Life Lesson #1

Do not compare yourself and your success to others. It will just make you a bitter (and miserable) person.

You are you. You have your own talents and resources. If someone has more success at something than you do, do not wallow. They are them. They have their own talents and resources.

Work with what you got and…

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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Hodge Podge

Greetings!

This is going to be a random post, because my life is very random sometimes…or seemingly so. What follows is a hodge podge of things on my brain. Bear with.

  1. I have seen cover art for Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension, and it is GLORIOUS! Jenny is doing such a fabulous job. Squee! So excited here.
  2. Edits are pretty much done for the same book mentioned above. I want to go over it a least once more, just to be sure.
  3. In a Pickle (print) is formatted and ready to be proof-printed. I’m hoping to fix any issues with the cover, should it appear fuzzy (was told by CS that the image is low resolution. Oh boy. Not sure how to fix that.)
  4. I’ve picked up an old project I haven’t worked on for a few years.

Progress: it’s being made!

How are you all? It’s almost fall 😮 Hard to believe, yes, but true. I’m already starting to see Christmas stuff at some stores (Walmart and Kohl’s, in case you were curious.) Too early? Maybe. For some >evil grin< mwaahahaha! **hearts all things Christmas**

And with that confession, I’m off. Lots to do.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

In a Pickle: Print Cover Reveal

Later this year (November or December), I’ll be releasing the print version of In a Pickle on Amazon. The cover was not an easy decision. There were many cool designs, but in the end, I went with the practical (and the one I liked a lot):

 

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As I write this, the book is still in need of formatting (I’ve started; there are maybe seventy pages left to do.) Excitement!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

W-wait! Did You Hear Something?

…I think it came from the boiler room!

Okay, enough teasing/weirding around. The anthology my story’s in is available for pre-order from Amazon: Tales From the Boiler Room. That’s the e-book version. Print should be available soon as well 🙂

There are eight horror/weird fantasy/dark fantasy stories by different authors–all with touches of humor. Mine’s Dial E for Evil, and that’s all I’m saying!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Coming Soon: Cover Reveal!

On September first, I am going to reveal the cover art for the print version of In a Pickle…here on this blog 😀 Stay tuned for that!

Things going on right now:

  • The goblets novel (fantasy) still needs to be finished. I am close to 90,000 words…gotta keep movin’ ahead without looking back.
  • The Write Like You’re Alive 31/31 challenge is going okay as of Sunday (when I’m writing this.)
  • Waiting on edits and cover art for Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension

That’s all I can think of…for now.

Keep your pens on the page,
Beth

Announcement!

I don’t think I told the blogverse yet what my plans are. I announced it on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week, but…Okay, no more dawdling.

In a Pickle is going to come out in print! It will still be on sale in e-book via MuseItUp, but I will be self-publishing it on paper hopefully before the year is out. The print version will only be available from Amazon…and from me in person.

Anyway, there is other news as well, but I’ll save that for another time 😉

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Tea and Book Pairings

THE NIGHT CIRCUS could be paired with a caramel-flavored tea (perhaps Tazo’s vanilla caramel chai for a bit of a kick.) A good combination for a cool, crisp evening, both book and tea evoke a sense of richness and well-being.

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE would go nicely with a cuppa English breakfast. Both are a nice American/English crossover, and can be enjoyed no matter what side of the pond you’re on.

IN A PICKLE would go well with a cup of Red Velvet Chocolate tea by The Republic of Tea. The chocolate notes might make you want to reach for an Oreo or two (Charlie Pickle’s favorite cookie.) This beverage is caffeine-free, so it’s bedtime story-safe!

And, to top all this off…A poem:

AN ODE TO TEA

Taxes and facts all swirl ‘round my head.
The stuff in the morning, a drop before bed.
I swill it, I say it, I drink myself proud:
I am the tea-drinker. Tea’s what I’m about.
They have their fine blends, I blend not my own.
But to a mere snifter, I’d never say no.
To instants I shudder, to greens I give pause.
But to good old English brek, I can’t have enough.
Loose leaf is messy, so I am no staunch purist.
I drink some infusions, but black tea endureth.
There’s a brew for a cold, and a brew for a flu;
There’s one made for bloating, and PMS, too;
I’ve drunk some for temper, I’ve drunk some for blues;
I’d drink ‘em by the dozen, that much is true.
With a drop of white milk, and a heaping of sweet,
My cuppa tea is one you can’t beat.
I sip as I write this, a homage to the drink.
I’ll sum it all up, for the likes of those like me:
God save the Nectar of the Queen.
God bless this land, and let them drink tea!
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Next week on the Blog of Beth Overmyer: Look for an announcement!