Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Baby Steps… ISBN… Book Cover… and lots of grey hair.


Hi Everyone!

Gosh it's been a whirlwind week, or two! (or three…)

Lots is happening over here, behind the scenes, at Pearson Report.

BABY STEPS… Yes, this is what it's like over here! One little step at a time. No fast track, no express line, no sugar daddy! Definitely no elevator to the penthouse!

Source - I googled baby steps and this came up all over
the place. I'm not sure who owns the original photo.

For those of you that have published books I take my hat off to you. 

The energy needed to get everything ready is, at times, so overwhelming I don't know whether I'm coming or going.

For example… things like, what FONT to use? Then, what SIZE should that font be? How to layout pages, as well as what to put on the covers, front and back, comes into play. 

Here in Canada, you have to register your book with Library and Archives Canada, they issue the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) needed if selling a book publicly. You also have to do a Legal Deposit of your work as well.

Well… my ISBN business is done! Go me! 

My book cover is done! Go me! 

I love it! 

I'll be having a reveal soon - but first I need to transfer all my writings into print ready PDF files. Once that's done it's off to Shelley for proofreading. She advised me to get all the formatting done before the proofing, as the proofreading is the last step before printing. (Unlike editing, which is done earlier.)

I have a timeline. I want a printed book in my sweaty little hands by the start of August. I have plans for this book, and it will take all of August to get that ball rolling. At that point I will give you the serious goods!

Well, that's a bit of what I've been up to. 

Sorry I've been out of commission with commenting. I do visit you, but that's all I allow myself since time is a precious commodity. 

As it is, I'm cutting into my beauty sleep, and trust me, the grey hairs I'm seeing are definitely not funny! NOT! 

Well… that's all for now… back to work formatting more pages. Oh joy!


A question, just for you…

What attracts you to a book, when looking at a wall of them in a bookstore?


Cheers, Jenny

Monday, May 25, 2015

The BIRTH of a STONE… pics and gory details too.


Well, it happened.

This morning, Monday May 25th, at precisely 7 am, I passed Wilbert, my adorable baby kidney stone.

He’s a tad angular, not at all soft and cuddly, but then, what can I expect from a stone head! LOL

Here… take a look for yourself. He’s a full 5mm in length too. (About 1/6")




Not really sure what to expect on this "passing" occasion, as I’ve never actually gone through labour (C-section girl myself), I was told all kinds of horror stories about the pain.

Well, I felt nothing this morning, other than the general discomfort I have been dealing with these last seven days.

Initially, when I went to hospital, eleven days ago, my pain was out-of-this-world torture. For those that don’t know me well my pain tolerance is incredibly high.

For me to need Tylenol 3’s says something. Oh, at the hospital they wanted to give me a shot of morphine, but hey, I declined, I’m enough of a space cadet without help! 

The T3’s controlled the pain well enough. I only took them for the first three days, when the pain was at its worst.

I was on Flomax (given to men with prostate issues) to make the Urethra relax as the stone travels down it. I think it helped (a lot) as I felt minimal discomfort these past seven days. 

Here’s a picture of what it all looks like… 

Source - Mayo Clinic
I find the Mayo Clinic site to be very useful! 

I wouldn’t have known I passed the stone if I wasn’t peeing into a sieve, in a little catch basin. Oh yes, I’m not holding back on the gory bits! These I consider gory! LOL 

I guess I had expected something more painful to happen on delivery - well, it didn't (YAY) and I'm grateful too. This kind of pain is no picnic, I can tell you that.

See… the birthing gods get even with those of us that had it easy in labour! Yup, there's no cheating the system when it comes to suffering. We all get our share! (Damn!)

This afternoon I'll head off to the lab to have Wilbert analysed. Hopefully the results will tell me something about my kidney stone. What kind it is, what I need to do to prevent more, that sort of stuff. 

Okay… this saga is officially over… I hope!


HUGE THANK YOUs to everyone who dropped in and wished me well. Surprisingly enough, well wishes do work!


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The almighty question - HOW’S LIFE BEEN TREATING YOU? 

