Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dirty Sock Breeding Program

Butterfly and Purple Flowers

I'm taking a break for a late lunch and a cuppa tea, so this is probably gonna be a quickie post. Anyway, Hubster took Oldest with him to do his errands, and I imagine once they're finished in Coushatta, they'll flit up to Bossier and go to the mall or the Boardwalk. At least, that's what I'd do!

I stopped on the wip last night just over the 55k mark. It's going slowly but surely. I didn't get nearly as many words in yesterday as I wanted, but the scene that I wrote - I'm pleased with it. It completely added a new dimension to the uncertain relationship between the hero and heroine, and I almost couldn't sleep once I went to bed (at 2am) because I kept coming up with ways that could develop later events in the story. Which is a good thing in of itself, but ugh... I'm totally feeling the lack of zzzs today.

Tonight it's back to the writing cave, but I'm the meantime, I'm doing laundry. And more laundry. Dirty socks breed in the hamper, I swear.

That's all I've got for now. Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Good Day To Write


Happy Monday, everyone. I'd hoped to blog earlier today, but here it is almost 2:30pm and I'm just now getting around to it. Better late than never!

It's been a good, if busy day. I sorted through all my emails before I ever got around to coffee (I'm thinking that was a good idea), then I worked on a few projects for the Midnight Moon Cafe, added a scene to my wip, and managed to work my way through a migrane. All this, and still managed to get the Minibeast down for a nap. *victory dance*

So I'm glad today has been productive, because for the past few days... well, I haven't been very productive at all. There are so many good writing calls going on right now, and I'd love to be a part of them - it's really nagging me to go for one of them - but I'm resisting temptation and staying focused on this full length. I realize I have to if I'm ever going to get it finished.

As of this afternoon, I'm at roughly 54k, which is about 208 pages in. Now that I'm over the 200 page mark, finishing the book kinda feels doable. I can't even begin to say what a relief that is. Hubster is off work for the next few days while his shift rotates, so I'm hoping to get in a couple thousand words here and there. Wish me luck!

I'm off for now. I hope you all have a jazzy day!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Phantom of the Storage Shed

Minnehaha Falls Favorite

Whew! What a whirlwind of a week. I'm glad it's Sunday and I can start fresh. The wip has been a bit neglected these past few days with the book release, errands, a bit of hubby and neighborhood drama, and such. But I'm back on track, and settling in to make it a writerly day.

A couple of nights ago, my hubster was taking his break out at the picnic tables at work. It's almost midnight and dark - no lights out there - when he sees a guy he doesn't know drive up on a forklift, go into the tool connex for his crew. The guy comes out toting a fifty pound reel of copper wire. Now, this stuff is expensive, and there is no "scrap". The company is serious about that. The bits and bobs are all turned over for recycling because there's money in it.

This guy gets back on the forklift with the wire and drives away, and hubby went and told his supervisor what he saw. Well, the supervisor went off after the guy, but by the time he'd reached the forklift driver, the dude had either passed off the wire, hid it, or put it into a car or something. It was gone. The guy denied the entire thing, then later came up to my husband and said, "Why did you tell them you saw me?"

Keep in mind, this mill uses a majority of guys on work release, prison inmates, and such, so this is not exactly your average working environment. Hubby was in the middle of working on a saturator at the time and didn't know what the guy was talking about, but when it clicked, he told the guy, "I didn't tell anyone I saw YOU, I told the supervisor I saw a forklift driver take a reel of wire."

The guy then says, "You should've said something. I could've put it back."

Um, alrighty, then. The guy just admitted he took it in front of Hubster and hubster's co-worker. The guy is too thick to even realize it. So what does he do? Starts threatening my husband. "It's ok. I'm gonna see you get yours. See if I don't." And stuff like that.

Hubster called me from work at around midnight to tell me all this, and said that the guy left work early. Of course he did, especially if he had the wire in his car!

Well, of course the following night the guy lost his job, but when he was questioned, he denied the entire thing, swore up and down hubster was out to get him, and basically put up a big stink. However, this is apparently not the first time the guy has been busted stealing from the job. The first time, he was given the benefit of the doubt. This time, though, the mill manager told him he should get his tools and leave, and that he was lucky they didn't call the police over the loss of the wire. Whew!

Plus side: the guy is gone. On the downside: hubster is still working nights and this asshat blames my husband for having lost his job. Some people are just effing mental!

Now for the neighborhood drama... Yesterday, when I took Mini out to play in the water sprinklers, my next door neighbor saw us from her pool and came over. She told us that the night before last, someone crept into their yard and stole $300.00 worth of gear out of her husband's boat.

Okay, y'all. Louisiana is "the sportsman's paradise", and this area where I live is a quiet, country community. While I don't hunt/fish/atv or anything like that, I'm aware of the unspoken law. There are three things you simply don't eff with, ever: 1.)a man's truck 2.) a man's dog 3.) a man's boat.

They called the cops of course, who came out there, took one look around and said, "It's okay. We're pretty sure we know who did it." They went right down the road to the kid's house, found the stuff and arrested the guy on spot.

Ok. This is what really bothers me. It turns out it's that weird kid that comes over to OUR house every now and then and asks me or my husband for a ride into town. Once he came over at night totally drunk, and asked my husband to drive him down to The Lazy Gator bar. *_*

He has also come over a time or two to claim he knows my Oldest, although my Oldest doesn't know his name or where he lives. Before this kid dropped out of school, he must've rode Oldest's bus or something like that. I know everyone my dear geeky son is friends with. As for his 2 bffs, I know them both, I know their parents, and I know where they live. This kid isn't one of them.

Anyway, this guy is a bit of a nuissance. A while back, he got drunk, ran over our mailbox, and plowed down the "kids a play" street sign across the road from our driveway. He got scared and abandoned his truck in the ditch across from the corner of our property, and the cop on our street later had to tow the truck. Of course, the kid comes to my door about a week later wanting to know where his truck is. Good grief!

