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Back Peddling!

Have you ever said the wrong thing? Wrote the wrong thing? Or typed the wrong thing and then hit post, send, or publish?

Well, I am a back peddling pro! People say, “There goes that back peddling idiot. Always got her foot in her mouth.”

Yep, that’s me! Hey, I might get a little red in the face, but I get a lot of exercise!

James Smith, kindly pointed out to me that I typed my email address wrong in my post, “What’s new with you?”

So here is my email once again and it’s the correct one (blushing)

kkrafts58@gmail.com

And I’ve also corrected it in the other post.

So I’m done (I hope) with my exercise for today. :-) Now to finish my climb to the top of the week. Happy Hump day by the way! And then slide down on my backside to the weekend!

Follow James on twitter, he’ll help keep you on your toes and headed in the right direction. :-)

Till then; HUGS!

What’s New With You?

Okay, it’s promo time! It has been a while since I have done any promotions for others, here on my blog that is. I’m sure you all remember “Show me your Cover” and “Wednesday Wonders

With the dog days of August coming to a close and the kids back in school (my kids are past that age :-) Thank goodness )

I thought we could kick off September with, “What’s new with you?” It’s kind of like that first day back to school and the teacher asks, “What did you do on your summer vacation?”

The topic is your choice. Do you have a new book coming out? Or just released a new novel? Are you having a countdown promotion, or a free day? Maybe you moved to a new house, or painted your old one. Or you went to an exotic place for a vacation. (Hey, we might be writers and authors, but we are still people too, and fans love to know.)

You decide what you want to share.

The rules are simple;

  • One photo
  • One link
  • Wrap it up in 300 words or less

If you want to participate and get a mini promo just email me what you want to share and I’ll start posting, first come, first serve, on the 1st of September.

kkrafts58@gmail.com

I’ll post mine next Monday.

I look forward to hearing from you and let your friends know.

Till then; Hugs!

In the mail!

Awesome! Look what I got in the mail today!

Michelle Proulx sent me some swag! Bookmarks and stickers.

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Thank you Michelle!

You can buy “Imminent Danger” HERE in the US and HERE in the UK

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Follow her on twitter

And check out her website HERE and see what she’s up to.

 

 

Happy Monday!

I’m here! Oh wow, where do I start! Haha.

Well, let’s start with my dad and Jinny. They are doing good. Dad has been getting physical therapy 3 days a week and we are still waiting for the insurance to approve Jinny’s.  Dad says he feels pretty good. No pain and has started doing a little driving again. As for me, I am buried a mile deep in paperwork. Scheduling doctor appointments, canceling doctor appointments. Jinny changed doctors after her fall and now she’s in a different network, so appointments with specialists have to be cancelled. I think the worst part about all of this is, my dad has gotten so forgetful and it scares me.

Okay on to other news.

I had my son’s dogs for three days while he took a short vacation. Hey wait! I don’t get a vacation. So not fair. :-) But I enjoyed puppy sitting even though they would wake me up at 3:30 in the morning. “Grandma, I’m scared. Can I come sleep in your room?”

They are adorable though, aren’t they?

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I have been making to-do lists this past week and even though I am accomplishing quite a bit, some days I feel like I haven’t accomplished a thing. Do you have days like these?

I have been cleaning and fixing things around the house that need to be done before winter arrives, that is if we get any winter. :-) Painting the outside of the house; One gallon and one paintbrush at a time. And have even been cleaning windows! I actually like to clean windows. It gives you a much brighter outlook on life.

I tried my hand at some spray painting. I know that tagging is bad, but I have seen some detailed and awesome murals on the sides of trains and buildings done with just spray paint, so I decided to redo a patio table (No, no tagging on trains or buildings for me).

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You can check out my other blog for what inspired me to do this.

I have been making homemade;  Peanut butter, carrot juice, yogurt, carrot cake, chili, and cornbread and that’s just been the last couple of days. :-)

I have been taking photos.

Yesterday’s sunset,

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And last night’s full moon.

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I have been house hunting. Don’t go getting all excited, it’s more of a dream or a fantasy.  But when I win the lottery… :-)

Heck, I even have the housewarming guest list made out and what to serve! LOL

I have been checking out hand held voice recorders. Any suggestions?

And I’ll wrap this up with, I have been writing! Yay! Well a little bit.

I changed the title of my short story book and updated the cover. (Again) Keep in mind it is still a first draft)

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And I’ll post more details next week as to the stories and when it will be available.

