Monday, December 31, 2007

Book Challenge

I've signed up for the eHarlequin2008 Book Challenge again this year. The goal was to read 100 books in 2007. I read 17. I hope to do better this year. Maybe if I read more and bought less, I could do it.

Here's a recap of the books I read in 2007:

Of the Harlequin/Silhouette books I read, there was 9.
2 Harlequin Next
3 Harlequin Blaze
2 Silhouette Desire
1 Harlequin Super Romance
1 Harlequin Intrigue

Other books:
2 Contemporary romance
2 Chick Lit
2 Mystery
1 Suspense thriller
1 Inspirational (non fiction)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

BFS Challenge

I think I did this last year, but never accomplished any of the goals (whatever those goals were since I can't find that list). At any rate, I'm participating again in the Big, Fun, Scary Challenge that Nanowrimo is doing.

My BFS goal list for 2008:

*Finish various writing projects (one novel, two novellas, book of poetry) and submit them. Continue to write more.
*Read more often to narrow down my TBR pile.
*See Brooks & Dunn in concert (and hopefully meet them)
*Visit New York and Tennessee
*Run/walk a 5K
*Donate to charity
*Go skiing in Colorado
*Take a painting class
*Go ice skating
*Take horseback riding lessons

Some of these are the same as my life list, but a few new ones, too.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas


Saturday, December 22, 2007

A cat

Here's my goober of a cat messing around under the Christmas tree skirt.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Goodies

Here's some of the fudge and strawberry bread I made (before it all disappeared). Most of the fudge went to school with the oldest. Out of the 16 loaves of strawberry bread, we managed to keep and eat one for ourselves while the rest of it went to other people. I'm done with holiday cooking! Well, other than what we'll have for Christmas dinner.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Mail

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I made out all of my Christmas cards yesterday and mailed them off this morning. All 10 of them. Whew! One less thing to worry about. I did forget to get my dad a birthday card, which is today, so I did the next best thing and called him at work to wish him a happy birthday.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A recipe

Here's the recipe for the strawberry bread that I mentioned in yesterday's post. My m-i-l gave me the recipe years ago.

Strawberry bread

3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbs. cinammon
4 eggs - well beaten
1 1/2 cups nuts (I use pecan pieces)
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 10 oz. package frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/4 cup Wesson oil


Mix dry ingredients, then pour in 'wet' ingredients. Mix all together. Makes 8-9 mini loaves. 350 for 35-40 minutes.



Last movie watched: Bicentennial Man
What I'm listening to: Brooks & Dunn - The Greatest Hits Collection II
What I'm reading: Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Friday, December 14, 2007

Twelve days of Christmas


On the twelfth day (okay, so I'm late with this post) of Christams the holiday season gave to me...

the urge to crawl into bed, covers up over my head, and stay there until the first of the new year. I guess asking to stay there until spring is too much? Don't mind me, this time of year has that effect on me. The weather is too cold, and the shopping. Blah! Went out yesterday, spent way too much and still forgot the two main things I went out for. While I was out, I ran into another mom I know from my youngest son's school. I must've looked about how I felt because when we met up at the end of an aisle, shopping carts filled to the top, she said, "I know, it's never ending."

At least I only need a few more things. I guess I should be thankful that I've managed that much. It still leaves me time to...bake. Yeah, I dislike cooking, too, but my family seems to have this weird habit of needing to eat every day. For holiday treats I'll be doing fudge and strawberry bread. I've only done the fudge twice, and the strawberry bread every year for the last several years. Both are big hits. Fun to eat, not so much fun to bake. Just takes so much time. Time that I could be doing other things. Like hibernating 'til spring. I mean...writing.

Last movie watched: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
What I'm listening to: Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe
What I'm reading: Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Stars

Posts have been few and far between lately. Just had some issues to deal with, but hopefully I can get back on track now.

Mexican food and hockey. What a way to end the week.

Last night, we had dinner at one of my favorite mexican restaurants and then headed across the street to the American Airlines Center for the Stars game. Dallas Stars played Colorado Avalanche. Stars won 6 to 1. Awesome game. I have to admit, my favorite part is watching Modano (yum!), but it was all good.
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Neither of the boys were excited about going at first, but they seemed to enjoy themselves once we got there. The youngest also got some noise makers (blow up hockey sticks) from a man sitting behind us. Youngest said to me, "I want sticks like those." I told him we'd wait 'til his dad got back with drinks and I'd get him some. Next thing I knew the guy was handing the sticks over. Nice guy.

I'm also looking forward to this week with no school for the kids.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Trouble With...

Just finished reading The Trouble With Paradise by Jill Shalvis.

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Excellent book! I even bought a copy for my BFF and she read it in one night. It took me much longer-too long-simply because I've had so much going on. But yeah, Jill is a joy to read. Funny, romantic, sexy and suspenseful. I love her work.

If I wasn't such a slug right now, I'd write a review. Just trust me when I say it's definitely worth picking up.

P.S. I have no new progress to report on the Sweat challenge. Maybe one of these days I'll get tired of that and actually get my ass back in gear.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A surprise!

Not just one book, but two today. The other came in the mail (with a signed coaster!) from a favorite mystery author. A nice surprise.

Another book

I was going over my wish list of books and searching for new ones to add to it when I found this:
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It's a November release, but I figured I'd check out a nearby Borders because they seem to get things in pretty fast. It was there! Can't wait to read the stories.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Second Sweat Check-in

I don't feel like I have a strong start on this round of Sweat. Just today I finished with revisions on that short story and am about to continue with the new stuff. No idea how many words since most of what I've done is cut. I'll have a better idea of word count when I start on the new stuff. I'm also leaning toward starting that romantic suspense.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

1st Check-in

These last few days have flown by! I didn't feel ready to check in with Sven today, as I had little to report, but once I did I felt better and managed some more writing after that. It's the accountability thing that I love so much.

Most of my actual words got written earlier today and this evening. Monday and Tuesday were spent getting my head back in a short story that I'd written awhile back. I've always liked the story but felt I could expand it and make it even better. It was previously 959 words and I've cut and added some, fixed some problems that were already there. Total will end up at 5,000 words at least. I'm looking at a goal of around 1,000 words a day.

