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Monday, November 13, 2017

FREE on Kindle

Did you know, almost every one of my four children's books for ages 10 and up have five star reviews on Amazon? They also have ZERO sales for 2017. Which just shows you what not having a promotions budget can do for you - LOL.

So for the next week, you can get Mr. Odon Ata and The Blue Dragonfly on Kindle for free. Maybe I'll get one or two sales and a few more five star reviews and then it will once again sink into the oblivion.

U.S. link: Mr. Odon Ata and The Blue Dragonfly
U. K. link: Mr. Odon Ata and The Blue Dragonfly
Canada link: Mr. Odon Ata and The Blue Dragonfly
Australia link: Mr. Odon Ata and The Blue Dragonfly

Meanwhile, I am plugging away on the Nanowrimo 2017 novel about wild horses. If you'd like to follow the progress - and in the process donate to a wild horse refuge in the U. S., you can sign up to donate to my Patreon account.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thank you

The first part of November is always crazy busy. Among other things, the Kindle money has come in, as well as the money for your blog subscriptions. This month, the Patreon money even came in without me having to scream bloody murder to get it!

So I want to thank you all for your support. For reading my blogs, buying and reading my books on Kindle, and your kind and open ended support at Patreon.

It means a great deal to me, not only from a financial standpoint but also from a heart felt appreciation. I spent the first half of my life around people who were never satisfied with anything I did, no matter how hard I tried. If I reached the goal, they moved it! It means more to me than you will ever know that people enjoy my work enough to actually pay some of their hard earned money for it. Knowing that there are people out there who believe in me enough to send money to help me continue to create gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling like no other.

Bless you and thank you.

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nanowrimo 2017 - Hope springs eternal


I had a big crash depression episode last night.

For several weeks I have known what I was writing for Nanowrimo 2017 - because I was pissed and afraid and pretty sure I was right. The BLM intends to zero out ALL wild mustangs on public land. They got permission to sell them for slaughter in this fucking budget and it passed. Then they got permission to shoot them from helicopters instead of rounding them up (who didn't see that coming). And last night the BLM abruptly without warning ended a volunteer manned, non-taxpayer, cooperative program with citizens of Nevada that was using PZP as a humane range management. Yeah. They intend to kill every last one of them, regardless of what the public wants.

It's part of this administrations policy to sell all public land to the highest bidder whether they want to mine, frack, drill, chop down trees, or graze cattle. Mustangs and the people who come to see and photograph them will only be in the way. So the horses have got to go.

Growing up I read "Smokey" by Will James, about a cowboy who captures and gentles a wild mustang. In time they become trusting, loving partners. I read "Mustang" by Marguerite Henry - and then all of her books. I have gone through my entire life knowing that there would come a day when I had the time, and the facilities and resources, to adopt and gentle my own Mustang. Always. It was one steadfast dream.

Then came the TIP program and I thought what a wonderful way to contribute. I could gentle my Mustang, and others. Making them more adoptable for people who don't happen to have "taming wild horses" in their skill set. I fully intended for that day to come for me.

I spent some time living near the Caballo Mountains and for some reason, don't ask me why, they're my favorite mountains ever. Yes, they are named the Horse Mountains - because of the wild horses that used to live there. I have this dream vision of wild horses running free there again because I own a big hunk of land on the mountains and adopt a whole band to run free.

All those horses are gone now. So far as I know, there are no wild horses running free anywhere in New Mexico. Although...I was told that there are a few. That the ranchers whose land/lease they live on keep their mouth shut about them - so they will not be rounded up and killed by the BLM. Because some cowboys actually LIKE horses - even and maybe even especially the wild ones.

So for years I've had this idea rattling around in my head to write a story about a wild mustang stallion and his band, and the old rancher who hides and protects them as they live wild and free on his ranch. That was going to be my Nanowrimo 2017 novel - so I could rant about the extermination while I was at it. Only the extreme, end days things I had planned to fictionalize in the book, have actually come true in the last few weeks.

Last night I felt all those dreams shatter like the china horse figurines I used to collect. And my crazy mind took over and said, if they'll do this, what's next? End Medicare/medicaid and SSD? They'll kill horses outright. They've already figured out how many people they can kill and how much they can save in one of their health plans. Why not introduce the anti-Medicare expansion bill - the end Medicare bill. They have two more votes than the Dems. They can do it. Kill all these "useless" people.

Like my husband.

I'm pretty sure the only reason it hasn't been done already is because the big medical companies like Fresenius and DaVita don't want that to happen. They make billions off Medicare keeping people like my husband alive. The Congress we have now - they seem quite willing to cut off their nose to spite their face. To lose those corporate sponsors just to spit on the liberals and socialized health care.

And...I spiraled into paralysis. Nothing got written. I thought maybe I'd do something different but everything I could think of came back to the horrors of this current administration and the destruction of what I thought was the country I lived in. And I know I'd start strong and rant and get too depressed and agonized and have to quit. Because I've done that. What to do?

Watch four hours of anime and fall into bed was my eventual solution.

I got up this morning to discover my hubby was going to join us in Nanowrimo!  Then he brought in from the mail a photography magazine he had subscribed us to. On the back was a photo of wild horses. Inside was an ad for photo taking tours of wild horses. I got online and went down the rabbit hole and came up with a prize. Several refuges for Mustangs - on owned land without any BLM involvement. (Some working with BLM but I'm sure that will end soon). The very thing I believed would save our Mustangs. The same thing that saved our buffalo. Private people who chose to make a difference, to save an endangered animal, to devote their own lives to the cause.

There is hope.

Before you ask, no, I haven't considered doing a crowdfunding and trying to start my own refuge in the Caballos. No, that's wrong. I have considered it - and discarded it. Too cynical. Too experienced, in my mind. I can't believe in people, so it would never work. My husband is the center of my universe and his care and feeding takes up too much of my time and mental space for me to have enough left over to tackle this project. In this case, I cannot be the change I want to see in the world.

But I can help fund it.

And on that note, here is my plan.  I will post my Nanowrimo novel, as it is written, on my Patreon account as Patron only posts. If you join during the month of November to read this as it goes, whatever your pledge is, when it shows up in my account December 1st, I will gather them up and send them to one of the Mustang refuges I mentioned.  After that, hell, quit for all I care. I know it isn't for me, it's for the horses.

If/when the book is published, 50% or more of the profits from it will go to Mustang refuges continuously as long as I and Mustangs are around.

Because writing - I can do that.

And maybe, just maybe, you can spend one dollar to be part of it.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Photo info & credit: Given no shade or shelter, a yearling Mustang languishes in the sweltering heat of a BLM holding facility.
Image from YEA (Youth's Equine Alliance)


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Book reviews

I'm doing some Kindle housekeeping today and one of the things I really wanted to do was to be sure I reviewed a couple of books I really enjoyed over the last month or so.

So let's see how well the Goodread's "embed" coding works...

The Easter Make BelieversThe Easter Make Believers by Finn Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finn Bell just keeps getting better. For real life, down and dirty, bleak noir that always leaves you with a spark of hope there are none better. If thinking makes your head hurt, don't read his books. They are deep. You will think. You will put it down and remember and think about it some more. A quote for instance: "At some point, under the sheer weight of experience, you accept the simple fact that you can't change the past. It's only ever going to be exactly how it is. But it stays with you, all that stuff, just sits inside you." Wisdom tucked into a thrilling and suspenseful story. I cannot recommend his books highly enough. I've read every one of them, and I will continue to read every single one he is generous enough to share with us. And oh yeah, it is set in New Zealand, which is beginning to sound like heaven.


