Sunday Update – January 29, 2017

S. J. Pajonas January 29, 2017
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Another busy week has passed us by! This week in particular was harder than others because my husband was gone all week while all this craziness was happening at home here in the US. He was in London for work, and we were only able to talk to him twice due to busy schedules. But he’s home now! Yay!

My work life this week was dominated by revisions of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP. I’m on a schedule to edit two chapters every day and hopefully publish this book at the end of February. This is the copy edit phase of production. I’ve heard back from my initial readers that there are no real flaws with the story, a few loose ends to be tied up, and overall, they were very happy with it. Which is awesome! Now, I’m fixing things like sentence structure, repetitive words, and clarifying anything that was unclear. This is where my stories usually get 100x better, so I enjoy the process of nitty gritty word-level editing. It’s fun and really brings out the clarity of the story.

I didn’t do much besides work on Monday. Tuesday was busy with work, school, tutoring for my oldest, and then Girl Scouts for her in the evening. Wednesday, my kids had their usual tennis lessons. They go from 4PM to 5PM, and this was the week that we left tennis lessons and it was still light outside!! That makes me so happy, knowing we’re getting more light every day and winter, though still in full swing, is fading away little by little.

Thursday was a day off for us, which was nice. We had nothing to do after school and could just kick back and rest. Friday was mayhem in the evening. My youngest has gymnastics right before dinner, so I took her there, and then we all got some pizza next door afterward. My husband’s plane back from London landed early, so I then ran home to make sure he had something to eat. I knew he had a really crappy flight back as he was bumped from his seat to a lower class, and coming home to a hot meal would be nice for him.

Yesterday, I went for a nice long walk in the morning and then worked until we all went out for a belated birthday fancy meal together. I got to eat lobster, which I love, and both kids came along too. It was a nice family meal together, even if the youngest kid only ate bread and cheese and didn’t want ANY of the 100 desserts on offer. Sigh. Always something.

What else happened this week?

I set out my schedule for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP!

I cooked butternut squash in my Instant Pot and loved that I didn’t have to peel it.

Lots of working and some of it done in bed.

I only asked for one thing from London, Crunchie Bars. Lol. I got them!

I had two lobsters at dinner last night. I regret nothing.

And that’s it for this week! I expect to update the blog twice again this week, so I’m sure you’ll hear from me again soon!

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  • laura thomas

    That’s quite a hectic week. Thanks for sharing the pictures. This was fun. And I wouldn’t feel guilty about 2 lobsters either! LOL

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    • I never feel guilty about two lobsters at an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Even though I don’t live in the US I see a lot of things about what happens on social media. Nice to hear you enjoy the editing phase, I hear a lot of authors who don’t seem to enjoy that part as much. I also noticed that it’s staying light longer already, it’s quite the noticeable difference already. And I know I say this every week, but I am looking forward to the third daydreamer book :).

    Your dinner with the family sounds nice. I am sorry to say I can relate to your daughter as I always was a picky eater and had trouble picking something when we went to a restaurant, it didn’t get easier when I became a vegetarian. I think it’s one of the reasons I like cooking so much as then I can cook whatever I like. Although I did always like the desserts in restaurants ;).

    Yum I like squash! We have a knife that slices the peel off them quite easily. I think it’s called a potato peeler? I usually use it to peel the squash. They are a pain to peel and cut at times. That sounds neat you could put it in the insta pot. I don’t think I ever eaten those crunchie bars, but they sound good. Have a great week!

    • I’m really hoping D grows out of her picky eating. She has blood sugar issues too where she becomes cranky and unhappy if she doesn’t eat, so it’s a rollercoaster of a battle with her at all times.

      Crunchie bars are the only thing I asked for from London this time! They’re my all-time favorite candy bar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Greg Hill

    Good luck with edits, hope it all goes well! The Daydreamer Detective Opens A Tea Shop- I like that title! Sounds fun. Glad you had a good week considering the craziness- it is a turbulent time right now.

    Lol about the lobsters. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! Edits are going well. It’s just copy editing, so changing a word here, getting rid of repeated words there, fixing a sentence. Tedious, but worth it in the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I love lobster. It’s probably my favorite seafood!

  • Apparently, when I was a kid, I went on a cruise with my grandparents and basically just ate the insides of rolls. Or so the story goes (I don’t quite remember, but I believe it because I’ve always been a bread lover and was picky as a kid). So I can totally relate to your youngest ๐Ÿ˜›

    That’s awesome that your story didn’t need any major editing though!

    • D ate the inside of all the rolls! You could pick them up and look through them. Lol. I hope she becomes less picky as she grows older. My husband and I eat a lot of diverse foods and my oldest is growing to like them, so that’s something!

  • I always love reading your updates. They’re just so fun and full of life, even when it’s just the little details about your week. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I LOVE that top picture—that stormy sky looks amazing, but I hope you didn’t get caught in the rain!

    • No rain that day! Luckily, it was just dark clouds and cold wind, but it did make for a dramatic sky! And thanks. I like the Sunday Updates too as they help me keep the memories alive. my brain power is so low lately. I forget everything!