Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bring on 2014: Resolutions for the New Year. Sort of.

I did it. I survived a tense and slightly awkward Christmas. More than that, I survived the hell that was 2013. If there was ever a year that fate had me by the shirt tails it was 2013. I'm glad to see the end of it.

My personal goals for 2014 are...

  • Spend less time on the internet.
  • Spend more time on what matters.
  • Accept that perfection is an illusion.
  • Accept that I am responsible for my own feelings.
  • Seek happiness.
  • Be at peace.
  • Trust myself more.
  • Value myself more. 
  • Stop letting others tear me down.
  • Stop trying to seem strong when I'm really not.
  • Grow where I'm planted.
  • Let go of attachments. 
  • Let go of fear.
  • Let go of fear.
  • Let go of fear.
  • Let go of fear.  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December, The Month of Crazy

December, you are the month of crazy. I'm not even talking about shopping for Xmas. That has it's own scale of insanity.

Pre-registration at Delta for the semester starts tomorrow. I have to call and make an appointment with my adviser, and at some point I need to find out which campus I have to go to for testing. I've gotten three answers so far. Two of them have posted that we can't use calculators (not that it will make much difference for me, I'm sure), but the other post said we can bring them as long as they don't have internet access or a qwerty keypad.

After I find out all the details to the testing madness, I have to track down my shot records. Hello, does the place where I received my vaccinations even exist anymore?  The last vaccine I remember was when I was fourteen and got a tetanus shot at the clinic across from the city park. My mom drove me over there. The shot was required for school, and I was pretty much ready to get it over with. It was a quick, over and done deal, but I have no idea if the building is even there anymore. On top of that, I think I may need another tetanus shot to have everything up to date, which is fine. I just need to know something for sure.

This weekend, hubby and I have to buy a new bed and set it up for Oldest. He's coming home for Xmas, next week. We'll be picking him up from the airport on Xmas Eve's Eve, so we're cutting it close. Poor dude, he has no idea he's coming home to no heating. That reminds me, we're going to have to buy a space heater for his room as well.

Now for writing. This, yeah, see, this is what has me super anxious these days. I have two novels printed up and ready for my attention. They both need to be heavily revised before I can submit them. One novel is very high priority, but I have this nervous aversion to working on it. And I have printed copies of my Werekind stories that need to be re-edited. There's a lot of work to be done, and it has me very antsy. I'm thinking once I get everything to a point where I can send it out, I can delegate some of the necessary steps. We'll see.

Deep breath. And another. These days I have to continually remind myself  I can only do one thing at a time.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to Delete Your Myspace Account - Effective for 2013

My original Myspace profile
bathroom portrait,
aka Cora's first "selfie".
Ah, Myspace. The first social networking site I ever joined. I don't have a problem with the site, personally. However, I no longer use it or have a need for a Myspace account.

Since I recently got the rights back for many of my books, I knew I would have to log in and take down the old book covers I had displayed there. It seemed like it would be easier to simply delete my account.

So I logged into my account and spent over an hour trying to navigate the new site, which had changed dramatically during the span of six years or so that I'd been away. I couldn't find a tab for settings. On my profile itself, such a tab didn't exist. So, I went to YouTube to look up tutorials on how to delete my Myspace account. All the videos I watched said I needed to go to a non-existent settings tab.

With the help of Google, I found a Myspace Guide on the Myspace website itself. Just imagine the possibilities if that help page was easy to find! Well, now it is. Below, I've linked directly to the page that has the directions for deleting your Myspace account (tested effective as of December 10th, 2013):

Go here:

When you arrive at the page listed above, you'll find a text link ("Settings" in blue typeface). That text link will take you to the account settings page where you can delete the whole shebang. Read the full guide page first, since the blue delete button isn't immediately visible on the settings page. You have to click the downward arrow to reveal it.

The full process is this: SETTINGS > Profile > Delete Account (toggle the downward arrow) > Delete Button 

Before you delete your account, Myspace generates a survey prompt. So don't panic if you receive a pop up. Simply click a circle and submit. Easy peasy.

If you've been trying to figure out how to delete your Myspace page, I hope this guide will save you some time and frustration. 

Monday, December 09, 2013

Writerly Weekend Bliss

Today's picture actually happened on Sunday, December 8th. Poor SassiePup. She was cold and tired after romping in the backyard and digging holes with JakeDog. Mini let her and Jake in through the back door, and SassiePup dashed into the den where I was cozied up on the couch watching Futurama. 

With no further ado, she decided to join in. She jumped up on the couch and fell backwards onto me. Within minutes she was snuggled up and fast asleep. During that snuggling in time, MiniBeast came back to the couch, and we all covered up with a flannel blanket. (That's Mini's big toe at the bottom of the picture, by the way.) That picture pretty much describes my entire Sunday. Warm and homey. Total relaxation bliss. 

