Archive for July, 2006

Monday, July 17th, 2006
Hit the ground running

I had one of those days where I hit the ground running and I’m just now slowing to a stop. The editor at Harlequin dropped me an email this morning to set up a time for us to meet at Nationals. I thought that was very cool of her to do. I’m looking forward to meeting her 🙂

I also received a request, so I had to gather a ton of stuff together for that since I was already heading to the post office to mail the Blaze. It always scares me when I mail off a bunch of stuff at the same time because I’m terrified that I’ll put the wrong things in the wrong box. It doesn’t matter how many times I check it, I inevitably goof somewhere. Why is that?

Had a rather insomnia-filled night last night. I hope I can get some sleep tonight to make up for it. Tomorrow I’m mailing off the contracts for the Phantom Warrior stories. Fingers crossed one will be released this year. I’ll keep you posted. I’m also going to my pilates lesson tomorrow morning. It should be pretty cool.

How was your Monday? *ggg*

Sunday, July 16th, 2006
Weekend News

My niece had her official ‘Sweet Sixteen’ party yesterday. My mom said it went well and that she cleaned up in the gift arena. 🙂 We’re not in the same state so we couldn’t attend, but we were there in spirit.

I’ve decided to mail the Blaze off tomorrow after the dentist appt. I’m also mailing several queries, since I’ll be at the post office anyway. *g* I did receive a bit of good news in my inbox yesterday. Novelist Inc. wrote me to let me know that I’d been accepted. Yah! I guess this means I’ll be heading to their conference next year for sure. I haven’t quite decided what other conferences I’ll be attending next year. I don’t plan to go to Nationals and I’m not sure about the Romantic Times Convention, since the latter will be a month after Novelist Inc.’s conference. There are a few smaller ones I’m interested in. I hear great things about the New Jersey Conference and the Seattle Conference, so I may go that route. Both are in the fall. I also wouldn’t mind attending the Maui Writer’s Conference. *ggg* Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

On a final note, I’d like to send birthday wishes to my friend, G. Hope it’s a good one and that you have many more.

Friday, July 14th, 2006
Busy, Busy Day

I spent the day going over the first three chapters of my urban fantasy. I’m sending out queries, so I wanted to be sure it was the best I could make it. Talk about time consuming. :-O

I just heard back from one my readers/critique partners about the Blaze. She loved it. Thank the stars. I have one more to hear from and then this sucker is going in the mail. Woo Hoo!!!

Tomorrow we’re going to see Pirates again. Can’t wait. A friend of mine is planning to join us. She hasn’t seen it yet, so that should be fun. 😀 I plan to finish typing up queries when I get back, then read through contracts for the Phantom Warriors.

Next week will be busy as I get ready for Nationals. I plan to take a ton of notes and will report back with my findings. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, July 13th, 2006
Finished the Edits

I finished doing my edits on Revenge of the Sky Goddess last night. I’m so happy. Still can’t tell how the book is…other than better than it was. *ggg* I’m sending it out today once I finish typing in all the changes that I’ve made. It will be off to Harlequin at the beginning of next week. Yah! With any luck, I’ll be back to my urban fantasy on Monday…after I get my teeth cleaned. That’s all the excitement happening here. How about your end?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
It’s Exercise Day Again

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s exercise day again. I’m going to try to tackle the Tahitian dance video, except I’m going back to the warm-up this time. *g* Afterwards, I plan to get a few partials together, then start reading the Blaze. I’m praying the latter goes smoothly. I’d really like to get it to my critique partners, so that I can mail it to Harlequin next week. Yah!

The water is still on, which is nice. I’m sure my neighbors are appreciating the fact that they can shower again. Management sent a note apologizing for the inconvenience…then proceeded to blame the old management company. I thought that was actually really bad form since the old management co. was excellent and well-liked, but that’s just my opinion.

Next week before the conference is going to be extremely busy. I have a dentist appt., a pilates class, and a hair appt. That doesn’t count shopping for new clothes. I don’t intend to buy much, but I wouldn’t mind an item or two. I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to wear.

A girlfriend of mine and I were talking about how hard it is to shop for Nationals because like it or not people WILL be dissecting your appearance. Obviously, I’d feel better if I weighed a lot less, but it’s not going to happen in two weeks.:( So I have to make the best of what I have to work with, which often makes shopping less than enjoyable.

It doesn’t help that I’m not a big summer clothes person. I know it’s going to be hot as blazes in Georgia. I have nothing that’s ready for 100% humidity with 90-something degree temps. Plus, I know that inside the hotels and other places the a/c will be cranked to Inuit levels. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
You Can Sure Tell Mercury is in Retrograde

According to one of my horoscopes, I was supposed to have rockin’ news around the 6th or so. Let me see, perhaps the great news the horror-scope was referring to had to do with the post office temporarily losing the package I’d sent on the 4th or maybe it was when the water was shut off on the 7th right after I’d finished working out. No, now that I think about it…it must have been the 10th because that was the day they turned the water off at noon and it didn’t come back on until 9:30 this morning. Can you say ‘no flushing toilets’ for 24 hours? I think you can.

According to the prediction, I have another ‘super’ day coming up on the 25th, the day I’m flying to Nationals. Pray for me. I can’t handle anymore ‘good’ luck like this. LOL!

Monday, July 10th, 2006
I am such a geek

First off, I wanted to let my readers know that despite all the ramblings on various subjects here on my blog that I AM still writing a lot. I just finished edits on my Blaze. I use the word ‘finished’ loosely because I still have to read through the manuscript one more time to polish it before sending it off to my critique partners. After I get it back from them, I’ll incorporate their changes and send it to Harlequin. What will happen after they receive the manuscript? Your guess is as good as mine. (wg)

I’m also in the process of writing an urban fantasy single title, which I’m really looking forward to working on again. (I took a break to edit.) I have two ebooks that I need to sign contracts on. As soon as I decide which contracts to sign, then that will be taken care of and I’ll have a new book/s coming out toward the end of the year. I’ve also completed a single title paranormal suspense with romantic elements. I’m currently waiting to hear back from the publisher who has the full manuscript. If they pass, I plan to shop it elsewhere. So as you can see, I have been keeping busy. I just haven’t had any releases since March. Hopefully that will change soon. 🙂

Now to the reason I’m a geek. *g* I love silly detective stories. (ie Monk) With that in mind, I taped a new show that aired this past Friday called Psych. The premise is that this wastrel guy has a remarkable memory for detail. He developed this skill by playing a strangely tormented game with his dad, who’s played by Corbin Bernsen. He can walk into any location and at one glance tell you how many people are wearing hats, what the logos are, if there’s anything special about their clothes, etc. Anyway, he makes a habit out of solving crimes by watching the news. He phones in tips and collects the rewards. When he solves the latest crime, the police call him in because they believe he’s a prime suspect in a major theft. They ask him for a plausible explanation for his abilities and he knows he doesn’t have one, so he claims to be psychic.

I instantly loved this show. It’s silly, but it’s also cute and has a lot of heart. The feel is a lot like Monk. There’s a sense of innocence about it that kept me smiling through the hour and a half premiere. If you like Monk, Charlie Chan, Columbo and shows like that you may want to check this one out.

As an aside, my niece turns 16 today. I remember sixteen. Sigh. I also remember changing her diapers. Big sigh. Happy Birthday, baby. Hold onto 16 as long as you can. We love you. 😀