Harvest by HIGHS (Friday Music)

I don’t usually do two posts in one day, but I realized it was Friday and I’ve been wanting to share this band since this past Saturday. I really didn’t want to wait another week, so yeah.

Anyway, I’m not going to write a whole lot on this. I’m just going to say that I seriously fell in love with this band after hearing them.

Hopefully you’ll like them too. šŸ™‚

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I think I hate you, Mercury.

I feel like I owe everyone an apology, partially for a sort of absence on here and mostly due to how long it’s been taking me to get back with . . .Ā everyone. I wonder if there will ever be a point in time where it doesn’t take me such ridiculously long stretches to get back with people consistently.

Yeah, probably not.

I guess I just need to accept that. I mentioned in the last post that my husband always tells me, “You’re only one person.” Obviously I hear that when I get stressed about one thing or another with work, at least when I’m stressing to the point where I tell him about it. Honestly? I hear thatĀ at leastĀ once a week. Seems like every time I do one thing, there’s this little voice telling me I should be doing something else. (Sometimes it’s notĀ littleĀ in the slightest.) ‘It’s taken you over three hours to write this email. Don’t you know you have book stuff to be doing?’ (It happens.) ‘You’re writing right now? Don’t you know you have a pile of things you need to respond to? These people are going to think you’re a major a-hole.’

Lately it’s been, ‘You’re not doingĀ anythingĀ productive? Don’t you know you have thisĀ massiveĀ pile of things that need doing? I mean, really. Aren’t you aware?’

I’ve been in a slump for about three weeks now, the sort of slump that I absolutelyĀ hate. I can usually get stuff done in someĀ regard no matter how I’m feeling. The last few weeks? Nope.

I blamed it on the bad feels from the piracy garbage for about two and a half of those weeks. I’d tried to write afterward (because that almost always makes me feel better), and it just wasn’t working. It felt like I’d been sapped of about 94% of my energy stores. I also blamed it on the new scheduling and being awake (mostly) during the day. (My brain doesn’t function as well when it’s light outside. No joke.) I blamed it on the stress of upcoming releases and scrambling trying to get stuff done. But whatever I was feeling went beyond all that. Usually, no matterĀ whatĀ is going on, I can and will findĀ somethingĀ to do. I just haven’t wanted to. (Not that I haven’t done anything at all, but nowhere near as much as I should have.)

So I was at the beginning of writing up this post, sitting here thinking about how thereĀ hadĀ to be some sort of reasoning for the sapping-feeling. (At least when it has lasted this long.) I thought about SAD yesterday, but fall isn’t depressing for me. Fall and winter have been great for me (writing-wise) in the past. I’mĀ excitedĀ about fall and winter. (Besides, I’ve seen more sun in the last month than I did in all of spring and summer combined, I think.) I’ve worried more than once that I was having another repeat of whatever in the world was going on with me back in the summer, where I spentĀ waaaaayĀ too long so far down inĀ somethingĀ negative that I was concernedĀ I’d somehow had some major personality shift or something. But this has been more a lack of energy/drive than legitimateĀ downĀ feelings.

For amusement, I looked up if Mercury was in retrograde again. You know what? IT IS. And WHEN did it start?

Three weeks ago.

Initially, I laughed the ‘Mercury in retrograde’ stuff off. I posted about it, mostly to be funny (and because I thought it was strange). I’m starting to wonder if it actuallyĀ doesĀ make a difference, at least with me. I just think it’s weird that this feeling started at the beginning of it and has lasted the whole way through it, YET AGAIN.

The good news?

It supposedly ends tomorrow. I would say that if I miraculously feel closer to 100% tomorrow, then I’d be set on it. But if that happens, I’ll probably go with it being a mental thing. I’d imagine I’m going to spend the rest of the day thinking that thingsĀ areĀ going to get better tomorrow, which will (possibly) in turnĀ makeĀ things better tomorrow. (At least where my headspace is concerned.)

To be honest though, just potentially seeing a light at the end of this tunnelĀ doesĀ make me feel better. I miss being at 100% and having the feeling that I actuallyĀ accomplishedĀ stuff.

Like I said, I haven’t been completely idle. Things are still moving along with the cover for the first in the trilogy. The front cover is almost complete (just needs the font). The back (cover) is on hold at the moment because I haven’t finished writing the blurb for it. I’m really so horrible at blurbs. IĀ haveĀ been super excited about that. (The cover, not the blurb-writing.) And thingsĀ areĀ still looking good for me to hit the projected release date for it in December. So all that is really great. Obviously I’m still worried that something is going to happen to prevent that. I’m always ‘looking up and waiting for the sky to fall’ . . .

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, I hope everyone has been doing fantastically, and IĀ reallyĀ hope that whatever is going on with me hasn’t been messing with any of you. I’m really starting to think that Mercury is a major a-hole.

Charles E. Yallowitz Interview on *Changes* Episode 9, October 22nd!

