Back To School Days

So, I put in my final payment to go back to school, get my degree, and with a degree in hand…maybe get a job that doesn’t require me to say “do you want fries with that?”.

And, this may be the first time I’ve ever been grateful for the damned Crow Flu. The first three weeks of classes, at least, are all going to be virtual in some form. I just have to be dressed and wearing clothes for classes and not make the three hour commute to San Francisco every day. Still have to find an internship, but hopefully that can be all virtual work as well.

Writing news-I’m past the half-way point for The Winter Solist and I’m heading to the third act and the run-up to do A Solist In Rome. Some of my other ideas, such as An Ethical Succubus, has some progress as well. I realize that I should work harder to disconnect my inner editor, but I’ve never been a “spew word salad” sort of writer, who just keeps polishing again and again until it’s all done.

And, for today’s shared blogging experience, I’m going to share Kim Du Toit’s blog. Reading him, you get a distinct “get the hell off my lawn” feeling from him, but it’s less “angry about the world” and more “low tolerance threshold for idiots” grumpy. Which I’ve been guilty of as well, but I try not to scream at people. They look at at you funny when you do that.

Lots of collections of neat little stories and hilarious gags about how the world is. And, he’s got exceptional taste in women, which maybe I should start to share on my blog as well.

Every New Beginning

Coming up close to the end of the school year and that’s about two more weeks of classes.

Then, I have to decide in about four weeks if I want to take summer classes or do something with the time off. But, I’ll be getting a new desk by the middle of the month, so hopefully my workspace situation will be better. Or at least not as cramping. And, I’m still not sure how to market my novel, but I will have to think of something.

Then…new job in the near future. Have to get one, because I need to make some money;. Hopefully, it’ll be something that won’t involve the three hour commute to and from San Francisco.

I know I’ll be taking some time off after school is done. The question becomes do I take two days (and do an overnight trip) or three days (and spend two days) off? Not a lot of stuff to do, most of the state is still semi-locked…but I did get my second shot of vaccine and spent a few days being miserable. And, I was miserable for about two days-the first day after the shot, it was pretty much having the flu in all of it’s glory. The second day, not so bad. Then, about two or three days of just being down and lacking energy.

On the writing front-

The Winter Solist has hit another air pocket, but I’m going to write around it and come back to that pocket later. Right now, I’m thinking that’s the best thing. Get the main part of the novel done, then write the little detail bits in later. No release date as of yet, but I hope to have it up and published by the end of the year.

An Ethical Succubus is coming together…slowly. But, surely.

Some of my other story ideas have been harder to write, but I’ve been accumulating notes on all of them.

And, of course, more blog postings. Fingers crossed.

The End Of The Month

It’s coming up far sooner than I expected-and, well…

Classes have been interesting, but I get this terrible feeling that I should be teaching two of my classes. And, online class work, especially when you HAVE to leave your camera and mike on or the teacher complains, is horrible. I don’t want to hear people’s various things going on in their world, see them even less, and I don’t want them to have to deal with the same with me.

The things we do for our white-collar employment union card…

On writing-

  • The Winter Solist-Finally gotten around the writing problem, getting to the next writing problem, but I’m happy with where it’s going. With some luck, I’ll be able to add the nessisary “B” plot to tie into A Solist In Rome, which I need to get done.
  • The Ethical Succubus-Going to probably keep this for the erotic/urban fantasy novel series title. First novel is probably going to be A Ethical Succubus, and balancing out the erotic, comedy, slice-of-life, and horror in the right proportions.
  • Other Writing Projects-The isekei/light novel concept is still somewhere in “how can I make this work” pile. I really want to do it, but there’s some practicality issues involved. The “have to look at this” hopper has been still dealing with things.

I’m considering this idea of a weekly column where I have a momentary gushing about writers that I like and the things they do right and wrong. Mostly because I’m trying to get those lovely, wonderful, SEO scores up on Google and such, which might mean more sales of my books. (That, and the terrible fear that some of the authors might respond…which wouldn’t be bad, mind you.) Tentative title of this is “Author on Authors.”

Otherwise, the weather is now actually nice (cool but not cold, with rain on all the right occasions), and just trying to make it through one act of madness at a time. Chin up, happy thoughts.