Friday, December 31, 2010

Out with 2010



Goodbye 2010, don't let the door hit ya on the way out! I can honestly say you will not be missed, and if it is at all possible, I will try to think of you as infrequently as possible.

I had three shining moments in 2010 - my son's high school graduation, my 20th wedding anniversary, and getting a story published through Ellora's Cave. Those were the very best things that happened to me throughout 2010, and the only thing I care to celebrate.

Memorable events of 2010 included losing my precious Kinzy-pup in August on the night following my 35th birthday (goodness, how I miss him!), Oldest deciding to join the Coast Guard, and Mini both graduating preschool and entering Kindergarten.

Memorable events in 2010 that happened to close friends and family that shook me included my BFF losing her mother, my grandmother's cancer returning and the chemo she underwent afterward, seeing William Melchert-Dinkel facing justice for his role in Nadia's death, and my heartbreaking for a friend who deserves to be a mother more than anyone else in the world I know.

This past year run me through a wringer emotionally, physically, creatively and financially. No corner of my life was spared from the terrible jaws of 2010. I'm looking forward to pulling out of this hell born pattern of crap-tasticness. For my New Year's resolution, I vow to stress less, to find my comfort zone, and make a bid for happiness. I am never going to be any younger or more capable than I am right now, so come on with it 2011. I'm  rolling up my shirt sleeves!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tracking and Packing

Whew! Tense changes are going on around my house. I'm in the process of reclaiming space, and moving things out to the shed. Soon we will box up Oldest's room, part of it anyway, so that his room will stay tidy while he's off to serve his time in the Coast Guard.

As of today, Mini's room has been culled. After the 1st, I'll be ripping out ALL the tile in there to replace it. When Oldest's bathroom flooded, it ruined all the brand new tile I laid in there when we did the great office/bedroom swap. Anyway, this go around, I'm going to probably do a simple linoleum in there and get him a decent rug. It'll probably save me a lot of headaches in the long run.

Right now my shoulders are so sore from all the boxing and lifting, I can barely turn my head. The real joy with this is when I go to pull laundry out of the washer. Funny how I'm never aware of those muscles until they are screaming in pain. :P

I wrote roughly four pages earlier today. Later on tonight, I'm gonna tack a few words on to that. I need to find somewhere to tack up a calendar so I can keep tabs on my word count on a day by day basis. At the NOLA Christmas party, Jennifer Blake was telling us that's how she keeps tabs, so I may give that a try just to see how it works for me. She also said she completes a rough draft in about 2 months. I have no idea how she manages that, but I'd like to get a good idea where I stand on the word count issue.

Mini is having fits for mac and cheese, so I'm off to the kitchen. I hope you're all having a happy Tuesday!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Sunday After Christmas

It's a cold, lazy Sunday. The kids are off in their respective corners doing their own thing, and hubby is in the dining room playing Guild Wars.

I woke up at around 8:30 and grabbed an orange and a Diet Dr. Pepper before running off to my office to sort emails and read for a while. I've read half a dozen contemporaries since the 20th. That's mostly what I did while at the hotel in Arkansas - read paperbacks.

I'm currently reading Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc? by Sarah Morgan on my Sony Pocket. I'm really liking this one, everything from the setting to the characters. This is my first book by Sarah Morgan, and I'll be looking for more from her. I like her writing style. It's very clean, no nonsense writing.

Now that Christmas is over, I'm thinking about the New Year. I know many people who don't make New Year's resolutions, but I do. It's tradition in my family, and something I look forward to every year. For me, New Year is like the reset button on a video game. We all get a do-over, but first you've got to have a plan.

 I'm already planning out my do-list for 2011. One thing for sure: I am going to make it a point to stress less, even if it means cutting stressful things out of my life. When I told hubby about this last night, he agreed that's a good idea. I have been swimming in a sea of stress since early 2010, which was such an awful year for us from the word go. So, stressful things are out the window for 2011. I also plan to sit down and do a thorough assessment of my career goals.

I still have a few days to think about all that. On New Year's Eve we're having dinner with my parents. I'm making a crawfish dressing and probably a green bean casserole. Heh. That's all for now. Hubby's about to take off to the store and I better chase him down and tell him to bring back some coffee creamer!

Happy Sunday, everyone. :o)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas! 

However you chose to celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with light, love, and laughter.

