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August 1, 2014

I ended with 125,025 words for JulNo. Yay!

But I am having massive computer problems.  It may finally be settling down now, but yesterday was hell trying to get the last of JulNo done.  I think I might have most of the problems solved now, but there was no way I could stop on the last day to mess around with it.

Computers will drive me crazy.

And that's about it, really.  Time to get some rest now that I'm almost caught up with everything!


August 2, 2014

Continued computer problems.  But I got a new keyboard and mouse.  It's not helping with the big problem, but I like them.  Logitech wireless set.  They keyboard is pretty nice, though not as big as the Natural Keyboards.  Still . . . . since they stopped making the ones I like years ago, this is good.

Story wise, just poking along, but that's okay. 


August 3, 2014

Massive amounts of work on the computer today and it may finally be working well again.  Most of the time.  We'll see how it goes.  I, unfortunately, had a massive headache all day and it is still fighting me.  I want this to go away now.  I need a break.

I need to work on a new cover and I can't quite get my brain around the idea.  Ugh.  I have to get my brain and my computer working at the same time.

Rocky Mountain National Park

August 4, 2014

The computer is a bit better today.  We're still hitting some bad spots, but overall, I have hope for a recovery.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure the same is true about me.  Not had the best of days here.  I hope it gets better soon.

Writing is very, very slow too.  That's okay.  I am almost done with Eye or Orantis, which is only going to be about 50k.  I have no idea what I am going to work on afterwards.

Getting Resurrection: Chance and Change ready for publication.  Nice cover for it, too.


August 5, 2014

The computer seems to be running a bit better.  We'll see how this goes.  I need to have it back up to speed by this weekend.  Work to do!

There is not much else going on.  I need a break I think.  Way too much time at the computer again.

House Sparrows

August 6, 2014

We are having such odd weather that I'm already thinking about winter.  I think I have a plan for having one small room I can heat, which should be both warmer and cheaper.  Also heat the bathroom and that should be it.

I may even finally have an idea of what to do with the boxes of paperbacks!  I took most of the shelves of hard bounds out of my office when I moved into a larger area.  We could put brick and board shelves in there and take care of a huge amount of box stuff.  I like this idea.

I have a lot of work to do.  I am editing at one piece and it's going well.  I'm looking at what I need to do for something else that might take a bit more work than I expected.  We'll see.  Right now I just want to get caught up with stuff.  I'm having a hard time focusing on anything in particular, which just annoys me some days.


But I'll get there.

Rain and sunset

August 7, 2014

Russ's birthday.  We didn't do anything special, but it was a nice quiet day.  Russ even had it off from work.

I'm getting things done, a little at a time.  The computer is running better, too.  I hope the rest of the month goes as well.

Buffy the BEar Day

August 8, 2014

Buffy is three now. What a silly little cat.  She is still upset about the dog, though.  I had hoped she might find Dusty kind of fun since she liked to chase the other cats through the house.

Working on the novels.  I might get done with Eye or Orantis tonight.  We'll see how it goes.

Other than that -- not much going on.


August 9, 2014

I love doing photography of insects.  I've gotten pretty good at it, too.  Wish I could do more lately, but I have been so busy, I just don't get time to do a lot of stuff for some reason.

I do keep up on the writing.  I'm almost done with the work on Resurrection: Chance and Change.  I am looking forward to publishing that one.

Quiet weekend!


August 10, 2014

I am helping a friend get her book ready for publication.  It's not hard work, but there are a lot of things that have to change in order for it to work in ebook format.

So that's taking a bunch of time.  I'm getting it done, though!


August 11, 2014

We are having very nice weather.

I don't trust it at all.

At some point soon, the weather is going to turn on us.  It'll go way too hot or way too wet -- or we'll have the earliest winter on record.   I just know it.

I should be preparing for this, right?

Oh well.  Live dangerously.  And make sure you have a warm sweater nearby.

Stone State Park

August 12, 2014

We drove up through part of Stone Park yesterday, but the car was acting a bit stranger than usual, so we didn't go through the entire place like we usually do.  It was lovely, though.  I did not go walk on the trail where I fell the last time.  I just didn't trust my luck.

Writing is slow again right now.  I'm between major projects and getting a lot of odd things done.  Still working on stuff for my friend, too.

I need to start looking at outlines and get those done for NaNo.  That should be my main project.  But I'd need a brain for that kind of work.

The cats

August 13, 2014

The computer has been giving me fits for a few days.  Sometimes it's fine, and other times it will let me write two word and then wait half a minute before I can write two more.  I have kept from completely destroying it, so I'm better at controlling myself than I would have thought.

Almost done with Linda's book.  It should go up tomorrow.  Beyond that, I don't know what I'll be doing.  Work and more work, I guess.


August 14, 2014

Got Linda's book up on Smashwords tonight.  Amazon tomorrow, I hope.  Then I'll go back to work on my novel and get it up.  Yay!  We're getting somewhere!

The weather is still odd.  It was cool and humid today.  Ugh.  You can't win in weather like that.

I think my brain wants a vacation and has taken it without me.  We need a break.

Or maybe a new story.


August 15, 2014

I have been fighting hard to get some stuff edited.  I am working on Rat Pirates for the next big book, but that's going to take quite a while to get done. I will likely work on something shorter for the September release.

Providing I get Resurrection: Chance and Change done this month.  Right now I can't even be certain of that one being done in time.

That's about it.  I'm in the mood for an odd project of some sort.  I'll have to come up with one soon.  But right now -- later and later and I need to get to bed and do a little reading before I go to sleep.

I need to find out when I bought my Nook -- the first color one.  I have read every single night since then.  I made it a rule.  I'm good at sticking to those.


August 16, 2014

Odd long day with bits and pieces of stuff done, but not enough of any single thing.  Writing went well, I guess.  I shouldn't complain about that.  I need to work on the Newsletter again, though.

I'm doing okay on Rat Pirates.  No reason to rush it.  Or maybe there is.  What am I going to put out next month?  I think maybe it should be a shorter work month.  Too many novels in  a row, and I need more time with Rat Pirates.

And I think that's about it today!

Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 17, 2014

Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day -- or is that tomorrow?  I'll have to look it up.  At any rate, we appreciate the boys all the time.

I'm dragging on work.  Dragging on a lot of stuff, to be honest.

But eventually I'll get stuff done. 


August 18, 2014

I got a major project done today -- just not one of my own.  But it is finished, except probably for some tweaking here and there.  I'll get that done.

I need to start getting my novel ready for publication this month.  It should be done soon if I can just focus on it and not twenty thousand other things.  Ugh.


august 19, 2014

I keep hearing rumors of storms coming, but there hasn't been anything so far.  We could use a little rain again.

And I could use a break away from the house, but the car is not getting fixed any time soon.  Sigh.  I'll survive, but it does start driving me crazy.  It's like all the years while Russ was in New York -- you start thinking of places you'd really like to go (DeSoto, the zoo, the wildlife safari place by Lincoln -- the mountains, Chaco Canyon.  Might as well think big) and it gets annoying, even though I know that even with a car you couldn't go to these places. 

So I do breaks in a different way.  I'm working on timeline stuff.  That probably sounds odd, but it works.  I can play around with my own personal universe.