Books-

I bought two new books today. My treat and a little inspiration. The books are, A Very Merry Christmas and Servant: The Awakening.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sweating with Sven

Day 1

The elements are working with me this morning. It's dark as night and the rain is coming down like crazy. Just the right atmosphere. Love it! Of course, it's welcome to let up once I finish my pages and head out to run my errands.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Set to Sweat!

I took some time to clean the desk off. Looks much better when I can actually see it. Writing projects are lined up, and I can't wait to get started tomorrow. I'm thinking about starting with the romantic suspense I've been wanting to write since on our way home from Galveston this past summer. Of course, by tomorrow morning, I might change my mind and decide to work on a shorter piece.

We picked out Halloween costumes yesterday. The youngest did anyway. He's going to be a zombie. The costume is pretty cool. The oldest insists on a certain costume that I can't find anywhere in stores. He informed me that we could get the one he wants on ebay, but shipping was more than the costume itself! I don't think so. So, I searched online and found the same costume at a different site for a somewhat cheaper price. Haven't decided if I'm gonna cave on that one or not. I figured he'd be happy with the Slipknot (one of his favorite bands) masks and costume I found at this one store, but he wasn't interested.

We already got two big bags of Halloween candy, too. If I could stay out of the Twix, we might have some left for trick-or-treaters.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Books, A Writing Challenge & More

From the previous post, the books I got for BAFAB are A Streetcar Named Expire by Mary Daheim (for my mom) and a Sophie Kinsella book for my BFF but she'd already read it so I went with something else. The Mary Daheim book looks like it'd be good. I'll probably check out some of her others for myself.

As for the writing challenge, I signed up for the second round of Sweat70. Details at the seventy days of sweat site. I have four projects I'll be working on.

Tomorrow, the kids are off from school (yay!) and we're going to the State Fair. Haven't been in years and I can't wait to see the Marine Band. Other than the food and exhibits, that's my favorite part. There's a chance of rain so I'm hoping it stays dry at least while we're out.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Buying Books

I found this at Alison Kent's blog yesterday, loved the idea and thought I'd participate. It's Buy A Friend A Book week. Check out the info on their site.

The two people I have in mind to receive a book are my mom and my best friend from high school. Mom should be easy. Not sure what to get my BFF yet. Shopping for books and giving just because...fun! I'll let you know what I purchased later.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Final check in

I missed the final check in yesterday at Sven's, but posted today. I've been preoccupied with other issues, which is why I totally missed yesterday. Life set me back this past week. I know that sounds like an excuse, but it's true in a big way. Right now I'm taking it one day at a time-it's all any of us can do-and will continue to write as much as I can on the projects I've started. I look forward to the next round.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

One more to go!

I checked in over at Sven's just now. No idea where I am as far as word count. I've been editing a little and just trying to finish up. Next week's check in-the last one!-will be on Thursday instead of Wednesday.

Back to work.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Weekend

T.G.I.F.

I have a weekend of writing ahead of me. I've really been dragging the past two days. Hopefully I can stay awake long enough to accomplish more than this blog.

I also finished reading In Bed With the Devil by Susan Mallery last night.



Earlier in the year, I read The Ultimate Millionaire by the same author. From what I remember of that particular book, it was okay.

I don't read a lot of Desire, but In Bed With the Devil called to me. Was it the title? The need to find out more about this dark, dangerous 'devil'...er, man? Maybe it was seeing the author's name, and wanting to give her another try. I was glad I did.

Jack Howington III and Meredith Palmer have a history together. Though they've been apart for ten years, time and distance hasn't stopped the way Meredith feels about Jack. Jack feels it too. He just needs a little extra push. And a push is what he gets when he arrives at Hunter's Landing to find that his best friend's younger sister has grown into a beautiful woman. And she's got one thing in mind...

Good book. I liked the friendship and devotion to each other that Meredith's group of friends portrayed. Jack is a stubborn male, but Meredith, being the strong and independent woman she is, goes after what she wants. Some things are just worth fighting for.

In Bed With the Devil wraps up the Millionaire of the Month series. Somehow I missed the previous books, but plan to check them out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

One Week Left!

The Sweat70 challenge is in its last week. I have about 11K more to go to finish my first novella. I'm excited, worried, doubtful, stressed - all those things that go with the territory. For the challenge, my goal was to complete two 30K novellas. I won't be finishing the second one this time around, but will be happy with completing my main WIP. Hopefully, the second round of Sweating will see me working steadily on other projects I have in mind.

Some quotes from the challenge that I've found helpful:

Stephen King-
"Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position."

Dr. Seuss-
"Everything stinks till it's finished."

John Steinbeck-
"When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate and I eliminate the possibility of ever finishing."

Jack London-
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

Barbara Kingsolver-
"There is no perfect time to write. There's only now."

Roberta Gellis-
"Dreaming and hoping won't produce a piece of work; only writing, rewriting and rewriting (if necessary)-a devoted translation of thoughts and dreams into words on paper-will result in a story."

And this I found in the WD forums the other day:
"Life's too short to screw around with games and missed opportunities."

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sweat Check-in

1,925 words since last check in. It's not a lot, but I've been moving at a steadier pace, albeit slowly. I think I finally figured out what works for me. Took long enough, huh? Better late than never. I've made some daily goals, and smaller goals within them, so that I'm always pushing myself, always focused on where I need to be. Total for the challenge so far: 21,227. I wanted to be done already with my novella, but I think another week should do it. As long as I can keep up the same routine. Fingers crossed.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

TV & Books

I was pleased that I finished a mini goal yesterday (will be more pleased when I actually finish this novella), and treated myself to a night in front of the TV.

I also finished the book I've been reading. Whose Number Is Up, Anyway? by Stevi Mittman. It's a Harlequin Next novel, and I'm beginning to really like those. This is probably the second or third one I've read. They're light and funny and just a joy to read. The covers are eye-catching, which is one of the reasons I picked up this book. Covers do it for me sometimes. The back cover sounded good, too, and that's always a plus.

It starts with Teddi Bayer (don't you love that name?), interior decorator, discovering a corpse in a supermarket deep freeze. Drew Scoones, detective on the case, tries to keep Teddi from sticking her nose where it doesn't belong, and possibly being the next victim. It seems murder follows her everywhere she goes, and so does the detective.

