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


*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:

A Faint Cold Fear
Beyond Reach


*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



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

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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'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.

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


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


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 - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

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


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.