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Monday, February 27, 2017

Anxious Author

Yes, I'm anxious. Very anxious. I finally bit the bullet and decided to submit my books for print. So, I submitted the files yesterday, and now I wait.

I understand that even with professional editing and proofreading, nothing is "perfect". Trust me, I know from reading many, many books. I also understand all my readers are not going to be English majors. I'll keep you all posted.

My blog posts may be a little few and far in between for a couple of weeks. Once I receive the proof files, I'll be submerged in looking them over. Did I mention I submitted 5 books? Well, I did. I'm also working on editing another book. (And the day job never ends.)

I'm not a drinker (well...not an every day drinker), but this may be the day I partake in the celebration. Happy National Kahlua Day, y'all!

And if you're into strawberries, it's your day to celebrate. Happy National Strawberry Day! With the weather we've been having down south, it's a wonder the strawberries (along with everything else) aren't producing year round.

Hope the remaining days of February are kind to you all.

Author Savannah Rose

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Goody, Goody, Gumdrops

What!? Yes! Today you have permission to eat as many gumdrops as you want...or you can. Happy National Gumdrop Day everybody!

Oh, yes. This is an actual day of celebration for some. If I wasn't married, I'd definitely celebrate. And just a side note for those happy couples not eligible to actually participate the true reason for this national holiday: Chocolate is 50%-75% off today! (You're welcome.)

This week is crazy for me. Deadlines approaching at the day job AND for my writing job.

Wishing you a Happy Hump Day and a wonderful remaining week.

BTW...What type of deadline(s) are staring you directly in the face today? Care to share?

Author Savannah Rose

Monday, February 13, 2017

Reset Button Pressed

Let's just say, I'm glad this past week is over and today I pressed the Reset button.

Not to bore you with details, here's a brief summary: 2 days out of work due to IBS flare up, 2 recall service appointments for Lola (my car), CPAP machine training and pickup, ending with a routine teeth cleaning in which I was told I now need two crowns. To ice that crazy cake, everything (other than the IBS attack) was scheduled on Friday--the one day I only have to work for 4 hours at my day job.

BUT...this is a new week. New goals. Sunday, I finished the final read through on "Bobby Jo". So, over the next 5-7 days my goal is to put the edits in, run spellcheck, and format the manuscript to get this 5th novel of mine ready to publish on Smashwords.

Once this novel is out there for everyone to read, it will complete what I'd set out to do by republishing the novels I once was too scared to have published at retailers (remember...bad reviews). Now, next phase...new novels.

With that in mind, I think I'll celebrate...

That's correct. Today is the day to organize your files and folders, delete junk files, delete duplicate files, and delete old files and programs not being used.

All this work can build up a mighty hunger, so indulge with a large plate of tortellini. "Why?" you may be asking.

You guessed it!

How was your week? Did you press the reset button today in hopes to put the last seven days behind you? Happy Valentine's Week everyone!

Author Savannah Rose

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day Y'all!



Spent the day with my son and daughter-in-law (they live out of town) so my regularly scheduled blog will be short and sweet (pun intended).

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day. Grab yourself a huge bowl of frozen yogurt and celebrate the day!

Author Savannah Rose

Friday, February 3, 2017

Where's My Time Machine?

First off, that little feller up there gets a bad rap. I don't really think it's his shadow that scares him back into that burrow, I think it's the fear of being shot! Well, yesterday was Groundhog Day. Did you receive the prediction you hoped for? Are you slowly packing back up your white pants and sandals? Either way, HAPPY (post) GROUNDHOG DAY!

So, "Where's My Time Machine?" My mother use to tell me..."Angela, my darlin' daughter, you were born in the wrong era." And maybe I was. Not to get all political up in here because everyone is entitled to their beliefs and their opinions, but I don't have a problem taking care of the home while my loving husband goes out every day to bring home the bacon. I said "I don't have a problem with it..." I didn't say I had the luxury to do it.

When my children were babies (at home), I was able to keep them from daycare and stay home with them. (Not that anything is wrong with daycare. I just chose not to.) I worked for a company that sold figurines and so I painted those little darlings while taking care of my babies. I loved it.


Once my children were in school, I went to college and even secured my job of fourteen years (and still counting to retirement) at that very same college.

It was during the time I was staying home with my kids, I rekindled the passion I once had for writing. I was reading a Kaye Gibbons book and just thought to myself, "Wow...I want to write like that." I dug out my book of story ideas I'd hidden away several years prior, and began writing. Do I do it for the  money. Heck no...I'd be living in a cardboard box by now. I do it because I love it.

I said all that to say this: I've been on both sides of the "argument". And I can tell you, for me, I was more at peace at home with two screaming toddlers, doing laundry, cleaning house, cooking, taking care of the yard, running around paying bills (we didn't have all this online options back then), and anything else a stay-at-home mom (or housewife) would do than I've had climbing the corporate pay scale. I simply do not have a problem with my husband taking care of what used to be considered manly responsibilities when it came to my family. But that is my life and my opinion. I totally respect anyone (woman) who must be the provider for one reason or another. We do what we have to do.


Don't get me wrong, I completely agree everyone should be entitled to live how they choose, but just as I don't and won't ever judge you, please show me the same respect. We all have dreams...and we should all be able to try and live our dreams...peacefully.

So, to get back on track, yes I should have been born in a different era. I enjoy music from the 80s, 70s, 60s, and even 50s. I can't quite get into the music of today back to the 90s. Which brings me to...today is...

...National the Day the Music Died day. I don't really see putting "Happy" before that but to celebrate, put on some Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, or The Big Bopper music and relax with a slice of scrumptious carrot cake 'cause it's also National Carrot Cake Day!

It's nutritious for goodness sake. It has carrots in it!

And please don't forget to wear read for...

My mother had several strokes in her early- to mid-forties. Later, before she passed almost 10 years ago, she was also diagnosed with heart disease. You can go to www.goredforwomen.org for more information.

There is so much going on in the world today that all I can ask is everyone treat others with kindness, compassion, and a little bit of understanding. We may not all agree on "the issues", but that's perfectly okay.

BTW...there are conflicting reports of the groundhog's (or should I say "groundhogs") prediction for Spring 2017. My suggestion? Just layer your clothing and enjoy the day.

Author Savannah Rose

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The "Love" Month

I once thought my husband and I were the only couple on this planet to not really celebrate Valentine's Day--which BTW is only two weeks away. Turns out, many people don't. I say..."If you can't love me at least 75% of the year, don't pretend on Valentine's Day." But I won't stop anyone from handing me over a ridiculously large box of chocolates...lol.

So, we start a new month. Awesome! Many people start planning vacations for either Spring Break or Summer Break during this month. At the beginning of the month, we set new goals. February is a month in which people plan surprises for their loving partner for the big St. Valentine's Day tradition.

My goal, my plan, my hope is to finish revisions on my novel "Bobby Jo" and republish it on smashwords.com before the next month begins.

The writing schedule I scratched out during the two week holiday vacation doesn't always work for me, so right now I get in as much writing time as I can. Mainly on the weekends, but that counts, too.

Question for you...do you have anything to change from the previous month? Are you satisfied with how your personal 2017 goals are going so far?

Before I get to the Fun Holiday portion of my blog, remember, February is the month for lovers. If you can't celebrate it throughout the year, try to celebrate your love for at least this month. Don't just target it to one day (February 14th).

And here is your Fun Holiday portion of the program...

Happy National Baked Alaska Day!

Have to admit, I've never tried this. BUT I have had an ice cream cake from the Dairy Queen. Does that count?

For all you snake owners/lovers, Happy National Serpent Day!
Yes, I know. Snakes are evil. Snakes are dangerous. Snakes are gross. I happen to like snakes, it's spiders I detest. But did you know:
  • Only 1/8 of the known species of snakes/serpents are venomous.
  • Snakes/serpents eat their pray whole.
If you happen to come across a snake/serpent, just throw him/her some Baked Alaska...WHOLE!

Bottom line to this entire blog for today is...the reset button has been set. It's a new month. Celebrate the day anyway you'd like, but just celebrate. *And don't forget, if you just need to get that special someone flowers for Valentine's Day, send a plant with roots instead of cut flowers. Nothing says "love" better than a live plant for your honey than cut roses that will wither away in days.*

Author Savannah Rose