Monday, September 16, 2019

GAME DAY!!!!







DD and I are headed back to the American Airlines Center tonight for the first pre-season game of the year. We are both super excited that hockey is back.

My game-day go bag is prepped and ready to go: foot warmers, gloves, blanket, Chapstick, toothpicks, a pen and extra ponytail holder. Now I probably won't need the foot warmers or the blanket tonight. Probably not the gloves either, but as someone who gets chilled easily, I can't leave home without them.

The weekend was productive. I got my scene 95% done. Sent to my beta, received back with a comment about said ending, then back to Scrivener this AM to address the issue. It still needs some work, but I work in waves, so a few more days ought to do it and then it goes to the anthology coordinators. Unless they have issues, I'm calling it done.

Have a great week.


Friday, September 13, 2019

(Self) Publishing a Book is both Exciting and Tedious


Happy Friday, y'all. I'm still waiting for the cool down to happen here in North Texas. C'mon, Mother Nature... lol

Come October 16, books 7 and 8 will be live and official. I got edits back from the proofreader over Labor Day and I quickly fixed all the minor issues. And I do mean minor. Missing words and whatnot. For all that I struggle with the plotting, I've never had a book come back from the editor needing major plot fixes. So something comes together somewhere for me, and I'm grateful, let me just put that out in the universe.

Once all the fixes are applied, it comes time to make sure the front and back matter is ready to go. That's things like the dedication, making sure the appropriate ISBN number is in place on the correct copyright page (I have three I can interchange as needed), making sure I've noted all trademarked items I mentioned.

After that it's time to compile the document out of Scrivener and into a MS Word document and format. This is headers and page numbers, centering scene and chapter breaks, blah, blah, blah. I don't mind this part too much. I'm trying create checklists for everything so I don't forget stuff and so I do things the same way every time. That's a bit tedious.

But the most tedious part for me is logging into the various retailers and setting up the book for sale. Blech. But if I don't do that, the books stay hidden on my PC. Conversely, it's exciting to get the email saying the book has been accepted for sale. It's even more exciting when the royalties drop into the account each month.

This weekend will be all about finishing the second anthology. It's so so close. Just the very last scene to wrap up, but I struggle with endings and I don't want it to be cheesy as it's a Valentine's Day date.

So yeah.

Also, housecleaning. Laundry. Grocery shopping. Oh, and bathing the dog, poor thing. She's nasty.

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hockey Season has unofficially begun for moi!


This past Saturday, my hockey partners in crime and I went to a player signing. We got autographs and pics with the very handsome and talented Roope Hintz, an up-and-coming forward for my Dallas Stars.


I had him sign my paper ticket with his image on it. :0)



I'm gonna collect as many signatures on tickets I can and then frame them... Sadly, they didn't put every current roster player on a ticket. I'm not sure what I'm going to have other players sign, but I'll figure out something, because...

There will be players at the annual Season Ticket Holder event who are not on tickets. It's a shame too because there are enough tickets for each player to appear twice instead of a select group appearing three times.

Anyway--  it's hockey season again --finally!!


Friday, September 6, 2019

Look at what came in the mail the other day...







My Dallas Stars season tickets have arrived along with STH discount card, my passes for the STH event where I get to meet/take pictures with/get autographs from various players.

Four weeks until the season stars!!






Have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Time for Family


I made my annual trek to Omaha this past weekend to see my family-- I was driving there on Friday and driving home on Monday, hence no blog posts. I could have scheduled something random, but I just didn't get around to it.

Anyway, my oldest sister and her daughters have all moved back home and so all the baby birds are back in the fold. I got to see those four nieces for the first time in TEN years and they are much grown. All of them teenagers now. Holy smokes. But beautiful and each one unique.

The visit was a little crazier with the addition of the four girls on top of my other sister's three younger, wilder bunch, but a good time was had by all.

My baby sisters and me...

Kristen in the middle and Meagan on the right.

