Archive for April, 2006

Thursday, April 20th, 2006
Trying on Clothes and other forms of self-punishment

God, I find trying on clothes depressing. Nothing fits right and the stuff that does I’ve worn a half a million times and it shows. I know I shouldn’t have waited until the last minute to do this and I didn’t. Not really. I tried shopping a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t find a thing. I truly wish I had the What Not To Wear gals to shop with. Of course, I’d have to fly to London, since all the cool clothes seem to be there. Time to get creative in the closet.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
The Insanity Continues

I’ve been running around like crazy today. I needed to get to the gym and then swing by the grocery store in preparation for a conference I’m attending this weekend. Well, actually, I’m speaking at this conference. Yes, I know I should’ve picked things up sooner, but that would’ve been way too smart. I so prefer the insanity of running around like a chicken with its head cut off. For those of you who’ve never seen this particular event, I should explain. Animal lovers should leave now. You don’t want to read the next section.

When you chop a chicken’s head off, it will actually run around. In fact, it can run quite far before it realizes it should be dead. (Says the kid who grew up on a farm and had to chase down said chicken.)

Anyhow, I picked up candy to giveaway at the booksigning, put together a couple of baskets to giveaway at my talk, and I’m currently coloring my hair. (What? You thought that color was natural? LOL!) Friday morning I have a hair appt. for a cut and then I’ll wash the car, before heading to the conference.

To top off my utter insanity, dh and I have signed up for a fitness boot camp. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m going to participate in a fitness boot camp. Here’s the insane part, it starts at 5:30AM and runs three days a week. Dh is super ambitious. He signed up for twelve weeks. I only signed up for four. One month of 5:30am is about all I can handle. :-O Wish us luck.

Monday, April 17th, 2006
How Much Trouble Can I Get In With One Little Amazon Gift Certificate?

I’ve had such a wonderfully strange day. I spoke with a friend in California, whose birthday is today. (Happy B-day P!) We caught up because it’s been awhile. That chat ate up most of my day. Then Eve was kind enough to feature Somewhere in Time, the anthology I’m in with Julia Templeton (who has books coming out with Avon and Berkley), on her site. (Check below Eve’s Meme entry.) It was a very nice surprise. (((Hugs Eve))) Long story short, I didn’t get anything accomplished beyond laundry and the gym. Sigh.

I have a dear friend, we’ll call her D for reference. I love this girl to pieces. She’s my brunch buddy and has a heart the size of planet Earth. (Makes it hard to walk around, but she manages.;) Anyhow, one of her favorite gifts to give to me and dh is an Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Yes, she’s knows the way to this writer’s heart. (wg)

I’ve been squirreling this sucker away in order to break it out at just the right moment. As you may have guessed, that moment is NOW.

Friday I talked about Dark Need by Lynn Viehl. If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, what are you waiting for? I will buy a copy. Yes, I know I have the ARC (advanced reader copy), but writers don’t get paid from ARCs. Besides, I think the book is THAT good. Stepping off my soapbox now. (grin)

With the Amazon gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, I proceed to the website. Palms sweating, knees weak, I swipe a hand across my brow. Have I mentioned that I bought Six Feet Under by MacKenzie McKade, King of the Unblessed by Michelle Pillow, The Gripping Beast by Charlene Teglia, Hunter’s Pride by Shiloh Walker (thank you to the Writeminded ladies for the coupon), Beast in my Bed by Marianne LaCroix, Saurellian Federation – Survival’s Price by Joanna Wylde, Wolf In Cheap Clothing by Charlene Teglia and Candid Camera by Susie Charles? We’ll just pretend I didn’t. :-O Shh…it’s a secret. 😉

Must keep focus…*ggg* So I’m perusing Amazon in all its digital glory and decide to head to my wish list. Yes, I’m that predictable. I kept everyone’s recommendations, so I have quite a few books on there. Own many of the others. I know I’m building suspense like it’s going to be some great big revelation. It’s not. Sad, truly sad. I ended up buying Hell Kat by Vivi Anna, Master of Wolves by Angela Knight, BloodAngel by Justine Musk (thank you to whoever recommended that book to me) and the Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. My new additions should arrive on Wednesday. Yah!!! Afterwards, I’ll be checking myself into a clinic that specializes in book buying addictions. *g*

What quick fix has fed your book reading/buying habit lately?

Friday, April 14th, 2006
Easter Weekend

Ah Easter…a time when pagan bunnies frolic with marshmellow chicks and Cadbury comes out with their creme-filled eggs. You know the ones I’m talking about, those sugar orgasm-inducing chocolate-covered eggs that sinfully embrace your tongue, before melting in your mouth. Yeah, those eggs. Shudder…YUM! (Eyes cross here just thinking about it.) Betcha can’t eat just one.

We don’t have any big plans this weekend beyond work. We will probably hit the theaters to catch a couple of movies. (Benchwarmers and Scary Movie 4) Highbrow all the way. 😉 I also plan to finish Dark Need by Lynn Viehl. (I have ten pages to go. I’m saving them as a reward for getting my word count in today.;) Let me tell you gang this book ROCKS. It’s sexy, emotional, and meaty. If you love vampires, this latest offering from the Darkyn series is not to be missed. Yes, she’s a pal of mine, but that doesn’t influence my reading tastes. I’m not the type of person who’s prone to blowing smoke up peoples’ asses. I’ve spent the majority of my life apologizing for being too direct. :-/ So when I say this is a damn good book, I mean it. Pick it up and see for yourself, if you don’t believe me. I DARE YOU.

Thursday, April 13th, 2006
Time to Reevaluate the notes

I’ve reached the point in book where I have to take another look at my notes and my original ideas for the story. We’ll call it the halfway point. *g* I think the story is now much richer than the one I started with. This is a good thing. Here’s the problem, I realized while studying my scribbles that one of the bad guys hasn’t been ‘seen’ for a while. (I have two bad guys.) I wrote a scene containing said bad guy quite a while ago that I’d planned to plug into the book at some point. But where??? Needless to say (but I’m going to anyhow), this dilemma has put quite a damper on my writing day. 🙁

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
Lazy Day

Tis a lazy day at the Summers’ residence. I say lazy in the sense that nothing beyond work on my story is happening. I’m back from the gym–showered, shaved, and fed, so I’m ready to get to it. Found out yesterday that Atlantean’s Quest Bk. 2: Exodus sold out at EC. Yah! They currently have more copies on order. Got to love that, especially since I’d really like a copy myself. *g*

Plan to meet friends for dinner this weekend and hopefully get to the movies to see Benchwarmers and Scary Movie 4. I know they’ll be stupid, but I’m hoping they’re also funny. I have one more week and my local conference will be here. The two words that come to mind are ‘procrastination’ and ‘workshop’. :-O Guess what I’ll be doing next week? *ggg*

Monday, April 10th, 2006
New Paperback Release

I just received an email from EC telling me that the time-travel anthology, Somewhere in Time I did with Julia Templeton has officially released. Currently, it’s only available on the EC site and at their Ebay store. And if you’re feeling really saucy you can grab this too while you’re there. 🙂 Amazon should have Somewhere in Time within the next few weeks. The bookstores should also be able to order it about the same time Amazon gets it in. I will be doing a giveaway just as soon as I get my copies. 🙂 Other than that, it’s just work and the gym on this end. If anything exciting happens, I’ll let you know. *g*