Friday, September 30, 2005

It's me. Look at what I did...

Do you remember saying that a gazillion times as a kid? How about it's better known and even more obnoxious cousin, "look at me, look at me!" Well, I'm sure I said it plenty of times as a kid. However, now I'm saying it as an adult.

I just couldn't get a handle on the very structured looking dot mofif I had going on, so I went on a cruise of the www and found an amazing blog template designer by the name of Caz. Using one of her templates I made myself a brand spanking new looking blog. I'm thankful for the beginners html book I read this summer, because it did require a little bit of html (just enough to make me feel really smart) to make it work with my stuff. But looky now, I got me a new blog.

If you'd like to get yourself a spanking new looking blog or talk to Caz about designing one especially for you. Click on her link under my "links" section.

This is what happens when I can't log in to post a blog for 24 hrs because blogger is down and I have to stare at those dumb dots. Ha! Bye bye dumb dots!


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Unstable Table...

That's the name we gave our trivia team last night. That's right, I said trivia team. A group of my girlfriends and I decided that we would venture to a local restaurant/pub to play trivia. Apparently one of my friends' evil boss plays it there religiously.

Sadly, her grand scheme of crushing him and his team into smithereens was blown to bits by two factors. One, her boss and his team didn't show up. No surprise there. She's a smarty, so I'm sure he stayed at home to avoid what he felt would surely be a public beating. Two, even though she may be brilliant, the rest of the group isn't and we sabotaged every answer by debating it to death.

Who the heck would have guessed that -273.05 degrees Celsius is Absolute Zero? Do you know how long it's been since I took Chemistry. A while, to say the least.

We should have known that this wasn't our game when we got there. The place was approximately 80% men, 20% women. And while I first thought that it must be the competitive need to best everyone that brought all the men out, I quickly learned that it was the perky brunette in a tiny school girl skirt that called out the questions that had brought them all out of their little male hiding places. Surprise!?!

We managed to do alright. We placed somewhere in the middle. Which was nice since all of the "boys" around us were heckling us. What idiots. They didn't even know that the statue of liberty wore sandals on her feet. Hello!

Anyways, I'm feeling better today. In fact, I'm feeling great. I've gotten all of the plot reworked in my mind and I'm diving into the changes. I think it'll really make the story better. It'll definitely give me a much better chance of selling it. I have no problem with finding out something is wrong with something, as long as I can find a solution. Solution woman, that's what I'm going to call myself for now on. Warning: some solutions may not seem so bright or doable, but they're solutions just the same!

Now, I'm going to go implement some solutions. Imagine that. No point to a solution if you don't implement it.

Oh yeah, before I go; we named our selves "unstable table" because our table had pigeon feet and rocked like the Titanic all night.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Burst My Bubble

Well, I posted too soon today. My wait, wait, wait is over. I got a letter today from the agent. It was a very nice rejection. She also gave me some really wonderful input on what she felt was "wrong" with it.

She felt that I took too long setting it up and that I didn't get into the heart of the relationship soon enough. Her points were very valid. So, I can't really complain.

I am however going to put my current wip aside for the moment and work on reworking the completed ms and possibly submitting it to the publisher myself. I'm gonna pray about where to sub it.

So, I'm down, but not out. Is that the saying?


Meetings and Greetings

I've been bad, in that I didn't get any writing done this weekend. But I have some really great excuses. Really!

On Friday, a really great friend of mine released his cd, so we had to go and support him. You did great, Joshua! Then, on Saturday I had a meeting with my RWA chapter. We had Sabrina Jeffries as our guest. She did a great job of helping us learn how to really figure out who our characters are before we sit down to write.

I know, some people are saying, "you don't know who your characters are before you sit down to write?" The answer is yes and no. I know general info, and I thought I knew specific, but I find that in the first 3-4 chapters they change on me because I'm really discovering who they are. So hopefully some of the exercises and resources she gave us will help me to learn more about them up front and save me some frustration later on.

After our meeting a few of us went out to dinner with her. It was nice because I got to learn a lot more about the "business" side of writing. I have to recommend that those of you who are unpublished, like me, and looking for a good resource for info, join RWA and then join a local chapter. You really do get some great info and great contacts out of it. I also highly recommend getting involved.

On Sunday, well... My chapter is 2 hours away, so I went to bed late Friday, got up really early Saturday drove 2 hours there, then drove 2 hours home and got home really late Saturday. So, on Sunday I slept. Then I didn't do much of anything else. I was really tired. Really!

Okay, I'm gonna go back and do some day-work. Then, tonight, I'm gonna write, write, write. Oh, yeah, and wait, wait, wait. ;-)


Friday, September 23, 2005

My Husband is A Genius...

