The Party’s Over

We got the camper all cleaned and put away. Some equipment is still at the house being recharged. We can put it away later, or hang onto it until the next camping weekend.

Like all Sunday's, I spent part of the morning talking to my parents. We went to the Oregon Coast together a few times, and we had plenty to talk about.

I answered a mountain of email that I let lapse, and checked on all my social media stuff.

This vacation yielded some fun short story ideas, and I wrote one out today. This one is short enough to make it as a blog post, and fits the theme of Macabre Macaroni. I will use some pictures inside this story to try something new. I think it's pretty cool, and hate waiting until October to share it. It gave me a chance to use my Apple Pencil. You know me, I always like trying new stuff.

Macabre Macaroni needs one more story, and I have some decent competing ideas. One of them is going to be too long to work as a blog post, but the other one should fit well. Having things done ahead of time is becoming a habit for me, and one that seems to work well. I can go over them during quiet times and might make them better to a degree. I won't have to stress about getting them written the night before.

Speaking of meeting deadlines, I sent off the second Experimental Notebook to the formatter. If you still have a beta copy, you don't have to finish it because it's too late to make changes. I hope you'll want to read it, and I appreciate your volunteering, but I published the deadline when I sought volunteers.

I'll try to peck away at short stories when I have a moment, my baseball stories are keeping me entertained. When I get the rare quiet Friday or Saturday, the Yak Guy is still waiting for me.

Sometime before the end of August, I need to pre-write some promotional posts. Most of these I write upon request, but it's nice to frame out a few ideas and have them “close.” It depends on whether the host wants to hear from me, or from Lisa, my assistant.

Speaking of Lisa, I don't know what to do with Lisa Burton Radio. I made it twenty-four weeks in a row, and the last post got a ton of action. Next week, Lisa doesn't have a guest again. It's kind of cheesy to keep interviewing my own characters. I may have to accept the fact that Lisa's interviews will be more sporadic. The spot has been uber popular, and I'm not retiring it. I'll just say that if you would like a character interview, drop me a note and we'll set something up. In fact, after this posts, I'm going to tweet out a half dozen of the old posts or thereabouts.

In the real world, my paycheck job beckons tomorrow. I'm sure all my mailboxes are overflowing, but I have a good staff and I'm sure they covered whatever they could.

It wasn't great that we came home a day early, but that extra day came in handy. I guess the party's over. Back to writing and back to the job that pays the bills around here.

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27 responses to “The Party’s Over

  1. I have to trot out another character for Lisa. I have one in mind that I think would be a good fit. Lisa Burton Radio is a great spot, but I know it’s hard reaching out to the masses. I will continue to spread the word.

    Glad to hear you’ve made some great headway with your shorts and also the next Notebook. I just completed the final draft of a Halloween story for an anthology I’ve been invited to contribute to. I love getting things done early.

    It’s rough going back to the day job after a week long vacation (I had to do that last Monday), but like you said…it pays the bills. Hope you have a good first day back.

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  2. Hope it was restful!! Yay on getting your book off!!

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  3. Sorry to hear about Lisa’s radio show. Maybe a weekly reminder will net a few more people, but I have noticed that regular posts that require an interactive component have short lifespans. I’m probably retiring the ‘Questions 3’ thing since it wasn’t doing as well as when it started. Not even close. My guess is that you get an initial rush of interest from regulars and then you have to seek new people. What about pinning a tweet about it for a day or two?

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  4. As I have always said, “Work is the curse of the drinking class.” Have a great Monday.

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  5. The post holiday blues, such a horrid feeling, even though it’s great to be back home. Still, sounds like you got a lot done with your extra day. You’ll soon settle.

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  6. I’m glad you had a good vacation πŸ™‚
    I don’t have any completed works, or I’d lend a character or two to Lisa Burton Radio.
    I hope this week goes smoothly for you.

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  7. All sounds very productive Craig. I feel like I’m treading water at the moment and I’m aiming to get a crowdfunder together for later in the month to try and raise funds to publish the next book. Scary and exciting but as Dory says, ‘just keep swimming’. Looking forward to Macabre Macaroni πŸ™‚

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  8. Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    welcome home?

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  9. I’d love Shawnee to do Lisa Burton Radio. Let me work on it and I’ll shoot you an email. Hopefully I can get the killer from book 2 out of my head so I can hear her.

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