Monday, May 31, 2010

Seeking Inspiration

I haven't accomplished much today, sadly. Mini is at my mother's, and Oldest and Hubster have been busy doing there thing for most of the day, so really, I have no excuse. Hubster, dear that he is, even washed my car for me. I do believe the man's a keeper. Around one o'clock I took a sinus-allergy pill and talk about a nap. I didn't wake up until after 4pm, and I sat around for about an hour afterward feeling completely grogged out.

Last night I sat down with Stephen King's On Writing to re-read the writing half of the book. I also picked through a few of the Holly Lisle lessons I have, and read through a couple "getting the call" stories people have posted on their websites and blogs. I love reading about those. I always walk away feeling happy for the author and inspired to go write. I hate to say it, but I need all the inspiration I can get right now.

Before sitting down to work on my story a bit, I ordered a copy of Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel. I've flipped through the book before, but I never bought my own copy. It's been on my to-buy list for a while, I just never followed through. Imagine that. I checked my local library online to see if they had a copy, but turns out they don't, so... I bit the bullet.

I'm curious to see what he says about villains, and other secondary characters. A day or so ago on twitter, Colleen Lindsay  tweeted as few tips from the Donald Maass workshop at BEA. The tweets were helpful, so I'm now itching to get my hands on the book. Don't you feel sorry for my mailman?  I'm going to be stalking him every day now until my new book arrives.

That said, I just came up with the twist ending for my book - right this very moment. It landed right out of the blue, unexpected, but now that I look at it, it's perfectly plausible. Holy cow, I have chills. Okay, that's it for now. I'm out to write a scrapheap of notes.  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day. :0)

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One last thing!  Is there something jazzy you do to inspire yourself to write?  Music, movies, candy? Trips to the ocean?  Looking at pictures?  If you have a method of wringing out inspiration, I'd love to hear about it. I hope you'll take the time to answer in the comments. 

Happy Memorial Day

To those that have died so we may be free... Thank you.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vampire Milestones #2

Hot damn. I'm currently sitting at 40,004 words on my vampire WIP. I'm celebrating with a blog entry and a second glass of sangria. If no one was looking, I'd sneak the last orange cupcake from the pantry and nom it down before anyone realized I'd hit the kitchen. But alas, I'm no ninja. I'd get busted for sure. The man is awake and playing Guild Wars. Heh.

So, the sangria will do! And the 40k. I'm super jazzy about that. Starting Monday, my goal will be 10k a week until I have this puppy to at least 50-60k.

Tomorrow I need to regroup and check my notes. See what scenes need to be written, and just get a general feel for what's in there and what isn't. I know of one scene in particular that needs to be written from scratch, but I can't think of any others. I suppose it wouldn't hurt if I made a list so I can go through and take care of them one by one. It may be a good idea to go ahead and note card my novel.

Now that I've slain the monster of the moment. I think I'll call it a night. It's going to be a busy day tomorrow getting Mini over to mom's for the Texas trip. I still haven't packed. And omg do I ever need to catch up on laundry. There is a heap in the hallway - it's seriously ridiculous.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Stay safe, and write happy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

We're having a family gathering this for Memorial Day tomorrow. We're going to grill, and set up Mini's inflatable pool that the neighbors got him for his birthday. Mom and dad will be coming over for a spell, so early in the morning I have to make a run to the store. I'm picking up a birthday cake for my mom, and I need to pick up a card and gift.

I think Mini is going home with them when they leave. As far as I know, they're still making a day trip to Texas. I don't envy that drive, that's for sure. They wanted Mini to go with them so he'd have a chance to visit with his great gram before she starts her cancer treatments, then again, I've heard nothing else about it. I guess we'll see.

On to writerly things... I hit the 37k mark on the vampire WIP. I've got to scrounge up my notes tonight and go over them a little more before pushing forward. I have a villain in the book that has absolutely no scenes, he just appears at the end, so I'm kind of wondering why he's even in there. I thought there was supposed to be some kind of point to his presence, but now I'm not sure. Something apparently got lost in translation from brain to paper.

That's about all I've got for now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

American Flag Pictures, Images and Photos

To the soldiers who have fallen so that we may be free... thank you.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

WIP Milestone: 35k

I hit the 35k mark on my vampire WIP today. W00t! I have no idea how much longer this sucker is going to take me, but I'm hoping to hit the 40k mark by late Sunday.

Come Monday I'll be setting new goals for myself: approximately 10k words a week. I'm anticipating the initial draft to land somewhere around the 50k mark, and I'll be satisfied with that. My books grow quite a bit once I start working on draft #2.

