Saturday, October 19, 2013
So, if you want to keep up with that, come see me at A Novel Idea Granted, not the most creative blog title ever, but for the time being it fits.
Life is good :)
Thursday, October 17, 2013
So it was Jeff Roach from Sociallogical.com and it's about building a community of like believers etc. instead of traditional marketing. I'll end up signing up for their membership eventually, once Justin gets done working on his truck. Well, that might never happen...he's always working on one vehicle or another! But once that gets settled down, because I can learn on my own - I just need a few pointers to get me headed in the right direction.
One thing I took away from the Hangout was that I'm on the right track by beginning to blog again. He used an example of another author blogging about their area of expertise. Even though I write fiction, that's still something I can do to. I might not be an expert in anything, not even in writing, but I am an expert in my own writing LOL
I've been writing since I was in the third or fourth grade. I can remember my first stories...they were 'fanfiction' for a tv show I really liked back then. "Airwolf". Oh my goodness...I had such a childhood crush on the guy that played Stringfellow Hawke, Jan-Michael Vincent! My writing has gotten much better since then...thank God! All by villains were names "Bad John" or "Bad Kelly" etc. While of course their counterparts were "Good John" and "Good Kelly" LOL
So, "Farmer's Daughter" the novel I so impulsively self-published...because I decided I believed in it. It is actually based on a dream I had in either 1997 or 98. I really don't remember which, just that I was still working as a nurses aide when I was doing the first free writes for it. It changed drastically from those first free writes, and that's a good thing. The original idea had Craig being hesitant to build a relationship with Angela because he was afraid of a sexual discrimination lawsuit, but out of the free writes evolved the idea that it was actually because he'd been sexually molested as a teen. Some of the villains were re-"casted" since then as well...which is going to turn out to be really cool in the long run.
After I finished it, about 2005ish according to my email records, I hit writer's block. I had ended it in a cliff hanger - the kidnapping mentioned in the synopsis, and then I hit that brick wall. Well crap, now what? I tried starting a sequel, but didn't get anything. I was able to write a few poems here and there, but it was like the pond had dried up. So, I let it sit idle in my email until last April when I decided to download it and reread it to see if it was any good. And it was, it is. But I still didn't like the ending. So, I tacked on a new ending, that went a different direction and opened the flood gates not just for a sequel but for a series of either 3-5 books. It'll probably be 5, but I don't want to bore people so we'll see.
For right now, I think I'll stick to the Monday/Thursday posting and see how it goes. Back in the old days, I used to write a blog post everyday. Not sure I have the time for that anymore. Still learning, which is good. :)
For now. I have to go make supper!
Monday, October 14, 2013
I'm still trying to figure out ways to get my novel out there so that it sells. Everyone who has spoke to me about reading it tells me the same, that it's a great book, they can't put it down and they want more! Encouraging, definitely! And you know what? I'm glad I'm not the only one that these characters speak to!
Last I checked, I had four reviews on Amazon. I know who three of them are, my one sister, a friend at work, and a friend here in the trailer court. Of course, that one has to make a big deal about how she got to read it before it was published. Talk about tooting her own horn! Apparently she doesn't realize she wasn't the first, just the most recent! Oh well, whatever makes her feel good I guess.
Farmer's Daughter, available for Kindle and as a paperback, is a mix of genres...a little Romance, a little Urban Fantasy.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
idk what else to say really. I'm excited, nervous all at once. It's a good book, I've gotten plenty of good reports from people on Facebook who've read it. A lot say that they can't put it down. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who can't pull themselves out of the story once they start reading it. Craig and Angela's life consumes me...scenes from their life together just keep replaying in my head. Makes work go by a little bit quicker. lol
Of course, it's frustrating at work, because I have all this great stuff floating around in my head and I no longer dare write on the back of my breakdown sheet during the 'slow times' because the bosses are getting anal about who'd not working hard enough during those times. Really? Where are those pricks when we are busting our asses to get the product off the line? When I have to pull my stuff and my neighbor's stuff because she's off on the other side getting leakers off the line because we're freaking buried with them? Where are they then? Oh, they don't care then. God forbid we ever get a break. They tell us to take 'micro-breaks' as often as possible...but just don't get caught doing them. Sorry for the rant but I have really low respect for supervisors and bosses who NEVER jump in and help when the going gets rough and cracks the whip when the going gets easy.
