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First, I want to let everyone know that Zoe Winters has her book, Save My Soul for FREE on Amazon. Here is the link: Save My Soul

Next, I want to mention that I’ve been trying to go natural with some of my skin care products. I’m not one of those people who think everything has to be organic, but I’m experimenting a little with different things. What started me finding some of these natural products on etsy.com is this blog Sparkling Reviews. I found the blog a awhile back when Mary favorably reviewed one of my books. I started following the blog. You should subscribe because there are usually giveaways related to the products reviewed, and I’ve actually won something. Most of the reviews lately have been Etsy shops. And I’ve been buying from some of the shops that have been reviewed. One of the things I love about natural skin care is that it usually smells AMAZING. And it feels so good on your skin. I’ve bought moisturizer, masks, soap, shampoo, and even eye shadow. Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops:

BabblingBrookSoap
MadisonStreetBeauty
EchoFriendlyLiving

Okay, and a couple of “edible” shops:

dellcovespices
jewelofthelion

I’ve placed an order for some ingredients to make my own moisturizer. I’ll let you know how THAT turns out.

In puppy news, we finally got Duke a place to run in the yard. He’s restrained but has LOTS of running room. He seems to be okay with it. I guess it’s better than being cooped up in a garage all day. And now my car can go back in the garage! Yay. And now there’s no poop in there. πŸ˜‰

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Okay, if you think that title is a witty way of saying something about writing, you would be wrong. The title is actually literal. πŸ™‚

This morning, I was getting ready for work. I had been to the bathroom and had just put my contact lenses in. My husband decided he would get up and go to the bathroom, which irritated me because I needed to go again. But I was willing to wait…and wait. When he finished, he flushed the toilet. Suddenly, all the water (and everything else) started rushing out of the bowl. It wasn’t one of those where when it’s stopped up it just slowly starts to overflow. No, this was a deluge. Hubby tried to stop the horror with paper towels, but the water was faster than he was. Now keep in mind, I have a BIG bathroom where the toilet is in a little room by itself. The water kept coming and soon the WHOLE bathroom floor was covered. I tried to walk in there with my flip flops (I don’t know why) and it came up over them and onto my toes. Then the smell hit me. Hubby almost had to clean up vomit. I started gagging and had to rush out of the room. Soon, I was going to be late for work, and I still had to go to the bathroom. I rushed to the other bathroom, hoping this was a one toilet problem, and not our septic tank. Whew, at least that wasn’t a problem. So now, what was I going to do about my shower and brushing my teeth? Hubby was still cleaning up (ahem) water. I happened to have some of those cleansing cloths, so instead of a shower, I had a little “cloth bath”. I couldn’t bring myself to brush my teeth, since it makes me gag most of the time anyway, so I swished with Listerine, and brought a toothbrush to work. After much Lysol, the floor was finally clean, just in time for me to put on my make-up. But my HUSBAND wasn’t clean. Although he had on disposable gloves, his feet were filthy. Poor guy finally got into the shower. I got off to work. My cats watched the fiasco from the safety of the bedroom. Luckily, I don’t think anything seeped into the bedroom carpet. I see a steam cleaning of the floor happening tonight.

So…how was YOUR morning?

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Well, I only wrote two days this week (my goal is five days), but that’s better than not writing at all. Which is what I had been doing…or NOT doing. Tues-999, Sat-774.

I’m not sure I like the setting in my WIP, so I might change it. This is supposed to be a fairly spooky ghost story. Right now, I have it set in a little town on the beach in the pan handle of Florida. I love that beach, but it’s really not eerie enough. I feel like there should be waves crashing against the rocks, like in Maine or somewhere. Somewhere gloomier. I was trying to do something a little different, but I don’t know if it’s going to work.

What do you all think? Can there be a spooky story on the beaches of Florida. Or is it just too sunny and laid back for that?

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Puppy Pics

I’m sure you all remember Daisy who came to our house a few months ago. Well, she followed our old dog into the woods, and she never came back. I’ve heard a dog since then barking (happy barking), and I’m sure it’s her, so I think a neighbor through the woods kept her. She had a collar, but it didn’t have our name on it, so…. Anyway, I know any of our neighbors would take good care of her, and we really weren’t ready for another dog, especially since our other dog is old. But now a new puppy has come into our lives. For some reason, people tend to dump unwanted animals in our area. This puppy was only about 8 weeks old, and we all instantly fell in love. We took him and got his shots and wormer, and we got an identification tag. My son also got him a tag with his name (Duke), our phone numbers, and our address. But, now, we have to keep him in the garage because we don’t want him running off. So there is much poop cleaning in the garage. We’re working on a better way to keep him restrained since we can’t afford a fence. I thought I would post a couple of pictures of the little darling. The first picture is at about 8 weeks. The second picture is now (a little less than 3 months), but the picture makes him look smaller than he is. He went from 10 lbs. to 20 lbs. in 3 weeks! So heeerrrreeee’s Duke!

dukelittle

duke

See all the little pieces of trash around Duke? Well, that’s only part of what he does to the garage. i wish I had taken pictures of some of his little disasters. Soda cans, potting soil, poop…