I love their relationship. Teddi is a strong, independent single mom with three kids. Her knack for interior design and trying to solve murders at the same time gets her into trouble, and into the arms of Drew.

The weaving of romance and mystery is perfect. There were a lot of twists and turns and laughs. I can't wait to read more from this author.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ideas

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This is the fortune I got in a fortune cookie today. I like it. Not that I've forgotten, but it reminds me that I need to get busy on some certain writing if I hope to finish in time.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sweating into September

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times, where does the time go? We're half way into the first week of September, and only 20 more days until the end of the Sweat70 challenge. Ahhh! I've been writing every day this week, but the numbers remain low. 217 words since Sunday. Monday morning I woke up with a runny/stuffy nose and a sore throat. Blah! Stupid allergies. The good thing is they haven't gotten me completely down, so I continue to plow through my wip, or pick at it anyway. 19,410 total for the challenge.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Almost there

Update:

I finally reached my goal of 15,000 (15,007) on Last Call. A few weeks behind, but I'm getting there. I realized while I wrote tonight that the problems I have usually surface when I give in to the doubts, and not even open the document. Duh! Several things presented themselves that I hadn't seen before. Yay!

Sunday Sweatin'

It would seem my excitement over the Sweat70 challenge has worn off, and I'm left with not much more than frustration. Doubt. A stalled story. Isn't that just fun? I honestly think it was the whole back to school transition that's thrown me off track, because even though I have the day all to myself now, it's almost as if the peace and quiet is so welcome that I don't want to do anything. Including write. As if having to fight against everyone and everything to have a few moments makes the writing come easier. Why is this? Am I the only one that seems to thrive on chaos?

And maybe it's none of those things, but rather me looking for yet another reason to procrastinate (*cringes*). There's a word I'm beginning to dislike: procrastinate. I dislike it so much that I don't want to be the Queen of it anymore. It's almost as bad as writer's block. If you're writing, doing what you set out to do, these things wouldn't exist.

Today's plan? Write past my insecurities even if all that's coming off the keyboard is crap. Even if those characters aren't cooperating.

I've only written 607 words since Wednesday. Working on more today. Total: 18,858

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Fun stuff

I saw this at Alison's blog today and decided to Simpsonize myself. Fun! Try it.

Okay, back to work.

Happy Labor Day!

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

Saw a lot of boats on the road today; people taking advantage of the long weekend-summer's last fling, as I've seen it referred to before-to fish or just hang out on the lake. Me, I had a lot of errands to run this morning and also couldn't wait to make today's post about my favorite books I read this summer.

For the eharlequin 10,000 book challenge, I've read 11 books so far since January. Not as many as I'd like, and I buy them faster than I can read them, but I'm trying. This summer, I read five books. I wanted to make this a Top Ten of books read this summer, but since I only read five, I'm picking the top three of those, and they are:

Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath
Shadow Hawk by Jill Shalvis
Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter and J.A. Konrath have been favorites of mine for some time. I can't say enough good things about their work. Jill Shalvis was a new find for me this summer, and I always love discovering a new voice. Actually, I'd read one of her books (a Temptation) years ago, and for some reason didn't read any of her other books 'til this summer. This was kind of a re-discovery, and that's always fun, too. I liked Shadow Hawk so much, I checked out her back list and plan to buy several of those. I'm also looking forward to her upcoming releases.

What books did you read this summer? Did a favorite author have a new book out, or did you discover someone new?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Write Mind

I had little to report for progress at Sven's today. I've probably done less than 100 words since Sunday. I'm going to have to change my routine and manage my time better during the day. I was used to staying up late and writing in the summer. Now that the kids are back in school, I have to get up at 5:30. That means, no staying up late. It also means, if I hope to get any writing done, it needs to be done during the day. I've done it before, I can do it again. It's just the first few days of getting back into the school routine are tough. I feel it as much as they do.

Working to get back on track.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Books



*Warning: May contain light spoilers

There are few books that leave a big impression on me whether good or bad. I'm not talking about the kind that I come away from feeling like it was a pretty good book, or that it was just okay, or not so great. I'm talking a big impact. Characters that become so real to me I feel like I know them, fall in love with them. And if it's a series, following them for every book makes them that much more real.

I posted earlier this month about the wonderful opportunity I had to meet one of my favorite thriller authors, Karin Slaughter. Last night, I stayed up until 2am to finish Beyond Reach, the latest in her Grant County series featuring police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his wife, Sara Linton, who is the coroner and pediatrician. At the signing in Houston, Karin had taken questions after her talk. One of the ladies in the audience raised her hand and said she didn't like the way the book ended. I, for one, was worried she'd start rattling off exactly why she didn't like it, and I didn't want to know. I was only two or three pages into the first chapter at that point. Anyway, it was kind of funny at the time because Karin told her they could talk about that later. Now, after finishing the book, I can really understand why the lady said that. Not that I didn't like the ending, but it was truly shocking and heart breaking. My heart still feels heavy even as I type now, like I've lost a family member, a close friend. When I set the book on the night table, and switched off the lamp, I curled up and cried until I gave myself a headache.

Then I kept thinking, what will be in store for the next book? Knowing the wonderful storyteller Karin is, I can't wait to find out! Karin rocks my world! Even if she did make me cry.

And in case you were looking for earlier works, here are some other books:

Blindsighted
Kisscut
A Faint Cold Fear
Indelible
Faithless
Beyond Reach

*Triptych

*Outside the Grant County series

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

August 22 - Check in

I managed just under 1,000 words since Sunday. 982 to be exact. Would've had more done, but last night-and night time is usually when I've been getting the biggest part of my words down-was a total waste. At dinner, I was talking about some things that might need changing in the story, and my son gave me a great idea. So, now the beginning is going in a different direction, as do many of my beginnings that fall flat on their faces, and the hero has a new occupation-a cop instead of a bouncer. Unfortunately, right after dinner, I started to not feel well, so I laid down on the couch to rest, and stayed there most of the evening. With the new changes in motion, I'm hoping to pick up speed. 16,791 total.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sweat70

Whew!

Still plugging along in the sweat70 challenge. I'm working toward finishing this novella in the next few days, so I'm gonna make this short. Sven is peering down on me, making sure that I do just that. And even more importantly, I'm making sure I do it.

