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April 1, 2013

So, here we are in April.  I need to get work done.  Today I'm fighting to get Vision finished and up and it's a tough job.  I am looking forward to being done with it.  I want some of my life back for a few days.

The weather is getting better, though.  That's a good thing.

April 2, 2013

For some reason, the writing work this month is just taking off.  I think by the end of April I'm going to have several more books done and possibly up.

And I have had it with Amazon who closed down the FM storefront today because of something somewhere someone did.  Yeah, it was that clear.  Not me, not the store, but that someone who might be associated with the store might have done something -- in other words, nothing I had any control over.  Fine.  Amazon is just going over the edge and I don't need to go with them.

April 3, 2013

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my new camera?  I can't wait to get to the zoo with it.  I need to find my tripod and monopod though, too.  They've disappeared.

Writing is going well.  Wrote a flash fiction piece today.  Did editing on two novels.  I need to start thinking about cover art for them.  I need to format four others.

I need to get to work on the newsletter again.  I did edit a number of DAZ pages today, though.

So, overall, it's going well.

 Back to work!

April 4, 2013

I got pretty much everything except writing done today, which is odd for me.  I'll be applying myself to that work here in a few minutes.  Russ is on his way home and I have dinner in the oven, so everything is looking good on our end. 

I have gotten quite a bit of work done on upcoming books in the last few days, despite everything else going on.  So things are going okay, now at the start of the month. We'll see how crazed I am at the end of it.

April 5, 2013

Newsletter got done and in early.  I am in a good mood.  Writing is going reasonably well.  I think we're good.

I am trying to come up with some new ideas for writing, though, and I'm having a bit of a problem there.  I keep seeing bits and pieces of stuff, but it's not pulling together.


I'll get something, soon.  I hope.

April 6, 2013

Tonight we moved my desk around a bit and pretty much prepared for Spring.  We're getting temps in the 60's, and while they are talking about snow on Wednesday, I'm going to believe it will be an overnight event.

Sometimes moving stuff around can help to get the mind moving again.  That's what I'm trying for here besides a better view of birds and bugs.  Just waiting for things to show up.

April 7, 2013

There is so much I would really like to do this month, but you know . . . I just see time slipping away again.  I'm not entirely certain why, either.  I seem to be spending a lot of time at the computer, but getting far less done.

Ugh.  Hate when I can't seem to get things worked out properly.

April 8, 2013

We're supposed to get snow this week.  How odd.  Not that we've never had snow in April before, but only that this year seems strange. 

I need to figure out why I am not really connecting with stuff.  I'm getting work done, but it's slow and odd.  I feel like I am falling behind on stuff, and I'm really not.  I am, however, straight out missing things.

April 9, 2013

Yeah, wow.  That's strange weather.  Lots and lots of thunderstorms.  Ice -- not snow -- covering the ground.  Wind.  Cold.  Winter is back and I can't say I appreciate it very much.

But we kept power and didn't get hit by anything particularly horrible.  So we'll survive! 

Still doing work. Still feeling as though I am not getting what I need to get.

April 10, 2013

I think I am having ear problems that have spread into my throat.  I am having trouble swallowing.  And on top of that, my right leg keeps giving out.  This is so not fun.

The weather is cold.  The house is cold.  I am not a happy person.

On the other hand, Vita's Vengeance is going VERY well and nearly done.

So I guess not everything is bad.

April 11, 2013

Slept too much today.  Hoping to get all kinds of things done, but not getting very far on anything.  Ugh.  Need . . . stuff.  Need to get stuff done.  Need a list! 

Really, the last is true.  I usually work with lists and I haven't lately.  I need to change that again.

But right now, I'm preparing for dinner from Taco Bell.  That should make things better.

April 12, 2013

We are having just odd weather.  Yesterday we had snow again.  Is'nt it a bit late for this kind of behavior?  Come on spring!

I am getting work done, but I really hope for warm weather and a chance to walk around and look for flowers and stuff.  Anything.  Just stop snowing!

Okay, back to writing.  Getting stuff ready to go up on Smashwords soon!

April 13, 2013

Despite the bits of snow, which really doesn't amount to much in water when it melts, we are worried about drought still.  The picture for today is the Missouri River showing how incredibly low it is.  This is, in part, because of the flood two years ago.  They released the water from the dam up north in such a huge rush that it cut deep into the river bottom.  This was done on purpose.  They hoped it would do this rather than spreading outward, but the problem is that now we have a lower river with a few areas gouged out.

I have never seen the river this low.  It's very strange.

Other than that . . . work is going okay.  And I have to admit it's nice to be able to go places with Russ and see things like that river.  I'm glad he's home.

