Definitions and an Update

Hello!

It’s taken me over a week to get this blog out and for that I must apologize.

IYSAE wiped me out.  It left me far more exhausted than I thought.  I’ve been passing out at least twice a day this week, despite getting an appropriate number of hours a night and taking my B12.  It took me four days of sittings to get all the definitions {from the magnet words} together for you all.

And in the process, I discovered, to my dismay(!) that there are only 23 when there should be 26 words. I missed B, J & N.  No idea how.  I thought I got all the words.

Oh well, it’s done, right? The magnets and bookmarks both look fantastic and the people who took them loved them.

Okay, once more, here’s the magnet:

Sticker

Pretty, pretty.

Now, the definitions:

ANODYNE: an adjective that means something unlikely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so. Or a noun as a painkilling drug or medicine. “Morphine is the most anodyne pain medicine we’ve ever seen.”

CYCLOPEAN: 1. denoting a type of ancient masonry made with massive irregular blocks. “that building has ridiculous cyclopean stone walls. Why would they do that?” 2. Of or resembling a Cyclops. “a cyclopean eye”

DASTARDLY: wicked and cruel; having or showing a lack of courage “It’s the story of a woman who plots a dastardly revenge on her unfaithful lover.”

EPISTEMIC: relating to knowledge or the degree of its validation “As human beings, it is very important to be aware of our epistemic limitations.”

FENESTRATED: adjective:  provided with a window or windows; (anatomy) having perforations apertures, or transparent areas “The capillaries have a fenestrated epithelium.”

GARBIST: noun, one who is adept at engaging in polite behaviour; an expert in etiquette “The golden rule of good manners for the garbist is to think of others before himself or herself.”

HONEYFUGGLE: To entice or deceive by flattery or sweet talk “Don’t think that I am unaware of your attempts to honeyfuggle me.”

IRASCIBLE: having or showing a tendency to be easily angered. “The older we get, the more irascible we get.”

KYPHOSIS: excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back. “If you wanted to get technical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame should probably be The Poor Sap with Kyphosis of Notre Dame.”

LAEOTROPIC: turning to the left: SINISTRAL (which means inclined to turn left or left-handed), used in particular to describe various shells, spiral shell cleavage patterns or the movement of volvox colonies (volvox is a polyphyletic genus of chlorophyte green algae

MARPLOT: An officious meddler whose interference compromises the success of an undertaking.

OBLIVESCENCE: the act or process of forgetting  “Our memory, and what is often equally important, our oblivescence, is what helps is become the  person we are; we just need to learn to use both wisely.”

PURLOIN: to steal something  “Judging by the look of satisfaction on the dog’s face, it was she who managed to purloin the last of the turkey off the table.”

RAMFEEZLED: Scottish word meaning worn out, exhausted. “After the book signing this weekend, I’m flat out ramfeezled.”

SUDORIFEROUS: adjective, bearing or secreting sweating “That burly guy was gross! I don’t care that it’s 150 degrees out, he should have done something about being so sudoriferous.”

TRISKELION: A Celtic symbol consisting of three legs or lines radiating from a center, usually in a triple spiral in rotational symmetry. “In Celtic lore, the Triskelion is associated with the connection of mind, body and spirit, as well as striving toward personal growth.”

ULTRADIAN: a recurring chronobiological cycle longer than an hour but shorter than a day, “Unlike the Circadian rhythm, which completes one cycle a day, the Ultradian rhythm repeats in a 24 hour time period.”

VITIATE: to spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of, corrupt “When peers and bullies apply pressure, it can vitiate the moral character of young people and lead them down the wrong path.”

WELKIN: the sky   or heaven (archaic English)  The welkin contains many stars, planets and heavenly bodies that are invisible to the naked eye.

XENIUM: a gift given among ancient Greeks and Romans to a guest or stranger, especially a foreign ambassador  “The xenium given to Maximus by the Emperor included a new blade, impractically imbedded with jewels in the hilt, a small sack with enough gold to make Maximus’s aide stagger to the side a little, and a dark haired, dark eyed girl who said her name was Aurelia.”

YGGDRASIL: From Old Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the immense tree that connects the Nine Worlds together. It is the center of the cosmos and considered very holy.

