Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Family News and a Game

Have I got news for you. First (and most important),
texted me last night (well... REAL early this morning) with some exciting news. He
and Elayne are engaged and are thinking about a Christmas/December wedding.

They aren't sure when the wedding will be, because Aaron is being deployed in
March and they don't know, of course, exactly when he will be back.

Also... I found a new game for us all to play (and this time I didn't steal it from Bonnie. I hope she enjoys it though.

All you have to do is move the blue ball with your mouse and avoid the red ones.
Sounds easy, right?

Here is my latest score... yes, of course this is a challenge! Let me know how you

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Today is Tuesday? Oh Boy

Marianne has her cover up for
her new short story from The Wild
Rose Press
. The story itself isn't up yet... but I'll be sure and keep you
posted. I think I'm as excited for her as she is!

I've just signed up to be included with 2000 Bloggers. It's a fun project, so if you've not signed up.... come and join me. Tino still has some spots left, so
let's help him make his goal.

I found a new game, but I'm having trouble posting it. (Stop cheering, M!) I'll work on it some more later. :-)

Monday, January 29, 2007

A busy Tuesday

I have spent the morning sending off a couple of new short stories. I discovered this site that has a great search feature for markets and, also, a pretty good submission log. I still have my spread sheet I'm keeping up (thanks for the idea,Marianne! All in all, it's been a productive day.

And now, brought to you from Blog Fodder, via

Name a sensory input(s) which trigger a mood change be it uplifting, depressing, poignancy or remind you of a past event or period in time. Examples - the smell of an aftershave or perfume, a song, a baby crying, the sound of a vegas slot machine, the feel of clean sheets, the taste of a childhood drink.

The one thing that comes to mind is Right Guard! Everytime I smell it (say, someone walks by or something) I'm immediately transported back to high school gym class. I don't think anyone used anything BUT Right Guard during those years (or it was just so overpowering, who could tell? LOL) It's always a tramatic transportation, because I HATED gym. Always did. I was forever and always being the person to be picked last. I hated it so bad that when I was in elementary school I would hide in the bathroom until my entire class was out and then I would sneak into the library and read until gym class was over.

Maybe that's the reason I'm such a poor exerciser now. Whachathink?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

My Brain Is Coming Back to Life

I've been brain-dead from doing the edits on A God-given Husband. I worked three days straight and it's taken me this long to want to do anything on the computer other that play this game. (Thanks, Bonnie, for some addictive, mind-numbing fun!)

But, my brain is starting to work again. It's not working fully, yet, which is why you get to put up with this meme. I've swiped it from Rachel, who swiped it from Pamela and I don't know where she got it. :-)

Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…They must be REAL places, names, things…NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same
1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

Your Name:

1. Famous Athlete:Jose Torres
2. 4 letter word:just
3. Street name:
4. Color: Jade
5. Gifts/presents: jewelry
6. Vehicles:Jeep
7. Tropical Locations:
8. College Majors: journalism
9. Dairy Products: jameed
10. Things in a Souvenir Shop:
11. Boy Name: Justin
12. Girl Name: Julia
13. Movie Titles: J-U-N-K
14. Alcohol: Jack Daniels
15. Occupations: jeweler
16. Flowers: jonquil
17. Celebrities: Jennifer Aniston
18. Magazines: Jack and Jill
19. U.S. Cities: Jacksonville, Florida
20. Pro Sports Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars (American football)
21. Something Found in a kitchen: Juicer
22. Reason for Being Late: Just sorriness :-)
23. Something You Throw Away: junk
24 Things You Shout: Just stop!!!
25. Cartoon Character: Judy and Jane Jetson

Anyone else wants to try it? Let me know if you do.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Yay, Sandra!

I'm a little late with this news, but check out what is happening in the life of the very famous Sandra Ruttan. Congratulations, Sandra! We're proud of you.

And... Happy Pie Day....

... even if it almost isn't anymore! I've been very busy today working on the edits for A God-given Husband. I almost took the day off blogging, but I needed a break!