Home From Little Rock

Oldest and I made it back from Little Rock yesterday. It's 198 miles one way, and a four hour drive, but I think the time it takes to get there has a lot to do with the speed zones, because it took only a half a tank of gas to get there, and a half a tank to get back. Awesomeness. The drive was tiring, but not tedious. There were a lot of small towns between here and there, so we had plenty of places to stop and rest...aka, use the restroom. lol

I'm not kidding about those speed zones though. I could have been there much quicker, but it's 55 mph for most of the drive through South Arkansas. I was never so glad to hit the interstate, where I could go 65-70 without worrying about a cop stopping me.  Too, when I hit the Louisiana state line coming back, that was a comfort. It's 65 along most of 167 on the LA side.

I was so tired by the time we made it south of Ruston, all I could think about was getting home and flopping on the couch. We went straight to my parent's house to pick up Mini bear, and then came home. The dogs totally flipped out when they saw us, and I had to stop in the doorway to give them hugs and stuff before I could get the bags in and get the house situated.

Hubby told me that first day we were gone, he came home from work and thought the power was out... because the lights were off. LOL He's so used to having the home warm and lit when he gets back, it totally threw him that the house was cold and dark when he got there. I could sympathize, because when we made it through the door it was like that. And let me say, I thought it would be colder in Arkansas, but it was actually warm enough there we had to run the air conditioner in our room.

When I got home, I had to turn on the heat, and get some lights going. The house was cold. And messy, in that "guy clean" kind of way. I did a quick house cleaning, made the bed, swept and Swiffered. Turned on the Christmas tree. And then I flopped on the couch with Mini...and promptly fell asleep.

About forty-five minutes later, I woke up because the phone was ringing. I was pinned down. I'm not kidding.  While I was passed out on the couch, Diva and Sassie piled up on me for a nap, and Mini had curled up behind my legs and was watching TV. I couldn't get to the phone, but oh well. I guess it's safe to say the kidlet and doggies missed me. lol

Once hubby got home, he wanted to hear all about Arkansas. I told him we arrived an hour early. I had called him from the hotel room once I checked in. Oldest sat downstairs in the lobby with the other MEPS people, waiting for the recruiter to show up. I fell across the bed in my room and watched the the History Channel and later, Jurassic Park 3. I went down to check on Oldest, and they were getting ready to go to their assigned rooms and go through the MEPS briefing. I told him to drop by and let me know what room he'd be in, and when they were going to dinner.

I thought about joining Oldest and the others for dinner, but instead, I ordered pizza. Canadian bacon with black olives. Oh, and cinnastix. I sat on the bed and turned on my laptop long enough to update my Facebook and check my emails. Then I did something totally amazing. I turned OFF my computer and put it on the desk. I sat down with a stack of half-read books.

While on my trip, I finished reading Syd Field's Screenwriting, Janet Evanovich's How I Write, and A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Cathie Gillen Thacker. By the way, all three of those are very good books.

On day two in Little Rock, I woke up around 5:00 when Oldest came to my door. He and his roommate were getting ready to leave for MEPS and he needed his diploma and birth certificate. He came in and robbed a slice of cold pizza, then left. I went back to bed and slept until 8 before I got up and made coffee. The coffee maker in the room was for a single, and it brewed the coffee right into your Styrofoam cup, so as you can imagine, I was running back and forth, brewing cups of coffee for a while.

I heated up left over cinnastix for breakfast then sat down with a fresh cup of coffee and did some writing until around 3. Oldest arrived around 4pm. He'd taken a cab from the MEPS center and made it back with the good news that he'd passed the test. He'd almost failed his hearing test because he has an ear infection, but we didn't have time to take him to the doctor before leaving home. It's a good thing we didn't, because if he'd been on any kind of medication, he'd have been sent home. So, we lucked out. Oldest passed his physical, and now we wait.

Around 6pm, we went to dinner at the attached restaurant. I had fajitas, and Oldest had a humongous chicken sandwich and fries. Once we went back up to the room, I took a shower, and we settled in for the evening.
He ended up watching Seinfeld, while I did some reading.

Then, yesterday, we got up around 7, and packed up to go home. The traffic was already picking up on the I-40, which was visible from our window. After check out, and once we were on the road, we got caught in the morning rush traffic, and missed our exit to the 65S. Oldest started to panic, but I told him to relax...I'd just spotted a McDonald's. We pulled in for breakfast, and while he ordered, I stood at one of the front windows, watching a 60ish man walking around my car.

