Friday, April 30, 2010

The Crawfish Diaries

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I'm another stair artist. I never mastered the Etch-A-Sketch.

Poor Minibeast has been sick for three days now. Today I had to summon all my mommy super powers for patience. Any and everything set Mini to crying. I had settled him on the couch with his blanket and a pillow, put in Hamtaro, and he came into my office bawling. "I can't find Crayola. He's gone. Gone forever!"

Crayola is a stuffed crawfish. I assured him Crayola was in the stuffed animal bin in his room, but there was no convincing him. In his mind, the crawfish had disappeared into the oblivion reserved for lost socks and dropped pocket change.

I guided Mini to his room and proceeded to pull every stuffed animal out of the bin. I found Crayola at the very bottom. Mini hugged him tight one time, then romped off to the room with an armful of power rangers.

And that has much summed up how my day has gone. Exhausting.

I have two pages left to proof on my zombie story, but I can't seem to go five minutes without being called for something. Although it may not appear that way, it has taken me at least four hours to get this blog post written.

Lesson learned: some days, there's simply no room for productivity. Lesson #2: I wish I was at RT. Maybe next year.

That's it for now. I hope yours is a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cora at Embrace the Shadows

Today I'm blogging over at Embrace the Shadows. I hope you'll drop by to say hello!

I'm also working as fast as I can to get My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend up on Smashwords. So far so good. Just need to do another pass through it to ensure it's edited to the best of my ability and that it's formatted correctly. It should be up and ready no later than Monday. Sooner, if my kids will stop calling me to do something for them every five minutes. :P

That's about it for now. I've got so much to do and so little time. Mini is still home sick, and I've been feeling a little off today as well. Kinda shaky and weak. I tell you, sick is the last thing I need at the moment. *sob*

At any rate, I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thought Bubbles

I've been super focused on my vampire project, lately. It's coming along very well, better than I had even hoped, and I hate to skip an opportunity to work on it, because it's really is where my heart is right now. Still, I promised three books this year to one publisher, and I really need to get those out of the way. Every time I sit and think about priorities, that crops up and I know I simply need to park my ass in front of the computer and get them written.

So for a few weeks, I'm switching priorities. I'm about a third of the way through the first "promised" story. I'm going to try and finish it up by Monday and have it sent off to my publisher no later than Wednesday. It may be difficult for me to get much done for about a week or so around that. I found out today that Oldest's senior tea, and the school awards ceremony is the same day as Mini's preschool graduation. *sob*

I'm going to have to ask Mini's teacher the times for the graduation and party. If his things are in the evening, I will be okay. Busy, but able to attend everything. The tea is at 8am, the ceremony is at, if Mini's things are toward the afternoon it will be do-able. I'm pretty sure; however, that someone mentioned Mini's walking ceremony is going to be 10am. If this is so, I will have to attend the tea, then cut the awards ceremony short and race over to Mini's school for the graduation. Ugh. Gives me a headache just thinking about it!

Once that's out of the way, I'll be finished until Oldest's actual graduation day. Which reminds me, I still need to send out the invitations. Everyone that I was able to hand out to, I did. Now for the rest of the family.

But, back to writing...dark stories. Horror romances. That seems to be where I am right now. These days I don't want to write or read anything else, except maybe futuristics?  I don't know. Ugh. So it's kind of like I'm going back to my roots, only the market doesn't have much of what I'm looking for, so I assume there is also not much of a place for it?  It's a risk. One that can be either good or bad. From a reader's perspective, it absolutely sucks, but what can you do?  Aside from dragging that footlocker of dusty old books out of the closet to reread, I feel like I've hit a wall in the hunt for interesting subject matter.

Ah well, if nothing else, it's something to think about.

I'm already digging around for inspiration to fulfill my other books. I have some ideas, but nothing has gelled yet. We will see.Whatever finer details I choose, I can tell already there are going to be some late nights spent with Dr. Wicked - make no doubt about that.

Happy Tuesday, everyone. :0)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Starting Fresh

I'm in a rare mood this morning, and it started when I realized that someone I've been friends with for over two years stopped following me on twitter. I'm not sure why really, and if I'm at all honest, it's so insignificant it shouldn't bother me at all. Except it did. Ridiculous isn't it? I mean, there's very little meat to the offense. It's just twitter. I unfollow people all the time - particularly the marketing folks. Never friends, though, even if I don't read their genre. I suppose that's why this slight seemed so personal.

I don't like net drama. I really truly hate it, and I typically avoid places where it happens. But that was like pushing my little red button, ya know? Especially when I've gone out of my way to be supportive, and to even beat-street promo for this person. What a pisser.

So, I did the unthinkable. I joined Quitter. And I did a sort-and-ditch over at FollowFriend, which basically tells you who isn't following you back on twitter. Starting with the fair-weather friend, I ended up tossing approximately 200 people from my list. People I didn't know. People who weren't writers - some who were. All of them weren't following me. I'm sure they'll never even notice I abandoned ship.

Out of the people I discovered who weren't following back, I kept 20. ALL of them insightful industry people. Mostly editors and agents. Although I did dump quiet a few agents. I can't remember why I added so many, unless it was to follow an agent chat. Why follow an agent who doesn't rep your genre? Anyway, I kept friends, fellow writers, and helpful souls who may not follow back but contribute to the industry through their twitter. And I think that is going to be my social media credo from this day forward.

