Monday, September 18, 2017

Catching Up

Over the weekend, I got three manuscripts edited and worked on two other manuscripts.  Ken and Vicki did all the errands on Saturday.  Sunday we went out to breakfast.  We have a couple of places we like but wanted to try other places.  So we went somewhere other than our favorites.

The food looked and tasted good but all three of us had unpleasant stomach issues after going to this place.  We will not be returning to that place for a Sunday meal again.

Saturday, I spent a couple hours at Natureland.  I can't hike anymore which makes me exceedingly sad as it's such a nice park.  I sat in my car and edited while the beauty of the place helped me cope with a few things.  I parked in an end stall in order to be out of the way and in the shade.  The tree closest to it seemed to reach down to try to tease me.

It was productive for me to be there.  I turned my phone down.  I worked on editing.  I watched the lake and the trees.  I watched the people come and go.  I wrote two scenes (by hand which means I need to type them up).

Sunday Vicki and I worked on food prep for the week.  I cut up a bunch of stuff for her for lunches and supper tonight.  I made pudding for Ken and Vicki.  We got a lot of stuff done.

Surprisingly, we sold the snare drum which has been on Facebook.  I thought we were going to sell Vicki's table and chairs but unfortunately the guy never showed.  When I messaged him, he said he couldn't get a van.  It would have been nice if he had let me know.

We still have a few things to sell and they are listed on Facebook.  I'll see how they go.

Every weekend we're working on things in the house.  Ken's been painting our bedroom.  We picked a color and they went to get.  I thought it was darker but didn't say anything.  Ken got two walls done and had to go back for more paint.  When they mixed the color, it was different.  There was a bit of back and forth.  It was decided whoever mixed the first gallon did it wrong.  So they got the new gallon for free.  They talked about leaving one of the walls the darker color and painting the other three walls the lighter color.  I'm good with that.

Vicki's been working on getting her space more organized.  She's been painting, building shelves (book and bedside table) and a desk.  She's been working on organizing her books, getting lists made, and making it portable so she can have lists so she knows what she needs to purchase.

I've got several crochet projects I need to work on but the writing has been pushing me.  I've finished a number of things.  I have a meeting with my artist to see about covers and other things.  I'm hoping to finish several projects and get them published soon.

I've been getting journals from all sorts of places.  I took one of them and made it into my writing to do list sort of.  On one page I outlined what I've got the projects I'm working on.  I've been losing track of what stage I'm at for different projects.  This means I'm doing work twice when I shouldn't have to.  Hopefully this will help me keep better track of where I am for the projects.  It will also prompt me to work on different aspects of the projects like writing the synopsis and so on.

In the journal I think I'm going to work on pages for marketing things as well.  Maybe take a page per book and write where I've sent requests for book reviews.  I have a hard time tracking this which again leads to a duplication of work.

I feel like I've been so busy, I hardly have time to breath.  I know it's good because I keep going but there are times I want to just take a moment.  I guess that's why I went to Natureland - to take a moment.  Even though I was editing, it changed my perspective.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

On the Back Deck

It's a three day weekend!  Yesterday I sat on my back deck and spent time with Vicki, Ken and Beth.  I also sat in the front yard and talked to the same people, my mom and my sister.

Today I've had breakfast, made a decision on paint color for the kitchen, and worked on the computer.  There is more work to do on the computer.  I'm hoping my legs last long enough for me to get it all done.

I've been plagued with headaches for about three weeks.  It's annoying and frustrating because there is a lot I want to get done but can't because my head hurts.  What do I need?  A massage.  Unfortunately the budget is not going to stretch for one of those.

The problem with my being down with a headache, I have all these ideas bouncing around in my head and I cannot accomplish any of them.  Depending on the level of headache, sitting in a dark room with silence is about the only thing I can do.

Unusual for me on a Sunday, I've caught up my emails.  I try to take the one day away from all things work like so I can have the downtime my mind needs.  This may be tomorrow as I had a ton of emails to get through.

I'm hoping to get rid of the current headache and either crochet or write after I'm done on the computer.  I've got Wayfarer 17 pushing at me as well as a few other projects.  However, I'm looking at my pile of crochet projects and they are pushing on me too.  I need more time to do stuff - someone needs to win the lottery.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Published Crochet Pattern!

One of my patterns was published in Pattern Pack Pro through Happily Hooked.  I made a purse from jute and crochet cotton.  I'm thrilled with how it turned out and excited it was published!

With the jute, it's sturdy and holds its shape.  The issue has other interesting patterns as well.  You can see the pictures of the purses on Ravelry.com.