It's a fact that my husband is a genius. It turns out that yes, somehow all of the blogger stuff got switched to German. Better than that, my hubby was able to remember enough to get me to my language settings and change them to English. I have no idea how that happened.

Anyways, I still haven't heard from the agent. But I am VERY hopeful that I'll hear from her soon and even better, maybe she'll even want to represent me. Who knows...

Right now I am waiting on the A/C repairman to come and refix what we just paid him $1500 to fix. Apparently putting in a completely new air handler doesn't stop the air handler from leaking through our dining room ceiling. Yeah, I know. Doesn't make sense to me either.

Despite all that, I'm in a pretty good frame of mind. I sought the advice of a real-life writing professional on how to take the not-hearing-from-the-agent-yet issue. She told me to get my panties out of a wad and sit down and have some real patience. She explained that it's a joke of sorts that editors and agents set short deadlines to get back to writers on their full mss, because they never meet them.

So, I took a big breath of relief and decided to do just what she said. Of course, getting the wad undone wasn't easy... This is how I felt:

But now I'm feeling fine. All it took was a little encouragement.


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Feelin' Down...

I'm feeling a little down today. Maybe it's just that I didn't get much sleep, maybe it's that the weather was rainy for the first time in weeks, oy maybe it's the fact that I still haven't heard from the agent reviewing my full ms.

It's geting longer than she said it would take her to get to my ms and I can't help but wonder if that's a bad thing. Does it mean that she doesn't like it and has decided not to rep me, but doesn't even consider me worth replying to? She replied so quickly initially that I was hoping to hear from her either way. I even spent double the money on postage and enclosed a return envelope with both the partial and the full.

On top of that, I entered a writing contest back in May. The deadline was May 15, I got married on May 14, so I was rushing to get my submision in while I was finishing putting on the final touches of our wedding. The finalists were supposed to be announced by July 15th. By late August, I still hadn't heard anything about the contest. On August 23rd, I found out that the contest was running way behind and hoped to announce finalists mid-Sept. Still waiting on that one.

I entered the contest to try and get some unbiased feedback on my writing. But it's taken so long that it hardly seems worth it.

I guess it's the combination of the two that is making me say "woe is me." Don't worry, my morose won't last long. I hope...

Well, I'm gonna go and do my darnedest to get cheerful.


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I have no idea...

I have no idea if these words will ever actually get posted to my blog. For some reason, the stuff is in Greek. Or some language very similar to Greek, so I have no idea if the buttons I press are actually the ones I need to press. Maybe it's German. My hubby knows German, I should ask him to come look, but he's watching sports and I don't want to interrupt him. On second thought, I don't think it is German. Oh well...

Other than for the heat, today has gone well. Day-work is nuts. As usual. But, I've gotten a decent amount of writing done tonight, so I can't complain too much.

I have been trying to complete a technical project, but I think I'm going to have to throw in the towel. I confess, I have a crush on Michael Shoeffling. Shhhh... My hubby may be listening ;-). Michael played Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles. And I have been attempting to take a "snapshot" from the dvd by playing it on my computer. Only it hasn't worked. All I get is black. I'm guessing it's a protective thing on the dvd, but I wasn't gonna sell it. I was gonna look at it.

By the way, my hubby knows this, so he wouldn't be surprised. He isn't too intimidated by that sort of stuff. He knows how attracted I am to him. But he also asked that I not put him in any of my books, so he doesn't mind trying to help me get pictures for characters.

Well, I finally give up. I have no idea how to do it and it's so frustrating. I have a pic of him I got from somewhere else (see it at the side :-), but there is a very specific moment in that movie I'd like to have.)

I guess I'll just have to watch the movie over and over again to see that moment. Unless I can find a technical genius. Mwahahaha...


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Happy Days...

So, this weekend has been really nice for me. After dinner with my family Friday, hubby and I went to B&N--it's a big deal when he let's me go in that store! Then we visited with his family. They were already tailgating in their plush RV (I've explained previously how seriously we take our college football around here). We lost, by the way--the only down side to the weekend.

Then, Saturday the fun all began again. My wonderful group of friends all got together at a local Mexican restaurant and plied me with margaritas while making me wear a decidedly heavy sombrero. I didn't wear it too long, but we had fun anyways. It was a nice sized group, so we all chit chatted a lot. Then, the real fun began when a few more of our friends joined us all for bowling. We bowled for hours, on several lanes. It was pretty funny. Only one or two injuries, thankfully.

I also got a lot of really thoughtful gifts. One of which was the DVD: The Wedding Date. I didn't catch the movie while it was in theaters, but it looked so good. So, I watched it this morning. (I'm waiting till this evening to go to mass--just so you know I'm being good ;-)) And I was happy to find it's just as good as I thought it would be.