When I opened up my homepage this morning, I discovered the excitement that is today. Pie Day... how cool is that? I'm not a big pie eater... or sweets of any kind for that matter (chocolates, by the way, do not count under that comment. Chocolates are the fifth major food group). But, I do like baking pies... and since my husband really likes eating them, that works well.

My favorite pie (when I eat pie) is actually a toss-up. I like a really good pecan pie (one that isn't TOO sweet) and chocolate cream pie. MMmmmmmm.

What about you? What is your pie of choice?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Upcoming Valentine's Day Goody Swap

I know it seems a bit early, but it's really not THAT early, if you stop to think about it. Valentine's Day is only a few weeks off... and here's something you can do to help beat winter doldrums.

Local Girl is hosting a . Hop over and sign up (be sure to tell her that I sent you). I really like swaps. It's a good chance to get to know other people and have some fun. Let's see.... we have the Valentine's Day Goody Swap in February. The Ultimate Blog Party is in March. I need to be on the lookout for April, because if there's not one already, I might need to do one myself. Anybody up to help me host some kind of April Fool's Party?????

Now, in honor of the announcement, here's a Valentine's Day questionnaire:

-What is your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day? A night out with my sweetie. We don’t have to go anywhere expensive… just away from the house. I would love to go back to the shore for Valentine’s, get a bottle of wine or champagne, take out from “The Grill,” and cuddle at home.

-In reality, what is your Valentine’s Day really like? Actually, a lot like I what I said above. We might not get to the shore, but we do cuddle at home. Sometimes we go out to eat, but really... a lot of the time we've been working all day and going out doesn't appeal. Am I weird that way?

-If you could have a lifetime supply of your favorite sweet indulgence, what would it be? Chocolate, of course…. is there anything else?

-Is there any sweet treat you absolutely do not like? I don’t like coconut at all. And, jelly beans, gummy worms, anything with that “chewy” texture. OH... and those chalky tasting candy hearts. Reminds me of Tums. LOL

-If you fell into a pool of chocolate, how would you get out? eat myself out.... especially if it's milk chocolate. I'm not a big dark chocolate fan. I know it's supposed to be better for me, but the dark chocolate I've had is just a bit on the bitter side.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Late Breaking News

Ultimate Blog Party

Susan and Janice are having a party and I get to be one of the hosts. I'm so excited. I love a good party and to be able to participate in one AND not have to clean the house... what could be better than that. There are a lot of hosts and a lot of prizes available. To be eligible for prizes, you need to sign Mr. Linky on Susan and Janice's site by 12pm Eastern time on March 8 and have invited guests as well. Just post the Invitation Button on your blog.

During the week of the party, there will be special posts on this blog. Now.... just to figure out what I'll do... decorations, food .... ::::wanders away mumbling to self::::

The Mystery Has Been Solved

Marianne has solved the mystery. It was not a kingfisher, but is, in all likelihood, a Blue Heron. And, now we know.

You know what's ironic? I'll go to google in a flash for things I need or want to know, but I never even thought about googling the bird. Sheesh.... I must have been more tired than I thought.

I have 10 requests ready to go out for writers guidelines. I have another one that needs to go out, but I have to go to the post office and buy some IRC's... it's going to Canada. Unless.... I can con some of my Canadian friends into sending me Canadian stamps in exchange for US stamps. Any takers? :-)

I'm involved in . This is the first month and I think it will be fun. My swap partner is Laughing Muse. This month's theme for the swap is "food" and her package will go out tomorrow.

I need to send some specific scenes of A God-given Husband to my friend Lianne, print out the last five chapters of it and go over the comments Marianne wrote and edit the last half, then... when I finish my brainstorming session with Li... rewrite the book. LOL. I also some things to read from other writers. I need to get to it. Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Saturday Night

And another day of work. I'll tell ya what! I'm about ready for another vacation... lol. And... for those who wondered... we THINK the bird in the previous post is a kingfisher. If anyone knows for sure, I'll be glad to know. He was a funny fellow though.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. I'm heading for bed shortly, so everyone have a good night.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Didja miss me?

