Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In Which I Gush About Kiersten White...

Last Thursday, I drove from Houston to Dallas, specifically Irving, to attend yet another writer event.  Kiersten White was stopping by on her only visit to Texas.  I couldn't miss it, right?  There's more to this story.  Last year, I picked up Paranormalcy and loved it.  I lent it to my best friend's daughter, Morgan.  She's 13.  I didn't see it again for several months.  I went to her house for the Super Bowl and asked about it.   As she brought it to me, she showed me the soda-stained pages and said it wasn't her fault.  The corners of the covers were wore completely out.  She had carried that book with her EVERYWHERE, and read it about six times in just a few months.  I give her a hard time about me having to replace that copy, but secretly I love that she loved to read this book so much!  SO, when I heard Kiersten was coming, I told my BFF, and we planned the surprise trip to see Kiersten.  My BFF couldn't come so it was just me and the Kiddo on a road trip.  She was bugging me the whole time on where we were going, what we were doing and for the first time ever I think I surprised her.  The proof, well, it's in the pudding.
There were two events -- early for teens with crafts and such.  Later for adults.  We attended both.
Crafting with Kiersten

The perfect duct-tape pencil case for Evie's first day at school!

Kiersten the photobomber

Oh, then there was the talk and signing.  
I don't remember what she said right here, but I'm sure it was funny.  Everything she said was funny!!

I love that she had different colored sharpies!
And then there was swag...

Ok, sorry for all the photos.  It was so much fun.  Kiersten was such a trip!  She interacted with everyone and got everyone, including my 13 year old shy companion, involved with the activities.  She really is awesome!   Every author has something new that inspires me, and this was no different.  This day's lesson - it's ok to write as yourself -- as your own voice.  So today, I am!

A special thanks to the Irving Public Library for such an amazing event.  I can't wait to go back!

Happy Tuesday all!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dropping in to say HI!

Just a quick note to say hi to ya'll and to wish you a happy weekend!  Headed up to Dallas to a Kiersten White event today and won't be back until Friday evening.  I'm taking my BFF's kiddo and it's a total surprise.  I can't wait to see the look on her face!!

Until next week, kiddos.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Which I Get A Little Riled Up...

I won't take up too much of your Tuesday.  In fact, I will organize my thoughts for your convenience!
-I'm on twitter!  @heatherdeetz for your reading enjoyment.   Feel free to follow and let me know your @!
-Speaking of twitter, I need help w/blogger.  I want my "social" buttons organized but I can't figure it out.
-Please recommend 5 blogs and/or people on twitter that you can't live without!
-My muse is hibernating.  Seriously.

That's about all I have today.  I would like to get on the soapbox for just one second though.  We lost yet another brilliant musician way too soon.  From the first moment I heard Amy Winehouse's voice I was in love.  No sooner did they announce her death did people on twitter and facebook start making jokes at her expense.  This happens every time someone famous dies and I just don't understand it.  Even though we don't have toxicology reports yet, of course we can predict what they will say -- she most likely died due to some kind of drug or alcohol related event.  Maybe not, but it's likely.  It's not like we didn't see this coming but it doesn't mean we have the right to ridicule and make mean comments.  

This was someone's daughter

This was someone's best friend

This was someone's everything
RIP Amy.  May your troubled soul be at peace.

/end rant

Thursday, July 21, 2011

...and I want them in a basket...

Happy Friday Eve to all of you.  It's going to be a busy one -- I've got company coming for the weekend starting tonight, so I have some preparations to do.  Nothing too serious though.

First off, a little silliness.  I would like to torture thank Kristin for making sure this video is stuck in my head for all eternity.

Second, I am starting to use twitter more, so please feel free to follow me @heatherdeetz and I'll make it worth your while.  Hopefully.

Thirdly --wait, is that even a word?  Next, Day 2 of schedule planning going ok.  I tend to get distracted -- I go in one room to do something and I find something that belongs in another room so I pick it up and go to said other room and start doing something else completely.  Am I the only one that does that?  I think I have ADOS.  Attention deficit....OOH! Shiny!

Well, off to clean the kitchen. *Sniff* -- sorry - I was just thinking about cats again.  I can't hug every cat.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Goodbye, Borders. Thanks For The Memories...

A lot of people are blogging & tweeting about the demise of Borders.  Call me a lemming if you will, but I choose to speak on this today.

I used to read a lot when I was young, but lost interest in my tweens.  20 years ago, YA was not an option.  I went from Judy Blume to 1984 with no in between levels.  No books on 15 year old girls trying to find their way.  Or not many anyway.  I didn't read much after that, unless required.  On occasion I'd find something that interested me, but it was sporadic at best.  Usually it was pop culture related - biographies of actors or musicians I was a fan of.  Tugboat is an avid reader.  A hoarder of books I'd call him.  I hated going to a bookstore because he lingered in there for hours if time allowed.  I had better things to do. A few years back a friend got me into Harry Potter, and I devoured the books.  But I just read those books and that was it.  Same with Twilight.

Then, about a year and a half ago, and I cannot remember how we starting chatting (likely about Twilight), but Kristin and I (we were co-workers at the time) got on the subject of books.  She brought me The Hunger Games to read.  Then Shiver.  Then The Body Finder.  Then Hush, Hush.  Again, I devoured, but I was hungry for more.  I was hooked on YA and I've been going ever since.

Now Tugboat calls me a book hoarder, but he has made room on his shelves for my ever growing YA collection.

We spent many long lunch breaks in our local Borders -- browsing, reading, chatting, brainstorming, writing.  We were so relieved when our Borders was one of the 400 that stayed open after the original announcement.  I feel like Borders has given me more than books - it's given me friendship.  It's given me a re-awakening of who I am and who I want to be.  It's given me so much more that I really cannot put into words.

As of Friday, only 5 days after they announced that the bankruptcy fell through and they were closing for good, they will no longer be Borders.  We took one last trip to our Borders as we know it last night. I picked up Shine by Lauren Myracle.  Kristin got Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton.

I can't speak for everyone, but I will always remember the last book I bought from Borders.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's Raining! It's Pouring! The Old Man Is Snoring!

Ok, so it's drizzling, not pouring, but the rest is true.  I can hear the snoring all over the house!  We need the rain and he needs his rest, so it's all good!

Happy Tuesday to you!  I've decided that Tuesdays (not with Morrie) will now be the beginning of my "work week".  Why? you ask -- well the Tugboat has Sundays and Mondays off, so I might as well too.  So it's really my Monday...hehe!

I have decided that a schedule is the first in my long list of things that could help me get out of the funk, so I'm giving it a go.  While I don't miss working, I think deep down I miss the structured day that a job gives me, so I am working on that.  One issue I am having is sleep.  I've been staying up until all hours of the morning reading, gaming, tossing and turning, etc and it's causing me to then sleep all day and well you know...rinse and repeat.  On the schedule - 12am = LIGHTS OUT!  Why midnight?  Tugboat works afternoons and doesn't get home until amost 11pm.  Hard for me to go to bed before only to have him wake me up as he stumbles in the room.  More to come on the schedule as I work on it.