I also stopped in to say hello to our dad, who died ten years ago come November. Of course, I couldn't find his grave because I don't get to go very often and it's usually dark outside. My step-mother ended up throwing on some clothes and driving to the cemetery to help me find it. (Yes, she was up--an early riser like me and the cemetery is ten minutes or less from the house.)

This time, I oriented myself--there's a pergola thing at the end of the walkway--so next year I shouldn't have any issues. :0)


On the drive home, I stopped at some of the scenic overlooks which I have never done, but it's a long drive by yourself, so stopping and stretching isn't a bad thing.

Cows in Kansas!


I've always wanted to stop and see these things, so I finally did. I know they're huge and this picture doesn't do them justice at all. To see them whirling out across the countryside is pretty amazing.


Hope your long weekend was everything you needed it to be-- Catch you Friday.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time Management


So the home gym thing seems to be working out.

Remember I talked about saving the drive time to and from the gym? That was forty minutes of time saved.

Forty minutes of additional writing time each morning. I was up to an hour and forty-ish minutes and now I get to add an additional twenty minutes because of DH's morning routine change.

Score!

And I'm going to need those extra twenty minutes and any others I can carve out over the next three and a half weeks.

My next anthology story is due on the 23rd and I'm three thousand words over my soft limit.

There is a lot of cutting and consolidating and rewriting that needs to be done.

I don't want to miss the deadline and not participate, so I'm going to do everything in my power to get 'er done, but if it happens, I can still self publish this thing when I'm good and ready and at whatever word count it happens to be completed at.

Of course I'll incur the added expense of editing, but then again...I have friends I can barter with.

Hope you're having a great week and looking forward to the holiday weekend. That extra day off--think of all those minutes I could utilize!!!!!!

TTFN


Monday, August 26, 2019

Proteins and Fats and Carbs, oh my!


It's absurd how easily affected my system has become by grain-based carbohydrates and affected badly.

When you eat something like a donut or drink a soda, you expect that you're going to experience a sugar crash at some point right?


Well, that's been happening to me from eating Cheerios and eating the carb-balance tortillas.

Last week, I had a bowl of Cheerios for an early lunch and had to take a nap because I was feeling so lethargic afterward.

It's a bummer and a blessing. A bummer because I love carbs. And not much beats a bowl of cereal on a hot summer day--except maybe--definitely--some ice cream.

Now I've given up every type/flavor of cereal except Cheerios because I buy them for DH. But it looks like now, I can only indulge every once in a while and when I can nap as needed.

Today, I had a single tortilla wrapped around some protein and even that left me feeling like I could close my eyes and sleep.

It's a blessing because I'd rather give them up than feel so out of sorts during the day. And that's gonna be better for my bottom and my bottom line.

But, man, am I bummed.

On the other hand, I've reached another weight-loss low on my way to getting back to where I was a while back.

Also, congrats to DH who has lost 11 lbs. since July 8. He put himself on an exercise and eating plan and has stuck to it. I'm so proud and excited for him.

Have a great week.




Friday, August 23, 2019

It's hot, hot, hot...




Thank goodness September is just around the corner. Hopefully a break from the heat will come with it.

I'd really like some ice cream...that smooth sweet flavor of Pecan Pralines n Cream...

But I'm doing well with the weight loss and don't want to rock the boat.

It sure is hot though...

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Hugo Award



I could loosely be considered a Hugo Award Winner. :0)

Archive of Our Own, an online archive for 500M+ fan works, won a Hugo at the 2019 Hugos at WorldCon in Dublin on August 18, 2019. Its category was "Best Related Work."

As most of you know, I've written fan fiction for many many years. Pretty much every "fic" I've ever written is housed there. It's very cool and amazing that fan works and its creators are finally getting their due.