I know it sounds a bit...catty. I can deal with that. I've been called far worse. Maybe it's spring fever. I don't know, and I guess it doesn't really matter.What's done is done. The point is I'm in the mood to start fresh, and object number one is to cut the dead weight. This is just the starting point. I can feel it. There will be much more cutting, and I'm not limiting the change to my twitter account.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Free Hugs and Candy Vans

Um, okay. You go first.

Finally some sunshine!  I'm going to take the Mini Mite out later to play on the swing set, and I promised to take Oldest shopping. I think he's a bit bored, bless him. I'm going to do the honors and take off the garbage before we are declared our own dump site. There are three Hefty bags waiting to go "to the kitties". Today I have to deliver.

I kept some odd hours last night, but I managed to get in my 30 minutes on the hamster wheel, and I finished the much debated upon chapter of my new vamp story. I printed it up to give it a read through this morning and the darn thing gave me chills. Chills. This vamp guy is scary. And I think I have a serious crush on him.

So. I'm cruising ahead with this thing. On to round two. I'll be hitting my first plot point soon, and I'm kinda excited about that. Thanks to all those workshops I've been taking, it's happening right on time, right where it's supposed to. I'm also incredibly glad I wrote an in depth outline for this entire book. No guesswork. No laying awake at night wondering what comes next. I know exactly where this bus is going, and I do believe I'll be writing all future projects this very same way - organized.

On an entirely different topic, I've been listening to a lot of dark ambient music while writing. It's not easy to find good tunes. I don't like the cheesy satanic bullshit, or the stuff that sounds like they're trying to recreate someone vomiting. I like the horror soundtrack-esque type. Great for writing. This person makes really good tracks:   It's like having your own soundtrack while writing. Cool beans.

That's all for now. I'm dressed a bit like a castaway, so I'm gonna go pull on some clothes worthy of wearing into a store. Truth told, I'm looking forward to this drive with Oldest. He hasn't had a chance to ride in the new car yet. Heh.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Now With Bacon

I think this may have been the longest day ever. I think it would've gone better if I hadn't taken an allergy/sinus pill around 8 this morning because OMFG I've been walking around like a zombie the entire day.

It doesn't help that it rained all day, or that I've had zero motivation, mostly because I kept Mini home. They were doing Kindergarten round-up at his school, and I've already registered him for our district.

Around 3 this afternoon I attempted to do the nap thing. Mini was whiny and tired as well, so I put in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the DVD player, got him ready to snooze with his fave pillow and all that...and then there was a knock at the front door. It was my godfather visiting. So, no nap. On the other hand, GF brought a set of apple trees for hubby to plant, and a couple blueberry bushes. How cool is that?

Nothing much else to report. I'm finishing up this chapter on the vampire story, and tonight I'll print it to see what I've got. That's about it. Writing this weekend, and what not.

Since it's so very hard to keep my eyes open, so I'm gonna round out the day by falling across the bed and snoozing for a few hours. I imagine around midnight I'll be up and ready to start writing again. I love doing that. Friday for the win!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Transylvania, Plot Gremlins, and the Death Star

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Aw, come on. It's a space station. Who's gonna notice a hole that size?

Last night, while walking through Transylvania with Cass, it came to me out of the blue: how to slay my very last plot gremlin for this new vampire novel. Huzzah! As if you can't tell already...I'm psyched! I took out the first version of the WIP, and made a bazillion notes in the margins. Things I'll go back and change tonight. Thankfully, it's not going to take that much changing at all, since the goof is confined to two scenes - and, yes, I checked for ripple effects. ;0) 

Anyway, I'm running out of time. Bah. Not enough hours in the day! I still have to do a run on the hamster wheel, shower, run to the bank, drop by the post office - all that before I pick up the Minibeast. Once I'm home, I've got to wash the mountain of dishes that have been sitting there since yesterday. *shame* That's all I've got for the moment in terms of blog worthy chatter, so off for now.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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Um, YIKES? And yet, when I saw the shark, I instantly thought of Janet Reid. *_*

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Silver and Sparkly

Everyone was gone when I woke up this morning, so I wandered through the house in my pj's, grabbed a cup of coffee, and had just sat down in my desk chair when a horn honked in the driveway.

It was hubby. He'd gone by the dealership to take pictures of the Mazda, and one of the workers saw him doing it and came outside. She told hubby pictures were no good - he needed to drive the car out to the house and make me take it for a test drive. Heh. Not much consumer influence there, right? ^_^

Hubby did it, of course. What can I say, he's a guy, bless him. And I have to admit, the car is perfect for me. Low mileage, runs fantastic, cold air, CD player, four door for kids and grocery getting, a HUGE trunk, and a sun roof. I took it for a test drive along our street, turned around near the church and came back home. Yep. I was sold. :P

I got dressed, pulled my hair in a ponytail and called to see if the Visa gods would allow such a purchase. That was green lights and go to's, so I pulled on my shoes and off we went. I drove to the dealership, and worked out a super sweet trade-in for BBQ Jeep. Lemme just say...this is the first time I've personally bought a car all on my own. No one else choosing, no one else's name on the title, etc. It went by surprisingly fast. After the rush, which took about an hour for everything, hubby and I jetted off to Ruston to change over the car insurance.