Really - I want to know! Has it been as exciting as mine?


Cheers, Jenny

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Saying THANK YOU…

Hi!

I'm still out here.

A tad overwhelmed - but still smiling.

Well… smiling through the pain of a kidney stone that's trying to see the light at the end of my pee tunnel. I'm wishing it would get on with it already. 

This whole "getting the book on the map" is coming along nicely.

As of typing this post I officially have a proofreader.

I put my proofing request out to a local proofer, last week, who indicated she was too busy.

So… I asked an awesome blogging pal, Arianne "Tex" Thompson, if she was available. It's up her alley, and it's what she's brilliant at. She took a look at some of my writing, and returned her proofing work along with the nod that she would love to work with me. How cool is that!

At the same time, the way-too-busy local proofer had sent my stuff off to a colleague, along with an intro email to the both of us. The colleague took a look at, and proofed, the same writing as Tex. Both have the same proofing style.

As I am keenly aware of Tex's busy schedule; flying all over to speak at great Cons, and the book signing events she's been doing, I figured I'd take the pressure off her and load it onto the shoulders of the local colleague. (She's located ten minutes from my house.) 

Besides, I know Tex was going way overboard on making time for me. Damn, I'm one lucky gal to have such amazing blogging friends that would go to such lengths.

I'll cross my fingers that I made the right choice going local! 

So… that's done. 

I wanted to share this part of my journey so I could introduce Arianne "Tex" Thompson to those of you that don't know her, and her amazing writing. 

Not only is Tex an incredible supporter of my blog, she is the popular author of One Night in Sixes, and Medicine for the Dead, the first two books in her epic fantasy western series. 



I know I won't do them justice if I try to tell you about them so please visit their write-ups here. They are fantastic. As a huge Zane Grey reader, in my youth, these are right up my alley with their fantasy twists and turns. 

This is a shout out to one heck of a great blogging friend - THANKS TEX! You rock!

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What follows is the much anticipated question which I know you can't live without!


Have you asked a blogging friend for help on a project, writing or otherwise? 
How did it work out?


Cheers, Jenny

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Better NEVER than LATE - my A to Z REFLECTIONS



Well, I outdid myself with my tardiness - epic late. But, it could not be helped. (FYI - I am the last one on the Linky List - now, isn't that just appropriate!)

Here are my thoughts about the 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge.

My buddy, Bushman, summed up his feelings (the not so happy feelings) in his reflections post. He speaks for me with what he says so I’m not going to regurgitate it all again here.

Point is… I share his feelings.

I struggled with what I wanted to say and almost decided on giving the Reflection Post a miss.

BUT… here I am.

So...

In a nutshell I had fun participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

I met some really cool new bloggers, they can be found over there to the right in the BLOGS OF NOTE - NEW ADDITIONS list. If you made it on this list you know I’m staying in touch.

If you’re a longtime regular, you’re probably on my BLOGS OF NOTE - THE ORIGINALS list. I read you, I enjoy you, and I thank you! You are the reason I blog as much as I do. 

Without my posse (Al, Ruth, Bushman) this year would have been harder. 

I twittered up a storm, and met some awesome folks out there too. Amazing.

Now… I wanted to end this by telling you all that over the next little while I’m going to be knee deep in the final stages of getting a book ready for press.

Yes… it’s true.

Part of the struggle for me this year, with the Challenge, was doing double duty. I can safely say I’m burned out, but in a good way.

I’ll be filling you in on all the gory details in the weeks to come.

Until then, thanks for making my April go by so fast.



Okay… a question… because I know a question makes you think.

What do you think my book is about?  (hahahaha - hint… not about me!)



Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

DING DONG - the WITCH is dead - well, sleeping anyway!

Looks like Monday, May 4th is the big reveal…

well, okay, not big reveal, but it will be the day of MY BIG REFLECTION POST.



This is when those of us that slogged our way through April, working into the wee hours of the night, (right Ruth), on our last minute, awesomely excellent posts, will be sharing with you exactly why it was all worth it. (Hmmm, why was that again, hey Ruth… any thoughts!)


