Saturday, January 31, 2009

Save the Werewolves

Pic from Dog Soldiers - one of my fave movies ever!


It's kind of a crazy weekend, but I'm going with it, y'all. Hubby is coming home today - YAY! - so I've been doing a mad dash to clean the house and do all the laundry before he gets here. You know, to make it look like I've been doing anything but slacking for the past 7 days.

Hubby's birthday was actually on the 27th, but last weekend I was very, very ill and he was off in Texas on his actual the day birthday. Soooo I'm making up for it tonight: good food, presents, make you cry b-day card, and lots of smooches.

I guess since it's going out of its cycle, Mercury retrograde has even decided to cut me some slack. Hubby's birthday gifts arrived this afternoon. I ordered two custom T-shirts for him - Save the Werewolves and Save the Chupacabras. *snicker* (Oldest has run off with the Save the Zombies, so that's that.) I'm gonna have to warn hubby if the Save the Werewolves T comes up missing after a few wears...it's the dryer gnomes. Not me. Cuz I'm not too proud to point the blame where it deserves to go.

Minibeast has been having a blast with the wrapping paper remnants. Since the only paper in the house was Disney Cars, that's what hubby's getting. I know, I know... Anyway, Mini said he wanted to make a garage out of the dining room table with the paper leftovers, so there is now a "curtain" of cars paper taped to one side. He's been crawling under there with his cars, and alternately, taking that long tube the paper was wrapped on and whopping everything in sight Ninja Turtle style. Gods help us.

I've been tinkering around far too much today. I know I have to get my story revised. I see it. I know what needs to be done, so what am I doing? I'm fiddling around on Youtube and Twitter of course! BTW, if you're on Twitter, add me. And if you're on Youtube, admit you have a problem and seek professional help. I swear that site is the worst thing that has ever happened to my productivity.

I'm reading new romance smut! Ok, well, it's been out a while, but I'm just now getting my hands on it. You know me: a day late and a dollar short. But I digress...

Magic and Desire by Portia Da Costa, Janine Ashbless, and Olivia Knight.





I mainly bought it for the Olivia Knight story The Dragon Lord. Sexy dragons, yeah, I'm there. Then again, it's win-win-win because I've never read anything by Janine Ashbless I didn't like, and Portia Da Costa is a fellow Romance Diva.

Variety. Just one of the many reasons I anthologies.

So yesterday I wrestled and played with Mini until my abs were sore. No kidding. I mean, I know I'm out of shape, but I thought surely 3 years of belly dancing would have, I don't know, made the tummy muscles more resistant to that OMFG, high school gym after a summer of mall ratting and lazy lawn chair sitting, kind of pain.

Oy vey. I feel every one of my 33 24 v. 9 years today. Then again, maybe that will help knock another pound off. If it works, the knocking another pound off, I may be on to something. Weightloss wrestling with toddlers. If it works, I promise to let y'all know when I have abs like Janet. (see below) Hell if I ever end up with abs like that I'll likely take 50 pictures, and share teh sexy. Pfft.

Until then....


...the video will just have to do.


That's about it for me today. I have reading and slacking to do. Oh, and I haven't ransacked the fridge in a few hours, so I believe I may do that as well.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Zombie Xing

Ok, usually I wanna smack the culprit when I hear of dumb pranks, but this one not only appealed to my love of zombie flix, but had me snickering all day long yesterday because it's just damn funny.

In Austin, TX, hackers took control of a few roadside signs and posted stuff like "The end is near!", "Nazi zombies! Run!" and for some reason we should seek "Colder Climates".

The hubster and I speculate it's because the zombie blood will freeze at lower temperatures and the cravings for brains will be less. Then again, that's just a theory. When the zombie apocalypse comes, don't bank on it. Just sayin'.

I'm pretty sure the zombie story is still up at CNN, AOL, and Fox News. If you've got a few minutes to kill, look it up. It's worth every giggle. Snazzy stuff.




While cooking supper for the kidlets yesterday, I set up the laptop on the kitchen counter and watched Battlestar Galactica. (You can watch FULL free episodes of BSG at http://www.scifi.com/ and at http://www.imdb.com/ - and btw, a new episode is coming on tonight, so don't forget to set your DV-R!)
Anyway, I re-watched the "Notion" episode last night so I could sit through the part about Starbuck flipping over the viper again and finding "the corpse", but the only conclusion I came to in watching all this is that if they kill off Leoben, my fave Cylon, I'm gonna be pissed. I mean, come on. They've flushed the guy out an airlock, he died at Starbuck's hands - on a really big knife, and Adama bludgeoned him to death in the desert. Let the guy make it to the garden already. Sheesh!


