Wednesday, January 31, 2007

FrootLoop Necklaces

I have a review to write up today. I've been going back over the book, organizing my thoughts, and making sure I have the names written down right - getting all that jazz together before starting.

First thing up this morning, I wrote a full chapter for an upcoming werewolf story, dabbled with the demons (which now have a completely different and BETTER chapter 2 than before), and managed to search out some guidelines. I've been a busy, busy bee. Somewhere in all this, I also cooked breakfast for Mini and tossed a ball around with him. When nap time rolls around, I'm thinking I might just be more tired than he is!

It's all good though, I like days where I feel like I'm accomplishing something. I can't speak for all writers, but I spend a good 95% of the time feeling like I'm back peddling. Nothing seems to come together until the very last minute, and only then do I see "hey! there's something to this after all!" It's a frustrating way to look at things, but some quirks in life you just can't solve.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pillow Talk

I did it. I finished the furry pillow. There it is, in all it's muppet pelt glory. Yay!

As soon as it was finished, Mini promptly snatched it off the table and tossed it on the floor. I take that as a toddler stamp off approval. *thumbs up* He's been wandering around the house with it all morning, lounging on it at odd intervals. Hm... I guess I should make him one with Thomas the tank engine on it or something. He digs choo choos, after all.

The back of the pillow has fairy fabric on it. It was a remnant I picked up a few years ago at Hobby Lobby. I've been saving it for a while, and originally intended to make cpk dresses out of it, but of course, slackass that I am, I never got around to it.

I tried to take a closeup of the fairy fabric. The background looks yellow in the pic, but it's actually a very pale blue, and the fairies are a light rosy pink. The color screw up is just my fantabulous photographic skills hard at work. (Hey, I do weddings too, folks.)

Earlier mom saw the cover and asked me to make a few pillows for her den. I agreed, just told her to pick out some yarn and fabric she wanted and I'd make some up for her. I think she's picking that stuff up today. She also wants me to crochet a purple scarf for her. (She wears lots of purple, and decided she doesn't like store bought scarves - too flimsy.) One project at a time, mommy.

I have a new review to write as soon as I have a free moment to do so - probably tonight or tomorrow morning. I got a bit side tracked earlier today, I was working on my demons (a.k.a. pokes manuscript with a stick) and got a message from a friend needing her manuscript looked over. I sat down and read the whole thing start to finish within a few hours, and red marked it for her approval - or disapproval. The story rocked, and barely needed a thing done to it. She's such a heap of talent! I don't think she even realizes it. ^_^

Well, that's enough procrastinating from me today. Off to work!

Monday, January 29, 2007

I should be writing...

You Belong in Spring

Optimistic, lively, and almost always happy with the world...
You can truly appreciate the blooming nature of spring.
Whether you're planting flowers or dyeing Easter eggs, spring is definitely your season!



You Are A Pine Tree

You love agreeable company, peace, and harmony.
Compassionate and friendly, you love to help others.
A natural poet, you have a very active imagination.
You are very soft on the inside - needing affection and reassurance.
You can fall in love deeply, but you will leave if you feel betrayed.



Your Ideal Pet is a Big Dog

You're both energetic, affectionate, and a bit goofy.
And neither of you seem to mind very slobbery kisses!



You Are 46% Evil

You are evil, but you haven't yet mastered the dark side.
Fear not though - you are on your way to world domination.



Exotic Dancer Name Is...

Yvette

Everything Xs Four

The themometer in our back yard was on 19 degrees this morning when I checked it. Freaking cold! I pulled on some jeans, changed Mini into warmer clothes, turned on Sesame Street, and headed into the kitchen for coffee. I don't know what it was about this morning, but I sat around for about thirty minutes feeling like I was going to cry. Am I nuts, or what?

The weekend went by OK. Hubby got sick on Saturday with some 24 hour bug or something. He was weak, had chills, a pounding headache. It quickly passed, but in that amount of time it was pretty miserable around the house.

We "went out to eat catfish" - which in our neck of the woods means we're going to a seafood restaurant - that same day. Hubby had the all you can eat, the kids wanted burgers, and I had the shrimp platter. Next time I will spring for the gator plate because there just wasn't enough shrimp to go around. Particularly after everyone wanted to sample it. I guess that's a mommy thing. Mom, can I have a bite of that? Honey, are those any good? I also shared the strawberry cobbler I ordered. I thought it would be just a small bowl... oh, was I wrong. The cobbler came in a styrofoam bowl with two scoops of ice cream, whipped topping and a cherry. No way a mere mortal could eat all that. So hubby, Oldest and I did the whole "grab a spoon and dig in" thing. Still, there was cobbler left over. *burp*

My dad met us at the restaurant, and he and Mini played "count the tater tots". When we first arrived, we noticed dad's work crew was there eating lunch. Dad hadn't arrived yet. He showed up, and sat with us. We offered to buy him a fish plate, but he'd already eaten, and had only come by to sit the with the guys and get out of the cold. He kept Mini mostly entertained, or vice versa. Mini kept giving him these funny, cheesy grins.

That was pretty much the highlight of the weekend. Oh, that, and Mini rubbing a whole pot of plum colored lip gloss all over the couch. Talk about a bitch to clean! Lipgloss on microsuede. Somehow I managed to get, I'd say about 98% of it off using one of those carpet scrubbers. There is still a splash of it close to the edge of one of the cushions, but you can't see it unless you're looking for it because the arm rest kinda hangs down over it. I did tell Mini, however, that if he did it again, he'd find himself up for auction on Ebay.

I spent most of the weekend working on my manuscript, and doing a few things around the house. Like repairing the tassels on the scarf I crocheted for mom last year. She somehow mangled the tassels so I replaced them. I also finished that fluffy pillow top. I'll post pictures of it when I have the pillow complete. I read a bit, and also hung around hubby making sure he was comfortable.

Today I'm rewriting a chapter that needs a lot of work. I finished my read through of the book, and now it's time to do something with all the notes I took. So here I am going one more round. On Thursday I'm shelving the book to work on my freebie, which will be only one, long smokin' hot lurve scene. Maybe the shift in perpective will do me good.