For those needing a wee bit more info about how this Reflection Post business works, it’s like this…

On May 4th there will by a Linky List over at Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

You will FIRST write your reflection post, and publish it. 

Then, and only then, you will copy the link to that post and add it to the Linky List. 

You will be able to add your Reflection Post to the Linky List any time from May 4th to May 8th. So DO NOT PANIC if you don’t have it ready tomorrow. (This part really benefits me… chances are I’m going to be fashionably late to my own party!)

This bit is cool… the Linky List, with the Reflection Posts will be up all year long. 

Which means you have loads of time to make your way through the list. I’ve always enjoyed visiting those on the Reflection List - it’s a great way to meet other A to Z Survivors. (Makes me feel like I got a seat on one of those few Titanic Lifeboats!)

Okay… that’s all folks.


In keeping with tradition… here’s the question (Because I know you would be terribly disappointed if I didn’t have one for you - admit it!)


What will you be doing now that the A to Z Challenge is over? (Besides break open a bottle and order in a pizza.)

Just wondering… (You could always head over to Write Brain Challenge if you're short of reading material - just sayin’.)



Cheers, Jenny

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for ZEBRA, ZULU, ZELDA - and a MESSAGE for you.

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Welcome to Pearson Report.
I am participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge.

Yes, I will be adhering to my THEME Calendar.

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Do you see what happens when you TALK BACK - you don’t even get a reply to you lovely comments! Damn… I fell in the gutter and I’ve been lying here, on my back, looking at the stars. (That are circling my head - I must have tripped or something!)


OKAY… HERE WE GO… (for the last time… boo hoo)


Today’s grand finale post will be about the meaning of life.



ZEBRA          ZULU          ZELDA


What do they have in common?

They are all part of the alphabet.

ZEBRA comes from the Military Alphabet before 1956. Click, or zoom in on it.

Source

ZULU comes from the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, after 1956, and is used pretty much world wide. Click, or zoom in on it.

Source

ZELDA comes from Early World of Learning. It was their Animal Pals Alphabet and the one I used to teach Miss CP her ABC’s. I have never forgotten them.

Annie Alligator
Barry Bear 
Carol Cat
Danny Dog
Emily Elephant
Fernando Firefly
Gary Goose
Holly Horse
Isabel Iguana
Jerry Jaguar
Karen Kangaroo
Lester Lion
Mickey Moose
Nancy Nightingale
Oliver Ostrich
Penelope Pig
Quentin Quail
Rosie Racoon
Sally Snake
Tina Turtle
Underwood Umbrella Bird  
Vicki Vulture
Willy Wolf
oXford oX
Yolanda Yak
Zelda Zebra

See… once you learn your ABC’s your set for life. (Or not, depends on which alphabet you were taught.)


So… I have a message for you, using the Nato Alphabet! (But my Animal Pals Alphabet would work too. HINT - JUST READ THE FIRST LETTER! HAHAHAHAHA)


India - Hotel Alpha Delta - Alpha - Bravo Lima Alpha Sierra Tango!

India - Hotel Oscar Papa Echo - Yankee Oscar Uniform - Delta India Delta - Tango Oscar Oscar!

NOW

I know you’re wondering what the meaning of life has to do with all this - well, that brings me to my last question…


You have one hour to live, you can make one phone call, who would you call, and what would you say? (It sounds easy upon first reading, but then… it becomes impossible. I wonder if anyone will attempt to answer!)



Cheers, Jenny


A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y is for Y NOT - TALK BACK and see what happens!

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Woman alive (Man alive is sleeping off a late night… leaving it to Woman to step up to the plate), didn’t you just love all the Triple X action we had here - from a simple little Tic Tac Toe XXX shake down to some serious heart racing XXX action with Vin Diesel. 

I loved the variety of comments that went along with it, particularly those extra X’s and O’s sent my way. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) LOL

And Birgit, over at BB Creations takes home the XXX prize with her Mae West quote - now that was one sexy babe, eh!