View all my reviews

Oh! lovely! Okay - no affiliation with Amazon any more - simply want to make sure some terrific authors get their due - here's links to all three reviews on Amazon:

The Easter Make Believers by Finn Bell

Samhain Witchcraft by Arziana Everdark

Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia

Because I have thousands of books listed as being on my Kindle, I am trying to actually have five or ten ON my Kindle, and as I get those read sort them out. If they are awful I don't make myself finish things anymore - but I'm making sure I delete them from my cloud collection as well as the Kindle. Otherwise Amazon kindly sends them to my Kindle when they update, and are always trying to sell me more by the same author. I have a bad memory for names and titles, so I start them again and then go, "Ugh. this." Trying to save myself some trouble and find the hidden gems. Again.

These three - well worth it. I'd buy more from each of these authors. In fact, I plan to.

Best of luck to them in all their endeavors!

Summer Foovay


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Trick or Treat Desert Witch Style

Yesterday I finally had the time at the right time to do something I've been planning to do for a while. Go seed collecting in the Chihuahua Desert.

For all the amazing success I have had with my little bit of garden in my lot here
My morning glories are really turning into something to behold. This little guy didn't even sprout until July and now here he is blooming in October! 
The fact is that by and large what I have is a little patch of caliche' - a hard, rocky, sandy soil full of minerals.

But then again - the caliche' desert is full of amazing wildflowers...so I have been waiting for the wildflowers in my nearest patch of desert to make seeds. The plan is to collect them and plant them here in my caliche where they will grow and be happy and carefree. As natives they won't require a lot of watering or pampering. My kind of garden.

So off I went on my walk. Flowers. Seedheads. I began literally stuffing them in my pockets - but then found a bag caught in a mesquite bush that was just right and went on collecting them.

And then at some point as I took a few steps, bowed down to a plant and asked if I might have some seeds, gathered a few, stood, walked to another plant and asked if I might have some seeds, gathered a few, repeat, repeat, re - gee - I'm trick or treating!

I have a rule about things that have thorns or stickers in the yard (NO) so I didn't stop at every plant! Here are some of my contributors. I don't really know their names although I generally know their families.

Aster

Baby's breath

Sunflowers

Desert Willow
I was so pleased to get some desert willow. I took cuttings from some this spring, but none of them rooted. They make these beautiful pale pink to purple flowers and smell beautiful to me. I also got some seeds from a Monk's Pepper or Chaste Tree, and a few others whose photos didn't turn out. Pix are from my phone and it's capabilities are limited.

For instance, this roadrunner was trick or treating, too.

Best pic I could get :P
Some of the sunflower types along one of the water gutter walls had what looked like webbing scattered here and there. On closer examination, it was more like a foam. I wonder if it's frogs eggs? Or something else?


And then there was this weird thing... a dead plant that seemed to have part of it's stems encased in hardened sand. Some sort of insect activity?

I returned to the Firefly, skipping along with joy and a bag full of desert wildflower and tree seeds. Better than candy!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

P.S. My sister from another mother, Ember Sleet, tells me that the foam is "cuckoo's spit". A caterpillar that will cocoon itself in foam and be a moth some day. How cool! Thanks!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I Am Pagan published on Amazon Kindle!

I Am Pagan is now live and available on Amazon Kindle!

Links:
I Am Pagan - U.S.
I Am Pagan - U.K.
I Am Pagan - Canada
I Am Pagan - Australia

Free copies are on their way to Patrons. If you'd like to have a free copy of each book as I publish them, please do join my community of Patrons!

My Patreon Page

I'm very proud of myself that I'm only a day late of my personal deadline for this book. I'm running a day late on the next sex story as well. I've been sick this week, and I'm still not 100% but I'm proud that I'm muddling along anyway!

I also started something new just for fun over at Wattpad - Ghostly Encounters. Throughout my life I have had several encounters with ghosts or spirits, and I thought it would be fun to write them down and share them, what with Halloween coming up. I'm going to try to add one story a day. I'm not dead yet, so I would guess it could be considered a continuing project for many years yet...

Hope all is well with you! Thanks for dropping by.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sex Story Sunday!

The Naughty Wife (Mia) and the Black Cowboy (Naughty Wife Mia Book 1) by [Morte, Petit]

Yes it is out up and about, new hot raw sex with a new naughty wife up to a bit of nasty fun with interracial intercourse, anal intercourse, and oral sex. And horses. But they aren't the sex objects, okay?

The Naughty Wife (Mia) and the Black Cowboy

Depending on just how hard the universe tries to fuck up my system next week - next installment next week...

Enjoy!

Summer Foovay (Petit Morte)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

FREE Sex stories - and a new sex story on the way! Sex Story Saturday!

How To Enjoy Anal Sex - The Secrets To Safe, Pleasurable Anal Sex For Men And Women by [Morte, Petit]
I am so proud of me it is insane. Yes, I did finish and publish a new sex story book today. Takes Amazon up to 72 hours, of course, to give their approval, but I hope to have a link and be sharing it with you soon! This was a big goal for me, one I really had my doubts about succeeding at, so I am so happy and proud of myself. The book is 7500 words - not bad for about two days in between all my other projects and responsibilities. Especially at the first of the month when we do our shopping. Yay me.

Meanwhile to whet your appetite and give you a hint about what the new book is about, these two sex books are currently free on Amazon;

Naughty Wife and the Shoe Salesman

How to enjoy Anal Sex

All of the sex stories are published under my pen name, Petit Morte. If you like these, please follow "her" at Amazon so you can keep up on new books and sales and promotions! 

And yes, my Patrons will get free copies of new books - including the sex books. However, I'm making the sex books optional, since not everyone likes them. So now would be a good time to get on board my Patreon train... by clicking here.

Not to mention the juicy behind the scenes bits...

Still in the pending file, I Am Pagan needs formatting, front and back matter, and then will go off to Amazon for the Kindle. I will start posting Hunters of Men on Wattpad... tonight I hope.

And yes, I am working on the winter projects although until some things get here from Amazon it consists mainly of reading on the subjects. But then, that's always where I begin!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Shhhhhh - don't tell anyone. I have a plan.

I live very much by the seasons. For my purposes "winter season" is Mabon (Sept 22) to Ostara (March 22).
October is shaping up to be super busy - and that is before you figure in my favorite holiday. 
My husband has finally agreed to seek help from a Pain Management Clinic. He is in constant pain from arthritis and inflammation, but none of his doctors can prescribe pain meds due to the laws in New Mexico. I have begun the effort to gather documentation of his arthritis and am finding it, as expected, heavy going. Not only will his doctors not prescribe pain medication, no one wants to put their name on an official diagnosis of the painful condition. Several days will be devoted to record gathering, as well as an unnecessary doctors appointment to be sent for unnecessary X-rays to re-document a known condition, followed by, no doubt, another unnecessary doctors appointment to pry the reports out of her hands so we can present them as proof of chronic pain to Pain Management so we can start the argument with them about why he can't just meditate it away. Trust me, if he could, we wouldn't be going through this! Therefore much of this month will be taken up sitting in waiting rooms of various doctor, clinic, and hospital facilities. They hate to give up records, so you will be made to wait as long as possible so maybe you will give up and go away. Experience speaking. This on top of three days a week he goes to dialysis when little else is done. 
That said, I will still be writing and editing. 
When I see what day the Patreon payment comes in I will reset my Amazon book ad campaign to bill on that day, so Patreon money will go directly to supporting my writing. There should be some money left, and that will most likely be rolled into buying the manual typewriter or maybe hiring someone at Fiverr for copywriting.
The typewriter has turned into an epic all it's own. I'll save that for another day, maybe when we've made it all the way to a successful purchase!
Every year for the winter season I choose a "project" - something new to learn, to concentrate on over the winter. It helps stave off my winter blues. Last winter I was so overwhelmed with hubby's medical issues I chose only to reaffirm and work on hobbies I already have, learning to speak Japanese, and origami. At the last minute I got an opportunity, and ended up learning Reiki as well.

