It’s been a long time since I wrote about astrology and I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately anyway, so let’s talk about this very precarious time happening right now. Currently, five planets are in retrograde. YES, FIVE. We often hear about Mercury Retrograde, but we rarely hear about other planets doing this little dance the other planets do as well. In case you’re not sure what retrograde is, it’s when the progression of planets in the sky seems to move backwards. They aren’t REALLY moving backwards, though. Stars and planets in the sky move from west to east normally, but when planets cross to the other side of the elliptical plane from our point of view (for inner planets) or move through opposition (for outer planets) and continue on their journey, it looks like they move backwards. Kinda trippy. Here’s a YouTube video that explains it.
In Astrology, any time a planet goes into retrograde, the characteristics it represents tend to degrade. It’s a time to tread lightly, and be as honest and forthright as possible in whatever matters are at hand.
Let’s take a look at the five planets in retrograde at this time, when they will leave retrograde, and what you can expect.
In Retrograde from April 28 to May 22
This is the most popular planet to go retrograde because it happens two or three times a year. Mercury is the planet of communication, mental activities, and intellectual activities. When Mercury Retrograde occurs, communication, scheduling, transportation and judgment becomes screwy. Mistakes tend to happen, scheduled dates disappear or move on your calendar, you forget special birthdays or get-togethers. But here’s the good news! It is also a good time for contemplation, a time to scrutinize your own decisions.
Since Mercury rules such an important part of our life, language and communication, it’s the one planet we freak out the most about. So many things can be lost in communications, between emails and texts, that having them weaken even further, is almost too much to bear. Please take it easy during this time!
Taurus and Mercury Retrograde – Be careful of acquiring things you cannot afford. Do not place too much importance on outward appearance. Focus on inner value.
In Retrograde from April 17 to June 29
Oh boy, Mars is a doozy of a planet. It governs physical energy, your sex drive, and your aggression, so when it goes into retrograde, you’ll find all of these qualities suppressed. Feeling tired lately? I HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED. I want to nap every day, and we won’t even talk about sex. Lol. Who wants that when all we want to do is sleep? During this time, we won’t want to push forward, we’ll want to slow down and take it easy. Like during Mercury Retrograde, this is a time for introspection and contemplation. Don’t try to fight the fatigue! Go with it. Slow down. This is also a good time for peace over war, so think about who you’ve been fighting with and try to makeup.
In Retrograde from January 7 to May 9
Jupiter is a great planet! Not only is it just plain cool as a gas giant, it also has some great astrological qualities. Jupiter is the planet of good luck, optimism, success, and generosity. Amongst astrologers, when Jupiter goes into and out of retrograde, you’ll find these qualities enhanced in the beginning and end of transition. Unfortunately, now, we have traversed the middle of its retrograde path, and it’s possible that some damage has been done, even if we’re coming out of the worst period and into the light again.
Jupiter Retrograde could show as greed, selfishness, gluttony, extravagance, wastefulness or self-righteousness. Does this sound familiar? Wow, I feel like it could apply to half the US population in relation to the upcoming election! Addiction, intolerance, bigotry, ignorance, or showing off are common signs during this period and may be what keeps you from succeeding. Anything in your personal life that is holding you back will be magnified during this time and toxic relationships will just make it worse. My advice is to seek therapeutic help during this time if these things apply to you, if you can even see them. We tend to wear blinders to our own faults, so listen to friends and family!
As Jupiter slows down to transition back to its normal path in the sky, your luck will return, your sense of generosity will heighten, and you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted from you. Hang in there! This one is almost done. Now would be a good time to reflect on the first third of the year and see where you may have gone wrong. It’s a good time to make amends.
In Retrograde from March 25 to August 13
Saturn is my planet as a Capricorn and while its in retrograde for this long period, I’m going to find that all of my strong suits as a Capricorn will be turned upside down. Saturn is the planet of responsibility and symbolizes hard work and strength through trials. Saturn is disciplined and sticks with its tasks.
Saturn Retrograde is disastrous for people like me, and I’m going to have to work EVEN HARDER to get through to the end in August. Feeling irresponsible? Blowing off deadlines? Not really caring about your work or forgetting important tasks? Yeah, you’re not alone. I have changed my mind A MILLION TIMES about what I want to write or work on. I have been relying on to-do lists to power through and get things done (something I normally don’t need to do because I just do it, so you gotta know that things are bad when I’m like this).
