I should just pick topics out of a hat for this week because it was a whirlwind. Let’s do the section titles and I hope people check out each one.
Ichabod Brooks & the Broken Laptop
I’m combining these two because I want to assure everyone that The Life & Times of Icahbod Brooks will be live by Monday. For all of my volunteers, I promise to get the email out with the HTML file out by the morning. Promoting will be simple this time and I’ll be behind the 8 ball on it for the following reason:
I HAVE NO LAPTOP FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS!!!!!
That sound issue came back with a vengeance on Wednesday. So, I online chatted with Microsoft to see if there was a software problem. They said it was hardware, so I called Dell and spent the night with them remote accessing the computer. Not hardware, but they needed me to send it in to either get fixed or be wiped clean then rebuilt. They paid for shipping though . . . FedEx Ground that takes 3-5 business days. Don’t forget that we have a holiday, so the laptop won’t arrive until Wednesday. I might get it a week later if they decide to simply wipe and rebuild instead of trying to find the problem. For some reason, people don’t try to think of any sources of the problem besides the drivers. I think another program is causing trouble.
Anyway, I’ll be using the desktop until the laptop returns. This means not much weekend work and no night work. I was going to start Quest of the Broken-Hearted on Wednesday when the kid goes back to school. My math had it at a 17 day project, but that was if I could do nights. Looking at 25 now unless I slip a few weekends in and start while somebody watches the kid. Not holding my breath. While I’m here, it looks like I’m going to be pushing myself insanely hard. Basically:
- Quest of the Broken-Hearted
- One week off
- War of Nyt Book 1 (Dawn Fangs. Cooler title than War of Nightfall? Nyt is the vampire capital.)
- One week off
- Derailing Bedlam
- One week off
- War of Nyt Book 2
That’s being very optimistic for this year. More than likely, I won’t hit that last one until January. Thankfully, I did all of my edits on the Legends of Windemere stuff, so those only need outside editing and cover art. I’m also starting to rethink that order because Bedlam and Nyt come out before Broken-Hearted. Might want to switch Bedlam and Broken-Hearted to make sure I have enough time for all of them.
Anybody remember when I did a sleep apnea home test? Well, I went to talk about the results. It’s never good when an experienced doctor talks as if you’re one of the more memorable cases. I snore 500 times an hour and shift position like I’m covered in ants. Does seem like the sleep apnea could be the root of a lot of my health problems too. I have to go back in 3-4 weeks to put up the oral appliance, which is like a retainer. This is supposed to pull my mandible forward and prevent my tongue from sliding into my throat. You see, my mouth isn’t big enough for my tongue, so it bunches up or moves to the back when I sleep with my mouth closed. On the plus side, insurance is supposed to cover the whole thing.
It has been a busy week with the munchkin. Saturday was the Prospect Zoo. Sunday was the Bronx Zoo. Monday was grocery shopping and playing around the house. Tuesday was my doctor appointment, so he went to an animal rescue place with the grandparents. Wednesday was the Long Island Game Farm . . . the big story from that below. Thursday was house cleaning and he was happy to get at the places the rest of us were too big to fit into. Friday was playground, duck pond, and ice cream for lunch. We still have block parties, fireworks, and a few other things. It’s been fun though. Exhausting too. Let me get into the next one with three pics:
When a Giraffe want you to move then MOVE
For a little extra, my son got to feed carrots and lettuce to a giraffe named Clifford. He was excited, especially since he was the first one on line. Clifford was excited too, but more for the food. I was told to go into a corner to get a good video. Things went smoothly with the munchkin shouting how cool it was. Clifford moved his head toward me in search of food, but I had nothing. So, he went back to my son. Should have known that was a sign that I needed to move. When the food ran out, he swung his head over me then gently came back to shove me away. I was still looking through my phone to get the video and hadn’t realized the food ran out. So, I was tracking him and suddenly felt his hand pushing me toward the stairs. Oddly soft, but I could feel there was solid bone that would hurt if he got angry and did an actual swing. When a fully grown giraffe tries to move you with his head, don’t argue.
At least Clifford was nicer than a deer near the end. I had the cup of feed while my son would take handfuls. This deer realized that I had more food than my son, so he followed me around. Took a nip to the back, which didn’t hurt or leave a mark. It was more a ‘did I just get nipped by that deer?’ thing.
This will be quick. I scheduled all of the posts for August, all of Protecting Bedlam, and even Raven’s Dream for October. So, these are off my plate while I don’t have a laptop and that makes it a little easier to deal with. With any luck, I can get back to my usual speed. I should really sit down and look at the 3 main books that I need to get ready for the first half of next year. Just to see how long it will take.
Plan for the Week?
- Staring blankly at where my laptop used to sit.
- Do the tournament brackets for my fighting series. It’s fun because I don’t plan the winners. I pick names from a hat and roll dice for winning. The kid may help with that.
- Start writing Quest of the Broken-Hearted. Still not sure how to talk about this one since it holds a few Legends of Windemere finale spoilers. It’ll be released next summer in place of an Ichabod Brooks story though. 2018 is all about getting a new series started.
- Tinker with the next Sin story at night since I can’t do computer work.
- Get back on the exercise bike.
- Try to get a little extra sleep.