Maybe that is why this winter I have somehow managed to gather THREE projects. Continuing Japanese - I will be finally making an organized effort to learn Kanji. Another project I began several months ago but have not had any substantial time to work on - learning game development with the Unity engine is now an official winter project. And through a series of serendipitous happenings, learning to tattoo has made it in this winter! 
In November, Nanowrimo will, of course, become a major project and get me started writing new work, too. I so hope I've got my manual typewriter by then!
Writing plans for Octoberare by and large editing plans. I don't want to give it all away - but if I meet all of my goals my Patrons should receive between two and six FREE new books from me next month. Gee, you should get you some of this! Besides, I need people to help me choose a new name for... the rewrite of Hunters of Men/Bloodline.
My sex books are the only books that actually sell or rent on Kindle, other than the PD book. I am going to be writing one sex book per week during the winter season. That gives me plenty of time to procrastinate until the last minute. Saturday will be sex book publication day (as I started the first one yesterday).
I hope I'm not being overly ambitious, but I do think I can do this. The garden is asleep, as is the lawn. Pretty days alternate with days too rainy, windy or cold to ride the bike. The nights are getting long - and I like to write at night. I hope to have my manual typewriter by the end of October and that will allow me to write new work freely and without fear even while he is in dialysis. (I also intend to type out a hard copy of every manuscript I have left before the gremlins eat them) 
"Man plans and God laughs."
Blessedbe

Summer Foovay



Friday, September 29, 2017

Kindle Payday - YAY

The Kindle money came in today! Yay! It has increased a little bit every month this year, and I expect it to continue to do so. Thank you so much to every single soul out there who bought, rented, read one of my books. I hope you enjoyed it, found it useful, or both. Know that I appreciate every penny that comes to us.

Coming at the end of the month, that little bit of money is a big help. As usual, we are buying some food. We aren't going hungry, but we do run low or out of those things I cannot buy in bulk at the beginning of the month that are so necessary for good health. Mainly fresh raw fruits and vegetables, since we eat very little processed food. That garden sure was a big help this year, too!

I'm also looking forward to my very first Patreon payment very soon! It will probably go partially for my running ad campaign for the Peritoneal Dialysis book, and partially into the purchase of a manual typewriter. I shall have an off the grid writing machine! LOL!

I am Pagan is almost finished up at Wattpad. Serendipity is fully saved in three places and ready to begin rewrite and editing. I hope to get both of them finished and published on the Kindle by the end of October. If you want a FREE copy, just sign up to be a patron! 

A few days ago I located what appears to be the full first draft of Hunter of Men/Bloodline. I plan to put it up on Wattpad as the next serial - making the needed changes as I go along. When it is finished, it will be republished as a Kindle book with a new title and probably under a pen name. I have come to believe that readers seeing Summer Foovay judge this to be a foofoo lady writer wrapping a big romance in a small bit of thriller, and then they are not happy when they get a hardcore thriller with no romance to speak of. (One reader did ship two characters that I hadn't even noticed looking at each other THAT way) Anyway, I'm going to either use a gender neutral pen name, or a masculine sounding name. The book and series must be renamed as I've discovered there are a few hundred other series/books with the same or similar names.

And yes, I will be doing Nanowrimo this year. No clue what I'm writing yet.

If you want to weigh in on all these upcoming decisions and changes, you can become a $1 a month Patron and get the latest updates and polls and help, please do help, with names, and ideas and what to write next! I need all the help I can get. :P

Blessedbe and thank you again,

Summer Foovay

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kindle Countdown Deal On Peritoneal Dialysis ebook

Peritoneal Dialysis : for patients, caretakers, family, friends, and medical professionals by [Foovay, Summer] From the 24th of September through September 29th of this year (2017) the Peritoneal Dialysis for patients, caretakers, friends and family will be on a Kindle Countdown Deal. So if you've been waiting for one of these specials - now is the  time to grab it! Here's the link:

Peritoneal Dialysis for Patients, Caretakers, Friends and Family

I haven't gotten much editing or writing done this week. It's the old end of the month blues and I had to get to Mechanical Turk and earn some ready cash. They did have some great little jobs available though and I earned about $5 for food for next week. One of the local grocery stores is having a great sale, so I'm hoping to add some more to that and maybe get to stock up a little bit on some 2/$1 items we use a lot of. Get the freezer stocked up again!

If you would rather have me editing and writing (so would I!) you are more than welcome to come join me at Patreon. One of the bennies is getting to read my current WIPs and help me pick what to work on next.

Thanks for your time!
Blessedbe

Summer Foovay




Thursday, September 21, 2017

peritoneal dialysis for patients, caretakers, friends, family, and medic...





Yes, I finally managed to get everything to work properly and not to say "uh" too many times. Please grant me five minutes of your time to watch this little video about my Peritoneal Dialysis book, and if you can please share, share, share, share share.  Because while I do make a little money on the book, the important thing is to get this information out there to people who need it.



Thank you!



Summer Foovay

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

And this is why...

I have spent most of the last three days trying to create a video for my book Peritoneal Dialysis for patients, friends, family, caretakers and medical professionals. The good news is that I have refined everything I want to say into about five minutes of speech. The bad news is I do not have a completed video to upload. Yet.

But I have to set it aside.

Related imageBecause while struggling to get one of my half ass working devices to make a video, and save it somewhere that I can access it to upload it I have been unable to work on other things. Like putting I Am Pagan up on Wattpad, editing Serendipity for Kindle, or earning the small change I use to buy food and minor needs during the month at Mechanical Turk. I now have less than $1 in my bank account, and I'm going to need eggs and vegetables this week.

Right now, all writing work has to be suspended until I earn some cash.

This is why I set up my Patreon account. Something that might seem so small to many people - $5 or $10 - can buy the little bit of groceries we need for the next week or so. Then I would be free to continue struggling with the video and editing new books for publication. A lot of patrons would allow me to purchase a good computer that would reduce the video struggle to a simple walk in the park completed in the half hour or so it would take to get a take I like where I don't say "um" too much. LOL.

The more books I get out there in the world, the more promotion I can do, the more I will earn from writing. And the less time I spend struggling with half assed technology and making pennies at the Turk.

I've already met my first goal - my first Patron! I'm still really excited about that. My next goal is 33 patrons - which I figure will allow me to let the Turk go and concentrate on writing and all the little promotion and other jobs wrapped around being a truly independent one person show.