Also, Saturn and Time are one and the same. They are bound to each other. And when Saturn is in retrograde, you’ll find that past, present, and future melt together. The future may seem unattainable or you may find yourself thinking about and regretting decisions from years past like they were yesterday. Do you believe in karma? Well, you may find that it comes to bite you in the butt two-fold. Past wrongs will come back hard, so take the time to calm yourself and deal with them as need be.
If you can do anything during Saturn Retrograde it’s this: concentrate on fixing things that have gone wrong. Be responsible. Be hard-working! Even though both will be SUPER TOUGH to do, maybe even agonizing. If you’re weak-willed and don’t do them, you’ll regret it once August rolls around. But if you fix things now, you’ll find yourself rewarded when Saturn transitions back to its normal path in the sky.
In Retrograde from April 18 to September 26
Pluto is still a planet to astrologers! HUZZAH! And it’s known for being the planet of death and rebirth, seeing as it was named for the Roman god of the underworld. Pluto governs destruction and annihilation, leading to a complete transformation. It wipes the slate clean. So, in essence, when it transitions to retrograde, it’s actually a positive experience! HOORAY!
This is a great time for reflection, much like the other planets in retrograde. If there are negative forces in your life like a destructive relationship, or gambling or addiction have taken ahold of you, you may find it easier to let go in this time. In a way, Pluto Retrograde is a softener of Jupiter Retrograde, so it’s nice they are both happening at the same time! Your love life and finances will be scrutinized during this time as well.
All in all, Pluto is really not too bad. Something to be thankful for!
Here I am, studying up on all the planets to bring you this post!
There’s a lot going on during this year! With five planets in retrograde at the same time, for the first time in ten years, you can expect a lot of upheaval, but you can also expect to clear your path for the way forward come fall. Work hard, communicate effectively, and rest if you need to, and you’ll be fine. If anything, this post should give you a sense of peace and understanding about what you can expect and what you’ve been feeling. Hang in there, friends! I’m right there with you!
I read the first book of this series, MERCENARY INSTINCT by Ruby Lionsdrake, and really enjoyed it. I hope to read the rest of the series soon. It’s a good romp with lots of action and a strong hero and heroine relationship. If you want some scifi romance, this is the place to go.
I also read and enjoyed PIRATE BOUND by Carysa Locke. If you like a fast-paced romance with telepathic space pirates, this is the book for you. I tend to like slower-burning romances than this but I found the whole premise totally enjoyable.
What I listened to…
Last we spoke, I was listening to LEVIATHAN WAKES, the first book in the EXPANSE series. Loved it! And since then I have listened to both books 2 and 3 in the series, CALIBAN’S WAR and ABADDON’S GATE. They were so good, I couldn’t stop listening! I loved them all.
But just so I wouldn’t burn out on this series, because I have plenty more in my Audible library to listen to, I switched over to WWW:WATCH by Robert J. Sawyer. I enjoyed the first book of this series and the second one is even better so far! I love this one and can’t recommend it enough.
So audiobooks are definitely working out for me. Between cleaning around the house and working out or walking, I get a lot of listening done and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on reading! I’m really happy I’ve picked up audiobook listening!
Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAM RED–but there is also a blue and a purple team for chances to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.
***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on Team Red, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify. Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 26th, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
About the Featured Author
MEET JENNA COX, AUTHOR OF SOME BOY
Jenna is a new adult romance author, world explorer & tea lover. Her stories frequently feature wanderlust, discovering yourself, & finding home wherever you are. Her goal is to visit every continent, learn at least two languages fluently & keep writing about love and adventure. She loves to go wherever the wind takes her — you can write from anywhere. The more ‘anywheres’ the better! Currently planning a trip around Australia in a vintage camper.
Just some boy in wet jeans on a winters’ day. Some boy in her bed, to have fun, to annoy her parents. Some boy, working his way into her heart, becoming not just some boy after all.
Her parents think that money will solve everything — even the problem of a boy who isn’t good enough for their daughter — but this time Kat is having none of it. What she feels for Brendan Holt is worth the risk.
