Saturday, January 31, 2009

Why I Need Books...

I love books. I love the way they feel in my hands, the way they smell. I love seeing them on the shelf in my room. I love buying them, shopping for them, and, most of all, I love reading and writing them.
Reading is an escape. It's an even better escape than watching television. When you watch T.V., you have commercials, news tidbits, and commercials. The same commercials over and over. And over. Before you get your panties in a twist, I'm not bashing the tube. Admittedly, I don't watch a lot, but just because I'm not watching, doesn't mean it's not on when the family is home. And I think I have an obligation to pay attention to the news and what's going on in the world. But it doesn't have to consume my life. I read to forget about life for a little while. To immerse myself in a different world - whether it's a world filled with paranormal elements, or just a journey into the character's lives and love.
I love writing for the same reason. Creating different worlds, characters, villains. Not only do I write for myself, but I write in the hopes I can affect others with emotions (hopefully good emotion) as they escape from their lives with my characters.
I don't think it matters how you read - a paper book, an e-book, on an e-book reader (I want one) - as long as you read. You should never be too busy to read. A lot of people say they are, and I just don't see how that's possible. Heck, I'm busy. Everyone I know is busy - writers and non-writers. Even if I didn't write, I'd still feel driven to read. I always have. There are times during the day where you can squeeze in a few minutes - in the bathroom, waiting at the doctor, waiting at the post office, waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for your computer to load, waiting for water to boil. When your little kids want to play in the tub longer (I got a lot of reading done during that time of our life). Anyway. You get what I'm saying.
Read a book.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Feel Good Friday

Friday again...
Here's the list.
1. Supernatural. (Dean in shorts and track pants. Sam in white scrubs. I've never seen a janitor uniform look that good.)
2. Supernatural chats.
3. It's Friday.
4. Talking to my sisters - both of them.
5. Warmth.
6. Editing. Because it means I'm almost done.
7. A low-key weekend. Whoot.
8. Snow days.
9. School delays.
10. Knowing (hoping) I'm going to get caught up this weekend.
That's all.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Under the Wire

I've been trying to post all day. For some reason, I couldn't get on here. I can now and that's all that matters.
This will be a quick one. My bed beckons and I'm going to have to get up and shut the crap off the TV. I'll just tell you it's a dance show featuring popular songs I cannot stand. The kid that was watching it has gone to take a shower, leaving me with it. Ugh.
I don't remember what I was going to talk about earlier.
I am 100 pages through my harder edits. I haven't wanted to throw it in the creek yet, so that's good. Though I still have 310 pages to get through. I've cut an immense amount of words so far. Page after page of backstory and telling. I saved what I cut, just in case I need it for inspiration/information to built off of and add back in. I labeled the files "history lesson 1, 2" ...and so forth. Ha! We'll see how many I end up with, though I already did a major cut on the last pass and didn't save much, if any, of that.
I just wanted to check in. I still have a few things to do before I can crawl between the sheets.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day!

This snow day is exactly what I need!
Though now it's sleet and supposed to turn into freezing rain, we did get some snow before the switch over. Doesn't matter. It was enough to cancel school and any other plans I had to travel today. B took the 'burban to work, so there's not even a chance I'll get forced to go anywhere today. Whoot! We knew schools were on a delay before going to bed last night, so I got to sleep in. Always a good thing. Now it's catching up with myself and editing, and probably watching a little Lord of the Rings, too. Oh, and a nap. Definitely a nap.
Yesterday went so fast. I completely missed posting. I have my days all mixed up, too. I think it's Tuesday for some reason. So, maybe I'll come back later with a Tall Tale Tuesday post. Depending.
For now, I'm going to catch up on my email, start laundry, and enjoy the day.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Making Progress Monday

