I will never be a professional juggler. I’ve dropped so many balls lately, it’s ridiculous. The sad thing is, I’m sorry about not being more sorry than I am actually sorry. People get busy, priorities shift, and the person who promises too much disappoints many.
First off, apologies to C.D. Gallant-King. I beta-read a previous draft of his story (though I’ve read he’s since changed some of the later parts), but I haven’t sent him feedback. This guy is crazy wacky and if you love over-the-top slapstick with some grit, then you might consider checking out his InkShares page for the book, Hell Comes to Hogtown.
Second apologies go to Melissa Maygrove. She recently release her latest book, Precious Atonement (a companion novel to Come Back), and I haven’t left a review yet. This book tugs the heart strings. Melissa is masterful at building emotional connections with the reader. She makes you care about Rachel and Jacob, and exult when they overcome their demons and achieve the happy ending readers hope for. She does an excellent job at drawing you into the time when life lacked the easy conveniences, and hard work was just part of life. Historical Romance — Five Stars. Definitely check it out.
Life is busy at the Town’s End. Babyzilla (aka, the Boy) turns two this Friday, and the Girl turned five a few weeks ago, just before starting kindergarten. My husband has adjusted to being a stay-at-home dad, and I’ve seen the subtle shift from the kids always going to Mama to now approaching Daddy first if they want something. I’ve taken up running, doing the Couch-to-5K with my sis-in-law. Unfortunately, the front wheel on my jogging stroller isn’t straight, so it wants to veer off to the left whenever I run. But the kids enjoy going out, and my husband appreciates the half hour he gets to himself.
Work has the Colonel’s Challenge going on, meaning I have a goal to do 3,500 pushups/situps, lift a cumulative of 140,000 lbs, and do 30hrs of aerobic/high intensity exercise within the next 60 days. That has resulted in frequent jogs to the park on non-run nights to my children’s delight, and many sore muscles to my dismay. Thankfully, my son weighs 30lbs and my daughter weighs 40lbs, so I count them towards my weight lifting.
Critique group has had low attendance lately, so we’re throwing in a dialogue workshop since we’re at the end of rotation. I have to thank my friends Jim and Dani for that, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.
On top of that, I’m still writing (6K more from my last check in) and reading. I’ve never read the Wheel of Time series before now, even though some reviewers have compared Thanmir War to it. So I decided it’d be a good idea to find out what I’m getting compared to. I haven’t read the prequel yet, but I’m on book 12 of the 14 book series, listening to the audiobooks. I started in July. Each one of these books is over 200K, some even nearing 400K. The entire series equals 461 hours of audio. With the exception of book 10, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard so far. Book 10 was waaaaaaayyyyy too slow. I’ve wanted to slap some of the women throughout this series, but it gives me good insight as to what not to do. Other than that, I find the series favorable.
I suppose I’m pleased at being compared to the Wheel of Time. I can see where there are similarities. I know Thanmir War is a hefty volume, rolling in at 170K, but that’s the type of book I enjoy. *shrug*
What has kept you busy lately? Are you a good juggler? Has your writing been compared to a series you like? What do you think of exercise?