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Snow and snow!

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My first real snow since I left Canada in ’98. It was crazy, cold, and made the purchase of better tires a necessity. We tried to get the car out of the garage, but no go. So, we walked in the snow, or rather slogged our way through the snow, to buy cables. Long walk. But the cables worked to get us where we needed to go, and get Huckleberry to work the next morning. Of course, the cables broke on his way home as there were some roads that where clear. So, a 6 hour wait at the local Les Shwab, and we are driving on two all-weather tires and getting around much better. Speaking of Les Shwab, they are wonderful!!! We called at 3, when H came home and they got us in line right away even though they would have to work until 7 or 8 in the evening to fit us in. The lady at the desk, said she didn’t want to leave us stranded. The guys working on huge line of cars were all very nice, understanding, and helpful. I would recommend them anytime:)

So, the deer are still wandering in and out of the yard, looking for any dropped apples. The quail family is in and out as well, pecking apples and the seed I have out for them. Harpo, our cocker mix is having a great time in all of the snow, chasing whatever he can see. We are careful with the deer though, those little hooves are very sharp. He gets to bark at them through the window only.

Christmas is coming fast. Presents are on there way to family and friends, minus the ones I will take when we visit. Most of those are homemade jams and jellies from our apple tree and grapevines. I have some pretty, holiday patterned mini bakers that will have a nice loaf of homemade gingerbread for gifts as well. They will make a nice basket:)

Ok, next update should have more about the work I am doing. Till then, be safe and happy:)

Settling in Susanville

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Pretty well settling in to life here in Susanville:) What a beautiful area! We attended our first Rails to Trails celebration. That was cool. They have several miles of what used to be Railway access turned into pretty hiking trails. We went about 2 miles in, then turned around. The little festival that goes with this celebration was pure small town and so enjoyable! A delish Chili cook-off, lots of information about the local history and about the museum, and an old train depot with a working hand-pumped rail car. The kids loved it!

Beginning in November I will start advertising my copy editing business. Although much of what I do is online, I like to advertise locally as well. I am preparing new flyers and business cards with my new address and phone number. Small batches. I have thrown away a good number of business cards and flyers with the old contact information and it seemed not quite right to have incorrect information on a card about copy editing:)  Live and learn:) I will join the local Chamber of Commerce as well.

So many new things, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

Until next post!

Summer time:)

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Summer began with a strange combination of heat, cool, thunder, lightning, wind, rain, and hail. Now, the more typical heat has hit with a vengeance:) 103 today. Summer is also the time for me to concentrate on my copyediting and writing. My full time job as a Health Aide in our school district takes up a lot of my energy during the school year.

Now I have time to attend online classes to boost my skills, concentrate on editing and writing, and enjoy time with my Huckleberry and my pup:) I also hope to keep up with this blog — although I have mentioned that before — and add more information on the author help page.

Applying for freelance jobs online has been an experience. The advice from everyone and their uncle says to keep trying and I know I have to, but wow…companies seem to want the stars and the moon available at little cost. One job worked out to be 4 standard pages of edited work for $6. That is (oh pfffttt I hate math) $1.50 per page of finished work. How much editing it would take to get to that finished product is anyone’s guess.

I love copyediting so the search will go on:) I can gripe in private, or (LOL) on here apparently!

Meanwhile, I have a fantasy work I am editing, and a small novella I am writing. I really find writing helps with copyediting and vice versa.

Till next update:)

2019 begins!

uphoto of planner and writing materials Welcoming in the New Year with bang! Small bang, actually:) We decided to do a quiet Christmas and New Year. Trouble with the car meant no long trips, so we mailed a bunch of presents to the kidlets, and the kidlets kidlets, and called to wish them Happy Holidays. Our celebration was wine and cheese and snuggles:)

January so far means the potential of new work for an author who wants to submit articles to some journals, working on my Huckleberry’s fantasy novel, and keeping up with my own writing. I just received my business license in the mail for this year, and next month I should be able to join our local Chamber of Commerce:) Hopefully that will generate some income for me and mine.

Good news from a fellow blogger too! Helen Power has had some great success with her short stories, and articles published in 2018:) Congratulations to her on her success.

New Year resolutions — I don’t usually have them. Or if I have them I make a point to break them as soon as possible so that stress isn’t hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles. This year I am just going to try to do better. Better with my eating habits, better with exercise, better with time management, and better with writing and editing. I certainly can’t be doing any worse!!!! I will start with making this blog happen with more frequency:)

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are” Confucius

Be careful with yourself, you matter:)

 

Updating for the Winter Season

low light photo of opened bookAlways time for a book.

There is a nice nip in the air, the wind is up during the day and the nights are definitely cooler here in Central Cali. I am heavily into the edit of a full-length fantasy novel that is proving to be very interesting! I am looking forward to the published work:)

Winter means darker evenings, which means lots of time to catch up on my reading and writing. There is a nice balance to maintain between my copy editing work, my job as a Health Aide for my local school district, my ARC work for several authors, and my own writing. Not to forget my wonderful Huckleberry and the pup, Harpo, who is nowhere near as quiet as his Marx Brother namesake.   I look at the first two like working two jobs. The ARC work is a joy with deadlines:) The writing time and time with Huck and Harpo are personal joys.

Balance is hard but doable. Being flexible is an important part of it. If I have a chance to drop everything for a special time with my guys, I take it without guilt. If I have to spend a bit of extra time doing my editing to make up for it, so be it:) They understand, well at least the human does, the pup is a bit more insistent:)

One of my favorite sayings is from Confucius.  “No matter where you go, there you are”

It reminds me to stay true to myself and to be honest with what, why and when I do what I do. I am going to be with me until the end, better to like the company than not:)

 

There’s working, and then there’s working:)

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Summer is on its way out, fall is coming and work is in progress. My job as a health aide is always fun. I love helping the kids and my co-workers are fun. That is the first “working”:) My copy editing is the second “working” and while a challenge, it is the job I enjoy the most. I am currently doing a fantasy novel edit and it is going well. The author is my husband, and that has a few challenges:). I have some authors who give ARC’s to a team to read and do simple corrections in terms of spelling and minor grammar issues. Those are wonderful and so much fun to do.

I have several brochures out with my services and costs listed. I have some cards out as well. I met with one gentleman who has a book on tape he is thinking of having transcribed and edited. I am looking forward to hearing more about that.

There is a sort of third “working”. Writing. As a copy editor I run across a lot of different classes of the written word. The more I edit, the more I learn about how authors put their thoughts on paper, and work through stories. It helps a lot with my own writing. My writing also helps with my editing. I have a bit of insight into where the author is going or trying to go, and I love helping them get there:)

Until next time:)

 

 

Summer’s end:)

For a lot of the people connected to the world of education, this is almost back to work. The students have either just started school, or will be within the next week or so. Teachers are getting classrooms ready, and all of the other staff who make schools successful are getting ready for the year.

Other than copy editing, I work at a middle school as a Health Aide. I help our Nurses look after the health needs of our students. I love the work. I have done this for the last 18 years. (yup, I am old:) )

Summer was wonderful. Lots of reading and copy editing. A lot of time spent developing my business. There was a great week with my grand daughter, a trip to the Rams Training camp, and some absolutely wonderful German food at the SUPPENKÜCHE restaurant in San Francisco with our best buds.

Now, hopefully, the weather will start to cool down. Although, with our temps here still hanging in the 104-106 range during the day, that may not happen very fast. At least the evenings are cooling a little bit.

So, goodbye to my lazy days of Summer, and hello to my working days of Fall. If life is about anything, it is about change:)