Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Update

Did you have a good weekend? Did you? Did you? Well I did!!!

Three down, two to go! Wayne High School is another step closer to the State Championship game. Their win on Saturday puts them in Mason (OH) next for the Division I, Region 2 final. I can’t wait to cheer them on. And I really hope I’m cheering them on Dec 6th at the Horseshoe (that would be the field OSU plays at). I’ve never been there before. The other two times I’ve seen Wayne make it to State (and lose, dang it!), they played in Canton. Allllll the way on the other side of the state! So glad they moved the game to someplace more central.

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I’m still debating on what I’ll put in my Christmas letter this year. I did pull out the old Christmas story I’d written a few years ago and polished it (kind of needed it!). Mainly, I had to make sure it would fit on one page (okay, one piece of paper—I print on both sides). Lucky me, it fit. I still have time to decide. It’s not like I have the Christmas cards ready to mail.

Which reminds me: BUY CHRISTMAS CARDS!!!!

Am I pathetic or what? Don’t answer that!

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Today I begin reading Blind Temptation (again) to make sure I didn’t screw anything up before sending it off to my editor. I’m kind of looking forward to it. Why? Because I really love this story.

When I was writing the first draft, I worried I had nothing. That the story was junk. Heck, I did the same thing while writing the first draft of Ghostly Liaison and I really love that story, too. I do it ALL THE TIME, it seems. I have to keep reminding myself of that, too, because I’m having such a hard time with Ghostly Interlude. I need to just write the darn thing. And I will. As soon as Blind Temptation is sent off.

But for now, I’m going to enjoy Blind Temptation and hope to GOD my editor does, too!

So…Did you have a good weekend? Did you? Did you? Please share!


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?


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!


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.


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


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!