A month of accomplishments

I grabbed the bull by the horns and went for it. I had gotten impatient and annoyed at the query route. Rejections were piled so high I couldn’t breathe. I reworked the letter several times, rejections kept coming. What to do? Life is too short to be at the mercy of finding the one “yes.”  So I just went for it. Got my book ready for Kindle and ready for paperback. All the files were ready to go and I hit send. Voila. Live on Kindle and live on Kindle Direct Publishing. I chose KDP because I thought it was the new direction away from Createspace. Yes and No. Createspace offers better distribution than KDP but I didn’t know that.  In time, KDP will expand its distribution and I suspect Createspace will go away. Too bad the distribution right now is so limited. Only Amazon outlets. Oh well. But my sales reports for Kindle and paperback are in the same place. So fingers crossed I made the right decision.

Then I just went for it with my audible book. Took all my files and uploaded and held my breath. ACX checks for quality and structure of your files. I made a few mistakes with combining my dedication and opening. Easy peasy fix. Sweated out the quality part because I just sat with a mike in front of my computer. No recording studio. I learned how to use Audacity software to edit extraneous sounds, add some consonants that had dropped off, and rerecord bad parts of sentences. Viola, it passed the quality check. Two years of dedication to this project. I kept editing and editing and my husband said “enough just send it in.” I did and now it’s DONE and for sale. WOW!!!

Then I had I hard time with Facebook’s like box for my website. Facebook changed the way to create it and now it was set up for developers working with source code. I used iWeb to create my site and it wouldn’t let me edit the source code. I called Apple for help and found out that iWeb was no longer supported. Stopped years ago. The tech guy suggested Sandvox. So, I was hesitant to learn a new web design software, but I just went for it. I discovered that built into the software was an easy way to create the Facebook like box. Voila! Easy Peasy.

What’s next? Working on my next book project and narrating my next audible book. Plenty of stuff to keep me busy for awhile.

You can find my new book here: Kindle and paperback:



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When I was a kid

When I was a kid the cold war was real. We worried all the time that a nuclear weapon would be unleashed and blow us off the face of the earth. By Russia. We had drills where we crouched down under our school desks or went into the school hallways for protection, as if that could protect us. Crouching under desks, gathering in hallways to shield us from a nuclear holocaust. None of that would help anything but people must have thought you couldn’t tell children that in a matter of seconds everyone would be dead. That NYC would be gone. Nothing left. Total annihilation. By Russia.

But we children guessed that our future was precarious. Into my teens we worried. About Russia. Our arch enemy Russia. A movie came out, On the Beach with Gregory Peck. The aftermath of a nuclear war. The only spared continent was Australia. Intact. Buildings intact. The rest of the world was gone. Nothing. No one. But the radio active fallout drifts over to Australia and one-by-one everyone dies. The end of humanity on planet earth.

No one wins a nuclear war. We have a moron for a president that grew up in the same time period as I did. Maybe in boarding school you didn’t have to crouch under a desk. Maybe he was too dumb, like he is today, to understand the enormity of the paranoia. The abyss of fear that this could be the future of mankind. By Russia.

Trump is a friend to Russia, a puppet of Russia, thinks Putin is a great man. Thinks that threatening a nuclear  holocaust on Twitter is tough guy talk. Tough guy talk to someone as unstable as he is. Trump needs to be put in a strait jacket and taken to a mental hospital. He is dangerous, evil, moronic, and stupid. He threatens humanity more than anyone. He holds the codes. He can start a nuclear war with those codes. Why won’t the Republicans remove this lunatic as unfit? Why don’t the people rise up and shout, “WE DON’T WANT NUCLEAR WAR! TRUMP MUST GO!!!!!

Our future as a planet, the future of the human race depends on what we do right now. The bullish stock market will be blown to obscurity. Thinking that Trump is making you rich is an illusion that will blow up with our world. Supporters of Trump are fools that don’t get it. The emperor has no clothes. He never did. He was never president material and we all may pay the price.

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New book released!

I am happy to announce that my third novel is available for Kindle. Paperback coming soon!
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Irma, Russia probe, DACA

Irma came roaring into Florida. We watched its progression into our state until we lost our electricity. Horrifying scenes of whole cities blown away. Caribbean islands obliterated. The keys destroyed. When the storm veered left we breathed a sigh of relief. Ponte Vedra is on the northeast corner near Jacksonville. We thought we dodged a bullet. And we did…to some degree. But the strange synchronicity of this storm hitting during a high tide and a full moon meant flooding. I prepared my home for flooding by putting photo albums, framed photos, jewelry, and some clothing into our storm closet. We brought all our lanai furniture into our living room. We put hurricane shutters on our windows and sat in our cave of fear listening for the roar of a tornado. Our kitties were stressed. We were stressed. Then we lost power hoping it would pop back on. It didn’t. We drove around the next day in our air conditioned car to our lake house to assess the damage. No damage to our main home. No roof flying off no flooding. No damage to our lake house. On the way, we saw roads and farms turned into lakes. We heard about the flooding in downtown Jacksonville on the radio but hadn’t seen it. We imagined the devastation as we saw the havoc as we drove around. Still no power on our return. Sleeping without air conditioning is a challenge we didn’t welcome. We found a closeby hotel that luckily just got power so there were rooms. By the time we checked in it was full. Sometime Tuesday, we got our power back. We emptied the refrigerator and freezer and decided to keep the hotel room. It was freezing in there. It was wonderful.
Thoughts: Nature can have an impact as if hit by a nuclear weapon. Life as we know it stops. We are grateful to have a roof.  To have no loss of property. We have become so accustomed to the luxuries of cool homes, easy water, and food. The apocalypse is a world few of us can navigate. And we don’t want to. Irma made paradises into hells. We felt blessed we lost no property, we felt even more blessed when we got our power back. But the lingering fear is Is this new normal? What will next summer bring?

After Irma, the news media came back with a vengeance on the Russia probe. During Irma more info on our dirty, con man president. So much connection to Russia and Russian agents. Flynn doing dirty business deals while national security advisor. Trump’s cabinet full of thugs and dirty dealers just like him. Trump conniving a Moscow Trump tower when he said he had no dealings with Russia. LIAR!!!! This investigation must lead to impeachment. Hey, GOP wake up you have a Manchurian candidate as your president. The election was manipulated by Putin. There was collusion. Everyone belongs in jail.  Mueller get on with it already!!!!!

DACA. Only evil disgusting people are against DACA. Deplorables who are the horse manure of our electorate and Trump supporters. White supremacists, the KKK, and hate groups all follow Trump. This makes Putin very happy because his vision of destroying our democracy is working very well.

Save our democracy. #resist #fakepresident #Putinpuppet #ifonlybernie

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