I'm getting more and more depressed at the news coming out of the U.S. of late. It's scary stuff.
So, naturally, I'm escaping with things that make me laugh. Of late, it's been watching old episodes of a British quiz show call the The Big Fat Quiz of (insert relevant year). It's a bunch of comedians participating ins a pub-style quiz and it's frakkin' hilarious. I was laughing like a maniac last night as I watched 2014's episode. It was some serious laughter happening, and it startled the cats.
Laughter certainly does make things better, even if for only a little bit.
I was pretty productive yesterday, though I spent most of the day drawing. I was asked to design a friend's tattoo. He's getting it in honour of the birth of his daughter, which I think is very sweet. It will also be his first tattoo, so he's quite nervous about it. I will be accompanying him to the consultation and the actual tattooing. Most of the day was spent drawing tattoo designs, until we struck something that he felt like he could put on his skin forever.
Also on the list yesterday was soliciting book reviews for Sky Road Walker. Most of the time, traditionally published authors don't have to worry so much about soliciting reviews from people, especially if the publishing house is relatively large. And for good reason, too. It's time-consuming, and that's time better spent writing/editing/other writerly things.
I could spew forever about how much I hate marketing, but it is absolutely a necessary evil. For those of us who are self-published, we must handle it all ourselves. Once you get into the swing of soliciting reviews, it's not that bad. It's still tedious and annoying and frustrating and time I'd rather be spending writing or drawing, but there you go.
Today will be spent beta reading, as I'm quite behind in that regard.
On that note, I must go.