six months on the mountain with next to no internet service. Home now and settling back into the routine here. I am working on NaNo this year. Don’t ask how I’m doing unless you want to hear how behind I am.
I just spent 5 days in Las Vegas for the 20booksVegas convention. It was great, I’ll definitely go back next year.
In case you haven’t noticed. I’ve been writing and releasing like a mad woman. I plan to do more of the same over the next year.
I know I’ve been gone forever, and I plan to do better from here on out. What would you like to see from me?
Every summer my mom, my uncle, my sister and her kids, and me and my kids all go on a joint “camping” trip. To date we’ve gone to a camp grounds RIGHT outside of a town, which lets us run in for groceries and whatever we need very easily. The advantages of it are that we’re spending time together, and it’s WAY cooler than at home (highs at 90 instead of 115 for me!)
We had a great time, the kids got to spend time with their cousins and I had a week away from the heat as well as time to unwind and let my brain relax.
But now I’m home and it’s time to get back to work. Time to finish Redeemed by Desire and get it off to my editor, time to format Revealed by Desire and get it uploaded for it’s release in a few weeks. Time to take kid 3 school uniform shopping, since he starts the new middle school in a couple weeks.
How has your summer been?
It’s kind of a big day today…. Today is the twentieth anniversary of my wedding. Yep, I’ve been stuck with the old man for the last twenty years. If I have my way, he’ll be stuck with me for the next twenty too.
Last week my old man took kids 1, 2 and 4 to Seattle for a week to see kid 4’s sister graduate high school. I also took kid 3 to his grandmother’s to stay, so I’ve been alone, gloriously alone for a whole week. It was nice. I had some quiet for a change and I got a lot done.
Yesterday, the old man (yes, I call him that in real life) came home with kid 2. (Kids 1 and 4 are spending a week with kid 4’s other sister.) They arrive home and kid 2 is sick. her tonsils are swollen big with white spots, so I load her up and take her to urgent care. They give her medication, we come home, all is good.
Until midnight. I had been in bed for less than an hour when she woke me up and told me (via having typed it on her kindle, because she hurt so bad she wouldn’t talk,) that she was having trouble breathing. I took her to the emergency room. We spent hours in the emergency room. Blood draw, IV, meds, (including a steroid that took a while but brought the swelling down,) wait, wait, wait. End result. She has mono. Wait more before we’re finally released. We walked out of the hospital at 6 AM. By the time we got home the old man had already left for work. We both went to bed and passed out. I slept for a couple hours. I’m totally exhausted.
She’s fine and has been doing her best to eat all the popsicles in the house before anyone else comes home.
I’m not entirely sure but I’ve been busy!
I picked up a part time job, this one from home and not nearly as demanding as the last one, which leaves me with more time to write and do all those author related things.
Oh, the Kentucky Derby was in there too, I went to Rillito Race Track in Tucson and worked that.
I’ve sent Revealed by Desire off to the editor, and gotten Ruger back (which is all submitted and ready for release next week!! YAY!!) I’m working on Redeemed by Desire and I’ve formatted and uploaded the finals of Released by Desire to all platforms, so it’s ready for it’s release in July. Oh, let’s not forget, I’m also working on the basic outlines for the next WMC book and the next Demented Souls book.
I’m planning my family party for my birthday next week (it’s a pool party at my moms,) a trip for some of the kids and my old man next month and my family camping trip in July… oh, have I mentioned that the old man is taking me to Hawaii for our 20th anniversary? That will be this year too… and it’s one more thing I’m working on planning.
I know there’s been more going on here but I’m afraid to think to hard because I’m already freaking out over too much. I’ll get through it, I always do.
What are you up to?
As some of you may be aware, I went to the first annual local author book fest for Graham County Arizona last month, and I had an amazing time, met a lot of wonderful authors that I didn’t even know were around! I did several interviews for local news, print and video and here’s the one I’ve found so far. I can’t bring myself to watch it but I hope you enjoy! (and that I don’t come across as a total moron!)
December kind of slipped by me, or flew by, actually. Between getting ready for and taking a family vacation, the holidays and working on fixing the mess I made of my NaNo book, I kept my head down and plowed through the month, only looking up now and then.
Now it’s January and my schedule is only a little bit lighter! I still have writing and family stuff, without the big vacation and the holidays I can get more writing in, right? I’m hoping I have several deadlines coming up fast!
I’m not sure how long you’ve been following me but I have this thing about resolutions.. I don’t make them. Instead I set goals for the year. This year my main goal is to publish 4 books, both novels and novellas. Who’s on board for this one?