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Callum Keith Rennie aka Leoben Conoy


One question though... Why are so many hot guys in movies/on TV completely batshit crazy? Leoben certainly qualifies. (I'm not even gonna look at what that says about my taste in men, because hot is hot regardless of having the crazies. :P )
This weekend I have a wip to finish polishing. It's been sitting on my desk tormenting me for two days, but I haven't been able to focus on it. As much as I'd love to keep up my slackassed ways, I know I have to finish this project. Motivation aside, it must be done. So that is on my agenda. Other than that, I plan to do nothing but spend some quality time with the hubby when he comes home from Texas. I tell ya, I'll be so glad when he's back working closer to home so I can see him every evening.
That's it for me. Hope you all have a happy Friday!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dealing With It

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Friday cannot seem to get here fast enough this week. Am I the only one feeling it? Mini woke up very early this morning but stayed in bed, cuddled up with me under warm quilts because it was so freakishly cold. I dozed on and off until the phone rang, so then began the sleepy-eyed stumbling through the house to find my cell phone. The call was from hubby, and he didn't have much to say, only good morning and that he's ready to come home. Somehow I managed to make coffee, turn up the heat, and get Mini arranged while still half-asleep. Some of it, I don't even remember. Now that's domestication. So used to the morning routine you can do it on autopilot. :P

It's been kind of a slow day, although I say that with the knowledge I've spent entirely too much time tinkering around on twitter and youtube today. I also downloaded a handful of FREE ebooks from http://www.eharlequin.com/ - they are having their 60th anniversary and giving away 16 free ebooks on their website. I picked up a few I thought I might be interested in, and I'm pointing the way in case anyone else is looking for a few free ebooks. *hint, hint*

Sometime today, I've really got to get around to cleaning up the draft of a short story that is due next week if I'm to meet the submission deadlines. After that, though, I'll be free and clear of my laundry list for the time being. I'll be able to focus on my pitch piece - that I've been writing plot cards for these past few days.

That's about it for me. It's Mini's naptime, so I better go sit with him for a bit. I hope you all have a groovy Thursday, and if it's not so great hang in there - tomorrow's Friday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vanilla Tea and Submission Frenzy

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Now that the house is quiet for the day, I thought I best update on how everything is going here. I'm off bed rest and feeling more like my old self again, and I think I'm out of the danger zone I was in a few days ago. I still have an appointment set up with my girly doctor, but haven't been yet. I'll post the results sans the fine details once I have info. Thanks for all the well wishes and thoughtful emails, everyone. I truly appreciate it. I swear I've been an emotional wreck since it happened, and I tend to cry at the drop of a hat. Even email hats.

Someone asked in an email the other day how my diet is going, and I realized after I sent off my reply that I hadn't answered. It's still on, and I haven't cheated with any foods not Atkins induction friendly, since I decided to do an extended induction. I'm down 11 pounds and 15 inches overall - four of those inches are off my waist. Not too shabby for someone eating cheesecake and pepperoni almost every day. The weightloss is slower this time, but my blood glucose is right on target. My first foray into town off of bedrest, I had to buy a new pair of "skinny" jeans. The first time in a LONG time my jean size has gone down. :P

I've done a lot of writing over the past month - and in the past week. I now have 3 stories floating out in submission land, two awaiting clean up, and I just finished a story based off of Under A Midnight Moon, that's almost ready to go. It ties in with the entire Werekind Series, and tonight I've been working on cleaning up the final draft and getting it ready to send out. It should be out the door this coming week, and after that I'll only have one more submission call deadline on my worksheet left to meet for January/February.

A few days ago, I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I can't write too much about it without completely giving it away, and I don't want to do that because it's rare that I find a book that reaches me the way this one did. The book is a postapocalyptic novel about a father and son who have nothing left in the world but each other. It is touching, scary, sad, frightening, and although the blurb described it as "living in a future with no hope", I did find hope in it. I guess it's sort of like seeing rainbows when you least expect it. Some people will look up and see the rainbow, but if someone else is standing at a different angle, they might not. At any rate, I give The Road my highest recommendation. I feel I should point out this book has been made into a movie, and is also a Boston Globe, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York, Time, and People Magazine Best Book of the Year. After reading it, I can see why.

So here it is, a few minutes after midnight. I should try and clean up a few more paragraphs before bed. I think I'll make another cup of tea before I settle in.

Happy hump day, everyone.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Year of the Ox

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Wow, January has gone by fast! Has anyone else noticed that? Tomorrow is hubby's birthday, but we won't be celebrating until the weekend since he left early this morning to return to Texas. I plan to bake a cake for him and buy him something special, even if it's not what he really wants - which is a new laptop. We just can't swing it right now. Maybe by the time Father's Day rolls around... ;)

I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning working, since I needed to be up to make sure hubby crawled out of bed to make the trip back and be to work on time. While everyone else slept, I finished revising a story for a company I'd really, really like to write for, and managed to get everything sent off. I've got my fingers crossed for this one. Wish me luck!

I plan to spend most of today playing with Mini - coloring, building blocks, etc. He wanted me to read to him this morning, so I told him to go to his shelf and pick out three books. He did. And all three of them were about Lightning McQueen. Heh. That's okay, though. I've been working extra hard this month, and so he hasn't gotten his usually attention from me. So today is going to be our day.

*dance break**dance break**dance break**dance break**dance break*



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Happy Monday, everyone - and happy Chinese New Year!









Friday, January 23, 2009

On Bedrest and BSG

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I had a bit of a medical emergency the other day, and I'm on bedrest for now. There hasn't been a lot going on, so there's not much to report. I've napped on and off, and talked on the phone a lot. My mom is keeping Mini for a few days, and Oldest is staying here with me to do anything I'm unable to do. Hubby is coming home tomorrow and will take over here at home until I'm better and/or he has to return to TX.