The past week or so, I've been trying for 2k daily. Sometimes I'm a little over, sometimes a little under. At the end of the week, it pretty much balances out.

Tomorrow I have to run errands and buy groceries. I think hubby gets half the day off. I'm going to buy some stuff for the grill, and fixin's for a potato salad. We've talked about going up to the diamond mines in Arkansas, but I hate to travel on holiday weekends. Maybe in a couple of weeks we can do the diamond mine. I'm sure the kids will love it.

That's all for now. I'm going to hop in the bath, and hopefully get a few words in before bed. Happy wishes, everyone!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Play Day

I haven't written much of anything today. I jotted in a few paragraphs in one scene on the vampire WIP and left it at that. I played boardgames with Mini, and drove Oldest to the library and dropped him off. Later in the day, Mini and I got into a war with a couple of the paper horns from his birthday party. That's pretty much been the order of the day.

I love days like this. Slow paced, no stress. Hubby brought home "good" wine this time, so once the little bear is in bed, I'll likely have a glass and settle in to write for a bit.

This weekend Mini is supposed to go to Texas with my parents. They're going to see great gram before she starts her radiation treatments. She's seen him only one other time, back when he was about 9 months old. He wasn't walking yet at time. When they return, we'll celebrate mother's birthday. I'm getting her a cake, a sun dress, and back porch steps. Not exactly birthday gift-like, but oh well. They have back steps, but the third step has broken through. They step over it, but I'm constantly worried one of them will fall and break a hip or something. Hell, it would probably be me that fell, teetering around on 4 inch wedge heels, but I'm just saying. They've laid a board over it until they can get a new set, so why not just go with it.

That's pretty much it. I'm going to continue hard hitting on this one story, but it'll be Monday before I really dig in with new goals. I'm going to be shooting for 10k a week to get this story finished. Until then, I've got some plotting to do.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Minibeast!

Happy birthday to the Minibeast. :*) For the last few week he's been asking me on a daily basis, "Am I five years old, yet?" He was up around 6 am this morning ready to proclaim his five-ness. Late this afternoon we're having a party over at my mom's. I'm picking up a Carvel ice cream cake and sticking toy monster trucks on it. Maybe adding some tire tracks with icing. It's what he's been asking for, a monster truck cake, so there it is. I'm hoping he isn't too twitchy throughout the day. He got up super early, and I know how hard it is to wait, but the party isn't til around 4. I'll probably have to haul him over there early to keep him occupied.

Lessee...on the work front, I'm trying to get a couple of short stories written so I have something to send out. I've got a werewolf book in the works, and another one that's a were/vampire mix. I'm trying to get these finished asap. I still have three stories off in submission land, but I have no idea when I'll be hearing back on those. There is one of them I've been waiting on for so long now, I'm considering submitting it to a couple other places. In the meantime, I'm taking a break today (and just for today) from the main vampire novel. Because of Mini's birthday. I have a hard time concentrating when I have so many things to do.

That's all for now. Crazy day ahead of me, so I better get on with the to do list. Ooh, note to self: need to check my camera batteries. Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, May 24, 2010

One, Two-hoo, Three...

I nebber made it to de center wifout biting  ask Mr. Owl

First thing out of bed, I had to hunt for the phone. I swear that is the biggest beef I have with cordless technology - it's free range. I can never find it. It turned up after 30 minutes of searching between the couch and the recliner. I have no idea how it got there.

I called and canceled my doctor's appointment because over the weekend, I became aware that the office I'd planned to go to doesn't take credit cards payments. Jesus, that's a scary thought when it boils down to it. I kinda like it when my doctor keeps up with the latest technology. Do I really want someone lasering anything on me if they don't know how to scrub a credit card?

So now I have to find another doctor, and I hate getting started with a new doctor. Most of them are now embracing that whole tier payment crap. You know, it's three hundred dollars your first visit, but it goes down gradually once you've been visiting them with every cough and fart for six months?

Anyway, I'm going to call around this afternoon and see if I can get a work-in sometime this week. Not tomorrow though; tomorrow is Mini's fifth birthday. I have to go pick up his cake today and buy everything for his party tomorrow. We're having a small family gathering over at my parent's house. Ice cream cake, presents, and all that.

Mini has specifically asked for a Dancing Doors Hx Road Ripper. Basically, it's a toy Hummer that plays Axel Foley and the doors swing open and closed. No comment. It's the only thing he's asked for, so I went online and checked Toys R Us. No dice. I checked a few other places. No sign of it. Apparently it's a Kmart exclusive toy or something, because that's the only place online or anywhere I can find this thing.