The minute we'd pulled into the parking lot, a man pulled up next to us. He stepped out to smoke a cigarette, so we walked on into Mc D's. When I turned around to hold the door open for Oldest, I noticed the man go over and peer in the passenger side window of my car. It was locked, of course, but that still bugged the crap out of me. So, I send Oldest to order, and I stood at the front window of McDonald's with my arms crossed, watching the man. He smoked and paced, smoked and paced. He kept walking in front of my car, then past it, looking in through the windshield, then he'd come back to his car and look over to the McD's window. He'd see me still standing there, then he'd pace away again. He never came inside. After finishing his cigarette, he got in his car and left. I don't know what he was up to, but apparently my standing in the window watching him stopped him from doing it. Freaking creep.

About a half hour later we were back on the road. I gave Oldest the directions, which I had written out on a sheet of paper. I told him to read them off to me, and help me look for the exits. Poor Oldest. Sometimes I don't think he could find a way out of a paper bag. He told me to get off on the next exit to the left, so I did. I knew almost immediately this was wrong. I saw a sign for the airport, and remembered we'd passed that completely on our way in. I sighed. I followed the road on down about a mile, and took the first exit to the right. I saw a gas station and decided to go ahead and fill up.

I ditched the directions after that. I knew we needed to hit the 65S/167S or the I/30/ 530 toward El Dorado. I didn't know what exit that was supposed to be, but that was the plan. Oldest was so nervous, bless him, but I assured him as long as we were headed south, we would be okay. Within 20 minutes, we were out of Little Rock and on our way home. Whew!

Now that we're back home, we have to wait to find out when I have to take Oldest back to Little Rock to be sworn in. Hubby says he wants to go with us for round two, and that would be great if he can get the time off. I told him we could take turns driving. One of us could drive up there, the other back. It would be doable in a day with two drivers. Or maybe we could take the I-40 straight to Oklahoma City for a quick visit with relatives on our way back, then work our way down to Louisiana again. It's a thought.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

One For the Road

It's official. I'm packed, and Mini is over at my parents. Hubby has set up my brand spanking new phone for me, and for the most part everything is arranged. So, tomorrow morning Oldest and I will be heading out for Little Rock, Arkansas. We won't be back until Wednesday, the 22nd - just in time to finish my Christmas shopping. :P

I'm taking a couple books, my laptop, and the notes for my WIP. Since I can't actually go anywhere with Oldest, I'm going to treat it as a working vacation. If I'm able to blog, I may do that. It will depend on the interwebz connection at the hotel.

I'm currently reading A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Cathy Gillen Thacker. I gotta say, this book probably has the best Harlequin American Romance cover I have ever seen. Snow, a ranch style house, a good looking cowboy and Golden Retriever puppies. Very nice job, art department!

I'm liking the story so far, as well. It's Christmasy, but not over the top. I really like the hero in this book too. He's determined, but not pushy. There's something to be said for a little romantic determination. *eyebrow wiggle* I'm hoping to finish this one up before I leave so I can start on something fresh when I get to the hotel. It depends on how late it is before I get all my errands done. Speaking of which, I better go toss all the clothes in the dryer.

That's the skinny for now. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! :0)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kindergarten Christmas 2010

Mr. Upside-Down Antlers Himself
Aw, look at that. My very own reindeer puppy. :o)

I surprised Mini at his Kindergarten Christmas party today. He had no idea I was going to be there, but there was no way I was missing his party.

First thing this morning, I went to town and bought three bags of candy, Christmas pencils and erasers, and treat bags to put it all in. Back home, I quickly sorted it all out and stapled the bags. I got through just in time to carry everything to the school.

When Mini saw me, he jumped up. "Mimi!" It was too cute. He was so surprised and happy to see me. He hurried over to hug my legs, so to get him back in his circle, I went and sat with him on the boxcar rug in the "frog car", which is Mini's assigned spot. The other parents in attendance were mostly lined up along the walls. Two were serving, along with the teacher. It was a madhouse in there. I think I was better off sitting with the kids. ^_^ They had a blast with me over there too. They wanted to show me to read off all the tags and candy labels. lol

Mini didn't want to stay if I wasn't staying, so after the party, I took him home with me. He was thrilled to get an early day out. We went home and read his Xmas books, and sorted all the erasers/pencils/toys from the candy, and put everything into separate bowls. I'm amazed at how much stuff the kids ended up bringing home.

Anyway, I had to go back to the school at 4:40 to pick up Mini's report card. It was a mandatory parent/teacher meeting. Apparently, everything is going fine. His score was a 97% so there's not complaining with that. Once back home, I was finally able to kick my shoes off...and cook supper. lol It's okay. Hubby brought home a 16 inch pizza for the oven and everyone was happy with that.