That's what I'm doing.
Today was a pretty good day when you look at how many pages I got through. Though, I'm soon getting to the point where I have to backtrack and add/change/tweak elements to make sure the story is solid from beginning to end. You saw part of the list. I'm sure I'll have another list when I get to the last pass read-through.
I want it to be finished. I don't want to rush and miss something obvious. My critique partners are fantastic, but there's no reason to put them through unnecessary work. There's no way it's going to be perfect, nothing ever is. This book is definitely kicking my butt. I still love it, but the doubts are beginning to creep in.
I'm trying to ignore them.
Winter weather is in the forecast. We'll see if we actually get snow this time. I'm not holding my breath, and I refuse to make the prerequisite trip to the store for milk, bread, and toilet paper, especially since I just went and got those things yesterday.
Anyway. I guess this is a different form of random. I am feeling rather random these days, so it makes sense.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


A list of random.
1. I know it's winter, but if it's going to be this cold, we should have snow. This year has been very disappointing in the snow department.
2. Sunday afternoon naps are the best.
3. It takes forever to get through the grocery store when you run into a boatload of people you know.
4. Swedish Fish are the best.
5. I'm tired of static electricity.
6. Weekends aren't long enough.
7. Watching your 12 year old react when a girl likes him is pretty darned amusing.
8. Those bugs have got to die out soon. The ones I'm finding downstairs are huge. I don't understand, nor do I like it.
9. It should be illegal to put raisins in with chocolate. That's just gross. It's even grosser when you bite into it without realizing the demon raisins are there.
10. Why do people say "kill you dead". If they kill you, you're dead. There's nothing else.
I don't know.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Feel Good Friday

Here's the list:
1. My wonderful man and his skill at dryer fixing.
2. My Bloody Valentine and 3D!!
3. New Supernatural - Loved it. Loved Barry Bostwick and the twist. Loved the boys.
4. Being able to put my jammies on at 6pm.
5. Walks around historical sites.
6. Applebees.
7. Not having to cook dinner.
8. Things that make me giggle. For example: A list of instructions that says "No fowl language". ha!
9. It's Friday.
Eww. And last night, just as I was settling into sleep, I reached over and put my hand on B's arm and guess what? There was one of those freaking bugs on him. Bleech. Where do they come from? They're up to something. I can tell.
Okay. Busy weekend. Lots of scout stuff and other stuff.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Random Thursday Ramblings

Last night I went to see My Bloody Valentine.
There may be spoilers ahead.
I used to be a big slasher film fan. In the early 80's, that's what we did for fun. Somewhere along the line, I lost my love for slasher flicks. I haven't seen one in ages, which is really fine with me. Gratuitous violence and the guarantee of naked chicks aren't my thing. But I have to say I loved My Bloody Valentine. We all know the number one reason I went to see it is because of Jensen Ackles. (The same reason we'll be going to see Friday the 13th with Jared Padalecki next month.) Anyway. Jensen Ackles didn't disappoint. He was fantastic, though I will say it was hard to not compare his role in MBV with Dean in Supernatural, especially at first - that did wear off the more I got into the movie.
There was much blood - eyeballs being flung toward your face, jaws being popped out, stuff like that. And, of course, there was the naked chick running through the parking lot in only high heels. The stupid people falling down, stopping to look behind them, doing dumb things like going to look out the window when they should be running the other way. Classic horror movie stuff...and I loved it. Not that I'm now a reinvented horror flick fan, but man, my blood was pumping.
This movie was in 3D - something that I've never quite been able to view the way you're supposed to. I don't know, but the effect is usually lost on me and I end up frustrated and with a headache. That definitely wasn't the case last night. The 3D was awesome.
I can't wait for Friday the 13th next month.
While I was out having fun last night, my awesomely fantastic husband fixed the dryer. He's sure it's not a permanent fix, the motor's on its last leg, but it may be enough to get some socks, towels, and undies washed. Not only did he fix it, he did laundry and concentrated on the stuff we needed washed the most. Sweet.
On the editing front, it's been a slow go thanks to a bunch of necessary stuff beyond my control. Still frustrating, especially considering the virus put me way behind as well. I still have a chance to make my goal, but there are still some unavoidable delays on the horizon so we'll see how well I manage to balance everything.
Another new Supernatural tonight. Very excited about that.
This weekend is relatively full, so posts might be sporadic.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tall Tale Tuesday

