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.

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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.