So now I have this fear that weirdo has been prowling around our houses after dark. And I'm convinced now he's been in our back yard. I've actually gone outside more than once in the early mornings to find our shed door hanging wide open. I never could figure that out, and always assumed Oldest had gone out there and hadn't shut the door well enough. Of course, when I'd ask him about it, he'd swear to me he hadn't been out there. Hm. So what's up with the door then? Phantom of the storage shed, maybe? Somehow I doubted it.

I'm now thinking the weird kid maybe slept out there a time or two, and didn't know how to shut the door properly! That would certainly explain it. I mean, if he stole something, we'd probably never know. What is out there is in storage boxes - and we recently threw a lot of that away. Nothing much else out there now but a wicker settee, a punching bag, two microsuede couches, and a recliner. Nothing at all of value. Hubby and I figured Oldest might like to hang out back there since his punching bag is there, so we made it fairly comfortable out there if you can stand the heat. There are plenty of places to sit. Or for someone to sneak in and comfortably sleep. And, yes, that now totally Creeps. Me. Out. Especially what with hubster working nights!

Now that things have settled, and I know the guy is arrested, I can concentrate better. However, it still hasn't convinced me I don't want a moat dug around the property with maneating pirhana's tossed in for good measure.

That's it for now. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend. As for me, it's like my good buddy AE Rought once said... Back to the salt mines. ^_^

Friday, June 26, 2009

Once More Into the Fray

It's Wicked Desires release day. Woot!

About the book:
Acolyte Liliana Ashton has one goal in mind, to seduce Serge Dmitriev into selecting her as his lover. Her family is depending on her to secure the Ashton line in vampire society for another generation, and she will do anything to have the handsome vampire as her personal Biter.

In her quest to snare him, she offers her most precious gift of all - her virginity. Will he take the bait, and offer her a position in his harem as a protege? Or will she have to settle for being just another one of his wicked desires?

Wicked Desires is available now at Cobblestone Press! http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/wickeddesires.htm

In the meantime, I'm running a release day giveaway over at the Midnight Moon Cafe blog. Be sure to drop by and post in the comments to put your name into the hat for a loverly prize drawing.

A quick note about Wicked Desires - it's vampire erotica, so you must be 18+ to download due to graphic sex and all that. ~_^

Just for the record, I'm hoppin' glad it's Friday. I'm ready for a relaxing weekend with the kids. Speaking of, Oldest is coming home today after a week spent with his grandparents, so I've gotta restock the fridge. I'm thinking maybe a pizza night tonight.

Despite all the Friday joy, I have to admit it doesn't quite feel like a Friday. I think it's because yesterday and the day before, Hubster was off work. His revolving shift had him off for two days, so as of today he's back on nights for another 4 days? 5 days? I can't keep track of this wacky schedule.

Over the past few days it's been hard for me to keep my writing schedule while getting ready for the shift switch. I usually write late into the night when the house has calmed down and the kids are in bed. Oldest has been gone, but once Mini would be off to bed, I'd have a really small writing window before having to go wake hubster at midnight.

Now that things are sort of returning to a normal-ish schedule, I've got to make up for lost time. Today I'm pushing for at least 2k. I'll have to pay Dr. Wicked a visit if I can't seem to get the words out. My wip is parked at 155 pages, right now, and honestly, I'd like to try and get this thing up to 50k within the next few days. We'll see how that goes.

As you can tell, everything's the same old, same old. Reaching for the next few pages. What can I say? ;0) That's it for now. I hope you all have a happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Writing Goal Wednesday

Gee, is it Wednesday, already? I've been so busy lately, I just realized the other day that I have new release coming out June 26th - that's this Friday.

For those who have been hitting my blog with all the Liliana Ashton searches, Wicked Desires is available now at Cobblestone Press!


I'll be doing a big splash about Wicked Desires on Friday, as well as an easy peasy post in the comments giveaway. So keep checking back!

About Wicked Desires: (vampire erotica)

Acolyte Liliana Ashton has one goal in mind, to seduce Serge Dmitriev into selecting her as his lover. Her family is depending on her to secure the Ashton line in vampire society for another generation, and she will do anything to have the handsome vampire as her personal Biter.

In her quest to snare him, she offers her most precious gift of all - her virginity. Will he take the bait, and offer her a position in his harem as a protege? Or will she have to settle for being just another one of his wicked desires?

Last night I discovered an anthology coming up that I'd really like to be part of, so I sat and jotted down a 1500 word short erotica story to clean up over the course of next month. I really like the story shell, and think I can get it cleaned up over a couple of weekends. We'll see how that goes.

In the meantime, I'm still working on the full length wip still. I've rearranged a couple of beginning scenes, and I've adjusted the overall theme a bit. I have yet another key scene to add today - once the toddler is snoozing. I'm not quite there yet, but I'll be hitting the 45k mark soon.

An update on yesterday's post: I bit the bullet and bought a box of tot 50 staples off ebay to fit my black, scotty dog staper. I managed to keep my kidneys in the deal, but we'll see how well the staples fit when they get here.

That's all for now. I hope you're all having a happy hump day!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Diving In Head First

Yikes! I just realized it's been days since I posted. I've been having fits with my blood sugar, and still feel a little wonky from all the stress over the weekend. I don't know what the deal is, but some weekends are more stressful than the weekdays. It's been like that ever since the Hubster moved to the ALX job. Now pair that with Father's Day, and omg, thank goodness that one's over for another year.

I woke up Sunday morning with my bg so high I felt like I was one step away from an ER visit. Mini was going bonkers in the den, and hubby looked fit to kill while gaming at the dining table. The minute I walked into the room, he wanted to know if we were getting together with my parents for lunch. This was the first I'd heard of it, but I said sure, whatever, let's grill if that's what you want to do. It's just 13 miles up the road, ya know?

