Monday. Again. And at the time y’all are reading this, I will have had only one cup of coffee, right before hitting the road. Family funeral. Not the kind of road trip to enjoy. ‘Nuff said. Moving on.
Last week was a week. Things happened. I shall now bore you by telling you all about them.
Writing: I’m updating the Nightrider books to go on wide distribution. They come off Kindle Unlimited on August 20th. I’m setting them up to go wide (hopefully) on August 21st. I don’t want Amazon mad at me by jumping the gun. The ‘zon’s Terms of Service are very explicit. Anyway, I have to remove all mention and links to the ‘zon. And I’m going through each book to clean up typos, and in some cases, rewording things. I’ve learned a lot since I first started publishing, and continue to do so with each subsequent book. Anyway, I’m making mostly minor changes but with the updating of the back matter, I hope that triggers an update at the ‘zon. What does that mean? It means that you’ll have a notice on your “Content and Devices page.” You can click on the “Update Available” and the newest version will be downloaded to your Kindle. 🙂 I periodically check that page to see if I have updates on books I own. Anyway, I’ll remind you again when it’s time. I’ve complete 3 1/2 books at the time I’m typing this. I might have finished that 1/2 book by bedtime last night. Anyway, within the next few days, I’ll begin the upload process and then I’ll get NIGHT FIRE and NIGHT FALL formatted for print, get Only to do the print covers for me and I’ll get them uploaded, hopefully by the end of the week. Busy times. If I get it all done, that means I can start new words next week.
Critter things: Loki got a booster for his feline vaccinations last week. Poor little dude was under the weather for about a day. Now he’s back to normal and terrorizing all and sundry. Jake, who has been my gentleman doggo (but for eating oatmeal cookies, bedtime munchy bone treats, and getting into the trash–all when left alone) decided to escape Saturday. Loud, noisy and possibly scary stuff was going on around the house, which might have contributed to his need to run. My BiL was here and we took off on foot while Lawyer Guy jumped in his truck because…if there’s one thing Jake loves, it’s to go for a ride. We chased over a block, then he came back our way. LG was there, stopped in the middle of the road, but Jake wouldn’t get IN the truck. Nope. He went under it. Good thing LG’s truck is a 4X4 so it sits higher off the ground! Anyway, we finally coaxed him out, got him in the truck and then safely back in the house. Bad doggo! But we still love him.
The reason for all the noise? We had a crew on top of the house chain-sawing and removing a HUGE branch that came down Thursday night at 2:15 a.m. during a series of thunderstorms. Jake, Loki, and I heard it hit the house. Adidas, Boone (who normally freaks over storms and loud noises), and LG slept through it. When I say HUGE, I’m not exagerating. The thin was the size of a regualar tree. The base of the branch was over 4 1/2 FEET around. And it was at least 40 feet long, if not longer. Needless to say, large men clomping about, chainsaws sawing, and large log thumping, the house shook more than once. I don’t totally blame Jake for making a break for freedom. Except it was hot. There are cars that don’t pay attention. And I wasn’t sure he’d find his way home.
Exciting times. Not.
There was baseball. The Cardinals mostly won but they’ve dropped back in both the division and wild card races. Still in contention and there are more games to play. They’ll really have to be on their game to pull off a championship. Pun mostly intended.
Reading/listening slowed down. I should go back and count my Nightrider books in my GR reading challenge because I’ve read these suckers from the title page to the final line of my book list in the back. By the time I stop for the night, my eyes are so blurry I have trouble even seeing TV much less reading so the book I started a week ago on my Kindle is still there, waiting patiently. My listening has slowed down too because I can’t listen and read and I’ve been sticking close to home but for said excursion to the vet with Loki and a couple of grocery runs. I did break down and take Jake to Starbucks one day but that was only about 20 minutes. Still, I’m on the last published book in Ann Aguirre’s Ars Numina series. There’s supposed to be two more books coming but I haven’t seen anything about release dates. I think I’m know what I’m going to listen to next, but that’s not for this week’s round-up.
So, are you bored yet? That’s my life and how I’m living it. So much glamour and excitement, right? *falls over laughing* What’s up in your world?