Welcome to Spring, since this is the first Monday of April. We’ve had a few showers–but neet morre! And my daffodils FINALLY burst into bloom. I have a bumper crop this year and those yellow blooms nodding in the breeze make me smile every time I look out the window.
Saturday was siren test and lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. It was a beautfiul day, the food was awesome, and Jake was a good boy. I always laugh–inside–when we leave and other diners realize that this giant furbaby has been there all along. Sadly, Baseball Boy had to miss it. He was coaching in a tournament but getting time with Only and Stormy was all kinds of awesome.
In writing news, I have my letter of revisions of rights, though I’ll admit I haven’t checked to see if the books have come off sale on Amazon yet. I had one of the books ready to go (SEAL Moon) except for updated back matter and then…I lost it. Don’t ask me how. The internet swallowed it. The cloud rained. My computer ate it and didn’t spit it back out. I’d added over 3K words to the book and those are words I’ll never find again. So, being all up in my head, I tabled that book and started on the book that was the first one orginally published. While all four are part of my Moonstruck Wolf world and share some characters, they are stand alone stories. Anyway, the problem with RESCUE MOON was figuring out the military group (originally a Delta Force team created by Susan Stoker, since I was writing by invitation ). In the other three books, it will be easy enough to insert my Hard Target team. But they aren’t “active duty” military. So, I had to create new characters. And darn if that didn’t take me a heckin’ longer time than I thought it would. Why? Because I’m trying to make them like real characters, ie. dimensional. Not to say that Susan’s weren’t but the original books were aimed at her readers and they already knew her characters. These four books, like MONTANA MOON, CRASH & BURN, and BLOOD & FIRE, will be all mine now. So, it’s taking awhile. Everything else is only hold because I don’t get paid if I don’t sell books and I don’t sell books if they aren’t available for sale. So, there ya go.
In sports news, my Cowgirls are rockin’ the softball diamond. They’re currently ranked #8 in the nation. They played Baylor over the weekend and the games were televiased, including Satruday night’s game on big ESPN. My Cardinals are having a typical spring–win some, lose some, lots of picthing changes and subtstitutions on defense. It gives invitees a chance to shine and gives the starters both time to practice but also rest so lest chance of injury. Opening day is this weekend and I’m ready! And yes, I’ll be all boring as I wax on about my sports infatuation.
In TV news, our main U-Verse box died. We could still get TV with the two “regular” boxes hooked to the other TVs. We got the replacement box in a few days and everything is mostly copacetic now. Sadly, we lost all of the DVR’d shows. There’s something to be said for those shows to be up in the cloud but, hey, my revisions were supposed to be there too and oops. Whatever. Luckily, we didn’t lose the master list of shows that are supposed to automatically record. Still, I went in and changed some of those shows’ settings from first run to all. I’ll delete the ones I’ve already seen. Yes, technology was not my friend last week.
In reading news, I finished off the Pride and Honey Badger Chronicles series. Laurenston’s characters always make me laugh. I’m now into a relisten of Suzanna Wright’s Phoenix and Mercury Packs series. They are entertaining but also rather dark and dirty. I tend to skim through the sexy bits at this point. I did mention relisten, yes?
And that’s my update for this slightly rainy Monday. Jake and I have Wallyworld and then we’re pick up Liam from school for a visit until his parents get stuff done. I have hopes of getting many words added and revised between my trips out into the world. Dang but I have having adult on a Monday. 😉 How about y’all? Do you have to adult today?
Yay for daffodils! And for food & fun with the family! LOL about Jake surprising the other patrons. That totally sucks about SEAL MOON. Have you tried looking at all the files with the last save date? Maybe it got saved under a weird name accidentally. (My last suggestion, I promise.) Okay, one more… Have you contacted the ISP who holds your cloud data to see if they can recover it? (Enough out of me.) Yay for getting your rights back, even if it is a lot of work. Yay for your teams! Yay for real baseball! Bummer about your TV thingie. Yay for fun reading! And have fun with Stormy today.
I’ve been adulting since I woke up. Monday, doncha know. Spreadsheets dropping like nobody’s business. Five of them… splat. And they all need different magic applied. And, of course, one of them is wrong. You can’t round money to the nearest dollar – ever – and we’ve had that conversation before. Blerg. Wading back in…
I used to keep books for my dad. When it came to end of month reconciliations, I usually started tearing my hair out after the first roll of adding machine tape. Old skool, baby. Reconciling deposits with sales and case on hand? *FLAIL* There were more times than I can count that I’d finally throw up my hands, dig into my pocket and add $1.73 or 99 cents or whatever to make it even. More power to you and yeah, gotta ride heard on those who want to round off!
And yes, I did all of that, including going into my Dropbox back-up folder which always makes me really itchy because I just know Imma gonna screw up the whole works! (I did that simply changing the name of a folder one time. I had to get their customer service folks to walk me through recovery and then they just did it for me because they felt so sorry for me. LOLOL) Anyway, it is what it is.
Good luck with the adulting today. I’m getting ready to harness Jake and head out. We’re between rain so I need to get in and get out.
Good Monday morning! COFFEE is a major component of my morning, followed by a diabetes follow up, which I’m seriously dreading.
I’m a serious SpyGirl, hooked since I watched Secret Agent as a child. As it happens, IMDb TV has 3 seasons on their streaming services. It’s set in the mid/late 60s, but serves for fun “research” for my spy book set in 78. So I’ve been bingeing that.
I’m horrified that your computer ate Seal Moon! That’s just heartbreaking. 💔
And the rain you’re getting now is heading here later today. Yeah, it’s a Monday all right.
I have the original manuscript, just nopt the revised version. Ah well. I keep telling myself the new-new version will be even better. Yay for coffee but ugh on the follow-up. No fun but 🤞🏼 for a good report! 1978? Wow. I was just about to move to Colorado Springs. Disco and all that jazz. LOLOL Sounds like a fun series and hey, research is research, right? 😉