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martitalbott

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:12 AM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Last three days don't count when they're doing the remittance thingy. At least, that's what I've noticed. I have only 68 on my new release. You beat me, darn it.
Ed Augusts

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:24 AM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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You sound like you're a bit "down" today! Is it the chilly weather? Or is there a lull in the book business?! Do you ever feel like you might be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) and need to find a sunny place for a week or two?

I'm in Midtown, Tucson, Arizona! Just off Speedway Blvd., and within walking distance of 5 different Asian buffets. Yum! We are having some cool days again, 75 will be our high for at least a few days! We hit 95 a couple of week s ago, and then lingered in the 80's for about 10 days. Severe Clear... NO clouds. A bit of a breeze sometime, that's nice! Our summers here are from about April 15 to October 15, and in the 3 months in the middle of that span, it gets so hot here that even at 5:00 a.m. you can't open your windows to cool off, because it is no less than 85 outside.

I hate all this perpetual Sun and when I can move back to California, I probably will. Possibly. Friends in the Bay Area want me to move there RIGHT NOW... But I look out upon the Catalinas, which frame Tucson to the north, with Mount Lemmon whic, at 9,000+ ft gets snowclad, sometimes for 3 or 4 days at a time. (Nothing like the Cascade Range, though, and Mount Rainier! )

Phoenix, 100 miles north, is a geographically hateful place compared to Tucson. Phoenix stretches over what seems like three counties and 90% of the time if you're driving in Phoenix or environs, you have NO landmarks on the horizon. I thrive and feel comforted because of landmarks! In Tucson there are the Catalinas rising very near at hand, to the North, and the Tucson Mountains just to the West of Downtown, and the Rincons to the east. So a person never has to wonder where the heck they are in Tucson, though in Phoenix, that can be a mystery!

Tucson is progressive, at about a million people in Pima County. Phoenix, with 3.6 million in Maricopa County, is conservative. . . and it's the state capital. So---voila! "Red State!"

Wow, Looking at your books... 9.2, huh? I hope your home is up on a knoll away from Puget Sound, because it's been more than 300 years now... and another one is due! People get all excited about the San Andreas Fault in California, but as a strike-slip fault, that has been proven to not be able to exceed much beyond 8.0 on the scale; the subduction zone off YOUR coast, however, could yield a quake the size of the Indian Ocean disaster a few years ago... 9.5 or so... 15X bigger!

Whenever I've moved inland in life, I get my first good night's sleep in a long, long time... Because I didn't have to worry about earthquakes or tsunamis! If I had a 10 million dollar house in Malibu, I'd go nuts. That big ocean out there, with my name on it? To heck with that! Best, ------Ed

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:50 AM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Alameda, California just opposite the war zone of Oakland, California and south of the mean deadly streets of Richmond, California. (At least I live on an island.)

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:53 AM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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@Marti--considering my already slim sales dropped to half of average for the last three months...I'll take my win. ;P

Yeah...I always get a little "catch up" of sales from like the 25th-30th.

Traci
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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 12:00 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Hey Traci,

Good to see you!!!

Thom
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Posted: Mar 22, 2013 12:09 PM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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You too Thom!!

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Posted: Mar 22, 2013 12:12 PM   in response to: Ed Augusts in response to: Ed Augusts
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I live on a hill in a building that should hold up pretty well...I hope. Earthquake wise,it's been really quiet, too quiet if you ask me. Mt. Rainier gets a little shaker now and then, but geologist think Mt. Baker, to the north of me, will go off next. Gee, thanks, geologists.

I wrote Seattle Quake 9.2 to scare the you-know-what out of people who don't give it much thought, let alone preparation. I was in a bad one in LA in 1971 and I've never been so scared in my life.

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 4:26 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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What a gorgeous cover, Marti! NH here, just happy there were only flurries today, no real snow. I'm happy my son has a school performance tomorrow, a little over an hour away, and my Dad's driving out to see it then we'll all go to dinner. I love seeing my Dad and don't get to often enough :)
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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 4:55 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Hope you don't mind if I join the conversation. I'm pretty new to the forums, and I'm looking to get involved.

I'm Vanessa, and I'm in East Hartford, Connecticut. Decent day weather wise, but a bit on the windy side.

As far as happy news goes, I made some good progress today on my latest series of ebooks.
martitalbott

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 6:51 PM   in response to: sonrisasola in response to: sonrisasola
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Everyone is welcome here. We were all new once too.
Gary Seilheimer

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 7:43 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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I got the same morning snow that you got. And the lunchtime sleet, and the afternoon sunshine.
Gary Seilheimer

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 7:45 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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The Sylmar quake?
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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 8:06 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Hi Marti and All

Norfolk, UK, here. Cold, with snow threatened for later on Saturday.

My happy news? Nearly finished with the formatting of another ebook. AND, I feature on several bestseller lists. Yippee!

Good luck on the sales front to everyone. I have one of my books on Select and its sales now it's on paid are far more than all my other mysteries apart from the first. Double yipppee! :-)
Geraldine
martitalbott

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 8:25 PM   in response to: Gary Seilheimer in response to: Gary Seilheimer
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Yep, I thought it was the San Fernando quake, but maybe it had both names. We lived in Burbank and I thought we'd been bombed until it started shaking. Killed 65 people.
Ed Augusts

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Re: The happy thread
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 8:37 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Ah, so you were in the Sylmar (San Fernando) quake! I was impressed by that one, all the way up in the Bay Area and took some notes I'd written and printed off "Can Earthquakes Be Predicted? : an Astrological Study" (I am always doing dumb stuff like that!), in which I looked for common factors in hundreds of "killer quakes" over the past century. I contacted a few bookstores in L.A., and the Bodhi Tree ordered ten copies at $1 each, pretty snazzy for just a pamphlet in 1971. A researcher at S.R.I. (Stanford Research Institute) contacted me and asked for a copy "for their files." The booklet is quite scarce now.

Let's go forward 23 years. My niece said she was laying in bed in her apartment building in West Hollywood when the Northridge quake hit. The entire room and the bed in the middle of it, began swaying and skidding side-to-side. She couldn't figure what kept the whole building from collapsing. I came down to visit, and couldn't believe that Santa Monica's brick buildings (a 30 to 40 minute drive from Northridge), had been hit so hard! Built on fill, probably!

HEY, you say this is the "Happy Thread?" Well, present company all survived, at least! I hope someone posts something more cheerful!
Oh, I have it! My "Semi-Mesozoic Pizza with Primordial Anchovies and Seismological Moments" (2003) contains some tectonic and volcanic poetry.
If anyone encourages me I'll be glad to offer a sample, You don't see earthquake poetry very often.

(Maybe I can help draw attention to your "Seattle Quake 9.2" with my weird stuff!)
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