To Santa or Not to Santa

Hi there!  

It is Hump Day and I am thoroughly toxed trying to finish the cleaning of my new clothes so I may ramble a bit.  

On the weekend I began work on the characters for NaNo.  In case you don’t remember, sometime in the summer Peter and I stumbled on the story for this year’s NaNoWriMo: A Year in the Life of S. Claus.  Of course, my work starts with my main character, Mr. Claus himself.

So here’s my little bio so far:

“Santa Claus” is a suit the man puts on every year to deliver presents.  The big belly?  The big white beard?  They only exist as costume props.  Oh the sleigh is real- *stops*

Oh dear, that sounds like an opening line, doesn’t it?  

Anyway, Santa’s real name is Ari Lykke (pronounced Ah-ree Loo-kuh).  The man is 6’4″ and kind of looks like Paul Sr. 

This guy. Only less mean.

And less mustache.  Ari is clean shaven.  He is blond.  Blue eyes.  The hair is cut close on the sides, little longer on top.  And he has big hands.  (I like big hands.)

Ari is pretty much like you’d expect Santa to be – funny, smart, compassionate and a loving husband.  He is a ruthless business man and a fair boss.  The Elves (yes, they exist) have paid holidays and benefits along with equal wages.    He is slow to anger and usually sees the reasons behind a person’s actions.  He DOES have the insight you want in a man who decides who has been naughty and nice.

Our Santa loves to surf!  He collects cars.  Loves cars. Has collected them since the first Model T rolled off the line.  In fact, he owned the first.  He drives all over the country in these cars, trading them every few states, as he drives around looking after his business interests.  He likes to travel commercial airlines when he travels around the world to look in on his interests in other countries.  He gets to meet people that way.  He may or may not have a knack for getting on flights with children-now-adults he likes or children on planes, period.

He has one sibling, someone who had been in the business with him until the late 19th Century.  The brother was not what you would want in Santa’s brother – he was selfish and hedonistic.  He toyed with the female elves (toyed! HA! no pun intended *giggles*), using them for sexual pleasure and whatnot.  Finally Ari had enough and dropped his brother in the New World to fend for himself.  That man lost his immortality but because his brother loves him, he is dying very slowly.  It’s been well over a century and he is still alive, though it’s getting close now.  All those women Hugh lives with in California will be devastated when he dies, I’m sure.

Ari’s wife was chosen for him for her personality traits but they have, over the centuries, become madly in love with each other.  Their children are the world’s children and they are content with themselves and their lives.  That contentment is reflected in the way Ari conducts Santa Claus Enterprises.  

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my MC for NaNo.  

Like him?

Also, I’m trying to come up with  ideas to make my facebook page more engaging.  I’ve thought of things like Manic Monday, Trivia Tuesday, This or That Thursday.  I want to get people talking, not just occasionally meandering past my page when I post something.  

I’m not sure what Manic Monday is about but I thought Trivia Tuesday could be about the blog or books. Multiple choice things.  Any ideas?

And just because I’m in a good mood:

 

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Celebrate! Double Celebration!

Holy fuck!  

Well pardon my language but I’m stunned!  

To date I have sold 1275 books!  

You people are wonderful!

I have increased the price to $5.  I, and others, felt I was selling myself short.  It is a full book that you’re getting.  I feel that ebooks should be cheap but I don’t want to be so cheap that it’s felt my content is sub par.   It is very much not sub par!  I have a fantastic story, beautiful characters, fantastic imagery.  I have a wonderful book, typos and all.  

Oh and have I mentioned that 

Witch Hitlist is NOW IN PRINT!

😀 I am thrilled!  Beyond thrilled.  That beautiful cover is available for you to buy! 

Two steps left and then we are good to go where I want to go.  

Giveaways are coming soon… I hope… they’re LONG past due!

I love you guys!

Perspective!

Life is all about it, eh?

Today is the Canadian Thanksgiving and it reminded me that it is important to acknowledge your blessings.  I do, almost daily, but sometimes it’s important to put them out there in writing or verbalize them vocally.  I put them into my journal today.  I think it helps a lot in maintaining a positive mental state of mind to know the good things in your life.  Most of my blessings are the people in my life.  And my undying gratitude for the experiences and events that led to me being where I am.

However, today we’re talking perspectives in photography.  A different kind of viewpoint.  I may need another cup of tea first.

Tea received.  Two bits of business left.  

One, an author I like, Kallysten, a writer of love and sensuality, is doing month long giveaways to get more people aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Join the giveaways, make a donation to help find a cure, feel good about yourself and maybe help someone you love.

Two:

This is the last day to get Witch Hitlist for FREE!  Be sure to grab a copy and spread the word!