Busy day, but busy in a good way. Everything is settled, and I love the new (used) car. Now I need somewhere to go. ;0)

After all that, we're finally back home. We visited mom for a bit, and went to pick Mini up from school. Around five I'll probably hit the treadmill then take a bath. We picked up a copy of Gentlemen Broncos on DVD, and I've been dying to see this movie. It looks hilarious.

Speaking of movies... The Shining. One of the best horror movies ever, in my opinion. My hubby sent me the link to this "recut" trailer for the movie, which recasts it as a romantic comedy.

The interesting thing about this, I was just talking to Cass about letting a book be what it is. If it's a horror, let it be a horror. If it's romance, let it be. I've been guilty in the past of trying to make a horror novel into a romance, so when I watched this it was a real eye opener. It is, what it is.

That's all for now. I'm gonna try to get a little of writing done while I can. Hope your Wednesday is a happy one!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Out With the Old, In With the Mazda?

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At least he's not an editor.

It's been a wild and crazy day. I woke up and realized it was 7:30, and Mini wasn't napping with me. He usually climbs in the big bed around 6 every morning. The rest of the house is quiet, so my first thought is he's into something. So, I jumped up to go find out what the "into" is, and to rush around and get him ready for school. Oops. I leave the bedroom in a fury. I'm trying to put in a ponytail holder and zip my jeans. I round the corner and nearly have a heart attack. Hubby is sitting at the table. I wasn't expecting to see anyone sitting there. But now that I see him, I remember... Oh, yeah, he's supposed to be off today.

He tells me he's going to haul Mini to school, so I grumble something - I can't remember what. I end up going back to bed, but all I can do is lay there and thing of other things I could be doing. Surely a sign of insanity. Anyway, I try to snooze for a few minutes longer, and I do kind of doze off, but the whole time I'm "dreaming" of typing, or running around the house for something. By the time I wake up again, I feel like I haven't slept at all.

I went on into my office and checked emails before I set about writing anything. After that, I went through my research list and tried to find the last few facts I needed for this story. So many little nit picky drives me crazy. I ended up ditching a character and totally changing where the heroine lives, plus five or six other things similar to that. Other than that, the story is on track. Tonight I plan to have a fling with Dr. Wicked to and get some words out.

Late in the day, hubby went to pick up Mini. He left a little early so he could drop by the used car lot and peek around at what's available in town. BBQ Jeep is not running very well, and needs a lot of work. Time to trade her in. He called me and said they'd give me a 1500 trade in on BBQ for a 2002 Mazda Protege with a sunroof there on the lot. I told him I'd have to think about it. We'll probably take a drive to Ruston this weekend and see what's available over there.

On top of the "new car" jazz going on, my new cell phone arrived. Yay. Pinkie cell phone has been mysteriously dead for about a month and a half now. I mourn her pink shininess, but what good does it do me?  I ended up with a cobalt blue samsung. I gotta admit it's cute, but it's also the same damn phone we bought for Oldest for Xmas last year. *sigh* At least I can take pictures with it.

Hubby brought home a surprise for me as well. Blueberries and a brand spanking new mp3 player to use on the hamster wheel. It's just a cheap lil RCA, but it's sooo simple to use. I charged it, opened the drive, and dumped my songs in. Voila! Ready to test it out on the treadmill. Which I did.

I'm doing 30 minutes daily on the treadmill, and today I did 10 minutes on the exercise ball to cool down. I swear all those years of cheer gave me leg muscles like Xena. *sigh* One session on the treadmill and I'm bulked up. I wish I knew how to ditch the muscles, but I guess toned is toned is toned. #nobitchingzone  Once I shed about 25 pounds, I'm going for a complete day at the salon. Nails, hair, toes, the whole works. I have a haircut all picked out. {image deleted} Great look. No snakebites for me though. I'm too old. ;0) I love the razored texture,and will definitely go back to the lady who cut my hair last time. By the way, that picture is linked to the source, so if you want to check out more hair, clicky, clicky.

Tomorrow we're all back to the grind. I'm gonna haul the Mini-me to school, run home, do 30 minutes on the hamster wheel then shower. After that, time to hit the WIP. Honestly, though, I get more writing done at night. I'll be glad when summer is here and school is out. Then I can stay up as late as I wanna. ;0)

That's it for now. I gotta go meet up with Cass and check out some SL places for rent in Awen. I hope you all had a snazzy Tuesday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Acid Green Vortex of Monday

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Yep. It's Monday, all right.

It's been a fairly productive day. I woke up a little late and had to rush around to get Mini dressed for school, but we managed to get out of the house in time. I have to leave in about twenty minutes to go pick him up, and I've tried to get as much work and houseworkly things finished beforehand so we can have some play and TV time together. This is kind of my new and improved mid-year resolution: more time with the beloved bratlings.

Another change in the daily fore: after I got back from taking Mini to school this morning, I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. It's going to take time to get into the habit of exercising every morning, but now I officially have no excuse not to do what my doctor tells me to.