On to writerly things, I'm on the 2nd draft of my Desire novel, and it's moving along nicely. I recently downloaded Scrivener, and I'm going to give it a shot. I think if I can see my novel broken down on screen, it will help me push through this treacherous round of rewrites to the final draft. And yes, it's definitely going to need another round of rewrites. As it stands, the story is there, but it's très clunky. More power needed for this one, Dr. Frankenstein. Back to the lab. 

My vamp novel is cruising along. It's around 43k and growing. I love, love, love this story. It has lots of intense emotion and action, and so many unexpected things have popped up while writing it. Not only that, but despite the large size of the cast, all the characters fit together so well. I do believe this story is going to be my new favorite.

I'm moving ahead with Austin's story as well. It's in the deep planning stages, and a lot of writing has been done on it already. I anticipate this book being available in 2014, if I can keep up my current schedule. I have a lot of ideas for the series that I really can't talk about at the moment. I'll post updates as soon as I'm able. 

Last but not least, I have a dark fantasy erotic romance sitting on my desk ready for edits. I haven't decided whether I'm going to submit it somewhere or publish it myself. If I do end up publishing it myself, it will probably be one of the first books in my publishing cue for 2014. So, there's that. 

Whew. Okay. Yes, I have a lot of writerly happenings going on. Now to complete them, get them edited (or submitted), and take the next step forward. A writerly friend and I have been jumping feet first into 2014. She has convinced me to start setting an overall word count goal for the year. For example: 400,000 words. I'm going to do that. I just haven't settled on a number yet. At any rate, my New Year's resolution for 2014 is to write more and without fear. Emphasis on the without fear part. 
Another thing coming up in 2014...I'm doing away with my yahoo group. If you're interested in hearing about my new releases, writerly tidbits, and other good news, please consider signing up for my email newsletter. Starting in January, I'll be doing a quarterly giveaway. A winner will be chosen from my subscriber list at the release of each new issue. Also in January, I will be featuring an article on voice. If you're a writer and struggling to understand voice and style, you won't want to miss the next issue of my newsletter. To sign up (it's 100% free), visit my website and fill in the handy-dandy sign up box

That's all for now. I'm off to let KippyCat in the house and work on rewrites. Wherever you are, I hope you're staying warm and cozy. Until next time. Happy wishes.

Monday, December 02, 2013

December Already

Lighted Gazebo in Cat Refuge
It's December, y'all. It doesn't feel like it, yet. Not to me. Maybe once we put up the tree and decorate the house, it will start feeling more seasonal. Tomorrow I'm going to start with the decorations. Hubby will be home, and he can help me get the tree out of the storage shed. From there, I can handle the rest, although I'm sure Mini will want to help decorate the tree.

Thanksgiving went well. It rained all week right up until Thanksgiving day, which kind of bummed out Mini. He wanted to play outside, but it was rainy and super cold. He also wanted to go to his grandma's, but we figured he'd probably be bored within a day given the weather - so, we made him wait until Thursday. On Thanksgiving day, he packed his bag, and we took off to visit my parents. It was a low key, cozy dinner. And the sun came out. The boy was so happy to be able to romp outside. We all had a really good time. We stayed a few hours, then sans Mini, hubby and I came home to the furbabies. Hubby had to go back to working nights the following Friday, so I ended up spending much of the weekend home by myself. I spent most of my time snuggled up with the critters and writing.

Speaking of writing, I managed 32k on my NaNoWriMo project this year. Not a winner, but I've made good, forward strides on this project. I'm happy with it so far. I should have this expanded draft finished in another 2 weeks, give or take. It won't be much longer before it's finished. Then I can print it up and start tearing the story apart again. Sigh. I hate revisions.

I know I shouldn't fuss about revision. Until yesterday, I had no way to print out a hard copy. On Sunday, I drove to Mom and Dad's to pick up Mini and bring him back home. I ended up having lunch with them, and directly afterward, dad went out to his work shop and brought back a Canon printer. It's a sign shop printer, and it still works great, but he bought a new one with a higher DPI to use with his vector programs (to make vinyl graphics/stickers), so he's no longer using the Canon. It's been in storage for a few months, but it's otherwise in great shape/working, etc. He gave me the software and the printer. Full of happy, I dragged it home.

I didn't take it out of the car right away. I needed to make room for it before bringing it inside. Initially, I planned to set it up tonight. Then hubby surprised me yesterday. He didn't know anything about the Canon Dad gave me, so he bought me a new printer - an HP Deskjet 2542 from Wally World. So now I have these two printers to choose from. Mini's going to help me set up the HP tonight. I'm going to use it first, not because it's new, but because hubby bought extra ink cartridges for it. So yay! I can print my brains out already. I have a storage box, and I'm going to put the Canon in the closet for emergencies. Or, in case Dad's new printer goes kaput. At any rate, I'm happy to be able to printy print.

That's all I've got for now. I'm off to check on MiniBeast and visit with Hubby before he leaves for work. Until next time, wishing you all the best.