Happy Friday, all. We stayed an extra day down at the coast. Didn't get a lot of fishing done... as a matter of fact, we didn't even put the boat in the water (and, Jessica, we have four boats: a canoe, a 12' foot aluminum boat, a 15.5' bass boat, and an 19' off-shore boat. My hobbies are reading, cooking, crocheting, photography; Bob's is buying boats and fixing them up). We did do a bit of surf fishing... but more about that in a bit.

Bob bought me a new camera for Christmas and I played around with it over our holiday. It was a lot of fun and I wanted to share some of the photos with you. (I guess this is the modern day equivalent of inviting someone over to view your vacation slides... lol).

The first evening we were there, we drove over the bridge into Apalachicola at sunset. It was so beautiful, I made Bob pull over to the side so I could play "photographer."

One thing I enjoy so much about the camera is it has a GREAT 12X optical zoom. The next is the same shot... only with the zoom.

It also has a feature where action photos can be taken with no blurring (fast shutter, I think.... after all, I'm still learning... lol). Here's a picture of the surf on St. George Island.

We met a friend on the beach. He just stood around waiting for us to throw him pieces of shrimp. The one fish we caught, he tried to steal off my line. He was so patient, I gave it to him when we left (it was more trouble than it was worth to clean ONE fish!)

We got right back to work, though, as soon as we got home. We left this morning about 8:30 and it's now nearly 6:30. Just wanted to give y'all a little idea about what we do when we are out and about (plus it gave me the chance to use the video feature on my camera!) I really hope the video comes out okay. I might need to load it to YouTube first. This is a learning process for me.

Did I happen to tell you how very much I enjoy my new camera?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sunday Morning Ramblin's

We didn't get a chance to leave for the coast last night (hey... how d'ya like that for stating the obvious???) We finished the large job, then had two smaller jobs to do and we were just flat tired when we got home. There are a few things we need to do around here, then we are heading out. We're taking one of the boats with us (not sure yet which one... that's Bob's area of expertise), I already have the first five chapters of A God-given Husband printed, paperclipped, and my red pen handy so I can work on that, and I've started crocheting an afghan for a friend's baby. Okay, Gracie-Ann will be a year old in a few months, but I have this yarn left over from when I did the girls' scarves for Christmas and it just seems like a good way to use it up.

There's a prediction of rain while we are down there, but that's okay. If we don't get to go fishing, at least we are GETTING AWAY... and right now that's the main thing. We tend to get housebound if we don't make at least a road trip somewhere on a regular basis. Hmmmm... wonder if there's a book based on a road trip....short stories based on one person/couple's journey. The only commonality, the couple and their car... I like that idea. Don't forget, folks, you heard it here. Maybe some of the short stories I write I could slant towards that. What do y'all think? Would anyone at all be interested in reading something like that?

I've been looking through my market guide looking for short story markets. I have a list ready to send off for writer guidelines. It was frustrating, however, because some of the markets that sounded interesting had websites listed. I punch in the URL and .... zilch. No website. Sigh. I found fourteen possible sites. One turned out to be non-paying, but still would be a publishing credit. There were six that listed websites and of those, three were dead links. I need to send off for the writers' guidelines for the other eight (which is on my list of things to do when I get back).

It feels good to have a plan for my writing. I still like "flying by the seat of my pants" when it comes to the actual writing itself, but to have a plan on what to do with the words once they ARE written is comforting.

What is your writing life like?

Friday, January 12, 2007

201 (just so I don't have to go back and count any more)

And... we have a winner. Tori Lennox is the winner of a book from my library. As soon as I hear from her with her email address, I'll send a list of the books available and send it off. Congratulations, Tori!

Also, rush over to Preditors&Editors Readers' Poll and vote for Marianne's short story, "Now That We've Found You." Go on... you know you want to.

We have had a busy busy day. We had about fifty stumps to take out of a yard. Nearly done... probably another two or three hours tomorrow. Then we have a few more stumps to do for another job.

