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Monday, March 23, 2015

New Beginnings

Don't you love it when there are new beginnings?  For me, that new beginning is a new job that I am starting tomorrow.  I'm going to be working at a Simon's convenience store in their deli section.  I'm a little nervous but come tomorrow morning, I am going to wake up and go.

I've got my alarm set for 6:45am and will probably sleep a few extra minutes.  Then, will get up and have my ritual of eggs and orange juice.  I tend to lately have eggs every morning.  My doctor said she's got no problem with me eating eggs.  It's probably the chips that have to go!!!  Ha ha.  Too bad I'm addicted to kettle chips.  Salt and vinegar are too damn addicting.

Then, I will head down towards the new job.  I will be commuting to it as it's closer to where my kids live.  Which is now that I am thinking of also moving closer to my kids and the new job.  Even if the new job doesn't end up working out, it would be nice to be closer to my kids.  Ease up on the gas to get there.  Seems like I'm going twenty four miles each way to get down to them.  And will be the same for the job..  But it will be a full time job so I don't care.

A few weeks ago, I created an author page on FB and already I'm up to over seven hundred likes.  Pretty cool.  Of course, you have to update your page often in order for them all to see you.  And then, does it gain more sales?  I don't know.  But it's fun to do.

Now that I have a new job, I will be cutting back the hours spent at the local library.  I think it will just be Mondays when I am there before heading over to see my kids.  Which means today, I have a lovely Subway sandwich.  Yum.

My oldest is camping in the North Cascades a little near Seattle, Washington.  He comes back on Wednesday and so far has been out of range with his phone.

By the time I text him, I will have worked two days at the new job.

I can hardly wait to start.  It's been the waiting not knowing what to expect that's been killing me.  I just want to know what I'm supposed to be doing.  I guess I will find out soon enough.  I've got today to kill time and then tomorrow it will start.  I will be working Tuesday through Sat nine to five.  I'm very excited and plan to do the best that I can and hope that they will keep me.  If not, I cannot help that if I've done my best.  Given it my all.

The girls and I went to see Cinderella yesterday.  We were going to see Insurgent and the girls changed their minds.  I'm telling you, that popcorn is expensive.  Couldn't believe for a small it was over five dollars.  My sister asked me if I had to take a loan out on the popcorn. ha ha.

It was a cute movie and I thought Cate Blanchett did a good job of being the wicked step-mother.  And it did follow Cinderella to a tee.  Helena Bonham Carter played a good fairy godmother.

After the movie, I brought the girls to McDonald's to get french fries for Jake seeing as he didn't go to the movie.  I got him a medium and was almost disappointed when my ex's girlfriend was going to make Jake not eat all the fries at once.  Thank god he got to have them all.  Kind of made me mad as it was his treat from me.

There's some strict food rules at the Fay household.  The kids kind of have to obey his girlfriend and follow the rules.  Very strict.  Some of it is good of course, gives them structure.

I'm up to 180 pages in my vampire novel.  If I feel like it, I will type up the next chapter later today.  I'm thinking that on my break, I will either have a book to read a few pages or some paper to write a page to a chapter.  I know I will have some extra time to kill after eating my tunafish sandwich.

And, I bet I will be eating some of their grinders or pizza too.  I'm probably not going to want tunafish every day.  I got some potted ham yesterday to make some ham sandwiches too.  I like to add a little bit of hot dog relish to it.  Yum.  And I just got thinking, I shall bring some kale.  My Dad has been saying we should change my middle name to Kale.  Funny.

At least that should boost my iron.  Plus I've heard it's very good for your eyesight.  Queen of greens.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted March 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fresh Post

I made myself come back to write.  It's been a while since I have posted on my blog.  Sorry.  I guess life and other things tend to get in the way.  Not to mention a damn webroot popup that keeps popping up on my screen.  It's expired and keeps popping up as a reminder to renew.  Pain in the neck as it constantly pops up and creates an annoying problem for me.

I was scrolling down Facebook the other day and found this advertisement for BoostInsider.  Bloggers to earn money.  Was going to try it out.  I signed up and today scrolled down through the four campaigns I was given to potentially earn some money at.  Wasn't thrilled with the choices and I don't think I can find myself able to write about them on my blog.  Like some sort of video games?  What could I possibly write about video games I know nothing about?  Just don't know if I will like the site.  I may try one if it seems like it's going to fit.  But none of them seemed to jump out at me.

Oh well.  I've been writing a lot.  I published The Dolls on Amazon about three weeks ago and sold a few copies.  I also had it available for a free book promotion.  Right now I have a few of my poetry books available for free book promotion.  It goes on for about five days.

