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My Current Plans

I’m back. Generally, this sentence is in reply to the question, “Where have you been?” Since nobody asked why my blog has been silent for the last six months (and seven months before that), I’ll have to respond to my own question. If you’ve even had that question cross your mind once, I might suggest you are one pitiful stalker.

I hope to do this more often going forward so I can stay connected better. I want to be more enmeshed with writers, readers and anyone else who would find the words I type interesting. I want people to be curious about where my writing adventure is going and I want to tell you about it. I hope to either be an encouragement leading others down the path to success or at least the roadblock helping you avoid failure. I’m not picky.

I’m currently back to working on The Clemente Ball whenever I can squeeze out the time. School started and I’ve had this little pesky goal of reversing my Type II diabetes (more on that later.) This has eaten up a bunch of my time in addition to calling all of the Magnolia Blue Eagle football games on WETZ radio. This doesn’t allow me much time for creativity.

I have made the decision that I will self-publish The Clemente Ball. I considered the traditional route, even sending out a few queries, and decided it would be a too long and too unpredictable process for my writing goals. I could spend months waiting for the call that may never come or I could take the bull by the horns and get to work myself. I was going to do a lot of marketing for it anyway, so we may as well get started now.

I am currently working on revisions. Local romance writer, Elizabeth Seckman, gave me an excellent critique and an evening full of advice for the mere price of a sugar-free caramel latte with almond milk. (That’s what I had. I can’t remember her order.) I suppose I did give her four boys a middle school reading education and fed the oldest one twice a year when he was here for a night of video gaming with my son and their Nerd Herd. I needed a more professional opinion of my work that my family, friends and students couldn’t give. I appreciate their feedback, as well.

I hope to continue with my current revisions then send it off for professional editing before winter. Then, make more revisions based on the editing, and send it away for formatting in the early spring. If all goes according to plan, I can start the uploading process soon after and offer The Clemente Ball to the world. Hopefully, it will be available as an e-book, paperback and audiobook I will narrate myself. My son Chase has put his skills to use to make the cover design. He was able to create the vision I had perfectly.

If you’ve made it this far on my blog, I feel I can now trust you and ask a favor of you in the future. I will be assembling a ragtag outfit of rogues, misfits and ne’r-do-wells, to pre-order my book and hopefully leave reviews. These are the kinds of things that help boost new books to the front of the line, thus granting them more exposure when being sold online. It’s still months from happening, but I want to be ready when the time comes. I’ll give more specific information as the time approaches.

Now about me. On April 20 I was told I am now a Type II diabetic. On October 9, I plan for the doctor to tell me that is no longer true. I have done lots of research and followed my own plan to combat this condition. I have made a lot of changes in my lifestyle and hopefully they stick long-term. I have cut out carbs and sugar, added more vegetables, drink apple cider vinegar before meals, followed the 16:8 intermittent fasting (eat only during 8 hour window, fast 16) and I’m a regular again at Prodigy Wellness Center. The results? I have lost 58 pounds, so far, and this morning my blood glucose level was 99. I have two weeks to make those numbers a little better.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve hung on until the end. I don’t care if you say something mean, correct my grammar or call me a name. You can even just smash your fist into your keyboard and see what letters pop up. I’ll gladly read it and spend all evening trying to decide what it means. Thanks.

Brian Croasmun4 Comments