And now I am off to tackle today’s TO-Do list. Have a great day everyone and till next time… HUGS!

WOW! I’m Honored!

I want to thank all of my awesome blog followers.

I am pleased to announce that I now have 500 followers!

Thank you all!

You guys and gals are the best.

Hugs!

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

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 I am honored to accept the Versatile Blogger award from Samantha Bacchus!

And I was supposed to have gotten this posted yesterday. My apologies to Sam and a big Thank you for nominating me for this wonderful award.

 And now for the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

Thank the person who nominated you, (as I have above).

Include a link to their blog – click on Smantha’s name (up thereUp Arrow Hand Symbol: Free Graphics, Pictograms, icons, Visuals ...  ) to follow the link to her fantastic blog,

Samantha’s Blog: Living The Write Dream

Nominate 15 bloggers. – I’ll do this at the end.

Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

This is the hard part! I am a simple, uncomplicated type of person, who tends to share all kinds of things about myself all the time and yet I keep my thoughts and opinions to myself (most of the time :-) ) so as not to offend anyone. But I’ll try to come up with a few that you don’t know.

 I’m allergic to metal. Not sure if I was prior to having my ears pierced when I was 18, but that’s when I first became aware of it.

Just carrying change (coins) in my hand or pocket will cause a reaction. Within seconds they start to feel warm and after a few minutes they will leave a red mark that is similar to a moderate sunburn that can last for days. All jewelry has to be either sterling silver or nickel free. One thing that I learned when I had a severe reaction 15 years ago was that many people allergic to metal are also allergic to spandex. Yes, I am one of the many. Do you know how hard it is to find clothes that don’t have spandex in them? Try reading the labels sometime. Bras, underwear, stretch jeans, even socks can have spandex.

I’m afraid of birds and all feathered creatures! Ducks, geese, and chickens are the worst. Maybe it’s because as a child, my family had a pet chicken who hated me and would chase me every time I went outside and would peck at my legs. BrrrGives me the chills just thinking about it. :-)

 I cut and color my own hair. And I have only had my hair cut and colored by a professional stylist 6 times in my entire life.

I’ve been thinking about going gray naturally. What with all the brands and shades of hair color available today, the little old gray haired lady has become a rarity. Heck, even my step-mom who just turned 91 last week still has her hair colored on a regular basis. But I am scared. What if I don’t like it? What if it makes me lookOLD? Guys seem to go gray more naturally than women do and they don’t seem to mind. Is it a society thing? Or are women just more vain?

I have three sons and my middle son is truly a middle son.  My oldest was born on a Wednesday, my middle son was born on a Thursday, and my youngest was born on a Friday, but wait there’s more. My oldest weighed the most, but was the shortest. My middle son fell right into the middle because my youngest son weighed the least and was the longest of the three.

I don’t like wearing dresses. Sorry, but they make me feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. I believe that if you are comfortable with what you are wearing (I prefer jeans myself) you exude self-confidence and self-confidence is way more sexy than a self-conscious, uncomfortable woman in a short dress anytime!

At 5’5″ and a whopping 130 pounds, I’m the biggest in my family. And I have always felt like an Amazon compared to my mom who topped out at 5’2″, both of my sisters at 5’3″, and my brother at 5’4″. I even had an uncle who was a jockey before he was killed in the Korean war. From what I’ve heard he was pretty good, but I never got to meet him. He died seven years before I was born.

And this is hard too! I follow so many wonderful blogs that it’s hard to narrow the list down to 15, but here goes.

http://charlieclose.wordpress.com

http://danniehill.wordpress.com

http://emaginette.wordpress.com

http://sharkbaitwrites.com

http://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com

http://laineyrain.wordpress.com

http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com

http://nicolajmcdonagh.wordpress.com

http://edenbaylee.com/blog

http://www.ninjalibrarian.com

http://emilyguido.com

http://www.gardenofedenblog.com

http://silviatomasvillalobos.wordpress.com

http://alanamunroauthor.com

http://garyalanhenson.blogspot.com

Well, that’s my nominees. I understand that sometimes we are so caught up in our day to day lives that we might not be able to accept the award and that’s fine, I understand completely. When I received an award about a year ago one of my nominees emailed me and asked if I would give the award to a very nice lady whose blog had never received an award. So if you can’t accept please consider paying it forward and nominate a blog of your choice. Just leave their link in the comments section and let them know you have nominated them. Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Till next time; Hugs!

