Friday, October 26, 2007

22 Years and Going Strong

Today my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. Nothing fancy, we had a steak dinner here at home. He gave me a loving card and he cooked dinner. What did I give him? Not much, though when I'm getting ready to go to school, work, or shopping--in other words, when I get ready to leave the house--I put on makeup, fix my hair and wear nice clothes. He always asks, "Who are you looking good for?" So, I did that for him. I got out of my lounge around the house clothes, showered, and spent hours on my hair and makeup just for him. It usually takes me 30 minutes to get ready to go anywhere, but I took my time just for him. He was gone to the store much of this time, and I'd planned to make a banner thing and a card for him, but he came back home too soon, and I didn't have time to do anything more. But we don't just do things for each other on special days, we live to do anything we can for the other. We never let a day go by without meaning and saying, "I love you!" and we almost never leave the house without kissing the other. There have been the very few times when we forgot because we were running late for something, but that is very rare. Not the running late (that’s my middle name) but the forgetting.

To me, the way to keep the love alive is don’t take their love for granted, and to show your respect and love for each other every day. Put the person you love first in your life.

Keep the love alive.


Monday, October 22, 2007

New Sale

Cerridwen Press has agreed to publish our newest anthology, titled: One Touch Beyond. This isn't a new anthology, it was previously titled: Shivers and Screams, Visions and Dreams. Besides the new title, it will have a new cover. My story, Get Out or Die! is my second Lana Malloy (Psychic PI) paranormal mystery.

The release date will be announced at another time. Thank you for your support.

Enchanted Holidays Update

Enchanted Holidays is soon to be released in print, sometime between now and the end of December. This anthology was put together by six incredible authors. It includes 2 each of 3 different holidays, starting with Christmas, and then New Years and Valentine's Day. Put it on your holiday gift list for that book lover in your family. You can purchase it in downloadable formats right now at Cerridwen Press. Once it's release in print form, you'll be able to purchase it right off the shelf or by order at Borders,, Barnes and Noble, etc.

I will post an update once I know Enchanted Holidays is in print.

College After 50

After being laid-off because my job was relocated to Honduras, I decided to take advantage of the government program allowing me to go back to college and get a degree. At the age of 50+, it’s going to be hard enough to get a job that pays well, especially without a degree.

I have to admit it’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Let’s face it, my memory isn’t what it used to be and so I thought there was a good possibility it would be too hard. But so far, so good. I’m taking five courses, finished one (keyboarding) early, about 3 weeks ago and the semester ends December 17, 2007. But I’ve been typing for about 30 years off and on, and the last 20 years pretty steadily. I’m also taking Introduction to Computers, Text Editing and Formatting (another typing class), Expository Writing and Professional Development.

And what is really a shock for me is that my least favorite class is Expository Writing, and I love to write. But I love to write what’s in my head, two to three genres mixed together and this is all about writing essays and sticking to one point. But the writing isn’t what I dislike the most about the class; it’s the feeling of not being organized. To start off, the books weren’t in until about two weeks after class started. I take it online and there’ve been a few communication problems.

Not such a shock is that one of my favorite classes is Introduction to Computers. I love anything to do with computers and I’ve fallen in love Microsoft 2007. I’m about a month ahead in this class and I take it online. My other favorite is Professional Development which I wasn’t sure if I’d like or not since I didn’t really know what it entailed. It’s all about reaching your full potential; intellectually, physically, etc. I’ve found it very interesting and pretty much common sense type studies. I’ve even learned stuff about myself, but the physical stuff has been right up my alley since I’ve been on a diet/exercise program since July. Lost about 30 pounds.

I think I’ve covered all my classes except Text Editing and Formatting. It’s an okay class, pretty easy and I’m almost 2 weeks ahead in this one. I could be further ahead if I did some of the keying at home, but I’m trying to focus on the stuff I have to do at home right now and maybe once I finish the Intro to Computers class, I may try to finish this one up early as well.

Right now, I have an A average in everything except Expository Writing, but I’ve only had one paper and I’m hoping to do better on the second. I made a mid B on it. I’m still fearful though because I had two typing classes and one computer class this time, plus the writing class which I was already somewhat familiar, but next time I will be taking a full load of classes with which I’m not so familiar.

What makes it a bit easier or harder—it’s according to how you look at it—I transferred 42 credit hours into the Office Systems Technology curriculum. The only class transfer credit I’m concerned about is Principles of Accounting. I took it in the 1980s. So I may need to borrow the Principles of Accounting book to refresh my memory before I have to take the Accounting class I need next. Looks like that will be in the third semester.

My goals are to get an Associates degree in Office Systems Technology, a diploma in Medical Office Administration, and a Level I certificate in Accounting, and finish college in the summer semester of 2009—2 full years from the start. After that, I’d like to get a position in the Business Office at the Veterans Administration Hospital near my home, preferrably in medical billing, medical insurance, payroll or some other type of accounting.

Wish me luck. I’m already feeling the anxiety for next semester even though I have a little less than two months before I finish this one. Pushing onward.