Be sure to post a review please!  

On to the photography portion of today’s blog. 

It’s been a little while since I posted the pictures I’ve been taking and there’s a bit of a build up.  *laughs*  However, this is the picture that kicked off my theme this week:

A very old truss bridge we found on a roundabout drive home.

Peter is actually standing under the FIRST sign, making like he’s going to touch it.  I love that it looks like he’s touching the second sign, some fifty feet behind him.  He also kind of looks like he’s jumping.  This is a good example of overlap perspective.   And it was achieved accidentally using only the landscape setting on my camera and, I believe, a single zoom.  

Blowing sand, sunset… the elements here all conspired to make a photo I just had to take.

It took me a few tries to get this shot.  I wanted the sand blowing across the boardwalk but that simply didn’t work out.  I ended up with sand in the camera.  Thankfully it was easily cleaned out.  So I went across the boardwalk and around the sand garden and knelt down to take this.  We have excellent foreground perspective here leading to a little bit of height.  Perspective was something I was thinking about as I took the shot along with trying to capture the movement of the sand.  I think I used the ‘sport’ setting and I edited this photo to make it less yellow.  I do like how everything seems to be bending in the wind.

Being sandblasted wasn’t a new experience.  😉

I was going for waves crashing on the pier and ended up with this.

Taken with the sport setting and edited to make it less yellow (I don’t know what was up with the light that evening!) this is a great example of aerial perspective.  Aerial perspective is when the light is diffracted enough to make the distance seem less distinct.  I also happen to have sunspots in this and it works out well for the perspective on distance.

Sunset in the clouds. Tall, tall clouds!

Good height perspective here.  A little fuzzy at the bottom but who’s looking there?  *laughs*  I used the landscape setting here, no editing.  I love the height of the clouds, the sheer mammoth size of them.  Also, I really, really like the colour.

A sweet perspective. 😉

Gluten free Peanut Blossoms. Chocolate and peanut butter.  Just because.

A little distance

Your basic, garden variety distance perspective.  I took this photo out of the passenger side window of a moving car.  Why?  Because I can.  And because I loved the sun coming through the clouds.  It was on ‘sport’ setting here.  It’s really the only way to do that. 

Next week I think I’m going to do macros again.  I have some very interesting ones and some pretty ones and some that art both!  Like this one:

Rawr! A wee snapdragon, long past season, that I found tucked away in a friend’s garden. It was hiding between a large section of mums and an evergreen.

And yes, I know it’s a tad fuzzy.  To me it looks like the flower is sitting in front of a green screen shot of a garden. *laughs*

Happy turkey day to my Canadian readers and happy Columbus Day to my American readers!  Remember – without Columbus, not one of us would be here the way we are!  

Let that change your perspective on your world. 😉

Muah!

Promotions!

Greetings!

It’s been an insanely busy week here this week and I completely forgot about the promotion I set up for this weekend!   

Kindle Direct Publishing allows me to set up a FREE BOOK promotion 5 days out of every 90 and I chose this weekend for two reasons: 

One: 

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving eh!

And two: 

It’s my birthday!

That’s why it’s been so stressful this week.  My Dad is on his way here this morning to take me out for a birthday shopping spree and a fabulous lunch (lucky, lucky me! Grateful, grateful me!) so I’ve been making sure my house is clean.  He’s never been here before so of course it had to be CLEANED. 

Plus we’ve been having trouble with the cover.   The dimensions were wrong and live content kept bleeding into the spine and the trim areas.  Blah blah blah.  Dawn is a saint I tell you.  This is the final version:

This is the FINAL version of the cover! It’s so gorgeous!

How do I know it’s the final?  Dawn put a lot of work into it and I submitted it all yesterday, again.  And this morning I discovered the email that says it’s all been approved!  Happy birthday from Createspace!  *laughs*    All I have to do is approve the proof and the book will be in print!  

So why haven’t I?  It has weird spacing because of their template.  There’s nothing I can do about it.  I’m hoping in print it doesn’t come out that way.  hm Having said that…  *goes to the Createspace tab*

PROOF APPROVED:
Congratulations! You have completed the proofing step and your book is ready to be sold.

Except it takes 5-7 business days to be listed.  LOL  BUT the book is in print and will be available by this time next week for sure!

Which makes another reason for this weekend’s promotion!

For this weekend ONLY  (starting yesterday) Witch Hitlist, the ebook, is FREE!  

That’s right.  FREE!

So you can pick up a copy to read and enjoy.  I don’t think you can pass it around but you can write a review (Pretty please?) and tell your friends about it.  

It’s a Birthday-Thanksgiving weekend promotion. 

And now I have to go obsess about my house.  Have a fabulous day everyone!  I know I will.