Job Stuff. Still nothing on the job front. Aside from figuring out how to make my resume flash with red and blue lights, I don’t know what else to do to get someone to take notice.
Unemployment Stuff. After letting me go, my former employer challenged my initial unemployment claim. An investigator called and asked me a bunch of questions. While the investigation was ongoing, I received zero benefits. Following my conversation with the investigator, they found in my favor, said that I did, in fact, lose my job through no fault of my own, and released my benefits. I thought this was the end. Apparently, the former employer has appealed this decision and now I have to go in for a hearing. I am upset by the way I have been treated following 4 1/2 years at that company, especially given the fact that I have continued to help them with projects and writing training documents for my replacement in the months since my last day. They call, I help. Yet behind the scenes, they work to keep me from receiving unemployment after kicking me to the curb. Hence the quiet.
Writing Stuff. Hit 80,000 words on the epic fantasy. Moving along at a nice clip. Happy with the words on the page thus far. Everything in the story is coming to a head soon, and that’s the best part to write. Can also be the most difficult to write because you want that pay off to be huge given the investment.
New Blog Thing. In the lower right hand corner of this blog, I have added a new counter detailing the total number of words I have written since the year 2000. This includes every piece of fiction, but not blogging or technical writing. I intend to update this counter once a month. We’ll see how long I stick with it.
Book Stuff. No news is no news, as they say. (no one says that) The agent continues to try and sell Sam Kane, but there are no nibbles as far as I am aware of. Which sucks.
Marketing Stuff. I am in talks to do a couple of presentations at a local author networking event thingie… One would be on social media marketing, the other on podcasting to build your platform. If things firm up, I’ll detail the event here.
Reading Stuff. Finished The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe. Highly recommend. Started (finally) reading something by this guy. (should never have taken this long to start – it’s amazing) You may have heard of him. He may have tried to set me up with his sister. Or was it his sister in law?