Books, Yard Sales, Work Stress, and Other Things

Last week, my post was very short. Work had been stressful with worries that I could lose my job (this has been going on for a few months, actually), my Dad had just been admitted to the hospital, it was a holiday, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

This week has been an improvement. After surgery and six days in the hospital, my Dad is home and recovering. Woot! The same situation that has put my job in jeopardy is still in effect (and will be until August 4, 2016), but the stress from it has almost completely vanished. I don’t know how or why, but I am very grateful, since the stress had an adverse effect on my job performance. Finally, what little bit of holiday stuff we indulged in went rather smoothly.

When I went to get a Sunday paper last week, I encountered this woman buying scratch off lottery tickets. She seemed as tickled to have me take her picture as I was to see her bunny ears. I have no idea who she is. I just thought she was adorable.

convenience store easter bunny

I got a lot of typing done on Hell’s Dodo last week. I haven’t made as much progress on the rough draft of The Daedalus Enigma as I would have liked due to interruptions to my usual writing time during work breaks. Calling to check on Dad took priority.

I haven’t gotten any book work done this weekend like I wanted to. My wrist picked this weekend to flare up.

The rainy weather finally turned nice late Friday, so we went to yard sales Saturday. Two different neighborhoods near us had community sales advertised. We bought lots of Christmas stuff and lighthouse stuff (my husband’s main weaknesses at such events). This includes a lighted ceramic model of Ponce de Leon Inlet Light, one I have personally climbed and the second tallest US lighthouse. We found three pretty boxes: a carved wooden box, a pretty ceramic box with a peacock design on it, and a brass-decorated wooden box filled with frankincense and myrrh. I got a paperback copy of Frankenstein for a quarter (I’ve never read it). We got the three Family Guy star wars spoofs on DVD. I also found a DVD of a Steampunk movie I’d never heard of but looked interesting going by the blurb, cast, and cover art: The Adventurer: the Curse of the Midas Box. Lastly, we bought a couple of art glass dolphins, a lead crystal egg, and a couple of pretty sea shells.

I took advantage of the purchases to hand out my author card and plug my books. A few of the sellers sounded interested. My feeling is that people won’t buy my books if they don’t KNOW about them.

On that note, I realize I need to do a little more blog building and put up a page dedicated to listing my books and where they can be bought, as well as what order they fall in the series. Keep an eye out for that. Until I get it up, check the archives for my post to the same effect.

I also plan to find photos and add a few more character pages.

I have done a bit of preliminary sketches/studies to help solidify in my mind how I want my next book cover to look. I will share that in a future post.

That’s it for today, kiddies.

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