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Hard drive nightmare

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 at 1:27 am

Have you ever wanted to throw your hard drive out the window? I am definitely there. My HP has been a lemon since day one and is now beginning its descent into the final death spiral. Thank God we have a two-year-warranty from Fry’s. That’s where it resides at the moment – while they run diagnostics and whatever else they do on defective equipment.

I’ll be really mad if they tell me that nothing is wrong with it and then give it back to me. Really, I just want a replacement. The loaner they gave me works really well, so for the moment, I am happy.

I’m also waiting to hear news from an agent who requested my full manuscript just the other day. Whoopee!

Simultaneous query submissions – oh my!

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2010 at 2:55 am

I have decided that if I continue to query only one agent at a time, I will be 81 years old before I ever get my book published! This is a game of send and wait…and wait…and wait. You get the idea.

Therefore, I have made an executive decision – I will query a bunch of great agents simultaneously and see what happens. At least I will be proactive, instead of giving the agents all the power. I’m taking my power back! Go power! Now, I will be the one to choose which agent I will strike up a literary relationship with. Mwah hah hah! (That’s my evil drunk-with-power laugh.)

Jenny Crumb – Book 2: starting up

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

So far, for Jenny Crumb, Book 2 (no name yet), I’ve done a little preliminary research. But this morning, I built the first scene in my head. I tend to do that before writing anything – it really helps me to know where I’m going with each part of the book. When I think through a scene, it plays out just like a movie in my head. For me, it’s kind of exciting to plan it that way and helps to insure that each chapter doesn’t fall flat or get boring.

My daughter is a good barometer for that sort of thing. Whenever she reads a book and the story starts to drone on…nothing exciting is happening, she’ll put the book down and never pick it up again. I want to make sure that my books have a pretty fast pace, so that kids like my daughter won’t want to put it down.

Company meeting

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2010 at 3:00 am

Today I attended the Allovus company meeting and we celebrated the company’s anniversary. 🙂 Hayley now has 25 employees…which is astounding considering that we’ve only been around for a year.

I love getting together with my co-workers whom I rarely see.  (Because we all work from home in our pajamas!) I feel lucky to be surrounded by such talent. The bonus is that they are all such genuinely nice human beings.

For those of you who don’t know what Allovus is, I’ll give a brief description. Allovus was founded by Hayley Nichols (who is brilliant, by the way) and it is made up of a bunch of geeky artists (of which, I am proud to say, I am one) who work from home…in our pajamas…making icons for software companies. Our main client is a mega software company, located in Redmond. Can anyone guess which company I’m talking about? Here’s a hint…one of the founders used to go to Lakeside…he wears glasses…he dropped out of college to start a business, he’s married to a woman named Melinda. Got it?

Anyway, ours is a specialized niche. And we like it. Sometimes it’s an easy job and sometimes we tear our hair out. But on the whole, I think that we are all rather fond of it and are very grateful to be gainfully employed.

So, cheers to the first year of Allovus and cheers to Hayley!

Frogs!

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2010 at 6:56 am

Oh – I so love this time of year! Every time I open the door, I hear the music of our froggy friends in the storm drainage pond a few blocks away. They are so loud, I am wondering how many of the little guys (and gals) are out there. Hundreds? Thousands? I don’t know how many, but it is comforting to know that they are out there and that the environment is doing well enough to support them. I read somewhere that frogs are kind of like a barometer for how the environment is doing. They are sensitive creatures and don’t do well with pollution. I guess that means that our neighborhood is a relatively safe, clean place for our little green friends.

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