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A number of things to report today

Greetings, readers. Thanks to Rebecca’s intelligent nephew, who suggested Firefox to help us with our computer woes, my computer seems to be working much better. So thumbs up to him. The first problem we were trying to alleviate was a quite annoying word-underlining pop-up ad dilemma. This has been plaguing us for a number of weeks now and seemed to be getting worse. Firefox has cleared that problem up, but caused  a typing lag while Rebecca was typing in today’s blog entry. So we finished it in Internet Explorer.

This week we also had a problem with a search tab that was suddenly attached to the window we had open, and would not go away. We finally found the correct program to uninstall in the add/delete programs section of the control panel. A very minor thing, but a pain in the butt none the less.

One of the solutions for us to try to fix these problems was to clear the cache and cookies. The password for one of my programs got lost in the shuffle and I had that one on auto-save. I was afraid that I would have to start from scratch with that website. But it turned out that the password stayed intact. Whoo-hoot!

Now onto other things. A number of weeks ago we added two tabs/pages to my blog site. One is titled Books and includes the book cover photos and short blurbs for my two books. The second tab is called Gallery and has various photos from my past; paintings from my parents house, two pictures of my old boat, and one of Keekee my kitty cat.

Kindle conversion for my second book, Tales from North Bay & Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories, due to a mistake of my own, will take longer than I had anticipated. What I did was, I thought that I could get it ready myself and have it up on Kindle on the release date that I had chosen. Well, it looked like shit! So I had to unpublish it and we had to have CreateSpace do it. It will take two to three extra weeks. Boo hoo. The book is still available on my e-store and at Amazon, as well as at local stores Appalachian Outdoors and Websters Bookstore and Cafe.

At the end of the work day today, Rebecca will be doing all of the usual end of the week paperwork, including backing up everything we’ve done for the week on thumb drives. This is our Friday 2:45 ritual. Until next week, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

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Update for 6/20/12

Greetings, readers. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second proof of my latest book. If my editor and I don’t find any major boo-boos, it could be for sale as early as Friday. This would certainly make my weekend.

To bring you all up to speed, sales of my first book at local stores, Appalachian Outdoors and Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, have been slow but I think they are about to pick up. As well, the owner of Bear Spring Camps is indeed interested in stocking the latest book. This was a big shot in the arm for me. With my vacation to Maine mere weeks away, I am very excited that the work is over, the proof process is all but done, and it will be time to sit back and reap the rewards.

On to a slightly different topic now. Today or tomorrow is the first official day of summer and here in central Pennsylvania it is definitely feeling like it with temperatures in the upper 80s into the low 90s. Thank goodness for the light breeze we have. Here in the office, the air conditioner is working overtime. It sounds like it could blow up any minute.

Yesterday I walked around town briefly trying to promote the books without much success. People I was looking for were either on break or not in. In that realm it was just one of those days. I have to learn how to promote myself better if I truly wish to make money at being a writer. Sure the gratification of knowing that someone has enjoyed my work is wonderful but a small amount of sales won’t pay the bills. I need to go out there and market myself. I need to be that salesperson. There are a couple of other small businesses here in town that have a small book area. Both are within walking distance and on a cooler day I think I shall go there and see if they are interested. The worst thing they can do is say no.

Next, my dreaded insomnia continues. I went to bed around midnight, woke up at ten minutes until four and that was it. I am so hoping that when I get to camp I will ease in to what I call my camp routine. Which includes sleeping from approximately eleven p.m. to seven a.m.

Not too long ago I switched my long time favorite beverage, my beverage of choice, due to health reasons. Coffee was beginning to upset my stomach and so now when I go to Panera Bread, or Panera as I call it, I partake of their delicious British Breakfast tea with a little bit of honey. It serves two useful purposes. It is tummy-friendly and it has caffeine. Which on most mornings I desperately need.

During the rest of this summer, with Rebecca’s help, I am going to work on my characterization skills so that when the new project(s) begin in late August, they will have more depth and more meat on their bones. As much as I like my two books about my experiences at camp, I’ll be the first to admit that description is not my strong point. One only gets better with time and practice. Until very soon, take care and have a great day.

Writing plans for the near future

Greetings, readers. Gold star day today. I picked up my first check at Appalachian Outdoors here in State College for the sale of my book. Copies of my first book are on sale there and also at a local bookstore, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

I am doing some research for not only my next writing project but also for my upcoming blog entry tentatively titled “Obama vs. Romney.” Not only do I want to have an accurate, informative blog entry, but I wish to study these two men, so that come November I can make an informed choice. If this blog entry does not appear by the end of the week, I shall make every effort to get it up as soon as possible.

Yesterday I was down and out, for it was root canal day. I must admit my dentist did all he could to make it as painless as possible. For people in State College, Pennsylvania, I would highly recommend Dr. Jeff Senior. He and his staff are excellent. I actually felt well enough yesterday afternoon to get some much-needed editing done.

Today, writing assistant Rebecca and I will be working on the new book’s back cover information. Such as the author biography blurb and the book description. If there is any time left after that, I shall want to use it to work on the final two stories which were added into the book at the last minute. I’m happy to say that Tales from North Bay and Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories, shall be slightly longer than its predecessor. That was my intent for this book all along. I told myself long ago that each book that I would write would be longer than the previous ones. I’m not saying that I want to write a book as long as War and Peace, but I would like to one day author a work in the 200-250 page range.

Mostly clear and cool here in State College. What’s it like where you are? I guess just look out the window. Haha. I shall keep you up to date on any pertinent goings on for the weekend in tomorrow’s blog. Until then, happy reading and take care.

Oh yes, it’s Friday the 13th!….. + one day : )

Greetings, readers. Happy Friday to you. I am not certain just how many of you believe in the Friday the 13th bad luck thing, but I know that this morning one of the first things I did was stub my bare toe. Moments later I looked at the calendar and said, “Oh, yes, that’s why it happened.” Of course, that’s not why it happened, I just wasn’t watching where I was going.

Now on to some news of the day. Here in State College, Pennsylvania, it is a gorgeous but cool day. Shortly, I will begin editing Camp Book 2, fresh off the good news that I had a local sale from Appalachian Outdoors here in town. Receiving that news made yesterday a gold star day.

I was so pleased to be able to tell my Godmother the news of the book sale because I knew it would cheer her up. I found her to be in good spirits.

Kitty cat Keekee is sitting on the arm of my chair, taking a cat nap and looking cute as always. Quite recently, she has learned a new word. Not only does she completely understand the word treat, but she jumps down with excitement when the dinner is mentioned.

As far as the Friday the 13th thing goes, I’ve never been too superstitious. But I can just imagine that all of the Friday the 13th movies have been rented at Netflix, Blockbuster.com, and places of the like. Were those good films? The first two perhaps, but how many times can you keep killing Jason? Time to invent another boogeyman.

Speaking of time to invent, I am now off for an editing session and also to create the final new story for Camp Book 2. As far as my new personal project goes, that’s not been put under wraps or killed by any means. It’s just in the hanger and any moment I could step into the cockpit, taxi down the runway and take off with it. Until soon, have a great day

This entry is a day late due to tech probs. Sorry about that.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Greetings, friends and readers. Rebecca, my writing assistant, and I have worked out the issue which was holding up the sale of my book in a local store in downtown State College. Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Spring Camps Stories is now on the shelves, for anyone to buy, at Appalachian Outdoors.

Now that I have that out of my system, a happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. I don’t know whether or not TV stations around the country still show St. Patrick’s Day parades like when I was a child, but if one was on around here, I forgot to watch. Oops, sorry. There is always next year.

I am making an unusual promise here on my blog. The blog post about my father will be posted next Friday. Until Monday or Tuesday, have a great weekend and I hope the weather there is as nice as it is here.

5 Star, gold banner day!!!

Greetings readers. Today is an exceptional day for me. My first book, Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Spring Camps Stories, which my writing assistant Rebecca and I worked so hard on for almost a year, is now officially in a local store here in State College, Pennsylvania. They are going to be sold on consignment at Appalachian Outdoors. We took ten copies with us expecting them to take perhaps one or two, but OMG, they took all ten!

This makes it a 5 star, gold banner day for Rebecca and me. We worked so very hard on that book and we are both proud of it. To now have it in a store is awesome.

The book is a print-on-demand product at CreateSpace.com and this is the link to my CreateSpace e-store page for those who want to see the book cover and read a description of it.

So, if you are in downtown State College, check out Appalachian Outdoors and ask to peruse my book. For my out-of-town readers, the link is in the previous paragraph. As always, comments are welcome. Until next time, take care.