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One Step at a Time September 16, 2010

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Rich made the calls yesterday. One bill down, one bill corrected, two bills waiting on approval. The hospital specific bills are still in negotiations. Two weeks after application and the loan rep still has not called us back, but we ran out of time today.

I submitted a story and two queries this week. I have decided to find the joy in my writing again. Remember the fun and not worry about the money. It is clear that my career path to Best Selling Author is going to be a long one, so I might as well enjoy myself along the way. I was only submitting to high paying markets(well, high paying for fantasy fiction) and ignoring the fact that any publicity is good publicity. Sure, I still want to see my name in the glossies, but seeing it in a small run magazine is better than no where at all. So, I’ll be taking another look at markets and possibilities. Amazing what one acceptance will do to flagging enthusiasm.

Work is going alright on all fronts, not great, not stupendous, but it is going steadily. Getting email follow ups cleaned up, gathering ideas for new email campaigns. Fixing up MasterChess 7000 with cool new features. Getting ready for the next big thing for Chess Openings Wizard and Bookup.com. Barnes & Noble is gearing up for the holiday run.

Things are busy and good and looking up. I am so very lucky to have this life.

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Do You Feel Older? July 29, 2010

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That seems to be the question of the week. I have generally responded with: I’ve felt old since I was 17, I feel pretty good today. I had a wonderful birthday weekend with friends and chosen family. I didn’t see any of my blood family, but I did talk to both my parents and my brother. It was good to hear from them, too.

I ate a lot of wonderful food, both out at restaurants, and made specially for me. About half of it was healthy and good for me, about half of it was delicious anyway. 😉   My joints are getting back at me this week for it, though, so back to alkaline for me. Started the week with wheat grass juice, still tastes awful, but I’m getting better at drinking it. Inta Juice is a lovely shop and doesn’t charge nearly as much as Whole Foods used to (when they still had it).

For my birthday I got a couple books, some DVDs, some gaming dice and some clothes. Thanks go out to my parents and my in-laws for those. Knowledge, entertainment and clothing to go with the nourishment and fellowship. I also saw two movies, Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Inception. Next week, Cedar Point to top it off with a fun experiences.

Inception sent my mind whirling, partially about the topic of the movie, creating reality in dreams, but also into other types of reality creation. In parts of the movie the soundtrack/sound effects were quite blatant, and it made me think about creating with music. The moods and emotions that music invokes and the creativity it can inspire. I have always enjoyed fantasy stories where music is the medium of magic, because it is so meaningful to us and speaks to us in ways that words alone may not.

It also got me thinking about creating the reality I want to live in. Creating the life I want to have. Creating the online presence, websites, and business(es) I want to design. Mike’s getting advice for the Bookup.com website and one of the things that was said was he should fire his web designer. We both agreed with this advice and were glad that he didn’t hire me as his web designer. I don’t have the skills for that, we both know that, but they are skills I want to gain. At the moment I am more like his web programmer, he tells me what he wants and I make it happen. We both need advice and guidance in the design category. I am very grateful that this coach has some ideas in this area.

There are so many things I want to do, all spinning about my head. I want to learn WordPress, learn how to make custom Themes, create a website offering both these Themes and tips and tricks and advice for WordPress in general. I have a lot of WordPress references, books, websites, personal advice, that I would like to collect all in one place, for myself at the very least.

Next step, is a curiosity about Joomla. What it can do. What I can do with it. I have started gathering reference material, but I think WordPress first, it seems an easier thing to learn.

I also have writing projects, Traffic Ultimatum, Four Hour Work Week, affiliates, a gaming carry-all and getting out of Barnes & Noble running around in my head. Not to mention my simple weekly blogging, the growing stack of books I want to read, investing, and medical bills. Life is crazy, fun, wonderful, exciting and full of so many opportunities. I have My Next Thirty Years by Tim McGraw running through my head lately. They will definitely be the best years of my life.

Turning 30 July 22, 2010

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I turn 30 on Saturday. My parents sent me a card saying I shouldn’t let that make me neurotic. Well, I was not planning on becoming neurotic, but hey, if that’s what most people do… 😉

30 years on this globe, and what have I got to show for it?

A Bachelor of Arts degree in English – Creative Writing from Denison University.

Three published short stories.

Nearly eight years at Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Inc.

A wonderful husband.

A great family, including two nieces and a nephew(yeah, they’re not my work, but they are adorable).

A lot of good friends, many great friends and a handful of Best Friends.

A gaming group that meets every Tuesday – rain, shine or snow.

A body, that even on my worst days, is doing far better than it used to do on its best days.

The basic essentials of life taken care of without too much thought.

A Prius whose gas mileage is a godsend, even when I run around Columbus at highway speeds.

Somewhere over 150 pieces of pewter.

More books and DVDs than I care to count most days.

A two bedroom townhouse apartment in a decent neighborhood.

Happiness, Love and Support.

Life Keeps Moving April 29, 2010

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B&N is alternating between 4 and 8 hours a week for me now. Bookup stays fairly steady at one full day and two half days. We have two people working on our forum integration. I got the help desk set up yesterday, but there are two problems to overcome there as well.  I am moving forward in learning the Traffic Ultimatum system. I have not had much luck finding good options to play lately. I will check IBD again soon.

My health continues to be good, though I’ve been fighting the beginnings of a sore throat with fresh OJ, hot cider and Alkaselzter Cold and Cough. Yoga has been a great addition to my life, increased flexibility is already present, though I don’t get to go to the full class very often. This morning I didn’t groan at a single “take a vinyasa” as was my habit previously.

I am currently off all medications, though I do now have health insurance cards for the newest policy Rich’s company has adopted. I’m not sure I mentioned this, but I have a new GP-OB/GYN here in town, instead of having to run to Newark, and a clean bill of health from her as well. I see my RA doc soon, and need to make a Dentist appointment as well, they’ve been calling again.

Rich had a couple setbacks this week. Some trouble with possible hernias that he is getting checked out today. And a slight mishap in a parking lot between his car and an SUV.  All is well and being taken care of, insurance is a wonderful thing.

Coming soon: Cedar Point and MarCon

Waiting January 27, 2010

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Two of Five W2s have arrived, the rest should be here this week, right? Right?? I really want to get taxes taken care of, so I know where things stand. I don’t trust unemployment to have not messed us up. I have info to download from three different banks, but I don’t know that any of them amount to much. Not until next year anyway, when we get hit for the liquidation of Ameriprise, though we had him hold some of that back in preparation. I don’t like waiting for paperwork to arrive.  I want to do it now.

I have a few stories still out right now, too. Two are passed the “query if you haven’t heard by…” dates, but with the holidays I’ll wait a little longer before I do.

Things over at Bookup are moving along. We’re actually setting up a membership site now, and it’s going to be SO pretty. And there will be working forums and a helpdesk that actually gets answered. Mike’s working on getting a new version of the product out as well, that will be really cool when it’s ready.

Barnes & Noble is having some major managerial shifting, so things are a little up in the air, there. I’m sitting at three days/15 hours a week right now. I don’t know if that’s going to change, but I don’t see it going up any, that’s for sure.

We had a nice little break in the weather, but we’re back to snow again, now. Pretty snow. 🙂

Things are moving forward, bit by bit. I’m keeping up and waiting for more storms to hit. Hopefully a few with silver linings. Life is good.

Life, Work and Everything October 1, 2009

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Two weeks ago, I stepped down to a part time shelving position at Barnes & Noble. This was not entirely voluntary, but it is a position I will enjoy more than Head Cashier. This had many repercussions, some were unexpected, and others were met with relief. All in all, I will stay there only as long as I need the money at this point, as health insurance is no longer a noose around my neck(it was taken away by my manager).

On the front of getting away from needing the B&N income, I have started working as a consultant for Bookup.com which is owned and run by my friend Mike Leahy. In this job I do website updating and upkeep, database upkeep, as well as managing advertising campaigns on Google, Yahoo and MSN. Not to mention keeping him more on task than he’s used to with my OCD nature. Thus far a lot has been accomplished and a lot more work still has to be done. I am really enjoying this opportunity to help him out and to learn more about small businesses.

I am also regaining focus on my writing career. Right now, I have nine stories submitted to magazine markets, with a tenth sitting behind me waiting for a read through and polish. I am looking into starting an informational blog for writers for another stream of income. I’m also considering a Masters or a Certificate in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. And, going along with the starving artist theme, I currently have an application in with the Ohio Arts Council for an Individual Excellence Award, a grant for the beginning of next year.

My health is fairly stable, but I’m back on all my drugs, including my shots, trying to get my elbow to calm down. I’m still on the alkaline diet, but quickly losing faith in my ability to limit my medicinal needs. It’s obviously healthier than what I was eating, but my elbow frustrates me. The rest of my joints are doing well, though and I have a lot more energy.

On a random lark that I haven’t the slightest idea how to capitalize on, I have come up with an interesting(to me) product idea for carrying around the massive amount of gaming books(and minis and dice) we are once again amassing as 4th Edition D&D keeps printing new books every month. On the D&D tangent, our Tuesday group is having a great time and we are all getting geared up for our next game as we finish our current one. Details for those who are curious may be requested via email. 😉

Speaking of random larks, I’m going to Chicago in October to attend Unleashing the Power Within, a Tony Robbins seminar. The website says participants will: Break through the fears that hold you back (including unconscious fears). Create momentum in your life to make difficult things become effortless. Develop the physical vitality and energy you need to passionately follow through. Understand and take advantage of recent changes in the economy to secure and build your personal wealth. Learn the marketing principles you need to take advantage of the economic crisis and revolutionize your business. I’m going because the aforementioned Mike has been working at Tony Robbins seminars for twenty years and he finally talked me into going. I’m hoping for inspiration and information to help me on my newly decided path.