Now catching up with the farm. And working to "un-pause" things...
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- Another Namerator request for this new calf, please...
- Tiny home construction - creakingly re-starts.
- I'm editing a new book out of an old excerpt. Ready next week...
- Which gives you a reason to join the Insider's Club.
This week's featured calf is number 16 (two more to bring to you at this writing):
Another sturdy bull calf. No socks on her legs, no white-tipped tail, odd stripes everywhere.So this should give you lot of fuel for your namerators (yes you can always send me more than one name.)
Mother is named "Big H", and yes that also looks like a white cat.
And here's your chance to give her a name - just reply to this email with your inspiration(s)...
Cozy Cottage (Tiny Home) Progress
Since I've returned, no progress yet. Just catching up on my return. A surprise fine of a portable A/C was bought, delivered and under testing at this writing. Good for the hot summer weather in a metal clad building that sits in the sun most of the day. Hoping to get back to wrap up sheathing and start painting soon. (Electrical after that.)
A New Fiction!
Actually, you may have already seen this. It was included in the back-end of a National Novel Writing Month success. It was published as part of "When the Dreamer Dreamed" as a prequel, just to fill out the necessary wordage and bring the book up past 50,000 words.
But when I re-discovered this, I also got an urge to publish it on its own, and put this into the Insiders Club for everyone.
This early work tells of my approach towards ghosts - that they are beings on their own, with their own after-life problems. However, I've begun editing it into better shape. And that has delayed its coming to you - since I'm already behind with this email (among other things.)
Re-releases Still on Hiatus
And still, nothing new this week. Catching up on things around here on the farm (in this heat) plus the romance "research", both set getting the re-releases updated to take a back seat.
There are three Ghost Hunter Canons are all but ready to bring out in new versions. And these were each built from four Ghost Hunter anthologies. The first one will have a special introductory price, and will only be a direct link (for obvious reasons) as this is slated to be advertised to get people into that fiction series. But the regular-priced version will be updated.
And I do have other paperbacks to get issued, like the J. R. Kruze collections. (An editor's job is never done.)
But - a new fiction still continues in the background...
That new fiction story you've heard about earlier is still writing itself (and being a bit insistent about being written in spite of.) Even on vacation, new scenes showed up. We're working on its underlying theme right now.
Has to do with the actual universe you create for yourself, which has little or nothing to do with the "real world" you told runs things. Of course, examining this through the eyes and reactions of fictional characters makes it even more exciting. (Still, these characters can nag. And nag they do - until they are finally brought to life via publishing.)
Yes, you can start to get all excited over new stuff again. And again, the only thing I can tell you is to stay tuned.
News and New Plans
There's always too much to do here in too little time available. It's always setting priorities and working these through. Visit store.livingsensical.com and do a search to find all that are out there already. Plenty of stuff to help you improve your life.
A long-term plan is developing which will bring out the Nightingale essays I have as videos. Because these have been forgotten mostly, but are timeless. And then segue into the other classic texts I've always referred back to along these lines. There are about four years of these to produce, if I only get two produced each week.
It's all a matter of stealing time here and there, and becoming more efficient with the time I have.
So, patience becomes the watchword...
Back from vacation in the Smoky Mountains, where we concentrated on seeing historical sites. All in the breathtaking vistas there.
And my romance research partner is involving me in more historical sights - all of which are building for a new series of books which take place pre-Civil War...
PS. Summer fruit
The early Blackberries are basically done with this heat, and the second two varieties of these are mostly gone as well, if they started at all. Elderberries are in their green state right now, but in a couple of weeks will be bountiful. I'm currently going through our last year's syrup with breakfast every morning.
Coming soon are the wild plums, followed by paw-paws. But those will be in the fall. Which can't come too soon.
Oh - wait, there's more: The recent results just confirm all I've been telling (some of) you for years - you can actually have and be anything and everything you want out of life. Really. Whether it's finding a dear companion or a million-dollar salary. And it's all in that "Strangest Secret Collection" (my characters named it the "decoder ring"). You only have to take the leap of faith and put it into use...
(Again, to get your updated copy, just reply to this and ask - I'll send you the most recent edition if you don't have yours or misplaced it.) As well, I do need to get some courses up, so I'll start working these in once I get all the major non-fiction books republished.
Become a First Reader
First readers have now become collaborators. And get the first inklings of a story before anyone else except me. (They also get immediate notification and pictures of new calves.) Our interactions are what result in the Notes editions for each book. It's simple to become one - just raise your hand.
How to Raise Your Hand: Join the no-cost Insider's Club and then send me an email that you have. Tell me what you bring to the table. If you make a good case, I'll include you on my First Reader Emails.
Expect great things over the next year - and continuing...
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