Speaking of writing related things, I asked around a bit, and decided I won't be going to Nationals this year. There's really no need. I have nothing to pitch, my best buds aren't going to be there, I hate elbow rubbing, and I sprout symptoms of ADHD everytime I even think about sitting through a workshop. Too bad really because Dallas is sooo close. But I'd rather go when I know it would have some kind of benefit, or I felt like I wouldn't be sitting there by myself twiddling my thumbs.

On a completely different train of thought here... Battlestar Galactica. *OFFICIAL NERD ALERT* I stayed up and watched the new episode twice. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. That was probably the most tedious episode ever, but I still wanted to see if Baltar (did I spell that right?) said anything revealing I might've overlooked the first time around. Too, ever since the episode where Deanna saw the final five, I keep trying to go back and think of anyone she might've had cause to apologize to, and the only person I can think of is Caprica. She and Baltar basically turned a cold shoulder to her when she was asking what they were up to when they were sneaking around doing their whole prophecy seeking thing. Out of all the character's, I like her personality best, so that would be pretty cool to see her as one of the last ones standing.

That's it for me today. I think I'll hope over to the MMC to see what's shaking over there. Happy Monday, all!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Happy Birthday, Hubby!


Happy Birthday to you, hubby! *big kiss*


He's actually sitting a few feet away playing Pirates on his laptop, lol. He still hasn't decided what he wants to do for his special day. Poor guy is a bit ho hum about it - about being a year older. I have assured him he is still young and healthy, so hopefully he'll eat cake and be merry.


We're supposed to go eat catfish this evening. I suppose it depends on the weather. It's starting to rain a bit, and oy vey it's freaking COLD out there.


Whatever the case, it's a cozy day around the house. I've been working on reviews, working a bit on my demons, and I've started crocheting a topper for a throw pillow using some of the Bernat Boa yarn. I'm at the half way point, I should finish it sometime this evening. I chose the color Toucan, which is a variagated purple with teal, electric blue and apple green. Sounds pretty garish, but since the living room furniture is an off white suede, it shouldn't look out of place. I'll post pictures when I get the pillow together. Depending how this one comes out, I may make a few of these for my bedroom - in a different color to match, though.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Swimming in a Fish Bowl

Yay! I'm doing the Friday dance. I'm waiting for Mini to wake from his nap, then hubby and I are going on our weekly bill paying expedition. Tomorrow is hubby's b-day. I've been asking him all week and he still doesn't know what special thing he wants to do: movies, dinner, bah. Men!

I'm going to bake a cake, even though he says he doesn't want one. Come on, everyone wants cake! I just won't put a forest fire of candles on top and leave it plain. That way if he doesn't like it, there will be dessert for super at least. Too bad I can't bake stuff like that snazzy dragon cake in the picture. Look at that mamajama! I'll be shooting more for my cake being level and edible. *thumbs up*

That's all the news from me today. Except for the following:

Ask a professional a question, and this is what it gets you. Tagged. ^_^

Womens Fiction Book Meme



  • Contemporary, Historical, or Paranormal? Paranormal, or paranormal blended with contemporary or historical settings.

  • Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback? Trade or MMP, preferrably.

  • Heyer or Austen? Austen.

  • Amazon or Brick and Mortar? I like both. Each has benefits.

  • Barnes & Noble or Borders? Borders, BN.com has shipping issues. How many different times can they screw up one order? Let me count the ways... 1,2,3...

  • Woodiwiss or Lindsay? Lindsay.

  • First romance novel you ever remember reading? It was something by Dixie Browning.

  • Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random? I arrange into stacks by author, or collection then set them on the shelf by type of book: such as trade pb or mass markets. This is because of the size difference.

  • Keep, Throw Away or Sell? Keep some, donate some.

  • Read with dustjacket or remove it? With it. I use the flaps for built in bookmarkers.

  • Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake? Sookie.

  • Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? When tired.

  • It was a dark and stormy night or Once upon a time? Once upon a time, but only when reading to my kids.

  • Crusie or SEP? Crusie

  • Buy or Borrow? Prefer to buy my own copy. A borrower nor a lender be.

  • Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse? Recommends and browse.

  • Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? Satisfying. I don't like needle and thread, carefully stitched shut endings. (Does life somehow spontaneously freeze into perfection after the end of the freaking book? Sheesh.) At the same time, I hate cliffhangers.

  • Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading? Anytime there's a quite moment.

  • Series or standalone? Both, although it's hard to find a good standalone book. Usually when I do, it's a Harlequin.

  • Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? That no one has ever heard of? Hm. There is a favorite short story I know of that I can't remember the name to. It was in a horror anthology I bought back in the early 90s. In that one particular story, a woman goes on an Amazon boat tour, has an affair with a sexy local man who tells her there are animals that come out of the jungle once a year to mate with humans. She goes back home to her husband and kids, and shortly thereafter a cyst develops on her neck. It grows a little, to about the size of a quarter, so she goes to the doctor. He tells her its nothing, to leave it alone. So she does. Then one day she is playing softball outside in the yard with her husband and kids, and the cyst bursts and hundreds of tiny spiders come running out of it, all over her face and neck. It's then, in that moment she's lying on the ground screaming in horror, she recalls the man from the tour. That's the low down version, the novella was much much better. You get the gist of it though. I wish I knew the title of it, or the book the story came from.


Now for the fun part! I'm tagging, lesseee... anyone who got the heebie jeebies from reading about the spider lover novella.
Happy Friday everyone!! *dance, dance*

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tempting Thursday

Mmm.... I want cake. I dreamed about cake last night - a teddy bear/polar bear cake with thick, whipped, vanilla sugar frosting that had this texture to it - like it was brushed on the cake. It stuck up all over like white fur, only you could tell it was frosting. Oh, soooo yummy... It also had mini oreo cookies for the eyes and nose, and a curvy, chocolate icing mouth. *drool* I have no idea what brought on the dream, but I woke up practically frothing at the mouth around 3 am. Starving for sugar, I went to the fridge - and discovered there's not a sweet in the house!