Fan fiction, as does romance, has gotten a bad rap over the years, and I get why. One of its stigmas seems to be that it's all written by 12-year-old girls, but that's the exception, not the norm. Well-educated women, degreed women, smart women write fan fiction. The same for romance.

Now I'm not saying the majority of fic writers fall into this category either, but there are way more of them than you might expect. The specific fandom (the tv show, movie, book, etc for which the fan works was created) probably has something to with it too, but let me tell you there are a lot of mature women reading Harry Potter and writing fantastic stories that rival any commercially published fiction.

But enough of that. :0) If you want to read a little more about the Hugo win, visit The Mary Sue.

Have a great week. Catch you Friday...

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hitting the ground running, but I'm tired already...


I thought the first half of the year whooshed by too quickly...

The rest of the year looks like a luge.

Not a luge, but LaVibora at Six Flags Over Texas...


I might be in big trouble, y'all.

On the other hand, I manage my time much better when there are a lot of things competing for my attention.

Today, though, I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed. I need to make a list and then work on whatever I can each day.

As the old adage goes: How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

So.

I got this...

Hope you had a great weekend.




Friday, August 16, 2019

It's Raining... It's Pouring...


No that's not a typo or a brain fart. The rain is gone and it's hot here once again.

I'm referring to the words. They poured out of me yesterday afternoon while waiting for my oil change and again this morning during my usual writing time.

Oh, what a feeling. It's awesome.

They're not awful words, certainly not great (yet), but now that they're on the page they can be fleshed out, tweaked, edited. Made better.

My synopsis for the next anthology was "approved" the other day and the notification came along with some comments and suggestions. I'm not generally one to be contrary, and when working on a project like this or, say, writing for an official publisher, an author generally does what the editor says unless he or she feels really strongly about an issue and can logically refute the change. It is the author's story after all and s/he should have some control/say so even when it's being published by someone else.

Okay, so it's a Valentine's Day anthology, coming out--you guessed it--next Valentine's Day. Now, the original V-Day anthology had to be postponed because not enough people made the deadlines and that was before I came aboard for the second anthology, so I have no idea what parameters were originally set forth.

This time the info was basic, timelines and deadlines and such, but for newcomers like me, the requirement of the big moment happening on Valentine's Day would have been helpful to know going into the project. It might seem like an obvious thing to some, but not to me. I'm feeling a bit disgruntled about the whole thing, but making that happen--aside from the fact that hockey games are played on Feb 14th and one of my heroes is a hockey player--won't take much work.

The other won't take much work either but coincidences do happen, right?? But when two people point it out, you have to stop and reconsider. I ended up giving both my heroes type one diabetes. Originally, just the hockey player had it--

Don't forget  it's an anthology featuring heroes and heroines who deal with some sort of disability in their life.

--but then the other guy had it too. When a friend commented on it and then the coordinator commented on it, well. I could dismiss one person's concern, but two people's and one of them the coordinator? A little harder to brush off.

So now I have to ponder the logistics change. It's doable. Fairly easy even, but ugh. I don't want to.

Oh, well. Suck it up buttercup, right??

Anyway, have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

It's Raining, It's Pouring... What?? It's August!!


Yes, indeed.

I'm not complaining. The temperature dropped to a modest 76* this morning and we always need rain here in Texas even when we don't. Of course, it'll be humid as all get out once the rain moves on, and the mosquitoes will be out en masse once again, but it's a nice respite from the heat.

I have a small leak in the spigot in the backyard. It drops into a small bucket, maybe two gallons or so, and it takes a full day to fill up. I've been using it to keep the birdbaths with fresh water through the heat wave. It's always a treat to see the mourning doves and blue jays splashing about each evening. Even the yellow jackets buzz around as I'm pouring in fresh water. I imagine the squirrels must also take advantage although I've never seen them do so...

Anyway...hope your week is going well. As I'm feeling pretty uninspired at the moment, I'm going to sign off for now. TTYL




Monday, August 12, 2019

Monday, Monday...


