If We were having Coffee – I would tell you my goings on

Goings On-

No, I did not work on any of my wips this week. I still did do some writing, with my weekly assignment for class. This term is Organizational Behavior and Fundamentals of Taxation. I never knew that doing taxes could be so interesting. I am already compiling a ton of deductions that I may be able to take in the coming year.

Since I was not working on any of my manuscripts, what have I been doing?

InDesign –

I have played around some more with the Adobe software, InDesign. The more I use it and poke around with it, the more I like it. I can see that once I have mastered that program as much as I have mastered Microsoft Office we are going to get along really well.

I am hoping to have my skills up to par by either February or March when I plan to tackle more of my backlist and get them transferred to Ingram Spark. With any luck, maybe I will have a new title to publish by then.

School – Is going well.

I am about to hit another milestone next month. I will be on the last leg of my bachelor degree. October will see me become a senior. Graduation for the Bachelor degree will take place in October 2019, but the official commencement will be May of 2020.

I will then continue to complete a Master’s of Science in Accounting.

Ten years ago, I never thought I would be learning to crunch numbers let alone go back to school. College was nothing more than a long-lost pipe dream that I had given up on, but things changed in 2016 causing me to see that it was possible to go back to school 30 years later.

It has all been hard work, but well worth the effort. I feel so much better about myself. I even have a better understanding of people because of it.

When I first started out with my education, I was pursuing an Integrated Study plan of Business and Social Services with the hopes of becoming an HR Manager someday. But several people pointed out to me that the job market for HR was too competitive, and my education could be a waste of my money. So I decided to change my education track to accounting which will come in handy as a writer. Who knows what might be waiting for me around the corner in the next five years? I certainly never suspected that I would be going to school five years ago.

 

Keelaa B Publishing

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Keelaa B models for the position of company mascot.

I have created my publishing house. I am in the beginning stages and will continue to develop my marketing and business plan. The first step was to secure the company name, which I completed. Next, I will use my publishing house to publish my books, and as I gain more knowledge about using InDesign, I will be able to open my submission door to providing services to others to help them get their titles published with Ingram.

The decision to go ahead with my own publishing company is an inspiring time for me. With only two years left of school, I am looking to get this company up and running by 2021, and I can’t wait!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…. Summer is Almost Gone!

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Hi There,

 

So much time has passed since we last met. I’m still in school burying my nose in textbooks every night. I just finished learning about Investment Analysis and International Business. I can’t wait for the day that I can afford to practice buying stocks and other securities.

 

It is so hard to believe that I have come so far in the past three years. The dream of having a college education is coming true. That goes to prove that one should never give up on their hopes and dreams, one twist to the future can change a person’s course for the better.

 

Summer is Almost Over

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I can’t remember when the last time summer was this hot for New Hampshire. Even the dog and cat are finding the heat uncomfortable. They have both discovered the table fan can provide some relief if they sit in the right spot on the bed.

But our summer wasn’t just the heat, the humidity was unbearable and too much rain. Much of my garden felt the effects of the storms. I lost my entire crop of peaches this year to the chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and the bugs. The peaches were ripe almost a month too early. Not enough rain in April and May made the peaches small. Too much rain in July and August made them mushy.

No worries though, I still have a past crop of peaches in the freezer. If you freeze the peaches with their skins intact, this will prevent them from freezer burn and are great for baking.

Maybe next year I will try buying into a CSA and avoid the need to weed.

 

NaNoWriMo is around the corner.

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I have begun plotting. The goal is to plot out a story that will hold my interest long enough to write all the way to the end in 30 days. I have several unfinished manuscripts where I have hit the spot in the story and can’t decide what is to take place next. I don’t think it is a writer’s block that stumps me but time constraints and the desire to find fun things to do with my time other than writing.

I tend to cycle through various hobbies before finding my way back to writing. The ultimate search for creativity drives me to the final point. So I am making lists of everything about my characters.

 

Next Writer’s Conference is December 8, 2018 – NHRWA Winter Frolic 2018

 

I miss going to Writer’s Conferences, this event I’m looking forward to that will feature two speakers.

Kristen Higgins for Character Development and Damon Suede for Plot

This is a one-day event at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, NH.

A registration fee of $140 is open to the public but does have limited seating.

 

Link for those who are interested can click here for more info.

