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Maia- nope... it's about 50/50 here as to shaving legs/armpits.  I however, HATE the sensation of unshaved legs.  I can deal with it from the knees up since that's usually covered with fabric, but on skin that gets sun if I don't shave I get really nasty rashes that ITCH like the bejeebus.  It's funny because DH doesn't care either way, but when I start getting really whiney and cranky one of the things he'll ask is "when did you last shave your legs?" and he's often right... I go shave and feel soooooo much better.  LOL  In college I used to perform in the Rocky Horror Picture Show floor show (as Columbia) and I think that probably reinforced the shaving habit... though it was MUCH more extensive given the costumes that particular character wore!  Actually, Dh played Dr Frank'n'Furter for two seasons so he was all smooth legged as well!

 

Charlotte's Web- I'm not counting my chicks till we've made it past Charlotte's death, but I think it's going to stay a winner.  And I am not nearly crazy enough to try and tie in craft projects.  THEY dragged ME to the craft store, pushed the cart, and informed me as to what they needed in order to, quote, "achieve their artistic vision".  I did help with the cutting and stitching, but it was mostly them... and then the floor show and puppet show were all them.  The book has totally struck a chord... every night dd2 piles up a heap of blankets on her bed and rolls in them, pretending that she is a pig sleeping in a pile of manure.  And she has started wrapping her beloved "piggie" (a stuffed animal that once upon a time actually looked like a pig and her most beloved buddy) in a piece of brown felt since she didn't want piggie to miss out on the manure experience.  They're cracking me up.  I just hope they don't get too upset with the ending... I don't /think/ they will, but I was a camp counselor at a camp that showed ET (on video) to some of the campers one year (7 year olds) and the tears, bawling, and general sadness were off the charts.  And this was from kiddos who had SEEN the movie before, and who's parents had signed off on the film.  So I think I'll be a bit on edge during these last few chapters... Charlotte just wrote "humble" and tomorrow we read the chapter where she lays her eggs. 

 

After Charlotte's Web the next book is Homer Price.  It's a decent book as I recall, but it may not hold two little girls as much as Charlotte's Web.  We're nearly done with The Borrowers (bedtime book) though and maybe I'll ask if they'd rather hear Trumpet of the Swan instead of Wind in the Willows as their next bedtime book?

 

Still so freakin' hot.  Ugh!  Did your agent give you any insight into what happened with the showing Maia?  (and thanks for the reinforcement... it drives me batty that people think I'll "enjoy" an outing where I know I'll spend every minute running after the kids and /not/ relaxing till we're back in the car).

 

Oh, right, I'm 32 weeks with a midwife visit on Friday.  I'll be tipping from 36 to 37 weeks at Pennsic.  And although I've never had a babe arrive before 40 weeks, I would LOVE for this munchkin to arrive around, say, 38 weeks.  Really really REALLY it would be the sweetest thing this babe could give me as a mama present.  A nice, happy, non-frantic, vbac at 38 weeks.  MMmmmm.... almost as yummy as posh coffee!  :)

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post

 I would LOVE for this munchkin to arrive around, say, 38 weeks.  Really really REALLY it would be the sweetest thing this babe could give me as a mama present.  A nice, happy, non-frantic, vbac at 38 weeks.  MMmmmm.... almost as yummy as posh coffee!  



I hope munchkin listens!

post #83 of 188
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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View PostIt's been so hot and humid.  Nasty.  I went out to check the mailbox but that's all for today.  No way am I going out again.  

My one little a/c isn't strong enough to cool the bedrooms down (even though my apt is only about 700 sq ft.)  I wish I could get at least one more a/c.  My electric company is offering some kind of rebate if you buy an Energy Star a/c... but I don't have a spare $180!

Can't even sleep in the living room where the a/c is because I had to get rid of my sofa (it was beyond repair.)  Can't put the a/c in one of the bedrooms because ds would go stir crazy having to stay in one of the bedrooms for the entire day.  Argh!