Ho hum. To make up for the lack of sugary sweetness on hand, I decided to torture myself with pictures of teddy bear cakes. There were so many good ones it was hard to choose a favorite for today, so I picked a bunch of them. Makes for great inspiration, you know? I can almost taste the yummy frosting on these things! Aren't these some amazing looking cakes?

Yesterday I was stuck in bed for most of the day, which really sucked, but on the upside I did a LOT of work on my demon story. I did a read through of half the book, separated the sections into chapters, made margin notes, and did some proof reading. Of course I haven't begun to work with the individual chapters yet, but that is next on the agenda. If I can't finish this by Monday, I'll have to give it a little shelf time to bring back the freshness, and so I can work up my February freebie - which I already have mapped out.

Another fun thing about yesterday, my little CPK boy I ordered arrived. Squee! He is just pErFeCt! His face is perfectly chubby and adorable. Hubby brought him to the bed for me, and we opened the box there. I took him out and I gotta say there is nothing quite like that new cabbie smell. ^_^ Hubby went over all the paperwork inside, looked over the flyers for the upcoming events at Babyland General, and later I managed to get out of bed long enough to take a dozen or so pics of the new kid, along with a few other new arrivals I hadn't photo'ed yet. I was then shooed back off to bed. I worked on my manuscript until I fell asleep with it in my hands.

All in all, it was a productive day. I couldn't have asked for better. Today hubby is back to work, and I am under strict orders to lift nothing heavy, do no Backyardigans or ball room dancing with Mini, and to basically not do anything to make me hurl or faint. Roger that, captain! *salute*

I'll probably spend the day reading the second half of my manuscript, and making more notes. The book needs work, but it's not half as bad as I originally thought. I was seriously beginning to get that "this book sucks" vibe. While it needs extra work, it's truly not that bad, which is a relief. Sometimes you just can't tell about that sort of thing until you finish and reread through it. I guess the important thing is the story actually makes sense. I've written a few of those epic disasters during my lifetime... the story with no plot, meandering characters that do nothing but fill up a page and sound cool. (groan) Come on, Cora, let's have no more of those please!


That's it for me today. Oldest needs lunch money and Mini is getting ready to go back to bed.
BTW, doesn't this brown teddy bear cake seem to be saying, "Ooh, pick me! Eat me first!" or "Ooh, whatcha got in the pic-a-nic basket?" ROFL!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blogging From Bed

I felt sooo great yesterday. All bouncy and happy and ready to do something. I felt better than I had in a few days, so I got up and wandered around the house, cleaned things, straightened the boys rooms, putting this here and that there.

I then played with Mini - we danced to Backyardigans, had HotWheel car races in the dining room, and we ballroom danced through the den when Jack's Big Music Show came on... BIG MISTAKE. Not playing with Mini, but the activity. My body wasn't ready for that. Now hubby is home from work watching Mini, and I'm stuck in the bed. Someone put me out of my misery please!

Ho hum. I guess if nothing else, I have plenty of time to work on my stuff. I have my manuscript at my side, plenty of red pens, and time. Lots and lots of time...

On a brighter note, my good buddy Tempest Knight sent an awesome email to me last night. There was Midnight Moon Cafe. Gotta love her! The names she's presented in the past few weeks have had me squeeing like the sad little fan girl I am. *lol*

One last thing for today: Blogger, Technorati, get your pings straight! How bloody annoying that pings aren't working as they should. I checked the help index and this problem has been backlogged for sometime. Shame, shame!


About today's pic:
This pic is so bizarre for me. That's oldest driving a friend's tractor. We are not in any way capable farm folks. I can't even grow a patch of tomatoes: I tried - they died. But when hubby's friend offered to let Oldest bushhog his yard for money- all he had to do was use the tractor, Oldest was all about it. He did a pretty good job too. Hubby was there and took pics with his cell phone. I can hardly believe it. That's my baby out there!!


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Color me a picture

I am feeling much better today. Only a stomach cramp here or there, and no more nausea/dizziness. I actually feel like sitting up and working a bit today, although my feet have been so darn cold I've been seriously wishing for some of those furry muppet boots. Of course, I've had to make due with what I've got, and that's a blanket and warm socks. Ah well, that seems to do the trick just fine.

I managed keep my head up long enough to list some junk on ebay this morning AND print up my demon story. Woot!

I've started the red penning progress on the demons, and I've got a side list of things to add and subtract from the story. I'm hoping this will be the last round of rewrites for this bugger, because I've spent far too much time on it already, but I'm going to take it one day at a time. In the meantime, I've got to start planning what I'm going to do for hubby. His birthday is this weekend.

Speaking of hubby, he took the above picture of Mini with his phone cam just this past Sunday. Mini was wanting to play with his colors. He's so sweet. ^_^ He's now actually starting to color the pictures on the page. Use to, he'd just play with the crayons. Look them over, put them into the color bucket we have for them, then dump them out and watch them fall - he'd even taste test them, if I didn't watch him.

Now he's a scribbling Picasso. I have to put him in his high chair to keep him from finding interesting things to color on: like the floor, the walls, and anything else he can reach. By the way, look closely at the photo. You see that blue thing at the top left corner of the pic? That's the playpen that I almost broke my darn toe on. That thing is deadly, I tell you!

That's all from me today. Hope you all have a happy (and productive) day!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cold Monday Morning

It's cold this morning, and I have a yucky stomach virus that I've been tangling with ever since last night. Maybe I'll just curl up on the couch with Mini and read a while. I feel crummy enough to just pile up in bed and stay there - if that was something I could actually get away with, lounging around in bed all blanket-burrito style.



Hubby picked up the Xmas photos from developing a few days ago. I still haven't uploaded them all to the comp yet. I have some really good ones of Mini and Oldest. I was going to add a few prints to the memory book I've been making for Mini but mom came over the other day and ransacked the picture envelopes. She took the very 3 pictures I wanted to use. Dang! I knew I should've gotten double prints! Ah well, at least I still have the picture disk.