Monday the dialysis clinic tried to kill my husband again, and we made the decision to switch to home hemodialysis. So some time after the first of the year, much of my time will be devoted to training to do his dialysis at home. This will also require us to rent a building in which to do his dialysis - because the Firefly simply is not large enough. I'm sure there will be all sorts of expenses as we get that set up. It would be totally awesome for us if I could have a few more books out there earning money, and perhaps some Patrons helping me out so that we are not locked in a financial struggle deciding if we buy the expensive diet he has to have to live, or the medications he also has to have. Not to mention allowing me to use what spare time I do have to write, rather than earning pennies at the Turk.

Books on the Kindle do something really cool for me. They may only earn pennies, but they do it every month whether I am actively doing something with them or not. Some months, I really do need to devote almost every minute to my husbands health, and it's nice to know my books are still out there - hopefully helping or entertaining someone else - and making the little bit of money that is a huge help to us. And maybe between more books out, and the help of my Patrons, I can spend my spare time writing instead of working at MTurk.

Don't get me wrong - you cannot imagine how very grateful I am for the Mechanical Turk. The opportunity to earn up to $20 on a good week without leaving home and using the time that I do have free from other important tasks has been so very good for us. It has truthfully saved our ass more than once!

In fact, I need to get going here if I'm going to get an hour in working at the Turk today before we head out for his dialysis treatment.

Blessedbe

Summer Fey Foovay


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Finally - My Patreon Intro Video



I am an introvert. Doing videos SOUNDS great but in practice... Add to that numerous technical difficulties. I mean, I actually made this on my KINDLE and then had to wrestle it onto my desktop and... nevermind. One of the things that really bugs me is I have always, all my life, photographed as much older than I really look and am - and videos are no exception to that rule. And now that I am 58 - well I look to be about 100. We will not even discuss missing teeth. Thus, I coerced Krazy Kat into being my representative. So there, I did it. Patreon highly encourages an intro video - so now I have an intro video.



It was painful. It still is painful. After all this pain, surely someone will sign up to be my newest patron... here, click here. Please. LOL.



Summer Fey Foovay

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Method to my Madness

There is method to my madness.

File:ReeferMadness 04.JPGYes, I am publishing articles from my old website I am Pagan on Wattpad. I am also doing a rewrite and edit on Serendipity, a mystery originally published on Wattpad, in preparation for publication as a Kindle book. And I have opened a Patreon account.

Plans are generally only a map to disaster in my personal experience. I'm having more luck these days with themes. Theme One - some people don't own a Kindle or don't have money for books, or simply like to read on their computer or mobile or whatever on the Internet. They will read my work on Wattpad, and if they can afford it, they will hopefully become Patrons.

Theme Two - Some of us (I'm one) don't really like to read on the PC. Instead we like to read on the Kindle - and those readers will buy my books on Kindle. May I also mention that if you become a Blessed Light patron at Patreon, you'll get a free advance copy of all books that are uploaded to Kindle, plus you will get to read a lot of the background work, short works, research and so on that no one else will see.

In November I hope to do Nanowrimo, and at the same time continue the other two themes. So I will have a book in editing for Kindle, a book serializing on Wattpad (more or less a 2nd draft in most cases), and a new book in first draft being worked on. I'm hoping this will keep me perking along with plenty of work, get some of those old WIPs edited and out, and give me a decent income while I'm at it.

Try not to laugh. Better yet, you could join me on Patreon or on Wattpad and be a part of this grand experiment. You can always buy the end product at Amazon for the Kindle, of course. And now that I have actually survived converting the Peritoneal Dialysis book to paperback, I may be brave enough to try it with new works as they come out.

By the way, did you know the owners never got around to copyrighting Reefer Madness?

Gambatte!

Summer Foovay

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tachnology is so great - NOT

2016 was not a good year for us. Hubby was in and out of the hospital all year, and since that wasn't enough for the Universe, it seems like every single thing we owned broke or wore out from the car to the microwave (neither of which we have been able to replace - yet)

That includes my desktop computer, the external hard drive, two tablets...you get the picture. Bless them, the in-laws gifted me a used computer. BUT -  I had a ton of writing on those computers and the hard drive and all of that is now gone - inaccessible. I don't even have a copy of most of my own kindle books! But worse is losing the WIP, many with a ton of research behind them.

Technology - wonderful - when it works.

So I have been threatening to go back to pen and paper. That's mostly a joking threat, because the arthritis in my hands won't allow me to write for long. I prefer to "save" my hands for drawing and origami.

A couple of days ago, I brought up with my husband the idea of buying a manual typewriter. Something simple that doesn't need electricity and that makes little marks on paper that can then be safely stored somewhere.

Now, this is the man who dragged me kicking and screaming into the computer age in 1999 - when he flat refused to pay $50 to fix my IBM Selectric because we had a perfectly good laptop and printer. I expected considerable resistance.

To my surprise, he agreed that it might be a good idea, and even went Internet surfing to find me a manual typewriter. It looks like about $50 will be enough for a decent manual typewriter. First drafts, at least, will be typed hard copy and then I will transcribe it into the computer - and put the hard copy safely away somewhere. So if the electronics croak - I'll still have a hard copy.

$50 is a lot of money for us, but depending on some other medical costs coming up, we might be able to manage it in October.

Although if I sign up a few more Patrons by then...hint, hint, hint.

In great news I ran onto an old flash drive and it seems to have a number of manuscripts saved on it for editing. I think - I THINK - it has the full first draft of A Tanuki, A Kitsune, and a Coyote Walk into a bar. At the very least I won't have to start over. *doing another little happy dance*

Progress is being made...

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Please be patronizing

Normally it infuriates me to be treated in a patronizing manner. But I'll make an exception if by patronizing me it means you've signed up at Patreon to support my writing efforts.

Become a Patron!

I hope to really make a go of this for two reasons. One, of course, is that a nice steady income would free up more of my time for actual writing. Two is actually just as important to me.  I hope to develop a community of people who read my work and enjoy it, who can be a sounding board for me.  Advising me on the next writing project to pursue, helping out with names, and in general helping me to get to know my readers.

Recently I realized that this "branding" thing isn't going to work for me at all. I simply can not fit myself into any restrictive sort of little box, for any reason, and retain my sanity. What I did manage to do was fit myself into my first and Goddess help me, I hope my last ever writers block. I'm coming out of it and one of the first things I'll be doing is UNdoing the "branding".  So while all you see published on my Amazon profile page right now is the kids books and the peritoneal dialysis book, the other books that were taken down are going to be republished.  If possible.

I have a little problem in that one computer full of work died and took all of my works with it.  Then I stored things safely on an external drive.  That died and took all my work, published and unpublished with it. Apparently there may be some hope that some how it can be dredged off of it, but it will cost money I don't have. So there's that.  So what I have is bits and pieces and maybe some in progress saves on a cloud or a flash drive. And then there's the work that was gulped down and disappeared when I dropped my Shakespheare subscription.

Maybe the Universe is trying to tell me to start fresh.

I've been threatening to go back to pen and notebook, or typewriter.  The old fashioned clunky type that makes marks on old fashioned paper.

Now if you would like some input on where I go from here...come join the gang! Please!

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Monday, September 4, 2017

It's raining MONEY

Back when I was a talented, sexy exotic dancer I had a certain move I made where I did a back bend, lowered myself to the stage and then sat up on my knees.  I often danced with my eyes closed, especially if it was a song I loved on a stage I was familiar with.

