Rain, Rain, Go Away

Relentless rains for days now.

Had big plans for the blog this year and can’t believe the year is nearly half over. I have accomplished little on the blog…but have managed to rewrite the first three chapters of book two of the Naked Eye Series four times and chapter four twice.

Seriously…I wouldn’t call it writer’s block, because I am writing and I have the story in my head. I can’t seem to get it out in the way I want it to be read. Characters start doing their own thing and getting me off task. I tried with an outline, but at the start of the novel, I find it more of a frustration than an asset.

And then there is this blog. I can’t count the number of times I have started a post and not been able to finish it. Might have something to do with the facts that I am babysitting grandchildren frequently now, and I am the Central Florida Valor Team Leader in three different places: Two FB pages and the pokemap Discord group. On our data page, I have been on top of the leaderboard more than not, and currently have 37 gyms. That’s #1 or in the top ten of over 10, 000 total trainers, even counting the bastards who spoof and bot gyms. This is quite a feat, when you consider that there are 1126 gyms in Orlando and most people can’t stay inside one for more than a day…lol But, we built a nice battle team of 185 players and we have trainers who run gyms, boots-on-the-ground, 24/7.

Had to put both my doggies, the pug and the Australian cattle dog, to sleep a couple weeks ago. It broke my heart and I was devastated, even tho I know it was the right thing to do. Captain wasn’t even able to stand up, and Daisy was headed that way. Neither were able to eat, and both were very ill. Captain had cancer and Daisy had end-stage diabetes and was insulin dependent and in kidney failure. They are both on a shelf by my desk now in their pretty cedar boxes.

The same day we put the doggies down, we went to a beautiful ballet recital where my granddaughter performed with her techniques class. We parked the van in the same parking lot downtown at the Dr. Phillip’s Performing Arts Center that we parked at last time. Only this time there was no attendant to take our money. We saw signs posted that said parking was 8 am-6 pm Monday thru Friday for the businesses there. What we didn’t see, in a corner far removed from the entrance, was a tiny little kiosk to pay for parking…so we got towed. To make matters worse, the towing company scratched the side of my new van, and damaged the front bumper…and, of course, they are not responding to our insurance company, so now we have a lawyer.

We had to pull up the tile from the lanai and get it replaced. My handy husband did the hardest part of the work, pulling up 2400 pounds on tiles, hauling it to the dump and grinding the old floor down to remove all the tile-set and old paint that caused our problem in the first place. He is truly amazing. The new tile floor is gorgeous. Now I have to shampoo the rug that belongs out there and put all of the furniture back into place.

I other news, (I was more of it was good news, but this is starting to sound like a “woe is me” post), we are getting a new roof. Right now, overhead, people are pounding my brains out with hammers and such, even through the rain, so I’ll not stay long here. Can’t think with all of this going on.

I really wanted to stop in here and let you all know I haven’t died, or abandoned my writing projects, or forgotten about you. I read through many posts, but don’t often have the time to comment. I can’t even keep up with the Tweets I’m supposed to be doing for RRBC. I’m usually a great team player, but things have been complicated lately.

Also, I want to express a huge hunk of gratitude for everyone who has read and posted reviews for Naked Alliances. You reviews are what spurs me to keep at it most every time I’m feeling like I just can’t anymore.  I click onto Amazon, read your words, and am inspired. Thank you.

FYI: Naked Alliances will go on sale for 99 cents in a couple of weeks, but you are welcome to read now, if you like 🙂

Click in side bar for link.

 

Zombros: Writers’ Group Movie

You’d think there wasn’t another way to spin a zombie apocalypse, then again you never considered bath salts and Miami. And that happened for real. So please enjoy “Zombros” and let us know what you think. It’s a 10-minute film featuring a Central Florida cast and crew. The production included several of our writers as cast and crew, including Bryan (bandanna), Michael, and Christine pictured below. Wade wrote and produced. Nathan edited. Jeff died twice. Dan died a horrible death – surprised? It was great fun to make. So awesome. I just had to share!

It’s called “The Writer’s Group of Central Florida…or Thereabouts.” A fun and supportive group of folk.

LEAVE SOME WORDS ON YOU TUBE AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

BTW…Bryan Hughes, the guy in the bandanna, just published a book:
http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Bryan-P-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00J4FKRQ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397439432&sr=1-1&keywords=Rain+Bryan

“In an apocalyptic look at a future that never was; Rain takes you into the life of a select few survivors who live in a world where water is so scarce it no longer falls from the skies. 


Lakes and rivers are dried up in this reality where the living cling to life by placing their beliefs in whatever helps them hold on. Often killing each other in search of water. Safety is found in numbers and behind the barrel of a gun, or nowhere at all. 


The stories focus is around a hero who is on the brim of insanity. This man tries to maintain his grip of reality and bring back life to a world that has been turned into a vision of carnage when all others have accepted it as hell. 


Can he really bring back the rain, or is he truly just accepting his inevitable death as he leads his small group north? Join the last days of his long struggle; through love, death, bullets and fire.”