Hell of a Week (Excuse My French)

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Actually, it has been a fairly decent week, except for a technical computer problem. In addition, I’m trying to resolve some driveway issues for my conversion van. It scrapes every time I drive out of the driveway. The van is low and I have a steep incline at the end of the driveway. I went by the van dealership a couple of days ago. The service manager said putting bigger tires on the van would disturb the balance and effect the speedometer. He didn’t recommend it.

I’ve tried several times ever since I bought the van last November, to fix the problem. I’ve been told different things by different people. This guy on Thursday seemed genuine though. Anyway, my brother-in-law who is an auto parts supervisor, agrees that bigger tires wouldn’t help so much, so another solution – fixing the driveway. Taking up the asphalt and then concrete the driveway to a gradual incline to the road. Concrete is a lot cheaper than asphalt too.

I feel auto garages and shops think women know absolutely nothing about the mechanics of cars. Maybe some don’t, but I know some that do. I don’t know that much about mechanics, but I do know there is a problem. Have I been lied to? It makes one feel vulnerable or perhaps even stupid. The only thing I can do is report the dealership to BBB. I’m not a woman liberator or a feminist by any means; I just like thinking for myself. But I do admit, sometimes it is wise to get another opinion.

On the brighter side, I’ve finished publishing a book three weeks ago and starting to work on another one this week. It is a gradual process. I see what can be accomplished if you put your mind to it. I’m looking into different directions. I’m about to start a new introductory course on screenwriting. I will see how it works, the graphics and linguistics, to coordinate a script. Stephen King’s On Writing, advises that writers finish a script within 90 days. I predict the first script will be my worst.

There are some opportunities coming up. I will be selling my books at the spring festival at Roselawn in Cartersville on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th. In addition, I will be speaking to the Georgia Retired Teachers Association of Cobb County this summer. I am adding online advertisements on my books on Amazon and Ingram, in marketing my two latest books. It will be easier for the reader to click online and connect to my author website.  My website is also linked to my blog, as well as a webpage on Facebook and Twitter – please like my page. Any other ideas on social media marketing are highly appreciated. I’m not interest in telemarketers, but genuine marketers to help promote my books, even a literary agent.

Please have a good week everyone. Suppose to rain here in Atlanta tomorrow. We need it to wash all this pollen away. My van looks green. Whatever you do, make life an adventure and always strive to be happy. It’s the secret to a successful and healthy lifestyle. Many blessings to all.

 

 

 

 

 

Good things are coming!

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Things are going well. I not only tested negative for ovarian cancer last week, the birth of a new book has evolved. My taxes are done and my newest book just published. I was getting sick at looking at a lengthy manuscript. Chuckle. All my books are now available online and on my author website at http://www.annermurray.com.

After a much needed rest, I will start writing another sequel soon. I’m doing my research now and working on my prologue for the next book. I would like to make my last few books (including this sequel) into a series one day. That is wishful thinking, but I guess I’m optimistic.

In the meantime, I’m starting an introductory course on screenwriting. Gives me an idea of what I’m up against. It is in a different format and will take about three months to write a screenplay. The first one will probably be my worst yet, but hey, what do I know. I’m using Stephen King’s On Writing to help me reference my book into a script. He gives good advice as he has written over thirty books and produced several movies.

Everyone, have a good week. It has been cold and drizzly here. Dark clouds have formed with an overcast; it’s mostly very cloudy and windy. Hope your weather is faring better than here.

I welcome comments and feedback from others.

 

 

Newest Book Published

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Trail of Betrayal has been published and already available online at Amazon. It should be available on Barnes & Noble online very soon. Please go to the links below or the side widget to take a view of the book with one click.

Amazon’s website at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Trail+of+Betrayal

or my author’s website at http://www.annermurray.com  (Please allow 5-7 days for additional book – work in progress)

 

Passed Final Production Stage

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Trail of Betrayal passed the final production stage today. I just received an email from the publisher this afternoon. That means it goes to the printer next for setup and distribution. I should have a printed copy in my hand the week after next. Let’s hope so, anyway.

I’ve passed this step many times before with other books. I won’t pretend that writing a book is easy, but it does get easier with each additional book. I am one to talk; I don’t have enough patience with myself.

Final Approvals on Galley Today

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I sent final approvals on interior galley today. The next steps are the final quality assurance and final content evaluations and then on to the printer. It is a working step-by-step process. Once I know when the book is online, I will let you know. Spread the word!

Can’t Stand the Suspense

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I approved the cover(s) designs this week on my new book. Waiting on publisher to send back the galley with revisions and corrections. This is the final review before it goes to the printers. Once printed, the new book should be online (Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites) within two weeks. I am excited, as I can’t wait to see the final product. The suspense is killing me.

I believe it is my best book published yet. I’m tooting my own horn, but hey, if I can’t toot it, who can? It is a historical fictional novel on American history during colonial times. While some of the events and dates are true, the characters are fictitious. Focused on the lives and challenges of characters during the American Revolutionary War, the book reflects the optimism of the American culture.

The book is 424 pages in length. Makes a great gift for those that enjoy history. There are sketches, as well as references for historians and history bluffs alike. All copyrights belong to the author and writer of this book – no duplication please. Please click on link below to see designs, although this is just a preliminary illustration. 9781546232681_hrd – Hard Cover

New Book In Production

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My new book, Trail of Betrayal, is in the production stage. Please look for it soon at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. I will post to this website as soon as it’s published. The book is a sequel to Saga of the Ages.  If you enjoy mystery, suspense, thrill-seeking and action, combined with romance, you will love this book. Centered around the American Revolutionary War, it entails love of country, patriotism and family unity. Written for history lovers and historians. Artist of front cover design and sketches – Dannie Michelle Wright.

Front Cover Design - Trail of Betrayal

 

Raoul and Sallie - Sketch 2

 

 

Raoul and Beth - Sketch 1

Thankful for Blessings

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As I look back on 2017, for the first time in several years, I see accomplishment. Life has a way of unfolding nicely and smoothly for us. It isn’t always a smooth ride. There are twists and turns and bumps along the way. They can hinder our journey through life and block our path to well-being. How we react and cope with these “ups and downs” in life is part of the process. A negative attitude produces a negative effect, whereas a positive attitude produces a positive effect.

I found this year to have many good and unexpected events. My niece and her husband had their first child (a boy) this past July. My nephew and his wife moved out of state very recently to settle into their new home. Other family members have had some successes and accomplishments this year. There are some failures, of course, but they are few and far between.

On the lighter side, I have written my tenth book this fall. I just need motivation to publish it this busy season. In addition, I purchased a new van last month for my new power chair. It took me six months to a year to get approved for a chair. It taught me a valuable lesson – to be persistent. You are your best advocate.

This year has proven to be successful in finding new and alternative medical treatments. After six and a half years of continual infusions, I feel progress has been made. Last week, I started a trial study on an experimental oral drug. Today I was approved assistance for Rituxan, an intravenous treatment that will be given every three months to replace monthly infusions. It is used to treat chronic autoimmune disorders and certain blood cancers/disorders.

I stopped walking normally over seven years ago, after first being diagnosed with cervical spondylosis with spinal compression. I had myelopathy in my hands, particularly in my left hand. It now affects both hands. It was soon discovered the same year that I had breast cancer. Several months later, I was diagnosed with LEMS, an autoimmune disorder. It left weakness in limbs and joints globally and affected my mobility. I struggled for years trying to find a new method, a new treatment and a better quality of life.

While at Emory yesterday, my doctor ordered a new MRI of my brain. It has been seven years since my last one. My hands shake more and the tremors seem to be getting a little worse. The nerve tissue that was damaged seems to be permanent, yet I am hopeful it is not worsening. I still am optimistic and positive. Hopefully, the tests will show no brain lesions or further progression of the disease.

On that note, I am wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. May this be a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Spend time with your family and significant others. Get out and enjoy this time of the year. You will soon discover that it is a beautiful world out there, just waiting for you.

 

Medical Study on LEMS

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I just got back from Augusta this afternoon. I started the new oral drug administration today. The doctor has started me on low dosages of Firdapse 10 mg tablets, increased in 45 minute increments. I am up to 45 mg. I am starting on 15 mg 3 times a day. However, because I am putting something new into my body, I am cutting pills into half to administer.

The research team will continue to monitor the drug, even from home. If it does what it is suppose to do, it will open up the calcium blockers surrounding the myelin sheaths. It works with the weakness of the disease itself. Hopefully, my energy level will continue to increase over time.

I feel privileged to be able to participate in this study. There were other health conditions involved. The drug has been FDA approved in Europe already. This study will help pave the way for FDA approval in the United States. It took several months of actually getting on the drug, but I feel fortunate, just the same.

I already feel a slight change in energy levels. I think this has been the answer to prayers for nearly seven years. God works in mysterious ways. If it can give me a better quality of life, than that is what I desire. If more, than I am definitely blessed. Who knows, I may be jogging around the block soon. Chuckle.

Anyway, thanks for all the prayers and encouragement. Please keep sending them. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas. May 2018 be the very best year yet in every way.

A Puzzling Day – Makes You Wonder

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It has been a frustrating day. Not so much for myself, but for others. I find people highly stressed, given a small task. It must be in the water. Chuckle. I can only image people have their own problems in their own lives. Whatever the trouble is, it must consume them on a daily basis. Dealing with those close seem to be the worst. When I ask a favor, they give you lots of excuses not to do it. Yet, when they want a favor, they expect it done. Humph!

I’ve learned a great lesson this week.  Don’t ask for help unless someone volunteers it. There are some people very sweet and compliant. I’m not talking about those people. I’m talking about those that make you feel guilty by asking them a favor. I just wanted to express my opinion; it is my opinion only. I guess I complain too much. I will be thankful for what I have. I am really blessed!