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Monday, December 9, 2013

Testing, 1...2...3

Greetings, all!

The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated...or, something like that.  I'm seriously trying to get my writing cap back on, so please pardon if I struggle a little.  It's painful to sit at the keyboard for any length of time, so keeping my attention and focus on writing has been very difficult.

Thank you all for your concern and well wishes.  I have been very sick, for a long time now, and it's been trying, to say the least.  I do appreciate all of the messages and texts of well wishes and I'm working diligently to function somewhat normally (what?). In short, the (very expensive!) meds have stopped working and my rheumatoid disease is getting worse.  I'm currently in limbo in the medical world as my team of dr.'s try to figure out what to do with me.  It seems I am back to being an "enigma".  I'll keep you posted on that. Meantime, let's move on.

Exciting news from the publishing department...two FB author friends have new book releases (yay!). Musician/author Jamon Scott's "Michael Jackson Got Me On Coke" is a delightful read of 'memories from the middle of nowhere'. It's available at lulu.com .  Chris LaFata is getting great reviews for his first effort of history and sci-fi,  "Washington's Providence". Check it out at Amazon.com.

As for me, I'm still on the fence about "Back Track".  The only thing I am certain of so far, is that I'm absolutely in love with the cover! It's the interior I keep changing, fixing, having second thoughts about scene structure or page setup, or...whatever.  You know how when you really, really, really want something to be absolutely perfect and won't settle for less? Yeah...me too.  That combined with the fact that already I can't sit here in this chair at this keyboard any longer has greatly hindered my progress of release. I promise I will find a way to work it out and get it ready to for readers! It is still available on Kindle.  Let me know what you think.

Take great care, my loves.  Each day I learn how very precious life truly is and how much I appreciate the little things that really matter.  Take care of each other.  In the end, that's all we have.  Toys don't matter, things don't matter, even achievements really aren't what's at the heart of, our hearts.  It's love. For everyone.

Lovingly yours,

*Hugs* ~ K

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Catching up!

Let’s see…where did we leave off?  I don’t recall, but try to push myself further in every aspect remembering a few cliché’ sayings:  In order to win, you have to play. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  No reward without sacrifice.  In essence, to finish what I start.  You have lots of unfinished projects around the house? Yeah, me too.

Bragging rights:
One of my favorite times of the year is approaching.  March madness is upon us.  My golden boys the Gonzaga Bulldogs are #1! It’s going to be an interesting tournament.  I’ll spend hours pondering my bracket and hope I don’t get busted in the first round…again! Let’s move on.

Hell hath frozen over in Mexico! 
Rather, it will come June. My favorite musicians in the whole world are reuniting.  Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers have their summer party every year south of the border in Rocky Point.  This year, former band mate from The Refreshments Brian Blush will join them which gives a three out of four for a Refreshments reunion.  It’s been said in certain circles that hell would freeze over before even this would come to pass, much less the original four band members ever playing together again.  The fourth, bassist Art Edwards (“Buddy”) is a novelist now and has projects of his own to see to.  I’m sure it will still be an exciting time in Mexico! I would go, but, ya’ know…I have this water phobia thing goin’ on.  I shall rely on my Peacemaker friends to keep me apprised of all the shenanigans! Get all the scoop at www.azpeacemakers.com

More music news:
Favorite local boys “Buffalo Jones” will again be opening for “Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers” in Spokane March 31 at Center of Spokane.  It’s a great combination!  Be sure to find me in the crowd for hugs.  It’s gonna be a great time! But, no Easter egg blue, please. That color scares me. Find information at www.facebook.com/buffaljones

A mere image of my former self:
So…I’m on a high protein diet.  I’ve gotten past the first week of the carb letdown.  You know how when you purge the sugar and flour and all that bad stuff out, and about the third day you make a plan to  hijack a Franz bread truck? Yeah, me too.  But, I stayed strong and made it through and I’m starting to see a difference.  One more week on the restricted part of it and then I can move on and hope the weight still comes off.  The meds I take work against me in that area, so if I don’t make progress after next week, I’ll have to find another plan.  My rickety arthritic bones keep me from being able to move enough to work out, so I’ll have to try something else. 

Tidbits on the book front…
Lupus slowed me down to less than a crawl, and has had me nearly stationary for the winter but I’m starting to emerge out of the darkness it put me in, and I’m seeing light! It could be that it’s the sunshine outside my window this morning, but whatever it is that is energizing me and feeling better, I’ll take it! Don’t you just get so tired of being so tired? Yeah, me too.  I’m constantly searching for ways to outsmart the lupus gene, but sadly, most of time I find it is smarter than I am.  I digress…”Back Track” is now back to the printer for the FINAL final copy and should be available in paperback by next week.  The usual trumpeting gregarious announcement shall indeed appear when that happens!

Things we like: 
The active sounds of kids outside playing in the warm weather…Daylight savings time…March madness (of course)…Broiled, crispy cauliflower with hot pepper flakes sprinkled on (it’s not quite French fries, but it’s a substitute)…Four out of the top ten books selling on Amazon have food as subject…Former Zags standout Dan Dickau being inducted into the WCC hall of honor.  What’s making you smile today?

The Lhasa has not been well.  His back is achy and it makes him even snarlier than usual.  He snapped yesterday when the big dog, Boonie, got a little too close passing him in the hallway.  Stanley gnashed his teeth and growled like a grizzly, sending poor Boonie whining to his room and feeling punished.  Conversely, my co-worker's two small children were over this week and he couldn’t get enough of attention from them without any snarling at all.  Go figure. 

