Monday, April 30, 2007

Cabin by the Lake

Whew! What a busy morning! I broke out the wip first thing this morning, managed to get a chapter edited, added about 2k words, and I'm about to start on a fresh chapter. I hope to have this puppy ready for submission this coming weekend, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

Hubby and I have also started a house hunt. The only places I can find are in another town, and there is one place hubby and I hope to drive to for a view this weekend. Mom is taking care of preliminaries this morning on her own front. Writing her landlord, and getting things in order - that sort of thing. Now to just find a place and we will get them out of there. Not much we can do until something comes along, so I've decided not to worry about it until it comes down to the wire. Once the moving vans arrive, then I'll allow myself to get nervous.

In the meantime, it's werewolves, werewolves, and more sexy werewolves. This story is turning out to be a bit more emotional than my others. Maybe it's just in the timing. ^_^ Whatever the case, everything around me seems to be on the move.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Feed the Tree

I didn't sleep well last night. Late yesterday my parents dropped by to see the kids and that's when they told me they're being forced to move.

They've rented the house they're currently living in for 16 years, but the owners want to sell it by the end of the year. That wouldn't necessarily be bad news to me, I hate that house, it's in a bad location - away from hospitals, and it's a bit off the beaten path. My parents are getting on up in age, and in my opinion, it really isn't so good to live in such an isolated place. How the hell would an ambulance reach them, you know?

However, they have no savings and no land of their own, and now faced with having to move, we're all wondering what we're going to do.

Hubby and I talked about it last night, and we're going to see what it will take to either buy a second house, or find one we can move into and give this one we're living in to my parents. The latter is probably going to be our best bet, but that makes me a bit nervy, having to leave. We've talked about moving on and off for the past few years, but I had hoped Oldest could finish high school where he is now - where he's always gone to school - before doing anything like that. There are just so many things to consider... it's quite a mess at the moment.

On to writing things...I printed up my manuscript this morning. Let the arduous task of red penning begin! I actually intended to start this yesterday, but darn it - no print cartridge! And it took me forever to actually get to town. I had to call my dad over to help me get the casing off the tail light of my Jeep. The darn bolts were in so tight I couldn't even budge them, and I had to replace the blinker - oops! Louisiana-ism - turn signal light bulb. Once that was fixed, I was good to go. Now to get the Jeep inspected... Heh. I noticed yesterday I'm about to have an expired inspection sticker. It never ends, I tell you...

Anyway, the manuscript is about six or seven chapters long. I'm going to take it a chapter at a time, and I will be saving chapter 2 for last. It has the "connector" scenes that makes the entire story happen, so I know I'll be spending the most time on it, and I don't want to get bogged down - something I tend to do. (I hear that's a Virgo thing, but I'm not really sure that's true.)

That's it for me today. It's 8 a.m. and I need to get crackin'! I hope you all have a relaxing Sunday!

**BTW, today's painting is by Gustav Klimt, my favorite artist of all time. (Aside from my dad, of course!) ^_^

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Safety First

I worked on my wip yesterday until I finished the rough draft. I blew my 9k goal out of the water. I'm somewhere closer to 11k. Woot!

Today I have the pleasure of printing up the whole thing, organizing it, and red penning it to death... which is what I'll be doing throughout the weekend. I still have the love scenes to flesh out, and I always save those for last - they are the biggest pain to write. If you're not careful, they become monotonous. And who likes monotonous sex, right?

So, I plan for a busy weekend filled with headaches, insane fits of hair pulling, paper jams, grammar confusion, ink cartridge run outs, and all the other glorious things to do with trying to whip a manuscript into shape.

On another note...I dreamed about spiders last night. Well, a spider actually. I think it was a black widow, but it was kind of hard to tell since the critter was more of a silhouette than anything else.

In the dream, the bedroom was full of dim blue light, and I glanced toward the door and saw this black spider crawl into the room byway of the gap under the door. I watched it crawling around for a minute, it had it's front... thingle hoppers lifted - whatever they're called - fangs, I guess. Oh, yeah, he was pissed. He wanted to bite somebody... very probably ME. An aggressive looking spider for sure. And creepy. So I got up, grabbed one of hubby's work boots and attempted to splat him (the spider, not hubby), but I missed.

The spider went crawling off in a different direction and I went back to bed, but in the dream I couldn't get back to sleep after that because I knew the darn thing was in the room with us, and you know how it is... if you don't squash a problem it can come back to haunt you later on?

Not sure what made me dream about something like that. I'm not afraid of spiders, I respect some are have a venomous bite, etc. But they are everywhere here, they get in the house, you see them in the yard - I definitely don't squeal at the sight of a bug with 8 legs. However they are a reoccuring theme in my dreams, so I'm jotting this one down like all the rest. *nods*

That's it for me. Dora is on, Mini is busy, and I best get the coffee brewing so I can stay awake long enough to handle my business... :P Happy Saturday, friends. I hope your weekend is sunny and bright!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Carpe Cupcakes

It's around midnight. Mini woke up briefly wanting some juice, and after I put him back to bed I couldn't sleep. I'm working (or not) on my wip and making notes. I managed to reach my 7-8k goal yesterday - somewhere in the middle of that. Today I won't stop until I've hit the 9k mark. That should lead me well into the weekend - and I should be scratching my way through a print copy by that point. *fingers crossed*

I got in a copy of the South Beach Diet yesterday. When I got pregnant with Mini, the doctors really crawled my case about eating like a trash can, particularly while having diabetes. My weight was on track, no problems with that, but a small tater tots with cheese from Sonic was and is enough to send my blood glucose soaring into the 300s. Anyway, they sent me to a nutritionist and internologist because they didn't think I was to the point of needing injections to handle the bg, just a drastic (and quickly implemented) change in diet. They ended up putting me on a modified version of the South Beach Diet - which I totally rocked while pregnant - and was told I should stick with it once I had the baby, as well. Did I do that? Stick with it, I mean. Mm.... well... *blush*

What can I say. I'm a bad girl and I like sweets. I know, super irresponsible of me, and I deserve a spank and all that. *lol* You'd think a rickety blood glucose level would sort of deliver the spank for you, but that wasn't the case with me. A week or so back, I was going through my armoire looking for a pair of jeans and came across a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans. *enter dramatic oogly boogly music here* There is no way I could fit my chubby buns in those jeans now. Which is SAD because I could wear them right after I delivered! There are pictures of me holding up Mini, just a newborn little nibblet swaddled in a blanket and there I am, proud new mama in size 7 glory...

Arg! What the heck happened?! Since delivery, I've gone up at least 3 jean sizes. How the heck did this happen? *eyes drift guiltily over to the cupcakes*

Yeah, yeah, I know... Those cupcake/muffin tops have left the stumps and landed somewhere else. And it's all my fault now that I have the muffin top. :P

After my unpleasant discovery, I finally decided I must do something about it. I hung the jeans of doom on the armoire door and ordered the book through Amazon. It came in yesterday, and whining all the way, I read through the beginning, and through Phase 1, and have since made a shopping list sans sugary, yummy, cupcakey things. Ho hum. None of that, heck, no hardcore carbs for two solid weeks. Is it even possible to survive that? Can't I just go back to being... oh, say, 9 or 10, and being able to eat anything without gaining a pound, please? Please?

