Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Stuff

Chiseled in Rock Tuesday

I've posted a piece at Chiseled in Rock blog on creating fictional characters using my own experience with The Desert Hedge Murders to illustrate my methods. The covers for the ebook versions of both Sylvia and Willie mysteries are there too, and the new author photo as well.

Thursday's Guest

My guest blogger this Thursday is Tim Northburg, who writes about what got him going in the first place and what keeps him working toward publication. Tim recently self-published the novel Otterocity! and the Otterocity! Field Guide to inspire and motivate others during rough times.

Walking the Cat

We don't let Katie Kitty go outside on her own, but we do take her out with her harness and leash...she loves it so much that it's hard to get her to come inside after thirty minutes or so. She likes to hunt, torture, and eat grasshoppers. She enjoys going into a stalking stance when she sees a bird. And she even gets a kick out of sprawling on the sidewalk and taking it easy.

I take a cup of coffee with me, and sometimes I set my lawn chair out in the hopes she'll spend a lot of time relaxing instead of prowling. Taking a little time out is a good thing.

Updating my Website

I've been having trouble accessing my website to make changes and I couldn't figure out what was wrong. It wasn't a big deal at first, but now that I'm ready to upload The Desert Hedge Murders as an e-book for Kindle and Nook, I really needed to solve the problem.

It turns out that Yahoo! SiteBuilder has some incompatibilities with the new Windows 7, and guess what my new desktop computer has. Yep, Windows 7.

I took my husband's old laptop with Vista and installed the latest version of Yahoo! SiteBuilder, and now I can save my changes without getting an error message. You can guess what project just moved to the top of my To Do List. Yep, it's time to spend a couple of days transferring photos to the laptop and making all the changes I need to bring the old website up to date.

What I'm Reading

If you saw yesterday's blog post, you know about my "rereading the classics" problems. I decided to go a totally different direction and read a fun piece of nonfiction loaned to me by a cat-loving friend. The book is My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris. It's about a dog lover who finally learned to love cats, which describes me as well. It's a lovely change of pace.

The Tuesday Question

Do you have a pet or pets? If so, tell us its name(s) and what you love most about this creature.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I love that 'photo of you and Katie outdoors. So fun! And I know just what you mean about incompatibility. I've had that sort of thing happen to me and it's so annoying isn't it? Looking forward to Tim's post on Thursday and in the meantime, off to check out your CIR post :-).

Oh, and about your Tuesday question? I'm proudly owned by two dogs. One is our part boxer/part we're not sure Indy. The other is our half basset/ half we have no idea Mr. Metoo. They're both terrific companions and they have this knack of making the most appealing facial expressions - especially when they've done something they shouldn't...

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the pic! :)

We bought the kids fish growing up - but that was pretty much one horrific disaster after another. With our schedules, we've never been home long enough to give a cat or dog enough attention.

Karen Walker said...

We have a Blue Heeler/Border collie mix named Buddy and he is the most loving dog I've ever known. Everybody loves him.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm just amazed you can walk your cat!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Margot and Karen -- My last dog was a pug named Buster. He would have loved a burglar to death if one invaded our house. I wouldn't mind having another one of those little characters, that's for sure.

Jemi, I went without a pet from 1985 until 2011 because of work and travel. I love having one again and am very tempted to add another kitten or a puppy to the mix.

Alex, to tell the truth, the cat walks me.

Lynn Proctor said...

i do not currently have a pet--but i have had many through the years--and i guess the best thing about them would have to be the warmth of their unconditional love :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Lynn -- I think that's even more true of dogs than cats. As much as I love my kitty, she does give me a hard time when I don't hop to on command. :D