A terribly busy week. We wrote Ryder on Monday and Tuesday, and then on Wednesday, after a discussion with Avon, a decision was made to write Arabella’s very short story bribe.
By the way, thank you to all of the OB-GYN who responded. We got our two experts, but we deeply appreciate your help. We received over 30 offers.
So we dropped Ryder and crash-wrote the short story over the two days. The whole week was so busy. Interview arrangements, contract arrangements, making a decision about the audio narration for Ryder, looking for a map artist – why do artist people not respond when I email them? – reviewing the art sketch – Luisa Pressler is working on the Ryder cover, and it is badass. We signed a ton of book plates and sent them back to New York. Somehow this business stuff just piles up and then you have to power through it.
We have seen the COVID child who has not had any symptoms for 2 weeks. Trying to get tested in Austin right now is a nightmare. She came to the house. Everyone wore masks. Everyone gave hugs. She seemed okay. Then she raided the freezer, because that’s what you do when you come home, stole some meat, and I followed her with snacks and can to her car. She put the bag into the car. It wasn’t very heavy. And then she just sort of lay down on the seat and said she needed a minute. I worried about her the entire time it took her to drive to her house.
Then on Friday Kid 1 got very stressed out over her upcoming Security+ exam. Apparently, for the company of computer experts, CompTIA isn’t that great at making a user-friendly website and it locked her out of her labs. Also, Friday was the cleaning day. Every Friday, we dust, and wipe, and mop, and vacuum, and scrub the toilets. So after having done all that, I went down to the office to poke at Ryder again and realized that my brain was down to zero. Gordon was on his way there, and here I am, dragging myself back to the house. I was so tired, I didn’t even want to play my game. My left eye started twitching yesterday morning and it finally stopped. I think.
Nope, just twitched again.
The release is always difficult for me. People tend to assume that it’s negative reviews that cause the stress. It’s not really about the reviews. It’s more like the release itself is somehow mildly traumatic. I’ve been eating comfort food, which for me in the summer equals a Russian style salad with a ton of tomatoes, cucumbers, and sometimes onion, cut up, salted, and drizzled with olive oil. Sunflower oil is better, because that was produced in the city I was born, but I can’t find it in our local grocery store.
Guess who can’t have too many tomatoes? I realized I had an issue when my stomach started hurting again. No more tomatoes. 🙁 I went back to a double doze of Prilosec to mitigate the damage.
Honestly, release brings on a kind of frazzled insanity. Sometime toward the end of the week, I was listening to the audio sample of EMERALD BLAZE and Gordon frowned and said, “Did we write that?”
“Yes. It’s the opening scene of Chapter 1.”
“Are you sure?”
We both will have to reread the book before the publicity week starts.
A few days ago, Gordon sent me a link to a game called Satisfactory and said something like, “I think you’ll really enjoy this. You land on a beautiful planet and then you build an ugly complicated factory on it.”
I wasn’t so sure. I love the alien world games, but I usually prefer to be a scientist like in Subnautica not a dirty environment-polluting factory builder. But I decided to try it anyway.
Did you know that ore deposits come in 3 levels of purity and that Level 1 miner on a lowest purity deposit produces 30 ore per minute and since smelters also produce 30 ingots per minute, you only need one smelter per miner, but second level of purity produces 60, so you can have two smelters and you need to upgrade you conveyor belt? Well, now you do.
If you’ve played Factorio, it’s like that, except it’s first person and gorgeous. Click screenshots to enlarge slightly. I had to drop the quality a bit, because the files were huge.
Imagine me trying to build complex production chains with my sad fried brain.
I’ve repositioned assemblers like 9 times and then after that I researched new technology and they are like, “You can now move to coal energy provided you have water.”
There is water?
I built a little tractor and am driving around the planet. No water so far, but lots of cute critters. At some point I see this weird animal and I am like, “Hey there, goat-tentacle thing.”
And the goat tentacle thing spits fire.
Not everything is hostile.
If you like building things, this will be right up your alley. I need to figure out how to go vertical. It would save a lot of my logistical issues. 😀