Things have been so insane lately around here. I've suddenly been getting a lot of students booking classes with me. Which is great, I need the money, but it also takes time away form my writing. I'm working hard to have set schedules so that each of these endeavors gets plenty of my time devoted to them without having to sacrifice too much time with P.R..
I've been a bit disappointed lately. For months, I had been planning a trip for P.R. and for my 50th birthday, which is coming up here in a few weeks. It was going to be just a short trip about 5 hours from here to relax and go hot air ballooning on my birthday. P.R. had asked for this time off months ago. However, last week P.R.'s company decided while they would let P.R. not come into the office for work they decided to require P.R. to be on-call for that week.
For P.R., being on-call means having to be where P.R. can be reached at any time and have access to a computer to do IT work if it should be necessary. It's rather hard to take a two hour hot air balloon ride if you have to be next to your computer and have reliable access to a high-speed WiFi connection. Needless to say, I'm not happy with P.R.'s company right now!
If it was any other birthday I would not be upset but this is my 50th for crying out loud, P.R. notified them months in advance, and it was all approved months ago! I'm trying very hard to not let this get to me but as someone with two serious health conditions that have tried to kill me more than once, I look forward to my birthdays, especial big milestones like 50 because I am damn lucky to still be here to see it.
Ugh, such is life!
On an up note, Dianne has finished the redesign for Into the west: The Orphan Train. Next will be Into the West: A New Home and then Into the West: Sharon Springs. We are going with a more generic cover in hopes to appeal to more readers. The stories are really character dramas that are set in the 1800s more than hardcore traditional westerns so we decided to try to appeal to a more general audience. I think she has hit on a good layout. Check it out for yourselves and let us know what you think.