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March 1, 2015

One week until my birthday.  This is one I think this is one it might be best just to ignore or postpone or something.  Things are not going really well here as far as cars go, so no trip to DeSoto this year.  I'll live without it.  I already have the lovely Topaz Labs stuff and I've been playing with that all through the last miserable month, so that was really a good thing to do early.

Other than that, not much going on today.  Getting some writing done.  Thinking about the novel I'll start on my birthday.  Generally just trying to kick back and ignore massive headache and backache.  I'll get past this.

March 2, 2015

Back is much better, as long as I don't push it.  I'm happy enough, though.  I'm thinking by Wednesday, I should be fine.  Wow, was that an annoying week or so!

I spent some time today tagging pictures in Lightroom.  I'm going through my Henry Doorly Zoo shots and naming the animals so I'll be able to pull those pictures out when I want some.  It's amazing how many of them I can still name.

I'm also working on my birthday story outline and I think that's going better, too.

So, not a bad day.  Let's hope it keeps going that way.

March 3, 2015

I had my first good writing day in a while.  Also got clothes washed.  Looked around at different sites deciding what to get myself for my birthday.  More art stuff -- textures and things like that -- seems the best idea.  Things that will give me stuff to play with.  I'm doing very well with all the new stuff I've been trying out.

I like learning new things.  Art stuff is really fun, too.

And that's it.  Tomorrow it will be cold.  After that, looks like almost two weeks of very nice (like some of it in the 50's!) weather.  Yay!

march 4, 2015

Still too cold, and I am so looking forward to better weather.  I want birds back at my feeders and to be able to walk the dog around the block -- if I get her cleaned up. She looks like an abandoned stray about now.  Very hard fur to keep brushed out.  I plan to have her mostly shaved down, but we can't do that until . . . better weather.  LOL

Just not going to get very far on things, I fear.  I need to get focused, but it's just not happening.  Playing with art stuff, though.  Of course, then I forget what I'm doing and can't write down the steps.

Back is worse today than it was yesterday.  I hope this isn't a trend.

March 5, 2015

Back is not as bad.  Weather is a bit better and going to improve over the next week. We'll see after that.  Zaphod is not feeling well today, but I don't think it's anything too serious. 

I have no writing brain.  Not sure where it went, but it's run away for now.  Don't really care.  I am taking a few days of fun stuff for my birthday and preparing for the new novel on Sunday.  Just having fun.  Unfortunately, Russ is going to be gone.  Sigh.  But I'll do what I can.

March 6, 2015

Weather is nice.  That's good, right?  Tonight we took our last ride in the current car, and it barely made it back home.  Nice dinner at Panda Palace, though.

Russ leaves tomorrow.  He won't be back for a few days.  I'm pretty much set up, but the timing is just bad.

Oh well.  We'll survive it.

March 7, 2015

I am ready to start my new novel in about an hour.  That's good.  I don't know how far I'll get tonight, but it should be fun.  I had a last minute idea on it, and I've worked a bit on the outline.  Oh, better print that stuff off!

Russ is in Ames.  Skipping my birthday this week and We'll celebrate later.  He's going to come back with a different car if all goes well.  We really need it.  And I need to get ready for the new novel.

March 8, 2015

Way too much like all the years Russ was gone.  I hope all goes well for next weekend because I can really, really use a few hours away now

I did start my new book. That's one good thing for the day!  The rest . . . not bad, really.  The weather was nice.  Got a bit of house cleaning done, since the weather was warm enough to heat up parts of the place.

That's been my day.  Kind of sounds way too much like the rest of the year!

march 9, 2015

Russ says he should be home tomorrow.  And on Wednesday, we'll have a little trip of our own.  I haven't been more than a few blocks from the house since September, so this is long overdue.  I get kind of twitchy. Reminds me too much of being stuck here for months and months and months while Russ worked in New York.

New story is going well.  Old story is going well.  Much older rewrite story is going well.  Can't complain about any of that.  Even the weather is good.

March 10, 2015

Russ will be home sometime in the next two hours, I think.  Yeah, this is more and more like the New York days and I don't appreciate it. 

And he's home! That's better!

So all is well.  Good weather.  Car is home.  (I'll see it tomorrow.)  We are going to run to De Soto Wildlife refuge tomorrow, I think.  I haven't been there since last September.  It should be fun if all goes well.

