Saturday, June 30, 2012

Updates, updates...

It's been a while since I blogged here - that pesky RL got in the way. This is the first weekend I've had to sit down and try to get myself back on track a bit.

Things I've been up to:

I have ALL of my book covers for the series. I'm thrilled! Right now I'm waiting on larger size versions, as I discovered there will be new cover art size requirements at some venues starting next month. Sigh. I'm a big fan of the status quo - so this was a pain in the butt. Cost me extra money and meant do-over work for cover artist. She's a trooper, though, so I know I'll be ready for whatever the sales venues demand want.

I'm STILL mired in the April story. I've revised and revised and I'm still not happy with it. Fortunately I have time to get things just right, but the perfectionist in me [who is usually very quiet] is having a small fit about not getting things done in the proper order.

I've added a blog to my blog roll - go over and check out Knoontime Knitting. I'll be posting there periodically about my other great love - crafting. There's nothing I love more than talking about a project. I'll keep everyone posted on when my articles appear.

What have you been up to?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I wish...

...growing a story was as easy as growing string beans.

Aren't these cute? They look enormous but they're really very small, baby string beans. I'm excited about them because I have a notorious brown thumb, Seriously, I can't grow mold on old bread. But I have a fantasy of someday having a gorgeous vegetable garden. This year, I decided to grow some plants in pots because the groundhogs and the squirrels around here are pretty bad ass. They eat anything! Not to mention the gosh darn rabbits. I have to grow my plants on a sunny corner of the deck unless I want to build a fenced in enclosure, which I don't have the money, time, or expertise to do.

Right now, I have two pepper plants that are barely hanging on, one basil plant that looks more like a sponge, some flowers that are mostly drowning because of all the rain we've had here, my lemon tree - which is about three years old and doing pretty well, and then I have my stringbeans. If I'm lucky, eventually I'll get enough beans for one serving...but I don't care. They're my stringbeans and I'm proud of them.

Along the same lines, I'm trying to grow story #4 of my series - basically in a container between #3 and #5, which are both finished. I skipped 4 a while ago because the plot wasn't working, so now I'm trying to tease it out of the dry soil of my brain. It's not easy. The string beans are doing better, but I'll persevere.

On the upside, #1, #2 and #3 are edited and ALL of my covers are done!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Look at this!

I just stood out in the sunshine while it was raining and took this picture - it was actually a DOUBLE rainbow, but the second one is very faint. This is the second rainbow I've seen this week thanks to the wacky weather we have here in Lollypop Land.