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What's procrastitasking you say? That's where writers suddenly develop an interest in dusting or cleaning their house rather than work on a particularly challenging scene or edit. I caught myself eyeballing my house this weekend, thinking, "Hmm. Might be time to de-cobweb this place." And I caught myself. Does my house seriously need to be de-cobwebbed and dusted? Absolutely. Am I only considering actually doing that hated chore because I've reached that point in SB3 edits where I'm at the final battle scene and have to make major changes? Yes. Yes I am. Are the changes worthwhile and will make the story better? Hell yes. So worth the effort. Even if it left my house a little. . .less than clean LOL

On the plus side, I'm happy with my progress. Only about 80 pages left to go, and then I'll send it off to Nick, Casey, Marisa, and Space Dad (AKA Kevin Steverson) to read through. I cannot stress enough how amazing it is to have author friends who will alpha read your rough draft and tell you how to make it better. In Space Dad's case, he reads everything that gets published in the Salvage Title Universe, so I'll need the thumbs up from him before I submit the final draft to CKP. Everything is on track, and I think the story is going to be a good one. In short:

On the secret project side, Nick, Kacey, and I are ironing out the kinks and finishing up our short stories. I think it's going to be freaking amazing when we're done, but that's all I'll say about that for now. Mwahahaha. Anyways, I'm also gearing up to write my Depik Companion novel for the 4HU. I've got a lot of the story already worked out and in my head, but I need to develop Ducky's side of the story a little more. I've learned I can let my subconscious churn away at some things, so I'm not stressing. I'm really looking forward to writing the story, and I can hear the characters in my head. Always a good start. Just get ready for the return of ALL the duck jokes LOL

Dear autocorrect, it's never duck. . .unless Ducky has been drinking. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check out my short story Duck Me in the Phoenix Initiative: First Missions -- and then read the rest of the stories, because they're all awesome!! Recommend you actually read Casey Moores' Buff Orpington and the Sinister Scientist Bunnies before mine, as we tied our stories together.

That wasn't the first time we've tied our stories together either (and no, that's not a euphemism, get your mind out of the gutter. I'm looking at you, Nick LOL). We actually did that for our stories in Bill Webb's Last Brigade Universe, and guess what? The Standing Against All Odds anthology is now up for pre-order!!

Doesn't that look epic? It releases on October 17, and I can't wait to hear what ya'll think of our stories. Anyways, I better get back to those SB3 edits. While this was a necessary procrastitask, I can hear Kailey tapping her foot. Until next week, folks!!

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