We scrubbed our trip to TRU in Monroe since I couldn't get the toy there anyway. And I've been debating what to buy him that might replace Dancing Doors, because the closest Kmart is in Bossier and hubster was saying he absolutely wasn't making that drive. Even though I'd have been driving. BUT! This morning there was a message in my inbox - hubby had contacted me from work to ask where the Kmart is in Bossier. He's apparently going over there from work to pick it up.

I gave him directions, and so we'll see what he comes up with. Hopefully they'll have the truck in stock. I suppose it wouldn't hurt him to call first, but you

So that's the big shiz today. Over the weekend, I managed to put in a few scenes on two short stories, and I managed to the get the vampire WIP up to 32k. I hope to add another 2k to that today, if the forces that be are willing. (Namely Minibeast.)

That's all for now. I hope yours is a fabulous Monday!

Monday Part 2

UPDATE: OMG! I just found out on Twitter that there's a Dirtyville book trailer. It may or may not be safe for work, depends on how uptight your boss is, so be warned. ;0)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Bonus Minions

funny pictures of cats with captions

I'm fresh out of bed, and haven't had my coffee yet, so this blog post should be interesting. (And likely riddled with typos. Heh.) Last night Cass and I met up on Skype for a round of book plotting and idea repair. Kind of a project check up, if you will. I've reached the midpoint of my WIP, and wanted to see what she thought about the changes I made to the set up and the character dynamics. (whether or not they sucked, etc.)

#1 thing I've been worrying over is the three short scenes I added to the set up. I don't want to bog down the beginning, but I do think they add more perspective to the story. It also lets me bring in an important character early on, someone who'll be necessary to interact with the protagonist/heroine at the middle of the story. I was actually worried how to bring that character into the mix in a feasible way without it seeming convenient mid-way through. So that's a win.

The other thing bugging me is the momentum versus the length. The beginning is punch-in-the-face action. There's a slow tension build up in the middle before crap starts to roll downhill again. It's a very fine balance. As it stands, the first half of the story is only about 30k. As an estimate, by the time it's doubled, it will only be 60k. So, I'm probably going to have to string in another subplot or two in there somewhere. *whimper*

So it's coming along, and I do think the story has a lot of potential, but there's still much work to be done before the draft is finished. And this is the story I created the 30 page outline for. I can only imagine what a tangle I'd be in if I hadn't done the legwork first!

Today I have to figure out if Toys R Us has the Road Ripper Mini wants for his birthday, and I need to find out if I'm going to be able to pick up a bakery cake for Tuesday. I want one of the ice cream cakes, and I haven't decided if I'll stick a big monster truck toy on top, or maybe a Hot Wheels 18 wheeler with a lot of little cars around it. We'll see. Either one is 100% to his taste, so I don't think I'll have any complaints from him.

Oh! I finished reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Cass knows I like zombie stories, and recommended it to me. I hemmed and hawed about reading it, in general I don't care for YA books. It's not that I didn't like Harry Potter or Twilight, but reading about teen problems typically makes me put a book down after the first few pages. I'm just saying.

On the other hand, the zombie apocalypse... that's a universal problem for child, teen, and adult alike! ;0) I think that's part of the reason I liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth so much, even if it is sad in many places. This is a Murphy's Law book if I've ever seen one. If something can go wrong, it will - and it's gonna happen right as the zombie hordes are barreling down on you. NOTE: Spoiler Alert: Past this point, I'm going to discuss the book a little, so if you don't like spoilers, please skip to the bottom of the post.

Before I start, like I said, this is a discussion of the book, not a review, so get that in place before trekking forward. I'm going over some points in the book that stood out to me as an adult reader. If I were going to say something by way of a review for The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I'd have to say it's compulsive reading. I couldn't put this book down, and I highly recommend it to zombie fans. Yep. It's like that. 

So anyway...on to things that stood out to me...

I have to admit, by the end of the book I found that I didn't like the main character (Mary) all that much. Teens are dreamers, they're's a fact of life. I liked Mary in the beginning, I sympathized with her loss, and felt sorry for her wanting to know more, but not having any answers. I had no trouble putting up with Mary's restlessness for so many pages. But when it did finally grind on me, it killed any sympathy I had for her from the beginning.

Once Mary attains a goal, she quickly falls out of favor with it. She decides she wants something else, and she wants it with all consuming passion. I wouldn't have a problem with this, if half her goals were something other than gaining something from another person. Her goal to escape the Sisterhood, for example. She doesn't love Harry, but she is willing to marry him to avoid it, and is angry when he doesn't speak for her right away. She loves Travis, but once Travis falls in love with her, he becomes just another goal she discards when discontent settles in. It was at that point I realized I didn't like Mary very much. Travis risks his life for her, and she decides he isn't enough. The ocean, something she's never seen, becomes more important to her, than the person willing to die for her. From that point on, I lost any real desire to see Mary attain her dream goal. I mainly wanted to see the characters find their way out of a horrible situation. However, once Travis is out of the picture, Mary is the only fate we're allowed to witness.