So, my weekend can really be summed up in two words.  Harry Potter.  Saw it twice.  Loved, loved, loved it!  I am fearing that I will be flogged by saying this, but I did feel like so much was left out -- so much I was dying to see.  I still loved it so much, and just sitting here thinking of Alan Rickman's portrayal of Snape makes my eyes sting.

According to my developing schedule, I'll be blogging Tuesday - Friday, so I'll save the rest for later.  I will, however, leave you with one little parting gift.

May this haunt your dreams as it has mine.  Blech.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Get The Funk Out...

Well, it's been way longer than I'd like to admit since I last blogged.  Thanks for sticking around :)

I tried very hard to blog daily on the road.  I think it was day three when we had crap for internet in the hotel.  From about then on out it got hectic with early starts, late hotel arrivals.  Many days the laptop didn't even get unpacked.  If it did, it was to skype quick and head to bed.  I haven't even uploaded them all to facebook.  I know what you're thinking...procrastinate much?  Yes. I do.  A lot.

Anyway, I'm home, recovered, ready for action. Except there isn't any.  I have found myself in what most people would call a "funk".  I'm not sure how to explain it.  I'm happy not working, but yet I find myself moping around most days.  Part of the reason I'm not blogging is because I spent the better part of the last 15 years in a cubicle.  In front of a computer.  Sitting here reminds me of that.  I'm not writing because I'm not sure if I'm good enough at it to be doing it.  Sure, ideas are flowing, but words, formalities - not so much.  The high of the road trip is gone, and here I sit.  Dozens of things I could be doing, but none of the will to do any of them.  I just lay around in my PJs most days reading and gaming. And napping.

One of my friends warned me about this - falling into a depression stage - after I quit my job.  Is that what this is? I miss the social interaction of the 9 to 5, but not the drama or the toxicity levels.  I didn't mind the actual work though.  I do miss people, though -- but I don't feel depressed.  Does that put me in the denial stage?

Have any of you ever been through something like this?  What did you do to get the funk out?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

No words...

I have no real words because Colorado took my breath away.  So I'll show you.

Garden of the Gods

Rocky Mountain High!

Current location: Wheatland, Wyoming
Today's Agenda: Devil's Tower, Deadwood SD, Sturgis SD, and Mount Rushmore.
Travel Goal: Midway thru SD
Tomorrow: Mitchell SD Corn Palace, Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, Minnesota

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On the road again...

Well, yesterday I embarked on a two week long road trip.  I am traveling with a good friend and my best friend's teenage daughter.  Weird combo, yes, but we are having so much fun.  After a quick stop in Dumas, Texas (and yes, we decided it was pronounced Dumbass) we were finally out of Texas after 11 hours of driving. 
As we ventured into New Mexico, we saw what we thought were low lying clouds.  As we got closer. and saw the orange hues of said "clouds"  we decided it was smoke.  After a quick google, it turns out that the stretch of interstate that we were about to be taking into Colorado was closed due to a raging wildfire.  We stopped for dinner to regroup, and lucky for us the small town diner was filled with lawmen so we asked them what our options were.  A kind sheriff from Union County, NM escorted us on a backroad into Colorado where we detoured and spent the night.  We were so blown away by his kindness that when we return we will be writing letters to the sheriff's office to thank them!

It's thrown a bit of a delay to our trip, not to mention kept us on the road a few hours longer than planned for day one, but we are in one piece.

Normally I am not a nature girl. but I am just in awe of the scenery - the hills, the vastness.  Today I will see the Rocky Mountains for the first time.  I am so giddy that it's sickening!  We've only been in the hotel for about 7 hours but I can't wait for everyone to wake up so we can get moving!

Today's agenda:  Garden of the Gods, Denver Hard Rock Cafe
Travel Goal: Somewhere in Wyoming
Tomorrow:  Devil's Tower, Deadwood, Sturgis, Mount Rushmore

Life is GRAND, y'all.  Hope you are doing well. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Letter To My Future Self....

In celebration of her 300th follower, Kristin is having a blogfest today.  It requires you to write a letter to your future self.  If you didn't sign up, hop on over and get to it.  Here's mine.

Dear Heather of the Future:

Four weeks ago, I did something that I hope I will not regret.  I walked away from my full time job.  In case you don't remember, it was making me into a person I no longer recognized.  My fun, carefree self had disappeared.  She's back now, and I could not be happier.  Tugboat is thrilled that I/we are home together every single day.  He's also happy to see me smile again.  I did this so you could enjoy the rest of your life.  So that you could see that there is still hope outside of the toxic cubicle walls you were trapped inside of.  So that you could learn how great life really is.

I hope you are enjoying the healthy body I am working so hard to create for you, and I'm so sorry that it wasn't ready sooner.  Remember, if it's man-made, it's probably bad for you...

I can't know for sure how it's going to turn out, but I'm still working hard to make you a mommy.  It's been a long road but we are going to give it a few more tries.  Hopefully, you're reading this with a doe-eyed Tug Jr. in your lap. 

I'm trying very hard to write these stories in my head.  I can't promise you that they'll ever amount to anything, but I can promise you that I'm trying.  I also hope you are enjoying that degree and the sense of accomplishment it provides.  I bet you never thought you'd major in English did you?

Well, I have to run! I never thought that being unemployed would be keeping me so BUSY!..

Hope you're enjoying life, chica.  I sure am!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

That's two O's in Goose, boys....

My blog subject today has absolutely no relevance, but since yesterday (or one of the last few days) was the 25th anniversary of the release of TOP GUN, I had to do something in honor of the occasion.  It is and always will be my favorite movie. 

Finally!  Blogger works!  I've tried several times to blog over the last week and every time I wasn't able to.   Thanks for sticking around.  I'm adjusting still to my new housewifery.  Yes, I'm pretty sure that's not a word.  No, I don't care.

To be honest, part of the issue is that I was stuck in a cubicle for the last 6 years, and I just haven't really been on the computer much.  I haven't been thinking of writing much -- I've been trying to rearrange and figure out how we will survive on one income.  So far, so good.  Just less shiny for me.

Overall, I am happy.  Happier than I think I have ever been in my whole life.  I see my husband more and I can finally figure out what I want to do with my life.  I do have a couple of great stories bouncing around in my head, but I can't find the words yet.  I hope when things settle, they will come.

So, what's going on with you, my peeps?  I'm starting to catch up with reading and commenting, but have I missed anything fabulous?  Listening to any new music? Seen any good movies?  Which reminds me, I saw Fast Five this weekend.  If you like this type of movie, it's really a good one.  Don't forget there are hot boys in it.  OH, and stay for the credits.

Maverick out.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A New Life...