School starts in a week. I'll have more time to concentrate on the other novella, and various other writing projects. Yay!

New words since Wednesday: 1,567
Total for the challenge: 15,867

Another birthday

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The youngest is 9 today. It's amazing how fast they grow. I'd ordered his birthday cake yesterday--he picked out a King Kong themed cake since they didn't have his first choice which was Naruto--and picked it up today on our way to Chuck E. Cheese to meet friends for a small party. I got a few games of Skee Ball (my favorite!) in, and gave him whatever tickets I earned. Even his older brother handed over his ticket receipt so little brother could add it to whatever he already had for when he turned it in for prizes. Brotherly love...it's rare, but so nice when it happens. A little girl who couldn't have been more than 5 years old came by our table at one point, watched the boys being goofy like only boys can, and said, "I like your cake." Maybe she just wanted a piece, I don't know. But she sure was a cute little thing.

I've consumed way too much sugar for one day! Donuts this morning, cake at the party. Ugh! Does the salad I had cancel those out? It's all brain food, right?

For gifts, the youngest got a Transformer from a friend of his. We bought him a green anole (a lizard, in case you didn't know), and a PSP with a game to go with it. We picked up the lizard yesterday. He'd been asking for one for months. As long as it doesn't get any weirder than that, we're okay.

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Happy birthday to my blonde-haired, blue-eyed, forever-making-me-laugh 9 year old! Always stay as tender and funny as you are.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Words

I just checked in over at Sven's. For some reason, I'm feeling surprisingly optimistic even though I've been reporting some pretty pathetic numbers. It might be because I've written every day this week so far. 'Cause we know days that I don't, I just feel lost. Cranky. Unsettled.

Total for the challenge so far is 14,285 (3 projects). My goal is to have Last Call up to 15,000 by Sunday. Then I'll be half way to finishing it! There's a short story I want to start on, too.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Time...

It gets away from me. It seems like I just returned from vacation, which I did just three days ago, and it's already check-in time again. Between recovering from our trip, and then having my parents visit this weekend, I managed 400 new words on my wip. Not a lot, but it's better than nothing. I'm still working tonight even though my eyeballs feel like they're about to fall right out of my head. So tired.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sand, Sun, Surf

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Back from our last trip of the summer!

We went to the beach in Galveston and the Space Center in Houston. The best part was Monday when we stopped in Houston at Murder By The Book for Karin Slaughter's book signing. Yay! This is the thing I posted about not being able to wait for. I was worried that somehow Monday's plans would get screwed up--because, well, that's just my luck--so I made sure we left the house in plenty of time. We got to the bookstore two hours early! I didn't mean to be that early, but hey...

The store was awesome and the booksellers friendly and helpful. The place was smaller than I expected, simply because I didn't know what to expect, but it held my interest for two hours so I'd have to say that's pretty cool; mysteries of all kinds, and gifts. I, of course, got Karin's new book (one for me, and one for my mother as a gift), and her first one, Blindsighted, so I could fix my library. Note to self: don't lend out books to absent minded friends who move away and don't return borrowed books! I got two other books, and a t-shirt that says "Go to hell, I'm reading" and it has the bookstore name on the back. I could live in that shirt!

Seeing Karin was so freaking awesome! She's smart and funny (as if there was ever any doubt). The whole time, my heart was beating so fast I thought it'd beat right out of my chest, my hands were shaky and I thought I might cry. A total fangirl moment. She also graciously posed for a picture with me, and I can't wait to put it on here if it turns out okay and I don't look too awful.

And I have to say I was pretty proud of my boys who waited patiently--for two hours! They'd already been warned ahead of time anyway and knew this was really important to me. But what good guys!

We went to the beach on Tuesday. That was fun, but nothing compared to meeting Karin. I spent most of that day tucked in a beach chair under an umbrella reading Beyond Reach. Got a little people watching in, too.

Wednesday was the space center. It was okay as long as we were indoors. Too hot for the tram tour but we did that, too. We went back to the beach that evening when it wasn't so hot.

As for writing, well, I didn't get any done and forgot to post progress yesterday, so I did that today over at Sven's place.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Sunday Check in

Wiping brow!

Sven has a new site. I like the new look. It suits him.

This week has been tough. I managed 10,000 mid week but haven't done much since. I seem to be going in circles with the bad guy--does he fit in the story or not? I thought I had him figured out, apparently I don't. Or maybe he likes being a stinker and wants me to dig deeper, think harder. Okay, I can do that.

Anyway, I'll get it figured out. I'm not whining or complaining, just stating where I am at this point. The weekly check-ins are as good for me as the writing, which I have to say has kept me in my seat more than before the challenge started. And even on days like today when I have little to report as far as numbers, I still do it because it's part of the commitment I made when I signed up. I like the accountability. And I love how it keeps me focused.

Back to work!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Wednesday Check in

Sweat70

Finally made the 10,000 mark today on Last Call. I'd hoped to hit that by last Sunday, but didn't quite make it. Total for 3 projects since the challenge began (July 8th) is 12,075.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Can't wait!

A fun, gooberish video.

Monday, July 30, 2007

For fun

From Larissa's blog:

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current street name) Blackie Drive

2. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your middle name) L Ann

3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Black Cat

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Ann Sumter

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom’s maiden) Burlyco

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The”, your favorite color, favorite drink) The Black Dr Pepper

7. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of your grandfathers) Frank Ray

8. FUTURISTIC NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite kind of shoes) Romance a.n.a

9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name) Ann Lee

Superheroes

I did the superhero thing in my early blogging days, but got rid of it. I saw the link for it somewhere else today and decided to do it again. With my son finishing his acting workshop dealing with superheroes, it kind of put me in the mood again.

Your Superhero Profile

Your Superhero Name is The Detective Chimp
Your Superpower is Magic
Your Weakness is Chocolate
Your Weapon is Your Sonic Wand
Your Mode of Transportation is Sled


My weakness is chocolate...oh, yeah.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sven Says...

Sweat!

Last Call's total so far is 7,027. That's up about 3,000 words since last check-in. The Other Side is sitting at 1,003 words as of right now.

Totals for both projects, plus the short story I finished is 9,102.

