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!