Monday, December 29, 2014

Day Nine Progress Report

The last few days have been pretty difficult with the depression.  That said, I have made some progress.

Fitness - Probably the best news is that according to MapMyRide, I actually worked out six days of seven last week.  Wow.  And I didn't even realize it.  Since my actual goal was 3 of 7 - and my plan was to start on Jan 1st - I feel pretty kick ass!

Anime/J-drama - done
Read & Review - done

Facetious Game Goals - I think it is a combination of a FishWorld issues and our own Internet slowness issues (which is beyond my control), which lost me most of two days push for level 100.  At this point, I believe it may simply be mathematically impossible.  So I don't think I'll make it, but I can legitimately point to causes beyond my control.  As for Horse Planet, it isn't done, but I think it may be doable yet.  Coming at it from a different direction right now.

13 Books in 13 Days - The most important goal is the one that has stalled out completely, due to a combination of petty interruptions and personal depression.  There are personal reasons I can't discuss that this has become nearly impossible - but I am not giving up.  Again, coming at it from a different direction.  I may not have all 13 finished by the 3rd as planned, but I will finish - and publish -  13 new sex story books by the end of January at the very latest.

Meanwhile, there are still six of my sex books free on the Kindle for a couple more days.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

About those reviews

Among my goals to be finished with by the end of the year, were three books to review.

Well, that's done.  I'd rather post no review at all, than a negative one, unless it's so horrible that I think people should be warned before they spend their money.

I have two points to make here.

One.  There are a lot of "publishers" out there these days who "accept" a book for publication, telling the author it is absolutely wonderful.  With a minimum of editing - I'm guessing they MIGHT have run spellcheck in Word on it -  the "publisher" slaps the book up on Kindle and/or other ebook sites (charging the author a few hundred, or even thousand dollars for a conversion that can be made automatically in minutes using Amazon software) and then start pumping the publicity machine.  If the book does not sell, they blame the author.  It is also extremely likely that they TELL the author that no sales are being made and pocket all of the money from whatever is sold.

I can say this, because I had more or less the same thing happen to me with a print publisher.

I'm basing this on the lack of actual editing.  If these three books had any editing done to them, it was by someone who does not speak English and who most certainly does not have a grasp of the written language.  Had I been the editor, I would have sent them back for huge amounts of rewriting. As a reader, if I'm so confused by the second page, that I reread the first page to try and figure out if the protagonists eyes are oipened or closed, and why guards would grab him without first disarming him, and so on - I give up and set the book aside.  So many books - GOOD books - so little time.  Which is too bad because it might BE a good book - or at least have the potential to be a good book - if someone had actually done some editing.

Which brings me to my second point.  I am right now laughing at myself.  Because the reason many of my books, finished novels, are not published is because I am still editing them.  And editing them.  And editing them.  Rewriting, rechecking, double checking again for continuity, then checking again.  No single run of spell check for me.  I polish these poor things until I've ground them to powder.  Which probably isn't such a good thing.  There has to be a happy medium.  But I can't afford editing - and I certainly cannot afford to pay a "professional" editor who would leave a book in the kind of shape these three I tried to read today are in.

No reviews - because I don't blame this on the writers.  I blame it on the editors and publishers for putting out something like this and calling it done.  If you are a Kindle indie writer and you do your own editing...  I almost said some of this would be excusable.  But if I really believed that I wouldn't still be editing, and editing, and editing...


But the good thing is - goal "Read & Review" is done.


Day 7 Progress Report

I've made progress, although it isn't the progress I really had in mind.  However, I still give myself a pat on the back, because I did a task I've been putting off for a very long time.  My pen name, Petit Morte, now has her own TwitterFacebook, and Blogger accounts, along with a newletter you can opt into from her blog and of course - she's had her own Author's Page on Amazon for a little while now.  So if you are following along hoping I'll drop a link to my hot sex stories and books - grab these links and friend and follow and so on.  I'll keep knocking you on the head with them for a few more months and then I'll drop it so the sex story people and the rest of you can sort of sort yourselves out.

