Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I have had the privilege of being the first guest blogger on Jon's new KnowDiversity blog!!!

This blog is intended to uncover and recommend books that make you learn and grow as a person, challenge your preconceived notions, and basically help rid of you of any standing prejudices you might have. This week's (my week's) book was on Learning Disabilities. The book was Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robison. I have only great things to say about it and I learned so much.

Friday, June 25, 2010

This week I have...

-Written approximately 4200 words on my WiP
-Began Jillian Michaels "30 Day Shred" and lost 1.5 lbs so far.
-Created a new, more organized outline for my WiP
-Let my kids play on a slip n' slide for the first time.
-Ate out twice (oops)
-Went to an outside concert and let the kids run around and dance
-Managed to make it to TPR at least once every day.
-Have set up a "writing routine" in the early morning that works for me

I'd say it's been a pretty productive week. How was yours?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Belated Father's Day Inspiration

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Writing Blues

Prepare yourself, because I'm about to whine. But I'm a writer, right? Of course I whine. It comes with the territory.

I'm afraid that I won't ever finish the novel that I'm working on. Currently I have about 10,000 words. This morning I was going to join Tina's Practice Room and write for an hour, but my son wouldn't stop screaming and then my daughter came down and wanted breakfast, and then they both screamed, and then I had to clean up because my son dumped his cereal all over the kitchen floor, there were clumps of dog hair all over the living room, I had papers lying everywhere waiting to be filed...and I wrote one paragraph. ONE. I'm hoping that I'll have an opportunity to write more tonight, but the thing gets in the way.
For example, you can barely walk in my hallway upstairs because of the amount of dirty laundry just sitting there waiting to be washed. My room is a disaster zone. My dog rolls in the mulch outside and then brings pieces of mulch inside, and they're scattered everywhere...seriously, I need to hire a cleaning service to clean this wreck of a house.
How do you guys do it? How the crap am I going to finish this book (and not just finish it, but do a good job on it) when there are so many other things in my life that are competing with my writing?What if I finish this sucker and then it never gets published? What if I only ever dream about writing? What if I get hit by a Fedex truck tomorrow and I never live to get published anyway? AGH! I feel like the whole world is out to stop me from writing this book. Yes, I'm being overly dramatic. But I'm a writer, remember?
I'm feeling depressed about this. A little. Enough to write this post. Not enough to eat a whole gallon of ice cream or anything...well. I don't know about that.
Anyway, thanks for being a virtual ear.
I'll whine at you guys later.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Father's Day Weekend!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Very important question.

After watching Karsten completely humiliate himself, I was wondering...
what do you think I should do for 100 followers???

***No, I will not tame a squirrel.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

We need to talk.

Last week I had a 500 word a day goal. The good news: I accomplished my goal, and then some. The Bad news: my blog has taken a back seat, and my last post had 1 comment.

ONE COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????

I feel like 47 of you have broken up with me. Okay, not really. But I want to make you feel shame. SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME.

If you continue with this behavior, you leave me no choice...I'll have to start posting pictures of Ligers.

There are more where that came from.

But seriously, what do you want from me? We need to DTR, people. Do you want more money? More stability? Maturity?! You knew who I was when we first got together. I can't blog and pretend to be someone else. You have driven me to distraction. And donuts. And pizza rolls. And ultimately 5 extra pounds...maybe 10. BUT NONE OF US ARE PERFECT! I'm sorry I don't have the body that I use to have. I can't help what I have become.

(before blog)

(After blog)

So, maybe I've let myself go a little. Maybe it is a little disturbing that I can keep my entire manuscript in between my boobs, as well as that little cup. BUT YOU SAID YOU LOVED ME!

We all change.

I'm just asking you for another chance. Please. Pretty please? No? Okay, I'll wait.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

My sexy little WIP

I love my WiP!!!
I'm just afraid no one else will. As most of you know, I'm turning my short story, The Fall, into a novel. I'm currently trying to write at least 500 words a day. Anything over 500 is a major bonus. You know, ice cream worthy. Or something.
Anyway, so far it's going ok. I have a plot outlined, which makes perfect sense to me but now I'm worried it won't make sense to anyone else. Luckily, a handful of people have agreed to critique it when the time comes. I guess they'll let me know? But it's like I don't want to waste my time typing up stuff that sucks! ha! But it's definitely to early to send it for a critique.
My WiP is constantly on my mind. It's always sitting there, on the computer, like..."Why don't you come over here and work on me..." and all these other inappropriate things. I'm always like, "No, WiP, not in front of the kids." Because it's always in front of the kids. They're always around! I'm finding it really hard to find time to work on it because Jacob has just decided to give up naps :-( So, this 500 words a day thing is going to be a challenge.
Does anyone else have an inappropriate WiP? One that tries to steal you away from children/work/errands?
How many words do you typically type a day?

Friday, June 04, 2010

Hi guys!

I'm back from Atlanta now...trying to get back into the swing of things. We got a brand spankin' new computer, which is exciting! Woot!
I was hoping when I got home I'd have a message on my answering machine telling me that I am now a published author...blargh. Didn't happen. I still haven't heard anything from quite a few publishing houses that I've sent Sally Circle to. I submitted in late February, and a few of them I submitted in mid January. There were a few I sent out in the beginning of April. But really, I just want a response now. I mean, I'm even anxiously checking the mail for rejections. I guess I just want some news. Even though, in the writing world, any news isn't really good news.

Have any of you submitted manuscripts before? How long until you heard from them?

Anyway, I still have a completed PB that I haven't sent out yet...I still have 4 more publishing houses to submit Sally Circle to, and I kind of wanted to wrap up the Sally Circle submissions before I moved on to the next one.
Does anyone else ever daydream about getting "the call?" I totally do. Like a dork.

Anyway, is everyone back from memorial day vacations yet? I've missed you guys!
Leave me a message!