publishing

Gimme Your Opinion!

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Hello lovely peeps and readers of my blog!

I want your opinion on something.

I’m considering publishing a book of my Mindful Musings and I want to know which ones you like the best!

There are over 200 posts! That’s a lot to go through.

Lemme know in the comments which musings really did it for you. Just gimme the number and we’ll be solid.

10 points to whoever answers me! 😀

Thanks!

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Keep on Keepin' On

Phew! Between work, the kids, the house and freelancing, I’m starting to get a bit tired.

Things are going well for the moment. I’ve found relatively steady freelancing work (that’s not a typo) which is helping out. So far brings me in close to $100 a week. That’ll be fun come tax-time, but it’s not so bad. Hopefully I know how to claim it properly.

Haven’t done much work on TAK in a while. Finished the read through and every now and then something pops up in my brain so I write it down in a book I started taking everywhere. I’ve mapped out a good deal of the ending and middle now, which is awesome! I was getting so stuck on where I should be going next that I was missing a lot of awesome character-development points.

I’d still like to get Black & Red into a hard copy. I know I can do that through Amazon and CreateSpace but I haven’t had time to deal with the upload of the file etc. My laptop has bit the dust, hard. I can’t even use it unless I use an external keyboard which is painful. I might look into a cheapy little thing. I’d like an ultrabook or Surface, I think. But no money for that right now so it’s just a dream.

Been a bit sick lately; probably from stress, work, kids, weather-change etc. The husband and I are going to try and squirrel away some money to hire a babysitter for a couple hours or so. We haven’t had any ‘us’ time and we’re getting pretty worn out because of it. We don’t do much, but we’ll probably go for like an afternoon to troll the mall and eat at the food court. Maybe watch a movie. Babysitters cost money so we might not be able to do it until November and his work schedule changes a lot since he works part time so hopefully we can squeeze a date in before it gets too cold out.

It’s almost my birthday! The video game I want comes out after the actual day but I hope I get to get it. My husband gave me my present already since my birthday falls on a weekday this year.

One of these days I’ll be able to afford my cottage in the mountains of Jasper where I’ll sit writing all day and having a bonfire outside. If only things didn’t cost money! We do have a fire pit in our backyard but the previous owners were dicks so it probably isn’t up to code. Maybe we can fix it up for next year.

Anyway, time to work the Day Job. Lunch break is over!

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New Beginnings

On the 24th of August a whole bunch of new beginnings are happening in my family.

My eldest son is getting ready for kindergarten this September and to help him adjust he’ll be starting at the before/after care place that is right beside the school on the 24th. He is a pretty shy boy when he is in a crowd of people he doesn’t know, so I wanted to make sure he was going to be able to take his time to adjust to the new surroundings. They will walk him to and from school so he won’t get lost or be too scared. The freedom progresses as he gets older but it’s great for now.

As well, I’ll be starting a new job. I had some interviews last week and I was offered a very nice 2 year contract at a higher wage than what I am at right now. The benefits seem pretty good and even if it doesn’t get extended for some reason past the 2 years my husband will be done his College course by then and hopefully working.

This is awesome because it allows me to relax a little bit and not be so paranoid about how we’re going to pay for things while he’s in school. It will also (hopefully) give me more time to work on TAK and get that out to the readers who are anxiously waiting. Well, maybe it’s only one reader but that reader is still important!

I haven’t had much time to write any more shorts for TAK but that is something I’d like to do too. I was thinking of writing one about Brexton and Aldric when they were growing up in the camp. I have another character I’d like to write about too but it might spoil some things for the main story so I might just write it but not release it until the book is finished.

I caught up on rereading where I had left off and the ideas are flowing! It’s just a matter of getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully it all works out the way I’d like it to!

Think good thoughts for me, okay? 🙂

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NAKED LADIES!!! NAKED MEN!!!!

Are not in this post.

But, I probably got your attention. Maybe just to see WHY the hell I’m writing about naked ladies and men, maybe to see WHERE the naked people are.

I’m learning that catching and holding attention is very important when you are writing a book. I’ve known that for a long time, and usually (as I have been told) my work is very grabbing and attention holding.

My fear is that any synopsis I could write that would go on the back of a book cover, traditionally, might not be attention grabbing enough. When I write and I tell people about my story, I have a tendency to go over and above when I’m describing it and explaining it. I feel there is SO MUCH people need to know to fully understand the awesomeness of what I have written.

As I’m working on editing, I’m thinking about what sort of information I should put in my synopsis which will get people to want to download any sample chapters, let alone buy and read the whole thing.

This is my dilemma. I hope it’s resolved soon. Maybe once I work on the formatting/second edit I’ll figure some way to describe the plight of Kalan in her world of Black & Red.

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