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Haven’t blogged in a while, but I have a couple of things to talk about this week.

First, big book giveaway! I’ve teamed up with six other Harlequin Authors. Together, we’re giving away SEVEN packs of SEVEN autographed books. We’re doing this on Facebook, and it’s super easy to enter for the drawing. Here is the link to the contest page: http://www.facebook.com/kara.lennox/app_455995934413715

Second: Do you need an agent? How do you find the right agent? What can agents do for your career? These questions and more will be addressed in the online workshop “All About Agents,” I’m teaching at Savvy Authors,  Class starts June 11! Here’s the link:http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showevent.php?eventid=885

Other writing news: I just turned in a new proposal to my Superromance editor for three more Project Justice books. Fingers crossed!

So what else is going on?

I’ve revived my acting career. I got a little part in an industrial film shot by Sony (an in-house marketing kind of thing) and I had so much fun! My actress friend Marie said if I want to do more, I should sign up at Actors Access. So I did, and I’ve been submitting myself for all kinds of roles. And, OMG, I got one! I get to play “Sleeping Wardrobe Woman” in a low-budget feature film.

On the home front, I had a contractor out to look at our back porch (which basically doesn’t exist) and give us a quote for building a new one. I really, really want a porch. It’s going to be expensive because we have to match the houses’s historic details. But I’m hoping we can do it in phases. I’m supposed to get a quote this week.

In the garden, we’re harvesting raspberries, strawberries and cherry tomatoes almost every day. I’m afraid the other tomato plants are something of a disappointment. I don’t know why, but they aren’t making tomatoes. Last year we had tons! Only the cherry tomato plan seems to be happy. But I did harvest our first yellow squash, and we have loads more coming. Can’t wait to eat it tonight!

And, finally, I dusted off my metal detector and went over the whole front yard, while it’s still mostly soft dirt. I found a Ziploc bag of what I thought, at first, was silver coins. But it tuned out to be some miscellaneous chrome hardware, parts of a chair or something. ::sigh:: I also found 4 pennies. Then I went to the beach, where I found a number of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, nothing old.

As you can see, I have way too many interests and hobbies. I wish I could clone myself. Lately I’ve been neglecting my Etsy stores. Haven’t done much in the way of art, and I have stacks of vintage items sitting around waiting to be cleaned up, photographed and listed for sale. (Got an antique silver plate water pitcher for $1 the other day!). But only so many hours in a day.

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People keep asking me how the renovations are going.  They’re pretty much stalled because of this stupid floor.  It’s taking me forever to strip it.  But today I put in several hours.  The photo gives you some idea of what a disgusting job it is, but you don’t get how bad it smells!

This is only the first go-'round. I'm pulling up the majority of paint, but still lots left. Layers and layers of paint and varnish.

My sister is working on the plans for the double-decker porch on the back of the house; we have a contractor lined up.  Big question is, what’s involved in getting approval from the city?  I haven’t gone through the permit process in this city before.  Since my house is a landmark, they may get all snitty on me.

An even bigger question:  How much will it cost?  I am bracing myself.  If we can swing it, it’s going to finish off this year’s renovation budget, for sure.  No more big-ticket items until I sell a whole bunch of books!

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This is my first imported blog, BTW. Bear with me. Blog is under construction.

It is pouring rain again. This is my first winter in Southern California, and people are telling me that this weather is not as peculiar as I thought. It’s El Nino.

I’m also drowning in appliances. Dishwasher and microwave/range hood arrived today. Neither are installed and won’t be for a while. For now, the dishwasher box serves as new counter space. Yay!

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