If you can get to my Facebook page, go check out the new video of Emma Sofia, the Wonder Babe. I’d post it but my daughter took it with her phone and it’s in a weird format.
So, the big news is almost ready to share. We’re getting closer and closer to launch. Got our email addresses and access to the cpanel for the website today. I am so psyched. It’s all I can do to work every day. All I want to do is work on the new thing. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Hard to believe we came up with this just 15 days ago. We being me and Renee LaChance.
If you know Renee, that might give you SOME idea of what we’re up to. If you know both of us, you might have even greater clues. Hint: It’s something we both do well, but not necessarily both of us doing the same thing. Although we will be doing the same thing. Confused? Good. Oh, and she did this for 15 years….sort of. And I’ve been working on this for several years and almost have a master’s in the part I haven’t been doing for the past 30 or so years. Oh, and if you were at Mar and VA’s open house, you were there at the birth. Just to make it more confusing, Kay Perret, this one’s for you! You always said I’d do it some day…..
I guess you could Google Renee for other hints. Or just wait a few days.
Whoa. Failing my Sabbath year already? Yep, I got busy with work and then date night, and never got around to my post. Guess I owe y’all one.
Had our first meeting for the new business venture (be patient…a few more days and we’ll go public) and we are so jazzed. Ideas flying, assignments handed out, hard to believe we just started on January 2nd and we’re already swamped with work. Of course, I was so excited afterward that I could talk of nothing else. I’m sure Jenny got bored after the first couple of hours.
For date night we went to some Chinese place down in Milwaukie, across from Nelson’s Nautilus. Chow fun! Real Chinese food. I’ve got to find out what the name of the place is as I’m sure we’ll be going back often.
Having an exciting new project is making it hard to do the “same-old, same-old” of writing, editing, and indexing. But I still have to pay the bills. Should be working on making money right now, but instead I’m doing stuff for the new “upstart.”
I did, however, attend to my spiritual life this morning with an amazing group of women, and then I took a long winter’s nap. So the day hasn’t been a total waste.
If you’re a fan of Interweave (and what fiber person isn’t?) AND you have an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or even just iTunes on your computer (which may or may not be a Mac or, horrors, a PC), check this out:
Knitting Daily from Interweave
Lots of good information, a glossary for those of us who still think Kitchener stitch is something you must do in the kitchen, and more. Don’t believe me. Check it out for yourself. More fibery stuff for on the go…..
I am currently spending a lot of time reading e-pub books. For those not in the know, e-publishing is the wave of the future. Don’t worry. I don’t see the demise of the book any time soon, but e-publishing takes the power away from New York publishers and puts it where it belongs: with the writers.
Anyway, my friend Lisa recommended an author named Amy Rose Davis. I hunted her down on the ‘net and downloaded, for a minimal price, her novella, Silver Thaw. First off, living in the land of the silver thaw, I have to say I love the title. Davis lives in this area too, I believe, and chose the right title. A silver thaw, as I said yesterday, is beautiful but deadly. And that’s what this story is.
Basically a retelling of ancient myth, the story revolves around a mysterious girl with a voice that can…well, read it and find out. At 28,ooo words, this book is an evening’s easy read. It’s a beautiful story, beautifully written. This last is important because a lot of self-published books are shoddily written, with little to no editing, and the reader is the last to know, after she’s plunked down her money. But I found this little book a gem.
Davis has a book coming out soon, also self-published, called Ravenmarked. I will definitely buy it. It’s authors like Davis that are going to give self-publishing a great reputation.
Okay, so I had to get gas. Cash is tight, until I get paid, so I did the “fill it with $10” thing at the Chevron station just up the road. Since we live in the back of beyond, that station is the only game in town. If there was a town. So they can treat us as they will, and they can charge us as much as they want. But for some reason, it’s one of the cheapest gas stations around. The people in the convenience store are friendly, the prices about the same as any convenience store.
I pulled in, handed the guy my credit card, and thought that was that. But this guy, a young guy, maybe mid-20s, started talking to me while the meter ticked off its $10 worth. It was cold. It was pouring down rain. And this guy was happy. He told me he is always happy. He’s been pumping gas for a year, and he loves his job. He told me that he figured out early on that one unhappy customer took away seven potential customers. He said he wants to make everybody’s day a good day so that they’ll keep coming back and so that they’ll carry that happiness into their days. As I drove off, he yelled, “Have a wonderful day.” And I did.
You meet amazingly wise people in the weirdest places.
Things I Learned Today:
- It’s so easy to make someone’s day.
- My new project keeps having serendipitous occurrences. I think that means something. More later.
- Boston ferns like benign neglect, just like Christmas cacti.
- Haggen’s has mint jelly even if Trader Joe’s doesn’t.
- The new project has a name. Finally. Wow! It’s been a whole week and a half without one. More later.
- People who are not in my writer’s group like my books. Amazing. I feel like Sally Field at the Oscars.