I got to see my mom this week! So writing was light, as it should be.
2. Book Launching:
First, I've learned a few things. Don't watch the Amazon ranking too much, it will drive you nuts. One minute you're ranked 28th in Alternative History (highest ranking I received that I know about) and the next, you're unranked and 118,677 overall.
Just write, revise, review and promote. Most authors want reviews and will thus do swaps, but there's a thing about reviews, don't agree to one you wouldn't want. I had to back down from a book I wouldn't/couldn't read. Not a fun moment, a rookie mistake. Still looking for reviewers for Helen and hoping some readers will rank her on Amazon.
3. Speaking of Reviews: Creative Minority Report did a review of my book yesterday, but I'd already posted twice and didn't want it to get lost in the shuffle. Every review is a gift of real time and effort and I want to properly acknowledge anyone who takes the time to write one. Here's the link to my longtime blogging friend, Matt Archbold. Thank you.
4. School Supplies
I've bought crayons and three ring binders long enough to wonder how far to the moon I could get stacking all of them end to end. People have asked how do you do it? I make a spread sheet. Then I go to the store. Then I get frustrated at some point or off list or can't find what's on the list or forgot where I was on the list, buy too much, go home, sort and make two more trips to get it all done. That's how I roll.
5. She Who Must Not Be Trimmed
This week, my daughter took her senior portrait for high school. I got a bit misty when I saw her. I also made her get 2 1/2 inches cut --truthfully, I wanted 5. I asked for 3. 2 1/2 was the compromise. I think she altered it to 2 when they went back to get her hair washed. She's still annoyed. I live in fear of searching for a graduation gown. When does this get easy? It does get easy right? At some point? Stop that laughing. I hear you.
6. What An I Reading?
Right now, I'm really enjoying Stephen King's On Writing. In addition to fleshing out things I've heard over the years about the craft, (no adverbs, head hopping, passive voice), he's quite funny in detailing the story arc of his own life in episodic fashion.
7. What am I Writing?
Well, I'm working on learning how to use Scrivener while drafting The Book of Penelope. She's revealing herself slowly (very Penelope like) and I'm collecting supplemental material. One of the things I've collected is Proverbs 31.
The Wife of Noble Character
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.