Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. We had a great time on Thanksgiving, rather than spend all the money on food, we all went up to the local Indian casino, ate the buffet and gambled it was a lot of fun, and though at first it seems nontraditional, we did feast with the Native Americans.
The next day in the mail I got a coupon from them for $50 in free play, apparently last month I went up a tier in their players club star level, whatever that means. So we went up again on Saturday. It is only a forty minute drive so it really isn’t that much of a commitment.
It was kind of weird to go up there twice in one week. We usually go once a month, if that. The result of our gambling expedition? We are $120 ahead for the week, that is even counting gas and meals we bought up there. Its not the million dollar Powerball jackpot but it was still nice to get some extra money right before the holidays.
When we got home Saturday I took out the trash, laying on top of everything else in the dumpster was a box. For some reason I looked inside, this is strange in and of itself. I don’t usually decide to peek through the garbage. But inside of this box was nearly 900 comic books. Whoever threw them out was obviously a collector they were in amazing shape, none of them were very old. The oldest one was from 1989 but I grabbed the box and took it inside.
I haven’t read a comic book since I was in high school but I started reading through the stack of these and am having a great time. My dad always bought me a box of comics from the Sears catalog every Christmas, so this is like a flash back to my youth.
I didn’t get much writing done over the holidays. I am plugging along on Blood Plague, made it to about ten thousand words. This novel is coming easier than any other one I have ever written. I have a list of chapter, and what I want to happen in them. Even more amazing, I already know how the book ends!
Side Note: I have been getting a few emails about the Current Projects box on the left, mostly from writers who really want to have one on their website. I think this is great, I stole the idea from Brandon Sanderson’s website. But that’s not the point. The way I figure out the percentage is that I guess the book will be 100,000 words. This is a pretty good number for me, The Lion of Solkara was 112,000 words and The Laws of Summer was 98,000 words. My other novel, Kingdom of the Dead, was around 80k but that was a nanowrimo novel. Plus using 100k as my goal makes the math super easy. When I am 10,000words I am 10% done, at 13,000 I am 13% done, etc. If I ever get around to writing the epic fantasy novel rolling around in my head I might have to adjust the math, but for now this is what I am doing.