What’s October without a witch or two? And of course vampires…(See, I told you I’ll be switching it up~)Week 32
Get used to seeing these guys every
OctoberVIXXtober. Don’t worry though, I’ll be mixing it up a bit throughout the month 😉😉😉
Hello October! You’re my favorite month ♥ (Just don’t tell August…or December.)
Okay, so, how are you all? Personally, I’ve been going just a bit crazy, but not in a bad way. Still not pressed about being cooped up at home or having to wear a mask. I did fall off my yoga train, though, so this month is going to be focusing on getting myself back into a good routine again (which also includes writing, yay!).
This is also the month of one of my favorite holidays, ever. (Yes, I am one of those people who get a bit craz(ier) around Halloween. You won’t ever see me with a PSL, but pour me a cold glass of apple cider and we’re good.) I’ve already talked my future roommate into setting up a Halloween Tree when we get all moved in and settled. No trick or treating for us, we’re “too old” (bah!), but we can still have a tree full of treats just for us, and I am living for it.
Enough about that, Let’s get onto this month’s lineup.
As I am writing this, I am mostly done with Chapter 17 of “Don’t Feed the Trolls” and am hoping to post it on October 15th. There is a lot going on however, so it might be pushed back to the 22nd. Either way, you will see it this month. I’m also still working on the “Blood Runs Black” rewrite, but that’s gonna take a bit longer.
This month is going to be dedicated to Halloween related videos. Zombies, witches, etc.. I haven’t decided which order I’ll post them in yet, but I plan on having fun this month.
I’m trying to work on posting more regularly on here, but much of what’s going on is one hot button or another, so these are tricky times. I’m also trying to decide what to post here, because most writers get told to write about “writing stuff”, but there’s so much of that already out there. I’ll figure it out, but until then, you’re probably going to end up with random slices of life. (Sorry.)
Halloween is awesome and there’s a new chapter coming.
Stay safe everyone. If you’re taking part in the Breonna Taylor protests, that goes double for you.
In case you missed it:
“Say ‘No!’ to Zombies” is available on Amazon kindle! (Still working on the paperback copy.)
This one is bittersweet for me. Three of the members of this group were completing their military service and a fourth has left the group for…reasons. One of the remaining members, Ravi, was supposed to tour the US this year, but the concerts kept getting pushed back because of COVID and was cancelled altogether a couple weeks ago. It’s just a mess, but I love this song, it’s got a good story to it, and it’s got cyborgs, so it definitely falls under the sci-fi theme for the month. Enjoy! (Or don’t, but I mean, at least give it a chance…)Week 30
Just when she thought everything was finally settling down, Shelly is once again thrown into the fray. Her friends are stuck on the other side of the Mississippi River, with no weapons, no food, and no chance of survival without her help. Throw in the complete collapse of civilization, extremely limited technology, and hordes of zombies that are becoming more and more sentient every day…
Hey, no one said it was going to be easy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Shelly made sure to update hers just before she left.
Please note: this work contains language and themes that may not be appropriate for young readers.
Please note: this work contains language and themes that may not be appropriate for young readers.
So apparently I’ve decided that September is Sci-fi month. This week is Starset’s “Bringing It Down.”
One of my favorite things about Starset (besides the music, itself), are the stories they weave in their videos. They have an over-all story arc and then they have these side stories that have nothing to do with the original, but are still great all on their own. I won’t spoil the story for this one. Just make sure to watch all the way through.Week 29
This week, we’re hoping across a couple ponds, over to Japan. J-rock singer, Gackt, has done a couple songs/videos with sci-fi themes. This one, “月の歌 / Tsuki no Uta” (Moon Song/Song of the Moon), is a personal favorite. I just wish I was able to find a better quality version of the video…Week 28
We’re jumping back into the music with a story, feet first! This was recommended by a friend. I didn’t understand at first, because I am not a car person (except for Mustangs. 😍), but then I read the lyrics. It’s actually not a bad sci-fi story. I was not expecting that. The only group from that time frame that I ever thought of having any kind of storyline was Pink Floyd, and that wasn’t sci-fi. I guess this is what you get when you’re left to your 70s/80s child sister to raise? I grew up with Bowie and Michael (George and Jackson) and missed out on a lot, apparently. Kinda disappointed, though. My dad was a huge sci-fi fan, but he never introduced me to Rush or told me about Brian Mays being an astrophysicist! To be fair, he might not’ve known, but still. I have so much geeky catching up to do…
For any of you behind like me, here’s Rush with “Red Barchetta.” (Those of you who already knew, got any suggestions of where to start?)Week 27
First things first: “Say ‘No!’ to Zombies” is available on Amazon kindle! (Still working on the paperback copy.)