Here's Birgit's comment, in case you missed it. Click or zoom in on it!




OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today’s post is a tribute to those that TALK BACK!




How about you… 


Do you TALK BACK when you’ve got something on your mind? 

Or do you bite your tongue? 


Cheers, Jenny


A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X is for XXX - you've waited and now you'll see...

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Well my sweet lovelies… the end is nigh. I wrote a chilling piece, over at Write Brain Challenge. Seems my mindset was already in the 'nigh' department. If you have time, check it out! If not, no worries - it’s all good!

In light of yesterday’s post featuring my thoughts, and your awesome comments, on WRITING I figured you could all use a little racy XXX action.

So, on with the show.


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today I am going to show you what “three strikes and your out” means to me.


Created by yours truly - attractive and talented!


Well, what were you expecting? 

Some sexy, erotic, pole dancer, gee, give a working girl a break. 

It’s late, this just came to me as I was scratching my nose, fondling the wart which recently sprouted at its tip. 

Then another great idea for my X post just jumped out from behind my humped back and hit me on the rounded side of my caved in head. 

The real thing that fires up my depraved mind when thinking of XXX is Vin Diesel.  

I have a copy of him in XXX, the movie, which I've watched a million times! 

Here’s a little peek… XXX at its best.


Vin has his own meaning for "three strikes and your out" in this action packed, sexy movie.

My favourite part in this movie is when Vin (Xander Cage) says, "The things I'm gonna do for my country" as he whips off his uber tight t-shirt on route to his private pole dancer who's more than happy to help raise his flag! LOL

Man… now that's triple X action. 


Well, what does XXX conjure up in your mind? (Oh… this should be so good!)


Cheers, Jenny


A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for WELL, WHAT DO YOU WANT? …More?

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Vell… I laughed and realized we all have funny stories when it comes to our parents and their wisdom in selecting “the perfect” name for their little darlings. 

My dear pal Carole Reid gets the prize for a near miss - though I do think Queenie is rather… hmmm… regal! Yeah, that’s it, regal!  LOL (I wonder if anyone, in her inner circle, calls Queen Elizabeth, Queenie… just wonderin’.)

Here’s Carole’s comment, just in case you missed it! (Click or Zoom in)




OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today, I’m going to shed some light on WRITING. (Odd isn’t it, this word begins with W… hmm… wonder what that’s all about?)

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

YOU HAVE TO DO IT YOURSELF - the writing that is!

Having an ideal reader (that’s Stephen King’s term and I like it, so I’m using it, so there) is very helpful. (In my case, I have an Ideal Listener.) What’s an ideal reader/listener? - someone who doesn’t bullshit you about what you’ve written. If it sucks, they let you know. 

It pays to hire professionals. (Don’t rely on the goodwill of talented friends, it’s not nice!)

Do not bore your friends with your writing ambitions. They won’t take you serious until your first book is published. That’s a fact! 

Jump in with both feet. Then, you might actually land and stay upright. I teeter and I totter but I’m still standing. 

But the most important thing I learned along the way….

There are no short cuts. Daily word count equals book. You must write daily. If you don’t, well, do the math.  



Well, what do you want? More okay, this post is a teaser! How's that!



Are you working toward a goal - writing or otherwise? 


Cheers, Jenny


A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for VELL, VAT DO YOU VANT? Go ahead, ask Mutti!

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Alrighty - seems many of you are brave little rain warriors - dashing through the watery shards with your short cropped hair, laughing in the face of Mother Nature.

While I, and my trusty UMBRELLA, leisurely stroll about enjoying that same rainy day! Thanks for dropping in and sharing your umbrella stories - I think some of you need to do an umbrella post, I’d love to see those brollies in action.


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today, I wish to share my heritage with you.

I’m the offspring of two Austrians. Mutti and Vati (V said like F)

Mutti dearest still has an accent while Vati does not. 

I do the most incredible Mutti imitation known to mankind. (Which actually freaks me out, I’m worried it might get stuck, then what?)