Yes, I have a new life. It's a lot like my old one, except in this life, I am now unemployed.  Don't cry for me, Argentina.  The truth is I chose to be unemployed.  I came back from my trip, got sick, but finally went back to work. After just a few short days of complete asshattery, I decided I was done.  I told the folks at the ol' toxic waste dump exactly what they could do with their "job".  Ok, so I didn't work at a dump.  It was actually a nice office, but for the size of my company just the most unprofessional and unorganized place you could imagine.   Of course, after the high of quitting died, the panic of no job arose.  We ran some numbers and lo and behold, we can survive just fine off of Tugboat's income.  "Stay home" he said.  So I am.  I am officially a housewife.  Yippee!!  I'm finally freeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Except this nasty double ear infection that I picked up during my travels is keeping me from truly enjoying my new found freedom.  It's hard to be free when all you can do is sleep.  I can't wait for the fog to lift so I can get back to writing, blogging, and doing all the things around my house that I've always wanted to do!!  I may end up taking up something part time to have some fun money later on.  Maybe a bookstore...

So, I'd like to thank y'all for sticking around.  I'll be catching up with your blogs shortly...I've definitely missed you!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

B is for Back, S is for Sick...oh - that's right, not doing A-Z

I'm back, I'm sick, and I'm out of commission for a couple of days yet.  I went thru total blogger withdrawls with no internet and no computer.  I can't wait to get updated and back on track.

It was snowy, cold, and rainy. All relatives were sick.  Now I am sick.  I spoiled the heck out of my niece and nephew so all in all it was a great trip :)

I'm headed back to bed to curl up with a good book.  What are you reading?  Do you have a comfort book?  Can you bring me Ice Cream?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Off to see the wizard...or maybe the in-laws....

Toto, we aren't in Texas anymore.  We're in Wisconsin.  Or we will be later today anyway.  The average high this week will be 40 degrees, the average low is 30.   It will rain 4 out of the 6 days that I will be here, with one of those days to include SNOW.   Just to let you know, in Texas it will be high 80's the entire time I am gone.  There's a word for this.  I believe it is craptastic.  The upside?  A beautiful 5 year old girl and a charming 2 year old boy that I get to spoil to oblivion in these 6 days.  Overall, life is great!

My in-laws don't actually have internet access (yeah, I know...) so we aren't bringing our laptops.  So don't worry, I'll be back soon to lurk, stalk, and bore you to tears.

I hope you have a fabulous week, and I hope your muses are all talking to you as much as mine is talking to me!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cracks in the Foundation...

I thought that coming up with the perfect title for my story would be the answer to all of my problems.  In some ways, it was.  In other ways, it created new ones.  At Teen Book Con, at least one person asked each panel how they deal with the dreaded writer's block.  Everyone of course had their own way to deal, but it was what I believe Rachel Hawkins said that stuck with me the most.  If you're stuck, it usually means the foundation is broken.  I have come to this realization in my own WIP.

With that said, my previously untitled project is now being filed away under "nice try".  My new titled project is getting a fresh start, with some remnants finding their way in from the old project.  New characters, new conflicts, but same underlying theme.  Hopefully it works this time!  If not, I guess I need to re-think what I am writing about.

Is it too early in my "career" to be going through this?  Is it better that it's happening now and not later?  What are your thoughts on this?  How many times have you written a few chapters and then just scrapped them all and started over?

Happy Wednesday, folks!  We are halfway there!

Monday, April 11, 2011

By Any Means Necessary...

Well, if you follow the fabulous Kristin you've already read by now that we had an amazing day this past Saturday at Teen Book Con.  She took very fabulous notes, so feel free to clicky and read what the all of the authors had to say.

I, however, am horrible at taking notes.  I think it's the one thing involving multi-tasking that I am not so great at -- listening / writing.  I did listen, and absorbed all that I could.  Deb Caletti was the keynote speaker for this event.  I haven't read anything of hers (yet) but I was really touched by her story. I won't ruin it for anyone that may have the chance to hear her speak, but she said something that stuck with me.  This is of course, not verbatim, but to get out of her rotten situation, one that would make most of us crumble, she found strength in her writing.  She knew that she had to do whatever it took to make this (writing) happen.
In other words…by any means necessary. Her words choked me up a little. Ok, a lot. The things that I let hold me back were nothing in comparison to what she had been through, but she didn't roll over...she made it happen.

So, that is how my day started. I got fired up and ready for the greatness. We went on to the paranormal panel - Rachel Hawkins, Saundra Mitchell, Joy Preble, Stacey Kade, and the ever so lovely Andrea Cremer. We took a quick lunch break and went on to the "lighter" side of YA - the love! Deb Caletti, Lindsey Leavitt, Stephanie Perkins, and Kristen Tracy. Next we went to the dark side. Seriously. Gail Giles, Lauren Myracle, Elizabeth Scott, and Ellen Hopkins. DARK.  SIDE.  We headed back to the paranormal team…because they were so amazeballs the first time!  I felt like a VIP at a rock concert by the time we were done with the panels and the signings. Everyone was super sweet, and so gracious. As soon as we mentioned the fact that we blogged they would ask about our blog, what it was called…genuinely interested. I picked up a few new reads and added them to my ever-growing TBR pile. I'll hit that goal of 50 for 2011 before I know it!    I share with you now, me and Stephanie Perkins (left) and Andrea Cremer (right)

I absorbed what I could, and I will share with you my favorite points from the day
-Don't try to follow a trend. By the time your book is out that trend will be long gone and a new one in its place. Just write the best book you can.
-Do what ever it takes to make it happen
-Everyone has a different approach to things. Some outline, others just write. Some write chronologically, others write as it comes. No one way is right or wrong. Just keep writing!
-Stephanie Perkins is adorable!
-Andrea Cremer is one of the most educated, well spoken people I have ever met!

Happy Monday - have a great week!

Friday, April 8, 2011

A quick and completely random Friday Five...with pictures!

1.  I can't fall asleep unless I have one leg hanging out from under the blanket.
2.  I am supposed to leave for work at 7:30.  It is now 7:13 and I am sitting here, blogging.  I still need a shower.  I do this every day.  Is it called running late if you do it on purpose?
3.  I LOVE New Kids on the Block. I've seen them 3 times in the last 2 years.  Don't judge me.  That's me in the b&w shirt between Jordan and Danny. 
4.  I collect spoons.  They are displayed on a huge handmade wooden map of the USA in my upstairs hallway.  There is a very sentimental reason behind it. 
5.  I went to Target to buy a birthday present for a 4-year old.  I was hungry so I got a hot dog, sat down, started playing Angry Birds while I ate, and an hour later had briefly forgotten why I was there.

The dentist was fabulous, as expected.  I was a bit annoyed that they tried to sell me on a new crown.  There is nothing really wrong with my current one.  I am a wait-until-I-need-to girl when it comes to denistry so I will do just that. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Open up!

Ah, the day is finally here.  A day that some dread (twice a year), but for me, it is pure bliss...
Yes, that's right. I LOVE going to the dentist!  Most people hate it, but I love it.  It's like a manicure in your mouth.  I know you love manicures, right?  I don't know why. I've had some serious dental work done since the day I busted out the top front tooth in the 2nd grade.  I've got a piece of porcelain where my toothy once was and several root canals to prove it, but I still love going.  In just a few short hours, my teeth will be pristine!