If We Were Having Coffee, I would tell you… 4th of July Holiday was The Hottest

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Good grief!

I have longed for summer to start for the past six months but all that heat at once was not on my agenda. We have no Air Conditioning in our home due to the cost of the added electricity on the bill. The fans did run all week long, and they didn’t seem to help much with the high humidity. After taking Monday and Tuesday off and having Wednesday as my holiday, I could not wait to get back to work and find relief from the humidity by hiding at the office and enjoying the perk of office air conditioning. I didn’t want to leave work because the humidity was unbearable.

They always say, be careful about what you wish for because you might not like what you get. I wanted summer to arrive since winter is not one of my favorite seasons. I was when I was a kid; I don’t know what I was thinking back then. I remember spending hours out in the snow, sledding and making snow forts. Now I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in it before I am freezing.

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Short Summer Break from School

This past week was my big summer break from school. I finished up American Studies which was the study of the American Family from the Puritan Era to Contemporary 1980’s. I guess we do not need to study families of today because we are busy experiencing today’s concept.

I enjoyed the class. We did have to read My Sister’s Keeper and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Harriet Jacobs story was interesting and saddening. The treatment of women, both slaves and white women during the 1800’s was horrific. The rape, emotional abuse, and physical abuse they had to endure while trying to keep their families together was the theme of the book. White women had to deal with their cheating husbands who tried to excuse their behavior by blaming the need for their infidelity on keeping the slave stock breeding. It must have been hard on the wives to see so many slave children running around with faces similar to their husbands and the knowledge of how they came to be. Black women put up with torture as well. The 1800’s was a very trying time to be a woman.

My other class was just plain fun. Fundamentals of Music focused on the theory of music. It was one of my easiest classes. Not sure if this was because I had six years of band experience with clarinet lessons the main reason why the course did not appear to be that difficult for me.

Next term, which starts this Monday, my classes will be Investment Analysis and International Business, marking two terms left until I begin my Senior year. If all goes well, I will have my bachelor’s degree by October 2019. Woot!

I have come so far and worked so hard to get here. The plan I have for when the schooling finishes is to write book after book after book since I won’t know what to do with myself when I don’t need to study any longer.

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The Garden

The plants are growing. Tomatoes have set fruit; the beans are loaded with flowers and setting their pods. The zucchini is getting big, and I see many buds coming. Our cucumbers are vining, and the peppers have also set fruit. The grapes have gone wild with vines going everywhere. I chopped back the vines in late spring, and you could not be able to tell now if you were to see them.

We have peaches, apples, and some cherries. Three cherries out of twenty I guess is not a bad ratio when the birds are added to the equation. Now if only I can keep the apples on the tree this year we will be looking great for the fall. We are in the middle of a drought here in New England just like last summer. Last year, all the apples dropped from the tree before August because there wasn’t enough rain.

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Plotting and Pantstering

More brainstorming is needed even though I am off to a good start with the current ms. The story is stalling already, and I am dissatisfied with the direction the story is heading. I fear it will need many revisions before it resembles what I was hoping to achieve.

 

Well, off to enjoy some more sunshine before the humidity comes back for Monday and I become too busy to enjoy the sun because classes will start again up then too.

 

Until next time, bottoms up!

If we were having Coffee, I’d tell you…life is on the move.

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Busy ~ Busy ~ Busy

Oh my, I looked at my site the other day and realized that time has passed since my last post. I missed a whole month. I don’t know how that happened. It‘s not that the homework has been super challenging, just lots of reading and thinking. Today was the last day of Third Term.

We got this!

Term 3 courses were Human Relations and Social Psychology. They are more related than one would think. They are both about understanding people and why they do the things they do and how best to relate to others, very interesting stuff. I’m glad I read those last few books on my too read pile. They were very helpful with the Human Relations class.

What books were those?

 

 

 

 

Those five books made it easy for me to breeze through Human Relations. If you haven’t read them, I highly suggest that you check them out.

What is coming up for Term 4?

I am looking at Social Policy and Public Administration for this term. I suspect that both of these classes will be interesting as well.

Graduation Is May 12th!

I will be attending my first graduation since 1983 to receive my Associates of Arts for Business Administration. They even sent me an Honors sash. Woot! I read on the FPU site that I will be getting my honors cords at a ceremony on May 9th.

