First of all, the Kindle Countdown for Legends of Windemere Fantasy Series Bundle #1 is on its last day. Get the first 3 volumes for $2.99 by clicking on the cover below:
The holidays are over, but the kid’s vacation is still going strong. This brings a frustrating wrinkle into the upcoming debut. Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince will be going live this week. I’m going to be out tomorrow since it’s one of the few good weather days we have on the horizon. So I plan on hitting publish Monday night and waking up to the book being live. With any luck, I’ll have all of the promo stuff sent out by noon. Not easy with the 6-year-old prowling with his new lightsaber, army of superhero Minions, 3 imaginary dogs, an imaginary cat, an imaginary cheetah, and the ever-present blankie. You might think I can wait for him to go back to school the following Monday, but I can’t. I set up some promo spots for early January and I don’t want to be the author that bails. All I need is the sales link to get everything set up.
Now if you volunteered to be part of the promo post tour then expect an email on Tuesday with the HTML file. If you requested a guest post then you’ll get that in a separate email after I put in the link. Those will be in Word format and I’ll attach a copy of the cover and my author photo as well. Those two pictures will be in the promo post though, so you can also reuse them since they’ll be in your media folder. At least that’s what happens with me.
Small break to say that I’ve no idea why Pandora keeps stopping after one song. Given that my laptop has been acting strange for months, I’m worried that it’ll die before I get the money for a new one. Preferably one that doesn’t have Windows 10 because the desktop has that and it should be chucked into a black hole. Not as bad as Vista, but rather annoying with compatibility at times. Made the machine a lot slower and it’s fairly new.
Where was I? Not much else happened besides a bounce house place for Christmas, seeing old friends yesterday, and steadily heading toward the debut. I’ll need to find out about Crossing Bedlam cover art soon and begin the editing there. I’m having a lot of trouble carving out writing time with everyone home. My mom had elbow surgery to get the hardware out from her old injury, so she’s home for a few weeks. That means everyone is here and space is limited. My plan was to edit Crossing Bedlam before the break ends, but it’s looking more like I won’t be touching it until Wednesday if even then.
On the plus side, I made a plan for January. With Delvin getting his story out this week and Lloyd and Cassidy debuting in February, I don’t want to tackle the next Legends of Windemere volume. So I’ll edit Bedlam, write the next Ichabod, tackle the Raven’s Hold sequel, and begin editing Book 12 before I sink my teeth into the big goal of 2016. That goal is to write the final 3 books of Legends of Windemere, which won’t be released until 2017. I’d just like to have them in the bank and then I can figure out what to write next. There’s that one-shot/epilogue book that could be a big spoiler for the entire series. So I might have to start in on the Dawn Fang Civil War and wait a year for that one.
That’s if I make it that far. With the wife having trouble finding a job and tension running high around here, there has been the questioning on if it’s time for me to quit and get a ‘real job’. This would end up being retail, food, or office work. Sadly, me being out of the workforce for a few years can’t be explained or accepted very easily. People think I’m dramatic for saying I’d have to quit, but I doubt any of those jobs would give me retweet or blog check breaks. Writing would be a rarity since I’d get home tired and have to wrangle the kid into bed, which means I wouldn’t get to my laptop until 8:30 PM. That’s maybe 1.5 or 2 hours to finish off email, blog comments, tweets, etc. and write a chapter section. Anybody seeing how this simply won’t work as a balancing act? I’m still making enough money to pay my half of our expenses, but without the wife working, we’re falling back into the hole.
Anyway, I’m not going to do a list since this week is going to be up in the air. I’ll just end on a Red Band Trailer I’ve watched a few times and I think some people would like. Red Band means it’s uncensored, so you get the cursing, lewd language, and violence. Here we go:
Keeping my fingers crossed for your wife’s job hunting, Charles. I can understand the constraints of both time and money you are both facing.
Thanks. Some days that feels like all we can do too.
Yep. But sometimes that’s enough x
If you ever do decide to find a job that will take you away from writing, I wish you the best with finding the balance. It will definitely not be an easy task to find a job situation that would provide you with the flexibility you need in order to carry on your work–but–it is possible. I have a few author friends who do just that (balancing a job and a writing career) and they’ve been able to strike a balance that works for them. I’m sure you’d find something that would work for you.
The problem is that I tried it before for several years. Balance was never achieved no matter what I did, especially since I was always tired. This was before the kid came along, which means it’d be even worse this time around. Most jobs that are available have no flexibility from what I can tell. Nobody will hire a guy who would want time off to write a book or promote stuff that’s out. This isn’t factoring in the home life chaos that is a challenge even now. Hence why I don’t see myself being able to pursue both.
Best wishes for a great opening day. Happy New Year! May 2016 be the best year yet for you!
Thanks. Hope 2016 is great for you too.
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You stayed home to care for your son before he was in school full time. Absolutely nothing wrong with putting that on your resume – that’s a full time job, Charles.
Cheers to the New Year – I can’t say I’m sad to see the page turn on 2015.
One would think, but it seems that situation doesn’t sit well with people unless the person is a single father. Not only potential employers, but your average person doesn’t really consider the stay-at-home father a sensible option. Even when my wife was working, people would talk to her about the child rearing while I was the one doing it. You get weird looks too at the supermarket from older people. Just the world we live in.