Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Coffee Talk: My Newsletter, Pronoun, and other Tidbits.


There's nothing like a good cup of coffee to get your day going. If you're new here, let me just say that every few weeks I have a kaffeeklatsch, or coffee klatsch. Kaffeeklatsch is German for coffee gossip, but it's more like a chat. Today is one of those days, so let's get this kaffeeklatsch going.


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Did you know that I have a newsletter, or that you can sign up for it right in the upper right-hand corner of this website? I put one out once every (approximately) three weeks. My newsletters are neat. I will give you a personal glimpse into my world; give you a closer look at some of my recent posts by sharing stories and pictures not shown on my website; or give you a taste of my work in progress. If you enjoy my postings here, you'll definitely want to sign up for my newsletter. It only takes a minute of your time! 


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I publish my work through Pronoun, a move I made earlier this year when I was over and done with Amazon's restrictive and unfriendly self-publishing platform. I was completely taken aback then yesterday when I received an email from Pronoun informing me that they are shutting down. Apparently their parent company Macmillan, can no longer support them in their current form, or any other form they've suggested. It's a kick in the gut, and, while I have until January of 2018, I'm understandably upset. I know they did the best they could, but now I have to find a new home (i.e. publisher) for my work. If you know of a good online publisher, comment below. I'm open to any suggestions and would appreciate them all.


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My road to health is still kicking along. The weather has grown colder, so walking back and forth to work isn't an option much at this point. I spent about a week not really getting any exercise and I could feel myself slipping into my old, unhealthy routine. Last week, then, I started doing cardio exercises. I load up 15 minutes cardio videos right here at home, and do them in my living room before I head out to work. I definitely burn more calories than walking, and my upper legs were killing me this weekend! 

I took The Teen out to an arboretum this weekend and took some photos of him for Senior Pictures. You all know that I'm an amateur photographer, and I've gotten really good at editing, so I thought I'd give it a go. I don't have all the equipment a pro would have, so we chose the day we did as it was supposed to be overcast all day. It was...until we got out to the place, then the sun started to shine! Go figure! We did the best we could anyway, and out of the many photos we took, I got a handful that turned out quite well.

I'm really starting to get a bit of cabin fever (already!). You all know how I love getting out in nature, and it hasn't been since our trip to Lake of the Ozarks that I've gotten out for a reset hike. I'm determined then, to get out there this weekend, especially now that we've set the clocks back and it's mostly dark when I get off work.


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Okay dear readers, that's it for this kaffeeklatsch. Have a good week, and I'll be back with a new post soon. Leave me a comment if you'd like, I'd love to hear from you!

-H.A.




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