Meanwhile, did you get a Kindle for Christmas?  Great - because I've got six of my most popular sex stories and one sexy how to book FREE for you until the first of the year!

Yeah, did that, too.

I finished the Jdrama/anime marathon in time, too.  Got on the bike yesterday - but the tablet croaked so I didn't get credit on the MapMyRide workout challenge.  That sucks, because it was really cold and horrible to ride!  LOL.  It's even colder today and no, I'm not going out there for anything.  I'm going to put a big pot of beans on the stove in a little while and that and writing is going to be my big tasks for the day.  Unless I decided to fluff off and go work on the FW and Horse Planet goals instead ;) but I really do need to do some writing since I'm still at 2 1/3 stories for the 13 in 13 goal - LOL.  I was distracted yesterday by someone who wanted to visit and pour wine.  Yes, I can be distracted by a drink...and good conversation.  So while I didn't do any writing - having set up Petit Morte as her own "person" online is progress - because that is part of what I have been putting off.  Now I can add new back matter that will allow readers to find their preferred method of following Petit Morte so they can (and will, I hope) buy new books as they come out.  Slowly but surely, the old books will also be updated with the new back matter, and new more sexy and sizzling covers.

So let's see - 13 books in 13 days - um, 2 1/3 but some of the necessary editing/publishing details have been done.
Fitness Challenge - not bad actually.  Who knows, I may actually get on the bike later today but right now, much too cold.
Anime/JDrama marathon - done!  I am really glad I made the effort for Akuma-chan, or My Little Nightmare.  It was funny, sweet, and surprisingly profound in the long run.  I enjoyed streaming it at Crunchyroll but I'm not sure I'd go so far as to purchase the series or the movie at Amazon as those are running close to $100 and I'm not THAT crazy about it. It did get me to upgrade my membership to include JDrama again - which will also give me the chance to watch a couple of JDramas I kind of wanted to see, but not bad enough to endure commercials - LOL.   Encouragement of Climb the first season was cute and okay, but again, I wouldn't run out and buy it.  I'm not even sure the second season is going to be all that high on my to be watched list.  Pupa  was, well my overall impression was it was weird.  It had some obvious plot holes and overall seemed like a bit of a poor excuse for brother/sister not quite incest sex but...  she eats him - nuff said.
Reading/Reviewing - yeah, I'm getting to that now.
Facetious goals - I was all set to make a big push on FW and blew it totally by being out of the house half the day, and then finding the game running way too slow the rest of the day.  Not sure catching up is even possible, but I'll probably try.  Planet Horse - um - yeah, after I get some writing done today I'll probably work on that one, too!

Overall - I do believe I'll get the reading/reviewing done.  I am beginning to doubt I can catch up on the 13 books in 13 days, but if I don't I'll continue to write until I do have 13 new Petit Morte books because - yeah, I need to.  It might push off the start of the reworking of the kids books, but that's okay.  My publisher is cool with that ;) I'm pretty happy with how I'm doing on the Fitness Challenge, beings as how my actual goal was set to start after the first of the year.  Got the anime marathon done.  Not sure it's mathematically possible to hit the Fish World goal, and the Planet Horse goal is secondary to writing, really.  For me, for midwinter, well I give myself a big pat on the back for getting up in the morning LOL.  So yeah, not bad.

Hope you are having a great holiday season.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day Four - Progress Report

I am a little bit behind o the 13 books in 13 days writing project.  I had a bad day (Seasonal Affect Disorder will do that to you this time of year) and some unexpected company of the doggie form that actually was the highlight of an otherwise rather bad day.  Rather than work on catching up last night - I watched my JDrama.  Three episodes left to finish before Crunchyroll loses the license on Dec. 31st - which I will most likely sit and watch tonight and that will be one of my tasks to finish before years end finished.  If I have to set aside the writing for a day, well, having my own personal deadline I can be more flexible if I must.