Reading: Pick Me Up by Samantha Hunter
Listening to: Cinderella (nothing like the '80s)
Last movie watched: The Simpsons

Friday, July 27, 2007

Review


My review of Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath is up today at TCM Reviews. I'm posting it here, too.

Dirty Martini
By J.A. Konrath
Hyperion
1-4013-0279-3
Fiction, Mystery

With the fourth Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels mystery, J.A. Konrath continues to balance paralyzing fear with sardonic wit. He mixes it up just right for a thrill-a-minute roller coaster of a ride.

In Dirty Martini, the terror is turned up a notch as Homicide Lieutenant Jack Daniels tries to catch a killer known as the Chemist, who is poisoning the city of Chicago. Jack’s bumpy personal life is a struggle all by itself. From her boyfriend’s surprise proposal, to learning that the father she thought was dead may actually be alive, to her partner’s unexpected announcement that he wants to transfer to a different department.

Time is a ticking bomb as Jack fights to find this crazed lunatic, all the while trying to keep her own world from falling apart. Being the tough, smart cop that she is, Jack faces her evils head on.

I’ve kept up with this whole series—with all the lights on of course—and am always ready for another round. If you have a thirst for fast-paced suspense and laugh-out-loud humor, Konrath is your man. He nails it every time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sweating? Check.

Making progress? Check.
Holding myself accountable? Check
.

I got up early this morning to get some work done. Staying in bed just isn't getting it done. I did about 600 words last night and just over 100 this morning so far. Things were really rolling last night, so I hope to keep up the momentum. Of course, since summer started my eyeballs aren't used to seeing the light of day 'til around 9 or 10 and they're starting to feel heavy already. A nap might be in order later.

And 600-700 words may not seem like a lot, but when most times I struggle just to get a few hundred at one time, this is a good thing!

Totals since July 8th-
3588 Last Call
734 The Other Side
1072 In Bloom (finished)

I also finished a book review and submitted it the other day, but I'm not adding that to my totals.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lost...and found

The youngest started his acting workshop this week. For the particular age group, their focus is 'Creating Characters', so they talked about superheroes today. He even had what the teachers told them was "omeworkhay" where he had to come up with his own superhero complete with identity, origin-how/why they became a superhero, villain/arch nemesis, special ability/power, weakness... He was excited enough about it that he filled out the information on the drive home. Gotta love that.

I, however, was lost for the first part of the class because there was no place for me to sit and work. I decided to go to Wal-Mart, mainly to get the oldest the new Evans Blue CD, but I also ended up getting some new notebooks, pens, and three new books. Can never have enough of any of these. The books I got are Code Name: Bikini by Christina Skye, On Target by Catherine Mann, and Hard and Fast by Lisa Renee Jones. I rarely can decide on one, so these were my picks. The hubby and youngest bought HP7 the other day and hubby is reading it now. I really don't want to get into that distraction right now. I'm gonna wait 'til Seventy Days is over.

Anyway, after Wal-Mart, I found this fast food place to sit and work for a while. Two hours isn't enough time to come all the way back home and make it to pick him up on time, so I do what I can. And it was then, while writing, that all was right in my world. Even had another story idea plant itself in my mind on the way home.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Back...and on track!




I'm glad to be back home after our trip to west Texas. As I reported at check in yesterday, visiting the m-i-l is just not conducive to creativity, so I had the same 4709 words since the check in before that. I have managed to get my head back in the story and some words down on paper tonight though. Progress!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Checking In

Wednesday-
4709 total words so far. It was one of those days. One where I felt like I had more ups and downs than a spinning yo-yo. Mostly downs, but that's okay because the good part is that I did manage to get some writing done. Even if it took me all day for it to finally click. And don't you just love it when that happens? Those moments when something that wasn't working suddenly comes together. The frenzied typing, the excitement, head in the story...

Away for a reunion this weekend. Back on Sunday--just in time to check in again. Hopefully, I'll manage some writing while I'm gone.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Trying something new

This morning, the oldest had his well check up with his pediatrician. Afterward, we picked up the husband at work for lunch. The youngest has been asking to try sushi (don't ask me why because I have no idea--the kid will eat just about anything) so the husband asked me if I wanted to try this place called Blue Fish. A collective groan could be heard in the car from me and the oldest. While I wanted everyone to be happy, I'm not particularly a fan of Asian food. I thought, 'Okay, if this doesn't go well, I can just get me and the oldest a burger somewhere afterward.' Yeah, I'm so not adventurous when it comes to food. My parents used to drag me along with them when they'd do their weekly chinese thing and I'd always get the grilled cheese sandwich on the kids menu.

I totally surprised myself today by, first, even agreeing to try this place, and then actually liking it! A soup of some kind, almost like a broth with thin slices of mushroom came first. It was incredible. While we ate our soup, the youngest and his dad ate sushi. Since I had no clue what to get for a meal, the husband suggested something from the hibachi menu. The oldest and I decided on the chicken and shrimp with fried rice. Watching them prepare it all in front of you was an experience in itself. Even funnier was when the oldest leaned over to me when I was still eyeing my plate, and said, "Try the shrimp, it's good."

We're so much alike sometimes--trying something if the other one will.

P.S. I submitted my short story today. Fingers crossed!

Reading: Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath
Listening to: Faster Pussycat
Last movie watched: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Progress Report

I already posted my progress report for today over at Alison's blog. So far, I have 3,607 words:

2332 - Last Call (novella)
203 - The Other Side (novella)
1072 - In Bloom (a short story, finished as of 7/13!)

The numbers are still low, but I made progress today on one of the novellas. As I worked, I could pinpoint the instant the self doubt and inner editor started to hit me, but I shoved it aside and just kept writing, let the words flow without worrying if it's perfect. If I can keep that up, I think I'll be all right.

I'm writing, starting the process of good habits by just opening Word and getting busy, and rewarding myself along the way. Who knew email and blogs could wait 'til I got my words down? The fun things--email, blogs, reading a good book--are just that much sweeter when I know I've accomplished what I needed to, first. Yes, they'll be there when I get to them. It's just a matter of putting a bigger priority on my writing, which I've done.

