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Saturday, January 19th, 2013 05:43 am
 Weird post, I know, but it's sometimes the little things that make my life worthwhile and the dinner I had last night combined with the dinner I will have tonight makes me happy. I know - silly of me. But moving into the day with a positive attitude is a serious plus.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 05:11 am
So did everyone have a good New Year's Eve and first two days of 2013? I took the time off - such a rarity - so I didn't even post my blog although I did do some writing and some beta work. I also worked out the image I wanted for one of my shoes and got that printed out onto Frisket, ready to begin cutting it out soon. Such fun! I also had the first chance to have a nice long conversation with Aearwen for several weeks! I was having withdrawal from our weekly phone talks, so I'm ever so much happier today - I had my friend fix for the week - :D

Dragonthology has now been published. You can find it here, on Amazon. If you visit the Amazon page, please click the "Like" button, the more we get and the faster we get them, the higher we'll go in the rankings.
Amazon gift card give away and reviewers wanted below the cut... )
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Thursday, December 27th, 2012 05:15 am
So the publisher has come to us with a firm date for the publication of Dragonthology, which will be available as a Kindle Loan Book for 90 days, so we're hopeful that we'll get some good lends as well as purchases over the time span. Amazon is not accepting pre-orders (yet) so we just have to be patient until...

JANUARY 3rd....January 3rd....hmmm, was that January 3rd?

OK, I know...obnoxious? Yeah, a bit. But publicity is part of my author contract, so you'll be getting some. I also have friends who have asked to be kept in the loop, and my blog is how I do that. So...January 3rd.
Why it's been fun working on this project below the cut... )
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Monday, October 29th, 2012 05:47 am
Well, the US is settling into a waiting game. Hurricane Sandy will hit the East Coast tonight probably somewhere in New Jersey. That will effectively shut down New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia and other nearby states, many of them for days. It's a huge storm combining with a full moon for maximal storm surges and they are saying that snow and ice will accompany rain far into the interior of the nation. I have a lot of on-line friends and acquaintances who live in the impacted areas and all I can do is pray that they will pass through this unscathed, warm, dry, and safe. My thoughts are with all of you.

The power of the ocean is amazing.

writing and crop circles below the cut )
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Saturday, October 27th, 2012 05:22 am
An online friend posted a question the other day that got me thinking. When you write a story, who do you write for? Are you writing just for you? Are you writing for your reading audience? If you are writing for yourself, then why bother posting at all? But if you are writing for an audience, who comprises that audience? Good questions.

speculation and ideas follow )
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Friday, October 26th, 2012 05:20 am
There are some interesting benefits to signing up for NaNoWriMo, one of which is the opportunity to test-drive some writing software and, if I like it, to purchase it after November at a reduced price. I had already been checking out a trial version of Scrivner, which I liked but which had a steep learning curve for me. (I'm just a writer, usually using MS Word or Open Office to put my words to screen, not really setting up larger pieces.) After reading through many of the offerings that would work on a non-Apple PC, I decided to download and try a program called WriteWay. Now I'm playing with the program to get used to it before November 1st.

choices and Hurricane Sandy below the cut )
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 05:02 am
It's crazy...or I'm crazy...or maybe a combination of the both. Questions are plaguing me this morning.

Whatever made me think that I actually had a plot lying in this vision?
How and more importantly WHY do these two get together?
Come on already, girl. Whatever made you think you had a novel in you let alone a novel in this storyline?
What was I thinking when I signed up for NaNoWriMo?

As you can tell, second week doubts and walls are hitting me early *sigh*. I always was precocious.
My maps are mounted and marked. Take a look... )
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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 06:02 am
In June I had saved enough to get my eyes examined and get a new, up-to-date prescription for eyeglasses. I love my eyeglasses. I have two unique and distinctive pairs of frames that I had purchased as custom pairs for my 50th birthday celebration. I had inherited some money from my mother when she passed and used some of it for my 50th celebration items - two tattoos and two pairs of eyeglasses. Returning to topic, I got a new prescription and wanted to get my glasses re-lensed for the second time since I purchased them. I finally sent pair one off on the 26th of September and got pair one back in the mail yesterday. All neat, clean, and with new Transition lenses.

These aren't my eyeglasses, but they're really kewl. They
are made from bamboo, designed by Ming. Very nice!

more rambling below...aren't you curious? )
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Saturday, October 6th, 2012 05:21 am
I'm exhausted. I allowed myself to sleep an additional twenty minutes this morning and didn't hit the treadmill (bad girl) but I really needed that little bit of additional sleep. I'm really looking forward to tonight - for the first time in two months I will be able to sleep in on Sunday morning. This is the ultimate luxury! So I'm writing a celebration to sleep today because, quite honestly, that candle I hold that burns from both ends does singe my hand now and again.

writing efforts and awards below the cut )
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Friday, October 5th, 2012 05:24 am
So Chickie is taking the last of her vacation today (and yesterday afternoon) so I have to work hard. It's not that I don't work hard when she is on the sales floor, it is more that I know I have someone who covers my back without a specific request. At least most of the time. But when she's out of the shop (or when I'm out of the shop to be totally fair) we have to work harder. Although Jim can be a tremendous help and resource, his hearing loss is acute and interacting with customers is often an afterthought. If the store is crowded or if I'm really busy helping someone, it is annoying to have to specifically direct him to help a customer (two customers is one too many) when normally I would never have to ask. We're a retail store. We help customers. It's our JOB! Really? REALLY?

