Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Back at the Grindstone

With nine days off, you would think I got a lot accomplished.  I did when it comes to spending time with my girls but off my to-do list?  Not so much.

I got 70 stars made but I need to get 30 more done.  I'd like to get them done sooner rather than later.  But it wasn't this past weekend.  I guess I'll take them to work with me so I can work on them during my lunch hour.

I still have a shawl to do and I have an idea on how I want to do it but I have to see how I think it will work out.  Part of me is itching to get these two projects off my list.  I know I have two more right on the heels of it which are both started.

The good thing is I got edits on the computer for the next Wayfarer book but I didn't get the second Wild Magic book edited.  That stays in my bag to work on.

Oh and if that isn't enough, the girls brought home this fun, addicting game called Ticket to Ride - which is about building trains on all sorts of maps.  We found out there's a version of it I can have on my phone.  This is a mistake but it's on my phone.  Oh my goodness - I can't stop playing.  Saturday night I stayed up till 1 in the morning playing it and I didn't notice time passing.  I'm going to have to be firm with myself because I have too many other things to do.

On Facebook I've been seeing snippets from JD Robb's books.  It made me want to read them.  I got through the first three in no time.  I've got a Dragon book I'm reading too.  I like the premise of the dragon books (and who doesn't love dragons?) but there is a touch too much repetition for me.  There are 64 chapters in the book I'm reading but they are short chapters.  I'm sort of interested but it doesn't hold my attention.  I'll get through it eventually and I'm hoping there's a tipping point where I get enthralled in the story to the point where I can't put it down but I'm not holding my breath.  On the JD Robb books, I'm not sure whether I'm going to reread the whole series (she has a new one coming put in September) or not but I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I've read so far.  I'm also reading a review book.  I need to struggle my way through the end of it and write the review.  Then I have two or three more to read for reviews.  I hope they are better than I expect.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

There Oughta Be A Law

These are minor irritations for me but if I were in charge, I'd make a law.  

If you're muffler isn't working, you drive a loud vehicle, or your window doesn't roll up and down, you shall not drive thru.  If you haven't a damn clue what you want to eat, don't get in line until you do - especially in drive thru.

While I'm trying not to drive thru for meals, I still do on occasion drive thru different restaurants.  It is super annoying when a vehicle in line is super loud.  It's happened with motorcycles where their thrump thrump thrump is purposeful and with old vehicles which don't have good mufflers and purposefully with souped up cars and trucks.  You want to blow out your hearing - great go for it.  However, those taking the orders and others in line don't want to have to deal with it.  Don't drive through.  

Noise is noise.  It can't be escaped from but at the same time, don't infringe on other people's lives with your noise.  This is the same with your music, tv, and other loud things in the house (even people).  Don't put your dog out and let him bark at all hours of the night.  

I don't expect people to be nice.  I think our society has lost most of their manners.  I watched a video on Facebook where this woman asked about a book which the bookstore did not have in store but could get online.  She proceeded to have a meltdown getting louder and louder and more annoying with each word.  She was like a two year old stomping her feet to get her own way except she was a grown ass woman.  

There are a lot of people who are polite - I know a lot of people.  Then there are the people who air their dirty laundry on social media.  Really, the world does not need to know that your boyfriend/husband, girlfriend/wife or whatever other relationship did you wrong.  It's probably only wrong in your mind.  Here's a thought - go to said person you are annoyed with and tell them.  Act like a polite adult and work out your problems not in the public forum.  

I know it's hoping for too much but really can we the regular people in the country try to behave better than the leaders?  Probably but I can hope... 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Smashwords Sale

You all know I write.  I publish through Smashwords and KDP (Amazon).  For the month of July a number of my items are on sale at Smashwords.  Some are free and some are discounted.  It's a good time to add to your book list but get things at a discounted price.

Check out what's on https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/kevvs229

While you're there, check out the erotica author Ava Taylor.  Adults only but she has some interesting stories on sale as well:
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AvaTaylor

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Catch Up

It's been a busy week.  I've gotten some of my writing stuff done but mostly spent time with family.  My daughters came to visit.  We played this new game called Ticket to Ride.  It was fun.  On the surface it was simple - pick tickets and build your trains from one station to the next.  Then as you get playing you realize there are strategies involved.  For instance, when to pick more tickets?  How many trains do you have to build your trains?  We've spent the most time playing this game and having a great time.

This weekend will be about getting the errands done.  The nice thing is both Vicki and I are off so we will be doing a lot of the errands tomorrow.  On Saturday we will be going to Ikea and a phone place to look at phones for mom - one for the hearing impaired.

I still have edits to put on the computer and editing to do on a manuscript.  I'm crossing my fingers to get part of that done yet.

I have gotten 70 of the 100 coasters made for the event in November.  I'm hoping by the end of the weekend I'll finish them.  Then I have to work on the raffle gift basket I need to send with it. I also need to consider submissions for crochet projects.  I've got one done so I'm going to try to take pictures of it and send them to the publisher.  My priorities there are coasters, shawl (for submission), gift raffle item, and then other projects for submission.  