I've been working on cleaning up a wip most of the day, and I'm getting ready to send it to a friend who can help me with my UK English. I tell ya, I fear a horribly hilarious faux pas. Sort of like the whole, "how do my bangs look?" incident in the 1980s. Hey, I was, like, 14. How was I supposed to know it's called FRINGE?! *_* To avoid killing an editor with laughter, and to preserve my own dignity, yep, having someone who knows their fishes is the best bet.

A few minutes ago I turned on the TV for the first time since Mom came and picked up Mini. Then again, BSG is coming on tonight and I don't want to miss it. Heaven help me I don't want to end up having to try and track down a missed episode on youtube. That would be just...cruel.

So there is my grand plan tonight: clean up this wip to make sure all the plot holes are filled before sending. Oh, and BSG. Can't forget that. I have the reminder set on the TV!

Happy Friday, and I hope you all have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

4 AM Tea Party

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OK. So it's not really a tea party, but I'm up, having tea, and on the net. Close enough. I woke up around 2:30 and thought I'd work on the opening of that story, but after about twenty minutes of work, I somehow ended up on youtube watching "funny skii accidents". I gotta say, there is something therapeutic about watching people attempt to walk or glide on snow after they've attached something to their feet.

Despite the funnies, I managed to get a little bit of revisions in that WTF beginning. I changed the setting, took out more than half of the lumpy details, and so now the first few paragraphs are definitely leaner and meaner. It gets to the core of what's going on in the scene in that first paragraph. I think I can live with that.

Further along in the story, everything is kind of shuffled around on the page. I basically did a stop-start writing on this one, where I started with the strongest scene I had in mind, then jumped around to write the other scenes. So I'm wondering how much smoothing I'm going to have to do when everything is "in place". When I read through the scenes they seem to flow very well, but then again there's no way to really know until the story is completed. Whatever the case, I kinda need to cut my slacktime back considerably so I can have this one out the door by early next week if I'm going to make the deadlines for submission. That, and because hubby's birthday is next week, and I really don't want to have to be thinking about this one lingering story by then.

I don't know what prompted it, but I started reading Kathleen Morgan's Demon Prince again yesterday. I've only read it, oh, about fifty times! It's listed as a futuristic on amazon, but it's really more of a fantasy romance. And honestly, I'm not really sure what it is about the book that makes it a keeper. It's not terribly sophisticated like some romances are now, but it's one of my favorites. Every so often I end up taking it down and reading it again in bits and pieces. I guess you can say it's one of my writing "recharge" books.

It's almost 4:30, so I should get back to work. Just a few more paragraphs, and I'll call it a night. (Or would that be a morning? Hm...)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Temperance

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Is it Friday yet? Today started out with such promise.... But to go into that, would only make me want to smack someone with a stick. Srsly.

The good news is I cleaned up all my notes, tossed away the fifty or so scraps of paper with little note-y things scrawled all over them. I organized my submissions calendar and created the inevitable "to do" list in order to make all the dates.

Tonight I plan to attack the revisions on my vampire story to make sure it's ready in time. If I clean up only a page a day, I should have it in the bag by the due date, and that's the one submission that is really "in heart" for me right now.

I have another story roughly 75% complete that I'd love to have finished before the end of the month. It's do-able; I know what I want to happen in this story from point A to point B, so it's not that I don't know the story's "direction". I just can't seem to nail the opening. The love scenes are absolutely smouldering, and there's no denying the tension between the hero and heroine, but that darn pesky beginning! And what chaps me is that beginnings are usually my strong point! This story just doesn't take off the way I want it to, and the more I tinker with it, the more bogged down it feels. I think I may need to strip off the entire beginning and start again. Change the setting, the POV, everything. Ho hum.

It's time to put Mini in the bath, so that's it for now. Tomorrow's another day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Moonlight and Shadows Cover

It has been one hella eventful day. The only thing to make it crazier or more hectic would be to land a swarm of flying monkeys in my front yard. For sure. I've been to town twice, paid bills, gone to two post offices, and even bought supper from two different restaurants, since Mini was NOT leaving town without a Happy Meal. *shakes fist at Ronald McDonald*

I am nearly dying with a toothache. Last week I bit down on a pork rind that apparently had been fried down into the consistency of a rock, because it cracked my back tooth. I thought for sure I'd just "heard" more than caused actual damage. But last night the pain really kicked in, so now whenever I close my jaw all the way, my very back tooth on the bottom left hurts like nobody's business. Time to call the godfather and make a dentist appointment. I'm going to do that tomorrow and see if he can get me in after hours either tomorrow or Friday. I'll even clean up my own operatory room and sterilize all the instruments afterward. Scout's honor.

Aside from the ornery achy tooth, the day has gone well, just different. I updated my newsletter group at yahoo, bagged and boxed promo items to take to NOLA in March, and twittered while watching the presidential inauguration.

I got a "pre-official", for-approval sneak peek of the cover for Moonlight and Shadows today, and OMG! I it! I love everything about it, the colors, the backdrop, the scars on my too-sexy hero. Absolutely everything is love. This is my favorite cover yet, and I've been doing the chicken dance since it arrived in my inbox.

Wooooohoooo!

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I hope you're all having a snazzy Tuesday!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Open a Window

Na Bolan window ledge



As the saying goes, when a door shuts in your face....

