Wow, these last two weeks have been crazy. During the last author update I said I was working on a secret project. For those that are curious the project was putting the finishing touches on a tribute to my mom for Mother's Day. Sorry, I'm not sharing it on here, that's for my mom only. :)
I got Kills Like River back from the editor last week and am working my way through that right now. I hope to be finished by the middle of the week. It's crazy how you miss how often you used a certain word until someone highlights every use of that word in 1 or 2 paragraphs.
Here is the official link to the Ghost Hunting Critters anthology announcement It sounds like it will be another fun anthology.
Beyond that I'm trying to work on planning my novel. I had to come up with a method for using warp drive within my new universe, which led to a few hours of researching scientific theories on wikipedia. Ah, the things I get to do for my stories.
I still need some ideas for that Tales from the Fluffy Bunny anthology, if anybody has any for me. Just as a reminder, it has to be a story about how a character got his nickname, or how he got the nickname for his or her weapon.
And a final update, as you probably saw in my previous Patreon post, I am getting a new logo! These will be on my website and business cards soon.
What I'm Reading/Watching
Eternity's Mind by Kevin J. Anderson (Audio) (Finished)
This book provided lots of entertainment during my long car drive last weekend (more on that later). I didn't know this was the final book in the series until about halfway through. It did a good job of finishing the story and was enjoyable. I like it. 4 out of 5 stars. Interestingly enough, last year while I was writing my story Eternity's Ark was at the same time Kevin was talking about this book on social media, a lot. I wonder if his title had any influence on my title?
The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt (ebook) (38%)
So far this has been an interesting book. I do love to read about magicians and seeing a magician trying to fake his way through a medieval society which is used to real magic has been fun. So far I give it 3 out of 5 stars because it is interesting and entertaining, but I'll have to see how the end goes before I know if it earns more stars.
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (Audio) (42%)
The next book in the Dresden Files universe in my re-read through. It's interesting the hints given in this book that we still don't know the full implications of, 9+ books later. I'm reminded this time through that Harry really doesn't know a whole lot about the magical world. He does his best with what he knows but depends on others to introduce him to things like werewolves, other vampire courts, and even the knowledge of the Summer/Winter lady, mother, and knight. It's interesting to watch how much he grows throughout the series.
The Great Wall (Movie)
This movie was okay. The story was interesting, as were the special effects. It was interesting to see all the weapons they came up with to fight the creatures. Although the movie wasn't really super exciting. Maybe this is because I was trying to do some business stuff at the same time, but it just felt like an "okay" movie. Overall I regret buying it and wished I had waited a few days to rent it at the redbox and saved $13.
Remember when I said I wrote a tribute for my mom? Well, I had to give it to her somehow, right? So last Friday I took the day off work and made a surprise trip all the way to Nebraska/Iowa to visit. She had no idea I was even coming until I showed up in the hospital where she worked. It was a great time with family again. I can't wait until we get to hang out again.
I also got a dog last weekend, which anybody that watches my social media will no doubt know by now. I did apologize ahead of time for the flood of dog pictures that would be coming, did I not? She is a Norwegian Elkhound and we named her Mishka, which means Little Bear in Russian. Her face does kind of remind me of a bear, and her fur feels like a teddy bear, so it fits. :)
Last weekend I was out of town, driving way too much, and this weekend I was sick and still had to do too much (I hate going to grocery stores). I'm totally beat and need a good chunk of time off. I'm praying that this weekend is a relaxing and healthy one.