Monday morning musings

As promised, I’m back to the blog. I needed to step away for a bit to give my brain time to recharge. The last six months or so have been hectic, trying and exhausting, physically, mentally and emotionally. Dealing with issues, some of which I’ve written about here and some I’ve kept quiet about, had to take precedence over blogging and a number of other things. But, with the new year, those demands on my life and my time and attention have eased and I am starting to feel more like myself.

That means the writing is getting back onto track. Over the last couple of days, I’ve managed to pound out close to 12k words. It also means I’ve deleted about 5k words I’d previously written. Don’t worry. They’ve been saved into another file. I learned long ago never to toss anything away. Words that might not work in one project can often be adapted to another.

Specifically, I’ve been back to work on Nocturnal Revelations (working title). The book has a very rough draft finished. I’ve posted a snippet or two of it already. Now I’m getting down and dirty with it and hopefully will have it off to beta readers by the end of the month.

I have also been working on another Eerie Side of the Tracks book. This one’s been a bit of a trial. As I noted elsewhere, the book I’d been going great guns on turned out to be not the next book in the series but the book after it. That brought me to a full-stop. Okay, it brought me to the bar where I had a drink or two as I tried to figure out what the heck was going on. I think I’ve figured out what the bridge story is supposed to be and I’ll be working on story notes for it when I’m not working on Revelation.

I am also going to resume my weekly post at According to Hoyt this week. That will be in addition to my MGC and vG posts. Part of what I did this weekend was look for a book to start for ATH. One of those I looked at might drive me to drink, much as Clinton’s book did but the snark might be worth it.

Know Your Power: A Message to America;’s Daughters by Nancy Pelosi is currently at the top of my list.  For one thing, love her or hate her (and I’ll let you guess where I fall in that), she is newsworthy right now. I’ll admit, the title is one of those that makes me cringe. But I moved past the title to look at the reviews and then to read the first of the free chapter.

I’ll admit, I was surprised to find the book has only 75 reviews and a rating of 2.6 our of 5 stars. This is a book that’s been out 10 years. Then I looked a bit closer. It is a 10 year old book, sold by Doubleday. But here is part of the problem (and this is without even opening the book yet). At 192 pages, the Kindle version sells for $12.99. Hard cover versions sell for $10.57 and paperback at $14.28.

For a 10 year old book with a 2.6 rating.

Riiight. And publishers wonder why folks aren’t buying as many books as they used to.

So I looked at the reviews. Except for one from 2018, the most recent review comes from 2015. Most of the reviews come from 2008 and 2009, so the low ranking doesn’t come from a bunch of conservatives upset with her over the current political contretemps.

That’s when I looked at the beginning of the free sample. Let’s just say that Pelosi tries hard to appear humble and fails more often than not. By the end of the opening chapter, I was snarking the book in my head. So, for my return to ATH, it looks like I’ll be subjecting myself to this form of torture.

I swear, I’m not a masochist.

But, for now, I’m going to go torture Mac and company in Nocturnal Revelations.

Until later!

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