Just like with any other thing, if you stay away long enough, it gets harder to go back to it. The desire isn't there, the drive dwindles to nothing, excuses take the place of what you should be doing. It all stifles the creativity, and that's no good.

I plan to see this through, every high and low, to the very end--kicking, screaming, smiling, creating, and SWEATING!

Stages

I went back through the pictures we've taken since we got the caterpillars, and decided to post the different stages.







Also, I finished my short story Friday night(yay!), just need to look over it again before I send it off. And now I need to try to get back to my pages for the day!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Butterfly




And because I couldn't get this picture posted just where I wanted it in my previous post, I'm doing a new entry just for it.


This is a black swallowtail butterfly. A few weeks ago, my youngest son got some caterpillars from a friend's house and brought them home. Of course, I didn't want the "creepy, crawly things" in the house, but we did some research on them, and found that the type of caterpillar we had would turn into the beautiful butterfly in the picture.

We'd set up some branches, for which they would attach themselves to in the pupae stage, and added milkweed which is one of the things we found out that they eat. Just this morning, we noticed one in the chrysalis stage was almost see through so we kept an eye on it. The next thing we knew, there was a butterfly in the tank. When it was ready to fly, and with a little help out of the tank, it flew off into the front yard.

Hopefully, I can get a better picture of the others when they change.

Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday to my oldest!

It's amazing how fast time flies. I can still remember, even before my first son was born--looking like I swallowed a beach ball--how much I loved him already. Then, the day he was born (after 16 hours of labor!), and I finally got to hold his tiny body in my arms, look into those eyes that trusted and needed me. Nothing can really prepare you, and nothing is as precious.

Sometimes you wish you could stay in one place, cherish the moment, never let it go. That's how I feel about watching him grow into a young man. And that he's done, very quickly. Too quickly. His smile, the jokes he shares, every goofy thing he does. It all fills my heart with such joy.

He didn't really want to do anything for his birthday today. He doesn't like people making a big fuss over him. We did go out to eat and saw the new Harry Potter movie, which, by the way, was great! After the movie, we went to pick up a video game he wanted and ran into his younger brother's 1st grade teacher. When she saw the oldest, she said, "Wow! You're getting big," which only reminded me just how much he has grown.

Happy Birthday to a wonderfully funny, handsome, smart guy.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Continuing to Sweat

Day 6

I got about 200 more words done yesterday on Last Call, but was too tired to update the blog last night. Yes, I'm behind and it's too early to be struggling, but I am. The beginning seems to be working, but something keeps stopping me. Something = me, undoubtedly. Of course, it's the 'bad guy' that's throwing me off, too. I guess that's his job, although he should be easy to write. Also, if I'd just get the words down instead of worrying it to death at this point, maybe I'd get somewhere. Other parts have worked themselves out and I've written some scenes out of order. At least that keeps me moving.

Also, before the Seventy Days challenge, I was working on a short story, but had set it aside to focus on this. That one keeps calling me back, so maybe it really wants to be written, too. And maybe while working through it, something will come to me for the other one. Short story, novella...it's still pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. My mind in the right place.

Tomorrow is my oldest son's birthday. 14! Where does the time go? He doesn't want to do anything special, but I think we'll end up seeing Harry Potter and going out to eat. I already ordered him a cake this morning.

Back to writing!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Sweat

Day 2

Okay, so I didn't even come close to meeting my writing goal yesterday, but I've made up for it today. To catch up, I wrote 1,500 words this afternoon. Not so bad really, but I hate that I let myself get behind. I need to get better about just sitting my butt in the chair and staying on track.

Today, my youngest started a new art camp and I wrote while he was in class. How, I don't know but I did. Preferably, writing time is peaceful--early in the morning or late at night when everyone and everything is still quiet--but there I was sitting on a bench in the rec center that holds the class, with more than a few distractions going on around me at any given time. Two teenage boys playing racquetball on a court less than six feet in front of me, a group of kids from the Y taking a restroom/drink break and some of them hitting each other over the head with blow up hammers, the teacher's voice from the art class itself down the hall. The amount of noise was crazy.

With a muse that isn't always cooperative, I haven't had much of a set routine--more like take it when and where I can get it--but I think I'll settle into something a little more smooth soon.

This is a late post, but if you haven't seen the writing tip of the day at Alison's blog, go check it out.

P.S. I have an annoying green line going down the right side of my computer screen. If this monitor goes out I'm gonna scream! Now is not the time. Not sure there's ever a good time for that.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Seventy Days of Sweat

Today starts the writing challenge Seventy Days of Sweat. If you haven't signed up yet, and want to, go over to Alison Kent's blog and do it!

I'll be working on two novellas, 30K each, and posting progress here as well as in the comments at Alison's blog.

I'm off to get started on my pages for the day.

Reading: Shadow Hawk by Jill Shalvis
Listening to: Stonesour
Last movie watched: Transformers

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Writing Challenge

Okay, this is so the kick in the rear that I need right now. Here's the link to sign up and get all the details for the writing challenge, Seventy Days of Sweat. Oh yeah, I feel sweaty already.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th!

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The 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. Fireworks, barbecues, relaxing. Anyone with big plans?

We watched Transformers yesterday. I was a little skeptical about seeing it at first, but glad we did. It's really an awesome movie. My oldest son used to have every Transformer toy there was. We also watched fireworks last night. Beautiful.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Vacation

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I just got back today from San Antonio for a short vacation. We got there Saturday afternoon. Checked into the hotel, brought all of our stuff into the room and relaxed for a few minutes. That's all the time it took me to look up the location of a bookstore I'd heard about called Remember the Alibi Mystery Bookstore. It was still hot out, so we decided to kill some time and check out the bookstore before we hit the Riverwalk. The bookstore was about 6 miles from where we stayed, so that was cool. The only bad thing was it had closed an hour before we got there. If I'd known their hours, I could've planned that better. Of course, anyone who travels with kids knows it takes forever to even get out of the house and on the road. At least that's the way it is for us. Anyway, I couldn't resist a peek through the windows. One book in particular that I remember seeing was Barry Eisler's new one. Middle of the store, facing the entrance, not to be overlooked. I couldn't have been more tickled if it'd been my own book. Well, of course I could have, but I always like to see good authors get good attention.