 

Ok, that's my rant.

 

Time to drink some cold water and chill out.  orngbiggrin.gif


Do you mind terribly if I ask about your heating bills? I'm trying to get as much insight as possible from people who live up there. Do you have gas/oil/electric? Is it included? If not, what's an average monthly bill look like? Because we'll probably end up in about 700sf, too.

 

A/C...I'll probably have to set aside money for a couple of units from the sale of the house, when we get up there, unless I'm lucky enough to find it already in the place where we move!

 

M told me how hot it was up there...then he proceeded to tell me just what the heat index is where I live (106, yow!). Like I needed to know that!

 

I hope you're able to cool off, soon. Maybe make one of the bedrooms into the main room for the summer, somehow? It can be an adventure for Roo to change the room around? Just brainstorming, here.

 



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Originally Posted by wombatclay View PostMaia- nope... it's about 50/50 here as to shaving legs/armpits.  I however, HATE the sensation of unshaved legs.  I can deal with it from the knees up since that's usually covered with fabric, but on skin that gets sun if I don't shave I get really nasty rashes that ITCH like the bejeebus.

 

Charlotte's Web- I'm not counting my chicks till we've made it past Charlotte's death, but I think it's going to stay a winner. 

 

We're nearly done with The Borrowers (bedtime book) though

 

 

Still so freakin' hot.  Ugh!  Did your agent give you any insight into what happened with the showing Maia?  (and thanks for the reinforcement... it drives me batty that people think I'll "enjoy" an outing where I know I'll spend every minute running after the kids and /not/ relaxing till we're back in the car).

 

Oh, well, then, shave away lol.gif I thought it was just a cosmetic issue.

 

Good luck with Web. I was just reading something about death being part of the cycle of life...it was a "why I'm not vegan" blog, but it applies, I think. IMO Pagans have a much more...hmm, accepting? realistic? worldview of death as a part of life. It's more comforting and sensical than "they go to Heaven", I think.

 

No, I haven't heard from her greensad.gif But I appreciate your insight. I always think it's about me redface.gif

 

And the reinforcement...well yeah, duh! People always said things to me like "Why don't you just put him in the car and go for a drive" when he wouldn't sleep as a baby...OMG, that was the WORST thing you could say to me. DS hated  the car. It made him scream faster than anything.

Or they'd think I was just being a wuss when I wouldn't take him to parks that weren't fenced. That I was just being HoverMom following him around. Well, no, it was more stressful for me having to shadow him because at 18 months he'd just...walk off the fireman's pole hole, not even attempt to slide down the pole. He'd just walk off the area where you were supposed to jump onto the pole.

 

Yeah-- I totally reinforce ya, mama! thumb.gif If the mama can't relax, it's NOT a relaxing time!


Oh, I miss M.... Thank the gods for phone and web cam, but there's nothing can replace a hug, or the particular smell of someone, y'know? luxlove.gif

 

post #84 of 188

Clay - I remember reading or hearing something along the lines of "only you know your limits as a parent" - you know your kids, you know you - you do the right things for your family and to hell with everyone else!  wahoo! 

 

Maia - ohhh, the hugs and the smells... *sigh* sooo true...the thought is making me all mushy-romantic!! when DH and I first started dating he left for a semester of college to study in Rome -- we were able to talk but I remember holding his dang shirt to my nose with deep inhales just wishing he was right there... not that I am comparing the two situations as the same but when you wrote that it really hit home how hard this must be for you!! :P  C'mon house! SELLLL!!!!! ;)

 

Wherever singin' is I hope she is doing well!!  A shout out to the goddesses for her, her family and her new wee one!!! love.gif

post #85 of 188

Pagan friends- Please see my blog for something important.  shy.gif  (not work related.)  

 

 

Maia- I have to run out but I'll pm you later (about your heating quesiton.)

