Friday, April 20, 2018

On the Road Again

Today I head down to Corbin, KY for tomorrow I shall be at the Southeastern Kentucky Author Event. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come by. It’s only $5 per person to see over 40 authors. Should be fun.

DL Hammons is running the WRiTE Club again this year (http://www.dlhammons.com/). If you want to help out some writers (who have submitted anonymously), check out the bouts and vote for the one you like best. There’s a different bout each day (and it started on Monday), but you have a week or two to vote, so it’s not too late to go over there and start reading and voting.

I started watching “The X Files” this week (after my writing, of course) basically as research (since I kind of reference it in a book I’m revising). I’ve never seen the original series before and I’m enjoying it so far. Twenty-five years didn’t seem all that long ago, or different, in my mind, but now that I can actually SEE it on the screen… Wow. Life was different back then. Not quite as connected as it is now.

Drove by the new house yesterday, but not much has changed on the outside. Still waiting on the siding. Maybe next week! I think the weather is supposed to get warmer. Gosh, I hope so!

So… Got any plans this weekend? I’m hoping I get to Corbin before the Penguins game comes on. I don’t want to miss it!

Happy Friday! And let’s go Pens!!

Stacy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Reads Almost Wasn't

I almost didn’t have a book to report. I ended up finishing it during the Blue Jackets/Capitals game (double OT!). I am rooting for the Columbus team to win, in case you were wondering. But I’m enjoying seeing each game go into OT. Whoever wins might be a bit exhausted going into the next round. Which, of course, I’m hoping is against the Penguins. I hope the good Penguins show up in tonight’s game!

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #15

Dates read: April 14-17
Title: Twice Bitten
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Lynsay Sands
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Argeneau Vampire Series #27
# of Pages: 373
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes.
    Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious “accidents” besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies—and rediscover the man determined to love her for eternity.
My thoughts: I love it when a new book comes out in this series. They’re just so much fun to read! And this one is no different. Humor, romance, and a touch of suspense. Perfect.

So… What are you reading now?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Tax Day!

If you’re one of those last minute tax preparers, I hope you get your return filed in time (I believe you have until midnight tonight). I may be a procrastinator, but I NEVER wait until the last minute. The IRS scares me too much to do that. Haha!

I got my return filed weeks ago and already received my refund (another reason I filed early). I’m sure I would have waited until later if I owed money, but I still wouldn’t wait until the last day. Nope. That would just be too much stress for me.

I do not have any pictures from Sunday’s Reds game. That’s because we didn’t go. It was raining pretty steadily by the time we had to leave for the 1:10 game, so we waited. Game kept getting postponed until first pitch started at 3:45. By that time I was already into the Penguins game (they’re now up 2 games to 1—whoo hoo!). Plus it was getting colder by the hour. Thank goodness the tickets were free. I didn’t feel that guilty not going.

I took a walk to the post office on Friday. It was pretty windy, but nice and warm (close to the 80s!). Thought I might actually get to start walking outside this week. Then I checked the weather.

Yeah, it ain’t happening this week. Rain, rain, maybe snow, and cold weather until Friday. Some spring this is turning out to be. We’re going to go straight from brrrr to sweaty, I just know it.

So… Has the weather put a crimp in your weekend plans? Next Saturday I’ll be in Corbin, KY for the Southeastern Kentucky Author Event. It’s not an outdoor event, but I sure hope the weather is nicer. Maybe then more people will attend!

Happy Monday!

Stacy

Friday, April 13, 2018

More Pictures of the House

Our closing date has moved to May 23rd (instead of May 9th), but that's okay. I kind of expected it since we'd had all that rain (and snow). Yesterday we got to walk through the house! Kind of hard to picture the rooms since the drywall isn't installed, but I took some pictures anyway.

From great room looking toward front of house. Kitchen is on the
right (island is partially framed in).

Taken through the master bedroom "wall" is a view of the sun room.
You can see what kind of view I'll have from there.

View from the upstairs bonus bedroom.

Steps lead up to the bonus bedroom.

Our back yard view. I have a feeling the lake will contain
lots of geese someday. There were already a few there.

Sun room. You can also see how close we are to our neighbor.

Front door entry.
I look forward to the day the siding is added. Due to the rain, they're behind. We're like seventh on the list. Once it's up, I'll get more pictures.

Yesterday the temps reached the mid 70s! It was so nice. I wish it would last, but no such luck. At least it doesn't appear to be getting as cold as freezing, so there's that.

Hubby won two tickets to Sunday's Reds game. Awesome seats. If I remember to take pictures, I'll post them on Monday (if I remember--haha!).

Wednesday's Penguins game was awesome! Sure hope they play the same aggressive game tonight (they're fun to watch that way!). So cool to actually get to see one of Sid's batted in goals. I'll miss Sunday's game because of the Reds, but hopefully I'll catch the end of it. I wouldn't mind a sweep, but know that's virtually impossible with these games. I can hope, though.

So... Today is Friday the 13th (I just noticed that as I went to post). Are you superstitious? Or do you like to drive superstitious people nuts? I've been known to do the latter.

Happy Friday (the 13th)!

Stacy



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday Reads and I Had a Scare!

Monday morning I did my best writing of the year (986 words!). I even worked on my editing project and was implementing my changes on the document when I realized my keys weren’t working. The mouse would move the cursor (so I was able to save the document), but I couldn’t type anything out.

Okay, time to reboot. Right? That’s what I did. At 1:30pm.

Five minutes later, the screen still said “Restarting.” I tried to turn off the laptop. Power button wouldn’t work. Now, before you tell me to disconnect the battery… I couldn’t. It’s built in. I needed Hubby to do that and he wasn’t due home until close to 10pm.

Yep, my computer was out of commission all freaking day and all I could do was hope I could turn it off and then turn it back on. I didn’t want to lose those 986 words (I hadn’t e-mailed the document to myself yet)! I also didn’t want my writing streak to end if by some chance I had to turn my laptop into a repair center.

But do you know what was a real miracle? I didn’t lose my temper. I didn’t feel the need to throw Big Red out the window. I was just disappointed.

Whew, you don’t know how happy THAT made me.

Good news, though. Hubby was able to pull the battery wire (he couldn’t remove the battery). Yay, it turned off. We let it cool awhile. He then plugged the battery back in, and pushed the power button.

Yay, it turned on. I emailed the document to myself. What a relief.

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #14

Dates read: April 3-8
Title: “The Silent Corner”
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Suspense
Series: Jane Hawk #1
# of Pages: 434
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: “I very much need to be dead.” These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.
    People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
    But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.
My thoughts: It’s horrific, but not horror, if you know what I mean. And the fight is definitely not over. It’s freaky and scary to think something like this could happen, and I certainly hope it cannot. That this is really all just make-believe fantasy. But if it’s not… Ugh. This book is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure (think Stepford Wives). Will I read the next one? You betcha. Already own it (thanks to Christmas money!). But I wasn’t going to buy book 3 until I read this one. It’s on my list, now.

So… How often do you back up your computer? For important stuff, like my books, I e-mail a copy to myself every night I touch it. Other than that, I do backup my laptop about every 4 months, or when I think about it, like I am now. Hmmm… time to backup!!

Happy Reading!

Stacy