Dermont Mulroney (sigh). There was also a nice kiss or two, which got me thinking... So, I thought I'd add this fun little thing to this post.

You're an Passionate Kisser

For you, kissing is about all about following your urges
If someone's hot, you'll go in for the kiss - end of story
You can keep any relationship hot with your steamy kisses
A total spark plug - your kisses are bound to get you in trouble

Hope you enjoy it. Well, I'm off to recover from my fun, count my Blessings and wonderful friends, and take a shower so I don't stink at church. Hope you all had a great weekend too!


Friday, September 16, 2005

It's My Birthday!

Hooray! It's my birthday and I'm another year older! On top of that, it's been a great day. My very sweet hubby sent me 4 dozen roses. Wow! This evening I'm going to dinner with my family.

I couldn't ask for a better day. Well, I could ask for a good response from the agent, but I'm not pushing it. God's been so good to me. This past year was very eventful; I helped plan my best friend's wedding (with just over 2 months to do it in), then got married myself in May, we moved our office in April, just before the wedding. But it's been wonderful and I wouldn't change a thing.

Well, I'm off to get yummies with my family. Hope you all have had a great day too!


Thursday, September 15, 2005

I Crossed The Hump...

Finally, I have gotten past the big hump I was having with my writing. I finally made it to a point where the characters and I discovered the remainder of their journey. You know the scene in Willy Wonka where they open the doors to the candy land. You remember how exciting that was? That's what it feels like. No, I didn't coat the story in chocolate, but I finally actually have a story!

Yeah! I've been struggling so much recently. As you can tell by a few of my recent posts, but last night when I sat down and went over the last few pages I had written the night before, it all just came to me. Ah, now I can breath easy. Well, easier at least. It's much easier to tell where you're going if you have a map--without one, you just sort of amble around.

Well, my map and I are going to nestle in for a good evening of bonding over a keyboard and maybe even a bonbon or two!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I got nada... except...

I got nada today... Which means, I didn't get a letter or email from an agent and I didn't get any writing done. However, I do have one really lovely thing, friends. Wonderful friends who are near and dear to my heart.

I actually have an amazing group of girlfriends who support me in all of the wild and crazy ideas I get. No matter how looney I can be, they always treat me as though I am perfectly sane. Well, almost sane.

They are such a wonderful Blessing in my life and I am so happy to have them. One of those friends has been a part of my life especially longer than the others and she knows what a special place she holds in my heart--I hope.

From the moment that I forced her to be my friend in 9th grade gym class, through the loss of family members and the ins and outs of college romance, we always maintained our friendship and the special bond that had brought us together (my brute strength is what she'd probably say it was--she was a bit reluctant to make friends, being a new kid and all that).

She was the only person besides my husband that I told about my writing for a while. And what was her reaction after I dropped that tiny bomb and quickly covered my ears so that her roaring laughter wouldn't bust my eardrums? She said it was great and that it didn't really surprise her. When I asked her if she thought I could be a good writer, she said I did an awfully good job writing all her papers in college
:-) (which is an exaggeration she often makes to down play how smart she really is).

From there, the news of my writing spread, as I wrote. Now, all 6 of my girlfriends know, and my mom and sister. And, you know I've found more support for my writing than I ever thought I would. I guess when it comes down to it, I underestimated those important people in my life and the love they have for me. I'm regretful of that, but eternally thankful that I was wrong to doubt their support (although it may be my abilities I really doubted, by just figuring they'd realize I'm not capable of writing, but they showed me!) and for all of the love they share with me.

I love you all, and I thank God every night before I sleep for the gift you are in my life.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Thinking, thinking, thinking

I'm thinking, thinking, thinking of what I can use for a title. I couldn't come up with one, so I'll just get straight into the meat of the post. Today was a really lovely day. The weather here is finally nice. Which means it's under 99 degrees. I was even able to let our little sweetie, Mr. B. go outside and play for a long time.

He's such a cutie.

I was even able to break away from the office early enough that I made it home in time to get a jump on my writing. I took a break to eat with my hubby and spend a little time talking about each of our days, but then I went right back to writing and it was mighty productive.

Ah, well now I'm gonna get back to that writing, so I can update my page count again!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Do do do do do do do....

All those do-do's are the theme song to Jeopardy that is constantly running through my head. Every once in a while, the fact that an agent is reviewing my full ms runs through my head and when it does, the theme song always accompanies it. And by every once in a while, I mean every 5-6 seconds. It even interrupted my dreams last night. It wasn't pretty, so I won't go into detail.

Hmmmm... It's been a pretty good weekend, so I can't really complain about 1 bad dream. I didn't get much writing done. I goofed off most of the weekend, but I've gotten some done tonight and I'm going right back to it when I finish this post.

