Friday, July 31, 2015

Emails....you get them too.

Most of them are mindless or silly or maybe a little bit funny. I savor nuggets I get that appeal to me. Like:

. Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean. THIS is stimulating, if it's true!


Stalked Medusa


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. THIS is fascinating. I wish there was a drugstore kit to test with. Sounds utterly bogus to me.
But hey, there's other reasons for wondering what;s in your hair. Hair Analysis can tell you more

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year. THIS is Science Fiction fodder, no? What if....you lived another 100 years? Would love die? June. Moon. Croon. ???

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Writers Need a Proper Web Page!

I've had a lot of fun with Loose Fish. The memoir was the only game in my little world, so it was my ocean. But now I've got the new book, and I'm seriously pursuing a sale, so it's time to grow up and get a little more formal author's web page. Authorly, but in case I migrate out of this one, I want to have links in place.

So here's the address of the new website, same ol' photos and links but hopefully all the writer's surprises and news will appear there, so book mark me, if you have any itnerest in that!

Beverly A. Jackson Author's web page


Saturday, July 18, 2015

My birthday present to myself ! (a week early) Folly of a Foody

Because I've lost weight and intend to keep it off, I gave myself an intriguing present called a Paderno Spiralizer which is a little plastic gizmo that you can make noodles, ribbons, spaghetti shapes from VEGETABLES as opposed to the high caloric pasta that I love. Dressed up with sauces, these noodles are marvelous. And there are entire cook books and recipes online that will help you with ideas.

This is the video that I found perfect for learning how to use it. The tool costs under $40, btw.



It comes with 3 or 4 blades (I bought the 3 blade model). You can use it to make slaw, raw salads, endless things.

I looked up reviews of Spiralizers, and this Paderno got the top rating in the review I found. It is very basic, very easy to use. I thought it might be complicated as it looks like lots of parts, but it's very simple and easy to clean. Mine is now out on the counter for everyday use.

For my first night of use, I spiraled a whole zucchini, and sauteed the ribbons in a little bit of olive oil and chopped garlic. Then I added a tomato which was cubed in large pieces, some fresh basil and voila. It was wonderful!! Delicious. And took about 10 minutes to make dinner. I could eat like this every day. (I won't but I could.)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BLUE LAKE (Novel) Major Rewrite Completed!

Yahoo! Now some serious line edits, and I'm ready to write a query letter! Feeling very good about this one. (I'm humming, I'm told).

Friday, July 3, 2015

Knee Sleeper Pillow (Review)

I'm not one to review commercial products (but quick to review books) unless I think it can really help someone. Anyone reading this has probably got a back problem, so they will find ME, and not the other way around.

I have had back problems (lumbar disc herniation) since 1999, and after much ado, one of the solutions to my pain was to sleep with a pillow between my knees, which takes the strain off the hips, thus reducing sciatica pain and it also aligns the body. The pillows I have tried are various, including a plain old flat pillow.


This pillow didn't work between my knees, but surprisingly, worked VERY well under my neck instead of a big fluffy pillow. I've been using it instead of a regular pillow for years.


This is the pillow I've been using between my knees. It worked okay until I moved. I "lose" the pillow several times a night as I roll around. The discomfort caused by NOT having a pillow wakes me up, so I find it and put it back where it belongs. It finally occurred to me that I am NOT getting a good night's sleep because I'm always foraging the bed, looking for my missing pillow.


I paid $35 for another little round pillow, bright blue. A total waste of money. It was so "hard" between my knees that it was uncomfortable.

I went back to the internet and found the Knee Sleeper Pillow.



I can't begin to tell you what a difference this has made in my life!

The bad news is that it's pricey ($82) so it took me a long time to decide to buy it. But it's worth every penny.

It "rolls" with my body as I move around. It ALSO gives me padding all the way to the ankle, which the roll pillow did NOT, and that added comfort is more than I can explain. It truly aligns my body, sleeping on my side. Also if I want to roll over on my back or stomach, the knee-sleeper-pillow just follows me, and doesn't get in the way. It sort of stays in place wherever I go, and provides the padding needed when needed.

It's hard to imagine sleeping in one long sock. I thought it might be hot on my leg, since I live in Florida and it's always hot. But I use it on the leg that I normally sleep on, so the leg against the sheet anyway (already hot) and I can't tell the difference.

I'm not a fat person, but before the product arrived, I wondered how it could be designed to fit all sizes of people. The sock is not tight fitting, so I can see that my size (30" the largest) might fit plenty of people with much larger legs. But the fabric somehow clings to my leg and doesn't feel too large at all. Plus your foot sticks out the end, so that sort of holds it in place too.

And have I mentioned that the padding between my ankles has been a HUGE relief. I thought only my knees and hips were in discomfort but when the additional padding of the ankles being separated is added, I TRULY get a great night's sleep. The best in years.

I heartily endorse this product. Ask questions and I'll try to answer them, if you have any.

Oh, this is where I bought mine: Clicky: Beyond Beds.Com and no, I don't work for them or get a commission or nuthin' -- I just am grateful I found mine.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blue Lake - the novel

Just finished with the second Draft of the new novel. Now comes the hard part: line edits, Writers Group scrutiny and the suggestions/critiques of my peers.

This is not serious literature (which I prefer) but a psychological thriller of sorts. I've been playing around with cover ideas. Of course I'm in fantasy world.

First of all, "Blue Lake" is only a working title. Pretty sure it'll be changed when published. The next thing I need to think about is the query letter to be sent out to agents. (I need an agent to sell the book to a publisher....haven't I just done this with Loose Fish?)

Blue Lake is the story of a young woman, Christine Colby, who, upon losing her father, a marijuana drug lord in Los Angeles, finds out she is adopted. This puts her on a journey to discover her birth parents. It takes her into the redwood forests of Humboldt County where pot growers, criminals, murder and kidnapping are entwined in the history of her family, endangering her present and helping to shape her future in the town of Blue Lake, which doesn't have a lake.

Well, that's not it. But I'm humming and having fun. :-)