After I did my run on the hamster wheel, I went through the house and did the cleaning. The house wasn't too bad to start, but omfg the laundry. I tore things off the shelves in the bedroom while rearranging yesterday, and I'm still playing catch up. I've just been taking it out and dumping it on the bed so I can rush through all of it. But that means tonight there will be a massive - and I do mean massive - folding expedition. *sigh* Ah well, Monday and laundry - they seem to go hand in hand.

My writerly stuff is going pretty well. I did a bit of new writing last night, and today I went through my vamp files and did a complete print up of everything so far. I'm going through the stuff I should keep and toss. Lots of good keeper stuff. Two are complete scenes I wanted to pull from an old wip and use for the one I'm working on now. The fit is perfect, so that's a small word count booster. Good scenes as well.

Times up! Pencils down and hands away from the keyboard. I thought I'd have more time, but I gotta jet. The little one awaits. I hope you all have a snazzy Monday. If it's not so great, be like acid kitteh, just sit tight and try to enjoy the visuals. ;0)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Dust Bunny Village Massacre

It's been a busy weekend. Good, but hectic. Yesterday felt like an all day taxi service sprint, and by the time I went to pick up Oldest from his chess tournament, I was exhausted. On top of that, his ride was an hour late getting back. So, I ended up sitting in a dark parking lot by myself for quite a while. I wasn't too thrilled about that.

Today, I didn't accomplish a lot of writing. I plan to write a bit tonight to try and make up for it, but I'm waiting for everyone to go on to bed before I drag out any files to work on.

Earlier, Hubster went out and bought a treadmill. I have been asking Santa for a treadmill for two years, and I guess it was just too big for the old man's sleigh, because he never delivered. Before the desire to have a treadmill struck, I was a rowing machine girl. I have owned two, and the last one Oldest broke while getting too "Olympic" with it. Basically, he was clowning around. Yep. I was super happy about that, as you can probably imagine.

I've been without a human hamster wheel for a few years, so this is going to take some getting used to. I planned to give it a go this afternoon, but omfg the work just to get the damned thing in the house!  When hubby left to go get it, I ran through the house, moving things around, putting the guitars by the closet so they could get the big box into the house and to our room. Okay. The guys got home with the box, manuevered it pretty well, and there ya have it - it's in the bedroom. Now to assemble the damn thing.

Hubby put it together, and I pretty much held the pieces for him - which was kind of dangerous, if you want the truth. At one point he's putting these screws into a connection on the back of the handrails, and I'm like, if he slips, I'm going to end up with a screwdriver in the gut or an eye. Cripes. So, I'm standing waaaay back, probably not doing much help holding up the frame at all. Then again, it hardly matters because I got my workout AFTER we got the thing put together and in place.

Once the treadmill was assembled, we realized the cord was going to be too short to put it where we'd planned. That meant we had to move both dressers to another wall. I was kinda feeling the hammer of doom at that point, but it's not like we could leave the thing in the floor, ya know?  So, we moved the dressers...which haven't been moved in probably 10 years. The valley of dust bunnies were screaming as their home was exposed to artificial lighting and conditioned air. After the dressers were relocated I had to stop everything to sweep and Swiffer the "uncovered" area. Once I got that finished, I realized the rack where I keep all the sheets and blankets and such would also have to go. So...I took everything and moved it. And the rack had to go. More dust bunny village was revealed. Sweep and Swiffer x2. By this point, I'm tired and don't want to even think about the effing treadmill. BUT!  It occurs to us we will need a surge protector with at least a six foot cord to plug the damn thing in.

Overjoyed (not really) I told Oldest to put on some shoes, and take a ride with me to WallyWorld. (I bribed him with promises of snack cakes.) I gave him a couple of twenties and sent him in. He came out with a surge protector, a case of Diet Big Red, and a box - a BOX- of supersized swiss rolls.

Yes. I do realize swiss rolls and diet big red are counter-productive to using a treadmill, thank you very much.

To make a long story short, we got home, we plugged in the treadmill, realized the outlet was dead. MOVED the fucking treadmill - again. And replugged. It worked! And then I had to go and do a mountain of laundry that I moved from the rack and dumped in the floor because I had no where else to put it. I also had to fold everyone else's clothes, put them away, give Mini a bath, and do the dishes. I am exhausted. And every attempt to set one foot on that treadmill resulted in an audience. No, I am not kidding.

I finally gave up trying to "test it out", and told everyone I'd give it a go tomorrow - while they are GONE. To school, or at work  - wherever they plan to go. ((Hugs, kisses, love you all, but no camera phones allowed.))

So that has been my day. I feel like I've run a marathon. And now, I need a shower, so you can probably guess what's next on my agenda. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have something more fun and/or writerly to talk about.

In the meantime, I give you star cookies. (Don't eat, just for looks!) ;0)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rainbow Crystals and Watermelon Schnapps

Had to have this! Available at Max and Chloe.
I'm waiting for Oldest to pull himself together so I can drive him up to the high school. He's registered for the USCF chess tournament in Shreveport, and is going with the chess club. I think he's a little nervous, bless him. I'm sure he'll be fine. It's more about the learning experience than winning anything, so I wish he'd relax a bit.

