Monday, July 27, 2015

Catching Up


So I missed posting last week immediately following my "Hey I'm back!" post. Yeah, I'm a naughty blogger. I had every intention of putting something up, but I ran out of time.

I went to Phoenix, AZ for a weeklong business trip.

I've been going on a lot of business trips this summer. In fact, I've missed a week every month going back to May because of out of town business trips. For my day job, I actually travel regionally all the time by car. But that's for 1-2 nights every other week at the very most.

You take all the personal stuff I've been going through, add a heavy dose of airplane travel and being gone for an entire week, and then the stress of having to be on your "A-game" all week because your boss, and your boss' boss, and your boss' boss' boss are there with get one terrible blogger.

Oh, and I'm going on a much needed vacation the second half of this week that goes all the way into the end of next week. Looking forward to that, however.

So what's been going on with me?

1) I have not written anything new since, oh, February. My creative tank is empty because emotionally, I'm just not all there. Hopefully I'll get back on track soon.

2) Dragonfly Warrior ebook is still FREE, and people have been downloading it every day. That's great. I've gotten a few new reviews, which helps the cause.

3) I have some events coming up this fall. Gateway Geekfest here in St. Louis at the very end of August, The Imaginarium in Louisville, KY September 11-13, and Archon in St. Louis October 2-4. Lots to do and prepare for.

4) To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite novel, and no, I decided not to read Go Set a Watchman. 89 year old Harper Lee is not all-there, frail, practically blind and deaf, and when her sister, Alice, passed away, her new "guardian" brought the manuscript to HarperCollins. The whole thing is one big money-grab. Besides, Go Set a Watchman isn't a sequel to Mockingbird, it's just a rough draft of what was to become the classic many high school kids get to read for English class.

5) This has been my summer of MISSING movies. I didn't see Jurassic World, Mad Max, Inside Out, or Minions. I did see Ant Man just last Friday with a bunch of guys. It was a good movie. I liked the light tone of it, and it did give several sneak peaks into the upcoming Captain America/Civil War movies.

Since I've been absent, what's been up with you?

I'm out of the loop starting Wednesday, and I deliberately made reservations for a remote cabin in the Arkansas mountains with NO wi-fi. I will come back rejuvinated and energized, ready to celebrate my 10th blogiversary next month.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like you really need that vacation.
Watchman is indeed a money grab. Everyone says it's awful.
Glad you got to see Ant-Man. Of the ones you've missed, still try to catch Fury Road at some point. Best movie of the year.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Minions was cute.

My brother-in-law has a crazy travel schedule like that and I don't know how he does it.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I saw/liked Jurassic World and the Minions. I decided not to read Watchman either.

Your vacation sounds wonderful and well-deserved - enjoy!

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that sounds like a pain in the butt travel schedule. Sure need that vacation at your sea. Watchman is just a cash grab indeed.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That's the right way to take a vacation. Enjoy the getaway. You've been so busy. I like traveling but not if I had to do it all the time.
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Patricia Lynne said...

Have a good vacation!
You should totally see Mad Max. It was so good. I saw it in theaters twice.

Pat Dilloway said...

I hope people buy the other two books after getting the first free. I agree about Harper Lee but HarperCollins and that guardian are laughing all the way to the bank. Have fun on your vacation.

Sarah Foster said...

Have fun on your vacation!
I definitely get the feeling of the creative tank being empty. If only they had gas stations for that...

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I hope your free book results in some great sales. I think I will read Harper Lee's new book. It's just too damned intriguing.

Melissa said...

Um. I published my second book.

I hope you get some rest and don't give up on writing.

Anna Soliveres said...

It will definitely come back. When things are settled and your muse is filled with energy. I'll have to check out your book!! Congrats on the downloads and the new reviews. :)

Loni Townsend said...

Sometimes, a break is needed. I hope you're enjoying your time without Wi-Fi. Whooboy, I don't know if I'd survive.

Mark Noce said...

Sad that they're just trying to make money off Harper Lee. But it's cool that you're going off the grid for a bit...its the only true way to relax:)

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Maurice Mitchell said...

We're taking a break ourselves, so no love lost there. The Watchmen novel has all kinds of bad mojo with it, so I'm not interested in reading it myself. NPR said there were "questions about whether she is being taken advantage of in her old age." I've heard the character "has been affiliating with raving anti-integration, anti-black crazies, and the reader shares [Scout's] horror and confusion". It doesn't sound like the book I'd like to read. It's a shame you visited Phoenix during our hottest months since the fall and winters are lovely. Maybe next time.

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