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Just a very quick post to say that on Monday July 11th, we welcomed baby Cayden Alexander into our arms. It was a beautiful homebirth with two midwives and a midwifery student. I will come back and post a picture later.

post #87 of 188

Huzzah Hurrah and a happy dance too!

 

Congratulations, and welcome to the party little one.  Enjoy your baby moon (and I can't wait to hear the story!)  :)

post #88 of 188

Hey all!

 

Congrats, singin!

 

I need some confidence vibes, as I will be working on a deal to publish a series of pagan baby books, starting with "The Children's ABC Book of Goddesses". It sounds promising, but it is with a very small (non-vanity) publisher, so I'm nervous about looking into the contract and everything. I just don't want to lose my optimism about this along the way.

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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostMaia - ohhh, the hugs and the smells... *sigh* sooo true...the thought is making me all mushy-romantic!! when DH and I first started dating he left for a semester of college to study in Rome -- we were able to talk but I remember holding his dang shirt to my nose with deep inhales just wishing he was right there... not that I am comparing the two situations as the same but when you wrote that it really hit home how hard this must be for you!! :P  C'mon house! SELLLL!!!!! ;)

 

It is hard mecry.gif What's worse is, M smokes, so when I bring things home, they end up smelling like ashtray greensad.gif  I have to wash everything , even things I didn't wear, because it all smells so bad. I don't notice it while I'm there, but soon as I leave? BLECH lol.gif



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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View PostMaia- I have to run out but I'll pm you later (about your heating quesiton.)


Thanks! Anything from anybody in MA would be enlightening smile.gif Including what kind of heat, where in MA, how big of an apt (square footage), if the windows are tight/new, or old, and what floor you're on.



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Originally Posted by singin_angel View PostJust a very quick post to say that on Monday July 11th, we welcomed baby Cayden Alexander into our arms. It was a beautiful homebirth with two midwives and a midwifery student. I will come back and post a picture later.

 

YAY!!!! Congrats, mama! And welcome, Cayden love.gif I bet he's so cute!

 



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Originally Posted by Wolfcat View PostI need some confidence vibes, as I will be working on a deal to publish a series of pagan baby books, starting with "The Children's ABC Book of Goddesses". It sounds promising, but it is with a very small (non-vanity) publisher, so I'm nervous about looking into the contract and everything. I just don't want to lose my optimism about this along the way.


dust.gif There you go! what is a non-vanity publisher? I always wanted to publish children's Pagan books...I'm lazy, though!

 

post #90 of 188
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Off to see the last Harry Potter in a few! We're going to the morning show, in hopes that it won't be as crowded.

post #91 of 188

Congratulations Nicole!!! Welcome to Cayden! enjoy your babymoon!

post #92 of 188

Many congrats, Singin! I know it was hard at the end, but now you have Cayden. Enjoy the babymoon!

 

Wolfcat, that's fantastic! There need to be more Pagan oriented children's books. Best of luck to you!

post #93 of 188

Oh, congratulations, Singin!  And welcome, baby Cayden Alexander!joy.gifdust.gifmany blessings for a healthy and happy life, little one!  Mama, when you have time, please tell us how the new big sister is doing!

 

I always loved Trumpet of the Swan best of all the EB White books, Clay.  So cool to hear that your girls are so into Charlotte!

 

 

Enjoy  HP, Maia!  I have tickets to go with dd and a friend on Tuesday - it'll be hard not to go this weekend!

 

I have 3 weeks off starting tonight.  I am trying to muster the energy to get the living areas of my house repainted.  Plus, I have courses I need to get working on.

Why did I think taking a double courseload over the summer was a good idea?

 

 

 

 

post #94 of 188

Hey everyone! 

 

I haven't been around for a long, long time as I am finishing up my first year as a fashion design student!  As well as all my happenings, I haven't had time for MDC.

Although, I do stalk on occasion.  hehe

 

Anyways, grats to all the mamas with new babes, big hugs for those who need them and those who don't.

 

I'm missing having a Pagan community to bounce ideas off of, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all, bounce ideas off of and hopefully do the same in return for you all.

