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:)

Good Morning

Still not ready to post the review for Colony in a Nation, but I am here and it is morning:)

Great weekend! A bit of gardening, an evening of BBQ and game playing with friends, and some relaxation:) A meeting that was set but my author couldn’t make it, which was a disappointment. We are at the end of the edit, so just accept/reject changes and then some last editing on my part and the manuscript is done:) We are both looking forward to that.

Speaking of game playing, you all have to try Farkle. It is an amazing game. Sort of Yahtzee with a twist. Fast and you can steal scores. What more do you want when you are playing with your best friends?? 🙂

Well, daily it isn’t

Well,  did I say I was going to do this every morning before work? Yes, yes I did, and no, no I didn’t do this every morning before work:) Woke up late, and didn’t have time. Best laid plans and all that. I will try harder.

It is now almost midnight, so that might count as first thing in the morning if I stay here long enough! Earlier, I had a message from an author I read. Her book was pirated and on a site for way less money than it was on her official site, and that can cause a huge price drop. Something about comparison pricing. So, all of her readers headed over to the pirated book and left a review that stated no one should buy this because it was a pirated copy. Took about 3 hours and the copy up and disappeared! Great news for the author and pretty empowering for her loyal readers. Piracy of books, music and movies is still a huge problem, although I think it is getting a bit better. There is now some sort of digital thumbprint on the copies that can show where they came from, at least in the movie theaters. I heard they can actually trace the phone that recorded the movie illegally. That and patrons are policing cell phone use in theaters. It drives me crazy when I am sitting watching a movie and someones phone is shining, or flashing. Movie etiquette needs to be taught at school for pete’s sake, and for my sake apparently:)

It seems like people, not all people to be sure, have this small bubble around them and for some crazy reason think that what happens in their personal bubble is not apparent to anyone outside of it. That can make observing an interesting pastime:)

OK, I am out for now. My bed is calling me.

Third post!

Wow, I am up to three posts. Go figure. Today I am squeezing this in before work, and I will add to it later. I have decided that I need a set time to put my thoughts down on…well, I was going to say paper because that is the normal ending to that beginning but I guess I have to change that:) There are a lot of sayings that are being changed and updated due to the digital world. I am going to have some examples here along with some suggestions for the changes needed. Let me know if you have any to add!

Books galore!

Ok, so doing a blog is not easy! I wanted this to be about the joys of reading and writing, with some of my new business of copy editing thrown in. Please be patient as I get this going regularily:) This is also going to be a bit less formal than copy editing would be so expect smileys and some mildly blue language!