I'm also prepping for a blog tour.  Royal Undercover is going on a tour of blogs.  This will be my first one.  I'm very excited about it.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Nine Day Weekend?

I'm on a streak!  I recently won three books!  Hopefully they will be good books and I will enjoy them.  The question will be how will I fit them into my schedule.

One is a physical book and I think the other two are ebooks.  I'm going to have to ask my daughter to help me with those so I can read them easily on my phone.  If I can read them on my phone, I'm more likely to get through them as my kindle is somewhere and maybe not working. 

I've got the next nine days off and can't wait.  I'm sure it will be relaxing - though not likely to involve a lot of outdoor time.  Our temps are in the 90s and heat index hovers over 100.  Not my idea of a good time.  Maybe I can sneak in some time in the mornings - even though it isn't my favorite time of day. 

Even with the holiday, I'm hoping to get some writing time.  In one of the stories I'm working on, I need to step back and maybe redo a complete scene.  I'm not liking where I've ended up.  I may have to sacrifice what I've written which in a rough draft I have a hard time doing.  I've lost the flow though so it may be necessary.

I've got two books I'm hoping to get the edits for the one on the computer and the editing done on the other one.  I'll have to see as there will be a lot of family time going on over the next week. 

Next Friday, Vicki and I will run all the errands for the weekend.  I'm hoping we will get them all done so the rest of the weekend will be an actual weekend. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Grammar Wars

Recently I joined a group on Facebook.  I'm not a huge fan of groups because mostly people don't do anything in them.  It's tedious and I have too much to do for tedious.  This group has proved to be less than annoying.  I've met writers who are willing to have an intelligent conversation without the normal crap.

I've been in the group a few weeks and have made a few good connections.  It's been fun to talk writing without people getting that glassed over look non-writers get. 

Then last night hit.  I posted a short, simple and polite response to a comment.  The crazies must have been out because this woman badgered me with eight or ten posts telling me how wrong everything I said was.  She was rude and arrogant about it.  I tried the whole - we'll have to agree to disagree - now this wasn't the OP (which I've learned means original poster) it was one of the other respondents.  But the battery continued.  I stopped responding.

Responding to a post about grammar, I thought twice about it at the time but thought - okay it can't be horrible.  I was wrong.  I tried answering the person to the best of my knowledge even going so far as to look up in books and other sources how to do what she asked.  My answer was contrary to what the majority was saying. 

I'm okay with people disagreeing with me.  I'm okay with people having different opinions.  I'm not okay with bullying, rude, obnoxious people who think they KNOW everything.  As I got blasted, I looked back and saw others disagreeing and getting blasted. 

Now I'm a determined person.  Most of the time I let crap like this go away - these are anonymous people who have their opinion.  I don't have to agree with them.  But EVERY post which didn't agree with the majority people were blasted.  This doesn't encourage discussion or education.  It only stifles those who were expressing themselves. 

I erased more than I said - I can be a little bitchy and sarcastic on occasion.  I tried to keep things reasonable and polite.  People through their credentials at me.  I said I wasn't having a credentials fight.  I ended up changing that - I finally caved - you all my have been teachers (this does not guarantee you know best)  - but I have two college degrees, have published over 100 products - books, crochet patterns and so on. 

One woman asked me if  - She said. - was a complete sentence.  My answer - yes.  She is a pronoun/subject and said is a verb/predicate.  It is a complete simple sentence.  This was a downright grammar war.  I've always said grammar is flexible and it is.  These people were not.  I tried blocking the notifications but it wouldn't let me.  I pointed out the bullying behavior and people got snottier.

I posted samples and books to support my point all to get me more slaps and mean rude and unjustified comments.  All this drama over how to punctuate dialog.  Look, educate, and be open to alternatives.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

No Meds or Meds?

Yesterday for some weird reason, I forgot to take my morning meds.  This had good and bad effects for my day.  I had a hard time breathing, moving, and coping.  All day, I struggled with pain and stuffed head.  Of course I wasn't sure I'd forgotten - I might have been having a bad day - so I couldn't take anything until I figured it out.  This meant the end of the day when I got home.  It was a miserable day.  EVERYTHING hurt including a massive sinus migraine.

The nice thing - hey my drugs do stuff for me.  There are times I HATE taking my meds.  I think - oh I'll just stop taking them and cope on my own.  I know today that will make my life significantly more painful. 

By the time I got home, I could barely get up the two steps from my family room to my kitchen.  Once I was in the recliner, I didn't not want to move.  So I live (with my meds) at a six for pain.  This was a twelve.  It took everything in me not to sit there and ball my eyes out.  Only person to blame was me.  I picked up my med container and sure enough - there they were.  Swallowing them, I tried to sit back and relax in the hopes the pain would ease.  It did eventually but it took most of the night. 

I'm still in pain today but it might be the weather causing the problem.  Yes I definitely took my meds this morning. 

Back at the Grindstone

With nine days off, you would think I got a lot accomplished.  I did when it comes to spending time with my girls but off my to-do list?  No...