So now I need to lose about 20 pounds. Just enough to take off the muffin top. (And hopefully be able to squeeze my rump into the jeans of doom, once again.) My perky internologist would be so proud. Then again, I see a long road ahead. Wish me luck!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Home Sweet Home - and the Thursday 13

Yesterday was a successful writing day. I managed to get in a lot of work. Then again, hubby rained out and was home for the day. He watched the Mini-bear while I spent time writing, and that was a major help. Too, it gave Mini and Hubby chance to have a little one on one time post the SoLa work adventure. Mini hasn't been wanting to let daddy get to far out of sight after he vanished for a solid week. *lol*

Today I'm just going to try to keep up the writing momentum. I have a goal of getting the wip somewhere between 7-8k words. It's a little over 6k now, so that should be do-able... as long as nothing wild happens during the day to pull me away from what I need to be doing.

Now for your blogging pleasure...
Thirteen Things they teach you when you grow up in Louisiana.
1.) Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet stuck up in the air because they like to.
2.) Fixin'-to is one word, and is used as such: I'm fixin'-to go to the store. You wanna go?
3.) You need only three condiments in your house: Tony's, Tabasco, and ketchup.
4.) Ja'eat? is an actual phrase, and it means, "Did you eat already?"
5.)You carry jumper cables in your car... for your OWN car.
6.) The local newspapers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.
7.)It's not a shopping cart, it's a buggy.
8.)Rice and roux is the base for any meal.
9.) The first day of deer season is a national holiday. (Which can be very annoying for many'a housewife.)
10.) The first cool snap of the year (the first day below 70 degrees) is "good gumbo weather".
11.) Fried catfish is the other white meat.
12.)The security lights on the garage are meant to scare away possums and raccoons, not thieves. This also explains why there's a security system even though the front and backdoors always stay unlocked.
13.) All carbonated drinks are Coke, regardless of the flavor or brand. For example: What kind'a Coke you want? Dr. Pepper, Strawberry, Pepsi, Regular Coke...etc. Gotta be specific. *wink*


Tad-dah! There you have it, my second ever Thursday Thirteen. I can personally vouch for all those. *rofl* :P

Hope your day is a snazzy one! ^_^

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rainy Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Where has this week gone, huh? I've been up since about 1 am. I'm so freaking tired, but hubby rained out this morning, and he's home, so I thought I better take advantage of the writing time and get on these manuscripts.

I'm officially over 1/3 the way through my quickie wip. I hit the 6k mark a little earlier today. And believe it or not, I've also made a few pages of progress on the demons.

I planned to leave them alone, keep them out of site 'til I finished this latest installment of yummy werewolf smut, however, I am weak, weak, weak… I sat down to write the werewolves and suddenly the demons clicked. I opened a new document and wrote the new beginning through to about midway into chapter 2. Whoa, mama! So, yesterday's word count actually totaled to somewhere around 5k. Woot!

The shoe gnomes attack again…

I don't know what the heck happened to my right tennis shoe, and it's been driving me crazy all day. Who knows how long it's actually been missing. I've seen the other one at the bottom of hubby's closet for, oh, about three months or so now. I went to break out the pair today, but it's now certain—I have only one shoe from the pair. I've searched everywhere. I've checked the Jeep, the laundry room, and under the couch and the beds… Rats! It's raining cats and dogs, and my old pair has a floppy sole on one shoe, so I can't wear them when it's wet outside. Typical! So I guess I’m stuck with wearing sandals. Arg, but I hate getting my feet wet…

Hope your Wednesday is a snazzy one!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Love Rollercoaster

It's down to business here at my house. I managed 3k on my quickie wip yesterday, and hopefully I can get in another 2k today. I've got a list of things I hope to jot into the draft before shutting off the laptop today, and if I can get it all in there, it will close out the beginning 1/3 of this new story. I didn't intend it when I started writing the story, but it looks like this book will loosely tie in with Under A Midnight Moon. We'll see how that works out.

As for the demons, I think maybe this quickie story came in just at the right time. I'm in a bit over my head with that wip, I think. I needed to put it aside for a while, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I've rewritten the book so many times it's not even funny, and yet there is still something wrong with the story. It's just not meshing.

While writing on the quickie, it came to me out of the blue, a glaring problem with the demons that I'll have to fix for the story to stand. I took a deep breath of frustration over that one and jotted down notes off to the side. I think the whole plot may need an overhaul. Someone kick me, please. That will mean another rewrite, and if I have to rewrite that beginning one more time.... *faint*

Onto other things...
Before hubby left to go work south of Lafayette, we agreed that when he returned we'd go out and eat crawfish. I've been fiending for crawfish lately, and it's a bit of an undertaking to go out and eat them. Oldest likes them, but Mini is too young. So we can't just hit up any old crawfish boil to go. It has to be a restaurant... one where they sell them as an all you can eat deal, otherwise you're going to run into mega bucks.

On his way home, Hubby called me before passing through Lake Charles and asked me if I wanted him to pick up a few pounds of them and bring them home. Boy, I could kick myself now. I told him no because a.) I don't like cold crawfish and b.) I don't like cold crawfish that've been traveling via car for 3 hours. Call me picky. Heh. I told all this to hubby, who upon thinking about it, agreed it would be better to buy them fresh. So, he returned home sans l'ecrevisse.

Whenever will I learn?

Since Hubby's been home, we've called every restaurant we can think of without luck, which leaves me to wonder: Where the hell are all the crawfish this year? There used to be an awesome riverside restaurant in Monroe where you could buy them by the bag, but they aren't in business anymore - that side of town is notorious for "revolving" restaurants. Stuff open one year, closed the next. A local lady who runs a soul food hut has them, but at an exorbant amount per pound. I find it odd, we live in Louisiana and can't find any freaking crawfish. People raise them in ponds around here. Is there something going on I don't know about?

Ah well, I'll just console myself with coffee and pralines until we can find a crawfish hotspot. It's coming up on the festival season, so who knows? Maybe waiting will bring crawfish boils a plenty. ^_^

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Outlook Good

Is it really Monday? Again? Already?

Sometimes, I can't explain it, but it feels like I'm the last to know. Hubby made it back home yesterday, and he came into the bedroom this morning dressed for work, Mini on one arm, and saying, "Honey, gotta go. Be back at lunch!"

Hubbawha?!

I took Mini, got out of bed, and when I stepped out of the bedroom there's Oldest in his school gear, needing money to pay for his school portraits. That's when I suddenly realize, It is Monday! When did that happen? Ah, well, it's been a good morning. The house is a bit of a wreck - oh, okay, a LOT of a wreck - but that can wait.

Something totally unsuspected came up yesterday, and so I stayed up super late last night story plotting. I now have a story to finish by the first week in May, and we'll see what goes from there. I currently have a plan to write at between 2-5k a day until I can knock out the rough draft. Hope my darling crit partner breaks out the whip from time to time, notorious slackass that I am...

So far so good, though. Just need a little inspiration, so I posted a picture of a guy with yummy, amazing abs. Wait! I just noticed he has a handsome face too. ^_^ What a package! Funny how that works out, isn't it?

Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Is that werewolf smut you're reading?

Why, yes it is!

Yesterday afternoon, I took Oldest and Mini to go pick out a movie for the weekend, and to do a little Friday night food shopping. Since I didn't intend to actually go inside the video store, I tucked the book I'm currently reading into my bag on the way out the door.

As I'm sitting out in front of Movie Gallery waiting on Oldest, I began reading one of the smutty luuurve scenes, and suddenly it dawned on - geez, I'm reading this in public.

Not that I was about to fall into a When Harry Met Sally moment or anything like that, but a few years ago, right after I bought my first trade paperback erotic romance, I came across a forum comment by a woman who said she was too embarrassed to read her romance novels in public because of the covers.

At least a dozen people completely missed the point and hopped to the defense of the covers, blah, blah... Others told her to get an eReader - which were SUPER expensive at the time, being they were relatively new on the market. And a few people suggested she buy those cloth stretchy bookcovers - the ones that don't look like they'd fit anything, much less a trade paperback.