I finished up a short fantasy wip yesterday, and spent a few hours polishing it while the guys had their fun time goofing around in the yard. By late last night, it was ready to send off. I've only been working on this story for a couple of days (the story itself is quite short), and had it in mind to send it to an open-ended anthology. However, the closer I got to finishing it, the more it nagged at me about the open-end thing. No deadline date. I decided I better email the editors and check to see if it was still on since it had been open for a while. Sure enough, it was open, but they were mainly looking for sci-fi shorts to round out the curves. Well, foo.

On the other hand, it's not like I've lost out. I still have a completed fantasy story to send around, and I can think right off hand three places it could fit. But I plan to wait a few days and explore my options a bit further.

Today I really need to get my house in order. I didn't worry about the look of too much it while hubster was home, but now that he's back in TX and with just me and the kids here I can see it needs a through cleaning. Ah, Mondays....

I also have a critique I need to get to today, and I'd like to work on my "to pitch" wip a bit. As far as that story goes, I'm thinking a bit of perspective from the hero is in order, because right now he has that whole callous bastard thing going on. I know his motivations, but a reader is gonna need some insight into his character to justify any interest the heroine has in him. If he'll cooperate and talk with me today, I'll jot down a little about what's going on in his head.

If I have some time toward the evening, I really need to take out a page from the vampire story and spiffy it up. I need to get that story sent out fairly soon.

That's about it for me today. Lots of things to do, so few hours in the day. Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Brownie Points Sunday

The Stones of Callanish


Hubby is home! He arrived Saturday afternoon, and bless the man, he brought a gift home for me. The first season of BSG on DVD. He listens, oh, yes, he does. :)

We watched Babylon AD together (and with the MiniBeast), dad dropped by to visit for about an hour, then we ate burgers for supper and chit-a-chatted until hubby said he was too tired to stay up any longer. Everyone is sleeping now, except me. I dragged out the wip and decided to work on it for a while, but I'm starting to get all fuzzy brained, so it's time to call it a night.

Just as a note to anyone who might be interested: There is an awesome post up right now at edittorent about Head Words and Deep POV that writing craft minded folks might want to take a peek at. Very helpful stuff!

http://edittorrent.blogspot.com/2009/01/jennifer-is-right-deep-pov-and-head.html

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cold Saturday

Panet street during a snow storm


I have quite a bit to do today, and hopefully somewhere in all that, I'll get some writing done. Hubster is coming home tonight, and will hang around until Monday morning when he returns to work. Mini is so excited. He keeps checking the door for his daddy. I've told him it won't be until 5:30 before he gets here, but that toddler sense of time is five minutes or nothing.

I've been tagged by Nancy Henderson. Rules are: Link to the person who tagged you; write down six things that make you happy; post the rules; tag six others and let them know you’ve done it; tell the person who tagged you when your entry is up.

Ok. I'm gonna be straight with this one. Most people say family, kids, spouses, parents, siblings, etc. etc. with the happy list. I think that's kind of a cheat, because while we LOVE them, and yes, we do experience happy times with them, happy is an internal thing. Either you're a happy person or you aren't. If you are, you'll find little things around you every day that make you happy. And if you aren't a happy person...well, you're just a miserable old shoe and I doubt anyone would tag such a scrouge for a list anyway. So no family on this list. No loved ones. No pets. That is too damn easy. And besides that, family is sort of like hard candy - sweet, but after a while it hurts your teeth. Now for the list:

Six things that make me happy

6.)Peace - and there is by far not enough of it.

5.)Being debt free - ok, I haven't known that particular happy for a while.

4.)Quiet - not silence but quiet. Silence can be scary. But it makes me happy when things are just quiet enough for you to really sit and think.

3.)Having everything in order - I can't be happy if there's something that must be done, but I can't get to it. That makes for misery with me. Potential insanity too. And I promise to drive everyone else in the house nuts too until it's resolved, because I will absolutely obsess over it until it's finished/done/out of the way.

2.)When I turned 31, I finally learned to accept myself, freckles and all. I did it by finding my own personal comfort level, and if anything falls outside of that, I don't go there! Sounds ridiculous, but it's true. I haven't looked back since. If someone doesn't think my day to day personality is good enough, I find new company. C'est la vie!

1.)writing - I'm truly not happy unless I'm writing something. It doesn't have to be profound, salable, or even make sense to anyone but me. But writing is my outlet, it's where I jot down my thoughts, and when I can't do that, I feel like my hands are tied. Writing. Great therapy. If I couldn't write, I'd die.

*And the five point bonus for my own personal happy: Cutting out things that make me unhappy. What a difference that makes to one's well being!

So there you have it! Now I think I'm supposed to tag some folks. OK, how about Leah Braemel, Marley Delarose, Tamara, Isabelle, Neoindra, and AE. All taggage is, of course, voluntary. ~_^

I hope you all have a happy weekend!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Post Meant For Yesterday - v. 2.1

So, I actually started on this post yesterday, but never could get through more than a paragraph of it without interruption, so around 8 PM I gave up entirely. I'd only been attempting to hack away at it on and off for around, oh, 12 hours? Safe to say, it wuddn't gonna happen. I decided to save myself the aneurysm and pick the post up again this morning.

