Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gone Fishin'

If you need me this morning, I'll be here...

Turn right at the rock, down the ledges until you hit water.  I'll be drowning worms around there somewhere. 

Just as well since the internet is spotty today. 

What are you up to?

(Leave a comment and I'll approve them when I get home.)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Update - Week ?

I'm too lazy to look up the week number.

So, anyway, this past week... 

I sent my edited copy of Up Wish Creek off to the editor for her second round of notes.  Fingers crossed that when it comes back on the 30th, there is very little pink ink.

After I sent that off, I pretty much did nothing writerly.  I watched a lot of Olympics.  Read a little.  Did some marketing stuff.  Took some walks.  Went fishing.  Caught up on some cleaning.  Vegged.

Yesterday, Kira jumped and went after something.  Out of the corner of his eye, Hubs thought he saw a mouse run under the fridge, but he wasn't sure.  We moved the fridge.  Yuck.  No mouse, but tons of dust bunnies.  I killed those.  Then I went through all the cupboards looking for signs of mouse infestation.  Sure enough, I found it.  Yup, the mice are back.  So, I took all the stuff out of the cupboards that the mice can access, washed everything, and set snap traps in the empty drawers.  I also found where they might be coming in again... still... Behind the drawers, there's like a half-inch gap between the wall and where the cabinetry begins.  About three feet worth on each side.  I'll need to fill all that with steel wool, but not now.  I am so not in the mood to remove all the drawers, crawl around on the floor, and stuff steel wool in 6ft worth of gap.  Steel wool is not the nicest stuff to stuff.  Ya know?  Anyway, I'll get to that once we think we've gotten the majority of the mice out of the walls.  Got two of the little bastards last night.  Almost got a third, but he managed to chew himself off the sticky trap.  (For the record, I hate catching mice on sticky traps.  The sticky traps are for spiders.)  There are now two snaps traps in the closet where Houdini mouse made his escape. 

Living in the woods is fun. 

What's going on in your world?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday This n That but Mostly This

Yesterday, at Wallyworld, I opened my trunk to stick the groceries back there and found a frog nestled in the gap between my trunk lid and the gasket for the trunk itself.  Little gray tree frog.  And if it had stayed still, I would've loaded the groceries, closed the lid, and it would've been no worse off than it was the rest of the morning.  Instead, Ms. Frog decided she didn't like the lid being open and would move to a shadier area.  Except, ya know, it was the freakin' parking lot.  I snatched her up.  What to do with a frog in the middle of a store parking lot... Hmmm... I couldn't put her anywhere nearby because she would've fried on the hot asphalt or gotten smushed by a car.  Besides, she was 30 miles from home.  It would've been rude to just dump her in unfamiliar territory.  Except I had no container to put her in, and I sure didn't want her hopping around inside my trunk, or inside my car.  Long story less long, I put her in the cup holder in my console and closed the console.  There was a little fun frog wrangling when we got home, as she did not wish to be picked up and would've rather hid under the passenger seat.  But I got her and put her in the hydrangea.  All is well in Sandersonville once more.

My crepe myrtle is finally getting ready to bloom.  All the other myrtles in the area are bursting with color already.  I was afraid this was an off year for mine.  But no.  YAY!

This is all the this n that I have for you today.  What have you got?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Update - Week 31

Not much to report this week.  It's editing all the way down.

As of right now, I've got 22 pages left.  So, as you can tell, I've been cranking on this to the exclusion of pretty much everything else.  I eat, I edit, I clean.

Speaking of cleaning, I bathed the cat.  Then I did some spot-cleaning on the carpet where she usually lays.  The next day, I deep cleaned the bathroom. 

I haven't really read much.  I'm partway through a book I bought last month.  Can't remember the title right now. 

Watched a boatload of Olympics when I was taking short breaks.  USA!  Woo!

I seriously want to go fishing this morning.  It's all rainy and cool.  But no thunderboomers.  Perfect weather for me.  But 22 pages.  And I promised myself I'd get this to the editor by tonight.  I had hoped to get it finished last night, but I had a problem with a scene and couldn't figure out how to fix it.  I ended up printing those pages off and rewriting the old fashioned way - by hand.  It's fixed, but those few pages took about an hour out of my steady chug.  Oh well.  It's so much better now. 

Anyhoo, I should probably get back at it.  If the siren song of drowning worms doesn't lure me off.

Lure me off... get it?  ROFL

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday This n That

I washed the cat yesterday.  And then I used carpet cleaner on the carpet where she likes to lay - because clean cat on dirty carpet = dirty cat again. 

And no, I wasn't trying to procrastinate.  She needed a bath in a major way.

I'm actually procrastinating as I write this Wednesday night.  No, it's not procrastinating.  It's taking a break.  Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket.

I'd rather be fishing.

Yes, I do like cheese with my whine.  

I do this thing on my Facebook Page where I share crime-related news articles - usually with a thought or two of my own.  I shared one such story a few days ago and it blew up into a shitstorm.  Commenters being snotty, not being respectful, pushing their own agendas.  It had more pageviews of that than anything writing related ever gets.  And I deleted it.  Like this blog, my page = my rules.  There are plenty of other places to pull that crap.  I don't need to up my view count that way.  And if it's the only way to gain more pageviews, than I guess I'm doomed to have only a few here and there.  C'est la vie.

A friend of mine's daughter got accepted to Florida State.  Another homeschool kid like mine.  I remember when I first met them, she was just a wee little pixie in a princess dress.  Now, she's off to college.  Gah, I feel old.

Okay, that's all I got for now.  Back to editing for me.  How are things with you?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Reading Resolution

Okay, so I made a resolution for 2016.  I know, I know.  I'm not a resolution keeper.  But I thought this would be good for me and that I'd be able to do it.  I would read and review one new-to-me author every month.

I tried.  Really I did.  I bought a book in January by an author I'd never heard of.  And I tried reading it.  Ummmmm.  DNF.  I tried several times in February.  DNF.  (I actually didn't read a single entire book in February, but I was deep in getting a book ready for release.) 

March, I read and reviewed two books by new-to-me authors.  One I had been meaning to read and one I'd never heard of.

April, I read and reviewed one book by someone I'd never heard of.  But it was on my Kindle for a long time.

May, nada. 

June, I read and reviewed one.  It was a free download, if I remember right.

July, I read and reviewed five books by authors I'd never read before.  Two of them, I'd been meaning to read and the others were new to me.  Some I bought and some I got for free.  (Can't remember which ones are which, though.)

So far this month, I've read and reviewed one book by someone I hadn't read before.  Someone I should've read a long time ago.  A writer I've known - online anyway - for years.  I feel really bad that I haven't gotten around to reading and reviewing books by people I like, but I'm working on it. 

Anyway, I'm up to eight new-to-me books downloaded, read, and reviewed this year, and while it hasn't been one a month, the average is there. 

What are your reading goals looking like this year?  Did you make any goals beyond how many books you plan to read?  Read a classic or two, read new authors, try new genres? 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Update - Week 30

Well, that's another week to put behind us.  Not that it was a bad week, but I'm ready for the next week.

I got the edit stuff for Up Wish Creek last Sunday.  As such, I've been an editing fool.  Mornings, afternoons, some evenings.  I've been trying to edit during the day so I can write at night.  That's not always possible, so I've skipped writing a couple nights so I could edit.  The result?  I've done 161 pages of editing in 6 days.  I have like 54 pages left to edit on this level, then I need to swoop back through and address a few bigger issues.  Having said that, I hope to have this back in AWE's hands by mid-week.  (Yeah, wish in one hand, spit in the other and see which one gets full faster.)

In other writing news, I'm up to almost 34K in Early Grave.  Even with editing every day.  It's not going gangbusters, but I'm happy it's still going at all. 

If you missed it, I posted a cover reveal and teaser snippet for Up Wish Creek over at The Killer Chicks on Friday.  Cuz, like, I've been sitting on that cover since May and the wait was killing me.

I know I said I wouldn't go fishing until the editing was done, but Friday I couldn't take it anymore.  I caught a couple nice panfish.  Finally, we had enough fillets to make a meal, so I cooked those up for dinner Friday night.  So yummy.

I might go fishing this morning, too. 

We now have 5 distinctly identifiable fawns coming to the yard with their mommies.  Dot & Dash, Vee & Jumble, and Blur.  We previously assumed Vee (previously Unnamed Fawn) was a single birth, but yesterday he was here with his mom and a fawn we'd never seen before.  I'm calling her Jumble because her spots are kind of all over the place.  They'll all lose their names with their spots because once they're spotless, they're almost unrecognizable from each other - until the boys get antlers then those ones get new names. 

That's all for me today.  What's going on in your lives?