Recalling all this, I looked down at the cover of my Celeste Anwar smutfest and thought, Meh... who'd say anything about it? After all, it's only a sexy guy chained up... shirtless... rippling muscles... oh! and both nipples pierced *meow*... with the words UTTER DOMINATION emblazioned across the cover in red. Who's gonna notice that? A six year old? Not likely. A hot guy like the man on the cover? Um, again, not likely. Even if such men existed in my area, and if those men are anything at all like the males in my family, they couldn't tell you the color of the shirt their wearing RIGHT NOW unless they look down at it first, much less tell me what's on my book cover. So who is gonna care what I'm reading? Grandma Ellie and the church bake sale comittee? Ok. Now that's a distinct possibility...

I must say I don't often read books while waiting. It's my experience that if someone sees you reading a book, they disturb your reading to ask you about it, then lock you in a conversation about books. So I don't usually carry books around with me. Typically, I'd take a fashion magazine. However, now faced with the issue of being spotted reading a sexy book in public, I finally had a chance to consider the plight of just such a travesty. I guess, as it turns out, I generally didn't care as much as I thought I might. I certainly didn't feel the need to hide myself or the book from view.

As long as there's not an incongruent *cough, cough* body part exposed; as long as I'm not flashing Playgirl Centerfolds to unsuspecting passers-by, I don't see why reading trashy novels in public should cause any truly uncomfortable moments.

Oh, I guess if someone stopped long enough to actually spot the cover, they might say something to me. Or, they might just quietly walk by, never saying a word all the while rolling around a few shocked thoughts in their mind: Oh, my... did that say what I thought it did? Was that guy chained? They might even think something along the lines of: I can't believe she was reading that. That woman must be some kind of closet freak! - In which case, they could very well be right. :P

Horrendous consequences indeed. ^_^

BTW, the new Celeste Anwar is HOT. I just finished it last night. *drool*
Well, that's all for me today. Hubby will be home tomorrow, and I have demons to slay.
Happy weekend, folks!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Aquaman Lives

Last night I stayed up writing til close to midnight before finally calling it quits. I did some patching and reworking here and there, and moved one scene from the front to the back. I decided to use it as an ending instead of a beginning. Crazy stuff. If nothing else comes of it, I have certainly put in my miles on this manuscript.

I stayed up long enough to catch glimpses of a movie called Stay Alive - I think - which was about a group of teens who were mucking around with a video game that if you die while playing it, you die for real. I came into it about 3/4s of the way, and I wish I'd seen the beginning of it. It's actually a lot better movie than it sounds. Cool special f/x. Very Silent Hill-esque. I told Oldest about it this morning and being the video game buff said, "Aw, man! I wanted to watch that!" So after school I'm going to drive him up to the movie store and see if they have it for rent. It had Elijah Wood in it, so I'm pretty sure it's there among the other titles somewhere.

I also "watched" that movie UltraViolet...which came on after the video game horror flick. I've seen UV one other time before and didn't really like it too much. Too much heroine posing with a sword for my taste. Even so, this time I paid a bit more attention to the story - not that I could summarize the plot for you or anything - and what I saw of it wasn't that bad. Not worth the rental fees, but okay to watch on a rainy day when nothing else is on TV.

Now for the writing bits...

I have a tough chapter I want to complete today. I've worked this one so many times it no longer resembles what I originally wrote and I hate that. It bugs the crap out of me. I'm not really sure what's wrong with the darn thing, but I get that "this is awkward" feeling whenever I read it. If I didn't actually need that chapter I'd cut the whole darn thing and leave it out. Hopefully it will make it to the FINAL file today, but that remains to be seen.

Either way I'm putting that chapter aside today. Either to the final file or it's off to manuscript oblivion - or where ever it is cut scenes go. I hate to lose the word count if I do scrap that one, but I've decided not to rework it again. So it's last chance here. I have my fingers crossed.... Losing that scene will put me back about 6k in the hole. Arg!

Beyond that, it's FRIDAY. *booty dance* Hubby called to tell me he has to work one extra day in Nowhereville, then he'll be able to come home. Can't wait! So we'll all see him Sunday.

Enough for today. I just asked the Magic 8 Ball on my desk if I should get to work, and when I gave it a shake, the answer came up: "It is decidedly so."

There you have it; wise words from the mystic oogly boogly 8 ball. Interpretation: Get off the ol' buns, Slacker. And so I shall...

Happy Friday, folks!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lunch Break!


What a day...

I've been working on my wip all morning while waiting for hubby to call. He did, and told me he's been offered a job... in Maine. *_*

Hm, for some reason I think that one's just not gonna happen. *lol* As it is, hubby's ready to come home, and Mini keeps going to the front door and shouting, "Daaaaddy!" - which makes hubby want to come home all the more.

Heh. I can't picture those two staying away from each other for weeks at a time.

Since there isn't really much going on with me this week, I thought I'd test out the whole Thursday 13 thing. Here goes...















Thirteen Places I've Either Lost or Recovered My Shoes
(I blame the shoe gnomes!)



1. Draped across the back fence. - Found 'em!
2. In the trunk of the Jeep. - Found 'em!
3. At the laundromat. - Lost 'em!
4. At the beach. - Lost/Found 'em!
5. In the clothes dryer. - Found 'em!
6. Under the couch. - Lost/Found 'em!
7. At the park/bike trails. - Lost 'em!
8. At an RHS pep rally -1989. - Lost/Found 'em!
9. Somewhere along I-20 East. - Lost em!
10. East Kings Hwy Park, Shreveport. - Lost em!
11. At a David Lee Roth Concert - a bazillion years ago. - Lost em!
12. In South Carolina. - Lost 'em! (And I want them back!)
13. In Texas. - Lost 'em!

That's it for me. Happy Thursday, folks! ^_^

**Today's pic is from www.ihascheezburger.com


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Late Day Blogging

I stayed up late last night working on the wip. It rained, which was kinda nice - the quiet of the house. I don't know what it is about nights like that, but I tend to get more done. Maybe I need to buy one of those thunderstorm nature CDs. Hm...

Mini slept through the night, no wake-ups, even though his daddy wasn't there. Around 7 pm he had realized something was a bit off and started to toddle around the house and whine. I put him in the bath and dumped some of his toys in there to take his mind off it. Just shortly after he went on to bed, hubby made it to his hotel and called home. He was absolutely thrilled to learn he'd be sharing a room with a complete stranger - NOT. If he'd known that in advance, he could've taken a bit more money out of the bank to pay for a private room. Too late now.

Anyway, there will be more of that tonight - staying up writing late. Oh, and rain. Ugh. I love the rain, don't get me wrong. But not days and days of it. To save myself some steps, I went to the store earlier today and bought Oldest some microwave goodies, and some fixin's for hotdogs and cowboy stew. Simple stuff to fix quickly.

From my bookshelf... A Recommended Read...

Since it is hump day, I thought I'd recommend a book from my naughty bookshelf. I actually just re-read this book last week: Primal Heat. It wasn't the first time I've re-read it either...

There are four extremely naughty short stories in this book, and all of them are pertaining to werewolves. The cool thing about this book - and the reason I'm recommending it - is because every story in the book is good. Not just one or two - which is kind of unusual, in my experience.

Moon Lust by Sherri L. King is the first story, and it takes place in the Russian wilderness. The heroine treks out into the woods alone, falls down a ravine, and sexy backwoods werewolf rescues her. I absolutely loved the characters in this story. There are only two characters in this story, no love triangle, no extra guy on the side vying for the heroine's affection, which is a fresh change. It's one of those, "do you accept me?" stories. A great blend of romance and naughty bits. The most romantic out of the four shorts.