And back from a three-day writers retreat, although I didn't go to far from home. Still, it was a chance to meet some new writers and to bank some words, which I did.

Thursday night we all set goals for the weekend, which officially ended at 11am Sunday morning.

My goal was 5000 words -- which I did not meet, but was calculated by doubling my daily word count for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Doubling my word count for three days put me at 3750 words, which I passed. Along with that, I wanted to write a synopsis, which I did. I also needed to break Snowball into chapters in preparation for sending to the editor this week. Which I also did.

All in all a very productive two-and-a-half/three days.

Despite the challenge of writing a synopsis--

Being an independent publisher I don't have to write them for myself, so I never have. However, synopses are being required to participate in the anthologies.

--I feel like having them has been an aid in actually writing the book itself.

Go figure.

A synopsis is basically a high level bullet point telling of the story. The publisher wants to ensure you can bring the story successfully to fruition/conclusion.

It seems to help me keep my eye on the end game.

I also spent a lot of time rethinking the story a bit and came up with a more feasible plot line for the word count I have to work with--which dropped from 15K to 12K since there are a few more authors participating. Yikes.

Anyway, hope you had a lovely weekend. Catch you Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Happy Birthday Sidney Crosby


My sweet baby, er, favorite hockey player SIDNEY CROSBY celebrates is 32nd birthday today.

And ode to Sidney in pictures...

He got his start in the basement of his Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia home.


Gold at World Junior Championships in 2005.



Olympic Gold in 2010. He won again in 2014.


Stanley Cup Champ in 2009.


Stanley Cup Champ in 2016.


Stanley Cup Champ in 2017.


Sidney Crosby and members of one of his hockey school classes.

Happy birthday, Sidney. Many happy returns and may you have many more career years of hockey.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Coming at things from another angle...


Sorta kinda but not really.

I have a hard time learning when information is being flung at me and I don't really understand it or it's new. I have a less hard time in writers workshops because I'm familiar with the lingo and the concepts, etc.

I have a book that I like to use for plotting. The plan of attack makes sense to me, the concepts make sense to me. The execution is harder for me, but that's a different issue.

Come to find out, there's an audio version of this book. Since it wasn't cost prohibitive (only $5.49 or something) I bought it. Listening to the book was helpful as I heard things that I'd glossed over (after multiple readings) or hadn't really registered properly.

So I made some progress on plotting this next anthology submission. I've started writing it since the beginnings are usually easiest and we'll see how it goes.

I also got the timeline for this next anthology. I wasn't really happy about it, but it turns out I have more official writing days than I did the last time, even after calculating days I take off like Sundays to prepare for the upcoming week and writers group days. I can write those days if I want to, but there's no pressure if I need the time to adult or rest or whatever.

It also means the book is done before I go to my conference, which I'm not sure is a good thing, only because it's one more thing on my plate to worry about over the next two months.

On the other hand, welcome to the world of being a published author. I have a friend who writes books for a living--and raises four kids and supports her DOD husband and runs various types of marathons. So yeah. I can choose to or choose not to. Right now, I'm choosing to do this because I enjoy writing and I like the influx of cash into my business account each month. :0)

No way I could churn out more than two books a year at this point however. I need to hone a few skills first.

Anyway, I hope you had a good weekend...



Friday, August 2, 2019

Back to School...



I've got to say, I don't miss having school-age kids. The thought of all that stressful school-shopping and money-spending makes me shudder. Now, do I like getting pens and spiral notebooks for the office on sale? Sure. The rest? RIP. :0)

TGIF...although it hasn't been a bad week despite the transition from one month to the next. I got a head start on all my new-month tasks, so that makes the shift much smoother. All I've got left to do of the major things is send out the monthly invoices and download bank statements to reconcile accounts. Nice.

I tried to work hard on plotting yesterday and made some small strides, but as I do 95% of the time when wrestling with this aspect of writing, I end up feeling stupid and frustrated because there's an aspect of this that I don't get, that hasn't clicked. I'm not quite sure what it is, because if I did, I could research it and learn it.

