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Just last week we finished hanging sheetrock on the living room walls and now we are taping and mudding. Bryan likes smooth walls, so I foresee a lot of sanding in our future. I prefer texture because it totally hides all the boo-boo's made. It's been a butt to hang the sheetrock over the lath and plaster walls. Bryan and I have really struggled with it. But it's almost over, thank goodness! The other half of the downstairs (the dining room) will be put on hold until spring. Mostly because there is a giant a/c unit under the window on the south wall that was put in the house, via cutting out a section of outside wall... yeah... It's super fun. So, because we don't rightly know what problems we may encounter with that future project, we decided to wait until the weather is warmer. We are hopeful that by Christmas, the living room walls will be completed and we can start laying flooring down. Slowly but surely, we're getting our house put in order. Still waiting on the plumber to come and finish the downstairs bathroom. The man is super busy but there's not much left to do on our bathroom.
THEN, just a few days ago we had a HUGE thunderstorm with tornadoes. That was interesting considering the day was super nice out and there was no suspected anything then BAM, thunderstorm with tornadoes. My kids and I evacuated to the Methodist Church since we have no basement while my husband was on patrol (he's a part-time cop for our small county). My kiddos were freaking out and wanting to move back to Oregon for the day lol. But of the possible 3 tornadoes in our area, they all dissipated, and we were fine and home within 2 hours. Never heard of tornadoes in December for Kansas. Usually, from my understanding, its a spring event. Either way, super thrilled it's all over, don't care to repeat lol.
A friend of mine persuaded me to put a book I have been working on, on the new Amazon platform called Vella. From my understanding, Vella works much in the same way as Webtoon or Manta Comics just without the pretty pictures. So, I decided to put Aiding Azlyn on Vella to see what happens. These chapters are unedited, as I just wanted to test this new platform and see how it works. I still don't understand it. And when asking for advice/help in the author community, most don't know how it works either LOL! It's all good though. Vella is a learning curve. Azlyn does have bi-weekly updates of new chapters every Sunday and Thursday. Chapter 3 just launched today.
Also for this month, I wrapped up the clean & sweet fantasy novella, Aiding Azlyn. I still haven't figured out a good blurb (description) to share on Amazon or with the rest of the world yet. Blurbs are a serious pain in the butt. I'm NOT good at them but I try. But the book is done and now waiting for my editor, Tiffany. Currently, Tiffany is still diligently working on Saving Home, the Sci-Fi Alien Prince RH. That final RH is on preorder for $.99 currently. Now that Azlyn is finished, I'm off and writing the second novella to this series Killing Karlyn. These novella's were books I started prior to the Castre series. My old Toshiba laptop crashed and I lost pretty much everything but the beginnings so now, I'm just going back in and writing it all fresh and new. I gave up trying to replicate what I was able to remember and am just going with what I think would be better. I'm just surprised I could replicate the map from memory. Phew, that's lucky talent haha.
I hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Holiday's, happy reading, and stay safe out there!