Well, my vacation is over and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s been great to have had the time off, and while I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d intended (no one’s fault but my own), I was lucky enough to be able to spend several days with my parents and my grandmother again.
I mean, just look at that view! Who wouldn’t want to visit there? And while I won’t go so far as to say that my grandmother is also doing well, for a ninety-three year old, she’s doing pretty good. As my dad used to say during the last years of his own grandmother’s life, “some days she’s with us, and some days she’s off fighting Indians”. Ironic actually, since my grandmother actually is one of the Indians.
When our time with Mom and Dad was over, my wife and I got back in town just in time for all of our kids to help my wife celebrate her birthday. It was great. I know at one point, I looked around and saw my kids, their significant others, our granddaughter, the dogs, and my wife, all happy and laughing together and it was such a wonderful feeling, knowing that I was so fortunate as to be a part of all of it.
Yes, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, family is pretty important to me. I’ve been lucky enough to have great parents, great kids, a fantastic wife, and a loving relationship with all of them. I know that isn’t always the case these days, and I wish everyone could be as lucky as I am, but I’m thankful for how things have worked out for me and mine.
On the writing front, I got on a roll on Saturday night. After everyone had gone to bed, I worked until 4AM. I got three or four hours of sleep, and then picked back up on Sunday, and the end result is that the first draft of The Road to Rejas is finally completed. Just in time, too, as sales on Half Past Midnight are beginning to wind down. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve been extremely lucky with my sales so far. Well, as I said, for the last few weeks that luck has tapered off. It’s not terribly surprising. Obviously, if I really want to ever make a go of it as a writer, I have to continue to provide new content for the market. The phrase “one hit wonder” was made for those of us who don’t.
So R2R (version 1) is finished. It still needs some work (hence the “version 1” designation), but the main story itself is finally done. Hooray! In addition to that bit of good news, after Saturday night’s marathon writing session, I was understandably tired, and so ended up crashing for a Sunday afternoon nap. Lucky me, my muse visited while I was sleeping, and I awoke with an idea for another story. And this time, I actually wrote it down before it vanished into the cobwebs of my brain. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, as it’s not my usual type of story, but it’s outlined and waiting for me when I’m ready for it.
In the meantime, I’m back at the grind – back to working the nine to five. It was great to recharge, but now it’s time to get back to work.
So thanks for your patience, and stay safe, everyone.