Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Colorful Post

As you know if you read my post on Wednesday, I started a new work-in-progress Tuesday morning. I’ve written 4,703 words on it since then. That is certainly not a bad thing, but kept me from staying on task as much as I had hoped. Looking over my goals for last week, however, somehow, I did pretty darn good.

(Green highlight is “I rocked that goal!”, Yellow highlight is “I gave it a shot”, and red lettering is “I just ran out of time!”)

1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
a.     Posted the back cover of the novel on my social media.
b.     Created a Facebook event for my book signing on the 18th.
c.      Contacted my publisher’s media person and gave her the names of five more area book stores I would be able to visit.
d.     Updated my Facebook cover photo with all four of my books.
2) Work on the study guide for “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven”, which I had started in September. Na-da, but that’s coz I started a whole different story. (Which I thought deserved its own separate color.)
3) Update my website.  A very little update, but hey, I did something on it.
4) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Done.
5) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. Read five and commented on three (I think).
6) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Actually, I fell down the rabbit hole of looking at my old pictures, but I did scan 20 of them.
b. Get another box of stuff out of that spare bedroom and take it to the second-hand store. Not a second box, but at least I took that first one to Goodwill.
c. Post things to sell on Craig’s List.  Posted four items on Facebook’s Marketplace and got rid of two chairs!
d. Do three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.
            1] Created a Facebook event for craft show on the 18th.
2] I set out all of the merchandise I have that’s for sale, as my son wanted to re-inventory it in QuickBooks, but he never made it to my house yesterday. Hopefully will do that today.
Bonus Points: I sewed a skirt yesterday. (Am I overboard with the color highlights?)

This week I have two combined sales (my books and the nonprofit) on Wednesday and Saturday. We also have a new schedule at church, so services are Monday night now instead of Saturday night (along with Sunday morning, which I never even try to make coz I am usually on the computer all Sunday morning), so, I should get to church Monday night. Tuesday night I’m going to an essential oil party. Wednesday night I have a meeting at church. I think that’s enough!

Yet I’m going to do all this as well:
1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
a.     Attend the book signing Wednesday.
b.     Attend the book signing Saturday.
2) Write 3,000 words on the new WIP, “Now For Something Totally Different”.  
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
4) Read five other blogs and comment on three of them.
5) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
b. Do four things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.
1] Repack all the Kenyan merchandise, re-inventorying it as I go. 
2] Attend the craft sale on Wednesday.
3] Attend the craft sale on Saturday. 
The first wrap skirt that I've sewn.
Even without a pattern it was super simple and I love how it turned out. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

when i spring out of bed

I woke up from another vivid dream the other morning. This one supplied me with several scenes and a premise. It’s not enough for a novel, but I can picture it as a novella and actually have two other stories in mind with a similar theme – strength in marriage when the odds are stacked against you, or something like that.

So I sprang out of bed yesterday morning and wrote close to 400 words, adding another thousand last night. Coz I just don’t have enough going on.

1)    First novel, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”, released two months ago. I have two book signings for it coming up next week, but need to continue to promote it online and where ever else I can.
2)    Second novel, “The Truth Beyond the River” (or something, still not sure about the title). Finished the rough draft a few weeks ago. Will give it til maybe the first of December and then start editing it. Hope to start looking for a publisher (or even an agent) for it by maybe February.
3)    Latest work. A book of three novellas. I’m calling it “Now for something totally different” for now, as the feel of it is different from other things I’ve written. Not as heavy on the Christian theme, the characters even have some questionable morals. Of course, they are good people in the end, but – yea – we’ll see. 
4)    The memoir of my second and third trips to Kenya. That’s kinda passed the mellowing stage and is just plain fermenting.
5)    The study guide for my first memoir. I really want to throw that together. I know that it won’t make any money, so I may just make it available for free to anyone who wants it, but I still want to finish it.
6)    I have three more ideas for novels. Argh! Along with my sister’s story. And I’m sure there’s something else.

