Last Monday

Wow. How is it even possible? This is the last Monday in 2021. I am sooo ready to leave this year behind. It feels like time has been interminable. Yet, at the same time, days and weeks and months have zipped by. As the Doctor would say, “People assume time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff”

So, there was a week and a holiday weekend. I was busy but managed to get most of my Christmas shopping and wrapping done last Monday. Then Baseball Boy tested positive (despite being vaxxed) and there was a scramble to change plans. Instead of the James Gang being all together Christmas Day, we split into our 3 subgroups and celebrated separately. That meant three separate pans of cinnamon rolls. It was still a nice, laid-back day, though we missed getting to watch Stormy open his gifts. The good news is, Only and Stormy have tested negative so far. 🤞🏼 We had turkey sandwiches and pecan pie. I’d bought 3 Butterball turkey breasts in a bag, to cook for the entire gang. Now I have two left for later. Yay. I like turkey sammiches! After all is said and done, Santa was good to me this year. I got lots of goodies. I hope he was good to you and yours as well.

In writing news, my books continue to come off Kindle Unlimited. Last week, it was BRIDE’S MOON. I got ready to open and update the backmatter and that’s when I discovered a big ol’ OOPS! I could NOT find a .doc version of the manuscript. I had the Amazon uploads that was a web version (boy, the hoops we had to jump through back in the earlys of self-publishing. Anyway, it was basically starting from scratch with formatting. And then I discovered that the italics didn’t transfer. Resigned, I set it asside until I had time and mental space to reread the whole thing. I got done and then discovered where I’d saved copies–to my computer hard drive in an obscure file folder, NOT Dropbox in the cloud WHERE EVERY OTHER BOOK IS LOCATED. 🤦🏼‍♀️ So, just to be sure, I pulled up the original .doc and compared. It’s all good and now uploaded. Updated version on the ‘Zon and the wide version uploaded to Draft2Digital. They’ll be back in the office tomorrow so it’ll start popping up in other on-line bookstores over the next few days. I have two more books coming up this week–CAFE MIDNIGHT tomorrow and BLOOD & FIRE on Wednesday. Hopefully, no SNAFUs with either of them. 🤞🏼

Since it was a busy week with lots of together time, I didn’t get much book listening in. Looking for something fun and keeping with the season, I’m delving into Kristen Painter’s Jayne Frost/Nocturnal Falls series. They are fun paranormals and Jayne is Santa’s niece. I still need three more books by Friday midnight to meet my yearly reading challenge. I should be okay.

Discovered a new-to-me show on Discover: The Repair Shop. It’s British. It’s a thatched barn converted to a multi-function repair shop for family heirlooms. It’s amazing to see the items and learn the stories. If you can catch it (it evidently streams all the time on Discovery+), give it a look-see. It’s perfect for this time of year. I’m also attempting to clear out the DVR’d shows so we can start the new year fresh.

Sports. It’s bowl season. One game was canceled, one scrambled to get a replacement team. Stupid panic on this version of the beer flu. OU plays Wednesday and OSU (the REAL OSU, not that other place that insists on using “the” in front of their name) plays on New Year’s Day. I’m thinking NYD is going to be a brisket kind of day.k

LG and I have come up with a new TV “game”– BBQ&B or W&C (Bar-b-que & Beer or WHINE & Cheese). If someone comes on that you’d like to sit down and talk to, they’re a BBQ & Beer person. Someone else hits the screen (like certain talking heads in the mainstream media), they’re pretty much automatically WHINE & Cheese–meaning you wouldn’t be caught dead in the same room because they’re just that irritating. Yeah, we’re weird but at least we’re weird together.

That’s pretty much the stuff in my world. Did y’all have a good holiday? Good company? Good food? Good presents? Good times? Any books or TV shows that’ve caught your eye? Enjoy your week as we roll towards the new year. Question of the day: New Year resolutions? Yay or nay?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Last Monday

  1. Sorry your holiday got harshed by the ‘rona. But yay for goodies and turkey sammiches. Bummer about the book-upload turning into a saga. Yay for finding Kristen’s books. She’s pretty awesome. I love her fun paranormals. She’s got this futuristic vampire series that kicks butt, too. Dang, I saw that Repair series was on, but I didn’t think to watch it. Missed opportunity there. LOL about your new game. Sounds like fun.

    The holiday was pretty much like any other day, except for the ham. And the cheesecake. I got some good editing done and made more firewood yesterday. Other than that, not much of note. Oh, we did watch the Christmas special for ‘Call the Midwife’ last night. It was pretty awesome.

    No resolutions here. A few short-term goals – like finishing this book – but long-range planning has been shitcanned due to the uncertainties of life, the world, and everything.

    • Silver James says:

      The edits all worked out and it started going live withing an hour of the upload yesteray. I ❤ D2D. Yay for the yummy ham. Now I want ham. 🤣 Yay for firewood and edits and yes, you will get this book edited and released. I have faith in you. Also, I know where you live and I will come haunt you by astral projection until it's done. 😉

      Cheers to a productive week for us all!

  2. Kimber Gelineau says:

    They said time flies as you get older, yeah now a days it doesn’t matter your age it just FLIES!!
    And I get more behind on things, some my procrastinating, but juggling to many balls, not sure if they hit the ground what then…..
    But all we can do is just keep going, going * insert energize bunny🐇 with his 🥁 * 😁
    Christmas was quiet.
    I have been Mach 1 reading, dark romance still toward to MC, but Mafia, especially Bratva is front and center. (Jagger Cole, Beena Khan, Nicole Fox, Aria R Blue, Nastasha Knight to name a few)
    Their Silence and Her Awakeing my WIP Duet,
    deals Bratva, MC and Irish Mob. Which is why I enjoy your Boston Boys snips and look forward to reading the book. And my grandmother’s maiden name was Finney, and my great uncle was a catholic priest in Boston, so dipping in the heritage 😉.
    I’m writing that is the major thing.
    Resolutions- I had taken a page from a writer that choices a Word and focuss on that word in all aspects of her life. This year was Forward, after 2020 putting a foot in front of another was what everyone was trying to do.
    Have a good day.

    • Silver James says:

      Have you read A. Zavarelli’s Boston Underworld series? She mixes the Irish and the Russians. Also, The O’Malleys series by Katee Roberts, about 3 Irish mob families in Boston. Glad you are both writing AND reading. Yay!

      I used to do the word of the year and then…I quit. Not sure why. The world changed or something. No excuses, just life changed too.

      No resolutions for me but I am going to work on short-term goals centered around several different aspects of my life–work, home, personal. We’ll see how that goes. LOLOL Hang in there!

  3. I’m more of a daily resolutions person. Come 2022, things are still going to be the same as it was on 31 December. But I have a new day of possibilities once more, and that’s what counts. Anyway, thanks for this post!

    • Silver James says:

      I LIKE your attitude, Stuart, and meeting each day with the idea of the new possibilities it will present is an awesome way to live. Thanks for stopping by. You gave me a smile and a sense of…possibile. 😀

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