"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
~ John Lubbock, British Statesman
Followers have already watched me go through several attempts to structure my day, with an hour of this, two hours of that, largely to no avail, so after due discussion with these lovely ladies, I am instituting a new plan. Welcome to My Day.
Based around my daughter's work schedule, I am declaring Thursday to belong to me, with no obligation to anyone. No appointments shall be scheduled on Thursday, no gatherings with friends, no birthday parties... Well, maybe birthday parties, but that's it! Thursday is now a guilt-free day where I do anything that strikes my fancy. If I want to build a model of Captain Nemo's Nautilus, that's what I'll do. Likewise, should I be in the mood to read a book, binge-watch Battlestar Galactica, or spend eighteen hours immersed in Skyrim, I shall.
So, what does this mean to you? The immediate effect is that henceforth, I will be servicing this blog on Thursday morning, right after I post my weekly book promo on one of nine sites that I use. Regular readers can look for it, as a rule, by noon Eastern time. As to subject matter, I am an author, and much of it will continue to be about books and writing, but as an author with a single work in progress, that progress looks glacial to an outside observer. Besides, I don't necessarily want to give away plot points and similar things, so sometimes the blog will be about other things that interest me. Perhaps they'll interest you, too.
For example, I begin my morning with a walk around the mobile home park where I live. It's a nice one, and I have it on good authority that no one from this community has ever even been approached for an appearance on the Jerry Springer show. I've been going in the early morning as we've been gripped by a heat wave this last week. Yesterday it topped out at 104° (40C), and that wasn't the hottest day this week. Today we're supposed to be beginning a three day break, more if we're lucky, and I was greeted by thin fog and 68° (20C) this fine morning. It will still be hot, but that was a lovely wake-up.
As to my writing itself, I have still been mostly working on the outline of Slayer of Darkness, the third installment of Beyond the Rails, but have made time to type material into the draft as well. I don't want the outline to get too far ahead, though rather farther than has been my custom in the past. New ideas are coming to me as I go about my daily routine, and I consider this a very good sign, as that's the way it was prior to my hospital stay when I was writing all the time. I was constantly evaluating ideas that just popped out of nowhere, and it's good to see that aspect returning. One I find particularly intriguing is Graven on my Heart, a possible Beyond the Rails IV that will visit Patience in love, and leave her a changed woman. But before that, I very much want to produce Stingaree, my character study set in a steampunk San Diego. Rounding out this sudden outburst of creativity is the idea of cleaning up a "cozy fantasy" I wrote years ago called The Wellstone Chronicles. If I can get that polished, it might make a good fit to show off a side of me that my fans haven't seen before. Time will tell.
In other venues, I'm considering using the blog I am provided by The Steampunk Empire to record my reviews, good, bad, and ugly. Considering is all, given that last year, I was denied my right to free speech there by a two-member lynch mob that was too thick to understand satire, and gave up the use of that space rather than fight that pointless battle, but this will be the words of others, so I shouldn't have to worry about that. Finally, I simply must overcome the technical difficulties that have defeated my limited computer skills, and get a copy of Beyond the Rails into the hands of Immerse or Die. BtR has fared well at the hands of readers, but this guy pulls no punches, and I am curious to see how it stands up to his no-nonsense reviewing policies. I'll pass the word along here, should that happen.
And that's 30 for this morning. I'll see you next week to let you know how the My Day concept is working, and until then, read well, and write better!