MONDAY'S RBOC EDITION:
I just filled out one of those profile pages for a new bit of social media, where I stated my occupation as "Retired." Who am I kidding? I'm not usually one to keep lists, but how else will I ever keep tract of this?
1. Breaking News: The electronic editions of Beyond All Price are now free on Smashwords. (111 copies have been snatched up already!) Just download and start reading. Please. I've entered the warm-up phase of getting ready to do an anniversary re-launch of my book. That will happen around mid-August, but in the meantime, I'd like to build up a slightly larger reader base. This is an absolutely cost-free way for you to sample the book and see if you like it. If you do,a short review would be extremely helpful. I'm also hoping that AmazonKindle will follow suit (since they usually price-match) and put their edition on their "free Kindle" list. That should boost the sales figures. I'll be sure to let you know if the Amazon price drops. During the re-launch, there will also be a huge sale on the trade paper edition, but for now free e-books are the way to go.
2. I'm getting ready to put out a regular newsletter for subscribers to my e-mail list. Publication of the first edition is still a couple of weeks out, so you have time to get on the list. Just leave an e-mail address in the comment section below.
3. I'm still working on NaNoWriMo (Summer Camp edition). My plan is to finish the first 50,000 words of The Road to Frogmore by the end of July, and then be ready for a final push during the regular NaNoWriMo month of November. How's it going? Well, my pace is slowing down, but I'm still ahead of the curve. I've written 31,107 words, which leaves 18,893 words to go and 13 days left in camp. I promise to get back to work today.
4. Lurking behind me on the futon are three accumulating piles of "stuff." I am first vice-president of a non-profit -- Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Services, which provides free vision and hearing care for indigent residents of a four-state area. Our biggest fund-raiser is a charity auction, which will take place the first weekend in August. ((Donations gratefully accepted!) My home Lions Club is gathering items for three baskets to be part of our silent auction, so I have all their contributions for "Home Handyman", "Klever Kitchen," and "Picnic and Patio" baskets. Must get them put together soon.
5. Along with the auction, we'll be holding our quarterly meeting, so I'm getting ready to host a two-day Hospitality Suite, and overseeing plans for decorations for our Auction Casino Night and Dinner. Can I still wear multiple hats? Keeping fingers crossed.
6. In my "spare" time, I also serve as president of my local Lions Club. My 2011-2012 budget is due a week from today. And that involves, among many other things, some long-range planning for our 40th anniversary dinner and project. We're hoping to begin fund-raising for a Sensory Garden to be installed in a new City Farm, which is just now on the drawing boards. I'm really excited about the idea. It would provide a place where everyone (but particularly the visually-impaired) could go to explore the use of all five senses. We would have strongly scented flowers and herbs, along with the barnyard; various textures, from rough tree bark to snail slime; sounds of running water, wind through reeds, and of course birds and insects; and a carefully-controlled tasting lab for herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown on the farm.
So that's my world. Blog posts fit in there somewhere, of course. But what's happening in your world?