In a crowded, beautiful gentleman's club I was dancing to Turn The Page by Bob Seger. The stage was huge and featured a staircase at one end down to a smaller stage.  I had oozed my way down to the small stage and was dancing with my eyes closed,and as I sat up I opened my eyes - to see a literal, actual shower of dollar bills falling from the sky over me.

It was an unforgettable moment.  Even people in the crowd were oohing and ahhing as dollar bills floated down.  When I was totally upright I saw one of our regular customers with a big grin on his face. I know I looked completely dazzled - because I was. His eyes twinkled, and then he retreated to his usual spot by the bar.

Because there was other money on the stage as I finished my set and collected all of the bills, I don't really know how much cash he gathered into his hands and threw in the air over my head but it was quite a bit. When I was ready I went back out into the crowd and found him.  I had to say thank you for that marvelous display!  It was especially surprising because, although he had always been kind to me, and a regular tipper of small amounts, he never said or did anything to make me think he had any special appreciation towards me.

When I tracked him down, he was still smiling - and so was I.  Turned out he had won a substantial amount of money that day - and had always wanted to do that to me someday.  IN his very low key way, he had always appreciated that I had a particular love and talent for dancing and had wanted to show me that he liked my style - and the opportunity came.

So many meditations say imagine being in a shower of money, or money just pouring out of the sky onto you.  I have the great good fortune to actually know exactly what that feels and looks like, and I always look back on the moment with the same sense of wonder.

I felt drawn to share that today.

Thank you, Goddess.  Blessedbe.

Peace

Peace.


And when I wish you peace, I wish that you find peace within yourself.  Then create peace around yourself.  Others who desire peace will find you and surround you. They will share peace with those around them, and spread peace. Only peace can create peace.  War cannot create peace. Peace is spread person to person – like a virus. Infect those you love with your peace!


There will never be world peace.  There will always be people who have incarnated into this reality to experience strife, war, starvation, and suffering. If they are ready for peace, they will find it – perhaps through you. But you cannot force it upon anyone – they have to be ready to accept peace. And then you can help them find it within themselves. 

Summer Fey Foovay

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tamagotchi Dream Town Friends Update + What I'm playing now

Tamagotchi Dream Town Friends Update:

Got a male baby from Himespetchi and seriously, not sure who that was. Played the Beautician class in Dream School during childhood and teen years and ended up with:

Mamechi! He is 14th generation and has the screwdriver symbol for robots. His favorite food is Chicken Pie if you want to see his cute little happy dance.  I really love Mamechi but I have spent all week teaching myself to play the Musician class game so, sigh, I'll marry him off today and see who is next!

What I'm playing now:


Online: Nothing, really.  Checking in on Aywas on rare occassions. Fishworld has started emailing me guilt messages that my fish miss me. Fantasy Kingdoms, despite the occasional blip in the Facebook group, still clearly has no support and no updates and I pretty much have everything there that I wanted. However, Itch.io sent me an email with some very interesting looking games.  Does Steam count as online?

Games I Play on the Desktop Computer: Not much right now.  I've been working a lot during my time with the desktop.  If you didn't know - I live in an RV.  The "desk" is also the table is also the bed. On Monday/Wednesday/Friday my hubby has dialysis and I lose almost the entire day with the desktop since we also drive this RV as our only form of motorized transportation.  (I ride the bike or we walk to do most of our shopping but dialysis clinic is too far to walk and he's often in no shape for it afterwards). I had the good fortune this month to be asked to illustrate a children's book so when I do have the desktop I've been drawing.

That said, I still work in a quick game of Mahjongg now and then and now that the book illustrations are done I'll probably get back to Horse Planet.  I've discovered to my everlasting joy that even when I "finish" the game on this player, it will allow me to put in a new player and start over.  Wheee! I still have a wee bit to finish on Glass Masquerade.  I've been procrastinating because I don't want it to be over! And Bejeweled...always a few minutes to kill now and then with Bejeweled.  I'm infamous for playing Bejeweled while on hold on the phone. I did quit Shadowverse because I plateaued and because one of the character's voices was driving me insane. I still plan to get back to Mage and Minions when I have more time.

Games I play on the Kindle Fire: 

Well, let's just roll down what comes up when I open "Games".  Hungry Shark Evolution is still on top - no big surprise there - and I have also finally spent some time with Hungry Shark World.  My DH figured out how to get it to work on tilt, which is what I'm used to, and now I like it better! I think we can rest assured these two games are a permanent part of my life!

A new addiction is Neko Atsume. Not least because it's easy to switch back and forth between Japanese and English.  So my excuse is it is helping with my Japanese.  Sure.  It's being a crazy old cat lady with a TNR community in your yard - guilt and expense free! Yes, it's a hoot.  If you like cute kitties. And it fits my schedule well.  I can drop by once a day or every hour if I want to, to see what kitties are there, who visited, maybe shop for a new cat toy.  The economy suits me, too.  Which is to say I can put in one dollar real money now and then and have a blast, but I don't have to.

Speaking of a good economy - I've finally gotten Starlight to download and play on my Kindle.  For some reason it took several tries. Starlight is a sim game where you raise moths in the rainforest. Very pretty graphics. I've been playing for close to a month.  It could get boring without the special events.  The economy is good, again, in that I can spend a dollar now and then - but the events make it almost inevitable that you WILL spend a dollar or ten here and there.  I guess that isn't such a bad thing unless your budget is as tight as ours is right now.

I am still playing Horse Haven. There was a moment last week when I thought it was finally going to fail me. The horses began moving oddly, jerky, slow. Then I opened the game and the graphics went completely weird, tiled, pixelated, and I thought - that's it.  The developers have abandoned us for good.  A few hours later, tried again, and everything was perfect - including the horses movement.  So the developers ARE still out there somewhere.  We're never going to get anything new but at least we aren't alone in the world.  The one big complaint I have to say with Horse Haven is the economics.  I recently had a Mythic level Breton hit level 15 (the highest level).  This is a horse you cannot buy, cannot breed unless you achieved the breeders certificate (back when they had those events) and she is worth...69 diamonds.  The least horse in the sale barn is 1000 diamonds. So you can see there is a disparity here. If you are a horse crazy kid who says "Mom, Mom, I need $20 for my game" and Mom gives it to you - you probably don't care or even notice.  If you a po' adult who has to balance the fact that I can buy a weeks worth of groceries with $20 OR ONE HORSE in a GAME...

Ahem.  Sorry.

MiniPets is a game I recently downloaded and then discovered it was one I used to play.  A long time ago.  I'm not sure but I think the device I was playing on stopped working. So I was rather delighted when my old petting zoo was still there and simply jumped right back in.  Again, it is a game I like because I can spend a dollar now and then and go crazy.  Or not and still have fun. It also works for me because I can drop in once or twice a day and make progress.  It is a sim game where you have what I think of as sort of a petting zoo.  Everything from pandas to puppies.  Unlike some sims of that type, you aren't terribly worried about how many people you get to visit your zoo.  Each shop and each animal makes a set amount of money in a set amount of time, so it is more up to you what you want and like.  I kind of like this, to tell you the truth. You can visit neighbors and add friends, or not.  And I like that, too.

A game I deeply regret paying $10 for is Horse Quest Online. The major problem is that I literally end up holding a stylus in each hand in order to move the horse through the game.  There is not much to do, and what instructions there are are very vague.  Seems like the main reason for the game is to get online with your pals, run around as a horse and gossip about each other in chat. And be rude to people you don't know. Bleh.

