Starting June a Little Behind…

About my week…

This week has been a long one.  There were a couple days that I didn’t even have a chance to write at all!  My full-time job, husband, and my always energetic puppy keep me very busy.  We had a volleyball double header as well as a softball double header, which I brought the Grems to, and that by itself is an adventure!

Like during softball, I always thought Gremlin was getting upset by her daddy being in the field because she missed him.  Friday, I discovered that she just really wanted the ball!  She didn’t care one bit whether husband was on the field or not!  There were less kids this time, so we got to sit in the bleachers, and she’d follow the ball to the pitcher, then to the batter, then she would try to chase it out in the field, but she was on a leash, so she would just yank me around instead!  Oh, but she was tired when we got home!

I was too, and ended up taking a three and a half hour nap Saturday!

Ugh, I feel like there was more I wanted to write this week, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it is.

About my writing…

So, Dragon’s Flame should be at 11, 550 words.  It is only at 9,495 words today.  I knew I was probably going to get behind, but I had hoped it wouldn’t be this soon, or by this much.  And since this scene is going to require research, I probably won’t be able to get caught up this week.  It’s a little disheartening, but the story itself is going so well, I’m very excited about how it’s going to end up.

I am also being plagued with another story idea.  It’s one based on a popular myth, the story of King Arthur and Camelot, but with a modern twist.  It’s probably because I’ve been watching  the Merlin series on Netflix again.  It’s not something I would write until both of my current series were finished, so maybe by then I would feel more confident in my abilities to do such a story justice, but I’m terrified of toying with something with such a diverse and complicated background.

I am also kind of depressed by the lack of reviews I have/don’t have for my books.  I know people are reading them, or at least turning the pages, because I’ve been receiving stats on Kindle Unlimited.  I’m not even receiving bad reviews, just no reviews at all.  I have no idea if anyone liked Taken as much as I did, if I should continue writing at all, if I’m good, or if I’m bad.  Reviews are how you get noticed on Amazon, so they are very important, and I hate resorting to begging, but that’s not working either.  I have advertised that I’ll give out free copies to any one who will guarantee a review, but no takers.  I’ve read articles, listened to podcasts, and nothing.

SOTD Teaser

Sorry, almost forgot!  And I noticed I didn’t get one put one last week’s due to being out and about, so here’s a little longer one to make up for it!

I passed over the computer desk to study the massive collection of books. They seemed to be organized by topic, then author, and each book was marked with a removable tag with numbers similar to the Dewey Decimal System. Some were journals, some history books, and some looked so old I was afraid to pull them off their shelf to look inside. The only books I saw that looked modern were small, independent books that looked like works of fiction. Considering my earlier conversation with Katherine, maybe they only appeared that way. Resisting the temptation to grab one and give away my investigation, I walked away from the books and back to the computer.

It was surprisingly easy to break into. My dad’s account had not been deleted, and after only a couple tries I was able to crack it open using my name and birth date. Most of the items on the Desktop were folders, and I wasn’t sure I had time to search through them all. I had prepared for this, and I pulled out the jump drive I had brought with me, sticking it into one of the USB ports and copying everything I could onto it. The hard part was the waiting, hoping for all of it to download before they got home. Luckily, they had only been gone a couple hours, so I was sure I had plenty of time.

It took about two hours to get everything I knew I wanted onto the drive. I spent the time reading one of the indie books I had noticed earlier. This one was fictional, but it had a storyline about demons and fae, and I got sucked in quickly. Once I realized the drive had finished, I pulled it out and logged out the the account, then shut the computer down, leaving it as I had found it. I took one last look around the room, to make sure it looked exactly the same as when I had entered. Then I went upstairs to examine my plunder.

 

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