Have I mentioned how much I absofreakinglutely hate with fork-stabby-eyed hatred Daylight Savings Time? I didn’t see the reason for it back when it was first started during the energy crisis of the 70s. I remember the gas lines. I remember the alleged energy savings messing with time would create. Lies! And to think we still have it? After what? FORTY YEARS?!?! Just goes to show that once the government votes something into being, it never goes away. Like chewing gum stuck under a school desk. Like the taste of gin after a hangover. Like…well, just think about the nastiest, most everlasting thing ever. Yeah. That’s how I feel about DST. It makes me grumpier than Grumpy Cat. It makes me wake up at odd times, tired and gritty-eyed. It makes me have weird dreams and not the good, Iffy-had-a-light-bulb-moment kind.
Tomorrow is release day for MOONSTRUCK: LIES. I’m not holding my breath for huge sales, or even good sales, which is rather sad. Granted, it’s a book that takes two previously published novellas and combines them with all new material and deleted scenes. Still… I’m working to get more original work out. First though, I have to finish up the SMP submission just in case. If they don’t take it, it’ll be all but ready for release so that’s a plus. I know those who commented were leaning toward Moonstruck Foundation as a series title for the new set of books. I’m leaning toward Moonstruck Alphas. Thoughts?
[6 a.m. Edit: As B.E. reminded me, I forgot the links. Derp. Here…]
MOONSTRUCK: LIES (Moonstruck Genesis Book 2)
Reading: I did some. And some listening. The listening was to books I’d already read. I listened to the first 3 books in Anne Bishop’s The Others series in preparation for reading MARKED IN FLESH, book #4. I ❤ this series like damn and whoah. MARKED did not disappoint. I can't recommend this series enough if you like fantasy/alternative history. This is also NOT a series to jump into in the middle. Read it from WRITTEN IN RED. You need the character and world-building arcs. Besides, why deprive yourself of all the goodness! I'm currently reading T.M. Causey's SAINTS OF THE LOST AND FOUND. This is a book I first read years ago in an early draft. The characters and story haunted me while Toni rewrote, revised, and refined the story. It released last week and I am reading it in tiny sips and nibbles because I don't want it to end. I'll intersperse other books (mostly audio) in between. SAINTS is Southern Gothic at its very best and I'm so glad Toni found this book within her and drew it out so the rest of us can relish it.
TV: Baseball! And Lucifer. I did a marathon catch-up of Rizzoli and Isles. I'm not sure why I was reluctant to watch it this season but I DVR'd it and didn't watch. The stories have been awesome and there's some real depth to ALL the characters coming out this season. Of course, it is nice to zip through the commercials. Except for the Subaru Dog-tested ones. There are new ones out that crack me up!
Writing: You got a dose of that above after my mini-rant. I'm about 20K words into the SMP project. Speaking of, how many saw that LaNora (Nora Roberts/JD Robb) left her publisher of 20+ years (the Randy Penguin aka Random House/Penguin) and signed with St. Martins Press. Yeah. That was a real stunner! In other news, I'll have some to reveal in a day or two that is peripherally linked to writing. 🙂 Still waiting to hear on the next three Red Dirt books. I should nudge because I need to get my 2nd quarter schedule set up. I'm looking at finishing Nightriders #2 – NIGHT MOVES (Wizard and Lainie's story) done and out by the end of April. Preliminary work on Roman's book (PP#4) continues, as does Hard Target #2. Iffy is sort of ignoring those guys at the moment. 😦 The SEALs, Wolves, and humans on the team will get their story this year. Eventually. I'm also firming up an idea for a 2nd Kindle World novella with Paige Tyler's Dallas Fire & Rescue and a Wolf from the Moonstruck world. I think he's already shown up in NIGHT MOVES. Okay, I'm pretty sure he has. He's a law man but not sure which alphabet agency he belongs to yet. 😉
Weekend: We celebrated Stormageddon's 2nd birthday with family and friends. He's not technically two until a week or so from now but we had fun. I also discovered that Golden Chick (a chicken fastfood franchise) has excellent fried catfish. Yay! We had rain, which is also a yay. Oh, I did finally have daffodils last week. A week late for my birthday but close enough. 🙂
What about y'all? What trouble did you get into this weekend?