So, I’m still trying to figure out my week, but the above kind of describes how I’m feeling right now. The weekend may have given me a little taste of the summer, which might end with me in a padded room. If not that then living in the sewers talking to rats who are really mice, but don’t have the heart to correct me. Here’s a few things I’m trying to get my head around.
Good-bye Training Wheels
We’re trying to teach my son how to ride his bike. At least, we took the one day that was warm to start things up and now it’s chilly again. Either way, things didn’t work out too well because he’s having trouble wrapping his head around balancing. Once he leans to one side, he’s down and he’s angry that I’m not doing most of the work. Doesn’t help that he has two adults either yelling orders at him or arguing. Too many cooks in the kitchen here and that probably made a bigger mess. One strategy that a neighbor suggested was duct taping a broom (I used a hockey stick) to the back of the bike. This means I can help my son without killing my back. It’d help if he didn’t abandon bike at the first sign of trouble. On the plus side, he’s mastered the dismount to the point where I feel comfortable if he ever has to jump off a moving bullet train.
In two weeks, I’ll be on my last character biography for War of Nytefall. This means I have nothing for Thursdays. I was considering opening it up to other authors who want to promote their books or finding another character-based thing to do. Interactive interviews never work and the Questions 3 thing lost its luster, so I’m guessing this will have to be something that’s more controlled. Way back, I tried to simply leave the day open for reblogs, but found that this killed my blog traffic in terms of comments. Not that I have much these days, but I’d like to do an ongoing that’s entertaining and gives people insight into my stories. This is probably going to be the big head scratcher.
Where Can I Find Anime?
I’m not talking online, but I tried Best Buy recently. Looked like nobody restocked the shelves and it was mostly DBZ and copies of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within that I’m sure are older than the store itself. I’m enjoying what I find on Netflix and Amazon Prime, but the pickings are fairly slim from what I can tell. Getting only one season of something kind of sucks too.
Should One Edit Before Beta Readers Return?
This one is a tough question. I don’t use beta readers a lot, but there is one person that helps me out with a read through to let me know if the story works. That way, my first editing run is a bit more focused. I’ve hit a point where I’m waiting for that info and found that they’ve been too busy to get very far. Now, they’re moving along more out of annoyance that I dared to ask about it. Anyway, I’m trying to figure out if I should start editing before they’re done. I can take this week to do more work on the Sin story, but I don’t want to lose more than that. Diving into the next first draft writing would be a problem too because then I’d finish dangerously close to the summer release date, which means I only get to do one editing run. Tough call.
That’s pretty much the life fires I’m trying to put out. Posting this is supposed to clear my head, so we’ll see what happens. All I did was stress myself out. Not a successful mission, I guess.