But, I'm home now...relaxing with the hubby who loves me and is proud of what I've accomplished. He has such great expectations of me :)
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Not only is my novel available on Amazon.com for $3.50 Farmer's Daughter but it will be available in paperback too once I get the proof copy, well, proofed. It should be in the mail as early as next Monday.
I can't begin to say how excited I am! It's crazy to self publish...but I have nothing to lose, so why not!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Friday, August 02, 2013
Okay, so I'm not really going to the chapel. Just the local Justice of the Peace. Tomorrow afternoon my partner of almost five years and I are legally tying the knot and getting married.
I am: excited, nervous, flouting on cloud nine, and brain dead all at once. I can't believe that he's finally changed his mind about marriage, but I can see how happy he is now that he's decided to go ahead with it. I didn't even believe him until we bought the marriage license on Wednesday (Pennsylvania has a three day waiting period).
It all started Saturday after his great-grandmother's funeral. We stood around his parent's truck with his parents discussing marriage. Which for the past few years has been in his ballpark as I've been asking him on and off if he'd marry me LOL! And then on the way home conversation followed, not all of it happy. We may have sat in the same room for a few minutes and then I just went to the bedroom and watched TV for a while. Even our trip to TOPS later was really quiet. I mean, really really quiet. He didn't even say a word when I set a container of brownies in the cart, and he always has a comment for that kind of stuff.
Monday I went to work like usually, anxiously anticipating the end of the day as after that I was going to be on vacation for the rest of the week (YAY!) and for some reason I checked our bank account at lunch time. I saw he had bought stuff off eBay (he's always doing stuff like that, a little irritating) and I just figured it was truck parts. But I asked anyway…and he wouldn't tell me! So then I just figured that it was something for my birthday.
Well, I didn't want to wait until Wednesday, who would lol, so I started being cute and 'hounding' him a little. He wouldn't give. Until we were on our way out to dinner, our favorite Buffet, and he hands me his iPhone and says, "Alright, go to eBay." I tease him a little, but he insisted so I looked…he had purchased wedding bands!
"Are you serious?" I asked.
But he didn't officially ask me until Wednesday…because again I was teasing him that he hadn't actually asked yet and was just taking it for granted. And I still didn't really believe him until we purchased the wedding license! LOL! After living together for 4 years, why wait and fuss with a wedding I don't have time or patience for?
I'm just hoping he doesn't fuss to much over the picture taking! LOL
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I was reading about the payroll taxes going up 2% earlier today and I realized that if we get a 2% cost of living raise in June like we did last year...I'll only go back to bringing home what I was last year. Unless the company is doing well and we get a 3% raise like the year before. But since we barely hit 33 hours this past week (8 of which were holiday pay) it's not looking good. Maybe it'll turn around though, it has before.
At least with 33 hours next paycheck will be better than this last one. Because bad weather made travel difficult...and my ride chickened out, and my backup plan failed, I missed one day Christmas week that resulted in me losing 3 days pay. I lost holiday pay for Christmas and the day after, and the day I missed. So my paycheck was only $70. :( Spent already, on groceries...didn't even get everything we wanted. I knew it was going to be lean, so I'll just have to suck it up. I'm still kinda peeved about the whole thing, because there really should have been a delayed start to work that day. Cargill did it for hurricane Sandy when she came through, but apparently snow isn't that big of a deal! Right. Oh well.
I see my OBGYN on Wednesday and am trying not to be nervous about it. I'm afraid I'm in for a surgery, to remove the fibroid tumor...and as much as I want it taken care of, I don't want surgery as I dream coming out of it. I"m not sure why that bothers me, but it does.
My Aunt's surgery that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed. They did an MRI on her Friday and they found 'something else' other than the one lump. So now she has to have another biopsy before she can have surgery. She doesn't even know what they found.
Life goes on.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Didn't do much for New Years Eve...had a glass of wine at a friend's house and was in bed by 9:30 and was out before 10:30! How time has changed me! I used to have no problem staying up that late...ever! I used to work nightshift for crying out loud!
Ah well. Hopefully this year will have more good than bad, though one never knows. I've had an aunt diagnosed with breast cancer, allegedly a non-hereditary version (I've never heard of that). My brother Duane is to have his gallbladder out, and was served divorce papers just before Christmas (nice...not). And I've been diagnosed with multiple ovarian cysts and a fibroid tumor...nothing to worry about I've been told, but that doesn't stop the stray thoughts of worry that cross my mind every once in a while! I see an OBGYN next week to discuss my options. Oh yay.
But things could be worse, so I can't complain too much!