I've taken several different classes, listened to an online webinar thing, read a book or two in regards to plotting/setting up your characters/etc/etc/etc and it's still a struggle. Like I said, something isn't clicking.

I wonder if a one-on-one mentor/coach situation would help me... Someone who could sit down with me as I utilize the different tools at my disposal and ask questions when I get stuck to unstick me or point me in a better direct and help me somehow figure out what's going to work more often than not.

It's especially frustrating when I breeze through plotting a book like I did in March and then breeze through writing said book like I did in April and then here we are again and >>BRICK WALL<<

**sigh**

Anyway, looking forward to the weekend. Have a great one.



Monday, July 29, 2019

Information Overload


The workshop was fabulous and chock full of information. I don't know how much of it I absorbed so we'll see how it goes. We could take notes, but no recordings or pictures of slides, so...


Now I'm back at work and there's lots to catch up on considering I missed a full day and we're bearing down on the end of the month. Transition time and the busiest part of the monthly cycle...the end of one month and the start of another.

~

I'm trying to stay on track with the exercising and the eating right and doing okay. I finally saw a slight drop in the low arc of my weight, so that was encouraging. There's about a four pound swing in my weight cycle that cycles lower as I lose the weight. It took a good two to three weeks to see movement, but I finally did, so WHEW!

~

The writing is coming along too. The time between exercising and getting reading for work is sacred for writing. Mostly I'm trying to keep that open for actual writing or editing, but last week I was sort of in between projects, so I did use it to work on publishing tasks.

Today, though, I wrote. I'm trying to get a handle on the plot trajectory for the next anthology book and that's not my strong suit. I've got the beginning of it sorted, so I'm writing with the hopes that things will become clearer to me as I progress toward the beginning-middle of the book.

I'm going on another writers retreat in a couple of weeks, and while I'm there I'm going to tap into the collective writer-brain-trust and ask for some brainstorming help. There will be five other writers besides me, so yeah!! Until then, I'll write and hope that lightning will strike.

Hope you had a wonderful and productive weekend.





Friday, July 26, 2019

Stocks and Bonds and Investing, Oh my...



Today, I'm at workshop to learn how to make money by investing in the Stock Market. Things like when to buy, when to sell, and hopefully how to choose which ones to watch and ultimately buy.

I've had an account with Robinhood--a commission-free brokerage platform for trading stocks, options, and crypto-currency--but haven't done anything with it because I didn't really know what to do or how to work the system.

Then they started sending out newsletters called Robinhood Snacks that talked about what stocks were up, what were down, and other interesting things about the stockmarket and my interest was piqued again.

Now, DH and I were supposed to attend this workshop last fall, but we had that family medical emergency and had to wait until this traveling workshop came back to DFW. Gotta say, it's not great timing now, but we've got $900 tied up in this venture and I want to make it work for me instead of letting it work for them, so it's going to be a long couple of days--all day today and probably all day tomorrow.

I'll tell you all about it next week.

In the mean time--have a great weekend.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Facebook Takeover Event


So I participated in my first Facebook Takeover Event to celebrate the release of the anthology I participated in. The book is 99 cents for purchase with proceeds going to Pets for Vets.

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2429f2cb534fec2f

I'd never done a Facebook Takeover Event, but the gist is you takeover someone else's FB page or a group page for some allotted time period. I hung out all day trying to support the other authors, but they were thin on the ground during time slots not their own and so were the other 220+ members of that group. What a shame.

I did learn how to do one though, so there's a bonus. I learned what would lure people to participate and what wouldn't. GIFs of celebrity crushes for the win; hockey talk, not so much, lol...

Anyway, that's it for today. Catch you on Friday.







Monday, July 22, 2019

Making Progress


Despite it being writers group Saturday (and being gone all day), the weekend was pretty productive, at least as far as my publishing hobby goes.

