Monday Musings 7/15

I’ve got a sleeping four-year-old right next to me. I have to be careful about how emphatically I punch the keys or else, well, remember that scene in Stranger Things season one when Eleven/El bothered the Demogorgon as he was snacking. Yeah. That.

  1. My art on the lawn event at the Robbin Gallery was a success. I sold out of the Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100. I had sort of lost confidence recently because I did a Barnes and Noble signing where I didn’t sell a single book. This is sort of the nature of being a writer. It is either feast or famine. It feels good to get my confidence back a little bit though. Coming up empty left me with a bad taste in my mouth, so I was extra motivated to talk to everyone. Sometimes you need a little failure to stop you from being complacent.
  2. I had multiple people stop by and ask me about book five in the Greenland Diaries yesterday. Initially, I hadn’t thought about releasing it until fall 2021 after I release my new short story omnibus Monsters, Monsters, Everywhere and another collection of Greenland Diaries short fiction, but after talking to people I sort of feel motivated to get the Greenland Diaries book five done a bit sooner. Stay tuned. I might be bumping that up to fall 2020.
  3. Still working on my nonfiction collection for traditional publication. Loving it too, except the fact that I cry a bunch while working on it, so I’m just that random guy sobbing into his laptop at Caribou, the library, or wherever else I manage to work on it. One of my friends told me it is good that I’m crying, that means I’m being productive. Insert a million writer stereotypes here. Some problems are hard to talk about, no matter how much therapy and time you’ve put into understanding them. Admitting that I attempted suicide is still hard to do, no matter what. I imagine it is not supposed to be easy.
  4. I have to admit, I really enjoy watching Star Trek Voyager on broadcast television (where I live it is on at 10 pm every night on a channel called H & L). Not only do I like the commercial breaks, because it invokes some odd form of nostalgia, but I also like not knowing what episode I’m going to watch next. I like the mystery of it. And yes, I know most diehard trek fans are not wild about Star Trek Voyager, but it is still my favorite. My father and I didn’t miss an episode when it was originally broadcast back on UPN. Voyager had the best monsters in all the treks. Just saying.
  5. Going to write a little nonfiction blog post for next week about my old Shotokan Karate Sensei Robert Fusaro. He died recently, and I never really got to thank him for being an influential adult in my life. Writing a little essay about it on there is the least I can do for someone who really encouraged me to write and be myself. RIP Sensei.

Jottings:

  • Finished season three of Stranger Things. No spoilers here. I loved it though. Still not as good as the first season, but it was pretty close. I really want to go hangout at the mall. Like. Right. Now.
  • Finished the DC Comics team-up of Batman and TMNT. It was an excellent combination. I forgot how much I loved TMNT. What a bizarre universe.
  • Super Mario Maker 2 has consumed all my video game time. I laugh wildly as I fill my courses with monster after monster. My username is pwunnamed if you search for it. I would say my courses are slowly getting better.
  • The Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100 are free today on Kindle. Click here to get it.
  • Have a safe and healthy week everyone!
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