March 11, 2015

We went to De Soto Wildlife Refuge today and it was nearly empty of animals and humans!  Very odd.  Don't ever remember it being that empty.  We did see a few geese at least!  And the ride -- in the new car! -- was lovely.    The last car was miserable to ride in and I couldn't go more than a couple blocks.  We are set again now though!

It's been a long few months stuck here, though!  Glad to be able to get out again.

March 12, 2015


I got a new camera today.

Yes, this is a bit insane, but there's a reason for it and not just my usual insanity.  That's there, too, but --

My Sony bridge camera developed a focusing problem along the edges of the pictures and then spread inward.  I just can't use it any more.  I pulled out the older Canon SX10 IS which has stood the test of time -- Got it in 2008 and I've shot 46,155 pictures with it.  I wanted something with a little more power, though.  We went to Best Buy and there was the nice Canon SX50 HS and on sale -- and more of a sale because it was their display model.  Needed cleaned up a bit, but it's really nice.  Taking a bit to learn how to run it properly, but over all -- a lot more than I thought I was buying.  You can even shoot RAW with this one, which I'd never seen anything but DSLRs.

I do have my Canon T4i DSLR and some lovely lenses (especially the Sigmas), so why would I need another camera?  Because quite often I'm taking pictures on the run, so to speak, and don't have time to change lenses.  The T4i is a tripod camera; you use it when you have something specific in mind and you can stand and wait for it.  I love the pictures.  But since a lot of my shots happen when the cats suddenly do something odd or we're driving past some place and there's a hawk in the tree, then you need something you can grab, point and shoot.  The new camera has an incredible zoom on it -- more of a zoom than I could afford to buy for the T4i.  So we're set again!

March 13, 2015

Have I mentioned the lovely weather?  Record highs?

I'm sure this is going to turn bad one way or another.  Like drought and such -- we are already getting 'no fires' alerts, so it will probably be a long, hot and dry summer.

But over all, I have to say that things are not bad.  I can go outside now.  I can actually walk through other parts of the house without freezing.  Life is good!

March 14, 2015

I have decided to do the April Camp NaNo, which should be interesting, given that I have no idea what I will write and about 2 weeks to get something pulled together.


The truth is, I've had a very slow year so far.  I need a nudge and writing with others might do the job.  I can come up with an idea -- I actually have a couple outlines besides the two novels I'm writing that I could just work on to finish.  I just need to get fired up about writing something!

Well, two weeks to work it out.  I'll come up with a plan!

March 15, 2015

I got the last of the edits back on In the Shadow of Giants tonight.  Tomorrow I'm going to devote most of my time to working on it.  We're close to publication!  Yay!

I'm still looking at a print copy as well.  This is going to be fun, I think. 

Today the dog got a bath, which was not easy for me.  My back is just not up to this kind of stuff, but she's much better for it.  We also had a quick walk around the block, so that's good!

Changing a few things in my office, too.  So busy little person here!

Still no idea about Camp NaNo, though!

march 16, 2015

Today we reached 90f.

And then it dropped down to about freezing.


We're heading back into colder weather.  Not cold -- well at night it's getting cool -- but colder than it has been.  I suppose I shouldn't wish for 90f weather this early in the year, right? Give it a while longer.

Some rain would be nice, too.

March 17, 2015

Working on the edits for In the Shadow of Giants.  I am almost done with this one.  I am going to do a print version, too, I think.  This should be interesting.

Ideas for April?  Not so you'd notice.  My brain is taking a bit of a break, I think.  Taht's fine.  I'll get something worked out.  The new fantasy might be the one I leap into for the month.  I think I like the characters and it's kind of fun to write so far, though I've been going slowly.

march 18, 2015

Yes, of course I have a cold.  It wouldn't be spring if I didn't have a cold.  Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea from Celestial is helping.  But I am cold and annoyed.  I want the weather to get better and for my brain to kick in and let me do some serious writing again.

Other than that -- weather not so great, but could be worse.  I'm too tired most of the time to care.  Got a miserable cough, too.  Snarl.

So much to get done!

March 19, 2015

Right.  Get things done.

My brain isn't connecting again.  Notice how often this happens?  I'm trying to get things done and I simply never get to them some days.  I don't know why.

I need to get to a point where I do things automatically, like the picture a day stuff.  I haven't missed on in over 3000 pictures.  Writing every day?  Much longer than that, of course.  So how can I get my brain around the idea of a couple more things?  House work would be a neat trick.  Not even a lot of it -- just something every day.  If I can get my brain in that pattern, I'm good for years.

