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Aug
16

Indie Fantasy Fiction Sale!

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  Just a quick announcement that my book Magpie’s Song, along with over 100 other indie pubbed books are on sale for .99 until August 20! (Full list of books here –> https://www.emeralddodge.com/spfbo5-99-sale This is part of a little promo for SPFBO (or Self Published Fantasy Blog Off – 300 books, 10 blogs, 1 winner) Definitely check it out as it’s a pretty fun contest and you might find some books that might normally be lost in the shuffle. You can find Magpie’s Song on Amazon here –> https://www.amazon.com/Magpies-Song-IronHeart-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B072MNKBYV/ (it’s free on ebook right now if you already bought the paperback too!)   Or everywhere else here –> https://books2read.com/u/4DAvKO     And for everyone looking for info about Symphony of Starlight, I’m finishing up copyedits this week. It’s coming. (I’ll be doing a cover reveal once I have a pre-order date ready to go. It’s all about timing, yo….)… Read more
Apr
28

Waiting

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Ironic that my last blog post was about seeing clearly (or not, as the case may be) as I’m several days post-op now and my vision remains an absolute mess. Not sure if it’s the anesthesia or the anti-nausea patch the docs used to try to keep me from puking when I woke up (side note: it didn’t help. At all.) but at the moment my eyesight is oddly blurry, with or without glasses. It definitely makes it difficult to do anything I might normally do after surgery – e.g. read – as I can’t actually focus on words particularly well. Hopefully it will wear off soon and I’ll be back to whatever is normal for me. Surgery-wise, it was the simple removal of an ovary with an endometriosis cyst that was torsioned up, I guess and a general endometrial scrape, though that turned out to be not as bad… Read more
Mar
4

Seeing Clearly

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Several days ago I did my normal morning routine, part of which usually includes a new set of daily contacts. No biggie there, but in this case, I had recently ordered a box from my eye doc since I was running out.  I grabbed a pair, sat down at my computer, tossed the lenses into my eyes and played a few hours of Assassins Creed: Odyssey. Which is fine. Until I got up and realized I couldn’t see. More to the point, I could see directly in front of me, but everything past a certain distance got immediately blurry, almost as though I wasn’t wearing lenses at all. I found it a bit worrisome, though I have had a few times where I focused too long on tiny things and not had my eyes adjust correctly when I looked back up. But this was a little different. I threw the… Read more
Jan
1

Baking and Blogging

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Another year come and gone, I suppose.  I wasn’t going to bake today and I wasn’t going to blog today, but here I am, doing both. So much for intentions. I know everyone is doing a sort of end of year round up – and figured I might as well do one too – it’s been pretty crazy overall on a number of levels, but let’s see: House Stuff – if you may recall last January we discovered mice had basically trashed our basement – this led to an enormous loss of personal property. Many items that couldn’t be replaced had to be thrown out – but I tried to look at it from a cathartic viewpoint. Chances are, most of that stuff was just lingering about – pieces from our past that we couldn’t quite manage to get rid of, or just random kid crap – or just…stuff we… Read more
Nov
20

Abby Sinclair Rides Again

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(and I suppose you can take that however you like…there’s a small snippet at the end of the post…) Or more to the point, I’m in the process of writing another Abby book. And while I did say I would do it for NaNo (and technically I am), I’m not exactly aiming for 50k in the month – it wouldn’t be enough anyway, so I’m just focusing on steady progress. I should have about 20-30k done by the end of the month and that’s not a bad start for a series I haven’t touched since 2012. I’ve got an ambitious writing year lined up (for me, anyway) – I’m nearly finished with the draft for Magpie’s Flight, I’ve started Abby #4, and I’ve got a third, unrelated book started that I would also like to rough draft. (And probably at least 2 shorts, but we’ll see how that goes.) I’ve… Read more