Anyway, just wanted to share that with you! Time to get back to work.  
From August of 1979, I would have been 17. It's my "take a picture of me and you die" look.
Or my "leave me alone, I have books to write" look. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It really wasn't that bad

I’m not going to berate myself for this past week’s accomplishments. I worked until after seven Monday night and after six on both Tuesday and Thursday. I had a meeting at church Wednesday night, and I left home late morning on Friday for an educational seminar for the day job, returning home last night. I am totally okay with not getting much done on these goals in light of that schedule, and I wasn’t even going to repost those failures here. Then I looked at them, and it wasn’t really that bad.

The really bad thing that happened last week is that two of my book signings were cancelled. They were at two different Book World locations, and it was announced the first of the week that the chain is closing all of its stores by the first of the year. This is my kind of luck. On the upside, I sold seven books yesterday at the conference and also had a poem published in an online poetry journal. There is just no reason to get down about things; there is always something, something to be thankful for.

Here are my goals for the past week and as usual, green highlight is goal accomplished, yellow highlight is at least worked on and red print is a total failure.

1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
a.     Shared the flyer for my next book signing on my social media. And then had to retract it, as that signing was cancelled.
b.     Shared the information on the book signing which is still on for a week from Wednesday.
c.      Sold those seven books at the seminar yesterday.
2) Work on the study guide for “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven”, which I had started in September. Nope.
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. I only posted twice to the Dino Chronicles, but I did write a mid-week post to this blog, so I think it is reasonable to count that.
4) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. Read four and commented on three.
5) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Scanned ten of them.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Man, oh, man, I have got to get that junk cleaned up! The box I had filled the week before made it to my car, but I never got around to dropping it off at the second-hand store, so it will probably be in my back seat for another week.
c. Do three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.
1] Audited the books for last fiscal year. 
2] Talked to two women about going on a medical outreach with me to Kenya next year
3] Posted on Facebook about our craft show on the 15th.  

Gotta say, I’m surprised there was so much green and yellow. Now, for next week.  
1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
2) Work on the study guide for “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven”, which I had started in September.
3) I’m thinking it’s time to update my website as well.
4) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
5) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them.
6) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
b. Get one box of junk out of that spare bedroom and taken to the second-hand store. 
c. Post things to sell on Craig’s List. 
d. Do three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.

I don’t think there is much on my schedule to slow me down. On Friday, we are getting a new oven, so I’m sure I’ll be doing some baking next weekend. It’s been, I think, four months since the oven has worked, so, yea, I need to bake something!

Have a great week. Have you started your holiday baking? 
One of the old pics I scanned last week.
"Cuttin' the rug" with a relative at a cousin's wedding in 1979. Man, I wish I was still that thin. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Asking for some help

I don’t have an update to post today; am just looking for help in making a decision.

Now that my second novel is finished, I really need to decide on a title for it. The setting is a huge old house (which was most recently a monastery) next to a river. Just like in my newly released novel, the setting is a major factor. The reader is reminded in nearly every scene of where they are. Even more so than the first book, this one revolves around that setting. Granted a real-life drama inspired this story, but it was that big old house that triggered my imagination.  

I’d ideally like “river” and “house” in the title. Unfortunately, nearly everything I’ve come up with which include those two words has already been done. Also, even though I looked up the title “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” on Amazon before I committed to it, I didn’t do a google search until it was too late. Apparently, there is an entire Arabian television series by that title. So not only have I been checking the title of books, but the titles of movies and TV shows as well.

Here are the names which I’ve come up with which I haven’t found anywhere else.

The River Beyond the House
The Place Along the River
What cometh down yon River
The House Beside the River
Where the House Sits
Where the River Flows
Where the River Always Runs
What the River Said
What Lies Beyond the River

Do any of these grab anybody? 
I was looking for a line within the book which used one of these phrases and I found one. Can you guess which it is?  


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Is it possible to have too much green?

Whoot! Whoot! WHOOT! I finished the rough draft of my latest novel at five in the morning yesterday. Not once, but twice in those last four chapters, my main male protagonist threw me off, saying or doing something I hadn’t anticipated. I was like – seriously! You rock, MMP!

The other exciting thing is that I asked my husband to start reading it, and by nine yesterday morning he was up to chapter 10. He said that he liked it, but that he really did not like one of the male antagonists. Up to chapter 10 this MA hasn’t even done any of his bad stuff yet, but I’m impressed (with my husband or with my writing skills?) that Hubby picked up on this character.

