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!

 

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!

Micky & I just love the UPS Guy

He brings nice things.

Like this:

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Isn’t it gorgeous??

 

It’s a slightly blurry picture, I know, but I was taking the picture to show Mike and I was excited. 

The inside looks great but the cover is slightly off. I’m not sure if it’s them or me since the two books are different in that way.  I think it’s me, personally, but Mike thinks it’s them because it looks perfect in the digital proofer. 

It’s a pretty, pretty book. With an exciting concept.

Blurb:

What if Santa wasn’t a small, fat man in a bright red suit?

What if he were really a magic man, a savvy businessman, a car enthusiast and some time vigilante?

Santa’s real name is Ari Lykke and he is a Norwegian given the job of Santa Claus by the Gods many centuries ago. Since then, he’s built the business into a worldwide conglomerate, helped thousands achieve their dreams, and rescued millions from the clutches of Darkness. Now, he has a murder to solve, corporate espionage to prevent and one tiny old woman to save.

And you can get it for free through tomorrow as an ebook at the following sites:

Ebook:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Year-Life-S-Claus-ebook/dp/B07GLVZH8C/

US: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Life-S-Claus-ebook/dp/B07GLVZH8C/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Life-S-Claus-ebook/dp/B07GLVZH8C/

And here as a paperback:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Year-Life-S-Claus/dp/1725681218

US: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Life-S-Claus/dp/1725681218

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Life-S-Claus/dp/1725681218

I know that the books seem kind of expensive but the proceeds are going to our MS Ride: http://mssoc.convio.net/goto/thelongshotriders .

We are riding for a couple reasons.  Mike’s aunt died of MS several years ago. MS is, as far as I can tell with the research I’ve done, as close as any other disease gets, to FMS as anything else. That means the research is potentially helpful to finding resolutions to FMS as well. I’ve wanted to do this ride for many years and finally, in Mike, I have the support I need to get it done. 

With your help, we can raise the money we are looking for to contribute.  We will have a bonus for the top three largest contributers. 

Have a good evening!

Muah!

 

Santa is LIVE!

Good morning!

Make it happenIt is a good start to the week:  – Micky is doing well, though she’s sleepy.  That’s a good thing, it means she’s not going to tear stitches (like she did when she was spayed).  We’re going today to get her a Medi-shirt because the cone is making her depressed, which is bad.

Mike and I are feeling pretty good, though neither of  us slept well

The Santa book is LIVE! I’m thrilled with it.  It’s a gorgeous cover; the story is unique; and I think it’s an intriguing blurb (and have had people say so, which is even better).  

Tuesday:  

Choose daysWell, I absolutely meant to post that yesterday. A hundred things came up and I forgot I was writing the blog. ☺  

It’s a good thing, though, because I checked the website this morning and the

PAPERBACK IS LIVE! 

*happy dance*

I’m waiting on my physical proof but the digital copy showed that it looks gorgeous.  

You can get the ebook for FREE for a very limited time – until Thursday.  After that, as with the paperback, all proceeds will go to our MS fundraiser

You can buy the book here:

Ebook:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Year-Life-S-Claus-ebook/dp/B07GLVZH8C/

US: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Life-S-Claus-ebook/dp/B07GLVZH8C/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Life-S-Claus-ebook/dp/B07GLVZH8C/

Paperback:

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Year-Life-S-Claus/dp/1725681218

US: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Life-S-Claus/dp/1725681218

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Life-S-Claus/dp/1725681218

And speaking of gorgeous covers and greaat causes, let’s not forget about the anthology! 

anthology cover

The anthology cover is stunning, no?

Still for sale and still donating to Wounded Warriors Project. Don’t forget that you can pick that up, too.  Ten awesome cat-shifter stories from nine fantastic authors!

You can buy it here:

Amazon Global link: https://getBook.at/AG2-CaSCAntho
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MHWBZ4
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079MHWBZ4
DE: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B079MHWBZ4
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079MHWBZ4

I have to go for now.  The weather here is insane and I’m getting a massive migraine. 

Have a great afternoon!

Muah!

 

The Review Process Stinks

Good morning!

I get it. I really do. I understand that they have to make sure that everything is up to their standards (though, really, how do some of those books make it through?) but it takes so stinkin’ long.

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72 hours! *grumble*

I have found in the past that it can be remarkably shorter, so we’ll see.  I will be doing a freebie promo for a few days to help get the word out.  However, the proceeds from this book will be going to the MS Ride fundraising.  

This one though…

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It does take 24 hours.

If I wasn’t such a lady – hey, you in the corner, stop laughing! – I’d flop back with a hugely dramatic sigh.  

So the book will be available very soon! All the work is done. Now it’s just a matter of waiting. 

Bonus: I believe we get to bring Micky home today. 

Have a superlative Saturday!

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.

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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!

Micky Update

received_216128339080990The Bean here has gone to surgery.  We had to take her to an emergency vet this morning after she threw up the tummy healing food.  

And then threw up water she hadn’t been drinking.  A LOT of water she hadn’t been drinking.

We stopped by our standard vet first and explained what was going on. The RVT there said they wouldn’t be able to do the testing required and maybe we wanted to take her to the vet hospital instead. Besides, they wouldn’t be able to see her until 11 (this was around 8:45, I think).

So we said, fine, we’ll take her down there (and pray she didn’t puke in the car, PLEASE DON’T BARF UP ANY OF THAT NASTY SMELLING STUFF!

She didn’t.)

So we got to the vet hospital and they saw her right away.  They were quite lovely people.  They listened to what we had to say then they put us in an exam room.

It didn’t take long before an RVT came in and asked a lot more questions, did an exam (including a rectal thermometer that made Micky turn halfway around like, “Hey! What were you just doing??”), asked a few more questions that got answers like:

Ah, well, she’s been eating all her toys.

Well, ah, she ate a Kong toy.  You know one of the ones with the thick plastic ring on the outside and the rolling treatball in the middle?  Yeaaaahhhh… she decimated it. 

Oh, for sure, several stuffed toys, too.

No, we did our best to catch it all but she’s pretty quick…

Then the vet herself came in, asked questions, some of the same, some of them different. she probed, palpatated, petted, then suggested an x-ray.  

So away Micky went.  Then we got taken into another room to be shown the results.  

Micky has a rather large obstruction in her small intestine, right before her large intestine, that is not moving. On the x-ray, it looks like a lot of fabric (or, I dunno, toy stuffing perhaps??) so the doc suggested a lot of different options.

Finally, Mike just said, “What would you do if it was your dog?”

“I’d do the surgery now.  I’m fairly certain there’s a blockage and I don’t need the other tests to tell me that and delay the surgery, potentially making things that much worse for her.”

So that’s what we did. 

Now I’m waiting for the call that tells me she came out okay. 

I hope your day is going better than mine.  The side of me that has a sick sense of humour wants to label the last couple of days as #extremeaggressivechewerproblems

Muah!

PS.   Well… it looks like I fell asleep before I sent this. 

The vet called, Micky came through with flying colours.  They took out that which was anchored in her tummy and made sure the rest of her intestines were clear.  Then they stitched her up with backward(?) stitches so she doesn’t pull them out or rupture them easily by moving too much.  And she’ll come home in 24 to 48 hours with pain meds, a sedative for the first 10 days (because she’s an active, active puppy), and a need for a lot of TLC.