If all goes well, we'll be leaving tomorrow night for the coast. It's been a long time since we've been able to go down and spend any amount of time. We've been twice since Thanksgiving, but both times quick trips (like in, drive down, spend the night, come home). Sure beats paying for a hotel, though! The plans are to leave tomorrow night and come back on Wednesday. I'll be sure and keep you posted though.

I have a lot of suggestions for changes to A God-given Husband, so I'll be printing those pages out and taking them with me. I won't be completely idle ... lol.

If I write my regular blog entries out in longhand and then post them when I get back, would that count as writing in my blog every day???

Thursday, January 11, 2007

200.... who can believe it?

When I started this blog back in October 2005, I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I have. Marianne had posted a link to her blog on our writing group over at WVU so I thought I would check it out. My first post was embarrassingly short... and I posted four times that same day. I didn't know how to edit my post... so instead of adding to the current post, I just made a new one. Ocassionally that still happens, but mostly when I'm using "Hello from Picasa" to post webpage captures. I still haven't learned to do that well, despite all of Bonnie's best efforts. But, I'm glad to know there are still things I can learn about this medium of communication.

As a writer, I'm pleased for any method I can use to communicate with others... and, as with a lot of writers, I find it easier to convey my thoughts in the written word. Put me up in front of a group to speak and the linkage between my brain and my mouth is not very sturdy. When I'm writing, however, sometimes it seems I don't know what I'm going to say until the words appear on the screen in front of me. Surprises myself a lot of times. It's like there's a direct link from my brain to my fingers and it bypasses my mental processes (some of you might say that's obvious!) :-)

I just wanted to take this time to tell all of you how much I appreciate you. If you write something and nobody reads it, how much have you really accomplished? You have written for your own benefit (and a lot of times that's all you need to do), but you've not communicated. One reason I work at my writing is so I can communicate more effectively and let my readers have a more enjoyable experience. Marianne has pointed out several areas in The God-given Husband where it's confusing to the reader. Now... I understood exactly what was going on there. The reader should be able to read my mind, right??? I'm thankful for readers and editors who will let me know where my "mind thoughts" aren't as clear to the reader as they should be.

I didn't mean to ramble so much... see what happens when you give a writer a place to write??? It's dangerous. I'm starting to keep track of my blog writing and am counting that toward the daily total words I write ;-)

I'll check the comments tomorrow when I post again and randomly choose one of you wonderful people to receive a book. I wish I could give everyone one, but until I'm a rich and famous writer... well, it will just have to wait. I might do this more often, though... I'm excited about the chance to give away something :-) And, so it will be more fair, there are at least twenty-four hours you have to post (maybe more, depending on how soon I post tomorrow... we have a huge job to do, so I might not post til tomorrow afternoon. We'll see.) I know, I know... the suspense will just kill everyone. :-)

Woo-hoo! For my two hundredth post I've discovered I'm

Your results:
You are Supergirl

Wonder Woman
The Flash
Green Lantern
Iron Man
Lean, muscular and feminine.
Honest and a defender of the innocent.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

As if! Lean???? Ha. Somebody hasn't been looking at my scale recently, now have they???

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Post 199

On a whim, I counted the posts I'd made since starting this blog back in October 2005. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this very post is one hundred ninety-nine. So... in honor of tomorrow's post being TWO HUNDRED, anyone who comments tomorrow (on the 200th post) will get the chance at a book from my library :-) How cool is that? Just leave a comment... that's all you need to do. The comments will be numbered and Bob will randomly choose a number. That's it. Easy enough? Oh.. and you will need to be willing to email me your snail mail address so I can get the book in the mail. To make sure you get a book you like, I will send the winner a list of books to choose from... sound like an idea? Pass the word on :-)


I found this at Sheryl's. She's on hiatus right now from blogging but is promoting the Third Annual Delurking Week. It's just a way to encourage lurkers on blogs to step forward and leave a comment... even if it's only to say "hi".

