Archive | December 2005


A nice little end of the year wrap-up post will soon follow, but for now I’ve just added a new story under the Writing section of my website so stop by there and read it if you like. Actually, the story is far from new… it’s the chronically unpublishable Mount Everest, but it’s one of my favorites and… ah hell, read it, I say.

I’m also editing The Evolution Of A Stalker to put on there later. I went in thinking I only had to tweak it, but I hadn’t even peeked at that file in a year and it’s crazy how clear things become to you after you put some distance between yourself and the work. I mean, I’m cutting whole paragraphs, whole conversations. Wow. And I wondered back then why I couldn’t sell the story.

I’m working a half day today… gotta have a story turned in by midnight tomorrow… wanna guess how I’ll be ringing in the new year?

They Don’t Call ‘Em Deadlines For Nothin’

So, I have a story to finish by this weekend. And by finish I mean retype the three or so hand written pages I already have, add enough plot to have a decent first draft and then shape it into something good enough to send off to an editor.

I’ve only had half a year to finish it… half a freakin’ year. I wrote a story for this particular call several months ago, but was having difficulty with it. I finally admitted to myself that I just didn’t like that damned story and didn’t want to write it and I decided to do it all over. Lotta good that did me. It really will be a good story, though, once it’s written.

Husband downloaded some software to help me with changing Her Mama’s House into a screenplay. I was also offered formatting help from Devon so it shouldn’t be too nervewracking.

I just want the year overwith already. I’m ready to wipe another slate clean and start fresh.

I should be able to get some writing in tomorrow (I’d better). And oh, if you missed my short post below, my website is up, not finished, but up:

Unofficial Announcement

My website has been live for a couple of weeks now but since it was pretty bare for a while, I didn’t make it public knowledge. We’re still working on it, but there is more content there now, so if you’re as impatient as me, or if you even care at all, take a sneak peek!

The After

Well, whadya know, I survived Christmas yesterday. The kids now have more toys and clothes than they (or I) know what to do with, and I’m already tripping over letters and blocks. I was so exhausted last night after all was said and done, I could hardly drag myself to bed.

And on top of all the gift opening and ptting together of toys (like I put together anything anyway), I cooked dinner. It was only the four of us, so at least there wasn’t the pressure of entertaining guests. I fixed my very first turkey, well it was only a breast, but still, I’m proud. It tastes pretty good.

I was pleased with the day but I’m so happy it’s over and it feels so good to bag up all the old toys and get them out of here, some straight to the trash bin but most to charity.

We’re still putting the finishing touches on my website. I have a place to put some stories, it’s just a matter of uploading them and I still need to write out my bio. I have a blog there too and eventually that will be my only one, but for a while I will maintain both.

I’m taking the kids down to my mom’s today since their daycare is closed all week and the only days I have off are today and tomorrow. It will be good to have a breather after all this.

Get Thee Behind Me Holiday

Well, I’m almost done Christmas shopping, almost meaning I could be satisfied with everything I’ve already done if it comes down to it, but ideally I would like to get a few more things, small things, stocking stuffers and what nots.

I wound up getting handbags for the women in my life and being a handbag addict it’s going to be so hard to part with them, even if they are already wrapped with someone else’s name on them.

I did mega grocery shopping today since I’m being muscled into cooking Christmas dinner on Sunday. That was fun.

I sent two thank you notes via email to people who sent me Christmas cards that I totally wasn’t expecting.

In writing news, I received my contributor’s copy of Santa’s Sweets. I haven’t read through it yet, but aesthetically, I like it. The cover looks like the front of a Christmas card and the whole thing is almost small enough to fit in your back pocket.

I’m also brainstorming a few ideas for a new short story. I saw a call with a really interesting theme. It’s the first one I’ve stumbled upon in a while that instantly began putting ideas in my head.

I’ll be working all day tomorrow in the last minute Christmas rush and then it’s home to enjoy drinks and h’or deurves and the putting together of toddler toys.

Is it over yet?

Where Writing Is Concerned

Good things are happening here. In relation to the “exciting news,” I’ll soon begin work on turning one of my short stories, Her Mama’s House, into a short screenplay.

