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March 1, 2013

Hello, welcome to March.  Can I just go crazy now?

So far this month doesn't look any less insane than the last one.  Maybe more so, in fact.  Even the cats are acting like it's more insane.

Still I am getting things done.  This isn't too bad, really.  I mean I have a whole month before I need to worry about falling behind again, right?


Back to work.

March 2, 2013

Even though I am mostly caught up with stuff, I feel as though I am never going to get anything actually done.  This is starting to get bothersome. 

Or it is quite possible that I need a real vacation. 

At any rate, I'm going a bit nuts here.

march 3, 2013

We went to DeSoto today!  I was really surprised!  Saw lots and lots of eagles, too!

So much better day than the one before.  I had fun!

Got some great ideas on novel to start on Friday, too!  Yay!

march 4, 2013

I am anxiously watching the weather for the coming weekend.  Russ and I are going to do things.  Squaw Creek maybe.  But the weather is kind of iffy, as is usual for this time of year.

At any rate, things are good.  I am getting closer to releasing new novels.  Yay!

So, back to work.

march 5, 2013

Mirrors is out!  Yay!

Good to have at least one of the three novels make it out.    Things are going well on that front, at least.

Other things?  Oh, writing is going well.  Getting stuff done. Can't complain, except about the cold!

March 6, 2013

A bit warmer today and no wind, so that helped.  Got some writing done.  I had planned on formatting another novel, and I might get it done yet -- but not feeling great write now.  I think I'm going to rest for a bit instead.

Overall, pretty nice, though!

march 7, 2013

New camera.  New camera!!!!!

Yeah, I'm a bit excited.  We picked it up last night.  DSLR. 

New camera!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah.  Having trouble concentrating here.

Lucky for me the battery took a bit to charge or I wouldn't have anything done.

March 8, 2013

Birthdays don't get much better than this.

We were on the road at 4:30 am and heading south with the new camera.  We spent the day at Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge and then headed back north.  Lunch in Omaha, a couple hours at the DeSoto Wildlife Refuge, home -- and dinner out.

The weather was iffy all day, but it stayed nice.  We got rain/ice later, but we were safely back at the house.

I took 968 pictures with the new camera (which is a Canon EOS T4i, by the way.  Digital SLR.  Two lenses.  Lovely!)

March 9, 2013

Since the weather wasn't too bad, we went back out today, but mostly stayed near to home.  I got to play with the camera and test out a lot of settings and such.  Still learning how to take pictures with it.  Only took about 125 today.  LOL.

march 10, 2013

Snow!  We had quite a snow storm today. They closed down the Interstate and everything because of the snow/ice problems.  Russ and I stayed all snug in our houses and I took about 100 pictures.  LOL

I love the new camera.  I am still learning all kinds of things about it.  This is going to be quite an experience!

march 11, 2013

The weather has bee scruffy here again!  You'd think we were back into the middle of winter!  GAH!

But yes, still having great fun with the camera.  This is really exciting.  using Lightroom and Photoshop to do work with the RAW pictures, too, which is a whole new experience for me!

Such fun stuff!

March 12, 2013

Spring is coming, right?  Spring isn't too far away now.  All this sudden 'hey, I forgot to give you winter, so here it is' stuff can stop now.  Really.

I am cataloging older pictures.  Way older pictures.  The 2800 and some from the first digital camera, the Sony FD7. These are back from 1998-1999.  I have to skip the next camera until I can get another working A-drive, but I will be leaping on into the Sony CD1000.

Oh yes, writing stuff.  Yes, that's all fine.  Will get to newsletter stuff soon, too, I think.

March 13, 2013

Got the FD7 collection into light room!  Yay!  Now on to the CD1000.  That's going to be a lot more pictures.

The Legend of Tom Luck is going well, too.  Badlands is going very well.  I need to format Xenation and I need to get to work on Vision.

And the newsletter.  And other things.

But over all, going really well!

March 14, 2013

Okay, things are going nicely today.  Getting the newsletter done.  Ignoring Lightroom and more cataloguing, but I'll be getting to it soon.  Getting some writing done.  All is good.

The Legend of Tom Luck is going well, too.  And Badlands.  So things are good all the way around. 

Oh, and I love my camera.

march 15, 2013

Got a lot of stuff done today, but also fighting with Lightroom on something.  I am going to have to redo a few thousand photos.  Ack.

But better to realize the problem now rather than later.  It's okay.  I can re-catalogue a bunch of them anyway. 

Other than that?  Lovely weather today!  But we're looking at snow by the end of the weekend.  Oh well.  It won't last.

Writing is going well.

That's about everything!

march 16, 2013

Things are just too busy lately.  So much to do by the end of the month and I am not getting caught up on some of it.  Vision, FM, DAZ, ACOA -- I need a break.

But I Love my new camera.  LOL

March 17, 2013

It's turned icy here again, and I think I'm coming down with a miserable cold.  This has been annoying, really.  I want spring and flowers and birds and stuff.


