First Monday: June 2016

As I’m writing this, we’re preparing for our first 90 degree day of the year. I can hear all you East Coasters and Southerners snorting with derision, but…hush. Us PNW-ers are not cut out for this.

Game of Vengeance is DONE. Final files turned in. Progress on Game of Lies is moving along at an almost-too rapid pace. I keep telling myself that if I can keep up with it, it’ll be off my plate that much sooner and I can take a week or three off to do nothing. Sultry is also done. Like, off to the formatter done. No pre-order links available yet, but I’ll post them when they go live.

I’m in an odd place – once Game of Lies is turned in for copy edits, I have nothing that needs to be done for months. I’m nearing the end of a first draft of a new story (tentatively called Lie to Me), but it’s not under contract and I’m not (at this point) planning to publish it myself. Aside from the remaining bits of work on Game of Lies, I could, in theory, take the next couple of months off. What’s probably going to happen is I’ll continue working on Lie to Me, but at a much slower pace than I normally go.

I’ve been trying to do a better job of stepping back and taking breaks. It’s not the easiest thing for me to do. Once I set a goal and pick a due date, I feel a constant push to keep working toward that due date, even if it’s just one I’ve set for myself (as opposed to one set by, oh, a publisher). Sometimes life intervenes and makes it so I can’t do anything, and I’m learning to embrace those times as an unexpected but well-earned break. Besides, soon enough I’ll have to start drafting Learning Curve. I’ve also got a few ideas I’m playing with for late 2017 releases. Just need to see how they might fit into my schedule.

The Seattle International Film Festival wraps up this week, and I have to say my experience this year has overall been disappointing. It started with the schedule itself. Normally I end up with between ten and fifteen films I’d like to see, and I have to narrow it down to six (they offer a six-pack of tickets at a discounted price). This year I ended up with tickets to four, and aside from the first one I saw (a documentary called Kedi), they weren’t worth the time I spent on them. Also, I skipped one because it was right after work and I decided I’d rather go home. Sigh. There’s always next year.

I think June’s going to end up being a lazy month. Let’s hear it for laziness!

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