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Sunday Update – June 27, 2021

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Last Sunday Update until August! I’m taking July off from the blog…

Finally! School is over! This last week was super stressful. There were plenty of end-of-the-year things for my kids to do, including a graduation ceremony for my oldest kid who graduated 8th grade. Next year she’ll be in high school! Where does the time go? She was just a baby yesterday, I swear.

I also started working in the bedroom, which is my new office. Y’all know how much I’ve struggled with sleep for the last decade and a half. One of the things sleep professionals always say is that your bedroom should only be for sleeping and sex. And I took that very seriously for years. We don’t have a tv in our bedroom and I don’t use it for much other than sleeping or the occasional exercise. But now that we’ve decided not to move for more space and my husband is still home taking 10 hours of conference calls in a row most days, I can’t let the bedroom space go to waste. I have started going in there every day, closing the door, turning on some of my music, and getting work done. People, I got more work done in the bedroom in 3 days than I did in an entire week. I could cry. I wish I had done this months ago. I spent yesterday cleaning out under my bed to make room for a collapsible desk too. Now I can either work on the bed or at the desk.

Writing is going well. I’ve finally hit my stride with this book in the late second act. I know what’s happening and where the story is going. It feels good to be cruising along.

I joined TikTok. Yes, I was NOT going to join TikTok. In fact, I was very much against joining for a long time. BUT, but, I like data. And I want to see how TikTok handles stuff because everyone is saying it's a great place for books and authors. And so far, I like most of what I'm seeing. If you are on TikTok, you can follow me there at @spajonas. I don't know how “cool” I'll be with it. I'll probably post a few times per week, a combo of personal stuff and book stuff. We shall see what happens and if it's worth my time.

In July, I’ll be working on this book, starting the next book in Skylar’s series, and working on Book 4 audio of the Flyght Series, along with going on vacation. More about that in my upcoming monthly goals post!

First up, thank you to all my readers who left reviews or ratings on Crash Land on Kurai! It has finally reached 50 reviews on Amazon! And it has a great rating too. If you haven't left a review of this books, I'd love it if you clicked this link and left one today. :) Thank you!

I crossed the 9000 minutes of working out on Peloton this week!

I also crossed the halfway mark on this book I'm writing. That felt good.

My new office… the bedroom.

When I finish my work early (wow, what a concept!) I can go outside and play fetch with Lulu.

Fresh peas from the CSA.

Some nights dinner doesn't work out, and then there's popcorn instead.

Lots of outside lunches lately, at home and at the pool.

Sometimes dessert is what you make of it. Lol.

I finished watching The Handmaid's Tale this week and this line from this scene made me burst into laughter. Thoughts and prayers, this is something Americans are supposedly good at.

And finally, my new headshot. I took over 100 photos of myself with my good camera and hated every one of them. So I went into the backyard with my iPhone and snapped this pic instead. A little editing later, and it's my new headshot. This goes to show you that sometimes simple is best.

Have a great week everyone! Stay safe and healthy.

S. J. Pajonas