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My Path Is Changing…


I’m on Spring Break this week from the university and luckily none of my instructors loaded me down with extra work.  So I have some time to myself, finally.  I’ll try and get some writing done this week, but for now I wish to share some of my thoughts about the future.

First off, “No one panic!”  I’m not giving up on writing novels.  Writing is my passion and to stop doing it would be like ripping out a huge part of who I am.  Writing is not just something I do, it’s who I am.  So there is no way I’ll ever stop.  I’m even planning on getting some voice software like ‘Dragon’ so I can dictate my ideas to the computer on those days when the fibromyalgia is making it difficult to type.

But as for my university studies… I just don’t know anymore.  Most days it seems most of my instructors are talking about how we’re being prepared to not only get a Bachelor’s Degree but to pursue a Master’s Degree.  In fact, most of my classes seemed geared to doing just that and nothing else.

I entered university to gain more knowledge and skills to help in my quest for getting a job in Human Services.  But instead I’m hearing (from the instructors mind you) that “These days a Bachelor’s is the equivalent of what a High School Diploma was a few years ago.  What you really need to do if you’re going to get anywhere is pursue a Masters…” etc.  Hearing things like this does not inspire me very much.  I’m 50 years old, I cannot keep wracking up more student loan debt and do nothing but intern work for the next 4-5 years.  PLUS… all this extra studies would take away from my writing and spending time with my wife.

Originally I started university so my wife and I could keep living in the off-campus housing that was inexpensive and an easy commute.  But we’ve discovered this year that my wife is deathly allergic to certain plants in the area where we are living, and the pollens are out of control this year to the point other residents who have lived in this area for years are having troubles like never before.   Now both my wife and I have asthma which is being exasperated by these conditions as well making life much harder for us both.

We’ve both started putting in applications for county jobs and I’ve got an interview for one county job next week.  Yesterday we went to Santa Cruz to get job applications for Santa Cruz Metro, which has some nice job openings as well.  We’re both going to keep putting in for other decent paying jobs with benefits as well until either of us land something that pays good.  We’ll probably be moving before this year is over.  We are going to try and stick near the water (we live near the Monterey/Santa Cruz Peninsula).  But I don’t think we can stick it out where we are for more than a year.

In the meantime, I’ve got 6-7 more weeks of class after this break is over.  Don’t know how much writing I’ll be able to get done, so I’m going to say flat out that “The Door” will NOT be released in May as originally planned.  I’m aiming for September to release it and then do a second release in December involving “The Vampyre Blogs”.

At this point I’m undecided which tale of “The Vampyre Blogs” to release.  I have a complete 1st draft of a novel and a novelette.  Both are going to be getting proofread and edited during the next few weeks and will be more than ready to be released in December.  The novelette is a Christmas story I posted on my other blog “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” last year.  I am planning on making illustrations for the story to make it more special in book form.  The novel would be the normal style I’ve put out before.

I could use some feedback from you all on what you’d like to see come out first.  So I’m attaching a link to a survey so you can help guide my decision:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSX8S5C

That’s all I have to say for now.  I just want to say thank you all for continuing to read this blog and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.  Take care and keep writing.

 


Hi everyone.  As you all know I have 2 blogs.  This one, which is dedicated to my life and my novels.  Plus another one on Blogspot which I call “Musings Of A Creative Mind”, where I explore writing itself.   Things like setting, plots, character development, etc.  Well, I’ve recently been working on a project that will combine the two blogs in a Video Blog or VLOG.  I will be posting the first 2 installments very shortly, like within the next couple of days.

Mind you, I will still be posting here even after the Vlog is up and running.  I won’t be going away and forgetting all of you.  I’ve still got a lot more to share with you all.  So don’t worry, I’m keeping both Blogs going.

In the meantime, not a lot happening on the writing front due to my work schedule and the fact that my wife and I have been actively seeking a new apartment or housing because she will be attending Calif State Univ of Monterey Bay (CSUMB), which is 45 minutes away from where we live now.  So that’s been taking up a lot of time as well.  Originally we were going to try and get inexpensive housing near the campus through the university but got put on a wait list.  Now this puzzled us exceedingly because we were told married students would get high priority on the list and would be a guaranteed thing.  But instead we were number 10 on a Waiting List.  So we spent the last three weeks seeking alternative housing on our own, with little success.  Then yesterday I went back to the housing people at the university to try and arrange a viewing so we could have something to compare the other places we’ve seen to what the university had to offer.  This way we could make up our minds about staying on the Wait List or giving up 0n the list.  Well, lo and behold the people helping me noticed something unusual.  When they heard I was there on behalf of my wife they looked at their computer and said, “Wait she’s married?  We have her on the single-student wait list….” Then they asked me if I had sent our marriage certificate, which I had and they checked their records.   Long story short, we were on the wrong list.  Now we’re #3 on another list and were told that we would probably hear something next week because there has been movement on that new waiting list.  So fingers crossed, we might have a move date given to us next week.

That’s all for now.  I’ll post the first installments of the Vlog within the next few days so stay tuned.  Take care and thanks for reading.


Just wanted to check in and bring you all up to date.  This week coming up is the final one for college.  I’ve started my new job as well, so I’ve been pretty busy.  I hope to be getting back to longer regular posts soon, so please bear with me.  In the meantime I’m sharing this YouTube Link below so you can see some of what I’ve had to do for my Dance Class finals.  This little dance is me and my wife Helen  performing our own take on the Bruno Mars “Lazy Day Song”.  Hope you enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXFetGW0j6g&feature=plcp

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