We're not doing that today. Sorry. I have nothing for you this week.
It's been intense around here the past few days. That includes a broken bag of new kitty litter than was then sucked into the vacuum and then somehow blown all over my clean floor, and, the best one yet, my dryer is broken. Again. Don't care much about the kitty litter since it's cleaned up now. But then dryer...that's a huge frustration.
Let's go on a blog tour today.
Stop 1: Supernatural Sisters. Natalie posted about fan expectations.
Stop 2: Megan Hart. Megan talks about a bad night of sleep.
Stop 3: Tongue in Cheek. Ava wants a tattoo.
Stop 4: The Gab Wagon. Always a source for a thought provoking post. Natalie talks about Paperspine. (I haven't read the post yet.)
Stop 5: Indulge Yourself. Because I haven't mentioned Natalie enough in this post! ha ha
Stop 6: Ceiling Fans. Vicky talks about this historical day. (I haven't read this post yet either.)
Stop 7: Susan Says. Sue talks about writing.
Stop 8: Misty Simon - Big Writer. Misty hasn't posted in a while, but if we get lucky maybe she'll catch up with herself.
So there you go. I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do. I need to get to editing now! Hopefully Tall Tale Tuesday will return next week.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Madness

There's no school today.

That means it's an instant sleeping in day. A beautiful thing.

Except my sleeping in got rudely interrupted this morning. I know other people are dealing with hatches of what look like assassin bugs. We are, too. Though I thought the cold snap might have gloriously eliminated them all. Only I've seen more of the stupid little buggers the past three days than I have yet. Yesterday morning I opened my eyes to see one flying around the ceiling. There was another one on my socks. Blech. This morning, though...I reached my hand behind my head to tuck my pillow in and felt the hard, cold shell of one. I planned to go back to sleep, but my throat felt weird. Yeah, like I'd swallowed a bug weird. Gross. It could have been something else - hair, fuzz, a spider - I don't know. All I do know is that my lovely sleeping in time was over.

Which is fine considering everything I have to do today. Today is clean the house day. We're starting in the wreck of a basement and working our way up as a team, then we'll split to do our own bedrooms as soon as the bathroom is polished. I want it done. As soon as possible. After that, it's editing, cooking dinner, and then an evening obligation.

I'll be very glad to crawl into bed tonight...providing there's no more of those icky bugs hanging around.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Random Sunday Stuff

I've been feeling pretty low about my writing the past few days. I know where a lot of the feelings are coming from. My writing time has been wrecked for days now. There's a lot going on around here, a lot of worry, stress, obligations, things to take care of. Some changes that are still being adjusted to and some issues that will hopefully be resolved by this time next week. So, I know I'm dealing with an overabundance of external (and internal) stress and since this stuff tends to work together for my detriment, I know. I just know.
One of the things I've been doing is trying to get things organized around here. Space is a premium issue at the moment, and the lack of it is driving me nuts. I had bag upon bag of writing related stuff in my closet. Yesterday, I pulled it all out to go through. One bag was stuffed full of rejection letters. You already know where this is going, right? I was already feeling low and seeing page upon page of "no, thank you" really took the spit right out of me. I should have put it aside for another day, but I didn't. Once I had that stuff cleaned out, I tackled my desk. And found another folder stuffed full of "no, thank you" letters. I organized the letters into a binder, which meant 3-hole punching them all. (My ultimate goal, once my career takes off, is to wallpaper my office bathroom with my rejection letters.)
Anyway. While I'm still fighting off the stress-induced willies, I found a few things that have made me feel a little better - a thank you note from a cprw member for the work I did on the retreat, a poem a friend of ours wrote for my birthday, a "take some time for" list written to me by an author friend during a previous low spot. A card from B with a really beautiful note inside. I put them all on the outside of my rejection folder, along with my submission postcards. I guess it's my way of reminding myself that though that folder is filled with less than desirable results, I have value to the people who matter most to me.
Why is it easy to accept the bad things, and so hard to accept the nice things people think/say about us? I don't know if that's a nature or nurture type thing and don't want to examine that subject at this point. All I know is that it would have been much easier to toss those good things and continue to focus on the stuff that was adding to my misery. I had to force myself to pay attention to those items.
Eh. I don't know.
On a more random note...I borrowed my mother-in-law's paper shredder to decrease the load of paper that shouldn't just be tossed into the garbage. Whoot! Paper shredding. Is there something wrong with me because I love the paper shredder? I'm shredding everything, baby! There's a small stack left to do, but the noise makes B nuts, so I'm trying to not do it while he's local. I used to have a shredder of my own, but I broke it due to overuse. I want another one, which is probably too strange.
That's all.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Feel Good Friday - The Saturday Edition