So riddle me this...what regular thing do you love / hate?  And ladies, don't put that.  We all hate that.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Trying something new on Tuesday...

Today, well last night more accurately, I decided to try something new.  I took my shower before bed instead of this morning. I wanted to see if it would make a difference on my prep time.
The results:
-I love the way it feels crawling into bed after a bath/shower
-My hair was a rat's nest this morning, requiring the flat iron treatment
-I like my hair with the flat iron treatment
-I do not feel awake and refreshed since I didn't take my shower this morning
-My prep time was actually longer somehow.  I guess because normally I don't dry my hair.  It looks the same whether I blow dry or air dry so I usually do the latter.  Plus, blow drying is hard on your hair.

I am undecided on whether or not I will do this again.  The pros and cons even out so it's a tough one to call.

Something else I tried - not so much today on Tuesday - but over the weekend:  writing from a different character's POV.  So many people can pull it off but I didn't think it worked for me.  It wasn't bad, it just didn't fit.  I was hoping it would spruce up my story.  I am not giving up on the idea, but for now, I am sticking to my MC.

So what have you tried lately?  What were the results?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Where to even begin?!

Well it's that time of year again at my job.  Contract season is always our busiest with the tight deadlines, last minute changes, and of course, the thankless hours of overtime.  Needless to say, I am very backlogged on blogging, writing, or just about everything that I enjoy!  So I totally vegged out this weekend!  I needed it.

So, a few things for this fantabulous Monday morning:

- I finally thought of a name for my WiP.  I am so excited!  I don't know why it was so hard to come up with.
- Kristin is almost to 300 followers and once she gets there, she's going to have a fun and easy blogfest.  Most of you are following me because of her but in the event you have not met Kristin, head on over.  If you like me at all, you'll love her!  Go on, now.  Clicky, clicky...
-The lovely Gina gifted me with an award last week.  I am very grateful.  I know I should pay it forward, but I am still not sure I should be judging anyone yet.  I am thinking of something fun and exciting to do in the upcoming weeks as well...so stay tuned.
-Giving those of you doing the A-Z challenge MAD props.  I can hardly remember the letters between A-Z most of the time...
-13 days until I get to see my Heidi Belle!  Here's what you'll be missing.  Hand on her hip, just like Auntie Heaver.  My mini-princess in training.  Except we have to work on the powdered sugar all over her face when she eates her pancake pups.
Happy Monday, ya'll!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

That's a negative, ghost rider...

Yes, I know. What can I say? Top Gun is one of my favorite movies of all time. There is something about seeing military aircraft in action that gives me a sense of pride. I only go to airshows for the fighter jets, harriers, and of course the Blue Angels. My love for Top Gun might also have something to do with the shirtless, oiled, ripped boys playing volleyball. Dear Val Kilmer, can you please revert to Iceman status STAT?
Anyway, it actually refers to what is going on in my brain in regards to my story. Absolutely nothing, still. Nada. Zilch. Zero. This is normal, right.  RIGHT?

OK, I exaggerate...maybe a short dialogue here and there...but it's completely random as far as order is concerned. In a few weeks I should be traveling up north to the location that I am actually writing about. I plan to spend one day by the lake doing absolutely nothing but writing. My brother in law is a park ranger so I'll have the inside scoop on the best locations if I please. It will be hard to stay away from my oh-so-adorable niece and nephew for a day but I'm going to try. It's very difficult to ignore my Heidi Belle when she says "Auntie Heaver will you play Barbies with me?" My heart melts every time.

So here's to being inspired, right? Or maybe here's to having someone in your life that makes your heart melt?! Either way..I'm winning, duh!

Friday, March 25, 2011

...but tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet...

Tomorrow I am participating in a garage sale with a friend of mine, so I've been spending my evenings finding things I don't need or want anymore.  While I've been sorting, pricing, and purging I have had a lot of time with my thoughts.  Many of the items represent my inability to delay gratification.  Others represent a time in my life, whether good or bad, but lately I am focused more on the latter, and I have decided that I don't want to be anymore. I have let my past hold me back for the absolute last time.

I feel like the physical clutter is preventing me from concentrating most days when I sit down to write.  I feel like the mental clutter is preventing me from saying goodbye to the past.  I've decided that it's time to get rid of them both.  Time to get rid of the clothes and the people that just don't fit anymore.  Harsh, yes.  Necessary, heck yes.  Will it be hard?  Absolutely.  2011 will be the year I let go of it all.  No more clutter, no more excess, and no more drama (except in my book).

So I am cleaning out my closets literally and metaphorically.  Out with old, in with the...well, I don't need new.  Definitely out with the old.  A five bedroom house that only contains two people should not be overflowing with...well...junk!  It's difficult when the tugboat refuses to part with anything.  It's good for him that he's cute and treats me like a queen!  I need to focus on him and not what came before him.  Today I put on my big girl underpants, and I am moving on!  I might even make some money in the process.

Are you Spring Cleaning?  What are you getting rid of?

Happy Friday Ya'll!  Make this weekend a great one!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ten Things on Thursday

1. I'm having a hard time writing lately.  My MC just isn't speaking to me right now. Isn't it too early for that?  I know I am very much in the early stages -- brainstorming, character building, research...but I just really want to get the words out.  I just seem to have misplaced them all.

2. I saw a movie last night. A BAD one.  I won't name names, but it was just abysmal. We laughed the entire time from the story, to the acting, to the cheesy looks everyone gave each other.  I've decided that the very famous person in this movie must have lost a bet to act in this.

3. A very old wound was reopened this week.  It's funny to me how someone who has wronged so severely can just act like nothing happened.  I don't care if it's been 15 years.  The events of that day changed my life in ways I can't explain.  Is it wrong to expect someone to apologize after so long? Just a quick - "Hey, how's life? I'm sorry that I lied about you, to you, threw you out on the street with nowhere to go. Oh, and yeah, sorry about punching you and breaking your glasses."
Is that too much to ask?

4. I really hate preparing for garage sales.

5. I am absolutely obsessed with Carrie Ryan this week.

6. I need to find something about me that I like - a feature.  I can easily make a list of the things about me I hate, but I can't find one single that I like.  No, I really am NOT fishing for compliments.  I'm talking physical features.  It's harder than it sounds.

7. I long to be pure of mind and of heart.  I need to figure out how to get there.

8. I am planning to for the first time ever go to a midnight showing of a movie.  Harry Potter deserves such a send off, I believe.

9.  I vowed last year never to dye my hair again.  I am 35 and probably 60-70% grey.  It's almost halfway grown out.  It's patchy but some underneath parts are totally white.  I was cleaning and found some old boxes of dye under the cabinet.  I am SO tempted right now...must..be.strong.

10.  I am so jealous that all of you have so much to offer in terms of writing advice and experience.  I am also very appreciative of all you for the same reasons.  I am soaking it up like a little, well - chubby, sponge and one day I hope to blow your minds with something that I can give back to you.  For now, I am content being the court jester.