Hubby just left with the wee one. They're riding out to the Sunshine Festival, which is right down the road from us. I told him to bring me fried noms if they have anything promising. Such as alligator on a stick, which is my personal favorite.

I have no idea how long they'll be gone, but late this afternoon, I'm taking Mini over to my parent's house to spend the night. They bought a new keyboard, and have all kinds of fun stuff planned for him. Dad's job just bumped him to 7 days a week, so this will be the last weekend he gets for a little play time with the grandkids. They're going to do ice cream floats, pop popcorn and do all kinds of stuff that gets kids wired up and hyperactive. Stuff that makes moms cringe, ya know? That, followed up by church - and they have a bunch of special stuff geared toward him there as well, since he's one of the few kids attending. So, tonight I'll probably kill off the second half of the bottle of watermelon schnapps I started on last night. Oh, wait. I haven't even blogged about that yet. Here goes...

Last night, I settled in with a glass or three of watermelon pucker schnapps. I've been all hormonal and cry-y this week. Add to that, I've been craving a rainbow road - or maybe just the sour silly straws in it - so I figured come Friday night what better way to kick the blues than to get my drink on.

Of course, out here in the sticks, I have to go more simple than that. I told the man I didn't really care too much what we ended up bringing home, but it needs to taste like liquefied Sweettarts in a glass. With ice. So that was the order of the evening. Hubby brought home the watermelon pucker mix and we blended the heck out of it. I am almost ashamed to admit I went through half the bottle. Almost. I slept like a rock afterward, the best sleep I've had in probably two months. It all evens out in the end, I think. 

Today I have a few errands to run, but mostly I'll be a house mommy in case I have to make a surprise jaunt to Shreveport to pick up Oldest. So, it's definitely a writing day. I have my timer ready, and my notes. I'm shooting for at least two chapters. Do-able with an empty house, so wish me luck.

I think I'm gonna go back for a second cup of coffee. Then it's time to put on the writing hat. I hope you all have a sparkly Saturday! :0)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Princess of Blah

I thought I'd blog while waiting for my nails to dry. I took my acrylics and tips off and painted my real nails frost silver to try and protect the new growth. It looks a bit shitty, I have to admit, but I'm not ready for a refill on the acrylics. I want to make sure my nails get some "down time" so they stay healthy before heading back to Pretty Nails.

Anyway, I took Mini Beast to school early this morning. They're taking a field trip to the zoo. Next week they're taking a field trip to an actual Kindergarten class - not at the school Mini will be attending, though. I've already taken care of his registration, so this will be just an inside glimpse sort of thing for him. Tomorrow, I have to drive Oldest to school so he can catch the bus to the Chess Club tournament in Bossier. I'm so proud of him. He's the founder of the chess club at his school, even sought out a sponsor to help them fund it. Once he graduates, the chess club will still be there. So in a way, he's made a mark on his high school. Very cool.

Hubby is off work tomorrow, so I'm not sure what the plans are at this point. I hope to get more writing done.
I'm officially working on the vampire novel now, and it's going pretty good. It's much easier to write the scenes when I know right off what's supposed to be in there, so yay for those story structure courses.

So far I've written two versions for the opening scene - because I have two endings I'm as yet undecided on. With both beginning and endings, the differences are very slight. The difference is mostly in tone, rather than setting and events. The middle, however is static and solid.  Once it's all said and done, I'm going to have my beta readers tell me which of the two beginning and ending scenes worked best and why. I'll make my final decisions based on that. Until then... I'm pushing ahead to chapter two. We'll see how the vampires act when I sit down again at my computer tonight. I'm hoping they're cooperative. ;0)

Whew! Okay. Gotta get moving. I need to put the laundry in the dryer and find a fresh Tshirt to wear so I can go pick up the Mini beast. Oh, before I close... both pictures today are courtesy of They're linked, so all you gotta do is click on 'em.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vampires and Werewolves With Bonus Yum

Whew! Okay. I missed a blogging day. Not intentional, but I've been super busy. I'm preparing for two graduations - Mini's and Oldest's - plus Mini's upcoming field trips (2) and then Oldest has been out of school all week because the sophomores and freshmen have been testing. A post spring break of sorts for seniors. In other words, it's effing insanity here right now.

Anyway, I went back through my vampire story and looked for discrepancies in setting, continuation, plot, etc. I found a couple of issues : name switch for one section, and a guy who arrived by bus in one scene and left in a car the very next scene over. That's fixed. Now I'm having a hard time choosing between two endings, so I may end up writing them both before deciding for sure.

That aside, I have all my notes plotted out from beginning to end. (Plus the alternate ending, which I can't dismiss as a real possibility for this story. I don't think the endings are massively different, but it could make a big deal in terms of tone and emotional payoff.)

The story is almost ready to write, and I'm super excited about it. All I have left to do is a bit of research on the location, and check up on a couple of historical facts related to the 1920's Coney Island. There are a few other odds and ends, but that's really the last of it: the fact checks. As soon as I have all that down in my notes, I'll be ready. Not bad for a week's work.

Oh, and just to clarify this vampire story is completely unrelated to the Immortal Lover's series, which is erotica. This current project is urban fantasy/dark romance.

