agt_spooky: (AgtSpooky artist pallete)
2017-07-18 06:44 am

The State of Spooky

 Hi all! Yes, I’m still alive. :-)
 
Many thanks to those several of you who have dropped me notes over the past couple of months to check up on me. I greatly appreciate you thinking about me and your concern. You’ve given me the nudge to get on here and post an update.
 
Things at the end of May weren’t too bad. I was quite busy, actually. I worked several police volunteer events, which I always love doing. Then I had five days off for the Memorial Day holiday, and I was on the go with John, running around and having fun. I was also deep in the midst of my new ebook releasing, which occupied all of my spare time with marketing and promotion. Oh, and I also started up yoga classes again.
 
Things started to fall apart in June, in regards to work. I was completely and utterly betrayed by my two oldest friends of 15 years. They lied to me, stabbed me in the back and when I confronted them about their lies they turned it all around on me. We haven’t spoken since. I was utterly devastated. Then another blow came at work as well, right on top of this and and slipped into a long state of depression.
 
I tried to rally around mid-month, for my 23rd wedding anniversary with John. Only to find out our favorite French restaurant where we were having dinner, was closing the next week. So that didn’t help my mindset!
 
Things perked up a bit at the end of June. At work, I’ve reconnected with a gal who I’ve known for ten years and we’ve become quite close. It’s been nice to have a good friend again. I had friends from Fort Wayne in visiting for three days, who I hadn’t seen in many years, so it was a great reunion. I also worked another high-profile police volunteer event (a DUI roadblock) and it was a fascinating, amazing experience.
 
I took several days off around the 4th of July and went out and did several activities with John, which was really nice. I also went to the Styx / REO Speedwagon concert with my best friend Chris. What a fabulous night! And then just last week I saw the Queen concert with Adam Lambert, which was also fantastic. Had last Friday off of work and John and I spent the day together, then Chris came over on Sunday so that we could do our on-line check-in for our cruise to Alaska next month.
 
I should have known that things were going too well for me and looking up for a change and I received three bad blows in the last few days (two work related, one writing related) that have knocked me on my ass. So after this update I might be disappearing for awhile again. But I wanted to at least jump on and let you guys know what’s been going on with me lately.
 
Thank you all again for your concern. That really touches me. I’ve got a lot of great friends here. :-)
 
I hope all of you have been doing well these past couple of months. Let me know what you’ve been up to! I’ve missed chatting with all of you!
 
{{HUGS}}
 
 
 
 
agt_spooky: (SN icon - Highway to Hell)
2017-05-22 07:56 am
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Supernatural Season 12 ratings rankings

 I know I don't really post about Supernatural much, but I do keep track of the ratings. Here's how season 12 ended up. Where did your favorite episode fall? 

BY AIR DATE:
 
Keep Calm and Carry on - 2.15 million (0.8)
Mamma Mia - 1.61 million (0.6)
The Foundry - 1.68 million (0.6)
American Nightmare - 1.84 million (0.7)
The One You've Been Waiting For - 1.69 million (0.6)
Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox - 1.80 million (0.7)
Rock Never Dies - 1.86 million (0.7)
Lotus - 1.73 million (0.6)
First Blood - 1.72 million (0.6)
Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets - 1.73 million (0.6)
Regarding Dean - 1.73 million (0.6)
Stuck Here in the Middle (With You) - 1.81 million (0.7)
Family Feud - 1.62 million (0.6)
The Raid - 1.63 million (0.6)
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell - 1.49 million (0.5)
Ladies Drink Free - 1.71 million (0.6)
The British Invasion - 1.57 million (0.5)
The Memory Remains - 1.58 million (0.5)
The Future - 1.38 million (0.5)
Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes - 1.51 million (0.5)
There’s Something About Mary - 1.42 million (0.5)
Who We Are - 1.75 million (0.6)
All Along the Watchtower - 1.65 million (0.6)
 
 
BY RATINGS, HIGHEST TO LOWEST:
 
