A PSA, a Promise, and an Announcement

I have spent the last 10 11 days sicker than I have ever been. It started with what I thought was a cold, but which seemed to go straight to my lungs. I guess it was phenomena. I have never had any sort of lung aliment before. I never want to have one again. Given a choice, I would not want a lung ailment to be the way I go. In fact, I feel so strongly about this that I have a public service announcement on the subject.

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Tia’s PSA

Because I care.

If you smoke, find a way to quit.
Somehow.
You do not want a lung disease.
Trust me.

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So what did I do while I was sick? As little as possible. I tried to work, but my boss sent me home, and told me she expected I would be out the rest of the week. And I was. I read 2 Georgette Heyer novels, and another novel that I’ll tell you about in a minute. I played lots of Ultima 5, some Ultima 6, and a teeny bit of Ultima 7. I dreamed up plots. I watched the first 7 episodes of Once Upon a Time, a TV series, until the tangled plot started to boggle my oxygen-deprived mind. I surfed news. I hacked out mucus.

Sorry about that last tidbit. Just trying to drive home the point of my PSA. When you are not wheezing for air, you are hacking out mucus. When, of course, you have the strength to cough. Sleep? Maybe for a 2 hour stretch. What a horrible way to die this must be.

Subject change!

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Hot damn! I just wrote my first book review since May! Believe it or not, I really have missed blogging, and the online friends I have found here. Neither Twitter nor Facebook quite cut it for me (and that’s the subject of an upcoming post). I have decided to start with one post a week–surely I can manage that–on Sunday. If I have a second post–as I do for this week–that will be on Wednesday. I believe I tried to commit to a Sunday-Wednesday schedule before, so let’s just stick with Sunday for now, unless I get a wild hair. As I did this week.

I must be getting better.

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I will leave you with a blurb. The cover copy for my next fairy tale, that is! I snuck it onto the front page of my site a few days ago, when you weren’t looking.

BTW, the title is THE MAGIC MIRROR AND THE SEVENTH DWARF.

Prince Richard is cursed. He is enslaved to the magic mirror, and must truthfully answer the evil Queen when she uses the mirror to call on  him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people.

Gretchen has been teased all her life for being small. When she hears a tale of a hidden farm full of little people like her, she sets out to find it – and is welcomed by the mostly male inhabitants. One in particular, Lars, woos her with his gentle kindness and quiet strength.

But danger looms when Gretchen meets a runaway Princess and offers her shelter at the Little Farm. Wandering nearby, Richard instantly falls in love with the young beauty, and is compelled to tell the queen that she is NOT the fairest of them all. Enraged, the queen vows to find the Farm and destroy it.

If either Gretchen or Richard are to have any hope of a happy ending, they must team up to break the mirror’s spell before the Queen kills them all…

Personally, I loved it. So much better than my query letter!

7 thoughts on “A PSA, a Promise, and an Announcement”

  1. I’m so sorry that you’ve been sick. I’m glad your boss was kind enough to send you home.

    The new book sounds exciting. 🙂 I’m looking forward to it.

    I never actually told you how much I liked `Fairy Goddoctor.’ (And now I can’t give first impressions. Drat.) I love the interplay between the two brothers, and I enjoyed getting a larger scope on the world you’ve set up. The farm really does feel like a safehaven now, after the visit to the city.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for sharing that. Ty and Joel have been frightfully ignored ever since Carina Press notified me that they wanted my fairy tale. However I am mostly finished with “Prince of Hicksville”, in which Ty is given a good hard shove toward manhood.

  3. Sick bad. Smoking bad. Poor baby. Hope you’re feeling better now.

    And I love the blurb too! Looking forward to having you back.

    1. Thanks, Anne. The awful thing is I’m still recovering! I went to work today and my body thermostat is definitely on the fritz.

      1. Yes, getting better often takes a frustratingly long time. {sympathetic smile}

        I hope you’re taking advantage of the adjustability of layering until your internal thermostat settles down. I often struggle with that efven when I’m reasonably healthy. Being sick just makes it worse. {wry but sympathetic Smile}

        Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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