I do have other stuff in the works as well. I don't get fan mail very often, but this week I actually had a handful of people write in to ask if I'll be putting out a Werekind story this year. The answer is yes. I promise there will be at least one Werekind werewolf book this year. If he is willing, and none to cranky about it (after all, he tends to be a bit growly by nature), I hope this one will be Seth's story - Laney's brother from Crossing Borders.

I have not been able to put my werewolf books out as quickly these days mainly because of piracy issues, and I'm terribly, terribly sorry about that. It's a constant battle to keep my Shifter books off illegal sites, and as anyone who has books out now knows, almost as soon as you take them down, they go up again. And this year I've had the problem spread to places like eBay and other, less savory auction sites - places where it's much harder to get your books down without getting lawyers involved, which in one case I have had to do.

The battle zaps you creatively, and at the end of the day, when I'd sit down to write a werewolf book, I turn on the laptop and... nothing. I can't write a single word involving my werewolves. The truly sad part of it all is I love these characters - to the bottom of my soul love them. They are like family, and when I'm too blocked to write about them, it feels like I've been cut off from family. There it is, make of that whatever you like.

I am not finished with them, however. Things are just a bit slower going with their stories for a lot of reasons. I plan to make up for that with longer stories for them. I can only hope in doing that, my readers can forgive the time spent waiting between releases.

I do have a few shorter works ...well, in the works. My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend will be going up soon. I haven't forgotten, so if you're looking for that one, it is on the way. I also have a couple of erotic submissions floating around, seeking homes, including a sexy vampire futuristic story. If the door closes on that one, I'm sending it right back out the window. Heh.

So if you're looking for new releases, keep checking back. There's more stuff on the way. :0)

Happy hump day, everyone.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mission One Complete: Pre-Writing

Yesterday, all those weeks I spent studying and attending writer's workshops were officially put to the test. I spent about 9 hours total yesterday pulling together the skeleton of a vampire focused urban fantasy novel. Every scene is indexed, every plot point and twist is mapped. The outline is about 20 pages, give or take, and at the core of it, every scene is in place, from start to finish.

Late last night, I did a read through, and made notes to change a few little things, but I have to say, this is the most structurally sound project I've ever worked on. So. I do believe all those workshops have been well worth the money and time invested. Part of that, I think, is that I chose wisely. I picked workshops that targeted my weaknesses, in hopes of finally getting a grasp on those elements.

I have my fingers crossed for this book. It has heavy romance elements, but at the same time it's very dark, very different. I intend to finish this baby over the next few months, and if I have calculated all my scenes right, 15 or so per section, this book will be roughly 75 - 80k in length. I think I'm finally getting the hang of writing longer fiction without that dreadful sagging middle.

That's that. I've been entirely absorbed with this book over the weekend, so not much else got done. I have to make up for it today by mopping floors, doing laundry, and dishes - all the finer things in life. Eh well, it's part of the job description. And honestly, I should aspire to celebrate my Haus Frau-ness more often.  ;0)

I hope you have a good Monday.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Method in the Madness

Mini came to me last night and informed me has a sore throat. Oh dear. I do believe everyone in the family has a spring cold of some sort. Dad even took off from work *faint* yesterday to go to the doctor. He's had the spring cold crud for so long he's developed an ear infection and his lungs are inflamed. I can go for so long then I'm right back to using the inhaler. It's ridiculous. I've been looking forward to this month's NOLA Stars meeting - I love the recap meetings after conference - but I just know I'd give everyone else my ick. So, I decided to stay home.

It's not all a loss, I guess. So far I've worked out 90% of my new vamp novel in the pre-writing stage. I'm wrapping up the resolution today, and once I clear that, I can start looking at individual scenes. I'll be making cards for the ones I already know are in there and setting aside blank cards for scenes/sequels I haven't decided on yet. I've pretty much got all the scenes mapped out toward the mid-point. So, I have about half the novel to do cards for. Peaches. :0)

Sometime during the weekend, I hope to do a little crocheting. Laugh if you will. When I'm not writing, I like to pick up yarn. How crafty of me, right? So I want to do something in rainbow colors. Crazy leg warmers or some such thing. I'm not sure if I have the right colors, but I have to admit, it has never hurt my feelings to have to go yarn shopping.

Toward the evening, I hope to catch the fair-lady Cass online for a chat. She came at me with some wonderful news yesterday, and I've been full of happy since. And relief. Whatever would I do without my critique partner!

That's all for now. I hope you have a sparkly Saturday!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Hurray for Friday

I have attacked today with much fierceness. I woke up a little late, and had to rush around to get and find something for Mini to wear to school. My nose felt all burny inside, and everything smelled like that little neighborhood over by the paper mill. Ugh. That is always the first sign of a sinus infection for me. Darn it, but I just got rid of that stubborn pre-Xmas sinus infection a few weeks ago. I refuse to go down in flames this soon after recovery. Anyway, no coffee was made when I got up, so I grabbed a Diet Dr. Pepper and ran full force so we weren't late. Much to my surprise, we actually made it out of the house on time.

I dropped the Minibeast off at class first thing then drove over to Wal-mart and bought a portable steam inhaler with all the fixin's. I will NOT get sinus sick again so soon. No, no, no. If breathing menthol vapors for 4 hours out of the day doesn't cut it, I'll go back and buy a neti pot. Yes, I'm that determined.

