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What? And a short update

There seems to be some new kind of scam going on with WordPress. My spam filter is picking up comments from multiple accounts that only say “What?”

One of them got through last night, and I deleted it. What the hell kind of scam is that? I assume they want us to click on some nefarious link of some kind.

I have a better question for you, “Who?” As in who the hell spends all day loading a bot of some kind to go all over the internet and post this bullshit?

We all get bot spam, you know the kind, “I am I liking your post Lisa Burton Radio so much. Much important learning in wisdom in Lisa Burton Radio. I am saving it so I can read it over again and learn from your experience. By the way, discount viagra http://www.bullshitlinkofsomekind”

“What” seems to be something new. Do any of you have any insight?

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I dabbled on the writing front today. I didn’t accomplish a lot, but it seems to flow well with the story.

The lady who bought the bird is distraught. The bird is learning to talk, but with root monster words.

We also learned that Serang is a mean drunk. Noses were broken. One of the secondary characters seems interested, and I must avoid this path. Her character would lose something if there were a romantic interest for her. She works for me, not the other way around.

She got some private quarters in a storage part of the ship. This was sold as helping protect her modesty, but it was really to protect others from any drunken rampages.

I also went ahead and stuck the ship atop a gigantic jellyfish. The tropical storm is bearing down upon them, and there are problems on two fronts because of this.

I plan to have some crazy stuff happen before this section ends, but didn’t get that far today.

My work week starts tomorrow, and we’re going camping next weekend. I’ll take my iPad and a charger, but doubt I’ll have internet access for any updates. This doesn’t stop me from writing, or reading for that matter. Any new work will upload to the cloud once I’m back online.

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Mid-Week posting

I’ve always tried to post three times per week, plus have Lisa Burton Radio on Thursdays. I hear whispers of folks stepping things back during the Summer, but I never have. There are times when I have more to say, and will exceed this number of posts, but I like to keep fresh content coming.

This isn’t always easy, so sometimes you get pet pictures, or something about sourdough. There are times when I’m not actively drafting a new story, and still want to post something.

April and May were tough months. My paycheck job was busy as it ever gets, and that takes a certain amount of calories. I also set a goal of releasing Yak Guy before school lets out for the summer. This is because my experience with summer releases isn’t very good.

Good news, two new five star reviews showed up this week… so far. An author could always use more.

During this same stretch, I was swamped with Lisa Burton Radio interviews. Since I am a weekend warrior as an author, this cuts into my productivity time too. I closed my current novel, and focused on getting other things accomplished. In this, I feel like I’ve been successful.

I have interviews scheduled ahead until the later half of June. I have one more to assemble and schedule, but since you can’t read it until the end of June, there is time to catch my breath. I’m down to following up authors I’ve sent materials to, so there will be July interviews. If you’re interested in having a character interviewed by Lisa, it’s possible to shoehorn one in based upon other folks dragging their feet.

Over at Story Empire, I need to check the schedule and write those posts I’m going to be responsible for. I may write something and get it scheduled over the coming weekend.

One of the things most folks are struggling with now is called GDPR. I think it stands for God Damned Privacy Regulations. Most of us are posting a privacy policy on our blogs and websites to be as compliant as possible.

I’m against the whole theory behind this, but I went ahead and posted one anyway. Please look up at the top of my blog.

Yeah, all the way up. There is a page called “Privacy Policy.” I think I covered all the requirements, but this blog is called Entertaining Stories. This means I tried to make it informative and entertaining at the same time. Make sure you’re all protected and check it out.

Today, I dusted off The Voyage of the Lanternfish and read the whole thing; all 30,000 words. If things work out, I may be able to add some words to it on Saturday. I’m introducing the pirate crew, so a few of their stories are appropriate. Fortunately, a bunch of sailors telling stories isn’t too hard to sell.

I have one more event in the getting acquainted with new characters part, then there will be a huge sea battle. A battle with monsters and magic included. I’m excited to get back to it… if things work out.

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That’s a wrap

It was a very productive weekend for me. It didn’t involve any new fiction, but I got a lot done. For three days I worked on interviews for Lisa Burton Radio. I never got them all done either, but I did all I could.

