Item #1 – In my household we are changing our diet, trying to eat right, lower our caloric intatke and all that healthy shit. I hate it. Food is one of the few daily pleasures those of us fortunate enough to purchase it can count on. To be robbed of that pleasure? Well, it makes one unbearably grumpy. My anger and discontentment with the food selection aside, I am enternally grateful to my sweetheart for looking out for us and taking great care of us. She’s a winner and a keeper, that woman.
Item #2 – It’s raining a lot here in the month of May, which is just a shitty thing. My new car has a sunroof. I’d like to drive around on a sunny breezy day with the windows down and the sunroof open. Naturally having a new car, I’m (somewhat) in love with the act of driving again. Of course, that’s easily curbed by the insane prices for petrol in this country. Hell, my Great State of Indiana is notoriously one of the top 5 highest in gas prices across the entire nation. That’s a sad state of affairs.
Item #3 – I subscribe to entirely too many podcasts to listen to on my Zune or my PC. This was fine last summer because the position I had at work then allowed for it. Now that I’m an on-the-phone field technician liaison, I struggle to get through the various sports-related ones alone that I commit to daily. I can catch up on the weekends, and that’s okay when I’m not writing or reading fiction. But really, it’s the weekend. Sports news is such a Monday thru Friday thing, at least for me.
Item #4 – The age of six is one of my favorites when it comes to childeren, particularly my own. But my six year old, like her sisters, is another diva in the making. Only she’s far more energetic and all-over-the-map than the other two were. That child is not easy to keep up with. I blame myself for this because that’s exactly how I am. I put training wheels on her brand new bike this weekend. She’s learning to ride a bigger bike. That’s precious.
Item #5 – I learned today that my favorite network television show, Detroit 1-8-7 was recently cancelled for next season by ABC. This pisses me off to no end. Not that I’m surprised, though. I knew the ratings, despite the quality of the show, were abysmal. Sometimes it takes a show a while to find its audience, especially when competing against a mass of artless drek that makes up most of television. They did the same with The Unusuals, cut the freshman season short and then cancelled in the Spring. D187 was a much better show, probably one of the best compared to all the other cops and crime shows on the very bland, very unadventurous network television landscape. Any wonder why the better television offerings are almost all on cable television? Julie Hinds wrote a nice ‘epitaph’ here at the Detroit Free Press (always loved that name for a newsmag).
Item #6 – Bob Thurber’s Paperboy novel is a great, great read. I wish I could read more than a few chapters at a time. I like to savor novels anyways rather than blow through them, so nothing new there. But still . . .
Item #8 – Have I bitched enough lately how there’s not enough hours in the day?
I need a nap. That’s not good considering I have a very contentious relationship with sleep.
It’s thundering and raining right now. Perfect sleeping conditions.
Well, if you forget that you’re right in the middle of tornado season in the Midwest. Compared to those in the South, though, we’ve been fortunate.
Ah, well. Back to my crazy life.
There’s never enough hours in the day, nor enough of me to go around, so I just try to overacheive and make do within the limitations of the human condition.
So here, for me if no one else, is a rundown of the work I’m doing outside the job that actually pays monetarily.
– Currently: I’m wrapping up my section of the next issue of Liquid Imagination, making six different authors happy overall in the process. That should be done tonight or tomorrow morning. The May issue will go live on your interwebs May 31st, or thereabouts. Suprisingly I will be ahead for the first time on the 10th issue, which will be out in late August.
– Next during the rest of May and virtually all of June I move on to putting together the manuscript for my short story collection, which has a tentative release date of the first week of July over at Smashwords. I’ll also be looking into perhaps doing an ultra-limited print run of the book, which does have a title, but will not be revealed until closer to release. The title is perfectly apt for the general theme throughout the dozen or more stories that will be presented. Putting together the perfect book cover will certainly be a challenge.
– Concurrent with my short story collection manuscript will be work on the manusript for the long-gestating print anthology I’m compiling and editing called Local Heroes, which will be published in the late summer by Static Movement.
– Also during this time I will be putting the final touches on a handful of short stories for specific anthologies. The stories are all like 3/4 to 5/6 finished, they just require their author to give them the undivided attention and tender loving care they deserve to get to that elusive finish line. The stories in question include: “Cult Storm”, “All In a Day’s Work”, “The Other Roommate”, and “Call of Duty: A Cop’s Tale”. There’s a new one brewing called “My Last Words”, but I doubt that one gets done before the month of July, nor any of the other stories that are in various states of progress. As stated and committed to all year, July is my personal cut-off month for all short ficton and shenanigans, becasue . . .
– . . . in July I return to work on my novel, fully committed (hell, matrimonously married) to it with no ifs, no buts, and no excuses.
RE: 10th ANNUAL FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – MAY 7, 2011
This was definitely a success! The eleven year-old stayed behind, so the six year-old and I hit up two stores and came back with a nice stack of books. It’s hard for a geek father to put into words the pride he feels when seeing the joy and excitement of his offspring partaking in a mutual geek rite of passage for the first time.
Yeah, I even took along the family camera to get a picture of her standing in front of the comic racks (in the X-Men section, of course), clutching an armful of comics. The thing about special moments like these is that they are so fleeting, and pass you by before you even fully realize you’re actually experiencing them. Then as the day comes to an end, you reflect on it and lament that you can never re-live the experience.
Anyway, here’s some of what we came away with —
Saw the trailer for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and it really doesn’t look as bad as some seem to think it may be. I think I’ll see that one with the wifey.
Hanging out tonight just reminded me that with work, a family lifestyle and the hermitic lifestyle of a writer/editor, I’ve all but completely eliminated the possibility of a regular social life. It’s definitely an irregular one. I guess in a way that makes those rare hookups with friends that much more special and eventful.
Weekend Progress Report:
– Managed to convert that Motosota DVD into MPEG format. Next task is editing the files into separate song chapters for uploading.
– Unfortunately, I’ve learned that searching for copyright free images for your own personal manipulation is an exhaustive process. I’ve got three covers to design. Well, two now, as I managed to find one last night (not sure I’m totally happy with it yet). The clock is ticking as I planned to make my Smashwords debut on Friday.
– Accepted another story for my Local Heroes anthology. That’s slowed to a mere trickle these days.
– The bad news: I didn’t write a lick of fiction this weekend.
– The good news: Two new story ideas have arrived in my noggin’. One of them is surely to be micro or flash fiction. The other one I’m unsure about. Also, I have another article on writing underway for Flash Fiction Chronicles. You can read my first one here.
– I discovered that I really do miss the characters in my novel. I can’t wait to get back to them and their world this summer.
– I played a lot of Halo: Reach multiplayer with some friends this past week. Making up for lost time, time that was previously devoted to all the non-fiction stuff I’d been doing the last two months or so. Well, when I wasn’t playing Mass Effect 2 for a second playthrough.
PROMISE TO SELF: I’ll try to do better next weekend. During the week, however, I should probably be focused on prepping those four stories for Smashwords.