Monday, May 23, 2011

Since our last episode...

I finally got a new chapter written in Blood Plague War, it was kind of lonely writing without Snags. I think I am going to try to work him into one of my novels. Writing has always been a good way for me to get out some emotions and stuff without actually having to take about them. It is one of the reasons writing helps me get to sleep, I've had a heck of a time getting to sleep the past few weeks.

I meant to get back to writing sooner but things have been a little rough lately. Here is a list of everything I would have blogged about since my last post. First I will say that the movie Thor is really good, you should see it. Now on to the bad stuff.

I had a lupus flare up, which makes sense (my flare ups seem to be cause by stress and I was, and still am, pretty upset about Snags) I stayed home sick but my other dog looked so sad that I decided to go outside and play with him, but running while I am having a lupus flare up is kind of a bad idea. Long story short, the ankle is just sprained not broken. The next day my wife's car broke down. Then I got a rejection for my novel The Lion of Solkara, this was the last publisher on my list and the novel is officially retired, maybe it will get published someday.

But the novel rejection really was not that big of a deal since there was an illness in my family. The person who was ill asked that I not even tell anyone in our town about it so I will not announce exactly what happened online. But I did make the six hour trip to Denver with them so that they could get tests and then drove back the next day. Later this week they will be going to Rapid City for surgery, I think I will be driving them again.

Then I got a call last night that my boss' husband passed away. I didn't ever get the chance to meet him, but she is one of the nicest people I know and it really sucks she has to go through this. The assistant director is pregnant and due soon so that means that I might suddenly become really busy at work real soon(I am in charge when the director and the assistant director are not there). Oh, and sometime during all this my wife decided to try and give me a haircut, the result? Now I am sporting a shaved head. Which is actually okay, I kind of look good with no hair.

The plan for this week? Try to get all the stuff done for the summer reading program. Go to a funeral. Take someone to the hospital in Rapid City (about 1 and ½ hours away) wait for 6+hours in the waiting room, bring them home. Go on the radio to talk about the summer reading program. Get my wife's car fixed. Get for sale signs on said car. Get my other novel, Kingdom of the Dead sent off to TOR. Make another doctor's appointment for my ankle if it is not feeling better by Wednesday. Prepare myself for the inevitable lupus flare up all this week will bring on. Spend three day weekend in my pajamas locked away from the world, napping and eating junk food.

At least I am getting all my bad luck for 2011 used up near the beginning of the year, sorry for the grammar,spelling, etc. in this post. I am going to go to bed instead of rereading it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Taking a Break

I won’t be blogging for awhile or writing much. My silent unacknowledged writing partner, my dog Snags passed away this weekend. He always sat next to me on the couch while I typed away on my laptop. I just can’t seem to get any words written without his grunts, barks, and demands for belly rubbing. I’ll give a week, then maybe I can get something out, he was such a happy dog, he would feel awful if he knew how upset I am.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Procrastination Helper- Flash Games and a Zombie Game

Okay, its time for another post of The Procrastination Helper this week’s post is about flash games. Free online flash games are great way to put off until tomorrow what you can do today. I like to play games at Kongregate, and Heavy Games. These games are online, which means no downloading, which means no slowing your computer down, which means when you finally get around to writing it is easier. I like to browse the strategy games, in general they take more than one sitting so you get more procrastination for your buck, but they have all kinds of games, even a few old nintendo games.

I am currently playing Rebuild, a zombie game. Here is the creator’s description:

Gather survivors of the zombie apocalypse and manage food supplies, housing and morale while defending against undead attacks. Reclaim the city one square at a time and put your survivors to work scavenging for food, building houses, rediscovering technology and of course killing zombies. Beware of rival gangs, wild dogs, food thieves and even riots as you manage a city in this post apocalyptic turn based strategy game.

Below is a screen shot, the game can be played HERE

Monday, May 2, 2011

New Fantasy Story

I have a short story available in the May issue of Sorcerous Signals. The story is a prequel to my unpublished novel The Laws of Summer. It started out as just a few notes of back story for one of the characters Xander, and ended up being story in and of itself.

Here is the description Carol Hightshoe gives for the story on the Sorceress Signals website: Humans and Half-Elfs fight the wars the Summer Elves refuse to fight. What happens when the Summer Elves finally take the field against their enemies - the Winter Elves and what will be impact on the world?

You can read it HERE