Bring Home the…

Here’s a tidbit of New Hampshire news for you:

This month, the New Hampshire Lottery released its first “scratch-n-sniff” lottery ticket.

Believe it or not, it smells like BACON!

It’s called I HEART BACON and to promote it, the New Hampshire Lottery is driving a “bacon truck” around and handing out free applewood smoked bacon samples, along with the new scratch tickets.

Think I’m making this up? No way!

Google “NH Lottery” and “bacon” and you’ll find out that everyone is talking about it.

Hey, on another subject, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately. Besides packing for an upcoming move (fast-approaching), I’ve been busy working on my books so I can get them back online as soon as possible. I’m happy to announce that the newly revised and reformatted Kindle version of my first book in Polyester Pajamas is now available again on Amazon. More coming soon!

(Oh, and one more thing . . . Go Patriots! )

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So Far, So Good

wanna be author photoThis photo is hilarious! It was given to me as a joke one Christmas, years ago, when I wasn’t published yet. (Dreams can come true!) I just came across it.

Right now, I’m packing away many of my collected writings in preparation for the upcoming move into the new house we’re purchasing. It amazes me how many poems, unpublished children’s stories, notes, journals, scribbled ideas, first drafts, etc., I have written and accumulated. Of course, I can’t part with any of it!

My two Jean and Rosie novels are still unavailable, but they’ll be back online, along with the third novel in the series, before the end of March. I’ll be sure to let you know when they are.

Soo…I’ve decided to self-publish after all, at least for now. And I’m building my own team to help me along the way. So far, so good, and today I found out that Pam Marin-Kingsley, the artist who designed the book covers for in Polyester Pajamas and in Woolen Bikinis, will also be creating the cover for in Leather Chaps.

How exciting! I can’t wait to see it and share it with you.

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New Year – New Adventures

When the clock struck 12 am and it became 2015, I was fully aware that this year was going to be filled with new adventures, as well as many challenges for me.

First of all, my husband and I have found our new home and will be moving in the next few months. It’s not far away—still in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire—but we’ve lived at our current home for 20+ years. You can imagine how much “stuff” we have to pack or throw away. After we do that, we still have to sell our current home. We’ll be busy, that’s for sure!

Also, my doctor says I have to lose some weight to stay off any medication for my current high cholesterol. Healthy eating and daily exercise routine begins tomorrow. My next doctor’s appointment is in February, so wish me luck.

And what I especially want to share is that my publisher has ceased all publication operations as of December 31st. That means I no longer have a publisher and, currently, my e-books are not available. There are still a few trade paperbacks of both books out there, however, no new copies are being published at this time.

Am I stressed about it?  I have to admit I am a bit, but I’m also seeing this as a new opportunity to move onward and upward in my author journey. It may take a couple of months to get my books available again. I’ll let you know as soon as they are.

While all this is happening, the third book in the Jean and Rosie series is being edited by a wonderful friend and former proofreader. Two other friends have volunteered to read the manuscript and give me their comments and suggestions. It may take a little more time to get it published. I promise you, in Leather Chaps will be worth the wait.

Thank you all for your support these past few years. Like I said, 2015 is going to be full of adventures and plenty of challenges, but I’m not giving up on this wonderful author life. Not a chance!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

(You may be wondering if I plan on self-publishing like many other authors have done successfully. Maybe, although it’s not my first choice. Currently, I’m scouting for an agent and/or publisher to represent me.)

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

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The Magic of Believing

IMG_20141212_134013-1-1Did you know that if you receive a Christmas card that has the three wise men on it, you should hang it over your doorway because it will bring good wealth and good luck?

Well, I’ve heard of putting a St. Joseph statue upside down in your front yard if you want to sell your house (I tried it once long ago). I’ve even heard of posting your wishes on your refrigerator (I’ve done that, too). And, of course, there are all those crazy Facebook posts and emails that circulate around promising if you share the post/email with so many people in a certain amount of time, how lucky you will be. (Most of us delete those.)

However, I never knew about this one until someone told me about it today.

Do I believe it? No, no, of course not.

But, you know what?  If I receive a Christmas card this year with the three wise men on it, I’m going to put it over my door. Why?

Because, besides having a little fun, I think that anything that reminds people of the real reason for Christmas is a good thing to display.

That’s what I believe.

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Blessings

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a few weeks. My life has been more than busy this year (and especially this week). Here’s some news I’ve been wanting to share with you:

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  •  Kindle versions for both in Polyester Pajamas and the sequel in Woolen Bikinis have just been reduced to $2.99 throughout the holiday season. Remember, E-books make great inexpensive gifts and you can send them instantly with no postage needed.
  • Third book in the series, in Leather Chaps, is starting to go through the editing phase. Unfortunately, because of other demands (like house hunting) this year, release for this new book won’t be until Feb/Mar of 2015, but, still, that’s only a few months away. It’ll be worth the wait—I promise!
  • Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet, but in Polyester Pajamas was an Award-Winning Finalist in the “Fiction: Chick Lit/WombestbooksfinalistJPEGsmall (1)en’s Lit” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards. Yay! Earlier this year, it also received the NHWP (New Hampshire Writers’ Project) 2013/14 Readers’ Choice Award for Outstanding Work of Fiction.
  • NH Governor Hassan has proclaimed November 30th through December 6th, 2014 as New Hampshire Writers’ Week. Find out more details about this HERE. Also, be supportive and read a book by a NH author during this very special time.
  • Last, but not least, as you can see by my photo, it’s snowing here in New Hampshire. I took the picture above around 1 pm today from my deck. Visibility is low and the snow is coming down quickly. I’m sure the roads are already slippery. Be careful if you are traveling somewhere in New England today and/or early tomorrow.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family and friends and put the electronic gadgets away for a while (shopping online can come later). Live in the moment and give thanks for all you have. That’s what this holiday is all about.

Blessings to all!

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Dinner in the Dark

IMG_20141110_172816Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend a Dinner in the Dark, a benefit for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, hosted by Giuseppe’s Restaurant in Meredith, NH.

Dinner in the Dark is a unique sensory awareness experience where participants eat their meals blindfolded, using only their sense of taste, smell and touch, to experience what is is like to dine as a blind person.

This was an experience I will never forget!

 

Here are some of the insights I had while dining in the dark:

  1. Noises in the room were magnified so much that I couldn’t understand what anyone was saying at the tables nearby. It was even difficult, at first, to hear conversations at our small table of four. It made me realize how much we utilize our sense of sight to understand someone when they are talking to us by watching their lip movements, as well as facial expressions and hand gestures.
  2. My sense of smell and taste were also magnified. I could smell my wine and food better. I could even smell my salad! Everything tasted wonderful, but the butter, onion and lemon ingredients in my meal became overpowering after a few bites. A blind person might prefer less of certain ingredients because their sense of taste is so heightened. This is something that never occurred to me before.
  3. Perception of distance seemed different. The table I was sitting at wasn’t that big, but it felt like it was. When the people around me became silent, I felt so far away from them.
  4. Also, time went slower, and I ate slower because I was conscious of every moment and bite.
  5. I didn’t talk as much as I do when I have my sight. Imagine that!
  6. My posture was lousy. I leaned into the plate more because I didn’t want to make a mess. I’m sure if I always had to eat like this, I would suffer from constant back pains.
  7. When talking with others at the table, I felt more engaged. We passed around our wine glasses to smell the different aromas, and had to touch when doing so. I thought it was intimate and every movement and word was important between us. When no one at the table was talking, though, I felt a little lonely, even with the loud background noises.
  8. I didn’t eat everything on my plate and that’s unusual because I eat everything in sight. But, of course, I didn’t have my sight and for some reason I became fuller faster (hmmm, maybe I should dine blindfolded more often!).
  9. I wish I would’ve been able to see what my food looked like. It’s like I missed out on something big. Two days later, I’m still wondering what it looked like!
  10. After the meal, when I took my blindfold off, the light in the room, although dimmed, was almost unbearable. It hurt my eyes and I was overwhelmed with all the sights around me all at once. Until my eyes adjusted, I had a strong desire to put the blindfold back on.

As I mentioned before, it was an experience I will never forget. If you ever have the opportunity to participate in a Dinner in the Dark, don’t pass it up. It’s very “eye-opening” and a great benefit for a very worthy cause.

 

 

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