1.)  Keep Calm and Carry on - 2.15 million (0.8)
2.)  Rock Never Dies - 1.86 million (0.7)
3.)  American Nightmare - 1.84 million (0.7)
4.)  Stuck Here in the Middle (With You) - 1.81 million (0.7)
5.)  Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox - 1.80 million (0.7)
6.)  Who We Are - 1.75 million (0.6)
7.)  Lotus - 1.73 million (0.6)
8.)  Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets - 1.73 million (0.6)
9.)  Regarding Dean - 1.73 million (0.6)
10.) First Blood - 1.72 million (0.6)
11.) Ladies Drink Free - 1.71 million (0.6)
12.) The One You've Been Waiting For - 1.69 million (0.6)
13.) The Foundry - 1.68 million (0.6)
14.) All Along the Watchtower - 1.65 million (0.6)
15.) The Raid - 1.63 million (0.6)
16.) Mamma Mia - 1.61 million (0.6)
17.) Family Feud - 1.62 million (0.6)
18.) The Memory Remains - 1.58 million (0.5)
19.) The British Invasion - 1.57 million (0.5)
20.) Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes - 1.51 million (0.5)
21.) Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell - 1.49 million (0.5)
22.) There’s Something About Mary - 1.42 million (0.5)
23.) The Future - 1.38 million (0.5)
agt_spooky: (Colored pencils)
2017-05-22 07:16 am

The weekend wrap-up

Good gosh, is it Monday already? Ugh. I could definitely use another day to the weekend!

I had a long, long Saturday. I was doing more volunteer work for the police department, at the annual Just Play event from 9:30 am till 4:00 pm. I normally love working this, being outside all day, joking around with the kids who come up, free food, entertainment, etc.

Except this year it was absolutely miserable. It was really cold, very windy and for the first three and a half hours it just poured down rain. Thank goodness we were sharing a tent with the fire department this year so we didn’t get too wet. But we stood around and did nothing but get cold since no one was outside. I could barely feel my fingers to eat lunch from one of the food trucks!

The rain finally let up around 1:00 pm and while it was still quite cool out and the sun never did come out, people started arriving by the droves. I was insanely busy for the next three hours, getting about 100 kids in and out of the squad car, along with my other two volunteer friends. I ended up having a pretty good time! At the very end of the day I had my friend snap a pic of me….



By the time I got home I was utterly wiped out from being cold for 8 hours and then all the work with the kids. I think I was in bed by 9:00 pm!

I was an absolute slug on Sunday, barely mustering up enough energy to get out of my pajamas. :-) I watched TV, read a book, played on the computer. I definitely needed one day of downtime. I had an insanely busy week at work, then the volunteer event and I have another really busy three days ahead of me this week. Ugh. Really not looking forward to it.

So how was YOUR weekend?
agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
2017-05-19 07:54 am

A purr-fect gift

John and I donated to another animal charity and this time I got to pick the gift. :-) Even though it’s been up around 80 degrees this week, I chose this hoodie because it was adorable, and figured I’d wear it in the fall. Well it arrived yesterday and suddenly today it’s only 50 degrees! LOL! Guess what I’m wearing today. :-) Oh, and Bean highly approves of my choice!

agt_spooky: (Castle (Writer))
2017-05-17 07:27 pm
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My new ebook - now available!



★★ NEW RELEASE! ★★ HUNTED SOLDIER (Shadow Unit Book 3) NOW AVAILABLE!★★

Can be read as a stand-alone if you’re new to Connor and Shawn’s adventures.

BUY LINK: https://payhip.com/b/wIzt  (epub, .mobi and .pdf)

BLURB: In the wake of the harrowing missions in India and Pakistan, Connor struggles to come to terms with causing the accidental death of a child, while Shawn tries to put Julian’s betrayal behind him.

Adding to the emotional fallout, new trials arise – the appearance of a young man from Connor’s past turned stalker may have fatal consequences for him, while Shawn must confront his former heroin addiction and break free of the hold it still has on him.

The challenges continue when a Shadow Unit undercover op in Bangladesh to shut down the pipeline of terrorists being smuggled into the UK draws Shawn and Connor into a web of lies and deceit from a man hell bent on exacting revenge on the two soldiers – demanding a life for a life.

Will Connor and Shawn survive? Or will the jungle become their final resting place?