Lunewolf: Pack Law by Lorie O'Clare, is just what you would expect. Super HOT. Sophie is bound by pack law when it comes to mating, and she's determined to follow all the naughty rules. She takes three mates, and Ms. O'Clare goes all out with the sexy details. I bought the book for this story in particular, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. By far, my favorite story in the book.

Running Mate by Jaci Burton is about a Senator with a secret - he's a werewolf. He meets up with a reporter and mistakes her for a woman who generously dispenses her *cough* favors. I typically run from books that have cops, detectives, or politicians, but this is a very well written story... and oh, so naughty. If backdoor action is a turn off for you - skip this one. However, I'd say from a writing standpoint, this is probably the best story in the book.

Wolfe's Hope by Lora Leigh. Genetically created werewolves, with a cruel scientist mother/lab rat daughter relationship involved. The hero is hot, the werewolf theme is fresh, and the story is interesting; however be warned! : This story is not for the meek. It contains backdoor action that kind of skates into dangerous territory when Wolfe "tortures" his mate for information... even if he immediately has a change of heart and tries to make up for his actions. Toward the end of the book, there is an short exchange between the hero and heroine, and the heroine makes an awkward statement that is meant to smooth over the torture scene. Not every reader is going to buy into that, but it rounds out the story well enough, and thus you get your HEA. Overall, this story is the most imaginative, and fun to read out of the lot. Wolfe gets top billing as top Alpha out of the entire book. He's definitely no cream puff.

Primal Heat is one sexy werewolf anthology - so much so, it's on my keeper shelf. Basically, if you like werewolves and erotic romance, you can't go wrong with this book. Primal Heat is available through www.ellorascave.com and www.amazon.com .

And there you have it: my post for the day. Off now to do my domestic diva duties, or in other words - the dishes are waiting. Happy Wednesday, folks!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tuesday Quizzin'

What Your Favorite Color Green Says About You:

Balanced --- Relaxed --- Flexible
Compassionate --- Philosophical --- Humble
Loyal --- Inventive --- Unique


You Are a Black and White Cookie

You're often conflicted in life, and you feel pulled in two opposite directions.
When you're good, you're sweet as sugar. And when you're bad, you're wicked!


Just burning up some time quizzin'. ~_^ Today hubby was called to work down south, so we raced around to get him ready to go so he could leave around lunch time. He's only supposed to be gone for about a week... we'll see. We thought he was going to get a lay off, but instead they made him a superintendent and gave him a raise. It's been kind of a whirlwind thing, so I'm not sure really what's going on at this point. I do know it may be difficult for me to come in a blog over the next few days. (If I can stand to leave it be. I'd go nuts if I didn't blog.)So until the weekend, let the cards fall where they may.

Rubber Duckies, Bubble bath, and Demons

Mini sacked out early yesterday evening, and once I put him to bed it occurred to me, "Hey! I can have a bath without a toddler leaning over the edge of the tub to splash in my water!"

Ah, a bath... a real bath. In private, with the door closed, and everything! No toddler hands to spat while trying to shave my legs. No trying to keep stray legs off the edge of the tub, or chubby little feet from dipping in my gloriously HOT water. I dashed to the bathroom like there was no tomorrow.

All is right in the universe. The house is quite, Oldest and Hubby are both fending for themselves, and I'm filling up the tub, running a brush through my hair - which I intend to take my time to give a thorough wash with conditioner and everything...

And then it hits. Inspiration.

I suddenly, inexplicably, have The Fix for my demon story. It's a revelation. I have discovered that one missing element I sensed was missing, but for the life of me, couldn't seem to put my finger on. Of course, I come to this grand realization after I've managed to undress. Typical!

After a moment of handwringing, I open the door, and bustle naked down the hall where I can peek around the corner. Hubby is in the kitchen. Great!

"Hey, you!" Hubby looks at me like a deer caught in the headlights. "Bring paper and pens. Quickly!"

It is at this moment hubby realizes I am sans clothes. "Oh, yeah, I'm sure this is very funny, Mister. Now bring me something to write on!"

Ultimately bends to my evil wishes. *just kidding!* He brings me a few sheets of computer paper and a pen, that I quickly carry back to the bathroom with me. I shut the door, adjust the running bathwater, and write down as much as I can, as fast as I can. It's amazing what you can come up with in just a few minutes of quiet time. I ended up with snippets of dialogue, pieces of a fight scene, descriptions of scenarios and characters and... I still managed to have my bath!

A little later, hair wrapped up in a towel, I settled down with the ol' laptop and jotted down a full scene. I made corrections. Things are flowing again. Ah, it's almost like a day at the spa... Who'da thunk it?

A joke before closing...
(This is one hubby sent to me. Here goes!)

Albert staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Rob. He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Mary. He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump. The whiskey bottles he had stuffed in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful.

Managing not to yell, Albert sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding. He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid, as best he could, on each place he saw blood. He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and staggered off to bed.

In the morning, he woke up in horrible pain, and to make matters worse, there was Mary, arms folded, staring at him from across the room. "You were drunk again last night weren't you?" she accused.

"Now, why would you say such a mean thing, Mary? Whatever would make you think I've been out drinking?"

"Well," she said smartly,"it could have something to do with the front door standing open. Or, the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, and the drops of blood trailing through the house. But mostly, Albert, it's all those Band-Aids you stuck on the hall mirror."

Happy Tuesday, folks!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sun, Sand, and Manuscripts

See that beach. I wish I was there, laying out on the sand, frying my winter white hide into freckled oblivion. I'd order a marguerita, put on my huge, mosquito style sunglass and lounge away - secretly checking out every set of man abs within view. *lol*

However, the vacation is over. No beach for me. Oldest is back to school today, and I'm back to business. I spent the weekend relaxing and reading, and TV browsing. (I did a bit of wip tweaking and stripping, but not too much.) Time to get on the wagon again.

I read MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Unemployed in one sitting on Saturday. What a fabulously funny book. I loved every minute of it! Betsey, flaky though she may be, has a heart of gold. I absolutely love her. I usually chuck a book with flaky characters; however, I never get tired of reading about her. (Or Sinclair. *drool*)

I also (finally) finished reading Over the Moon, the anthology with Angela Knight, MJD, and a few other authors. I don't know why it has taken me so many weeks to read that one. I actually prefer to read anthologies, and/or short stories. With kids and a husband running around needing something different every five minutes, it's easier for me to get through a book. However, something about this book made it very hard for me to read. The stories were okay; the writing was fine.... I don't know what it is. Just one of those books where I didn't connect, I guess. Instead of dropping it in the donate bin, I put it back on the shelf to try rereading parts of it later. Sometimes I can go back and "get it" - whatever it was that didn't mesh with me on the first reading. Alas, I shall try again.

Mini Milestones... Yesterday, Mini got his first "bike". He's been admiring his big bubba's mountain bike and likes to go out and have someone sit him up on it. It's not easy to stand around out in the yard holding up a toddler on a big ol' bike, and that being the case, we decided it was time to fish out a tricycle.

Mini was soooo thrilled when he saw it. "Bike, bike!" and all that. He hasn't learned to pedal it yet, although he knows where his feet are supposed to go. I guess he just hasn't built up the pedal-oompa. He'll get there.

