Here in California’s Central Valley, summer has well and truly arrived.
I know the first day of summer isn’t technically until Sunday, but the thermometer says otherwise. We’re forecasted to be 110+ (43.3+ c, for those more familiar with that format) all most of the weekend… but hey, there’s a cooling trend coming Sunday.
It’ll only be 108 (42c). 🙄
My plan is to hide.
Stay inside under the air. Feed the dogs (and me) ice. Pray to Anyone that will listen to keep the power on and the wildfires off. (Oddly enough, just as this was posting, we lost power for three hours due to a nearby fire. All is well, but damn… really?!) Read some more of the book I keep having to put down because of the need for silly things like driving, doing the DayJob, and sleeping. …and write
In the midst of all the other craziness life has in store, I am pretty much always writing something.
My muse, in case you were unaware, is a tad bit mercurial.
She feeds on coffee, chocolate, and booze (and chili-cheese Fritos for fight scenes) and sometimes goes silent for extended periods of time. Those periods, however, seldom coincide with the times Real Life and the Day Job need me the most. Go figure.
True to form – since I really have no time – she’s pounding on my skull with alarming variety and frequency. So, with all the changes to the Day Job, my college courses (yes, I am skipping summer vacation in favor of education), and the normal everyday stuff… she has me working on four different projects.
So… maybe mercurial wasn’t a strong enough word 😉
One: Urban Wardens III
No, you didn’t miss Urban Wardens II. Editing is a slow process right now – can’t imagine why 😉 I had quite a bit of this one done but didn’t care for one of the subplots, so I had to go back and make some adjustments.
Two: The Bridesmaids Had Pockets
Not my normal sort of project, but one that’s turning out to be a lot of fun.
When I first started helping Eldest Spawn & The Boy plan their big day we had no time and less money to work with… so, with the insanity of it all still fresh in my mind (along with the Hold My Beer attitude fed by all the Plan Your Wedding in 6 Months for under $6K articles), I started a tongue-in-cheek how-to guide for wedding planning.
And yes, Eldest Spawn’s bridesmaids did, in fact, have pockets.
Three: Title Keeps Changing
Catchy, huh? Seriously, though… I’ve gone through a half dozen working titles and none of them actually work, so… hopefully I figure it out before the book’s done.
If you follow the Facebook page at all, excerpts from this one pop up on occasion: first-person, bad attitude, monster hunter. The one that parties with trolls.
This one is still very much in its infancy. It’s one of those projects where someone said something (commented on a photo, actually) and the muse wouldn’t shut up about it.
Here’s the picture.
There’s only a little groundwork on this one, so far, so I’m not going to give much here… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably a little familiar with my style so I’ll let you chew on the possibilities for a while.
There’s your update, friends. Pardon me while I go figure out how to mainline Black Silk.