58,400 words

Don’t miss Connor and Shawn’s previous missions in BROKEN SOLDIER and ROGUE SOLDIER, plus the holiday short story SNOWBOUND SOLDIERS! Available now!



agt_spooky: (Castle (Writer))
2017-05-16 08:10 am
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Ebook Flash Sale!!

Hey all! I’m having a sale TODAY ONLY on my Shadow Unit ebooks!



★★ FLASH SALE! ★★ TODAY ONLY! ★★

To celebrate the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) tomorrow, both Broken Soldier (Book 1) and Rogue Soldier (Book 2) are on sale for only $1.49 each!

https://payhip.com/jamielynnmiller
agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
2017-05-16 08:08 am

The (late) weekend wrap-up

Hey guys!

I had such a horribly bad Friday, weekend and most of Monday that I had no energy to do my regular write up.

My frustration and stress level was off the charts because of our oh-so-wonderful healthcare and insurance system. Did my sarcasm come through there? I spent three days fighting with my doctor’s office and my FMLA insurance people over paperwork that should have taken five minutes to fill out, then got into an argument with my husband over it, which meant we weren’t speaking all weekend. It was just a clusterfuck all around that took until nearly 3:00 pm yesterday to get resolved.

Which was just in time for me to start my first yoga class in over two years. Boy, did I need it after all that nonsense! I like the instructor, though she can’t compare to my old one. But the class was good. A bit different, slower, than I’m used to, but I will definitely go back again next week. I felt SO much better after class. I’ve missed that feeling. Though, good gosh, I’m sore this morning! LOL!

Work is gearing up to be crazy this week. Had meetings at our other building yesterday, which required travel, then I have a four hour seminar on Thursday, again off-site. Ugh.

Getting together with a work friend tonight to go see King Arthur, which should be fun and exactly what I need to decompress.

That’s about it from me right now. How was YOUR weekend?
agt_spooky: (Television)
2017-05-10 07:51 am

Baby Groot!!

 Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was awesome! "Groot, put on your seatbelt!" Ha! Needless to say, Baby Groot stole the show. :-) I liked this one better than the first one. I think because the storyline was simpler, and more personal. But they were still saving the galaxy! And it was emotional, too! Tell me you all didn't tear up at the end. [sniff, sniff] And the soundtrack this time was even better than the first, too! Just might have to see it for a second time...
agt_spooky: (AgtSpooky artist pallete)
2017-05-08 08:38 am

The weekend wrap-up

Good gosh, Monday already? Why does the weekend just fly by and the regular work week just drag by? I had a lovely weekend. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and warm (but windy) temperatures. Saturday the hubby and I headed out early to breakfast at one of our favorite spots. I had Nutella and strawberry stuffed French toast that was SO yummy. Then we walked down to the French Market, our first trip of the season. We picked up lots of delicious goodies and John got some tea. Afterwards we walked over to the library. It was Free Comic Book Day, plus Star Wars Day combined. As you can see, I quite enjoyed myself and made a new friend! LOL! We chilled at home the rest of the day, where I gave my new ebook a final, final read-through and watched some TV. Sunday was the final, final edits on my book, laundry, dusting and then John and I went out to lunch and did a little shopping at the mall. Stopped and got the Mustang washed on the way back. When we got home we went for a nice walk around the lake behind our house. We passed two dads and their baby daughter, pushing her stroller. It was adorable! It was a busy, but fun and relaxing weekend. How was YOURS?
agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
2017-05-05 09:21 am

Almost the weekend!

 Happy Friday, everyone!
 
Got the hubby and I signed up this morning for another trip through the park district. This time we’re going to Whiting, Indiana on July 29th for their Pierogi Fest. Yum! We’re also thinking about going to the Wisconsin State Fair, too, in August.
 
Have kind of a busy weekend planned - on Saturday the hubby and I are going out to breakfast, then to the French Market for our first visit of the season. I love coming home with all sorts of delicious food. Then we’re off to the library, where they’re celebrating Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day combined, having all sorts of people dressed up in costume handing out the comics. Hope I can get my picture taken with a Stormtrooper! LOL! We’re also going to try and hit up a kite festival going on in town. Last year they had 800 kite flyers!
 