April 14, 2013

We had a lovely drive tonight and I got some great sunset pictures.  And there wasn't snow.  That counts these days.

I have two novels almost ready to go up.  Paid in Gold and Blood and Vita's Vengeance.  I hope they do well!

April 15, 2013

We are all tired of this weather.  Sunlight!  Warmth!  (But not too much.)

I fear we are going to go from cold, snowy wet weather straight into hot miserable summer this year.  The fact spring will not let go just makes it seem more likely.


Back to writing.  And it's amazing how often I give my characters miserable weather.  I am a mean person.

April 16, 2013

Every time I think I'm getting close to being done with these novels, I realize there is something more I need to do.  Lately, I've started wondering if I'm finding things to do to keep from finishing and publishing.  I have and up and down relationship with that part of the process, and not made any better by the problems with Amazon. 

But I'll keep moving on.  I'll get them up.  I'm almost there, and I won't find a reason to stop now.

April 17, 2013

Edmond and Zaphod are seven.  They're such sweet little guys.  It's good to have them around.

The year I round them, it was warm and there was grass and flowers.  (Looks outside).  I think we slipped into an alternate world.

April 18, 2013

Yeah, it snowed again today.   What is this?  What weird weather!

I published the two books last night!  Yay!  I'm going to keep pushing and get some others done, too.  Enough of this messing around!

Right.  I can do this.

April 19, 2013

I have a new Nook HD+ -- the bigger version of what I got a few months ago.  I have been very happy with the smaller version, and when this one went on sale . . . yeah.  Russ gets the older one.  I have, by the way, made it a habit to read something on the other Nook every single day since I got it, which has vastly improved my reading list lately.  I'm not going to change that plan.

It's really exciting.  I love the new digital world.

April 20, 2013

The last two days we've been going to the local pond where there has been a good number of migrating birds -- egrets (which we rarely see around here), pelicans (likewise rarely seen), geese, coots, cormorants (I've NEVER seen those here) and lots of other odd things.  It's been a test for the new camera, which I really need to work harder with.  I see some problems, and I can't decide if it's the camera or me. 

But it's been great to see these things and so close!  I wish they'd stick around, but the pond and park get crazy busy during the warmer weather and at best a few of the very stubborn Canada Geese might stick around.

It's fun to see them, though.

But a bit cold.

April 21, 2013

Still looking for spring here, just so you know.

We had rain today, which is better than the snow.  But still, a nice warm day wouldn't be asking for too much at this point, right?

I am working on the next Devlin novel, which I hope to have out later this month or early in May.  I need to start pushing some of this stuff and not allow myself to stop.

april 22, 2013



Even the birds went crazy.  We've all had it with this weather.

We're supposed to be in the 70's in about five days.  This is just odd.

I suspect we're going to have about three days of spring and then hit summer.

April 23, 2013

It warmed up somewhat today, and it's supposed to keep getting warmer for a while.  I think we have finally reached spring.

My writing has slowed down.  Just one of those regular slow-downs that happen now and then.  I'm working on Devlin 2 and Tom Luck.  They're moving, but I hope at least one of them picks up soon!

April 24, 2013

Fell today.  Hurt my hand, though not badly. Almost more annoying than anything, but I know it's going to hurt tomorrow.  Ugh.

Writing.  Getting stuff done.

April 25, 2013

Yeah. Sore.  Also headachy.  Not getting a lot done.

But it's in the 60's today!  SPRING!

That's enough to make anyone happy!

April 26, 2013

Rearranging the house a bit has put me in a better mood, though I'm still trying to decide what to do with some things.  Move another bookcase out to the front?  Change books round?  Ack.

Yeah, most of the work revolves around moving books.  This isn't a big surprise here.

April 27, 2013

The weather has been pretty nice lately, but they are saying snow next week.  Hello?  Can we get past that stuff now?

Writing is okay.  I need to focus on some stuff and that isn't happening.  Also, we're coming closer to the short story challenge on FM.  I would really like to take part this year.

Ugh.  Too much stuff going on.

April 28, 2013

Hurt my hand, though not badly.  Just sore to work and type lately.  Also, really, not a lot to say.

April 29, 2013

Ack.  Nearly end of the month.  Ack.

This seems to be an end of the month attitude with me.  So much to do!  DAZ stuff, FM stuff, my stuff.


April 30, 2013

The story a day stuff is up for FM and the challenge done for DAZ.  Little bits and pieces of stuff everywhere.  I want to get 2YN book 8 done, but now I think I'm combining 8 and 9 and 9 needs a lot of reworking.  Ah well.  I'll get it done and then I won't have to worry about it again.