The latest vampire story is almost ready for a final read through. I spent most of yesterday red penning it, and it won't be much longer before it's ready to send. As I've probably already posted, if you read Wicked Temptation and were awaiting the sequel, this is the book you've been looking for. It's Serge's story, it's as yet untitled, and it's more erotica than romance. I'm hoping to have it finished and submitted somewhere before the month is out, but we'll see how that goes. I've got a couple of publishers in mind for it, but I probably won't decide for sure until I go to hit the send button.

I found out yesterday that school is out between now and next Tuesday, so that means I'm going to have both boys home with me. "Writing challenge" is a fair way to describe this event. On Saturday, hubster is coming home to stay the night, visit with us, and I'll make sure all his work clothes are clean, etc. It will be a cozy sort of weekend as long as we don't have a bunch of relatives dropping by to visit on the one day hubby has off work. I've got my fingers crossed. No offense to the folks that do like to drop by, but when it's just one day, we like that to be "our" day. Know what I mean?

Ok, my online reminder didn't go off when it should've, so this news is coming few days late. I ran an exlusive contest in my latest newsletter - the prize is a Cora Zane T shirt plus a huge pack of author goodies: cards, bookmarks, etc. I clicked a random email addy out of the stack in my inbox and so with no further ado, the winner of the T shirt contest is...

Cathie


Congrats, Cathie! I'll be emailing you shortly to let you know your prize pack is on the way.

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I suppose I should do my rounds online so I can get to the housework today. Nothing, nothing must stand in the way of BSG tonight. Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Life is soooo unfair

I do. I really, really want cake. *sigh* Mini and I had yummy grilled hamburgers for lunch (bunless, of course), and steamed broccoli with cheese. Now after being so good for the past few weeks, the fates are thwarting me by making me crave cake! *shakes fist at those harpies*

Overall a good day. I've printed up the sexy vampire smut story that I finished a few days ago. Anyone remember Serge from Wicked Temptation? Um, yeah, that would be the "hero" of this naughty tale. It's untitled as yet, but it's ready for red penning and a general clean up. I have an eye on a publisher for this one and I kinda have to hurry if I'm going to get it out to them. No stress there or anything, right?

Speaking of writing and such: Open Office. I've been using it instead of Word because I don't have the Office edition yet on Cappy Laptop. I'm still stuck with Student on Cappy, and I have no idea where the reboot disk is for Old Silver - if I could even get that fossil to start up - so it's looking like I'm going to be using OpOfc for a while. Blah. Blah. Yesterday I needed to go over a chapter for my crit partner so alas, I figured I better actually learn how to do more than just leave notes in the margins. Well, lo and behold, I have discovered how to "record changes" on Open Office. And, yes, I googled to find out how. ^_^

Two more days until BSG! I've set a reminder on the TV so it'll tune straight in - that way I can't be blamed for cutting off Moose and Zee at whatever o'clock when the show starts. That can lead to much drama. When hubby sits on the couch to watch something, Mini will come running into the room. "Noooo! Not the Sci-Fi Channel!" Or the Travel Channel, etc. etc. Not sure what that says that the child has memorized the channel numbers and can tell where you're nav'ing to when scrolling through the guide, but there you have it, my hump day without the hump. What can I say? I had to wash my hair.

Onward to Thursday.... I hope your day has been a snazzy one!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Domestic Apocalypse

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I've spend the majority of the day trying to find my own, mini, personal zen. Or at least the will not to break out a stick and wallop people at will. From the moment I got out of bed this morning my phone has done nothing but ring, and my nerves are shot as is. I got a lovely phone call from a relative who'd heard about the issues with Oldest and decided a phone call would be a lovely and welcome way to take child rearing advice. Oh, yeah, and to tell me how I should feel at the process. That conversation...it didn't exactly go well.

After that phone call, my day was shot. I'm shaking like a chihuahua, and what I'd mostly gotten over with Oldest sort of boiled to the surface. Not a pleasant thing. And I knew I needed to calm down before anyone else called and/or Oldest made it home from school. I stared at my open wip and all I could do was replay the conversation I'd just had, so I shut down the laptop and piled up on the couch with Mini and watched Noggin.

On another note, today is my parents 41st wedding anniversary. Go mom and dad! They're saving their "date night plans" until the weekend, since dad has to work.

Writer friend AE Rought emailed me with the awesome news that got a 4.5 out of 5 review at Romance Junkies for her book Slade and Kally! Yay, AE! She's being featured over at All Romance Ebooks, so if you've got time to drop by and show her some love, please do: http://www.myspace.com/allromanceebooks

Oh! I almost forgot, finally, Sci-fi is bringing back Battlestar Galactica! It's going to be airing this Friday, January 16. So I guess we've all established where I'll be Friday night. I've got a hot date with the Cylons on radioactive wasteland Earth. Yes, indeedy.

That's it for me. I've got to go toss this salmon in the oven. You know, to feed my children and keep my motherly status, and all that. I hope you've all had a decent Tuesday. And if you didn't, hang in there. Tomorrow is hump day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Housewife Diaries vol. 1

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I'm in the middle of cooking supper, so we'll see how far I get with this post. I had a package to pick up at the post office this morning, and usually if it's something like a cabbage or something from ebay I'm racing up there to get it. It was so cold this morning I didn't want to climb out of bed, regardless of warm, fuzzy pjs. I curled up on the couch with Mini until about 9 or so, then I realized I had to face the day. In other words, I needed coffee.

