Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Fox And The Rabbit Gets A Ranking

And it's great! Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,118 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store) #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Animals > Foxes & Wolves > Foxes #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Animals > Rabbits Yay me - grab your copy while it's free!

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Fox And The Rabbit - and The Contest!

 It's here! The Fox and The Rabbit is live and ready to buy for your Kindle, to read to your kids - or to turn your kids loose on. My first kids book - well, officially anyway. I'm really happy and excited.  I have a lot of faith in this little book - after all, it is a story one of the fey folk told me.

So to add a little incentive to your rush to buy the book, I'm having a little contest.

Counting the cover, there are six illustrations in The Fox and The Rabbit.  All were created digitally, so the "original" is a file on my computer.  This means, so I am told by some art folks, that every digital print is an "original".

The first person to write a review of The Fox And The Rabbit on Amazon, and to email me a link to the live review at sffoovayATgmaildotcom will receive a copy of the digital file that is the cover for you to print out on your very own computer, or just to hug to your chest or share online (please credit it, of course, all my copyright still applies).  The cover is the only full color file - so it's special to be first.

But for the next five of you - again, write a review on Amazon, email me with a link to the live review and I will email you back one of the five black and white illustrations to print out or just snuggle with or show off on your blog, etc. (suitably credited, my coypright still applies).  I feel I must point out that the last person will get this one:

Just so you know - some people would find it amusing, others not so much.  If you want me to sign your prints, we'll figure something out.  The "giclee' " prints made by most printers are not water proof, so it's a bit iffy to mail them unless they are in a spekky waterproof padded envelope of some kind.  What might be better is if I sign them digitally - that is add a bit to the file in my graphics program, in my own handwriting, that says "thanks for the review - Summer" or some such.  We'll figure that out.

Go forth and read my tiny little book.  I'm going to start working on the next one.


Summer Fey Foovay
P.S. Boy, Blogger HATES letting you link to your products. So here once again, I hope, is a link to buy the book on AMazon

Saturday, May 24, 2014

About the Author

I have a question for you my beloved friends, who are all or mostly dedicated readers like myself, and some of whom are talented writers and artists in your own right.

Do you read the "About the Author" part of the book?  Do you read it before you buy a book, and does it influence your purchase?  Or do you read it afterwards?  Would you make a decision to buy more or fewer books by a given author because you read it and you have things in common, or have a huge disagreement with some life decision they've made? What about the authors photo - do you do more than glance?  Does it influence you to purchase or not?

In fairness - here's my answers.  I never bother reading "About the Author" unless the book is a work of non-fiction and I'm interested in the authors credentials on the subject.  If I read it at all, it's at the end or in the flap, and just a glance in passing.  The same is true of the photo.  I have to admit, I am not at all interested in the author, whether she is married or single, has two kids or ten, horses, or rattlesnakes, lives in Alaska or Mexico.  Now and then I may be somewhat influenced to pick up a book about the southwest written by a New Mexico author - but probably that has more to do with the way my local library categorizes and displays books than a personal preference of any real strength.

Every book or article you read on the Internet will tell you when self-publishing it is imperative that you have a photo and an About The Author section, including links to your profiles on social networks like twitter, Facebook and so on.  There is great emphasis on having a fan base who is intimately involved with your every waking moment.

Do you follow authors you like on the social networks?  Do you want to feel like this author is your intimate friend and see photos of the new grand baby or play Words With Friends with them? Or are you really interested in their writing process, how far along they are in the new book, what writing software they use, etc?

As a reader, I may like or follow if I enjoyed the book enough to want to know when the author has a new book coming out.  I might, but Amazon will usually notify me when someone puts out a new book if I have bought several of their books previously so normally I won't bother. I don't care if they had a baby, or moved, but let me know when the next book is out.  That's pretty much it for me.