When I was in High School, I never made honors, so this is a pretty big deal for me. I will attribute all my hard work because of learning about discipline from NaNoWriMo. Studying and keeping up with school work does take a lot of focus and discipline. Procrastination is not a good study habit. I like slow and steady, and then I don’t have to worry about panicking to get the work done on time. Deadlines – learning to meet deadlines on time takes discipline and focus.

What else is happening?

I’m accepted into the MBA program at FPU. I was going to seek my MBA in Human Resources, but the narrow competitive field was brought to my attention so I quickly got in touch with my student advisor and she suggested an additional path of an MBA in Leadership and a Graduate certificate in HR which should prove interesting and do-able.

Last but least…

I am making a transition from the manufacturing floor to administration. Woot! I’m moving up in the world. I have my own desk, a cubicle and a pile of purchase orders to fill and file. I like it even though it is working with numbers. At least I don’t have to do much adding. The software does all the adding for me.

Cat!

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Abby at 9 weeks old.

I almost forgot. We have a new addition to the family. Keelaa’s new best friend, a kitten named, Abby. They are best friends for life until Abby sinks her claws into Keelaa’s behind. Then they go to their separate corners for a couple of hours before doing it all over again.

If we were having Coffee, I’d tell you…I hit a lifetime milestone

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Let’s Chat over a cup of Coffee

It’s been a while since we last met which was way back in November. Since then I have read a couple of books. One book opened a door of learning to appreciate my coworkers and the other about the benefits of Stress. Usually, I prefer to read fiction like that of fantasy, mystery, sci-fiction, or romance but I’ve found these books on business informative.

 

Christmas and the Holidays have passed.

Phew! They flew by without incident, and everyone was happy with the gifts they got. I did stay up to watch the ball drop.

 

Keelaa, our Jackshund, is getting a new kitten.

She has been pretty lonely since her much older sister, Julie, passed away back in October. We were all very sad to say goodbye to our trusted furry friend of 16 years, but she was in a lot of pain. Her death was a relief. I hated seeing her struggle to walk. She was at the point where she needed aid when standing up, and many times she would stumble and fall or slip on the linoleum landing with a big huff. I feared how she would fair, come wintertime. With all the ice and snow, her mobility would’ve been limited. She was a trooper right to the very end.

 

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Julie – RIP 2017

 

My Milestone Moment!

May of 2016 I began taking college courses at Franklin Pierce University while keeping my day job. Up until then, I had only wished that I had gone to college and believed that this was just a forgotten dream that would never come true. But yea me, it did!

This week, I completed my Associates Degree in Business Associate. I’m moving on with my Bachelors in Science of Integrated Studies. My coursework will consist of a concentrate of Business and Social Service classes, and I did declare my major as well. I want my MBA of Human Resource Management with SHRM certification.

I should have my bachelor’s degree by September of 2019 and my MBA by 2020-21.

 

Have I stopped writing?

Not really. Though I have not published anything in a while, I do have several stories I am writing, while my primary goal with them is to improve my writing style making the stories much more professionally written. I like having the control over my written works even though they do not fill my bank account with wads of dollars. I don’t write to make money. Writing is my way of expressing myself, and the goal is to write stories that I would want to read. They may never be as good as Game of Thrones or am I selling myself short? I won’t know until I publish them and you as a reader give me feedback on how much my writing has changed in the past ten to twelve years.

 

Till we meet again – bottoms up!

If we were having coffee…

I would tell you…

 

~ Lost one of my writing coaches this week.

Julie

RIP – 12/2001 – 10/2017

She was an extraordinary pup and spent many hours sitting by my side while I wrote. Julie was one of my main inspirations for the story Aaron and Keja even though Keja is a golden retriever and Julie was a long-haired black lab mix who had a Rottweiler for a daddy. It was her time. She was in pain from arthritis and was having difficulty standing and walking. I feared how she would handle the winter months because last winter she was already struggling. Snow and ice were no longer her friends.

When she was a pup, she loved to lay in the snow until she was entirely white, and then walk with her mouth open scooping up the snow to eat. She’d have a choking fit whenever she tried to do this with a snowbank that had gobs of sand mixed with the snow. I’d try to warn her, but she wouldn’t listen.

 

May you rest in peace, Julie, we will miss you dearly.

