New Things

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Busy Birdies

After this past year of epic chaos interestingness, I am happy to say that  I have learned a lot, and strangely, even the really unpleasant lessons are now showing me their value – retrospect is a fine thing indeed. Now, tempered to the strength of old boots, while hopefully not looking too much like one of them, I am happy to say that there is quite a lot of fabulousness to come over the next few weeks. Beginning with the epic launch in the next weeks of the beginning of her public life, Cynthia Reyes’ amazing Myrtle the Purple Turtle, closely followed by some unadulterated genius of science-fiction by the one and only Joelle LeGendre there is a lot coming up – all happy and wonderful beginnings from some very talented people.

I’ve made sure this time, that failing the actual end of the world (wasn’t that supposed to be today by the way? – ah well – maybe later – the day is still young) no internet or other problems will be tolerated. Calmness rules now….mostly…..ahem.

Zen Birdie
Zen Birdie

I haven’t been twiddling my thumbs while being mostly in internet darkness. I have found ways, which include zooming around the bush, swearing in ways that only writers can, in my car holding my laptop out of the window looking for signal, to ensure that the important things don’t get lost or undone because of internet devils ever again. I’ve mainly concentrated on work, such as illustrating, editing, proofing and so on over the past months, relegating my social media activity to the last place in the line – obviously focusing on making sure that I don’t let any of my authors down with the surreal things that have happened to try and knobble me – that red guy with the tail and fork kind of overplayed his hand though – it’s impossible for those kinds of problems to win when you’re looking at them and giggling hysterically – hah!

First up. Look out for Myrtle’s introduction here in the next day or two, where I will share the story of how she came to be, and the amazing woman who created her, together with her wonderful and inspiring family, and the honour and pleasure of being allowed to bring that gorgeous little turtle to life with illustration. I will tell all in Myrtle and Cynthia’s own post though – I’m just saying Hi Again to all of you lovely bloggers with this one. Hiiii there guys!!!

Myrtle the Purple Turtle

 

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35 thoughts on “New Things

    Charles Yallowitz said:
    September 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Hope the Internet holds, but good to hear you got a lot done. Nice cover.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Charles – it’s great to see you again! I’ve got backup now, so while it would be nice if it holds, I’m still going to stay online. Amazing really – the last “disconnection” was a one in a million ricochet gunshot – these things happen I suppose. I should start a show like that one with the weirdest ways to expire – using the weirdest ways ;to lose internet instead. Is all well with you?

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        September 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        Ricochet gunshot? That’s definitely a new reason to lose internet. At least to me. Things are going. Put out a new book last weekend, but it’s not doing as well as I’d hoped. Second to last volume of my fantasy series too. I’m hoping the finale in December goes off without a problem. I’ve got around 25 unique guest posts already, which is a good sign. Beyond that, I’m just limping along. This week was rather chaotic, so I haven’t even written my ‘goal post’ yet. Aiming to get that done this afternoon.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          September 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

          It was weird – he was letting off a shot just for noise to chase baboons away from the kitchen – I reckon it would take a barrel of sharpshooters to hit that cable once on purpose. I’m sorry I missed so much! Sign me up for the finale party – would not want to miss that! Do you reckon you’re going to feel odd with the series finished?

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            Charles Yallowitz said:
            September 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm

            Wow. Didn’t expect baboons in the story. It’ll be odd to finish. What topic would you want to write about? Trying to make a unique post for wax volunteer.

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    olganm said:
    September 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Good to see you around, Jo. I think the series you suggest would do well. Lovely cover! All the best.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Hello again my fabulous friend! Joelle’s Atto Run series is top drawer sci-fi and holding thumbs that Cynthia will write more Myrtle too. How is all with you? XXX

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    patriciaruthsusan said:
    September 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I hope your internet problems dwindle away, Jo. That’s a beautiful illustration. All the best to both you and Cynthia. 🙂 — Suzanne

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you Suzanne! It’s been an amazing project to work on – Cynthia is an awesome lady. I hope that life has been treating you well lately??? XXX

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        patriciaruthsusan said:
        September 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        Thanks, Jo. I’m doing okay. We lost my husband in February and I’m seriously thinking of moving back to the U.S. from here in India. It was sad but he was 86 and had been bedridden for several years after breaking his hip. He didn’t want an operation. I had a full-time caregiver for him who has stayed on to help me. Both my children are in the U.S. I now have the flat in my name so can sell it if I can find a buyer. It’s in a good location. I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. All the best. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    patriciaruthsusan said:
    September 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Jo tells us her latest news.

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    September 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    So good to see you here, Jo. I feel truly blessed to work with you. And I’m sorry about the internet darkness — how frustrating. But that image of you zooming around in the bush, swearing as only writers can, and holding your laptop out the window cracks me up! It’s worthy of a scene in a book or a movie.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      And you Cynthia! This is one VERY special book. I reckon I’ve scared away a lot of wildlife looking for signal – maybe it will make a good doodle! XXX

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    floridaborne said:
    September 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Happy to see that you’ve made it past the devilish obstacles and over the finish line of a more-than-bizarre marathon.

    Looking forward to several weeks of Jo time. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Me too! This lot wouldn’t make for believable fiction though – best too stick to much more believable aliens. XXX

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        floridaborne said:
        September 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm

        I used to subscribe to a blog but can’t remember the name of it now. However, I do remember his motto: Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense. 🙂

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    September 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    You do seem to live a quiet, peaceful and uneventful life (NOT) 😄😄😄
    You did a FANTASTIC job on Myrtle, Jo 👍👍👍👍👍
    Looking forward to seeing you online more often ❤️❤️❤️🦍

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    September 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Jo is BACK ON LINE 😱👍😃

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    angus48 said:
    September 23, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Angus48's Blog and commented:
    Jo-lot-of….awesomeness!

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    jenanita01 said:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.

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    Terri Webster Schrandt said:
    September 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Yay! Jo’s back! You are truly loyal to your clients and looks like you moved both Heaven and earth to take care of them in spite of El Diablo! Wow, what a ride! Looking forward to much more from you!

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    Jack Eason said:
    September 25, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    It’s always nice to hear from Jo 😉

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    Jemima Pett said:
    September 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    It’s great to have you back – but Myrtle the Turtle is absolutely gorgeous! ❤

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    S.K. Nicholls said:
    September 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    So glad to see you online. I have been off blogging, except for the rare occasion, for nearly a year…..has it been that long? Hoping to get back on track in the near future. Excited to see a purple turtle…my favorite color. 🙂

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    […] the independent publishing world, Jo is an author, editor, book designer and illustrator. I follow her blog so I’d seen this tiny photo of her […]

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    Gallivanta said:
    October 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Love the work you have done with Cynthia. Myrtle is a sweetie.

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    Carol Balawyder said:
    October 8, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Wow! Fantastic cover! .

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    literaryeyes said:
    October 8, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Mary Clark, Writer.

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    literaryeyes said:
    October 8, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Jo, I remember what we went through with my book Racing The Sun and surely do appreciate your perseverance and graciousness. I hope your internet connection remains strong as your personal connections. Great cover for Myrtle!

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    Sarina said:
    October 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    That’s a really awesome cover for a children’s book so cute. Maybe you can write us a post on your creative process.

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    amaranto es said:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    . com/2017/09/23/new-things/” rel=”nofollow”>Chris The Story reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Jo is BACK ON LINE 😱👍😃

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