Anyway, here are the stats: Total words - 73,554. Total chapters - 57 chapters, plus an epilogue. Started - 08-21-16. Finished rough draft – 10-28-17.

Next step. Let the Hubby finish reading it and email it to one other person for their initial review. Let it simmer for a month or two, then do a quick read through, checking for obvious grammar errors and inconsistencies, such as someone likes coffee in the first chapter and never drinks it by the end. My plan is to get that done by the end of the year. Give it another month or two to rest, then do a thorough edit to finish by March or April. Okay, I could continue with my plan, but that is for 2018.

Here are my goals for the past week and as usual, green highlight is goal accomplished, yellow highlight is at least worked on and red print is a total failure.

1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
a.     I posted a picture with a quote from the book to Twitter and LinkedIn. Twice. (So counts as two times.)
b.     Started researching ways to get more reviews and emailed a woman who reviews books on Amazon. I’ve had a hard time finding out how to contact people. I know ways I can stalk them on the internet, but I feel like if they don’t make their email address available, that they really don’t want strangers emailing them. I will continue to research this. 
c.      I heard from my publisher’s media person and she scheduled a book signing for me, so I shared that on my social media.
d.     Posted a rant on Facebook asking for reviews. Maybe not the right approach, but that’s life. I can be pyscho at times.
2) Finish the rough draft of the new novel. YEAH! You already know this.
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Yes.
4) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. Read five, commented on three.  
5) Clean up and organize my emails. I’ve always tried to keep my inbox less than 50, but it’s up near 100 right now.  I got my inbox to 50 at one time, but every minute it seems, another email pops in. At least it is back to manageable.
6) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Done.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. None of it was from the spare room, but I did collect a box for the second-hand store.  
c. Do three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.
            1] Sent in our yearly report to the state.
2] With my son, we updated Quick Books to get ready for Audit committee next Friday.

Wow, that was pretty impressive. An awful lot of green. Like I’m on the wrong month – it’ll be a while before we celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Now, can I keep up this pace?  For next week:
1) Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
2) Work on the study guide for “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven”, which I had started in September.
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
4) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them.
5) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Try selling some of our stuff, maybe post to Craig’s List. 
c. Do three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.

1] Audit the books for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2017 (we are a little behind).





My Aunt Clara's three kids. Frances died of cancer and Ben died in Viet Nam. Only Bill lived to old age. Ben (above) was actually the inspiration for one of the characters in my new novel. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Whew! That feeling passed

Another uneventful week. As in, I did okay on the goals, nothing happening which should have kept me from doing more, but life goes on.

Here are my goals for the past week and as usual, green highlight is goal accomplished, yellow highlight is at least worked on and red print is a total failure.

1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
a.     Shared on Facebook that I’ll have the books at a seminar I am attending in November for the day job.
b.     Posted to my other blog a deleted scene from the novel.
c.      Posted to Twitter and LinkedIn the dates of my book signings in November. 
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel. I wrote 2,794 words. So close, that I had to give it more than just yellow. (And Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, is out for the season with a broken collarbone. Actually all of Wisconsin has been wearing black all week. Our pastor even incorporated it into his sermon last night.)  
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Done.
4) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. Read five, commented on two.
5) Clean up and organize my emails. Nope. I just keep looking at them.
6) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.  Nope.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Work on selling some of the stuff in that room. Nope.
c. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers. I signed us up for a sale in December and worked on the year-end audit report (our fiscal year ended the end of July, so we are a bit behind).

And next week:

1) Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times. I really need to get on this. The book is selling rather poorly on Amazon and has only got ten reviews.  
2) Finish the rough draft of the new novel.
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
4) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them.
5) Clean up and organize my emails. I’ve always tried to keep my inbox less than 50, but it’s up near 100 right now.  
7) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Try selling some of our stuff, maybe post to Craig’s List.  
c. Do three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.

I don’t know. Sitting here writing this this morning, a sudden wave of depression came over me. I think I could just quit the whole writing thing and get on with life. Read books and watch TV shows like other people. Go to the movies. Go out with the girls after work. Drink alcohol. Something, anything that normal people do. I feel like my home office has become a dungeon that I have been banished to, instead of a healthy place filled with creativity and life.


