Archive for March, 2008

Monday, March 31st, 2008
I’m Back—sort of–probably not

I’m back. Exhausted. And I may have jury duty tomorrow. Should give you an indication of my mood. My trip home came straight out of Planes, Trains and Automobiles with all the nightmares happening on the planes. This includes an emergency landing, sleeping in the airport and a child (who is old enough to know better) kicking the back of my chair for an entire five hour flight. Yeah, just call me the evil juror. Snort.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Almost There

The end of the cooking class was bittersweet tonight. Everyone was sad to see it finish. We did go out with a bang-up meal: Beef Wellington, Crab dip, Gnocchi, Greek lasagna, Spinach salad, Kabobs, and Rice Pudding. Yum! Not sure what I’m going to do with my Tuesday nights now. :/

I reached page three hundred in my edits. I still have a hundred and twenty-eight pages to go, but that’s nothing compared to what I’ve gotten through. Hopefully I can finish tomorrow on the plane and enjoy the evening reading. Ah sounds like bliss.

I’m off to New York. Catch you all when I get back. Bye!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Off Tomorrow

Tonight is my last cooking class. We have a final meal for our ‘graduation’. It should be a good time. I wish I could hang a little later tonight, but my flight leaves bright and early tomorrow morning. I will be carrying a ton of work with me. (ie copyedits) I’m sitting at the halfway mark and hope to manage another hundred pages today, which will only leave me with 118 to go. :-O Yes, I WILL be working on the plane.

I’ve decided not to renew my local RWA chapter membership. It was a tough decision, but I believe the right one for me at this time.

I have so many things to get together today that I’d best get started. I’ll catch you guys after New York. 🙂

Monday, March 24th, 2008
Copyedits, Packing and Borders

I’ll be doing copyedits over the next two days so that I can finish them in time to take them with me to N.Y. (ie I won’t be around much.) Must read faster.

Tomorrow is my last cooking class and I have to admit that I’m really bummed. I’ve been having a blast taking these classes. Sigh. It’s the first ‘hobby’ I’ve had in YEARS. Hopefully I’ll manage to take a few classes in the future.

I have to pack for the conference tonight and I have no idea what I’m going to take. New York is quite a bit cooler than where I live–like forty degrees cooler. *ggg* I will be taking my coat. It’s also supposed to rain if I read the weather report correctly. Fun times. Must add a hat to my packing list.

Been hearing rumors that Borders is about to go belly up and/or about to be bought by Barnes and Noble. I REALLY hope that those rumors are wrong. I don’t want one big conglomerate in control of all the brick and mortar stores. It’s bad enough as it is. What are your thoughts? Where would you shop if B & N buys Borders? Would it change where you shop? Or would it be business as usual?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
Happy Easter

May you all know the joy of a belly full of chocolate bunnies. 🙂

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
Various Thoughts

My family left early to return home. They are worried about flooding. And rightly so. If you live in the Midwest, you know what I’m talking about. It was still sad to see them go. Mom and I tried not to cry. I made it until she got in the car. 🙁 Anyway, they should be home by ten tonight, depending on how many detours they have to take to get around the water. We have friends coming over later, which will be enjoyable. Tomorrow, I think we’ll run to the mall and maybe catch a movie. Today, I’m doing laundry and searching for my key guide to explain the copyedit codes. Remember, not all of you can have this much fun. 😛

I was blog hopping and ran across an entry from an author, who was talking about writing a book for yourself. I know I’ve said it before in various places, but I truly believe that every author will hit a point in their career when they’ll decide to write a book for themselves. It may be because you’ve fired your agent and can’t get anyone else interested in your work, it may be because you’ve been orphaned at your publishing house (this normally happens when your editors leaves the house), it may be because you can’t please your agent with anything you write or it may be that you’re sick of trying to write something for market. Whatever the reason, it WILL BE the best thing you can do for yourself. Trust me, I know.

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
About to Be really busy

I’ve been working on a partial (with quite a bit of help from my friends). It’s one of my older books and is a story that I love to this day. I’m trying to get it together before I leave for N.Y. next week, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen because my copyedits for RED just arrived and they need to be done ASAP. When it rains and all that…;) Looks like I’ll be working through the weekend–and every day after that leading up to my trip.