Monday, October 14, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

Me. Live.

Over on my Facebook writer page, I recently asked for question so I could do a test run of Facebook live. This is not my choice, but I need to do a live reading on November 3, and I don't want to discover how technology Works - or doesn't - on publication day.

So this afternoon I tried it out. I didn't warn anybody, because I didn't necessarily want anyone to watch it while it was life. I don't care if that makes me a wuss.

Here's a link to the video, which I have not been able to insert. I'll try again later, when I'm on my desktop.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blurb Alert

I have a blurb!

A blurb is basically the back cover copy for my book, something I looked forward to writing about as much as I looked forward to my recent eye surgery.

Boiling down several hundred pages of text and plot into a paragraph or two is even more difficult than it sounds. Thankfully, my publisher took that in hand, and I think they did a great job.

The complicated thing about blurbs is that they are supposed to be long enough to entice people to read, but leave out most of the things that keep them reading once they get there. It's a fine line.

FYI, the art attached here is not my final cover either. This is a photo of a pair of wax figures at Hever Castle, where Anne Boleyn grew up, which I manipulated in a photo editing program to look like a vintage book cover. Because it's fun.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Forwarding Address

Per my publisher's instructions, I need a website.

After several hours of swearing at unfamiliar tech (I'm married to a computer genius, but I only call in tech support when I'm totally lost), I have acquired a domain name and my original blog now redirects to this.

Just in case of future mishaps, you might want to change your bookmarks to but I'm pretty sure this is going to work.

I'll be back soon with another snippet, a garden report, and a photo of some really cute recycled sweater animals I made this week.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Snippet Galore

Life at court is a series of meetings and partings.

I hope I'm not burying you all in snippets. I'll have something more to release soon - I just approved the final cover design, and got the blurb/cover copy from the publisher.

It is amazingly hard to boil an entire book down  into a paragraph.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Another snippet

I'm going to feed you this book in bite-sized bits.

This is Bess's first look at the King.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Free at last!

Pre-surgery. That dark triangle in the center shouldn't be there
Yesterday was my FINAL follow-up appointment with the retina specialist. He poked and prodded and dilated and numbed and finally, FINALLY, gave me the all clear.

He showed me some of my scans and I took pictures, for my own reference and also so everyone can see what kind of weird things your body can do in places you can't see.

I'm at about 90% now. He said I may improve beyond that, and I might not. But I'm no longer at risk of anything becoming detached, and I see just about the same as I did before the surgery. My vision was never an issue - I'm massively near-sighted, with or without other problems.

One thing he mentioned to me today that I thought was interesting, or at least his explanation of it was. My right eye, the one that was operated on, is also a lazy eye. That was diagnosed when I was 9, when I got my first glasses, and they made me do all kinds of exercises like focusing on a pencil and drawing it toward my nose without crossing my eyes. It helped. Maybe.

From another angle. You can actually see the hole at the top
He said it really didn't, and that the only way to completely correct a lazy eye is to diagnose it at a much earlier age. He's actually working on a toddler-age video game that can test vision, for this reason. But he said that my eye is still lazy, and though I think I'm looking through both eyes equally, my brain isn't used to focusing that one, so I need to try harder.

He explained it like meditation. "You're supposed to be emptying your mind, but a thought will creep in. You notice the thought, but then you bring your mind back to the meditation. Same thing - you'll notice that you're not fully focusing with both eyes. Just bring the right eye back, and keep going." His theory is that by doing it that way, I'll build up more of a habit.

9/23 - almost smooth again. It still might flatten out more over time
PI don't know how right he is. I'm just glad to be seeing the last of him, for reasons having nothing to do with him personally.