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Bike Is In the Shop

While my bike is at Sports Authority getting a new tire tube and tune-up, I’ll be riding Jackie’s bike. I took hers to Orting today, first thing this morning, because it was slated to be so HOT here this afternoon–near 90 degrees. And it is. I’m happy to be indoors right now! The chickens are wandering around with their wings extended from their bodies a little. THEY think it’s too hot, too…

I did a little editing/copy-enhancement work for one of John’s clients this afternoon–tweaked an ad she wrote to make it postcard size for an event she’ll be speaking at this weekend. SHE LOVES IT!!!

Heard from the attorney. He’s mailing me a check today and says there will be a few tweaks, but nothing major. Super!

Our grape arbor is in full bloom, so I’m enjoying peanut butter and grape sandwiches–and the chickens are getting some grapes, too.  Our plum tree is also in full bloom so we’re giving some of those away.  Our newest chickens are laying eggs, too, so it definitely feels like Harvest Time around here right now!

Lisa and I are going to try to find some Nigerian Drawf goats that need homes. I want to get two or three as soon as possible without paying an arm and a leg for them. Lisa says in October on the east side of the Cascades goat farmers practically give away their goats so they don’t have to feed them all winter, so we might look into an animal auction and drive over there in my SUV and get a couple goats (or three) then, if we can’t find ones needing homes before then right around Tacoma.  Know anyone with freebie small breed goats –Nigerian Dwarf or Pygmy? Females, ideally, wethers if not? Let me know!





I Am ZZZausted…

What a weekend! I can’t believe it’s almost gone, and I didn’t get any real rest. Grrrr….

Pam Richardson and Kristine M Smith with Dr. Dawg at the Puyallup Fair
Pam Richardson and Kristine M Smith with Dr. Dawg at the Puyallup Fair
Lisa Twining Taylor, Sandra K Austin, Kristine M. Smith and Pam Richardson holding holding down the 723 booth at the Puyallup Fair Sept. 13 2014
Lisa Twining Taylor, Sandra K Austin, Kristine M. Smith and Pam Richardson holding holding down the 723 booth at the Puyallup Fair Sept. 13 2014

Saturday I was at the Puyallup Fair from 9 a.m. to almost 5 p.m.  Lisa Twining Taylor, Sandra Austin, Pam Richardson and I I occupied the 723 booth from ten to two and then I wandered around the fairgrounds with Lisa Twining Taylor and Sandra Austin for a while before heading out. (Pam left earlier to get to a reunion.)

Getting out of the fair took longer than getting in. The traffic was horrendous, so I didn’t get back home until almost six.

This morning I served in the nursery at church for two and a half hours and then drove to Orting to ride my bike. On the way back off the hill, about a mile from my SUV, I got a blowout in my rear tire and had to walk the last part of the journey in shoes not made for walking. And it was 85 degrees. But I walked slowly–just strolled–so it wasn’t too bad.

I’m just glad I got the blowout where I did and not six miles up the trail! I had already imbibed the bottle of water I brought along, so it would have been a long, dry trek had I lost the tire farther up the road!

I saw And and Jina Cieplik on the trail, too. They were with friends from Everett for the weekend. Looked like they were having a great time.

What else? John Assaraf has sent me three clients, so I’ll be serving at least one of them this week, more than likely. I’ll also get three or four more assignments from him, too…so I should stay busy the rest of September.

I’ll be pet-sitting a friend’s three dogs for a week and a day starting on Wednesday. That’ll be fun.

I have a one-to-one networking meeting with Steve Garvin on Thursday that I’m going to try to move to later in the afternoon because I want to sit in on John’s webinar and don’t want to have to bail during it.

That’s all, folks!



Took the Entire Weekend Off–Whee!!!

I have no idea when I last took an entire weekend off, but I’m doing it this weekend. It feels fabulous!

Yesterday I went bike riding with the Phil McNiven family–Phil, Wendy, Casey and Jamie. We rode 15 miles on the Orting Trail (round trip from the park). When I got back I took a nap (hadn’t slept long enough the two nights previously) and then Lisa Twining Taylor and I accepted Rhonda and John Wilson’s invitation to check out a first annual Summitville gathering. The gathering featured a live band, smorgasbord, campfire, picnic tables and good times surrounded by a pasture with at least one llama and lots of sheep.

