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

33 comments:

  1. I bet having a local proof reader will be very useful in the long run - a lot more can be discussed in a face-to-face conversation than the back and forth of an email :-)

    I hope you recover soon!

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    1. Hi Annalisa - yes, I ended up thinking a local proofer would have certain advantages, definitely the face to face conversation was a factor. Also, as I write in Canadian English I also felt that might factor in as well.

      I hope I recover soon too - nothing more exciting than peeing in a sieve to try and catch the culprit. hahaha

      Thanks for stopping by - always a treat. I hope your writing is on a forward roll as well. xxoo

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  2. Hi Jenny - hope that dreaded stone makes its way out very very soon. Brilliant to have people on call, who will be able to help ... and I haven't yet asked for help ... good luck with the progress of the book ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary - I think this stone likes it in there! It started five weeks ago and last Thursday I was taken to hospital to really deal with it. They said it was going to pass in the next few days, or weeks. Like that's helpful! Anyway, I'm sure it will eventually find its way out. It's the pain of it all I'm not looking forward to.

      Thanks for dropping by and wishing me well with my book. Hugs, xxoo

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  3. Sorry about the stone. That sounds dreadful and even the energy in your post is a little on the low side. Feel better, soon.

    Congrats on the proofreader.

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    1. Thanks Ivy - I'm hoping I feel better soon too! :) :) Thanks for stopping by.xo

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  4. Are you drinking tons of water? I hope it isn't too big to pass. I know a few people that have had to get theirs pulverized.
    Great news about the book.

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    1. Hi Ruth - I sure am. I think I'm flooding inside! Me and my toilet are new best friends. I've also had to lie low because of on of the meds is rather strong and makes me quite woozy.
      The stone is only 4mm (1/6 in) and can probably pass on its own, or so the doctor said. Usually 5mm and bigger are looked at more seriously for getting pulverized.

      Thanks for visiting and for the nod about the book! I'm excited for sure about getting it print ready. Hugs, xxoo

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    2. Keep an eye on it. My last boss always had to have hers pulverized because they would not move. They would sit on the top of her kidneys and just hang out.

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    3. When I was in the hospital the doctor said it was already in the urethra tube heading to my bladder. That's why I was in so much pain. I will do as you say, though, as I don't want complications with it. Thanks. :)

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    4. That's good. It shouldn't be long.
      And you should be excited about the book.

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  5. Great news for you! The proofreader, not the kidney stone. Feel better soon and best of luck with the book.

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    1. Thanks, Elsie, on both counts. Today, I'm really suffering from back pain. I wished this stone would pass already. Damn thing is taking its sweet time!

      Thanks for stopping by - always a treat when you do! xo

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  6. Sorry to hear about that kidney stone. I've never had that experience, but my wife did and that was none too pleasant for either of us.

    Great that you've got the proofreading help and even greater that you had something for someone to proofread for you. Hope it all goes well.

    Bloggers have come through for me often as far as A to Z goes. Well, you for example. I could never have done A to Z on the scale it's been going without the help of the bloggers who were willing to lend me a hand.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You made me smile with your comment, particularly the bit about having something to actually get proofread! Yup, I'm tickled to finally be at this stage.

      Thanks for your kind words about my help with the A to Z. It's an honour working alongside you. Besides, you did have the best team - hehehehe!

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  7. Good luck with the proofreading, Jenny! Whenever I've asked for help from a fellow blogger, I've been overwhelmed with positivity and generosity.

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    1. Thanks Karen! Like you, I'm overwhelmed by the same positivity and generosity - it's what keep me out here, in Bloggerville. The support and encouragement, and the kindness, is truly a blessing.

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  8. I hope you pass the kidney stone soon. It's one thing I haven't had but my brother-in-law has and from what I understand it is excruciating. Good luck with the proofreader!