Old time mercantile stores were all about customer service.

Discussions of Project Runway and James Bond below the cut - NO SPOILERS, safe to read )
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Thursday, October 4th, 2012 05:00 am
My egrets left their pond almost a month ago, and my grey heron left a bit more than a week ago. Now the warm temperatures are following them and fall/winter is arriving. Today is the first day when our high temperature will be in the mid-50's Fahrenheit (12.5 Celsius, approx). A cold front will be coming across the northern part of the state, and we will see our first snow today. Not here in the Twin Cities (thank goodness) but across the northern part of the state.

general rambling about fall and NaNoWriMo. Click at your own risk... )
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Saturday, September 29th, 2012 05:43 am
I'm reading a book recommended to me by my friend Susan called "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition, How to Edit Yourself Into Print" by Renni Brown. I've got this loaded onto my phone for reading, and Sharon Kay Penman's "Here Be Dragons" loaded onto my Nook. I was reading through the basics on showing instead of telling, character voice and action, etc., and of course I was mentally revising what I have recently written because that's what I do when I read editing books like this.

to revise or not... )
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Friday, September 28th, 2012 04:42 am
I am sending out a huge "Thank You" to the organizers of the 2012 Tree and Flower Awards held on MPTT. I was thrilled to have several stories of mine win either Third Place or Honorable Mention and doubly thrilled to have my artwork "And Maedhros Stood Aside" awarded First Place! Here are the stories and links to where everything can be read or viewed on MPTT for those of my friends who may be interested.

winning stories list with links and banners below )
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 05:01 am
Although I wanted to get writing work done last night, my poor DH hasn't been seeing a lot of me and we love Face Off and wanted to watch the new show - Hot Set. So I got very little writing done last night. That means that today is a focused day with a break when I go grocery shopping and when I talk to Aearwen late this afternoon. Except for that, I'll be working on my o-fic story, checking out the publisher's submission requirements, and in general, driving myself a little crazy in a good cause.

general talk about what my day will do - boring? and find out! )
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Friday, September 14th, 2012 05:58 am
So today I can't seem to bring my thoughts to ground. I found out yesterday night that I hadn't paid the health insurance bill from last month to the tune of $2500. I thought I had paid it, but after checking my payment history and checks written/e-payments made, they are right and I am wrong. BAD! Looking at my accounts this morning, I don't have the available money for it either. So I spent time examining options available to me. I settled on one, but I'm not happy all the way around. Still, the bill has to be paid.

I needed pretty pictures, so I have two wonderful ones below the cut. )
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Thursday, September 13th, 2012 05:44 am
Whoa! I'm in the groove! That's rather shocking - both for the fact that I am suddenly flashing back in time to the days of disco, spinning mirror balls, and crazy music, and for the fact that I actually got some substantial writing done yesterday. I loved my Wednesday. May I have another? Please?

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 05:32 am
I haven't had a chance to actually compose since late August, with the exception of my blog posts. That changes today, because I am going to sit my overly-cushioned backside in my desk chair and work. I have to finish my O-fic and I have another piece that is due by the end of the week - a very short turn-around for me so I'll have to be focused. I'll also have a chance to share conversation with Aearwen later today, something that I look forward to each week. I have a lot of errands to do this morning though, so I won't be able to start any of this creative process until at least 11am this morning. That will give me five hours of "uninterrupted" time (not counting throwing laundry into the washer, grocery shopping, and phone calls from the shop). I guess, in my life, uninterrupted is a relative term.

Spoilers for winners of Hells Kitchen and Masterchef below the cut )
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Saturday, September 8th, 2012 05:26 am
I was already looking forward to my Sunday at the Renaissance Festival - it is Highland Weekend, so I'll have lots of Men in Kilts to look at (pause for happy sigh), I'll be watching the Caber Toss, and I'll happily sit in the Special Events field for hours just watching the games. Guiness, kilts and the caber toss - it just doesn't get much better than that. DID!

why will my weekend be extra special? read on! )
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Friday, September 7th, 2012 05:33 am
I am finally catching up with hundreds of Emails and misc questions that I let lie while on my Labor Day vacation. But I have three stories to write and I'm not able to get back into a writing groove yet. I had to return most of my interlibrary loaned research materials for my NaNoWriMo book yesterday, although I still have one for another week, and I have deadlines breathing down my neck. But what do I do? I read. I'm hip deep in a book series on my Nook and re-reading a book on my new phone (reading it for the third time). Having the ability to read any of my NookBooks on my phone is probably not one of the best things - LOL. But it is one thing that is making me love my phone even more. I haven't figured out a comfortable way to write on my phone yet, and the screen is smaller than that of my Nook, but the darned phone is incredibly versatile. *sigh* It's worming its way into my heart.

Van Gogh and ducks below the cut... )
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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 05:23 am
Today is the first Saturday of the State Fair and I'll be going on my usual date. DH and I take Park and Ride over to the Fairgrounds instead of driving over there and then we wander the Fair, going through some of the buildings (they close at 9:00 pm so we can't spend a lot of time there) and eating our dinner. We usually stay at least until the nightly fireworks display and finally catch the bus back home in time to wake up tomorrow morning and go to Renaissance Festival. It's a busy weekend, but not quite as busy as next weekend will be when Sharon has joined us for our mayhem.

State Fair food and writing woes below the cut. Read if you dare... )