 

 

Continuing to Catch Up!

As my last post was titled, Always Trying to Catch Up,  (You can read it HERE) I have decided that,

I WILL NEVER CATCH UP! 

So I’ll just go with the flow and do what I can.

Samantha asked me how my dad was doing and since I can only post 140 characters on twitter:-) I figured I’d share an update.

Life is funny sometimes and I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so let me catch you up.

Most of you know my dad fell on the 17th of June and it was originally thought that he broke his collar bone, but the last x-ray showed it was his shoulder. Let’s move on to June 20th; My step-mom fell and fractured a vertebrae.

Jinny, my step-mom, is doing okay. Sore and bruised, but she’s in good spirits. She goes to see the doctor on Wednesday. My dad’s neighbor and good friend, Orvil, said he wants to take Jinny for her appointment.

Now Orvil is one of those guys who would give you the shirt off his back, or at least he’d give my dad the shirt off his back. :-) He’s a great guy and a wonderful friend.

 

Dad had blood drawn and the doctor said everything is perfect, except for the shoulder, dad’s in great health. :-) He must be feeling pretty good because he is getting cabin fever and had one of the caregivers drive him, my step-mom, and the dog to Trader Joes today. :-)

 

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Dad goofing around and Orvil is in the middle egging him on.

Anyway, my dad called me last Thursday, June 26th, and said, “Guess what happened?” (Lately this is a very scary question.) “Orvil just came over.”

The first thing out of my mouth was, “Don’t tell me, he’s on crutches.”

“Nope, he fell in the store parking lot and did the same thing as me!”  Dad tells me as he laughs.

I asked him which arm and Orvil’s is the left and dad’s is the right, so I told them they were a fine pair and now they could help each other button their pants!  (Dad had sent me shopping the day before to buy pull on shorts)

I know you are thinking just how horrible this is, but frankly,  the three of them think it’s quite funny.

Now let’s get to the bad part. My step-mom had a series of strokes back in 2005 and since then my dad has been her main caretaker,  except for the few times he was in the hospital, but with his fractured shoulder he can’t take care of her or, drive, or do the dishes, or cook!

Now I don’t know if you know this or not, but caretakers charge anywhere from $10 to $20 dollars an hour!

I was talking to Roxanne on the phone the other day (She organizes which caregivers go where) and she was telling me that there is a board and care in the area that has a bedroom, with a walk in closet, available forWait for itSeven thousand a month. A month! Good God most people don’t even make that much in a month, especially on social security. My dad’s not rich, nor even well to do, but they live comfortably.  They both get social security and dad has a reasonable pension along with a stipend from the Veterans.

BUT $7,000.00 a month!

Okay, I’m done ranting. I told my kids, now I am really scared to get old.

So I am going to have to find someone to live-in. They’d get free board and care and a reasonable salary. Want to know the really scary part? Where do you find a honest, trustworthy person?

Did you read or hear about the lady that was hired to live-in in Upland, CA? And now she won’t leave. If not, you can read about her here. http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/29/us/california-nanny-squatter/index.html

And here

So my advice to everyone is to start saving now.

There is a sliver of silver lining in the clouds though. If you are a Veteran or the spouse of a Veteran there is an Aid and Attendance benefit that you can apply for. You can learn more about it here.  http://www.vetangels.org/

(Sorry this is a jumbled mess, but it’s totally like my thoughts!)

Okay, I‘ll save the rest for another time (Like, How I broke my dad’s computer today) Eek! Shhh, don’t tell dad.

Hugs till then!

 

Always Trying To Catch Up!

Last week I felt like I was ahead of the game. Posting reviews and catching up on reading. (Not so much on writing, but more about that later. )

And then my dad fell. He was done shopping and had pushed his basket out to the car, grabbed his bags, and in a hurry, as usual, he tripped over the curb.

A Big Thank You to the customers in the parking lot who came to his aid and called the EMT’s.

The ambulance whisked him away to the hospital and he has a fractured collarbone.

He’s in a sling and in pain, but his mood is good and I think, no wait, I know, he loves all the extra attention.

So hang in there with me and I’ll take every day as it comes and keep you updated. I do have a few draft posts that I can share and hopefully will get all my reading done. And maybe, just maybe, this is a good time to catch up on my writing. There just might be a story hidden in all of this. :-)

Till then, Big HUGS to all of you!

 

All Authors Blog Blitz with “Nicola McDonagh”

Today we are doing the “All Author Blog Blitz”

Please help me welcome, Nicola McDonagh and her beautiful cat, Storm.

