JUNE IS AUDIOBOOK MONTH (AND OTHER TRUE STORIES)

June is Audiobook Month
June is Audiobook Month, and Comedy of Terrors is NOW DISCOUNTED!

Wow, can you believe we are already almost halfway through another year? Time flies when you’re sitting on your keister staring at a screen watching YouTube videos when you’re not at JOB. Or commuting to and from JOB. But more on that later.

The first thing to announce is so important there is actually a GRAPHIC at the top of this post! June is Audiobook month, and yours truly (that’s “I” in grammatical parlance, though the verb will now not agree) is in a promotion for the month. Comedy of Terrors — the audiobook, natch — is on sale at the Nook Store, Apple Books, and Google Play Books for 60% off list price.

There is even an overall promotion going on at the Nook store, which I am contractually obligated to share. Take a look and see what interests you!

This is exciting, in that it ticks off one of my 2021 goals (I think — I will have to double-check the wording) of promotions. And I didn’t have to spend a penny to do it. Just authorize a temporary price drop on the audiobook.

I don’t know if it’s a full June-long promo (seems logical that it would be, though). So head to your store of choice (out of those three, as I understand it) to pick up the Comedy of Terrors audiobook today at a discounted price! Which is already a significant discount to what a traditionally published audiobook would be. So double bonus!

IN OTHER NEWS…

I am FULLY VACCINATED™ (well, as of this coming Thursday as this releases). I got my second poke at the end of May. The “fully” part kicks in about two weeks later, to give the body time to produce what it needs to produce. As a Stinking Liberal™, I am proud to be part of the solution instead of an obstacle.

Like with the first poke, I got the sore arm and fever. This time, the fever felt like a full-blown “I’m sick” kind of fever, so I just stayed in bed all the next day to let my carcass do what it needed to. Glad I took the day off for it.

Speaking of taking the day off, I have now been at the new location for JOB for a month. The commute is MUCH better. Still takes about an hour and a half door-to-door because I don’t drive, but that saves me at least an hour each way, time I can use to sit and watch YouTube and STILL get a full 8 hours of sleep. Even Roomie says I’m much less grumpy these days. (Apologies to my role model Dwarf from the fairy tale.)

It also feels slightly more productive, because people actually have to make an effort to bug me. They can’t just come over to my desk now, unless they want to drive all the way to my new location. I still get interrupted when my phone rings, but most of the time they use the Office-integrated messaging system, which I can ignore until I reach a stopping point in what I’m doing.

This is not to say it’s all rainbows and unicorns. I miss many of the people in the old place. The new location does not deal with any of what I do, so there is little-to-no reason to interact. 99% of the time I am alone in my office, silently doing what needs doing or on the phone with someone talking through what needs doing. Also, there will be circumstances where I need to report to the other place, such as a point in Week 3 where I had some paperwork that needed to be handled, but I couldn’t remember exactly where it was to walk my “minion” through it. I popped in, found it, and when that was done continued my regular work.

Oh, that’s the other neat thing about the move. I have a minion now! There are things that still need to happen in the main office that I am no longer there to handle. On those occasions, I tell my minion what to do, he does it, and it gets checked off the list.

But because he is my friend, I feel guilty when I call him minion. So this will (hopefully) be the only time I refer to him as such in this blog. That was just how the concept was introduced to me when we were working out the logistics of moving locations. My boss said “You’ll need a minion for that stuff.” She gave two or three recommendations, and I picked my friend so I would have an excuse to call him from time to time.

Wow. That was a lot of stuff for the “news” portion of a blog entry. May was a packed month. And you already knew I talk too much once I get started.

WRITING IN PUBLIC

There is good news and bad news on the writing front. The bad news is that I have not written as much as I would have liked on the new story I started in April.

The good news, though, is that the curse is still broken. I have written at least 1,700 words on it. (It may even be more, since I am writing this about a week ahead of posting it.)

Still don’t know what happens. Or who the antagonist is. Or what the major threat should be. Just a couple of vague scenes I think might happen at some point in the story.

I’m still writing, though, so that’s a win!

GAMING THINGS

I know this section has to be getting old with my constant gushing over Pathfinder. But that has been my gaming life, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

(Well, I might be slightly happier if Marvel Champions was more in line with this game than what it actually is. Don’t get me wrong, I love Champions. I just love this Adventure Card Game more.)

In May we made it through two more of the “Prologue” scenarios. Both with little or no room to spare. Seriously, we miss our Holy Candle SO MUCH.

Don’t tell my group, but I feel like our streak of being undefeated is going to end before this is over.

At least we have characters dedicated to keeping everyone else alive.

Sadly, it looks like our next session will not conclude the Prologue. One of our member has already told us she will not be available that night. We will either have to reschedule or the remaining three play something else.

(As with Runelords, I refuse to play without our full group. We are such a great team!)

WRAPPING UP

As spring gives way to the heat of summer, I hope that your creative pursuits progress at a satisfactory clip. I hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and thriving under your love. (Yes, you are allowed to thrive under your own love. I read it in the rules.)

Love yourself.

Love everyone around you.

Tolerate those you can’t love.

Most importantly, be a force for good in the world. There is enough pain and misery. Let’s all try to be a beacon of light in the darkness.

We won’t always succeed, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

Next month, I think I’m going to check in with goals at the halfway point. Should be good for a few laughs.

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