PetWorld3D made it back onto my radar this month.  I like it because it reminds me a lot of when I used to work with animals for my job.  You go into work in the morning, clean cages, scoop litter boxes, feed, water, and match people up with appropriate pets to adopt.  It is a huge time suck, but you can also ignore it for weeks on end and still come back without losing anything. It would be an ideal sitting in the waiting room game except that it will only play if you are online. I sit and chuckle because I love the noises the guinea pigs make.  Yeah, it's like that. It isn't as free as they tell you it is.  But it can be.  Basically you have to buy every animal up from about the bunny level so if you WANT to have pigs, or horses, you will pay a few bucks.  That said, it's pretty cheap and then you do have pigs forever. So compared to some other games, not really expensive or anything.

Zombies and Trains is another old favorite making a comeback.  I've had some time to kill this month - LOL.  It's one of those games where you have quite a nice variety of ways to smash zombies with trains.  Doesn't take a lot of brains or strategy or skill.  Fast fingers, mostly. Guarenteed to make you laugh, especially if you are waiting for some dumbass clerk to finally pay attention to you and address your issue...

Good grief, I just checked and it has literally been six months since I last wrote one of these.  Well, I'm not a gaming blogger but then maybe that gives you some insight from the more normal human person (and old person) end of the scale.

I am looking into learning game development.  At the moment, because of some other work that came my way, that consists of oogling cool game sprites, installing Unity, and downloading lots of tutorials I then have no time to go through. Hopefully, I'll have something to share with you on that front in less than another six months.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Finally artists get paid

If you know me personally, or read this blog often, you've heard me rant over and over about how this current world, this system, does not respect creators, does not pay creators.  All the money you spend on buying a CD sinks into the infrastructure and the musician, singer, and songwriter get pennies, the same for a ticket to a concert, a video game CD, and don't get me started on visual arts and stealing or expecting to use art commercially for free.

I know, right?

But tonight I watched this incredibly inspirational talk - and I finally believe that this is all about to change... and you can be part of it.  We can every one of us, be part of it.  How cool is that? 
Now all I got to do is figure out how to get some of that for me...

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Saturday, August 12, 2017

From Swingers to Polyamorous - How to sex and relationship advice from someone with real life experience


So - He Wants To Swing: How to answer your partner when he wants you to swing by [Morte, Petit]
So He Wants to Swing - How to answer your partner when he wants you to swing.

I have never really understood why this little how to sex and relationship book has not taken off. I expected it to at least putter along with a regular amount of sales, like How To Eat Pussy has for a number of years.

Speaking from my own experience, I would really have liked to have this reference back when my first husband told me he wanted to swing, or to have an "open marriage".

Maybe the big problem is that we don't call people who have sex outside of marriage, or their main relationship, swingers any more, do we? Mostly I see them called "polyamorous". But in my humble opinion, that isn't strictly accurate. Polyamorous, at least to my mind implies more of a relationship status - that is, having two or more lovers with whom you have a real relationship as opposed to people you basically only meet up with for sex and little else.

Now that I've said that, looking back the majority of people I have had a swing or polyamorous relationship with have been people I had more in common with than sex.  Sometimes we did meet originally for sex, but developed a relationship over time that was much more of a friendship with benefits.

I have been bisexual and poly as far back as I can remember.  I kid you not, I had two crushes in sixth grade - one on a boy, one on a girl.  Then they became a couple.  I had some rather sexually sophisticated fantasies by the age of 11. Evil grin. Anyway, I've always been attracted more to a personality I like than to any physical characteristic, including sex organs or visible gender. So I suppose I am most likely to fuck my friends.  (A dear friend, and sex partner, many years ago came back with "Of course you fuck your friends.  You wouldn't want to fuck your enemies.")

That doesn't mean I haven't had my share of one night stands, both when I was and was not married or in a committed relationship.  After I divorced the first husband, every one who became involved with me got "the lecture".

I have all the morals of an alley cat.  I will not even attempt to be faithful sexually, although I am very loyal emotionally. Those standards will apply to you as well.  I don't care who you fuck, as long as you know who you love. The one thing I demand is honesty.  There is no need to fuck around behind my back because I don't care if you fuck someone else.  I do care if you lie to me. So just don't lie about it.  Better yet, bring them home and share!

There, I just gave away the most important point in the little book - HONESTY.  It is the one essential thing that makes an open relationship work.

And since I have now been married for 27 years to the same awesome guy, and most of those years our marriage was open (we closed it for a few years by mutual agreement - and then made it open again later) I think I can claim I know how to have a successful, long term, open (or polyamorous if you prefer) relationship.

For the next five days or so, So He Wants to Swing - how to answer your partner when he wants you to swing will be free on the Amazon Kindle.  It actually has a decent ranking on several lists but maybe it will garner an actual review, or wiggle up far enough to be noticed and sell a few copies for the next few months. I may also raise the price.  It is quite understandable, given the quality of many of the 99 cent Kindle books, that no one will buy it at that price because they assume it is barely readable, written by a total illiterate.  I think maybe a lot of people assume any one who was an exotic dancer is by definition an illiterate.

I was an exotic dancer for 15 years - what do you think?  Can I read and write? Actually you would be surprised.  Okay, you can be a total idiot and be a dancer, but you can make a lot more money, and do more with that money, if you have a brain and use it. You might also be surprised to learn that a lot of exotic dancers have advanced degrees.  More than one woman has started dancing to pay for college, gotten her degree, and then found out she makes 3 to 10 times more money dancing part time as she can kissing ass and struggling at a full time job using her degree. Having a brain - she chooses to continue dancing.

Yeah, I know, I should write about all that someday.  I will.  So many creations trying to get out of my brain, only so many hours in the day.

Below are the links to the little sex how to book about polyamory, or swinging, or open marriage, whatever you want to call it for most of the countries who buy my books.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

So He Wants to Swing - How to answer your partner when he wants you to swing - U.S.A.

So He Wants to Swing - How to answer your partner when he wants you to swing - U.K.

So He Wants to Swing - How to answer your partner when he wants you to swing - Canada

So He Wants to Swing - How to answer your partner when he wants you to swing - Australia





Thursday, August 10, 2017

Checking in with Tamagotchi Dream Town Friends

I finally gave in and married Butterflytchi off to (I think) Yumepapatchi.  He reminded me of Harry Potter, and he kept showing up at the Music Cafe for lunch.  I couldn't resist.

The resulting child was a female, 13th generation.  As a child and teen we only went to Beautician class - and the resulting adult is Himespetchi, who loves robots.  She has a symbol next to her name that looks like a baseball bat to me, but I guess it is actually a screwdriver to work on your robots with. I've had her before, but I like her, so that's okay.

By the way, her favorite treat is the choco heart.  If you feed it to her she'll do a happy dance.

No new jewelry sprang out at me at her birth. (Sigh) And I just checked the Tamamori Shop and there's nothing new for sale. I've settled for knowing there are some things I will never open because they require X number of friends and love bumps and since I seem to own the only Tamagotchi Dream Town Friend in all of Las Cruces, NM (as far as I know) there's no way I can overcome that.

In Dream Town Himesptchi has a big crush on Mametchi, and to tell the truth I'm pretty fond of him myself.  If I can arrange a marriage for them by this weekend, I'll do it.

