Thursday, August 30, 2012

Focus, Focus, Focus...

Like many of you, I have stuff to do. Every day.

I also know many of you feel like there just aren't enough hours in a day and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you're all working really hard to make the hours you have count.

I wish I could say the same but, for whatever reason, I have the attention span of a six month old. Thankfully, I can say this hasn't been a long term affliction but it is a recent one. I can not focus to save my life right now.

Actually, I know the reason. Ever since I published my book, I feel this unbelievable urge to check Amazon, Smashwords and Facebook every fifteen minutes to check my stats and, let me tell you, it really cuts into my day. If my stats are high, I get so excited I break out into an impromptu dance party. If my stats are low, I curl up on my bed and suck my thumb.

If my stats haven't moved, I sit on the couch and wonder what's wrong with me or my book or any number of things that are out of my control. My buddy (who ever after shall be referred to as C.C.) has told me I should limit my stat watching to once a week.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on there. Shouldn't we start slow and easy. I know some people think you should just rip the band-aid off all at once. I am not one of those people. I believe we should just keep the band-aid on until it desintigrates on it's own. Now, I realize for some of you that might be a little unorthadox or...gross but...I can't think of any defense for my position except, I'm a pansy. An obsessive/compulsive pansy.

Don't judge.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days....

You know, those days when you leave the house with your shirt on backwards or your skirt is inside out. The day where you've forgotten every appointment you had, which then requires that you leave the house in a mad dash just so you can say you made it at all. It would also be the day you end up at the grocery store three different times for something you forgot.

It's the day when, after your third trip to the grocery store, you find you're short a half cup of milk or one egg and the one ingredient you always have on hand, you know, the one you need for tonight's dinner is just...gone?

Maybe it's the day where you get to your meeting and realize you've left your papers (briefcase, textbook, whatever) at home which also happens to be the day when your entire presentation requires internet access that isn't co-operating.

Yeah, it's been one of those days but at least I caught the shirt thing before I left the house.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Note To Self...

As I just recently published my first book, there are many things that I have already learned and will use for future reference.

First of all, make sure that your name is the same on the cover, the inside page and anywhere else one might look for identification purposes. Now that may seem obvious to you but for whatever reason, it got past me. So I've had to go back and make my name consistent on everything. I haven't had this much trouble with my own name since I got married. At any rate, I think I have it just about sorted out now.

So for anyone who wants to know my official writing-specific identity is D.P. Davidson, author of Push.

Go to Amazon or Smashwords  and find it then read it. Tell all your friends and report back to me, D.P. Davidson. Also, if you find yourself out that way, stop by D.P. Davidson-Author on Facebook and leave me a note or something.

Have a nice day.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Run, Forest, Run...

I was watching Super 8 last night and I decided... I want to be in a movie.

But not just any movie, I want to be in a movie where I get to run and scream and throw myself on the ground to avoid being hit by shrapnel that's airborne after some awesome explosion. I think that would be wicked fun. They wouldn't even need to use slow motion. I would bring my own.

However, the ground would have to be soft because I'm not as young as I used to be and I bruise easy but I can make scared face like nobody's business and I scream really loud, just ask my kids.

It would be so much fun! Imagine running and hiding and screaming and then going home to a safe warm bed. All the adrenaline, none of the therapy. It's a win-win.

Anyone wanna make a movie?

Also, here is a link for my book Push:

Read it, love it, review it, impatiently await the second half.

Carry on

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger...

Or succeeds the second time.

I signed up for a half marathon in July. Been training ever since. The race isn't until the middle of September so I have time yet to work on getting faster. I will never be as fast as my current running buddy (or any of my past buddies for that matter) but really, I should only be competing with myself. It should be easy as I am a slow runner.

At any rate, my buddy and I attempted ten miles this morning and...well let's say it won't be difficult to beat that time next try. I could crawl faster. Matter of fact, next time I think I will crawl. To be fair, I think I tore my right gluteus maximus muscle. For those of you with limited anatomical knowledge, my bum hurts. A lot. Like I'll be icing then heating it until Monday. Who's ideas was it to sign up for this half marathon anyway!?

Oh yeah, mine.

The problem is that when I signed up I was thinking "thirteen miles, I can do that" when what I should have been thinking was "run for three hours. Are you crazy!?"

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Soylent Green Revisited

One of my earliest posts covered my belief that ham tastes like people and for that reason, I don't eat ham. Time and again the question I am asked immediately after my people/ham assertion is how I know what people taste like. Well, I'll tell you.

I chew my fingers. Now before you get started I know, it's a nasty habit. Painful, too but I gnaw on them when I'm nervous. So lately...lets just say I'm keeping Bandaid in business. My brother JIP has this same habit and we learned it from our mother. Now we're both aware enough that we've nipped it in the bud when we've seen our children do it but he and I still struggle. He carries bandages in his wallet so he can cover his fingers up before he destroys them. I'm not such a quick study.

For instance, several years ago I was talking to a friend but she was so fascinated/focused/disgusted by the state of my thumb, she couldn't follow what I was saying. To be fair, it did look heinous and it hurt like a bad dog but, you know, habits.