I swear, I could barely keep my eyes open I was so woozy. I poured a cuppa coffee and flopped in a chair, but Mini was determined to have my full attention. He kept tugging on me, wanting me to play cars with him. "Please let Mimi drink her coffee first, Bear!" This led to more sulking, and that's when I noticed Hubster didn't have his game face on - he was in a mood.

He'd gotten a FD card from Mini, but Oldest had forgotten about FD entirely. Let me just say that Hubster is a sentimentalist. He goes emo on us over Father's Day. And this year, I just happened to have three cents to my name. I'd put aside thirty bucks for gift shopping, and then a certain someone needed money for gas and cigarettes, so that left me without a single George Washington in my wallet. I tell you, there is no "sanctity of purse" here in my house, either. Hubster, kids, they all know right where to go if they need money. Oldest raided me for quarters earlier in the week, so by the time Saturday rolled around, I didn't even have any spare change.

I'd told hubby a week before that FD would be HIS day, and we would do whatever he wanted. Apparently, that doesn't go very far when you're broke. Anyway, we went to my parent's house, and had lunch over there. Hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. which were yummy, but really did nothing.at.all to help my bg levels. :P

Hubby and I drove separate vehicles, so when I arrived, first thing into the house, hubby noticed Oldest wasn't with me. Well, Oldest wasn't even awake when I left the house, and I wasn't about to wrangle him out of bed and dress him like he's still six years old. Nevertheless, hubster was very upset he didn't even show up. *sigh*

The dinner went well, and lemme tell you, my dad looks great! He's been so sick this past year, but he's doing better. And oy, he's dropped so much weight... He's probably 6'1 now (after age/height shrinkage, LOL!)and about 260 lbs. That's the thinnest I've ever seen him. He's got his diabetes under control and really looks the picture of health - for a geezer, or so I tell him. ;)

Everything went well at the parent's house, but when I got back home, I could barely keep my eyes open. I just felt so drained and run down. I flopped on the couch, and it's around that time my godfather dropped by for a visit. Hubby was in the bathroom re-shaving his head when he arrived, and I was kinda/sorta watching Transformers with Mini. Of course the house was a wreck, but thankfully GF said nothing about it. He visited with Mini a while then walked around the yard with hubby to check out the herb garden. By that point things had thankfully wound down a bit.

Now that's it's all said and done - I am so effing glad it's Monday! I'm driving Oldest to his grams in a bit to spend a few days, after I make a run to the post office.

On the writing front, I submitted a short story to Black Lace over the weekend. Try and try again, as they say. Now I'm back to the full length wip. I'm gonna print up the entire thing today just to see what I have - much easier to do with hardcopy.

That's it for me. Oldest is giving me the evil eye from the doorway - he's ready to leave and I still need to box up a few packages for the post. Meep. Off for now. I hope you all have a snazzy Monday!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Make Some Noise

Lots of craziness today. Mini is back from Grams - she kept him an extra night because he was yowling about wanting to go swimming a second day. He's back home now, so of course he wanted me to play games with him to make up for lost time.

We watched a few episodes of My Life As A Teenage Robot, then let Hubby and Oldest have the den. While the guys watched a movie, Mini and I played a few rounds of the Poochie card game, which somehow migrated in from the storage shed along with that box of Pound Puppies. After that, we made towers of little tiny junk toys from the toybox and plowed the towers down with Hot Wheels cars.

Hubby worked last night, rounding out his shift this cycle. He's off today through Monday. And today just happened to be errand day. Oy vey. I just managed to make it back home from bill paying and grocery shopping - all those glam things I do every week. I was a bit miffed this week to find out our local Wally World took the sugar-free peanut butter off the shelves. WTF? First they ditched my Vanilla Red tea, now my peanut butter. I gotta find a new place to shop... hopefully without having to drive 40 miles to get there. :P

I'm back home now, the clothes are in the wash, and all the groceries are put away. I think I'm good to break out the wip. Mini is napping on the couch, and it looks like hubster finally went on to bed - he's only been up since 4 am yesterday?

Oh! Speaking of the wip: writing. I cleared the 40k mark last night. Woot! So I've officially made my word count for the week. *dance, dance* My wip is sitting at 147 pages right now. I'm determined to hit the 150 mark tonight. Wish me luck!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Dirtygrrrls_Dirtybois by Faderhead

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Counting the Minutes Until Friday

Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps. After this morning's events, I could go on for pages with a rant that could curl toes and possibly singe eyelashes, but at the moment, I'm drinking tea with honey and trying to get my crap together.

I don't know what happened, or where the day went, but I looked up and was shocked to discover it's well after 2 o'clock. By this point I thought I'd be dressed and at the store, but now I'll have to waiting until after 4 before leaving the house. Gotta be nearby to wake up the hubster so he won't be late for work.

On a brighter note, I reached the 140 page mark on the wip this morning. I'm almost to the 40k mark now, too. Woot! That's roughly the middle of the book, since 80-90k is the ballpark I'm trying to hit with this thing. Honestly, I'm less concerned about the endgame figures, as long as the characters hit all the important events required to make the book work, and that it all winds down in a satisfying way. I'm keeping my fingers crossed at this point.

Last night I finally discovered a seed of romance going on in the wip. Good Pete, but it took me long enough to find it! Now to cultivate it a bit. I was beginning to think this thing would end up an urban fantasy/horror, but finally it seems the hero has come out of his sensory coma. :P

I'm trying to churn out at least 2k words by tonight, but Mini will be home later and I imagine he'll want some play time with Mimi. So back to work for me while I have the chance. I've put in 800 already, so I'm off to go see if I can turn out the other 1200.

Have a good Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pound Puppy Infiltration

Ahwatukee, Arizona

Oldest has been given the task of cleaning out the storage shed. All the old furniture is being tossed out to make room for a future of ever more junk furniture. Yay.