Despite all that, I liked the ending. I liked it, but it didn't make me happy. I feel like I settled for that ending because it was Mary's dream, when really all I did was miss Travis and wonder if they'd ever find Jed. It also made me want to tell any eligible male within a 50 mile radius of Mary to avoid her like the plague.

In the long run, I see Mary being a very unhappy adult, because eventually she will have to settle for safety somewhere. She has reached her ultimate goal, but I think like all the other goals she went after before it, the new will wear off this one, and she will be restless again. It's her nature. The life she wants isn't something that exists in her particular universe; it existed before the Return. Ultimately, the freedom she wants is unattainable.

I can't help but wonder in all this, if Mary will eventually become like her late mother, who went daily to the fences to look for her lost husband. I can easily picture Mary an adult, going daily out to the ocean, where she will stand and stare, and wish she could get back what was lost.

All that aside, it's a story I know I won't forget any time soon, and can easily recommend to other readers.

I'm not sure I'm ready to read the second book, The Dead-Tossed Waves but it is on my TBR list. Right now, I'm comfortable with the ending of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I have a grasp of what I think the future is like on that stretch of beach, so I'm not quite ready to disturb that notion, and jump into the next generation of restless youths chasing unicorns.
::end of spoilers::

That's it for today. Mini's starting to drive me bonkers, poor thing. He's bored so I better find a way to entertain him, otherwise I'll never get everything bill wise ready to make the weekly errand run. Happy Friday, everyone!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vampire Disco

Bite me, bloodsucker.

Earlier today I reached the 25k mark in my vampire novel - W00t!  I also wrote out my log line. When I read it aloud to check for errors it snared my Oldest's attention, so I'm taking that as a good sign. Slowly but surely, a few words every day, the book is coming along. I'm still not sure who I should send it to, but I'm trying not to worry about that now. The main thing is to get it written. I hope to have at least 30k by the end of the week.

Come Monday I'm going in for minor surgery on my arm, so I probably won't write much that day. I gotta make up for it by binge writing beforehand. Am I the only one who does that?

That's about all I've got for now. I'd planned a bigger, longer, better post, but every two minutes one of the boys comes to the door of my office, or Sassie jumps up in my lap. *sigh* What can I say? It's a fact of life.

I think I better go crash in the den with them for a while. Maybe I can convince Mini to let me watch Dog Soldiers....

Inspirational music. I imagine this song is playing during one the vampire feeding scenes in my current WIP. ;0)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Easy Breezy

The lights went out yesterday around 4pm, and by 6:30 it was so hot we could hardly stand it. Hubby decided to combat the lack of air conditioning with a nap. Oldest, however, decided to go to Grandmas. So, I drove him over there and dropped him off. Mom, Dad, and Mini were just getting back from evening church services. I visited with them a bit, then left.

I was going to go straight to the store and browse movies and pick up ice cream, but on my way home, off toward our house, this angry bolt of lightning zigzagged down. Freaked. Me. Out. There weren't any dark clouds that I could see at the time. It was all magenta sky, and some orange stratus clouds. Anyway, I figured that must've been what knocked the power out. Lightning.

I got back home and Hubster is sitting the in recliner with Sassie. I convinced him to take a drive with me to the store. We picked up all kinds of ice cream junk: cones, Magic Shell, cherries, chopped nuts...oh, and chocolate vanilla revel ice cream and a pint container of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Cheesecake ice cream for me. Ice cream overload! It was fantastic. We picked up two movies; Gamer, and Dog Soldiers. Yes! We finally found the phantom copy of Dog Soldiers he told he he saw weeks ago. *cheer* That's one of my favorite movies. :*)

We had an awesome evening, just the two of us. We had the junkiest ice cream sundaes and watched Gerard Butler. What a man! My husband, I mean. ;0)

Mom called me first thing this morning to say: PLEASE come get your children. Hahahaha! Okay, so she didn't say it like that, but close enough. Are you coming to pick up the boys? Soon? Yeah, yeah... I grabbed all my stuff together: bills needing to be paid, library books to return, prescription to be refilled. I ran the gauntlet then made the loop and picked up the kidlets from mom's.

The boys darn near talked my ears off all the way home, bless 'em. Since then I've put together puzzles and played Hungry, Hungry Hippos with Mini, and have answered the phone fifty times. All in all, not too shabby for a Monday.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Stuck To A Chair, Watching This...

demotivational posters
Later on, two of those scuba guys are getting together to chase the Google van.