As always, Happy Friday Eve, y'all!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

C'mon baby, let's get to it. Strike a prose, there's nothing to it....

Let's talk about prose, bay-bee.  (Ok, I'm done with the 90's song references...for now)

Seriously, let's talk about prose, because I am really confused.  I won Delirium by Lauren Oliver in a contest.  I started looking into it and kept seeing comments about it being written in prose.  For some reason my mind went to poetry, but whatever.  A lot of the reviews on Goodreads commented about the book being written in prose. A LOT. 

So I started reading it (I loved it by the way) but it just seemed like another book to me.  Maybe it's my lack of education, I don't know.  So I started looking into "prose" and all I can find is that it's basically the most common way of writing and most books are written this way.  If this is the case, what's the big deal?  There are comments on Goodreads that say things like "Oliver has mastered writing in prose" or "the prose is beautifully written".  It's a beautifully written book, don't get me wrong...but I just don't get it.

Am I missing something? If so, can someone please explain to me what I am missing?  If prose is most common, what other types of writing are books being written in?  HELP!

PS - hope you're having a great week!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul.” - Christopher Forrest McDowell

Hope you're having a great week!   I wish I had something clever to write here.  I wish I could tell you that I've written 3000 words for my WiP, but I've written maybe 100 words.  It's been an exhausting and dramatic week and I won't bore you with the details -- but it involves neighbors, barking dogs, cops, handcuffs, and citations.  Seems like it would be good book material, but I don't really know where to fit all that in just yet.  I need to deal with it in real life before I can do that, me thinks.

Where do you write your best work?  I like working in my office upstairs, but sometimes find myself distracted - mainly by the need to clean and organize this disaster area.  Plus, there's a dog that barks 24-7 that grates every nerve that I have.  I've tried writing in Starbucks but I find too much is going on - coffee grinders, pissy baristas, music, etc.  K-Rae and I tried Borders which wasn't terrible...but I think our Borders is haunted! Or just overrun by the Solar and Lunar Power convention.

So what kind of environment do you write best in?  Silent? Full of music? Inside? Outside?
Where is your sanctuary? 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Let's give 'em something to blog about....how about love? Love? Love!

Happy Monday to YOU! Missing that hour yet? I am! I didn't believe my alarm when it went off this morning - since it was still so dark outside and all. I worked in the yard this weekend. I picked up something and it had little pricklies in in...one of those plants where the pricklies are unseen until you touch them. Now my left hand is ouchy, and I can't see the shards of prickly to pull them out because they are microscopic. I won't talk about the splotches on my arm from trimming back the Sago Palms, or the huge welt on the back of my leg from whatever has bitten me. I also won't talk about the baby snakes that made me scream like a little boy either...

What I do want to talk about is love. In your stories. I let someone read something I had written for my WIP and it brought up a good topic for discussion. I had written an "a-ha" moment and my friend said something that implied that maybe it was too soon to use the word "love", or "in love with". She's totally right here, which is why she's my beta reader / crit buddy -- she's truly the voice of reason. Would my MC be able to say that they loved this person so soon? The one point we agree on is how "love" is tossed around very genorously in most YA novels. Not that I have a problem with that...

So this brings me to the question of the day. Do you think a character can say that she/he "loves" another character before they've really are together? Get your mind out of the gutters...I just mean together as in they've finally gotten together. Seriously - when is it ok to use "love"? Your thoughts?

Friday, March 11, 2011

In which I write an open letter to Stephenie Meyer....

Now, before I post my letter and get all twi-hardy on you, I must explainy.
Every week in the Alice Marvels newsletter there's a prompt...like "Who's your favorite villian" or "Who is your favorite vampire".  You enter and if your answer is witty and cool enough, you win whatever book is being given away that week.  If you've been paying attention, it was my entry, and then my win, that made Kristin encourage me to write, blog, etc.  It's why I'm here.  Alice told both Kristin and I that we could win as much as we wanted, so we enter as we see fit -- when it's a book we want.

This week, the prompt was "if you could see into any book character's future, whose would you peer into?".  Kristin's was bloody brilliant and she totally deserved to win.  I'll let her share it with you as to not steal her thunder.  Mine was farking hilarious, or I thought so anyway.  But neither of us won this week and I'm pretty irked about it.  Ok, so I'm a sore loser.  But since I could not think of anything funny to blog about today, I thought I would share with you. Because you guys rock!

Enjoy...I hope...

An Open Letter To Stephenie Meyer:

Dear Mrs. Meyer,

It's been a while since I have heard from you. I can only assume you are just swamped writing a sequel to The Host and all. Anyway, let me get right to the point. The Twilight Saga was Bella's story. Eddie and Bells get the happy ending that they deserve. What I don't quite understand is what happens to Jacob? Now, I must emphasize that I am or was never Team Jacob or even Team Edward (Jasper + Uniform = Yum). I did, however, always believe that Jacob deserved true happiness, and with Bella being off the market and all, having him imprint on her half vampire / half human daughter was a true stroke of genius. Jake is too good, too pure to be left heartbroken and alone. I am glad to see that he was given what he needed -- someone to love that will love him back. I love that his feelings for Bella and the pain they caused him were replaced with his adoration for Nessie, thus allowing Bella and Edward to get on with their lives. I mean, Bella married Ed and had his spawn. Jacob was obviously out of the running, right? Time to move on, Jake!

So what I need to know is: How does it all work? How will the laws of nature and the history between the two clans relate to their future? It'll be a few years before they can actually be an item. I know Jacob will be by her side during this time, but what happens when she's of age? Will they be able to have a full and happy life, like the one that he promised Bella? Will they be able to marry? Have....babies? Puppies? Something? What happens if they grow up together only to find they can't do these things? Can he un-imprint? Can he be with someone else? Will he just revert to Bella at some point? Can Leah imprint on HIM? Since Alice can't really "see" either of them, it's not like you can just do a quick flash forward, right?

Now, if I were you, I would have already designated a room in my house as "the money room" and would be spending my days rolling around in all the cash. All day, every day. Better yet, I'd build a pool in the backyard and fill it with money, not water. I'd just spend my days doing laps back and forth in it, but only after I'd had some time in the money room. But seriously, I need these questions answered. Really soon, please. I mean, go ahead and finish the sequel to The Host, because I need that too, but please...when you have some time out of the money pool, can you let me know? I know in that brilliant little mind of yours, you see their future. I beg you to share it with me.

In Carlisle We Trust,
Your Number One Fan

P.S. Seriously - The Host sequel, ASAP!

Have a great weekend ya'll!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Microphone checka, one two checka...

It's Friday Eve, Y'all!  Party over here!

Well, actually, the party was last Friday at Blue Willow Bookshop!  The attendees?  Well, there's the always fabulous K-Rae, the lovely Jen , her sweet sister Kim, and Meredith, my newest stalkee. Before the show, the girls and I met up at a cute little bistro nearby, had some great food, and fought our way through the waves of traffic...oh alright it was just across the street...to BWB.