After conversation with my dear friend Clover, I finalized the two book blurbs I needed to get done and I made some inroads on plotting a couple of books. Not deep ones, in all honesty, but I'm satisfied. I'm not one to bang these things out. The ideas have to percolate a bit so I can make sure the plot progression works and makes sense.

~

I'm just under three months out from my conference and there's still a lot to do, but now that book blurbs are written, everything else can start happening. Finally. I need to compile all my lists into one comprehensive list and then start doing.

~

Once the conference is attended and past and I'm back home, it'll be time to get back to writing--hence the plotting I'm trying to get a head start on.

Because not only is the conference in October, but HOCKEY SEASON STARTS in October. In fact, it begins prior to the conference. The Dallas Stars home opener is October 3rd.

My goal is to put two books out next year: book seven of the Ten Rigs series that is half written and to participate the second edition of the anthology, the Valentine's edition.

To that end, one of the books I'm plotting is that second anthology so once I get back from conference I can dive right in.

~

Hope you had a wonderful and/or productive weekend...


Friday, July 19, 2019

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind




We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing tomorrow, I guess. The Google Doodle video is well worth a watch.

One thing Mike Collins said that struck me hard--he was the astronaut that remained in orbit while Neil and Buzz explored the moon--was that our cell phones today are more powerful than the computers they had in 1969.

It's amazing to think that. And, yet, there still isn't a cure for cancer or even the common cold.

While the current space program is still going strong and attempting to get humans to Mars, it's funny to consider that even with how far technology has come, it's been 50 years since a human has set foot on another heavenly body.

Have a great weekend!!



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Chair Gym


 (Don't mind the mess around the chair, eh??)

Thanks to my mother-in-law (Thanks, Mimi!!!) for allowing me to add this piece of exercise equipment to our collection. It'll now allow me to do some of the exercises I gave up by trading in my gym membership on that elliptical.

I spent some time searching out "chair gym" workout videos. I only found one so far, but it hit all the areas I like to target and I'm happy with it for now. I added some garden stepping stones to act as an aerobic step platform until I can buy one, and I do the stepping in between each of the lady's different sections to catch my breath, but keep my heart rate up. So far so good.

While my body is feeling achy from the more diligent workouts, I'm also feeling generally better over all. And that's the goal.

I've also been pretty good, though not perfect, about giving up bad carbs. It's harder on the days I work from home because all the food is there. So it'll be a struggle until those things are consumed.

Unfortunately, despite my diligence, I haven't seen a noticeable drop on the scale. Yet. I imagine it's just a matter of time.

Hope you're well. Talk to you Friday.




Monday, July 15, 2019

It's Monday--what happened to Friday??


Yeah, I missed posting on Friday somehow. Got involved in various and sundry things early in my day and completely forgot.

I forget how much I like to be busy. Not too busy to breathe, but busy enough to have to prioritize.

I even ended up getting two inquiries regarding proofing services, although I'm not sure I'll actually get the jobs. I hope I do even though they'll cut into some of my conference prep time. But I could use the extra cash they'd provide. **fingers crossed**

The weekend was productive too. I did some proofing for that anthology I'm participating in. It's always an interesting endeavor to read other authors' work. You see writing ticks, if you will, that bother you and you have to ask yourself if you do that. If it bothers you in someone else's work, then eliminate it from your own.

For example, the use of italics, ellipses, and em dashes. I like these tools, but as I was reading along, I kept asking WHY? Why did the author choose to use the tool? Did it really do the job it's meant to? Most of the time the answer is no.

When I read italics, sometimes it's straightforward, and yes, that word or phrase needed to be italicized. Sometimes though, I think I would have italicized a different word. When I read my own work and I go back and forth between words, I end up not italicizing anything. The reader will often emphasize the word that makes the most sense to them while reading.