Anyway, roughly ten minutes before hubby arrived home from work, Oldest dashed out to the shed to make it look like he's been working all morning, ya know? After a short time outside, he returned with a storage box. "Mom, do you want these?"

The box was crammed full of my old Pound Puppies and Purries. Dozens of them. All different sizes and colors. I'm not sure why he couldn't leave them out in the shed since his job is to toss out the big stuff - furniture stuff - but when Mini saw stuffed animals in there, he went bananas over them. I knew right then the entire litter had just landed back into the in-house junk circulation.

Minibeast usually hates tags on stuffed animals and requests them snipped off, but when he flipped over one of the kitties, he gasped and shouted "TONKA! It's a TONKA truck kitty, Mimi." He starts making truck noises and pushing the cat on the back of the sofa like it's got wheels. LMAO. Then it caught up with me. He'd read the word TONKA all on his own. *_*

At this very moment, it looks like a stuffed animal bomb went off on the den. There are Pound Puppy critters everywhere. Everywhere. Oy vey. But at least the air conditioners are clean. I went around and cleaned all the filters first thing out of bed this morning. Ah, the glam life.

I'm still pushing toward the 40k mark on the wip. I'm shooting for 2k today, and anything over that I'll consider an added bonus. This ear infection has knocked me for a loop, and the antibiotics make me feel a bit sick to my stomach.

Mom is coming to pick up Minibeast around noon. He asked to spend the night so she's stocked up on Pokemon, spaghetti o's and kool-aide. I'm going to take advantage of the quiet time by setting up three small writing jags - 45 minutes each, and will consider the days goal accomplished no matter what I come away with. After that, I'm going to flop on the couch, put in a horror movie and probably take a nap. I hate to miss out on an opportunity for an uninterrupted writing spree, but I need some down time to rest.

That's all for me. I need to go toss in some laundry. Happy hump day, everyone!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One Less Body

Sailor's Delight

Ah, glorious summer. We're supposed to have our first 100° day today, and the Minibeast is already whining about playing in the yard. *sigh* I'm sorry, but I'm an air conditioner girl. I like the lake, and don't mind sitting out in the back yard while Minibeast plays. But frying myself in supreme heat isn't one of my favorite pasttimes.

I spent much of the morning in a daze. Mini woke up at 6:30 and decided it would be a fun time to go chase the Divadog through the house. I crawled out of bed and took up my roost in the desk chair so I could give him the evil eye anytime he walked near her. Thankfully, things have calmed some.

I'm working on the full length again today. Slowly but surely, I'm pushing closer to 40k. I closed a major plot hole yesterday, and merged two characters into one. One less body to juggle is a good thing. Yes, indeedy. Now I get to write a scene I've been itching to lay hands on. That's the plan for today.

Right now, this very minute, over at the Midnight Moon Cafe blog I'm giving away free readings with the Farber and Zerner Wish Upon A Star fortune telling kit. Hurry on over and pose a question!

That's all I've got going on here for now. I hope you all have a jazzy Tuesday!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Racing Against the Outage

It's silly, I know, but those little exclamation icons for the scheduled blogger outages fill me with anxiety. Am I the only one? Here I am typing like a mad woman trying to put in a post before the blogger mini-pocalypse. So much to say, so little time! Definitely a sign that it's Monday.

I've pdf'ed all my micro erotica stories and they're now available for free download here. They're also available at AT's blog, but this way I don't have to search for them, and they're all in a nifty little downloadable file to share - for free, of course.(18+ only! Contains adult content.)

I worked on the full length wip on and off throughout the weekend, and ended up at 127 pages and just shy of the 35k mark. Not the 35k+ I'd hoped for, but I'll take what I can get. ~_^

Oh, man, but the whole plot just keeps growing bigger and more complicated the further along I get. That's supposed to happen, right? Even if I didn't plan it way? It's that whole gumball effect - you keep chewing and chewing and the piece gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger?

Anyway, I'm not going to analyze it too much. Just going to keep paddling and see where the current takes me. I know what comes at the end, that's all mapped out, it's just a matter of navigating the middle - the rapids, in this case. The waters are choppy and a bit rough, and I'm trying so hard not to flip the effing canoe. Easier said than done, but I'm determined to finish this thing!

This week I've set up a mini-goal of 40k. That's what I hope to reach by the Saturday 27/ Sunday 28th midnight deadline. That's only about 6k words away from where I am currently. I think I can, I think I can! Wish me luck!

Speaking of wishing, tomorrow at the Midnight Moon Cafe blog, I'll be granting wishes! Er, sort of. Actually, I'll be doing a few readings with the Make A Wish cosmic fortune telling kit (by Zerner and Farber). This kit is lots of fun, so come by and make a wish!*

I was browsing Susan Wigg's blog late last night, and she posted about a writing book that I haven't heard of before called The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. The snippet she posted on her blog is about keeping readers turning the pages through micro-tension. I had an epiphany moment when I read it. I mean I know we're supposed to hook the reader at the chapter's ends, but I hadn't really considered it that way, and now I have to have a copy of this book.

That's it for now. I need to go toss the clothes in the dryer, and feed the kidlets before I can start tapping away at the wip. Chicken nuggets, anyone? :0)

*For entertainment purposes only, just so you know. :*)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Desk Notes and More Spankings

Happy weekend, everyone! I've been getting a lot of folks coming to the blog looking for Cora Zane spanking stories. Hm. My spanking story isn't out yet, and it's probably going to be a few months before it's finished.

Patience, my friends, and I will try to come up with something to hold you over. ~_^

However, if you're simply browsing around looking for a free round of Cora Zane erotica OR paranormal romance, I can hook you up!

You can get a free copy of Heart Spell, Heart on Fire, and/or Under A Midnight Moon from the Midnight Moon Cafe downloads page.

All three of those are erotic paranormal romance. Heartspell is naughty spell casting, and the other two are erotic werewolf stories.

