Archive for December, 2005

Saturday, December 31st, 2005
New Year’s Eve

Well today is New Year’s Eve. The last day of 2005 and my best friend’s birthday. Happy Birthday, T! Love you! And HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone…a tad early. 🙂

It’s a time for reflecting on the old year and looking forward to the new year ahead. For some reason, I’m actually excited about 2006. I have no idea why, but I’m getting good vibes from it. May they continue throughout the upcoming year.

Every year I’ve done resolutions and every year I’ve blown them. That’s why this year, I’m not going to bother. Do I have goals? Sure. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m going to concentrate on writing paranormals in 2006. I’m also going to be less concerned about selling and more concerned about writing. I haven’t done that in the past and sadly, I think it shows. I have many things I’d like to get accomplished in Jan. After that, I’m going to play it by ear. I know what projects I plan to work on, so I don’t have think about those beyond the organizing stage.

Are you making resolutions? If so, what are they? If not, what are you doing in their stead?

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Went to see King Kong today. Managed to still my tears until the last hour and a half. Yes, I’m a wuss. I never have been able to make it through that movie without crying. (old or new version)

My dh made an interesting observation about this particular film. He said it didn’t seem like a Peter Jackson movie. (He directed King Kong, Lord of the Rings, and the Frighteners among others.) I hadn’t thought about it until he said that, but he was right. Every Peter Jackson film I’ve seen has terrific characterization and a lot of heart. This film had heart, but the characterization was pushed to the backburner behind the effects.

I did like the film (still HATE the ending). (In my version, several people die, while Kong lives. 😉 I thought the movie was good, but not great. The length could’ve been shortened by forty-five minutes to an hour and the film would’ve still held a lot of punch. I thought Naomi Watts did a good job, along with ‘Kong’. I just thought the other actors were somewhat short-changed unnecessarily. A brush of history here and there just doesn’t cut it, if you want me to care about them.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like the movie, but I really did. All and all, it’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen. I’m sure when the film comes out on DVD the director’s cut will be five hours long–minimum. *g*

Next up at the movies is Munich, The Ringer (because the chairman of the Special Olympics was a key player on this film), and Syriana.

Thursday, December 29th, 2005
Year of the Paranormal

I’ve decided to make my 2006 the year of the paranormal. What does that mean? Other than possibly editing a Blaze, (if I manage to sell my book) I plan to only work on my paranormal ideas. I have too many of them lying around, demanding attention. I can’t put them off any longer.

It’s strange, but with that decision made, I’m kind of excited about the 2006 writing year. I think it’s because I really dig these story ideas. They are plot heavy action/adventure paranormals with strong heroines. The love stories are definitely secondary in all, but one of the books. :-O I’m only moving away from romance a smidge. 😉

What is your focus for the New Year?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
Debating Whether to Enter Another Contest

Special announcement: Jo has her uber-challenge up and running. Stop by and check it out…if you dare. (evil grin)

I’m debating whether to enter my two Bravas in the Golden Quill contest. I think the contest is great, but you have to send in five copies of each book entered. (That’s a lot of copies.) Also, it’s $25 per entry. Not exactly cheap right after the holidays.

BUT, (you knew it was coming) this is one of the few contests I can enter my published work in. I considered the RITAs, but after last year’s reaction nixed the idea. I didn’t want my book getting short-changed because it had Brava on the cover. I suppose I could always just enter one of the books, but I have no idea which one would have a better chance. Hmm…

Are any of you entering contests? If so, is the work published or unpublished?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
Back to the Gym

Yep, now that I’ve finished gorging myself it’s time to get back to the gym. I’ve been going steadily (3 days a week) since I joined at the end of November. I definitely have more energy, even if I’m not losing any weight.

I’m actually looking forward to going back to a cleaner diet. I don’t know about you all, but the massive amount of food is starting to get old. :-/ I mean it tastes great, but after a while you’re like enough already.

I’m currently waiting for my critique partner to get me the Blaze back. (she’s almost done) It looks like I’ll manage to make my schedule for mailing it in. (I want it in the mail by the end of the first week of Jan.) I have one more book to edit after that, then it’s onto new projects (or perhaps old ones in my case). I haven’t decided yet.

Today, I’m going to kick back and watch DVDs and read the new book my brother sent me called Gecko by Jack Priest. I may work a little later. I’d like to take a look at a story I started and see if I’m still pleased with what I’ve written.

How are you spending the rest of this week?

Monday, December 26th, 2005
Lovely Time

Christmas was a sheer delight this year. We wish we could’ve spent it with family, but alas it wasn’t possible this year. Instead, we were invited to dinner at our df’s house. They put on a fantastic spread. We ran out of room long before we ran out of food. 🙂 Merry making was had by all. A little too much on my end and I’m feeling that overindulgence today.

Santa was very good to me this year. I received many of the things I’ve wanted for quite sometime and a few surprises. I have one of those surprises in my earlobes at the moment and they’re quite the sparklers. (wg)

The rest of this week shall be spent doing the usual ‘out with the old and in with the new’ cleaning ritual, going to the movies, and enjoying the gifts.

How was your holiday? Were you surprised by a gift?

Saturday, December 24th, 2005
Happy Holidays Everyone!

No matter what holiday you choose to celebrate in this joyous season, may you find peace, happiness and prosperity. And may your dreams come true in the New Year. I’m off to have myself a Merry little Christmas. 🙂