Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday Update - Week 28

Well, here we are again.  Twenty-eight weeks in and on the downslope of 2021.

I finished the first draft of Untitled Fantasy.Thursday night.  Yeah, still don't have a title.  I'm thinking about Shroudlands for the series (umm, since I'm already thinking about the next book, I guess I have myself another series here), but for this book... no clue.  It topped out at 97552 words.  It will expand and contract when I put it under the heat of editing, so who knows where it'll end up.

In marketing news, A Model Curse will go on sale Tuesday.  Sleeping Ugly will be free for 5 days and the other two (Ugly and the Beast and Cinder Ugly) will be 99c/99p each.  So, three books for $1.98.  

With the writing being done for now, I hopped into some reading.  

On the baking side of things, I made cake cookies and pizza.  It's really getting too hot to bake much.

I started the week out pretty good with the activity thing.  Then I fell down.  (Figuratively, not literally.)  I was back at it yesterday, though, so I had 4 active days this week.  I'm up to over 17 miles on the exercise bike.  Woohoo.  And the weight is slowly coming down again.  Weight: 183.6.

Speaking of being on the bike, I've been putting old tapes on to listen to while I ride.  The last few times, it's been Icehouse - their first self-titled album that I dubbed off an old boyfriend's tape and then dubbed again onto a different tape so side B would be the Icehouse 'Man of Colours' album.  Well, when it got to the end of the tape, I was riding along and didn't feel like getting off the bike to change tapes and I just let it play itself out instead of fast-forwarding to the end like I usually do.  A strange thing happened.  It sounded like there was something on the end of the tape.  I stopped the bike and turned the volume up, wondering what the hell it was.  And I heard a baby.  It wasn't crying or anything.  Just cooing and making standard baby noises.  And then I realized it was Owl.  I stopped the tape and went to go have a cigarette.  Then I went back, rewound the tape to the end of the music and sat down to listen.  At one point, I did say her name, so that verifies I did, in fact, tape my baby.  For the most part, though, there was no sound on the tape other than Owl.  And maybe a TV in the background.  I don't remember doing it.  I'm sure I never listened to it before last night.  But there it was.  I wonder if I did that on any other tapes.  Are there more tiny time capsules?  Who knows.

We've decided to sell our boat.  Since we bought it, we've only used it 3 times.  It was fun, but not FUN-fun.  It's just taking up space in the garage.  Plus, I prefer bank fishing, since I get motion sick and have to where those wristbands.  :shrug:  So, I've been going around putting up flyers at various places.  Hubs' ad goes out in the paper on Thursday.  

Oh, I almost forgot.  I got a wild hair the other day and decided to try drawing my concept of a beast I created for the fantasy.  So I sat here and looked at some photos of things I'd said the beast looked like - panther body, bat ears.  Considering I haven't drawn anything in years, it's not too bad.  It's not cover art worthy by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm pleased.  I have to finish it, but yeah, not awful.  And since Hubs could see what it was I was trying to do - bat kitty beast? - I'm calling it a win.  (BTW, I'm calling it a mistmorph.)  Maybe if I finish it, I'll be brave enough to scan it and share it.  Don't hold your breath, though.

Okay, that's probably enough out of me this morning.  How'd your week 28 go?


  1. Cool beastie idea and I hope I get to see the critter. I'm totally intrigued by this book/series. And the right titles will come when their right. I learned that from GHOSTS & THE ANCIENT STONES. Hope y'all sell the boat soon and get a good price for it. And that discovery on the tape? That's like...totally cool. And my brain is going all Ghosthunter or detective and wondering how you can work that into a book... Just thinkin'...

    And gosh, there was a week, wasn't there? I guess stuff happened. My days all tend to run together.

    My brain is currently in Boston. Never been there. Don't really want to go. Hate the Red Sox even if the fans sing "Sweet Caroline." But the Boston Mob Wolves are muttering so I'm listening.

    Good reading week as you know from yesterday.

    I cleared out the two laundry baskets of junk that I'd cleared from my kitchen sink counter way back when I redid the backsplash. My thought was a bunch of that stuff could go in the newly-cleaned out pantry. And it still might. Next job is to clear all the extraneously mugs out of my dish cabinets. The thrift store is starting to love us. LG takes stuff to donate and then buys stuff. 🙄

    Not much else going on. Hoping for actual words today on the untitled Boston/Irish Mob Wolves book. And I think it's *A* book, not a series. I think they're all tied in together but I don't have the over-all arc yet. In the meantime, I'll keep writing scenes and fitting them together. I do have models for several now so that's something too.

    On that note, time for another cuppa and then I'm shipping back up to Boston. 🤣

    Here's to a productive week for all! Later, tater.

  2. The story about accidentally taping a time capsule melted my heart, especially since you have so many holes in your memory. I'm telling you that's the premise a whole new book.

  3. Your length is perfect! 90k to 120k is ideal for for fantasy. And in ebooks, who notices length anymore?

    I love your mistmorph! I hope you'll share the drawing sometime.

    It's so cool you have a recording of Owl as a baby!

    I got work done, but I lost track of how much. Still, I'll take any progress I can make! I was bad, though, and ordered a 165 year old book that I may not need for another 10 years. Oops. But it was only $30, including shipping, and I may never see prices like that again.