After we left there, we went on to the Riverwalk. They had a big arts and crafts thing going on. We finally stopped to eat at the Hard Rock--my favorite place to eat while there. Then it was back to the hotel.

Sunday, we went to Sea World. Stayed till the rain that came on suddenly and quickly forced us to leave, which was a total bummer. We were there for about 6 hours and still didn't do everything we planned. We saw the Clydesdales first thing, the youngest and his dad took a picture with a python, we relaxed in innertubes in the lazy river for quite a while, went on a water slide, swam in the lost lagoon, ate lunch, fed the dolphins at Dolphin Cove, watched a sting ray feeding, then went back to the horse area to pick up our picture with the snake. That's when it started pouring, so we made our way to get souvenirs, got them, and then left. Unfortunately, we missed seeing any of the shows, but it was a good time even if it did get shortened.

It's also good to be back home.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day

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Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there. I called mine to wish him a happy father's day earlier and to see what he got or if, and where, he was going out to eat. He said he got some shirts and a "nice weed eater" but doesn't know how to use it. True, he may not be the most mechanically inclined but I think he's funny. A retired Navy and Air Force guy who used to work in construction, went to night school while working a full time job, raised a family, and managed warehouses of various types and he thinks he can't tackle a weed eater. He never gives himself enough credit, and I suppose that's half of his appeal. Just a humble man. A man who's always been, and still is, my hero. I still remember all the special times we shared, even more so on days like this. Hanging out with him at the golf course just to be near him. I'd drive the cart. Or playing catch in the backyard when I played girls softball. Watching him bowl in a league. Sitting outside with him while he perfected the grill on weekends. Going out to eat lunch together. Simple things that meant a lot to me. And I hope they did for him, too. I'll always be a daddy's girl.

We all remember those papers we wrote in school about what we wanted to be when we grew up. During a visit to see my parents one time, I got a hold of the one my dad had written in high school, and started to read it with no doubt there'd be something great within it. He wrote that he wanted to be a sports writer. While he never accomplished this--yelling and cussing at refs at various sporting events was about as close as he got--I was so proud that he had ambition. I asked him then why he didn't do it. He just shrugged and said something like, "Oh, I don't know." Maybe it just wasn't something he wanted bad enough. I don't know either. But I think I get my ambition and drive from him, at least somewhat. The only difference is I want the writing bad enough.

Thanks to my dad for all the life lessons, even when he thought I wasn't paying attention.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Stop and Smell the Roses

I've had the last couple of days free of running around and I could've taken that time to write, but instead I've spent them jacking with a new toy I found...project playlist. I do love music, and while it's been fun finding songs I'd forgotten about, I need to get back to work. Now I'll just have some cool new music to listen to while I work!

I found this flower image yesterday, inserted my own text, and it got me thinking about the new short story that's been brewing. See, sometimes I'm working even when I think I'm not.
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Monday, June 11, 2007

Catching Up



Things are rolling...I've been to the pool twice already with the youngest. My hair has lightened (sun and chlorine do that) and I have a pretty good tan going on. My son started his art class (elementary cartooning) last week and that was really cool. I can't wait to see what they do this week. He'll start swim lessons this week, too. Early next month, he'll have a different art class--adventures in art camp. Lots of fun stuff.

We spent entirely too much at the book fair at the library on Saturday. And even more at the bookstore on Sunday. I got Barry Eisler's latest, Requiem for an Assassin, along with the June issue of Writer's Digest and their yearbook, Writing Basics. Sunday was also cajun food for lunch and Pirates for dessert. Yum! Loved the new Pirates movie. Who needs Raisinetts (my favorite movie treat) when you have eye candy like Johnny Depp right in front of you?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Summer

School is out! I'm probably as glad as the kids are. Sometimes it's just nice not to have to worry about homework and routine. I am planning things to do though so these kids don't try to kill each other, and I don't go insane. Today, I was checking out the community theater's summer workshops for my youngest son. That'll be good for him. I'm lining other things up, too...swimming, art classes. Later in the summer, we'll do the beach or Sea World.

And, ah...summer reading. I'm finishing up Bad Boys of Summer while just starting The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc. Good stuff.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mimosa

Okay, so this probably doesn't count for #8 in my Life List--plant flowers--but I figure it's close enough, for now anyway. My youngest son had ordered this Wild & Wacky Plant Lab from a book order and it came in Friday. It came with enough stuff to plant mimosa and bean seeds. I helped him plant some of the mimosa seeds Saturday. If they even sprout, I'll be pleasantly surprised. I don't have much of a green thumb. Mimosa is an indoor plant, best kept by a window that gets the most light. Unfortunately, we haven't had much sun lately--it keeps raining. And if I hadn't dropped my camera and broke it last week, I'd post a picture of the planting cups.

Reading: The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres
Listening to: Live-Throwing Copper
Last movie watched: Shrek 3

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Review

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Sometimes it's difficult to capture in a review all the wonderful things that made a book work, so I can only hope I did it justice.

My review of Jill Smolinski's The Next Thing on My List from TCM Reviews.
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It’s hard enough trying to make time to do all the things we’d like to do in our own lives, but what if you felt responsible for taking on someone else’s wishes, dreams because they couldn’t do them? Would it spur you forward to finish? Would it make you stop along the way and realize things about yourself that you otherwise might not have considered?

That’s what happens to June Parker in The Next Thing on My List. June works for L.A. Rideshare, a carpooling agency. When June is involved in a car accident following a Weight Watchers meeting and her passenger, Marissa Jones, dies, she ends up with the list of 20 things Marissa wanted to do by her 25th birthday. In an attempt to honor her friend, she sets out to complete the list--a list which varies from getting a massage, to riding in a helicopter, to changing someone’s life. Along the way, she discovers more about herself and changes her own life in the process.

Smolinski crafts a laugh-out-loud funny, heart warming story that will have you cheering for June from the first page to the end. The characters are believable, all flawed in their own way, and lovable.

This book not only entertained me, but also inspired me to start my own life list.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekend




It's been a quiet, peaceful weekend for me. Purrfect even. The guys went fishing yesterday, and saw the Rangers play today. What have I done with my time? Well, not much of anything--and it felt pretty damn good. I did manage to get my blog fix (author blogs that I read), caught up on any e-mail. Basically, I goofed off the entire weekend. I need to get moving on my current WIP and I will.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Concert

My oldest son went to his first concert yesterday--I say his first because I don't really count the time we saw Evans Blue play for free at Best Buy a concert (as far as usual concerts go), but I suppose it was in a way. A taste of one for him. That day, we bought their first CD, The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume. Since then, he's added around 40 other CDs to his collection and gotten a drum set.