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Nicola will be sharing a post about the

CREATIVE USE OF LANGUAGE IN NOVELS 

Take it away, Nikki. It’s all yours!

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About a year ago, I had my first ever book published by Fable Press.

“Echoes from the Lost Ones”    a YA  dystopian/sci-fi novel.

I was unsure how people would react to it, because I used a slang-based language to tell my story   from the  heroine’s viewpoint. I took quite a risk writing in this style, but I knew that I wanted to    produce a story that broke  the mould and create a unique world with a unique voice. Below is an    extract from Echoes From the Lost Ones. Our  heroine has been kidnapped by a gang of lustful  youths:

“It was a good job the ‘dult turned up when he did or I’d be but floor pelt for sure. Those teens looked pretty fierce all right, with soil splattered on their cheeks, necks and foreheads; their eyes staring wild and full of threat. Bits of greenery and twigs stuck out from their matted hair and if I didn’t know better, I would think them part tree so much of the forest clung to their bods. Even me, the Roughhouse Champ, would be no match against all of them.

I’m tough but not stupid.

I recognised the one who tried to pinch my choc. He stood opposite me clenching and unclenching his fists. I saw his knuckles turn white each time his fingers bent, and when I caught his eye, he glared back. The others thrust their shoulders forward ready to pounce. I squatted all quick, arms around my head to shield me from a full on attack.

“Pull back ye bulls. Abide by the guidelines,” the ‘dult said and fanned them away with an air swipe. He turned and gestured for me to stand. I did. He walked over, folded his arms and moved his gaze up and down my bod. “Ye, ye are not one of us.”

I slowed my breath so as to appear all-calm like, and answered in a voice without quiver. “Well, nah. Visibly so,” I said, and then brushed some dirt from my pantaloons.

“From Cityplace?”


“Goodly guess.”


“No guess. Ye attire is crafted machine wise?”


“Surely so.”


“Not suited for this rugged terrain.”


“That I am discovering with every shoe weary step.”
“And yer eyes are of that peculiar blue that only the softies have.”


“I am no softie.”


“Perhaps not, but ye resemble them in pale of skin and light of hair.”


The not-so-big ‘dult, for he was no more than a finger joint taller than myself, scratched underneath the filthy pouch that hung around his pleated skirt and said, “Name, girlie.”

I had hoped to end this chittle-chat without resort to mention of my moniker.

“Relinquish yer name or I will let the Nearlys have their frolic.”


“Let them try,” I said and put up my fists again.

“Wirt, what is she called?”

A flimsy looking youth with long straggly brown hair approached and looked between him and me. Then he stared into my eyes, blinked twice and backed away.

“Wirt! Name!”


“Adara,” he said, and hung his head as if in shame.”

As you can see, the language is different from most other YA novels, so I waited for my first reviews with apprehension.  My first one was a 3* and yep, the reviewer didn’t like the language. So I thought, here we go; I’m going to get slammed for daring to be different. Now, I wasn’t actually upset that I got a 3* review!! That’s good isn’t it?  I was actually very pleased indeed. Then I began to get 4* and 5* reviews. Very, very pleased. My experiment with narrative payed off – for the most part. I still get 3* reviews from readers, and they pretty much say the same thing about not liking the language and finding it difficult to read. But, more people enjoy my quirky world and oddly use of English than don’t.

Result!!!

So I say to all who want to try and do something new with language – DO IT! You never know, it just might work.

Why not try using food. Seriously – why not?

I found a tin of spaghetti letters at the back of the under stairs cupboard, a few days out of date and dusty. I don’t remember buying them. I don’t remember ever eating said tinned convenience food in my life. A mystery to be sure. Anyway, I thought the birds might enjoy them and opened the tin. I poured out all the gooey letters and for some reason thought, why not write a Haiku using some of the pasta shapes?

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My husband joined in and separated the letters – a messy business to be sure. Then we made some toast and began to play around with the pasta. My first attempts were a bit vague, and the poem I really wanted to do, I couldn’t because not all the letters were there.

Haiku I wanted to do:

Poetry from food

Nourishing both mind and gut

A sea of ideas

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But I came up with something in the end.

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Well, it was raining outside, andI don’t need to make excuses!