I also have a free erotica short story called What She Doesn't Know over at H is for Harlot. Very naughty stuff - and all of it is 18+ only.

For the people who have been looking for my freebie ebooks on torrent sites, I have a question for you... WHY? *_* That makes no sense to me at all. Like going to catburlgar lengths to steal free candy. Please.Get.Help. Just saying...

I'll also be adding a free .pdf download of all my free erotica flash stories to The Intimate Thoughts of Cora Zane this weekend. Sort of a smutty candy sampler. And who doesn't like those? ^_^ Stories included will be Payback, Viva Le Bull, and When I'm with you I ♥ . All stories are non-romantic erotica, so please note the disclaimer: 18+ to download.

Now that I've blabbed about all the linky things, on to the interesting stuff! Desk notes.... I haz them. I write tons of them. On sticky notes shaped like hearts, and stars, and little groovy flowers. And I often clip them to bigger notes with shaped paper clips - like the foot paper clip there. Basically, the notes are colorful, many, and hard to miss.

More than once hubby has gotten a good jolt or a good laugh out of what's scribbled on bits of paper lying on my desk. Like, let's see....todays confetti *grabs a note at random*... Cold water, nipples harden, desperate to be touched.

Ah. I'm pretty sure that's an old note that can be tossed out. I recognize it from Wave Rider. Anyway, the point is, there are lots of suggestive little tidbits over here. It's also why I check every little scrap of paper - grocery lists, signed papers for school, anything and everything if it has set on my desk longer than a day to make sure it's smut free before it leaves the house.

This morning I got out of bed and hubster was writing a grocery list while sitting in my desk chair. He tells me good morning, mentions there's coffee made, and asks me if there's something I want to add to the list. Twenty minutes later, after he and the Minibeast are gone to the store, I sit down and look at the sparkly, powder blue notebook lying open on my desk, and this is what's written in a jumbled cloud:

Harsh breathing, sex in public under strobing lights. Flickering, stop-start motion. Black and white. Flashes of color. Hearts pounding in time with the beat. He's unzipped. Calloused fingers slide under her skirt.

I'll admit it - I blushed, wondering if hubby had read it. The last time I jotted something like this down on something other than a sticky note, it was on the back of a To Do list that I handed to hubby before we made a trip to Lowes. He spotted it on when we were shopping for garden edging and laughed himself half to death. He asked me if the naughty bits were also "to do".

Maybe.... ;0)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Coffee and Spankings

Happy birthday, Alison!

EllaRegina sent me an email to join in with the surprise, and I sat around for the longest time wondering what to bring to the party.

What do you get for the woman who has everything? Who already knows all the best books, and where to find the coolest buttons? Who has a collection of kickin' boots, and a sparkly silver sundress?

I admit I started to panic a bit. I thought about it some more and decided to twist the question. What can you give someone they can never have enough of?

Hm. Now that brought up a lot of interesting prospects. My mom would probably say sheets or diapers - hehe. But the first thing that came to mind was coffee! And birthday...spankings! See how that thought veered from birthday cake? You can buy a birthday cake any day of the year, but having coffee and birthday spankings on tap 24/7? Now there's a gift that keeps on giving!

I wish you a wonderful birthday filled with coffee and spankings, AT. Hey, there's even a coffee mug for that. Who knew?

Hope your day is a happy one. :*)

Counting Butterflies

I'm having one of those days, but at least it's Friday. Hubby mentioned something about having the weekend off, so of course this would be the weekend we have twenty dollars to our name after I paid the bills . That's the way of it though, right?

The guys can do what they want to do. I'm going to hibernate in the writing cave and try for at least 5k on the wip. I've hit the 30k mark, so we'll see what happens. I may need a little help from Dr. Wicked to reach that goal, but it's all good.

Nothing else to report here. I'm gonna look at that as a good thing. Off to go help Oldest find a boxfan for his bedroom - it's over 90 degrees today and blazing hot with all the humidity. Happy weekend everyone!

Paul Oakenfold with Crazytown - Starry Eyed Surprise

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Furious Balancing

funny pictures of cats with captions
*giggle - giggle - snort*

An interesting truth: My kids think I'm awake, but really, I'm just sitting here with my eyes open.

Before I reluctantly got out of bed this morning, I remember dreaming I was walking across Tech campus in Ruston. I'm guessing it was sometime in the early morning hours since the day was kind of misty gray, but I was comfortable and had a stack of books in my arms. I planned to return the books to the old city library building or something like that. Very vivid dream. Then out of nowhere, and I'm serious about this, I'm blasted awake - out of a perfectly comfortable, restful sleep - by the Knight Rider theme song. Indeed. *_*

Mini had taken his "mix tape" CD and put it in the DVD player and was using it as his own personal stereo. Loudly. I crawled out of bed, nerves all frazzled, and when I stepped toward the living room entryway I heard him say (apparently to himself) "I want it louder!"

*sigh* Is this a preview of the teen years to come?

I have restored order here at Chez Cora, but now I have a major sleep hangover. If hubster was home today, this would be one of those "they are your children" days, and I'd go back to bed and sleep for another 2 hours. As it stands, I'm in the dining room drinking what is hopefully very caffeine-laden tea while waiting for a pot of coffee to brew.

Last night I plotted 8 new scenes for my anti-hero. *chicken dance* I swear this guy... He's so dark and moody, he doesn't want anyone to know his story. Not even me. But we had to have a little heart to heart last night - I know he's Mr. Hawt and all that, but if he didn't reveal some action to me asap, I was just going to have to kill him off in the 2nd chapter and bring in the real anti-hero.

That got him talking, but I think he hates me now.

I figured today I can start the dash to this week's goal of 30k. I'm in the 27k territory, so unless a lot of stuff goes down between now and Sunday, I should be able to meet or surpass that mini goal.

That's it for now. I'm gonna go grab a cuppa coffee and sift through notes until inspiration strikes. Happy...wait. Oh, wow, is it already Thursday? It is! How the heck did that happen? The things you miss when buried in a book. *_*

Happy Thursday, everyone!

