Friday, November 21, 2014

Oh Crap

As I sit here figuring out what to blog about (my mind is empty in that regard, let me tell you!), I realized something horrifying:

I need to write my annual Christmas letter!!!

I can’t even write a post. How the heck am I going to write a whole letter? Especially a letter that doesn’t sound like bragging.

I mean, there’s a fine line between sharing and bragging, right? And apparently it’s really easy to cross (as I’ve learned a few years ago—the accusation still stings, too).

I know form letters aren’t personal. They aren’t really meant to be, now are they—thus the “form” in form letters. But I like to tell people what I’ve been up to, since I get the feeling they don’t follow my blog (don’t see them posting any comments anyway). Hey, maybe I should just send everyone a Christmas story and leave it at that. Think that would go over well?

Hmmm… I might have to give that a try.

So… What have you freaked out about lately?

Stacy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Reads

Did you notice? I’ve cleaned the sidebar a little. It was getting kind of long. So basically, I moved the anthologies to the new Short Stories page up top. Eventually, I’ll consolidate some of the pages to reflect the series instead of individual books. But I’m not in the mood to do that now.

Here’s what I read in the past week:

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
Nov 15: “Seventh Grave and No Body” by Darynda Jones, the seventh book in the Charley Davidson series, an urban fantasy. Blurb from book:  Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want Davidson’s jugular and serve her body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than just a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and as she retraces his last steps, she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that have authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancĂ© who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments have forced her to become a responsible adult. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive? A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it. We’re doomed. I love this series and this book only fueled that love. I did find it interesting that this little statement is on the cover of my book: “Bonus Chapter Inside Only in the Print Edition!” And what is that “Bonus Chapter”? Well… the last scene in Reyes’ point of view. I’m so glad I prefer paper books. Okay, when’s the 8th book coming out???

I don’t know about you, but the weather has been messing with my exercise schedule. While I’ve been going to the gym pretty regularly for the past 7-8 weeks, it’s not an automatic thing for me, you know? I can easily be distracted in not going. I still grab onto excuses to not go. And yes, I’ve been using the weather as a reason not to go. I know I have to stop it, but really, if I don’t HAVE to go out in the snow/sub-zero temps, SHOULD I? Especially when I hear about all the accidents on the road? I hate using it as an excuse, but I really don’t want to risk an accident either. Another reason I really hate this time of year.

So… Are you looking forward to some pumpkin pie next week? No? Then what’s your favorite dessert for the holiday? I swear, I could eat a whole pumpkin pie by myself. Who needs the rest of the meal? Not me! J

Happy reading!

Stacy

Monday, November 17, 2014

The End is Getting Closer

I wish I could say that about my current WIP. But I’m not working on that right now. I’ve got to get Blind Temptation ready for my editor, so I’m working on that instead.

No, the end that is getting closer is my computer.

I’ve been cursing it a lot lately. I can tolerate its slowness (sort of). It seems to take forever to warm up in the morning, almost making me consider just leaving it on 24/7.

Almost.

I can even tolerate the fact that some of my programs are a little outdated because I have Vista. The programs don’t affect my writing, so I’m okay with it. Same with the slow computer. It doesn’t affect Word or my writing.

What has me cursing my computer is my space bar. Seems it doesn’t always like to space. Words have been sticking together (likethis). It’s kind of frustrating, especially since I tend to type fast (see… two years of beginning typing really did help!).

I don’t want to get a new computer. Not yet. But if my keyboard is going out… Sure, I could probably buy a plug-in keyboard, but that kind of defeats the purpose of writing on my lap! And then there’s the whole learning a new keyboard (I type by touch) and I’d rather just have to learn once on the new computer.

Can you tell I hate change? Which is kind of funny. I used to tell people all the time—during job interviews—that change didn’t bother me. Man, what a lie THAT was!

When I get used to something where I don’t have to think about it, I don’t want it to change. I’d rather think about more important things. Like my story. I don’t want to have to worry about hitting the wrong keys or deleting instead inserting.

Oh heck, I’m already doing that on this keyboard. The keys are too close together as it is. That’s why I plan on getting a larger laptop. One with the side number keys (man, I really miss those). But not until a better Windows program comes out. I sure hope that’s soon.