So the skill thing seems pretty weird.  Beautician class gives you a robot engineer? Performer class gets you a pet groomer? I guess the next child will be going to Musician class - if I can manage to get any kind of score on it.  Anyone else have anything to add?

Have fun!

I downloaded a couple new games yesterday, and I'm probably past due so I'll try and get some "what I'm playing now", what I'm reading now, etc. posts up this week.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My New Facebook Memes


Anyone who follows me on Facebook may have noticed yesterday and today a couple of bright shiny new memes on my timeline - like this one. Please, do share them all you like.  I will be putting up an album of them so they are there for you.


Image may contain: text, outdoor and waterI used to go to Facebook to be cheered up by the humourous memes, funny and inspirational videos and on and on. Most of the time now, I'm on Facebook four hours three times a week. That's right, if he is on dialysis I am on Facebook, and that's because we chat on Facebook messenger.  He is not allowed to have a phone or a family member or any contact with the outside world while he is in the dialysis chair.  It's like prison only worse because he is actually confined to a single chair and unable to move one arm without getting permission from a nurse or tech who are dashing madly around trying to take care of too many patients at once. So we chat on messenger and then he can reach me if the doctor visits and he needs to pass on information and get any questions from me, or if he is not feeling good, or if he needs something I can bring from the Firefly. About once a week he assures me the ambulance that just pulled up to the clinic sirens screaming is not for him.

Other than that, I don't generally spend a lot of time at Facebook any more.  This is because since Trump got in office, my timeline is a never ending litany of depression and misery and fear as he shreds everything I ever cared about or loved about this country. When Bush won his second term, I was actually barred from watching or reading news by my husband. Not that we generally do that sort of thing - but he couldn't stand seeing me so upset all the time.  Trump is worse than Bush and hubby is borderline ready to bar me from news again.  For my own emotional health. The problem is of course, barring me from Facebook is not actually possible or even reasonable.

So instead, for my own sake but also for all my very dear friends on Facebook, I have determined to do what I can do to lighten the atmosphere there. It's mostly pointless to share the "what did that fuck do today" memes since I've pretty well eliminated everyone who hated Obama, or who thinks Trump is ordained by God to lead us from my friends list for my own mental health.  So I'm preaching to the choir and if they want to know what he's done today, someone is bound to tell them.

So what I am going to do is post a daily meme that is pretty with a happy quote or an inspirational or uplifting affirmation or message.  Something positive.

Now I won't lie - I'm sure I'll still also share information about the extermination of the wild horses, because I think there are many people totally unaware of that going on. I'll probably post news items from my Native American news because those stories often are not covered by mass media. I feel like if I can bring that bit of news to 647 people, give or take, who might read and think and share again, well that's a public service of sorts. Hubby and I share stuff back and forth, needless to say. I'll always share things like when my books are free or I publish something new or blog posts, stuff like that.

But, yeah, this one little thing I will do.  It would be awesome if I could make a few hundred people have a happy thought or a smile once a day - wouldn't it?

Pass it on...

If it happens that somehow you aren't a friend of mine already on Facebook, here I am.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay


Monday, July 31, 2017

Thank you

Thank you to every single one of you who reads a blog post, or buys or borrows a book on the Kindle. You help us more than you will ever know.  That money rolled on in today - and we are on our way to the grocery store.  I only hope that something I have written or created makes as great a contribution to your life as you have made to mine.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tamagotchi Dream Town Friends Update

Girl. 12th generation. Performer classes only as a child and teen and I got Butterflytchi.  Like Monakatchi, she has the scissors symbol by her name and both of them are listed as pet groomers on the poster, so I'm going to take a wild guess that the scissors means their skill is pet grooming.

Next week I'll try Beautician class and see who shows up.  If I can bear to let go of Butterflytchi who I find adorable!

Bad Reviews

Ever since I first started posting reviews, on my blog, on any social networks, on Amazon, I've rarely posted a bad review.  If I really dislike a book, I generally set it aside, delete from my Kindle and cloud and figure, it's just not to my taste.  Maybe someone else will like it better. After all, I am an author and I know how much a bad review can hurt your heart, let alone your pocketbook.

Of course, now we have hundreds, maybe even thousands, of talented new authors bravely throwing their work out there on the Kindle self publishing platform.  So many new books I could never hope to sort through and read them all. So I've subscribed to a few of those book newsletters that send you lists of books that are free or discounted with a blurb about how wonderful they are and I've been picking up some books on the Kindle guided by those blurbs and the glowing Amazon reviews that go with them.

Boy, have I been disappointed!  I thought that Amazon had tamed the purchased five star review market and it was now safe to skim some reviews and make a book purchase.  Instead it seems as if the more glowing and hyperbolic the review, the worse the book.  This isn't something I've noticed on one occasion.  I'd ignore it.  No, this is over and over and over again, I buy a book with glowing reviews and a chapter or two into it I am thinking... did this person not even run spell check on the rough draft before they published it?

Actually, I'd ignore some misspelled words or bad grammar.  It's story inconsistencies I can't stand.  Bad writing. Or what I consider bad writing, anyway.

This isn't one novel out of five, again, something I'd ignore. In fact, I'd be inclined to ignore two of five, or three of five, but five of five?

And all of them with glowing reviews, comparing them to work by the finest writers of the past and present.

It got so bad, I've deleted so many books in the last month, for such egregious bad writing, that I really felt like there should be a warning light in the darkness. That someone in those pink clouds and rainbows, ought to turn on the lights and say - this book sucks because...

It finally outweighed my personal (strong) morals against giving bad reviews.

So I posted three bad reviews of the worst offenders I've read in the last month or so.

Today I got a reply from one of the authors.  He attacked me personally in the review, saying I go around trying to write mean reviews and it's obviously my thing from looking at my reviews, because my review is the only bad review and many other people wrote great reviews. (And I think - yeah, I wonder how you guys manage that - tame reviewers, paid reviewers, maybe just reviewers with lower standards...I'll say that many of them repeat the same key phrases over and over...)

Which tells me he only went back three reviews, because prior to that, of course, I gave only good reviews.

I stand by my review.  The book, in my humble opinion - and I have a right to one, is awful. But at the same time - this started my day off on the wrong foot.  I mean, I'm sorry.  I'm an author.  I know it hurts like hell to get a review like that. On the other hand, I am a reader.  I am sick to death of buying books that have glowing reviews and then finding out they are awful. There goes an hour or two of my life I'll never get back. I could have been doing the laundry or something useful. If I had skimmed the reviews and seen there were a number of one stars, I would have read a couple of them and concluded this person isn't the next master of thrillers. And saved my money and time. And considered the reviewers who gave the one stars good people - thanks for saving me from a bad book.

While I was answering the authors reply, my husband and I were talking about some political things that are going on. Pretty negative stuff in our opinion. It seems as though almost everything online and in the news is really negative lately.

Our life, on the other hand, is actually finally going well.  Life is good. The fact my husband is alive is good - but beyond that he is getting better every day.  He's even gaining some weight back.  I'm on kind of a roll in my personal life, too. Doing a lot of origami and artwork, gaming, learning game development (!) and in general enjoying a good life. After the last couple of years of insane drama, it's very nice and quiet.

So this whole business of bad kindle books with glowing reviews, giving a bad review because a book is really so awful I feel readers should be warned, and being reminded how painful that is for a writer who, no doubt, poured their soul into this book, the whole situation....I don't need it. It's all negative. Yes, I love to read and it honestly makes me upset to start reading a book I was looking forward to because of the reviews, and find it terrible.

