Holy Smokes

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A former boss of mine used to say, “Busy is good.” I’d roll my eyes, ears deep in paperwork and phone calls and wish him to the bottom of the ocean with an anchor tied around his neck. However, he’s right, as I sit here after one o’clock in the afternoon in my jammies, hair a mess, and missing not only breakfast, but lunch as well and having no clue what’s on the menu for dinner.

What day is it, anyway??

So yes, very busy, and it is a good thing (as I snatch chunks of hair from my head and wish there were just four more hours in the day). In true New Year fashion, I loaded up the Franklin Covey and started filling it up with all the stuff I need to get done, because the Universe knows if I don’t write it down I could possibly forget, and I’m hoping it cuts down on the hamsters running inside my head at night when I’m supposed to be sleeping. Too early to tell if this is going to be success or not. I’m trying to be optimistic.

My Writing News

In new news, I finally got Not Nice and Other Understatements formatted for Smashwords. HUGE YAY! Well, I didn’t format it — I got me a Go-To Guy who did it for me. I had to face the fact that this kind of stuff is just beyond my patience. I could figure it out, but honestly, formatting is on my top ten list of “I’d Rather Poke My Eye Out With A Coat Hanger”, so I invested in the superior Mad Skillz of Todd Macy and he did a fabulous job. If you are in the same boat I am — not enough time or patience to fark around with this shiz-niz — he’s your man. Reasonably priced, very professional and easy to work with, and a great turn-around time. He’s taking new clients, so check him out for your formatting needs. He’s also moving into creating cover art. YAY!

This isn’t really writing news, per se, but the father of my Chinese student of last summer called me to ask me to keep this coming July open for a repeat. I am so happy about this. It really was the highlight of my summer, and I’m honored that he wants me back.

The non-fiction stuff is rolling right along. And as packed as my schedule is, I have also set a goal of writing one flash piece a week, and of course, Pallas is still circling my brain like a shark. I don’t know what to say about that, other than it’s percolating. So, get off my back.

I am also thinking of working on the material I wrote as a back story to “The Blood Is Not Enough”, if that ends up being a favorite story from NN and posting it for free. I also have an ebook I’m working on about the process of self-publishing.

Yeah, I know. It’s a big plate.

Reading News

I have also set myself a goal of reading more this year, because I’m ashamed to say I didn’t read last year near as much as I should and I tended to stick with the old and familiar. This year I aim to branch out, and with my new old Kindle, named George Senior, I think that will be one goal I have a great chance of meeting. To that end, I have joined up with the ABC Indie Reading Challenge. Since there are no gatekeepers in the indie/self-publishing world, I think this is a great way to find new authors and you will see honest reviews here. You can check updates here as they happen.

It’s normal for me to be reading more than one book at a time, and at the moment I’m reading “Dragonriders of Pern” on the Kindle (my comfort reading food. Oh, how I love this book, and it was the inspiration for the one and only tattoo I have), “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving and “Full Dark No Stars” by Stephen King in hardcover. I’ve also just cracked open book one in the Soul Rider series by Jack Chalker.

On deck is “NLP – The New Technology of Achievement” and then whatever catches me fancy. I just finished “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon”. You can find my review here at Goodreads and all I can say is if you only read one biography-type book this year, this is the one. What a story.

Not My Writing News

Okay, here I’m not going to pre-chew your food, to quote Joseph Paul Haines. What I am going to do is throw out a few really interesting links to blogs you should be following if you’re in this business. The publishing business is changing at a rate that makes my loins quiver. Keeping up is imperative. Here are the places I make a point to visit:

Terrible Minds is not only informative, but funnier than hell. Plus, he cusses better than I do.

Ryne Douglas Pearson has some very thought-provoking posts, plus he gives away free fiction, plus THERE’S BACON.

Patti Larsen is not only a Very Interesting Person, she’s so prolific she makes me sick. I read her blog to try to figure out how she does it. She’s an inspiration, and a candidate for the Voodoo Club. Heh.

She doesn’t post near often enough, but at Fermented Fur you will get a dose of teh funneh that will make you wet your pants. She’s crazy and I love her more than ice cream.

Speaking of the funneh — cheezuncrumpets, Hyperbole and a Half is in a class all her own. The post about how Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas had me absolutely screaming with laughter. Brilliant.

Well, that’s enough of my rambling. It’s friggin’ 6pm and I’m still in my jammies, the hair is still unbrushed, and I need food. Can ya help me. O.O

Find “Not Nice and Other Understatements” at Amazon and now at Smashwords in any format you desire! Autographed copies are still available through the link on this page. Spread the word! And thanks for all of your support!

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4 thoughts on “Holy Smokes

    • It’s a perk of the job, and I’m not really complaining, but I will admit I usually don’t dress in “street clothes” unless I have to Go Out There. Heh.

  1. Awesome news! Yeah it took me ages to get “Other Sides” formatted for Smashwords and accepted on the premium catalogue.. but I managed eventually! Glad to hear Not Nice is on the Smash now – updated the suggested reading list for the challenge 😉

    • Thanks, Anna! I stressed so much over the formatting I couldn’t take it anymore. Todd was really great to work with, the turnaround time was fabulous, and it saved me a bottle of Tums and aspirin. It was well worth the investment.

      I can’t wait to get started on the challenge :)

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