I am headed to Pagan Pride Fest next month, so that should be fun.... but, here is the thing;  I have set up an alter in my living room and no matter how matter-of-fact I am about no one putting things on the alter the people in my house will not listen (mainly DH and his cousin who is our roomate).  So, what do you do?  I am thinking I need to get my bedroom cleaned up and possibly set something up in there, but I really think the same will happen especially with DH.  He just doesn't care, and it is driving me bonkers!  lol 

 

Anyone doing anything special for the full moon tonight?  I really need to do a purging ritual for my self.  I would love to do a house cleansing, but I don't see that happening with all the people in my house.   Those of you with little space and/or many people in your home, how do you still find time/space for practicing?  I am ready to become more dedicated to my Pagan and magical studies, but I feel like I am being held back.

 

TIA!  namaste.gif

LeeAnn

 

 

post #95 of 188

So freaking excited about HP. I'm 24, so I kind of went through my adolescence with these books. Love 'em. Before kids, I went to the midnight showing in costume. I love my kids, but I'm a bit sad not to have gone to the midnight release last night and watch all the previous movies in theatre right before, like they offered. Ah, well. We're going to go watch it tonight.

 

In my city, they have full moon fire jams on the full moon, except when it falls on a Friday or Saturday, when it's the day before or the day after. We went last night. While not explicitly a pagan event, I can't imagine a more magical way to celebrate the full moon than watching the moon rise over the lake, fire spinning, and drumming. It's definitely made my oldest (4) look forward to the full moon all.month.long.


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post #96 of 188

Welcome baby Cayden, your name is beautiful! Congratulations Singin!!!

Aww, baby is here!!!

 

 

The ABC book sounds amazing! Sending lots of vibes to you!!

 

 

Harry Potter- Unless I can get a sitter, it will have to wait- Bella found the books rather scary.

 

We are hoping to make it to the local Scandinavian festival where there is a Viking encampment and I was informed that we use viking incorrectly- it is actually a verb. He vikes/she vikes. Basically it means mayhem. hehe I thought that was interesting and doing some research/studying I had never come across that information.

 

I didn't realize that is what almost a full moon, which might have explained some of the wonkiness I have been experiencing.  I wish I was more connected with the cycle of the moon. I think a late night herb collection is necessary.

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Originally Posted by singin_angel View Post

Just a very quick post to say that on Monday July 11th, we welcomed baby Cayden Alexander into our arms. It was a beautiful homebirth with two midwives and a midwifery student. I will come back and post a picture later.

Congratulations Singin' !!! and Welcome earthside Cayden!! I hope you are enjoying your babymoon blowkiss.gif

 

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Originally Posted by Wolfcat View Post

Hey all!

 

I need some confidence vibes, as I will be working on a deal to publish a series of pagan baby books, starting with "The Children's ABC Book of Goddesses". It sounds promising, but it is with a very small (non-vanity) publisher, so I'm nervous about looking into the contract and everything. I just don't want to lose my optimism about this along the way.


 

Oooh very cool!  I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you fingersx.gif  That book idea sounds amazing and I would love it for me & my kiddos!!

 

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I have 3 weeks off starting tonight.  I am trying to muster the energy to get the living areas of my house repainted.  Plus, I have courses I need to get working on.

Why did I think taking a double courseload over the summer was a good idea?

 

 

 

 


Woohoo for long vacations!  Good luck with the projects as I know for mine I had these grand visions of building a compost bin set, working on building a backyard door for our garden, covering/filling in all the garden beds & re-defining them, dying our badly stained couch cover to a wonderfully luscious shade of purple and so much more.  Honestly I managed to only build the compost bins and soaked up all the time relaxing instead.  I will send you vibes for your classes goodvibes.gif  what are you taking this summer??
 


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Hey everyone! 

 

I haven't been around for a long, long time as I am finishing up my first year as a fashion design student!  As well as all my happenings, I haven't had time for MDC.

Although, I do stalk on occasion.  hehe

 

Anyways, grats to all the mamas with new babes, big hugs for those who need them and those who don't.

 

I'm missing having a Pagan community to bounce ideas off of, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all, bounce ideas off of and hopefully do the same in return for you all.

I am headed to Pagan Pride Fest next month, so that should be fun.... but, here is the thing;  I have set up an alter in my living room and no matter how matter-of-fact I am about no one putting things on the alter the people in my house will not listen (mainly DH and his cousin who is our roomate).  So, what do you do?  I am thinking I need to get my bedroom cleaned up and possibly set something up in there, but I really think the same will happen especially with DH.  He just doesn't care, and it is driving me bonkers!  lol 

 

Anyone doing anything special for the full moon tonight?  I really need to do a purging ritual for my self.  I would love to do a house cleansing, but I don't see that happening with all the people in my house.   Those of you with little space and/or many people in your home, how do you still find time/space for practicing?  I am ready to become more dedicated to my Pagan and magical studies, but I feel like I am being held back.

 

TIA!  namaste.gif

LeeAnn

 

 


Welcome Back!! Oooh and I totally missed it's a full moon tonight.  The moon & me we have not been the most connected lately.  I guess it's time to meditate on a more regular basis Sheepish.gif  I might just garden a bit when I get home and see if DH would be up for doing s'mores in the backyard and letting the boys run around and catch fireflies after sundown.

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend - I will be slugging it out in my backyard lugging more dirt and compost to continue the effort of redeveloping my garden beds and removing a lot of the less desirable plants from growing there (holy goldenrod batman!)  I think my sister is coming down this weekend so we might get to see/visit with her boys too and that will be loads of fun for the kiddos, with an emphasis on staying cool & hydrated since we'll be in the middle of a heat wave. greensad.gif   I anticipate another trip to the library soon for more books as I am just in love with being able to read again for fun (vs. for school)  I just finished a wonderfully short/sweet book called "Made from Scratch" which details the author's journey into being a small farm homesteader.  

 

Next up Valley of Horses, and The Corrections... read.gif

 

post #98 of 188
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Originally Posted by singin_angel View Post

Just a very quick post to say that on Monday July 11th, we welcomed baby Cayden Alexander into our arms. It was a beautiful homebirth with two midwives and a midwifery student. I will come back and post a picture later.



Congratulations!  Can't wait to see pics and read the birth story!!  love.gif



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Originally Posted by Wolfcat View Post

I need some confidence vibes, as I will be working on a deal to publish a series of pagan baby books, starting with "The Children's ABC Book of Goddesses". It sounds promising, but it is with a very small (non-vanity) publisher, so I'm nervous about looking into the contract and everything. I just don't want to lose my optimism about this along the way.


I wish the publisher that I'm 'affiliated' with was taking submissions.  Sounds fabulous!  Best of luck!

 



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Originally Posted by EarthMommy80 View Post

...but, here is the thing;  I have set up an alter in my living room and no matter how matter-of-fact I am about no one putting things on the alter the people in my house will not listen (mainly DH and his cousin who is our roomate).  So, what do you do? 

 

 


 Welcome!  Do you have a bookcase?  You can set up an altar (no burning candles) on one of the shelves.  I use the battery operated tea lights.  redface.gif

 

post #99 of 188

Welcome back EarthMommy!  :)

 

Yay on the book deal!  That sounds amazing!

(A vanity press is a company where you submit your work and they publish it... but you pay for the whole thing and hope to make the money back.  It used to be very stigmatized, the implication being you couldn't get a "real" publisher to carry your work, but these days the whole internet publishing "thing" has changed the playing field a bit.  Companies like Lulu.com and Amazon have really opened that door.  But getting a non-vanity press interested in you is a HUGE deal because it means they'll shoulder much of the cost and even pay you in advance, handle the editing and nitty gritty details of publishing, manage your publicity, etc.  And it means that you've got that confidence boost right from the start!)

