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Life has been interesting for me the last few months. In short, life has both kicked my butt and has been a kick in the pants. Allow me to explain.
I had announce that I was taking a break from the gag-a-day comic format; possibly even quitting it altogether. My next project was to be the graphic novel. I’m still planning on doing that, mind you. But something happened that put that on hold. Actually, a bunch of things happened but I’ll get to that.
I had an event that I put on called “Spirits & Spirits” (click the name to see the page for the event). For this event, I was going to debut my all new short story “The Sugar Skull Ghost Thief.” However, that didn’t happen. The event went on like scheduled but the short story just went on. By that, I mean that the short story turned into a novella. Then the novella turned into a novel. It’s now up around 250 pages.
So basically, that’s where I’ve been. I have been diligently writing the story and I’m excited about how it’s playing out. I’m at the very end of it and am itching to finish. Granted, there is editing and some rewrites that may follow but having the first draft completed is huge.
Through this process, life had thrown me some curveballs. I had a car accident and have been dealing with insurance companies and body shops, I moved twice, I got sick to the point where I had to see a doctor, I started a new position that is very demanding of my time and energy, golf ball sized hail rained down on Las Cruces and damaged multiple houses which I manage, I put on that event (above), and my beloved Grandma died. It all happened at the same time. Needless to say, I have been inundated.
But I’m back in action. And through it all, I have continued to write. And, in addition, I have a renewed sense of purpose in what I’m doing. (Hence the kick in the pants.) My goal is to get the book out toward the beginning or middle of next year. I may even do a Kickstarter campaign. We’ll see.
Thank you to all who bear with me through this lapse in communication. Stay tuned. There’s some interesting stuff just around the bend.
Work, by itself, is just a means of making money. The beauty of working is it allows us to interact with people — to meet and connect with a variety of folks. I have met some of my best friends through work. The workplace was an environment where we could learn about each other and build bonds.
Perk at Work is about our experiences as humans. Sure, at it’s core, it is about a lowly cafe worker who chats it up with his regular customers. But they are sharing moments of their lives together, learning and sharing bits of information and, hopefully, learning to care about each other. Is there any greater purpose in this life than to love and be loved? Well, maybe to get the perfect cup of coffee but we can do that while we talk.
Perk at Work Short Stories
While walking to class on campus, Henna notices a $20 bill with the words “I will pay for your college” on it. She reaches for it and it eludes her. She chases it only to find out that she has been baited by an mysterious organization that offers to give her a chance to win a full ride scholarship. The only thing is, they won’t tell her what she has to do to get it. Does Henna accept the challenge? Click here to read.
#1: “Introductions Are In Order”
It’s Perk’s first day on the job, only he’s the only one unaware of this fact. In this short story, you are introduced to Perk and the whole group. Find out how he got the job and what it was like for him to meet everyone for the first time.
#3: “This Beautiful Life”
It seems to Moxy that guys are interested in her only for her looks. To test this theory, she decides to dress down to the point of homliness to see how guys will react. In the process of her experiment, she meets a stranger who sheds a strange and refreshing light on her perspective.
#2: “Party of Two”
Henna’s cute friend Nell invites Perk to her birthday party — a costume based shindig. Unbeknownst to Perk, Nell’s cat was fatally injured earlier that morning and the party is off. Perk arrives ready for a good time only to find out what happened. Undeterred, Perk suggests a smaller event, one made for two.
#4: “Psycho Chick”
Cal’s loverboy ways landed him involuntarily tied to a bed and at the mercy of a jaded woman. But who is she? What did he do to her? And more importantly, what is she going to do to him?