It's a quiet, rainy weekend. One of those where I kinda want to sleep the whole thing through and pretend it didn't happen. Part of that is due to the ear infection, I'm sure. My doctor's appointment isn't until Tuesday though, so I have to deal with it until then.

Mini wanted to visit his grandparents so I gave them a call. Of course the cutie-beast managed to wrangle a sleep over out of them. That's where he is now. I left him hanging out with his Grandpa and Blossom. They were watching How Things Are Made: baseball bats.

I came back home, and Oldest is still hibernating in the fungus cave. He comes out when he smells cooking, otherwise, you'd never know he's here. Hubster was getting ready for a drive to the Y. I gave him $20 and told him to bring back supper. I don't feel up to cooking.

Now all this is done, I'm going to take a couple aspirin, grab a diet coke and lock myself in my office for a few hours of writing. Sounds like a plan. Happy Saturday, everyone.

very demotivational
They're called boobs, Ed.

Friday, May 14, 2010

When In Rome...

funny pictures of cats with captions
Zombie Apocalypse Back-Up Plan v6.6

Wanna know what the most terrifying thing about high school graduation is? When your son comes to you and tells you he wants to be an artsy-fartsy bum and live in his van. That would be great, but my son can't even drive. I'm asking him about college and he tells me he wants to go anywhere far, far away from here. No goals, just away. To party. Like they do on TV. *forehead smack* I love him, I want him to have his fun, but he has no job, no money, and apparently no common sense.

I pushed him to get through high school, so I know he has no real intentions of making college work at this point, so I am finished. I did my job. He survived to adulthood and he's out of high school. I did my part. The rest, luv, is up to you, but I'm sure since you know so much you'll figure it all out. Oh, but just one thing... I am not paying for anyone's cross country party unless it is MY OWN.

Without a doubt, reality is going to bite this kid in the ass HARD. God help us all.

Tomorrow I'm taking Mini over to my parents house, since he wants to visit. They decided last minute not to go to Texas. I didn't feel one way or another about it, but the day before yesterday my mother called me all grouchy and defensive about it. Huh? I told her it was fine. In fact, I had no idea anyone was planning to go to anywhere, much less Texas, until she called and informed me. Why would I suddenly start bitching when she changes her mind?

I swears. My family is mental. And I need a holiday. The Artic sounds lovely. I'll take a flight out and someone can pick me up in six months.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Summer is Violet

It's official. Oldest received his diploma Tuesday night. *confetti* I've been recovering ever since. We are so very, very proud of the guy. I've been slowly managing the photos I took - I'm planning to upload them to my flickr for sharing with family and close friends. I was uploading things to Facebook, but that's been iffy. Sometimes they'll upload, other times not.

In my free time, I've been working on the vampire novel. I'm about 15k into it right now. I'm trying to get in 2k a day on this thing so I can get it knocked out and still have plenty of time to go back and tidy it up. It's my goal to have this thing ready to send out by the end of August. Wish me luck!

That's pretty much all I've got at the moment. Unless you count my severe case of handbag lust. It's a summer thing. Every year around this time bag frenzy hits me and I go semi-bonkers hunting for "the" handbag. One day I may need a warehouse to store them all, but it can't be helped. I'm currently lusting after a blue/violet Marc Jacobs bag. I don't care what season it comes from as long as it's leather and the color is right. I have my eye on one, but I think hubster might pull a Homer on me if I bring home another purse. Just saying.

Happy Thursday, everyone. And hang in there - Friday's on the horizon! :0)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Starlight Fetish

Starlight Heels

I did it. I gave in to my lust...for shoes. In my own defense, I was lusting after a pair of Jimmy Choo rainbow snake skin heels, but couldn't possibly justify the $800 expense. :P Instead, I went with another (earlier) object of my shoe lust. A pair of Starlight heels. A fraction of the cost, and just as eye popping.

What can I say?  I LOVE stripper shoes. I'd happily Swiffer in them if I thought I wouldn't mess up the shoes - for realz.  

I usually pair them with something casual, and I'm thinking this gaudy, glitzy, pair of awesome would go good with the updated, 80s style silver batwing blouse I have in my closet. I could pair the shirt with either my black suede skirt or black trousers. Or... Or, maybe I'll save up a couple of twenties and spring for a batwing dress similar to this one. Yes. I'm absolutely hopeless.

Moving along... The vampires novel is progressing. Of course, it would make for a far greater word count if I didn't have go to somewhere every 30 minutes. Seriously. I'm so thankful tomorrow is graduation. We'll have our day to celebrate Oldest's high school accomplishments, and afterward, we are DONE. Done for the entire summer. W00t!  

