Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers

As you may remember, I started a garden this year.  It’s nothing special, just a couple of things.  Right now my peppers are really doing nicely.  I really wasn’t planning on doing any canning this year, mostly because my garden is small so that means we eat it as fast as it grows.  We’ll I finally had to give in and can my peppers because if I didn’t they would go bad.  I searched around the internet till I found a recipe that I liked.  I made some changes because we like all things spicy in my house.  So I added red pepper lakes and whole bits of pepper.  My husband just shook his head over my silliness but couldn’t resist putting in his two cents.  He says he doesn’t see the point in canning but he always finds a way to be in the kitchen when I do.  I don’t normally mind but he always gets my way but I love him dearly.

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I’m so proud of myself.

What about you guys?  Have any of you canned anything before?  If so I would love to see your recipes.  If not, what is something that you always wanted to try?  Love to hear from ya’ll.  Take care!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I’m still diligently working away making sure everything is how I want it before I send it off to the editors.  The chapters are going a whole hell of a lot smoother now.  And since the writing is done, my mind has started to turn to different things.  First, do I want to try and find a bookstore to carry my book?  Personally I would, but I have read many articles saying that for indie authors, like me, it’s not worth your time.  That may be true but I want to see my books on a shelf more than anything, even if it’s just a couple of copies.  So while I debate this I’ve started researching the local bookstores.  And I’m pleased to report that there is one, relatively close to me, that might work.  Before I talk to them, I do want The Lost Guardian to be off to be proofed.  That way I will have a clear publication date for them.  I also want to scope the store out.  See if my book will be a good fit.  I still have so much to do, marketing wise.

The other thing that I’ve been thinking about is my next book which will be a continuation of my first.  I’ve started a rough outline but nothing much so far.  I’m so excited to start it when I get a chance to.  I plan to market The Lost Guardian heavily for a while and then start working on the next story about 6 months later.  I may start sooner or later, it all depends on what happens between now and then.

On another happy note, I got a job in my desired field, teaching!  Don’t worry this won’t take away from my writing, it may even help it.  I’m so excited to start working with my student, a special needs child, come August!  I was concerned for a while because my state was having a hard time working out a budget, but I guess they got everything figured out now.  I haven’t seen anything on the news but maybe they just figured out the education portion of the budget.  Either way I’m happy.

Oh and before I forget…The Lost Guardian should be available for purchase March 21, 2015.  If anything changes I’ll be sure to let you know but for now mark your calendars!

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Touching Base

Greetings!  Just figured I stop by and fill you guys in on what’s going on.  As you know, I just finished writing The Lost Guardian and am working through one last revision session before it’s off to the editor’s for a more professional going over.  The first few chapters have been torture.  I swear I spend most of my time cringing at my writing than actually reading it.

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But hey this is my first book and wrote the first half while I was still in school.  My college papers influence my writing, meaning the first half of my book is voiceless and wordy.  It’s fixed now.  So hopefully things will pick up here soon.  I still want to try and find out if a local bookstore near me would be willing to carry my book (I hope so!)

 

In other news, I just celebrated my 4th anniversary with my hubby!  Yeah!

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Tell you the truth it feels like yesterday and forever at the same time.  Some days I love him to bits and others I try to not kill him in his sleep.  Ha-ha.  But no, seriously…I love my husband so much.  He has been in my corner since day one of this book and I don’t think I could have finished this book without his support.  Love you Dmitry!

My tomatoes have exploded.  I’m picking them faster than I can eat them.  I have thought about making spaghetti sauce but then my grandmother gets a hold of them and their gone.  Maybe next year.  My peppers are doing alright too, but Dmitry keeps picking them off the plant and eats them right away.  I think I may have to do a bigger garden next year just so I can actually can something.  Ha-ha.

Well that’s all that’s going on with me right now.  I’ll check in with you guys in a couple of weeks.  Till then enjoy your summer!

Oh Holy Crap….I finished….

Three years ago I started this story and now I’m finished…I don’t even know how I’m supposed to feel about this.  To tell you the truth, actually completing this story was something that I thought about often but it was more in the abstract sense.  I never actually thought I would reach this point (don’t ask me why).  I think I have a few gifs that pretty much sum up my conflicting emotions.

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Yeah I’m freaking out.  But I’m also so, so , so excited!  I still have a few months before I have to hand the whole thing over to my editor.  I want to go over it in its entirety to make sure that I’m 100% happy with it.  Then it’s off to the publishers.  I plan on having The Lost Guardian on the market by March 21.  If for some reason that changes I’ll be sure to let you know but as of right now that’s the publication date.   The hardest part is done, the actual writing, but there is still so much work that needs to be done.

 

Till next time guys.

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Happy Fathers Day!

I honestly don’t think that dads really get enough credit.  There’s always this big hoopla for mother’s day but we hardly hear anything for father’s day.  How sad is that?  Dads are just as important as moms and I was lucky enough to have two wonderful dads.  My biological dad and I had a shaky relationship, he wasn’t really around but that happens when you have a kid that young.  But now we are fixing our relationship and I couldn’t be happier.  With that being said, I wasn’t without a father figure growing up.  Jimmy, my step dad, was a wonderful father to me growing up.  He is the one that instilled the love of the written word in me.  Jimmy passed away 11 years ago but I still think of him often.  So to all the dads out there, living and gone, thank you for all that you do.  I hope you know how much you mean to us.

 

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Howdy!

So for the past few weeks I have been trying to work on another chapter…unfortunately it’s not going well.  Let me show you…..

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I’m Harley and SuperGirl is my writer’s block

I manage to do a couple of pages a day which isn’t too bad considering, but I’m use to a higher page count.  So in an attempt to recharge my batteries I bought some new books.  I just finished one called Taken and then I realized something….YA literature has suddenly become more fulfilling that normal fiction.  Or at least the ones I tend to pick up.  But I’ve also noted that most YA novels deal with the end of the world.  I wonder if these authors are trying to start something.  But I digress.

 

WRITER’S BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!

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All I want to do is get through the last few chapters so I can do one last revision before I send the completed manuscript to my editor.  There still so much I have to do before the publication date, which is in March btw.  I don’t know the actual date, date yet but as soon as I figure that out I will be sure to let you guys know.  Till then I must carry on writing a little each day till I can bulldoze through this blockage.  Till next time.

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Happy Memorial Day

As you are all aware this Sunday is Memorial Day.  It is a day to remember and honor all those who fought the good fight, but didn’t make it home.  Now I don’t know about you but I’m a little perturbed with some posts on Facebook guilt tripping people who enjoy themselves during this time of remembrance.  As a veteran myself, I don’t really care that people use this as an excuse to get together and have a good time.  While I cannot speak for all veterans, I can say that the ones that I know don’t care either.  We all have lost friends either to combat, to accidents back home, or because they didn’t get the help they needed.  We remember them but we also celebrate their lives as well.  I can assure you that most military people are gathering around the grill this weekend too.  We have a moment of silence for those who cannot be here with us, but we still have fun because that is what they would want us to do.  So this weekend have your fun just remember to thank those who died on the battle field for you.  Semper Fi!

 

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My shop waiting to do a memorial hike for Chosen Valley (Vietnam War)

 

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Memorial marker on top of Iwojima. My great-grand father fought there during WWII

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My husband and friend (now gone) in Iraq

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My husband at a funeral for a friend he went to Iraq with along with other members of his squad.