It was well-shaded (you had to actually look for spots to sit in the sun), intimate and family-like. It’s a good venue for small gatherings in the Summit area. It’s located between Vickery and Canyon Roads on 80th. The family that owns the property wants area residents to know about it. They want to make it available to families for reunions, networking meetings during great weather, and the like.

This morning I did my church thing, then returned home to find a voice mail message from a gentleman asking me to call him on Monday. He has a website he wants to fill with copy. WOO HOO! Someone recommended me to him. WOO HOO TIMES TWO! I’ll find out who tomorrow…



WOO HOO! 100,000+ Views on My ‘Almost Famous’ Blog!

My first-ever blog Almost Famous By De’s Fault reached a milestone a couple of days ago: 100,000+ views.  That’s pretty darned amazing. Who could have guessed, when I started it four or five years ago, that it would receive this kind of attention. It just goes to show you how popular DeForest Kelley remains in the minds and hearts of fans around the world nearly fifteen years after his passing on June 11, 1999.

Not that Almost Famous is a blog that’s 100% about De (yet). But by the time I get this site fully underway and the germane posts (about word-smithing) moved from Almost Famous to here  and other stuff deleted or shuttled to other venues, eventually it will be 100% about De-related information and happenings. I’ll use Almost Famous to update fans about the upcoming DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal from the Fan Who Knew Him Best, slated to debut in 2016 during Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.

This blog is for prospective clients to get a chance to meet me (virtually) and for current clients to stay abreast of what’s happening with me on the professional front. It will also have a behind-the-scenes FOR YOUR EYES ONLY opt-in spot for copywriters (pros and newbies) where I’ll share my insights and hard-won wisdom about how to write riveting copy and make a living as a professional copywriter. That option will eventually be monetized. (The precious,  irreplaceable time that I spend blogging has to pay for itself somehow.)

A lot of Creatives have a Donate page that lets subscribers donate funds to the person they’re following. One of my professional friends (a local networker and power partner) has a site where she asks readers to pledge whatever they decide on a monthly basis to help her along. This idea resonates  with me; it would be a way to monetize (to some small degree) the time I spend writing blog posts. I’m just not sure how many (if any) of my readers would pledge even two dollars a month; y’all are used to hearing from me and getting my take on things FREE. (My storefront blog posts will always be free. You’d just have the option to donate. So … would you, if you had the option? I’m asking!)

IF 100 readers, for example, pledged just two dollars a month, the $200 would do me a lot of good, so I’m considering it–but  I’d like to know your thoughts before I even consider it further.

Updating my storefront blog (and other necessary pages) as often as I’d like will take time (a significant chunk of my life, which I can never get back) and this factor weighs on me when it comes to deciding how to spend my rare, spare time.

Of course, I’ll almost always be writing in my spare time (big surprise there, huh?) but it could be books rather than blog posts. And the books would cost readers money and be less interactive. (I still have at least three books in me that want out.)

So I’m torn.  Social media is a venue that I love even though it takes precious time every time I partake and interact. I put myself on a 15-minute timer when I’m on Facebook (usually twice a day)  and on a 60-minute timer when I blog so I make sure I don’t ‘socialize’ my work days away. But one-to-one time with y’all means a lot to me and I don’t want to stop doing it “just” to make the money I need to survive. I need money (we all do) but it never has been (and never will be) the be all and end of my existence–which is why I’m not where I should be financially this close to the end of my working days. (May my working days never end for as long as I’m able to think clearly and string words together! I love what I do with all my heart!)

I’ve followed my passion the past seven years and it’s paying off well enough but it isn’t even close to making me feel financially secure. I just thank God that I don’t have expensive habits or crave a lofty lifestyle!  I can make a living as a writer and copywriter as long as I stay well physically and mentally and remain well-grounded. I’ve never felt the need or the desire to “keep up with the Joneses”, drive a fancy car or wear expensive clothes, so I can survive well enough as an ‘almost-famous’ author and copywriter for the foreseeable future .  Good thing–because I can’t even imagine going back to what I did before I decided to take on this adventure–and luckily, I don’t have to!

I’m doing what I love every single day. How cool is that? If you’re willing to support me by sending clients my way (see ‘My Ideal Client’ before you do this, please!) or by pledging a Kris’s Friends, Fans and Financial Funders monthly donation, let me know!