So, I haven't done a catch-up post in a few days. That would be because -- there's nothing really to catch up on.
We took a drive down to Old Orchard Beach last weekend and had a nice, relaxing time walking the beach and the town, sitting in the sun on the mall, eating ice cream and people-watching. Hard to get enough people-watching. Or, yanno, ice cream.
Steve and I have been alternating reading stories aloud for bi-weekly posting on Patreon, where they're available to patrons only for a month, before being moved to Splinter Universe, for the perusal of all. Tomorrow, around noon, Eastern, "The Beggar King" will reveal itself, read by me, with a little help from Scrabble. Previous readings have been, Steve reading "A Night at the Opera;" me reading "The Gift of Music;" and Steve reading "Charioteer." It's about time for "Opera" to disappear from Patreon and re-appear on Splinter Universe.
For those coming in late, the Lee and Miller Patreon page is here. Back in April, we introduced a new goal of $2,500/month. As of this writing, we are a scant $96 from realizing that goal.
We've also been participating in #1stChapterFriday on Twitter, along with many of our colleagues. Follow the hashtag for some provocative reading. Or, here's a link that may or may not work (the ways of Twitter remain a Mystery, I fear).
As some of you may know, the twentieth novel set in the Liaden Universe®, and the fifth detailing the on-going adventures of Theo Waitley, aka The Gathering Edge, was published earlier this month. This is where I ask those who have read it to please take the time to leave a review on Amazon, BN, Goodreads, or other sites. As last year, with Alliance of Equals, we're hoping to hit the Magic Number of 100 Reader Reviews on Amazon. Alliance wound up with 263 reviews, and TGE is well on her way, with 87 reviews already posted.
I find, in fact, that I am remiss in announcing here that The Gathering Edge hit Number Four on the Bookscan Bestseller list for the week of May 11.
And that? Is all I've got, except a sincere Thank you! for everything you do, from reading our books, to recommending them to friends, to donating to our various causes, to writing encouraging letters. We'd couldn't have gotten so far on this long, strange, sometimes scary, artistic journey we set ourselves on, without you. Every one of you.
So, give yourselves a pat on the back, and bask for a moment in the gratitude of authors (I naturally can't promise you the gratitude of cats, though I'm sure they'd appreciate y'all too, if it happened to occur to them) -- and enjoy the weekend.