Strange day off

I had an errand to run that ate up a chunk of my day off. It was a contentious point under my roof. It's time to drop off our taxes with the accountant. I tried to talk my wife into dropping them off after she got off work, and apparently, this was a ridiculous idea. The accountant is one block from where she works. As a result, I drove fifteen miles through traffic, spent 30 seconds dropping off the package, and another fifteen miles through traffic to get back home. I don't get it, but it ate up a chunk of my day and tainted my attitude.

I did some reading when I got back, then decided I had to do something progressive.

I uploaded a Lisa picture to Facebook to promote The Cock of the South to a couple of groups I joined. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that. I created a different one for Twitter that doesn't feature Lisa. Scratch off the fact that I accomplished something.

I spent a limited amount of time researching items for the stories currently underway. I avoided the Sirens this time. When I find time to write again, I have a better idea of what I need to include.

I decided to take a visual break and surfed for my next background. I downloaded four or five, because it's a struggle to get one to fit on the narrow edges of this blog. Images need to be free, and they need a strong vertical element to work best. Even then, I have to crop them to get the vertical element to the sides. With that many images, one should work well.

March arrives next Tuesday, and that's when my critique group meets again. I sent my submission out days ago, and could have worked on their submissions today. I just didn't. I'll probably get to it sometime this weekend. My next rotating day off is Monday, and that might be a good time.

This evening will bring more reading. If I need a break, I may work on a short story briefly. This one involves a return to Bergamot Holler, the key area in Will O' the Wisp. I have some fun ideas for it, and am excited to see where it goes.

Sales have been strange lately, and I'm getting a lot more pages read than actual sales. That doesn't bother me at all. I'm happy to have action. If you joined Amazon Prime, and want to check out my stories for free, please do. I have no idea why this happens. I haven't done much promotion lately other than Twitter, and the new Facebook stuff. I'm sure more promotion would net more results, but I can only do so much.

Right now, I'm stressed for writing time. I can post a Tweet with some decent hashtags and get it online in seconds. Writing guest posts takes a bit of time, and blog tours require monitoring. I'll be doing that soon enough, but it isn't in the cards right now.

It won't be long before I hear back from the beta readers. I'm anxious to see what they thought about The Playground. Working on that book will take priority at that time. Then I'll have to move toward launch, and get all the guest posts written. I already have a couple of them, but need to keep pecking away at them.

Somewhere in the middle of this, I have a fun new idea for this blog. I'm not ready to announce it just yet, but it's going to require some hours too. I'm looking forward to it though, and am chomping at the bit to get started on it. It will all happen in time, so I'm better suited to clear some other things off my plate right now.

Back to the plate clearing.

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  1. That tax thing doesn’t make sense to me, either. The Mister and I last fought about tax logistics, so you may have been wise to suck it up and drive. It might also be wise to remember your wife will also need to sign the return and thus, you cannot do it FOR her. *giggles*
    Best of luck with continual plate clearing.

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  2. The tax thing happened to me yesterday. I drove the stuff over even though my wife ended up hanging out at the library down the block. Might have been for the best though since I got to do the food shopping. Still, it took the entire morning and wore me down for the afternoon. Plus side is that it’s out of the way.

    Can’t believe March is almost here. Feels like the year is whizzing by at warp speed. Congrats on the odd sales. I’ve had times like that and I just shrug. As you said, at least it’s something.

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  3. I need to start some new promotion stuff. Got a sale coming up but not sure how that will do. It’s got the ERT tie in so maybe. I just can’t seem to get a spin out of Twitter. I tweet all over the place but can’t connect it with sales. Sorry about the taxes. That would chafe my chaps as well.

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  4. Any time you can sneak some reading in on a day off is great. Good luck with the results from the beta readers.

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  5. Congratulations on getting the taxes done so early. πŸ™‚ And I can’t wait to read the new WOW story, as well as hear about your new WIP. πŸ˜€

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  6. A sequel to Will O’ the Wisp? Intriguing. My reading time has gotten interrupted so many times this past week. I hate when life gets in the way of a good book.

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  7. We always try to hammer our taxes out early. Got them back from the account and mailed the beginning of the month. I like to cross that off the to-do list early, otherwise it just languishes. Yuck.

    Looking forward to the “fun thing” you’ve got planned for the blog, and a short connected to Wisp would be great. I’ve also got a bunch of guest posts to write for a blog tour the beginning of May on A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS. And I need to start planning additional promo on that. There’s always something waiting in the wings to accomplish, isn’t there?

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  8. We’re new to your blog but enjoy the dark element to your books already. As for plate clearing, we’ve been doing a bit of that lately as well. Problem with plate clearing is that it leaves you feeling stuffed. lol Look forward to stopping by again and good luck with multi-tasking.

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  9. Seems I’m not the only one who didn’t get a lot of writing done on my way off. Sometimes you’ve gotta get the errands out of the way.

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  10. with everything you crammed into a day when you had to take a tedious drive, I’m surprised you didn’t pop a tape on the way in a return home speaking perfect Spanish! πŸ˜‰

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