And now spring has arrived! Volume Three of Sweet Nothings is finally completed and published. I also created a box set of the three volumes – and isn’t that fun! It requires four separate table of contents with hyperlinks going to the correct place. For someone who is a little bit obsessive and a little bit compulsive, this is really enjoyable.
We still have snow on the ground, but it has begun melting quickly so we should be down to grass soon. A blue jay comes every morning and sits in the tree waiting for some peanuts. Then a lone little deer arrives, looking for some carrots and banana peels. She no longer runs when the door is opened – just looks up and waits for her treats.
I still miss the crows who used to come every day, but haven’t been around for several years. (I blame our neighbor for serving them better treats – lol). One showed up last week and had a few peanuts, but hasn’t been back since. We live in hopes.
I had decided to retire from writing for a while, but got a request from a reader to let her know what had happened to a couple I mentioned in The Marvelous Mistake, but had totally forgotten. (When you write eight romances and forty short romances you forget names and run out of names to use, hoping you aren’t repeating the same ones too often.) So now another story is starting to write itself in my head, so maybe I won’t be hanging up my pen just yet.
Enjoy the spring weather, everyone!
Another summer has come and gone. We managed five fishing trips up at the lake and have been enjoying trout filets and trout salad sandwiches all summer. We had a friend visiting from Alberta and another couple visited from New Brunswick, so had a busy and fun time.
I have managed to write ten of the fifteen short stories for Sweet Nothings – Volume Three (and final volume) over the summer – just five more to go, if someone would tell me what they are about. Once I have a title in my head, the story follows very quickly. It always amazes me how much information can be divulged in one thousand words!
To celebrate Canada’s Thanksgiving Day and to say thank you for the support of my readers, I am giving away 25 copies of this ebook. (It’s a romance, boys.) To download a copy, use the link below and enter the code UC89N before checking out. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Happy Canada Day – and happy reading.
Today is the beginning of the month-long sale by Smashwords. Books are discounted 75%, 50%, 25% or free, until the 31st of July. Time to load up your e-readers for the summer. My books are all 50% off, with some free. Use SSW50 code if downloading any of mine. You can find my books here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ShastaDaisy
It has been a very busy spring, and now summer, so writing has taken a back seat. Except for five short stories, I haven’t written anything. We opened up the cottage and have make a couple of trips up to go fishing, but we want to get more time up there before summer disappears. The time just seems to fly by.
The other thing keeping us busy is our ‘garden’ out on the deck – tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, and many varieties of salad greens growing in pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Because it’s so hot and dry, watering is a daily necessity, but having healthy food to eat is wonderful.
Enjoy your summer, Everyone!
It seems like ages since I last wrote a blog, but there was a reason for the time lag. My Excel worksheet stopped calculating for me, so I downloaded Open Office. But in my haste and inexperience, I was not on the correct website, picked up a really nasty virus, and $140 later and much frustration on the part of our techies, the virus was still there. WordPress wasn’t protected at the time, so I wasn’t able to access it safely. I deleted the Open Office File and paid money for a new version of Microsoft Office, which I now really like, and I began writing again. The virus finally disappeared when we ran an updated version of Spybot.
Now back to writing matters – my grand-nephew Myles, aged six or seven at the time, found a copy of Rainbows Tasty Yummy! Book One in our dentist’s office and decided he would like to co-author a book with me. This took place back in 2013. I prepared a file with the photos for Book Two and the four limericks I had written and gave it to him. In the summer of 2014 I asked him how he was doing and he said he thought there were just two more limericks to write. In the fall of 2015 I emailed his mom to see if he was still interested. Her reply was that he had dug it out and decided his writing skills had improved, so wanted to re-write some limericks. He had them completed after Christmas and I quickly put the book together, printed out two copies and gave them to him – one to keep and one to give to the dentist’s office. I also had him sign his photo on seven pages for the books I was creating for our library, medical center and great-grandkids.
As I was printing out the copies on my very excellent, but over twenty-year-old HP printer, the red ink cartridge went dry and is no longer available. So I now have a new Canon printer/scanner/copier on the desk beside me. A week later my monitor began displaying little red and green dots all over the screen, so it was back to Staples for a new one. On the bright side – both of these items were purchased on sale!
