The printer is down, and as head of tech-support here at the house, I’m on the case. We recently changes our Wi-Fi password, so of course, everything Wi-Fi needs an adjustment. The biggest pain so far (without question) is the GD printer. I can’t simply change the network settings. I have to uninstall the printer, download new software and drivers, and reinstall with the new password. So annoying.
But after sitting her for the last 45 minutes trouble-shooting (and now waiting for the installation to complete), I realized I have some free time. One thing I’ve been neglecting badly these last few weeks has been this blog and my website in general. This last round of edits kicked my ass, and I’m a little off my game, so here are some things I want to accomplish here in the coming weeks:
Blog post for “The Father”
I haven’t been busy only with editing. My day job has been loaded with a ton of new responsibilities that have pushed me stress levels to the max. The bright side to all the increased workloads has been Mondays. Not the usual, right? But Mondays are my day with Jacobi, so for one day a week, I would forget about the stress and just spend the day with my son. Even though I had some small work-related things on my mind, it was good to have a distraction. And that kid is a distraction I would like to write more about soon.
Blog post for “The Author”
With my freshly revised manuscript off to the editor one more, I have a bunch of new tips to share with my fellow writers (and those aspiring to be). Looking back, I’ve made some serious tumbles in my writing career, and I’m glad to finally have some help figuring them all out. POV, filter words, showing VS telling—these are all topics I’ve talked about before, but I feel their impact more with each revision. I owe Shawn a ton of thanks, and there really is something to be said about professional editing. Even though I spent years “perfecting” my novel, I can see now why I had trouble getting it off the ground. I’m glad someone finally saw the magic behind the story and decided to take a chance.
Blog post for “The Geek”
I’ve got a couple of things I want to blog about here. First, something I’ve been attempting to get back into lately has been comic books. I was a huge collector back when I was finishing up high school, but I only lasted a few years before I decided to spend my money on other things. Comics were way to further my imagination, and for a long time, I built and expanded my comic book series. Almost a full ten years later, I’m trying to pick up my love for comics again by ordering a subscription to one of my favorites from back in the day, The Uncanny X-Men. First couple issues have come in, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.
I also want to talk a little about video games. After a long night of editing, I usually wouldn’t go straight to bed even though I should’ve. Some nights, I would take an hour and play some video games just to relax, which got me thinking about the role video games have played in my life. I really want to explore the idea in further detail, so I’m just throwing it out there.
Whether that was my last phase of editing or not, I still will have to take a look at the manuscript once it’s back from the proofers. That might take a while. But I have two more books in this series that I have to get back to work on polishing. Now that I’ve learned so many new tricks, I think the process might be much more rewarding.
I also have a social network to build. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit…all these networks that I’m trying to build an audience with have been left on the back burner for almost two months now. Time to get back to it.
Keep me honest people!