 

 

~School Updates

This term is focused on Psychology and Statistics. I like – no – love psychology. Statistics well, it appears that statistically, most people don’t enjoy statistics because it is a hard concept to understand. I hope I pass. It was a huge risk taking statistics. I will continue to attempt to do my very best and not give up with that class the way I had given up on pre-calculus in high school. My saving grace is probably the fact that I have psychology at the same time to help temper any anxiety I feel about taking that risky class. 4 more weeks to go and statistics will be over!

~A little bit of Writer Advice

“I say, it’s getting tough out there selling books. I’m beginning to see the signs.”

 

Today I received my first desperate book review request from an author who does not realize that sending a chapter of their book to someone without it being requested is not really kosher.

I hit the delete button on that one.

I get it. You want your book reviewed so you might sell a few books, but please, don’t send me a bunch of crappy text in an email, and I don’t do Pdf’s either.

Right now, I really don’t have enough time to review random books. I work a full-time job, and I have plenty of school work eating up the rest of my time. Any books that I am reading at the moment are a prerequisite of my Professor, or they are directed at my potential career.

Unless you’re G.R.R. Martin with the book Winds of Winter you need to find someone else who is looking for something to read.

Go to Goodreads and give copies away in their book giveaways.

Or

On Amazon, create a giveaway with them to help find reviewers.

When you beg or spam readers you lose readership.

I don’t even know what that book was about. I can’t remember the name of the author who sent me the chapter. I only remember that I hit delete.

 

I’m booked up for the next 3 years.

 

~ NaNoWriMo is coming soon!

 

I’ve been plotting and doing a bit of writing. I still don’t know what this year’s story will be about, but I’m ready for November 1. Hopefully, I will have a stronger plot outline by then.

It has to be a romance no matter what.

Boy meets girl + girl meets boy = happy ever after.

Anyone have story twist suggestions?

I’m game to hear them.

 

If We Were Having Coffee – We would talk about the past year.

It’s been a while since I last posted. More like a month has passed since I wrote about the coming March for Science. How did that go anyway? I didn’t see any big bangs taking place. While they marched I planted two new trees. A Cherry and a Honeycrisp Apple after which I moved those Cherry bushes I had been meaning to move for the past four years. They are much happier for the move. The plum tree was relocated too.

Last year we had no blossoms on our peach tree. This year we have this:

 

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Sorry, I haven’t been making my weekly posts. My schoolwork has kept me busy. I really dislike Microeconomics; it’s not my cup of tea. I would say that this has been my most difficult class to date. Half the questions on the quiz were not actually mentioned. You sort of need to feel your way to the correct answers even though it is a multiple choice quiz. The course is so difficult and the text we have been using is so dry, I went and purchased a different textbook in hopes that it would help me to better understand the information. If only I had thought about using a different textbook after taking the first quiz, my grade might be a bit higher.

Bitten with Binge Watching

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I broke down and checked out Vampire Diaries. I loved it so much that I had to watch the entire 8 season episodes in one month. I couldn’t stop watching. The show was emotionally intense. I needed that to help me understand the elements found in romance. I’ve since moved on to the spin-off series, The Originals, and I have discovered another short lived series by the same author, The Secret Circle.

Last month we joined Netflix. I’m surprised to see the changes that were made for the streaming service. I’ve found too many programs I want to watch. A co-worker introduced me to the OA and then I discovered Haven. I really enjoy the paranormal suspenseful mysterious romantic shows.

Maybe when I have my 2 week school break in September I will be able to tackle one of my abandoned/neglected manuscripts.

School has been going great even though struggling with Microeconomics. The environmental studies are interesting. I’m working on a research paper covering the Edward MacDowell Lake in Peterborough, NH. Maybe someday I will use this lake as a setting for a story.

Surprisingly, I have finished my first year of college. This term will end on May 13 and I will be well on my way with my second year of school. The extra two terms I take in the summer shortens the time it will take to finish my Bachelor degree. It has been busy and leaves me without much time for family, fun, writing, or those hobby activities like crocheting, quilting, and knitting.

The new Grandbaby is 7 months old. She is so adorable. Meanwhile, Jasmine is going to be 7 years old. I told my daughter she is catching up to me in age.

 

 

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Ava, 7 months old dressed for Easter

 

 

 

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Jasmine in the Pink straw hat with her friend.