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May. 24th, 2016 | 07:15 pm

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Two days worth

May. 19th, 2016 | 05:38 pm

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AOS Season Finale

May. 18th, 2016 | 10:56 am

So, I was proven correct in which individual they were hinting about.

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I'm also currently working my way through Murdoch Mysteries.

I'm far enough in that I'm seriously bored with Murdoch and Julia. I'm at the point where it looks like the writers may be splitting up George and Dr. Grace...and that does annoy me.

I don't carry a torch for the duo. Instead, I just don't want them making George unhappy. That would seriously piss me off.

Be nice to George. He's a sparkly ray of sunshine.

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Accountability posts...

May. 18th, 2016 | 10:18 am

I've posted for the last couple of days, including a string of food pics. I'm trying to keep those behind the cut so they don't clutter up people's feeds, but I do know the phone app is showing at least one, so....sorry if it bothers anyone.

Basically, I'm using the app to keep track of what I'm eating. No biggie.

I've reached that point in life where, to get my weight under control, I will have to eat less, every day, forever.

This is part age, part post-surgery truth. I did try keeping a food journal, but it turns out I'm just too lazy to do so. (Also, because most things are fresh or cooked from scratch, it's kinda hard to know the calories.)

So instead, I'm just documenting the portion size by taking a pic with my phone. I can upload it roughly daily, and that's enough to keep me accountable.

Last night was the first time eating out, and I was incredibly conscious of "I'm going to have to post a pic of my Chinese food"...so instead of ordering off the menu, I asked if they could just prepare me chicken and broccoli. Which they did, and it was quite tasty and surely fewer calories than the normal orange or lemon chicken I get there.

In that way, it's already worked. It makes me hyper-conscious of what's going onto my plate.

No one needs to look at those pics. They're really there for me, but you can if you want. (I hate veggies, BTW, which is why there's so much fruit.)

And I hope that, in time, I won't need to think about every single meal. But somehow, I doubt it. I like food.

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Accountability today.

May. 17th, 2016 | 06:29 pm

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Just keeping track.

May. 16th, 2016 | 06:38 pm

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Reading Reviews

Feb. 26th, 2016 | 02:52 pm

I love people who leave reviews, I truly do!

However, I don't read them.  This is nothing against people who review. It's me. I'm one of those people who gets all squicky inside when I read a review, even if it's a good review. There's always something that the reviewer wants me to fix, and since the book's already published, I can't.

But today my agent asked me for a list of quotes from reviews, so to get that I had to go online and try to find a handful of reviews to quote.

That means reading my reviews. ::shudders::

Now, Dreaming Death is looking to be a pretty solid 4. So that's not bad. But reading through all the reviews is still uncomfortable.

Also, reviewers don't always have a "money" line that I can quote, so I often can't pull anything from a review. But here's what I've got...

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And now I shall return to the eleventy seven other things I'm working on...

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Weekend(ish project)...new Roman shades.

Feb. 23rd, 2016 | 03:48 pm
mood: Glad it's done.

We've been working on replacing some of the tired old 'wood' blinds in this house, most of them with Roman Shades. In the dining room, we took down the old shades to discover that some short cuts had been taking when painting. Yep...they didn't even bother to pull down the blinds while painting. Ugh!

So this is the old blinds,

And here are the new shades (with a new rug). I did paint the casement before putting up the new shades.

The kitchen has a lot of blinds, so we replaced those, too...

Here's the bay of windows:

With blinds removed and paint/caulking cleaned up.

And here we have the new Roman shades.

This is one of the unfortunate things we're facing throughout this house. The previous previous (we think) homeowner did a super sloppy paint job, leaving us with things like paint all over the aluminum windows. It can be worked off with paint stripper, but since I have dogs, I don't want to mess with that. So I'll clean up what I can of the mess, and live with the inperfections until we someday replace these windows (which are single-pane aluminum.)

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I'm baffled...

Feb. 10th, 2016 | 06:53 am

A family member is getting married this weekend, and I found myself bumfuzzled by the gift registry.  After much deliberation, I chose a bathroom trashcan, tootbrush holder, and soap dispenser.

And that came out to about $115.

It turns out that the items are porcelain. A $60 porcelain trashcan.  For a bathroom.

First of all, people want what they want. I'm aware of that. But I looked up from my computer (I shopped online) and thought....wow, I'm a cheap and tacky person.

The trashcans in my bathrooms are all from Walmart or Target...and mostly purchased on sale or clearance. I doubt any of them cost more than $10.  I can't imagine purchasing a bathroom trashcan for that much.  (I have a more expensive can in the kitchen, but it's much larger, stainless steel, and at least 10 years old.)

This is culture shock.

Why do people spend $$$$$ on cars when they can have books instead. Or a new computer and books. Or...well, a lot of things.

It's just always surprising to me where people put their money. Because it's not where I would put it.

Part of the variety of life, I guess ;o)

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The Sparrow

Feb. 6th, 2016 | 12:09 pm
mood: optimisticoptimistic

In my quest to put out some new ebboks, I've actually been looking at professional covers (rather than my amateurish attempts from 2012).  For my next Golden City novella (After the War), I've gone back to the same artist who did The Seer's Choice ($275+)

The next project is a redo of the Iron Shoes trilogy, where I'm putting the three novellas into one book (Iron Shoes, Snow Comes to Hawk's Folly, and Snowfall). For this one I've engaged the same guy who formatted The Seer's Choice and a different artist (who's a bit more expensive--$550--but I hope will be willing to work with me on the cover more.)

And only after that was I planning to put out the Russian Novella, otherwise known as "The Sparrow in the Aviary".

But yesterday while I was looking for cover examples for Artist 2, I was trolling selfpubbookcovers.com. A high percentage of their covers are not very great, but they have some occasional gems. And I ran across one that suited my needs perfectly. After tweaking the text a bit, I have this:

The good thing about getting the cover done at this point is that I'm still editing the novella. Therefore it's not a big deal for me to change the heroine's eye color or hair color to match this photo. What I liked best about the photo is that:

-we can't see her clothes, so we can't have the wrong time period for her clothing.
-she's not made up or glamorized, and she's not smiling.
-all the props work with my story: jewelry, trees, feather.

I did try to stick in a tag line, but with the variance bright to dark, it's hard to find a good place for that. It would fit under my author name, but then I think it would be busy.  And since I really don't foresee a ton of novella sales in print form (and no one's going to be purchasing them off the shelf anywhere) I can put the tag line on the top of the description anyway.

In the Russian Forest, Magic Still Reigns.

That sets both location and fantasy. And I can work the time period (1815) in pretty quickly so that purchasers won't be misled.

So I got my third cover quite inexpensively--$80--which helps the over all writing budget. (I told my husband last night how much Artist 2 is costing, and he gasped!). The covers alone (not the formatting) will eat up all of the last advance check I'm getting from my publisher. I'm hoping to have some royalties coming in, but they won't cover much.

And I do have a Patreon, but it hasn't funded yet, so I'm not getting any money from it.  This is a bit like kickstarter, in that the funding doesn't kick in until the goals are met.  I have not been pushing it, so that's one of my goals for February...to do a couple of promotion runs for it in hops of creeping up to that $100 mark.

(At $100 a month, that will cover the publication of roughly 2 ebooks per year. I am hoping to buy software and learn to formatting myself, which would probably make it 3 books a year, but that will take a bit of time.)

Cool! I've never seen these before! 

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