Personally, I dislike attention.  I do not want to be standing in line at the grocery store and have a stranger gasp, "Oh YOU are Summer Foovay - I loved/hated your book!" It's nothing personal - I'm really glad if you liked my book - but the older I get, the less contact I want with other humans.  I write, I draw, you like my work or you don't.  If you enjoy it, that makes me happy.  Buy the next one, too, please. If you want to email me how much and why you liked my book, I'll probably print it out and hang it on the wall.  But public attention makes me cringe and want to vanish.  It's a personal problem, I realize that, but it isn't going to change either.

The logical extension of that is I don't like writing an About The Author for myself, or choosing a photo to share or asking you to friend me on Facebook and Twitter.  In the past I heeded all that Internet business advice about making connections and such, and I met some cool people but after nearly fifteen years of networking I don't think I've really seen all that much benefit of it, nor do I think it's going to make a lot of difference in what I have settled to doing which is writing and drawing mainly for the Kindle.  So I'm thinking of flying in the face of convention and simply leaving that out of all my future self-published work.  Think it will make any difference?

Seriously, I want to hear from you.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Meet the Pixie Wagon

This March I got an opportunity to grab a "as is" "fixer upper" 1975 27 foot (or so) Sundowner travel trailer.  Owning my own RV has been a lifelong dream, and at the price I couldn't resist snapping this baby up.  The former owner was crazier than me (not all the unusual here), and I'm not sure if she was really that out of this world or if she was simply untruthful - but then when you buy "as is" and "fixer-upper" you more or less expect to pull shit like this out from under the sink - where it was supposedly "all brand new plumbing".

Um...right.  Thank the Goddess, I have a secret weapon.  My adorable husband, whose nickname is Tinker.  I learned early in our relationship that I could hand him something that wasn't working.  He says "I have no idea how this works."  And a few hours or days later he hands it back to me, working perfectly - if not better than new - and says "I have no idea what I did but it works now".

Which is why the plumbing under the sink looks like this now:
And it doesn't leak.  Which is more than I can say for the water in the bathroom.  And the toilet.  It's a work in progress.  We can only do so much at at time on our income.

It has been a bit of an adjustment as we moved in from the cabin.  The cabin was smaller in square footage, but the trailer (now dubbed the Pixie Wagon) is arranged quite a bit differently.  They also seem to have set it up for normal people.  You know, people who don't have a months worth of dialysis supplies to store at a time, and who value computers over TV or anything else.  So there's been some rearranging done, and I'm not sure it's all done yet, but we're IN.  I'm not sure if you want to be bored with all the photos I took today - especially given that I may be inflicting them on you again later on as we get this or that or the other set up more to our liking.  Here's a favorite;

I made the curtains new just for the Pixie Wagon.  I love these cute little stainless steel sinks.  The last few years I've been living one place or another with stained porcelain (plastic) sinks that I could NOT get to look clean.  In fact, the refrigerator and stove at the cabin couldn't be brought to anything resembling a clean look either - so look at my cutsey pie little kitchen now!
Stainless steel stove top and oven front, and the refrigerator is nice and clean inside and out (well, now it is) and IT LOOKS IT.  Yes, I confess, I am a clean freak.  The papers up on the cabinet doors are Japanese phrases - I practice my Japanese while I do dishes.  LOL.  Over to the left you'll see our fishes, Apollo and Jackie.  They are on top of a bookshelf which is sitting on what used to be a bench.  We pulled out the wobbly dining room table altogther, stood a set of shelves on one bench and are using the rest of the space to store dialysis supplies.  It's just right.

This is what was probably meant as a little living room that is quite full with a table with his and hers computers.  No, you are not the first person to say our house looks like a kids room.  It is a kids room.  :D We are the kids.  I'm not living anywhere I can't have my plushies (in the hammock) with me.