But the more she gets to know him, dragging details of his life out of him one by one, the more questions she has. And the more she begins to wonder if maybe he is just in it for the sex after all. Or the money — playing her, in one long game?
Can she trust him, or was capturing her heart all just part of his plan?
Enjoy this inspiration board of images for the book, set in Britain, and about learning to trust, to lean on someone else, and to love again, when you thought real love didn’t exist. And listen to Damn Your Eyes, that is something like a theme song for the story.
Damn Your Eyes – Alex Clare
Thank you, Jenna! Such great inspiring images!!
To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number is 4.
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Red, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
This post was originally published as a guest post during THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE blog tour! Haven’t read THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE yet? You can purchase it now!
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When Mei first meets Yasahiro, the town’s newest bachelor chef, in THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE, it’s not all fireworks and lovelorn looks across the room. She’s been a fan of city-style fast food straight from the convenience store for the past ten years or more, and Yasahiro’s Japanese slow food cuisine makes her want to roll her eyes. In the beginning, she’s very skeptical, and even though he’s annoyed by her behavior, he still wants to prove to her that his food is better than anything you can buy at the local 7-Eleven.
When I think of typical traditional Japanese dishes, my mouth starts to water and I seek out the ingredients at my local grocer. Skipping over fresh, hot rice from the rice cooker, these are my top 5 traditional Japanese dishes.
A super oishii sushi meal but sushi is just the tip of Japanese cuisine.
Miso Soup – A staple at many Japanese meals, miso soup, made from miso paste dissolved in dashi stock and garnished with seaweed and tofu, is a light but hearty hot soup that is consumed at any time of the day. I usually make mine with packets from the store, but homemade is even better.
Sushi – Of course sushi! Probably one of the most well-known Japanese foods outside of Japan. It’s rice and raw fish or vegetables, rolled up in vinegared rice, and wrapped in nori seaweed. I make it at home occasionally, but I love it fresh from my favorite Japanese restaurant. In Japan, sushi was once “fast food,” eaten standing up with your fingers. Now, it’s that AND it can also be upscale and gourmet.
Tempura – Possibly one of my favorite Japanese foods, tempura refers to vegetables, fish, or meat, breaded and deep-fried, usually served with a dipping sauce and rice, but also can be put into noodle soup dishes. Sweet potato tempura is my all-time favorite. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
Yakitori – Walk any of the city streets in Japan and you’ll smell it, the sweet aroma of meat, fish, or vegetables cooked over charcoal. Chicken and beef yakitori, small bits on tiny wood skewers, are the most popular versions of yakitori. You’ll see them cooking over hot charcoals and someone diligently flipping them and fanning the smoke away. I love eel yakitori. Mmmm. And in the autumn, mountain vegetables cooked over charcoal are especially delicious.
Soba and Udon – I had to put these two noodles together because they’re both quintessential Japanese dishes. Udon are white wheat noodles, usually thick and plump. Soba are darker, buckwheat noodles, usually cut thin. Both can be served in a variety of ways from cold with dipping sauces, in a bowl of soup or with curry ladled over them, or fried up with vegetables or meat. For an on-the-go meal, udon and soba cannot be beat. They’re filling, tasty, and affordable!
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Pictured above: Shrimp tempura! Oishii!
Now that I’m so hungry I could die, it’s time to go out and eat some delicious Japanese food! Do you have a favorite Japanese dish? Tell me about it in the comments!
I’ve been going through ALL of my old blog posts and came across this one that I started in 2013. 2013, people! Man, I really dropped the ball on this one. I even had it half written up, but it was awful and discombobulated.
Here’s the good news! I actually made this tutorial recently in Evernote so I’m going to copy the link to it below.
Second, let me tell you WHY you want to do this. Once you have it down the first time, it’s easy from there on out. Save your compile settings and then use it for every book, adjusting it along the way to give you what you need. Third, it’s fast and accurate. No need to copy your latest manuscript over to Word or Indesign. You’re using the original file!
So, go slow the first time. This is a lot of steps, basically making two different files, your front matter and your inner book pages, and stitching them together.
PS) This tutorial is for the Mac version. If you have the PC version, you’ll just have to try it and see how it works, adapting steps to get to PDF. Sorry. I haven’t used a PC in almost ten years! So the onus is on you to figure it out for PC.