Oldest won some kind of question and answer contest at school this last week, and as a reward he didn't have to wear a school uniform this morning. Before he could leave out the house, I got up and checked what he had on - to ensure I didn't get a call from school staff to come and get him, and/or bring him a different set of clothes. I was afraid he would try to get out the door in that pair of heavy bondage pants he begged us to buy for him last year at Hot Topic. He only wears them out on weekends, and I was hoping he wouldn't try to wear them on his "free day". They have chains and even a padlock on them. I am quite sure the school would look at that as some kind of weaponry, instead of an angsty teen fashion statement, and I would rather not push any buttons over the subject. To my relief, Oldest was wearing a pair of black cargos and a shirt with flames all over it. Much better. I checked to make sure he had lunch money, his hair brushed, his gym uniform, and let him go about his merry way.


First thing this morning, sick and everything, I got up and called www.cabbagepatchkids.com. They had the very boy I've been looking for since last year posted on their adoption site. Woot! I was hoping he hadn't been snapped up already, because man he's been a hard one to catch! I saw him on the CPK site this past Friday and almost keeled over when I realized I had missed business hours by about 30 minutes. *croak* Luckily, he was still there when I called this morning. I can't wait til he arrives!

The girl in the picture with the white puppy is the first Kohl's kid in my patch. I ordered her off of ebay last week. It's been hard to get my hands on some of the exclusives, like the TRU Twins, the Kohl's puppy kids, and the Target sister sets, because we don't have those stores locally. If it weren't for ebay, BLGH, and the collector groups, I'd be out of luck!

On to writing...
Later today, if I'm up to it, I'll fill in that last smut scene with my demons and transfer everything over to the desktop for printing. I hung around nit picking over every little detail last night until I had a headache. I know at this point, I need a hardcopy to peck at. That's the only way I'm gonna figure out what needs to be done.

That's it for now. I'm gonna go burrow into a warm niche on the couch with Mini and watch Boobah. Happy day, folks!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Legwarmers Anonymous

Yesterday, I was going through the checkout aisle at our local grocery store when I saw a 20ish woman wearing legwarmers. Yes, really, legwarmers.

I am probably one of the few people living today who would admit to rocking the legwarmer look back in the 80s, but oh yeah, I did the Flashdance glam with the best of them - including the sloppy cut sweatshirts and jeans so tight you had to lay on the bed and zip them up using your dad's needlenose pliers.

I remember when legwarmers went out of style, and the slew of jokes that came after the fact. Hey, man, you NEED that extra material around your shins in those too tight jeans. Cold, winter air slices right through you! Yeah, okay, so like the rest of the fashion victims of the era, I was wearing them in summer too. But that's beside the point...

Anyway, this woman I saw at the market had on pretty, baby pink, sparkly legwarmers, and I thought - eh, not too bad - if you have calves like toothpicks you can pull this off with minimal damage. You can beef up with these things, make yourself look all curvy and whatnot. The look isn't exactly for me, being the frumpy 30 something mommy that I am. But whatever floats your boat, you know? There are far worse things that can happen to you than bad fashion.

While trying to look up pictures of legwarmers for this post, I came across these mammoth fluffy boots. No pictures of legwarmers to be found, even though I swear I saw a pair of knit legwarmers with big cherries printed on them at Hot Topic only a month or so ago. Well, since we are talking about *cough* fashion, I guess the fuzzy boots pictures can work in a pinch.

Speaking of fuzzy boots, these things are meant for raves/club wear, and I am almost ashamed to admit there was a time in my life I would have worn these with pride. Yes, even in daylight hours. Oy, me.

To see these boots up close, they look a bit like someone has been out hunting muppets, and mercilessly skinned them for their colorful fuzzy pelts. What do you think? Makes a bold statement, no? *lol* For those that actually plan these things to match something, they even make furry muppet wristlets to go with them.

On a completely different note, I finished my review for Glamour, and have only one more chapter to go with my demons before print up and restart. *dance, dance* I'd hoped to have that finished today, but I guess I'm not too far off track. I'll get there...


www.fluffyboots.co.uk

*No muppets were harmed in the creation of this blog post. :P

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Girl Scout Cookies!!


It's Girl Scout cookie time!! I keep waiting to see the scouts out and about at our local store. I heard on the news yesterday they are adding several new cookies this year, including a sugar free kind for diabetics.


Now, I walk a fine line with my GS cookies. I am a Thin Mints fan all the way. Hubby likes the peanut butter things and the Trefoils. Oldest will eat anything that's not hidden or bolted down. Look at that new one at the top: the chocolate square things. I think they're called Thanks-A-Lot, I could have it confused with another cookie; the point is they are chocolate with chocolatey chips. I wish they would do an orange cookie. Those are my favorite, and soooo hard to find.

Mmm... After all this talk: Me want coookie!

I wrote a bunch on my demons while Mini was napping today: filled in a few plot holes, deleted a few things, rewrote them, and all that jazz. I'm staying up late tonight to work on some more. Also I'm almost finished with my Romance Diva's review for Glamour (a demon ebook by Stella and Audra Price). I plan to finish that off tomorrow and wing it that'a way. I want to get all my ducks in a row because the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica is coming on tomorrow. Woot! I have been looking forward to that since last week!

Happy Saturday, folks!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Doing the Friday Dance


Hurray, it's Friday!! I am so freaking glad this week is OVER. I've battled ornery demons and B&N customer service. I've faced the cold and sleet and PMS. I nearly broke my toe on Mini's playpen, and to top it all off, I received a shit review yesterday - by people who asked me in the same email to link to said shit review with their nifty little graphic. roflmao!

On the upswing, I am only 3k or so words from having my required length for my demons story. I've been managing around 1-3k words per day -usually on the lower end. Not too shabby.

I've added in an extra twist to the plot, and a new scene since yesterday, and this afternoon, once I'm back from bill paying and shopping and all that fun, wifey/mommy stuff, I'm going to work on it some more. I plan to tack on two more love scenes, detail a fight scenario, and print up the whole mamajama to see what I've got. Keep your fingers crossed, folks. I know this next round of red penning and polishing is going to be an ugly, nasty business, but I'm determined to get it out of the way. Other projects are calling.


