Sunday, January 2, 2022

Happy New Year!

How well did I do in December?

-Do well at Writer's Block Author Fair Cancelled, due to transportation issue.  D's truck needs new starter or battery.

-Lose 5 lbs (starting 228)

-Pay down debt

-Wrap presents Check!

-Bake cookies

     12/11:  10 Doz Choc chip

    12/19:  3.10 Doz Oatmeal Raisin

-Mail books 12/21:  Check!

-Enjoy my birthday Slept in; baked cookies; drank wine; ate at Texas Roadhouse, then saw the X-mas lights:)

-Enjoy the TSO concert It was AWESOME!!!!

-Have relaxing Christmas Check!  Stomach flu hit Christmas Eve, so didn't do a whole lot.

Health Update:

I think I'm fully recovered from the gall bladder surgery and my stomach flu:)  

Books Read:  6        

           Print:  4

          E-book:  2

Karaoke Songs Added:  4

2022 Events:

-Saluki Con (Jan 15-16, 2022) Carbondale, Il $70 Pd 10/22/21 UPDATE:  Rescheduled for April 16th

-SI Comic Con (April 2, 2022) Benton, Il Pd $35 9/18/21

-Indy ComiCon (Easter weekend) Indpls, In Skipped this year, since Saluki Con rescheduled for 16th

-Weekend With The Authors (May 13-15, 2022) Nashville, TN Pd $300 2021; may need to cancel, due to cousin's wedding on 14th....depends on if Mom wants to go.

-Quad Con (June 4, 2022) Springfield, Il $40

-Superman Celebration (June 9-12th, 2022) Metropolis, Il 

-Wild Deadwood Reads (June 16-18th, 2022) Deadwood, SD 10-3pm Cost:  $160 (full table)  Skipping it this year; too many cons scheduled already.

-Imaginarium Convention (July 8-10, 2022) Louisville, KY $110 Pd 9/15

-Heroes For Kids (July 17th) Perrysville, Mo

-Royal Readers (Aug 6th) Mall of America $110 Pd 9/16/21

-State Fair

-Daviess Co Wine and Art Fair

-Penned Con, St, Louis, Mo Pd 2020

-First City Music Festival $50

-Lexington Legendary Book Signing $185 Pd $100 1/18/22

-Cil-Con Mattoon, Il Pd $100 10/21/21

-Non-Con Middletown, OH

-Collector's Carnival and Crafts (Oct 29th) Princeton, In

-Indpls Christmas Gift and Hobby Show (Nov) Indpls State Fairgrounds $100 Pd 11/26 (Bal:  $250)

-Writer's Block Author Fair Toledo, Oh

January Goals:

-Order Inventory (5 CR and 5 WHH, check; 10 Whispers, check)

-Order new bookshelf (for promotional)

-Send books to library Check; sent LOTR, FL, BA, and EL; will send CR and WHH when arrive (Check!)

-De-decorate Mom's room Check!

-Lose 5lbs

-Find desk Check!

January Reading Schedule:


The Grass Crown-Colleen McCullough Good!  Really enjoyed reading about the lives and interactions between the characters; skimmed over the 'war' parts.
California Gold-John Jakes
The Velvet Promise-Jude Deveraux I've not read this in probably 20 or so years; there were a lot of details I'd forgotten!  Also, I noticed the head-hopping I'd not noticed before; it did NOT bother me, but now I'd like to reread the other books in this series.  The one I remember best is Velvet Song.
The Third Heiress-Brenda Joyce Finally finished this book.  Too much angst and repetition at times, and even figured out the 'villain' before it was revealed.
Confessions of a Wild Child-Jackie Collins DRR!  Loved this glimpse into Lucky's teen years and read the whole thing in about an hour!  Now I want to reread the entire series....
Delusions of Grandma-Carrie Fisher Somewhat enjoyable; I kept falling asleep at times
Pulp Reality 2-Amy Hale, Brian Morris, et al Really enjoyed Amy's story, but the others really weren't my style.  Passing it off to my daughter and Teen, to see if they like it.
I Don't Belong Here-Jessica Wettig Hendrix Nice, easy read.
The Secret Sanctuary-TL Shively Good story; something I normally wouldn't read.  Left me hanging, so guess I'll have to get the next one!
Three Sisters, Three Queens-Phillipa Gregory Interesting!  Slightly confusing, with some of the same names, and Margaret of Scotland comes across very self-important/self-centered at times.  Lost track of how many times she is brought low, before regaining her title again.
Illyria-Armin Shimmerman DNF.....sorry; read the 1st two chapters and realized it really wasn't holding my attention.

The Duke and the Wallflower-Jessie Cleaver DRR!!  Loved this story!!!

Karaoke Songs:

 1/6-Stayed home; too cold!


That Was Yesterday-Foreigner Nailed it!
Say You Will-Foreigner Nailed it!
Ebony and Ivory-P.McCartney/S. Wonder DNH
Eye of the Tiger-Survivor Nailed it!
I Remember You-Skid Row Nailed it:)
Will have to re-sing the 1st three, since camera malfunctioned.  Think my memory card is full.

1/20:  Too cold to go out!
1/27:  Re-sang the above four songs

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