ZOIATRICS: the science of veterinary surgery “Thank the gods the woman who operated on Micky was extremely adept at zoiatrics.”

What’s your favourite word? What word rolls off your tongue the best?  What word did you like the definition of the best?  My answers are  Ramfeezeled and Honeyfuggle.

Ignite Your Soul was slower this year than the other years I’ve been to it as a reader.  That was okay, it made my first time there as a writer easier. I sold some books – a few copies of A Year in the Life of S. Claus  and at least one full set of the Highland Wolves books.  The bake sale didn’t go as well as I’d hoped but we did raise a little money for the MS Bike ride, about $50.

Every little bit helps, right?

It’s taken me almost two weeks to write this – or remember that I was writing this *laughs* – and yet another Friday has rolled around again.  This week I found out why you cannot search for us in order to donate to our fundraiser:

The 2019 fundraising season starts November 1st.  After that you’ll be able to find me under my actual name, Jenn Van Massenhoven, or the team, The Longshot Riders, to donate. 

Don’t worry, I’ll remind you. 😉

I hope to see those of you I saw this year plue many more next year at IYSAE! 

One last thing!   Ghosts AFire: Highland Wolves 3 will be released in the next few days!

Muah!

 

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It’s FIVE Days to IYSAE!

And I am petrified, anxious and excited all at the same time!  I’ve been working on books, on swag, and on deciding what to bake for the MS Ride fundraiser.  

I have the books at the printer AND I put HW3 in to the reviewers at Createspace, which means it will be released soon! 

Wanna see it?

HW3 cover final

It’s my favourite!

It’s stunning, isn’t it?  The background photo is of Glen Coe in Scotland. 

All three covers have things in common: the layouts – positioning of my picture, texts, titles and my name – as well as the colours of the title and author name.  The subtitle colour reflects the content of the book. (Anna does a lot with fire in this book.)

I’m so excited about some of the swag we’ve prepared!  We have a magnet and a bookmark I just love. And my banner, to go on the table and let everyone know who I am, is gorgeous and sexy.  Check them out.

Sticker

The magnet.

Bookmark 2

The bookmark.

banner copy

And the banner.

Aren’t they just frakin’ amazing?  

I will be publishing the meanings to all the words the day after IYSAE.  They’re almost all words that have disappeared from use.  For instance, honeyfuggle means to deceive by flattery or sweet talk, to swindle or cheat. 

And that banner. *whistles*  It’s sexy, no?  It’s not going to be missed, is it?  I’m hoping it draws people in like bees to a flower.  

I have to go but I leave you with three more things:

Ghosts Afire will be live by Wednesday and, as usual, as soon as the Kindle version is live, it will be free for three days.  I may make all three books available so you can get the entire series.  Or I’ll make a buck-a-book promo.  

IYSAE is at the Double Tree by Hilton in London from 10 am to 3 pm (… wait, *double checks*).  VIP ticket holders get in at 10, Gen Admin at 11.  Tickets are $20 at the door. Signing ends at 2, not 3.  

I will be taking my Chocolate Heavens cookies and my Orange Creamsicle cupcakes to help with our MS Ride fundraiser.  You can check us out here http://mssoc.convio.net/goto/thelongshotriders  to donate, if you want to donate directly. (Please do!) All proceeds from Saturday’s sale of A Year in the Life of S. Claus, the cupcakes and the cookies will be going into the fundraising pot.  Along with any other donations people choose to make.  

Have a great week!

Muah!

What a Week!

Hello!

Been a hell of a week, eh?

I don’t even remember Monday. I know it existed but Tuesday and Wednesday wiped it away completely.  And then there was yesterday, taking Micky to the pet ER… That sucked. 

However, she’s in the best place outside of Guelph (where there is a world class learning institution and animal hospital) that she can be. The vet called this morning and told us that last night Micky was fed and spit up some of it. They tried again this morning and she spit some of it back up again so they’re keeping her overnight tonight to make sure the meds are working and that she is eating. She is otherwise stable. 

Oddly, my oldest cat, Terror, has been running around here, yowling and howling for the dog and yelling at me about the lack of large canine presence.

Weird, eh?

On to business!  I know that I  promised you all a book by Thursday and I haven’t delivered. It IS coming!  It just needs reviewed.  It’ll be out by tomorrow afternoon.

