Miss Priss Monday

It’s Monday so time to share some puppy love to get the week started off right.

Here’s the pup at the unholy hour of seven a.m ready to play. (Her version of playing is to run around inside for five minutes like she’s insane until I finally go outside with her at which point she lays down in the grass and refuses to move.  But if I try to go inside she does the whole thing over again, so I usually bring a book along to entertain myself while I keep her company outside.)

Miss Priss in the Morning

And today it seems is one of the rare summer days when she’ll deign to keep me company while I work.  (In the summer she rarely sets foot in my office, but in the winter she spends most of the day curled up on her bed while I work.) Nothing like writing with the sound of a snoring dog in the background…

Miss Priss in the Office

And can I just add that it’s hard to take a good picture of an all-black dog?

Anyway.  Mondays don’t really count as the first day of the workweek for me since I do something writing-related every single day of the week, but I do still think of it that way.  So another week, another project.

Miss Priss Monday with Bonus Shadow Photos

First, just in time for August to start, I got my new customized Demotivators calendar. Because being reminded about the parts of the corporate world I didn’t like is my way of trying to stay motivated with this whole writing thing. Month 1 reminds me how uncomfortable it was to be a square peg in a world of round holes.

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Here’s to a productive month!

And now for some cute photos of the pup and her “uncle” Shadow.

Yesterday we had a surprise visit up the mountain to babysit the crazy puppy (he’s only eight-months-old) because there was an accident on the highway that basically shut it down for hours. My parents were stuck for over three hours on what should’ve been a thirty minute drive. So pup and I drove past them on the good side of the highway to go hang with Shadow until they could get home.

Here he was in February, the first time he and Miss Priss met. A cute little ball of fur.

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And here he is now, looming over her while she tries to hide in the kiddie pool. He is going to be HUGE. Eight months and they already weigh the same and he’s taller than her. Yikes. (And can I just mention how hard it is to take pictures of black dogs. Especially two of them.)

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Miss Priss Monday (And A New Release)

So, first, the part that matters. A couple cute pup photos to kick off the week the right way.

This is one of my favorites of the pup from when she was little:

Miss Priss and her water bowl

And this is one from our recent adventure in Angel Fire, NM for Taos Toolbox 2017.  I’m not sure it was the best idea to take the pup along (although I wouldn’t have gone if I couldn’t have brought her along), but it definitely kept me in shape.  Pup insisted on hour-long hikes every day up and down the mountains. On this one she decided she needed to bring along her toy, too.

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Because, you know, we all need our pink stuffed pig to keep us company when walking through the woods.

In other news, I just published CreateSpace for Beginners. I should be writing the next novel (because that’s where the bulk of my income is and if I want to keep doing this it would be wise to focus there), but…

I’m presenting at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference this year.  One of the presentations on common new writer mistakes draws from a book I already wrote.  (The just re-titled Writing for Beginners.)  But the other two, one on using ACX for audiobooks and one on formatting paperbacks using CreateSpace, were new content.  And, me being me, I decided it couldn’t take all that much more effort to turn them into books.

Ha!

The CreateSpace presentation is about an hour, but the book is probably three times as much content.  Probably be the same story with the ACX book which means a couple more weeks before I get started on the next novel.

Ah well.  Still not sure what I want to write next anyway.  I may hate writing series but the thing I will say for it is at least you know what you have to write next…

The First Miss Priss Monday and a Kobo NF Promo

Alright, so who doesn’t need a picture of a cute dog to start off their week?  That’s why I’m going to try to start Miss Priss Mondays where I post a few photos of my pup each Monday. (Pup and I had lunch with my grandma today, which is why this is going up a little later in the day than I’d planned.)

This is her from the very first day she came to live with me after she’d been attacked by my mother’s other dog.  If you look closely you can see the little mark on her nose where he bit her.  It’s hard to believe she was so small once that she could fit under her water bowl holder.

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She’s grown a bit since then.  Here she is with one of her favorite hedgehog toys.  Doesn’t matter the size, she loves every hedgehog toy I’ve ever given her.

Miss Priss and Her Toys

And, since I have a few books in the promo and they sent me links I can share, Kobo is having a 99 cent non-fiction promotion over the next two weeks that will be running in Canada, the United Kingdom, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.  (Scroll down to find the 99 cent deals promo section on the page.)Twitter

My writing advice book (The Beginning Writer’s Guide to What You Should Know by M.L. Humphrey) and one of my dating advice books (You Have a Date, Don’t F It Up by Cassie Leigh) are included, so now’s a good time to pick them up if either one sounds interesting.