It was another busy week around here! My husband was away all week in London, which meant I was on my own with the kids. Normally, this doesn’t bother me too much. My kids are bigger now and pretty self-sufficient. They have lots of things they like to do to keep themselves busy including school, homework, YouTube, outside play, and games. But handling everything every day was hard. Usually I get a little break in the evening once my husband is home, to sit and many have a glass of wine while he gets the kids in the shower and off to bed. When he’s gone I do all of that and more, so by the time Friday rolled around and he was back home, I was DONE.
I thought I would get a lot of writing done this week but I was wrong. I wanted to work on a novella that will come after Daydreamer 2 (it’ll be Daydreamer 3 but shorter than the rest, as my goal for the series is to do: novel, novel, novella, novel, novel, novella…) but I always struggle with the beginning of a story until I hit my stride so I only got about 5k written. Plus, I struggled a lot with Dragon Dictate. Sigh. Always something with Dragon! I decided to instead concentrate on updating old blog posts on my website which took up a lot of time every day. I plan to use all the old content on my website to help promote myself, so making sure it’s in tip-top shape is a priority. I’ve gone back and updated titles, updated images, and links in old posts all week long. It’s been a lot of work but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
What else happened this week?
New floors went in in the kitchen! Yes, we’re having hardwood floors in the kitchen. I’m so looking forward to that. No more tile!
I enjoyed the outdoor weather by eating lunch outside.
My husband brought back this fancy spiced gin from the UK. Mmmm, tastes great in a G&T!
I have another busy week ahead of me. I have a blog post going up tomorrow about compiling from Scrivener to Createspace PDF, I’m participating in the New Adult Scavenger Hunt this week, I have tons of packages to send out, and I have a post on my Top 5 Favorite Traditional Japanese Foods coming up! Stay Tuned!
Lola asks me, “How do you design your covers? How do you decide on the cover design? And where do you get the idea?”
So, some people may not know this but I have designed most of my covers until recently. In fact, I’ve designed all of my covers on my own, excepting FACE TIME‘s first iteration, which was designed by Carrie Butler at Forward Authority. Previous to becoming a full-time author, I worked at HBO.com and before that I worked at a few other web design companies. I’ve used Photoshop since 1998, back when it was Photoshop 2.0 and you couldn’t even move layers around! Yeah, I’m old.
Anyway, I have pretty good Photoshop skills so I figured I would design my own covers. My first few covers were pretty bad, but I got better with The Nogiku Series and did well with FACE TIME and SUMMER HAIKUS. But it turns out that I would rather have the more intricate covers for my contemporary romances and science fiction series done by a professional, so I have also hired a cover designer, Najla Qamber, to handle both of those. She’s awesome! She designed the current covers for both FACE TIME and SUMMER HAIKUS, and she’s working on new covers for The Nogiku Series.
But the simpler covers for my cozy mystery and short stories, I have no problem with designing!
For the Miso Cozy Mysteries series, I did a lot of research on what works well in cozy mysteries before I started designing. I looked at hundreds of covers and found that the majority of them used illustrations for their designs. So I then brainstormed about what I’d do for a Japanese cozy mystery. I searched for illustrations of Japanese women and came away disappointed. Many were too stereotypical (wrongly drawn kimonos and chopsticks in their hair. NO.) and others were too sexualized. I had to change my searching. I went with Japanese scenery and found the flat illustrations that you now see in the first two covers of the series. I combined the scenery with a grassy field and silhouette of a woman, instead of a full-on illustration of a face and body. This felt more authentic to me.
For my short stories, since each is about a different object and the god contained within them, I choose a singular image for the cover. The fonts were fun to pick as well. The yellow text, stroked with black, is a deliberate choice as yellow text on covers catches the eye and pulls people in. I usually spend a lot of time searching for the perfect image for these covers. If I can’t find one, I take one myself! This rice cooker on RICE COOKER REVENGE‘s cover is my very own (I treat it very well, thank you).
