So, I released War of Nytefall: Ravenous last weekend. A lot of people were excited and I had some promos go out. Plenty said they liked the idea and the blurb, so they were going to buy it. Some even told me they had. That makes the ‘4 Sales to Date‘ rather confusing and disappointing. I can never tell if Amazon isn’t showing me the sales or people are giving me lip service. It’s another reason why I have little faith in marketing these days. All the excitement and praise in the world means nothing if the person speaking doesn’t actually buy the book. Sorry, but that’s how it kind of works. Not even Kindle Unlimited pages on this one. Authors can’t keep going if they aren’t making any money to justify their actions. At least the ones that are still being questioned about their path or aren’t financially stable. Anyway, that’s the reminder that I have a book out, which is more of a rant.
This is added to the exhaustion I have. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and whatever other ‘ally’ things you got. Had to get back into the work schedule, so sleeping was thrown off a bit. This was enhanced by my son starting middle school, which means he’s getting up earlier too. Having to get my own act together on top of getting him into a schedule he’s never had before is a nightmare. He was remote for part of the week, which made things easier, but not by much. Remember that autistic people do better with routine and transitions are tough. In other words, everything was a mess. Learning new computer programs, learning the new schedule, anxiety rearing up, being on a big bus for the first time, and some old issues returning. I’m surprised I made it to the end of the week.
Work itself is going to be interesting. As usual, I can’t go into details. All I can say is that I’m going to be busy. This week was a lot of setting up and adjustments. Getting used to all of the changes too. It usually takes about a month for everything to really settle down and a routine to appear. Might take longer this time given the situation, but it’ll happen eventually. Rolling with the punches and doing the best that I can. What else can you do these days?
Really wish I had more to talk about. I’d hoped to do a little writing at night, but that really didn’t work out. I got one chapter section done at some point . . . some how . . . some way. My plan was to write last night, but I didn’t have it in me. Went to the notebooks and worked more on ‘Ryusuke: Honor of Vengeance’, which is almost done in the outlining stage. I think I’m going to reexamine the ‘Keys of Eden’ story too. I might make it a single hero (The Prince) and see if my son wants to help me create all of the monsters. The whole balance thing ran into an issue because it felt like any weakness I was giving to the female character was being hyper-criticized. This could be a fun father/son project then. Only problem is that he’ll expect me to write it immediately if I do this.
It’s hard to believe this is a Saturday. I know I worked this past week and my son had school, but it’s been so long since this was the schedule. All of the days bled into each other for months. It’s like I shifted out of the passage of time and the markings of it aren’t registering entirely. Kind of proves that it’s a human construct and might not really exist by the divisions we created. The plan is to relax since next week is going to be longer and busier than before. Only have my son for half of it, so I might get some writing done if I have the energy. Back to the slow crawl of progress, but I don’t know how long it will take this time. War of Nytefall: Eulogy has 10 chapters left and it would normally take me 12 days at 3 sections/day. That means I probably won’t finish until October. It isn’t bad, but I was hoping to finish by the end of September. I had too many August days where I couldn’t focus. We’ll see if that changes.
Nothing to talk about TV-wise. Finished ‘Cobra Kai’, which was a lot of fun. Great characters since they’re all flawed. Looking forward to season 3. I’m holding off on ‘The Boys’ until all episodes are out. So, I’m mucking about a bunch of anime like ‘Black Butler’ and maybe ‘The Slayers’. Might tackle one of the big ones like ‘D-Grayman’ or ‘Black Clover’. Those are over one hundred as far as episodes, but I’ve been holding off until I felt like I had time to binge. After I’m done with this book would probably be the best because then I can put them on while I outline Tales of the Slumberlord. Plans will happen, but I can’t be sure of what.
Perhaps the only other highlight is that I found something I’d been searching for for a long time. (I really hate how that sentence looks.) It’s Boboli’s pizza sauce, which I loved when I found it in Florida. Only found it twice up here in the last 10 years. So, I grabbed two boxes (3 packets each) and will hopefully make a pie with my son when we’re feeling up to it. School stress has made things a little dicey. Still, happy to have found something I’d thought was discontinued.
So, what’s the plan for next week?
- Get back into the working/teaching groove.
- Help my son with his schooling when I can.
- Get writing done during the time he’s with his mother.
- Fun with son this weekend. (Legos and drawing.)
- Pizza next weekend. I’ll have deserved it.