Thursday, 15 April 2010

To my blog readers:

I was suppose to blog about back-story today but I decided to put that off until tomorrow. I need a mental break. So instead:  I want to start today's blog with an apology.

I don't feel I'm giving my blogging community my all. Why? I'm exhausted.

I'm currently editing a manuscript (for a friend) that needs to go to publication in a few weeks and so I'm focused on that. I have a few deadlines of my own that I'm trying to tackle. I have so many projects and stories that my mind is muddled. I want to take a break but I can't. So, if you've noticed I'm not commenting on your blogs, it's just time constraints. I promise to get back to them soon.

On a happy note: I finally got my copy of Martin Edward's Novel: The Cipher Garden and I can't wait to read and give it a review. I have enough books to keep me reading for quite a while.

Also, I received my copy of the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. (I know, only geeky writers get so excited over a dictionary.) This dictionary is amazing! It comes with a CD.

 Look at how thick it is...duh, which dictionary is not thick. And it has colored pages in the middle that give the British and American names for items - and there is a big difference between the two. (You can click on the pics to enlarge them.)

The CD ROM that is included is cool. It has the British and American pronunciation of every word! It also has a built in thesaurus. Can I just say, one of my favorite tools on my computer is the lovely 'SNIP' tool.


Ann Elle Altman said...

Just checking to see if this works...someone said it didn't.


Jaydee Morgan said...

Ann - don't feel bad for being exhausted and needing to take some time away from blogland :)

J.L. Campbell said...

I'd be just as excited over having a cool, new dictionary.

The last one I got that had pictures became a casualty of my son, who was so fascinated with said pictures that he inadvertently ripped most of those pages from their mooring.

J.L. Campbell said...

Oh, I think we all understand what you're going through. Too much to do, too little time.

Unknown said...

You have to give yourself sometime too. Don't feel bad about needing a break. It happens to the best of us. Also I would get just as excited over that too. Hang in there and don't forget to breathe once in a while :)

Unknown said...

Wow you're busy sounds like you could use a mental break!!! I know I could!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Make sure you're taking care of yourself in the middle of all the work!

Love the dictionary :)

Anonymous said...

Ann - I can't imagine anyone who deserves a mental break more than you do. Enjoy! And you will love The Cipher Garden. Of course, I'm a Martin Edwards fan, so I'm biased, but I really do think you'll enjoy it very much.

Laura S. said...

Enjoy your break! Though, I guess it's not really a break since you have all those deadlines... but we'll all still be here when you get back!

I love a good dictionary! I need a new one; mine's from 1997 and several times I've looked up words that were not in it. Oh, the horror! Your new one looks awesome. I love a good thesaurus, too. :)

Mason Canyon said...

I completely understand about not being about to visit blogs and comment. This time of year my schedule become crazy and my "my" time is cut short so I don't have any much time to blog and visit as I want to. Sounds like you've got way more going on and need to focus on that. Be sure to take care of yourself along with everything else. See ya when you get a chance again.

Thoughts in Progress

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Definitely take a break! We'll all be here when you get back. :)

Linda said...

wonderful dictionary! I learn so much from you and appreciate your sharing your knowledge...please take care of you and your family, and come back to visit when you can.

Bright Blessings!

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