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Quotes and Updates – February 1

So this month I am dedicated to getting back to editing my first novella – The Companion, the first in my new series, Electric Sheep. I planned on getting it done in December, but… yeah.

So this month, for sure.

I am also going to start working on the sequel. This one will be coming from a new direction, but I expect it to be a catalyst to the story.

I will be writing with other writers, to get the first draft written with VBIAM. It is a writing program I have used in the past and is really fun. Feel free to sign up to get daily updates from myself and other writers.

You can read my first message here, dedicating to these new projects (and spoilers as to what is to come!). I encourage you to follow that journey with me.

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I am also working on making it a point to update my books more often. I have found in the past that if I update quotes and such for books, I am more likely to read them faster, less likely to put them aside for something new, and more able to keep up with reading multiple stories all at once.

I am bad about the multiple story thing. I have over a dozen books that I am currently in the middle of. I’m going to work on whittling that number down, but I get easily distracted by the new and shiny…

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Today I will be updating as I go, so this post will grow as the day progresses… (this is an experiment, so it may not be a permanent feature).

Starting with this morning’s read:

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Pg 42 –

“As far as I know, the Casino doesn’t stand on hallowed ground.”

The vampire looked down on me with an air of haughty disdain. Whatever faults Ghastek had, his control over the undead was superb. “That is a matter of opinion.”

Pg 57 –

I didn’t know if a power word would stop it, but I was out of options.

Pg 65 –

Even from this distance, his pose telegraphed violence, tightly coiled and reigned in, but ready to explode at the slightest provocation.

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59% –

“How plump and tasty – she must have been fattened on nuts!” exclaimed the old bandit woman.

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Well, got to busy myself with looking busy now…

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For Whom the Bell… Oh, Wait.

The holidays took their toll this year, as I’m sure you may have noticed. Or not.

Either way, I haven’t been around much since then. We’ve been dealing with stuff. So let me share a comic (xkcd)…

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So yeah. It could always be alot worse.

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But on the brilliant side of things, I’ve had alot of good pop up, too!

I have been pre-approved for books from BookBuzz.net. That is an awesome step for me! I now have free access to their current catalog, and will receive any book they post on ‘Galley, just for the asking. So far, I’ve looked around and am excited to move in on their titles!

Another positive, is a suggestion that has been made to me by a few people now – though for full disclosure, these are all people close to me – that I should start doing “unboxing” videos, opening the books and other goodies I get.

And, oh boy!, do I get quite a bit. I don’t order alot online or buy alot of stuff, because I don’t have alot of funding to spend. So I get stuff to review. Books, movies, even snacks, sometimes. And who doesn’t like that feeling of opening a new box full of goodies that just came in the mail?

So I’m going to start that, too. (I have a few boxes sitting around waiting just for this that arrived this week, so I’m all set.)

So, as you can tell, I have lots of plans for the future…

But sometimes I feel all…

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And I stall out. I have so much to do that I spaz, jumping from one thing to another in an attempt to do it all at once. Have you ever done that? Almost everyone does that at some point or another.

And when it all gets too much, what do I do?

I plan.

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Well, maybe not that bad. Lol – But it is bad. I get so wrapped up in planning, I sometimes forget that the whole point is to DO stuff realistically, and I leave myself with like 2 hours to sleep.

Not good.

So then I got to admit…

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And that’s when I eat some white chocolate…

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And remind myself that I am awesome.

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(Heck, I learned how to put gifs on my stuff without a tutorial… Can you tell?)

So while I may wind up a little slowed down thanks to that other stuff, I’m not about to quit, or play it safe. It’s time to muscle up and show that I am a winner!

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Besides… It could have always been worse:

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And now, back to your (ir)regularly scheduled updates!

Updates, Dallas, and Doing Stuff

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So I just got back from a long trip in Dallas, TX. That was the longest lay-over I have ever experienced. Words don’t even begin to describe. But, as you can see above, I had a travel companion. My suitcase was also packed with books. (My friends laughed at me, but somehow, with everything, I still managed to pack smaller and more completely than they did. Books are magic like that!)

What you don’t see here is my shoulder bag. It, too, was packed with books (and my friend’s laptop). After being stuck in the airport for almost two days, and stuck in the hotel in Dallas for more than that, I was so glad that I packed so many books. (Can you believe that I was starting to doubt myself?!) I got alot of reading done, but I also spent time taking in the sights. Unfortunately, my chargers were all in my suitcase, which I had checked due to the weight of it. (Won’t be doing that again.) So that means you’ll have to take my word on stuff.

But this site is not about my travels, oh, no. It’s about books. More specifically, the books I’ve read. And did I ever read!

Besides the stuff I needed to read for this training conference, I managed to read about one complete book a day. (Did I mention that I had alot of downtime due to being stuck?) When the world gives you time, READ!

I also had, in moments of brilliance, ideas about this site. I have added three new classifications above: Children’s Choices (books my daughter has chosen), Graphically Graphic (a home for graphic novels), and Noticing Non-fiction (an under-appreciated genre). Check them out, and the books that are being added to each.

I have also been working on collaborations and other artsy projects. My younger brother has suggested that I write some of my travel stories, so I am at the idea stage on that. Still not sure about it. I have also been working on taking old pictures from the phones and putting them into mini videos. The editing process is longer than I thought it would be, especially since the software I’m using has updated, and I’m still figuring it out. And now that warmer weather is in sight, there are loads of home improvements to be made, and painting projects to be done.

That means, reviews will still keep coming, but after I catch up, there may be some further house-cleaning here, too. I want to make this site easy to navigate, the pages better formatted, and fun for me! After all, once stuff gets easier to update, that means more time to read!

Oh, yeah, and that update from the mystery author I promised… stay tuned! I have an exclusive excerpt to share! And it is amazing…

Horse Magazines and Blog

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I occasionally frequent other blogs, looking for things of interest. Horses being a side hobby of mine, I find this site to be entertaining. Click on the image above to check it out…