Once back home, I chatted with my mommy on the phone, and went over emails. Then I sat with an inhaler to my face for about 45 minutes while going over the last lesson in the book structure workshop - what an awesome course, by the way. I finished up my lessons, sorted all my notes and typed them up. I do believe I have a new grasp on writing that I didn't have before. Honestly. I'm quite excited about getting back to writing.

Around lunchtime, I did a quick run through of the house to tidy things up. I made beds, tossed clothes in the wash, made beds, ran the dishwasher. The usual. I made a cuppa tea shortly thereafter, went back to the inhaler for another round while going over typed notes.

I'm about to hit the inhaler again. Tonight I have no major plans aside from pulling together the final section of my outline for this new project. Oh, yeah. And I'm leaving hubby's ghost radar running. I told the "room" that if they come up with any compelling plot ideas to just spell it out. ;0)

So there you have it - all the goods going on here. Inhalers, plot outlines, and ghost radar. Happy Friday, everyone!

Small Town Naughty

Take a tour of Dirtyville

Dirtyville: 13 tales of small town naughty... is available now at the following distributors online:

    Dirtyville has a kick-ass sister book called Kinkyville. They're being offered together as The Dirtyville Collection at 1RE Exclusives. Psst... a little secret:1RE Exclusives is the ONLY place to get both books in one volume.

    Dirtyville features hot hot hot stories from Scarlett Greyson, P.S. Haven, City Different, Alison Tyler, Emma Hillman, Cora Zane, Angela Caperton, Jeremy Edwards, Willsin Rowe, T. Harrison, Vida Bailey, Heidi Champa, and Sommer Marsden.

    Kinkyville features divine, sexy smut from Charlotte Stein, Shanna Germain, Parker Ford, Alison Tyler, Benjamin Eliot, Lux Zakari, D.L. King, J.D. Waters, Angell Brooks, Rita Winchester, Scarlett Greyson, and Sommer Marsden.

    My story Red Light, Green Light is included in the Dirtyville anthology. It's a fun little story about getting down and dirty at the car wash. I hope you'll check it out. :0)

    Thursday, April 08, 2010

    The More Things Change...

    I registered Minibeast for kindergarten this morning. *sob* I'm getting too old to deal with the emotional stress of releasing young offspring into the wild. It wasn't easy with the first one, and this one seems doubly hard. As if to really hammer it home for me, Mini's taking preschool graduation photos today. Cap and gown shots. *lip quiver*

    Kinz, the oldest of my furbabies, he's commiserating with me. Bless his heart. I fed him part of a left over rice crispy treat, and now he's passed out in doorway of my office. How's that for keeping someone company?

    Ever since I got back from the school, I've been going over workshop notes. In four weeks I will be free...FREE! of course work. I'm already going through my brainstorming sheets, putting the pieces together and comparing my ideas against the things I've recently learned. I do believe these last two courses are going to make a huge difference in my writing.

    That's all for now. Gee, it's after 10:30. Time to stop tinkering around and get on with the duties of the day. I hope your Thursday is a fabulous one!

    Monday, April 05, 2010

    She forgot her concerns...

    funny pictures of cats with captions
    But it's just a kitteh...

    I stayed up until 2:30 studying last night and realized my supa-dupa #1 main 85k WIP is flawed to the point of crying in my tea. Seriously. If I hadn't already invested time into this manuscript, I'd set fire to it.

    Admittedly, I did figure out how to fix it the right way, but omg this is going to involve a complete rewrite. *sob* I'm already sick of this story. I wish I'd known half this stuff about pacing and story structure a year ago. It would've saved me so many false starts...and an effing rewrite.

    Ah, well. I want to dig in and go for broke, finish this bitch and kick it out the door. BUT! I've got to get at least one more story ready to go out by mid-month. As for the supa dupa #1 85k WIP, I'm going to have to keep studying, writing notes, and basically break down this book bit by bit before attempting to put it back together. Again. I can officially say this is gonna be round three.

    This week should be interesting. I have to register Mini for kindergarten, mail off graduation invitations, and I'm attending an online workshop at SavvyAuthors. Sometime during all this, I need to plot out a new story for CP. I still have that story that's written up to chapter 2, but...meh. I think I can do better. That is going into a file for another day. Time to break out the big plot guns and make something fun and frisky.

    Time to try out some of this workshop stuff I've been learning, I think.

    That's all for now. It's almost 10:30. *sigh* I had no idea it was so late. I gotta get up early to drive Mini to school, so I better get on with the writing. Nite, nite, everyone!

    funny pictures of cats with captions
    Nom, nom, nom... *giggle, giggle, snort*

    Sunday, April 04, 2010

    Love Lasts...Until the Zombies Get You

    ebook covers

    My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend is coming soon to Smashwords. This is an erotic romance comedy and hehehehehe: I love this cover!

    About My Zombie Ex-Boyfriend:

    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, but 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 rescue 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?

    I'll be posting more about this story when it becomes available - which should be sometime within the next week or so. Keep checking back!

    Saturday, April 03, 2010

    Heart Spell has a new cover!