That said, I do have 2 1/3 stories done, and outline for the rest of the 3rd story and one to follow all in that new Cougar sex series.  These are running about 5000 words each, which is well within goal.  The older sex story books are all around 1000 - 2000 words because the stories were originally written for blogs which had a more restrictive word count.  I'm enjoying getting to stretch out a bit.

 The first two sex story books are edited.  I still have to create new front and back matter and covers.  I had hoped to create covers for these with my specky new Poser program that I still have not figured out how to use.  Well, there's almost a week left and it's to be expected that it would be a few days after the first before all 13 are published.  Right?  As far as front and back matter, the stock ends I've been using need a serious update and it's a real PITA so I'm being a whiner about it.  Procrastination is me.

Meanwhile, I also signed up for a fitness challenge at MapMyFitness Workout Games which goes along well enough with my personal goals starting the first of the year to keep me honest and going on them.  I forced myself out on the bike today even though it was 40 degrees, which I personally consider much too cold - LOL.

That worked out well because I wound up at Rotary Park doing a little birdwatching.  With any luck the video may have come out, but I'm not counting on it - I'll see it here in a few minutes.  I was rather excited to see a Killdeer in the shallows, and slightly surprised to see the Black Phoebe is still hunting right above the little waterfall.  Mind you, I'm too well aware that we haven't had a solid freeze to kill the insects.  (We still have a nest of wasps under the trailer).  There were also American Widgeon, Shoveler, and Teal ducks - along with some ol' Coots and one young Cormorant fishing in the shallow water.  Which brings me to share another point.

One of my goals for next year is to finally bring back Bird Watchers Notebook - the Rio Grande version.  I've made a couple of stabs at it, but haven't been able to blog often enough.  Out of the habit, I think.  So my goal is at least 3 days of 7 to blog (which kind of goes with 3 days of 7 to get in a workout).  One reason (besides the fact I miss it) that I'm doing this is because starting around February I will be doing the serious editing and illustrating to get the old Bird Watchers Notebook crafted into a Kindle book, especially now that Amazon has given us software to assist in creating illustrated books.  If I get really froggy, I am thinking about creating a set of Anki flashcards of the birds mentioned in the book, and if I get REALLY froggy, perhaps a companion coloring book.  We'll see how frisky I am in February. Oh yes, and I may set it up so you can subscribe to the blog from your Kindle.

Why February - because in January I am going to be editing and publishing the 13 for one thing - but also will pull my kids books down to add illustrations and republish using the new software.

The reading and reviewing are put off until the JDrama marathon is finished.  I did, however, finish Redemption Song by Derick Parsons for something fun on that bad day.  The link will take you to the review on Amazon, and I will say I'll be looking forward to the rest of the series.

I have had a couple of publishers/authors write me asking if I would copy/paste reviews in other sites than Amazon.  The deal with that is; last I heard, and it may have changed, but Google frowns on duplicate content.  So, if I have a few minutes, what I will do is rewrite the reviews so they are not identical and post them, but I'm not sure how much help an exact copy/paste would be if it made Google not like you...  maybe I am wrong?  Maybe I'm an overachiever?  LOL

Under really facetious goals - I'd like to get my beginner horse on Planet Horse to gold medals in all events.  I'm beginning to think this may not be possible - the beginner horses may simply not have enough talent.  And for my Fishworld pals ;) I think it would be really cool if I could make level 100 by the end of the year.  I'm not even sure if that is possible, but I'm gonna give it a try.

So, here we are and if I'm going to make any more progress I probably ought to be working on at least one of those things, eh?

Have a Merry Xmas if you're into that 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day Two - Book Two

Oh yes, I did in fact complete a fine almost 5000 word tome of hot crazy cougar sex yesterday.  It needs editing, front and back matter and a cover before publication.  I was actually hoping to get that done today too (the day is not over) and then tomorrow I will hopefully have link for you to purchase the first of thirteen in thirteen.  But I am taking a break - having finished the second hot sexy book in as many days with another marathon of just over 5000 words.