The guests of honor?  Well that would be Rachel Hawkins, author of Hex Hall and Demonglass, and Sarwat Chadda, author of Devil's Kiss and Dark Goddess. 
Rachel spoke first, about how she became a writer and how her job at the time was sucking the life out of her (hmm...sounds...familiar...) and then she read a passage from Demonglass.  I'm about halfway through it and can't wait to finish.

Sarwat was next, and to be completely honest, I had not heard of him before this event was announced.  I was undecided if his books would be for me.  Then, he began speaking. I LOVE HIM!   He touched on the history behind his stories and I was completely and utterly amazed at what he puts into his work.  And a little overwhelmed on what I should be putting into mine.  He was so enthusiastic and REAL (and he likes zombies too)!  He was trying to compare the darkness of his book, Devil's Kiss, to something we could relate to, and as soon as he said, "Does anyone watch The Walking Dead?" my hand shot up (alone, I might add) and after that I felt he was talking directly to ME!  Then he started reading a passage from Devil's Kiss -- I knew right away that I had to read this book.  I have a pretty large TBR pile, but this one is being moved to top of the line! My only regret is that after they spoke, things got a little confusing and I didn't get a picture with him.  Next time, my zombie loving friend, next time!

Miss K-Rae got a shot of me with Rachel Hawkins, which I am pleased to share with you all.
Yes, that's me.  On the right.  35-44.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'd like to thank the Academy....and the Adonis DNA...

Well, to my surprise, since we last met, I received not one but TWO stylish blogger awards.  Since I am new here I was really shocked to see something like that at all, let alone so soon.

Award #1 was from Diana.  If you aren't following her you should be. She's recently posted some amazing photo/writing excercises and I really really hope that they turn into something more than just a short story.  I wish I could find her words.

Award #2 is from Michelle.  Again, clicky to the left, then clicky at the top where it says "follow".  I really love how she sprinkles images into her posts.  It makes the entry even more fun!

Now, according to the rules, I am supposed to nominate some others to get one.  Here is my thought on that.  I am reserving that right for a later date.  I have been here exactly one month and one day.   I am not sure if I am in a position to judge any of you.  Besides, I love something different about ALL of your blogs.  It would not be fair to choose some over others.  So one day, it will hit me, and I'll do it...I am just not ready :)

According to the other rules, I am supposed to tell y'all some things about me.  Well, this shouldn't be so bad...

1.  I have 3 turtles.  Myrtle (the turtle), Charlie, and Tim.  Tim is a girl, something we did not know until we caught her and Charlie together.  Yes, I am serious.  Somewhere there is photographic evidence. She laid an egg once.  Not sure where it went, but it did not become a baby turtle.   Thought I would share since some people wondered about turtles as pets.  They are pretty easy.

2.  Not easy are the 5 cats I currently have.  Yes, I know, insane but I am a sucker for a stray of any kind.   It used to be 6 but our beloved Muffin died a couple of years ago from kidney failure.  This last year we almost lost our Snick to a kidney stone. One of them, Devlin,  is diabetic.  Dusti is schizophrenic.  Abbie just has bad breath.  I love them all dearly - but after they are gone, no more kitties for me. 

3. I met my husband, known as Tugboat from here on out, over the phone at my first "real" job.  I was living all alone in Minneapolis, working on the railroad (all the livelong day) and he worked in the rail yard in Indiana, very close to where I grew up/went to high school, etc.  We started chatting a lot which led to late night phone calls after work, some calls lasted 12 hours.  After a few months we decided to meet.  I drove home to stay with my bestie from HS, and met up with him.  A few trips back and forth, and I left the railroad to be with him.  We met and married within 6 months.  He's older than me by almost 12 years.  We've been married 11 years.

4.  I am addicted to ALL things shiny.  I am, pardon mah french, a gadget whore.  I can't help it.  I need detox.  It's all I can do to not buy an iPad even though I have absolutely NO use for one whatsoever.   I have to keep my eye on the prize -- because I want to quit my job and stay home full time.  I can't do that until my shiny addiction has been cured.   I mean, in my defense, how do you say no to Jacob Black's abs on 73" of high definition? Yes, that is a Kinect Sensor.  Yes, I love it. Told you, addict.

5.  I am a gamergirl.  Somewhat hard core.  I like blowing things up and killing zombies.  If you are by chance on XBOX live, hit me up - MissPriss75.  Make sure you bring it.

6.  Speaking of, I have a very unhealthy obsession with the undead.  The release of The Dark and Hollow Places cannot get here soon enough, for more reasons than one.  Feel free to suggest zombie related books of all kind to me at your earliest convenience.

7.   I took a survey the other day.  For the first time I had to check the "35-44" box.  It was horrifying.  I was like, 35-44??  How did we get here?  What have I accomplished?  Well, I'll tell ya.  I'm married to a man that would do anything for me.  While I hate going to work, I have a really good job that pays well and has good benefits.  It's not a career, but it serves a purpose.  Because of said job I can afford to have the shiny if I want it.  I rock as a gamergirl, and I've made some pretty good friends because of it.  And when the zombies do come,  I'll be kicking a$$ and taking names, so ya'll are welcome at my bunker.  I have a family that loves me, and and I have friends that love me even more, which is cool since they don't really have to.  Oh, and in case you haven't heard, I am writing a book.  Yeah, so what have accomplished?  A lot.  I may not have everything I want, but I sure have everything I need.

So, thanks again ladies, for the award (s).  When the time is right, I will pass them on with pride :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Teaser Friday Five. Wait, there's nothing catchy about that.

I am so very thankful to have survived the week still employed and not incarcerated.   It helps to have a great support team to keep me off of the brink.

So, today I get to meet a couple of you - Meredith (waving hi - you're now being stalked by moi), and Jen.  We, Kristin Rae included of course, will be hanging out with the fabulous Rachel Hawkins to celebrate Demonglass, follow up to Hex Hall.  There'll be fun for sure!  I get to add Demonglass to my already overwhelming pile of books to be read this year.  See exhibit A:

Thanks to the wonderful Kristi for the signed Nightshade, Matched, and Across the Universe.  And if you havent read ATU, what is holding you back? Amazing book!

I'm super excited for the event but as part of my random list of five this week, there are some reasons why I am nervous.
1.  I'm a big girl with low self esteem
2. Because of number one, I hate to be photographed, and hate to see photographs of myself
3. I know that there will be photography and posted photos of said event
4. I am putting on my big girl britches in more than one way today and getting over it so I won't be uncomfortably nervous in front of new people.
5 I'm really hungry at inappropriate times. That's why number one is an issue.

Anyway...I said teaser Friday Five.  So yea, buried somewhere in this post is a clue to what I am writing about :)  Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This is the title of today's blog!

Let's see, what can I tell you that you might be interested in?