Oldest is whining about approaching summer. It just dawned on him over the weekend that there is roughly two months left of school - not even that, really. For all the bazillion taxes there are in this state, there really isn't anything here for the kids - parks are few and far between, there is no public pool. I love hiking, and would love taking the boys, but campsites aren't kept that well here either. Cloud Crossing (part of Kisatche National Forest) is in shambles. Unless you want to visit the people who live in RVs there year round, or canoe through a sea of West Nile Virus *cough, cough* I mean, mosquitoes, it's not really the place to be.

I'm wondering what I'm going to do with Oldest. (IF he doesn't have to go to summer school.) There aren't any kids on our street his age, and the only cousin he had lives about five states over. I considered sending him out there since he's never met his cousin, but Oldest acts kind of "meh" about that. What can you do? Maybe to Space Camp, if he wants to? I really don't know what to do for the poor guy. Guess if he can't decide it will be another summer of going to the lake, grass mowing, and round the clock channel surfing. Not that that sort of thing sounds to bad too me. (Am I really that old?)

Anyway, that's it for me today. It's after 9. I stayed up waaaay too late last night watching reruns of Outback Jack, and by this hour, I should be writing something. *looks longingly at the beach...*

Happy Monday, folks!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spoils from the Hunt


Ah, Sunday... Perfect day for reading new books. Yesterday's hunting expedition was a smashing success. I bought a few new and used titles, and spent Saturday afternoon reading them.

Here are a few from the spoils of my book spree.

Hardcovers -
1. Life Beyond Death, from the Reader's Digest Quest for the Unknown Series. - This is a really cool book. I sat and read through it in one sitting. Lots of great art, history, and personal snippets from people's out of body and near death experiences. An awesome book for reference.

2. New Orleans, A Pictorial Souvenir by Carol M. Highsmith and Ted Landphair. 1998 edition. Kind of heartbreaking to look at. New Orleans pre-Katrina. The New Orleans of my heart. Brings back lots of memories. Another great book for reference.

Paperbacks -
3. The Last Vampire, by Whitley Strieber. Apparently a continuation of Miriam Blaylock's story, and sequel to his cult-classic vampire book The Hunger. I've been looking forward to this book for quite a while now. (If you're a Whitley Strieber fan, I highly recommend Trisha Baker's Crimson Series. Another great, not quite romance, not quite horror novel series pertaining to vamps.)

4. These Fallen Angels, by Wendy Haley. A vampire learns his long-lost love has risen from the grave after an evil force possesses the souls of his family. Don't know much about this book - picked it up due to the intriguing back blurb.

5. Red, by Jack Ketchum. Love his voice. A horror novel.

6. Kitty Goes to Washington, by Carrie Vaugh. Werewolves do it better. Don't believe me? Check this out.

7. Prince of Ice, by Stobie Piel. One of my favorite romance authors of all time. Kind of hard to find her books in my area. This one looks like a mage/barbarian book. Fantasy romance?

8. Dark Need, by Lynn Viehl. Paranormal romance. Lucan believes Samantha is his reincarnatied first love. *dreamy sigh* Like reincaranted lovers as much as I do? Check out this hot title.

9. Undead and Unemployed, by MaryJanice Davidson. Don't have this one, and it's MaryJanice. 'Nuff said.

10. A Sweet Addiction, by Charlotte Lamb. (Harelequin Presents) The late Charlotte Lamb rocks my socks. I buy every title from her that I find. If only I had an ounce of her talent... I read this book in one sitting. It's part of the Barbary Wharf Series and has many, many characters. It reads a bit like an episode of East Enders, except the drama all revolves around a newspaper and the journalists who work there.

There you have it. My booklist. I feel all tingly inside, I gotta admit. I do love getting new books. Looks like I'll be set for a few weeks. At least that's what I'm telling hubby. Hehe. I guess I better get to reading, uh, writing. *slacking* :-)

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Raining on my Saturday

Crap weather outside, but I'm hoping to make a trip to the used bookstore. I'm always on the lookout for OOP titles I haven't read. I have a loooong list of futuristics I scout for on a regular basis (at u/b, eBay, and Amazon) , but it seems some of them may be lost forever - and that's really sad.

Hopefully some of those early (and groundbreaking, IMO) authors will dust those old books off and put them up for sale as ebooks somewhere. Come on, ladies! You know who you are. Out of print these days simply means, "my book is no longer in paper format." Get those books online. Put them on Fictionwise and Mobipocket. Get a domain name, or fire up your old one. There are people out there just like me, who wish they'd gotten a copy of your book years ago but missed out. Throw us a bone. Make your book available, and we'll buy it!

From my bookshelf...
A recommended read.

Hm. It's been a long time since I've recommended a book. I didn't realize that. Oh well. What a better time than the weekend, right? My pick for a fun, lounging on the couch, weekend read is Ja-Rael's Lioness , an erotic futuristic romance by Angelique Anjou.
*book contains graphic sex, language, and some violence - 18+ readers only*
Elise is one of a scattered few remaining humans who escaped the dying planet to land on a new, albeit miserable, alien world. She and her shipmates - people Elise is not overly fond of - are barely scraping by, living off mushrooms and getting by with only a few scraps of remaining Earth technology they have left.
Ja-Rael is a Meeri from a neighboring planet. He's catlike, a doctor, and looking to illegally gather enough beasts to take back to his homeworld so he may purchase a mate. However, he comes across Elise and mistakingly believes she is a fabled, maned lioness. In his culture, stealing a female would mean death, but he is determined not to lose such a rare and beautiful creature. He steals Elise away from her encampment, and whisks her away to planet Meeri where he must now hide the fact that he captured her on a forbidden planet, and also the fact that she isn't Meeri at all.
READ AN EXCERPT HERE
Don't let the drab book cover fool you. This is a fun read. It's not an overly complicated storyline, but Elise and Ja-Rael are a fun couple to follow. There are some truly funny moments in this book. Since Elise and Ja-Rael don't speak the same language, there are quite a few instances where they get their wires crossed, and meaning are "lost in translation". Elise is grouchy, unhappy with her lot, and uncertain of herself a lot of the time. Ja-Rael is patient to a point, but at the end of the day he knows what needs to be done, and he's a guy who always does his job. The sex is hot and frequent, and fitting of the story being that it is an erotic/carnal title. However, if you're not a fan of shapeshifter books, or if the idea of alien-cat creatures and humans getting it on puts you off, this story isn't for you. I personally loved the book, sex and all. Ja-Rael's Lioness is a fun, lighthearted read. Definitely worth a look!
That's all for me today, folks. I must get ready for my outing. Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday the 13th - muahahaha

I worked on my wip yesterday until I couldn't see beyond the words anymore. Around four in the afternoon, I gave it up, started everything printing, and took Mini outside.

I left his shoes off him though. He likes to take off running at lightspeed straight for the street (it's not a busy street, mind you, but still...) and I didn't want to have to go chasing after him. About two weeks ago, while walking across the yard barefoot to get a package from the mailman, I discovered the hard way that we have a huge sticker patch just beyond the first tree.

When I was getting everything ready to go out, I thought - Ah ha! Todder spike strips! I took Mini outside sans shoes, and before I could even put the tub of toys down, he took off at warp speed across the yard. He got about four feet from the front patio when he realized all was not well in the grass. He lumbered around bowlegged, with a concerned look on his face. "Yow, yow! Mimi!"

Uh huh. Busted. I had to go fish him out of the sticker patch, but it worked as I suspected. No damage to the toddler, and for the rest of our outing - which lasted about an hour and a half - no break away sprints across the yard to the street. Excellent... *hand wringing*


Award Alert...

Yesterday, author and editor, M.E Ellis gave my blog the Thinking Blogger Award. Yay! (Thanks M.E!)

