Saturday, March 29, 2014

Go *insert sports team here*!

I was going to wait until even later today to post this to see if I could finish typing my book up today, but it looks like that will happen tomorrow and I don't want to delay this too much that I forget to post. So, yeah, not done typing yet. There are some interesting things going on though.

First, sports. Super excited for the next couple of days. On Sunday, the Spartans are playing in the elite eight in the NCAA basketball tournament. Normally, I'm not that into basketball, but, since it's the Spartans, I've been watching. Last night's game was awesome. It really could have gone either way and there were tons of fouls in the end of the game. Watching that kept me on the edge of my seat. On Monday, baseball is back! Well, baseball that actually matters. I'm really ecstatic about the Detroit Tigers this year. They should be fun to watch on both offense and defense.

Next, I've got an interesting opportunity, but I'm not sure if I should take it. See, I was contacted through Twitter by a company that helps authors self-publish at a lower rate than most competitors. They'll even do physical copies of books and it's been a huge dream of mine to see my work in print. However, there's a catch. They're based in the United Kingdom and most of the distribution would be in the United Kingdom. I live in the United States. That's a long commute. Plus, I would really like there to be more options in my home country than in a foreign one. Yet, this is still an interesting opportunity that I need to consider. It's something that I need to put some thinking time in without something else bogging my mind. Which I can't do until my book is typed up.

So, that's what's been going on this past week and a couple things that I'm looking forward to for the next. Until next time, have a great week!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pain in the Leg

No update on my book this week. I should (hopefully, knock on wood) have it typed by next week. I've been a bit distracted by baseball and basketball. Plus, there's something going on with my leg. It's a reoccurring thing that seems to pop up when I walk or stand a lot. Basically, if I put too much work on my leg, my ankle starts to hurt. When I feel the affected area, I can feel a bump even though it's not big enough to be visible. It also feels stiffer there than my other leg. I've had this for a while, but never got it checked out. I assume that it would take some time and money that I don't have to fix it. And right now, it's more of just a nuisance that only hurts when I do too much. So, as long as I avoid doing too much, the pain should go away soon.

Don't have much else to say. Lent is going on, so no meat on Fridays for me. I'm reading a book called Pathfinder which is really good. I got it a while ago, but haven't had a chance to really read it until recently. It's kind of long, but I like that. More to read. Anyway, that's what's going on here. So, until next Saturday, have a great week!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Band Concerts

I'm going to come right out and say it. My next book is still not ready. Now that that's out of the way, I can focus on the rest of this blog post which I'm going to keep short.

Yesterday, my little sister had a band concert. Not just any band concert; it was a district festival concert where the band was rated and, if they got a high enough rating, they would go on to state festival. Seeing that she's in the highest band in a high school where band is a huge deal (Seriously, a huge deal. When I was there, band members were voted in as homecoming king and queen.), we all expected them to get straight ones (highest rating), especially since it was only district. Well, nope. They ended up with three twos for the prepared pieces and a one in sight reading (where they get a random piece of music that they've never seen before and have a set amount of time to look it over before performing it). This means that they're not going to state festival. I think it's the first time in the history of Wind Ensemble (the name of the highest band) that they didn't qualify for state festival. I'm pretty sure about it too since Wind Ensemble was created my sophomore year of high school. In all honesty, I can tell why they did so poorly. The tuning was atrocious, some of the the players were playing too fast while others were too slow, the dynamics were almost stagnant with barely a difference between the softest parts and the loudest parts, the whole notes weren't released together and the balance of the band was definitely top heavy. My dad was shocked they didn't get an overall one. I wasn't. It might seem harsh, but, as an old member of the band, I remember better performances and not just when I was there.

So, that's what's going on here. I'm hurrying with my book, but I don't want to rush it too much and turn out a book of bad quality. It's mostly typed up, but I'm adding in a new chapter that I didn't have in the first copy because there seems to be some missing scenes. And that's it. Until next time, have a great week!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Warmth! Hopefully, This Stays.

It's finally warming up here! The snow is starting to melt leaving puddles all over the ground. There are still mounds of snow everywhere and I'm afraid this is just a teaser before another snowstorm, but I'll take it.

My dad had surgery on his shoulder this past week. It was the second surgery there within a year. The first time was because he tore all of the tendons in his shoulder in a biking accident. This surgery was because he still hasn't regained all the use in his arm which was supposed to happen by now. Before he was in so much pain that he would barely move from his seat, but now he's already back to work.

This coming week is also my sister's spring break, so she's home from college. Well, sort of. She still has homework to do and friends to spend time with, but she's living at home for the week.

I should hopefully be done with the typing next week. I tried to get it done this past week, but things happened as seen earlier. Then comes the hard part: editing. But it's okay. I've already got plans for other writing while the editing is happening, including a book that has nothing to do with the Hunters and Vampires series. I'm really excited about this idea and can't wait to get to work on it. Gotta get the next Hunters and Vampires book typed up first though. Anyway, that's really all I want to say this week. Until next time, have a great week!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Seriously, Snow, Stop It.

Happy first day of March everyone! I'm going to keep this post short considering some of the last ones have been rather long. There's still mountains of snow outside my window and now there's a light covering of fresh snow on the ground. I think my dog's even sick of it because she went outside, sniffed the new snow and came right back in.

Anyway, my next book's first draft is complete. (It was completed last week after my blog post.) Now, I have to type it up. I'm about a third of the way with typing it up. It would have been more, but this week has been different than most. My parents went to Florida for most of the week so I've been taking care of the house and my dog along with keeping track of my sister who sometimes doesn't tell people where she's going. So, with it just being me and my sister (who is almost never home) in the house, I've had to give my dog extra attention. And my dog is a serious night owl. She's been running around the house at two in the morning. I've been staying up late with her and still getting up rather earlier than I'd like, so I'm not exactly at a hundred percent.

Hopefully, I'll have my book typed up by next week. If it is, I'll probably have more interesting things to say than I do this week. This really is all I have to say for this week. I could talk about a dream I had that was really a dream within a dream within a dream, but since my dreams are all weird, that's probably a topic for another post. So, until next Saturday, have a great week!