I've sent A God-given Husband to Marianne for critiquing (thanks, M!). It's always good to have a fresh pair of eyes, especially when you've been living with a story for so long. She has been able to see things I just didn't... even things I know better! I've also sent a hard-copy off to a reader friend. S. doesn't write, but she reads voraciously and so I'll get another view.

Since I've been writing with an eye for publication, I find that I'm a lot more critical of what I read than I was before. It's hard for me to "turn off" the editor part of my brain and just read solely for pleasure. I keep wanting to get a red pen and mark up the book!

It's good to have A God-given Husband at this stage though. I was going through some old papers I'd stuck back and came across several unfinished projects. Some of them will work out well into short stories (and I need to get started on a few more... one of my goals is to submit a short story once a month).

I also have Fiona's Dream I'm determined to complete. Lizzie's Song is going to have to wait. A short story I wrote several years ago ("The Sixth Day"... took first place in a writing contest) is begging to be extended. That's one reason I was going through those papers. SOMEWHERE I have all the notes I made when I was first started thinking about doing that. I was in touch with a friend in England at the time who really helped me see the bigger picture. Unfortunately, he has fallen off the face of the earth (I really hate that when online friends just disappear... sigh). Anyway, I digress, I can remember in general what we had talked about, but it would be great to have the details. I'm sure they will turn up. That's one reason I'm refinishing the desk... so I'll have some place to keep all my writing stuff. Right now, everything is scattered. I have piles next to my recliner, a plastic file holder stuffed with writing magazines and notes, a pile to the side of the computer desk and writing books in three rooms. The desk is almost finished though. A little more sanding, stripping the decorative work and a few coats of varnish and it will be good to go. Then we can work on getting my laptop and I can free up the desktop.

I need to go work on the edits for A God-given Husband so I can keep up with Marianne. I think she missed her calling! :-)

Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Specially for Marianne... but everyone else can play along as well :-) I have GOT to get off this site!!!!! Posted by Picasa

Do NOT try this if you are having a migraine or if you have had too much to drink! Just a warning :-) Posted by Picasa

This is a game I swiped from Bonnie. Didn't do great... but at least I did know where Alaska and Hawaii went ;-) Give it a try and let me know how you did. Posted by Picasa

It's hard to see, but my score was 80%, with an average error of 89 miles (who knew South Dakota was so far in the east???), and a time of 370 seconds.

Happy Birthday, Sis

Today is my sister's birthday and I just wanted to take this chance to tell her thank you... not only for being my sister, which she couldn't help, but also for being my friend. She's been with me for all the happy and unhappy times of my life.

I've had to be careful to say "younger sister" instead of "little sister" when I talk about her. She came to the college when I was in the Miss Andrew Pageant (I didn't win... came in fourth runner-up) and I walked up where she was sitting in the auditorium. I forget who I was with, but I introduced her as my little sister. She stood up, looked down from her 5'4" to my 5'2" (and I think she might have had on heels) and said, in a sneery sort of way ;-), "Little?" Okay, okay.... I learned my lesson.

She's surprised me by coming to my home on several birthdays and, most recently, this past Christmas she and my b-i-l drove down for the day before. We've never been able to spend Christmas itself together... or any part of Christmas... since she married, so that was a very special treat for me.

Although we live hundreds of miles apart, she's still my sister... blood of my blood... and I love her. I wish we were closer in distance, but I don't know that we could be closer in heart. And, for now, that's enough.

I love you, sis, and hope you have the greatest of birthdays.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Promote Your Friends Day

Today is "Promote Your Friends Day." No, stop googling it... you won't find it. I just made it up (at least I think I did... let ME go google it!) Whew... the closest I found is "Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day." Okay... as I was saying... Today is "Promote Your Friends Day" and I have two friends I 'specially want to promote. Please drop by their blogs and tell them congratulations.

Marianne, a member of the great writing group I belong to, just received her second (yes, second!) contract from The Wild Rose Press, for her short story, "Tickle Fights and Barbeques." I remember this story from its earliest incarnations and it's worth buying! I'll keep you informed when it gets up so YOU can go buy a copy. :-) Here's a link to her author page if you want to know a little more about Marianne.