I got Mini dressed and we took the trash out to the kitties. Ok, I know that sounds odd, but that's what we say when taking off the garbage: going to see the kitties. Out near the school - our closest garbage drop off - there is a paved, fenced, video monitored set of about 10 dumpsters. The fence is that wood plank stuff, very nice really, but it doesn't go down to the ground all the way so at any given time there are anywhere from ten to fifty cats hanging around up there. It's like a drive in petting zoo. People actually bring food for the cats, and sometimes you'll see this row of dry kibble spread out in lines across the pavement in this one corner that the cats seem to favor. Anyway, that's our set of bins. Going to see the kitties. Anyway....

We went there, and maybe two kitties were out, so I had to drive Mini past them really slowly so he could get a good look. Then it's up to the post to wait in line. If there is anything that builds character really fast, it's standing in line with a toddler. He wants to chat with every stranger in sight, and I keep telling him "Stay here. Hold my hand." It's not that I don't mind the chatty, chatty part, but some people just seem questionable, you know? *_*

So it was a cabbage, and it's in this big box, and I didn't realize I was going to have to sign for it. I'm trying to hold Mini and draw on one of those auto-pad things with the light pen and everything I put down there looks like troll scratch. The postal worker took one look at it, and I think the only reason she let it slide is because she's seen me coming in there once a week for the past 17 years.

Mini of course wants to open the box as soon as we're outside.
"Mimi, Mimi! Let's open it!"
"No, sweetie, it's a cabbie. She'll get dirty."
"But it's from Santa!"
"No, hon, Santa's over. This is a doll from L*****."
He pauses to think about this. "But it could be a Jeep!"

I listen to this all the way to Wallyworld. We are out of dog kibbies, milk, bread, sanity, patience, Equal, and food. First thing in the store: "I want a toy!" I'm thinking more along the line of a tabletop heater since the other one went out last week. I tell ya, actually having a heater makes a difference. :P

I wandered around in the hardware department looking for someone, anyone to get a space heater off the tip top shelf - there is only 2 of the kind I want there - and they are all out of reach by everyone but members of the NBA. I finally get tired of hunting the aisles for a non-existent worker and trek down to the garden department.

I tell the ponytail guy at the garden register. "I need someone to get a space heater off the shelf for me, please."

He looks at me with annoyance. "Why didn't you ask someone over there?"

And I get stared at like I'm too stupid to live?

Instead of moving from his post behind the 'I'm a manager, I shouldn't have to do anything' podium, he shouts across the store - erm, well, the seven or so aisles to the hardware department. "Name! Name! This lady needs something."

Now I am not exaggerating. I combed the entire hardware department looking for help, and I do not know where the guy was hiding, but he was not on the sales floor in any of the aisle. However, at the sound of this manager's voice he literally appears out of nowhere. I swear, he must've been sitting on the floor behind the paint counter hiding out. Unreal.

Two minutes later, I have a Honeywell Calentador Ambiental A 360 - De Mini Torre in my buggy. Woot! Heat! I make it across the store, and I'm browsing the dino-shaped chicken nuggets when my phone rings. I think it's Jay, so I don't even look at it, but when I flipped it open it's Isabelle! ^_^

Isabelle had some truly awesome, wonderful, exciting news to tell me - BUT! I'm not going to spoil it by going into details. I'm just going to say congratulations!!! And if anyone is reading and wants to know her good news, keep an eye on her blog. I'm sure she won't be able to contain her excitment for long. ~_^

The rest of my day went by smooth and clean. Until around 4, when the mail arrived. AT&T - I swear to all that is tech and/or holy - do you think it's possible to get my wireless statement right even once? Ah, the joys of domestic living.

Overall, a good day, especially for a Monday. I hope yours was just as sparkly!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

View From A Starbucks

Well, pfft...Blogger really shrank that picture down to a nugget, didn't it? Ah well, I suppose it could be worse. And besides, if you've seen one Waffle House or Chevron, you've seen them all.

I took this cell phone pic around 9 o'clock Saturday morning while waiting for Beth to arrive - Starbucks is my RWA carpool launch point. The Tech Exit Starbucks has, arguably, the tiniest, most ill designed parking lot ever. Crap parking combined with drivers who've obviously not had enough caffeine. God help us all.

So yesterday was my first full fledged RWA meeting, and it went a-ok. There were far more people in attendance than I expected, and I found another paranormal writer has joined the fold. Woot!

This morning I signed the contracts for Moonlight and Shadows - the next book in my Werekind series, and my first sale for 2009. Double woot! No release date yet; I'll post more about that as the info comes in.

Here is the non-official, teaser blurb:

Two Werekind packs teeter on the edge of war. Someone has killed the Istvaan Pack alpha, and Sylvie won't rest until justice is served. Forced into a face to face meeting with her greatest rival, the alpha of the Dartega Pack, she is shocked to discover her true mate is none other than the Dartega's right hand man--his assassin, Erik.

Sylvie realizes in that moment she will never be able to claim her true mate, but there are other, more important things she must do than mourn a broken heart. She must prove herself worthy to her pack, and track a killer. There's just one problem: Erik has waited a long time to find her, and pack affiliations mean nothing to a man on the hunt for his mate.