I've almost quit my job maybe 4 times this week.  I have to remember that it pays well, and has more vacation than I need, so I have to stick it out for the sake of my family until some things are paid off and I can quit and stay home!  I do have a much needed appointment with the HR director tomorrow, so I am hoping this makes me feel better, and not worse. 
Moving on, my 2 year old iPhone 3G gave up the ghost today.  I could probably still use it but I like music and I don't want to deal with my music skipping around.  Downside, I thought that a problem I was having with my car dock was my phone, turns out it's the dock, so thats something I need to fix, and the dock doesn't want to charge the iPhone 4.  I really didnt want to get a 4, was holding out for a 5 this summer, but my phone just didnt want to do much anymore.  But it's new, and shiny (no comments from the peanut gallery and you know who you are) and its FAST.  It took my old phone 5 mins to open netflix, new phone opens netflix in less than 3 seconds. BAM!
I am very behind reading blogs, or more accurately,  commenting on them, so bear with me - because I've been on the edge of sanity all week and just have to "get right" before the weekend.  I have done just a smidge of writing but it was mostly crap so I scrapped most of it.

I believe that it's time for me to go downstairs and watch some Jacob Black goodness, something I haven't done since I got my new 73" TV.  That's right - Jacob Black abs on 73 inches of high definition.  C'mon, I know you are tres jealous.

A special shout out to my in house therapist, you know who you are, xoxo - Rainbow Brite

Goodnight moon! 

Monday, February 28, 2011

It's Monday? Already? Crap! No, no...I mean, SPARKLES!! Yes, that's it!

I pretty much did nothing all weekend.  It's nice to do that sometimes.  I stressed some about where to go with my story.  I mean, I have a who, what, when, where, and why -- but I have no idea how to tie it all together.  I know it's too soon for me to be discouraged but I am just a little.  My writing and book buddy, K-Rae, basically told me to get off it and suck it up.  (Yes, I called her K-Rae.  That's going to be her rapper name.  She's good at everything, so why not be a rapper?  Well, maybe I should ask her what she thinks about all of this before I set up a gig...)

ANYWAY she's right, I need to suck it up, and just put it all down, and worry about the rest later.

Then I watched this!  This is SO going to be my launch party.  How epic! 

I hope ya'll have a great and productive week ahead.  This Friday is the Rachel Hawkins signing!  Totes excited about that!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Does that sparkle with all the girls? Sunshine!

Just incase you are wondering, yes, I am feeling a little bit better.

Now, on to the point.

I am definitely not the most positive person in the world, I don't try to hide that. I consider myself not so much negative (yes, maybe I am in denial) but more realistic. I don't sugar coat much, if anything and I don't hide behind rose-colored glasses.  Sometimes my outlook makes people laugh.  Sometimes it affects me more than I'd like to admit.  Sometimes I let it get me down.  WAY down.

In catching up on blogs, I've had some time to reflect.   I've read posts about the what ifs and mantras and have thought about the issues I am having at work and asked myself, "what do I do now?".

I have really just one thing to say.  Sparkles, Sunshine, Rainbows, and Unicorns.  If something isn't going my way, or if I get in a "mood", I just repeat it.  Sparkles, Sunshine, Rainbows, and Unicorns.  It's my new mantra.  Fake it 'til you make it, right?  I am trying hard to have a more positive demeanor.  Trying REAL hard.  I have 35 years of cynical thinking to undo.  What can I say?  One day at a time!

I was somewhat inspired by a South Park (Season 11) episode called "The List".  I'm a back and forth watcher.  Sometimes I am in the mood, sometimes they take it too far.  This episode CRACKS me up.  I tried to find a clip on YouTube but looks like the South Park peeps have that on lock down. If you have Netflix, just watch it.  Yes, there are inappropriate words.  But you will laugh.  I hope. 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011


It appears that what I thought was allergies is something WAY more intense.  Did not sleep one iota last night.  Looks like I am going to be out of commission for a few days!!  No bueno!

Being sick sucks.  That is all!

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's just another Manic Monday.....

Monday oh how I loathe thee!

I had a pretty rough week last week, especially Friday.  It's always refreshing to find out you've been betrayed and that betrayal affects your potential to be promoted and make more money.  Yes, that is sarcasm you are reading here.

ANYway...I met up with my favorite writing / reading buddy Kristin after finding out about said event/betrayal and we took our laptops over to Starbucks and did some writing.  I've never done that before.  In fact, I'm usually the one making snarky comments about those sitting around in Starbucks doing just that.  I found, however, that it was very nice to write somewhere other than my office at home, and I can't wait to do it again! I apologize to the millions of people that use their laptops in Starbucks for my harsh judgement. We chatted, brainstormed, and did some writing and it really took my mind off of the 9 to 5.  I was calm, cool, and relaxed.  As soon as I got back in the car to go back to my cubicle, my stomach started knotting up, and I literally felt sick to my stomach.  When I got to the parking lot I just broke down in the car, practically hyperventilating.  It could have been the coffee, but I was pretty sure it was the job.  To make myself feel better, I packed up ALL personal items from my desk.  It was fun to watch the boss squirm a little bit watching me.  Finally someone asked if I'd be back on Monday, and I confirmed that I would be...I just had a few personal items I'd been meaning to take home -- that's all.  Bwahahahaha!

Did I want to quit?  My gosh yes!  I've been unhappy for quite some time.  I know that financially it would be tricky so I stay anyway and take the abuse.  I think that this was my final warning though - not work wise but stress wise.  My body is telling me it's time to move on from there.  I've got to finish this book, get it published, and get the eff out of there!!  The thought of getting away from that toxic, high-schoolish environment is the best motivation I can think of to get my story down and done!

Do I have a point?  I think so...

I think the point is that there is a turning point for all of us - when we realize our lives need to change and only we have the power to do it.   I mean, of course this is pretty basic stuff...but we get comfortable and just keep on with how we are doing things.  Friday was my last wake up call.  I'm getting this DONE!

I'm glad that I have such a great group of peeps to hang out with while I'm doing it.  You know, YOU GUYS!  I think we are going to have a fun day when I hit the 50 follower mark.  I have plans for you ALL!  I'd put my evil plot laugh here...but I used it once already.

Happy Monday everyone!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What a day!

WOW!  Thanks to the blogfest, I think my followers list has DOUBLED!  I haven't even had a chance to go exploring on my own...will have to make time for that hopefully tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by and shared (and followed)!  I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Almost 30 followers.  Maybe we can do something FUN when I hit 50!  Only if I can wear a tiara, though.

My Answers to the Bernard Pivot Blogfest Questionnaire!

In case you didn't know, Nicole is hosting a blogfest in the spirt of "In the Actor's Studio" to celebrate 500 followers!  Learn more about the contest here!  My answers are below.  Enjoy :)

What is your favorite word?   Asshat.  I'm pretty sure it's not a real word, but it gives me the giggles.  Especially when someone has done something worthy of being called one.

What is your least favorite word?   Work.  Seriously.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  I don't know about "turned on" per se, but it inspires me to be around positive people.  If you know me, you know I'm not the world's biggest optimist -- it's been a semi-rough life so I have a lot of things to be cautious of.  The more I am around positive, and truly caring people, the less negative I become.