On Sunday we’re trying a new restaurant for lunch, which happens to be next to a mall, where I plan on doing some shopping for new jeans and gym shoes. I don’t think John knows that yet. Ha!
 
Have a good weekend, guys! 
agt_spooky: (Colored pencils)
2017-05-03 09:03 am

Working, working...

 Very excited to have received edits back on Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) from my super-fantastic, super-thorough editor Gina, who called it my “best book yet”. Woot! Now to buckle down and get those edits done. Connor and Shawn are eager to have their next mission published! :-)
agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
2017-05-02 07:38 pm

The serenity of down dog

After several years away from the practice, I just got myself signed up for yoga again, starting on the 15th. I don't think anyone will ever be as good as my former instructor, which is why I haven't ever signed up for classes, but I'm going to try and keep an open mind. Because I truly miss the benefits yoga gave me. And my company will pay for it, so I've got nothing to lose!
agt_spooky: (AgtSpooky artist pallete)
2017-05-01 02:02 pm

The weekend wrap-up

 What a soggy, dreary weekend. It started raining on Friday and it’s still raining now, Monday afternoon. It got so heavy both Saturday and Sunday nights I thought I was going to have to build an ark to get to work this morning!
 
So needless to say, with the weather not much was going on. John and I did go out to breakfast on Saturday morning, which turned out to be a mistake. We should have looked at the rain and stayed home! We ate at a new restaurant and it was horrible! All of the food was overcooked and dry and even the coffee tasted burnt. It was expensive, too! And they screwed up my order, after waiting 25 minutes for it. Looking around, we noticed we weren’t the only ones who left most of their food on their plates. This place won’t be around long.
 
Spent the rest of the weekend just vegging at the house. Got caught up on TV shows, watched the movie Arrival (very slooooow movie, but good. And Jeremy Renner is gorgeous in glasses <g>). Read a book, did the laundry, even took a nap. :-)
 
I received the edits back on Sunday for my new book, Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3). Very excited about that, as it means publication draws ever closer!
 
And that was about it. How was YOUR weekend?
agt_spooky: (Default)
2017-04-26 05:11 am

Ring! Ring!

Check out my new custom phone case! Quick - can you name all the fandoms? :-)

 

agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
2017-04-24 07:29 pm

The weekend wrap-up

Lazy, but productive weekend.

Sat in the sun and read. Sat in the sun and did story edits. Binged-watched half of season five of Chicago Fire. Scribbled down notes for a fanfic story. Did some ebook marketing in between loads of laundry. Messed around with this totally nifty new jacket I got from ScotteVest.com. And completely forgot to go to the comic book store. D'oh!

How was YOUR weekend?
agt_spooky: (SN icon - Dean (thumbs up))
2017-04-20 07:24 pm

Whew! That's over with!

Had my annual review today, which is always a massively stressful time for me. Even more so this year, because this was my first review with my new boss. But I needn’t have worried. It went very well. I found that it was much easier to talk to him than my old boss, which was great.

I’m sure it will be tougher next year, when he’ll have been my boss for an entire year and not just the last 4 months. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now I’ve got high marks AND a raise and I’m feeling good! :-)
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2017-04-18 05:53 pm

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Looks like I used to be quite the busy bee over on LJ for the past 11 years!

 

 


agt_spooky: (SN icon - amulet)
2017-04-14 06:50 am

Something pretty for spring

I took a jewelry making class at the library last night where we made pendants. We had a wide variety of charms and beads to choose from. Here’s my finished creation! I’m really happy with the way it turned out. :-)

agt_spooky: (SN icon - Laugh!)
2017-04-14 06:18 am

Sorry, never heard of Black Bill

Tomahawk, Wisconsin on Supernatural last night - HA! My best friend’s family has a house up there. I spent countless weekends there from childhood through college and I’m afraid to say I’ve never heard of Black Bill. :-) Though it would’ve been a cool thing to scare us witless during all our nighttime walks through the forest! LOL!
agt_spooky: (Default)
2017-04-13 06:57 am

Things that make you smile

Wow! First the executive producer of Chicago Justice “likes” one of my tweets. Now one of the writers did, too, plus she responded to me! Now if I could only get Philip Winchester to… :-)