Well, I’m Back—Finally

IT’S BEEN A VERY, VERY LONG MONTH—actually, over a month … but who’s counting! At least it appears that I have access to my account again (yaaaay!). I’m still waiting for a phone call from Yahoo’s help desk to sort things out (should come before 11am—ideally sooner, as I gave them a window of availability from 9-11). It may be that they simply opened the account for me to access so that I could go through stored (but unused) photos and delete them. (Update: the phone call never happened and I’m still waiting for a written reply on my “case”, so I’ll simply get on with my life as I wait …)

I’m certainly not tech savvy enough to figure out why I couldn’t get in to fix things. The Managers Tools are like Greek to me. I still think it was a glitch at their end, but I’ll never know. Well, in doing all the deleting and reviewing, I realised I had quite a few drafts I haven’t touched over the last few years—oopsie. And there were way too many photos that I supposedly did not use in blogs, yet had them all set up with description, titles, etc (which seems weird … another thing I need to ask about, right?)

So … this blog entry will seem a bit odd—trying to play catch up, plus for those of you that were unaware, I set up another blog so I could keep posting. Thankfully, there are only three blogs entries (at this point) on the new page <— that’s the link to those posts, in case you want to check them out. It’s not set up the way I want it yet, but it serves its purpose—when I decide to leave Yahoo, I’ll have this blog to move everything to (once I find a good tech to help me make the move smoothly). Still trying to decide which platform I’ll use for my existing website which is currently tethered to Yahoo. There must be another web host that is better … there must be.

But, at this point, that is the least of my worries. I need to complete two edits—actually four if you count book two and three (they need minor tweaks for the second addition), purchase the ISBNs for the series, finish a manuscript (and edit it!), come up with cover art (whether existing art or newly created) for all of them … and plan my vacation. This year was probably not the best year to be traveling, but it was time. Tickets are purchased and I desperately need the time away to play with my camera and unwind my mind. I’m definitely looking forward to traveling.

But … even before all of that, there is the annual headache called income tax preparation, that must be dealt with. So, the moment I post this, I’m off to my cave to sort through, crunch numbers (with an unknown factor from Inknbeans—no 1099 from them this year) and submit my return. I’m determined to have it ready to send off by the 15th of this month. A whole month ahead of schedule, so I can concentrate on planning my trip and editing. Here’s hoping I’m able to do it!

So, my friends … wherever you are, no matter the weather—my little corner of the world is being buffeted by a series of storms rolling through, bringing snow to fairly low elevations (sooo pretty to see snow in our mountain range)—keep looking for small nuggets of serendipity to brighten your day. Have a wonderfully blessed Friday and weekend and I’ll chat with you next week. I think next week will be about travel preparation—soooo much to do! Cheers!

 

Secrets Beyond Scymaria

IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME IN COMING BUT FINALLY the artwork for the cover is done.  I have done a partial reveal on Facebook, but I know there are some of you that do not go onto the social networks, so this is for you:

Secrets Beyond Scymaria cover artwork

Finally, the cover artwork for my book, Secrets Beyond Scymaria. The beautiful artwork was created by a very talented local artist, Michele Luccketta (promo “ink blot” is my doing).

As I get closer to the projected release date, I will ‘reveal all’ so you can see the whole cover.  This is a teaser.  How do you like it?

I am excited to say that I just approved the publisher’s cover galleys and will soon receive  some of the marketing (press release) information for verification and the galleys for the interior text (font, page set up including indentations, where the chapters will appear…little things like that).  It seems that my author’s page at Xlibris will be available soon, also.  I’ll give you the link for that as soon as it is available (after I’ve had a chance to make sure it appears just the way I want it to look).

It is hard to get anything else done — every time I make plans to do something, a phone call or email comes in requiring my immediate attention.  Frustrating — I want to go play with my camera, plus I have an exhibition coming up very, very soon with it’s own deadlines, but I am also excited.  It is finally coming together — almost too quickly.

But, if I want to keep my promise of an October release, it needs to happen this way.  It’s all very exciting…and exhausting.

Hopefully, your days ahead are not quite so crazy as mine.  May your days be blessed with peace.