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Baby Steps Today

If anyone is wondering where I've been, I've had company this weekend. My parents wanted to see the puppies while they are still puppies. It's kind of hard to argue with that. I love puppies myself. We spent most of our time visiting, and went for a nice dinner last night. My oldest son and his entire family decided to join us, my daughter, and her pseudo-boyfriend, so we had a big group. It's nice when we can all get together. It's kind of strange when you start hearing the term Great Grandma, or Great Grandpa.

Today, I dragged my generators to the garage door and started them up. I aimed the exhaust out into the driveway. My intention was to run them out of gas, but they're still going about six hours later. I put them away two years ago and haven't run them since. Old gas is the enemy of engines, and I expected more problems. We are taking the camper out next weekend, and this time we'll need the generators.

I swept out the garage, and intend to finish if the little buggers ever run out of fuel. Right now my dust pile is next to them, waiting for them to finish. Garage is looking pretty good though.

While waiting, I took my turn at puppy patrol. They're both pretty good, but Nyx sometimes doesn't remember to go to the door for a potty break. So far, so good today.

I also worked through my critiques. We met Tuesday, and I stashed them until my parents went home. Yak Guy is still a hit with the group. I need to figure out how to get all the non-fun parts finished.

I tried to talk my wife into stealing away this afternoon to see Pirates, but she wouldn't have it. I feel like I accomplished some reasonable things today.

Tomorrow is my flex day, so there is a small chance to work on the beta reads I received for The Enhanced League. It all depends on luck, but maybe I can move that project closer to completion.

What did you guys do this weekend? Hope you had a good one.

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Short and sweet

Today was a day of errands and correspondence. We watched the Kentucky Derby, and will head for the movie theater in an hour or so. Is it ever not muddy at the Kentucky Derby?

I usually watch the pregame show for the Derby too, but errands got in the way. Since I'm going to write a story called The Hat, I kind of wanted to see all the girls in big hats for research purposes.

The errands were important though. We bought a bag of puppy chow, a new doggie bed, a tiny little harness and leash, a new bowl, and some new baby toys. While we were out, the breeder sent us a few pictures.

This is the sweet part of my post.

Just look at that face.

A very patient cat helped lend a bit of size perspective here.

Next Saturday, we'll drive back to Burley and pick her up. Otto loved the puppies when we visited, but I hope he isn't a toy hog. He's going to have to share with Frankie from next week on.

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A small chores update

Honestly, I'm starting to wear out on chores. I've been away from the paycheck job since Wednesday at quitting time, and don't have to go back until Tuesday. During that time, I've hit the chore list hard.

I'm not embarrassed to say I didn't get as much accomplished today. I managed to get my critique work done for our meeting on Thursday night. I put it in my truck, because that's my insurance policy against forgetting it when I need it.

What I didn't post about was pruning fruit trees. The sap is up now, so I stopped at about 2/3 to 3/4 of what I want to remove. After the trees adjust, I can trim the rest. They're all in a big pile in the back yard, and my son and I are hauling them to the dump tomorrow. Part of the peach tree must weigh 400 pounds, so I'm glad to have an extra back involved. This stuff takes time too, but it didn't do much to advance my author agenda.

Today, I worked on my beta reading project. I'm about 2/3 of the way finished now. If everything works out well, I may finish and deliver my notes tomorrow. (Maybe)

I also assembled and scheduled Thursday's Lisa Burton Radio. I have two other interviews out there in cyberspace, but it's Sunday night and the first guy finished became the first guy scheduled.

Honestly, I could have hit it hard and finished everything else, but I'm wearing a bit thin. I caught up with recordings of S.H.I.E.L.D., and don't regret it a bit. ABC scheduled this beyond reality for a working man, so I have to record the episodes and watch them later.

My other son and I also stayed up late every night playing Diablo III, and we had a great time. I think my wife is wearing out on us, but she's the one who surprised me with an X-Box. (So there.)

My so called vacation was a lot of work, mixed in with a bit of fun. We even worked two date nights into the mix. The good news is my path is cleared, or will be very soon, and my next day off may let me work on my novel.

Hope all of you had a Happy Easter.

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Progress, such as it is.

We just walked in from date night, and took Otto for a walk. It's nice to have the gigantic snow drifts gone again. There are still some ten foot tall piles around everywhere, but most areas are clear now.

I managed about 1500 words today on my novel. That isn't great, but it's better than nothing. This part involved killing some bad guys, and accomplishing one of his goals. The next goal is a journey through the wilderness with people who are ill suited for it. (Children.) This time, he's the one leading and not in the care of others. Did I mention this is a personal growth story?

The story structure is based on the Major Arcana of the Tarot. I'm torn as to whether to include the Death card in the next section, or not. It might come across as forced, and many might not realize that it doesn't signify actual death. Decisions to be made on the fly.

After this journey, one big turning point, then denouement.

I stopped to take care of some neglected chores. Where we shoveled the driveway, there were four + foot piles of snow for the last two months. It was 50+ degrees this week, and that's all changed now. The drifts are small enough to allow me to recover my extension cords. These were out for Christmas lights, but got frozen in place then buried. I also picked up my ladder and broom, these were in place for multiple cleanings of the satelite dish. My dream is that's all behind us now for the rest of 2017.

Right before date night, I hacked my way through a proof of next week's Lisa Burton Radio interview. If my guest author approves, I'll assemble and schedule it on Sunday. I have another one to work on too. Then I need more guests.

Tomorrow I have another shot at some writing, so maybe I can work right up to the end. I could actually finish, but that would be an extraordinary day. If this one stumps me, I'll shift over to the book of short stories.

