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If we were having coffee – I’d tell you…

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I have no complaints.

 

The holidays are here and before we know it, the New Year will be here. I am looking to 2018 to be another great year. 2017 ushers out one of my most significant accomplishments to date. I received notification that I will be attending my first graduation since 1983. May of 2018, I will be given my Business Associates degree. For the past 30 years I have wanted a college degree, and now I am finally getting one. But I’m not stopping at the Associate level. I am continuing on with my education and should have my Bachelor’s degree by 2019.

Last summer, at the direction of my student advisor, I applied for the Business Plus program which will put me in the Master’s program immediately following the Bachelor degree.

My next accomplishment was Stats.

I passed Statistics. That class was hard, like Calculus for Business. It wasn’t my favorite class though toward the end, it became interesting. I will never look at a bar graph the same way ever again.

 

NaNoWriMo – only made 4k words this year.

 

Stalled but not forgotten. I did learn how to use Scrivener. Outlining is easier, and I can now format my books utilizing this program. I have not worked on the work in progress in the past few weeks. I will confess that I took my vacation week of leisure to play World of Warcraft. I now have my demon hunter at level 110 but not yet high enough gear to take part in any raid events.

 

I still have a list of books to read too. This month’s book of the month is still not been read. I’m half-way there only because there never seems to be enough time in a day to do all the things I want to do and now entering the holiday season time becomes even shorter.

In 2018, I would love to finish the first draft of at least one work in progress. It is a doable goal if I can keep myself from being distracted by video games and Netflix.

I would have a major dilemma if GRR Martin published his next book of the Game of Thrones. That would be one more item on my to-do list and to read pile.

 

Keelaa

Out cute fur child misses her big sister. I don’t think she knows where Julie got off to. She may not even know that she has died. Sometimes she sits outside waiting, hoping she will come back home. The plan is to have her leave Santa a letter this year asking for a female kitten as a new companion. She is more partial to cats than other dogs. During her first year, her best friend was a 20-year-old cat named Gracie who has also passed on to that great beyond.

 

This Term Classes are:

 

Accounting 2 –

 

This class is the continuation of the first Accounting class from a year ago. I am stunned to discover how much of the first accounting class I did retain. So far, Accounting 2 is much easier than Accounting 1.

I am getting much handier at putting excel spreadsheets into Microsoft documents.

 

Race and Ethnic Relations

 

Interesting topic –

 

How diverse is your city?

 

Well, my sleepy little town is not very diverse as far as race and ethnicity. I believe the community is about 98% white, maybe even higher, but if you travel across the border into the state of Massachusetts, which is a half an hour drive away, you will find that the city of Fitchburg has quite the mix of race and ethnic diversity.

 

OMG – #MarketBasket has their own Website

Have you been to the new Market Basket website?

I always wished this store had a website where I could view their weekly ads. The site I used to visit was created and maintained by customers. That site was slow and clunky but what do you expect when it was created on a shoestring budget.
Market Basket has their own site now and I highly recommend you check it out. It loads fast and the images are easy to read.

Look out Amazon – Market Basket just might gain some ground in the food industry.

I’m a Grateful Person #gratitude

Every November we take a moment to either express our gratitude or our thankfulness. But like the saying says, Happy people are actually grateful, it is the other way around. Those who are grateful are happy.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I am grateful for everything in my life.

Such as:

  • the support of my family
  • the job I have with my employer
  • the feedback from my readers
  • the education provided by my professors
  • for the grades, I have received
  • having a pup like Keelaa for a new writing coach
  • for what I have managed to write this month in NaNoWriMo
  • and most of all for being alive and thriving in this bizarre world we live in.

Newest Release from DL Jackson is ready for Pre-order on Kindle

A writing comrade from New Hampshire is releasing her newest book on Friday, November 10. She writes Urban Fantasy, science fiction, and military romance. Since she is looking for help getting the word out about her latest book I agreed to give her a bit of my blog space.

Let me introduce DL Jackson as she explains how her latest story was inspired.

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Eight years ago my oldest son was talking to a marine recruiter about his options for jobs he could do in the service. He’d always been an adrenaline junkie and gravitated toward the dangerous things. When he wanted to explore EOD, my heart dropped into my stomach. My first reaction was to steer him away from that career path. But being an army vet, I knew the value of Explosives Ordnance Disposal, and I knew many brave men and women lived because of those who served in ordnance.

So instead of discouraging him from choosing EOD, I encouraged him to research it, and in doing so, ideas for a series sprung to life. He decided to go infantry in the end.

At first, I thought about writing a contemporary military romance, but a publisher I had at the time, warned me nobody would want to hear about bombings and terrorists, with our service members deployed and terrorist acts increasing all over the world.

But I didn’t want to write about the bombers and terrorists. I wanted to write stories about men and women who stopped them. So, in respect for those dealing with the very real and dangerous situations, I chose to take the series off Earth and into space and on alien planets.

Science fiction has always been one of my favorite genres, and the first novel wrote over sixteen years ago, when I decided to pen my first romance, was a beastly 100k novel which will never see the light of day. Since then, I’ve written in many of the romance genres, but I always seem to come back to my first love.

Science fiction and I have had a mad romance. We’ve seen the ups and downs in the industry, and the neglect of attention this wonderful genre deserves. Now I’m being told science fiction romance is the next hot thing. I’m not surprised. I’ve always felt it was a hot thing and it would only be a matter of time before readers discovered everything it had to offer.

So, on November 10th I will release the first book in my multi-book Blown Away series. I hope you’ll grab a copy. You’ll get a little military and a little science fiction. Action, adventure and fantastic worlds that will beg you to explore more of them. Be sure to check out the second book, Explosive Affairs, which will be up for preorder as Blown Away goes live.

Each of the novels in this series are stand-alone but linked by common denominators. No cliffhangers here and a happy ever after is guaranteed.


Blurb:  One man and one woman, both on a collision course with a mad bomber and the past.
Trios Space Port City is a busy place. MacKay and Boomer must stop a bomber before he strikes again, this time closer to home. Failure is not an option. Success means they get to live another day. But more than the danger is heating up. Their attraction has grown to explosive levels, and it’s become a major distraction. Not good when they need to keep their heads.

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