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    1. Hi Lisa - kidney stone is now history. I'm late with my replies, but wanted to say thank you for dropping in, and visiting. Hugs, xo

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  9. That is so wonderful that you got the help you needed. With writing one needs a proof reader one can trust and who is great. I had a kidney stone.....that is painful to say the least. I was in the hospital for a few days (back in 1987). They had no idea what I had. I was just happy to get Demerol (fun stuff..ooohhh colours). They removed it through my ureter-thankfully I was under. I hope it passes and you will soon be pain free

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    1. I love your comments - I smile and laugh at your descriptions. You definitely are a 'show' not 'tell' writer! I can see you enjoying that Demerol - hahahaha.

      Since I'm late with my replies - the stone is now history! Thank goodness!

      Thanks for the visit, and the smiles. xo :) :)

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  10. Tex is pretty cool! She would be awesome at it too!
    Can you use the stones in your landscape? Save some money in the long run...just saying. :)

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    1. LOL - that one wee stone might be a boulder for the ants in my garden, so yes, it could be used in landscaping. Hopefully I don't produce more. One mini boulder is enough!

      Yes, Tex is pretty cool! And uber smart too!

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  11. Hello there Jenny! I was hoping you'd have good news about the stone passing. Enough already with that darned thing. I'm glad you found someone local to help you out. That's got to be a load off your mind. Look forward to hearing more!! Hugs XX

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    1. Stone's done, Barb! Thank goodness. Since we visit behind the scenes I'll just say that this proofing challenge has been draining. (I spelled draining wrong and the spell check wrote 'drain gin' - to which I thought 'good idea') LOL

      Thanks for dropping in - hugs and smiles. xxoo

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  12. Jenny, you are a queen among jerks, and I have ALWAYS said so. You absolutely don't need to toot my horn (though I totally appreciate your tootelage!) - but if that little extra bit of good karma helps you get quit of your stone any quicker, then I am all for it. Hang in there, madam - you have the seeds of greatness within you, and the hardest part is getting the little suckers to come out!

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    1. WELL, I'm honoured to be this queen you speak of! Move aside jerks, I'm here! Yes, I do need to toot your horn, should have done so long ago, sad that it's taken me till now to do so. But, you know my motto… better never, than late! hahaha

      That seed of greatness has now passed - damn, now I'm just one of the masses. Or, just a plain, simple jerk! Lost my crown, and my stone! :) :)

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  13. Kidney stone? Ugh. Whether it's for strategic support or a generalized feeling of belonging to something likewise-people are passionate about, the blogging community delivers.

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    1. The 'ugh' is over! Yes, the blogging community delivers - mine does it in spades. Thanks for being part of the greatness, out here in Bloggerville. :)

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  14. My mom has been plagued with kidney stones since she turned 40. She's had about 6 of them. I really hope I don't inherit my mom's kidneys. And I hope you pass it soon.

    We both have local proofreaders... each other. We're glad you found one who sounds pretty awesome. Fantasy westerns are some of our favorites (The Dark Tower series is our favorite series of all time... yes, both of us).

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    1. Yikes, 6 - oh god, help me! I have heard that some folks are more prone than others to these mini meteorites. Damn little buggers! Well, the good news it it's done and gone. Hopefully for good!

      It's great you boys have each other to proof. As you know each others writing style you can totally get what needs to stay and what needs to be tweaked.
      When working with a stranger there's lots of time invested in setting up a style sheet and dialoguing about what actually needs to stay and go.

      I have a particular style in how I use commas, semi colons, and how I write dialogue. I need to have a style sheet that reflects that. I'm not at all into this business of "it has to be done according to…" to please a particular reader.

      Recently, here in Canada, we had a 61 year old native, present his PHD thesis to the review board without a stitch of punctuation. No capitals, no periods, nothing. The only thing he did was leave spaces between what would be sentences. It was brilliant - and totally readable.

      Let's face it. All this business of punctuation is so readers really don't have to think, and can get on with enjoying the story at hand. Right?! Yes, right! LOL

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  15. Oh, my gosh! I hope that kidney stone passes soon, and without too much pain! But good news on the proofreading front, at least. :)

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    1. Hi Linda - stone's done! Yay! Proofreading's not! It's a work in progress.

      That martini looks so tempting, but it's too early! So, coffee it is! :) xo

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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