Whew. That feeling passed. I just had to write about it, I guess. I’m living the life I want to, no matter how dysfunctional it feels at times. I am who I am. 
 And here I am, as my great-grandmother's great-granddaughter. Thinking about doing this for Halloween. My one attempt at being a "normal" person - dressing up for Halloween for the first time in a millennium.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

taking some friend-time

Yesterday, I went out of town for the day and night with three of my former co-workers. We had such a blast! Just got back, which is why I am posting this so late. Needless to say, that cut into some of my time to work on goals, but hey, time with past friends is way more important than pretty much anything else, except maybe family. 

I still did okay. Here are my goals for the past week and as usual, green highlight is goal accomplished, yellow highlight is at least worked on and red print is a total failure.

1) Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
a.     Contact Janke bookstore regarding doing a signing. Went and talked to them. Hmm? Let’s just leave it at, they said no.
b.     Start promoting the two signings I already have scheduled, finalize the third one. 1. Shared the flyer for the book signing on November 17 on all my social media 2. Finalized the signing on November 15. 3. Have been sharing a flyer of all three November dates I have signings.
c.      This might not really be about book promotion, but I think I want to come up with a spread sheet for sales. Done.
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel, which should be close to finishing it. 1,444 words, another chapter. Should only have three chapters or so left.
3) Tweak the poem on aging and submit it. Done.  
4) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Only posted twice.  
5) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. I think it was three and two.
6) Clean up and organize my emails. Nope, not so much. I just keep looking at those emails and going, huh?
7) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Scanned 23 pictures.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Work on selling some of the stuff in that room. Nope, not so much.
c. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers. I think the only thing I did was promote our two upcoming craft shows.

Next week:

1) Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times. Right now I don’t have any thoughts, other than to keep promoting those book signings and researching other venues. I’ll see what else I can come up with.
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel.
3) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
4) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them.
6) Clean up and organize my emails. I’ve always tried to keep my inbox less than 50, but it’s gotten out of hand the last few months. I need to put those emails I don’t want to lose into their own files for posterity.
7) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Work on selling some of the stuff in that room.
c. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.

 And that’s it folks!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yikes, just Yikes

 It is three a.m. as I am writing this. I had some new pains in my leg when I went to bed, so thought I would try something different for pain, thinking it wasn’t bad enough for Vicodin. Not gonna try this pill again. I slept a few hours and now have been awake for two, dizzy as all get out, wide awake, and now as I write this, am getting sick to my stomach, getting the shakes and breaking out in a sweat. Nuts.

The past week started out pretty slow as far as the goals go. Well, actually pretty slow in all ways, as I can’t remember doing anything the first couple days of the week. I got up the gumption by Thursday though and accomplished a few things.

Goals for the past week and as usual, green highlight is goal accomplished, yellow highlight is at least worked on and red print is a total failure.

1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times. Hmm? I know that I sold a bunch of them, so that should count for something, but other than that I don’t remember doing anything.
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel. This is where I really shined this week, writing 4,748 words. That could be a record for me, at least since the last NaNoWriMo I attempted a couple years back.  
3) Write a poem about aging for the Oct 20 deadline. Finally. My problem was that I had so many thoughts on the subject of aging, that I didn’t know where to begin. Between my patients and my family, I could write a book of poems about aging.
4) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Yep.
5) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. I kinda lost track, but I know I was at least close.
6) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Nope.
b. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers. I don’t remember, so I guess not.

Goals for next week:
1) Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times. I seriously need to do this. Here are a few thoughts:
a.     Contact Janke bookstore regarding doing a signing.
b.     Start promoting the two signings I already have scheduled, finalize the third one.
c.      This might not really be about book promotion, but I think I want to come up with a spread sheet for sales.
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel, which should be close to finishing it. Super yeah!
3) Tweak the poem on aging and submit it.  
4) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
5) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them.
6) Clean up and organize my emails. I’ve always tried to keep my inbox less than 50, but it’s gotten out of hand the last few months. I need to put those emails I don’t want to lose into their own files for posterity.
7) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Though I have boxes of pictures to work on, I found another old, old photo album that I’m excited to do. Maybe that will motivate me.
b. Get one box of stuff out of that spare bedroom. Work on selling some of the stuff in that room (such as this love seat/sofa sleeper, like new and asking $250, if anyone is in northern Wisconsin and want to come get it).
c. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers. We are currently in between things to work on which could be why I haven’t done much with it lately. I might start working on a procedure manual. 