Hope the rest of you are having a great weekend.

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Trying to get back in the swing of things

It's been a long stretch of promotions for me. It officially started with the release of The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II, but it really started long before that. There was a bunch of prep work to make sure the small tour I took it on went well. I custom wrote every piece, I had to think ahead to have the Lisa Burton posters ready on time, etc.

I followed it up with an extended tour for Will O' the Wisp with my Story Empire friends. Our scavenger hunts are about to end, so if you haven't gotten in on the contest you'd better get with it. At stake are ten Amazon Gift cards, and five ebooks. I believe we're drawing the names on Monday. Here's the link just in case: Link.

I also did a bunch of stuff on my own, including playing with all Amazon's toys. Where I'm going with this is… I don't know what to do with myself now.

I read a bunch of The Yak Guy Project to get back in the groove with it. I still have more to read. Then I'll get writing again.

I finished reading an Advanced Reading Copy of a friend's new novel, and I'm so impressed with it. Hopefully we can get her over here to talk about it in some format once her release date gets closer.

I did manage to edit a few short stories. I wrote another anthem piece about baseball, and started another short story. It's about 1300 words total, nothing to brag about. I also wrote a Lisa Burton post that will show up on Thanksgiving Day.

Speaking of Lisa, I assembled and scheduled two of her radio shows today. I have two more to do, but I'm getting into December now, so there's time. If you have a Christmas themed story you'd like to promote, now would be a good time to think about a character interview with Lisa. She's constantly looking for new guests.

I managed to print out the submissions for critique group, but haven't read them yet. I suppose that will be tomorrow's project since we meet on Monday night. Note: Poses a problem with getting my scavenger hunt drawings finished.

I haven't managed to deal with any of my Autumn chores yet either. It's like two different Craigs are fighting with each other. One who wants to get back to writing, and another who needs to coil up hoses and trim trees and roses. I have a theory that if I addressed the chores, the writing would come easier.

I have a decent idea for my next Story Empire post too, and should probably get started on it. I have roughly a month to get it done, but writing it out will make room in my head.

I don't know why I'm struggling with all this. I can't let go of promotion like I should, but ordering my Lisa Burton mugs helped a bit. I have a novel to write, and some short stories to play with. There is no deadline for any of it, so I don't know what the big deal is.

Time has always been an issue around here. When I'm not working, I need peace and quiet to write. This is harder with Otto around, because he needs (and deserves) attention. Writing time and reading time are the exact-same time, so I can do one or the other. I know I'll have to cut back reading before I can get super productive again. I need to dedicate some of the not-so-quiet time to my chores. Once those are off my plate things might look better. Maybe after my critiques are finished I can tackle part of them tomorrow.

I'm going to have a houseful over Thanksgiving, so I doubt that will be very productive. I also have the next weekend dedicated to company. Maybe they will all go black friday shopping and I can get something done then.

It seems like a long time away, but I took the whole week off between Christmas and New Years. If I can get myself organized I could really make the words fly then. The challenge is to get my other stuff sorted out and get everything lined up in advance.

This is about the time when I make a task list. It's a system that works for me, and I need to do it again.

Things don't always go perfect for everyone else either. Just to prove the point, I'll share this with you. My wife decided to wash the windows inside and out. She just finished the outside, and moved to the inside of our dining room. Apparently, Otto decided window washing was really interesting.

There are tongue and nose smears all over the outside of her window now.

I feel like I'm floundering around right now, and I need to get over it. I'm usually more productive than this. I hope all of you are having a great weekend.

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The working weekend, day one

Last night I made a list of projects, and scratched making a list off my list. Yeah, it was a cheat, but it's not like I'm being graded here. I also reminded myself to enjoy what I am doing. I turned off the computer and watched the return of Sleepy Hollow, then cleared Flash out of the DVR. While Sleepy Hollow aired, I recorded Last Man Standing, then I watched it.

The television hasn't been on yet today. Here's how it went.

I added words to The Yak Guy Project. It may have only been a thousand or so, but I'm struggling with world limitations here. This isn't science fiction where he can take a speeder halfway across the planet in one paragraph. He's riding around on a yak, for cripes sake. This takes time, and requires a bit more observation. Yak Guy Ted's journey is also a spiritual one, so there is a certain amount of thought and reflection required. The yak calls this rumination, and it's kind of a gag in the story. I need to write it this way, and may remove bits after the draft gets finished.

I added words to the retro science fiction piece, and it's getting closer. The characters had some sexy time and now my rocket boy needs to decide between duty and country, or riches and the girl. Yeah, I wrote a sexy time section, I've done it before.

I got the camper battery all charged up, and got through all my critiques.

I even managed to promote The Experimental Notebook on a Facebook group. One friend saw it, and shared it. No idea if it did any more good than that, I'm new to Facebook. Nobody freaked out and accused me of breaking the group rules, so I've got that going for me. I have a list of other groups, and need to join them too.

Reminder: You can follow Lisa the robot girl on Facebook, and there is an Entertaining Stories page too. In fact the widget in my sidebar will take you to the Entertaining Stories page.

I spent the afternoon with my beta reading project. In case you're reading this today, I'm at 61% according to the Kindle app. I should finish this by Monday with a little luck.

I did not attempt a blurb for The Playground and didn't attempt any guest posts for it. That will have to be on tomorrow's agenda somehow. It still takes a back seat to new words on my stories and the beta reading project.

I'm feeling pretty good about today. I'm working off a weekend long list, and not a one day list. I got some things scratched off, and others moved ahead. It's about 6:30 here now, and maybe I will see what's on television.

Then again, maybe I'll get started on that blurb.

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