I've tried various deterants: Bandaids- they only made my fingers sticky and linty, socks on my paws-they got in the way, vigilant daughter-I just ignored her. So now I'm going to try piano lessons. Maybe knowing I have to use my finger tips will help me leave them alone.

It's worth a try, right?

Push Is Now Available On the ipad.

I don't have one so I'm not sure how that works but yay! I haven't had many takers of my book for a couple of days but I'm staying positive. At this rate, Mr. D. and I will be able to go out for a nice dinner. Not too bad, I think.

On to other business... My aunt keeps an eye on me through this here blog, which I am ever so thankful for. She's already helped me fix my computer's clock issue (thanks B!) and given me a tip for how to survive my cough and still be conscious. Ahhh, the marvels of technology.

In other news, I changed the synopsis for my book on Amazon and Smashwords so hopefully it will me more of an attention grabber instead of a snooze fest. It's an awesome book, I swear! Even if I do say so myself.

That's all I have to report right now. Stay tuned for further updates.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I Know How Cough Syrup Works...

I have this cough. It's an annoying and sometimes painful cough that really only succeeds in giving me a headache and testing my incontinance (I've had four children). I've been to the doctor twice now, my latest visit being yesterday.

At this visit I was prescribed an antibiotic (check), a precription cough syrup (check) and a shot of antibiotic in my aft end (chec...what?!). Whatever, he's the doctor. Anyway, I left his office with scrips in hand, happy that my cough might soon be bested. Also, I gave a healthy dose of self promotion for my book, Push by D.P. Davidson found on Amazon and Smashwords (oops, I did it again).

Anyway, the good doctor warned me that the cough syrup "might make you drowsy." I wasn't too worried because this cough has kept me awake for the last four weeks. Yes, I know, I should have seen the doc well before now. At any rate, I filled my prescriptions then, after a cough attack, went ahead and took a dose of that cough syrup.

I don't remember much after that. After only a half dose (it's a suspension and they gave me one of those neat measure spoon things. Suspensions are thick and I didn't feel like waiting the tens minutes necessary for it all to drip from the spoon into my mouth) I was out for three hours.

So cough syrup of prescription grade basically puts you in a coma until the antibiotic sorts things out.

I slept really well last night but early this afternoon I started aother coughing jag and I had to decide which was worse, the cough or the coma.

I can't believe it's four o'clock already. Where does the time go?

Monday, August 20, 2012

This Is Push...

This has been a crazy weekend. I have done my level best to not check my stats twenty times a day and I have been marginally successful. I only check them nineteen times. It's all so exciting!

At any rate, Push has done pretty well for it's first few days and I know it has everything to do with the support of my friends and family who have run right out and gotten themselves a copy on threat of excruciating pain...I mean because they love me. I haven't had any negative reviews yet so I still have time to nurture a thick skin.

While I have your attention, I have a fan page on Facebook (created by my pal Chris) so if you find yourself out that way and need something to "like" I suggest you go there. It's D.P. Davidson-Author. Head on over.

Last on the list of things to post about, I just changed the background and font for this blog. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Specifically, the font. It kind of makes my eyes hurt. Is it just me? Let me know what you think. I don't need anybody having a seizure because they tried to read my posts.

I suppose that's all I have to report at the moment. Oh wait, one more thing. I tried the whole "set the clock forward to try and outsmart the computer" thing and all it's done is caused me panic when I look down and see the time. Luckily, my watch reminds me that it's the reliable one.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Random Rant #3

My computer and I are on the outs.

Our relationship is still fairly new, not even a year old and it's already left me high and dry. We went to counseling and changed some broken hardware then began with a renewed sense of purpose. I thought we would be okay but lately we've been having a severe time related miscommunication issue.

When I say it's, say, 9:15 (a.m. or p.m. isn't an issue) the computer insists it is 7:15. So I implement a change and we're together on the time again. Then several days later, I will find I've lost two hours again. Why does this keep happening?

It's always losese exactly two hours. It's so annoying...

I just had an idea. I'll move the clock forward two hours so when it loses two hours, the time will be right. I'm brilliant!

Push Is On Amazon...

That's right, you can now find my awesome first foray into literature on Amazon. Here is the link:

I am over the moon about the whole thing. It has been an amazing three days. Here's hoping to a few more...

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Day Started Out Like Any Other...

But by the end, I had published a book!

It has been an amazing two days. I published my book, Push on Wednesday and it's been madness ever since. My girl Chris created a Facebook page (D.P. Davidson-Author, in case you wanted to know) and I already have twenty one "likes". I like being liked!

Also, my book has already been downloaded twenty times! I am amazed by all of the support I have been getting and the reviews have been wonderful. The very best part is knowing my book is out there. I don't expect to be famous (in spite of all my braggart-y ways) I just want people to love my characters and their story like I do. So far so good.

So now we sit at the start of the rollercoaster ride. The attendant has pressed the button and here we goooooooooo!!!

Push at Amazon
and Smashwords

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I've Published My First Book!

Online anyway. It's on Smashwords and I'm nauseous. I have high hopes. Too nervous to write now but I'll get back to you.