According to M.E, this is an award that's designed to be passed on. Here's how it works:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that tickle your grey matter.

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme

3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (There is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

Time to choose my five bloggers to carry the torch. (Not assuming that they will.)
But before I get started... I know I have a long list of links in my sidebar, but there are only a handful of blogs I visit with any real regularity, so my awards will go out to those, regardless of whether they've been awarded by anyone else. After all, it's supposed to be about the blogs that tickle my gray matter. *wink* These are in no particular order:

1.) M.E. Ellis' blog Nutter's Gang. Out of all the blogs I read, I share her joke and crazy picture content with others more often than any other blog I visit. She also hosts interviews, and I love her quirky sense of humor. Gotta love her!

2.) PBW's blog is one of my favorites. I have to admire a person in the industry who works as hard as they do, yet is able to maintain their down to earth nature. PBW not only fits the bill, she also consistently gives back to her readers, and offers great advice to aspiring writers.

3.)Behold My Brilliance . This blog is my guilty pleasure. Nothing to do with writing, and the woman doesn't know me from Adam. Still, I love reading about her and her kids. Some craaaazy stuff happens here. One of my favorites!

4.) Pub Rants. Okay, it's an agent's blog. Not exactly light reading here, but this is a sort of a "everything I ever learned about agents, I learned it from..." kind of place. Very informative. A non-threatening environment for a newbie like me.

5.)Balls and Walnuts . If it's out there. It's here. Fun, at times informative, and weirdly wise. It's also one of only two blogs I frequent that are written by men. I'm not sure why that is.

HONORABLE MENTION: I think it would be unscrupulous to give the Midnight Moon Cafe an award since I'm a founding member there, but I will instead offer that blog an Honorable Mention due to the Midnight Brew interview feature - which I don't actually have a hand in.

And that concludes my awards ceremony, ladies and gentlemen! ^_^

On to the writing stuff...
Today I'm working on a bridge scene. I need to get hero from point A to point B - and it needs to NOT be BORING. I hate these scenes, but it's necessary. After that, I'm laying down the work for the weekend, and am going to write a few "fun pages" of junk story to get my muse back. Maybe something with sexy werewolves. Ha-wooooo!

Happy Friday, folks!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Spank My Muse

Yesterday was one of those days... I couldn't motivate myself to do squat. I started out in front of the comp, chipping away at my wip, but by about 10:30 it was pretty much a lost cause. I ended up rearranging part of the office - talk about a sucky way to procrastinate *lol* - and accomplishing very little for my effort in the process of it. I'd rifle through something, then I'd go back to the wip and tip tap here before wandering off over there for a while, only to come back twenty minutes later to tip tap at the wip again... bleh. Truth is, I'd rather be at the beach!

Hubby's work project should be closed out any day now. They're down to screwing in lightbulbs and plugging in fans over there. :P We're wondering at this point if he will get a lay off, or if they are going to keep him sitting around until phaze 2 starts - whenever that is. There's nothing much to do there for him at the moment, the guys are merely sitting around until called on. Today Hubby took his laptop so he'd have something to do. ( Chuzzles, beware! )
If by chance he gets his walking papers sometime in the next week, first thing out the gate, I'm going to suggest a roadtrip. I think we'll all do better to get out of town for a while.

On to writing things...
Today is torture myself into moving forward day. Just kidding. I just hit a section that I think would read better from the hero's POV. So there's today's project... writing a POV flip.Here's hoping I can get some work done today without having to bitch-slap my muse.

That's it for me today. I'm off to the Midnight Moon Cafe. There is an interview up today with author Carrie Vaugh. *runs amok* I've been waiting for this one!

Happy Thursday, folks!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Stone Circle, Purple Sage

I couldn't get a pic of the sage garden yesterday morning, so I went out after it stopped raining and took one in the late evening. The blossoms are absolutely gorgeous this year. The purple is very vibrant.

The terracotta pot on the right, next to the largest stone, is a gift from my dad - it has Hens-and-Chicks planted in it. They have really taken off this year, too. I'm not sure how they've managed to weather all these back and forth hot and cold spells, but they appear to have adapted well.

On to writing things...
I sent off two chapters to my good buddy Tempest late yesterday. She agreed to give my rascally demons a look, bless her. Last night I finished another chapter and printed it up for a look-see. All faired well in my eyes, so I started on another section. I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere with the story. I guess having the new printer helps that a bit.

Today I'll be working some more on the fight scene I started revising yesterday. I worked on it until fairly late last night, but then I put it up so I could watch The History Channel International. They aired a documentary about the mysterious sunken pyramids off the coast of Okinawa. Totally fascinating stuff. Great for writing inspiration...and I'm always needing me a cup of that. ^_^

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rainy Days Were Made For Writing

It's raining today, so I'm taking my chances that I'll actually be able to post. One of the finer points of country living is the oh-so-reliable internet connection.

Today's picture is the real deal, taken from the door this morning. The windchimes you see are the gift hubby and I selected together for our 16th wedding anniversary this past October. So there's a bit of trivia for you. I wish I could've taken a picture of the sage garden in the front yard, but hubby's bike is blocking the view. :P

I managed to get the printer up and running yesterday. Whee! Late last night I did a massive print up of the wip and began doing a story check. I got to the last few pages and caught several things, so there's not too much left to do there. It's polished about all I can polish it - on those chapters. *relief* I will start on fight scene rewrites today. Those are actually my favorite to work with, as they come more easily to me. Hopefully the rain won't lull me into Zen Cow mode too quickly so I can get something done. *lol*

Stay dry, folks! Happy Tuesday. :)

Monday, April 09, 2007

PreCoffee Monday

Just got out of bed, came through the house, and barely had a chance to say Good Morning to Hubby when the phone rings. It's an Inspector from out at work and he needs hubby to come in today - which is supposed to be a holiday for us. Grr... Hubby had to take his coffee on the run because I hadn't even made any yet. One of these days he'll learn to turn that freaking cell phone off when he gets home.

I finally broke down and got a printer for my laptop over the weekend. Before doing this, I'd been burning down my files on disk, taking them to the old desktop comp (which is slowly dying from a virus Norton can't seem to clear out) and printing them in there. A LOT of hassel. And I do like my print correction copy. Probably part of the reason the damn demons are taking so long - it's all on the comp and I'm not able to print and check when I make corrections. So anyway, I got the printer, set it up, and realized they don't include the USB cable. *sigh* Why won't they just add a checklist on the outside of the box if it doesn't have everything you need? Is it manufacturer's guilt? Do they leave that little tidbit off because they fear you might go up a price notch just to keep from having to hunt down a @#$%^*&! cable?

So now, it's back to the store today for a USB cable. I thought I had one - heck two or three, really. Where? Only the gnomes know. I dug around through two boxes of CPK clothes until I found the cable I remembered I had. And guess what - it doesn't fit. Typical! *voodoo doll*

On a lighter note...
... the house looks great. I worked my tail off all weekend and managed to get the curio cabinet in the den, all the glass treasures dusted and put away, the top of the TV cleaned off, and even hung the new picture above the couch. All that along with the usual Easter stuff for the kids. Speaking of which, Mini had his first egg hunt this year! We waited until Oldest was home so he could be the one to hide the eggs, so it was around 1 pm when we did the hunt. It was adorable! Mini had watched Dora the Explorer hunt Easter eggs on TV that morning, so he knew just what to do.

His dad handed him the basket, and he was a bit confused. But then we took him out on the front patio, and Hubby said, "Can you find an egg?" Oh, man... it was on then! Mini hunted eggs like... like... a veteran toddler egg hunter! ^_^


Oh, yeah. Mommy is proud. Son, you have passed this ritual of manhood with flying colors.

