Archive for November, 2007

Friday, November 30th, 2007
Fab Day

I had a fabulous day yesterday. First thing in the morning dh and I received news that our loan was accepted. (We had to turn in the final piece of paperwork earlier this week.) So lord willing and the creek don’t rise, the house will be ours on Monday when we sign the papers. YAY!!! Also my doctor’s appt. yesterday went well. Apparently, I’m going to live. Always a good thing. 😉 We ended the day with a trip to the movie theater to see Enchanted. It was a very cute romance. They twisted a couple of fairytales and came up with a clever story. I highly recommend seeing it.

Today, I’m meeting my elderly neighbor for coffee. She’s a hoot. I really enjoy talking to her. Afterwards, I may hang out in the coffee shop and work on the urban fantasy, since I’d like to get it done as quickly as possible. Well I better scoot or I won’t make it on time.

What’s everyone reading over the holidays? I want to pick up the new Jenna Black book…BAD.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Going Japanese

The Japanese are truly quirky, which is one of the reasons that I love them so much. I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels and manga lately. Currently, I’m working my way through Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. In a nutshell, the story is about a boy who finds Death’s notebook and starts killing people in order to make the world a better place. (If only life was that simple.) The thing I really LOVE about Japanese Manga particularly the paranormal work is that it’s incredibly original. Mind blowing original. They come up with stuff that I wouldn’t even think about and then present it in a way I would’ve never imagined. I think hope that the more paranormal Manga I read, the better my story telling will become. Japanese storytellers think WAY outside the box. We may have different opinions when it comes to how stories should end, but there is no denying the skill that goes into creating the work.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the future of paranormal romances and urban fantasy/sci-fi will be determined by how close we (the writers) can get to graphic novels.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
Feeling Nostalgic

It must be the time of year and the recent visit home, but I’m feeling very nostalgic today and realizing once again how very blessed my life has been. I have a wonderful family (both immediate and extended), great friends, a new house and a terrific dh. I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more. The movie had it right. It truly is a wonderful life. Thank you all for visiting me here.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
Walk Through

The walk-through on the house went pretty well. We only had 14/15 items for them to take a look at and/or fix. I figure that’s not too bad, considering how many lines were on the page. *ggg* The man who led our walk-through said that one of his other customers (buyers) walked in with his own roll of blue tape. (Blue tape is what you use to mark problem areas.) The guy said that he could hardly keep up with the man. He’d marked up over a dozen items before they even left the kitchen. He said the fact that the man brought the tape wasn’t the problem. It was because he didn’t get a chance to write down what the guy was taping. We didn’t do that to the poor guy on our walk-through. I, at least asked him for the tape when I found something. 😉 (wg)

Anyway, it’s done. We sign the final papers on Monday and get our keys the following Wednesday. My dh is so excited that he plans to sleep on an air mattress in our new home. I think I’ll wait until the bed has been delivered. *g*

On the writing front, I’m still pondering story issues. I broke out Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel workbook. I realize what I did, so now I’m trying to come up with solutions to fix the problem. I also received notes from my agent on my urban fantasy. Luckily, there is not as much work there as first anticipated. YAY! It’s still going to take me a while to work my way through the book. Probably won’t get to submit the manuscript until Jan. Sigh. Oh well, nothing can be done about it.

I’m looking forward to X-mas. And, I’m looking forward to after Christmas so we can get our diet back under control. I don’t know about you all, but between moving and Thanksgiving the diet has been UGLY. I feel more bloated than that stuffed turkey mom fixed. LOL! Luckily, a YMCA is about two blocks from our new home. 😉 I see a LOT of working out in my future. In fact, I should probably go for a walk before I start running my errands. I’m out of here. 🙂

Monday, November 26th, 2007
I’m Back

I’m back, but exhausted. *ggg* Dh and I drove back to the Midwest for Thanksgiving. It took two very long days to get there and two very long days to get back. Luckily, the weather stayed on our side. It was lovely driving and the roads weren’t too crowded at all.

Thanksgiving itselt was fabulous. Mom out-did herself once again. The food was terrific. Miss it already. 🙂 It was wonderful having the whole family together. Wish we could do it more often. I laughed a lot. The weekend was topped off with a mean game of Yahtzee. Always fun. I only wish I could’ve spent more time alone with my mom. The visits are never long enough. Nor should they ever be. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This one will definitely go down as one of my favorites. My heart is still glowing. 🙂

Today dh and I have an appointment to do our walk-through on the house. We’re really looking forward to it. Kind of makes it more real, you know? This week is going to be hectic. I have three appointments (not counting today’s meeting) and I have to finish packing up the house. Did I mention that writing needs to fit in there somewhere? (wg) So with that in mind, I’m off and running. Catch you all later. 😉

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

I hope that everyone (in the states) has a very Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, I know I’m a day early, but I doubt I have time to blog tomorrow. This is the first time in YEARS that all of my family is in one state, so we’re making the best of it. May you and yours do the same. Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
Author Preparedness

This will probably be my last big blog entry for a while. I plan to take an internet break for a few days. If I don’t manage to blog before Thanksgiving, I hope everyone who celebrates the holiday has a nice one. 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot about author preparedness lately. (ie how to stay on top or preferably get ahead in your career) I admit it’s certainly not an easy task. So many things go into being prepared. You have to meet your deadlines, put together proposals, promote, etc. The key is definitely multi-tasking. The question is how can you do that, if you aren’t a natural multi-tasker when it comes to writing?

I find myself in this particular situation. I have a book due in March. So far I only have fifty or so pages written on it. Not a lot. Not enough. But I will get the book finished on time, even if I have to open a vein. *ggg* This is not how I want to spend the next few years of my career. I would much rather be prepared/organized. There is no reason why (barring unexpected life changes) I should not be able to work ahead of the curve.

So what is it going to take to make these changes?

It’s looking more and more like I’m going to have to set up a writing/working schedule. Particularly since I don’t do well working on multiple projects at the same time. That is the only way I can see it working for the long term. I’m not sure yet what that schedule is going to look like. It may take me trying a few different schedules to figure out which one works best. But I have to do something because what I’ve been doing isn’t working for me any more.

Do you have a work schedule? If so, what is it? Does it work for you or do you need to change it? If you don’t, why not?