Legends of Windemere

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SIT IN AND WATCH THE 1ST LIVE INTERVIEW OF FANTASY AUTHOR, CHARLES E. YALLOWITZ

Thatā€™s right everyone.Ā  Iā€™m having my first video interview next Wednesday, so you get to hear my voice and see my face for an hour.Ā  Click on the link above to see the site and I hope to see everyone there.Ā  You can even type in questions as the interview goes along and get into the action.Ā  The interview will also be going onto YouTube once itā€™s done.Ā  Needless to say Iā€™m nervous and excited.

A big thank you to Sally Ember, Ed.D., for giving me this opportunity.

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Author Feature: Charles Yallowitz

Check out this interview with Charles Yallowitz!

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksRegular visitors will surely recognize Charles Yallowitz, author of Legends of Windemere. Charles is one of the top commentators over here, and I am always looking forward to his witty, thought-provoking comments. As such, I consider him one of the great new friends Iā€™ve made since publishing my epic fantasy series Pearseus a little under a year ago.

Thinking itā€™s high time we got to know a little more about this lovely gentleman, I asked him to be interviewed and he kindly agreed. You can also watchĀ him live on Sally Sue Emberā€™s show CHANGESĀ onĀ Wednesday Oct 22nd, from 10-11 AM (EST).

The Usual Questions

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksHi Charles, itā€™s great to have you here! What inspired you to write Legends of Windemere?

This book series is loosely based on a Dungeons & Dragons game that I played in college.Ā  At the time, I was working on earning aā€¦

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Review of Reave – Book 1 of the Reave series by C. Miller

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This is a really interesting read. Miller writes with great force and intensity that swept me up when reading the sample, so that Iā€™d clicked on the Buy button without even thinking about ā€“ no matter that Iā€™m stacked up with books, both actual and virtual, that will probably keep me occupied for MONTHS, if not yearsā€¦

reaveHow far would you go to be freeā€”to make your own choices without being subjected to punishment for doing what you felt was right? Could you kill for it? After being abandoned by her father as a child, Aster spent ten years of her life as a servant for the leaderā€™s House in the broken city of New Bethel. Sheā€™d known, even as a child, that the cities of her world were corrupt places with human monstersā€”assassinsā€”running rampant between their high walls. Thinking everything will remain the same as it always has thereā€¦

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Going-ons

This isn’t my usual sort of post, so bear with me here. I’d planned on re-blogging several things, but I figured I would put them all in one post and just link to everything so as not to be annoying/overload the ‘Reader’. So, check out the going-ons!

The first link I want to share is for a post on Ben’s Bitter Blog. If you don’t know him, you should. If I’m biased about that, it totally doesn’t matter. And while I AM biased where Bitter Ben is concerned (blogging buddy turned one of my best friends in the entire world, no joke), that has no impact on his funniness. The particular post I wanted to shareĀ neededĀ to be shared because he made ‘me’ part of it. It was a long, drawn out conversation that led to me waiting about two months for this post. So, check out: The Bitter Realm Conclusion – The Lost Relics (There are links to the first two in that post.) And check out the rest of his blog while you’re there.

The next I want to share is for Charles Yallowitz. He’s doing a campaign on Thunderclap, which seems to be like Kickstarter sans the money. Basically all you have to do is go click on something to say you support it, and if he gets enough supporters, there will be a blast of support for him and his work (which is awesome). You can check out his post here (you might want to, because I have no idea what I’m talking about), or go directly to the site by clicking here.

The next link for sharing is a review for Reave. I’m so late in providing the link to this, but I’m still trying to get caught up on everything. It was a really unexpected treat to look at GoodReads one day and see it there, and even more unexpected to stumble across it on her blog (which you should follow because she’s super great). So, here that is: CiSu’s review of Reave

The last is for an interview I did with Robert Tozer. He’d asked me to do that several months ago, and I don’t even want to say how long it took me to. (It took me a long time.) He was super awesome about dealing with me, and I have a ridiculous amount of appreciation for that. You can find the interview by going to his site, clicking on ‘Interviews’ down at the bottom, then clicking on ‘Click Here For More Interviews’ up in the top right. Also, he’ll be releasing his first book in October, so be on the lookout for that!

 

That’s basically it for now. I really hope you’ll all check this stuff out!

ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

Please check this out.

ENDWORLD - A NOVEL and THE ENDWORLD SERIES

Hello again, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying these last, waning days of the Summer and are looking forward to a long, holiday weekend filled with family, friends, beaches, barbecues and all around good times! Soon our focus will be shifting from milkshakes and peaches to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and apples (though you canā€™t really tell tonight; up here in southeastern Pennsylvania itā€™s hot and humid). While I love the Fall (and will likely write more about it in subsequent days, weeks and months), that is not the reason why Iā€™m writing this tonight. I am writing this tonight for another, much more important reason. And that reason?

ENDWORLD ā€“ A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! It went ā€œliveā€ as Iā€™d hoped, and can now be ordered from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, Createspace, Smashwords, Koboā€¦ you name it! Here are the linksā€¦

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