Edgefest was yesterday. Big outdoor concert. He went with a friend from school, and they had a good time. Unfortunately, they got there a little later than planned and missed seeing one of their favorite bands play, Bullet For My Valentine. They did manage to see AFI, Muse, Papa Roach and Blue October before it was time for them to leave, and he got a really cool Bullet For My Valentine t-shirt.

I remember the first concert I ever went to. It was Ratt and Bon Jovi in '86 I believe. Seems like so long ago. My ears rang for a week afterward, and I never wanted to do it again.

When did you attend your first concert and who did you see?


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Life Lists

I came across Jill Smolinski's site the other day and really got into the life list idea. Jill is the author of the novels Flip-Flopped and The Next Thing on My List. Wonderful books! Check out todayslifelist where she blogs about the challenge she gave herself to try one new, fun or challenging thing every day. It's inspired me to slow down and enjoy things more in my own life.

For instance, my youngest son needed yarn for a weaving project in art class by the end of last week, so we went to Wal-Mart Thursday evening. While we were there, we passed by the hula hoops. I couldn't resist grabbing one and trying it out. That got my son into the action and there we both were hula hooping in the aisle. It was just goofy and fun. He did way better than I did, although I don't see how a skinny eight year old could out hula these 'mom hips'. Maybe it has more to do with movement than size.

I didn't intend to try anything new, fun or challenging at Wal-Mart but the hula hoops just called to me. It was a seize the moment kind of thing and I think that's okay, too. I should have more of those moments.

I talked to my best friend Friday night, recommended Jill's books to her and told her that I started my own life list. She said, "You should put on there 'get married and have kids'". "I've already done that." She says that's the idea. To put down something you've already done so you can cross it off. Cheater! I told her it was fine to write down something you could do right away and cross it off, but not something you've already done. At least that's the way I'm going about it.

As for my life list, here it is:
1. Go skiing in Colorado
2. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
3. Go skinnydipping
4. Have a picnic in a park
5. Take a painting class
6. Donate to charity
7. Write steamy novels
8. Plant flowers
9. Visit New York
10. Go ice skating
11. Take salsa lessons
12. Take horseback riding lessons
13. Lose 20 pounds
14. Adopt a pet
15. Run/walk a 5K
16. Have my picture taken in a field of bluebonnets
17. Have tasteful boudoir photographs taken
18. Take a hot air balloon ride
19. Learn sign language
20. Take a stained glass class

What are some things you've always wanted to do but haven't done?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter










I haven't been able to get my pictures to work right lately, but I managed to get this on here. That's Pete and he's guarding the eggs that my youngest son and I decorated. All the time and energy that goes into decorating those things and it takes my boys about two minutes to find all the eggs (hard-boiled and plastic with candy) and individual candy. Of course, it's worth it.

The same goes for writing. All the hard work and time you put into it is worth it. From ideas that form as a small spark to seeing the words flow across the paper (or computer screen), it's a wonderful feeling. Even when I don't think what I've written is worth beans, and I feel like writing isn't much more than a lot of hard work, I still do it because it's who I am and what I do. I can't imagine doing anything else. Other than spending time with my kids, writing is when I'm happiest. You can't beat the sheer joy of just creating.

I think the renewal of spring has me focused where I need to be, and that's a good thing.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Spring break

I was away for a few days while my boys are on spring break. It's always good to be back home, but it'll take me another day or two to get everything back in order. Will post again shortly.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Spring

Spring is in the air. At least most days. I don't think it's made up its mind which way it wants to go yet. One day it's cold, the next warm. No wonder my allergies have been acting up. I had the flu last week, too, which didn't help my productivity. Reading and writing slowed way down and I hate that.

I saw Bridge To Terabithia last Saturday. My youngest son had been wanting to see it, so we finally did. Boy, I was not prepared for the emotional roller coaster ride I went on while watching that movie. It was good, but I swear I cried every other scene. Probably because I could see so much of it in my own life...you have kids, you worry about their well-being, want to protect them from bad things and bad people. I don't want to spoil the movie, so I'll just say it's not your typical fantasy type movie, which is what I thought it was going to be. It had many unexpected layers.

As for writing, I managed a "rejection" on Sunday. The same day, I found a new writing contest that a major publisher is doing. The contest doesn't actually begin until August 1, 2007, so I have a little time to get my idea down. I'm excited about submitting something for that. I also sent off two new poems to an online magazine Monday.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valentine's Day


A Valentine Haiku

Fragrant rose petals
Coupled with the scent of sex
Lingering blossoms

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Sunday


Finished two short stories this past week. I'm taking a break today to relax and rest up before I plunge ahead into new projects for the upcoming week. As for the reading challenge I mentioned in my 1/17 post, I'm up to book four.

Snow


This past week it snowed three days in a row. Unusual, for sure, but nice.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Snow Day


This is what Max thinks of the weather today.








More icicles...because I like these, and this is a better picture than the last one, I'm posting them again.







Challenge I'm participating in for 2007:The 2007 10,000 Book Challenge!
The challenge is to get 100 eHarlequin community members to read 100 books in the new year. I've already signed up and look forward to all the reading I'll be doing. I'm Lynn_B if you want to check out my reading log.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Wintery Weather

The weather has been cold and wet all weekend. Fireplace, hot chocolate and writing weather. I snapped this picture of icicles on a bush near the house earlier.

First project of 2007: short story (1,500-5,000 words)


Site worth mentioning:
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This site contains numerous articles with useful advice on writing, publishing and agents.


Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!




Where does the time go? What a crazy year. There were some good, and not so good, points as with anything else, but I won't dwell on that. What I will do is look forward to this new year, new opportunities. In March, an anthology will be out that I'll have a short story in. I'm excited about that! I'll post more information later.

I wrote out some writing goals before the new year started and plan to be more focused on my writing than last year.

Here's to a productive, creative, inspiring 2007!