Been a few weeks

Life has been pretty hectic right now and I'm trying not to push it (I don't need to burn out at this point). However, I've gotten some good progress on a number of fronts including one that is somewhat significant:

  • I finished submitting Sand and Ash to the writing group. I'm still hesitant with my writing skills (mainly because I miss so much), so I really appreciate being able to get people's opinions on plot, pacing, etc. But, after today's edit at lunch, I'm currently sitting on a completed book with no outstanding feedback. So, I promptly asked another beta reader to read it.
  • This also opens up for me working on Sand and Blood during my lunch hours. I'll get to find out if all the wait was worth it. I'm a little nervous there.
  • I packaged a book (print and ebook) for a friend. I did this mainly so I could improve my skills in packaging (for Sand and Blood of course) and they were willing to let me make mistakes. It was a fun experience and I have some new opinions about CreateSpace verses Lulu.
  • I finished a first draft of a sci-fi anthology that I was sitting on for almost a year. Procrastination unfortunately nailed me there and I was struggling to get it written up and polished before the 15th.

So, while it is slow progress, it is progress. And that isn't something to be upset about.