And if you see two words stuck together, ones that I miss, please forgive me. It’s my computer’s fault. Honest!

HS Football Playoff Update: Wayne won their game against Dublin-Coffman on Saturday night, 44-35. They should have won it 44-21, but either they got lazy or the cold got to them. I know the cold got to me. I swear, my feet were frozen! The only good thing about the weather is that it wasn’t windy or rainy or snowy. It was just cold. And next week I’m going to make sure I have some thicker socks on—and my boots. I hate it when my feet get cold. And my nose. And my hands. Oh heck, I just hate being cold.

Why is it I can’t have hot flashes when I NEED them?

So… How was your weekend? Did you keep warm? Did you wake up to snow this morning? I’ll let you know in the comments if I did here. Although we are on a winter weather advisory. 3-5” of snow forecasted. Aaack! Too soon! Too soon!

Have a great day! And if it's above freezing where you're at, let me know. I'll come visit! J

Stacy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Some Miracles Are Just Not Possible

Found this on Facebook and thought it fit me.


And backing into a parking spot? Yeah, can't do that on one try, either!
 
Maybe I'll just stick to pulling into a parking spot. It seems cheaper that way.
 
Oh, and that comet thing? Totally cool, don't you think?
 
So... what seemingly "easy" task would be a miracle for you to complete?
 
Have a great weekend & keep warm!
 
Stacy



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday Reads and a Free Short Story

I have a cover, I have an editor lined up, now I just have to finish polishing Blind Temptation. My only dilemma is…do I publish as soon as I can or wait until Ghostly Liaison is released? I’d be surprised if Blind Temptation is finished before January 19, but stranger things have happened.

I know, I know. What a dilemma to have, huh? Anyway, here’s what I read in the past week:

Sick by Brett Battles
Nov 6: “Sick” by Brett Battles, a horror novel. Blurb from Goodreads:  Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning... Something is burning Ash's daughter alive. Something horrible that is spreading beyond the walls of their home, and taking no prisoners. Thirty seconds later, Ash will discover his daughter isn't the only one in his family infected, and as his world spins, coming apart at the seams, a team of armed men in biohazard suits bursts into his house. But these aren't the good guys. They haven't come to save Ash's family. They've come to separate them, to finish what they started. The problem is Ash refuses to disappear. He wants only one thing: to find those responsible. Because humanity is on the brink of execution. And man is pulling the trigger. Reminded me a little of The Stand, but without the supernatural aspects. I enjoyed the book a lot, just wish it wasn't first in a series, where some threads are left dangling, but not in an annoying way. I'm not in the mood to read another series now, doesn't mean I won't later, but if you're looking for a good horror-ish series, check this one out. And I say horror-ish, because I think it is a horror, just not with supernatural monsters. (R Mac Wheeler: if you’re reading this, I think you’ll enjoy this one!)

Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter
Nov 7: “Take Me, Cowboy” by Jane Porter, a contemporary romance (novella). Blurb from Goodreads: When Jenny Wright’s fiancĂ© leaves her standing at the altar in a Vera Wang bridal gown she can’t afford, she’s humiliated and heartbroken. To have Marietta hero bull riding champ Colton Thorpe witness her shame - makes the rejection even more devastating. Jenny and Colton grew up in the same rough neighborhood and they both left home right after school to pursue big dreams. Now they're both back, with Colton as the celebrity chair for the 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo, and Jenny in disgrace.
Sexy, rugged Colton didn't get to be a national champion by chance. He's a man that takes risks and goes after what he wants. During the rodeo weekend, Colton makes it clear he wants Jenny. Flustered but flattered, Jenny finds it difficult to resist his charm. But what happens when the rodeo ends and Colton leaves town? Will she dare to dream again?
The book says it’s #4 in a series, but you don’t have to read the series to read this. I think they’re all just set in the same town. I enjoyed this novella, which I wouldn’t have read at all if not for an assignment with my RWA chapter on Saturday. See… sometimes reading assignments can be GOOD things.

Forever Thirty-Two by Stacy McKitrick
I sent out my first newsletter yesterday, which included information about my short story, Forever Thirty-Two. If you would like a free copy of the short story (available in mobi and epub), just go to my website HERE and download the version you want. Easy peasy.

So…what book are you reading (or just finished)?

Happy reading!

Stacy