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1. Losing weight helps control diabetes (I REALLY hope I can get off insulin).
2. Losing weight can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses.
3. Losing weight can give you a whole new wardrobe because you can suddenly wear clothes that have been in your closet for a long time.
4. Losing weight can boost your self-confidence and give you a feeling of accomplishment.
5. Losing weight can make you finally weigh less than your husband. (I’m not there yet, but I’m getting close.)
6. Losing weight can keep your body from continuing to move after you’ve stopped jumping up and down for joy.
7. Losing weight can make you able to shop longer…so, you know, you can buy more stuff.
8. Losing weight can make you able to tie your shoes straight instead of off to the side. (Does anyone understand what I mean here?)
9. Losing weight can make you feel more confident when you’re going to Las Vegas for the RNConvention in August and you’re going to meet the cover model (Jimmy Thomas) that’s been on many of your books. πŸ™‚
10. Losing weight can make you want to start helping OTHER people be healthier because your excitement is contagious. Yay!

Those are just a few. Some of them are humorous and some are serious. But they are all relevant, at least in my case.

Stats for this week:
Beginning weight: 193
Today’s weight: 178.5
This week’s loss: 1.5 lbs.
Total loss: 14.5 lbs.

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I was wondering if any of you have had any experience selling on your website with PayPal’s shopping cart. It looks like it’s just a matter of copy/pasting some html on a webpage, which I assume can be done on a WordPress page. When I had lunch with Anya Kelleye and Virginia McKevitt last Saturday (lots of fun was had!), Virginia mentioned she used to have that on her site. I didn’t even realize PayPal had a shopping cart.

Another thing I need to consider is sales tax. Right now, I would have to charge sales tax to anyone in my state. But states are trying to crack down on internet sales now, so eventually I would have to pay sales tax to multiple states. Would it be worth it?

The upside to this would be that I would get to keep the whole sale (minus PayPal fees) instead of having to share royalties with retailers. The downside would be that this would be quite a bit of trouble to get set up for sales that probably wouldn’t amount to much. Most people would rather buy from a retailer who can send ebooks electronically. It might be better for print books, but my print book sales are almost nothing anyway. I can’t even offer a lower price for ebooks as an incentive to buy directly from me because I can’t price anything lower than Amazon or they will lower their price when they find out.

So would it be worth it? What do all of you think? Have any of you tried it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Last night, I finally sat down in my new chair at my desk and wrote 999 words. That’s all. πŸ™‚

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My first step toward getting my office more writing-friendly was to get a new chair. I thought about just sticking to the one I had and trying to find a fluffier cushion to put in the seat (not only was the seat uncomfortable, but the hydrolics weren’t working, so it was too short), but I went to Staples and found one that felt SO good to sit in. I had to have it. And just to prove there are still helpful people in this world…. My chair was in a box which the salesman had put in a buggy, and he asked me if I needed help getting it to my car. Since he already looked like he was about to have a heart attack from carrying it, I declined. When I tried to get it into the back of my car (I have an HHR, so it was like an SUV hatch), I realized the box was in the buggy in an awkward position, and I couldn’t just slide it into the car. And it was heavy. Suddenly, this lady (and she wasn’t that young) jumps out of her car, throws her purse into my buggy, and grabs the other side of the box. Between the two of us, we easily got the box into my car. I was overwhelmed by her kindness. Things like this make my heart feel good. πŸ™‚

So now I have a comfortable place to write. It took me almost all evening to get the chair put together last night, but now it’s done, and all I have to do is sit my butt in it and write.

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I had a disagreement with my youngest son last night, so my heart is hurting a little this morning. Oh, who am I kidding…a little?…I can’t stop crying. But that’s life, I guess.

This week it’s time to get the ball rolling. The first thing I need to do is finish reading a manuscript for a friend. Then, I need to get Soul of a Vampire uploaded to CreateSpace for print. I plan on doing those two things today. Then, tomorrow, I’m going to start on a new story. I’ll probably make notes on that today, so I’ll be ready to actually write tomorrow. I haven’t gotten a new office chair yet…that might have to wait due to lack of funds. So I guess I’ll just put a cushion in the chair and go about my writing. πŸ™‚

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It’s so hard to fit exercise into our routines. Something always seems to come up. Like on Monday. I’ve been eating lunch about 11:00 to 11:30 at my desk, then going to exercise at the gym at about 1:30 or so. But on Monday, the day got crazy. I had to work right through my exercise time because I was trying to find out where the truck was that had my customer’s shipment. I had to sit here waiting on phone calls and emails. By 4:00, there wasn’t much sense in going because my office would have been closed when I got back. So I’ve started exercising after work. The biggest problem with that is my car wants so badly to point toward home after a hard day at the office. And this time of year, they are all hard days. Plus, my feet seem to hurt worse this time of day. What to do??? I’ve just got to find the best time to exercise and do it. And maybe be flexible enough so that I don’t HAVE to do it the same time every day. What do YOU do for exercise, and when?

Beginning weight: 193
Today’s weight: 180
This week’s loss: 2 lbs.
Total loss: 13 lbs.

Do I get a sticker?

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