I like the idea of blogging on a regular basis … but somewhere between the thought, “I should blog more,” and the act of doing so, there’s a breakdown. So maybe I can ease into it by making myself blog every Monday and talk about the up-coming week.
In terms of life, this week has two out-of-the-ordinary events: a doctor’s appointment this morning, and getting the van’s oil changed on Wednesday. The doctor’s appointment is for a wellness program going on at my wife’s work. It means I need to lose about 20 pounds and cut a number of inches off my waist in order for us to save money on health insurance. I have a year to do this. And so, I get to meet with a doctor every three months to set goals short term goals. Some people would hate this program. I don’t. The program forced my wife to shed some weight and get in shape, and I’m sure it’ll do the same for me.
The oil change. What can one say about that? A necessary waste of money and time.
In terms of writing, this week is the read-through of THE SEER AND THE MADMAN. Last week, I spent all day Thursday and Friday going through the manuscript using Ken Rand’s The 10% Solution, spell-checking as I did this. This week, I’m sitting down with the book on my Kindle and will read it as a reader would, jotting down notes about problems I find — weird sentences or word choices, a lack of clarity, a lack of depth, inconsistency within the narrative. So, as I read my book, I’m going to do my best to read as a reader. This is one reason I’m reading on the Kindle and not on a printed out manuscript.
While I’m busy with that, I’ll also be taking notes for the next movement in the Tabard Cain Saga, which is called THE CITY OF SPIDERS. (In fact, I’m thinking about writing the next two movements in one sitting, but we’ll see about that.) It’s important for me to start preparing for the next book while reading this book so I can note promises I made to the reader and character details I need to remember.
Also, I’ve started writing a series of short, nonfiction books on Catholic theology (my background is in Catholic theology), which I’ll publish under a different name. I’ve already written about 3,000 words of the first book, and I hope to finish it by week’s end.