In case you couldn’t quite make out the letters – below the end result:

Snake ‘s’ and moon ‘o’

Ooze and flow upon the toast

Nature’s gibberish

 Okay, that is a bit extreme, but what I’m trying to say is, don’t be afraid to experiment. You never know, you might just end up with a best seller like Anthony Burgess and his novel, A Clockwork Orange. He used language to define the difference between adults and the younger generation. Since my book is set in the future, as is A Clockwork Orange, I began to question why a lot of writers choose not to modify the language they use to create a sense of another time and place. It seems that in the future, vocabulary will remain the same and people will talk to each other exactly the way they do now. Which doesn’t really make sense, does it? The spoken and written word has changed over the years, and most authors have reflected this in their works: from Shakespeare to Bronte, Dickens to Faulkner, and James Joyce to Irvine Welsh. I overheard a conversation between three teenage girls. I texted a snippet of what they were saying to my friend, who has a fifteen year old, and she said that they were talking about a boy that two of them found attractive, but one of them didn’t.

Girl 1:  Yo, see Jay? He gone all tank, well yoked.

Girl 2:  Yeah, he fully gassed narmean?

Girl 3:  Nah, you dutty fam. He’s well piff.

Girl 1: Nah, he FAF.

Girl 3:  Wa, you beefin’ me?

Girl 1:  Wa, you seriously say he butters?

So, if young people talk like this today, wouldn’t it make sense that hundreds of years in the future, people would be conversing with words that are different from the ones we use now?

 

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In his novel, Nineteen eighty-four, George Orwell introduced words and phrases that were not  familiar to readers of that era, to create a futuristic realm where language is used as a weapon to  subjugate the masses: duckspeak, thoughtcrime, bellyfeel, doublethink, and speakwrite. Would it  have been such a powerful read if the author had not employed the use of such evocative words?  Who can forget ‘Newspeak’, or ‘Big Brother’?

 

 

 

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In A Clockwork Orange, the use of slang is vital to the narrative to give credibility to this dystopian future. Alex speaks ‘nadsat’ a language that sets him and his friends apart from the rest of society.

“These grahzny sodding veshches that come out of my gulliver and my plott,” I said, “that’s what it is.”

“Quaint,” said Dr. Brodsky, like smiling, “the dialect of the tribe. “

 

 

So, bearing this in mind, when I came to write my novels, Echoes from the Lost Ones and A Silence Heard, I made sure that I used words that were appropriate for the world I was creating. Since it is written from the viewpoint of a seventeen- year -old, Adara, in the first person, it was imperative that her voice rang true in order for the characters to maintain credibility in this vision of the future. I created ‘Bubchat’

If you enjoy a read that is different from the usual dystopian/sci-fi novels that are around, then why not get a copy and see if you like my style.

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Still not sure? Check out my book trailers for both novels HERE!

 That was really cool, Nikki.  And you are right how each generation has picked up their own slang. 

To learn more about Nicola and her books, check out the following links

The Song of Forgetfulness website

 Facebook

 Twitter

 My Website photography

 My Blog

 Goodreads

And you can find all of Nicola’s books on Amazon

Amazon links:

Amazon Author Page

Nicola’s Novels available on Amazon in the US and the UK

Echoes from the Lost Ones (Song of Forgetfulness) (Volume 1)

US 

UK

 A Silence Heard (Song of Forgetfulness)  

UK

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Glimmer   US   UK

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Today you can find me on Nicola’s blog for the “All Author Blog Blitz”, where I am comparing Athetes and Authors.

So check it out and if you’d like to tweet about us, please use the hashtags #aabb or #allauthorsblogblitz

And you can find out more about the All Author Blog Blitz HERE!

This was so much fun! Thank you, Nikki, for being my blog buddy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Are You Up To?

Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is upon us! Wow, Friday the 13th and a full moon! Howl!

I made homemade yogurt for the first time yesterday! Turned out pretty good. I made plain with regular milk 4% fat. I like the plain yogurt because you can add whatever you want to it. I have been enjoying mine with a swirl of organic honey, but strawberries, blueberries, or granola would be great too. (Next thing I am going to try; Make my own mozzarella cheese!)

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Anyway, I thought I’d use this post to catch up with everyone.  What are you up to? Any special plans for the weekend? Are you working on a new book? Promoting one of your books? Or just have a blog post to share? Tell us in the comments and leave a link!

And on Sunday, I will be participating in the All Author Blog Blitz, and Nicola McDonagh will be talking about the CREATIVE USE OF LANGUAGE IN NOVELS. So stop by and check it out. :-)

 

Till then, Hugs!

 

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