I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to some fun this weekend. I have been hard at work writing and trying like mad to get more done on part 5 of the Into the West Saga Serial, Into the West: Last Showdown. Progress is going good. In fact, I have finished about a third of the book (thank you, Jesus!) and you will be able to find a new sneak peek by clicking here. (<--- do it, click here)
With any luck, I should finish this up in April and be able to send it off to the editor. Cross your fingers that I might actually be able to release date figured out sometime in May. My plan is to jump straight into part six, which will be Into the West: Family Ties.
I should note, I finally figured out why I was having such a difficult time with this book. I forgot a huge chunk of information I had originally planned to put in part four, Into the West: Most Wanted. Since that was not there, part five was not blending in to the end of part four as it should have.
It took me a while to figure out how to fix this without re-editing and re-releasing part four. If you read my books, you know I usually take the end of one book and back up a bit and retell the end of the previous book from a different perspective then go on with the story when I catch up to the ending of the previous book. This time I had to back up about three chapters and give some extra back story to catch up to the ending of part four again then take the story on from there. It is not an elegant solution and it really rubs my OCD the wrong way because it's not the same format I have been using up until now, but it get you the whole story and that is what is important.
Now that I have this figured out and all the backstory had been written, I just need to blend in the ending of the last book and I can finally finish part five, Into the West: Last Showdown. this book will be a bit longer but I think you are really going to like the story.
In other news . . .
Today is also Epilepsy Awareness Day. This is a cause close to my heart as I have had Epilepsy and still deal with three neurological disorders. As a child, I fell backward out of a swing and landed on my head. It knocked me unconscious for a few moments and it was not long after that I had my first, what was called at the time, grand mal seizure. These are more commonly called Tonic-clonic seizures nowadays.
Tonic-clonic seizures can be frightening to witness as well as to experience. These often include extreme muscle spasms and the person having the seizure might even temporarily stop breathing. I was lucky, my seizures were well controlled with medication and I eventually grew out of this type of seizure at a young age. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. I have had friends pass away from severe seizures.
I still occasionally have what is known as Absence Seizures (previously called petit mal). This type is much less severe and observers are often not even aware that a person is having one. This type of seizure can present just as staring off into space for a few seconds to minutes and might include rapid blinking.
If you think you or someone you know might have Epilepsy symptoms, it's important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
But enough about such serious topics on a Friday Funnies day! On to the jokes!!! For today's selection, we have some of the best "dad" jokes told by kids.
Q: What do you call an ant who fights crime?
A: A vigil-anty!
Q: What has ears but cannot hear?
A: A cornfield.
Q: What did the left eye say to the right eye?
A: Between you and me, something smells!
Q: Why did the policeman ask to play catcher on his baseball team?
A: He wanted to stop players from stealing home!
Q: What did the Cheetah say after lunch?
A: Well that hit the spot!
Q: Why did the children cross the playground?
A: To get to the other slide.
Q: How do you get an astronaut’s baby to sleep?
A: You rocket!
Q: What is a witch’s favorite subject?
and last but not least . . .
Q: When does a joke become a “dad” joke?
A: When the punchline is a-parent.