I finished another draft of a book

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A week ago, I finished the second draft of Tarot Inspired Life. It took me a year to do, and I added 40,000 extra words. This is my first full length title of any words. I was so shocked that it was done that I wasn’t sure how to be excited. I sat there, my heart pounding in my chest, as I waited for confetti, wooing or some-other sort of fanfare to hit. Nothing did.

This week, I sent out my BETA kit package to the small, crack team of BETA READERS. I’m excited but also nervous. I’m giving them 4 months to read through, edit, give advice, and tell me what they think. It’s a great mix of readers from new tarot peeps to industry knowledgeable peeps that I admire.

Since sending the package out, I’ve worried and fretted. It’s the only step but… I’m sort of not sure what to do now. Do I cheat on the book and start a new project? Or do I wait “patiently” for their feedback?

In the meantime, I figure I can finish the reviews stacked up by my desk and complete some classes I’ve enrolled myself in. Here’s hoping my readers don’t delay and hand in feedback sooner than later.

Interview This Thursday on A View From the Edge

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aviewfromtheedgeI have big news. Yesterday my friend Zara, one of three hosts of A View from The Edge contacted me about being a guest on this show. I said I was interested and this morning we did a 2-hour pre-screen where me and the hosts talked in length about my life, Tarot, my passions and general geekery. A good time was had by all and I’m proud to say that my show airs at 8am Portlandia time THIS THURSDAY.

So come join in on the Google Hangout where I’ll be talking about myself, tarot, and answering questions from the hosts as well as you, the audience. If you’ve ever wanted to know something about me, this is your chance to ask AND get it recorded.

If you’re not able to catch the hangout, I’ll be posting a link to the show once the show’s been processed.

For more information, visit the Google Plus Event page. I’m looking forward to getting to know my followers.

It was time for a change

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We’re halfway into 2014 and I’m still plugging along in the edits for Tarot Inspired Life. While Mondays are my day off to relax and decompress, I got a bit busy dressing up this site. My friend Jenn just kicked off a new writing blog to chart her progress in her novel and I’ve never really been satisfied with the clothes of my site, so I went looking for something that was more me.

Welcome to the new site. It’s an infinite scroll wordpress site that uses the Writr theme. It’s closer to what I had in mind for how I wanted this site to look. I was able to keep the site navigation bar on the left static and later Kender helped me out by dressing up the background imagery using his coding skillz.

Love What You Have: Day Nine

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Temptation is the name of today’s email. In this, Michelle reminds us about all the things we buy without thinking, becuase either we “need” it or want it. I’m guilty of this… for sometimes shopping and book hunting are my only real outlets to getting away from home. Today’s assignment:

Take 10-15 minutes to assess what you’ve already got in the category you tend to shop for most often (such as clothes, shoes or, like me, home decor items). Decide where you have enough, and what actual holes there are in your collection. Eliminate temptation by unsubscribing from the store newsletter, not visiting the website or not cracking open the sales flier unless you’re looking for something specific.

Okay, so my list of temptation items that I buy:

  • Snacks: I have more than enough snacky items to keep me through the day. This includes chocolate, dried fruits, and granola. I want to be able to eat up the boxes of cereal that I have before I get any other snack item. The only holes that I see are breads, as we tend to go through a lot of that.
  • Books: Thankfully, I’m more into getting freebies than paying. As I’ve listed elsewhere, I’m trying hard not to spend more than $20 a month on 1-2 books of my own monies. I want to read the ones I do have in my library. Only holes are the books that I want that did not get before the ebook got pulled from where I purchase them.

Eliminating temptations:

  • Email deletion. Thankfully, I use unroll.me to round up and handle subscriptions. I’ve also been unsubscribing from things that I don’t want.
  • Newspapers. I don’t subscribe to a newspaper, therefore I don’t get the sales fliers. Same with junk mail, I go to the sites that help me unsubscribe from marketing lists.

What temptations do you have when you get to the store? Is there anything you find that you buy more of and then don’t use it all?

Love What You Have: Day Eight

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Michelle wrote about how we can make things shine. That is to find something that isn’t looking it’s best and clean it up. Sometimes I forget that a good scrub can take the dusty and sticky kitchen items looking new and amazing. Our homework for today is to:

Pick one item in your house that’s looking rather drab, and spend ten minutes perking it up with a good old-fashioned scrub down. Bonus points for listening to (or SINGING) A Spoonful of Sugar while you do it.

Again, this is a really hard one for me to come up with. With the things I have and display, I tend to dust and clean them regularly. When our kitchen remodel finished, I did scrub down the iced tea maker that kender has. Today I did give some extra attention in the kitchen… so I hope this counts.

In any case, I will be mindful of this assignment and if I see something that doesn’t reflect or honor this, I’ll be cleaning it up.

Love What You Have: Day Seven

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Today’s assignment revolves around things that need fixing. This is important because usually these are items we love and can repair, or want to keep around because they still have uses. Michelle charged us with making a list of things that are around the house that needs repairs (along with items that need to be purchased, if any), and then set aside some calendar time to fix those things.

Well, thanks to Wunderlist, Kender and I have a list of things that need doing around the house, so I will stick to the items I own that need fixing.

  • Light up bustle. This is a great dress item that I own but cannot wear and show off due to corrosion around the terminals. I’ve had the bustle hung up and airing out for awhile now. But, what I really need to do is to take it to Home Depot and talk to someone who knows what I need to clean them off so I can insert new batteries.

Hmm, I have no idea what else needs fixing. Maybe when I get home later tonight I’ll start a new Wunderlist list of more items.