Days like yesterday make me wonder if getting rid of Moaning Monday was a good idea. Ha. I'm not going to go into it, except to say it was overly busy and stressful.
Let's focus on the good stuff, shall we?
Here we go:
1. Writing friends.
2. New Supernatural!!!
3. Supernatural discussions after the episode.
4. Making new friends.
5. Cool drink hats.
6. Looking forward to girls night out to see My Bloody Valentine.
7. My kid wanting to cook dinner tonight.
8. Sleeping in.
9. Sleeping in on Monday.
10. Light weekend plans (even though they include grocery shopping. ugh.)
That's all. It's too cold here to even think straight. I'm looking forward to getting the run-around part of my day done so I can snuggle up and do some editing.
Oh, and if you're a Supernatural fan, check out the new blog link on the sidebar. Supernatural Sisters. The blog launched with Thursday's new episode. I have a feeling I'm going to be hanging out over there more than I should. ha!
That's all for now.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ultimate Drink Hat Goodness

Look at what I got!!
And it's red!
Heeee! I love it!!

Grumble, Grumble

We have a two-hour delay for what amounts to a dusting of snow.
Which totally screws up my plans for the day. Well, not totally, but it's cutting into my time, and, I never did go back to sleep. Maybe this would have been okay if I would have been able to.
Had the weirdest dreams last night. Sheets of sharp glass on concrete stairs, ice in the shape of puzzle pieces, doors I wasn't allowed to go through, strange living arrangements, walking down a country road and getting tackled by some guy from B's work. My brother was in it, too, but I'm not sure what he was doing there. What's sticking in my head is the glass, ice, and the tree that was beside the road I was walking down. Odd.
Tonight!! Tonight!! New Supernatural!
I may be back later with a post on my thoughts. It looks super creepy. I'm so excited the boys are back.
And next week, I'm going on a "date night" with some friends to see My Bloody Valentine. I'm very excited for some adult/me time. Every time I say something to B, he rolls his eyes. Yes, the only reason we're going is because Jensen Ackles is in it. ha!
Okay, this delay is nearly done. Got stuff to do. Places to go. People to see.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Here we are:
1. I've never seen The Goonies. True. Have never.
2. My knowledge of the entertainment world is very limited. I have conceded to Natalie on this. Originally, the answer was true, but as she pointed out I know all about things I'm passionate about - like Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, ect. (No one will play Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit with me.)
3. My dad was on American Bandstand when he was a teenager. True. I think he skipped school to go, but I'm not sure. I don't think he got to meet Dick Clark though.
4. B had the option of being a professional break dancer. Bwah ha ha ha. False.
5. I'm missing a toe on my left foot. Also False.
6. I hate to paint my toenails. False again. They're red right now, though B painted them last time.
7. The Lord of the Rings movies are my favorite movies. True. I very rarely, if ever, loan out my extended version DVD's.
There you have it. A bunch of nonsensical trivia that you probably don't care about anyway. Ha!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