That's all the tale I have for the telling this morning. Now I must go and consume coffee before my mutant bitch factor spikes. I have both boys home today, and they like to annoy one another on and off throughout the day. Ha! Brothers...

Happy Monday, folks!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Save the Bunnies!

Happy Easter! To those that don't celebrate it - Happy Fluffy Bunny day. :-) Yesterday, while hubby and I were shopping, an announcement came over the store intercom that the Easter Bunny was in the house and pictures were $4.00 each if you wanted your pic taken with him. We looked at each other, then down at Mini - who was sitting oblivious to it all in the basket, playing with the candles I'd picked up for a ritual weekend.

We took Mini to the photo section of the store, and he smiled when he saw the person in the bunny costume. We thought, GREAT! However, when we took him out of the shopping cart and sat him on the Easter Bunny's knee, it was a different story. The camera lady caught that magic moment between terror and first yowl. Hubby rescued Mini and the camera lady showed us the pic of horror - "Well, I got a picture, but I'm not sure you want it." Hubby nearly fell out laughing. "Oh, yeah. We want it."

So Mini's first pic with the Easter Bunny is a child squirming, looking over his shoulder with a very pronounced frown on his face. I'm sure there is a horror movie box cover with a similar photo on it somewhere. ^_^ Ah, memories...

Anyway, today we are hiding eggs for Mini, and plan to let Oldest walk him around the yard to find them. Oldest by the way, has a serious foot infection and they wouldn't do the surgery. He's on high potency antibiotics, and they have scheduled the surgery for a later date - when they plan to take both toe nails. *sigh* So the toe saga continues. Poor Oldest.

On Friday, while hubby had taken Oldest to the hospital, I managed to get the rest of the house painted. However, when I moved the old dining table I broke it. *_* We've been planning to get another set for a while. We've gone shopping for them, but I never found "the one". We've come close to buying a few times, but we'd consider it and always put it off. Well, no more time for delays now.

I called Hubby as he and Oldest were on their way home and told them what I did. Basically, the old table pulled apart in the middle and wouldn't go back together. So, when hubby got home, he had to go buy a new dining set. And you know something? Super Man that he is, he listened to the kind I said I wanted all those months ago, and that's what he came home with! Hubby received much sugars and kudos. The set resembles a Piedmont set. It has a dark finish cherry, with a country-style table top and tooled slat back chairs. It's practical and it looks great against the new paint. Woot!

Now for the writing bits...
I'm working on my wip today. It's the first time this weekend, I've had full on writing clearance. Gotta love Sundays! I have one chapter I need to get over. Ugh. It's dragging along. :P That one is destined for the FINAL file today.

Bizarre News Flash...
According to AOL news, a school in Rhode Island has banned the Easter Bunny. He is now simply known as Peter Rabbit. Apparently Easter Bunny is too religious for the school. Law makers are said to be "hopping mad" over this, and have proposed an Easter Bunny Act to keep the old tradition, and to prevent anyone from renaming the bunny to anything else.

I don't typically celebrate Easter; however, I'm doing so for my kids, and to honor my mother's wishes. I have no problem celebrating that way along with Ostara. However renaming the Easter Bunny? Isn't that a little extreme? Personally, I love the Easter Bunny, name and all. Talk about the kill joy of politics. The Easter Bunny doesn't have any real religious significance anyway - unless you consider it's pagan beginnings, which most people don't even recognize. Can't people just leave well enough alone? I always figured if there were people offended by the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus - then they simply wouldn't go have their picture made with him. Now all this unhappy controversy. It's sad. When feeling the need to meddle, why can't people just elect to get a freaking hobby? Because truth be told, I'd really like the Easter Bunny to be around for the dozens of grandchildren I'm hoping my boys will produce for me. ^_^

Speaking of Easter bunnies.... I've made a discovery. The endangered wasabe and ginger flavored chocolate Easter bunnies shown in the picture to the left are available from www.vosgeschocolate.com They have four other exotic flavors too, like curry and coconut. Yummilicious! Long live chocolate bunnies! ^_^

Friday, April 06, 2007

A Big Ol' Kitty Head (with squinty eyes)

Hubby took Oldest to the hospital this morning. I should know something in about an hour, what the doctors plan to do about his poor toes. I have the house mostly ready for him when he returns. The house is clean, and all of the hall and dining room is painted save for a six foot section near the front door. I'm going to take care of that today once I'm back home from bill paying.

Yesterday was a successful purse hunting expedition. I found the one I wanted, and picked up an outfit for Mini and a shirt for Oldest - who is super picky these days, btw. Only Hot Topic will do, you know? Well, he got a shirt regardless, and Mom picked out a shirt, which I put it on my card, so we'd have a little extra money for gas. $2.60 a gallon... Makes me want to croak everytime I fill up the Jeep. The one I'm driving can tack down $50.00 easy. I guess that's why it's constantly sitting on empty. I usually only put in $15.00 at a time. :P

At any rate, glad to say it's FrIdAy!!! *dance, dance* I'm going to write this weekend, try to complete a flash fiction for the Cafe, and finish reading The Gatekeeper, by Dana Reed. Hard work, but someone's got to do it. ^_^

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Let the Hunt Begin

Today Mom, Mini, and I plan to make a quickie mall trip. When hubby and I were driving home from the wedding, we stopped by the Factory Outlet for a restroom break and to stretch our legs. Well, of course, I went browsing through the clothes, and in this one store I found the perfect bag for summer - it's a beautiful soft blue Hawaiian print bag with a reed bottom. Too, it's big, which is a must for me, since I'm always carrying excess junk in my purse: Gameboys, diapers, sippy cups, and books. All that along with the standard makeup, keys and wallet.

At the time, I thought the bag was a bit pricy for the outlet, and so I left it there thinking I could get one on ebay. Uh, well, I couldn't find one on ebay, so I called Mom and asked if she wanted to make a road trip. My Mom, being the woman of adventure that she is said, "Sure thing, hon!"

*thumbs up*

So, after I finish here, I'm going to shower and change, get Mini ready, and toss the stroller in the Jeep. As soon as Mom arrives, off we go on a purse hunting expedition. Oldest thinks I'm completely nuts to drive all that way for a purse. Pfft. Men! They'll never understand! ^_^

About the wip...
I worked on bridging two scenes yesterday. It was a bit more difficult than I anticipated, but I managed to finish one of them. It tacked on about 2500 words - Woot! - and filled in the scene seamlessly. Only thing I have to do with it now is go back and smooth it over, check it for errors. I also worked on a gap in another scene, and really like the direction that took off. It was a necessary fix, but the rewrite adds a whole new dimension to the book. I'll be working on these two sections again this afternoon.

Tomorrow Hubby is taking Oldest to the hospital so they can start the preps for toe surgery (yet again). This time they're going to take the entire toenails on both big toes. Lovely no? Oldest has had the partial surgery on both toes twice. I hate it that he has to keep going through this frickin' pain, but both former surgeries have done nothing. His toes are progressively worse. I will have to stay home with Mini - there's no way we can keep him still for an entire fun filled day of sitting in waiting room after waiting room.

While they are gone for that, I am going to clean Oldest's room thoroughly, mop the floors and scrub the half bath, then I'll get the couch in the den ready for him when he gets back. I also plan to finish painting the house my new aqua color. It shouldn't take more than a few hours, since I managed to paint half of it yesterday. Maybe if I have time this afternoon... Whatever the case, I plan to have the house ready for him when he gets back.