That's all for now. I've been trying for three hours to get this post written, and I'm kinda running out of fortitude. Before I got, I want to say Happy Birthday to my Daddy. I could be biased, but he's the best Dad on Earth. Hey, he puts up with me, so there's gotta be something to it, right? ;0)

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mother's Day Lazing

funny pictures-MOM LOVES YOU

Things are finally winding down from the past few weeks of crazy. I've survived Senior Tea that turned out to be Senior Day (nothing about that on the little card they sent me in the mail), and Mini's Pre-K graduation.

Yesterday I went with Jamie to the NOLAStars meeting in Bossier - our monthly RWA gathering. Tessa McDermid gave very good workshop on revision. Jamie and I walked away from it pumped up and ready to write. After the workshop, the lot of us went out to eat at TaMollys. I ordered the chicken quesadilla platter, and it was sooo good. Very nice place.

It was around four when I got back home, and the hubster and I planned to watch a few scary movies since Mini wanted to spend the night with his grandma. Whenever the little one runs off to gran's, we break out all the movies too freaky to put in when he's home. We ended up watching Zombies of Mass Destruction, and The Fourth Kind. The hubster got a little too freaked out to finish up The Fourth Kind. (He collects owls.) I thought it was a tad boring, and it's a movie I've wanted to watch ever since I spotted it on the shelves.

We made a trip to the store late last night so I could pick up mom's gift and card for Mother's Day. Bless her, she told me exactly what she wanted about three weeks ago. She wanted a specific tea kettle. I got there, and I found the only one that fit her description. I kind of panicked last night, thinking maybe I got the wrong one. I'll ask her, and if it isn't what she wanted, I'll go back for the right one. I also got her a lovely card - the one I thought best of the best on the rack. And guess what, when Oldest got up this morning, he gave me a card. It's the same one I picked out for my mother. How unexpected and awesome is that? It made me cry. :*)

I slept late this morning, til almost 9:30. Ah... the best Mother's Day present ever: being able to sleep until you want to get up. Hehe! Hubby had already made coffee, so I poured a cup and sat down a while at the computer before getting up to clean the house.

Oldest is currently off doing guy stuff with his buddy. I think they're off to the movies in Monroe. Mom called a while ago and said she's out of church, and stopping by BK with the Minibeast. They'll be here shortly, and I'll give her the card and gift I bought for her. Hubby is firing up the grill. Once everything settles this afternoon, I'll put on my writing cap and work on the vampire novel for a while.

So, all in all, it's going to be a lazy around the house kind of Mother's Day, which is just the way I like it. :*)

To all my friends who are mommies... Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Sent Home

funny pictures of cats with captions

This morning I drove Mini to his last day of school...only when I got there, they sent us back home. Only Mini and one other kid showed up, so they canceled class. So, we're back home, and testing my patience, I mean, adjusting to the new routine.

Oldest has an hour of school Monday morning, an hour of school Tuesday morning, and then the graduation ceremony is Tuesday evening. After that, he's free! He still hasn't decided what he wants to do after school, so this should be interesting.

Tomorrow I gotta be up early to make it to RWA in Bossier, but come Sunday morning, I'm sleeping LATE. Let the summer slackassedness commence! W00t! I'm kinda-sorta thinking about registering for Nationals now that they've moved it to Orlando. Anyone else going?

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

♥ We're All Mad Here ♥

demotivational posters

Oh gee, where do I begin? I'm a frazzled mess, but it's kind of a good thing? Is that possible? Everything got off to a smooth start this morning. I managed to get my kidlets out the door on time, and found myself back home without having spent half the morning on time sucking errands.

Once back home, I poured a second cup of coffee and sat at my desk. I got half way through my one batch of emails and the phone rang. It was Oldest. He needed me to come pick him up from school. Apparently the seniors only need to be there for the ceremonies. They aren't allowed to be there simply to "wander through the halls". Um, okay. So, I pulled my hair into a ponytail, grabbed my sunglasses, and out the door I went.

I picked up Oldest and took him to the store for a drink (I was dying for a Diet Dr. Pepper by this point) before we returned home. Oldest, bless him, he's so quiet when he's here. He usually stays in his room and does geeky things - computer, sketching, etc. Even so, it seemed like once I got back, I couldn't get anything finished.

Oh! I did manage to sort through the billions of emails staring at me from my inbox. Christ, it's amazing the number of times I've won the Nigerian lottery. I mean, seriously, what are the odds of hitting it not once but twice? Better yet, fourteen times over a span of three days? Hot damn, I must be one lucky cat. :\

Anyway, I got most of my website updated. As soon as I get a free minute to do so, I need to redesign the about me page, and put up a new picture and bio. What's there is sufficient, but quite outdated. Yikes.