When I’m deciding on a cover design for a book, I spend a lot of time looking at similar books in the same genre. Sometimes, I look at hundreds of covers! My eyes blur and my head swims. It’s a lot of research. I surf through the best sellers on Amazon and look at the top picks on Kobo as well. Once I have an idea of what works in a genre (objects or couples in romance or space, stars, and spaceships in science fiction), I make an inspiration board on Pinterest. I will spend a lot of time searching images on DepositPhotos and Creative Market until I have a jumping off point and then I go from there. Once I have some good examples of my direction, I then take my covers to my private Facebook group and ask for feedback. My good pals are very helpful and usually jump in to tell me what’s working and what’s not.
I will say that it has been nice to hand off some of this work to Najla. I already do a lot to make my books become a reality, and not having to make ALL the covers is a significant load off my shoulders. But the ones I do design are a lot of fun for me!
This post was originally published as a guest post during THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE blog tour! Haven’t read THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE yet? You can purchase it now!
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Since I’m writing a mystery set in Japan for an English-speaking audience, I thought it might be fun to share my favorite Japanese mysteries, written about Japan or by Japanese authors. If there’s one thing to know about Japan before getting into their mysteries, it’s that they can be pretty graphic and gory. The first few I read were a bit disturbing, but I also couldn’t help but be drawn in by the stories. Maybe there’ll be a few here, you’d be interested in!
OUT by Natsuo Kirino – This is the quintessential Japanese mystery book because it’s based on actual events that occurred in Japan in the 1990s. This actually happened in my favorite park in Tokyo, Inokashira Park in Kichijoji, and I have since written this park into one of my other novels Summer Haikus (but I was careful to never mention the incident in that romance!) Anyway, body parts were found in trash bags in the garbage cans in this park and the murder was never solved. Since this murder happened, garbage cans have been removed from the park, and you have to take your trash with you when you leave. Out is murder mystery that uses this same technique to dispose of the body, but that’s only one little twisted piece of the puzzle. I promise you will never look at bento boxes the same way again.
ALL SHE WAS WORTH by Miyuki Miyabe – If you want a real look into Japanese culture, this is a good place to start. The crimes in this novel are mostly missing persons and credit troubles including theft, but you get the chance to see how the Japanese society is laid out and works so that people can game or move around in the system. I found this book fascinating for all the twists and turns along the way to the big reveal.
A WILD SHEEP CHASE and DANCE, DANCE, DANCE by Haruki Murakami – These two books comes as a pair and the mystery in them is both supernatural and not. As usual, Murakami draws from his background in magical realism to create a fantastical, other-worldly setting without leaving Tokyo. Who is the man in the sheep suit and what does he want? These books drew me in and captured me completely.
THE DRAGON SCROLL (Akitada Mysteries) by I. J. Parker – The Dragon Scroll is only the first book in a 15+ book series that takes place in ancient Japan. I’ve read the first five or six books in this series and really loved them. They’re not only clever mysteries but also give good insight into Japan’s past and the rules, cultures, and castes that shaped that time.
SHINJU (San Ichiro Novels) by Laura Joh Rowland – This is the one book on this list I haven’t read but has been on my Kindle waiting for me for a while. It comes very highly rated and talked about from friends, so I’m excited to start it. It also gives a lot of insight into Japanese culture and societal norms, along with a tragic murder of two people drowned in a river together. This is also a first book in a long series, so there’s plenty of reading material here!
These are only a taste of MANY mysteries set in Japan. Other authors you may want to consider in your search would be: Seicho Matsumoto, Keigo Higashino, Barry Lancet, and Sujata Massey (who writes the Rei Shimura Mysteries).
This is for all the people that ask me how self-publishing is going. This is also for all those who say, “How are your books doing? You MUST be making money to stay at home and do that!” And this is also for all the people who tell me I just haven’t done enough yet to market myself and my books. If you want to know how my self-publishing journey is going in Mile Three, when I’m still running the marathon, here ya go…
It’s a long, long road ahead of me. This is just the beginning.
