It’s been a while since I posted an urban fantasy author update. Here’s what I’ve been up to since you last heard from me…
What I’m Watching
On the summer movie front, I thought Guardians 3 and Across the Spider-Verse were the standout superhero movies of the year. The Flash was an okay superhero flick, but not quite the masterpiece we were promised, and not nearly good enough to allow fans to overlook the star’s many public scandals.
As for the small screen, I’m skipping the third season of The Witcher. Watching yet another television series that attempts to completely rewrite an established and beloved franchise is just not my idea of a good time.
The wife and I tried watching Secret Invasion, but it didn’t manage to hold my attention. In fact, I fell asleep no less than six times during episode two. I kept waking up and thinking, “Man, I have to stay awake so I’ll know what’s going on.” Then, I realized I didn’t give two sh!ts about the plot or the new characters, so that show is no longer on the TBW list.
Is there anything on the horizon that I’m excited about? Season 2 of Invincible, most definitely, because the Atom Eve origin story bonus episode has me hyped. And, maybe Blue Beetle. The trailers made it look like something that was produced by Nickelodeon, but I’m holding out hope that it’s better than the previews have suggested.
What I’m Reading
All the decent fiction novels I have on my TBR list are still reserved for an upcoming actual vacation—one that involves sand, sun, the sound of the ocean, and no phones or social media. The time I took off for my post-surgical recovery didn’t count, as that was anything but a vacation. For that reason, I’m currently reading book research material only.
At the moment I’m halfway through Clay Hayes’ account of how he won Season Eight of Alone. Although it contains more typos than I’d normally put up with, Clay’s storytelling skills make the book worth it. If you enjoy tales of survival and struggling against nature, Surviving Alone is a great read.
What I’m Playing
While I’m waiting for Baldur’s Gate 3 to drop, I’m playing through some of the updated content that came with the anniversary edition of Skyrim. I’ve never been a fan of the Solstheim content, so I completely missed the new quest lines that came with the update. Looks like that and the Dragonborn DLC will be enough to keep me occupied until my virtual return to the Sword Coast.
If I get bored with Skyrim, I might download Remnant 2 this weekend, as I keep hearing great things about it. I’m not really a Souls-like fan, but I do enjoy a good FPS/action RPG. Then there’s High On Life which just released on PS5. By all accounts it’s an amazing game, so I might give it a shot.
What Else Am I Doing?
Besides work, I’m still trying to get my body back in functioning order after the surgery. On the martial arts front, it’s back to basics—lots of shadow boxing, remedial bag work, ground movement, and so on.
Flexibility training has been a must, along with light strength training. As well, I’m doing more cardio than I’d like (I hate cardio), but it’s a requirement at the moment.
The challenge is avoiding doing too much activity. Of course, I want to do all the things, but doing all the things usually leaves me bedridden for days after. To reduce the inflammation I’ve been experiencing, I started doing cold plunges again using this cheap cold plunge set up I found on Amazon. It’s not exactly feature-rich, but it gets the job done.
What I’m Writing
I’m currently still plugging away at the next Colin McCool novel. If you haven’t heard about it yet, that’s probably because you’re not a member of my reader group on Facebook:
This novel will be the first in a new tetralogy, following Colin as he attempts to repair the Hellpocalypse timeline and rebuild the druid order. I’ll announce it on my author page soon, but check out the reader group if you want to get the skinny on the new series before everyone else.
One Last Thing…
Some of you might have noticed that I’m not interacting as much on social media as I once did. There are a couple of reasons for that, the first being that I’m still dealing with a lot of fatigue. It’s all I can do some days to do my usual four hours of writing, do my self-care routine, and do dad stuff before my body and brain call it quits and I involuntarily rack out.
The other reason I’ve backed off is simply because my priorities have changed quite a bit over the last eighteen months. During that time, I realized that between writing, running a publishing company, consulting, and teaching martial arts, I was working way too much.
After being forced to cut back on all but the most essential activities (writing, family duties, and taking care of my health), I came to the conclusion that I’ve worked my ass off for nearly four decades, and I don’t want to do that anymore.
Professionally speaking, I intend to focus on writing while streamlining my workflow. That means chasing fewer rabbits and guarding my time wisely. I’ll still check in with my readers, but it’ll probably be on a weekly instead of daily basis.
In short, I’m still around and still writing, but I’m taking things much easier. Thanks for sticking it out with me over the last year, as it was a bumpy one. As always, I appreciate your support.