First Pass Finished

Whoot! I'm pleased. The story stayed cohesive and mostly makes sense. I have some stuff to explain, add, and smooth out, but on the whole I'm very happy.
Here are the final editing notes and a snippet:
Page 300 - Patrols passing. Show.
Page 303 - How can Olivia do that and why hasn't she done it before?
Page 306 - It's night again?
"Bodies covered the two-lane road. Bodies obviously dead long enough to be bloated and distorted by time and the elements. Jillian slowed, checking to make sure the doors were locked and the vents were turned off. This was a trap. There weren't a lot of alternatives. Stopping was out of the question, but if she continued, she'd drive over dozens of corpses."
Page 323 - More of Adam's story. What happened to Kenneth and Sandy?
Page 326 - Is the April thread too much?
Page 343 - Change spare bedroom/bath arrangement. Have Tessa be pissed that the bedroom is so small. Add to Frank/Tessa/Jon triangle.
Page 345 - Jillian hitting Frank - add dialogue.
Page 377 - Too sappy.
Page 385 - Explain Sam. Put April's section first. Explain why and what she thinks she has to do.
Page 392 - Dan's crazy speech.
So, there you have it. Now I start the harder work of smoothing/fixing.

Tall Tale Tuesday

Okay. Are you ready?
Which of the following is true, which is crap?
1. I've never seen The Goonies.
2. My knowledge of the entertainment world is very limited.
3. My dad was on American Bandstand when he was a teenager.
4. B had the option of being a professional break dancer.
5. I'm missing a toe on my left foot.
6. I hate to paint my toenails.
7. The Lord of the Rings movies are my favorite movies.
I can't think of anything else right now. So, I'll end at 7. Yeah, it's lame this week. What can I say?
Can't wait to see what you guess!

Monday, January 12, 2009

One of Those Days...

I probably should have just stayed in bed. I know I said I wasn't doing anymore Moaning Monday posts, but I'm not sure I'll call this that.
*While making dinner, I burned the ends of my hair bad enough that I had to trim it. You can't really tell, but I could smell it.
*Also while making dinner, I dropped an entire pot of hot, cooked spaghetti on the kitchen floor.
*Then, I flipped over a pan of garlic-cheese bread and lost a few slices.
Obviously, I shouldn't make dinner anymore.
Whoot! Only three more days until new Supernatural.
It's supposed to get brutally cold here. Not looking forward to that. At all.
My comfy couch is broken. I'm not happy. It is over nine years old, but a new one isn't in the budget right now. I love this couch. It's warm, comfy, and is responsible for the best naps.
B's watching this show where they're going to blow up a dead sperm whale because they don't know what to do with it. Ew. They just did it. Big hunks of blubber are falling from the sky and they only disintegrated part of the dead whale. I've never seen anything like it.
Okay, that's enough rambling. I'm so tired I can't even think straight.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Snippets

Been working hard today, so thought I'd share some more editing notes and a few of the more decent passages.
Here we go...
Page 192: Why didn't she think of the cabin sooner?
Page 194: Why so many sandwiches? Wondering why what?
Page 197: Aunt Jane died too fast.
Page 201: Doesn't Jillian have calming powers?
Page 206: How did she get the tour permit and hook up with the woman?
Page 215: Use viciousness to their advantage. Vines.
Page 226: Rearrange news - how Matt go injured first, what's up with Jillian second.
Page 230: Tell when Olivia set up the cot. Wouldn't she know if Luke was injured?
page 265: If she's a seer why didn't she know Sandy lied?
Page 278: Why would she have a bucket of nails in her car?
Page 279: She should recognize her cousin.
Page 290: Experiments.
As you can see I've made a lot of progress today. I only have about 100 pages for this pass. Next comes the harder work.
Now for some semi-decent stuff.
"Luke had kept his brother from being in his head since Olivia left. He didn't need anyone else poking around in there. All this emotional connection crap was too much in a world where everyone you loved died."
"He let his energy flow through her. Her spirit was alongside his. He witnessed the darkened places of her being that might never come back into the light."
"Jillian had left her mother to die. She'd done nothing to save her when she might have been able to. Fear aside, she should have at least tried."
So there you have it. More junk for your brains. No one's told me to stop yet, so...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Not So Snowy Saturday