I should be able to move everyone to the next level next weekend. Some of these people have been waiting a long time. I can maintain my schedule without putting all this effort in right now. A couple per week keeps the line moving. However, I’m not patient at all, and don’t want people to think I’ve forgotten them. I shouldn’t expect my guest authors to be patient either.

As far as scheduling goes, if everyone returns the stuff I sent out this weekend, I can schedule interviews through June. I’m trading one logjam for another one, but at least folks will know something is happening.

That’s the funny thing about this slot. It’s feast or famine. It’s entirely possible that sometime in August I’ll be out of authors seeking promotion. It would be great if they would tickle in about one per week. They never do.

Still, it was very productive. I also finished reading a book. I started it on the way home from NOLA, and read 7/8 of it then. A two week gap, forced me to read back a bit, but I finished it. I also wrote a very short review.

Reviews don’t have to be long. A few lines about whether you liked the book, or not, and why, is all it takes. Think about this if you’ve finished a book lately. The review counts, it’s tallied based upon how many stars you gave it, and nobody expects a lengthy book report. These reviews mean a lot to the author.

I found some things on Pinterest and saved them to my Piracy board. I’d love to write about them, but it might take a couple weeks before they hit my story. These involve sea monsters and the like. I’m excited about them, but they will have to wait their turn.

If I can get the rest of the interviews on my flex day, I might get to new fiction on Saturday. Fingers crossed.

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It’s a Milestone

I was brought up to keep quiet about accomplishments. I’ve done that all my life, but it’s kind of counter-productive to all the promotion that comes with being an author.

We all work hard, and it seems like progress is slow. It is there, and it’s harder to observe, but it happens. I’ll walk you into my announcement.

Today was largely dedicated to Lisa Burton Radio. In fact, I accomplished nothing else. I assembled and scheduled two interviews. At one per week, I’m keeping ahead of the game. This is because I know what it feels like to fall behind.

I also sent another shtick out, with one more to go out tomorrow. This is the mid-point of the process. This is how I keep the line moving.

Somewhere along the way I spotted a number in my editor. Remember, this is WordPress we’re talking about here, so there is a bit of uncertainty. The number was 100. From what I can tell, there have been one-hundred episodes of Lisa Burton Radio.

I know it’s possible the number refers to one of the episodes I have scheduled, but that poses the question: When is it appropriate to celebrate?

I choose now.

Lisa Burton

I’ve worked hard to make these interviews into a going concern. The kind of place someone might seek out when promoting their fiction. I kind of feel like I’ve accomplished that.

This isn’t discounting the partnership with all of you. You folks have been wonderful to participate, to use the sharing buttons, and to actually buy the books being showcased. Thank you for all of that, and Lisa thanks you too.

I’ve gotten to work with some amazing authors, and I’ve learned a lot from you.

Thanks also to Sean Harrington, who revamped this image for me on very short notice. He’s been a godsend to me, and I look forward to many more years of working with him.

I’m not going to slack off, but for one night, maybe it’s time to have a glass of whiskey and take some small pleasure in one of the little things. Here’s to the next 100.

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The weekend I expected.

I wanted to get some of the interviews started and out the door. I accomplished that much. I have a couple back that I can schedule, but since this week is already scheduled there is time to get to them. I have more to work on so I can keep the line moving.

We managed a moderate date night, but now I wish we hadn’t. There was an awesome cream stout involved though, and it was worth it.

The dogs got me up early, made even worse with the change to Daylight Savings time. We had a late breakfast, and a late lunch, on the new time schedule. Followed by an early dinner, and I feel bloated. I need to go to bed on the new time, but may need to let my stomach settle first.

I covered the bills this afternoon, but that’s about all. We have enough money for gasoline and beans for the nest two weeks if everything works out. How often does it actually work out around here? Kind of wish we’d skipped out on date night now. Except for that one beer.

This seems to be the new normal for us.

There really isn’t a lot of other news. I wrote interview stuff most of the weekend. It is my short weekend, so that will have to do. Back to the grind tomorrow, and 4:00 is going to come really early for a couple of days.

Hope those of you who deal with the time change adjust quickly. I usually do, and I appreciate the extra daylight once I get off work.

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A small list, with lots of hours ahead

My flex schedule leaves me with a two day weekend. I won’t get a flex day again until next Friday. This is the worst part of the schedule, and the 10 hour days kind of suck at this point. Then I’ll get a couple of three day weekends. To make the suckage worse, North America changes to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. That means I get to wake up an hour earlier for the next seven months or so.

The adjustment isn’t that hard, and I kind of like getting that extra hour of daylight when I get home. I’m also not looking for sympathy. I started with that to give you the idea that my available time is limited this weekend.

I have to get my truck serviced tomorrow afternoon. That blows a small hole in plans too, but they have a nice business center and I might be able to do some projects while I wait. We also want to squeeze date night in at some point.

Fewer plans are the way to go on weekends like this. I only have one, and anything else is gravy. It all involves blogging.

I have two guest posts I agreed to host next week, and I need to assemble and schedule those. I also have a habit of sending out an advance link, but that only takes an extra minute or two.

There are two or three folks who have returned the questionnaire for Lisa Burton Radio. I need to work up as many of those shticks as possible this weekend. If I can do that, and get them sent back, I’ll consider this weekend a success.

That’s it. Might not sound like much, but it does take some time and a bit of creative energy.

Should I get lucky, I might take a glance at my work-in-progress. It might not involve any more than moving the plants I’ve already made around, oh and maybe changing a character’s name. I don’t like my villain’s name and may try again. That will mean a long search to make sure I fix it everywhere.

For the rest of this evening, I’m enjoying the company of my old friend George Dickel.

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A blogging kind of day

I didn’t set any gigantic goal for this weekend. Life has been throwing me curves lately, and plans seemed like a bad idea.

Today was a day to pick something up, finish it, and move to the next project. With that in mind, Lisa Burton Radio is assembled and scheduled for Thursday, and so is the following Thursday. This actually feels kind of good to get ahead a tiny bit. I used to track every questionnaire I sent out, and do appropriate follow up, but I stopped doing that this year. People seem to be benefitting from the interview slot, but they need to have some skin in the game too. There are probably ten or more questionnaires out, but it’s up to them to respond and get back with me. Makes my part of the process less stressful, and that’s a good thing. I’ll be here for you from now on, but I’m not twisting arms to fill the interview slots.

I also spent some time writing, assembling, and scheduling my next post over at Story Empire. It’s up on Wednesday, and I hope it comes across well.

Oh yeah, there is this post too.

Life continues to throw us curves. The range decided to go out, including the oven portion. We’ve been doing without it for a couple of weeks now. Between the barbecue and the microwave, we’ve survived. Now that Frankie seems like her old self, today was time to address our appliance problem.

The old range was original to the house, so seventeen years old. In this day and age, that’s a good run.

The debate of the day was whether to pay for the range or finance it. Holding back a tiny bit of cash seems like a good idea in light of current events. Free delivery swayed us to use our Sears credit card. In event of another emergency, we have a few bucks available, and can make minimum payments if we have to. If everything evens out, I’ll probably take two months to pay it off. That way we get a couple of paydays in there and don’t strap ourselves.

Delivery will happen next weekend. At that time, I’ll probably wake up Tituba, my sourdough starter and christen the new oven the right way.

To her credit, Old What’s Her Face chose a very reasonable range. There was a time when both of us did a lot of cooking. As the kids have moved out, the appeal of a Wolfe gas range isn’t there any more. We wound up with a decent Kenmore electric that matches all the rest of the appliances. Honestly, I’ve always had good luck with Kenmore stuff.

After signing the papers, we walked over to Old Chicago for pizza and beer. We called it an early night, because my wife has to work this weekend. A few Winter Olympics and I’ll figure out what tomorrow has in store. I might even add some new words to my work in progress. Maybe I’ll paste together a new background for Lisa’s Facebook page. I have some new images that might be fun to use as Polaroids on her table.

The dogs are getting some ball time right now. All posts are more popular with a picture, so here’s Otto being a crazy man with his oversized tennis ball.

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