I need to think about this.

March 20, 2015

The house work every day plan isn't working quite yet.  Just realized that.

I have, however, gotten all of the novel edited.  It still needs some work -- formatting mostly -- but that shouldn't be too hard.  I can do this.

Okay, what else?  Not much in my life!  Did go to Bacon Creek and take a few nice pictures, though.

Must get novel done.

March 21, 2015

I have the new Penguins of Madagascar movie.  And penguin pop up toys.  AND a penguin lunch box!  Yay Penguins!

Oh, and the novel is done.

I'll publish it yet tonight.  I just need to do it and be done because for some reason I'm holding back on this one, and there is no good reason for it.  Get it up and then watch Penguins or something.  Stop fidgeting over this one.

Okay, let's get this done.

March 22, 2015

I am always amazed at how much more work it is to get something published than I think it should be.  Every time I think I'm almost there, something else turns up.  Not just the endless editing, but then coming up with tags, short descriptions, long descriptions, info for the ISBN. . . .

I will have this done before the night is out, but It's getting annoying.

March 23, 2015

The book is published!

My new novel is now available!

In the far future, after humanity has spread across the stars, the Norse Gods ask a former companion's help, but Loki may not be ready for another round of Ragnarok. Reluctantly drawn into the battle against the Chinese Pantheon, his connection to chaos might be all that saves the Norse Gods and humanity from destruction at the hands of an awakening elder god.

Here are the Amazon and Smashwords links (Smashwords offers formats for all kinds of readers, including Nook, Kobo, Sony and even pdf!)



I am glad to have this one done!

march 24, 2015

Cold again.  Talk of snow and ice, but I think we're going to get lucky here.  But cold again.  Come on spring!  Enough of this!

I am out there trying to sell copies of the book.  Kind of up and down right now.  I hope for some notice soon -- but we'll see.  A few nice reviews would be really helpful.

Other than that -- not much going on. Except that it is cold.

March 25, 2015

Well, no snow on the ground.  I think I can count that as a win, right?  And the rain seems to be bringing out some green, finally.  So thinking good thoughts about the weather.

I am about to begin work on the print version of In the Shadow of Giants.  This is going to be a lot of work for me.  I've been studying InDesign for quite some time, but only in bits and pieces.  This is going to be my first real attempt to do something exciting with it.

Working on other stuff too, of course.  I think I went into winter hibernation for a while there.  Time to get moving again.

Dark eye junco

March 26, 2015

Okay, someone tell me how it got to be the end of the month already.

I don't know where the time went this month.  I don't feel like I've gotten anything done, though that's not true.  I did get the book out at least.  Which means I also got a lot of editing and such done.  And I should have one more book done with a rewrite draft before the end of the month.

But still.  Ack. End of the month.

March 27, 2015

Made it to another Friday.  Looks good!  I just hope that the weekend goes okay.

Still working on things.  Always working on things.  Playing with art stuff, though not as much as I would like.

Not sure April NaNo is a good plan.

March 28, 2015

Okay, thinking about it, I do know where the time has gone.  I've done a lot of art this month. In fact, it's been nice to focus on the pictures and see what I could do.  I have a lot of thoughts for other things as well.  It does take time.  So I can't complain too much about that, especially since it means I've been learning new things.

Learning new things is good.  Really.  Just wish it didn't take so much time.

March 29, 2015

Still having trouble with that 'end of the month' problem.  Well, that's not anything new, obviously.  Time simply gets away from me.

I think I might have the rewrite of A Plague of Rats done tomorrow.  So that's good.  It's been a bit more work than I expected, but I think I've gotten some of it cleaned up.  It's going to take more to make it publish-ready, but at least I'm on the right path.

I have to decide what my next published work will be, in fact.  Hmmm.  Things to think about.

March 30, 2015

Still trying to get things done, get caught up, be ready for NaNo and all that stuff.  I can't say I'm really excited about this round, but it should be a nice nudge.

I just have to get there.

march 31, 2015

I just finished the rewrite of A Plague of Rats at 100,500 words. So that is out of the way now and I can head into NaNo without feeling like I'm abandoning something so close to the end of the story.  I think it even turned out okay, though because I added so much, it's going to take another good rewrite.

That's fine.  I finally have the flow of the story there.

Other than that -- just waiting for NaNo to start.