Seriously, why was the phone ringing so much this week? Good thing I didn’t try to pick a day to crawl back into bed after the kid got on the bus. Wait, I did and it failed miserably, which might be why I’m a little crotchety this weekend. It’s a 3-day weekend too, so we’ll see what happens. Today is uneventful, birthday tomorrow, and maybe a family outing on Monday. Depends on the weather holding. Honestly, it just feels so draining to even think of doing stuff.
That’s why I’m considering bumming around next week and diving into the final edits of Books 14 and 15 during the first week in June. Next weekend is the 12 year anyway, so I’ve got to focus on getting tickets to Wonder Woman. Be nice to have energy for that, but I’ve been running on empty for a while. Every time I gather enough focus and energy, something happens to knock me back down. The phone rings to tear me from my thoughts, someone interrupts me for the same effect, or a mess turns up that I have to clean. Why can’t people just think and observe before taking action? That would make my life a little easier.
The big accomplishment was finishing the final edits on The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks and getting some thumbs up on the blurbs. This cleared the week for me to unravel and reorganize the superhero stuff. It still feels weird taking them out of Windemere, but I guess they didn’t belong there anyway. Maybe I’ll use tomorrow to show what I’ve come up with and see if anybody has any thoughts on the whole thing. This is the last week where Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday is free. The first 3 sections of Protecting Bedlam have been scheduled and I’m still nervous. Will people like it? Will people read it? Will it give the published books any traction? I got those ready this week too. Oh, and all the July posts that revolve around Ichabod, including a future call for questions for him.
Guess I should mention one problem that’s come up with all of my fiddling. There was a character who I teamed up with a Windemere secondary character, which created an interesting idea. The problem is that she really needs to go with the other superheroes, which means she takes all of her story pieces with her. This leaves the secondary who shows up in a few series with half a story. It was going to be an interesting upgrade to make this villain/ally/rival/sidekick the star of his own story. So, I have to sit down and figure out what to do because removing the whole thing means he gets blocked from the final battle of Windemere. Even worse, the story was put in the middle of a notebook, which has it’s last grouping of pages reserved for that final battle. I can’t fill it out until I know all the players. Keep making more headaches for myself, so maybe next week will help me clear this one a bit. I still have a bunch of characters who I can re-purpose for a new story to make everything work . . . maybe.
Have to admit that it does feel weird making this kind of progress. Been a while since I worked on this type of project with any focus. *phone rings* Guess I can’t even say the friggin’ word. There are still a few characters that aren’t jumping back. Clyde and the Dawn Fangs work too well and Mab’s presence in Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince locks them in. The super spy is going to stick around because it might be interesting to have that type in a fantasy setting. Going to miss them though, but I’m going with my gut here. This does bring a few other series into question: Tome of the Fae, Zombie Girl (currently in Sin’s series), and Phi Beta (Might go off on its own thing) are a few. Really launched a missile into a few things. Yeah, I need next week for this one goal:
Repair the damage!
Add-on: Dear god, it’s worse than I thought.