Archive for March, 2006

Thursday, March 30th, 2006
Tor on the Lookout

Heads up! Anna is on the lookout for this.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
The Ghost Hunters Are Back

Okay, I know I can’t be the only one excited that the Ghost Hunters return tonight for a new season. I can’t wait! If you didn’t see last season’s big ghost surprise, then you really missed out. I get chills just thinking about what they captured on film. :-O

The editing is still coming along. I wish it would go a bit faster, but I’m adding stuff and it takes a while. Grr… This book MUST be finished by the end of next month.

In other book news, Christine Feehan’s Dark Demon was just released and Angela Knight’s new book comes out on Sat. I plan to order them both. A dear friend gave me a gift certificate. 🙂

Tomorrow night I think we’re going out to dinner with friends. I’m not sure yet, since dh is setting the whole thing up. It should be fun. What are you all doing this week? Looking forward to anything in particular?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006
On the Lookout

Dh and I went out to do our normal weekend browse. It’s a bit of a ritual for us. We just stroll the shops and grab some lunch or breakfast, depending on the time.

Today our jaunt out actually had a purpose. We’re looking at computers for me. My current machine still works fine, it’s just a little slow. (Okay, perhaps I’ve installed a few too many items on it.:) Yes, I need them all. Really. (wg)

Anyway, I’m considering a big change. I think I may buy a Mac instead of a PC this time around. I’ve never owned a Mac. I do not buy into the Mac zombie philosophy, BUT I must say that the machine I looked at today has some pretty groovy things on it. Things that would make ‘writing life’ much easier. I haven’t made any hard and fast decisions, but I am seriously considering it.

After our computer safari, we ended up at a sushi joint…which happens to be next to a Barnes and Noble. Can I help it they’re so close? (Looks around innocently, while hiding evil grin.) I was actually looking for Vivi Anna’s new book, Hell Kat, but it wasn’t out yet. Sigh. I had to appease my book lust with Nightlife by Rob Thurman. No, I’d never heard of him before buying the book. I actually read the first two pages and it grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Guess how I plan to spend the rest of my evening…grin.

Tomorrow after the gym I’m meeting a friend for coffee, then I plan to come back and type. I still haven’t finished typing in the changes I made on hardcopy. Tuesday, I have a local RWA meeting. Trying to decide if I’m going to go or not. I plan to work outside of the house this next week, so the blog will probably drop to every couple of days. Sorry, but it can’t be helped. Hope everyone has a fab week. See you on Tues. or Wed. 🙂 In the meantime, here’s a great link from Vanessa, who swiped it from Anna Genoese.

Friday, March 24th, 2006
Off and Running

I’m currently getting my normal intake of coffee (must function) and having my breakfast. I’ll be off to the gym afterwards and then onto the grocery store. Exciting, I know. I have this deal with my body. I don’t force it to go to the gym until I’ve given it the appropriate amount of coffee. Sure, it sounds like a bribe, but it’s the only thing that gets me there three days a week.

I’m getting a Tarot reading when I return home, so I’m kind of excited. It’s been a while since I’ve had one and I believe with all that’s happening I’m due. Hopefully my friend doing the reading will have some insight. I’m actually extremely hard to read. I tend to be ‘stronger’ than the reader nine times out of ten. Make of that what you will. (wg) Going to get to work in the afternoon no matter how painful the prospect. *g* Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
Endings & Internet Diets

Patrice has been discussing her writing process over the last few weeks. Answering a question she posed on her blog got me thinking about what I require in order to write a book. An idea for a story is a given, but I actually need much more than that before I can write. I tend to come up with the opening scene fairly quickly or at least a scene close to the opening, and then I build from there. Here’s where the writing process gets weird for me. I HAVE to know how the book ends before I can dive in and start writing past that opening scene.

Now I know a lot of writers out there want the book to come as a surprise to them as they’re working. For me, the middle section is a complete and total surprise. *g* BUT, in order for me to weave the tale, I must know my final destination. Which means I have to know how the book will end. I kind of equate the whole process to following a trail. What can I say? I’m weird and it works for me. 🙂

Onto the internet diet…I’m not getting as much done as I would like. I know my biggest time suck comes from fiddle-farting online. So with that in mind, I plan to put myself on an internet diet starting next week. I HAVE to get this book done ASAP. I’m not strong enough to sit at my desk and not surf or play games or read blogs, etc. You get the picture. Which means, I’m going to check my emails in the morning, maybe make a blog entry, then stay away from the computer until I have my daily word count in. I expect that the first few days of this will be ‘difficult’ (Kind of like trying to wean yourself off chocolate.), but it’s necessary. I am becoming far too much of an internet writer and not enough of a novel writer. Can’t finish books that way. It’s time to reorganize and refocus. I’m sure you all understand. Let the withdrawals begin. *ggg*

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
Sorry for being MIA

My dh went out of town to a conference on Sun. and I don’t tend to sleep while he’s gone. So by yesterday, I was darn near hallucinating I was so tired. I’m a power sleeper, so I don’t do well on 6 hours in 2 days. *ggg*

Last night, I broke down and took a couple of Tylenol vanilla sleepy thingies. ( I don’t know what they’re called.) Anyway, they knocked me out. I didn’t wake up until 11:15 in the morning. I’ve been scrambling ever since. LOL!

I must say though that I do feel MUCH better today. Just got back from the gym and plan to start typing in the changes I made to my manuscript. I hope everyone is having a good week.

Monday, March 20th, 2006
Mixed Bag

I’ve managed to finish my 121 pages of edits. One of my dear critique partners came up with a solution to a problem I was having with the manuscript. Bless her heart. I owe her SO many drinks. *g*

I picked up a book while I was at the bookstore the other day. Shocker, I know. I swear I’m like a kleptomaniac, except I pay for my purchases and the books don’t have to be shiny to catch my attention. (Shaking head) Anyhoo, I brought home ‘Working for the Devil’ by Lilith Saintcrow. I’m only on page 41, but I am enjoying the book so far. The more I read these types of books, the more I want to write them. They combine everything I love in a single story, action/adventure, a kick-ass heroine, a paranormal world, and a hot guy. (wg) What more could you ask for? 😉