Get Thee Behind Me, Summer

I’m glad this summer is finally coming to an end.

With teachers and students returning to my workplace soon, maybe I’ll be able to return to some semblance of routine. While I haven’t overextended myself intentionally, a number of things conspired to take care of that for me, not least of which being the Great Heart Scare these last few weeks.

The good news on that front is the stress test, EKG, and nuclear camera pics of my pump show all is well. The bad news is now people are telling me it could be inflammation, an aortal aneurism, a defective gall bladder, torn cartilage and/or a pulled muscle, a pinched nerve, or a hiatal hernia. So yeah, comforting.

Fortunately I don’t yet write for a living because it’s put a strain on both my creativity and my time to create. I’ve been throwing myself at the day job instead.

This weekend i decided I’m done sweating it. I have too much to do. And thanks to that new mindset, a new direction for The Pack reared it’s head, a way to accelerate to the meat of the characters’ stories in Book 2 that the editor and I both dig and I think you all will enjoy.

It’s time to get excited about writing again, not sweat what my body may or may not be doing and the stacks of green paper the hospital is going to be looking for. Hell, it’s even been way too easy to forget about my camera the last few weeks, after things had been going so well for Photo Fridays.

In this same regrouping, I’ve decided I’m going to suck it up and dump the oldest blog posts. I’ve got stuff going back almost a decade, but all it seems to do is attract spam comments. I thought it would be neat to keep that archive visible, but let’s be honest: there’s nothing particularly interesting back there. I’ll stash it away for possible future use, but for now it’s going to come off the web.

I’ll spending a part of the day on a motorcycle, and I’m going to use that quiet time to cogitate on creative activity, not stress. I want to be in the right mindset for Friday, when my Evileye Books editor and I will be making a road trip to visit Cullen Bunn and talk more creativity and business planning. That’s sure to be a good time, too.

More later.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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