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Sunday Update – March 12, 2023

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.

This week I came to the conclusion that I may never get back the energy I had pre-COVID, and that I need to learn to deal with that somehow. I'm up to 3-4 cups of tea per day for caffeine, otherwise my brain is foggy and useless, and I'm too tired to do anything. (Of course being too tired does NOT mean I'm sleeping more.) I need to lie down every afternoon or I struggle through the evening. It's really tough on me because I used to get a lot of writing done in the afternoon. I miss that creative time. Still, this is what I'm saddled with now. I need to figure out how to work around it.

I also figured out that I can't have salads with high-acid dressings on them anymore. They upset my stomach and send me running for the bathroom. I've been researching low-acid dressings and making my own creamy dressings. Once again, I'm learning to adapt.

I have not been reading or knitting because I spend every day reading up on generative AI — how it works, how to program it, advancements in this area, what new products use it, and how to use it effectively. ChatGPT has hit the zeitgeist and everyone is talking about it now, more than crypto ever did. I'm convinced this is major disruptive technology and our lives will be vastly different from here on out. I know a lot of authors are pushing back against it, but I don't see the point. You can't stop it or stall it now. I'm determined to be ahead of the pack on this, instead of left behind. Rest assured that everything you read from me from here on out though will still be me. I use tools. They don't use me.

Speaking of writing, I am in the last 10k of the next Amagi book, A Surprise Favor. After this book, I think I only have two more to write. I hope to get those covers made this year; I just need titles for the books. When I'm done writing this book, I'm going to take a week off to read and catch up on some knitting and TV. Then I will get edits done and publish. After this writing project, I plan to write a short story to publish here on the blog, and then I will write the next Kimura Sisters book.

I expect posting to the blog to be light this year as I'm working hard at both writing and figuring out AI and how it can help authors. Since my energy levels are lower than usual, that will be about all I can handle most days. I'm glad for Sunday Updates because they keep me accountable!

Lulu photos! Sleeping on the couch. Checking on Daddy while he's doing musical stuff. By my side while I get stuff done in the morning. (She's next to me now as I type this.)

Some photos of my family and me at my Uncle Richard's celebration of life party. My brother flew up for the day from Florida to be there. It was great to see him and everyone else.

We've had small amounts of snow twice this week and then it all melted away.

Bought this sign which I can see from across the room at my usual spot on the couch. It's there to remind me that all of this AI hysteria will eventually die down and I should just remain calm and carry on with my work.

Finally, the full moon this week was HUGE and disruptive. I slept poorly and Lulu was nuts. Glad it's behind us now!

Have a great week, everyone! Stay safe and healthy.

S. J. Pajonas