♥ Daysleeper - REM (Unplugged)♥

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

100 Pages In

I'm officially a hundred-and-one (MS Word counted) pages into my full length wip. *confetti* I reached that milestone around 2 AM this morning, and ever since, I have been struggling for five minutes to sit down and write uninterrupted.

It looks like I'll have to wait until the kids are in bed before I get my groove on. I don't know what inspired it, but Mini has had me on a neverending quest. "Mimi, can you bring me a ____? Great! Now can you bring me a ______?" I put my foot down a little while earlier and sent him off to play, but if it's not one thing it's another.

Today, I managed to get all the info for pre-school registration this fall. I told Mini about it and he is psyched! He ran to his room the instant I mentioned school and grabbed his backpack. Such innocent enthusiasm. :P

I have to go put in the deposit for his chair this Friday. Thankfully they don't ask for supply money until school starts or I'll be forced to break the piggy bank and start rolling spare change.

Anyway, back to the writing thing...I've set a goal to meet or exceed the 30k mark by Saturday midnight/Sunday morning. I'm in the 26k ballpark right now, a few hundred words into 26k actually, and I figured that would give me room to breathe if some emergency cropped up. At any rate, I'm hoping that having mini-goals will help me reach the long term goal of roughly 300 pages with as much of my hair and sanity left as possible.

Yesterday afternoon while slackassing around on the net researching online writing tidbits, I found this nifty little guide for figuring up pages and word count totals. I desperately want to check out the site again because it had lots of little interesting writerly things, but you see, I lost the website. Yes, I had too many browser tabs open at the time and accidentally closed the page before I'd bookmarked it. ~_~'

I did manage to copy and pasted the word totals before doing the big stupid, and since the information is mostly generic, I'm going to share it here. If by any chance you recognize the writing site where it originated from (I never even glimpsed at the name! D:) email me or leave a comment and I'll update with a link and proper credit. Until then, I will just say that these aren't my figures. They are borrowed. So here they are, a rough estimate of page count/word count values:

Page count - Word count
1 page 250 words
100 pages 25,000 words
200 pages 50,000 words
300 pages 75,000 words
400 pages 100,000 words
500 pages 125,000 words

Of course this will all depend on how much white space is used and how large your type is, but I'm going it by the standard 12 pt Times New Roman. That seems the safest bet. I can verify that at around 25,500 words, I hit the 100 page mark. So this list looks legit to me.

However, I want to point out that these estimated page numbers refer to the number of pages you'll likely produce if you print out your manuscript from Works or Word using this formula.

There's also a "book view" aka "full screen reading" function on all my word processor programs, and when I take 100 pages in MS Word, they appear as roughly 150 pages when opened in book view. I have no idea why that is, but in case someone is working off of "book view" you'll have to adjust your page/word counts.

That's all I've got at the moment. Nothing earthshattering but...well, blah. I hope you're all having a happy hump day. :0)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Make Me Cold

Ugh, it's been a tough day. I'm so tired. The window unit air conditioner in our bedroom went out last night, and omfg I couldn't sleep. Neither could hubster. It was just too darn hot.

Hubster and Oldest managed to get an older AC out of storage (good grief, I can only imagine what all kinds of junk is in our storage shed by now), and installed it this afternoon. Ah...blissful air. It seems to be working well. Thankfully we'll be cool and cozy tonight. I need Arctic-like conditions in the bedroom to sleep.

Today I finished up another round of Wave Rider edits. I do believe that was the last round, since it asked for my bio at the end. Cool beans! Now I can focus solely on the full length wip and let the rest fall where it may.

The full length story is going. I'm roughly 25k into it now, and my Word count is registering 95 typed pages. The heroine's thru-line is plotted through to the end, and I believe most of the scenes are in place. I'm now working on the hero's alternating storyline, so I've kind of slowed a bit to do more plot cards. Ho hum. I still hope to hit 2k on it tonight. On average I've been getting in 2-3k per writing session.

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth the newly discovered Jurassic Park, and Tank Girl comic books were all the rage, I could write a 350 page novel in about four to six months. As you can imagine, my writing sucked the big one back then, but somehow I managed to fill box after box with completed, if horrible, manuscripts. I'm trying to get that groove back - writing the 350 page novels - minus the suckage/horrible part, of course. And let's be straight, shall we? It's kicking my ass. I'm a novice learning pacing all over again, and oy vey, what an effing pain!

I've been disecting some of my fave print books, counting numbers of pages, numbers of chapters. Numbers of scenes within the chapters, anything and everything to uncover the hidden mystery of carrying this puppy to full term. Cross your fingers for me,ok? Because I think I might cry if this damn thing fizzles out mid story. So far, so good, but I.Live.In.Fear!!!

Whew! That was a lot of...something not very important. Congratulations if you're still reading this post. :P Oh! But I did learn something handy earlier today. For srsly. I figured out how to make yarn balls. Nifty, yeah? In the middle of editing a short story, I started feeling twitchy (basically, MY GOD, when will this behemoth end?!) so I googled yarn ball making and wound about 6 balls of yarn out of the remnants in my yarn chest. Crafty! And probably a new low in the face of procrastination, but I digress....

It's time to get off the royal duff and go make supper. Hm. What can I do with ground turkey meat. *pondering* Hope you've all had a super snazzy Tuesday!

Monday, June 08, 2009

One More For The Road

Hubby is home today. It's "mid-week" on the rotating shift he works. I stayed up til almost 3 AM last night writing because I knew he'd be home, and managed to get quite a bit of writing done. Speaking of which, I matched my writing goal. I wanted to clear 20k this past weekend, and before adding to the count this morning, my wip was hovering somewhere around 22k. So there's some sparkly news.

