Spring Break this year has quietly come and is now more than half over. I have used the time to review and reorient. A number of things have to change. The Daylight Savings Time came in on the first weekend, so I have basically been sleeping late by following the same schedule I was the week before. I will have to somehow adjust everything by an hour before next Monday. I may be retired, but I still have kids in school and responsibilities that require following a schedule.
I re-read my novel Magical Miss Morgan, and I decided that if I had to make the mistake of using a vanity press again, at least I did it with a book worth the investment. My book has made $0.43 since it’s release at the start of 2018.
I have started a lot of long-term projects this week. I started the process of removing and replacing water-damaged carpets in the Princess’s bedroom and the family room. I planted a flower bed in the bare ground where we once had a swimming pool. I repaired the rake to start doing Spring yard-work again, then promptly broke it trying to rake up a winter’s worth of Texas live-oak leaves. And I went back to painting miniatures again. Last night my daughter and I spent time at the family room table, her sketching in her sketch book, and me painting HO-scale phone poles. It was a good time to paint and talk over the important issues, like nightmares, binge-watching shows on Netflix, comic book history, and what we plan to do with our lives when we grow up. I am also working on the final two chapters of The Baby Werewolf this week. That makes nine books at a stage that can be considered to be at least at a “completed-and-almost-ready-to-publish” stage.
Three books are published via an evil publishing house. Two more are self-published, and four are in manuscript form to be published as soon as editing and design is done through Amazon.
So, I still have an awful lot to do before I lie down and die. And Spring Break is supposed to help with catching up, the way it always did when I was a teacher. But this time it has merely added more things to do. Ah, well… I guess it’s what keeps me going.