I feel like my life might be just as insane as the country/world right now. Everyone says that life is supposed to slow down in the summer, but I feel like mine keeps ratcheting upwards a few notches. I’ve had barely any time to read (a dismal 3 books this month, when the rest of the year I was averaging about 10) and no time to write, except for in this blog.
I am currently trying to apply to be a substitute teacher for the local school district. Writing is my first love, but I really enjoy teaching too, and right now there is more money in teaching. However, the application process is very involved and my brain feels about ready to burst. At least, for now, I am done doing things and merely waiting for a response.
Threads (Neoverse Anthology) Update!
However, cool things keep on happening. By far the most exciting thing that happened this week is the e-mail I received from my publisher about the book. I got a full on digital sneak preview! It is very impressive looking for a collection of stories. The cover art has me more excited than I was. Before now, I hadn’t seen it all together, just pieces. Now it has me amped for the release.
They have decided to name the anthology “Threads” because it is a collection of different threads (storylines). I like it much better than “Neoverse December 2015 Anthology.” I have been given a deadline of next week to get any last minute typos/errors fixed, so I feel like it will be released soon. Here’s hoping.
The Surreal is Real
Which means that something I wrote will be in a book, relatively soon. I wish could wrap my mind around that better. This is just a short story, too. I can’t imagine how I would feel if I got an actual book published. So, I just keep stepping forward. I love this path that I am on right now, and as tired as I have been lately I can’t imagine doing anything differently. I am one of the few people who have the privilege of doing the things that they truly love about 80% of the time.
To add to the unreality of my life right now, my oldest is about to turn 9. I can still remember this tiny, smiling curly haired girl exploring everything around her. She has retained so much of that joy, innocence and curiosity that I find myself marveling at her regularly. Except, now she is taller and beginning to form her own thoughts and opinions. Where did all the time go?
Perhaps a more pressing question is where time is heading. I watched the disaster that was the Republican National Convention off and on this week. I can’t say I was impressed by anything I saw. I doubt I will be reassured by the Democratic National Convention next week. It’s going to be a LONG election season, guys, and America already has the longest election season in the world.
However, as much as the Donald makes me want to cower in a corner and rock myself and Hilary causes me to roll my eyes and grumble under my breath, what can I do? I will have to figure out who the heck to vote for, but other than that, it is out of my hands. So, what choice do I (and indeed the vast majority of Americans) have but to look ahead and hope for something good to come out of this, no matter how bleak it seems right now.
So, I put one foot in front of the other. As “Hamilton” says so eloquently, “I am the one thing in life I can control.” It’s good life advice. Focus on the stuff you can change and hope that it turns out for the best. We have little other options.
Well, that’s it for this week, folks. I hope the coming week holds happiness for you. Happy reading!