I've put in 500 words today so far. Not the jump out the gate I was hoping for, but I took the morning off to chit-a-chat with mom on the phone and get caught up in all the local gossip. ;0) After that, I decided it's too distracting to keep writing at the desk in the dining room with all the guys hanging out in there, so I spent a good two hours clearing off the desk in my office and moving all the cpks back onto the shelves so I could have my wicker egg chair for sitting in.

So, I'm actually blogging from the office today. Cool beans! Admittedly, I'd forgotten just how many words can fly, and how fast, when you have your own personal - and semi private - writing space. Originally I started writing from the dining room because when Mini was still a little bitty beast, he would crawl under my desk while I was writing and bonk his head on the pull-out keyboard tray. And so, I ended up putting the smaller desk in the dining room so he could play in the dining room floor while I worked.

At any rate, the project is going - so far so good. I discovered after about 30 scenes, that I'm gonna have to add in an alternating storyline from the anti-hero's POV. Otherwise, the story just kind of runs and runs breathlessly, and at the end, the anti-hero's importance is kind of like...huh? *_*

So, there have been more modifications to the plot, and more characters added, which has blossomed into two mini storylines to follow. So far everything is still "organized" and I have a handle on it. It seems like it's going to be twice the work, but I'm calling myself adventurous at this point, rather than crazy. We will see...

That's it for me. I'm off to work on edits. Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

♥s and Rainbows

I'm teetering on the brink of that 20k weekend word goal with my wip this morning. Only a few hundred words to go, and I'll have that milestone behind me. After this blog post, I'm scarpering over to Dr. Wicked's Lab for an hour or so to get in my word count. Wish me luck!

Yesterday I raked in 4k, but today I have to do a read-thru on the Wave Rider edits, and clean up at least one page of the short story I have sitting on my desk. After that I can rest on my laurels and watch the clouds go by. And I plan to.

Hubby is off work tomorrow, so I want to get as much done as possible today. That way we can sit around and stare at each other from sun up to sun down if we want to. Know what I mean?

So there you have it. All the glam and excitement going on here. I think I'm gonna pour another cuppa coffee, then I'm off to start my hot date with Dr. Wicked. Happy Sunday, everyone!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Tackling New Questions

funny pictures of cats with captions

Oy, I'm tired this morning. I stayed up until almost 2 AM working on edits for Wave Rider, and adding some mileage to my urban fantasy wip. The good news is I've made one full pass on Wave Rider, and on the wip I've gone from 10k to 14k. I'm hoping to reach the 20k mark over the weekend.

But to balance out the advances, I also found two glaring plot holes in the wip sketch that I didn't notice before and must fix somewhere early on in the story. Ho hum. I made two note cards - one for each plot hole, and I'm going to cluster questions around each until I find a plausible solution.

I'm thinking I'd rather fix the plot holes with action - by adding more scenes so the heroine finds out the bad in an "oh, crap, that doesn't work!" kind of way, rather than simply telling the reader why she can't go that route. *crosses fingers for good luck* We'll see how that all works out.

That aside, it's poised to be a lazy weekend. I took care of all the essentials yesterday, so there's nothing more to do but to write and enjoy the sunny weather. I intend to do both.

Now it's back to the cave. I have a lot to do if I want another 6k by Monday. Cue the smutastic, mood-setting music for dark, gritty urban fantasy writing...

Note - this one is NSFW!

♥ Tricky - Antihistamine ♥

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday is for Vampires


Friday is a for vampires! And demons, and werewolves, and ghouls....

What I'm trying to say is: the full length novel (an urban fantasy) is underway! Oh, and just for the record, the index card beast of yesterday is sated.

There was much nashing of teeth when I ran out of cards in the middle of scene calculation Thursday afternoon, and that resulted in an unexpected trip to the dollar store. It was raining like a bitch too. I hate driving in the rain, especially since BBQ Jeep needs a major brake job, but I neeeeded them. Do you understand, my precious? *_*

It's not the same to write out scenes on Post-Its. Sticky notes en masse + ME = really, really bad idea. Horrifyingly bad idea. With Post-Its stuck all over it even. We won't even go there. No, it's index cards for me, please.

On the plus side, I always feel jazzy after picking up new office supplies, and the index cards turned into an idea explosion when we were back home. Of course by that time, the kidlets were hopping around the office: "Feed me, mother, feed me!" Oh foo. You mean I have to feed you? Both of you? Oh, okay....

While making macaroni and cheese with little hotdogs in it, I worked through seven scene cards, arranged and rearranged them. Set up two Question Cards ("what if" questions I came across while arranging the scenes), and basically rounded out the first *dilemma in the book - which I didn't realize I hadn't done until all the pieces suddenly fell into place.

*Dilemma = heroine/hero has a problem, they find a way to fix it, only to land themselves in worse trouble than before. Torture your characters, people. It's the only way.

As a sidenote, I'm going to add, if you're a writer and don't own a copy of Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham and Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress, I highly recommend picking up a copy. I've learned a lot from both books, and I've notice a huge difference in my ability to pull a story together on the fly. With each story I write, I learn a little more.

NOTE: when buying how-to books, always check the copyright date to get the newest version of the book, since popular writing books are often revised and reprinted every few years.

So as of yesterday's macaroni bake session, I have progressed the story by seven scenes, added in the character that I wasn't sure I'd be able to add in (he makes up about 3 of those seven scenes) and the official word count is now up to 10k. Woot!

I know that's a lot of boring writerly things I'm sure no one really wants to hear about, but I'm kinda excited about it. The story is weaving itself together piece by piece, in ways that I hadn't anticipated. Not sure how to explain it? That maybe it's more complex than I'd at first thought?

At any rate, the story writing is going well for the time being, and I'm glad for it. I still have to clean up the short story that's finished, and I just got back my 2nd round of edits for Wave Rider - I have to make the edits a priority this weekend. So much to do, so little time....

