Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dragon Naturally Speaking

I ordered Dragon Naturally Speaking last Sunday and it came on Thursday! Wow, Amazon is awesome. Faster than I could ever be. I'm too lazy to walk down the hallway (okay everyone is still sleeping and I don't want to wake them!) to double check the exact name of the computer program, and it will still take longer for me to get around to do it than it took for the program to get here in the mail!
I am so excited to try it. But like I said, I will never be as quick as Amazon........I hope Monday I will get a chance to play with it. I hope.

I turned down a part time job this morning, working two days a week. I think I'm crazy. Or not. I'm already volunteering at the school every Friday - with another Mom volunteer yay company! - I teach Catechism, I help my mother-in-law out (she lives right next door and is absolutely wonderful for looking after my kids all these years, and more), I'll be homeschooling my sixteen year old, I sew, I WRITE, what time is left?

Don't forget I have four kids and a husband, none of whom know where the dishwasher is. Sad but true. Is it a portable one? Nope. It's been in the same spot for as long as we've had it AND my husband installed it. Memory bad with old age, dear? Hmmmph.

So I think I will take it easy on myself and say I've made the right decision. Although the new new job had these boots..........gorgeous boots......... beautiful leather boots that I could never afford without a staff discount.............stop trying to change  my mind!

No. I'm getting ready (getting them onto the computer so I can edit stage!) to put out two novels, one middle-grade(Zapped) and a young adult (White Magic), I'm almost ready for the A is for Applesauce and B is for Bubblegum in the Arthur and Zita picture book series, and I bought a drawing tablet to push my nephew a little harder (a lot harder pretty soon!) for the Teddy and I picture book series.

I'm really trying to focus on writing, turn that into my career. Wait, doesn't a career equal making money? Thought so. Well, I'm trying.

So one novel (most of it) was typed out by my  nephew's girlfriend - oh seriously thank you Clara - right Tina? Right? - who typed out in weeks what would have literally taken me years. That books dedicated to you Clara! Not that I'm releasing Tina from my clutches yet, or discounting what she's done so far. Cause without Tina............shudder.

The other novel will be my first attempt with the Dragon.

I'll be there Monday, Dragon, Monday - wait for me!

Have a great day everyone!

Any idea how to make time so down? Or make me move faster? Anyone?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Another one Bites the Dust

Yup. Another one Bites the Dust.
Another contest, three winners.
This was the Goodreads contest. I offered three copies of the Unbelievers. All the winners are from  the United States, although I did not limit the entries to only Canada and the US. This was pure luck on the part of the winners!
They are:
Larry H, CA
Cheryl D, CA
Samantha G, TX

Now its just a matter of me shipping the books out. I've got the envelopes, if I can find a pen I'll be halfway there.

On another note, I've just sent three of my kids to school for the second day. Notice I didn't post yesterday, the first day of school........I'm getting back into the routine, right? It's going to take me a while!

So no writing yet. It's coming. I'm dying to get the last three chapters written down.

Wow! Look at all the three's in this post. Is it my lucky number or what! Three winners. Three kids. Three chapters. Three minutes..........

Three minutes to finish this post. Seriously. I have got to find the house under this mess. The summer, me working, kids (at least four - usually six and seven!) all around......I'm sure it's here somewhere. Yesterday I found a hard piece of bread on the coffee table downstairs, hidden for I don't know or care how long, that was so hard it made the coffee table feel soft!  This is where the boys played Xbox all summer. Was I grossed out? You betcha! Were the boys mad at me after I found it?! Even bigger than you betcha! Cause where did that Xbox end up?

Far, far away. I picked up too many dishes down there, or made them when I got too cranky (aka loud).
Well, the Xbox really wasn't far away, but it was well hidden. Talk about withdrawal! Holy crap! Like, get a grip kids! Maybe I am mean, but kids nowadays are seriously addicted to electronics.

Not saying what I was like when the batteries died in my keyboard right in the middle of writing this post. I mean, good role models, sure and all that, but no one else was around right? No proof...........

I found batteries so all is good.

Those three minutes went quickly, so I'm off again!

Any ideas of "What can I do?" when there's no electronics? For older boys, teens. I'll take anything I can get!