I also published Lustful Evangelean, my first romance novel I wrote.  It was available for free for a limited time and got close to seventy people getting it.  My knitting book got over 300 people getting it on the free book promotion.  That's a good way to build an audience.

I'm currently working on my vampire novel, Lolita Lob it Off.  I'm 111 pages into it and kind of got stuck for a little bit.  I'm working towards getting out of the writer's block rut.  While this happens, I tend to end up reading other people's books for the weekend.  And I write during the week.

It was maddening yesterday.  I couldn't get into my Kindle.  It's either broken or it has too many books in it and it won't let me in.  Luckily I've got all my books available on my PC as well and will read them that way.  It will be a little bulkier than the kindle which is a little bit of a nuisance but it will be okay.  At least I can still read the books I paid for and the freebie ones.

That's probably what happened.  I was downloading a whole lot of the freebie kindle books and I bet it took up a lot of my memory.  Oh well.  Maddening.

It's going to be a plus though as I will have my pc on hand more often and if I feel the urge, I can exit the book I'm reading and go do some writing on the book.

It took me three days last week to write a smut scene.  Just wasn't into writing.  I guess it happens to everyone.  Nobody is immune from writer's block.

I've been visiting my kids a lot.  They have a new rule they can't eat or drink in the living room.  Made me sort of mad and I will still drink my coffee in there.  There's something about curling up on their couch with my warm coffee that's comforting.  But we make sure we don't eat anything in there.  Although there is the occasional slip up.  Julia likes to bring something in to eat once in a while and I'm not one to force her into another room.  I know she is careful.

They also have to have time away from their laptops which is a good thing.  We have a certain time when we set down the laptops and we play a board game.  So far it's different versions of Monopoly.  Julia won this last time.  She got the expensive properties, put four houses on them and I landed on her two times.  $1700 ouch!!!

Still without a job.  I'm looking and I was able to have two to three interviews but nothing yet.  Thank god for my alimony.

I've got a plan to move to Maine in five years to be with my dad and save on rent.  I should be able to collect disability at that time when the alimony is up.  And my kids will all be in college at that time.  I have got to come up with a back up plan in case my dad is not alive at that point.  But the way I see it is I would be able to help him stay in his home longer.  And may become his caregiver at that point.  The hardest part would not being able to see my kids as much, but then they would be older and on their own so I may not see them as much anyway.  I worry too much about things.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted February 25, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  It's here in just a few days.  I'm going to spend the day with my kids.  It should be fun.  It is a fun time of year.  My kids had an early Christmas with their grandparents yesterday.  So today Jake has been eating mashed potato and ham leftovers.  And he breaked for eating some cookies with the chocolate kisses.  He ate them all and was going to go for the raspberry ones that aren't gluten free.

Devil.  I enjoyed a morning visiting with a friend I hadn't seen in a while.  It was fun to sit and talk with her over a cup of coffee.

I've been excited this month to see an increase in my book sales.  I've sold six books this month which is the most I've ever sold in a month.  It's not a ton of money of course but still it's exciting to see my books selling a little bit.  I've sold several of my poetry books, a cookbook and was excited to see the first sale of The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy.

By which I should get back to writing more to the second book.  I had pumped the second book up to 140 pages roughly over the summer and stopped.  Over the last few months I've been pumping out the poetry books to publish.  Seems like I can publish them quicker.

I only go to about 70 pages a poem a page with a photograph and then when it's ready, I publish.  I've got about 7 poetry books published now.  Thirteen books total published with Kindle Direct Publishing.

It's the one thing I have control over.  I can publish as much as I want.  I can't control it if I can't find a new job.  There's just not much out there.  I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to do in six years when my alimony stops and if I don't have a job by then.  I at that point can qualify for disability benefits and am thinking I may move to Maine to live with my Dad and help him as he gets older.

I'm a worrier.  The worst thing that could happen is I become homeless, but my family say that's not an option.  I feel comforted that I could stay with my Dad and help out.  I've been weeding out things I don't need which feels great.

I hated to part with some of my kids baby toys and their children's books but it was time to let go of that stuff.  A neighbor took it and it's going to kids who don't have much.  I kept a few of their favorite toys like a wooden rattle and a musical clock and a pair of baby booties.

I took pictures of the baby booties with some silk flowers and a stuffed animal bear in a shadow box.  It's going to go into my poetry book along with one of the poems.  I've been taking lots of photographs to go with the poems.

I also parted with some of my barbies I had collected.  I've kept my favorites in case I ever draw them.  I have a few reproductions of the fifties barbies, a Tammy doll (after Sandra Dee), Princess Leia, Rose from Titanic, and of course one of Bella Swan.  I will never part with the Bella Swan doll.

And I love my Ellowyne Wilde doll I have left.  Even if I was ever to become homeless I would carry those two dolls with me and BunBun.  I don't think I will have to worry about that though.

I wrote a few poems about that.  One night a week ago I couldn't sleep and was thinking of my options in six years.  I had forgotten to take my medicine and couldn't sleep.  Some of it is supposed to help me sleep.  So I was up and got writing.  I got writing one as I was looking at my picture of Christina.  The one that Andrew Wyeth painted of her out in the field looking at the home.

And I got myself some lemon zinger tea.  So at 2am or 3am I was writing some poems.

I wrote a few yesterday, but also made myself knit.  I hadn't knitted in a while.  I've been writing the poems.  I've had some days when I've written about 35 or more poems and then I get a day where I don't write much.

I hand write them first in a notebook and then type them out.  I got putting some flowers on my handwriting for some pictures.  I've been treating myself to roses this month and last month.  Now they are all dried.  They make awesome covers for the poetry books.

I was taking some pictures of the flowers in the grocery store but got reprimanded for taking pictures so can't do that anymore.  Darn it, I'm forced to buy them.  The girl wanted me to delete them but I didn't.  Told a lie and said I would delete them.  I'm sure she knew I wouldn't.

My feeling was hey, I'm buying something in the grocery store but they didn't want me taking pictures.  Oh well.

I treated myself to go see Mockingjay and The Hobbit this weekend.  Both were good movies.  I still think I liked Lord of the Rings better and I didn't like this Hunger Games as much as the first two.  I will go see the last one next year.

I know I will be seeing the new Star Wars movie next Christmas!  And I've been hearing rumors there is to be Midnight Sun next year, the new Twilight movie.

That will remain to be seen.  I've heard they've been filming it.  It's supposed to be more about Jacob and Renesmee.  Although, there still is no Midnight Sun book from Stephanie Meyer.  Last I knew she had been writing it a few years ago and her first draft leaked out and she stopped writing it.  I'm still waiting to see what new book she comes out with.

I recently paid to read some Twilight stories from other writers.  They must give Stephanie some of the proceeds from those sales.  Seeing as they are based on her books.  One of the books is a parody and the other is Nessie's story.  I've been reading it and it's okay.

I purchased the Twilight books on my Kindle for PC as I want to read them again.  And last night I treated myself to watching the first Twilight movie again.  Tonight's movie?  New Moon!!!!!

Yesterday, I found myself knitting up a few doll clothes.  I made a skirt for one doll and a shawl or two for another one.  Seeing as I don't have many kid toys left, at least I will have some barbies, dolls and doll clothing.  Someday I will have grandchildren.  It's just in the far off distance for now.

I should dig up my baby books of the kids with their footprints in it.  They could go in some photos for the poems.  Maybe that would call for some more store bought roses.

I think I am done weeding out my apt for a while.  Someone got a lovely wooden bench and a nice comforter.  Seeing as the baby toys were out of it, I decided to lug it outside my apt and I knew it would be gone when I got back from the kids house.

Someone's going to love my vanity someday.  It will go to my kids first and if they don't want it, someone in my building will take it.  It's a gorgeous antique and I know I won't be bringing furniture with me to my Dad's.  Just my clothing and the things I use.  He would probably get a kick out of my mannequins.  Ha ha.  I will make sure I bring the things I photograph.  I've written some poems about the mannequins.

Well, I will part for now.  I've got some poems to type up into the next poetry book.  I think I left it at 27 pages so it's got a little way to go before I can get it ready to publish.  Maybe within a week I can have this one ready to publish.  Of course I haven't even put my photos in yet.  That takes a little time to figure out where to put them.

I should photograph all my drawings sometime soon too so I can start adding them to some of the poetry books.

Another thing I should be thinking of is finishing my other books, the second book to the trilogy and some of the other novels I started.  I should just make myself.  I hate it though when I get a little bit of writer's block.  I start to think I've got nothing to write about.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted December 22, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving yesterday.  I did but it ended up not very fun.  I had been dating someone for roughly a month, he moved in and I kicked him out then I gave him one more chance.  He lost that chance last night and I kicked him out this morning.  He had decided to go out drinking and I told him if he started drinking again, I would kick him out.  Very short lived and he started drinking immediately.

I couldn't deal with an alcoholic and someone questioning the relationship all the time so for both reasons, he got kicked out for good today.  I got sick and tired of him.  Got sick and tired of him reading me all wrong.  Very poor perception.

And he started lying to me.  I had discovered a missing wine glass and asked him about it.  At first he didn't know anything about it.  Then he admitted he broke it and then later on he said he left it in the snow.  Very unpredictable.

Anyway, today is better that he's out of my life.

I was excited recently that I sold three to four of my books with Kindle.  That was cool to see.  I've got some Countdown promotions going for all the books and was able to sell two of the cookbooks.

I've been writing lots of poetry and pumping out the poetry books.  I sold two of my poetry books shortly after publishing them.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted November 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I went to work today and got bad news that I lost my job, so now it's back to the grind of looking for a new job.  I was bummed and decided to get some comfort food today.  Including a brownie mix that i made at the kids house.

I may just take a little time for me.  Not a long time, but just time to catch a break and do a few things.  Knit and write.  I've got to do some more writing.

Good news was that recently I sold two of my knitting patterns on Etsy and over the last few days I sold two books on Kindle.  That one was really cool to see.  I had first sold Knitted Coffee Cozies earlier and told my sister n law.  She said she would download it.

Today I went to look and see if my sister n law bought the same book and saw another book was purchased by someone else.  It wasn't the knitting book that my sister n law said she would download.  I sold The Craft of Writing.

That was cool.  That means that both times the books sold, it was getting a little advertisement.  Like people who bought this book bought these titles as well.  I'm not sure how long it gets advertised for but I'm sure it gets a little exposure.

I should go back to the second book of the trilogy.  I left it at 127 pages and got writer's block.  Kind of needed to pick up where I left off and figure out what should happen next.

Anyway, I will start to apply to more jobs but just need some time.

And maybe time to watch some movies.  Including Twilight saga.  Not that I've seen that one enough but I can never get enough of Twilight.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted October 23, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall is here

It's hard to believe that fall is here.  Seemed like we only had a short summer.  Oh well.  I just came back earlier this week from a much needed trip to Maine to visit family.  My nieces and nephew had a fun birthday party.

We hiked a small mountain, Bradbury Park on Saturday and later enjoyed chinese takeout.  It had a steep incline and I wasn't used to hiking.  I haven't been in years.  But anyhoot, it was a very short hike up.  Like I said, a small mountain.  Our walk back was easier as it was basically a walking trail.

I haven't been writing on this blog as much now that I have my job, but I will try to write at it once in a while.

My kids have started school and my oldest has moved into the dorms out in Washington state.  He's been out there for a little over a week and has already found his way around and has a big new friend group in the dorms.  He's loving it and doesn't miss Vermont.  Sad.  I miss him.  He misses us too of course but is having too much fun being on his own.

I may have to make a trip out there sometime when I can save up some money for a plane trip.  Not sure when but I think I ought to do it sometime.

I've been knitting more.  I finished one skirt and am starting another one.  The one I am doing now will take longer to do as it's on tiny needles and the yarn is sport weight.  It's a pink and camel striped one.

I had fun following my kids and my ex back from Maine.  Of course we took different exits at the end and I had to keep going to mine.

I've got a sore back now as one of my daughters jumped on my back yesterday.  It surprised me.

I'm liking my new job and have been there for well over a month.  We had a fellow worker decide to quit on us and he didn't give any notice.  But I'm hoping I get some of his hours next week.  That would be cool.

It's nice here today and am not looking forward to winter. Not fun to look forward to.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted September 24, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm enjoying my new job.  I've been there just about four weeks now.  I probably am an old pro at the majority of it now.  I am still learning where everything goes.

The thing we have to watch out for is for people stealing from the store.  Why do people do this is beyond me and I think it is sad that they feel they need to steal.

It's a hot spot for stealing and we have security on so many things.  I never knew until I started working here that things like razors and tide have to be security tagged.  I've only been here for a little bit and already have caught a kid stealing men's cologne and several women who have walked out with something in their purse.

We can't check their purse of course but we can tell them that they are not welcome back in the store.  Really sad that people resort to illegal ways of obtaining something they want or need when most people use their honesty and decency to pay with their hard earned cash.

Anyway, liking the new job and I will try to post on my blog as I can find the time.

I've been spending these last few days with my oldest child before he heads off to Washington state for college next week.  It's going to be hard not missing him once he is out there.  It will also be a big change for his sisters and brother not having him around as much.

But he is excited to go out west and be on his own.

I've been doing some Christmas shopping!  I'm hoping to make a trip to Maine next month for my neices and nephew's birthday party and their Christmas stuff will be dropped off at that point.

I've been doing a bit of knitting.  I finished a yellow scarf for Julia and am working on a red and black skirt for me and a dishcloth.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted August 27, 2014