In fact, when I used to do standup comedy I did a whole bit on being raised by Mutti.

Now… I can’t do any of it justice here, because you can’t hear me.

However… 

This might paint the picture perfectly. (This is about a 3 minute read - if you need to be on your way, no problem, come back when you've got a coffee in hand and have a laugh on me, and Mutti she doesn't mind.)



In the dark ages it was the wish of every father-to-be that at least one of his children be a male to carry on the family name along with the family business.

Not much has changed - a man still wants a son. (even if he won’t admit it publicly because the missus would tear a strip off him) Some things never change.

I’m the second of four kids - girl, girl, boy, boy.

Okay, the first child can be a girl - after all every dad secretly wants a little princess too.

But...all bets are off when it comes to kid number two - if number one was a girl, number two better be a boy or else.

Here’s the or else.

So, I’m the second girl… my poor mom was under tremendous pressure to produce the heir apparent - but apparently failed at such a simple task - what was she thinking. (even though it’s the sperm that determines gender)

Now, as mom tells it she really had her heart set on a boy, she’d done her duty the first time without success and really, really wanted a boy. 

Mostly she was not a big fan of the ‘state of pregnancy’ - can we blame her!

Yes, there are some women that love being 'with child' - I say, “Good on you, whatever floats your boat.” Apparently in mother’s case it sunk her ship - four times.

When I was brought to my mother (after being tidied up and made presentable) the nurse congratulated her on her sweet, adorable, lovely, cute-as-a-button little girl.

“No, No, I vant a boy, take it back!”

I kid you not - those were her words - and we wonder why I’m in therapy! 

Well, after some arguing about the fact that I couldn’t be swapped and given to someone else who might have wanted a “girl” baby, I was taken back to the nursery to prepare for my fate.

In the meantime, my mom received a visitor - the woman who would subsequently become my godmother - TW. 

TW was so excited mom had another beautiful little girl, she had been by the nursery and was cooing all over the place about how lucky my mom was. 

“Ya, dann take her, she’s yours. I vant a boy - no more girls.” (said like she’d just had her nineteenth girl)

After some explaining, by TW, my mom finally acquiesced - even though she knew it meant going through yet another birth to get that elusive but highly sought after boy - I was adorable and she had already fallen for my "cute-as-a-button" charm.

But that didn’t stop her from still being ticked at me for being a girl. 

She told TW she had already picked a boy's name (for her son) and therefore I would be called Peter; it would teach me a lesson for being a girl.

TW went on to explain that Peter was not a suitable girl’s name whereby my mother leaned back in her bed and said, “Fine, dann ve call her Petra!” 

I can only say there is a god - and it was manifesting itself through TW - because she said, “Absolutely no, dats not a goot name.”

“Ya, dann you pick da name vat ve give my boy,” retorts my mom. (note how she still called me her boy - and we wonder why I’m good with a hammer)

Okay…

Without hesitation TW says, “I alvays liked Chainy und ve name her Chainy.” (this was how they said Jenny - I kid you not, there is no way I could make this up)

Fast forward to Kindergarten…

Mrs. S, an elderly teacher, (they all look old when you’re that little) called in my parents for a little chat. It appears I was not responding well to my name Jenny and she was concerned about some learning difficulties because of it.

“Ya, dats her name Chainy, vats da problem,” says mommy dearest! 

With that the meeting was over. Mrs. S had her answer - it was not adorable little “me” that had the learning problem…

I’ve always liked my name, never wanted a different one and can safely say I am eternally grateful to my godmother for it.

It’s a good name. It’s not Jennifer or Jen - it’s just Jenny! (try to remember that, will you)



VELL, VAT DO YOU VANT? A qvestion… vell, okay...


What about your name... is there a story behind it too?


Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  
PS - Just Jenny was first posted in 2011 for the A to Z Challenge - as there are new folks dropping by I thought I’d dust it off and share it. 

For those reading it AGAIN, there will be a test… let’s just see how much you remember… hmmm… who’s really reading and who’s skimming. 
What does Mutti call me?