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Thursday, December 31, 2015

I'm writing, I'm writing, really

No, really, I am.  I may have been down a rabbit hole or two in the last few days - and today was a payday so we had dumb stuff we had to do, but I have been writing, too.  Now that the dumb stuff is done, we plan to hole up the rest of the weekend.  I plan to do more writing and some drawing and see about having a couple of illustrated kids books ready to publish very early next year!

Drink a toast to the New Year, and be safe and smart tonight!  Happy New Year!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hey - How did I end up down the rabbit hole today?

Hey!  How did I end up down this rabbit hole?  I was not going there today.  I had a purpose.  I was going to write a short story.  Really.

Laugh if you want, but a few weeks ago in some spare time I actually made up a random table for the short story month so I could roll a 20 sided die on any given day and chose what kind of story - something fanfic, or sex, or another book for Blue Dragonfly series, or wattpad or here or...

And then - I lost the table.

Well, here in a little bit I am making me a new one.  Really.  Sheesh.

With the best of intentions I thought, I have all these odds and ends of stories in various stages from idea nuggets to 3000 words, I wonder if any of them would make a good Amazon Kindle Single selection (with some work, of course).  So I went to look at the requirements for Amazon Singles, and then off to see the top 100 selling Kindle Singles and then I noticed something.

Amazon Kindle Singles don't sell for shit - unless maybe your name is Dean Koontz or Stephen King.  And quite a few of them on the top 100 sellers have one and two star reviews, or half a dozen five star reviews that say the same thing (a pretty sure sign of the - I paid $5 for this review type reviews).  Which is to say that this idea clearly has not caught on.  Well.  Strike that from the list!

Next was a browse through the files I had gathered up to see what was in there.  Talk about down the rabbit hole!  Headfirst.  Some I don't remember at all - some only vaguely.

There is a group of character sketches that I quite like, but it isn't really a story or stories - exactly - but kind of.  Which on a bit of thought, really is the sort of thing that belongs on a Kindle - the sort of thing a traditional publisher would turn up their nose at because it doesn't fit in a genre- but also something that is really "me" as in quite my style with a lot of myself in it.  For a very short while it lived on a blog but I couldn't find the ads to go with it and it was taken down.

I have already done most of the research for the animal part of the next Blue Dragonfly story - but my mind has pulled an absolute blank for story line.

Oh - which reminds me there is some more research I wanted to do at Amazon, too.  I'm gonna count this blog entry as writing today - see you later!

(Turns and dives back into the hole)


Saturday, December 26, 2015

It's Snowing! I'm writing!

It's snowing!  I love snow!  Big, huge fluffy flakes falling so thick and fast that I can't get a photo of them for you because they come out as white streaks.  It is starting to accumulate in patches here and there, so maybe in the morning I can get a photo of a beautiful winter wonderland!

Hubby and I had exactly one errand to run before the predicted winter storm - a trip to the library to return books and get a few new ones.  Those who know me will hardly believe we were in and out in fifteen minutes!  It's true!  I grabbed a couple more true crime books, a horse book, and a couple of novels and was done.  Now here I sit watching lovely snow and knowing we have food, water, electric for heat and gas for cooking, and plenty of books, games, and jigsaw puzzles to hole up and watch it snow for days.

Of course, this is New Mexico and I will be lucky if it actually manages to snow all weekend.  But that's okay, I'll take what I can get.  I much prefer snow that visits for a few days to snow that hangs around for months and gets all dirty and slushy and icy.

Meanwhile, I've been good to my word of writing a short story a day - starting today rather than on Christmas.  I wanted a day off to change gears - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.  Today I wrote a simple little 1755 word short story that was submitted to the library at Aywas.  It will be my first book at Aywas if it is accepted - and I'll be pretty much over the moon about it. What can I say - I seem to have a new gaming obsession.  They let me write, and draw, and play, too.  Oh - and hoard pets.  That's important.  And the people are really nice - which is a biggie to me also.

Tomorrow - oh I don't know.  Probably something shorter since I think I will take the day off electronics and be writing by hand.  While gathering up all the old Nanos into a folder, I also gathered a lot of little short story nuggets and bits and bobs and ideas and so on and tossed them in a folder, too.  Who knows what might crawl out of my wicked little brain.

I'll keep you posted.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Nanowrimo 2015 - last post - no, really!

It's done!  Woohoo!  Written through to the finish, complete with epilogue!  The grand total is 72,555 words.  Yes, things slowed down considerably in December as various life things intruded and I wrote a few other bits and bobs and things, did some art, some origami, yadda yadda yadda.

I had a piece of dark chocolate and a shot of Irish Creme.  Big celebration.

Whew!  Time to set it aside and let it marinate now.  My next task today is to go through this computer and the external hard drive which contains at least three older computers brains and gather up all the files and folders named Nano-some year or nother.  I intend to get them all edited, rewritten, and otherwise combobulated this year into something I can stick in a Kindle book and not die of embarrassment over.

That's the plan.

Meanwhile, I had intended to dedicate December to short stories of many kinds.  Some fanfic.  Some short stuff for Wattpad, or here at the blog, or even little Aywas stories, as well as maybe a couple shorts to add to the Blue Dragonfly series as well as to the little sex story books under a pen name.  Instead, I put my shoulder to the wheel and made myself actually completely finish the Nano-novel.  So I am thinking, odd as it seems, that I might start tomorrow (Merry Xmas to you who celebrate) doing the shorts and go on for a full month until Jan. 25th.  I could stand to take it easy and zip out some shorter stuff now that won't go through the second week "I hate this" period.

You don't suppose I'm actually just using it as an excuse to put off the editing period that was previously scheduled for February?  (Do you have any clue how much I hate editing and rewriting my own stuff?)

NAH.

Shorts.  Coloring books.  Editing - there's my next 90 days more or less.  Actually once I start editing I hope I won't stop until they are all done, but who am I kidding?

Have a great holiday

Summer Foovay


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Newflash for HSBC bank - New Mexico is not in Mexico

Every single time I have moved since I had my HSBC account we go through this same rigamarole.  I call to change my address.  They contact me to inform me they cannot verify my new address in MEXICO.  No doubt, this is because I don't live in Mexico, I live in the state of New Mexico in the United States of America. Which, due to experience, I specifically attempt to make clear to them the first time.

And the second.

And the third.

It generally takes four or five emails and then a half dozen or so phone calls taking upwards of 20 minutes each before I speak to someone who is in India (I think, judging from the almost incomprehensible accents), including speaking to a supervisor who will also snottily inform me that I am mistaken, I live in Mexico - and my closest local branch is in Mexico City.

By the way, no matter how very politely you tell them you cannot understand them and ask for another operator, they will hang up on you.  And I have had many who are completely incomprehensible.  Oh yeah -they'll also hang up on you if you start speaking Japanese.  I couldn't resist.

And their new secure email is really fun.  I had to open three tabs, prove who I was three times, make up a new password, verify my email, to get a message to call them.  No, I'm serious.  It's true.  They said they couldn't call my phone either - I'm going to guess because my phone number probably doesn't work if you put the country code in for Mexico first.  Since I am in the United States (and so is my cellphone).

I just checked, and Mexico does not even have a state named New Mexico.

The United States of America, however, does have a state called New Mexico.

But I guess the main office in Buffalo, New York isn't aware of that.  Nor is the call center in...wherever it is.  
I spell every word in the address, usually twice.  I emphasize (now that I know they are idiots) that I live in the United States.  And still - here we go again - "Well, ma'm, I see you live in Mexico"...

New Mexico needs to switch their publicity from "Land of Enchantment" to "yes we are part of the United States - really".

And this time?  I closed the account.

 They made the mistake of calling me back for a "customer satisfaction survey" and I used the last two minutes on my phone (which I keep only so my disabled husband can contact me in an emergency - now he cannot) to suggest they hang a map of the United States on the wall in...wherever.




Friday, December 11, 2015

What? Nanowrimo 2015 STILL?


Funny, Figures, Children, ColorfulDon't I know it is December?  Well, yes, I do.  But the novel isn't done yet!  And from taking it all as a joke, to hating it, I've moved to loving these people too much to leave them hanging like that.  So the novel is now up to almost 60,000 words and I think the end is in sight.  At the very least it is in my head.  Mostly.  Not the VERY end.  


And when I finish?  Well, I'm going to set it aside for a bit and let it marinate.  It is going to need massive rewriting.  I may even name the characters I now love so much.

The other day I was trying to hunt up a particular image that I know exists, somewhere, and during my search I turned up file folders with names like Nanowrimo 2011, Nanowrimo 2012, you get the picture.  They are in various states from unfinished novels to finished and partially edited to - I think one or two have like 20K words and that's it.  So my big plan is, when I finally finish off Tainted Love, I am going to go dredge those poor manuscripts up and get to work on them.  I might even finally publish a new novel or two next year!

It has been years since I had a dozen irons in the fire from Squidoo to porn websites.  Ah...so much more peaceful.  The hubby reminded me yet again this week that he has tried to retire me three or four times now, and can't get it to take.  But maybe I'm finally getting old or something - I would rather spend time with him, or traveling, reading, doing origami, playing video games, than bashing my head on the latest get rich on the Internet quick with your creative work game.  Truthfully, maybe I have learned (finally) that the only people actually getting rich on those are the ones promising to get you rich - while the actual content creators end up with little or nothing for their efforts.

We are far from rich, but we have enough to get along.  After all - we do have the American dream of owning our own home (on wheels), and our own car.

So what I am babbling around about is I am moving away from trying to write whatever will make me money.  The subjects I choose for Nano are inevitably just for the fun of it, or because (like Bloodline) they are in my head bashing down doors to get out.  Time to have some damn fun!  I'm putting them out there, and if you like them and buy them - YAY - and if you don't.  Oh well.

I have yet to find an outlet for selling my art in any significant way that I like.  It may be that I end up doing customs on Aywas for a little extra money - it's fun at least! And ya know - although the arteeeest community makes my head ache - I do live in New Mexico and there are a gazillion open air art markets, galleries and so on.  Maybe I can find a spot to fit in here somewhere. Maybe someplace I can sell origami and jewelry as well as drawings and paintings.  And, of course, there's always drawing, publishing and selling coloring books - maybe through Create Space or something.  The thing is - they will inevitably cost something like ten bucks - which I personally find outrageous.  But maybe other people won't?

I no longer have the Zazzle stores or products that I was even so recently advertising here.  Yep, deleted the whole account.  Zazzle has gone from being rather frustrating to completely impossible to deal with.  I don't need the misery for a whopping $30 or so a year.  And I think that was pretty much the last straw, the last try at dealing with anything like that.  Not worth it. I'm not even an Amazon affiliate any more since they have decided they have to charge a fee if you don't make much.  Basically, they want you to PAY to be an affiliate so you can make a few pennies and then pay them ten times as much for the opportunity.  Whaaaa?  So, yeah, done with that, too.

I did apply for a blogging job...  and of course I can always do a little Mechanical Turk work if I want fun money for games and books... but by and large if you don't see me, I'm writing.  Or drawing.  Or maybe folding.  Or maybe just hanging out with the hubby.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Monday, December 7, 2015

Book Review of Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan

Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan was an excellent read in every way.  I am a former vet tech myself, as well as having worked many years in animal rescue, and various animal care positions.  It is always a relief and a joy to read something written about agriculture and animal business that actually has their facts straight.  So, although that isn't at all the point of the story - it is a welcome part of it for anyone who has some experience in the field.  Ms. Sullivan gives a balanced point-of-view regarding the devastation such a disease could wreck upon our society in so many different ways.  She doesn't shy away from the draconian measures it would take to stop a prion disease, or what the far reaching results would be on our society and economy, as well as for individuals, animals as well as people.

It is that very realism that makes this novel so terrifying.  It really could happen. And this really is what would happen.  And it's scary.  It should be.

Contrast that to the TV series Zoo which I've been watching on Netflix.  It's a great story, very exciting - but sometimes they are way off on their animal (and general science) facts and I find that a bit jarring.  I've actually sat and laughed at a few episodes.  So - not nearly as scary.  I'm surprised, really, given the big names associated with this series, that either no one fact checked, or they decided it didn't really matter because most people are too ignorant to notice.

I was surprised that the reviews and stars given to Sector C on Amazon were not as good as I expected them to be.  Perhaps most people prefer imaginary and easy to understand "science" to the hard cold truth.

Read my full review here

I do not sell reviews, trade them, or accept books for review.  But if I read something and like it - I write a review for it.  

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Friday, December 4, 2015

Checking in from the December of Short Stories

As so often happens, I've been derailed from my best intentions during the first week of the month.  This has to do with bill paying, shopping, and often two clinic appointments for the husband that frequently take up a whole day one way and another.  Just to be sure our week would be full, the husband took a major fall on Wednesday, landing on his head.  (Yes, the parking lot is okay - and after a couple of rough days, so is hubby).  To top that off, we had to take a one day road trip to take care of some business.

I did get a little writing done.  Not as much as I would like.  Knowing this could happen, I had already decided I would probably write on Sunday rather than taking the day off from all electronics as I normally do.  And I am writing a blog post!

I did get a number of origami projects folded as gifts for the wonderful people at the dialysis clinic who do such a fine job of keeping the hubby as healthy as possible, and making a good quality of life available for him.  Because I had short bits of time to kill here and there, I also got some studying done - I am still learning Japanese and probably will be for life.  And I did get a few art projects created for Aywas.  So the week wasn't a total wash.  And it ain't over yet!

And then my email offered up this.  Explore.org teamed up with my beloved Big Cat Rescue to offer a number of live streaming webcams of the cats.  And then I discovered all the other great livestreams of animals and nature this website offers.  OMG.  I could surf and watch all day long.  There is nothing I love more than watching wildlife and domestic animals hanging out doing animal stuff.  Sigh.  What was it I was supposed to be doing?

Oh yeah, writing short stories.  I also watched this fascinating Ted talk, by Ann Morgan: My year reading a book from every country in the world.  Very thought provoking stuff for anyone who reads, or writes, or - breathes.  Yes, I could drop hours and hours watching Ted talks.

My hubby is a TV person - and sees to it that I do watch those shows he thinks I will be interested in.  From King of the Nerds to various other game type shows I have noticed a pattern.  The people who are writers invariably have a wide range of knowledge at their fingertips, and if given time, know how to find more on any given subject.  Any really good writer spends untold hours on research - or as I often call it - down the rabbit hole.  I see an interesting article, and end up researching more and more until ...  I'm down the rabbit hole.  But I also discover a mass of very interesting things that are quite likely to end up in a story someday - if I can figure out how.

So I think I ought to get to count the hours I spend staring at big cat live streams as working - don't you?

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The December of Short Stories

The other day I was updating profiles and this and that on social sites and Amazon and so forth, when I noticed that my children's bookBlue Dragonfly has three - count them - three five star reviews out of three reviews!

In case you don't get why that is a big deal - I do not have the money to purchase five star reviews.  I don't have a publicist to sit and email Amazon reviewers and offer them a free copy to review.  One of these reviews is from a person I know on Facebook - I think - the other two I don't know from Adam.

So.  Real.  Live.  Honest.  Unsolicited. 
Five Star Reviews.

Yeah, I thought it was a pretty big deal myself.  Rather revives my faith in writing books for children.  Blue Dragonfly is the first in a planned series for kids about ten years old, a little older or younger would be fine, too.  Number two in the series, The Weaver, has no reviews.  Awwwww.  The next few books to follow will be out early next year if not sooner.  

The Blue Dragonfly series is a melding of natural history and magic.  And who doesn't love a shape shifter?  Or is he just a crazy old man?  Either way, he sure knows a lot about animals, and people, and things you wouldn't think he should know.  But what can you expect from someone who tells you the first time you meet, "I was a blue dragonfly once.  Once, I was a blue dragonfly."

The Blue Dragonfly books are only 99 cents - or free, of course, on Kindle Unlimited.  If you get a chance, maybe you can give them a look - and a review.  Read them to a kid over the holidays...


The Weaver - Japan

Oh yeah - I almost forgot to tell you why it is the December of Short Stories.  Because, having proven once again to myself that I can easily crank out upwards of 2,000 words per day I plan to spend this month adding short stories to various series I already have going (including the Blue Dragonfly group), zipping out short stories for various websites who publish such, submitting some shorts to Amazon Shorts, and finishing and publishing some works in progress.

Here's a little teaser for the one I worked on today - working title "KIDNAPPED BY CENTAURS!"

“You walk like you were crossing a field to water the horses” Robin hissed at her, under her breath, “Slow down, give that cute little butt of yours a bit of swing.”  Winking, Robin raised her voice to be heard a little better.  “This is my little sister, Fala – isn’t she cute?”  The wealthy merchant looked Fala over from head to toe and shrugged, giving Robin a squeeze with the arm draped over her shoulder.  “I think I like you a lot better” he smirked.
“Oh, give her some time to ripen up” Robin teased, “She’s young yet, but she is learning.  I’ll thank you for one of those flutes of the champaigne, Fala, and a couple of those little finger sandwiches.  Are there any of those with the cheese?  You know I love those!”  Robin subtly moved her eyes to cue Fala which items to hand her from the heavy tray and for once, Fala managed it without losing the balance and chucking food all over the place.  

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay


Saturday, November 28, 2015

#Nanowinner ! Wahoo! Novel details and excerpt!

Wahoo!  For once in my life I've actually finished Nanowrimo EARLY - like yesterday, actually, November 27.  I was all prepared to brag like mad and my Internet connection went down!  Damn it!

I'm still insufferably proud of myself - of lo the many years I have participated in Nanowrimo, I can't recall any other year in which I actually finished early.  I am infamous for being up until midnight November 30, pounding away at the keyboard.
So what was different this year?  Word sprints with my friend, Rachel Kelso (thank you, thank you, thank you).  I also "attended" several of the Nanowrimo Write-in's on YouTube.  And did a few #Nanowordsprints on Twitter.  Part of the way through the month I discovered Pomodoros and Kanbanflow from another source and started using them, partially because I had found such success with word sprints.  They really do the trick for my productivity, not only for Nanowrimo, but for a number of my other projects as well.

Of course, I will continue writing every day - life permitting - until this novel is finished, and even after that on other books and stories.  But this has been the perfect way to get started with a good working routine during winter camp.  I hope to get a lot done while we are sitting in one spot this winter!

The working name of this novel is Tainted Love - I'm pretty sure that will change but it will give you some sort of a reference point to go on with.  Here is the synopsis, in case you haven't hopped up to Nanowrimo to see:

It is the late 1800s and a newlywed couple is unexpectedly stranded during their honeymoon in an isolated mountain village.  A castle looms on the peaks.  When the bride suddenly vanishes, the young husband is unable to get the townspeople to take him seriously or help in any way.  Finally, he is told that the Count in the castle high above is a vampire, and that young women and children have been vanishing for many years.  Alone but determined, he decides to confront the Count and save his bride.

Well, that is the original synopsis - things have changed somewhat since then.  But as you can see by the excerpt below - it is still a good ways from the grand finale:

 Tonight a meeting like no other has convened in Rosemary’s hut in the woods outside of Bberg.  My mind has been in a whirl since so many truths have come to light.  I am hoping that recording this meeting, with clear organized notes might do well both to settle my thoughts, and serve as a reminder should I become lost in the forest in my mind again.  It is so much darker and more unfriendly than the forest where Rosemary’s hut sits.

Present are Gruen and his vast friend Whosit, Mr and Mrs. C, Professor D, myself, my beloved and recently recovered Gabriella, and Rosemary the Hedge Witch.

As we gathered together, Professor D (and myself if I may say so) had a number of questions for the locals regarding their conviction that the Count is, indeed, the culprit behind these mysterious illnesses and disappearances.  

Yes, I worked in a hedge witch, among others and now the poor groom is not so all alone in his quest.  The novel is still in very, and I do mean VERY rough draft with - as you can see - main characters who don't even have proper names and for the moment I'm simply calling the vampire (or is he a "mere" psychopathic serial killer?) Count Dracula.  Hey - it was about the word count, right?  I'll keep you posted on how this novel is going - I've decided I like it enough to shine it up for publication.  And if I'm gonna do this one, well I do have another vampire novel in the WIP folder I may as well shine up and finish, too.  And it is a - a - a - ROMANCE.

Did you just drop dead of shock?  Yeah, well, I can't control what crawls out of my brain sometimes.

Stay tuned to this blog for more writing news and as this month goes on, more art and Zazzle store stuff as well.

If you are still Nanowrimo writing - GAMBATTE!  (Do your best)

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Model Railroads, Wild Birds, Goats, Nanowrimo; An Abundance of Blessings

If you do the Thanksgiving thing I hope you are having a great holiday.  We don't, we give thanks every single day for our many blessings.

Most of all today, I am thankful for a great dialysis nurse who got woke up at 5 am, and drove an hour to come into to work on her holiday off and repair the hubby's dialysis catheter.  If not for Rosa, we would probably still be sitting in an Emergency Room and end up all day in the hospital while they found someone who knows how to repair this properly without putting hubby at risk of peritonitus.  Actually, there is no way to do it without some risk - but certain medical personnel are better trained and more experienced in the best care of this little niche specialty.

I am so grateful, too, for our wonderful Firefly (motor home) which allows us to choose to live in "the big city" of Las Cruces, NM for winter camp, where we have the correct and necessary medical care available.  Last winter we were in a not-mobile house in Truth or Consequences, NM - where they have no facility for dialysis care at all and I hear they simply hung a closed sign on the clinic and walked off this week.  (Typical T or C).  We would have had to drive about two hours to get to Las Cruces for care (in cold rain may I add), and that would mean we would have had to do a treatment in the car on the road, if not more than one.

I mention the not-mobile house because one thing I love about the motor home is if he has a medical emergency - even if we are a few hundred miles from his dialysis care group - I can take the whole damn HOUSE to Las Cruces, do his treatments in comfort and safety and if he is in doctors offices all day or ends up in the hospital - we still have all the comforts of home at hand.  I'm loving (and grateful for) this RV lifestyle!

So yeah - I could live without little medical emergencies at 5 am, but as emergencies go - this was so much more manageable than some we have been through!  Yes!  I am grateful!

I haven't got a bit done on the novel today - YET - but I wanted to share the photos we took way back this Sunday!

The Dona Ana Modular Railroad was on display at Good Samaritan Village Sunday.  We love model railroads - so we had to go see.

So that's how they got the dragons to Hogwarts!


I found it very cool they had an engine turntable. They are rather unusual.  I got to see a real one at the Railroad museum in Scranton, PA - super interesting.
 We loved seeing the old Nomad with the egg trailer - we looked at buying one of those - the trailer, although we wouldn't mind the Nomad either.

This is my favorite pic of the bunch.  ^

I was also very impressed with the artwork displayed in the Good Samaritan social center - there are some very talented residents!

From there we went to Burns Lake, a small park in Las Cruces.  Hubby had seen signs for it and got all excited, thinking maybe we would have someplace handy to get the kayak wet.  Sadly, he learned that the lake was dry and has been for a couple of years.  We went to see the park anyway, as it is close and might be a great place for our walks.

The lake might be dry, but the soccer field was flooded!  So much so that a big flock of ducks had moved in.


As we walked down the path, we discovered to our surprise a very large herd of goats were also living in the bottom of the dry lake!

Hubby thinks they are strays.  I think perhaps they are there on purpose to keep the brush down until the lake has water again.  Either way - they were delightful to watch.  I have a soft spot for goats after my spoiled pet goats.
We had a great weekend in the 'big city' over all.  I'm sure we will find lots to love here - and will still be rarin' to go by next spring.  It's gypsy feet I've got.

Speaking of which, it is no doubt time for me to get to work on my Nanowrimo novel (which has gypsies in it).  Only 4,000 words or so to go to get the win - although the novel won't be done by then I'm sure.  I plan to keep right on going through December if necessary.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Another great day for Nano

Six thousand words today on Nanowrimo!  Whoot!  Thanks for the Nanowrimo Write-ins on You Tube!  Mind you - I already had about 4K, but I got another 2K and the sprompts were oddly perfect for this point in the book.  I'm really happy with all my characters. I worked in the green hedge witch and I'm really happy with her and how the others react to her, even though I am probably going to kill her tomorrow.  It has become abundantly clear that there is no way I'm going to kill this vampire in the next four thousand words (or ten thousand for that matter), but I'm simply going to keep going even after I "win" Nano.

Monday I planned to blog about our lovely Sunday spent doing a bit more exploring - but when I downloaded the pictures from the camera I discovered I also had a bunch from our last few days on the road and by the time I had everything edited, some writing done, the usual daily chores - I didn't have time to blog about it any more!

Tuesday we had to fire up the Firefly and go pick up hubby's dialysis supplies.  Due to our procrastination and sheer laziness I suppose, it took us an hour to get her on the road instead of our usual 20 minutes.  She was reluctant, too - something about being neglected for almost a month then expected to go pick up a few hundred pounds of dialysate.  By the time I got that loaded onto the truck, I was pretty wiped out.  I did a little bit at Aywas, wrote a little, read a bit, and crashed.

Now you know where most of today went off too - tomorrow I shall have photos and inane chatter about our travels and who knows - maybe a winners badge from Nano.  But for tonight - this shall have to do.  If you do the holiday, have a good holiday and try to remember to spend a minute or two actually feeling gratitude for your blessings.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Shatterday on Nanowrimo

I still can't believe how well I am rolling along on Nanowrimo this year.  It really shows what a difference focus and concentration can make.  All this time I thought I did focus and concentrate, but there is such a difference using the Pomodoros and word sprints.  For the first time I can remember I have been ahead on the word count on almost every day of the month.

From a very nebulous idea to a 39K story, the novel has grown and, as of today anyway, grown on me.  There were a few days I hated it, and probably at least a week when I looked at it as finger/brain exercises, but it is growing on me.  Due to using quite a few prompts, it is a bit of a mess but I finally allowed myself to do a fast swing through with spell-check today to pull out some very extraneous shit (like the // I use to mark beginnings and endings of sprints so I can get the word count) that I was afraid the counter was counting as words and overall it's not too bad.  I may, by golly, clean it up and publish it after all.

Now that I am 39K in and can see the story is maybe halfway done, I am also thinking that rather than leaving it hanging (since I have had the ending almost since the beginning) I will go on past the 50K - maybe using the Dec. 15th deadline for the Aywas Nanowrimo event as my deadline.  I will have to figure out if I can do that and still stick to my plan for December - which was to crank out some new sex stories under the Petit Morte, and Randall Fox pen names, as well as do some updating on the old titles.  I got a bit lazy and they need updated covers, and front and back matter that will help (I hope) pump some sales.  I wish I could afford to purchase 5 star reviews.  I'm pretty sure that's the only way most of the sex books will get any reviews - most people don't like to admit they read them, let alone like them - unless they do the big pretense of "oh erotic ROMANCE".  *coughcoughgag* and since I don't do that, ah well.  I'm told my sex books appeal more to a male audience and you don't see them doing reviews.

On the other hand, I'm also giving Mechanical Turk an hour or more a day right now because I need a liddle cash flow this month.  I don't think I'll have to put so much time into that next month, so maybe I can split writing time between the sex stories and the vampire.

It is to be hoped that picking up on the blog and other promotions will have you rushing off to buy books and greeting cards and thus my royalties will begin picking up.  Plus I have some expenses I expect to go down - such as fuel for the motorhome, since we are parked in winter camp.  Of course, the parking spot costs more, but the two will even out to the good by spring, I'm sure.

Damn.  I'm writing (sort of) a vampire novel.  Maybe I oughta make up a new pen name - LOL.  Well, I do have one other vampire novel in the works that I would like to finish someday, too.  I really only refuse to write them because they are so popular - way to shoot yourself in the foot, Summer!  Well, and my vampires are more Nosferatu than Twilight, so I'm not sure how readers will take that these days.

Enough of my babble - it is a beautiful day here in New Mexico and I'm off to enjoy it while I can!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

The photo is from pixabay - I should look this good hhhhh

Friday, November 20, 2015

It's Freya's Day!

It's Friday - Freya's Day - that fairy goddess who protects and watches over the forest, but who knows how to have a good time! After all, what could be better than dancing with butterflies and making wildflowers bloom?

I had a fantastic week.  I've gotten plenty done at the Mechanical Turk, I'm actually ahead on Nanowrimo, and I've even managed to pretty well keep up on the regular household chores!  One nice thing about a tiny house is that even though I have to keep it hospital clean, it only takes a few minutes to an hour a day.  I do have some things to do today that are going to keep my away from my computer - so please enjoy Freya there, and have a wonderful day!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hungry Shark Evolution Game Help

According to Amazon Game Circle stats I am in the top 1% of Hungry Shark Evolution players.  My last highest score was over 11 million points with the Megalodon.  I plateaued a bit earlier this year and was looking around online for game tutorials or help and discovered that there are quite a few on YouTube, all created by and meant for players on levels I had long since passed.

So this is my little help guide for more advanced players of Hungry Shark Evolution.

Some of it will apply to players at any level, I suppose.  You can get the game free for your Android device from either Google Play or through Amazon.  The game is free, but of course you can make in-game purchases.  In the two or three years I've been playing (I switched tablets and had to start over) I've never spent a dime.  (Probably shouldn't be saying that, but it's true).  If you search on Amazon there is a lot of fun merchandise like T-shirts, too.

So - why did I plateau out with the Megalodon?  I made a big mistake.  I got obsessed with earning coins and jewels to purchase a particular baby while it was on a great sale.  In the process, I also leveled up the Megalodon to his full size, but I did not do any of the missions as I was concentrating purely on earning coins and jewels. Once the Megalodon is full sized, he gets stuck in small tunnels, sharp turns, and tight pools between rocks.

So if you have made it to the Megalodon - be sure and do all of the missions - especially the 13 sunken objects - as soon as you can, while he is still (relatively) small!

Mission Hint - Focus!  Concentrate on doing one mission at a time.  For many of them, such as the Boat Breaker, Crowd Surfer, and Harpoon Boat Bite you will have to cross the playing field more than once.  Go across once grabbing all the boats/bystanders/harpoonists that you can.  Then dive down and hide out in the tunnels (grab a few sunken objects while you are at it) and go back to the end you started on, doing your best to avoid the subs and divers.  By the time you get there, the surface will have repopulated and you can go across again.

If you are working on mission on the surface - like Boat Breaker for instance, do NOT jump for the stars up in the sky.  Attracting the attention of the biplane, helicopters, jet or robot shark will spell the end of your surface time as you will quickly be killed by those flyers!

Best purchase I ever made:  The lava baby.  I love that kid!  He deflects damage from bombs, making your sharks impervious to all but the ultra mines.  He makes zipping through the lava tubes with their flame thowers a breeze. IMHO this is the A#1 best baby to have for any shark up to and including Megalodon.

Other good purchases will probably vary depending on your playing style and what you like but I love my Laser and the Shark Vortex.  A neat advantage to the laser is if your shark is getting hungry and don't see fish nearby - it will point them out by shooting at whatever is closest and you can follow it!  The Vortex comes with a warning label - no?  Well, it should.  It will drag enemies and mines and everything else at you - so be aware of that.  The skateboard is handy if you are into snarfing up innocent bystanders on shore, but nor really a necessity.

A little trick for all levels for those pesky submarines.  They always want to point right at your shark and shoot.  The trick for killing them - which works even better since the last update gave us a little larger field of vision - is to come up from underneath them and bash into the area close to their nose to knock them out before they can get their torpedoes pointed at you.

That's all I can thank of right now.  Thanks FGOL for the great game!  If you are having a problem or have a question, you can post it in comments and I'll answer it as best I can.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay
(demented-pixie on Amazon Game Circle)




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It's a great day for a Nanowrimo!

I have had the most wonderful day!  When I stepped outside this morning to give thanks and meditations I found a big bunch of yellow and green balloons entangled in our little picnic table!  Whether the Universe sent them, the pixies stole 'em, or someone simply gifted them to me for no reason - I was so surprised and happy!  And look - they are yellow (abundance) and green (growth)!  Of course I had a great day!

Nanowrimo is going so well.  I did a few sprints with my friend Kimonomania on Twitter, and then participated in the write-in on You Tube.  I am really amazed at how much the sprints and prompts are helping.  Overall I added 3600 words to my novel today!

I feel so much better and more hopeful and joyful since I've decided to dedicate my life to my art and my writing and the inevitable financial success we will enjoy from it.

And besides - balloons!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oh yeah! Jigsaw Puzzles!

I seriously had almost forgotten I even had this Zazzle store -My Jigsaw Puzzles until it made a sale in spite of me!  It's one of those projects that I began, then it never did much, and I let it go by as life sent me in other directions.  The puzzles are very nice, good quality, and come in a pretty metal box with the picture on the top - so if you are looking for a nice little gift for someone who enjoys jigsaw puzzles - or even a stocking stuffer - these are perfect!  Most of the puzzles I have made right now have a bit of an Old West or even southwest flair - from old western paintings, my photos of the southwest and a few of birds, and a couple of fairies because - hey, it's me. Maybe once I get done with Nanowrimo I will spend a little more time adding to these designs - because I do think they would make great Christmas gifts.

Here is a favorite montage jigsaw puzzle for horse folks:

Hanging Out At the Barn Jigsaw Puzzles
Hanging Out At the Barn Jigsaw Puzzles by MyJigsawPuzzles

Speaking of Nanowrimo - I am a wee bit ahead of goal again, and those Pomodoro things are working great for me! I've also found a nearly hypnotic subliminal music at Youtube that "puts me in the zone" so to speak.

As of today - I dedicate myself to the inevitable financial success of my artwork, and my writing.  No more talk of taking a J-O-B to get by or make a little extra money to do this or that. I am sure that if I truly dedicate myself, and all my focus, on my talents and skills for art and for writing that I will earn as much if not far more in the long run.  Keep watching this blog for more!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nanowrimo update and Gamer Girl triumphs among other things

image found on Watamote.wikia.com

Does it make me sound like too much of a gamer girl geek to brag that I am in the top 1% on the leader board for Hungry Shark?  Well, I am, as if yesterday morning.  Yay me.

This is a big deal to me, actually - because I am the pits at games.  The few I am good at tend towards nice, quiet, non-timed puzzle games like Mahjongg.  So in the last two days or so, I've made it to the top of the Hungry Shark leader board (I've been top 2% for months and played it for years), managed to get everything I wanted and almost every one of the pets for the aywas.com Halloween event - despite a late start, and even won a boss fight in the gauntlet of Mage & Minions.  Whoot!

On the other hand, you could also suspect this means I am becoming a world champion procrastinator at Nanowrimo...  I did catch up on my word count Saturday - but am once again behind as a result of taking my usual Sunday no electronics day off.  I really felt I was close enough to the word count to be able to afford it and we had a great day Sunday. This morning I joined the Aywas Nanowrimo event - so if you play at Aywas you can find my novels very rough first draft on the forum if you are interested. The title is "Tainted Love".

(Oh stop gasping - I doubt I publish this one, and even if I did, right now it isn't worth stealing.  I also decided a long time ago that if someone wants to steal your work they're gonna do it.  If you created it you can always defend yourself from plagarism later by showing the original files)

Sunday we made a trip to the library and I think we both went a little gonzo!  I came home with a handful of true crime and graphic novels, as well as the first part of Pimsleur's Japanese course.  One thing I've missed is big city libraries.  Mind you, I love exploring small town libraries - but having an entire shelf of true crime instead of five or six books is bliss.  So many books, so little time - and you don't want to know how much is sitting on my Kindle besides.

I also discovered a neat little productivity thing that I believe might be very good for me and my creations.  It's called Pomodoros and rather highly resembles those word sprints that have been working so well for me that I am prepping to work them into my writing for the next several months.  Chris Winfield explains it a lot better than I do, and has a lot of little productivity apps and websites and things to help you along, too.  If you have as much trouble as I do with procrastination - check it out.  I did a few Pomo's Saturday and liked it.  Read all the info and started them seriously today - hey, this is my second one!  Blogging!  Check!

My goodness - the pictures you find if you Google gamer girl!  I must say I don't look like that when I am gaming - I suspect I look much more like the picture above from one of my personal favorite animes, Watamote.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Bounce back from darkness

The last two days have been dark days and nothing much has been done on Nanowrimo or anything else.  But today is going to be a lot better.  I've got an all day webinair going on that is interesting.  I'm looking over a new personal productivity program, which I hope will help.  This is the last day I think for the Aywas event, so I'll be spending time trying to catch the last ten pets or so I haven't gotten yet.  And - last but hardly least - I'll be working on catching up on Nanowrimo and getting some work done at the Mechanical Turk.  The sooner I get going...

But I did want to check in and remind you I have stuff for sale, ya know :D

For myself, for so many others who are entering the long, dark tunnel of misery that is winter when you have Seasonal Affect Disease:

No Matter How Dark, or Cold, or Long the night 2 Inch Square Magnet
No Matter How Dark, or Cold, or Long the night 2 Inch Square Magnet by foovay
View other Winter Magnets at Zazzle.com

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

#Nanowrimo crises - or is it?

I finished my re-reading of Bram Stoker's Dracula last night and it's forcing me to rethink somewhat the novel I am writing for Nanowrimo. 

The original idea was to recast the story so that Dracula is a psychopath, a serial killer such as those the criminologists and psychologists have studied so extensively in the last couple of decades.  Thus melding my own fascination with old horror and new psychopath thriller genres. 

But re-reading Dracula has put me in doubt.  It reminded me of what I love about the old Dracula, and how it intersects with some rants of my own. 

One of the first and most important differences between Dracula and the new vampire genre is that Dracula is a monster.  We are grossed out at the thought of this filthy, evil dead thing even touching our loved ones, let alone sticking his nasty, filthy mouth on them and sucking out their blood, their life force.  EWWWWW!

Now, of course, vampires are sexy, sparkly, tragic heroes and cool, too - we all want to be one. 

The point that Dracula turns upon is that the vampire is an abhorrent monster and it would be better to be killed by your loved ones with a stake through the heart than to live as a vampire.  Everything is about saving Lucy, and Mina, from that fate worse than death.  

There was never any doubt that the vampire in my novel would be a monster.  Whether that monster is supernatural, or human is the only question.  Like I said, I set out to make him a "mere" psychopath - but I am now feeling like I'd like to reclaim that old monster the vampire - whose characteristics are so neatly set out by Van Helsing in  this novel, and that has been so twisted and changed in modern vampire novels.

Movies, and plays, are a different media from books.  They are constrained to re-tell a story as simply as possible because of both time and financial constraints.  In the book, Dracula, a great deal of the book is about Mina and Lucy, the four men who love them, and later Van Helsing who comes to love the whole gang of them as if they were his own children.  Six main characters (eight if you include Lucy's mother, and Renfield) and the four story lines - first Jonathan Harker being more or less kidnapped by the count, Mina taking care of Lucy and then Jonathan, Dr Seward and Lord Godalming and Quincy Morris, and later Van Helsing all fighting for Lucy's life, then six of them gathering together to solve the mystery of her illness and to put an end to Dracula and save Mina - all of that is not a story you can tell simply in 90 minutes.  Thus most of the modern treatments have sometimes left a good many of these characters out altogether and concentrated on the Harkers - Jonathan and Mina - and the wisdom of Van Helsing.  Renfield gets included and generally gets a much larger part than he has in the book (he could easily be left out completely) because - face it - the madman fascinates us. But in those treatments we lose the marvelous friendship and relationships between all of these characters, which actually leaves out the bulk of the book.  

Also, of course, especially in movies - the strongest part of the story is the pursuit and killing of the vampire - the action.  I like an action movie as much as any guy - but again, that leaves out the bulk of the story which I think also loses a good part of the psychological horror; the long, slow buildup from Jonathan's kidnapping, to Lucy's death, to the attack on Mina as our six characters come to pool their information, add some investigation, and come to the irrefutable conclusion that the supernatural monster is real.

 In fact, in the book the big action scene - the pursuit - the actual killing of Dracula - is almost an anticlimax, taking up - according to my Kindle - something like 10% of the text.

Mind you, I had intended a big, climactic fight scene when my hero finds that Dracula is awake during the day (being a "mere" human psychopath) and has to kill a very much awake and physically strong and experienced killer while armed only with a knife and a wooden stake.  See, I love action, too.  

Another difference, that has changed slowly in movie treatments – the pendulum swinging first one way and then the other as women’s roles changed in society, is the character of Mina Harker.  If you haven't read the original Dracula, you don't realize that Mina was a woman of her time.  Sweet and devoted to her friend and her soon to be husband.  Van Helsing describes her as "a woman with the mind of a man and the heart of a woman".  The men adore her even more for her agile mind, and her courage and strength in helping them.  She is not a helpless waif who needs a man to protect her, but neither does she put on men's clothes and pick up a sword.  She is that especially admirable woman who is very much feminine, and courageous, intelligent, and kind.  Her loving nature is her greatest strength.  The Earth Mother, whose men are devoted to her and who supports them every bit as much as they take care of her. She is their source of strength.  Much too complex a character to do justice to in 90 minutes or so.  

So here I sit with almost 20K words of a loving newlywed couple that so far have no other attachments and my Gabrielle is no Mina.  And I’ve just decided that one of the most important parts of the original novel is the six loving friends working together to defeat the monster.  I've also concluded that it is psychologically important that it takes all six of them, working together, to defeat this one monster.

No wonder I procrastinated an entire day away yesterday!

But I think I’ve solved it, at least for now.  We all know that Nanowrimo is about the word count and that this is a first draft that will clearly need rewriting.  So for now I’m going to return to the beginning and write a prequel introducing the other characters, who can then be woven into and through the parts already written (later, later), and then pickup where I am again and go forward.  So it will be a mess – it’s a Nanowrimo novel, of course it is.  But by golly, it will have 50,000 words! 

And sometime in the next week I’ll have to decide if the vampire is supernatural or psychopathic.  Or both.




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

One Solitary Eclectic Pagan View of Thanksgiving

I do not celebrate Thanksgiving.  I haven't for a very long time - come to think of it, not since my Mother tried to kill the entire family one year.  But that's another story.

Being part Cherokee, I concluded that Thanksgiving was celebrating that part of my ancestors simply had not gotten around to killing the other part of them - yet.  The entire story the holiday is celebrated on is a pretty little myth.

But my actual major problem with the holiday is this.  Americans think it is okay to only give thanks once a year.  If that - because if you are honest it is about pigging out, griping and fighting with the family all day, setting out on the annual greed fest shopping, and watching the game.  

As a Pagan, I have three major harvest holidays, beginning with Mabon, then Lughnasadh, and last but hardly least Samhain.  One way or another, almost all of the quarter and cross-quarter Pagan holidays are about giving thanks.  Personally, I begin each day with meditation and giving thanks for my blessings.  I simply can't see giving thanks one time a year, and acting like it is a big thing and you are so special because you took ONE DAY to say thank you for all your blessings (if you make time for that - mostly you are shoveling food in your face, shopping, watching TV).  

What brought this on was thinking about what I'd like to tell you about while I'm plugging along at Nanowrimo.  Oh, I do want to sort of pat myself on the back. I'm ahead on my word count!  I think this is the first year EVER I've been ahead pretty much all month.  I think I'm writing total drivel - but I'm writing it!  Much of it is thanks to #NaNoWordSprints and my dear friend Kimonomania who has kept me motivated and entertained, too!

Ahem, anyhow I was thinking that I would start plugging my Winter Solstice cards, which brought on the whole thing about how I, myself, hate it when the stores put out Christmas trees and the Halloween decor at the same time.  About ten minutes after they put away the Back to School stuff.  But, you see, Winter Solstice IS my next holiday.  So here is one of my personal favorites of my winter solstice greeting cards.
Father Christmas or The Holly King Greeting Card
Father Christmas or The Holly King Greeting Card by foovay
Find other Chfistmas Cards at zazzle.com

As usual, while I had no or little Internet access, Zazzle changed things completely and now I can't even find my store or products *eye roll* but then I need to get in there and reorganize anyway.  Meanwhile - I'll share some direct links here at the blog.