Overall, it was a very good day.  One for the memory books. :o)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gotta Keep Going


Counting down the days to the weekend!  Today Mini is taking his tests at school, tomorrow is the Christmas party. I'm going to pickup something that morning and haul it up to the school. I have no idea if they'll let me bring my camera, since this year all the parents had to sign a photo release just so kids could get their pics in the yearbook. Boy, how times change!

Anyway, I have the first half of the erotic steampunk story polished. Now for part two. I'm going to handle that today - I've been working on it most of the morning, actually. All I'll have left after that is the love scene. I didn't like it the first go around. It read very stilted, so I ripped it out of there, and I'm going to work it over from scratch.

Friday I promised Mini we'd decorate the house for Christmas, so I'm going to try to have this story out of my way by then. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Steampunk and Ballet

Mini has gone with his class to the ballet today, and tomorrow is their Christmas Party. Thursday I'm scheduled to go to the parent-teacher's meeting to pick up his report card, and then we will be free...free...free for the holidays!

Today I'm going back through the steampunk story. I'm polishing it, but there are at least two sections I'm going to have to rewrite as well. At any rate, it's coming along nicely. It's my goal to have this one out the door sometime next week. The steampunk story will be my last completed story of the year.

I put another two-thousand words on the werewolf story last night. It's growing by leaps and bounds. I'm still haven't come up with a title for it, either. I guess that one will come to me later, like it did with Crossing Borders and Dominant Territory. I'd already finished those books when I came up with the titles.

So anyway, that's the order of the day. Before Mini gets home, I have to run to the store and pick up garbage bags, garland, and some other things. I need to get on with it and decorate the house. The kids are expecting it. I think if it was just me, I'd get a table top tree and deal with that, but as the saying goes...kids and Christmas. :o)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Rewind

The NOLA Stars Christmas party was yesterday. Great food and great people. :0) My schedule's been so crazy, I wasn't sure until the last minute if I'd be able to go. I had to wing it, but I managed to get it all together by 8 am, and drove myself to Bossier. I even had time for a cup of coffee on the way out the door!

Jennifer Blake was our speaker, and she told us some very funny and interesting stories about some of her experiences in the early years of RWA. I can only imagine what it was like to be a writer during the glamorous heyday of romance.

She also spoke about her writing habits, and anyone who reads this blog knows that is my kinda thing. ^_^ I took a few notes about that, and sorted them into my writing folder when I got home.

I was kinda tired by that point. (I went to bed at 1 am, got up around 7am to leave for Bossier.) So, I decided to read instead of write, and picked up my beat up old copy of Getting Your Romance Published by Julie Beard. I went straight to page 136 to read up on building conflicts. Amazingly enough, I had an epiphany while reading this section. I've probably read it a dozen times before, and yet, this time it stuck. I knew it had stuck. Everything was suddenly crystal clear and I could place it with all the other things I'd learned through workshops this year.

I ended up taking a dozen notes and drawing diagrams. Once I did that, I went back and replotted my latest Werekind story using the new tips I'd learned and WOW - what a difference those simple changes made! Now that I have that in place, I'm moving along, moving along... Off for now. I have 2k to get on the page today. Hope your Sunday is a cozy one. ;0)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Running With the Wolves

It's the first day I've had to stay home all day since the week before Thanksgiving, and it's been one heck of a productive writing day. I'm 9k words into the new Werekind story, and I'll hit it again tonight once everyone has gone through their routine and the house has settled. For now I'm taking a little break, and in a few minutes, I'm going to tackle the dreaded laundry. Boo. Hiss. Where are the fairies when I need them?

We were supposed to get a wintery mix of snow and sleet last night, but alas...nothing. I heard something plinking against the windows last night, and when I turned on the porch light, it wasn't what I'd hoped for. We got just enough rain to make everything damp and yucky. Le sigh.

So, today's image from Glitter Graphics is the snow I missed out on yesterday. Yes, yes, I know...I'm in Louisiana, and it shouldn't be surprising we didn't get snow. This time of year we're more likely to get freezing temperatures and maybe an ice storm. What can I say? I still hope for a white Christmas. ;0)

If you happen to be a member of my yahoo group, I hope you'll drop by and take the polls I have running over there. I'm an indecisive creature, and these help me bunches and bunches. So, if you have the time, I'd appreciate your opinion on the current topics.