What do I know about writing screenplays? Well, nothing, but it’s always been something I’ve wanted to try my hand at and now I have this opportunity and I’m running with it. It will only be an estimated 12-15 page script so there isn’t too much pressure there. But, yay!

The Big Shake Down

So apparently that has been this rumor among the folks at Pampers that someone in this household is expecting and before I go any farther let me just say uh-uh, there’s no way in hell, it ain’t happenin’ cap’n. But anyway they’ve been sending me all sorts of sample things for pregnancy and infants and I shrugged it off as a simple mistake but then…

…they got Gerber in on it. They sent me a sample for infant cereal and a little pamphlet filled with adorable goodness. And it made me smile and look again at the teeny tiny newborn diaper that Pampers sent… and I remembered what it was like when my toddlers were small enough to wear a diaper that size and awwww…. wouldn’t it be nice to have a cute little sweet smelling baby in the house again… and well I’m still young and it couldn’t be so bad could it…. but…

Ah – ha!!!!!

That’s how they get you! Its that subtle art of suggestion they use to get you back to buying their products. And I’m a prime target because it would be just my luck to get pregnant again and it be another set of twins.

Yeah, baby product companies, you slicksters… I’m on to you.

What Do You Know?

And I ask because I need to know what you know about anthology rights. We are working on my website (well they are, my job consists of nit-picking and nagging) and I’m gathering stories for my fiction section. Thing is, I want to include some of my published stuff and before I do I want to be sure that I’m not violating any rights, such as reprinting the work prematurely. I’ve been reading over all my contracts, but I don’t see anything that specifically mentions the time frame in which one is to hold off on reprinting a story. Is it one year, two?

Anyone know?

Rachel, Marilyn, Sage… any of you guys out there and can help me out here?


BTW, I’ve been previewing my website and I can’t wait until we go live. It makes me feel like a true blue writer.

Best Weekend Ever

Ok, so that was probably a little overstated, but seeing as how I was in such a pissy mood at the start of it, my weekend shaped up quite nice… even though it rained. I visited my mother this weekend in the wet weather, and as a matter of fact, I think it was the rain that I loved most about it. It was the kind of rain I welcome, the steady mist that’s not too hard, that isn’t accompanied by thunder or lightning. It was the type of rain that relaxes instead of depresses me, the kind I’d rather stand in than run through or hide from and it continued all weekend.

And so, I walked in it, stood in it, talked in it, watched it through windows, felt it on my face and fingers and it was lovely. I partied with my best friend and her family and we had a blast. Yay for Holiday Party #3!

And today I came home. I went out Christmas shopping and successfully kept myself from buying gifts for myself and that made me feel good. Then I checked my email and…

My contributor’s copies of Santa’s Sweets are in the mail!!!!

The contact person on the previously mentioned “exciting news” front emailed me with her proposition. I’ve responded and asked my questions and I’m pretty sure it’s all a go, but man, oh man I can’t wait until it’s official enough for me to blurt it all over this blog!

Yes, it was a good weekend indeed.

If You Don’t Use It…

It occurred to me early this afternoon that since I had some down time at work, I might work some on Trouble. Even with NaNo being a thing of the past and other deadlines looming, I felt a pull toward this story. I sat down at the PC and opened the file, noted that it seemed smaller than I remembered and was a bit embarrassed at the fact that I hadn’t been in the file in over a month. I opened it and there were only 8,500 words there.

I knew that couldn’t be right. I knew I had jumped the 10,000 mark, had even blogged about it. Ah, yes, then I remembered. The most recent copy was on my memory key which was conveniently located right….

I looked on the desk, not there. I looked on the other desk, nope. I looked on futon, not there since I had cleaned it off last week. Checked a few more places and then, oh then, panic set in.

What else had I not made a second copy of? What other originals sat on that lost key? What stories, poems, started novels would I never see again?

I turned the car, the den and my bedroom upside down only to come up with nothing. I plopped down on the bed having come to the conclusion that I had no other choice but to shoot myself, except I didn’t own a gun.

Then I leaned over and opened the top drawer to my nightstand. I don’t know why. I never go in there. Well, except to put things away that I wouldn’t want lost or damaged.

Yep, my memory key included.

I promptly made a second copy of Trouble, sat down and began writing.