The best part is that he’s learning

(Context for the title. You should all watch Archer.)

So I’m starting to enjoy fiddling with Scrivener.

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I spent a chunk of last night sleepily going through the (rather impressively detailed) tutorial that they include with the program, and got through about half of it.  It does an impressive job of using the program to teach the end-user how to run itself, and by the time I was halfway through the thing I was fully in the okay it’s time to start writing now and figure the rest out later stage of working.  And, well, as you can see I’m actually accomplishing things.  Mostly.  Sorta.

So far I’ve been on summer vacation for eight hours and nineteen minutes if I start the count from when I got up this morning.  During that time I’ve received fifteen emails and four phone calls– one from my assistant principal, and her summer vacation started a week ago.  Each and every one was about stuff that I really shouldn’t have been needed for.  But whatever, at least no one has asked me to come back in.  Yet.

It’s cloudy outside.  It’s been cloudy outside for a week or two now, and that telescope that I acquired at the cost of high personal drama hasn’t been outside the damn house yet.  Tonight will be the peak of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction, and if I can’t see it at least with naked eye because of the clouds I’m going to be pissed.  It cannot possibly stay cloudy all summer long, but I have a feeling that it’s going to try.  The forecast is showing a clear window between 9:00 and 10:00.  That ought to be enough, as sunset’s at 9:23, but keep your fingers crossed for me.  I’ll take pictures if I’m able to get set up at all.

Hey, guess what?

SKYLIGHTS is live on Smashwords again, if you’re into that.

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Two things that are official

  1. photo.jpgAs of last night, I have 10,000 followers on Twitter.
  2. As of half an hour ago, I’m on summer vacation until, oh, August 1st or so, or whenever I get a new job, whichever comes first.
  3. BONUS OFFICIAL THING: The list of images that come up when you GIS the word “official” is kinda funny.


Backyard flower

  I haven’t filtered or processed this image at all.  The orange really is that ridiculously saturated.  I’ve never seen this kind of flower in our backyard before today and the plant itself is very different from the other flowers near it.  Must have been a bird or something.


11539580_10153372300838926_158097258365957256_n(I said this on Twitter, but I should say it on WP too:  loving the rainbow banner, guys.  Meanwhile, not quite done having fun with this.)

Anyway.  Trying to use today to clean up a lot of little writing tasks that have been piling up lately; so far I’ve written up a fairly lengthy interview (details later) and done some promotional stuff for Skylights.  I need to go into work on Monday for about an hour and then my grant is put to bed and I actually get to start my summer break, which will be spent working on Starlight and Searching for Malumba and also job-hunting.  So July’s full already, especially when you factor in that I’ll be spending the entire 4th of July weekend in Indianapolis at InConJunction.  Book signings!  Free bookmarks!  Woo!

(Are you in Indianapolis, or nearby?  The con’s cheap, and it looks like a lot of fun.  Come see me!  Creator’s Alley, booth C9!  Please?  I’ll be so goddamn lonely.)

Speaking of putting grants to bed, I have two days to write my final report for the teacher grant that paid for last summer’s writing adventure.  It won’t be much different from my mid-year report, since I’m not actually teaching and therefore can’t report on how the grant affected my teaching.  Once that’s done, I start planning for the books.  My first priority on Monday is to get at least a thousand words done on Starlight; my second priority is to get another thousand words done on a BA story for Lightspeed Magazine’s open submissions period.

And play a lot of Bloodborne.

So that’s me, today.  What’s your Sunday looking like?