And... I just found out that Mindy's first chapter of Hindsight took runner-up (with a great comment from the judge) in the Philadelphia City Paper. Read the chapter here. It's well worth the read!

Last today, but definitely not least, Sandra Ruttan's debut novel is available NOW at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Suspicious Circumstances is definitely on my "to read" list!

Please drop by and tell these three talented ladies hi and congratulations.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A Possible Candidate for "the Darwin Awards"

Some people don't have the sense God gave a gnat!

Title for "Abigail"

I have a working title for my Abigail story, but I don't like it for a full title. Right now, I'm calling it "A God-given Husband." Any thoughts of something better? I know it's hard 'cause nobody has read it yet :-)

But, I think I'm through editing it. I am going to try to see if I can get a friend to read it and tell me what she thinks... then I think it will be good to go. The synopsis is written and getting feedback, so hopefully I can query the publisher this time next week.

Keep your fingers crossed for me (never mind... cross your toes. It's awful hard to type with your fingers crossed!)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Saturday work

I have got two large things on my plate for today (well, three if you count the errands we need to run). I'm determined to print out "OverDue Love" and send it off (keep your fingers crossed), so that will be out of the way for this month, and I've already started working on my synopsis for Abigail's story... still to be titled. It's a Biblically-based novella (think Marjorie Holmes) which asks the question, "What if David and Abigail knew each other before they encountered each other in I Samuel 25?" It is basically the story of Abigail's marriage to Nabal. I'll keep you informed as the process goes on submitting that particular piece.

Other than that, it's a pretty quiet day. It's a good thing... 'cause I know that writing this synopsis is not going to be easy. I know Marianne won't do it for me... sigh. Oh, well, there's just nothing to do but to do it, right?

So... back to work. Everyone have a happy Saturday!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Feast One Hundred & Twenty-Five

Which celebrity (or celebrities) do you think will make headlines this year? Probably Brangelina, Tom and Katie, Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton... and a host of others. It seems like sometimes they take fully to heart the saying "the only bad publicity is no publicity."

They say that good things come in small packages? What is something little that you think is great? Ferrero Rocher... I get a package of them every Christmas and it's a special treat. Of course, my favorite small thing that came in a small package is my engagement ring.

Name a song that makes you want to dance. Anything with a beat... I have to be careful when I'm doing housework and nobody's home, because I tend to put the music on loud (oldies, mostly). Then, I dance and sing along. I've been "caught" numerous times by Bob coming in and I haven't heard him... not until I see hime leaning against the kitchen door, watching, with a smile on his face.

Main Course
What is your favorite font? Depends on what I'm doing. That's a sorry answer, I know, but for regular typing I like Ariel or New Times Roman. If I'm doing something special, then I play around with them until I find one that "fits."

If you were to write a do-it-yourself article, what would it be about? Reading for Dummies ;-)

Come on over to Friday's Feast and play along.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Welcome to Thursday

... a dreary dreary Thursday. I have the blahs... I didn't sleep well last night (well... not long enough, anyway) and I've been "dumpy" all day. So, to get my post in today I'm resorting to some quizzes. At least they are all about writing... kinda :-)

So, with no further ado--->

You Should Be a Romance Novelist

You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart.
You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented romance story writer...
And while you may be a traditional romantic, you're just as likely to be drawn to quirky or dark love stories.
As long as it deals with infatuation, heartbreak, and soulmates - you could write it.

That's good to know, since Fiona's Dream is a romance novel. But, did it surprise anyone???

But, then I decided to find out what my name meant. Here's what I found out (scroll down... for some reason there's a big gap and I can't figure out how to fix it... bother!):

J is for Joyful
U is for Unnatural
D is for Dedicated
Y is for Young
T is for Tough
H is for Handy
O is for Orderly
M is for Marvelous
A is for Ambitious
S is for Spectacular

Joyful? Okay, I can buy that. My family tells me I'm sometimes TOO positive. (Example: We were without power for a week from Hurricane Fran and I mentioned to my then-16 year old that we could pretend we were back in the Little House days. Her response? "Mom, do you have to be so cheerful about everything?!")

