Sunday Update – June 26, 2016

S. J. Pajonas June 26, 2016
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What a week we just had! It was the first week of summer without school, and I had the kids home Monday through Wednesday while my husband was away in Salt Lake City for work. Of course, I only had one objective: go to the pool every day that it was nice outside! And we achieved that, so I feel very accomplished. Lol.

Monday, we slept in a bit, ran errands while the cleaning ladies were cleaning, and then met the kitchen contractors at home to go over the last to-do items on the kitchen renovation. There were just a few last things to figure out and we got them all in a list. Then we went to the pool for a short while before our regular Monday afternoon appointment. On Tuesday, we slept in a bit, hung out at home, and then went to the pool the whole afternoon, only stopping for an hour to go to my CSA and work my shift, get the veggies, bring them home, and return to the pool. I spent the whole evening cleaning veggies and putting them away.

Wednesday was another pool day after getting the girls’ hair cut! Thursday was cloudy, so after the girls were done with summer school, I took them to an indoor play place for the afternoon.

Friday, we were back at the pool, but not without incident. We arrived, after hurriedly getting everything ready, and I realized I had left everyone’s towels at home!! Argh! So we sat down to eat lunch and then I handed the girls off to a friend, a father of one of the girl’s friends, and said I would be back in 15 minutes. I would drive home, get the towels, and come back. When I got in the car, I thought, “I’m not going to speed. I’m going to be careful. Because it would be awful to get in a car accident while the girls were at the pool and thinking I’d be right back.” I TOTALLY JINXED MYSELF because I was driving down the main road, when someone pulled out of a side street and hit me. 🙁 I burst into tears almost immediately because I JUST got the car fixed after last summer when that guy’s tire came loose from his car and hit me, and MY KIDS WERE AT THE POOL WITHOUT ME. The damage doesn’t look too bad. I’m fine. The other car and the people in it were fine. The police came and filled out a report. My 15 minute trip to get towels was 45 minutes, and my kids were really worried about me. I spent the rest of the day in a haze, not able to do anything but stare into space. I’m still really upset about it.

Sigh. Of course, that’s just all of the personal stuff of my life. The work stuff was busy too. We had the cover reveal for the new Nogiku covers on Tuesday. It went really well and the responses to the covers were very positive. I put the 2nd and 5th books of the series on sale. I got my 12th Bookbub rejection and immediately applied for my 13th. I had an ad in Ereader News Today on Friday and sales and downloads have been up a bit. I’ve been working on the paperback covers for the Nogiku Series and those are coming along.

I’ve also been writing blog posts for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER blog tour and writing in my short story!

I also have a bit of bad news. I was going to participate in a cool shared world project in December, and it was on my plate as something I was planning on publishing this year. I even spent $50 on the cover and had an outline of what I was going to write. But the project coordinator suddenly wanted everyone to sign contracts and get lawyers involved which is something I can’t do at this time. I had to bow out and I lost $50. 🙁 I know that $50 is not A LOT of money, but I’m on a tight budget after having such dismal sales during my six months in Amazon-exclusivity. That’s $50 out of my budget that’s now useless, and I’m mad at myself for everything. I needed that $50 for ads! Double sigh. Though I’ve been busy and I’m happy about my new covers, I feel like nothing has gone right lately. The constant rejections, the failures, the lack of writing, and now a car accident have all really brought me down. I’m clawing myself back up and I hope to be in a much better place by the time I get to Japan in August. I need to concentrate on me and my career in July, for sure.

What else happened this week?

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I made waffles for Father’s Day!

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Lunch at the pool!

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A sink full of veggies.

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My youngest made some slime. She was really pleased with it. Lol.

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I worked while the kids played.

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And I got my hair cut short again! I love it!

I’m hoping this week will be a lot better than last week.

On the blog: Teaser Tuesday, hopefully a discussion post on Thursday, Friday’s edition of How Not To Give A F*ck, and that’s about it. A light week on the ol’ blog. See you soon!

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  • That’s nice you got to spent so many days at the pool!

    I am sorry to hear about your car accident, I can imagine how upset that would make you. And even if you’re driving carefully sometimes accidents still happen even though you can’t do anything about it. Things like that can really shake you up.

    I am glad the cover reveal went so well for the Nogiku books and it was fun to hear everyone’s reaction to the new covers. I think they looks stunning and I hope your sales will increase with these new covers. That’s great to hear the ad you did went so well.

    I saw you mention the shared world project and wondered what had happened, that’s weird she suddenly came up with the contracts and such. Can’t you still write the story or slightly different and use the cover or isn’t that allowed? Just thinking that way you could still get something back for that 50$. And in my opinion 50$ is a lot of money, especially when you spent it on something you can’t use. That’s a shame.

    I hope this week will be a good one and I really hope things will get better for you! It makes me sad to hear you feeling so down.

    • I’m sad about the car accident. I feel like I was doing my job and being responsible and someone else came along and ruined my day (probably ruined many weeks in which I will have to deal with repairs and rental cars and every last thing).

      The shared world project really bums me out because there’s absolutely nothing I can do about the cover. I can’t use it for anything else (it’s branded with the shared world) and I can’t give it to anyone else. It’s basically money flushed down the toilet. It sucks. As for the characters and outline, I will just let them sit and see if I can do something with them in the future. I’m not married to them, but it was a project I was counting on to fill out my publishing schedule in the winter. Now I have to consider something else.

      But it HAS been nice to work on my short story, to be at the pool, to be reading and relaxing too. This week my kids start camp again and I can go back to my regular schedule. I plan to walk and dictate a lot on the treadmill, and generally get back in the swing of things!

  • Aww, I’m really sorry about the car accident :-/ And I think it is completely reasonable to be upset about losing $50.

    I’m glad the cover reveal went well though! I really like those new covers. And your haircut looks great 🙂 But must you always post pictures that make me hungry?! And jealous that you have all this good food that I don’t have?! 😛

    • Yeah. It was quite the week. Sigh. I hope I can get the car fixed in a short amount of time. The damage is not too bad. It’ll just be a pain to deal with the insurance and everything.

      I’m laughing about the food comment! If I can’t find anything interesting to post about, I always default to food. 🙂 Please avert your eyes! Lol.

  • Your food pictures always remind me how dismally I feed my family. LOL! I’m really sorry about the car accident – it’s always so crazy when something like that happens and you actually think about avoiding an accident right before one happens. I hope the process of getting everything fixed is as painless as possible.