A Peculiar School

Working on a new book. Working on a cover.



My Vision Board

When the words quit coming, I usually take a break and work on some form of art. Sometimes I’m designing the covers before even starting the book. And, I put them on the Kindle app or iBook app to see how they look. Below, I’ve stuck them in the order of intended publication. Two are already published, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, being the first, and The Color of Cold and Ice being second. The next intended publication is The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries (hoping for December). The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris, possibly by next summer and Sally before the end of 2017.



Books Now Available on Smashwords

I have both of my books, The Color of Cold and Ice and Jessica Lost Her Wobble on Smashwords. I have listed both as buyer sets the price. Feel free to get them for free. I hope you will leave me a review on all of the various sites, Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, etc. But at the same time, only read my books if they call out to you. Life is too short, and we should all be reading what makes us happy, makes us think, or expands our minds and our hearts. Thanks, J. Schlenker

Sybil has prophetic dreams. Her latest involves her sister Emerald. John wants to make a difference as a doctor and save his marriage. Allison, John’s wife, wants to ignite the spark that was never in their marriage. Mark, Allison’s brother, a struggling musician, wants inspiration. The cold changes…
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“Jessica Lost Her Wobble” is psychological in nature. At mid-life, Jessie, the main character, after many upsets, moves to an island for contemplation of her life and to make a new start. While there she reflects back on her beginnings. Her friendship with a young girl opens up a new world for her and helps her explore her own soul. Jessie reinvents herself, but all is not as it seems.
“Jessica Lost Her Wobble” was chosen as a book club selection for Novel Tea Book Club in August, and is an upcoming book club selection for Jewel City Book Club.

Last Day Free

Amazon Link for Jessica Lost Her Wobble

This is the last day for the free download of my book, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, the Kindle Version.

I download lots of Kindle books. I also buy lots of hard and paperback versions of books. About half of what is in our bookshelves are unread. We have lots of bookshelves in our house.

imgresThe main reason is I believe I’m saving them for the rainy day or for some disaster that may happen, wiping out the internet and/or electricity. One of my most favorite episodes of the Twilight Zone was one of the earliest shows, Time Enough at Last. You might recognize the episode from the picture.


Strange and Exciting

  This morning my husband came back from the post office with our stack of mail that was on hold while we were on a Christmas holiday road trip. My first published book was in the stack of mail. Having the e-book on my iPad was nice, but this somehow made it more real.

I was pleased with the way it turned out. Everything looked to be in order. I was especially pleased considering I self-published doing all the design and layout work. It was a learning process, on some days a down right struggle, but it paid off. 

I took various pictures of the book this morning, but ended up using the one I took of it on the kitchen counter, which is fitting, since that is where I wrote it during the NaNoWriMo in November of 2013. And, then there were the many edits, rewrites, and edits which came after.

On Monday I plan on plunging once again into the process of writing, editing and rewriting my current two other manuscripts and collection of short stories. I tend to use the word plunging quite a bit. Maybe because my father was a plumber.


Confessions of a Book-a-Holic That Doesn’t Always Read

My Husband Reading

I don’t necessarily read them.  I just collect them.  I do have certain books I read everyday, usually on some esoteric subject, or some type of self-help book.  I’m the queen of self-help books.  I’m usually reading Yogananda.

Books grace most every room in our house.  We even have a small built-in bookshelf in one bathroom.

My husband has the same habit.  Most of the time we like the same books, and we take turns reading them.  If a book has been made into a movie, we usually always try to read the book first.  We are succors when it comes to entering a bookstore.  Several weeks ago the cashier told us that we had been her best customers of the day.  We had only intended on browsing.  I didn’t really think it was such a huge purchase.  I always joke with my husband that he is so lucky.  I’m really not into jewelry at all, or shoes for that matter.

As stated before, I’m a bigger collector than reader.  Sometimes I won’t start reading a book only because I know that if I start to get into it, I won’t put it down, and will neglect all other duties until I get it finished.  Also, I have this thought in my mind, that the reason for this collection is to be well prepared in time of disaster.  If it comes to a point that we lose all technology I will have actual books on hand.  I am probably fooling myself on that one.  If we lost all technology I wouldn’t have time to read.  I would be out in the garden hoeing, standing over a fire canning, and out in the woods collecting firewood.  And obviously I would have to learn to make candles if I wanted to read.  After all this, I’m not sure if there would be time left for reading.

I’m thankful we have some Foxfire books in our collection.