Remembering the Fallen

Memorial Day is a time for remembrance, a day to reflect on and thank those who have given their lives in service to their country.

While I have thankfully not lost a loved one in war (although I have several family members who are veterans, of wars current and past) I can sympathize with those who have.  To lose a loved one at any time is painful, but a life cut short in battle is an agonizing loss.

I have written about war and taken the lives of my own characters, but I have never personally experienced these things.  For my freedom and my safety, I have our fallen soldiers, as well as our veterans and active military, to thank.

You are remembered.  Your sacrifice was not in vain.  Thank you.


Putting Insomnia to Good Use

Last night I couldn’t sleep at all. I watched a movie, which usually helps me fall asleep.  I read, but that just got my mind going more (which is somewhat unusual).  I even tried the trick I learned from a sleep expert: count backwards from 300 by threes.  No luck.

Around 2:30 I finally gave up and decided to put my sleeplessness to good use.  For the next three hours I read the Smashwords guide to formatting and put it to use on Butterflies.

That’s right, my formatting is done.  🙂

I just need to write my “about the author” bio for both the Smashwords website and the end of the book, and get a few links added.  Once I have that and my cover art, I can submit the whole thing to Smashwords for e-publishing.

While it feels good to have accomplished all of that, I am now hoping I can recover that sleep.