I need to go back to bed now. Even if I won’t be able to sleep, as least I won’t have to worry about the blurred vision that is settling in. Yikes! 
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Do you want a little background?

For those you who follow my blog, but don’t follow ROW80, let me give you a little background. 

Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) is the writing challenge which knows you have a life, and being such, you come up with your goals to accomplish in 80 days, four times a year. Today started the fourth Round of this year. Because I don’t always color within the lines, I don’t always follow guidelines of ROW80 – keep in mind the premise is still the challenge which knows you have a life, so there is a lot of leeway.

So these are my guidelines: 1) I post a blog here once a week, letting you know what I accomplished that week and what my goals are for next week. 2) I try to read and comment on the blogs of as many fellow ROW80’ers as I can. Hmm? I think that’s it.

Now you know as much as I do. Here we are the first day of the new Round and this is what I want to accomplish by the end of the next 80 days (or the end of the year, more likely.)

     1)    Finish writing “The House by the River”.
     2)    Participate in three book-signings of “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”.
     3)    Submit three pieces somewhere.
     4)    Clean out the spare bedroom and turn it back into a spare bedroom.

So that’s that. Because I can’t pace myself with a three month-long list, here’s what I want to accomplish by next Sunday, when I will be posting here again.

1)    Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” five times.
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel.
3) Write a poem about aging for the Oct 20 deadline.
4) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles.
5) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them.
6) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
            b. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.

Oops, I just checked the last thing I posted here and I was heading off on a week’s vacation. If you don’t follow my other blog, The Dino Chronicles, where I’ve been chronicling that vacation, I should let you know that I had a great week. Didn’t rejuvenate as much as I had hoped (and did spend way too much money), but I still found lots of time to relax and unwind and bond with the Hubby.

Have a great upcoming week and I hope you find time to relax and unwind too.  
I don't usually relax in a dress, but hey, a girl's gotta have fun. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Time to Rejuvenate

Last week was stellar. This week? Well, sometimes you just gotta add the color yellow with a sprinkle of red. As usual Green highlight is goal accomplished. Yellow highlight is at least worked on. Red print is a total failure.

1) Promote the new book, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” once every day, or a total of seven tasks for the week.  Since I did ‘b’ five times, I count an accomplishment of seven. 
a) emailed five more chapters to my internet-slacking friend earlier in the week and then gave her an actual copy yesterday.   
b) the Goodreads Giveaway is up and running, so I promoted that five times on all my various social media.
c) I got an email from the publisher of my memoir asking me if I had ever written a study guide for that book because he had gotten an email from someone inquiring about it. I emailed her back my thoughts on that (that I thought it was a good idea and I wish I had time to write one), and did mention the novel in the email.
2) Write three thousand words on the new novel. 1,704 words, a little over half.
3) Work on the poem on aging for Oct 20 deadline. Or work on a piece for “The First Line” for Nov 1 deadline. Actually, I wrote a poem on horses and submitted it to Wilda Morris’s monthly poetry challenge. So, I’m so totally counting that.
5) Post three times to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Only posted twice. What is up with that?
6) Read four other blogs and comment on three of them. Read five and commented on two, close enough to count.  
7) Non-writing things to do:
a. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Nope.
b. Go through one box of my mom’s stuff and discard what I can. Nope.
c. Start contacting the college kids I mentor through our church. Not really, but I did at least get my records out and updated them.
d. Work on three things for the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers. Gosh, I can’t honestly say it was three things, but I know it was a couple. It had to be, though I can’t remember what.

Next week? I am not making any goals for myself. I am on vacation. The Hubby and I are taking a few day trips (going to the Renaissance Festival today!), doing a little bombing around, gonna try to keep it low key and just relax. It will be my last chance all year and I’m gonna really try to rejuvenate.

How about you? Have you taken any time off to just unwind?
I at least had a copy of the new book in my possession for a day before I gave that one and only copy to my best friend.