Screenshot 2018-08-17 11.57.49

See?

And then we can celebrate the coming of Santa Claus, aka the hot Norwegian businessman. 

Dog and book in the same day. It’s a good thing.  

I’m a little concerned about the cover now but we’ll see how it goes.  After some adjustments, the page count is different, which means the width of the book is different, which *takes a deep breath* means that the spine is a different size.  It’s now off by 0.05″.  I’m a little alarmed.  I don’t know how much Createspace will allow for in error.  I know it doesn’t matter in Kindle but for print, it makes a difference.  

I don’t want to have to redo it.  That’s math.  Lots of math.  And miniscule adjustments against rulers.  Blargh.

Well, no borrowing trouble, right?  Now, I’m going to go have lunch with my Mike and do some edits in HW3.  

Oh… I also have to figure out swag for IYASE.  

Not sure I can afford to do it now, after we paid for Micky’s surgery.  

It is important though…

  • It’d be good exposure for me.
  • It’d be good for my social anxiety to be able to do this
  • I love these people and they’re a lot of fun to hang out with (okay, a lower on the list reason, kind of but still important)
  • I’m using it as a fundraiser for our MS Ride, too.

We’ll figure it out.  And while it’s on my mind, take a look at this fabulous promo that one of the organizers created! 

IYSAE promo

Some books available by Ignite Your Soul Author Event 2018 signing authors! Many genres to choose from, so join us on September 29th for another fabulous Canadian book signing convention! 16 more days to claim your VIP tickets and join us at DoubleTree by Hilton for the Harvest Dinner After Party with a delicious buffet dinner, great entertainment from Toronto’s Magic Moments DJ Entertainment, with photographs and photo booth by American photographer Eric D Battershell! Don’t forget our group discount code when booking your room at our all-in-one venue! You may also still register your table (4 left!) until Sept 1st! Join us and find out why London, Ontario is called the Forest City, support your book community and Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex 💜 http://igniteyoursoulauth.wixsite.com/iyse

Gorgeous, isn’t it? And, look! I’m in it! Middle row, second column. 😀

I am being told it is lunch time. Have a great afternoon everyone!

Muah!

The Drama, the Romance, and the Work That is 2018

Hello, my lovelies!

The Work:

Today I finished the final draft for A Year in the Life of S. Claus. 

I am thrilled!

I have to write the blurb and the tagline – something like Santa: magic man, businessman, car collector, vigilante. The real story behind the myth.

Dear Gods.  I hope I come up with something better. 😉

I need a blurb, too.  How do I pack so much adventure into less than 300 words? I guess we’ll find out.

Next up, and in a rush but no less quality job, HW3.  

It’s 50 days until Ignite Your Soul in London. I’m kind of freaking out a bit.  >.<

I don’t have anything done for HW3, the printer doesn’t have any quotes for me yet (partly because we lost touch until today… Not entirely sure why… >.> ), I have no swag done, nothing prepared for the table. I kind of want to run around like Marge Simpson with her hair on fire. 

Well, I suppose it’ll come together. Somehow. 

And here’s a reminder to buy the anthology!

anthology cover

You can buy it here: 

The Amazon global link: 

https://getBook.at/AG2-CaSCAntho

There are other links in my previous blog.

The Drama:

There certainly has been some! That mess that happened to my apartment at the end of April never did get fixed.  It took us a solid month of attempts at packing and a solid weekend of throwing my shit at a van and into a storage unit.

We took samples of the paint, visible mold, and the fabric from my couch and mattress.  We have bedding and clothing in garbage bags waiting to see if it can be salvaged. 

I was out of the apartment by the end of July, which was a relief!

I’ve been preparing applications to sue the property holder through the Landlord and Tenant board (which is why we took samples). That should be fun.  I don’t want to go to court with it, although, really, I should get something back for the sheer number of panic attacks I had and the strain the whole mess put on both me & my PTSD and Mike.  Assholes.  But I’m not that litigious. 

Also, I have come off of two medications – and I’m feeling much better in many ways.  My head is clearer and I’ve actually had the urge to write again. (Which means I’m planning on doing NaNo again!)  And, if I don’t refill this med, I’ll be off a third. I’ve been out of it for a couple of days now.  I’m feeling pretty good.