Okay, seriously. Where is the snow we were promised?
I happen to love snow. It's beautiful, and it's fun to drive in. If it's going to be cold out, it might as well be snowing. Stop throwing tomatoes. We haven't had a decent snowstorm in a very long time. Ice is the only thing we ever seem to get. Ice is stupid. As my niece put it, this lack of promised snow is "Rude, with a side of ignorant". Anyway. I didn't sign on here to talk about the weather.
A lot of time has passed since I began this post. Our chinese food was delivered. I ate. I checked email. I had three phone calls. And that's still not what I logged in to talk about. At this point, I'm not sure I remember anymore because even more time has passed. Like three hours!
I know I wanted to add to my Feel Good Friday post. I had the best thing happen that ended the day on a very high note. K1 came back from cashing his paycheck with a present for me. He brought me season 3 of Supernatural! Is he a great kid, or what? 5 days until a new episode!!
One thing I wanted to mention is a relatively new link on the left. Heartwild Solitaire. I was lucky enough to get to beta test this game. It's fantastic. Addictive and challenging. The people who created it are wonderful and I was honored to be able to help. Check it out. It's definitely worth it.
The past two days have been pretty hectic and I'm dying to get back to my edits. (I know, your dying for me to put more editing crap up, right? Ha! You have to tell me if you hate it, you know.) Despite being worried about what this year will bring, I'm optimistic. I'm excited to finish the edits on Into the Fire and get it out there. I'm excited to edit my anthology story and get it submitted. After that, I'll be starting something new. I'm not sure exactly what yet, but I'm excited about that, too.
Well, there you have it. A bunch of nonsense without much of a point. Maybe I'm incoherent because of my disappointment over the lack of snow.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Feel Good Friday

Whoot! It's Friday!
Here we go:
1. Duh! It's Friday.
2. We're supposed to get SNOW!!
3. Having my laundry caught up.
4. Kicking computer bugs to the curb.
5. Getting back to work.
6. Sleeping in tomorrow.
7. Light weekend plans.
8. Not having to cook dinner.
9. Only one more week until NEW Supernatural!!
10. Warm blankets.
Kind of a lame list this week, but at least the week ended on a better note than it started.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Working Hard

And it's time to share.
I'm still not so sure this is a good idea, but whatever.
Here we go:
Page 158: Were they really in the armory for hours?
Page 160: Luke's reaction to Theo and the guns.
Page 166: Why can she memorize the layout of the compound now, when she couldn't before?
Page 170: How did her mother get there? They left her in the experiment room.
Page 179: Make sure their aunt is really dead.
Page 182: Thames after her - what's he saying to make people hate/fear her?
And...because I've forced crap on you several times already, I thought I'd share some better stuff, though it still might be rough in spots.
Women were always doing weird shit like that - making you think you were getting lucky when the idea had already fled their minds.
"Don't cheapen this. Just don't. We were incredible. Special. We both know it." He grabbed the back of her head, pulling her close and kissing her hard.
"Heart Attack." She covered his chest with her hands. His spirit waned already. "Dad. Come on. I can heal you, but you have to fight." She touched his forehead, her tears splashing onto his pale cheek.
He took a deep, shaky breath and reached for her hand. "I'm sorry, baby. I can't live without her. I don't want to."
Three totally different scenes, though one and two are related. The last one is a huge turning point for one of the heroines. In one day, she lost her entire family because of a psycho politician. I know! You're so confused now. Hopefully, that's confused in a good way.
Okay. Back to it. I hope you're not hating my editing posts!!


I might be back later with some stuff!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Back to Work!