I managed to get a few more things tweaked for the MMC - there is still more to do, but I've already figured out that's going to take days to get everything rounded up. The Alison Tyler feature is scheduled to run tomorrow and as far as I can tell, I've covered all the bases. Which is a good thing, because I won't have a spare minute to my name tomorrow.

I picked up Mini from school around two and we cleaned out his cubby. I picked up his blanket, and she'd bundled his change of clothes, papers, cubby tag, in a garbage bag. Each kid had one stuffed in their cubby. Kinda sad, seeing that. On the way out, his teacher handed me his cap and gown for graduation. She told me we needed a white shirt and tie for the ceremony - which is tomorrow, of course - so after we left class, I had to make an emergency run to Wally World for a shirt and tie for Minibeast.

Funny it should happen like that, really, because on our way across the parking lot toward the store entrance, Mini started flipping out. "Look, Mimi! It's daddy's Jeep." I agreed that it looked like hubby's Jeep, but 'm thinking: Mm, no, it can't be, because hubby isn't off work until five.
The minute we walked close enough, I saw the Tybee Island sticker and I kinda reeled. It was Hubby's Jeep after all.

Usually he calls me when he gets out a bit early, but no messages, or anything. I walked into the lobby and we stopped by the cola machines. Two girl's from Mini's school were chattering away, waving and all that, and I can't get my effing phone to come on. *sigh* So, I take Mini inside and we case the registers. No sign of hubster. I'm kinda worried something might've happened, I can't imagine what, but there it is, so I'm hunting him through the aisles.

Finally I stopped and thought: Okay, if I were hubby and had to be here, what department would I be in. Of course, right off, he'd go to the electronic department. Lo and behold, when I checked, there he was. He had a clerk getting something out of one of the locked cases for him, and I automatically assumed he was getting something for his cell phone. I swear, the man goes through phones. Mini called out, "Daddy!" And we walked over there, but it wasn't until I touched hubby's arm that he saw me.

He looked shocked then he said, "Well, I suppose that ruins that surprise."
At first I had no idea what he was talking about, but then he gestured to the case and I realized it wasn't a display for cell phones. They were e-book readers. I'd basically walked up on my man buying my Mother's Day gift. Oops! Well, how was I to know, right?

Honestly it wasn't so much the gift that made me want to swoon, but rather the fact he has listened to me waffling over ebook readers for the past few months, and when it came down to gift time, went after something he knew I wanted. He remembered! ^_^ Yes, I'm sappy like that. And by the way, I do ♥ my new eReader. It's a silver Sony Pocket. I swear it, the man is a keeper!

On the ride home, some asshat in a silver extended cab nearly ran me off the road. We live on a one land road, and it's a given you have to move over to make room for two cars getting through. Only this guy didn't. I had to practically drive my little Mazda into the ditch. Oy, that really pissed me off. Not so much I had to pull so far over, but because I had Mini in the car with me. If that guy had hit me, they'd have needed a bucket to pick up what was left of that guy when I got through with him. *cat claws* For real, guys, don't buy more truck than you can handle on the road. If you're too afraid to drive it with one wheel on the grass, the other on gravel, let your bitch drive. Just FYI, people like that will be the first to end up road pizza when the zombie apocalypse strikes. Mark. My. Words.

The evening has finally wound down some. I've gone over as much business-y things as I can. I think I've got everything down to where I can just grab and go, which is vitally important. My agenda is as such:

*7:30 AM haul Mini to class?
*8 AM - Oldest's Senior Breakfast
*9 AM - High School Awards Ceremony::Oldest anticipates trophy for chess club. :*)
*10 AM - If Oldest is with us, take him home before bank run & errands.
*1:30 PM - Mini's prek graduation
*3:30 PM - Mini's post-graduation party

First thing in the morning, I have to call and find out what time Mini has to be at school, because a.) If he has to be there before noon, I will have to arrive at school early to put him in his cap and gown. b) If he doesn't go at his usual hour, I have to keep him home and let the Old man handle the Senior Tea alone. *sob* I don't want to miss it!

There are about a dozen other little things too. I'm sure to forget half of it until the very last minute. I've got so much on my mind, I hope I'm able to sleep tonight. *_*

Anyway, that's that. What's to be, will be. Once this is over, I won't have anymore "going somewhere" stuff to do until Saturday, which is when the monthly RWA gathering is going on in Shreveport-Bossier. After that, I'll have a couple of days to rest before Oldest's graduation on Tuesday.