What turns you off? People that are nasty just to amuse themselves.  Nobody's perfect, and we all have our catty comments from time to time...but I really feel sorry for those who have nothing better to do than to just sit around and say nasty and unnecessary things about other people.

What is your favorite curse word?   Fcuk!  Fcukity! Fcuk! Fcuk! Fcuk!  Sometimes there is just nothing else that makes sense!

What sound or noise do you love? I love hearing the keys in the front door.  It means my handsome husband is home!

What sound or noise do you hate?  Well, I'd have to say that this is a very close tie between the sound of my alarm and the sound of one of my cats hacking something up somewhere in the house.  Blech.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?   I've always wanted to be a professional chef.  Now I want to be a writer.  Maybe I can be a professional chef that writes about being a professional chef?  Did I lose you there?
What profession would you not like to do?  The one I am doing now.  But seriously, I just don't like to work.  If I had my way, I'd be a homemaker.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  Welcome.  Brad Pitt's been waiting for you over there on cloud 39.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick...the one that makes me scream", she says...

I love music.  All kinds.  Today is New Music Tuesday, and I am always on the hunt for something new to listen to!  Your suggestions are appreciated.

Now on to the real post.   I've found myself lately listening to an 80's New Wave / Alternative + early 90's Alternative / Grunge play list.  New Order, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Echo & the Bunnymen, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Cure, Yaz, Violent Femmes, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, REM, RHCP - I could literally go on all day about music!  It takes me back to high school, and what it was like to have a crush on the boy next door (hint, hint).  It puts me in the proper mind set for my WIP.  I really believe that the music that was at your core in your teen / formative years is the music you tend to revert to in adulthood for comfort and general enjoyment.  I always gave my mom a hard time about her music - Zeppelin, Beatles, The Who, The Stones, Jimi, Janis...but I realize today it's no different than me listening now to the bands from my youth.  Oh my youth, where are you?

So, what music gets you in the mood?
(Get your minds out of the gutter - I'm talking about writing!)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Have you ever noticed that Friday is so CLOSE to Monday, but Monday is so FAR from Friday?

I had a VERY lazy weekend. I did not leave the house at all! I did accomplish one thing though - I basically have plotted out my entire story. There are of course details to be worked out, but I have a really good framework down so far!!

The hardest part to me so far has been picking names for my characters!! Who knew it would be that difficult?

I think I need to take my mind off if it for a day or so and see if anything just comes to me. Of course, I can't seem to be able to NOT think about my story. That's a good thing, right?

And now...it's my turn to BRAG!

Just last week, Kristin was bragging on ME because I won the Alice Marvels weekly giveaway from the week before.  I won a copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver, which I am VERY anxious to receive and read!  As Kristin noted, if you are not getting your daily Alice Marvels, and you are a fan of the YA genre, you should really sign up!

Well, guess who won last week's contest?  That's right, your very own Kristin Creative!!  The prompt:  Which fairy tale character would you like to be and why?  The prize:  Cloaked by Alex Finn.  Y'all don't need me to tell you how fabulous Kristin is -- heck, most of you have been reading her blog longer than I've known her.   When she showed me this entry, I was blown away.  I would have been really angry with Alice Marvels had she not been chosen!  Her winning entry is below!

Maybe it's the Sociology major in me, but Cinderella is one of my favorite classic fairy tales. The story really demonstrates that you can rise above your circumstances. She worked hard her entire young life, desperate for change but stuck in a loveless home. Enter the fairy godmother, who represents anyone in our life that encourages and inspire us to take risks. Our lives are what we make of them, and while our efforts might not earn us an actual prince, they will earn us a better life. I'd want to be Cinderella because she has perspective. Often people who come from virtually nothing and become successful have a stronger outlook--they don't take anything for granted because they know what went into getting that success. They might even be kinder to those less fortunate, and who knows? They might be a fairy godmother for someone else.

Woo Hoo!  We are WINNERS!  Well, she's always a winner.  She seems to have the magic touch when it comes to contests!!  Congrats, K!

Happy Monday and Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Hope your week starts off well!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thanks, and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Well, it's Friday, and the end of a pretty good week for me. 

Thanks to everyone for your input and support so far.  My WIP now has over 900 words.  I feel very accomplished!  I've also noticed that since I am focusing so much on my WIP, I have been able to tune out the negative things around me.  Even if I am not actually writing, I'm too busy thinking about what my MC will be doing next, instead of letting the toxicity at my 9 to 5 bog me down. 

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Getting Started

Well, I can officially say that I have written the first page of my story.  109 words.  I am on my way!!

What I am not sure of is which program to use for the rest of it.  I tried  Scrivener and it looks very useful.  It's only Beta for Windows right now, so I am really afraid to use it long term.  It saves in a format specific to the program.  In the event that the program never is fully released for windows, I am afraid of losing my data.
So for now I am starting with Word, and using One Note to organize my research and notes.  Any suggestions from the professionals (this means you guys!)?

As I started typing, I realize I have absolutely no idea what I am doing!!  I don't plan on letting that slow me down, but this brings me to some additional questions.  Should I take a class?  How many of you are self taught?  Are there any resources that you recommend for guidance?

Happy Friday Eve everyone!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

They say you made a resoluuuution....weeelll you know....

Resolutions.  I made one this year.  Just one.  To exercise.  Every day.  Minimum 20 minutes.
It lasted one month.  I don't know what happened.  I was so committed.  Is it because I'm really lazy?  Did life get in the way?   Maybe, but I really believe I set a goal that was unreachable in the first place.  Did it ever make sense for someone to go from 0 work outs to 365?    My resolution should have been more realistic.  Maybe 3 - 4 days a week is more reasonable.

I have a tendency to dream big - to take on a big task at once, and then I fizzle out pretty quickly.  I get overwhelmed.  I say all of this because I worry in terms of deciding to write a book.  Sure, it's all exciting now - but can I stick to it? I can say this - I really want to, and I think I have a pretty good support system now to keep me encouraged.  So this will be my 2nd resolution - to stick to writing. 

What were your resolutions?  Have you stuck with it?  If not, do you know why?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


All I can say is THANKS for such a warm welcome today!   This is not my first attempt to blog, but my previous attempt was really just for me.  I wouldn't say I have anger issues, but I do sometimes have a hard time keeping my thoughts silent.  Instead of saying things out loud, I decided to blog them anonymously on what I called my "suck it blog".  I don't know if I went through a phase or what, but I haven't really felt the need to tell someone to suck it in a very long time.  Maybe I am growing up, who knows.

Anyway, I have imported them for historical purposes.  I think they are kind of funny - so maybe you will too.  Feel free to check out the 2010 Archives!

Monday, February 7, 2011

An Exciting Day...

Realizing your dreams is more overwhelming that one expects.  Today I came up with about 20 different ideas for my book.  Now it's time to organize them.

I only have one lonely little follower, but she does enough for 100! Between her own blog, her fantabulous photo photography career, and her new team blog, BooKrushed, she found time to make me this gorgeous header that you can find right up there...look up...see it?

I am almost too excited to sleep, but I am sure I will find a way...