I'm making pretty good progress, too! (until I got distracted by email, but it was time for a break. Really.) That's okay though. It's soon time to watch a new episode of my other favorite show, Ghosthunters.
Here are some editing lines for you:
Page 117: Fix: He studied her. liquefied certain parts (ick), vodka, ancient beings.
Page 120: Explain deceptive shadow.
What's going on with Matt and the stairs? He went up and now he's down. That was quick. Rework section.
Page 122: Matched his passion - cliche.
Attempts on her life - either take out or make consistent.
Not that she believed he did, except for maybe a quick piece of ass between informants - make it make sense.
Page 124: Why did his reflection surprise her? Where is she?
Page 126: "Promise" reasoning is contrived.
Page 127: He kissed his way around her throat???
She's stuck a lot.
Conversation between body and soul. Yuck. Cliche.
Page 128: Would his mother's wedding band fit on his finger?
Page 131: He fills Olivia in, but was just thinking about how it was good he and Matt could talk privately so the information was secure. Would he really tell her so much?
Page 132: Letting her be in charge? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Page 133: Niggling? Make her thoughts tougher.
Page 134: Why are they talking about Matt while they're in the shower?
Page 138: Is he sincere or still only trying to seduce her? Wouldn't she wonder? She went too far the other way.
I'm actually done with more than page 138, but there's nothing but words to check for overuse and sentence structure stuff. It's pretty good progress considering how long I've been at it. I'm still not as far as I planned to be, thanks to the crap in my computer, but it feels really good to be back at it.
There might be more tomorrow. Posting snippets here keeps me motivated to get it done. And it gives you an idea of how terrible my first draft is. Hmm...I know first drafts are supposed to be bad, but maybe this isn't such a good idea after all.

Answers! And I Win!!

Answers first:

Which two of these really happened around my house in the past week:
1. I found a cereal bowl and cheese-covered spoon in the bathroom. And O cereal floating in the potty. Yes, this is true. Gross. Totally gross, but true. K3 decided to cover his O cereal with processed cheese squeeze. I don't know why. He said it was too disgusting to eat, and instead of bringing it to the kitchen he decided to clean it up in the bathroom. Don't ask me. He's 12 and I think that's excuse enough.
2. Squirrels got into the trash and spread it all over the yard. They're crazy. Yesterday morning there were at least 8 running around the yard, digging in the trash, foraging. They're fat, too. Crazy squirrels.
3. A chipmunk dug a hole through the shed door. Trying to get...what? There's nothing in there a chipmunk would want.
Didn't happen lately, but has happened in the past, only they were after bird seed.

So that's that.
I wrangled the malware and won. Finally. I'm still really nervous. But all scans are clean. I'm so thrilled. Now I can get back to work. I might even have another editing post later, depending how it goes. Lot's of stuff going on around here, but I'm hopeful.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tall Tale Tuesday

(still dealing with the virus on the laptop. Am very frustrated.)
Okay. This ones going to be short and sweet. You can thank the virtumonde adware for that. Stupid bugger.

Which two of these really happened around my house in the past week:

1. I found a cereal bowl and cheese-covered spoon in the bathroom. And O cereal floating in the potty.

2. Squirrels got into the trash and spread it all over the yard.

3. A chipmunk dug a hole through the shed door. Trying to get...what? There's nothing in there a chipmunk would want.

One is a lie. Which one?