Now that that’s out of the way – September, huh?
Sorry, I know some of you are like, “This is the longest January ever!” but I am more than happy to finally have most of summer behind me. I’ve spent the past two months (at least) grumbling about the heat (it’s almost 9pm when I’m writing this, and it’s still “Feels like 101°F” outside), so the fact that this week, we might be seeing temps in the 80°s is major cause for celebration. I told Nikki the other day that it feels like this year has flown by, what with it being one thing after another. I just can’t wait ‘til everything is over. I’m past done with customers being pissy about wearing a mask and Uber drivers trying to tell me that everything is a hoax.
Of course, the downside is that with it being September already, the kids are back in school. I mentioned before that we were sticking with remote learning, and let me tell you. It’s been a doozy. The eldest kiddo is doing fine. She gets up and gets to work, no problem. The youngest though, is fighting tooth and nail. He’s taken to waking up at 1am and staying up half the night, which means he’s cranky AF when 6:30am rolls around. He’s getting in trouble with his teachers and his classmates. It’s just a mess. A whole mess. (Before anyone starts on me: it’s not the teacher’s fault for this being a mess. The other students seem to be doing just fine. This is solely on the kiddo.) I don’t have to take over with him until about 9:15am, but from them until he’s done with his assignments for the day, it’s all out war. I’m quite eager to be moving out ASAP. (Too bad ASAP is still a good 6+months away.)
No real updates this month, besides the release of “Say ‘No!’ to Zombies.” I do have some time off from kids and work, so I’ll be writing as much as I can then. Sept. 7th will see the return of the #MusicMondays, so that’s something to look for, and I’ll try getting a new chapter of “Don’t Feed the Trolls” out later this month.
In the meantime, everyone stay safe and take care of yourself. It’s been a rough year, but we’ll make it through. If you’re taking part in any of the protests, double up on the staying safe and don’t forget your mask.
Last month…was an oops month. You probably noticed the first couple posts of the month stopped suddenly. This is what happens when you slap together a plan without actually stopping to prepare for it, first. I’ll be stepping that plan back and revising the whole idea. I want to do something, but I want to do it right.
In other news, this month is back to writing. I was thinking I’d have something for you by August 16th, but then I remembered I have another (minor) surgery coming up on the 15th, so I don’t want to make any promises. I’m going to try to have something, but life is starting to get busy again, so wish me luck?
Either the 17th or the 20th, school starts up again for the kids. Here, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, schools are giving the parents a choice on whether to send their kids to in person classes or online. We have two kiddos in this house. Both of them did very well with the remote learning, so we would prefer they continue with the remote lessons. The only problem is that I’m working outside of the house now, and I might be getting a lot more hours soon, because I’ve been approved to start cross training for a position in the pharmacy. When the remote learning first started, I had no outside job, so I just took care of everything on my own. Now though, all three of us “adults” are going to be working on (at times) conflicting schedules, so there’s no one of us who will be able to do all of the schooling for the kids.
Talk about juggling, oof.
Right now, we’re trying planners. We’ve got two of them, one for each kid. Their lessons and such will be filled out in them each week, and whichever one of us is “on duty” will mark off what they’ve completed so far. Whenever the person “on duty” has to go, they’ll pass off the planner to whoever comes home next. We’re hoping, between the three of us, we’ll be able to stay on track. It also helps that the mom now gets a day off during the week, so she’ll be taking the load on that day instead of me. It also helps that the school day will be starting early in the morning, so their mom will get them started, and I’ll get them finished.
Nothing more to add for the monthly round up, but I’m sure I’ll end up posting about masks and COVID throughout the month, especially since my sister and mother are both waiting for their test results to come back.
Still hoping to have you all a buy link by the end of the month.
Hope you all are staying safe and sane, and your governors are being smarter than ours. If any of you are taking part in the protests, remember to keep your eyes open and look out for each other.