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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


Monday, August 4, 2014

I'm not sure how often I will post here now.  I've just gotten a new job and don't know how busy I will be.  I'm going to be working at Family Dollar and I start on Wednesday for training.  I'm so excited.  I was so excited to find out I got the job last week.

It's going to be a whole new thing  And I'm sure it will be fun.  I'm already thinking of little things I can eat on my break.  I went out and bought a bunch of oatmeal bars for break time. Dug up my little lunchbox for small stuff.

I will have to start seeing my kids on my days off and I'm thinking about starting to date again too.  I will take that one slow.  I will enjoy coffee dates and pizza dates.

And I've been sewing.  I will still have time to do my hobbies and write when I can get a chance.  I hit another writers block a few weeks ago after I got the story caught up with all the things I wanted to get into the second book.  Now I have to think about where the story is headed next.

Not too much else right now.  I'm cutting more circles for those yo yo's.  One daughter's blanket is done.  She just wanted it doll size.  The other daughter wants her's bigger.  And I may just have to make one for me that is larger.  I've got enough circles to make several I'm sure.

jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted August 4, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I got up to 116 pages into the second book of my trilogy.  I will see how I do writing this weekend.  It felt good to get those pages in.  It kind of got some of the things written I hadn't done in the first book.  Things I didn't want to reveal in the first book start to come out in the second one.

I'm not sure how the second book is going to play out yet.  I've got to think of new things that will have to wait to play out in book three.  I'm thinking I will kill someone off in book two but am not sure who yet.

I've got to decide who it will be.  There's a bad character that it could be but I don't know if I want her to linger into book three.  It may be too soon to kill her off.

My son had his birthday yesterday and it was nice.  He seemed kind of overwhelmed and didn't know what to think.  He is the one with Downs and his birthday has always been a small one.  Maybe felt it was weird celebrating his day.  He kept saying weird after.  I will see him this afternoon and see how he is doing today.

He will probably be wearing one of his new shirts.  He got a baseball shirt for the Vermont Baseball team.  He loves the mascot, Champ.

We had carrot cake.  I got some cool pictures.

Jennifer Fay
Copyrighted July 24, 2014