I don’t give up easily. I’m the kind of person who keeps trying and trying and trying, and even if I fail, I usually consider it a chance to learn something new and formulate a strategy to keep going. But there’s something I have to give up on and that’s trying to gain visibility at Amazon. I have tried and tried and tried and poured plenty of money and resources into cracking this nut, and with everything going on, it’s just not possible (right now) for me to make any headway there and find readers. I have done everything: writing in a new genre, Facebook ads, changing my keywords and categories, giving away books, building up my newsletter, social media pushes, putting all of my books in Kindle Unlimited, etc etc etc. None of it works for me. It’s time to wave the white flag and circle the wagons…
Because in publishing news, the Amazon Kindle Unlimited scamming has gotten worse and prompted more blog posts about it. Remember how I wrote about this last month? Even though all of my books are out of KU now, this, unfortunately, still affects me and my books because scammers are dominating the “free” lists on Amazon. I just made REMOVED permanently free again (permafree) and it was buried by scammers almost immediately. I CANNOT WIN. Each time I try to gain my books a little visibility, I lose.
So I’ve decided to take a different tack. I will not game the system. I will stay the course and work on building my platform. How will I do that?
The Game Plan
I will continue to build my catalog of books, including short stories and novellas, on as many vendors as I can. I will not be using Kindle Unlimited until Amazon can clean it up (which I believe they are doing but it may take years or something drastic and I’m not getting involved in it till it’s clean). When I start new series, I’ll do a blog tour. I’ll have a few times per year when I discount my books and pay for advertising. I’ll give away books to my mailing list when I feel like it.
That’s about it. Facebook parties are not effective so I’ll only do them as favors for others. Giveaways will only happen during blog tours. No illegal sweepstakes. No sketchy pen names trying to game KU (because I just don’t have time for it). None of that.
When I think about what has worked for me in the past, guess what the answer is? Blogging.
In addition to my fiction writing, I’ll be publishing non-fiction about Japan, writing craft and self-publishing, and anything else I can think of here on the blog. I’ll offer some deleted scenes and bonus material from my books, and I’ll concentrate on making this blog my author platform. I’ve been blogging a long time and it’s always worked well for me, unlike other things I’ve tried the past three years. Lol. I should stick with it.
This has been a bumpy road for me with hard lessons to learn, and I’ve been very open here about my few successes and many failures. I want to thank you all for sticking around and showing your support as I’ve struggled through all these big shifts. I really appreciate all the notes, the hugs, and the kind words. Love you, guys!
This was one very busy week! Which was good because it distracted me from all types of other stuff going on in the publishing world. Those are things I’ll touch on in another post.
On Monday, I got all of my full-length books up for sale on Google Play. If you’ve been waited for me to publish there, you’re in luck! All the books’ pages on my website have been updated with links to Google Play. It was a lot of work, but I got it done. I like the fact that it’s so hard for me to check my sales on Google Play, that I’ve completely forgotten about it, and not obsessed over my numbers there. Lol. I also managed to go to the gym on Monday and my house was cleaned, which is always a nice thing.
Tuesday was busy too. I walked on the treadmill, grocery shopped, ate Japanese food, and went to a conference at school for my youngest.
Wednesday, I had an appointment with my chiropractor, dropped off a check to the kitchen contractors, and worked at Panera before running more errands.
Thursday, I went to IKEA and that was pretty much my entire day. I was so beat, I had to take a nap in the afternoon.
Friday, my husband worked from home! I went for a walk, did more grocery shopping and then ran more errands.
Phew! That’s a lot of stuff! Through it all, I also finished off the edits on THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER! This book was much easier for me to edit. I finally have the hang of revising from present tense to past and there were fewer changes to the actual plot I wanted to make in this book. Probably because it took me forever to plot it out in the first place. Anyway, I’m glad that’s done now and I’ve given it to two readers. I hope to hear back from them soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been plotting out a novella for the DAYDREAMER series to come after Book 2. I will number it Book 3 but it’ll be shorter than the others. I hope to start writing it this week! It’s been a while since I’ve written anything new and I’m looking forward to getting back to dictating this week.
What else happened this week?
Took off my latest Jamberry manicure. It’s so easy to remove the jams with oil and an orange stick!
Worked on picking out paint colors for the new kitchen and den. I’m going with shades of teal!
My trip to IKEA was to pick up drawer pulls for the new kitchen.
And man, I am battling my gray hairs! I need to re-dye my hair but I’m almost 80% gray now if I don’t. Sigh.
Coming up this week: More about the Kindle Unlimited Scamming and what I have to do personally to sell my books, a blog post from THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE blog tour, and another excerpt from THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE!