I’ve been enjoying some much needed hermitude this weekend. There’s just been a lot of social this past month, so I’m finding the quiet very restorative.
I’ve been in the kitchen this morning. I haven’t actually gotten around to my menu for the week yet, but I made up some fresh turkey sausage to freeze, a couple of quiches, hard boiled eggs, and a fresh batch of marinara. Yesterday I made a behemoth batch of chicken shwarma (4.5 pounds!).
Know Me Well got a facelift this week. I was never quite happy with the original cover I’d made for it and I finally came across a couple that I thought suited Liam and Riley. So that’s been posted and is trickling live at all the various etailers.
I’m working my way through a crit, doing some more reading for fun, and I finally got started on Sooper Seekrit Project Book 3. I’ve been so twitchy the last few weeks. I did take a slow stretch to finish first pass revisions on Book 2, but this is the longest I’ve gone without drafting something (nearly a MONTH) in about three years. Maybe longer. I was really worried I’d have crippling page fright (I often do, even when I’ve only stopped for a couple of days), but I cranked out the first 1k yesterday without too many problems. I’m wanting to finish that scene today and get started on the intro to the hero. I’m not done plotting, but I’m testing out something I did with Book 2–hitting my major plot points, plotting out Act 1, and writing that (to get to know my characters better) and THEN going back to plot the rest of the book. It worked well for the second book in this trilogy, so I’m hoping I’ll have the same success this go round.
I’m up to my eyeballs in class prep right now. Summer semester starts June 2nd, so I have until then to finish updating everything to go with the new textbook. This means that I will be recording 5 lectures this afternoon and I won’t have a voice when I’m finished. Then 4 more tomorrow. Bleh. Not how I wanted to spend the end of my weekend, but it’s nearly done.
We’ve been testing Huck with some additional freedoms, leaving his crate door open at night for the last week. So far he’s doing awesome. Just goes in and snoozes like usual. It’ll be a while longer before I’m willing to try that when we’re not actually HERE, but he generally doesn’t mess with stuff inside. He’s got a bunch of toys and he’s perfectly happy with them.
I bought paperbacks for the first time in YEARS. I wanted to read the rest of Louisa Edwards’ Recipe For Love series, and I couldn’t stomach paying $7.99 for an ebook. Not when I could get used copies of all 5 of the books I was missing for the cost of about 2.5 of said ebooks. Which I kind of hate because the author doesn’t get anything off those used book sales (other than a devoted fan), but it is what it is. Cracked open one on Friday…holy crap. Did mass market paperbacks ALWAYS have 8 point font? I had to pull out the reading glasses I haven’t used since grad school. :pets Paperwhite: