Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Nerve of Some People

I stumbled upon a review yesterday, and I have been turning it in my head… I gave it over night to let it stew and have decide that it REALLY pisses me off…
Not because of the two stars – so what if she didn’t like the ending; if you want to like the way every book ends, write your own.
I didn’t mind the part where she gave huge spoilers; it happens.
What I did mind was the opening sentence… and I quote…”I’m glad I waited until this book was made available on KU, because otherwise I would have returned it.”
I have news for you, LADY – if you go to the movies, and you don’t like how it ends, you DON’T pick up your refund on the way out the door. You bought a ticket to ride, and you get what you get.
The very idea of saying such a thing negates her opinion to me – not just on my book, but every other book or review she has ever written. You can’t advocate THEFT and then expect people to respect your opinion.
I’ll stop there, because this could turn into a very serious rant, and I’m just not going to do that.
What I am going to say is, THE IRREVOCABLE SERIES is a realistic scifi – a glimpse into the possibility of a true Armageddon…. and yeah, the whole thing is free on KU. Oh, and it’s a clean read, with no descriptive sex or violence. I hope you enjoy it, but please don’t steal it, or anyone else’s book just because Amazon will let you….
❤ Sam

Medical Update

Cardiologist… sigh. We have good news, pretty much… sort of:
1. he redid the EKG – it was fine this time, and the one last week may have been tainted because the clinic where I had the first one was freezing cold.
2. he asked if anyone had ever mentioned my faint heart murmur… Uh, no they have not. No idea what it means yet, if anything. I guess we will find out down the line.
3. My blood pressure has been fine at home all week, morning and night. As in this morning, it was 113 / 74 and pulse was 71. Boom – at their office, it’s 140 / 104, and pulse is still 70. WTH???
4. Heart Testing… going to wear a heart monitor for a day and have a stress test next month. Oh joy…
5. More testing… he wants to look at the blood vessels in my legs because they are covered in little tiny varicose veins, which have been there since I was at least 13…. I know this because I will never forget where I was sitting the time someone told me I had ‘old lady legs’ and pointed them out to me. Double sigh.
The good news? He isn’t really concerned about most of it at my age, he just wants to see how my heart is doing and does when it is working hard; hence the stress test. And, I am on no restrictions, which means that I can walk, run, workout, and generally do what ever I normally do. That in itself brings me a lot of relief. YAY!!
We just have to get the bp situation resolved and get my cholesterol down… since I have a family history of both, I’m going to focus on doing the best I can and not let it worry me too much. I mean, I hate to be pessimistic, but when they tried to lower my grand mother’s, her cholesterol went up. Not to mention my mother has fought with her blood pressure for twenty years, or more…. I’m not holding my breath.
Thank you all for your messages and concern, but it looks like this is on the back burner for a month. Please don’t worry about me; I’m not. And I will let you know when I hear something then, what ever that may be..
❤ Sam

The Power in the Hour

clock faceWell, we are a week into daylight savings time, and I must say… it sucks. I have noticed some law makers are pushing to have this practice of ‘springing forward’ and ‘falling back’ abolished, and I have decided that I need to put my two cents in on the issue.

Case in point… my son brought my grand daughter over for a visit yesterday afternoon, but said when he arrived that he had to be sure to leave in time to be home before dark. Thanks to DST, it can be difficult to decide exactly when ‘dark’ is going to happen, especially if you are traveling. That’s one good reason to set it, and leave it alone. People get tired of having to figure out what the heck time something as simple as dawn and dusk are going to happen.

Another reason? Some of us have to unwind before we actually go to sleep. I’m one of those people, and no, I don’t sleep when it’s still light outside unless I am sick or utterly exhausted. This is not so bad if  I can go to bed when it gets dark, and that is still a reasonable hour – say 9 pm. Then I can unwind for up to an hour and still be asleep by 10 pm.

Cover the windows, you say? That’s not the point; I live in Texas, not Alaska, and I should not have to black out my bedroom just to get some sleep on a normal schedule. Besides, just because I am in bed doesn’t mean that the rest of my house or the neighbors will be. All that noise and carrying on is disturbing, especially when one is trying to fall asleep with an over-active imagination.

Why would anyone need to go to bed before midnight, you might ask? Because, I like to get up by 5 am. That’s an hour before the rest of the house, and sometimes I am up by 3 am because I have a story that needs writing or some other work that needs doing. The extra time allows me to do that surrounded by peace and quiet.

So how does daylight savings interfere? I’m all out of sorts because of the switch, which is forced upon our entire family. We have to match what the rest of the community is doing if we go to school or work… there’s no getting around it. That means that I don’t lose that hour of sleep for one night; I lose it EVERY NIGHT until DST ends in the fall. Either that, or I get up later because I had to go to bed later, and instead of losing an hour of sleep, I have lost an hour of work time. Some choice there…

Let’s get on this people. It’s time to stop messing with the clock. Put it on standard time and leave it alone!

The Adventure Continues…

I woke up at 1 am today, with my ear still aching and thunder in the distance. My son and I are leaving in a few short hours, and my feelings about this trip are mixed.

I’m excited about the signing this weekend in Pittsburgh, as always – I love getting out there and meeting people. I am also looking forward to the few days he and I will have to check out some things in Washington, DC. That’s one of my bucket list items, and I jumped on the opportunity to see it as soon as I agreed to the Angels & Sirens Event.

So what’s the catch? It’s this stupid ear… the idea of getting on another plane has me totally bummed. I have never enjoyed flying due to the pressure and pain that it brings, but the trip to Sacramento a month ago has stuck with me for far too long, in the form of a massive ear infection that refuses to say die.

I always knew that I had ‘short’ Eustachian Tubes, since the doctor had said so when I was a kid with recurring ear infections. However, I had learned what to do to keep them at a minimum as an adult, and have not suffered from one in years. Well, having seen the doctor three times in as many weeks over this, she has repeatedly called them ‘dysfunctional’ – tell me something I don’t know.

I refuse to give up. I have been planning this trip for a year, and my son is looking forward to it even more than I am. We will make it through. But, after this year’s busy schedule has run it’s course, I only have two events planned for next year, and I don’t think I will be accepting any more events that require flight. I would have to WANT to go pretty bad to risk it after this experience…

Oh, side note – we are running the Irrevocable Series Boxed Set (that’s all 3 books) for only 99 cents over the weekend, so be sure to grab that if you have not read (it’s still free on KU for a bit longer as well). Here’s a few links for that…

Thunderclap – sign up for a reminder and share with friends…

Amazon – for wishlist and purchase….

And if you are coming to the event – wish me luck and I can’t wait to see you there!!!

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