Oh, don't forget to drop by Smashwords and pick up a copy of My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend if you haven't already. It's a romantic comedy intended for readers over 18. On the plus side, it's 100% free to download. Can't go wrong with that!

That's all I've got for now. I hope your Wednesday was a snazzy one. I'm off hit the showers, then the bed. I've kinda got a busy day tomorrow. ;0)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Update Avalanche - and an award!

I got up at 6:30 this morning and prepared to run the gauntlet. I had a list of things to do, most importantly to get the kids off to school and take care of my car insurance. I don't know what the deal is, but I got a notice that the company I'm with is canceling my new car because I haven't yet provided the registration. Um, I went up there the day I purchased the car and they said I'd given them everything they needed. Too, the official registration hasn't arrived yet. Neither have the license plates. I'm using temporaries until everything arrives.

After taking Mini to school, I drove to Ruston so the woman could basically scan off the bill of sale and fax it to the main insurance office. I sob at the gas spent on that trip, which should have/could have been avoided. On top of that, I'm kind of achy and delirious from this stupid cold. It was a very sleepy drive home. X_X

I got home and flopped in the chair, thought I'd go through my emails which have been sitting for a while, and discovered I had major things to fix online. Yikes! On a lighter, happier website won the Caramel Corner award from Coffee Time Romance!

Red satin sheets, naughty pictures, and hot books -- for lovers of erotic paranormal romance, this website tempts, teases, and tantalizes. Navigation is as easy as clicking a "pic". My only complaint was that the author's blog didn't match the sensual feel of the rest of the site, but the information in Cora's diary was engaging, informative, and funny. Looks like Ms. Zane is going to have a new read, My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend, up at Smashwords in early May, so if you like the recent influx of zombie books, be looking for it!

Pam Skochinski
Review Editor, Coffee Time Romance

Cool beans! I'll be posting the award on my website tonight when I update everything. I went in to do it a couple of days ago and forgot my super sekrit word. I had to email my admin and ask. Heh. She's a peach, tolerating me. ^_^

(All things considering,I do kinda wonder if I should change my blog now... *pondering*)

Speaking of updates, if you haven't noticed, the Midnight Moon Cafe is also getting an update. I "walked in" on the blog earlier today and nearly fell out when I saw how many bandwidth issues the blog was having. Definitely had to fix that, so I decided I might as well fix everything in the process. There are still a few things to work on, but for now it's back to some semblance of order, and functioning as it should.

That's about it for now. I need to check on the 'chops in the oven, and see what the guys are up to before I toss the last of the laundry in the dryer. That said, I hope your Tuesday was a happy one! :0)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Monday On and On

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OMG, I am so congested. With valiant effort, I fought off Mini and Hubster's cold as long as I possibly could. Alas, I have been overtaken. I woke up gasping for breath this morning, which is kinda scary, lemme just say. I can't draw even a small sniffle of air through my nose. *sob* In other words, I sound very weird when I talk. I bet if anyone is going to call me, they're going to do it today. Murphy's Law approved and guaranteed.

This is Mini's last week of school. He doesn't yet know he's going back today. He's been sick over the last week, but I think he's ready. No fever, and he's been running us all ragged with his "I'm bored, do this" requests. I don't think I'd be able to keep up with that today. My energy is sapped, and it kinda feels like someone poured cement in around my brain. Sinuses. Why? Why must you do this to meh?

I'm going to do laundry, dishes, and work on my vampire novel today. Probably not much else unless I start feeling Olympic. If I'm completely honest with myself, I'll likely end up taking cold meds and snoozing on the couch.

So that's it for now. I've gotta get Mini dressed for school. Don't forget to drop by Smashwords and pick up a copy of My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend. It's free!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Unleash the Zombies!

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It's here!  

My brand new e-book  My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend is out today. It's available for free download over at Smashwords in just about every format under the sun, including the Kindle!

About the book: 

Regina Bryant finds her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy, stumbling around in the hedges outside her house. He's a zombie now, but no less intelligent than he'd been while alive. Determined to "shoo him away", she tosses a pillow at him and tries to remind him that they'd ended their relationship weeks ago. Her efforts are interrupted when Heath Collins, her sexy, single neighbor, unexpectedly comes to the rescue.

Heath has had his eye on Regina for a while, and intends to use his zombie-bashing skills as an ice breaker. The problem is, he has no idea the bumbling undead is actually her newly-departed boyfriend. Great. Now he'll have to find another way to impress her. After all, who wants to spend the zombie apocalypse alone? 

This is an erotic, dark comedy, so readers 18 and older only, please. It's 100% free to download off the Smashwords site. If you like the book, I hope you'll take the time to smack a few stars on the download page. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

Happy reading! 
~ Cora