Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Rubber Band Theory

Hey, all. Just a quick update.
The last few days have been uncharacteristically warm for February. I mean in some areas there were 70's reported. We got to middle and upper 60's. Yesterday was a perfect day, we did a little yard work, and mostly spent it outside. My husband grilled steaks. We never have done that in February (yeah, those of you who have a patio and grills out the door, I don't want to hear from). Dennis had it all planned out, almost anticipating it would be that warm.

As a result of warm weather, I've got spring fever. You can believe what you want. I get lazy. I some times need a nap in the middle of the day--yesterday definitely. I couldn't concentrate on much. Thus, the WIP is suffering, but I'll get back into it one of these days.

Tomorrow "Party to a Murder" will be available to read--if you've purchased--or buy and read.

Ascension has been free for a few days.

Seems to be kicking up some dust in its wake. Have a few sales because of it. I don't like free promotions, but seems desperate times require it. Since this title has been out there for a while, I guess it won't hurt. I hope not, at any rate. As a result the ratings on Amazon have been good. I've finally made it into the top 10 in "vampires" and "psychics". Big whooptee-tee. Still waiting for the 20th review. I just hope it won't be as bad as last one. Some people are just annoying even when they review.

Other than this, I'm just enjoying the weather while it holds. We will see winter return again. I just hope we don't get snow. The spring birds are already here, so I'm thinking if we can hold on for a few more weeks, into March, we might get through it like a thief in the night.

All for now. Have a good week!

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Hi, gang. Well this week was all about inspiration. For my WIP, and just life in general. I've stumbled across a lot of these beautiful thoughts on Pinterest and wanted to share. You might find a few that hit you just right, so here we go. Enjoy!

Going to impress those who laugh:


The wilderness is not just a place of nature, its a silent teacher of self discovery.:

for all of you worriers out there...stop it!:

Once you’ve accepted your flaws on one can use them against you:

If you can't say something nice...  I stayed quiet when others were being hurtful based on untrue accusations and I couldn't beat to hurt them as they hurt me.:

Lost in the right direction:

Get your ickiness away from me please:

Soulmix · The trouble is, you think you have time...:

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.:

Sometimes walking alone just feels liberating and we shouldn't feel guilty:

You will appreciate it I promise:

#inspirationalquotes Carl Jung Swiss psychiatrist #positivity:

Inspirational Quotes About Life With Images. Can words really inspire you? Do they really have the ability to inspire you to take action? Can they really motivate:

I love the Oregon coastline.:

38 Amazing Motivational And Inspirational Quotes:

100 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes of All Time! (31):

(This last one is sooo true for both Dennis and I)
Have a good week!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


No. I don't mean dreading to do taxes. That's the easy part. The hard part is getting tax forms sent to you. I don't have an operational printer, thus all their lovely PDF forms are no good to me.

They say you can get forms at "most libraries, post offices, or tax services". You ever try that? I think the people who grab them grab about ten at a time as soon as they come out. I think they may camp out at the post office waiting for these forms like people do for the newest hot phone or gadget they don't need, because by the time we try and find one, they're out.

Oh, and don't get me started I live in ILLINOIS. People have moved OUT OF THE STATE because it sucks more than it used to. We'd love to move, but just can't at this time. But wishing and doing are two different things, right?

Oh, yes. Sure. Go on line to the dot gov place and try skimming through all the garbage and try and figure out what forms you need, where they are, and think you've found it, and by golly, you've got the PDF form again.Thanks! Doesn't help ME!!!

Trying to get tax forms sent to you is like trying to squeeze water from a rock. I was finally able to find the place to send away from federal forms and booklet to be mailed to me, like I have always done. But Illinois is a different story. I guess they're too poor to send these things to you by mail any more.

You've heard that the state is in this flux of head bashing between the governor and the gate keepers who don't want to budge. Well, I don't give a flying crap about their ideas and politics. Dennis and I have always tried to do the right thing by filing every year. He has always checked the box which asks if you want forms sent to you next year.


Dennis said that he had ordered forms in past years, but the number they provided this year wasn't it. He hunted back and found the phone # for ordering from a past year booklet on the back, he had to go back to 2014, I think before he found it. The current #'s they give you are closed, or aren't what we want.

Yeah. Got these things ordered now. My blood pressure came down decidedly, thank you. The form we needed for Health Care came this year, too, OH JOY!!! For some reason it wasn't sent last year and we got  notice from IRS telling us we needed to fill that out before we could see any of the return we were due. That took about a month and a half once we got the form, filled it out and sent it back to them. We wrote it off as never seeing the money, but it finally came. This year at least this form was sent to us.

Tea time, I think, after folding laundry. But first...

Here's a funny video from Marx Brothers film. Something to do with taxes. Or Taxes?
I gotta uncle lives in Taxes

Sunday, January 29, 2017

In Between

Hi, everyone.
I'm working on getting a cover. Going back and forth.

In the meantime, let's have some laughs, shall we?

Toy Story’s Buzz & Woody found in real life:

37 Funny Animal Pictures You're Going To Love:

31 VERY Funny Pictures:

#2 Driving Dilemma On Highway…:


Image result for homemade squirrel baffle:

Save the best for last:


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Party to a Murder

Contract signed, and I now have to proofread through the mss. Sort of exciting at this stage. Have just signed the contract too. I'm sure Miika will find a suitable cover, and so that'll be next.

I've got only seven more days of not having to go into a job--a job that at this point in life I've managed to make tolerable, merely because of my seniority (and can take the bus run I want--the easy one). It's still a disruption. But the semester is only 8 weeks long with "spring break" which I won't drive, in between.

So, anyway, I'll have to read through the book for anything out of whack, and that part will be done.

Meanwhile, I'm still in the mid-way point of writing the next murder mystery, but I'll hold that off, but make notes as they come to me--or if I just have to write a scene, I'll do that too. Having head spins here!

When these things are finished I'll have my first ever murder mystery published and I hope things go well with it.

More as things progress.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Plot Thickens & Facebook

Hey, just a quick one. If you've been paying attention, I've been in writing cave. I now have 37,525 words and 101 pages written in next mystery novel. And I've gotten it to the crisis point of the story, which is about halfway. Rewrites and such will fluff the word count out some, but I'm on a mission to keep moving ahead as long as I can. I've got 2 weeks left of my time off from work (except for Tuesday, which is bid meeting, but that's a half day of being tormented by dementors)

And just FYI, I have turned off all notifications from Facebook, so if anyone has been poking me or whatever, I'm not getting any notifications, and I'm not going to be sucked in only to spend an hour or more doing something there. I've got a lot of research to do, and that takes up time as well.

I have found that Facebook takes up too much time. People want to tag me for whatever the reason, it simply comes down to my writing v. play. I need to use my time wisely. So please understand, for now, I'm not going there much. Hopefully my real "friends" will understand this.