Remember back in WW93 when I mentioned that the IT contract job I was working on might end up getting extended? Well, it did. They’ve been flying me back and forth between home in Claremore, Oklahoma, and another of their locations in Columbus, Georgia. The routine is a little rougher now, starting on Monday mornings at 3:30 AM so I can make a 6 AM flight that gets me to Atlanta, where I rent a car and drive an hour and a half to Columbus. Needless to say, I’m pretty wiped by the end of the day on Monday. Then on Friday, I work until about 1 PM, drive the hour and a half back to Atlanta, fly back to Oklahoma, where MBH picks me up and takes me home so I can spend the weekend with her.
And if Friday’s flight home is delayed by three hours (like last week), then the day goes on even longer.
Then Monday morning at 3:30 AM, it starts it all over again. I don’t mind the work, but those Mondays!
The up side is that the job is paying (at least for a little while) some of the bills that were beginning to pile up. The down side is that it impacts the writing. Of course, I already discussed this, too, back in WW93. So nothing new there. But while the writing has been greatly slowed, it hasn’t completely stopped.
Payne and Suffering – The new Amber Payne novel is a bit over 7500 words. Not huge, but it’s moving. I picked MBH’s brain a couple of weeks ago regarding some of the threads that were stumping me. Many writers talk about their “muses”. I don’t need a muse. Ideas and inspiration aren’t my problem. I have trouble with the more mundane minutia (wow, talk about your alliteration). I tend to let the details of a story keep me from progressing… the old “can’t see the forest for the trees” thing. I get an idea or a scene, and I lock onto it, trying to work it into the story, and when it doesn’t work, I can’t seem to see my way around it. When that happens… when I find myself banging my head against the same wall, over and over again, I can usually count of MBH to guide me through a doorway that I simply didn’t see. This time was no exception, and she once more helped me find a new path through a winding and overly convoluted story line. Yes, once more, I was making things more complex than they needed to be. Thank you, wife.
Pangaea Exiles – Nothing new to report here. Final edits were turned in to the publisher more than two months ago. As far as I know, cover was approved, edits were done, but no word on an actual publication date.
Year 12 – The audio version of Y12 is also moving very slowly. In this case, I know what the hold-up is. When you find someone who is willing to work on a royalty share basis, slow production times are the trade-off. After all, the voice actor also has bills to pay, and he or she has to give priority to those jobs that come in that offer an up-front payment.
Crazy Larry – No change on this one. I hit a brick wall, and haven’t opened the manuscript back up in almost two months. I think I know what needs to be done with it, but the changes entail a LOT of extra work. And it had already gone from a project I was enjoying, to something that turned into a frustrating chore. I began to think of it less as a story, and more of a justification. So for now, it still sits.
The Random Pic of the Week for this week is another of the many sunset pictures I find myself taking. I don’t know why, but we just seem to get some amazing sunrises and sunsets here in Claremore. The colors… the texture of the clouds… it all makes for some incredible sights. As much as I loved living in Texas, I find that I love my new life here in Oklahoma even more. And as beautiful as the sunrises and sunsets are, the star-filled sky on a clear, crisp night is even more breathtaking. We never had skies like this around Houston.
Okay, that’s enough gushing. Time to get back to it. You guys take care, and stay safe. I’ll talk to you again soon.