Monthly Archives: January 2008

How Long has it Been?

January has been crazy – thank God it’s almost over. Lots of work at work, lots of kid stuff going on, and then I manged to throw my neck out of whack and woke up Friday morning feeling like I’d been shot in the head I had such a bad migraine.

However, a couple good things did happen this month. Son #3 won the Rocket Derby at Cub Scouts, which was a very exciting end to a long day for me (since I was having to organize he heats, sign in the cars, etc, I was there two hours before the kids were).  He was thrilled, and big brother, whose car really didn’t go anywhere, was only semi-disappointed. Of course, he’s discovered the joys of having friends over, so we’ve been entertaining every weekend for the last three weeks. I think Mom needs a break next weekend.

We’ve been having an awful cold snap here, dipping down to -26 degrees the other morning. That’s not windchill, by the way. We’re getting a couple days’ reprieve, then  it looks like we’re back at it. Brrr. The good news about the bad weather is it gives me motivation to stay inside and work on GUYS AND DOGS. I’ve re-written and added to chapters 1-5, and hope to get the rest done by March 1. Why, you ask? Because I got an even better idea.

I was in the shower one morning – my muse’s favorite place to pop up – and was struggling to get the water temp just right. “Why can’t I get a happy medium?” I thought, and it struck me. An entire plot outline just popped into my head. And what’s better is the tension and conflict are built in! Amazing. So come March 1, a few friends and I are going to do a NaNo-like sprint and write new (or existing) books. So I have to have GUYS AND DOGS pretty well finnished by then, so I can write HAPPY MEDIUM without having it hanging over my head. If I can pull this off, this would mean I’ve written two books in one year, whereas the last book (which I abandoned in the middle) took me two years to write. I like the reversal of the numbers better.

And propelling me further into a productive February is that Dr. Who and Torchwood are back. Yes, still addicted to BBC America. But hey, David Tennant and John Barrowman just might find their way into a book soon. Talk about inspiration!

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The Fruits of My Labors

As those of you who frequent this blog know, I spent the bulk of this summer rebuilding my basement from a flood. The last room to finish is the bathroom. I still have one side of it to do – installing the vanity and putting in the floor. However, I spent hours and hours working on the shower. I tiled it myself, and used the big 8 x 10 tiles and accent tile and everything. It was my first attempt at tiling, and, if I do say so myself, it came out very well.

However, for a while, I was hesitant to actually use the shower. I didn’t trust my own tiling work and basic plumbing. It was bound to leak. Well, I am pleased to say that I am writing this entry with damp hair and that just-out-of-a-hot-shower relaxation from a pleasant 15 minutes in my basement shower. The shower I built, if you can believe it. Sometimes I can’t.

I have to say, though, that there is nothing compare to the feeling I have right now. I had a wonderful, relaxing, soothing shower, and it was even better as I looked around me and could remember the time spent laying every tile, grouting the seams, and sealing it all up. The caulk was smoothed by my own fingers. I did this!

Yes, I’m probably more excited about that than I should be, but to forge ahead and do the work myself was a giant leap of faith for me. And I did it! It works!

Yeah, it’s just a shower, but that giant leap of faith inspires me to take more. I’m debating going to National Conference in San Francisco this summer, mostly because it costs a small fortune. How can I justify that expense? I think that will be another giant leap of faith – faith in me and faith in my work.

After all, if the shower feels fantastic, imagine what I’ll feel like when I can hold my own book in my hands.

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Is It Over Yet?

So this whole holiday thing is behind me, right? I can breathe now? Get my life back? Yeah? Okay, just checking.

Yes, it was a hectic season. We drove out to see the folks in Wyoming, and weather fought us both coming and going. Black ice, sheet ice, icy ice – you name it, we drove on it. About two hours into our drive, we were attacked by suicidal birds. No, I’m not kidding. Normally if you drive through a flock of birds, they fly away from your vehicle. Not this batch. They flew into us! Thought the little suckers might take out the windshield. By the time we were through them, I’d taken out three and we were still intact. Score one on my mass-murderer rating.  Several hours later I took out a jack rabbit in Wyoming. I was then a mass murderer in two states. Just call me Charles Starkweather. Not a good omen for the start of our “vacation.”

(Just a note here: on our way home a week later, that same stretch of road where I took out the rabbit was littered with poor little bunny carcasses. Apparently I was not the only one thumping Thumper that week. We actually started making jokes about Bit-O-Bunny. Remember Bit-O-Honey candy? This is distinctly bloodier.)

So yeah, not a pleasant start to the week. Then there was the whole plumbing issue on Christmas Day. I won’t go into detail, but it involved my father and me shop vacuuming water out of the basement hallway on Christmas night, and seven people in one house with no bathroom for twelve hours. It wasn’t pretty.

At any rate, we’re home at last and life has to return to normal somehow. And normal for this spring means writing my buns off. I’m planning to go to RWA National Convention in San Francisco in July. To justify spending the eight gazillion dollars that requires, I need to finish GUYS AND DOGS and get it ready to pitch. So I need to get the Bit-O-Bunny out of my head, move past the twelve hour plumbing standoff, and get off – no, on – my rear and write.

Wish me luck!

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