Off for now! I have everything set up to take to ze bank, and my shopping list is staring me in the face. After this last cup of coffee, I'll round up the kids and run the gauntlet.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Visit From the Goal Faerie

Orange Tulips

Oy, today has landed on me full force. I've been playing around most of the week while hubby's been home, but now that he's back to work, I have to get back to it as well. Easier said than done when coming in a Thursday. Who wants to get serious this close to the weekend?

At any rate, there's a nine page short story I need to clean up, and on top of that, last night I pulled out the potentially full length wip that keeps nagging the bejeezus out of me and sorted through 47 pages of rough draft. The forty seven pages is like a quicky, exposition drive-through of the entire story.

I spent quite a bit of time going over the draft last night, pre-writing or whatever you want to call it. Story planning, etc. I jotted down notes to expand the story, mapped out the action area, and made sure I had set up the implicit promise from the first chapter. The beginning is solid, but I ended up marking pages mid-draft where I wanted to add an additional character. Sound insane? Yes, I thought so too. We'll see how that works out. Writers, for a free pre-writing workshop/checklist, GO HERE.

I determined to make the book 90k, I'm going to need approximately 72-74 scenes - depending on if I need an epilogue once this puppy reaches THE END. This also means I need to buy another pack of index cards.

Anyway, why am I talking about all this? Because last night I was effing around on the net and got a visit from the writing goal faerie. It dawned on me if I focused on this one full length story, I could possibly have a full length draft written - not all sparkly perfected and polished, mind you, but completed - by early September. The prospect is tempting.

I'm gonna go for it. I may end up with scraped knees and elbows, and I may end up not being able to do it by September. BUT! if I end up with a full length wip in my hands before the year is out it will all have been worth the bumps and bruises.

Off for now! I have to take care of errands so I'll be ready for the tweekend. :P If you get a chance, there is an awesome Midnight Brew interview featuring author Kalayna Price over at the Midnight Moon Cafe blog. A copy of her book Once Bitten is being given away, so be sure to comment in the interview thread for a chance to win.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Hump Day Smut

It's Hump Day! Are you in the mood for some free Cora Zane erotica? No, not the romancey kind - you can find that variety by visiting here.

I have a brand-spanking-new short erotica story called What She Doesn't Know up right now over at Alison Tyler's new blog H is for Harlot. And, yes, it is absolutely free. A brief warning to potential readers: 18+ only. Graphic sex, menage, and voyeurism are involved. ;)

Don't forget to visit http://site.selena-blake.com/summer-sampler-contest/ before June 15th to register to win one of 20 prizes, including a nifty summer relaxation gift basket from me.

Later this month, on June 26th, I have a deliciously naughty new vampire erotica story coming out at Cobblestone Press called Wicked Desires.

Acolyte Liliana Ashton has one goal in mind, to seduce Serge Dmitriev into selecting her as his lover. Her family is depending on her to secure the Ashton line in vampire society for another generation, and she will do anything to have the handsome vampire as her personal Biter.

In her quest to snare him, she offers her most precious gift of all - her virginity. Will he take the bait, and offer her a position in his harem as a protege? Or will she have to settle for being just another one of his wicked desires?

This book ties in loosely with my other Immortal Lover's Tale Wicked Temptation.

That's all for now. I'm full of sneezes and Benedryl today, so I'll probably be ambling along like a zombie for most of the day. Hm. Somehow that doesn't necessarily seem like a bad thing.

Enjoy your Wednesday! ~_^

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Mad Hatter

Yesterday (Lake Day) was a blast. If anyone is curious, I posted pictures of the adventure over on my Facebook. I wore lots of sunscreen, a rockin' straw hat, and managed to avoid turning lobster red.

When we got back, I decided to play around in the yarn cabinet. I found a super sized skein of Red Heart in "Gemstone" (variagated purple, blue, emerald, and deep magenta), and decided to make a beanie. Yes, yes, I realize it's summer, I understand it's 80 degrees in the shade and that it's only going to get hotter as August rolls in, but...well... I made a hat! Beware one and all. Especially friendz. If you receive a beanie from me this summer, instead of emailing or calling to question my sanity, just save it for cooler weather. Ok?

Onto writerly things....since I've had so much work out lately, I decided to contribute a prize to the Selena Blake's Summer Sizzlers giveaway.

I'm contributing a summer relaxation prize basket containing lotion, shower gel, and other goodies. All you have to do to enter is go here: http://site.selena-blake.com/summer-sampler-contest/ and fill out the form. Easy peasy! There are 19 other prizes available: ebooks and print editions, tshirts and more, so be sure to sign up!

That's it for me today! I've got to make a dash to my mommy's house. I'm giving her a hat! No, no, I'm kidding. LOL I'm actually giving her a bottle of Curious perfume. Everytime I wear it she comments how good it smells, so I bought a bottle for her. Since hubby's home, I can visit her kidlet free. Prepare for lots of girl talk. ;0)

Oh! BTW, wanna see my tattoo? Ok, one of my tattoos? I've had it since I was 17, and it's on display over at Alison Tyler's blog.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Gazed Along the Open Road

This is hubster's day off, so after the guys are back from taking the lawn mower to ER, we're heading off to the lake.

There's a short story I need to polish today, but aside from that, all my current short projects are written. So I guess that means I'll have to focus on the full length since there isn't another story laying around for me to use as a procrastination tool. Hm.

I thought about taking the short story to the lake with me for a little red penning, but the first step is in admitting I have a problem. It won't kill me to leave it alone for one day. Lake day is kidlet day, and the first order of business really needs to be sandcastle building with Minibeast. Not that I'll be ignoring Oldest, but I'm sure he'll be getting his pimp on with the lake chicks, and omg, I don't want to bear witness. Teenage boys.... *forehead smack*

So it's top down day on the Jeep. Fun in the sun, and freckle collecting and all that. I better hop-to and drag out the sunscreen and my trusty beach bag. I hope you all have a snazzy Monday.

Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin