I didn’t have any goals for last week. That set the bar pretty low, which is a good thing because I wasn’t doing too hot. We had a lot of cold and rain early in the week, but then things got warmer. So my sinuses decided that I needed to know a new definition of pain and my energy was always one step away from drained. Gave me a good excuse to keep watching ‘Supernatural’ and take my time with things.
Hopefully, the Chasing Bedlam cover is ready to reveal this coming Thursday. I’ll be doing the release after the Super Bowl because I don’t want to try and promote while watching that. Attempted it last year and it didn’t work in my favor. Still plenty of time to volunteer for the blog tour. One thing that I need to figure out is what to do about the first book here. We’re hoping to make a new cover for that one, but it won’t be ready in time for the new release. So I’ll be using the old one. Part of me considered holding off until both are ready, but my son has a week off in February and March through April is going to be chaos.
That’s a reason why I’m hoping to tackle The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks on Monday. Part of this depends on if I can finish what I picked up this week. I went back to ‘Sin’ and his stories to find that I stopped in mid-creation. The heroes were done, but not the villains, locations, and event list. I tackled that only to get slowed down by life, so I still have Act 4 to design. I might be able to do it over the weekend since the final acts of a Sin story aren’t as complicated as the others. Just tying up the story with final battles and adventures. If I can’t do this then I’ll use Monday and I’ll start in on the Ichabod Brooks short stories on Tuesday. My hope is to finish it by the end of February and see if anybody wants to beta read them.
Things may get a little busy around here though. My son had his gymnastics show today and his last art class for two or three weeks. We have our Super Bowl party next weekend, which means a lot of cleaning or yelling about cleaning when the cleaning has already been done. Then the following weekend is the Chasing Bedlam release and Valentine’s Day where we’re doing our usual movie/lunch thing. Seeing ‘John Wick Chapter 2’ because nothing is more romantic than kick-ass action scenes. After that comes the kid’s week off and . . . do I really think I’m going to get any work done this year?
I had this problem last year with my son having a lot of days off and events coming in so quickly that I never had a moment to rest. And people expect me to toss a full-time job onto this trash heap I call time management? Ugh. Once I’m done with the Ichabod Brooks stuff, I’ll probably edit the last two Windemere books and that will leave me open for the rest of the year. Well, I have the third Bedlam book and Dawn’s story to put together. Part of me is still hesitant to starting the next series, so I might even do the standalone that I can’t publish until Summer 2018. It feels odd starting a long project when I don’t know what the future will hold. This is a different feeling than before because I’m working with pessimism now.
Only other news is that an idea popped into my head that brings me back to my superhero dilemma. Earth or Windemere? Now, I’m thinking of toying with the Four Horseman mythos. Mostly, something is going on in the world and the Horsemen are activated because they’re really supposed to save everyone. Famine is always eating, but likes sharing food. Pestilence is a healer. War is still a mad berserker, but only goes after evil hearts. Haven’t figured out Death yet. The thing is that this would fit in nicely with the superheroes, but not Windemere. I also already had a War Horseman story, which puts another character at risk. Unless I can find some other group of Doom Harbingers that one can go rogue from. Early stages here, but this could be a tipping point. Maybe I’ll toy with the superheroes later this year and see if I can get a handle on that. At the very least, I could reach a point where people are sick of hearing about them.
Goals of the week:
- Finish outlining ‘Sin’ storyline.
- Start writing The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks.
- Clean and prep for Super Bowl party.
- Continue the biking.
- Try to go to bed early at least once this week.
- Remember that the final season of Black Sails starts.
- Bug the wife about catching up on Windemere. She’s still back at Charms of the Feykin. We think. She doesn’t remember a lot since she mixes up the original ideas with the current stuff. That and she’s still annoyed that Nyx got a haircut.
- Finish watching Supernatural Season 6.