Give random hugs!  They will be appreciated and reciprocated :D

*Hugs* ~ K

Sunday, January 27, 2013


It seems now days we hear that word used casually in reference to many things from occupations, to families, to causes close to our hearts. It’s even a fruit. Then there’s the actual definition of it.  Merriam Webster describes passion as: “an intense emotion“, simply.  I see passion as what's in our hearts, as in: what is our passion in life, what makes us most happy? For me, it changed as life evolved.  When I was younger, my children and making a safe, comfortable home for them was my passion.  My focus at that time was raising them “right”.  I’m not really sure what that phrase means, but I knew I needed to give them unconditional love, security and make sure their basic needs were taken care of.  I did that and now I have three terrific kids who grew to be well adjusted adults (pats self on back).  Then, my passion became my job. I wanted to excel in my field which would, hopefully, lead to making more money. When I was in my forties, I started writing seriously (as opposed to casually with no direction) and get the stories in my scrambled brain into print.   Now, my passion is writing along with living a simple life. As I age, I want security for myself in my later years. Remember the days when we would roll our eyes at the older folks (fuddy-duddies) and cringe when they started sentences with “I remember when…”, or one of my personal favorites “back in my day…”?  Yeah, me too.  What’s your passion now? I’d love to hear about it.  That’s one thing that is much more important to me as I age. Correspondence and keeping in touch, so gimme a shout out somewhere.  All of my links are to the right, or leave a comment here. 

Speaking of learning as we age, or learning as we go, I’m ever learning new things in the writing world.  As simple as I try to keep things, there always seems to be someone who points out that I need to be just little more detailed about things.  I’m in the process of adding some of those detailed touches to my books and they’ll all be updated on Amazon, or you can get them at my website in whichever state they happen to be in when you order, simple or revised.  Remember, when you order at my site either “Random Encounters” or “Bright Lights” (or both), you get “LifeLoveLust” thrown in for free.  Just an added little casual reading pleasure for you. I still have a few copies of “Bright Lights” with the photo on the front cover, so if you’d like one of those let me know.  As soon as “Back Track” is released in paper form, I’m retiring the photo cover of “Bright Lights”.  “Back Track” is currently only available on Kindle due to a semi-commitment from a publishing source.  I’ll keep you posted on that, as I have no way of knowing how long the decision for printing in paperback form will take.  Meantime, my Kindle version could use some “likes”  :)

It’s that gloomy time of the wintry season here in the Pacific Northwest.  The Lhasa has a permanent body imprint on his blankie at the foot of my bed.  He’s vowed not to frolic in the outdoors until there are at least two continuous days of sunshine.  I’ve affirmed to him that Spring will be here before we know it and the dark, dismal days of winter will be behind us once again.  To every season…and all that jazz.  What are you doing to perk up your winter blahs? Give me some examples, maybe I can get some ideas to bring the ol’ boy out of his gloom.

Random thought: Why can’t we buy colored t-paper anymore?

Movies I could watch over and over and over: Top Gun, The Electric Horseman, all of the Godfather movies, An Officer and a Gentleman, Casablanca, The Natural…there are many more.  What about you? I’m always on the lookout for a good flick to curl up with along with something hot from the Keurig :)

Hug everybody today! That certainly will put some brightness into any day, wintry or otherwise. 

Virtual Hugs,

~ K

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Good enough…

Do you hear that a lot? Yeah, me too.  In various situations, whatever is happening or wanted to happen whichever is the case, but do you think we stop and think what it really means? To me, the implication is  the chore, or whatever it is that’s in process, could have been done better.  But, people settle.  People get tired of working at something, tired of trying to perfect it, then mentally give up and just say, that’s good enough. Don’t you feel a little cheated by that? Feel shortchanged? Yeah, me too. 

That’s why I really took my time at getting “Back Track” ready for the masses to read.  When I got the proof copy, even after all the time I’ve taken to go over it and over it (and over it again!) I wanted to do a thorough, diligent editing to make sure it was as perfect as I could make it.  I have yet another proof copy on the way as I *think* this time, it’s ready for presentation! Yes, I’m excited! 

Although I must admit that the past year was not spent only on editing and perfecting it. Even I’m not that slow! Lupus flare ups had me many days unable to even think about working at editing, or even reading.  The extreme physical symptoms of chronic fatigue including the tell-tale lupus “brain fog” had me barely able to function on more days than not, I’m sorry to report.  I’ve made it through the busy holiday/birthday season and although I’m not 100%, I am feeling somewhat better and optimistic that 2013 is going to be a banner year for K! I hope your new year has started off with a bang!

The Lhasa made it through the holiday/birthday season without snarling.  He’s pretty cranky when other dogs come to visit his domain and his territorial nature normally gets defensive.  I’m happy to report there were no dog fights and he’s now snuggled up back on his corner of the bed with his blankie and his new toy he got for Christmas.  Looking around the wrapping paper scraps and boxes of gifts everyone else received, I got a “really?” look from him when he opened his new tug toy.  I felt inadequate for just a moment.  We both seemed to have moved past it now. 

What's new in your corner of the world? Gimme a shout, let me hear from you.  We need to catch up.

Here’s some virtual new year hugs to you all.  Share them, they’re meant for giving away :)  

*Hugs* ~ K