I couldn't figure out how to put one of those cute little meter bars up, so I decided to just add a section on the side and write out what I've gotten done.

I played with some little fun quizzes to entertain and distract myself, so I thought I'd share one of those fun little things with you here:

Friday, September 09, 2005

Time Management

Alright, so I finally have the gumption to get on with my ms and what happens? I get so busy that I'm lucky to squeeze in this post. You know the saying "when it rains, it pours"? Well, it's monsoon season for me right now. Last night, I didn't finish work completely until just after midnight. I'm glad for the work - it's wonderful for the wallet. However, it isn't so great for the writing.

It's almost Friday and I don't have any major plans this weekend, so maybe I'll get some writing done.

I have done some things that are productive... for instance, I found a critique partner. Yup! And even better than that is the fact that I like her! :-) So, being busy isn't holding me back completely!

Well, I'm off to do more work!


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I Got Chastised...

I got chastised today. Why does that sound naughty? Maybe I should look up that word to confirm its definition. Hold on... "(v.) to censure". I really love online dictionaries. Okay, that's what I got, so it isn't naughty. Well, I mean I guess it can be, but it's not in this usage

I decided earlier today, that my current wip and I just weren't working out well and that we needed to take some time off and see where we wanted things to go. I mean we've been together now for 3 full chapters and it's just difficult to see exactly where this relationship is going. I thought maybe I'd get to know a few other wips in the interim. I mean that's not cheating, because we would be on a break.

So, I made a formal announcement of my decision. And guess what happened? I got chastised. Yup! A fellow message board member (thanks, Mir) said, "you may wanna rethink that" and then she went on to make numerous really good points and you know what, I rethunk it and she was right. I was having a really hard time with the idea of leaving something half done.

So, I've decided to put fingers to keyboard and march on. I even placed a message for a cp. I'm gonna finish this book even if it makes me ill with frustration. I'm also going to put a status thingy (I don't know what they're called) on this page, to hold myself more accountable. So, there. Take that Mr. I-don't-wanna-do-this-your-way, wip. We're gonna stay together and got to couples counseling if we gotta, but we're gonna see this thing through!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Making Art...

Well, I did paint this weekend, but I didn't have to spend the whole weekend doing it, because my mom helped us. We were able to do it a lot faster than we had originally expected. Yay!

So, today we visited family and enjoyed temperatures that are finally tolerable. This summer has run a 115 degree heat index, but today we ran a nice 87 degrees for a high.

So, last week my heroine decided she had some better ideas about how to handle the story. I wasn't particularly open to her ideas, so I chose to ignore them. As a result, she decided to run off with my hero one night. It took some time, but I finally caught her and we decided to sit down and discuss our differences of opinion over some margaritas.

I have to admit that she had some really good points. I told her that I would try and be more receptive of her ideas and she said she'd quit being so demanding (although she is the heroine, so of course she always expects everything to be about her). We'll see how it goes, but I'm really excited to get back to writing this week.


Friday, September 02, 2005

Working for the Weekend

It's a holiday weekend, and what will my darling husband and I be doing? Working! Poor thing, he's even sick. But, we have a rental unit that's been vacant a couple of months and the lack of income is really a pinch. So, we're gonna roll up our sleeves, and do some top notch painting this weekend, in hopes that it'll improve the appearance of the unit to entice someone to rent it.

I guess we really shouldn't complain. Recent events have certainly proven that we have a lot to be thankful for. So, I'll go and paint gladly. We're even taking a small tv to hook up so he can catch his college football games. Well, if he can see them through the fuzz.

I guess one way of looking at it would be that this will be a distraction from the fact that I haven't heard from the agent who has my full. I'm so excited about her, I really hope she likes my work, but we'll have to wait and see. ::sigh::

I hope everyone has a good weekend and a safe holiday for all of us here in the U.S.

My prayers still go out to everyone effected by Katrina.


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Game Day

I live in a city where College Football reigns supreme! And today is the first game of our season. We have a brand new coach who is a really big deal in the college football world (of course so was our last one, but it didn't make a big difference, sorry Lou) - I've probably just given away where I live if any of you are college football followers, but oh well.

Our team really isn't that great, but we have a stadium larger than many NFL stadiums, that regularly sells out. We obviously take out football serious here.

Anyways, the opening game is getting ready to start. ESPN is hosting game day from our game. Although I'm watching from home while my dear husband goes to the game with his brother, dad, and his cherished media pass, I can feel the ecitement.

I guess you have to experience it to understand, but our entire city gets buzzed with game day excitement. People fly flags and spend all day tailgating before games. It's a great break from all of the sad news lately. It's also a great distraction - I mean break from writing.

Well, kickoff is in 9 minutes, so I'm off to avoid writing - I mean cheer on my team!