Sunday, December 15, 2013

Where in the world am I?

Just a quick personal note...we arrived in Ecuador without fanfare or problems. We've barely settled into our temporary apartment and it looks like we'll be in our permanent home by next weekend. We bought a used stove, sectional sofa, coffee table and dining set in the last two days.

Today we visited our new home - it's HUGE! And there is a ton of LIGHT! And we will need a fan or two for the warmer weather like we're having now.

Tomorrow we take delivery of the refrigerator, TV & stand, dishes, microwave, canister vacuum and stove. Before the week is out we'll get the living and dining room furniture delivered.

Tuesday we get our Visas registered here, then we can start the cedula process.

So busy, busy, busy....promise to write more when I'm not so tired. LOL!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December book specials!!

I will be off CRUISING when these specials run, so I scheduled this post to let you know about them. Remember, e-books and paperbacks make great gifts for family and friends. I hope you will take advantage of these sales and spread the word!

Dec 6th to Dec 8thMy short story
"Lost and Found"
the pre-story for my romance novel
"Home Again"
is FREE at Amazon!!

Dec 8th to Dec 14th
My children's rhyming picture e-book
"What Do I Count"
is on sale for only $1.99 at Amazon.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#IWSG for December - Perfectionism

Since I'm off on a 7 day western Caribbean cruise, this post was written and scheduled to publish. Gotta love that capability!

So, another year is coming to a close soon and I think back over what I've accomplished as a writer.
  • Published in two anthologies
  • Published two children's books (one 8-12 short story, one 0-5 picture book)
  • Published the first two books in my Klondike Mystery series
  • Re-did my website/blog, moving it off WordPress and back to Blogger
In my personal life I have done a few more things.
  • Took a month for an exploratory visit to Cuenca, Ecuador 
  • Took a two month motorcycle trip, riding all of Route 66 (yes, on my own motorcycle)
  • Prepared for our impending move to Ecuador (we fly out of Miami on 12/12)
  • Took a great seven day cruise (I'm relaxing right now!)
  • Combined four of our personal blogs into one, Our Prime Years.
  • Started a new blog to document our Ecuador plans, Retired in Cuenca
All in all, a pretty good year. But as an insecure writer I always have to contend with one sometimes overwhelming personal trait. I'm a perfectionist. There, I said it out loud. I want to keep tweaking, perfecting everything and that takes time. I read a great article: 14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control. Yup, I can tick off a few of those boxes...

Then I read this article: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect and I know I need to work on changing this. I am actually MUCH better than I was at work before retirement so I know I can do it. I just need to find the time and keep reminding myself that perfection isn't my goal anymore.

What about you? Do you find perfectionism a troubling trait, robbing you of joy and happiness in your life or do you revel in the awsomeness of it?

Sunday, December 1, 2013


I'm off on a seven day cruise to the Western Caribbean....I hope to get a lot of reading and relaxing done. See you in a week!