A small update

I sat at my desk and did some blog chores. I scheduled a post for a guest, assembled and scheduled another interview, and responded to an additional inquiry.

I got up and carried my iPad to the paranormal office, turned the skeleton key, and went down three steps onto the cold stone floor. The gargoyle in the corner looked like an old friend. I placed my hat on its head, crossed the pentagram inlayed into the floor, and rolled open the top on Patty Hall’s old desk.

There are already a couple of micro fiction pieces on my disk, so I reviewed those. They aren’t great, but they have the bones of something better. One of them has a bit of a science fiction thing going for it, but that’s okay for Halloween.

Still, they could be better. They could always be better. I needed at least a couple more ideas to pull off Macabre Macaroni this year.

Lisa came in wearing her full pirate regalia. “There you are, matey. I thought you were in your office.”

“This is my office too, technically.”

“True. I just got a text from Lorelei. She’s going to be stopping by.”

“If there were ever a time for the Muse to show up, it’s this weekend. Why are you still wearing your pirate gear?”

“We both know it’s just a matter of time before you decide to start editing. Doubt the raven has been hyperactive lately. He knows it’s coming too.”

“Sometimes I wish Lorelei had given me a different animal. One that means cash and lots of it. Some kind of golden goose or something. Don’t they have those on Olympus?”

Lorelei swung around the doorframe. She wore a blue summer dress, and her brunette hair spread clear to her shoulders. “Are we feeling a little overworked today?”

“Yeah, in some ways. I have lots to do, and I don’t seem to be getting everything accomplished.”

“Is that a new perm?” Lisa asked.

“Yes. You like it?”

I leaned back in my chair so they could get all the girl talk out of their systems. I may have emitted a small sigh.

“Okay, look. I know you have tons of ideas,” Lorelei said. “I’m no slacker in that department. What seems to be the problem?” She moved to the couch and patted the seat beside her.

I sat beside her, but stayed rigid. She leaned into my side. The sandalwood she always wore was intoxicating.

“I don’t have a bunch of great ideas at micro length. I have at least three that will work at novel length, and two that might make good novellas, but need about three that will work for Macabre Macaroni. Then I need to–”

She placed a perfectly manicured finger to my lips. “You’re just out of practice. Take stock for a minute. You’ve done your blog chores. You have a couple of micros, and maybe the raven can help you with them. Something will come to you. It always does.”

“I’m supposed to be reading, editing, and spending some quality time with BookBub too. When am I supposed to do all that?”

“You have four days. Pace yourself and it will all get finished.” She leaned in and kissed my cheek. “It doesn’t matter what you work on. You’re working and things are forging ahead. Now, I’m going to catch up with Lisa and leave you to it.”

I went back to the desk and stared at a blank page for a few seconds, but not before watching her walk away. Then I wrote out a story about a cell phone app that seemed to fit the coming season. To be honest, I like it better than the two I already have. A Muse is a wonderful thing. She doesn’t have to say a word, and the ideas just show up.

I checked my calendar, and I need two more by the middle of October. There really is time for everything. Sometimes I get angry with myself when I think I should have gotten more accomplished.

I’ll earmark some specific time for BookBub after I call my parents tomorrow. That will be my priority. If there is time remaining, I’ll go back over the micros I have and see if I can make them better. Then I may actually open one of those books I’ve been promising to read. Monday will be for whatever’s left. Maybe I can get the next interview settled.


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37 responses to “A small update

  1. Sounds like a lot on your plate. Good luck to you and Lisa.

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  2. Reminds me of the phrase, “All in good time.”

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  3. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    Seems the muse has been making it’s rounds this week.

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  4. I would be very interested in how you get on with BookBub…

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  5. Kon’nichiwa! Craig, you always think you’re not accomplishing enough but to me it seems you’re getting lots done. Give yourself some credit. You have a great muse. 😊

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  6. It’s interesting how we can look at our own achievements and to-do lists, and feel like we’re not doing enough, and yet look at those of others where they’ve done the same amount and see clearly just how much they’ve managed to achieve. It’s like our inner critic just won’t allow us to see and accept how far we’ve come, or how well we’ve done, or whatever.

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  7. A writer’s work is NEVER done. What a lovely muse and she always knows just when to show up and give you encouragement. I could use one of those about now. 🙂 Congrats on the new piece.

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  8. I wonder how much you’ve gotten done? Also, I suddenly desire a blue summer dress…
    I hope you’re having a wonderful four-day! 😀

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  9. Glad to see the muse is working her magic.

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  10. This was fun! Loved your description of your paranormal office. Sounds like things are falling into place.

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  11. Such an amusing and useful muse.
    I would think she is much more fun than a somber spirit animal.
    But we both have work calling. Hope the productivity pressure produces.

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  12. You’re juggling a lot, but it also sounds like you’ve got a plan to get everything accomplished. It’s excellent that Lorelei was able to work her magic. I always look forward to Macabre Macaroni. Can’t wait to see what October brings.

    And I have to get more involved with BookBub, too. I’ve been taking slow steps.

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    • I followed a few more people there, and moved over a bunch of reviews. I always have a plan, doesn’t always work out. This weekend’s efforts were acceptable if not stellar. I may have to pick the SE brains about how to get BookBub followers next.

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  13. Bet Lisa looks good in her pirate gear. Thanks for the book rec on BookBub, Craig!

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