Thursday, November 29, 2012

The light at the end of the tunnel-

(I'm doing this entry on my iPad, so I'm not able to add a picture.  Just imagine a cool shot of Colorado, please. )

As most of you know, our big goal is to get the hell out of Austin and up to the mountains of Colorado. Obviously we have to wait a couple of years until I retire with the City of Austin,

The other day I got some good news: That goal got 6/7 months closer. I will be able to buy my sick time and move my date up! Nice!
So by roughly September of 2014 I will be retiring!
It seems weird to say those words. People tell me, "You can't retire, you're too young."
The hell, I can't!
You're never too young to retire, if you're able.  It's my reward for sticking with a job I didn't like most of the time for 23 years!
Some also ask, "What are you going to do? You'll get bored."
The hell I will!
They forget: I'm a writer.
I actually never thought I would retire with the City, because I always thought my career would take off enough by now to self-support.  But as it happened, it's taking off a little later than I had expected, so retirement is happening.
But everything happens for a reason.  Now, when I do retire, my books will help supplement my income. Plus, I will finally be able to write full time!  However it happened, I will at last be a full-time writer!

And more than that, we will be in Colorado! We can't believe that the light at the end of that proverbial tunnel is finally growing bigger!

We have a lot of planning to do over the next 18 months or so, and a lot of decision making. But our new lives are about to begin. That great new adventure that we've been dreaming about for so long, is closer than ever.
Everything happens for a reason.
Everything happens when it's SUPPOSED to happen.
Steve and I believe these things 100%.
Because, not only are our lives going to take a drastic turn for the better, but now have so many others to share it with, and I thank you!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Struggling with myself-

I'm finding myself at a crossroads. Maybe not so much at a crossroad as much as I'm struggling with myself.
I have so much writing to do.  So many stories that need to be told. But as I push myself and push myself to write during every possible free opportunity, I'm finding that I'm burning myself out. Even though, three weeks ago, I took a week off from writing, I still feel a bit overwhelmed. I went from Luthor to The Rise of the Son into Inanimate Objects (coming in January) and straight into my current work in progress.
So yesterday I decided I would ease up and start a new wood burning, that way I can let my brain rest and get back into the swing if things. But my problem is, I'm not all that into the burning I'm working on because all I can think about is writing.
They say a true writer NEEDS to write, and in a case like this, I see the truth in those words.
But I will still try to take today off (even though I'm sitting on the couch writing in my blog) and get back to my WIP tomorrow.  
I think part of my problem is, even when I'm not in the act of writing, I'm thinking about story lines and marketing for what's to come and marketing for what's already out.
I need to make a point to let my brain rest when I'm not sitting at the computer.
Is it too early to make  New Year's resolution?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I don't know why.  I'm not a very big eater.  And it's not like I enjoy cooking.  There's just something about it that I love.  Perhaps it's one of the things I'm most thankful for that makes it great: my husband, Steve.

I thank God every day that He gave Steve to me.  Yes, I thank God, because it was God Who brought Steve into my life more than twenty years ago.  And it's God Who keeps him there, too.

Steve makes Thanksgiving so special.  For years Steve and I have spent the majority of our Thanksgivings alone, just the two of us.  We get dressed up, and cook all day, and usually go see a movie or something.  Doesn't sound like much, but for us, it's special and fun.  And each year it simply gets better.

I am thankful for many things in my life.  I'm thankful we're both healthy and happy.  I'm thankful we're both employed.  I'm thankful we have a nice place to live.  I'm thankful for all my friends and fans.  But none of that would make any difference to me if it weren't for what I'm most thankful for: Steve.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pushing on-

Well it's snowing in Colorado today.  I always find it extremely hard to fight the green-eyed monster of jealousy during this time.  As many of you know, it is mine and Steve's goal to live in Colorado as soon as possible.

I was hoping to be able to buy out my last year of retirement with the City, and get there by 2014, but as reality is setting in, I am seeing that just may be an impossibility.  But I will do what I can to cut off as many months as possible.

So, until I can retire and we are able to move to our dream land, I will push on. 

I am still doing what I can to market Luthor.  I have been pushing Blue Moon, too, as well as The Rise of the Son.  I have also recently gotten all of the Johnny & Joey adventures on eBooks- The Magic Elevator, Back to the Elevator, Return to Animal Land, and the Button That Should Never, Ever, Ever Be Pushed.

I have completed Inanimate Objects, and it is going through a few reading sessions by several people for edits and critques.  That will also be published as an eBook in the first week of January, 2013.  I decided it would be best to wait until January, as I just don't feel comfortable publishing and marketing a book about the devil during the Christmas holidays.

I have begun my next book, Squish-Squash, and will be working my ass off on that for the next few months. 

With any luck, I will have enough books out, and will have created enough of a following, that when it is time to move, I will truely be able to spend my time writing.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it's all work for a great goal.  The light at the end of this tunnel is bright and welcoming.  (And at the moment, covered in snow! Grrr) 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The allergy battle

I guess I should count myself lucky, since (knock wood) I normally don't get sick throughout the year.  But when I do feel under the weather, there's usually one suspect: allergies.

In Austin, you can spend weeks trying to find one person who is not effected by either grass, cedar, or pigweed (I don't even know what that is) spores.  The one that gets me the worst is mold.  It usually hits . . . well, there's no certain time when it usually hits, that's the fun part.

If it rains for days on end (which hardly happens in this lovely state), the mold count rises.  And if it doesn't rain for a while and is just hot as hell (which is pretty much the norm), the mold count rises.

Well, last Friday it began.  Slowly at first, and relatively controllable.  Steve and I were on vacation, and after we would spend the day doing whatever we had planned, 3 o'clock would roll around and the headache would begin.  Then I would hide inside and nurse my pounding brain for the rest of the night.

Then, on Monday, our last day of vacation, I awoke to a sore throat and stuffy head.  This has been my condition since.  In case you are not aware, it is Thursday. 

Each morning I wake with the hopes that I will feel better, and I will be able to return to my normal, jolly self.  Each morning I have been sorely disappointed.

I have things to do!

I am supposed to be continuing the great workout regimen we started while on vacation, but that has not happened.  I am supposed to be working on my new book, and although I have done a bit, like setting up margins and junk, the actual writing is not going very well. 

This blog entry is taking all of the energy I have in me, after suffering through a very long work day, and if you knew how long it actually took to complete, you would laugh yourself silly.

So, that's it.  That's what I'm dealing with now. 

I do hope anyone who is reading this is doing much better than I am at the moment.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Grrrrrr-frustration!

Aaaaaah! Patience is just not my thing!

Been trying to learn Paint Shop Pro X5 the past week and I know nothing more than when I started a week ago!
Yes, I've watched the tutorials and I've read the help guide (which wasn't very helpful, thank you).  But the problem with all the tutorials I've watched is that they aren't very good teaching tools.  They click this and click that, and magically make what they want to achieve happen, as if it's the easiest thing in the world.
But then I try to click this and click that and nothing happens.  Well, something happens, but it's not what's supposed to happen. 

Perhaps I'm just too old to try and learn something new.  Perhaps I will forever be dependent on graphic artists to help with covers and marketing materials. 
You see, that was my whole goal: to NOT be that dependent on them. 

But, I will continue to try the program and see what I can or can not learn.

Wish me luck.

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Thanks!!!