    My erotic paranormal romance Heart Spell is now part of the premium catalog at Smashwords. This is a free download available in multiple formats, including those for the Kindle and Sony. About the book...

    Light a candle, cast a spell... Presley isn't about to give up small town living, not even for love. Kinkaid is an immortal used to getting what he wants, and he's grown tired of waiting for his beautiful, stubborn Presley to accept tradition and take her place at his side. He's cooked up an ingenious plan to unite them once and for all.

    Contains adult content. For readers 18+ only!

    I will be adding my other free reads as soon as possible. These will also be receiving cover updates, so keep checking back for more information about upcoming titles.

    Download Heart Spell in the format of your choice by clicking here:

    Heart Spell, Cora Zane
    ISBN: 978-1-4523-9552-4

    Kick Off Your Stilettos

    It's almost 1AM and I'm hanging out, tinkering around on myspace. It's been ages since I dropped by there to check messages and whatever. I half rearranged, half fucked up my profile over there. And I spent about an hour trying to figure out how to take down a song off my playlist. Yes. I'm now officially myspace challenged. Honestly, I've considered deleting the entire page, and probably would if I didn't have half my family added on my myspace. It's the only way I know how to contact some of them. So, I guess as long as they don't kick me out for inactivity, I'll leave it be.

    Not that I'm waiting up or anything - he has permission to stay out til dawn, but I have nothing much to talk about soooo.... Oldest is still out doing the prom thing with his friends. I have no idea when he's supposed to come dragging up, but I imagine he won't be out of bed anytime before noon tomorrow. For anyone interested, I added pics of Oldest child in his tux cheesing out before prom. They're on my facebook in the Just Cora album. Gosh, my baby is all grown up.

    It's been thundering since about 10pm, and the wind was blowing so hard it was rattling the windows. Mini woke up crying, so I tucked him in bed with the hubster and made my way into the office. I've twittered, facebooked, myspaced, and wrote about 1100 words on a naughty wip. Ugh. I could have done much more, but...Well, I have no excuse. I blame the Procrastination Faerie. (And I know I'm going to regret not jamming on the wip come tomorrow. Maybe a date with Dr. Wicked is in order. At least one 1k jaunt before bed?)

    Oh, I want to mention, since I did redo my blog, I misplaced some of the links that I had added to my friend list. If you see you're not on there and want to be added, leave me a message or email me. You know the drill. I wish it hadn't killed all my links, but my blog needed an update something fierce. It's been the same damn design since 2006, and it wasn't even really "me". Know what I'm saying? Sparkly stars on the otherhand, tres Cora. And I am not ashamed. ;0)

    ::nite nite everyone::

    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Kids...Nature's Reminder That You Are OLD

    It's here...senior prom. In about an hour I'll be driving Oldest Bear to Ruston to pick up his tux. Yep. I'm feeling rather well-defined by age right now. :P

    Anyway, that's the main event going on here. I want to get at least one story finished over the weekend. Since I have the kids here until Tuesday, I might as well hit a writing binge. I need to, since I have three WIPs on my desktop right now. Time to get some of these finished and ship them out.

    Too, I need to reformat my freebies for Smashwords. Before I do that, I want to go through and update them. Proof them out a little more since it's been ages since I read them. I think one of the books is going to require a new cover. *sob* It's always something, though, isn't it?

    So that's it for now. Mini is talking something about "paint" in the other room. I better go check on him. I hope he's not after the easter egg dye again. Speaking of dye... Eggs - almost forgot to put eggs on my shopping list!

    Happy Friday, everyone!

    UPDATE: Notice anything different? I still have to get my content on the sidebars, but I'm going for a new look. ;0)

    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    They're Watching You

    I picked Mini up from school today and won't have to haul him back up there until Tuesday. That's kinda cool, but it should make for an interesting day tomorrow. I have to haul Oldest to Ruston to pick up his Tux for prom...which is tomorrow night. I put the two of them into a car together for any length of time and I start thinking about taking up residence on a remote island. But NOT the one in the video below.

    Ya know, I'm a doll collector and I have been for many years. I like all kinds of 80s toys, but I mostly collect the soft face Cabbage Patch Kids. Yes, believe it or not that are entire websites devoted to grownups who play with dolls. :P

    So anyway, I've seen people collect some weird shit over the years - dolls included. Some people look at me strange when I tell them I collect dolls - that doesn't faze me at all. So, yeah, I kinda understand when people start talking about "oh, it's art" or "it's a hobby". But, um...yeah. There are limits.

    Today, one of the ladies in my CPK group posted a link to Robot Nine about the Isla de Muñecas, aka the Island of the Dolls. Despite the cool method behind the madness, I really don't think I could sleep in a place like this.

    WARNING: although there's nothing bad in the following video, the imagery might bother young kids, so if you've got a lil'bit nearby, don't let them watch. (They could have nightmares!) {video deleted}

    Trippy, yeah? Made doubly OMG with the Rosemary's Baby theme playing in the background. Someone could make a bang up horror story about this place, I'm sure.

    More about Island of the Dolls at Robot Nine.

    That's all for now. I'm about to get Lil Bear ready for nap naps. Hard to believe it's already pushing 8 pm. Happy Thursday, everyone!