If you're reading this, I hope you have a fun, fast-paced Friday. I can't think of anything better than that at the moment. Um, unless you count Reese Peanut butter cups as anything. ^_^

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Running in Slow Motion

Oh boy, the PMS train has arrived right on schedule. I woke up all crampy this morning, which means I'm ready to grow fangs and snap someone like a twig. While wandering through the house in search of coffee, I hit my pinky toe on one of the wheels of the playpen. I thought for sure I must've axed my toenail when I did that, but I didn't wanna look to see. Yep. That's always lovely first thing out of bed. Tears sprang to my eyes, heat rushed to my face, and I really wanted to shout a string of obscenities, but what good would it do? I sat down on the floor, pinched my freaking toe and held my breath until the pain ebbed.

When the throbbing agony stopped, I opened my eyes and found Mini standing in front of me. He's looking at me like, "Mimi, what the heck are you doing?" He flopped down next to me and waited for me to move, I guess. All I can think is I must've looked a site sitting there in Snoopy pajamas, gripping my toe with my hair going fifty different directions and my eyes closed. Ah yes, gorgeous scenario. I'll land a Vogue cover next month, I just know it. Well, if there's anything I learned this morning, it's this: the theme song for Elmo's World is kinda annoying when you're in pain. :P

Enough of that for now...

Today over at www.midnightmooncafe.blogspot.com there is an awesome interview with writing duo CT Adams and Cathy Clamp for the Midnight Brew. You also have a chance to win a copy of their kick ass shapeshifter novel Howling Moon. Read the interview for the rules on how to enter. Good luck and enjoy the Brew!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Another Late Day Post

It started sleeting around 7 am this morning, so my internet connection has been iffy. I managed to get on long enough to read my email, send a few messages, and browse the net for some research information.

I am happy with what I found, and spent a good chunk of the day using the info to patch my writing. I've only a few thousand words to go now to have my required length for the demons, and I've almost finished a different story I've been working on as a side poject. *thumbs up*

Hubby was let out early because of the roads icing over, and so he watched Mini while I did my writing bit today. After this round of filling in the gaps, I'll print up the entire story and sit down with a red pen. Then I'll start this tedious process all over again. Hopefully my third and final draft round will have me cleared, and ready for take off. I'm still holding onto the hope I can finish this by the end of January. So far I'm taking it a week at a time.

This coming weekend I'm going to read a bit and finish a few reviews. Seems like it's going to be the perfect weather for it. OOH! It's also going to be good tv watching weather - the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica is coming on Saturday. Woot! I'm rooting for Starbuck, and hope she's still alive.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Brrr.... and Progress

It is cold. Freezing. My poor toes. I've kept Mini in pjs all day to be certain he doesn't get frost bitten peds. I'm wearing shoes in the house - which is almost unheard of. Not because I have a thing about shoes in the house, but because I fancy going barefoot all the time - except for when my toes get so freaking cold it feels like it would take only one good knock and they'd shatter like glass.

I've been working on my demon story all day, and researching NYC a bit as I go. I want to make sure everything is where it should be as I'm writing - I have to at least have it straight in my mind. I am not usually so detailed about setting in particular areas, but I wanted to make sure I had the streets running the right direction, Central Park where it should be, and to make sure I at least partly understood the way Manhattan is sectioned off. (Talk about confusing to a non-New Yorker!) Thankfully, New York keeps awesome websites for locals and tourists. *blows kiss*

I'm over the 16k with the demons now, and I haven't even added my missing scenes in yet. Woot! So I have about 4k left to have the required length in the bag. That's a big relief. Especially since I always save filling out the smutty scenes until the very last. That usually gives the final word count a big push in the right direction. I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere.

Ooh, about today's pic! Last night I was browsing the news, and came across this picture. If I understood the caption right, this is what scientists say is left of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. I was floored when I saw this. I remember when the Eagle Nebula pictures were revealed out of that first bunch taken by the Hubble. Oh, so gorgeous... Now the pillars of dust are gone and you get this sort of green, fanned out gas cloud. *sniff, sniff* Ah, well, it's still beautiful. Supposedly we won't know for sure, as the light from this particular neck of the universe takes 7000 years to reach us. Wow!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Monday, Monday

I have a lot of irons in the fire right now. I have a few upcoming projects I need to clear the way for, and yet still I'm stuck on the demon story. I stayed up very late working on it last night, and I am mananging to whittle my way through it, but it's taking far longer than I expected and my word count hasn't risen much in some time. Hm. I'm wondering what I'm gonna do about that.

I need to add another 5k to the story to make the story submission ready. I know for sure I'm still missing 2 scenes, so that will take up some of the slack, but I don't know if it will be enough. Only time will tell, I guess. I'm hoping this second run through will be finished by the end of the week. Then I can start working on tweaking the final effects through the last of the month. We'll see how that works. I have a lot of things going on here at home, and hubby's birthday is next weekend. Yikes!

I was digging through my TBR stack, and took out one of the books that Lynn Viehl sent to me over the holidays. It's a pocket reference guide called Easy Writer (third edition), by Andrea A. Lunsford. I've since put my CliffNotes Grammar guide back on the shelf thanks to this handy little number. If you write, I highly recommend this little book. It has helpful sections for grammar, punctuation and mechanics, and even a section for research tips and things for multilingual writers. If you're in the market for a writing tip hot sheet, I recommend this book. It's put together in a way that makes everything easy to find. And the indexes are on the front and back flaps, so everything is pretty much right at your fingertips. No flipping for index pages.

Sometime over the coming weekend, I plan to finish reading and work up my review for Glamour, by Stella and Audra price. I love demon stories, and I picked this one up at the first hint this book had demons in it.

This is just an aside, nothing to do with the Glamour book, but you know something I've noticed in my quest for demon reading material? Not all demon books are the same. Some are what you'd think them to be - books with evil or romantic characters. Others are a bit quirky, a little twitchy even - almost like an odd fantasy/sci-fi blend. Then there are the non-romantic stories, ones where they were written with a strict idea about what demons would be like. You know what I'm talking about, very exorcist-ish. (Is that a word? Probably not.)

The romance ones, I've only come across a handful of them, and though the characters are demons, most I've read about seem remarkably human. Like they have no trouble blending in with the rest of us, and for the most part, hiding what they are. You see flashes of them being a demon, they have a flash of temper or an evil moment that exposes them, but any other day, they're a lot like you and me. Makes me worry for my own story a bit, because it's pretty far out there in comparison. These guys are evil, and manipulative, and make no doubt. Still, some pretty hot action going on, and they do have a strong romantic streak. But I wouldn't want to cross them, that's for sure. Ah, well, what's that saying? Tall, dark, and sexy? We'll soon know.

The picture is for a bit of Monday inspiration. Hm...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Where Gnomes Go

Thunder woke me up sometime around 3 am. I knew storms were supposed to roll into the area, but I didn't think much about it until this morning. I got up and shut everything off and unplugged the stuff: TV, the laptops, the dishwasher, dvd, amps, etc. etc. We lost a lot of electronics from a lightning strike before, so we're usually pretty careful about "doing the rounds" before a storm.

It's nasty and wet outside today, and every now and then you hear a little growl of thunder. I'm hoping the lights stay put. Something about our area, if a bird so much as tinkles on the highlines here, the power goes out. This is the first real storm we've had since probably October or November. That's unusual since that's our rainy season. January we typically get an ice storm or two. If we do, I'll be floored. We're running the air conditioner right now.

Mini slept through the night, sweet little bear. He didn't so much as stir. Maybe the rain did its magic and kept him zonked. I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth because I got some much needed sleep. I rocked him in the den and watched some anime show with oldest until about 10:30, then it was time to hit the sack. A great night's sleep is a gift when you have a toddler.

Yesterday I did some much needed catch up with my author newsletter. I worked it up and sent out a new one - the first since August. WOW. When I said a "periodic newsletter" I meant business. Anyway, if you're subscribed through my Bravenet, you should have the new one in your inbox this weekend.

It's been a bit of a challenge to work with Bravenet, so for anyone interested in going through Yahoo instead of Bravenet, I added a newsletter there. Yahoo is far more accessible, so I imagine I'll eventually phaze out the Bravenet one. I thought I'd do a test drive of Yahoo first though. The phazing out will likely be months away, and I promise I won't do it without announcing it first.

That's it for me today. I need to get dressed, hunt down my shoes (why do the gnomes keep taking my shoes?!), and run a brush through my hair: It's grocery shopping day. Mm... chocolate...uh, I mean broccoli! *responsible adult voice*

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Look At Those FEET!

That picture is no hoax! I saw Mr. Fluffybunz there on CNN this morning. Talk about something amazing to see at 3 am pre- coffee. A 20 pound rabbit!

I tried to look it up on CNN.com, but of course I had no luck browsing their site. You'd think with a company owned by AOL Time Warner, they'd have a better on site search engine. I did a google search instead, and came up with this:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/giantrabbit.asp
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2307544,00.html
http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,458863,00.html

They are actually going to breed these things for eating! Aw, poor Mr. Fluffybunz!

There is no way I could bear to eat one of them. Can you imagine how popular these guys are going to be come Easter? Could you imagine seeing one of these show up on the White House lawn during the annual Easter Egg hunt? You want to eat these? Kids would go bananas! If I were in the market for an unusual pet, this would be it. A gigantic bunny rabbit! *squish, squish*

Boy, I bet they'd be messy in terms of the "bathroom" department though. I've owned rabbits before, and they... um, well... they eat a lot, and pass a lot of *hraka. HEAPS of it. You'd be surprised, really. All that can come from one tiny mammal. Now imagine a huge one. *_*

Well there you have it, my bizarre post for the day. I couldn't resist writing about something so huggable snuggable as an enormous fluffy bunny. Makes ya warm and fuzzy inside to think about it, doesn't it? ^_^



*Rabbit language term from the novel Watership Down, by Richard Adams. [Rabbit droppings.]

Friday, January 12, 2007

Busy, Rainy Friday

The picture is from yesterday. My mom dropped by to visit, and Mini really hammed it up for her. He has discovered sunglasses and likes to flirt while wearing them. *lol*


Today was busy and rainy. Hubby didn't have to work today, so he left first thing and came home with a darn car. A used Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I can't say it's not overdue - he's been driving my Wrangler to work for months, and I've been minus a vehicle. We went and took care of the insurance, and all that, then we dropped back by the dealership and picked up my Wrangler. So now we're a 2 car family again.

I haven't managed to do any writing today. I'm about to hit the ms after blogging for today. I've been so tired the past few days with Mini being sick, it's been hard to get motivated. Now that hubby's home, maybe he'll watch the lil' bit for a while so I can write.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hair in a Box

There it is, the war trophy from the salon. It's been dried, bagged, wrapped, and boxed, and tomorrow I'll be sending it off to Locks of Love.

The hair had to be completely dry before sending, and it took it forever to air dry after my trip to the salon. I didn't want to risk frying it with a blowdryer, so I let it do on it's own. It's hard to tell by looking at it, but that's 15 inches of chopped hair on a sheet of tissue paper. Pretty cool, huh?

Before I boxed it, if you were standing in the house and looking at it from a distance, it sort of had the appearance of a small animal laid out on the dining room table. Like a little cockerspaniel or something. All it needed was a pair of stick-on googly eyes for the final effect. I didn't do that, of course. Even now there's not a split end on the bunch. The hair is in fantastic condition, so I hope they can use it. The pictures on the Locks of Love site are both touching and heartbreaking. I would definitely recommend anyone thinking of cutting their long hair to consider donating.

In other news, my writing buddy, Tempest Knight, emailed me this morning to tell me that my book Wicked Temptation is listed on the 2006 Romance Novels Reader's Poll at the Editors and Predators site. If you have a moment to vote for me, please do.

To vote, go here: http://www.critters.org/predpoll/novelr.shtml
My book is listed in the W's at the bottom of the page. *thumbs up*

Today I plan to work on my demons. Again. I'm trying to polish this thing the best I can, but I still need to add a few thousand words to it. We'll see how much I can add today. I'm hoping Mini will doze on and off to give me a chance to catch up, since he was very restless last night.

We're all still battling this cold stuff, and his stuffy nose is driving him bonkers. Poor thing. They don't make many medicines for infants that you can buy over the counter. Hubby and I picked up these decongestant strips - sort of like those little breath freshner films you place on your tongue and they melt? Anyway, the decongestant strips are made like that. They're easy to give to your kids, just poke one in baby's mouth and hold his hands down until he stops spitting, sputtering, bawling, fussing, and crying like you just fed him a shot of grapefruit juice. Even after that, I spent most of the night rocking him. I think he could breathe better laying semi-upright.

Well, he's dozing - speak of the devil - so I guess I better get to work. I'll hop around and visit you all in a bit!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Pickles, a pop quiz, and more demons

I'm late about posting again. Blogger has been giving me fits all day, saying I'm not registered whenever I try to post somewhere. Heh. I did manage to get a post up over at the Midnight Moon Cafe after a bit of wrangling. Whew!

Mini is sick and teething. I know he caught his cold from me. He has the sore throat and runny nose for sure, and I'm thinking his teething has his tummy bugging him. I managed to get him chipper for a little while today, but it's touch and go with his mood. However there was a moment earlier today where he was feeling a bit adventurous. He spotted me eating pickles and decided that would be neat to try. So I gave him a dill slice that I patted dry with a papertowel.

He looked at it a minute, as if trying to figure this weird thing out. Then I ate another pickle, he watched me do it, then decided to do it himself.

I almost shot pickles out of my nose when this kid stuck that one little slice to the tip of his tongue. He instantly made that squinty, squirmy, lemon eating face and shivered all over. Hahahaha! Sorry, Mini! I couldn't help but laugh.

He promptly handed the pickle back with a squinty "thank you". His way of letting me know that just wasn't for him. I hope I can actually get him to eat anything green after this experience. ^_^

Oldest came home from school today bummed out because he'd completely bombed on a science pop quiz. Poor guy. He's been struggling with grades all year. I've told him you gotta study, study, study... It doesn't get any easier after highschool. Next is college. All the same, I'm thinking I'll bake him some peanut butter cookies tonight so he'll have a treat to nibble on while hitting the books.

As for me, I managed to get a little writing done today. I am stripping out yet another demon chapter. After I did that, I laid all the pages out and organized them, read through them, made notes on what worked and what didn't and kept on going. I fear I may be one step away from needing a structural engineer for this book. *shudders*

Tomorrow - more writing. Hubby may have to work 16 hours for a shutdown, too. We'll see. If he's not here, I may end up staying up late with Mini that night to do a bit of redrafting on Chapter 2.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Pass the freaking coffee

Yep, it's definitely Monday. I did fine all through vacation, I've been around hubby for a week and no cold. Then on Sunday I started getting a scratchy throat. Uh-oh. So I kept using Ricolas yesterday, and drinking vitamin C drinks and all that jazz you do to try and beat a cold before it starts.

All I wanted was to stay warm, and get plenty of sleep last night. I'd taken an Alkeseltzer Cold Plus before bed, and was hoping it would do it's fizzy magic overnight. However, Mini woke up at something like 1 am and wanted to run loops through the house. That is not conductive to getting much rest, let me tell you.

I took him to the den, put Teletubbies on the TV and piled up on the couch. I'm a cold natured person for the most part. If it's below 75 degrees it's time to start hunting down blankets, sweatpants and a heater. It was so darn cold in the den this morning, a heater wasn't cutting it. I ended up rummaging through the baby blankets in Mini's closet until I found a baby quilt big enough to curl up with. Of course when I curl up on the couch with it, Mini thinks this is just snazzy business at this hour in the morning, and wants to climb all over "mimi" and play peekaboo with the part of the covers I want wrapped around my feet! I somehow managed to doze on and off even while Mini climbed over me, shuffled my covers around, and even poked me in the eye with one of those stubby baby fingers. I guess he was trying to find out if I was really asleep. *_*

Hubby woke up about two hours later and came into the den to rescue me while he got ready for work. He came and pulled Mini off the couch beside me, and I used the chance to crawl back into our nice, warm, comfy bed. My fuzzy blue cat blanket throw is in there and I pretty much used it to turn myself into a blanket burrito. Ah, the finer things...

Mini came in to find me about thirty minutes later, and when he opened the door to our room I could smell the coffee brewing at the other end of the house. Talk about something to put a smile on your face - the hubby making coffee! I tugged Mini into the bed with me, knowing that despite a cold night on the couch, when I got up again, there was going to be coffee. That's kind of like getting room service in this house: premade coffee.

I went back to sleep thinking hubby would probably leave enough for at least two cups.

Mini and I woke up sometime later. I got up and headed straight for the coffee pot. Guess what I find when I get there? The little red signal light is off on the base. I know hubby wouldn't do that - turn off the pot, so at first I thought the coffee pot had gone out. Typical! Oh, but it hadn't. Oh, no, the thing was in fine working order. I realized a few minutes later Oldest had used the toaster to make breakfast, and instead of using the empty light socket by the microwave - heck, he'd have to actually move a pan off the dish rack to do that! - he unplugged MY WARM STEAMING BLACK POT OF COFFEE!


Someone is going to get a serious talking to when he gets home from school today. You can climb all over me, call me names, wake me up all hours of the night and expect me to sit up on the couch and watch freaking Teletubbies at 1 am, but you do not ever mess with my coffee.

In the meantime, just for the record - I put on another pot of coffee, and waited for it to brew. Yeah, yeah. Ho hum. I'm sure I'll be feeling human again in another twenty minutes or so.

Happy Monday, all!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Another Lazy Sunday

Here are a few pics from when we went to pick up hubby's check on Friday. I just took them off the new digi cam, and I haven't gotten used to tweaking them on the new software yet, so they're kinda grainy.

Anyway, the first pic is Mini checking out the chickens. He likes the "chicken boks", and wanted to sit down in front of the coup and stick grass through the wire at them, but the ground was too wet. It's been raining on and off here for the better part of a week. Sorry, Mini!

The second picture is of hubby's friend's wild hogs. Sportsman's Paradise my a#$! I know that's what our area is known for: the hunting, the fishing, etc. etc. Blah. I've never been into hunting or fishing. Sure I've done both. And I've overseen my share of squirrel and deer cleaning, but if there's one thing I definitely don't see myself out in the woods doing, that would be trying to nab wild freaking hogs.

For one thing, they're mean. Very mean. I'll pass on wrangling with my bacon, thanks. For another thing, they really, really stink! Nothing like a big ol' wafting breeze fragranced with eau d' hog first thing in the morning. Phe-ew!

Still, look at the little piglet. He's a bit cute, don't you think? In a muddy, stinky, kind of way?

Last night I stayed up late working on the demon story. I am happy with the beginning now, but I ripped out several chunks of a different chapter and rewrote the whole blazing thing. I gave that particular scene a completely different opening, one with a bit more tension. It seems to flow a lot better, but we'll see how it affects the story further on. *crosses finger*

Today I have to take a few doll pictures. Someone contacted me wanting to trade, and I agreed - with conditions. My collection has ballooned this year, and I really need to pare it down a bit. I have my entire office cramped with unboxed and MIB CPKs. Ok, so that's due to years and years of collecting, still... There isn't an ounce of shelf space left in the entire room. Yeah, yeah, I know. The first step is in admiting you have a problem.

The sad part is I actually have my eye on another baby that I left at the store last week. Ah, well, maybe I can trade a few of them off before more arrive.

That's it for my today. I better get crackin' on those doll pictures!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Light A Path


I don't have a lot to post about at the moment. Hubby and I have been here and there over the past few days, taking advantage of the last few days of his vacation. He goes back to work on Monday, so we're settling for a lazy weekend.

Yesterday we went to his friend's house - hubby's buddies picked up his check from work and left it at their house so he wouldn't have to drive the full two hours out to the jobsite. Anyway, we got there and let Mini walk around and check out the hogs and chickens. I took a few pictures of Mini chirruping at the pets then we piled back up in the Jeep and returned home. I spent most of the day alternatly being worthless, and working on my demon story. Hubby bought the Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick set and he lounged on the couch all evening. Poor guy is coming down with a cold. I think today's grand adventure will entail a trip to the post office, and more one-on-one time with the demon story. I hope to finish rewriting another chapter of it today.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

No, that's not a picture of me, but that's the hairstyle I got my hair snipped into this afternoon. I went from waist length hair to the little crop you see here, and let me say this... I love it!

Everyone at the salon was freaking out when I arrived and word got around what I was about to do - cut, yes cut, and color my hair. Several patrons in hair rollers and half a head full of extensions came to ask me why I'd do such a thing. I simply replied, "Because it's time for a change."

They don't realize I've had the same style for oh, something like 15 years. Long hair does seem to be the romantic "it" hairstyle to some, so I guess I can understand their questions.

A crowd of about seven people, hairstylists and patrons, gathered as my stylist went to do the first chop. One woman stood next to me with her hand over her mouth. There were actual gasps of shock and horror as she began sawing away at the bundled hair she'd gathered at the nape of my neck.

"Oh, god, it's thick," the stylist commented, and then the snipping sound stopped. It felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and the next thing I know the owner of the salon is holding up 12 inches up hacked off hair like a spoil of war for everyone to alternately cringe at and admire.

Bizarre, huh? The owner then took the banded length and put it into a bag for me. I plan to donate the length to Locks of Love, an organization that makes human hair wigs for children who've lost their hair due to chemotherapy and other medical reasons.

It took three hours to fashion my hair into something resembling the picture shown. I have the cut, just not the short bangs - my face is too round for that. Throughout the entire sitting, people kept coming up to me with questions: "why did I do it?" "how did it feel shorter?" "did I regret it?" I didn't say so to any of them, but I truly feel a bit liberated. As weird as it sounds, over the years too much emphasis has been put on my hair. My family is always commenting about Cora's long wavy hair. People in town recognized me for my hair, and at times complete strangers would even come up to touch it like it was animal fur. To be free of that is a bit like turning over a new leaf.

So there you have it, my hair cut story and wonky post for today.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Mega Squeeeee

It's the most wonderful time of the year... ^_^ I have been waiting since, oh, around October to announce this, so bear with me.

On January 4th, 2007, The Midnight Moon Cafe proudly presents the fantabulous, amazing, super hot erotica author, Angela Knight!!

*dance, dance, confetti*

She has graciously granted the ladies of the MMC an interview. This is definitely one you DO NOT want to miss! Drop by this Thursday to hear what Ms. Knight has to say about writing, her books, success, and more!

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As for other news, I have a new interview up at www.fallenangelreviews.com and I should have (but strangely am unable to view it) another, different interview over at www.theromancestudio.com It's worth a look!

As for homey things, hubby is off all week this week, and so the house has been in a bit of chaos. My grandmother isn't doing to well, so I am constantly trying to find out more information on that front. I feel a little tired, a little drained, simply like I'm not getting enough rest. I'm sure things will settle down in the next few days as Oldest returns to class, and I have word from the relatives.

Since hubby has been home, I've managed to get a little bit of my demons worked on. I went back and changed the overall storyline a bit to allow for more length. I like the way this works a little better; the storyline doesn't seem so stiff. I'm hoping to finish at least two more chapters before hubby goes back to work on Monday. We'll see... I need to get as much done as possible so I can get cracking on my Valentine day story - which will be a free offering through http://www.romancedivas.com and http://midnightmooncafe.bravehost.com

That's all for now!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Ringing In 2007

Happy New Year! I don't know about everyone else, but I'm looking forward to 2007 - it seems like 2006 went by entirely too fast. Here's to more of the same, and then some.

My New Year's resolution:

I resolve in the new year to find happiness where it may come, and to not analyze it too closely. I resolve to do the best I can, with what I've been given, and if success finds me for my effort, I will be glad for it. However, if the winds don't quite blow my direction this coming year, at least I will be able to look back and give myself an E for effort.

Here, here!