Just for trivia's sake, this book takes place in Shreveport/Bossier, where I spent my summers while growing up. ~_^

I hope you're all having a snazzy Sunday!

Friday, January 09, 2009

If They Don't Dance

Everything is almost ready for tomorrow. I have to get up bright and early to take the kids for a stay at Grammy's house. I'll be meeting up with fellow writers in Ruston and we'll carpool to Bossier (Boe-zure*) for the January NOLA Stars meeting. Adult conversation combined with writing how-to. I'm not going to know how to act.

I've still got to arrange a few things so I can do a hit and run in the morning: garbage take off, mail the bills, and drop in at the Wolf Stop for a fill up. Mom laughed at me about that when I was telling her on the phone. Yeah, yeah, I'm always ill prepared. I know. But watch me hang ten like supergirl in the morning, y'all. One way or another, I'll get it all done.

Today I had fun chatting for a few minutes with the fabulous AE Rought while scouring the ends of the earth for the Tor Romance guidelines. I now know the target range of my fantasy wip - which is well underway in the plot department. This weekend, however, I want to finish up draft 2 of a shorty short contemporary erotic that I've set aside for another anthology. For some reason, this story is taking more polishing than I'd originally anticipated, and I can't tell if I'm just being picky or what. I plan to contact one of my editor friends over this one, because it's going out to an unknown market (to me anyway) and I want to make sure I've got all my bases covered.

So that's it for me today. I basically took things at a slower pace in order to insure the survival of my offspring. Surprisingly enough, it also kept at bay that nagging headache that's been hovering for the past two days. At any rate, wish me luck tomorrow! And I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. ~_^

* Only adding that because I've been asked.


It's long overdue! A Friday Dance Break! Sing along if you know this one. You.Know.You.Want.To. *_*
~dance break~ ~dance break~ ~dance break~

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Let You Go Til You See The Light

No blog posts for the past few days. Hubby and I have had major issues with Oldest, and I tell you...teenagers. Is there a purpose for them aside to give you/their parents an aneurysm? At this point, I doubt I could be convinced of anything else.

I don't know a single person who hasn't made an ass out of themselves at 17 over something or another, but in this case, Oldest is lucky I don't sell him to the gypsies. I am still very angry with him, and can't stay in the same room with him for more than a minute. It's better to leave out and hold my tongue rather than flay him alive.

Anyway, he's off to school now, and hubby and Mini are gone to the store. In the morning Hubster has to go back to Texas and finish out the week. Thanks to this fine lot of shit, we're going to be without a paycheck, so I made a dash to the bank yesterday to cash the rest of my royalty checks to buy groceries with. Joy.

This morning was a little better, which means I haven't wanted to choke anyone ala Homer Simpson. First thing out of bed, before I could even tank down two cups of coffee, I printed a couple of Ni Hao Kylan paper lanterns off Noggin.com for Mini and we put them together. We printed up a color-it-yourself Chinese Dragon one, and put it together too. Mini was walking through the house with all three a little while ago, telling anyone who'd listen that they need a light inside them. :P



Once the guys left, I did a bit of laundry, swept, and set the dishwasher going. If I can wrap my mind around it today, I plan to write at least 1k on the erotic contemporary. It's one I want to send out into submission land by the end of the month. The way I'm feeling at this point, if it happens, it happens. Too many publishers are overlapping their deadlines and if an author sees two calls that they know would fit their work, they have to either rush through 2 stories, or choose only one. I realize I can't sub to them all, but damn. When I know that publisher isn't going to do a similar call for another year, it's a tough choice to make.

That's it for me. I'm off to hide in the writing cave for a while, all things permitting.

Monday, January 05, 2009

must...prioritize...

I saw the husbter off to work this morning. He'll be home sometime over the weekend. It rained all day today here at home, and when he called - his first day back at "the ditch", they had a rain out. He found a hotel room, but it doesn't offer a kitchen, free breakfast, or even coffee. On the other hand, he says it passes the barefoot test. I'm honestly wondering how long that little gem will last, though, with no coffee. I guess he'll just have to stop at Circle K, or pray they have a Starbucks somewhere along the way to work.

I took the day off from working on any projects. Hubby had to get up at 2:30 AM, and since I didn't get the bounty hunter story sent out until sometime after one in the morning, I stayed awake to make sure he got up on time. I guess it's a good thing, because if I'd gone to bed, he wouldn't have been able to wake me up, for sure, and I'd have missed saying bye to him. However it was damn hard to get out of bed at 7AM with Mini. Oy vey. After this post I imagine I'll check on my Neopets and hit the bed.

Tomorrow I plan to pull out the sexy contemporary and sort through it, see what all needs to be done to revise it. I've thought about subbing it to an erotica anthology, but I don't know if I'll have time to get it tip top. I think the anth deadline is somewhere around Jan. 30 - Feb. 1st. We'll see. At any rate, I plan to hit that story bright and early, and just see how far I can get. It won't be easy with just me and the MiniBeast, but I think I can get a few hit and run slash sessions in on it. As they say: No pain no gain.

