Annnnnnd….I’m Back!

Well, okay, I’m sort of back. I can’t believe the last time I posted here was back in the early part of November. Yeesh. I knew it had been a while, but a month and a half?

So, yeah. I’m sorry about that. I know my legions of content-starved Tory followers are probably mad, and I’ll try to make it up for you as best I can. Let’s see, what have I got?

Oh, well, I have a tentative release date now for Locked in Stone! Mind, it’s tentative, and I hopefully will get a more firm answer once my editor takes a look at the third (and without a doubt the most incredibly painful) round of edits thus far. Seriously – this round hurt more than when I had to rewrite the book (the first time voluntarily, before I signed the contract OR the second time, which was the first round of edits on the book). But I got it in to her last night, so whew.

Prospective release date: February 23, 2015 (last Monday in February).

I do not have a cover yet to share. My hope is that I’ll have that SOMEtime in early-to-mid January, given editor’s explanation that they like to keep the cover from everyone (including the author) until about 6 weeks before release. So, I still have no clue what it’s going to look like and that’s definitely terrifying. This is my first Entangled Cover and my first gargoyle book cover…and I REALLY wanna know what they’ve got in mind.

But, enough of book nerves/grumbling.

On Family

We had Christmas. Of course we had Christmas – we’re (supposedly) Christians and we also buy into a lot of the consumerism of the season. I got a new laptop, on which this post is being written and I’m madly in love with it. Hubby got a TV he’d been champing at the bit to get for a long time. And then there were the toys. Lots and lots of toys.

If you follow me on Facebook you may or may not have seen my Christmas Eve tirade against Wal-Mart and Amazon, who BOTH managed to screw up the main presents for the kids. My boy was getting a lightsaber from Star Wars Rebels (picture below) and I’d bought what was billed as a set of dolls from Frozen, the Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa (picture not below).

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Wal-Mart sent me an email on the 23rd saying the package had been delayed and might not be delivered in time. Um, not cool. I was wrapping packages on the 23rd (rather than my intended night of the 24th after the kids were at daycare for a few hours) and discovered that while I had ordered AND paid for a set of Anna/Elsa dolls…I only got Elsa. Totally even less cool than the light saber mess with Wal-Mart. Thank GOD I was wrapping a day earlier than I’d planned. I can only imagine the panic that would have ensured if I’d discovered the screw up after the stores started closing. Luckily, hubby works not far from Toys-R-Us and our main present situation was fixable. I had very few charitable words for either company. I hadn’t checked the Amazon boxes I’d gotten because I had never EVER had a problem with it before – I won’t make that mistake again.

Blondie and Pixie enjoyed everything they got, but of course the winning toy ended up not being one we got, but rather one my boss got them – a shopping cart with fake groceries. Below is a picture I was TRYING to take of Pixie…that Blondie decided to photo-bomb.

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And then there’s the other one, who’s nickname this morning will not be shared other than it includes the words “demon” and “hell”. Speaking of the Pixie…she burst out multiple times last night with the F-bomb. OMG, I nearly fell over laughing so hard because she just kept saying it. Apparently I need to rein in my temper/language a little bit more. Ooops.

The Bastard Company (a/k/a Dish Network)

Y’all know I bought a newly built home in April. We called Dish because we wanted to add a TV in our bedroom. Not only did the customer service rep who entered the order enter it wrong, the tech who showed up didn’t bother finishing the job and left THREE HOLES in our bedroom wall, along with cords hanging out of the cable box outside. He didn’t bother using his own tools (like a ladder), but rather used ours. He said he couldn’t finish it (after multiple smoke breaks AND just vanishing for 2 hours mid-job) and left without bothering to set up a return time OR even give us his # to follow-up with him.

Lets just say DISH got a nasty call from us. Supposedly, my situation (because of the holes in the wall) got me upgraded and forwarded to corporate. I spoke with someone in the “office of the president” – yeah, right, like I actually believe that – who said I would be contacted by a claims manager within two days. TWO FREAKING DAYS!!! Are you kidding me? They damaged my home. And lest ye doubt me, here is photographic evidence of the crap they did to my home.:

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Yes – the wall holes aren’t enormous, but I don’t give a rat’s backside. There was absolutely NO reason to cut THREE holes in my wall. I don’t CARE that he said he could cover them with a plate. They shouldn’t NEED to be covered.

So, yeah, I’m pissed and letting the world know how unhappy I am. The CSR I talked with today, as part of his resolving the situation – oooo, he deleted the $10 installation fee (ummm, yay?), and gave us three months of free Blockbuster (which he admits they’re getting rid of in 2015 – yay again, maybe?).

Should this situation have a good resolution, I will of course share that as gleefully as I am pissily sharing my ire.

Conclusion

So that’s me, that’s my life in a nutshell ATM. How about you? How was your Christmas? Got any New Year’s plans?