All this and handwashing, and dinner made too - tada - I'm wonder woman!  LOL.

I'm even making inroads on the anime marathon.  One last show to finish before Crunchyroll loses the license for it the first of the year.  Then I'll see about these three (fortunately smallish) books I am supposed to have read and reviewed by the end of the year.

Meanwhile - what an awesome Winter Solstice.  From here on things will only get better and better as my friend the sunshine returns.  Hope you are having a good holiday.


Summer Foovay

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thirteen days - Thirteen books

I have thirteen days, starting tomorrow, with nothing else to do, no place to be, no one to fuck with me and I give fuckall about Xmas so - in the next thirteen days I plan to write, edit and publish thirteen new sex story books.  I may even finally manage to learn how to use my new Poser or Anime Studio and get some kids books out, too.

Kids books?  And sex stories?  Get over it.  Where do you think kids come from?

Separate pen names, of course.

Tonight, I eat chocolate cookies and marathon anime.  Tomorrow the marathon begins...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

About that special new Amazon "update" (malware download) for the Fire

I wanted the Washington Post removed - here is the transcript of the chat with the EIGHT (and couunting) transfers:

You are now connected to Amazon from
Me:The new Kindle Fire update sucks
Amazon:Welcome to Kindle Chat . I'm Sahishna. I'll be happy to assist you today.
Me:I do not want the Washington Post - I certainly do not want it to always be the first icon
I uninstalled it
apparently you forced it back on me
Is this MY device, or YOURS?
I do not want this ES thing
I certainly do not want it as my first or second icon - I can never find the apps I use or the book I am reading because you keep forcing things on me that I do not want
At this rate, I'll want a refund on the Fire and you can have it back
I am quite capable of deciding what I want on my device, and what is most important to me to use
Amazon:A member of our Amazon Appstore team will need to help you with this. Please hold while I transfer you. One of our Amazon Appstore Specialists will assist you shortly.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Sravya from
Me:And I see that Mayday no longer works - must be getting lots of complaints about where did this unknown app come from and how can I get rid of it, eh?
What an awful update
It isn't an update or upgrade - it was a malware download straight from Amazon
Me:Maybe what I need to do is write a review on the Fire on your website and let people know that you will be deciding from now on what apps they want and what apps will be their first and second icons
and that we can't uninstall them
Sravya:Could you please be on hold while I transfer to kindle team
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Michelle from
Michelle:Hi Summer, my name Michelle.
Me:Hi Michelle, who are you going to transfer me to?
Michelle:I'm sorry that you've been transferred multiple times. No worries, I'll not transfer you to any one.
If I have got you correctly your Kindle fire doesn't have a Mayday button after the software of your Kindle has been updated, is that correct?
Me:This new update is not an update at all - it is a direct install of malware from Amazon
I do not want the Washington Post.
I removed it - you shoved it back on
It does not need to be the first icon since I DO NOT WANT IT.
I do not what this ES thing whatever it is.
I do not need it as the first or second icon
Michelle:I'm sorry what do you mean?
Me:I can no longer FIND the apps I actually use because they are buried under a half dozen thing you "gifted" me in this update
I want this Washington Post REMOVED permanently
I wnat the ES thing removed permanently
I want control of my device returned to me
I want to be able to find the apps I use frequently
Michelle:I'm sorry about this. Let me check for possible option that I can do for you.
Me:Not have them buried under three dozen things you forced on me
And by the way, no, Mayday does not work
Michelle:Are you referring to device "Giles"?
The one I am about to pack up and return to you since apparently it is YOUR device, not MINE
I've posted a one star review
And will be sure I let everyone I know in on who the new Fire REALLY belongs to
Michelle:Let's try to troubleshoot your Kindle to fix this Summer.
Do you have it with you right now?
Michelle:May I ask if you're physically located in US right now?
Are you one of those idiots who doesn't realize that NEW Mexico is in the US
Michelle:I've confirmed that your Kindle should have a mayday button.
Let's try a factory reset of your tablet, which can solve intermittent problems.
Because a factory reset will remove any content you've downloaded to your tablet, make sure to back up your personal content to your computer first. You'll be able to download your Amazon purchases from the Cloud after registering the tablet again.
Any in-app items may be lost during a factory reset. Please check with the app developer for more details on their in-app policies before completing a factory reset. If you have parental controls enabled on your tablet prior to the factory reset, you will need to turn them back on once the device is re-registered.
To reset your Fire Tablet:
1. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and then tap Settings.
2. Tap Device Options, and then tap Reset to Factory Defaults.
Me: oh no
do not
do NOT reset
just get this damn Washington post off it
and this ES whatever it is
I uninstalled and they just come back
I'm not going to spend two days trying to get my apps back, losing my history, everything
Michelle:Since you can't find your apps, I need to transfer you to appstore department. Please stay connected.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Sami from
Sami:Hello, my name is Sami. I'm sorry about this. I'll be glad to help you.
Me:Is ther any way to get rid of your malware?
Amazon forced the Washington Post on me, I want it gone
I want this ES whatever it is gone
Sami:May I have your permission to place the chat on hold while I review your chat with Sahishna.
Me:I want to be able to find the apps I BOUGHT that I INSTALLED that I USE
I'm sick of having nothing I want on the opening screen. I have to go to apps and DIG down to find the ones I want
Before this "update" I was fine
Sami:I understand that you are having trouble with finding the apps on the carousel .
Let me connect you to the appropriate team to assist you with this.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Swetha from
Swetha: Hello, my name is Swetha. I'll be glad to help you today.
Me:Hi there Swatha, you are my sixth transfer
I guess that answers my question right there
Swetha:I'm sorry for these multiple transfers.
Me:There is no way to remove these apps you forced on me with the latest update
just be honest and admit that you are going to force them on me
and I'll be honest in my one star review
Swetha:Please give me a moment while I review your previous conversation.
Me:and decide who to foist me on next, eh?
and I suppose if I allow a factory reset - I'll end up with NOTHING BUT the damn Washington Post
none of my history, none of my apps, none of my history
I get it
This is YOUR device, not mine
Amazon will now decide what I will see
so, does that make you Big Sister?
Swetha:In this case, A member of our App Store team will be the perfect person to help you with this. Let me connect you to a member of our App Store team. It will only take a moment.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Yousuf from
Yousuf:Hello, my name is Yousuf. I'm sorry about this. I'll be glad to help you.
Please be on hold I'll just transfer your chat to the appropriated team.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Amazon from
Amazon:Welcome to Kindle Chat . I'm Sahishna. I'll be happy to assist you today.
A member of our Amazon Appstore team will need to help you with this. Please hold while I transfer you. One of our Amazon Appstore Specialists will assist you shortly.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Mahesh from
Mahesh: Hello, my name is Mahesh. I'll be glad to help you today.
Me:seven transfers, twice to the same department
Mahesh: May I please place you on hold for 1-2 minutes while I look in to this for you?
Mahesh:I am seeing the multiple transfers and I understand how inconvenient it is.
I'm really sorry about the inconvenience Summer.
Me:No, I get it, I WILL have Washington Post and this other malware your forced on me.
Rest assured I will purchase a different tablet, and get rid of the Fire - which apparently belongs to Amazon, no matter what I might think
I would like a refund for the Fire and for all of my apps purchased in the app store
Mahesh: A member of our Kindle specialist team will be the perfect person to help you with this. Let me connect you to a member of our specialist team. It will only take a moment.
Me:All because I do not want the Washington Post
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Amazon from
Amazon:Welcome to Kindle Chat . I'm Sahishna. I'll be happy to assist you today.
Me:In the good old days we called this the run around
well, Sashina, how nice, I think I've already talked to you at least three times
Amazon:I apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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