Mike and I are training for next year’s MS Bike Ride. It’s fantastic! I love cycling and I’m good at it. I’ve never had anyone say, “Yeah, you can do THAT marathon” before.  The conversation with Mike went something like this:

Me: *listening to radio ad for the fundraiser* I’ve always wanted to do that.

Mike: Oh yeah? We could do that.

Me: Really? You think so? I think it’d be fun and MS research is the closest thing to FMS research there is. 

Mike: You can do anything you want to do. It would be fun.

So we are taking my GT LTS-3 and his equally nearly-ancient bike out on tours of London’s multi-use pathways.  London is a gorgeous city.

A generous portion of the proceeds for A Year in the Life of S. Claus will be going to our MS Fundraiser. We are riding as a team and fundraising as a team.  The MS Ride website suggests five thousand dollars as the suggested team donation. 

We’re a team of two; that’s a lot of money.

Sure, I have some fundraising ideas – like the proceeds and a bake sale at the Ignite Your Soul Event in London (more about that in another blog…or later in this one) – but it’s a LOT.  You can bet I’ll be asking you all to chip in.  And if you leave your name, the most generous donation will get a prize pack.  Haven’t decided yet, but it will include copies of all 5 books (HW 1-3, Lizendale and the Santa book). 

The Romance:

Mike and I settled on an anniversary date for the start of our relationship. I’m happy. 

And now we are consolidated into one place, that’s pretty cool, too. 

We’re planning on spending our lives together so at some point this blog will see an engagement announcement. 

Then a wedding photograph. 😁

Happy author over here.  

I will do a COVER REVEAL this weekend!  Here’s a little hint:

Santa cover hint

 Pretty, eh? 😉

We’re off to go on a ride.

Have a great night everyone!

Muah!

 

Oh my Goodness!

Good morning everyone!

It’s been a long, long time since I wrote last, I know.

A year, actually, almost to the day, I think.  Many many things have happened since then.  

  • I finished my first year of school in 25 years with a 4.01 GPA.  Yay me!
  • Girlkid graduated high school, with honours.  AND she got accepted to the university program of her choice. Yay her!
  • Boykid moved to Alberta.  It was time for him to make a change and he is doing well.  Yay him!  I miss him horribly.  His visit at Christmas was wonderful but I am very happy he is finding his way.
  • I moved to the city! It’s been great for me.  I’m stronger, more independent, happier.
  • Unfortunately, it was also the catalyst for the break-up with The Boyfriend (P) several months ago.
  • I got reacquainted with an old friend from high school. M was amazing then and he’s amazing now. Lots of history there.
  • I rescued a 4.5 week old puppy after her mother abandoned the litter. P, who drove me out to pick her up, rescued her sister. Micky, who started out at 4.7 pounds is now approx 35lbs and stands 19″ at the shoulder at barely 4 months old. She is a Corso-Rottie-St Bernard mix and will be a support dog for me. I have a blog where I will be talking about her (new post coming very soon). 
  • There was a college strike this fall and I got a in one of my classes! 😦
  • Wolfman is alive and well and we have been getting along brilliantly.  This makes me ecstatic.
  • I have lost weight and am getting stronger (although I have also fallen three times this winter and am struggling with recovery).
  • I have a new man in my life and am super happy about it.  This works, trust me. It’s one of those inexplicable things.

And finally, the two things I want to talk about.  

One, I am part of an anthology called A Guide to Claiming a Scaredy Cat.  There are ten authors writing short stories about strong female leads, feline shifters, claiming their commitment-phobe Mates and I am privileged to be one.  Here is our Thunderclap, click on over to support us!

thunderclap

Would love to have your support for getting the word out about this anthology. Click the link, choose which social media platform(s) to support with, then make this post famous! 💖💖💖

#anthology #scaredycat #authors #paranormalromance

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/66656-revealing-a-scaredy-cat

 

The second thing I wanted to talk about terrifies the snot out of me while making me very happy at the same time.  Here it is:

I am now an official attendee for Ignite Your Soul 2018!!

Soooo much work to do.  

Write and edit the story for the anthology.  Finish editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus and HW3 for publication, finish this term at school, figure out swag and signage and a look.  Plus the promo work for the anthology.  And Micky’s training.  And, you know, life. 

What’s happening with you?

I have homework to do. 

Muah!