Yep, as the title of this week’s post will likely tell you, we’ve been doing a little yoga at the Brackett household. It’s something that my wife has explored before, and it really helped some of the back issues she had a few years back. And since I stopped my martial arts classes five years ago, I’ve begun to develop some serious tightening of my tendons and ligaments. To combat the problem, MBH talked me into doing some yoga with her.
So three or four times a week, we set up in the living room, pop in a DVD (one that she has long since memorized and no longer has to look at, though it has me fumbling about trying to shift from one pose to another), and I embarrass myself by trying to look graceful as I lug my phatass through the most basic of exercises. But don’t you worry about me. I’m a quick learner. In fact, I’ve pretty much mastered two of the poses already… mountain pose, and child’s pose. That means I can stand up straight with my hands held in front of my heart, and I can fall to my knees with my head on the floor with the best of them.
As far as the sitting, squatting, stretching, shifting, and balancing that goes with moving from one pose to another… well, let’s just say I’m still working on that.
All right, moving on to the writing news –
EPP – End Point Pangaea is moving pretty well, sitting at a bit under 65K words. Some days the writing flows really well, with me knocking out 2500 to 3000 words, other days I spend fixing items that I messed up previously. For instance, did you know that you can make cloth from bamboo? Well sure, I guess many of you did, because unbeknownst to yours truly, this is evidently a big deal in linens. Bamboo cloth sheets and pillowcases are a luxury item. And it just so happens that I had been trying to figure out what people in my late Triassic setting could use as a cloth substitute, since during that time period none of the usual cloth sources had yet evolved… no mammals meant no hairs or wool, no flowering plants meant no cotton or other sources of blend-able fibers. In short, I was about to call it quits on their ability to have much in the way of cloth until we went to the local home and garden show where one of the vendors was selling (yep, you guessed it) bamboo sheets and pillow cases.
And in my typical OCD manner, that meant I had to go back and find any references to anything in the book that could have been served better by having cloth instead of leather. But I’m caught back up now, and the numbers should begin to rise quickly again.
SoP – I recently read about a new promotional site for audiobooks called “Audiobook Boom“. It’s basically a newsletter similar to those that have done so well for written and e-books, like Bookbub and the like, only it’s just for Audiobooks. The rates were very affordable, so I figured I would give it a try. Streets of Payne has always been one of my favorite books, but it never seemed to get the attention that I had hoped it would. So that was the book I put in my ad. I got some codes for free promotional copies of the audiobook for both US and UK readers, and so far, I’ve given away about twenty of them. Hopefully they will result in some decent reviews.
Set the picture gallery spinning and tap… and we get a picture of our chickenfoot dominoes. Um…. I’m not honestly sure why I have a picture of them on my phone, but here it is. Some of our closest friends come to stay with us for a few days two or three times a year. When they do, we often spend several hours in the evenings playing chickenfoot. It’s a bit of a holdover from when we lived in Houston and used to have a monthly game night. It was a pot-luck with the hosting household cooking a main dish, and everyone else bringing side dishes. We would eat and laugh and eventually begin breaking out various games to while away the hours. We played Scattergories, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, or whatever other game lent itself to keeping us all amused until we had to go home.
Now that we’re in Oklahoma, it’s seldom that we get to have a regular game night anymore. So when we get visitors that we know enjoy such things, we break out chickenfoot. I’m not entirely sure why we settled on this as our default game, but we all seem to enjoy it enough that we spend hours with friends, food, and fun.
What more can you ask for?
And that’s it for this week. Time to get back to writing. Stay safe everyone.