Next I need to figure out what else I want to crochet and submit to try to get published.  I enjoy this publication.  They put out a good product with the magazine but also the patterns are checked before they're published.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Moon Affirmations Journal

Now available in paperback a journal to go along with Moon Affirmations!  I'm really excited about this one.  It was an aha moment for me.  I received some promotional items I ordered for one of my other books (working on a project and needed something to include with my brand).  One of the items I received - journals I made on Vista Print.  They turned out really nice!

In the moment of looking at them I thought - huh?  I should totally do this for Moon Affirmations except with Moon Affirmations, I wanted it to include some of the art from TJ Jahns (go to her website).  She did amazing pictures for the book and I wanted to keep them for the journal as inspiration.

I decided I would create my own journal.  This led to lots of questions.  How do I do lines?  Do I want lines?  I wish journals had both lined pages and blank pages.  I realized it was a great opportunity for me to create what I would want in a journal.  For each chapter heading and day, there are lined pages and blank pages.  Some of the artwork from the original is in there.  Hopefully it will inspire the readers of Moon Affirmations as they do the meditations and work on themselves.

It's available on:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Createspace

I'd love to hear feedback on this journal or any of my books or crochet patterns.  Feel free to contact me through my web page or leave a comment on this blog!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Where is My Crazy Brain?

In my family, there's a story my maternal grandmother was a descendant from a Native American.  I've heard this story my entire life.  It was interesting to get my DNA testing done and discover where my DNA comes from.  One of which was a slight indicator (1%) of Native American.

But of course, I have two parents.  My father is passed so we couldn't test him.  However, my mom did get tested and we recently got her results.  There was a lot of similarity in our DNA - as you would expect - but interestingly no Native American, not a trace of it.  This means if there was any (which with such a small percentage it's debatable) Native American in my lineage, it came through my father's family.

One of my sisters also got her DNA done and it was fascinating to see the differences between her and I even though we have the same parents.  We were able to see three areas which were not in my mother's DNA so they are good indicators of our father's DNA.

I find genetics a fascinating topic and if I were science minded (which I fail at completely) I would go into genetics.  Now it would be interesting to see how the other siblings compare.  I would also love to have my husband and all my daughters tested.  I just have to convince the people and find the money to do it.

We had our rummage sale over the weekend.  We got rid of several of the big items and some of the other stuff.  When it was done, Ken and Vicki filled up her Equinox and took a load to Goodwill.  During the sale, we only sold two big items which was disappointing.  Vicki suggested we post the other items on Facebook.  So I did.  We sold three more items through Facebook.  I have a number of them still posted and we will see what happens.

We still have items in my garage which will need to be loaded into her car and donated.  I'm hoping that will be on the agenda for this weekend.  There were a few other things which were higher dollar items I want to post to Facebook.  Additionally, I have a bunch of crocheting I want to do.  Preventing me is the need to work on my stories.  They've been taking over!  I love it but it can also be exhausting.

The next thing for me to prep for is to determine if I'm going to make the attempt do the vendor sale in November.  If I am, I need to make a lot more crocheted items - including a lot more variety.  The thing is I feel if I'm going to do the vendor's sale, I should be able to take credit cards.  This I'd have to figure out.  It's a lot of research and I'm not sure I want to hassle with it.  This is why I waffle.

If I do the vendor's sale, I could take my books and crocheting.  I might be able to put out my books and sell some with more profit going into my pocket.  It's definitely something to consider.

Right now on my couch, I have a dozen projects but have been so buy writing, I don't have time to crochet.  I may have to take a Saturday or Sunday to binge watch something and work on finishing projects.  I've been getting ideas and ideas and ideas on projects I want to work on so I know I'll be switching from writing to crocheting in the near future.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wayfarer Convictions

The new Wayfarer novel is published!!!  Wayfarer Convictions is available on Smashwords and Amazon.  It will be available in paperback by the end of the week (I hope) on Amazon.  It's available now on Createspace.

Here's a description:
Raiders, Tuscalains, and cold cases, Walter Farento, a services efficiency expert observes the Phoenix. Rhia fumbles for leads in her cold case, while the hacker eludes Jolen. Avin hunts a firebug. Sabotage threatens the assembly of a new station. A breakthrough in the cold case points to something deeper and more sinister. It all amounts to just another day on the job for Adara and Decker

Nealon and Adara’s other pilots arrive on Ravena station to help with assembling a new space station.  Walter inspects the different departments to determine how they are being efficient.  He can’t understand why no one is comfortable with him until Abby Sprit, Galvin’s great niece tells him for doubting Adara’s integrity. 

After a romantic interlude in a nebula, Adara and Decker discuss the million credit offer made by the Busalacchis for reparation.  A break in the cold case, Rhia must leave Paul and her children for a few days to interview key people.  A link between the hacker, cold case, and fire bug lead back to an unexpected source and old enemies.  