Anyway, I'm off to bed. I'm so tired, I can barely concentrate on what I'm writing. I hope you all had a pleasant Monday, and if by chance you didn't - hang in there! Tomorrow's another day. ~_^

Sunday, January 04, 2009

An Inevitable Sleepless Night

Hubby is leaving for Texas in the morning. Er, well, at around 2 AM. He'd hoped the other company in Alexandria would call him in last week so he wouldn't have to go out of state again, but there's some kind of hold up on the process there. So, he's back out to "the ditch" tomorrow. Hopefully he won't be out there very long.

I finished my bounty hunter shorty short yesterday, and printed up the guidelines so I could go over them carefully. I'm sending it off tonight to a company I've never dealt with before, so I don't want to shoot myself in the foot before they ever look at the piece. The story is a bit unconventional, it's also not a romance, but I like it. We'll see how it goes.

Come tomorrow I plan to pull out the android piece and whittle away at the revisions. Just by glancing at it, there doesn't appear to be all that much to trim, but that only means I'll end up taking three times as long to read through it. I don't know why my brain works like that, but it does. This coming week I'd like to knock out one more of those completed short stories and have it ready to send. I'm hoping Mini will let me, lol.

That's it for me. Boy, what a sleepy Sunday. I hope you've all had a pleasant weekend!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Take a Deep Breath

A quickie post while I have the chance. Oldest is on a date with Brit, and the hubster has taken Minibeast to the park. I stayed home to write, and sure enough as soon as everyone is out the door the phone starts ringing and visitors start dropping by. *sigh*

I finally managed to get everyone out of the house, and so I've been working on revising what I have instead of writing anything new today. I have a string of four or five stories finished; all I need I do is clean them up.

Here's the going list:

1. W/J demons - short story - finished this one last year :P
2. sexy vampires - short story - finished last night! Doesn't need much touch up work.
3. android romance - short story - working on revisions
4. Love Fool - full length - ARG! this bastard needs work!
5. bounty hunter story - short story - almost ready to submit
6. B/L naughty contemporary - very rough draft finished - needs another pass

Ok. So there are six drafts completed instead of four or five. My bad. Anyway, that's what's on my TO DO list at the moment. I'd like to get at least three of the short stories out of here this month (I marked them in red).

Be gone old stories! It's a bit overwhelming to look at them in a list, so I have to remind myself to breathe. It's totally do-able to have those three shorties done in January - all together they probably run about 11k. (Individually about 3-4k.) The bounty hunters should be ready to go tonight. I plan to read through it this evening and if it "sounds smooth", I'll bite the bullet and send it on. Wish me luck!

Tonight I also need to update the Midnight Moon Cafe website. I've got a list going for that, but I won't bore you and post it. To see those changes, you'll have to visit the Cafe. ;-) Well, the guys should be home soon, so I should go ahead and put the last bit of laundry in and get cracking on these final few pages of the bounty hunter tale.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Pulling Up the Writer's Chair

I did it. I survived the hell that was 2008. Now what?

I've got two erotic submission floating around, and two more short stories completed that I'm slowly revising. One is only 5 pages away from submission. I anticipate that being ready by the end of the weekend. The other one may take another week or so to have it boned up enough to submit.

After these two stories go out, I'm planning to dust off Love Fool, and give it another look. It's complete, but needs a total overhaul to bring it up to snuff. If I have it ready for conference time, I may pitch it. I don't know yet. I'd planned another book to pitch, but I haven't had the time to pick up the story since I sent in my NOLA registration fees.

Somehow, during all this, I managed to start working on another full length book. This one about vampires. I've got the outline written for the book, but I think maybe it needs to be punchier... er, rather, I need to put the heroine in more peril. I've been trying to think up ways to run her through the wringer. I think I need to research it a bit more before I push too far ahead.

Overall, I've got an ecclectic mix going. I blame that on the fact that in the past few months, I've been reading more sci-fi / fantasy stuff rather than true, nuts and bolts paranormal. It's good for a change of pace.

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Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have a snazzy weekend. :0)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year and Resolutions for 2009




Happy New Year, everyone!

I'll be back later today with my resolutions for 2009. ^_^

Ok! I'm back and uploading caffeine. This is kinda the nitty gritty, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am version of my 2009 resolutions. To read a really stellar unresolution, New Year's resolution, I highly recommend visiting Jennifer Colgan/Bernadette Gardner. She's got her fingers on the pulse of it, and I admire her for that.

Now for my list. Here goes:

Seven Things I May or May Not Do in 2009
I resolve to...


1.)Lose at least another 10 pounds and keep it off.

2.)Keep my blood glucose at a decent level.

3.)To write for the love of writing, and see where it takes me without worrying about the "bigger picture". I did that all year 2008 and it made me absolutely, 100% miserable. Definitely not worth the stress or disappointment.

4.)I VOW to read more NEW books in 2009.

5.)I will make at least one tried and true, honest to goodness effort to find an agent this year. No, really, I will!

6.)I will finish at least one full length manuscript, revise it (instead of tucking it in a box!), and submit it to at least one publisher. OR - see #5 - an agent I've determined doesn't bathe in blood or eat small children. If it bombs, it bombs, but just to stop sitting on the damn work once I finish it... After all, life is practice through DOING.

7.)To not only focus on whether others around me are happy, but to BE HAPPY! That always sounds like such a simple thing... ^_^

That's it for me - go 2009! And once more time - Happy New Year!