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My Mom

I just wanted to post a quick note to let you all know why I’ve not been around much. My mom had to have her other stent put in Tuesday. So I was at the hospital all day Tuesday and half a day on Wednesday. We found out that the infection she had at the pacemaker incision was staph. So I had to take her to an infectious disease specialist this morning. Tomorrow, I have to take her back to the hospital to get an IV put in, and they are going to give her antibiotics that way. Then home health is going to come to her house Saturday and get her set up for IVs at home, which she will have to do for two weeks. So I’m at the hospital or doc’s office all day and working all night to catch up. Hopefully, next week will be better. I think my blood pressure is up….

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As I look back on the first round of ROW80, I have some mixed feelings. I was doing so well at meeting my goals until my mom had a heart attack. The good thing about ROW80 is that it’s very forgiving and allows you to change your goals at any time. But I didn’t even set any new goals. This was mostly due to the tremendous work load from my full time job. I just can’t take that much work home and still write. Some people might be able to do it, but I just don’t have that much stamina. So I didn’t finish my book.

Turning to the bright side…Round Two is coming up and my work will hopefully slow down to the point that I won’t have to take work home with me. I won’t mention my ROW80 goals in this post because I’m sure there will be a chance to state those at the beginning of Round Two. I will mention one thing, though. I am determined to get in better shape physically because when I’m in control of my body, I seem to be in much better control of my mind. Funny how it works that way, but it always does for me. When I’m in control of one aspect of my life, the others start falling into place and it’s like a chain reaction.

I’ve really enjoyed doing this challenge with all of you. Even when I was really busy, I tried to be a halfway decent sponsor and encourage those in my group for that check in. I think I only missed 2 or 3 check ins when things were the worst.

Congrats to everyone who met their goals, and for those who didn’t, it’s not failure…just restructuring. I look forward to seeing familiar faces (figuratively, lol) and, hopefully, some new ones, too. Good look with Round Two!

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Since I decided I was going back to walking, especially in light of the recent sunny weather, I knew I needed some new walking shoes. I’ve been a big fan of New Balance for years, but my friend decided to get some Shape Ups by Skechers. She loves hers. So I thought I would give them a try. I ended up actually getting Tone Ups instead of Shape Ups because the tongue of the shoe bothered me on the Shape Ups. Otherwise, they were really comfy. Anyway, these shoes are supposed to tone up your legs and butt. And I’m telling you…my muscles were definitely feeling it after about a 45 minute walk. And there was so much cushion in these shoes!

So, wasn’t that an exciting post? LOL. I’m just really psyched about getting back into exercise. Thanks, Kait, for inspiring me even more. Although I was going to start walking again, anyway, it helps to know I’m not alone. :0)

As far as eating goes…I’m still working on those portion sizes.

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I really don’t have a lot to say. Most of you know that I had to put my WIP on the backburner when my mom had a heart attack. As soon as she was back to normal, the craziness broke loose at my full time job, causing me to take work home nearly every day. There’s no way I can work all day, work at night, and THEN try to write. (Maybe when I was younger, LOL.) Anyway, things are slowing down just a tad here at the office, so I’m trying not to take work home this week. Now my main concern is whether or not to try to finish my WIP from Round One or put it aside until I finish my Round Two project. Or maybe try to do both at the same time. We’ll see.

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Typos

I want to talk about one of my pet peeves. Typographical errors. I’ve read a lot of indie books lately, and that’s been one of my biggest problems with them. Do my books have them? Yep. My mother was reading one of my books the other day and caught two. She’s the best “typo catcher” I know. I have no idea why I haven’t used her as one of my proofreaders. That book that she caught the errors in had already had three different sets of eyes on it and still had at least two errors. I can live with two without freaking out, but I need to fix them and reload the books. (The beauty of ebooks!)

When I read a book published the indie way or the trad way, I expect to see errors. Today’s books have them, regardless of how they’re published. I don’t know if paid editors are getting sloppier or if this world is getting so rushed that everything sufferers. But I don’t mind if I see three or four errors in a book. Not a big deal. But I just finished a book last week that really disappointed me in the amount of typos I found. This book was long and I lost count of the typos. I would guess 50 or more. Seriously. I have only read one other book that had that many. I’m not going to mention the name of the book or author, because…well, you understand why. I wouldn’t want to embarrass an author that I like so well. This book was absolutely wonderful. Well written, interesting, great action, great interaction of the character. It was imaginative and well thought out. An outstanding novel. But the typos….wow….

Whether you pay someone to proofread or have people that will do it for free, I would suggest having more than one person look at it. I saw a review on a book by a really well known indie author that said that the book was full of typos (this is true because I read it and saw them, too), and the author’s response was that she paid an editor. So even paid editors aren’t perfect, although whoever it was shouldn’t have let THAT many errors go through. That’s why more than one person should look at it.

I really, really want to tell this author about all the typos. But I’m sure he already knows it by now. And I don’t want to alienate anyone, especially someone I seriously like and whose books I love. Sometimes, I guess it’s just best to keep your mouth shut.

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Most of you know that my mom had a heart attack and has been in the hospital. I haven’t written anything in about two weeks. And now I’m so busy at my full time job, I have been bringing work home with me. Spring is never a good time to try to do anything but my job. 😦

Anyway, I’m setting new goals. For this round, my goal is to not beat myself up over what I haven’t gotten done. For round two, one of my goals is to finish round one’s project if I didn’t get finished, then work on something new. See, I can stay positive about things!

And can I rant a little about why I dislike Blogspot (I’m sorry for those of you who use it, but…)? Anyway, I can deal with having to key in my “open id” and specify that it’s WordPress. I don’t mind keying in the captcha letters (WordPress does this, too), but I run in to constant glitches. One is that sometimes the captcha letters don’t show up until I’ve clicked “post” several times. Then, today, as a ROW80 sponsor, I tried to comment on one of the posts to give encouragement, even though my time is limited right now. And I got this crazy message that my open ID credentials could not be verified! And I had just commented on another post on Blogspot and it worked fine. I tried several times, but to no avail. Now I can’t comment on the blog that I’m supposed to be a sponsor for this week. So, for those of you who use Blogspot…do you have issues like this when you’re commenting on WordPress blogs? Or is it just the other way around?

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