Oh, Monday. And NaNoWriMo. And Other Assorted Bits.

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It’s taking up storage room here, so I figured, hey, why not use it. Last year’s fall colors.

So I thought I had the most genius solution to my storage problem: Instagram. Oh yes, thought I in my too-old-for-the-app naivety, Instagram will solve my problems and give me another social media outlet!

Only.

Well. Turns out the only pictures you can upload on Instagram are from your phone.

There are some work-arounds, but I think I may be heading back to flicker. Or follow my Inner Laziness Guru:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/144440142@N04/30655029766/in/dateposted-public/

And just give WordPress more money. I mean they’re totally counting on it, right?!

Ironically, though, I had to use Flickr to embed that photo, because I couldn’t do it directly from Canva for some reason, which is where I made it. And by “made it” I mean typed those words.

Proof of my Monday: I literally hit “publish” when I meant to save a draft. SAVE A DRAFT.

Arrghh.

Still working on this post, I’ll update it when it’s finished.

And here we go!

ANYWHO, (hmm, was that a little channeling of Aunty Ida?) The balloon drops on NaNoWriMo tomorrow, and I think I’m jumping in. Last year, for the first time since I started doing NaNoWriMo, I didn’t hit 50,000. So I don’t know if I’m starting with a chip on my shoulder or a monkey on my back.

I can’t decide if a monkey on my back might be fun. We could become best friends and solve crimes together!

On a completely unrelated note, I think I know what I’m writing about for NaNoWriMo.

This photo comes from NectarConsulting.Com. I have absolutely no idea why, or if they made it. But I'm pretty sure that's no a monkey, but a baboon.

This photo comes from NectarConsulting.Com. I have absolutely no idea why, or if they made it. But I’m pretty sure that’s no a monkey, but a baboon.

I’m hoping to have the next Galapagos post up, uhh, someday. Meanwhile, if you don’t hear from me, the technology has gotten me. Please send help and chocolate cupcakes. Heavy on the chocolate cupcakes.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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Aunty Ida Contest Winner Revealed!

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Congratulations to Dave, the winner of the Aunty Ida Book Trailer Blog Contest! Dave is the lucky recipient of the Amazon gift card, which I hope he is greatly enjoying. Check out his blog, Espresso Coco, in celebration or in slight resentment, whichever.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest, and thanks for watching and sharing the Aunty Ida Book Trailer. And for the heck of it, in case you missed it the first or eighth time, here’s the trailer.

Congrats again, Dave, I hope you have fun with your spoils!

Want something to read? Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) .

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Contest Ends Today! Get Sharing to Get Winning

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This is it! The last hours for you to enter the Aunty Ida Book Trailer contest! You have until midnight central time to share the video below  and get a chance at a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes.

Here’s how you can share: tweet the video using my handle, @IsaLeeWolf (feel free to follow, I follow back); or share it on your website and then post the link in the comments below. You can also enter directly at Rafflecopter. That’s it! Someone will win the gift card, why not you?

And here’s the video. Thanks for sharing!

 

On the Topic of Book Trailers

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In case you’ve missed it, the book trailer for Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)  is below. Go ahead, watch it. There’s a good chance Aunty Ida won’t actually do anything to your brain. Maybe.

In making book trailers, some people decide to tell you what the book is about, which is definitely one way to do it. You might catch the attention of people out and about where they’re not actually in the context of books, and no doubt it can be effective.

Instead of that, though, I tried to capture the essence of the book, its flavor, the tone of it. It’s supposed to give you the sense of what you’re getting into, and with Aunty Ida, that can be a lot more than you bargained for, given her tendency to get involved when you haven’t actually bargained for anything.

In this digital age, it’s a bit of a calling card, a handshake and a hello. A book trailer can give a sense of who you are as writer, and what you have in store for your readers. Well, in this case, what Aunty Ida has in store. I claim no responsibility.

If you share the trailer, you can be entered to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. Just tweet it using my handle, @IsaLeeWolf, retweet this tweet, or share on your blog or website. Make sure to post your website shares below so that I make sure you get your entries, or enter directly using this link at Rafflecopter.

Enjoy!

 

Need something to read? Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed, and The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management as well!

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Haven’t Entered the Contest Yet?

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So on Friday, I revealed Aunty Ida’s brand new book trailer (which is below) and a contest. If you share the video, you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card, and today, I’m making it even easier to enter.

Share the video on Twitter, and make sure to use my handle, @IsaLeeWolf (feel free to follow me, I follow back) or post a link to the video on your blog and share that link below in the comments. That’s it! I’ll take care of the rest. It’s like taking a $25 Amazon Gift Card from a blogger. As before, sharing on Twitter is one entry; posting on your blog is another entry; and posting your link in the comments below counts as a third entry (post your Twitter links, too, if you want). Right now, your odds of winning are excellent, so what are you waiting for? Get sharing.

The contest ends at 12 a.m. on September 6, 2014, and the winner will be chosen in a random drawing. If you prefer, you can still enter via Rafflecopter.

Aunty Ida Contest and Announcement

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As promised, I’m running a Rafflecopter giveaway! And, finally, here’s the Aunty Ida announcement: Aunty Ida has escaped the bounds of fiction and has her very own book trailer. It’s premiering (ooh, fancy) with this post! So share the video on Twitter, share it on your blog, and leave a comment below with your links for another entry. You’ve got a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card, so get sharing!

You must share this book trailer to be eligible for the $25 Amazon Gift card. If you Tweet it and blog it, you’ll have two entries. Leave your links below in the comments, and you get another entry. Those are pretty good odds. Sorry, comments without a link sharing the book trailer won’t count toward the contest. Make sure you use the Rafflecopter link above to enter the Tweet and blog post urls showing your sharing and to get your entries. You have until 12 a.m. (U.S. Central time) September 6, 2014 to enter.

Now here’s Aunty Ida’s attempt to get herself over into the real world. We should probably be worried.