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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:)

 

What to do, what to do:)

person writing on white bookFor some people, summer is a relaxing away time from work. For others, it is the same routine just hotter (or colder). For me, it is a time away from my regular job, a time to work on getting my editing business off the ground, and a time to enjoy friends and family. To that end, we have some plans! Camping with Grandkidlets and friends, a few days in the wonderful San Francisco and just downtime to spend quality time with Huckleberry and the pup. Oh, and a chance to read like a crazy!! My other blog goes into books, book reviews, and food for those watching carb intake.

Getting a business off the ground is difficult and time-consuming. Researching tips online can reap a lot of good ideas, but it all takes time to implement. In the end it seems to be a numbers game—much like Time Share sales:) The more information you put out there, and the more contacts you make, the more likely some sort of positive response will be returned! So, I am sending brochures to the local businesses and putting ads in newspapers. With some of the brochures I am sending a “freebie” of sorts, pointing out a typo or two in their flyers or web content. We will see if that is too pushy or not:) On the work in progress side, I am still editing Huckleberry’s book. Fairly easy edit, as the authors are teachers, but their focus was on the story and it’s development, not spelling or grammar:) and things do change. He is also looking to self-publish. That is why there will be an addition to my site pages. One that is devoted to information about publishing and self-publishing, and the pitfalls thereof. I am hoping at some point that my business will not only be copy editing, but a place authors can go to get help and guidance, from the concept and development of their vision, to the finished and published product. That means more classes for me, and that is something I always enjoy!

Summer is coming

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Here we go, summer is a’comin! This is a good time of year for us. Our dog isn’t sad in the mornings anymore, I can get work done in a non-frantic way, and we can focus a bit more on family.

I have started work on Huckleberry’s book. It is a fantasy novel, and pretty darn good:) (I may be a touched biased) When he asked me to do this, seeing as that is what I do, I wasn’t sure I was going to take it on.  I asked a couple of people I commune with on a CE list, and the overall feeling was-nope-don’t go there. I can understand that, creative works seem to trigger the same protective instincts in authors and artists as children do to parents. When I brought this up to Huckleberry, he assured me he was not so tied to the story that he couldn’t take some input.

(ahem, cough, cough) I don’t believe that for a red hot second either. It wouldn’t be down on paper if he wasn’t tied to it! But, I am doing it so we will see what happens. It will be a learning experience for both of us to be sure.

FOOD in the summer is a little easier for us carb-free peeps. Lots of salads and BBQs and we can eat that till the cows come home, no pun intended:) Desserts get a little easier too, with fruits coming into season. Next time I will have some recipes for those of you who follow to get the carb reduced stuff.

With diabetes but without meds:)

A little off topic, but very much part of life. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes about 7 years or so ago. I imagine he had it for quite some time before he was diagnosed. Health care expenses and all that:( America, we don’t do that stuff very well.

Anyway, when he retired he decided that the meds were going to be way too expensive even with insurance thanks to that stupidly named “donut hole”. That is where the insurance doesn’t pay anymore, and you pay full price for the meds. That happened at about month 5 for us, even with a big monthly payment for the insurance.

So, no meds. That meant an abrupt change in lifestyle in regards to food. As low in carbs as we could get. No sugar. Exercise like mad:) He lost 30 pounds, walks 10 miles a day or more and we consume less than 20 carbs a day.

I remember going into the kitchen after the discussion about no meds anymore and going through all of the cupboards to get rid of any of our carb foods. Bread, bagels, cereal, crackers, pasta. It is amazing how life is geared to carb consumption! Almost all of the fast food and even the nice restaurants are carb loaded. Advertising is amazingly high carb.

My hubby experimented with a lot of cooking ingredients and styles in order to satisfy our appetites while keeping as low in carbs and sugars as possible. He is pretty amazing and we eat very well:)

Dinner last night was a chicken stir fry with zoodles (zucchini spirals) in with chicken and some frozen veges and a great sauce. We thicken our sauces with chia seeds. They work really well. For dessert we have whipped cream cheese with blueberries warmed up and folded in the cream cheese. It is delicious!

There are lots of books about low carb and low sugar recipes, but not low enough for no diabetes meds at all. We have found the keto stuff to be a great source of food ideas for us. Costco also has some great protein bars that are a net 4 carbs. Great snack, or dessert on occasion. There are also low carb peanut butters out there if you look and some low carb bread that my hubby loves, but I can do without:) We mostly just don’t eat bread, low carb or not.

Zoodles of all kinds replace pasta. Tomorrow we are experimenting with no carb chili, which is not as hard as it might sound. The tomatoes are going to be a challenge but I will post the recipe here if it turns out:) I know it starts with ground turkey because I spied it out to defrost in the fridge!

More later. I hope:)