Unnatural??... Hmmmmmmm

A few of the others.... young, orderly.. just make me laugh.

I am glad to know, though, that

Your Career Type: Artistic

You are expressive, original, and independent.
Your talents lie in your artistic abilities: creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.

You would make an excellent:

Actor - Art Teacher - Book Editor
Clothes Designer - Comedian - Composer
Dancer - DJ - Graphic Designer
Illustrator - Musician - Sculptor

The worst career options for your are conventional careers, like bank teller or secretary.

I guess that's a good thing, huh?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

It's Still Wednesday

It's late... well, late for me... but we had a full day scheduled today and I didn't have time to blog this morning. One of my goals is to post every day. I might not do more than say "hello and good night" but at least there will be a post.

Came across this at Rachel's and come to find out that I was born in:

The Year Of The Ram

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

People born in the Year of Ram are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They seem to be, at first glance, better off than those born in the zodiac's other years. But Ram year people are often shy, pessimistic, and puzzled about life. They are usually deeply religious, yet timid by nature. Sometimes clumsy in speech, they are always passionate about what they do and what they believe in. Ram people never have to worry about having the best in life for their abilities make money for them, and they are able to enjoy the creature comforts that they like. Ram people are wise, gentle, and compassionate. They are compatible with Rabbits, Pigs, and Horses.

I like the idea of being accomplished in the arts... writing counts, right? I don't know about being shy or pessimistic, but being a blonde I'm often puzzled about all kinds of things. I'm definitely clumsy in speech... that's one reason I write. I'd rather write letters than talk on the phone and making a speech... give me a good dose of Valium before I have to do THAT. I don't know what I'll do if I DO get published and book tours and speaking engagements are arranged (guess I don't have to worry about that til it happens, huh?)

I did find a site that took the worry out of making resolutions though!

In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Not strip for free anymore.

Get your resolution here.

And the whole world stands up and applauds that particular resolution!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I don't know where I've been, but this is the first time I've heard of this. Karen shared about "Buy a Friend a Book Week." Here's the long explanation. I've decided this is something I want to participate in. Karen runs a contest (there's still time if you want to play... deadline is January 4...11 a.m. Eastern). This quarter I've just chosen a friend to receive

I spent all of yesterday reclaiming the downstairs living room. That's actually a bit of a misnomer... it was once a garage, so it's lower than the rest of the house by about three steps. I still have one bookcase to clean off and rearrange, but then it's done. My next goal is to clean Aaron's room (which was clean before he came home for Christmas!) You would think the Marines would have taught him neatness, wouldn't you???

Oh.. and while I was cleaning I had a brainstorm about Fiona's Dream. I've been playing around with two different ways to approach the story and have now come up with a third. I'm really excited about this new vision, though, and will begin working on it... just as soon as I tackle that last bookcase! And clean the kitchen. :-) Have a great day.

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007-- A New Beginning

I hope everyone had a happy, but above all, safe New Year's Eve. We had planned to go to a friend's cookout, but it was rained out. Not complaining, though, because we have really needed the rain. I made potato and bacon soup and we indulged ourselves in a wonderful murderfest from The Biography Channel. Hours of Poirot and Midsomer Murders, with a dollop of Holmes for dessert. (No, not Katie! Sheesh.) Then a quick flick over to watch the ball drop and be glad we weren't in that madhouse that was Times Square.

Today we are planning the traditional meal of ham, blackeyed peas w/hog jowl, cracklin' cornbread, and rice. Mama will probably bring over some greens (guess I have to call her and tell her, huh?) Other than that... I want to finish getting the downstairs living room back in order and get the tree out of the house. Then, I'm planning on being lazy... except for some writing I want to do. What are your plans for the day?

For something fun: Find your Dead Celebrity Soul Mate. Here's mine:

Have a great day!