Friday Freefrall, April 18, 2014

I had my eye procedure yesterday, and imagining that crazy saw thing in the post below was a good idea because the anesthesia process was unpleasant. I was able to see the needle coming toward my lower eyelid, and I was supposed to keep my eye open for this. Ha. The surgeon was excellent and the actual cutting was no big deal. I’m glad it’s over. Plus, I get to rock this bruised eye look all weekend.

I also managed to ride twice this week, and I had a real breakthrough with cantering. I have not felt fear for a while at this gait, but I haven’t been able to enjoy it either. I don’t know if that makes sense. I wasn’t afraid, but I wasn’t totally relaxed either. I was still in process. This week, I really had fun cantering and I think Darcy and I are on our way to the goal.

Here is a picture of Darcy getting her chow on. She’s really shedding out now.2014-04-16_15-52-49_167

Friday Freefrall, April 11, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, this blog is composed of random topics. I like being free to write whatever strikes my fancy, but in the past, I’ve tried to create some regular series. I’ve started features like Fraud Friday and Photo Friday, and I contemplated making a Friday Five post today. But then, I decided I’d never keep it up. I’m just too random.

So I hereby institute Friday Freefrall. Continue reading

10 Questions to Ask before Quitting Your Day Job

Publishing is a business; writing is an art.

Publishing is a business; writing is an art.

Many writers dream of giving up their day jobs and writing full time, but because of the highly variable nature of monthly book royalties, it can be difficult to judge when the time is right to go it alone.

As writers, we don’t have the benefit of a fixed monthly income. We can’t count on $X per month. In fact, we have no idea what our income may be from one month to the next, and this makes it impossible for us to budget on a month-to-month basis. Full-time writers must plan ahead, or they may find themselves scrounging their couch cushions for pennies during a lean time.

Here are ten questions that will help you decide when the time is right to pursue a career as a full-time writer: Continue reading

How to Get Automatic Updates on Kindle Books

UpdateOccasionally, publishers make corrections and improvements to their ebook offerings. Until recently, Kindle owners had to update books manually. Did you know that? Yeah, I didn’t know until a few months back.

But now, you can set your Kindle to update books automatically. Just log into your Amazon account and go to “Manage Your Kindle.” Then choose “Automatic Book Updates.” Then turn it on! Voila, every book will update automatically.