Monday, January 05, 2009


Today would have been a perfect Moaning Monday!
My laptop is infected. Horribly infected. I've spent all day trying to get rid of the little buggers. Thanks to a household administration phone call and getting lucky enough to talk to Carlos, I was able to begin to get a handle on the problem. (Thanks, Carlos! Don't forget to email me!) Simon's other half gave me additional guidance, and I think (pray, hope, oh please!) I'm finally making progress. I downloaded a spybot program and the first time it ran, it came up with not only the 3 infections my regular virus protection found, but 12 more (nasty ones, too), and an additional 14 potential risks. I was able to heal all but one, and am now in the process of running the scan again after following the recommendations. Keep your fingers crossed.
So, I've managed zero editing today. Zero. That's not helping the throbbing in my head, I'll tell you that much. See what I mean? Today would have been the perfect Moaning Monday, but since I've quit doing those posts (ha ha)... Yeah, I know, but this was newsworthy, in my opinion. A lesson, if you will. Don't let this happen to you!
Tall Tale Tuesday returns tomorrow! I know you're all very excited! ha! And, depending on how the editing goes, I might post more of my random notes later tomorrow. We'll see.
Hey! Do me a favor and make sure you're backing up your writing files and keeping your protection service up to date. This is a nightmare you don't want to deal with.

Back To It

Moaning Monday is going away. There's enough crappy things going on these days. Reading one more persons accounting of it is a downer none of us need. Be assured, though, you'll still hear about the random things that occasionally happen around here.
The kids are back to school. K1 is back to work. Getting everyone up this morning wasn't as challenging as I feared, but we all know how that goes. Tomorrow will be harder, and it'll become a chore from there. We are supposed to get some winter weather tomorrow night into Wednesday and the potential for snow days or delays always changes things a little.
I worked on edits all day yesterday in between the usual Sunday obligations. I even managed to avoid Facebook for most of the day. At this point, I'm reading and making notes. I already have 2 1/2 pages of notes - things I need to fix, explain, rearrange and motivations that don't make sense. And that's fine.
Here's a random sampling of what I'm talking about. It's exactly as I wrote it:
Chapter 1:
How can she send mail if they're being watched?
How did the Miller's tip off the patrols?
page 11: change once upon a time section
page 28: hidden bag - where?
page 43: wrought iron work
page 71: heat got to who? -how'd they get through the gates?
page 78: Just her socks?
pages 87, 88: her knowing? Change. Too convenient. Maybe have them find out later.
page 90: gets (Matt) over it too soon. Revelation part.
page 103: Why did she walk when she knew she'd have antidote to carry back?
page 116: Change - she hoped - she designed it she should be confident it'll work.
Makes sense to me. I skipped a lot of the entries, but constant lines of "rearrange paragraph" is kind of boring. I still love this story and that's a good thing.
Time to get busy!

Saturday, January 03, 2009


I love my local RWA chapter.
There is nothing like being with a bunch of like-minded people to put some charge back in your batteries. Our monthly meetings always do that for me, but after today's meeting I feel it more. I'm not even going to try to analyze why. I'm just going to go with the flow and try to keep the feeling all month.
I hope I do, because I made my monthly goal pretty high - not un-doably high, but it'll be a reach. I think. Which means I have to get to work. I have a full length novel to edit and my anthology story to edit. Maybe I'll put some progress bars up on here to give me some motivation.
That's all for today. I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Feel Good Friday

The first feel good Friday post of the new year...
1. It's Friday and today really felt like Monday.
2. My CPRW meeting tomorrow!
3. A new year to muck up. ha!
4. Finally getting a Facebook. (like I have time for that!)
5. Only 2 more weeks until new Supernatural! (check out the preview at the bottom left - it looks awesome!)
6. Finishing my antho story.
7. Meeting my goal.
8. Feeling organized, though I'm sure it's an illusion.
9. Comfy clothes after a long day.
Okay, I can't think of another one to get to 10, but I know there's more. I'm just too tired to think.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Well, well...the first post of the new year.
The year ended on a bang...literally...with B getting into a fender bender before he left work. The year began with a bang, too...literally, as well. A drunk driver hit our neighbor as he was pulling into park. The guy took off, ditching his car a block away and then taking off on foot. Exciting times in the 'hood.
So, I did what I said I wasn't and read over my January horoscope. Ha! I hate false hope and there were bucketloads of cheerful, positive predictions. Eh, whatever.
I am ready to for this new year though. Bring it.
That's all. For now.