Writing is going well, though.  I'm almost done with Badlands.  Wow.  I still need to format Paid in Gold and Blood and Xenation.  Beyond that, my brain is not working.

march 18, 2013

We had a House Sparrow in the House today.

Yeah, that was fun.  Good thing Russ was working from home.  The guys did not get it, I am happy to say. But they were certainly interested.

That was my big news for the day.

March 19, 2013

I am thinking about doing a collection of teddy bear pictures.  I think it might be fun, really.  Yeah, I have odd ideas of fun, but there it is.  I am going to be moving teddy bears to the backroom soon and get that set up as a back up office, too.  Change of pace, somewhere different to go.

I am not feeling well.  It's going to be a while before I get to it.

march 20, 2013

Too ill to care today.  Ugh.  Need to get stuff done and not happening.

I wish we would get to spring and warm.  This up and down stuff is doing me in.

March 21, 2013

I am feeling even worse today, but I've gotten some things done at least.  And I am not falling behind on my writing, which is good.  If I did that, I'd just be all the more annoyed with everything.

Also getting more and more pictures tagged and catalogued. That's been fun, too.

March 22, 2013

I got all number of things done today, but it's taken every bit of energy I have.  I am just writing this to get it finally up since I keep not posting it.  That's okay.  Haven't had anything interesting to say anyway.

I hope I start feeling better soon, though.  This is really miserable.

March 23, 2013

Ugh.  Still not feeling well at all.  Trying to get  work done and keep up with stuff, but it's not been easy.

I think I will have Badlands done, at least.  That's good, right?  A lot of the other things I planned this month disappeared, though.  Oh well.  I'll get there.

march 24, 2013

I decided to join March Madness at FM to finish up Badlands this week.  I don't know that I really needed the push, but it won't hurt.  I am not feeling great still, so I need to focus in on stuff. This will help

They say the weather is going to be better soon.

I hope so.  I hate being cold.

March 25, 2013

Come on warm weather.  I want Spring!  I want flowers and everything this year.  And walks again, if I can get up the energy.  If I can get past feeling this lousy.  Snarl.

I have to put Vision together still.  Getting to work on the next newsletter, too.

So, overall, it's looking pretty good.  And starting to feel better.

march 26, 2013

Russ got home from work and took me out on a great ride!  We saw hawks, geese, herons, ducks -- and all within about 15 miles of home.  This was really wonderful!  I took hundreds of pictures, of course!

Supposed to warm up tomorrow.  I sure hope so.  Really, seriously looking forward to spring here.

Oh yeah.  End of the month, and I'm not ready.  Not helped by the fact that I still don't feel all that great.  I keep getting very cold.

Badlands is nearly done.  I'm really happy with it.

I am adding all kinds of pictures to the Lightroom Catalogue.  I love this program, but this is still a project that is going to take the rest of my life.

Good hobby, right?

And I still love my new camera.

March 27, 2013

Yeah.  End of the month.  I didn't even think of Easter besides.  But I am getting bits and pieces of work done for stuff.  I may be a little late with Vision.  I really can't say I care much at this point.

A number of things I had intended to get done this month just totally disappeared off the list.  Maybe next month for a few more releases.  I think I've been lucky to get this far with stuff.

April will be warmer, right?  I can deal with warmer.

March 28, 2013

I am getting one odd thing done this month -- all the pictures into the LIghtroom Catalogue though it will be weeks before I have them all tagged as well.  Lots and lots and lots of pictures.  Should this be a surprise?  I don't think so.

It's been great to find some of this stuff though.  That's been really entertaining.

But a lot of work.  And more work to get it done afterwards, but it's good.  I like it.

march 29, 2013

I am just about done with the last of the pictures to add into the files and files of pictures.  Wow.  Even I'm impressed.  And I still don't have the old FD91 pictures done since I need a drive to copy the rest of them.  I've already taken over 2k in pictures with the new camera.  If I start getting to places like the zoo . . . well, that should be interesting.

But wow -- what a lot of work!

March 30, 2013

We had a spring day today!  Well, at least until the clouds came in.  A bit of thunder and lightning and now it's getting cold.  But still, we had spring.  It was nice. Russ took me for a wonderful ride.  We ate in the car.  I am no closer to getting Vision done.  I don't care.

Russ and I both agreed we love flowers and stuff in the yard -- but neither of us are really interested in the work to do it.  I'm hoping we can get our neighbor, who does a lot of our yard work already, to plant a few.  I really have never liked playing in the dirt.

I have 103,194 pictures in the lightroom catalogue.  77,044 are not tagged.  Some of those will be deleted.  I'm betting I'll drop below 100k by the time I get through all of this.

But. . . . wow.  Lots of stuff!

Oh, and Badlands is done!

march 31, 2013

Russ and I went on a lovely Easter trip, even though I had started out feeling really, really bad today.  We went to Niobrara, where we used to go -- but there wasn't much in the ponds there.  Easter is a bit early this year.

It snowed on the way home, too.