Monday, February 29, 2016

Back in the Saddle

On many levels. For one, the truck is running again. If anyone needs a Throttle Position Sensor changed on a '98 Dodge Ram 1500, let me know. I have that down to an art. Might be able to do it in around 10 minutes, and I have all the tools for the procedure gathered in one place.

All the kerfuffle over the new Oregon Sick Leave law should keep a steady stream of willy-nilly at the SBDC. We've got some good compliance information that will help mitigate some of the heartburn over it in Malheur County, so bring it on.

Gearing up for Science Bowl, the Middle School competition was a good warm-up for the main event next Monday. Pretty excited about that.

Dusted off the Audiobook review on Warsmith that has been long overdue. I'm finding little touches that need fixed here and there, but am floored by the artistic flair that Jamie Mackenzie uses to bring the manuscript to more vivid life than I expected. I'd been dreading the search for a retail sample, but it slapped me across the face in Chapter 5. Mirsa's big fight scene. Wow. Just... wow.

Was recently contacted by a colleague that is going through much the same phase in his writing career, taking on extra projects and trying to balance his time between those and his writing endeavors, Aldus Baker, host of podcasts including me, and people more important than me. He's looking to continue his Author Interview series, but is looking for interested parties to approach him. He's a great guy, interviews really well, walks you through the process and makes you feel at ease. I highly recommend checking into it.

I'll get better links to his site, and the way things are going, links to the Audio version of Journeyman Warsmith by the end of March.

Good to be back.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Updates

Plotting on book four (Code name: PK) is so near completed it doesn't even matter anymore. Currently working on chapter four, have had good response by members of the local writer's group to my readings from chapter three.

Unmastered audio from Journeyman Warsmith has been posted to ACX for my initial approval. I will bit off a big chunk of review for that Thursday and hope to finish Friday.

Working with a fabulous local author to get his incredibly well crafted teenage self-help workbook up on Createspace and Kindle. A few hiccups, but I'll get the links up as soon as we iron them out.

New job fell into my lap, advising for the local Community College. Great co-workers, excellent resources to help me do what I was already doing for local authors and others, at a higher level. Even though things have been hectic in the learning stage, I have been able to keep up with my other writing organizations and previous consulting workload. The excitement has spurred productivity in my Blademage Saga research, and is finding its way onto the page as the story line continues to unfold.

The podcast with Aldus Baker is here. The interview went well, since then I have had little time to sit down, plug in, and listen to anything. I crashed and burned on the race portion, having not even gotten halfway through the final checks on Apprentice before the interview hit. Please check it out, and consider looking at his stuff. What I have read reminds me of my earlier writing, and is quite enjoyable. He's a pleasant fellow to talk with, and I look forward to interacting with him more in the future.

As October is overly full of family stuff, I intend to coil in anticipation of striking in November, participating in NaNo for the first time ever. I should be independent enough in my advisory sessions at the Center by then to schedule meetings in the morning and use that boost to energize me for the rest of the day.

Put in my order for the Traeger Smoker-Grill I've been wanting, and it looks like we'll be breaking it in at the Franklin Building Supply in Fruitland sometime soon, in what may be a two day event pairing my promotion with a great sale. Details to follow.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pod(cast)-Racing

Recorded the podcast interview with Aldus Baker today. It went well, I had a lot of fun talking with him before, during, and after the interview content.

He said that the interview should be out a couple of weeks after this Monday.

Challenge Accepted!

Yeah, I know there was no challenge issued, but sometimes it takes a combination of a Star Wars and HIMYM references to dredge up the extra motivation to do something I've been dragging my feet on for far too long.

The print version of Apprentice Swordceror has been put off long enough. I'm setting a goal to have the preview copies in hand by the time the podcast airs. It'll be tight, but I think it will work. Wait for it...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Plot Thickening

The whirlwind is slowing. A few more appointments this week, another Author event at the end of the month with the Gaggle... (Or what's left of it)

During the downtime between appointments today, I hunkered down over a trio of tri-tip tacos at BBQ4LIFE, and hammered out a few pages of plot revisions, and a few more of background worldbuilding. The story is back building, I won't be able to focus on anything else very soon. The outline I have for book five had been more exciting to me than what I had put together for book four, until this afternoon. There are still some specific things I need to research, to be better able to bend them to my will and capture on the page.

It's coming along.