I’m in a good place right now. I finished Air War College a few weeks ago, and then my father-in-law took all his kids and grandkids (including me) to Disney World for a week. We had a wonderful time together despite the fact that it rained every day. We all got along; nobody got hurt or sick or sunburned. Just so happened to be a Star Wars Weekend also, and for anyone that knows me or my family that was a big deal. Only downside was my boys’s aggravation with the sporadic internet in our room. We also went to Universal Studios for a day and the Harry Potter castle ride is probably the best ride I’ve ever been on. All-in-all an awesome trip!
Now I’m back to work and we actually don’t have any major deployments or inspections this summer. It’s the first time in a very long time that we have the summer off to focus on training and getting in some R&R for our people here. I’m turning my focus back to writing and revising my novel and working out. Both are going slower than I would prefer but I’m getting on track and have the first chapter in the can now. I’m not touching it again until a Beta reader sees it. (For those of you that offered to Beta read, I might actually have something to send out by the end of summer)
I also got my package in for the Master’s program and I’m waiting to hear if they accept me. The ideas are percolating again and I actually added some nice touches to open the book and I’m excited to get through the revision. I have probably one more pass for key words and a read-out-loud pass to do before I call it completely done, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m about a quarter of the way through right now and if I can avoid playing Diablo 3 or Star Wars: The Old Republic I should be ready to start on book 2 before the summer is over. I’ve already started outlining it, which is something new for me.
Oh yeah, I still need to do a synapsis and update my query letter. At this point I am leaning toward trying to get an agent, instead of self-publishing, but I’m not locked in to that if it drags out.
My output on this blog has fallen off quite a bit, but the things that were blocking me have been lifted. I may change my format a little to try to do this more frequently, we’ll see how that goes. Anywho, I’m back in the saddle.
Worldcon at DISCON III
I'll be attending Worldcon this year!December 15, 2021