I’d say I’ll save the Legos for the end, but I’m sure people will just skip to the Slideshow to see what I made. Hope people come back to here.
Not that I have a lot to talk about. The week was entirely about work and helping my son studying for tests. The hardest part was that my son had Election Day and Diwali off, but I didn’t. I know it is what it is, but it bummed me out a bit. This was made worse by all of my time with him revolving around studying. He passed everything and even got 100 on one of them, so it was worth the work. The stress was a lot on us though, so we had plenty of rough patches. I ended every day collapsing on my bed and watching the new season of ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’.
I covered a lot in one paragraph. Wait. HALLOWEEN! I can’t show a picture of my son in his costume for reasons. Only on sites where I can lock out most people who follow, so this ain’t it. His costume was a combo where he wore the clothes for Kakahis from ‘Naruto’ and the hat/antlers of Tony Tony Chopper from ‘One Piece’:
It was a great combo and he had a blast, especially when he got to trick or treat with his baby cousin. She’s 13 months and dressed a witch. She only made it around the block, so my son and I did the rest on our own. He ended the outing with 3 bags worth of candy before going to his mom’s for the rest of the holiday. Kid is set for candy until next Halloween.
Writing-wise, I haven’t gotten anywhere with anything. I hope to finish the December posts this weekend and then work on the War of Nytefall: Eulogy blurb when I get a chance. I have 7 posts to do without counting the teasers. I’m still deciding on if I should set those up now or wait until the book is out. Then again, that’s during Hanukkah and I might be too busy. Probably best to set it up now and add the links once the book is live. It’s going to be a low key release too because I’m not getting many volunteers and things are too busy for me to go crazy. Maybe I should be happy with just releasing books and hoping people stumble onto them.
Nothing else is going on here. Sorry that I’m so boring or I can’t talk about the big events due to privacy issues. Really wish I could vent about some things without causing trouble for myself. Guess that’s life. This time of year tends to get iffy with the weather changes, holidays, and busy work schedule too. Tests too. My son has one more to go before the end of the quarter and it’s the toughest subject: math. I’ll find some way to celebrate him doing well next weekend.
Goals of the week:
- Finish December promo posts.
- Help my son with schoolwork.
- Take him on an adventure on Thursday.
- Watch TV
- Sleep if possible
- Holiday shopping?
- Contemplate the point of existence.
- Post a slideshow of my Lego project:
Contemplate the point of existence gets more and more time on my list, too. This year has kicked my butt.
I’ve found it helps to do it while doing other things. Showers are great for mental multitasking.
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Sounds like a heck of a week.
It wasn’t fun. Next week might be slightly better, but not by much. Last week of the school quarter means busy as a TA and as a parent.
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Glad you and your son had fun on Halloween. Nice his baby cousin was with you guys for the first part of it. Also, congratulations to your son on his tests.
Sorry you’re dealing with so much stuff you could do with venting about lately. Hope some good things keep coming along to help you deal with it. I know it probably doesn’t completely balance it out, but every little helps.
These days I think releasing a book and just hoping someone stumbles across it is about how publishing works. People seem to be buying less books in general at the moment… Maybe they’re trying to catch up on reading the ones they already brought? I don’t know. All I know is a lot of authors are reporting less sales right now.
The bad definitely outweighs the bad over the last few years. It’s like tiny victories vs massive personal disasters.
I think people simply don’t like reading these days. At least many won’t if there hasn’t been a tv show or movie attached. Those mediums seem to be what’s drawing in crowds for authors who haven’t been around for a while. Makes me wish I knew someone who could do animations.
I definitely agree regarding the good outweighing the bad in recent years.
There are plenty of people who do still enjoy reading. Even some who prefer a book to a movie. But I have to agree a lot of people seem to prefer a movie over a book these days. I think part of it is that you can get through a movie faster than a book as a rule, and there are an awful lot of people who won’t invest the extra time required to read when they can watch a movie instead.
The issue is also genre. Most readers I run into are focused on nonfiction, romance, mystery, and dramas. Fantasy is still seen as a teenager genre and not touched by people unless it has an adaptation. For some reason, the creation of an adaptation is a sign for people that they books are acceptable to read. Doesn’t matter if a bunch of things are changed.
It must be the people you’re running in to, because I know of loads of adults who enjoy fantasy and paranormal, and detest romances. The trouble is getting them to notice your books among all the others. Mind you, I also know several people with children, who do read to their children, yet it doesn’t help my own sales much – if at all. *sigh*
It’s also articles I read about best selling genres and trends. Fantasy does remain an outlier as far as those go. The big series are the long established ones and those with adaptations. It’s hard to notice if you’re into the genre because we tend to interact with those who have similar tastes. At least that’s what I’m figuring.
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