Get your books in time for Yule giving!

Well, Nano is nearly over, and 2 migraines have put me so far behind that I’m giving up. I made it to almost 20k on three projects, combined not each. Wouldn’t that have been awesome?

And yes, judgey cat is disapproving.

But I’ve gone from an average of 500 words a day (including bad days) to about 1200. So, Nano did its job, it got me producing. And it started me on book 3 of the Mechanicsville series.

Yule news:

I am heading to visit family in NB on Dec 4th. So I will be away from my boxes of books during the prime shipping season. If you plan to give copies of any of my books as Yule presents, I suggest you buy soon. Especially as The Canadian Authorpreneur’s Tax Journal is perfect for any writers in your life. Save money on taxes, write off part of your day job’s income! Gifi codes and Use-of expenses explained!

Simply email me through the contact page or here, and tell me which books you want and where to ship them. I’ll send you an invoice which you can pay on Paypal or interac transfer. Then they get mailed. Easy-peasy.

If you run out of time waiting for your paycheck to appear, no worries, I can probably bribe Hubby Dearest with something kinky involving chocolate to mail things until he joins me on Dec 21st.  But I may need an unspecified favour later, like my fave hero, Lucifer Morningstar. (Isn’t Tom Ellis hot?)

Hawaii and weddings

In four days my dear hubby and I head to Hawaii for a nephew’s wedding. It will be only the second time we’ve travelled as a couple (we met in 1998!) that wasn’t to a family member’s house or a writing conference.

The first was a cruise with my mom for her 70th birthday in 2005. I LOVE Puerto Rico.  We must go back for longer than the 12 hours the cruise ship gave us. The food was unbelievably good, We got the ship’s recommended guide to take us where he eats.  So yummy!

This time, Hubby’s whole fam-damily is headed to Maui for a sunset cruise, a luau with fire-dancing, all you can drink pina coladas (and I can drink a LOT of those) and a beach wedding.

I expect to post more often from Hawaii than I do normally because … reasons.

I’m finished the 1st draft that was due April 1st and sent it off already.
Most everything in Maui is on sand and I can only walk so far on that without severe pain. So, quiet evenings by a campfire (if allowed) with my laptop will be prime blogging time.
Photos! There will be so many photos!
And we have to check in to make sure the babysitter remembers to shoot my cat.

Amazon store are up! Also, a newsletter, maybe.

My own Amazon store, selling MY books, things I blog about, interesting stuff, you name it. Seriously, tell me what you want me to carry, I’ll put it in the store and send you a link.

I’ve also set up a newsletter app that I have to figure out how to use. It’s on my front page for you to sign up, but I have no clue how to do my end. That is, actually send out a newsletter. But I will eventually, I swear.

As Samantha would say, I’m such an idiot.  But I have enough work to keep me busy today, which is great since my darling man has karate and won’t be home until late.

So I work on my high fantasy novel, saving the damsel in distress so she can become a thorn in the villain’s side. Except she saves herself, and he turns out to be lost not evil. Well, not compared to his sister!

I’m also busy on a steampunk romantic-mystery crossover for Eighth Ripple Press.  It’s such fun!  All swooning over chocolate brown eyes.  🙂

And in more frustration, the Corvid Moon page is stuck. I log in, hit build website, it wants me to buy the website. I already paid for it and have a receipt.  Gods, I hate calling help lines. They never seem to actually listen to me.

So, shit happens….

So, yesterday was interesting, today was frustrating.

I had a 9am appointment for a full physical. With bloodwork, so no breakfast, not even coffee or tea. I sat at a restaurant drinking herbal tea to wait for the appt.

Somewhere between the restaurant, the Dr’s office and the bloodwork, my phone got stolen. We called the only 3 places it could be, then visited in person, just in case, and then called again later in case someone working there just didn’t tell everyone they’d found it.

No luck, it is gone. We tried calling it first of course, in case it was in the bottom of my backpack, or had fallen out in the car. It rang the first 2 times, but not where we could hear it. Then it was powered down, when it should have been at 90% power. Shit a brick!

So today, in between mourning my photos, my winning streak at solitaire and my phone numbers… I called Bell to report it stolen.

Well, okay, first I tried to use their “award winning user friendly website”.  ROFLAO

The only way to report your phone stolen from Canada is… wait for it…. to call them on your cell.  Seriously.  The “talk to a representative” gets you sales, who can do nothing. Searching on “stolen phone” gets you the advice about calling from your cell. AND  the 1-800 number is not working today.

L Stewart

Eventually, I just call the sales rep and play the “get me a manager” game until I reach someone to report this fiasco to. She disables my phone, adds it to the local cop’s watch list, adds it to the nationwide Bell watch list, so no-one can change the phone # and use it. The Bell phones don’t have sim cards to swap out, they just have internal thingies. So it’s trackable. (unless it’s powered down)  Which mine still is.

But, she says it was powered on yesterday at 4:20pm. about 7 hours after it was stolen. And that my lock screen kept them from using it; calling Japan, buying a small country, etc.  Yay!

Now… I bought insurance when I bought the phone… replace it!

Nope, too easy. The reason I’ve been getting texts from Bell urging me to upgrade, is that my contract ended a couple months ago, so did my insurance.

New Note 5 phone $369.  Nope, it’s $274 at Rogers, cancel my account, and maybe my satellite TV too, I’ve been looking at Shaw direct lately. They have Crave AND Shomi!

New Note 5, $250.  Includes unlimited nationwide calling, video and chat.

Go me!   But… I have a show on Saturday, I need my Square to sell books. But this is a whole new frustration with a different company.

Square is linked to the device, not the account. I can’t switch it to my hubby’s phone until mine arrives, may not be able to switch it to the new phone.  Another email sent to customer support…

Vikings and sexy stuff

So… yesterday we went to the last day of the Viking exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civiliza… History. (stoopid politicians changing the name to leave a footprint on history)

I went with several members of my Kindred; Norse reconstructionists and sword brothers, it’s an old religion: the prechristian faith of my northern European & Scottish/ Pictish ancestors.

It was both interesting and vaguely disappointing. I already knew most of the history and religion, but the notes on social structure and ritual were interesting. I took photos, especially of the two skulls and the burial pot. They could be ancestors of mine, we’ll never know.
skull 2

We also bought a penannular broach at the gift shop, which my darling man will be trying to copy in his forge. (see example above)

And it’s all research for my fantasy novel series! I learned new words. their own words… like viking is a verb not a noun. It’s traveling in a ship to raid or trade. People went aviking, they were not a viking.  Cool!

Also, the average age at death was 23-30 for men, slightly younger for women, likely because of poor childbirth conditions, and multiple pregnancies causing anemia and nutrition deficiencies. 60 was considered doddering old age.  Not so cool. And no wonder they married at 14, between the infant mortality rate and dying young, it’s a wonder they survived as a race.

broach and beads

1000+ year old beads and broaches set from a wealthy Noreaenner woman. (grave goods)