Like most of you, my life has become rather monotonous during this pandemic. My daily routine lately has consisted of the following cycle:

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  2. Day Job Stuff
  3. Write
  4. Eat
  5. Research/Read
  6. Write
  7. Train/Teach
  8. Eat
  9. Read/Watch Netflix
  10. Sleep

No complaints though, it’s a good life. Other than that, here’s what I’m up to this month…

What I’m Writing

Yes, I’m still working on Book 11 in the Colin McCool series. After much deliberation, I decided to cut some scenes because the book was getting bloated. I’d rather publish a tight, action-packed 70k novel than a slow, meandering 100k novel, so that’s what you’ll be getting when it publishes.

As for an ETA, I’m taking a week off at the end of the month, so my goal is to have it finished and published by then. When I’m closer to publication, I’ll put it up for pre-order and let you know.

What I’m Watching

I got sucked into Dark on Netflix. I don’t usually watch foreign language shows (unless they’re in Spanish), because reading subtitles drives me nuts. But, this show moves slowly enough that I don’t miss much action while I’m reading dialogue.

As for the story, it’s kind of like a much darker, German version of Stranger Things. The acting is intense, the premise is compelling, and the sub-plots only add to the suspense. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it.

What I’m Reading

I don’t know about you, but recently I’ve felt the need for some laughter in my life. That’s why I’m currently re-reading the Peter and the Monsters series by Darren Pillsbury.

If you haven’t guessed, this is a series of children’s novels aimed at the middle grade reading level. I first stumbled across this series several years ago, and it’s one that I go back to every so often, and not just for the nostalgia factor. I’m a fan of several middle grade novel series (The Last Apprentice, Fablehaven, and Ranger’s Apprentice, to name a few), and as far as indie novels go, Darren’s books are very well done.

If you loved reading Goosebumps novels when you were a kid, or you just want to hearken back to the days when hitting the Bookmobile with a crisp new fiver was the highlight of your week, you’ll want to check this series out.

Incidentally, Darren also wrote a series of LitRPG novels you might enjoy, The Shattered Lands series. The first book has some negative reviews, but I’d chalk that up to an author learning curve since the books get better as the series progresses. If LitRPG is your thing, you might check them out.

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