End of Summer

This month I’ve been off the radar. My free time has spent going to the gym, helping the 18 yo job hunt, and getting the 16 yo ready for college classes they’re taking this year in high-school. I’ve done zero in the way of vacation this summer, so I’m due for something by the end of September…if I have time. =_=;

The job hunt has been slow —while Texas has seen a boom in new jobs and less unemployment, it’s mostly in the tech and skilled areas, and with every family that moves here, comes members of their family that take jobs for the unskilled. Employers like grocery stores and retail outlets, even restaurants, can demand applicants have at least a year of experience, because there’s more skilled applicants than their are unskilled-positions. Also, construction-work is not an option, because the market is saturated with labor from other parts of Texas willing to do the work for cheap.

Hindering our search is Ian himself. He barely fills out applications, he’s constantly on the phone with his girlfriend (he has no car or driver’s license, so he’s here all day), this is bad because no one can call him back if he’s constantly on the phone.  We’re about to put the smack down on the phone use and the constant internet use for Ian–he’s got no job, no college in his future, and I’m tired of my spouse getting an attitude because he’s always in the kitchen eating up all the food. I’m just tired of him sucking up my electricity.

School clothes for Mag were a cinch as always—and we shaved the back of her head and bleached her front for the upcoming school year. I hate the front, they’re going for a ‘Cobain’ look and I really hate it. We got lucky in that Amazon allows for textbook rental for these college classes—that’s a relief because I’m not paying $110 for a book they’ll only use for one semester. Textbook prices are fucking ridiculous—even the digital ones ($99 for an eTextbook?).

I’m slowly adjusting to the new diet and workout regimen that I’ve been put on. I can’t go over 1500 calories, I work out every other day, and I cannot eat things that will inflame my pancreas, irritate the ulcer in my stomach, or aggravate my gallbladder; in other words—I can’t drink alcohol EVER, nor any of the carb-heavy things I grew up with. >_<  I’m on a tracker for my food intake which sucks. I hate recovering from medical mishaps.

I’ve been cleaning up the manuscripts for books 1-6, my novellas are now novels.

The outlines for the final two books are finished and approved—so I’m writing dialog for the first of the final two. I plan to begin the first draft on that one September 1. To remain focused I’ve had to eliminate my Twitter account, and am thinking of taking Facebook off my menu-bar. There’s so much going on right now that it’s hard to tune out and remain focused.

September’s when I’m expected to release the artist from her contract if certain things aren’t finished when the pub wants them. Again—everything’s on hold because I don’t give a shit about the art at this time, but I do see their point in that we still don’t have an approved design for the main character, nor do we have an image that represents that character in action.

Time for a breakfast shake, and then writing.

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