This month has proven itself to be unexpectedly complicated, thanks to the number of projects I have been working on. Around Katzenhaus, summer is NOT vacation time. Here's the run-down:
1. We're dealing with a 19-year-old-cat who has been feeling "puny." Turns out he has had an upper respiratory infection that has involved his teeth and made it hard for him to eat. A month of antibiotics has him perky again, but he's rail-thin and needs nourishment. So he's getting special soft foods, not the kibble that all the other cats eat. His mealtimes involve feeding him in a closed room, so the 20-pound bully of the family can't take his dinner away, And it also involves several varieties of special food. Yesterday, for example, his meals were based on Alaskan king crab. I should have it so good.!
2. We're about to get very busy with the major fundraiser for the non-profit [Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service] on whose board both of us serve. We have a dinner/dance/auction coming up early in August, so the pressure is building.
3. We're also in the midst of scheduling and planning two major trips: first, to Phoenix in late September -early October; and then to South Carolina in mid-December.
4. Our latest book, Damned Yankee, has been out for about 6 weeks now and is selling quite well, but it needs pretty constant monitoring and various marketing efforts.
5. Week before last, our first audio book was released, and I'm still working on ways to promote it. This is the recorded version of Beyond All Price, which was a Kindle best-seller back in 2011. I've been seeking reviewers and encouraging listeners, but the whole audio book thing is still quite new to me. This morning I stumbled across an old video, which was produced by a Pittsburgh TV station back in 2011. I was attending a "Military Writers Society of America" conference, and Beyond all Price had been nominated for one of their book awards. (It won a bronze medal for biography at that meeting.) The interview is a bit awkward, because the interviewer had not read the book, and she had pulled me out of another session to film this spot without any preparation. But here it is. Perhaps it will encourage some fans of audio books to give it a try.