The topic of self-care has been on my mind a lot recently, notably because unemployment has given me a lot of time to think about such things.
I’m into my sixth week of unemployment and it’s going… alright, considering the circumstances. I’m starting to hear back from positions I’ve applied for, and my days are fairly routine.
Waiting for call-backs on my job applications has been tough; setting a routine has been the remedy. Continue reading Self-Care and Uncertainty in Unemployment
I’ve discussed before how my friends and family came out in force to support my first novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.
As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve received some amazing feedback from a family friend, so I wanted to share it:
“I finished your book last night. Very impressive! I can see why you say it was in your mind for years. I came away from it glad that honor, love, and the true meaning of home are achieved…
“I think it possible you already have a sequel centered around Arden. She feels the call. The sad part of the novel is a life lesson about keepers. Even the mighty trees have a spirit that needs a keeper. I had not really thought about that. Humans, animals, yes, there is always one striving for more territory and power.
“We humans say we want peace. Your first novel is not so reassuring we can truly find it outside our own limited personal space.
I am proud of you for achieving this goal. And I am proud of you for building a true home with [Wife] and [Nugget].”
That’s just incredible and basically made my day. This family friend is a very intelligent and insightful woman, so I’m thrilled she was able to pull so much from my book. Thank you!
Fledgling trees sprouted,
different root systems, nearby,
A short visit home
to see friends and meet new.
Almost like old times.
My buddy is in from L.A. this week, and he met my son last night in a mini-reunion of high school friends. Good times.
This was another one of those weeks where it felt pretty busy/hectic, but I don’t really remember specifically what happened.
We had a lot of visitors and things going on around the house. That’s why it felt busy. I didn’t have much time for writing due to this, but progress is not always measured in word count
Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Revisions Are Coming
Some places don’t change.
Its people reunited,
reliving shared pasts.
A cascade of gifts
for an unborn child — also
known as Pre-Birthday.
The pre-order period for The Warden of Everfeld: Memento officially ended last Wednesday, which means it’s time for a little retrospective on how this 30-day marketing binge went for me.
Here are 7 things I’ve learned from self-publishing my first novel, so far. Continue reading 7 Things I’ve Learned from Self-Publishing My First Novel
Welp, my novel has officially been published. I must say, a full day after publication, I feel…
The preparation and waiting for publication were a bit stressful, but all the other parts were fun. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: The Pre-Order Recap
Paving stone sidewalks
lead to an unknown town, but
Guess who’s in England! We arrived yesterday afternoon to attend my friend’s wedding tomorrow. This will be a reunion of several of my grad school friends, so it’s only fitting that the smaller town we’re staying in reminds me of Exeter.