It’s a staycation

One of the things I enjoy is writing. It makes sense that I would do some of it for relaxation. I worked on a lot of projects, but none of them involve drafting new material.

Yesterday I bought a ladder. Exciting, right? I have a nice six-footer, but have to stand on the top to change the lightbulbs in the living room. (You know that label that says never do this? I’ve been that guy.) Ten years ago that was fine, and I’ve been doing it all this time. Pushing sixty, I’m just not willing to do that any longer. (Plus 2020 doesn’t feel like the year to gamble.) I bought a nice eight-footer, and it’s a simple matter to change the bulbs without risking life and limb.

I collected all my critiques for Mrs. Molony and made changes based upon that input. After that, I sent out the next chapter. There isn’t much left to send out, and after that I’m sure my critique group will appreciate the break.

The short story got to the point where I’m changing things, then changing them back. That’s usually a sign that it’s time to set it free. I emailed it in to the publisher.

I’ll be dealing with Mrs. Molony, either going out or coming back, as it happens. I won’t touch Lanternfish until I get Mrs. Molony to that point.

It’s been months since I looked at the first chapters of Lanternfish, so I could start reading it. I’d love to get it out in a couple of weeks, so I don’t have to kill myself to get Mrs. Molony out for Halloween. Doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Halloween season is kind of a stick-pin, so the sooner the better for Lanternfish.

I also committed to hosting a friend. She sent me all the pieces, and I need to assemble it. That will probably be top priority tomorrow. I might even try some of it at the Toyota dealership. I have to take my truck for service early, but they have WiFi.

I also picked up a book I started months ago and read a chapter. Something is lost by doing it that way, but I admit to having a sneak peek at it before it was published. More reading is on my list during my break.

I don’t have to return to work until Monday, so other things on my list could happen. I need to start a storyboard for the final Lanternfish book. The next book about Lizzie and the hat could benefit from one, too.

Honestly, I still love my stand-alone titles, and I have I couple of nearly complete boards for two. I’m going to have to park on those because I’ve committed to series work for now. Halloween will be a stick-pin for one, and I want to conclude Lanternfish in 2021 as well.

I think I can accomplish more before I have to return to the office. Eventually, I’ll be down to storyboards and reading. That’s going to be nice, and will clear some room to get Lanternfish out the door.

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33 responses to “It’s a staycation

  1. Wow. That sounds like a nice break from the rat race. Hope you get to have fun and relax.

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  2. Nice, Craig. I feel like I need a break too. Working from home is very intense when it is all the time. I’m glad you are looking after yourself. My dad fell off a ladder when he was about your age and he still suffers pain from the injury he incurred.

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  3. “2020 doesn’t feel like the year to gamble.” – oh boy this made me chuckle!
    I have a bad feeling if I had a staycation with the aim of writing I’d end up sinking waaaay too much time in gaming and not get any actual writing done.

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  4. It’s always nice to cross things off the list. Glad to hear you’re making progress.

    And I’m glad you’re no longer perching on the top of the ladder.

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  5. Sounds like a plan. And I hope your staycation passes slower than mine did.

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  6. Busy busy have a good break 😊😘

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  7. Glad you got a taller ladder – we need to do the same thing. You’re absolutely right – 2020 isn’t the year to take chances, lol.

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  8. Glad you are having fun. I bought one of those combination ladders that goes from five feet to sixteen. I really like it. (Especially for an old man.)

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  9. Ladder! Such a thrill… I got one myself, last year. I needed a taller one to reach more cherries. Mine is aluminum, so I can carry it without help.

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  10. It’s never safe to stand at the TOP of a ladder! That’s my grandmother scold for the day. I’m allowed because I stood on a rocking chair and broke my leg:) Not my best moment. I got to start the Jason Fogg story last night and love it so far. Great name! Hope you get everything crossed your “to do” list and get to coast and plan ahead for a while. I like taking my time when I do plot points.

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  11. I’m so glad you purchased a new ladder, Craig. Just reading about you standing at the top of your old one made me squirm. You’re right, ‘2020 doesn’t feel like the year to gamble’ (you cracked me up with that). I love how organized and efficient you are when it comes to writing. It’s great that you’re taking advantage of your time at home.🥰

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  12. Congrats on the new ladder. 😀 … and the writerly stuff too! 😀

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