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    Hello world!

    We are currently undergoing a website remodel in preparation for the BIG remodel of my author site. This will let mobile users read and view the site much easier. Stay tuned!   The transition we are making is from blogger (with a www redirect) to a WordPress site. If you’re interested in doing the same thing, check out this great YouTube tutorial. He has very clear cut instructions and so far they’re working!

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    Test Post for We Are Word Nerds – NaNoWriMo

    Have you written the outline to a novel? How about the first chapter of one, or even a single sentence? Do you dream of characters that donโ€™t exist in real life, and do you give them dilemmas to sort out? Are you worried that your imaginary friends make you seem like a schizophrenic? Not to worry! Youโ€™re not alone, and this month there are 290,064* folks just like you that are gathering together in writerly bonding. November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. For those uninitiated to NaNoWriMo, let me be the first to inform you that November just got better. Not only does this month give us the waist…

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    To Do

    On today’s agenda: Do nothing Tear out weeds inhabiting back veggie beds Layout in the sun Tear out lame plants next to veggie beds Do more nothing Weed dragon (aka – nuke with 500K BTU blow torch) the back gravel area Drink iced tea and philosophize on writing Do more of that nothing thing Make a priority list for items still left to do for book launch Do laundry Clean house Format ebook template Finalize full cover graphic for paperback Stress over the ugliness of my aged “stainless” steel trash can Do social marketing for current novel Be a better person Mop the kitchen Wash the windows Renovate attic space…

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    Ah… Summertime!

    Just got back from an amazing weekend in central Oregon on a lake called Suttle, and subtle it is not. ;0)Growing up in Hawai’i we’d always get catalogs and magazines that showed mainlanders at lakes in the summer time. It’s the quintesential picture of happy people drinking lemonade in the shade as the sun beats down on the clear blue of the lake water near by. LL Bean is full of summer time photos of people canoeing or swimming in these picturesque country lakes. After decades of looking at them I finally rounded up the family (hubby and puggaloos) and went. Oh my gawd! It’s great! No wonder people at…

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    Maui on My Mind

    Just got a moment in the hubub of publishing since I got back from Maui in July to upload these great pics. This trip was for my mother’s retirement party – she dedicated 37 years to the education of youngsters. Simply amazing, I hope to have that kind of dedication in my DNA as well. Mom’s cake – and if you’re wondering yes “Congratulations Diane on 37 years of Education Excellence” fits on a Costco sheet cake. My sister and hubby flew in to help out and it was beautiful to see family and friends again. Here are some photos from the visit. (L to R) My sister, cousin, and…