~

Book blurbs are a challenge. I've come up with a bit of process that seems to work well. I finished the one for the anthology book. I like it a lot, but it's long. Considering the book itself is only 15K words and I usually struggle with writing these for longer books, I had to laugh.

I sent it off to my trusted writer peeps to see what they thought. I got back a few suggested tweaks, which was great. And then-- I got a request from the anthology coordinator for a 300 character or less blurb for Amazon. I really had to get down to the nitty gritty of what was important info to impart to a reader. That was a challenge.

~

I did a bad, bad thing. I inadvertently deleted the file for the book (Snowball) I'm just about done with. Because of the software I use (Scrivener), once it's gone, it's gone. It doesn't go to the deleted-items folder. (Bad programming on their part.)

Luckily I had compiled/exported the entire thing to send to a friend, so the text itself is not lost. Thank the good Lord. That was 42K words I would not have had the heart to re-write. All I have to do is create a new Scrivener project and copy/paste the text back in. WHEW!

Hope you had good weekend.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Preparing for October and GRL...


GRL is the conference I go to. This year it's in Albuquerque. I've never been and looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to the drive--I'm gonna take the more northern route and check out some Route 66 tourist spots--namely The Cadillac Ranch. I haven't decided about the drive back--if I want to take the more southern trip and hit Roswell, although I'm not much into aliens and such. So maybe not.

In the mean time...

I mentioned the other day I'm trying to get two books out, so there are plenty of things to populate my TO DO list.

Things like write the book / back cover blurbs for both books. Assign ISBNs for various formats of each book. And by format I mean the epub, mobi, pdf, and print formats. Yes, an ISBN is required for each one. After that, I have to create said formats, except for print right now. And you know, finish that second book. :0)

I'm so close to finishing the second major proofing pass. I'll read it through one more time to address any last notes I've made, but there shouldn't be anything major left. I've addressed them all during this second pass.

So far, in each book of my Ten Rigs series, I had the first chapter of the next book to use as a preview. I have a first chapter for book two of this new series, except I wrote it so long ago when I was still writing heterosexual couples. I don't know if the plot line as written will convert easily as a pregnancy is involved. So do I add an extra character or do I remove the pregnancy angle? Things to ponder. There will be no chapter preview in the short anthology book.

Other things to prepare for are the book signings--do I have all the SWAG I need as well the signing accoutrements needed? That would my table signs and table runner, pens to sign with, etc, etc, etc...

Sounds like I need to borrow my kitchen table at some point and do a mock setup.

Hope your week is going well!

Catch you on Friday.

Monday, July 8, 2019

The year is half over...


Where has the time gone? What have I accomplished?

Mostly I've accomplished living life, which is definitely a worthy endeavor. :0)

I wrote one whole, albeit short, book and am in the process of finishing another. I will have both of them published mid-October. The short book will be included in this anthology, coming to your retailer of choice any day now for probably $.99. Eleven short romances featuring heroes or heroines with some sort of disability. All royalties go to Pets for Vets.


I have seen all my babies at least once this year.

 The youngest ........................................... The oldest
Of course, the middle one lives at home, so I see her all the time.


I have enjoyed yet another hockey post season but with my home town team taking part this time.



I have spent time with a handful of many of the wonderful women in my life and deepened our bonds of friendship.


 As for my goals listed up and to the right, I've done a terrible job and I don't know that I'll do any batter moving forward. I'll revisit them later. Maybe.

Hope you had a wonderful Treason Day. Ours was crazy busier than usual or so it seemed because we were short a sales person, but we made it through.

Friday was spent recuperating and catching up on the sleep I lost the prior two nights.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy Treason Day


I saw this tee shirt on Facebook and it made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it with you.

In the same spirit, there's these:






Have a great and safe Treason Day. Catch y'all on Friday.





Monday, July 1, 2019

So long, Sonshine...



