I don’t work outside of the home any more. But I work. I write for a living. I get up every morning–sometimes seven mornings in a row, get my coffee, stumble into my office/writing cave, fire up the computer, and go to work. Sometimes that means I looking at pictures for possible covers or book memes–and then creating those memes with quotes from my books. I look for things to post on my blog…*waves*…and on my author’s page on Facebook. I think about the next story and the story after that and the story that might get written someday. I sort through emails, deal with the most pressing. I find time to volunteer with professional writing groups and sometimes that takes more time than writing. I write, edit, revise. I publish or send off to my publisher. I create. And I buy groceries and pay bills and buy Christmas and birthday presents for my family and friends. I work for a living, even if Monday doesn’t meant the same thing anymore because I work every day of the week.
Sometimes, I take a day off, or even two in a row. That’s like a vacation and doesn’t happen often. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not gritching about this. Even when I hate it, I love what I’m doing. But in doing this thing that I do, I often don’t know which day it is. I lose track of dates and months. I forget birthdays. I forget to start dinner or go to the cleaners or buy groceries. The characters in my head become far more real to me than the people around me. Which sometimes isn’t such a bad thing. But that’s a rant of a different stripe.
So anyway. Monday. There is one every week. And today is Monday. I normally set up this bog the night (or several days) before. Sometimes, I forget it’s Sunday. So this is the Monday that was forgotten.
Writing: Three deadlines met (RESCUE MOON in Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World; proposal for RDR#7 – Deacon; and two short stories for an anthology), moving on to the next one, plus some edits on two before they go to CPs and editor. With revision letter in hand, I’m back to work on Kade’s story, #6 in my Harlequin Desire Red Dirt Royalty series, due 11/15. I’m on it, boss!
Sports: The real OSU (go Pokes!) won. The fake OSU lost to unranked Penn State. Oh darn, Buckeyes. OU won. Cubs won. The Cubs are my sentimental favorites in the World Series but mostly? I’m just looking forward to some awesome baseball.
Reading: I did some. Nothing that really jumps out wanting me to share. I am excited about Jennifer Lyon’s newest release, SAVAGED SURRENDER! It’s sitting on my Fire waiting ever so impatiently for my attentions!
TV: Have I mentioned that I love LUCIFER? Yup. The love affair continues. I’m giving PITCH a second look, still enjoying LETHAL WEAPON, which surprises me. There’s a mid-season season coming. There’s a couple of shows I might try but can’t remember what they are at the moment. Yeah…Deadline Brain. It is a thing.
So, how was your weekend? Books, sports, TV, movies to share? What did you do? Anything fun?
I’m sitting in an Applebees in Kansas City eating lunch. I’m on the last leg of my trip to the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, where I went to the 2016 Midwestern Book Lovers Unite convention.
I had a blast! I (finally) met my writing/publishing mentor, Kallypso Masters, hung out with a great group of authors (including Lori King,) and even gave out my first autographed books.
What was really great was that we raised money for a group called Pets for Vets. They fill in the gap, obtaining companion pets for veterans who can benefit from them but don’t qualify to receive one from the VA.
Last year we raised $1,500, which is the cost of obtaining and training a dog as well as matching the pet to the vet. Did I mention that the dogs are rescues, too?
This year, thanks to an anonymous donor, we more than doubled the money raised and they will be able to provide two vets with a pet thanks to us!
Throw in meeting two women who have helped me immensely and I can say that, all in all, I had a great weekend.
That is beyond awesome, KB! I’m very familiar with Pets for Vets, and have donated to them myself. Thank you and Kallypso so much. Plus, ROAD TRIP! Glad you had a blast. Safe trip home, bud! 😀
Yeah, it’s Monday. I usually remember it’s Monday, because that’s the day I call Mom for sure. (I call her other days, but always on a Monday. Unless she has an appointment, like today.) So, I remembered it was Monday, but I went fishing which threw off everything else. Like commenting here.
Yay for your teams! Yay for Penn State! We’re rooting for the Cubs, too, just cuz. Heh, I snagged a copy of Savaged Surrender, too!
The weekend here was quiet. Football – Go Blue! Yay! Did some reading. Did some unproductive fishing.
Upside for me today? I sat down and wrote. Which is a big thing for me right now.
Yayayayay for the writing! *shakes pompoms* Boo on no fish but glad our teams did their thing!