That's everything for now. It's almost 2, so I better get hopping with that laundry. Yikes! I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Left, Right, Center

funny pictures-meh.

Finally, a moment to blog. Whether anyone else reads this stuff, it's how I keep track of my life, so...meh. I haven't had a day home to do my own business since Saturday, and right now I'm writing this while I have a cup of coffee because in about 30 minutes I have to run to town and take care of a few things.

The school is breathing down my neck to participate in all the Christmas shenanigans. First we had to buy a Santa hat for Mini - done. Then it's $40.00 for pictures - done. Oh, and $15 for the ballet field trip - done. Oh, and say, send $20 with your kid for the Santa workshop - say what?  And then, on the 16th, we need you to bring either cookies, chips, drinks, or something - for 20 students. By the way, Mrs. Z, did you know your kid's lunch account is overdrawn? *_*

I paid my bills yesterday, and my checking about came up 3.76 cents short. My balance was negative 3.76. I had to go take out a cash advance on my credit card to put money in the bank to cover four dollars. I figured I was done after that. Disaster averted. I planned to spend all the rest of the week home, working on finishing up this werewolf story when out of the blue last night I got a phone call. An elderly relative needed money to get their pills. Oh. My. God. How can this be happening? And the government is going to cut social security?  I usually don't pay any attention to that kind of thing, but... Seriously?

I am going today to cash my pitiful little check today and get their pills for them and haul them over to their house since they don't even have the gas money to come pick up the stuff. Thankfully Mini will be riding the bus home, so I won't have to rush to make it back before he gets here. I'm leaving Oldest here just in case I'm not back in time. I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do about this weekend. I'm supposed to go to my local RWA Christmas party, but now it looks like hubby's going to have to take Oldest to Little Rock - or at least half way - to meet with the recruiter. My parents have a painting to deliver, so they won't be able to watch Mini either. So it's looking right now like I'll have to stay home and bake cookies with the beast or something such. Maybe put up the tree and finish repainting the kitchen - which is half finished because I started before all the baloney hit the fan.

If I weren't laughing at all the insanity, I'd be crying. After today I'm hoping I'll have a few days to get down to business with writing. First up, this werewolf story. I need to get it finished and tidied up so I can shove it out the door. Wish me luck!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Sandy Claws and SD Cards

funny pictures-Don't toy with me, woman!  COOK IT!!!!!!

Tonight we're taking Mini to see the Christmas lights and Mr. Sandy Claws. The big guy was at one of the stores in town earlier this week, but I put off going because I couldn't get the pictures off my camera.

Well, I finally got the SD card  issues worked out. A month ago, I took my SD card out of my camera and popped it into my computer and the thing crashed my whole system. Yikes! I did every scan known to man. Nothing came up, so I was worried it might be the hardware. This system came with an internal reader so I'd have to crack the case to get at it and...well, ugh. Do I have to?  I got to fiddling around with it and got it working again so, I'm declaring that a minor victory. If it starts acting wonky again, I'll probably go ahead and replace the reader. For now...a slacker gonna slack.

Anyway, the morning was spent getting Dad on the net again. Jay took care of the setup wireless for him on the old laptop, now Dad has to take the required drivers from the laptop and transfer them to his desktop. He should be able to do that with his cell phone.

Yesterday hubby brought home several large boxes for me. I'm going through my books and paring them down. Some are going to charity, the others to the shed. Mini doesn't know it yet, but his toys are going to be sorted before Santa brings a single thing. He doesn't play with half of it, only his cars, Legos, and a few stuffed animals. He's more a crafty type kid. He'd rather draw, read, or play outside, so there's no point in all the clutter. Yep, I'm on a mission to ditch all the junk that's taking up space, and this is just the beginning... muahahahahaha! *cough, cough, wheeze*

So there it is. My day thus far. I'll probably write for a bit tonight then pop into SL to check on my real estate. I upgraded to a better skybox. One with more scenes. I wanted something snowy and Christmas-like so I'll be paying an additional 100L a week, but oh well. That's pretty much where I spend my time in world so I might as well make the most of it.

Oh, and we're getting Subway for supper. I've been dying for a chicken boobie sub with everything on it, but I've been putting it off. No more, though. Om nom nom. Tonight, the yummy shall be mine. :9 Happy Saturday, everyone!

Friday, December 03, 2010

It's Friday - What are you reading?

It's Friday! Oh gosh, I'm glad to see the end of this week. I'm glad I made it through without only a few bumps, bruises, and scratches.

