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Another cloudy day.

That is not a surprise. Kiel Week starts this Friday, and traditionally, we have bad weather during it.

I'm fairly certain the summer will return end of June. emoticon

This is going to be a busy week, but I'll do my best to keep writing 1k+ words every day. I can tell it massively improves my mood.

The big thing I did yesterday was to buy a bag of potting soil and lugging it home. That was... hard work. I didn't have the energy left for repotting any plants after that, but it's on the list for this week. My balcony certainly makes me happy.

Wishing you a great day and much writing! emoticon emoticon

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It rained last night. Which is good. It's cold and cloudy today. I hope this is not the end of summer yet. (We have had several years with summer weather in May and then only rain for the rest of the summer.)

There's a dying seagull in the yard, lying in the grass and twitching. It's been going on since yesterday morning. I think it ate rat poison. I feel sorry for it and hope it'll die soon. *sigh*

Yesterday, I participated in a Profit First call. That was very inspiring, and I'm now considering creating three packages for author coaching. (And raising my prices until they are ready.) I really need to position myself as an author coach - and not for writing but for mindset work. I haven't seen anyone do that yet.

Wishing you all a wonderful day with happy writing!
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When I came home, the seagull was gone. I hope someone put it out of misery.

I brainstormed a bit yesterday, and now I have three packages for coaching author mindset. And I have some criteria which is good for what kind of author (mostly depending on experience). Not sure about the prices yet... but I do need to pivot my marketing and learn how to spread the word efficiently.

I had a meeting with a Dutch EFT buddy - we're in the same boat, defining our niche and trying to drum up business - and then I had a little Zoom meeting in the evening where I did EFT to ease limiting beliefs on raising prices. (I need to raise the prices of my books, too.)

Writing happened late in the day again, but once I got started, it went well. 1k words in about half an hour. I like that.

And I want to teach others how to do that...

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Yesterday was a mix of good and bad for me.

On the plus side, I feel better about the financial dilemma I fought with last week. Now, instead of a solid wall, it feels more like a fog bank which means I don't see the total solution yet, but there is a path forward.

Runboards CSS weirdness interfered with me on the creative side as I kept trying things on my end to work around what was going on. In a strange way, this problem contributed to my "Transit Promises" story so even if my writing output was low I still had enough to make me feel like I am getting back in the swing of things.

Today is my crunch day and the middle of the month. My mini-goal is to match what I did yesterday in writing and post the new skin design I have been working on for the past two weeks.

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Glad that financial dilemma is starting to dissolve. I hope you'll find a solution, soon. emoticon

At least the Runboard trouble served as inspriation. That's something...

I'm still sticking to the 1k per day, although it was hard yesterday. I'm starting to notice that I do worse on days with little to do. I will have to increase my todo lists - looks counterproductive, but hours of scrolling through FB are depressing. Ahem.

I'm also making a decision on my general EFT site. I will finish a series I started there, then I will write one good-bye email, and delete that entire list. Might even make AWeber a little cheaper for a while.

Definitely pivoting into author coach now. Need to get marketing...

I'm also choosing writing priorities: Dragon Prey for now, to give my dragon world a boost. Then Zell. I want to start the Joanna pen name with a bang, aka a rapid release of that trilogy. Then the Exterminator, the Minotaur rewrite, the Artemis story, then more dragon stories. I have a second novella series planned... so many ideas. I'll be busy for years, which is exactly the way I love it.

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I have company all weekend, and IIRC my niece will have her ten days off this week, so will be working on Mom's place so she can start the renovations. Plus, will probably have yard sales next weekend. So hoping I don't have to go to Mom's this Winter ... And hopefully this will be my last few months of feeding Mom's cats.

I had time to kill before my house guest got home from school, so I stopped by the bank to inquire about opening up an account just for online transactions. I can open an account with $[sign in to see URL] in it, but I'm a tad bit apprehensive about doing that. I don't want a lot of money in there in case it is hacked ... or ... I can open an account with nothing in it and pay a $[sign in to see URL] a month charge. If push comes to shove, I guess I'll have to do the former.


Firle: And then I figured I should ask you how you get paid for your books. Do they send you a check? Do they deposit into your PayPal account? Do they deposit into your checking/savings account? Do they have the option to pay by check? All sites, or just certain ones?

I figured that if I started to earn steadily, I could open an account with $[sign in to see URL] in it, but until then that's just too much to worry about someone stealing. emoticon




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Another difficult day, but I managed 1k. The showdown battle is raging. So far, it's going well for my side, but that's about to change...

Jox, Amazon pays me by direct deposit into an account, as does CreateSpace. They have no lower threshold, and they have paid pennies, three months after earning the money. No fee. Draft2Digital also pays via direct deposit, but they have a threshold of $10 for international transfers. I can live with that.

I have one account where I receive all business payments. I pay a monthly fee for it. Europe no longer does checks, so that's the best way for me.

]Kiel Week started yesterday, and that meant a lot of noise wafting up from downtown. At least the wind only carried the sound of one band - that will change. Also some kind of fair machinery, a kind of ride that made people scream went on until after midnight. *sigh* I assume some people living downtown actually flee town this week.

It's both a huge festival and the biggest sailing event of the world. Sadly, it has changed and most of the really fun things - local artists, projects where you could participate, small theater groups, etc - have disappeared, and it's all been commercialized. I tend to skip it. But for those who like crowds and bands, it's a great festival. Lots and lots of free concerts.

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Thanks. Not sure which I'll do. I'm not ready to do anything yet anyways.




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Jox: The time will be right. Until then, keep working. And dreaming.

I lost myself in the interwebs yesterday, following some research. But I did write, and I got a nap. So that's good.

Back at work now.

"Dragon Prey" is almost done. I wrote 7,500 words this week, which is quite awesome. I only wrote more in the week I visited my Dad. (Which is why I want to change my environement and life-style.)

Wishing you a wonderful week and much writing. emoticon emoticon

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I am livid because of policits. Won't go into this, but I cannot believe we are watching the rise of another Nazi regime these days. Yes, I believe it is coming to that. The degree of normalization is stunning.

In good news, I finished the "Dragon Prey" story. Editing will commence, then I will need beta-readers. I have a cover slot with my favorite artist, Christian, so that shouldn't be a problem. I hope I can publish this in July/August.

This, in turn means I need to decide on the next priority. Realistically, there are two choices:

Konrad II, which only needs a few more chapters. Then I could buy new covers for both books and give my German author presence a boost. Problem will be cover backgrounds which should show Göttingen, the town where it takes place.

Zell III. The trilogy is mostly done. Covers will be a problem, unless I find a really great designer who can hit genre and subgenre easily. I'd love to give Joanna a running start with a rapid release in fall, possibly October. Not truly likely, though.

Of course, there are other stories crying for attention, and I want to give them some time, as well... Minotaur, Artemis and The Exterminator.

Another dragon novella series next year...

Even so, committing to writing 1k words per day is making it both much more fun, as well as much more likely to publish more books per year.

Come on, join me. emoticon

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