Monday, September 16, 2019
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
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.
Also, housecleaning. Laundry. Grocery shopping. Oh, and bathing the dog, poor thing. She's nasty.
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Monday, September 9, 2019
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
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
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.