Earlier in the week we got a call from Oldest's recruiter and he said we needed a specific page from his medical charts, and oh mama, we have been jumping through hoops to try and get it. Oldest can't enlist in the coast guard without it, so for the past few days we have been trying to get the info from his doctor.

 Today we got the call, and Oldest fumbled his way through until I finally took the phone from him. I told the doctor, who is really a peach of a guy, by the way, exactly what we needed. He said the form doesn't exist anymore, or at least it is not in Oldest's chart. I explained to him why Oldest needed it - that he's trying to enlist, and of course he was more than willing to help us get what we needed. Sooo, he is writing a new form, verifying that he can't find the old one, but that Oldest has been fit from that point, since 2003. On Monday, I will go pick that up - I made sure the doctor understood that's when I'd be there - then we'll ship that bit off to the recruiter and we should be done. At least until we have to set up a date to take the ASVAB - again. Oldest took it in high school, but the results are only good for two years. He took it his sophomore year, so by the time he graduated, the results were expired. Ho hum. His score was rockadelic awesome too. Boo.

This afternoon, I'm going to pick up the Snick O' Pea from school, and making a dash to Wally World. I have  got to come up with something for supper. Last night it was sort of every guy for himself. I had sweet potatoes with ham and scallions, but the guys ate the last of the red beans and rice. Maybe a casserole...I'll have to dig through my recipes. Of course, suggestions are always welcome. ;0)

Anyway, we're heading into the weekend, so I'm looking toward a little reading time. I've already posted the books I've read this week in the post below this one. I'm currently reading Smitten, by Janet Evanovich**. I've spot-read this book before, so I already know most of the key points of this book, but it looks like a good one so I'm setting out to read it cover to cover. What about you? What are you currently reading?

**You can buy Smitten, by Janet Evanovich here: Smitten on Amazon.com

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Books And More Books

funny pictures-POULTRY IN MOTION..


So it's time for the annual bookshelf clear out. My bookshelves are in the bedroom, and they can get kind of dusty what with the hundreds of books in there. For Christmas, I'm asking Santa for a glass from case for the occult book collection, so I can keep those separate. Most of them are rare and should be behind glass anyway.

As for the rest, I'm keeping a few trades (my current love), and narrowing down the keeper shelf to probably 25 books. The rest, the ones I haven't given away, will be divided into those boxed for the shed, those so ragged they are good for anything but the recycling bin, and those in good enough shape to be donated to charity. At any rate, by the end of the month, they will be out of the house.

In the process, I'm narrowing down my TBR stack as well. I'm in a race to the end of 2010 book reading frenzy. I've read three books this week so far: Blonde With a Wand by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Dark City (novelization) by Frank Lauria, and a contemporary romance that was so horrible it shall remain nameless. As for the first two books, I have added them to my Goodreads page.

Next up, I'm reading Smitten, by Janet Evanovich. It's not a very big book, so I can likely read it in an afternoon. It looks like it's going to be a truly fun read. I've spot read it, picked through a few pages here and there, and what I saw I liked a lot. Now that it has passed the initial breeze-thru test, I'm going for the gusto.

Since there are quite a few I'm hoping to plow through by the end of the month, I've made a stack beside my desk. As soon as I finish one book, I pick up another. It's time to read the ones I like and pass them on - and ditch the books I can't seem to chug through.

As for writing, I've logged about 2000 words this week. That's not very good, but it's better than nothing. Meh. I need to wrap up this story already so I can move on to the next project. Yeah, yeah, I know... Go ahead, break out the whip already.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

An Author In Need Of Help

Please help: Author Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan has been taken suddenly and seriously ill. She has an affliction called Arteriovenous malformation or AVM in her brain which has led to multiple surgeries and an extended stay in ICU. No family is ever prepared for such a thing and Tina's is no exception. In times like this, every dollar helps and her friends in the writing community are banding together to ask you to open your hearts (and wallets) to help get Tina's family through this.

Tina is well known to readers and authors across the country who have embraced her books, most recently, (writing as Cassie Ryan) Seducing the Succubus (Berkley/October 2010) and coming in April 2011, The Demon and the Succubus.

Please send your prayers, positive energy and love out into the universe with Tina's name on it. Cards can be mailed to: Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.

Any donations you would like to make to Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan to help with the burden of mounting medical bills, can be given by visiting:
https://sites.google.com/site/tinagerowandfamily

Or by sending a check to Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.

Help spread the word—please post on your blogs and websites.
~original post by Cheyenne McCray