First, I’m already sweltering and haven’t even left the house yet. Just want to through that out there. Especially since this weekend is going to be busy. You’ll get some pictures tomorrow or Tuesday if I can muster the energy.
This week was the last one of school for my son until he starts his summer session. So, I didn’t do much besides prepping The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks for a July 3rd release and finishing a future book outline. Also, I watched Claymore, which is a manga I need to get into. Anyway, that was really it aside from biking and errands. Didn’t have much of an urge since the next two weeks will be a lot of parenting. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it means I won’t be online much and the chances of me going ‘meh’ and just clearing my Inbox at the end of the day will be high. Sorry, but it’s hot and I’ll be chasing an energetic 7-year-old around.
Speaking of heat and running around, we’re having a Double Zoo Weekend. Today, we’re going to a small zoo that I’ve never been to before. Not sure why we never went there, but it might be due to the parking situation being a pain. It’ll be a fun outing and they have dingos there. This is a precursor to tomorrow where we go to the big zoo where they now have baby bison, baby lemurs, and possibly a baby porcupine. That’s a full day thing and will mean Monday is an indoor day for us. I’ll try to post some pics of the baby animals if I can get them from my wife. She’s the shutterbug and pack mule while I’m the kid-wrangler. Before anybody complains, she carries a backpack on these trips regardless, so why should I bring one too?
As far as writing goes . . . I don’t have much. Fiddling with a new superhero idea where the character wakes up with a new power every morning. Not one that is added to the other, but a reset when they sleep. Trying to figure out a story that utilizes animals too. Like a person in a place devoid of animals and they’re looking for something to revive the fauna. I don’t know if that one will be it’s own world, Windemere, or Super Earth. This is really just a distraction from my main problem.
I have NOTHING for 2018. I’ve more time into Bedlam and the Windemere finale than preparing for next year. I’m hoping to work on the Legends spin-off over the summer, but that’s a release for next summer. This means I need to get to work on War of Nyt and I worry that I won’t have the first book ready by next spring. I have the characters flushed out and the outline done, but it’s still daunting to step into a new series. I don’t know what to do about Bedlam either. The blog-only story is getting some compliments, but no activity on the published books. Do I really want to put a bunch of effort into a 3rd published book when it seems very few people care? Especially when I have the next Windemere series to start up. Maybe I can do it later in the year? Might depend on how long it takes to write the spin-off. That’s about a 17 day project if I go 3 sections a day, which is doubtful.
So, this week of nothing will definitely give me a chance to get my head wrapped around all of the projects. The voices (not in my head) have been calling for me to quit or reconsider my path again. Really have to wonder how much longer I can keep going with the sea of negativity. I mean, I get 90% of my positive support from online, but I have to be on the computer for that. Why do people think it’s helpful to repeatedly question a person’s path? Is the saying now ‘when the going gets tough, the tough quit and work in a cubicle’?
So, what will I work on this week?
- Father/son outings.
- August posts to give me plenty of writing time in the summer.
- Sleep apnea follow up on Wednesday.
- Stay hydrated. This is harder than one realizes.
- Prepare the file for Quest of the Broken-Hearted.
- Try to make sense of the next Sin story outline. It’s like 3 stories collided and made a mess on the page.