I had to put my boy on a plane for his adopted home yesterday, but here's the latest selfie of the two of us. It was a short but sweet little visit and today we both are back to business as usual. School for him, working, writing, and exercising for me. Also for me: back to eating right. I've eaten so much junk for the last I-don't-even-know-how-long. I can feel it and I can see it in the pooch I've re-developed. I don't like it, so... back on the wagon.

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I've completed the editing pass of "Snowball" I started while down at the lake last week. I'll go through it at least once more, but probably twice before I'll feel like it's where it needs to be. The first half probably only needs the one additional pass, but the second half has seen quite a bit of tweaking and will definitely need two more edits.

I'm also now percolating the next anthology submission I'm planning. I know more of one character than the other. I've got a couple of plot ideas, but I'm still hoping for a few more--especially the one that screams "I'M IT."

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The new hockey season begins today, as does the period known as free-agency when teams can sign players from other teams whose contracts are expiring. The Stars have made a few trades these past couple of weeks and bought out a non-producing player in order to free up "cap space." Basically the NHL sets a limit on how much teams can spend on player contracts each year.

A lot of people in the know (mostly hockey reporters that I follow on Twitter.) have reported that the Stars will be signing two big names sometime today. And the Stars specific beat reporter thinks there might be something else in the works as well. Exciting times. We'll see how it plays out today and this week.

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend.





Friday, June 28, 2019

TGIF


Not much going on 'round here. Just visiting with Sonshine!!


Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Decisions, decisions...


So the NHL finally released the upcoming season's schedule for all teams...

We bought a full season this year, so now I have to pick and choose which games I want to attend and begin the process of putting the unwanted tickets into the secondary market. I will definitely be attending the Penguins single visit to Dallas. I'll definitely be attending at least one of the games Vegas will play here in Dallas.

There are some teams I have no desire to see, like Blackhawks or the Ducks or the Kings.

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I didn't get my smaller swimsuit in time for the lake trip, but that's okay. I swam in the lake in shorts and a tee shirt and it worked out fine--especially after I got a little sunburned and opted for a long sleeved tee.

Here are a few more pictures from the trip.

 Midsummers dinner by the lake...

 Midsummer's eve sunset...

The view of the house from the boat.

 There's apparently a dinner cruise on Lake Conroe.
(or was at some point, it looked a little dilapidated)

There's also a lighthouse.


And here's me enjoying being in the bow of the boat as we cruised along.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Mission Accomplished


Another lake retreat is in the books and was a great success for all six of us. My goal was to read through and edit the whole of "Snowball," which I did. The book's not ready to go to my editor just yet, but it's that much closer. There were a couple of scenes which needed big tweaks. Those got made. Most of the book just needed a more consistent arc of one of the protagonists' feeling about the plot I dropped him in. That hasn't been completely accomplished yet, but it's closer.

Of course, our friendships were cemented and we talked about how our lives have changed since last year's trip. Mostly all for the better.

From left to right: Gina, Regina, Susie, Clover, Chrissy, and me...

Now if you're wondering why I'm wearing boots on a boat ride, it's because the boat was actually our mode of transportation to a restaurant on one of the many marinas around the lake where we had lunch.

While I was down in this area of Texas, I also got to see my beautiful Brown Eyed Girl.


As you can imagine, none of us wanted to return to our real lives, but that's what makes this weekend so special.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Catch you Wednesday.

PS--Sonshine's in town and I get to see him Wednesday or Thursday. Yippee!!!!

 



Friday, June 21, 2019

Writing & Relaxation



The third annual Cowtown Critiquers lake treat has begun. I know it looks like the same picture I posted the other day, but I promise I took it yesterday when I arrived.

It's going to be four lovely days of writing and relaxing and deepening my bond with some of the most important women in my life.

The goal, besides having a good time and decompressing, is to get my Snowball book as complete as I can possibly make it. I should make good progress since I'll have at least three more hours of writing each day than I normally would.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend.