Lickety Split Summer

My summer has been a bit on the tame side this year so far. Money has been tight since my husband expanded his food service business. I have spent time helping fill in spots since he and my son have been taking turns getting the new kitchen up and running. (On the right is a personal planner with calendar I created for myself. I’m quite proud of it.)

In between our crazy busy schedule, I have taken time to make a couple of scrapbook albums (I create them from scratch, including the cover and binding) and have had two of my manuscripts edited to be sent out this fall to editors and agents. A third book I’m still working on with an eye toward self-publishing. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.

Splickety LogoMy biggest change this summer has been in becoming the Operations Manager of Splickety Publishing Group. Splickety is the leader in flash fiction stories, having three imprints under its umbrella: Splickety Prime, Havok, and Splickety Love. As expected, Splickety Love handles love stories, Havok is our Sci-Fi/Fantasy line, and Prime handles everything in between. It’s been great getting to know everyone there, and learning many new things.

If you don’t know what flash fiction is, I encourage you to visit our Lightning Blog here for a taste. Our current story, Loving Carter Scott by Whitney L. Schwartz is a sweet love story featuring something I am quite familiar with-the Iowa State Fair. If you like sweet love stories and carnivals, be sure to read it!

I don’t mind saying we have some pretty amazing authors, and even more awesome stories. Shameless plug ahead: if you like what you see on the blog, you can subscribe to any of the imprints you think you’d like on the subscribe page. You won’t regret it.

It seems like yesterday my son was getting out of school and looking forward to camp. Time flies by lickety split, if you know what I mean. I am looking forward to the end of summer, however, because Lorna and I are going on a cruise to Alaska. I’m sure we’ll return with many stories to tell.

Pinterest Junkie

Thumb TackThere’s no count down for me on my guilty pleasures. I’m completely hooked on Pinterest. It’s just that simple. It started so innocently, you see. Just a few pins here and there. Then there were people who actually liked my pins and pinned them to their boards. What a thrill of anonymous approval. Oh, and then people started following my boards. Squee!! They like me, they like me, they really, really like me.

Cue the record scratching sound effect. Okay, they like my pins. But, hey, it’s still a great feeling when someone else loves the same things you do. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit I’m Laura Frantz’s number one Pinterest pin stalker. She’s got amazing pins!!

Pin sharing adoration aside, I have found a whole new world through Pinterest. It’s not just a wasted past-time for me. My first big find was for a ‘home-made’ laundry soap to use since I am dye and fragrance sensitive. It really has saved me tons of money on laundry soap, and I can trust the ingredients. Find that wonderful recipe here.

I also found different ways to make stepping stones for the memory garden hubs and I planted this year. It did take me three tries to Psalms 119105find the method that worked, but I think they turned out great. The photo on the right was taken in July and I used PicMonkey to doll it up a bit.

My biggest find was a project I’m still working on (and is a total secret!) for Christmas gifts. Not only have I gotten hooked on Pinterest, I’m completely ga-ga over Kathy Orta’s scrapbook creations. Check Kathy’s website Paper Phenomenon out here, or look her up on You Tube where she has numerous step by step tutorials posted.

I must warn you though, it’s an expensive habit, scrapbooking. So, I turned to You Tube for tutorial videos on how to save money and make things like alcohol inks way cheaper than the more expensive professional brands. Thanks to You Tube I found out that Big Lots is one of the best places to find odd little scrapbooking accessories for a fraction of the cost elsewhere. It’s probably a good thing I don’t live in the city or I’d be broke.

Who else is a Pinterest Junkie?

Since we know most of our Inksper friends have reading on their list of guilty pleasures, we’re giving away a (gently used) copy of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores to one lucky reader this week, and a copy of Laura’s Love’s Awakening to another reader. Every time you leave a comment over the next two weeks, your name will be entered. The two winners will be chosen after midnight on Friday, Sept. 20 and posted on Saturday!