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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: A Barren Landscape...
« Last post by Crystal on May 14, 2021, 09:49:28 AM »
I've never seen a summer slump. The only seasonal trend I've seen again and again is increasing ad costs November through Xmas. Some years, they skyrocket. Some years, they stay relatively stable. But they always increase by some degree.

Well, that and Kindlemas. There's always a drop in income Xmas Eve and Xmas and an increase the following week. People don't usually complain about the increase though.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Running fewer free promos
« Last post by LilyBLily on May 14, 2021, 05:35:13 AM »
I've only run Fussy Librarian promos, but I've done well with free.  I've read (never tried) that 99c promos on FL are not as good.

That's true. I've done a couple and they were flops. Also on BargainBooksy the same. They reward free, not 99 cents.
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Hey authors!

Hope May's going well for you so far. I currently have availability from the 22nd of May, with room for some smaller projects prior.

22nd - 31st May - room for 2 projects
1st June - 7th June - room for 1 project
8th June onwards - available to be reserved

Let me know if there's any dates you have in mind! As always, you can see my full availability at: https://jadewritesbooks.wixsite.com/mysite-1/contact and reach me for any questions at jadewritesbooks@gmail.com

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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on May 14, 2021, 04:28:52 AM »


Arum lily taken from a public park turns out to be non-native and dangerously invasive despite struggling to grow in my garden; I actually bought my first arum lilies, an expensive bulb and most years they do nothing. It's supposed to have a stalk with orange-red berries after a big white bloom that looks like a wet sail. The bloom is not attractive but the stalk is. Arum likes wet places and my only such on the property is the drain field (otherwise known as the septic field). Maybe the lily is waiting to do a big takeover maneuver. I've read online about someone whose entire yard was infested with them and he could not kill them. Scary, but our dirt is so bad here I have no such fears. We even have a stand of bamboo we planted that is barely getting any bigger after more than a decade.   
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Arum lilies are native to southern Africa.  :)
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on May 14, 2021, 04:23:14 AM »
We have deadheaded almost 6,000 daffodils and now will move fully into the fertilization stage. I've already done some but it's a task I never manage to finish. 

Meanwhile, in an act of vigilante gardening, I dug up two wild poppies from a parking lot and took them home with me. Do I carry a trowel in my car? Yes, I do.

While visiting the cemetery many years ago, my mother snipped cutting from ivy on a mausoleum. Since then, she never could grow ivy again. A cautionary tale.  :police:

Ivy is invasive and non-native, so that's fine.

The parking lot had a weedy and wild space between it and someone else's mowed land. Eventually someone will come along and destroy all the native plants and make it grass or pave it. The parking lot is where the hospital helicopter lands and those always end up needing more space. The parking lots, that is, not the helicopters. 

I already have bluebells, May apples, and a kind of low wild phlox purloined from along a nearby country road. There's a native columbine I want to grab, too, but I need to find the right spot in my garden for it first. I've left the wild day lilies because they're invasive, too, and I have plenty cultivated versions. Deer eat them all.

Arum lily taken from a public park turns out to be non-native and dangerously invasive despite struggling to grow in my garden; I actually bought my first arum lilies, an expensive bulb and most years they do nothing. It's supposed to have a stalk with orange-red berries after a big white bloom that looks like a wet sail. The bloom is not attractive but the stalk is. Arum likes wet places and my only such on the property is the drain field (otherwise known as the septic field). Maybe the lily is waiting to do a big takeover maneuver. I've read online about someone whose entire yard was infested with them and he could not kill them. Scary, but our dirt is so bad here I have no such fears. We even have a stand of bamboo we planted that is barely getting any bigger after more than a decade.   
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on May 14, 2021, 01:51:40 AM »
We have deadheaded almost 6,000 daffodils and now will move fully into the fertilization stage. I've already done some but it's a task I never manage to finish. 

Meanwhile, in an act of vigilante gardening, I dug up two wild poppies from a parking lot and took them home with me. Do I carry a trowel in my car? Yes, I do.

While visiting the cemetery many years ago, my mother snipped cutting from ivy on a mausoleum. Since then, she never could grow ivy again. A cautionary tale.  :police:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on May 14, 2021, 01:36:58 AM »
A photo post with lots to celebrate: graduation, birthday, Ascension Thursday: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-celebrations.html
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on May 14, 2021, 01:19:17 AM »
I was watching a TV documentary featuring our local snake catcher (I met him when he gave a talk on chameleons). He was shown catching two black mambas that were mating in the outbuilding of a local home (some consider a black mamba the world's deadliest snake). A week ago he was pictured in the local paper holding a huge black mamba that had been caught in my suburb. He mentioned that in winter the snakes mate and he'd once caught five in a compost heap  :eek: It is coming into winter, and I'm re-considering the wisdom of having a compost heap. :icon_rolleyes:

On another note. I was sitting in my lounge with the door open but the burglar gate closed when the door suddenly slammed closed. A huge monkey had got through the burglar gate and jumped from the top of the door onto my bookcase. It was now trapped inside  :eek:. Monkeys can do a lot of damage in a house. They are also known to bare their teeth if threatened. I quickly opened the door and thankfully it went out. I have now put mosquito netting on the burglar gate and left enough at the bottom to reach the ground so that snakes and other critters can't find their way in (hopefully)   Grin
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Running fewer free promos
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on May 14, 2021, 01:05:52 AM »
I've only run Fussy Librarian promos, but I've done well with free.  I've read (never tried) that 99c promos on FL are not as good. 
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