- First off, I got a truly lovely review of Devil’s Eye over at Random Musings. Thanks Christel!
- In other excitement I am (as of this moment) only 49 copies away from selling 1,000 ebooks in the month of January!!! EEP! So if you’ve waited to buy for whatever reason, now would be, like, an awesome time to do it–you know, in the next 2 days because OMG, that would be so cool! And tell your PR/UF loving friends!
- Yesterday I did a post about ebooks being the next pulp fiction, which has generated some truly interesting discussion. You should definitely go check it out. I’m about to go back through and answer comments to give my own 2 cents.
- Yesterday hubby and I hauled off the old red chair (which has been living in his office) and a big bag o’ stuff to Goodwill. And another thing out of my house (to the tune of Another One Bites The Dust). There are many many more things on my Simplify and Clean Out list, but it makes me very happy to cross stuff off.
- Last night we tried tapas for the first time at a new place the next town over. The taste and quality of the food was excellent, but the prices were exorbitant and the portion sizes were miniscule. If I’m spending almost $60 at a restaurant for 2 people, I expect to leave FULL. So the decision is that we like tapas, but we’ll make it at home with friends and have our own tapas party where we actually make enough to constitute a true meal.
- In other food news, next weekend we are attending a Super Bowl Party with Food of Epic Proportions. Be on the lookout for my recipe for Man Dip (which should really be probably renamed Coronary Dip) later this week.
- On the gluten front, I nearly fainted at how much I spent at the grocery this week, restocking on staples, and coming up with gluten-free alternatives. It will get better as we go, as I learn which of our groceries has the best prices on assorted stuff. As someone who primarily is accustomed to buying the store brand of stuff, having to buy brand name everything due to cross-contamination issues is tough on the wallet. But I did discover that Kroger’s store brand products for things like canned vegetables, do NOT have the same cross-contamination issues as Walmart and their store brand rice chex are also gluten free (sadly the corn is not–it has malt). And I’ve just ordered some of the weird alternative flours from Amazon (yay Amazon Prime). The GF project of the week is to make our own hamburger buns.We’re still not 100% positive about the gluten intolerance as we haven’t had a true GF baseline. He keeps getting ahold of gluten in unexpected places (beef jerky, blue cheese…). But cutting out huge quantities seems to have helped and he’s had some symptoms after accidentally eating gluten. So we’re going to stick with this for a while (and since I just bought several POUNDS of tapioca starch, I’m committed) and see how it goes. For anybody who follows Pots and Plots who also has issues with gluten intolerance, I’m going to be talking a lot more about this over there, making a list of tips for how to cook gluten free when you DON’T have access to places like Whole Foods or health food stores. And I’ve already gone through and tagged the existing recipes that are already gluten free. /boring health food rant
- On the writing front (aren’t you glad you stuck with me this far?), the writing has been inconsistent.
- Wednesday 955
- Thursday 309
- Friday 755
- Saturday 483
My goal, if you’ll remember, was 750 words a day, and to spend at least 30 minutes (or was it an hour? ooo that’s not a good sign that I don’t remember) a day unplugged from the net. Well the latter part has definitely been an epic fail. I’m just not good at unplugging. I’m often on talking to writing peeps, consulting with my CPs, doing writing sprints with the fab Claire Legrand, etc. Excuses excuses. Anyway I am, so far, behind on my words, but I’m really not wanting to change my goal from 750. If I can get my head in the story and get a stretch of uninterrupted time (which is often the hard part), I don’t seem to have too much trouble hitting 750. So I’ll let that one hold.
I’ve been splitting my time between Red and my anthology story this week. Yesterday I had crazy lots of ideas about the characters in the latter. I figured out how I was over-complicating the story, fixed that in the outline, so I should truly have finally written a short story that was SHORT. Like 6-7k. This makes me very happy. I also have learned a lot more about Isla and Ransom (the hero and heroine of this story) and the bigger issues that they will face in their book (yes, they have a book…theirs will PROBABLY be the first full length Mirus novel), so they’re really starting to come alive and talk instead of just being puppets. This is always a great place to be. So the great irony is that even though the story and the hero and heroine have changed (well no, actually I’ve gone back to the FIRST hero I had), I think I’ll still be calling the next novel in the Mirus series Revelation. I kind of like that it’s come full circle there.