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June 1, 2018

Looks like a serious storm blowing in tonight. There is worry about the grain elevator holding up so some houses nearby have been evacuated.  At least I think they finally got the last of the fires put out.

I've not been feeling well.  More of the same problems coming back to haunt me again.  This is just annoying, but I know it will pass.

Missouri River

June 2, 2018

Definitely not well today.  Russ went on to visit his brother and sister-in-law without me.  I have barely been up out of bed and I'll probably go crawl back in again in a few minutes.

I hope this clears up soon.

Not much else to say.  Oh, except we did have a really nice storm last night and the lightning and thunder went on for hours.  It was nice to just rest in bed and listen to it.

The grain elevator stayed up, too.


June 3, 2018

We spotted a heron or two out at the Danish Alps State Park today.  That was a nice ride.  I can't say how glad I am to have something so close.  We were going to go tone of the wildlife refuge places this weekend, but I just wasn't up to it.

Writing is okay.  I need to get book #49 done.

That's really kind of cool.

Neat Clouds

June 4, 2018

Feeling a bit better again.  I hope that this doesn't keep doing the up and down stuff again.  I'd started to do much better lately.

I've noticed -- not a big surprise -- but the more often I get ill, the harder it is for me to focus on writing.  I would like to be able to just sit down and work again.  Part of it is still getting used to this place.  I miss my stuff, but I'm getting bits and pieces of it here.  Moving the desk closer to the window is helping.  The cats being less crazed is also nice.

Let's see if it all helps.

Buffy, Edmond

June 5, 2018

This is what a really good day looks like.

You get a nice gift from the graphic place you buy from.

Then, when you post your new cover, your favorite author shares it, says you are a long time friend and a good storyteller.

THEN someone on that thread says that I am one of her favorite authors.

No, you can't get much better than that.


June 6, 2018

We had an absolutely gorgeous sunset out at the lake tonight.  Wow!  I really love nights like this and getting a couple good shots.  I feel as though I am losing my knack with photography, though.  There are some days when I just can't seem to get anything to go quite right.

No matter.  I got some good shots.  And I have lovely programs to help make them even better.

Sometimes I just need to think more about it.

Pretty Water

June 7, 2018

Some really nice looking clouds tonight.  Cloud photography, along with sunsets, are really two of my favorite things for photography. 

I want to put up some pictures of my own.  Not sure where, thought.  Back to that 'small house' problem, which wouldn't be so bad except we need all the wall space for bookcases.  LOL

It is kind of funny sometimes.


June 8, 2018

I am determined to have book #49 done and published by mid month.  I really shouldn't need even that much time, but it's giving me some problems.  Odd things -- stuff I don't know how I missed so many times before this.

I think it's a really fun book, though.  I hope that people like it.  It would be nice to have a book that people said made them laugh -- and really, some of the things the talking cat says ought to do that much.

It is over the top.  But it's fun.

And it will be done soon.

Sunset at the Lake

June 9, 2018

Another lovely day for a ride out in the country.  Yay!  I really liked it.  Russ and I have nice discussions on those rides.  He makes me feel better and I get to take pictures.  I'm getting better at those, I think.

And then sometimes I think that I'm not.  So who knows?

The same with writing.  You really can't tell, you know.

The Lake

June 10, 2018

Okay, having central air and heat is a good thing.  I'm not complaining about this house, except that it is too small.  Overall, being here is much better, though.  Far more comfortable.  We're also getting things better arranged.

I have a cover for News from the Front.  I think that's the last piece I really need for novel #50.  Just get #49 done!  Honestly, it shouldn't be this difficult!

Rain Cloud

June 11, 20

We had rain today.  Actually a nice rain.  Doesn't look like we'll have much more of those for a while.  I see that we're supposed to get hotter soon.

Well, it is summer, right?  As good as summer, I suppose.

I do worry about what the weather will be like in July, though.

No matter, I will just hide in the house and take pictures of cats.


June 12, 2018

The house is starting to seriously look like a real place.  Russ's new DVD shelves are great!  We can finally see what we have and could actually watch what we wanted to. 

A shame we're both so busy right now that we're barely even looking at anything.

I am restarting the latin course on Great Courses.  I'm curious how I'll do.  I suspect it will take several times through the course before I catch on very well.  However, I am going to have fun with it.  It's going to be interesting.


June 13, 2018

The grain elevator is actually down now.  I haven't had a chance to see the sight yet.

Russ and I started another Great Courses set on archeology of Greece and Rome.  Really interesting stuff!  I like the professor's enthusiasm and humor.

So much to read and do.  Still working on Book 2 of the New Cambridge Modern History series.  It's been slow going, but I'm getting there.


June 14, 2018

Tales from Elsewhere is finally published.  It took quite a few tries for Smashwords (where I usually have no trouble at all), but it's up there and on Amazon.  I am done with that one.

But it is done.

Mark had known his life would change after high school, but he had expected the changes to wait until graduation, at least.

Then he killed the sheriff's son in self-defense. Sheriff Creston wasn't going to believe that his son had turned into a monster with fangs, fur, and claws, so Mark rushed to escape through the gate into Elsewhere and hide for a while. However things turned worse from the moment he reached the gate, and now it seems as though everything in the magical realm is out to get him -- and it has nothing to do with what happened back in the human world.

Originally written as three flash fiction serials on my Joyously Prolific Blog, this new version has been expanded and (I hope) the inconsistencies corrected.

So welcome to the crazy life of Mark Ward, his fae-employed cousin Maggie, and Edmond, the talking cat. They -- and you -- are in for an adventure or two.

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/840466

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DQBSC94