It's almost 8, and I need another cup of joe before I hop in the shower. Just a quick reminder before I go: Kerrelyn Sparks has an interview up today at the Midnight Moon Cafe. Vampire lovers everywhere, rejoice! You won't want to miss it. ^_~

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Attack Cat!

So I finished the missing chapter I started yesterday. I feel pretty good about that. However, I am not convinced my story is going to be romancey enough. It's turning out to be more suspense than anything. Sort of how Practical Magick is supposed to be a romance blend, although there is very little romance in it - at least it seemed that way to me. It's in there, but understated because of the story going on around it. Ah well. Eight chapters in, I think it's a little too late to worry about it now.

I took everyone's advice to heart - let the love scenes fall where they may. I actually removed a scene because it seemed too far out of place for the moment, and I don't want sex taking away from the story. It was supposed to be the first love scene in the book, but I just don't think the characters are "ready" even though they are already well into a relationship at the start of the book. Looks like the first lurrrve scene isn't going to make it in until around chapter 5. Not sure how I feel about that yet. I guess it all remains to be seen. I'll definitely be winging this one off to the crit partners before submission!

On a completely different note, remember when I decided to paint the dining room/living room pale yellow and how hubby hated it? Finally, after all these months, we've settled on a color. Actually, I settled it for us. It's a pale, pale aqua. It looks white in some lighting. Hubby actually approved it when he saw it, which is a good thing, since half the den is now painted with it. I mixed the pale yellow I had with some flame blue I still had from the nursery. It's a very soothing, non-distracting shade. Perfect thing for this house.

That's it for me today. I'm far, far behind on everything I should be doing. See what happens when the net goes down for a few hours? Y2K would've been the end of me, I swear it. Happy hump day, everyone!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Check My Vital Signs

Ugh, I didn't want to get out of bed this morning. Hubby climbed out of bed sometime around 3 am, and I remember thinking: More power to ya, man - I'm going back to sleep! I did, too.

Mini woke me up sometime around 5:30 - how he miraculously appeared in the bed beside me, I have no idea, because I distinctly remember putting him in his Diego bed around midnight. He started chattering away, and my eyes started to cross, so I eased out of bed, took his hand and said, "Let's go look for daddy!" We found daddy netsurfing, so I lovingly handed over Mini and went back to our room and fell across the bed.

Hubby - such amazing man - let me sleep until 6:30! When he came in to let me know he was about to leave for work, I figured I better make it an effort to stay conscious. So here I am - with coffee - disoriented, but awake.

I finished a chapter yesterday, and today I'll start working on one I've put off since finishing the first draft. It's a scene I realized I'd left out, and the book needs it to keep from falling flat midstory. So that's my goal for the day. Write chapter. Self edit. Add to FINALs file.

Now for a daily dose of writing related questions...

This is for anyone who wants to answer, but it's a big plus if you write smut *cough* erotic romance like myself. When writing an erotic romance, when do you typically add in the first love scene? Have you ever written a story where the lovin' happened later on in the book, as opposed to the first few chapters? How far into the novel do you feel is "too late" to add the first love scene?

And that's all I can think of in that department. *need more coffee* Feel free to add, rinse, and repeat as necessary. I'll catch on soon enough. Happy Tuesday, folks!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday and Raining

Our yard is a bit of a jungle right now; it needs mowing and weedeating in the worst way. Our old riding mower isn't reliable anymore, so Hubby took Mini yesterday to buy a push mower. While he was in town, he decided to buy Mini a Happy Meal for the road. As you can see, the Happy Meal coincided with Nap Time. That is a chicken nugget sticking out of Mini's mouth.** ^_^

Hubby got the lawnmower, but then it rained, so the yard is still a jungle. Its days are definitely numbered though. Oldest starts Spring Break on the 6th, and Hubby is supposed to get a mini-Spring Break as well - so no excuses around that time. At least for Hubby. Oldest will be undergoing toe surgery (again!) during the holidays; but I have told Hubby that one way or another, the grass will be done. 'Cause you know... It would be a shame if I have to hire a man with gorgeous abs and huge pecs to come mow the lawn. *cough, cough*

Today I'm on track for more rewrites. Ho hum. I'll get through this. I tell myself that every morning. I'll get there. The chapters are slowly accumulating, along with the word count. I need to actually tack on another few thousand words, so no sense rushing.

On a good note, I've received two new awesome reviews. One is for Crossing Borders, and the other is for Bonding Experience. They are up over at Ecataromance Sensual. Not too shabby. Also, a friend pointed out to me over the weekend that Crossing Borders is now up over at Fictionwise.com. Woohoo! And when I searched it out, I also found it up over at Mobipocket.com too. So I'm getting around out there. *thumbs up*

There you have it - everything that's going on with me at the moment.

Bizarre News Bulletin...

One interesting thing I found online - I read on AOL news this weekend that the USA hasn't been the land of the tallest people in something like 50 years. We've been beat out by Holland, and that the people there are getting progressively taller. So much so, they now have new height requirements on all new doorways set at 7ft. 8in., and they are having a re-engineer public transit to have more leg room for taller passengers. The average man there is 6'1, and people as tall as 6'10 are not unheard of. WOW! Scientists believe this increase in height is due to diet high in protein and rich in foods like milk and cheese, early on in the developmental stages of life - prenatal, and early childhood. So much for the government food pyramid, huh?

Actually, my mom used to babysit for two little girls, and their mother was from Holland. I was about 9 at the time, and Ingeborg was the tallest woman I have ever seen - still is! She towered over my dad several inches, and at 6'2/6'3 he is no shrimp. Of course, at that age, I thought no one could possibly be taller than my dad. ;) Yeah, I'm a bit of a daddy's girl. I guess with all that height in Holland, it makes it easier to spot the tourists. lol I'll remember that whenever I go to visit. ^_^



**No children or nuggets were harmed in the taking of that picture.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

After the Wedding...

Lil' Sis had a gorgeous wedding. It took place at the Gardens of the American Rose Center outside of Shreveport - only a few miles from the Texas state line. It rained a bit before the wedding, but everything pretty much went off without a hitch. Sis had the entire place decorated in white and lavender - even the hall lighting in the American Rose Center was lavender. To boot, the reception area was set up with lavender floral table settings, and purple rose petals. I've never been to a more beautiful ceremony.

The string quartet played Celtic love songs, pre-march, and a jazz band played at the reception. Hubby and I had a great time. I was able to visit with Sis while she was getting ready in the Bridal Suite, and then again for a few minutes at the reception. Big Sis floated here and there, as usual, the mastermind behind everything and making it run smoothly. I tagged around with her until it was time to go down the path to the chapel, then stopped and chatted with their dad. We actually talked for quite a while - it was nice seeing him. He seemed so much older than I remember him, though. It kind of boggles the mind when you stop and realize just how much time has gone by... It seems only like yesterday I was spending summers up there, but that was something like 20 years ago. I'm glad I had a chance to see him again, because I just don't get up to Shreveport as often as I'd like.

It was a tiring day, but a good one. It's about a two hour drive one way to get there, and then there's the drive back. Hubby and I didn't get home until 7pm, and I kind of worried about that until we got back and Mom told me that Mini did just fine - no tears. Whew!

It feels like today should be Monday - I guess because of all the driving and the change of pace. Oldest is going to church with his Gram, and Hubby plans to go take Mini with him while he picks up something for the lawnmower. So today it will be me, and the demons - at least for a little while *wink*

Since it is April Fool's Day, I'll close with a joke. This is one hubby sent to me...

A certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem - a number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back.Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in a toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.


Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

Proof that there are teachers... and then there are educators.
Happy Sunday, everyone! ^_^