I’d love to try my hand at volunteering with a campaign, or perhaps even running myself. But likely, I will stick to volunteering. I’ve become a little more realistic with the amount of hours in a day that I actually have at my disposal.
Of course, I’m still volunteering more than I should for the things I love. Sweet Tea Shakespeare has invited me to get involved more behind the scenes, and I’m happy to oblige. I’m looking forward to spreading the word about what they do, and hopefully finding us new places to share the performances as well as recruit more people. And I also have this secret love of playing the bass that they seem to be willing to indulge, so that is another benefit. I won’t be in the upcoming performance of Antony & Cleopatra, but I’m looking forward to going and sitting in the audience, and you should come, too!
With the onset of the third trimester of Ladybug II, who will NOT be named Platypus, no matter what a certain significant other keeps lobbying for, I find that my mental concentration is going downhill. So I’ve been doing a lot of reading, trying to get it back, as well as a lot of crafting, such as knitting, spinning, sewing, etc., and baking. This way, I can MAKE something and not have to necessarily think about making it as I go.
But wait, I hear you say. Aren’t you supposed to be pursuing a writing career? Why yes! Yes, I am. And this blog post is the first in a sequence of getting back to my routine of putting words on paper, digital and otherwise. I’ve got a short story started for Writerpunk Press that needs another couple thousand words. I’ve got the last 5-7,000 words of Steel-Toed Blues to plow through. I’ve got some unnamed romance novel edits, and then another round of querying to go for that. I’ve got a non-fiction book proposal to write. I’ve got a sequel planned for Cold Run, a sequel for STB, and a zombie apocalypse novel that is in the works. Is it realistic to think that I’ll get all this done in 2017 with another new baby and a Ladybug who is in full terrible twos mode? Don’t crush my dreams. It can be done.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for following along. Hope the holiday season doesn’t find you too crazed, and if you would like to drop me a line or visit me on Facebook, please do!
~ ~ ~