Buy it today on Amazon or Smashwords or Createspace 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Irregular

I have two rants to vent today.  The first is silly and the second isn't and will involve adult language to illustrate my point.

Books are a passion.  Words and language I geek out about.  When I see what I consider an error, I like to let authors know.  I received a newsletter from an author.  In it was an example from one of her books which included the following sentence (similar don't want to infringe on her copyright):

She kneeled down in front of her friend.

Kneel is a regular verb but when you make it past tense, it is an irregular verb - meaning it doesn't typically add the -ed at the end of it.  Instead it become knelt.

I wrote the author a note to point this out to her - my thought was if I had something like that in one of my books, I'd appreciate someone pointing it out to me.  I never expected an answer but instead got one and was surprised by it.

She said the irregular verb was no longer being used - it was old fashioned.  She said the Brits use it but Americans don't.  In a way, she was somewhat snotty about it.  I did a google search, discovered it is starting to be acceptable in America.

My response - if you're going to write like that it's going to jerk me out of the story - which it did with the excerpt - and I'm going to be unhappy.  If you do it a lot I'm going to be unhappy with your book and stop buying your books.  I wrote her back, gave my opinion and didn't get a response - not a surprise.

To me this is a dumbing down of America.  It's okay if we have a good reason for making change but to me this just seems like someone couldn't remember to use an irregular verb.

On to my other rant.  Again - this one is going to have strong language and unpleasant language I normally would not use.  You've been warned.

Trolling through Facebook, I came across a Proctor & Gable (here's a link to where it is P&G The Talk ).  I found it moving and disturbing.  I posted it on my page because I wanted to talk about why this kind of talk is needed by a race.  I related to it as a female in our culture where we are treated like property and parents have the talk with their daughters about not going out alone etc.

On my Facebook page there was some discussion - a lot of discussion - about the video.  Some of the discussion was heated, some was discussion and debate which is what is needed to raise awareness.  And then it happened.

I have a lot of friends on Facebook and use it to promote my writing.  Generally, I'm pretty laid back about what people say and try not to get involved.  If you know me, you know I cuss - a lot.  My favorite cuss word is Fuck - FUCK FUCK fuckity fuck fuck.

Unfortunately, I dealt with some extreme unpleasantness.  A male (not a gentlemen by any standard) posted Fuck you and the name of one of the people in the discussion.  Now I know people say this in jest.  I was annoyed but wasn't going to respond or remove the post.  But he didn't stop there.  He went on to say things like he looked forward to the day when the minorities (note the plural) were all wiped out and the European descended people could rejoice over their annihilation.  And there he stepped so far beyond my line for tolerance, I deleted all of his hate speech.  I looked for a way to report him but couldn't find one.  I unfriended him.

On the discussion, I stated I wanted open discussion and wanted the debate but would not tolerate the hate he spewed.  He then messaged me, called me a stupid cunt and told me I should go kill myself.

I deleted his message.  Everyone has a right to free speech (though there are definitely limits on this) however, everyone also has the right to not hear the garbage this person was spewing.  I chose not to hear him, not to give him power over me with his hate and intolerance.  I chose to ignore his idiocy and not engage with him because there is no reasoning with an insane person.

By beliefs are simple.  If we know the individual - regardless of race, sexual preference, religion or any other stupid way you want to classify a person - if we KNOW - trully know an individual you will find the core beliefs are going to be close.  In general (yes, I'm aware we should avoid generalities) people want to have a good life, safe place to live, freedom to live their life their way, safety for their children or the children in their lives, they want love.

If we get to know the individual and look past those classifications, if we step away from generalities, we're going to find someone similar to us in a lot of ways.  If we find those similarities, we can then accept the differences between us.  Not just accept but embrace them.  If we were all the same, believed all the same, looked all the same, felt all the same it would be boring and tedious.  We are enough alike to connect and enough different to enjoy those differences.

As for the male who spewed his hate, if he thinks he hurt me, he didn't.  In truth, he pissed me off.  I wanted to reach through my phone and give him a piece of my mind for his small minded idiocy.  Words like he said, his truth - fine - but I don't have to accept or agree with them.  I don't have to allow him to spew his hate on my feed or in my messages.  In fact, his words are like he yelled fire in a crowded room - not acceptable and I think (though I'm not a lawyer) able to be prosecuted for spewing them.  I'm fairly certain I saw a news story where a woman was being prosecuted for telling her boyfriend to kill himself - and he did.

If you don't like what I've got on my feed - flip by it.  There will be something shallow or ridiculous in the next post.  Move on and get the hell over it.

Catching Up

Over the weekend, I got three manuscripts edited and worked on two other manuscripts.  Ken and Vicki did all the errands on Saturday.  Sunda...