 

Vikings- LOL!  The speaker was correct within a certain framework.  The Norse would "go viking", and it was a seasonal activity confined to a certain portion of the population... generally the younger men trying to get enough money together to purchase land and attract a wife, or older men trying to move up in the social ranks (through proving themselves as leaders, gathering money, and establishing themselves as "good guys to have on your side").  They didn't call themselves "vikings" as such.  However, the people upon whom the "viking activity" was carried out didn't give a flying fig where the dudes in the long boats came from, or what those dudes called themselves, and since the descendents of those pillaged villagers were the ones to eventually write the history books, the people and the activity were sort of conflated.  At least most current literature has dropped the horned helmets!  There's a really cool website called TheVikingAnswerLady that is amazing, and has waaaaaaay more info than human brains are meant to hold.  It's a great resource.  And recreation groups like NorseLand are usually pretty great people too.  :)

 

Actually, it's kind of fun (in a social commentary/people never change sort of way) to research what the names of various native american/first people groups mean.  Very rarely were groups asked what they called /themselves/... generally the name that got written down in the european books depended on which tribe that euopean writer was affiliated with.  The "history book" name for one local tribe translates as "stupid people who eat bark" in the language of the neighboring (competing) tribe because it was the neighboring tribe that was affiliated with the europeans who eventually "won" the history book war.

 

Random- saw the midwife this morning... she isn't thrilled by the idea of my going on a trip at 36 weeks, but she did give me a copy of my paperwork.  I didn't mention just how "rough" the trip will be, and she did harp on the fact that I should force liquids, keep my feet up, and avoid heat (errrrrrrrrr) but we'll see how it goes.  Pennsic is still "on", and DH swears he'll do everything in his power to wrangle the kiddos and keep me comfy, cool, hydrated, and non-cranky.  :)  I pulled out our boxes of garb and was surprised to find that some of my stuff actually fits over the preggo belly!  Not a lot, but enough, I think, to make it through the week without having to go nekkid.  The kiddos may be another story.  They've all grown (as kiddos do) and while Ro can wear Laia's old stuff, Tor and Laia may need significant wardrobe additions.  I have to get them to try on all the stuff and see what there is to see.

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dust.gif There you go! what is a non-vanity publisher? I always wanted to publish children's Pagan books...I'm lazy, though!


 


 

Thanks. A vanity publisher is a publisher that I don't pay to publish my book.


 

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Many congrats, Singin! I know it was hard at the end, but now you have Cayden. Enjoy the babymoon!

 

Wolfcat, that's fantastic! There need to be more Pagan oriented children's books. Best of luck to you!


Thanks!

 



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Oooh very cool!  I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you fingersx.gif  That book idea sounds amazing and I would love it for me & my kiddos!!


 

Next up Valley of Horses, and The Corrections... read.gif

 


You can be sure that I'll be letting all my pagan groups know as soon as it's available... orngbiggrin.gif

 

Is that Jean Auel's Valley of Horses? Love the series, though I was sorely disappointed in the Land of Painted Caves... The writing was horrid compared to her other stuff.

 

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post

 

Yay on the book deal!  That sounds amazing!

(A vanity press is a company where you submit your work and they publish it... but you pay for the whole thing and hope to make the money back.  It used to be very stigmatized, the implication being you couldn't get a "real" publisher to carry your work, but these days the whole internet publishing "thing" has changed the playing field a bit.  Companies like Lulu.com and Amazon have really opened that door.  But getting a non-vanity press interested in you is a HUGE deal because it means they'll shoulder much of the cost and even pay you in advance, handle the editing and nitty gritty details of publishing, manage your publicity, etc.  And it means that you've got that confidence boost right from the start!)

 


More or less, yeah. There have been some very good books that have been published on vanity, but there is still something to be said for someone thinking enough of the work to say, "we'll foot the bill on this and pay you to boot." KWIM?

 

*bubbles*

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