Thursday, May 24, 2018

Photo Sorting

I love going on vacations. I love taking pictures as does my husband and my middle child which is how I now find myself sorting through 3,000+ photos from our 10 day vacation in California. It's nice to have so many pictures to choose from but it's a huge task to narrow them down. We had taken the laptop on vacation with us and before leaving the beautiful state of California, my husband had downloaded the photos for our daughter's camera. Our son came also but he isn't a big picture taker, maybe because he knew we were doing plenty of it between 2 cell phones, 2 point and shoot cameras, and one DSLR.

Now that I have all the photos in place, and have chosen which photo printing place I'm using...Amazon Prime Photos (with free shipping it costs the same as free photos from Shutterfly and paying for shipping and I don't have to wait for a deal)...and it's time to pick which ones to upload. I completed the last scrapbook album I was working on and with a crop coming up in July, I need to gather up the items for my next crop project: Vacation 2017.

My first step was making a folder, Upload CA pics to Amazon, and copying pretty much every single photo into it this way we still have all the originals. I plan on deleting this folder and the contents once the pictures are upload to Amazon.  I was able to delete about 200 from the start as they were blurry or off nothing but it still leaves quite a number to sort through. Some of the photos, golf outings, I'm leaving for my husband to go through because what I think is just a rock might be something important from him and our son's golfing trip to Torrey Pines.

Next, I went through and deleted any doubles or composition of photo that appear to make it a double and any photos that even though not blurring just weren't good for some reason. As I had 3,000 photos to work with, I was a little more discerning on what I kept and also in trimming down some of the our twenty photos of giraffes.

Currently, I'm down to a little over 1,600 photos to print. Still a lot but I know that number will go down once my husband narrows down the golf photos and the ones of seals at La Jolla cove. I plan on doing another "editing" pass on the photos to get it down to an even more manageable level.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Yet More

I'm making progress, both on the book manuscript deadline and on my promotion of Pick and Chews, the fourth book in my Barkery & Biscuits mystery series.  But I still have a ways to go, so yet again I'm keeping this brief, mostly just popping in to say hi.

Hope all my blogmates and our readers are doing well.  More to come soon from me, I hope!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Royal Wedding

We – me, Elizabeth, Tanya, and Ellen – had an early-morning tea party Saturday.  We got up at four-thirty am (!), and turned on our commercial-free public television channel to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Rachel Meghan Markle.  We dressed up for it, including hats   We ate crumpets, which turned out to be amazingly like pancakes, and Scotch eggs, and drank good black English tea.  What a beautiful ceremony!  The English are brilliant at ceremony, especially Church of England services.  The final blessing was the one given at my Episcopal wedding.  “Let their love for one another be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads.”  Beautiful.

Friday, May 18, 2018


When you read this I will be in Miami, probably with an umbrella, but if the weather reports are wrong and the sun is out, I’ll be on a glass bottom boat off of Key Largo.

I am trying to come up with some blurbs for the next two crochet mysteries. I always have a hard time coming up with a motive for killing someone and an interesting way of doing it. It’s particularly hard when I like the character who has to die. One of my editors talked me out of killing one of my characters in the Yarn Retreat series because she liked her too much.

I have had several eureka moments when I thought I had it, but then the plan fell apart. And I know that trying too hard to come up with something is the kiss of death.

So maybe I’ll put it on the back burner for now and maybe as I’m hunkered under that umbrella or looking at fish swim by on the glass bottom boat, the perfect plot will appear in my mind.

In the meantime I have pushing ahead with Inherit the Wool. I had another one of those moments when a character took over and did something unexpected. And of course it made perfect sense.

This will be my first time in Miami, beyond my stop once in the Miami airport on the way to Writer’s Police Academy when it was in Greensboro, North Carolina. I ended up with window seats on the flight to Miami and the small plane to Greensboro. I remember being excited at looking down at the Gulf of Mexico and seeing a ship and then when I flew up to Greensboro, looking down on all the green and imagining swamps and alligators.

My seat of choice now is an exit row on the aisle. When nature calls, I don’t like having to climb over a stranger who invariably gives me a dirty look. I have a travelers number so I get through security without having to pull out my computer or take off my shoes. I have a computer bag that fits under the seat, so no fussing for overhead space.

Flying is not what it once was. I remember when people got dressed up and passengers were treated like guests. It was a different world.

Next week I’ll have pictures of rain drops or fish.