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Anyway, for once I remembered to look up "that thing" I was wondering about when I got home. Believe you me, I wonder plenty and much of it leaves my brain before I follow up on it. So once I researched, I discovered:
1. Yes, people do drink fresh maple sap and it's lightly sweet. I hope I get to try it sometime.
2. You can make syrup out of other trees, particularly black walnut and birch, but they don't taste like maple syrup. Now I want to try those, too!
Oh yeah, and evidently you can make moonshine. I didn't notice this on the websites but I believe the guys, since the wife of one told me they have a still in their basement :D
Corps et âme
un roman court PsyCop
Thanksgiving n’a que trop duré pour Victor Bayne, qui trouve son séjour dans la famille de Jacob un peu difficile à avaler. Heureusement, il est convoqué au travail pour retrouver une personne très importante qui vient de disparaître.
Dans le même intervalle, Jacob tente de leur dégoter un logement qui ne soit infesté ni par des cafards ni par des fantômes. En plus du stress causé par ces recherches plus que frustrantes (à la fois sur le plan professionnel et personnel), Vic se voit assigné un nouvel équipier qui se croit semble-t-il incapable de faire quoi que ce soit correctement.
Son enquête prend soudain une étrange tournure lorsqu’un esprit avec un compte à régler les entraîne dans une course poursuite qui s’achève dans une cave pleine d’horreurs.
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-If you have Kindle Unlimited, several Petit Morts stories are free to read
-Hue, Tint and Shade is plain old free on Amazon today, though I'm not sure which countries the offer will carry over to. Worth checking to see if it's free for you!
I'm in an author's group where someone posted about a chair she was really digging. Not just a chair, really, but an investment. So I went and looked it up on Amazon, and OMG IT'S MORE THAN $1K.
So this got me to thinking...how much of an investment IS a chair for someone who spends most of their life sitting in it?
A couple years ago I found a pretty fantastic chair at Office Depot--I think it was over $200 which was more than I'd normally pay, but really worth it. (I am sitting in it now. It's still fantastic.) I decided to buy another one for my second desk and was sad to see it was no longer available at the Office Depot website. Then I thought I found a cache of them on Amazon, only to order it and find out the next day it was out of stock and they'd refunded my payment. So I ordered a chair that looked the same, but ended up being nowhere near as supportive.
My sadly out-of-stock chair that I love:
I really dig the mesh back and bottom. Otherwise I get that awful stuck-to-the-chair feeling.
So given how many hours a day we all spend on our butts (and I am pretty sure I spend more time than most) how much would you pay for a chair?
(Plus I'm toying with the standing desk thing again lately...that's a perennial attempt at getting off my tush.)
I've always had a drive to make stuff. No doubt there are fancier ways I could say that, but at the core, the statement is very easy to understand, isn't it? I like making stuff. And I especially like seeing other people digging the stuff I make. It's satisfying. Imagine cooking a fantastic new recipe. It's a lot more fun to have a friend squee over it with you than it is to just eat it yourself.
When I was trying to articulate what it is that brings me satisfaction, it occurred to me I had a slogan at some point but couldn't remember when or where. I just found it -- it's on JCPbooks.com, where I used to sell my books direct, where I now just have information and links about my books. Ah, the shifting sands of publishing and ecommerce! Here it is:
Weird and wonderful ebooks you'll want to read again and again!
The "weird and wonderful" ebooks speaks to my desire to create things that people have never seen before. Yeah, everything under the sun has already been done, but it's totally possible to add a twist or a flavor that's new. And the re-read...well, I really can't think of any higher compliment than a reader chosing to re-invest their time in a story I've written.
...I also get a big charge out of knowing someone has skipped work because they couldn't put my book down. So if that ever happens to you, be sure to tell me, it'll make my day :D
It seemed to me this is the type of thing that Victor Bayne would do, but then I realized it was poor Elijah in Forget Me Not who had this happen to him :-)
I ended up on some crazy website yesterday with a terrible popup that wouldn't let me close it and wouldn't do anything other than open more and more tabs. (And no, it wasn't even a porn site!)
I could force-quit my app, but then I'd lose my other tabs. So the second time this happened--I'm a glutton for punishment--I discovered something cool. I was able to open up a pane called Task Manager in Chrome and kill the selective punk-ass tabs. There's probably something similar in other browsers.
Maybe this'll help you someday if you ever find yourself in popup hell!