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Thankfulness #121: Understanding

Tonight I am thankful that Jonathan Harvey is so understanding during this last minute book anxiety and so won’t throw a vase at my head for not getting the turtle page finished. (He’d have to throw it a long way, or I suppose he could wait until the next Day and Dark conference, but as I said, I know he won’t throw anything at me because he is understanding. Yeah.)

Hopefully the page will be up tomorrow night instead. Thank goodness this is my last book launch for a couple of years. (I’m taking a year off to write short stories only, and then it will be another year of writing a novel length book – so two years of vacation form the panic. Yay!)

Have a panic free day!

Jo :/

Thankfulness #120: Last Minute Changes

I know I haven’t posted much here in the last month because I’ve been overwhelmed with the upcoming book release. It’s my own fault because, while I always leave a lot of things to the last minute, I am really pushing the envelope this time. In fact a snafu with Smashwords’ system almost ended up pushing the release date back to May 7th, but luckily I contacted Smashwords Help and they fixed it back to the right release day. (whew!) That crisis was averted.

Anyway, with only four hours left to edit the document before Amazon locks it down for publication, one of my beta readers (Amy) mentioned that the ending felt flat. Honesty moment: I thought it was, too, but since no one else complained I decided it was just me. Luckily, Amy brought it up, along with a suggestion on how to fix it, so boom – got it fixed (aka added a sentence) which makes it soooo much better. So, today I am grateful to Amy for helping me fix the end.

Now I need to start changing over all my banners and website images and what not. This release stuff is a lot of work, and I’m not even doing a blog tour or party! I should have scheduled something, but I was so last minute that I didn’t have time. Boo!

I have news on house plans, but I’ll write that up tomorrow.

Have an Amy to the rescue kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Catching Up Again

I got behind the last two days, so let me get my thankfulness out:

#120: Monday I was thankful for hubby listening to me whine. I was sick, so most of the day is a horrible blur, but when he came home he was nice to me briefly 😉 I kid. he was mostly nice to me. Though he said I was whiny.

#121: Tuesday I was thankful for some quality pokemon lure time. Also to Sherry for having the book back super fast. Dang!

Other than pokemoning I have been combing through the book deleting nuisance words (like 100+ too and a bunch of scoffs and… yeah). I’m ready to start another read through, though since hubby will be home in about half an hour I don’t know about starting it. We’ll see what he has planed. I’ve been doing some book cover work for others, as well as myself, and the collector’s cover for Goddess will be revealed soon:


Besides that, I’ve been watching Hell on Wheels with Dad  – we get a couple episodes in at night. I admit, at first it didn’t catch me that much and I would work while we watched it, but lately I’ve been closing the laptop and giving it my full attention. We’re on season two now. (If you don’t know, it’s a western that follows the people building the Union Pacific railroad. they’re supposed to be near Council Bluffs, but I snicker at the landscape. No way is that what Iowa looks like, or looked like in 1865.) It’s kind of gritty – the events are girtty-ish (I’ve run into worse, like so far I don;t think a single woman has been raped, which would have happened long ago in some other series), but the real gritty-ness is the sets and costumes. they take great pains to show the mud, the dirt, the muck, the blood. I’m not usually into too much of this grit. Sure, I like realistic, but there’s a line where it just gets gross, but there’s enough suspended belief with the characters and their interactions (like the woman British aristocrat woman who is running around dressed as a man) that I can go with it. I guess the two extremes balance each other out. I do wish the Swede would get killed, though. And the only characters I am really rooting for are the Irish brothers. (Sean is adorable) though they’re kind of turning a bit. I’m also warming to the lead character Bohannon a little.  I wasn’t enamored with him in the first few episodes because he was kind of a selfish jerk, but he’s getting better. I will also note that the woman with the “Indian tattoo” aggravates me just a hair because I know about the real story/woman it was based on, which of course has nothing to do with this story at all.

And now I leave you. Have a pokemon lure kinda day!

Jo 🙂


Thankfulness #117: Beta Round One

Today I am grateful for round one betas (Mom, Penny, and the bro) whose suggestions and corrections have hopefully made this mess readable for round two. Yeah, I am still up. I’m adding in a prologue before I send it to the other betas later today. I had a flashback scene that covers the space between books, but the consensus was it needed to be expanded so I just did a prologue instead. We’ll see what round two thinks.

Let’s see. It rained. I didn’t get to go pokemoning. But I did get to watch Jonathan live:

Oh, and hubby made something fun at work. He couldn’t bring t home, but he put a pic on Facebook, so hey, that counts.


And now I need sleep. Have a Beta kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #115 & #116

Yesterday I was thankful for the dog having a good check up. The vet said he is 100% better – no fluid and his heartbeat is better. I guess when we took him in last time they said they did not actually expect him to last the night. The vet was quite surprised how well he is doing. I think it’s all the marshmallows.

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Today I am thankful for the random stranger at Casey’s who jumped the brother’s truck. The way we were parked and as crowded as it was, it’s hard to say how ling we’d have had to sit, but the guy parked next to us had one of those jump boxes (I know there’s a better name but my head hurts, so we’re going with that.)  I am also grateful for the pretty cake Dad brought home randomly.


And now I go to bed. Have a fancy cake kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #114

Today I am grateful for words search function, which makes it easy to look for words – or things like tabs – in a word document. Today I am using it to look for words I overuse in the book and delete them. I’m not very far down the list because there were 1495 instances of “that” I am still working through…

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Me in my snazzy headphones that already have a short in them… the bro needs to see if he can fix them.

I did get out and do some pokemoning:

ANd I made hoemade dumplings for dinner

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Which are super easy to do, by the way.  Just flour, egg, baking powder and water mixed up and the broth is just chicken stock/broth and water with a little salt and pepper. The most tedious mart is dropping them into the pot. But they are worth it.

And now back to work.

Have a dumpling kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Catching Up

I missed a couple days because I was lost in editing land, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t thankful for things!

#111: Saturday I was grateful for warm weather that allowed hubby and I to do some pokemoning at Heartland of America. We tried to go to the moves, but both movies we wanted to see were sold out up to the latest showings, which were too late for sunwalker hubby. Maybe this weekend.

#112: I was grateful for getting my read through of Goddess of Night finished. Now I only need to do about ten more of them by the end of April.

I did take some time out from reading to walk with hubby:

#113: Today I was grateful to my Uncle Dave – our water heater stopped heating and as divine providence would have it, my uncle, who has plumbing etc experience, happened to stop in. He was able to diagnose the trouble, take the bro to buy the part, and put it in. How blessed was that?

I also made the an Easy Bake Oven cake for grown ups:

And my hyacinths are coming up:

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And now I am going to go and either watch The Monkey King 2 or look for “ands” to delete.

Have a tiny cake kinda day!

Jo 🙂


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