It doesn't help any of these dear indie writers that I also hit a great hard copy book sale a few weeks ago and I now have a shelf full of REAL John Grisham, Marcia Mueller, J.D. Robb, and my favorite Dean Koontz to read. The contrast is not very flattering to the indie writers.

I hearby excuse myself.  I'm cancelling my subscriptions to the book newsletters. I'm deleting pretty much everything I've bought in the last six months. There's been a couple of real finds - I reviewed them - that were outstanding and I will probably concentrate my limited budget on buying up the rest by those authors.  Maybe I'll do a blog post on each of those authors, as penance! They deserve whatever kudos I can throw their way both to encourage them and to remind us readers that there are some good ones to be found.

Someone else with a stronger heart, or a greater tolerance for negativity and bad writing can be the lighthouse who posts honest reviews in a pile of promotional bullshit. I've got better things to do.

Too bad though.  This stuff is burying and destroying what I dreamed the self publishing market could have been for good, indie authors. Just like the political negativity is burying the cute kitten videos and positive, supportive community I dreamed social media could be.

Maybe human beings simply aren't the shining lights of spirit I dreamed they are.  Maybe we simply cannot bear the sunshine and would prefer to bury ourselves in dung.

Now I'm really depressed.  I'm going to go fold some pretty flowers.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Link to all of my reviews, if you're interested. I just counted, three recent one star reviews, and the rest on this page are four or five stars except for one mediocre 3 star and a game that I gave a one star to. Even the freaking product reviews are good.  LOL.












Monday, July 17, 2017

FREE SEX


All In Red (Mistress Beka Sex Stories Book 3) by [Morte, Petit]That ought to get me a click or two.  Chuckle. For the next few days one of my sex stories, All in Red, written under my pen name of Petit Morte, will be free. I have a lingering fondness for the stories involving Mistress Beka and Litha, a dom/sub relationship between two women.  The truth is - they are love stories. With a little twist, it's true.  But it is Litha's pleasure to be a servant to Mistress Beka, and the Mistress's pleasure to have such a servant to love and spoil - and to give exquisite pain to. 


I'm a pervert.  Sue me.

And as stuck up and perfect and straight and vanilla as you may pretend to be, my sex books sell best, sell with no advertising, no reviews, and sell and sell and sell and sell.  So I'm thinking someone else out there likes these stories, too.

I know I don't appeal to the silly sex starved housewife market - but people who have actually had sex once or twice in their life with the lights on enjoy my books.

;)

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Quick Update on the Tamagotchi Dream Town Friends

Seemed like ten seconds after I made the last post the Tamagotchi announced he was growing into adulthood.

Boy.  Performer classes only as a teen (can't recall what classes I did when he was a child - wasn't paying attention then) turned into Monakatchi and I got a "Ring of Nature"! So I'm not sure if this is because he is Generation 11 or what. His parents were Kuchipatchi and Coffretchi, in case that has any bearing.

Comments welcome!

It's a beautiful rainy day here in New Mexico.  Chihuahua desert monsoon season. I plan to be lazy and play all day. Maybe a post later on "what I'm playing now".

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town Digital Friend Notes

Tamagotchi Friends Dream Town Package
Oh yes, I dropped everything and snatched one of these up the second they came out.  I dearly loved my old Tamagotchis and played with them until my boy genius husband could no longer get them to work.

Currently, my Tamagotchi (mint leopard pattern) is on a generation 11 teen (Cosmotchi).  The last adult I had was a repeat of Coffretchi, who is probably my least favorite adult. The adult before her was also a repeat. So in 10 generations I had two adults repeated, which made me wonder if the other adults have to be unlocked somehow. A little research and I learned that this incarnation of the Tamagotchi has "skills".  Which adult you get is determined by what classes you attend most as a child and teen at the Dream School.

So, not knowing that and liking variety - I have been attending ALL seven classes on a daily basis.  This apparently gets me a random adult. Again with - but two of the SAME random adults? Hmmm.  But with that said, I am now sufficiently curious to work my way through each class on a focused basis and see which adults go with which classes.  I'll post the results here and probably on the Tamagotchi Wiki for other addicted players.

A brief update on what I am up to right now might be in order. I am taking a break from writing except for when some brilliant idea has me leaping out of bed at 4 am and running to find paper and pen.  In other words, more or less back to normal there except I'm making no effort to do anything beyond slap down the words in my head and go back to sleep.  I am folding some origami (tosses bright colorful paper animals and flowers into the air for anyone who wants them). And as luck would have it, the incredibly talented McCullonough Ceili wrote and asked me to illustrate and make puzzles for some more of her delightful childrens stories, so I'm working on that as best I can.  It's slow because the gifted computer I am so grateful for is a Windows 10 machine, my tablet is compatible only up to Windows Vista, and my drawing program is equally out of date so everything is a bit glitchy and bitchy and doesn't always do quite what I tell it to do.  It would take about $300 minimum to really put me back into the digital art business. We have more important needs.

On the dialysis front - we have remembered that our house is on wheels. We are currently researching and seeking a dialysis clinic that is better rated by Medicare/Medicaid.

Yeah yeah yeah everyone told us they are all the same - except that the one he is at has a "less than expected" survival rate, and there are many with "as expected" or even "better than expected" survival rates. I can't help but think there has to be a difference. So I think maybe this is like the "everywhere in the world sucks, just like this place, so why move" philosophy so common in the U.S. Which our experiences have proven to be so very wrong.

You can find sucky things about any place.  You can find great things about any place. And most of all, you might think one place sucks that I find a great place, and someplace I think is great, you might think sucks. All depends on what makes your life great or sucky.

Yes, we are two of the best people on earth at making the best of whatever life hands us.  But we also have no inhibitions about picking up and going someplace we think we might like better when the time comes.  

And I think the time as come. I feel we have more than given this clinic a chance to prove they are not incompetent, lazy liars who blame everything on the patient or lie straight to your face. When any one says "oh, your clinic will do that for you" or "your clinic has to arrange that for you" it makes me cringe and feel like crying because if there is one thing this clinic won't do, it's lift a finger or a phone receiver and make a phone call.  And if they do, they'll give us the wrong appointment time, wrong doctors office, or wrong directions to the office. And then say the mistake is our fault. So yeah, I am sure there are better places to be.
Anyway.  End Rant.  The trip and/or move will not be happening real soon.  Unlike the "old days" we can't just toss the basics in the back of the car and head west. We are still recovering financially from the last two years of chaos.

But that's where I'm at right now.  Drawing.  Folding. Reading. Playing games. Working on getting and keeping the husband's health stable.  Keeping myself fit and losing a couple kilos. Improving my income. The themes of 2017.  And how the hell did this year get more than half way over already?

For some reason I have people writing me asking for reviews lately.  I don't really like doing reviews on that basis for starters. It makes me uncomfortable when I hate the book. I'm a writer, too, and I never want to post a bad review so I'm really stuck when I'm trying to tactfully say, wow, that sucked. And some of those who write seem to be reading my blog (miracles never cease) so let me point out what most people already know about me - I hate romance.  Please don't ask me to read and review romance.  Too many other things to do in my life.  And you couldn't pay me enough. If you did, you wouldn't like what I had to say ;)

Don't let the name fool you.  I'm a man.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay