Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Christmas is Coming...

... and the geese are not the only things getting fat! DH and I have both been trying to lose a few extra pounds that seem to be holding on for dear life. Granted, neither of us would fall into the "obese" category, but we would both feel better if we lost twenty pounds or so. I was reading a favorite columnist of mine and he was talking about something he had heard... "intuitive dieting." I agree with him... from the way he described it, it sounds a lot like common sense. I think I'll do a bit more reading on it and see what it's about (probably just a new excuse for someone to sell a book).

Selling a book... that sounds like a wonderful plan. I have plans and dreams about doing the same thing. I know it will take more work than dreaming, but nothing gets done unless the dream comes first. I hold fast to that thought. Dreams ARE important. One of my favorite musicals is the OLD Rogers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella and one of my favorite songs in it goes "But the world is full of zanies and fools who don't believe in sensible rules and won't believe what sensible people say.. and because these daft and dewey eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes impossible things are happening every day!" Now, I know that just wishing hard enough won't make a novel be published... but those wishes and hopes will get you through doomsayers who talk about giving up. The rest is hard work.

So... I know it's a bit early for New Year's Resolutions, but here it goes anyway... I am hereby resolved to become more of a "daft and dewey-eyed dope" and work away... short stories, novels, articles. Short stories and articles: write them and keep them in the mail looking for homes. Novels: continue to work on honing my craft, working on getting to know my characters, where they are and why they are doing what they are doing. My goal: To have both "Fiona's Dream" and "Lizzie" ready to find a home by the end of 2006; to have short stories and articles continually in the mail; to make a start of rewriting "The Seventh Day." My friends... I'm putting this here in public so y'all can help hold me accountable.

Wavering about whether to hit the publish key or the delete key... closing my eyes and hitting.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Maybe This Is The Reason...

... I have so much trouble putting details in my novel!!!

Your Brain's Pattern

You're a simple thinker, and this is actually a very good thing.
You don't complicate matters when you don't have to.
You look for the simplest explanation or solution, and you go with that.
As a result, your mind is uncluttered and free of stress.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Out on the Town

We'll be leaving in just a few to go to our town's "Hometown Celebration." It's a sort of big street party that happens (normally) the first weekend of December. The Christmas parade is mid-afternoon and right after that the celebration begins. There are arts and crafts vendors as well as food vendors that line the main street (which has been blocked off to traffic, of course). There are also trolley rides through the park that has been decorated with hundreds of Christmas lights and displays. It's a fun time and a chance to see people you sometimes don't get a chance to see.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Monday Morning Test (on Friday afternoon)

Monday Test

Took this test just now and found it interesting. I got 11 out of 11 right and SUPPOSEDLY only three people have ever scored that high (I kinda doubt it ... lol).

Give it a try and let me know how you did.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Check this out

This is amazing. Artistic people amaze me!

Eric Grohe

Too Long

That's how long it's been since I posted anything here. I've been playing with my new website and working (somewhat) on my contemporary novel. My goal is to have it finished by the end of January so I can start back on my Scottish history romance. I also have a pile of other writing and work to take care of, in addition to getting ready for Christmas. It's definitely a busy time of the year, but even with that, it's one of my favorite times of the year.

We are expecting a houseful this year. Our daughter, Rebekah, and her significant other, Anthony, will be coming down from North Carolina along with their border collie puppy, Mellon Collie. Our son, Aaron, is planning on coming home from California. He's in the Marines and is in school over there.... going to be a Data Systems Specialist. I've told him that he can fix my computers when he gets home! I'm hoping our oldest daughter, Beth, and her husband, Ryan, will get to come down as well. If so, it will be the first time in a LONG time we've all been together for Christmas. Then, there will be me, my dh, my mom, and our youngest daughter, Ashley. Like I said... a houseful... and I can hardly wait!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Made it to 10,000

... and I would break out the champagne and confetti, except for the fact that I'm 1/5 of my goal with only 1/2 the month left... (sigh)the numbers don't look good, even to a blonde who is arithmetically challenged.

We've had a lot of excitement around our house. We've been looking for a while into buying an Airstream travel trailer and found one we like in our price range, so we're going to pick it up this afternoon. I'm hoping to incorporate it and some of the trips we are going to take in it into stories, articles, whatever. Should be a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to it. The next toy we're going to buy will be a laptop so I can work while we are on the road. Maybe I can change my name to Charles Kuralt, or something :-)

Have a great day... I'm back to Fiona.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Finally Back

Not that I've gone anywhere, but I've been somewhat busy with life and with Fiona (my NaNo MC). I've got an idea of where I'm going and, thanks to my friend Pam, I've gotten some new ideas. I was really afraid that I was getting stuck. The story was resolving itself a lot faster than I needed it to. After all, 6000 words does NOT a novel make!

But, thanks to a question from Pam on our Forum at WVU, I've been able to come up with some ideas to throw a spanner in the works... which should slow down the course of the story. I hope anyway.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

It's That Time

...so why am I still sitting here? I need to wake up the writing cells in my brain. Guess I'll just consider this my "morning paper," stream of consciousness stuff that may (or may not) lead to something terribly brilliant and erudite. At least, it gets my brain in gear and that can't be a bad thing. Looking forward to the challenge and to finding out exactly what will be going on with Fiona in the next 30 days. Hopefully, I'll be VERY close to the mark before Thanksgiving... otherwise my fingers will be sore the last three days of the month :-)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Five More Days

... and NaNoWriMo begins. With our annual Thanksgiving gathering in Charleston, I'm going to be doing my best to get all my 50,000 words in before we leave for the holiday. Should be a ... well, should be interesting, anyway. I've been freezing foods (thanks for that suggestions, guys) and planning easy meals. I've also been trying to get the house as clean as possible so I can just take a few minutes picking up. Thank goodness the wash can be getting done while I type!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

This is absolutely the last thing like this I'll do today....

... I make no promises for tomorrow. :-)

Your Irish Name Is...

Nuala O'Kelly

People have always said I LOOK younger than I am...

... guess this means I AM younger than I am??????

You Are 30 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

This is fun... but I NEED to get to work!!!

Your love is... by ChibiMarronchan
Your name is...
Your kiss is...mysterious
Your hugs are...warm
Your eyes...light up a day
Your touch is...awakening my heart
Your smell is...exotic
Your smile is...entrancing
Your love is...eternal
Quiz created with MemeGen!

What Type of Angel are You?

blue angel
Blue Angel, you are.
Calm and Cool :Blue is calming. It can be strong and steadfast or
light and friendly. Almost everyone likes some
shade of the color blue.
Nature of Blue:A natural color, from the blue of the sky, blue is
a universal color. The cool, calming effect of
blue makes time pass more quickly and it can
help you sleep. Blue is a good color for
bedrooms. However, too much blue could dampen
spirits.
Culture of Blue:In many diverse cultures blue is significant in
religious beliefs, brings peace, or is believed
to keep the bad spirits away. Blue conveys
importance and confidence without being somber
or sinister, hence the blue power suit of the
corporate world and the blue uniforms of police
officers. Darker blue, is associated with
intelligence, stability, unity, and
conservatism.
Using Blue:A deep royal blue or azure conveys richness and
perhaps even a touch of superiority. Navy blue
is almost black and is a bit warmer than
lighter blues. Combine a light and dark blue to
convey trust and truthfulness banker's colors.
Although blue is a year-round color, pastel
blues, especially along with pinks and pale
yellows suggest Springtime while deep blue is a
colder weather color. Create a conservative but
sophisticated look with subtle contrast by
combining light and dark shades of blue.

What Type of Angel are You?
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Surprised, anyone????

result 1
Your a Verbal Linguistic. Your probably pretty good
at expressing yourself. You love to read and
write and sometimes wish you could become one
with your books or peices of writing. Your
strong point in school is probably english. You
should become a Writer of somekind maybe a
novelist or a news paper writer.

What Type of Intelligence do you have? 8 different results. -*-*-cool anime pictures-*-*-
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A New Start

Things have been crazy at my house and in my family. Thankfully, though, I am home now and hope to get things back to normal. My goal is to write here a bit every morning (just to get the brain cells moving), check my mail, do my chores and then, after lunch, sit down for a few hours of intensive work. With the class on romance writing I'm taking and the commitment to do NaNoWriMo, I should have plenty of things to keep me busy! Will try to keep everyone posted on the progress I make (fingers crossed here). Have a great day :-)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Off for the weekend

We were supposed to be going away for the weekend for our anniversary (Tuesday). We are still going away, but unfortunately the occasion is not as joyous. My only uncle has died and we are going to Charleston to be with the family. I hurt for my cousins. This is a close-knit family. All but one of the five kids live within a couple of miles of their parents.

I will get back to writing next week. Until then, be safe, be happy, and let your family and friends know that they are loved... while you still can.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A New Character??

A friend of mine just told me about Quizilla... what a hoot!

Here's my fairy... isn't she beautiful?

No picture?...Unlucky.
You are a water fairy. You are trustworthy, honest,
caring and loyal. You make a good friend but
you can be overprotective of people sometimes.
Isn't the picture lovely? I told you it would
be.

What type of fairy are you?(with pics!)
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Here I go

This is my first blog... I hope to keep in touch here and let you know what is going on in my writing life.