My final publishing project was to compile three of the children’s books in a box set, which I finally published as a pre-order this week. With that completed, I began sorting out photos from the kid’s books and cleaning up the excess. Then I tackled the many different spread sheets and updated them all. Finally, I backed up everything, listed the missing books on iAuthor (also couldn’t do this because of the virus) and finally I can go back to writing. I had completed two short stories in the fall and I think some or all of my sisters will add to this volume as well.
Enough said! I am loving our almost non-existent weather – today is going to be 9C and rainy!!!
Until next time,
Rainbows Taste Yummy! Book Two https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/610022
SWEET NOTHINGS – VOLUME TWO
First it was spring and then it was fall – no idea where the summer went! We had four fishing trips to the lake, with two really excellent fishing days. Once we had our ten trout in 45 minutes and the next week we had ten in 40 minutes. That’s a real record – but easy to attain on a fully stocked lake. I also discovered that trout salad is even better than salmon or tuna – had a sandwich with it last night, topped with alfalfa and radish sprouts. Yummy!
But back to writing – between the 26th of June and the 30th of September, I wrote fifteen more short stories and published them as volume two. The whole process still amazes me. I will finish one story and wonder what the next one could be, wait a few days, and suddenly another idea pops into my head and down onto paper. One day we were driving down the road, saw a woman walking her dog toward a man walking towards her with his dog – and there was a story – Sophie Meets Max. (It can be read here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/586337 )
These short stories are much easier to proofread as well. I just copy the text over to a blank file, increase the font size to 72, so that there are only a couple of words per line, and the typos show up right away. I also spent the past month updating all of my romance novels, adding an updated list of all of my books to the end of each one. Tedious, but necessary.
The short story from this latest volume that is one of my favorites is Hey, Bob! – I made that one free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/586361 (I suspect my dad put this one into my head – he had a real quirky sense of humor!)
Now I must go and upload my new publications to iAuthor. Keeping up with all of this other stuff keeps me away from writing. I have one story finished and another one started for volume three. Two of my sisters have started writing stories to be included – with many thanks from me.
Enjoy this lovely fall weather – and good books.
GIGGLES IN THE LIBRARY
‘The best laid plans of mice and men…’ So much for hanging up my pen for the summer! Since I have discovered the joy of writing sweet and short romance stories, I can’t seem to stop. The ideas just keep on showing up in my head, and then appearing on paper. From there they migrate to the computer for typing up, editing and proofreading. So far, I have completed three in the last seven days.
And we still haven’t been back to the cottage since we opened it up in May, mostly because of cool and wet weather, along with other commitments. But things are looking up for the coming week, weather wise. So maybe…
Before I forget, it’s time to load up your e-readers. Smashwords is running a promotion for the month of July with many books discounted from ‘free’ to 25, 50 or 75% off. Just make sure to include the discount code when you download. SW100 would indicate free, like this one: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/541627
Here’s an excerpt from Sweet Nothings – it got a five-star rating and the comment ‘This is a story in a minute and very enjoyable.’
Giggles In The Library: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550346
Happy reading, everyone – and have a really great summer.
The weekend in Gananoque with my five sisters was really great – beautiful weather, great meals, shopping and our annual crafts. This year we made origami flowers. By the time the weekend came around, I had written five more short stories. I had challenged my sisters in 2007 to each write a story of about one thousand words, which they did, so persuaded them to add them to my book. Along with five excerpts from novels I had written, we had our fifteen stories. They all wanted to publish under pseudonyms, but I persuaded them to use their own names, since no relatives or close friends had bought my books on line, so their identities were safe. And their writing is nothing to be ashamed of.
The fifteen stories include photographers, cops, a bookkeeper, a mechanic, a geek, a builder, a farm girl, a baby – and probably some others that don’t immediately come to mind.
While I was working on this project, my mind kept returning to ‘Reunited’ and the fact that I couldn’t come up with a conflict or crisis. It finally occurred to me that the reason was probably because these two star-crossed lovers had been denied a life together in their previous existence, and were now so happy to be together that they didn’t need to experience any negativity.
And now that Sweet Nothings is completed and published, I really am going to hang up my pen, probably until fall. I have sewing to do, rainbow trout to catch, a family reunion to attend, but most of all, books to read. There’s nothing like lying in a hammock by the lake with a good book in hand – once the fish have been caught, filleted and smoked with Jack Daniels pellets, or frozen for later enjoyment. Hurry up, warm weather!
Here’s the link to Sweet Nothings: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/541627
Have a great summer, everyone!