And I have a question for you - does anyone actually mail greeting cards out any more?  I know, I think, most of us hand out a few here and there to friends, family, co-workers and so on but even I cannot remember the last time I sat down with an address book and a box of cards - and that used to be a big thing with me.  I sell a few at Zazzle - so I guess people still send a few?  Would my time be better spent designing another type of product? 

Hmmm
Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

You know what I want - my top 20 sellers in November - all of them are still FREE on Kindle right now

The title is the punch line for a silly old dirty joke I learned a really long time ago.  So it is a bit of a in  joke, I'm afraid, but it suits.

You see, I had the nicest day today getting settled into winter camp and then writing on my Nanowrimo novel, and then doing the write in with the nano folks and on my way to winding down I had a look at my KDP stats and was amazed to see that I have had literally HUNDREDS of books downloaded during these freebie days.  So I hit the next reports to see which books got downloaded the most.

Let me tell you right now - the books I've been talking about, novels, kids books, filled out the bottom ten of the forty or so books listed as downloaded.  Here is the top twenty or so (which have had NO advertising or mentions anywhere)

Ready?


Revenge Fuck - under my pen name Petit Morte this is the 3rd book in a 3 book series, oddly enough it seems more popular than the first two. You really don't have to read all 3, and this one gets into some bondage, discipline, fisting and large toys which may be why it is the most popular.
Mike's Sexual Education is the second book of the series above and seems well ranked for interracial erotica
Naughty Wife and the Shoe Salesman You will notice a number of Naughty Wife books in the top ten - they are consistent sellers and very popular. I should give up everything else and just crank these out - except...
In Praise of Older Women This is the first book of Mike's Sexual Education and is a bit vanilla outside of interracial and the cougar. The woman not the cat.
How to eat Pussy the unrivaled front runner in my sex "how to" books - in spite of a one star review. I think it is more likely people are embarassed to admit they DID learn something.
The New Maid Forced feminization, bit of bondage and discipline, male slave, dominatrix - what's not to love?
A Lotta Bull under yet another pen name - because I wouldn't want to lose the guys who HATE it when women write sizzling hot gay male fiction.

For about a year I wrote little else for one agent. My favorite compliment? One of her customers wanted to know when I had been to the foreign country I wrote about because he was sure we would have met at the gay bars - he was that sure I was a gay male, and that I had been there. Is that cool or what? But anyway, I only have 3 gay male sex stories out on Kindle and haven't made a big effort at doing anything - OMG - is Fox finally being DISCOVERED? (I admit, these are fun, I should do more)

Tough Guys yes, the Fox again. More gay male rough sex story
Naughty Wife and the Cajun Biker More naughty wives - imagine how popular these might be if I could afford to buy 5 star reviews, call them romance, and advertise like the big girls do? LOL
Rough I actually love this rough sex gay male sex story - it's one of my own favorites. Very dark.
Naughty Wife at the Formal Dinner I actually like this one a lot too - it's funny. Okay, I think it is funny - I have a sick, ironic twisted humor at times.
Femdom Spanking This is kind of a favorite of mine - all girls, all spanking, a wee bit of hot sex. Okay, maybe more than a wee bit.
How to give your lover a sexy lap dance This is another good little seller - now and then it makes it to the top in the list of Dance>popular and makes me giggle. But now that pole dancing is an acceptable "art" or "exercise" I guess that's to be expected.
Tall, Dark, and Hung This would do better if I would retitle it - because it is also a naughty wife book, and interracial to boot.
Fairy Wings I actually feel that this is a little love story - the special love and trust and devotion between a female slave and her mistress, but there is knife play. You have to really love and trust someone to let them take a knife to you though, don't you?
Fister Many people think all exotic dancers really do is run around having promiscuous sex day and night. This one does.
Trade All four of the gay sex books are in the top 20 - maybe I'll sit down and crank out a new batch next month...
Sassy Only three books of this series about a bisexual woman made the top 20s - but they are all a bit special to me.
Sumalee Makes A Love Slave Out Of Me and here they are, three of the Joey books, bunched up at the bottom. Maybe they do have an audience?
Easy Threesome Funny how if you write sex stories, people always ask if they are all real experiences of your own. Before you ask, some of them are, some of the names are changed to protect the guilty, some of them should have been, some of them I wished happened, and some are total imagination. Seriously? Okay, I may be a gay (bisexual) male on some level, but haven't had rough gay sex, so obviously, some things are imagination. And I wouldn't tell you if they weren't. LOL

So there is the top 20.  Someone tell me why I bother writing anything else?

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Yay me!

I are very proud of me today.

Well, I am, really - because I actually began my Nanowrimo 2015 novel today - on time - and cranked out an amazing 2298 words in spite of the fact that I had dumb stuff to do today.  Like move from Rockhound State Park to Leasburg State Park - 60 miles or so including all the usual unhooking and hooking up folderol.  It isn't uncommon for me to use such a move to take the rest of the day to myself to piddle around.  Of course, I suppose to some working on a Nanowrimo IS just fiddling around.  I think time is better spent working on a new novel (even if it's purely for fun and laughs) than say - playing  a video game. Most years I don't even try to start Nano until after the hubby's birthday on the 3rd.

Of course, I'll probably spend the rest of the day playing a video game.  HHHH

Now the other thing I intend to do - every day for the next five days - is feature a few of my books that are currently #FREE ON KINDLE.

Currently, I have 47 books published on the Amazon Kindle and almost all of them are free for the next five days.  A few were on promotion a month or two ago and so are not eligible right now.

Two of those books were Nanowrimo novels.

Moving On is the proverbial every body's first novel - although actually it was my 2nd Nanowrimo.  It's the one based on the authors own life story.  Based, that is, because it nibbles at a lot of actual events in my past, but it also includes a lot of little stories that belong to people - and wildlife -  I've met in my life, too.  I wander off and wax philosophical now and then - it's a Nano so hey, got those 50K words to fill.  It includes a kayak - not the first, won't be the last I'm sure. There's a bit of graphic sex (one reviewer said it was just some girl fucking everyone she met) but I don't consider it erotica.  It's an oldie but a goodie.  I like to think I'm a better writer now, but maybe not. Free now and for the next few days. Here's the links for US, UK and Canada.

Moving On - U.S.A.
Moving On U.K.
Moving On - Canada

The other book is the one I consider my first, last, and so far only REEEEAL novel.  I actually thought that I had taken it down, because I have it all taken apart in a notebook here behind me to do a massive re-write on.  But, since it's there I went ahead and stuck it up free for five days.  Maybe you'll like it.  My snarky side says that big problem is it is not written on a 4th grade reading level.  Critics have said it has too many people to keep track of (although I've read well reviewed novels that had as many or more), and that the protagonist Lily does some stupid stuff.  Because heroines in horror/thriller novels NEVER do anything STUPID like go half naked into the basement with a faulty flashlight after hearing a noise.  I probably will make a serial of it one of these days - if I can stand to rewrite it AGAIN.  Meanwhile - for your perusal:
Bloodline - U.S.A.
Bloodline - U.K.
Bloodline - Canada
And for you - whoever you are - I love you - the links for Japan:
Moving On - Japan
Bloodline - Japan

I've participated and "won" Nano more years than shows up on my dashboard.  Not sure why that is.  Huh.  But these are the only two that 'made it' to publication.  There are a couple more that are in the editing/rewriting/finishing stages.  My problem isn't ideas or writing - it's editing, rewriting and finishing.  Too bad I can't afford an editor. I'd get a lot more out!  And maybe reviewers wouldn't be correcting my spelling - LOL.

Thanks for reading!
Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Saturday, October 31, 2015

And A Merry Samhain to you all!

I hope you are having a great day celebrating Samhain, or Halloween today!  Whatever your plans, whatever your pleasure - have a good day!

Myself - an old monster movie, and a few new ones, some Halloween coloring books to enjoy, a nice walk here at Rockhound since it is probably my last day here this year, and if I'm lucky and the clouds stay away - stars in the park (astronomical club sharing telescopes).

This morning I finally slugged my way through Amazon's incredibly cumbersome and slow process to put every single eligible book of mine into FREE book status from Nov. 1st to the 5th.  Some of them have been free recently, so they weren't eligible - but all the rest are in celebration of Nanowrimo 2015.

Starting tomorrow I will feature a few of my books every day, with a few words about how they came to be written, and how I feel about them - including those under pen names.  So if you are one of those who roll their eyes when I say I am a published author with 40 books to my credit - watch this page!  If you are a friend or (BLESS YOU!) a fan - watch this page!

See you tomorrow!

Merry Samhain

Summer Foovay
(webitchtress on Nanowrimo.org)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Down the Rabbit's Hole - Nano prep 2015

I set out this morning to get a good day's work in on the Mechanical Turk.  Because I work faster on the desktop I had the husband go to the trouble of dragging it out and setting it up for me.  And there in the troubles began.

Having not been set up regularly the computer wanted to download updates to this and that and as our Internet speed here is a bit slow I did not want to try and work (on time limited jobs) while the downloads were going in the background.  Bless him, the hubby suggested I do the research I had also mentioned.

Research for the Nanowrimo 2015 novel - to be loosely based on Bram Stoker's original Dracula and the idea of what if Dracula was actually a psychopathic serial killer instead.  So I got started - first I was curious about Bram Stoker himself - was he a one hit wonder?  I've never heard of his other books...  well, THAT was an incorrect assumption and off we go.  Meanwhile, where I do not recall but I ran onto a mention of "madness of the womb" and some of the treatments there of.  Okay, so I couldn't resist the "rubbing of the genitals by a cunning midwife" and after all, after being saved from the psychopath, mightn't a young bride go mad?  So to speak...  and there is another direction to the maze of my sick mind. And then there is the whole thing about mining alum and jet in Whitby and limestone catacombs creating natural mummies. Now I'm off into Saint George's Day and what about Renfrew?  I haven't gotten one single Turk job done - but I've been highly entertained and educated for the last four hours...

I'm going to have such fun with this.

*cackle*

Summer Foovay
(Webitchtress on Nanowrimo.org)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nanowrimo here I come

I started out this morning with a ho-hum wonder if I'll do Nanowrimo this year.  Meh, I've got a lot scheduled for November, and I'm thinking about finding a little temp job for the winter to finance some fixing on both vehicles and damn, as always, I have three dozen ongoing books I really ought to finish one of these days and...

So, I'm washing the dishes and doing the hand washing and.... got this brilliant idea.  Between about 10 am and now I'e got the entire plot, subplot, ending, beginning, two events, and four characters.  ROFL.

And it will be a fantastic Nano projecrt since it is more or less fantasy, so no real research involved, and in some part a twisted rewrite of Dracula, and gothic romances so I should have plenty of hooks and prompts and stuff to jerk me along and it would be great to get me back in the habit of a daily 1000+ words (I have actually been pretty good about a daily 200, dialogue and weather report most of this summer and autumn) so that I can then pile into some other projects in December and Janaury with a good head of steam built up.
See you at Nano...

Summer Foovay

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October Scare: 31 Things that Scare Me

Inspired by author Jennifer Chase' blog entry of 31 things that scare her (which you can find here ) I thought I'd do one of my own.  Her list was actually quite interesting and sometimes surprising - and I bet we'd think the same of almost anyone's list of 31 scary things.

I think I'm kind of strange about what scares me - but maybe not.  Like anyone else I'm very influenced by my early life.  I spent most of my childhood HOPING I would DIE - and often attempting to find a surefire method of suicide accessible to someone 6 or 7 or 8 years old.  (The only thing that might have been worse than death was surviving as a cripple at my mothers mercy)  Once you've looked forward to embracing death, not much really scares you.  Suffering, pain, illness, and not being in control of my life - now THAT scares me.  Death?  Not really.

That said, here's my list:

1) Roaches - yes, irrational, I know.  Completely so - near phobia levels.  Go figure.

2) Things that set off my PTSD flashbacks and panic attacks.  Unpleasant, and not always predictable (or I'd avoid them)

3) Vicious dogs.  Weird, huh, for a former Animal Control officer and animal lover.  It's a backwards fear - I do know how to defend myself, and I would - but I would really really hate to hurt a dog for something that is probably the owners fault...

4) Absolute darkness.  Not the starry nights we have here, or a darkened room with a bit of light peeking in from outside - but absolute complete darkness puts me in a panic, especially in an unfamiliar place.

5) Being really, really lost.  Not pleasantly exploring lost but I know the lake or campsite is back that-a-way.  I get this more when I'm in someplace like an apartment complex with tall buildings that all look exactly alike.

6) Being out of control of my life - as in something like having had a psychotic break and so my desires are not respected and I'm forced to take medication I don't want.

7) Prescription drugs.  I have major drug allergies and have not had a prescription drug in over 25 years - so a drop of some things really could kill me dead between allergies, side effects, and lack of resistance.  Most nurses and doctors don't believe this until you've proven it to them.  Think about it...

8)  Serial killers.  Oh yeah, 'cause you never know who they are until after you've let them in the house or helped them put their groceries in the car.

9) Rape.  Nuff said.

10) Nightmares.  I sometimes wake up so frightened I have to get up and go read a book or something to calm down.

11) People who drive all over the road. I don't care whether they're texting, fighting with their kids, or drunk but you shoot from one lane to the other or drive down the middle and I can't get away from you fast enough.  Especially if I'm in Firefly - who isn't the most quickly manuverable vehicle on earth.

12) Black ice.

13) Hubby dying before me.

14) Becoming enormously obese (I've been battling my weight for years)

15) Any disability or illness that would keep me from being able to go outdoors, riding my bike, kayaking, hiking, being around horses and so on.

16) Republican fanatics.

17) The Tea Party

18) Rabid Xtians

19) Extremists of any breed

20) Stupid people

21) Willfully ignorant people

22) Men who are afraid of women

23) Anyone who hates animals kind of scares me

24) Cold - which to me is anything below about 20 degrees F (there are reasons I live in southern New Mexico)

25) Jellyfish

26) Worms - not earthworms, but grubs, segmented things especially, or like parasites like strongyles.  ick.

27) Hospitals.

28) Funerals

29) Fire - not a nice campfire, but a fire that could destroy my little home and everything in it in a few minutes.

30) Tornadoes.  Boy do I NOT miss being in Tornado Alley.

31) "The apocalypse" or "nuclear war" because A)I don't believe it will ever happen, B) if it does NONE of us will survive, C)I intend to run towards ground zero and make damn sure I don't survive it because I am intelligent and well-read enough to know it ain't gonna be like the movies and books.  It won't be "cool" and "fun".  It won't be worth surviving - to me anyway.


So - that's my list.  Some are pretty stupid, some are completely irrational, some are basically a personal issue, and some (to me at least) make perfect sense.  So, what's your list?