Here's the first panel of the homemade curtains for the dining room that wound up over here because the sun shines through this window in the afternoon.  I had plans (and fabric and all) to make all our curtains before we got here, but - eh - the best laid plans.  This is really a photo of those two little plastic things on the floor.  We spent $15 or so on them yesterday and they made me ecstatically happy.  Small things make me happy.  I got to poor out those three fabric bags of "stuff" that came out of my big desk drawers and organize them.  Yes, now I can put my hand on a pencil, or a paper clip, or a nail file if I need one.  (Insert deep sigh of satisfaction here).  Yeah, the couch is U.G.L.Y. I was planning on cushion covers, but we have concluded a futon mattress would fit here quite nicely.

Beware - there's an alligator in the bedroom!  Of course there is.  It's hard to get a good pic of the bedroom, but here ya go.  See that square of light on the bed?  It's from the sky light.  We LOVE the skylight - which is also a vent.  Sweet breeze, plenty of light, and the whole thing is a marvelous perch from which to watch the birdies.  Pearl would have loved it so much.  Just what she always wanted.

From the outside, the Pixie Wagon isn't much to see - YET.

Still messy from the move and we will not discuss the paint job.  Or the stairs.  Lookie the pretty cranes - hows that?  Oh, and see the bit of sky blue on the stripe by the door?  The outside of the front door is all that color.  I actually have all sorts of artsy fartsy insane creative ideas for painting the outside *evil cackle*

But one of the coolest things is the location.  Not only are we away from the bad bit of neighbors (YAY) we are directly across the street from the Rio Grande, and surrounded by trees.  This particular tree I call my blessing tree.  Every morning I walk outside with my coffee and sit on the porch and within a few minutes the blessing tree shows me something wonderful.  One morning it was full of goldfinches.  One morning a curved bill thrush sang from the top.  One morning a Western Kingbird swooped and dived around and around catching insects.

It's only a rented lot - but we love it.  Once the Pixie Wagon has some more work done on it - first boring stuff like a new toilet and resealing the roof, and fun stuff like painting inside and out, we'll test out those wheels and take her someplace even more awe inspiring.  Solar power is in her future, too, of course.

So, there she is - my dream home. I'll keep you posted on her progress.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Peeking Out Of My Cave

Over the last few months on my never ending journey of self-growth and improvement, I've had the help of some very wonderful people.  One of them is Christie Marie Sheldon, of "Love or Above" fame, through the Mindvalley website.  While going through her course to remove abundance blocks I started having PTSD nightmares and flashbacks again - guess we know the source of a lot of my blocks, eh?  LOL.

Meanwhile, thanks to Obamacare, I was able to choose my own doctor at last.  I took that opportunity to see a homeopathic medical doctor here in town who has a very good reputation, and she recommended a hypnotist/therapist who works with PTSD patients.  I've begun seeing Kimberly Jewel on a regular basis, and she has been extremely helpful.

Besides plugging those who have helped me with some very sticky problems (after all, I'm 54 and still dealing with childhood abuse issues) I wanted to, well, more or less announce a change in what you will see me publishing.  With their help to push all my preconceptions and blocks out of the way, I'm able now to allow myself (with the generous help of the hubby's support) to write what I always really wanted to write.

Kids and YA books about nature and animals and fantasy.  Yes, I am venturing out of my dark cave of angst and anger and sex for a glimpse of the sky and dandelions and fairies.  Well, the fairies have always been hanging around but now I'm writing what they tell me to.

I'm not totally ready to spread my wings, I guess.  You'll first see a number of kids books and novels on the Kindle.  But I also hope to find a self publishing to print books outlet that will suit me to create coloring and activity books as sort of companions.  I'd really like to find a way, or learn how, to create more or less activity books for the Kindle Fire - wouldn't that be cool?  

Next week - if all goes well and we don't have another bout of stomach flu (EWW) - I will be publishing the first kids book.  It's a story one of the fey folk told me about a fox who falls in love with a rabbit.  It's so sweet, it'll make all your teeth rot.  Hope you can cope ;)



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