Archive | March, 2014
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MMM… That’s How You Know

31 Mar

Guess what Lonnie and I did Sunday evening.

We had an honest to goodness date night!

It was very nice. We went to our favorite local restaurant, took a meandering drive, and then went and got me chocolate (it was cheat day, after all).

Well, maybe it wasn’t really quite as romantic as that sounds (we had to stop for gas before dinner, and we got momentarily lost in the meandering), but to me… I might as well have been in a ball gown dancing in an orchard of falling apricot petals.

I always know he loves me, but it’s really nice to once in a while to have some time set aside to be publicly reminded of that fact.  😀

So, in honor of a lovely evening out with my husband, here’s my favorite song from Enchanted. The funny bits are when the male lead reacts the same way 90% of sane humans would. (Admit it, you would be embarrassed and weirded out, too.)

Ha ha! I love it when he notices he’s moving to the beat and has to stop himself.  🙂

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I hope you all get to have a great evening out with your Love soon… or yourself. Taking yourself out to lunch can be a lot of fun, too. (You don’t have to feel guilty about all your people-watching habits. And no one has to know that you had a burger at one place and got your milkshake from another. Yeah. Some places are better at some things than others. Get over it!  😉   )

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Any-hoo… if you would like to watch more Mirth and Music Monday videos hop on over to ReGi McClain’s blog. She’s the lovely creator of this fun meme.

And just so you know, we are very open to you playing along. So jump on in and join us in spreading a big fit of the giggles every Monday.

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Have a Great Week!

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Was I Writing a Trilogy All Along?

26 Mar

These last few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking and talking about my book I Killed Them, Mama. (And, unfortunately, no writing.)

While discussing the plot with Jay (the gentleman I read to every week) it suddenly hit me that the problem may be that I’m trying to fit too much into one book. Now I’m starting to contemplate the idea of turning it into at least two, if not three, books.

It’s crazy! This was just going to be something I cranked out. A book to have on the market ASAP and now it may turn into a trilogy. Grrr!

Hopefully, after taking a day or two to see if the plot points would go that far, and have workable break-points, I may actually start working with the plan of two or three books.

Ack! Why does writing have to be so complicated?

I just hope that clearing this up will help me move forward with the dratted thing. I want you guys to read it! I want to have you tell me what you think, what you would do in Amelia’s place, and how you would poison an abusive husband in a no-way-out situation.

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And just because this video has been spinning around in my head since Sunday night:

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MMM… Taylor the Latte Boy and Rebuttle

24 Mar

Monday already.

Wow.

I don’t know I’m always so surprised when it rolls around every week, but I am.

Oh, well.

At least it comes with a perk, now.

Mirth and Music Mondays!  Yay!  😀

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If that doesn’t work, try  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmY6rdJJWN8  )

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Now that you have (hopefully) had a laugh on this Monday morning, I invite you to pop over to ReGi McClain’s blog. She is the creator of this meme and should have something good for you today.

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If you are a fellow blogger and find this idea interesting you are more than welcome to come play along with us. All you would need to do is go on over to ReGi’s blog, and click on the bug-eyed blue guy toward the upper right-hand side. You’ll see a place where you can insert your link. It’s pretty simple. I mean, if I can figure it out, you’ll have no problem. (seriously, I really stink at this sort of stuff)

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Happy Monday!

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A Hodge-Podge About Life and Writing

21 Mar

Sooo, after spending the majority of the day dealing with a migraine I  finally get around to trying to write a blog post. However, my computer and my internet connection had something of a battle, and now I’m too ticked off at the world in general to write a flash fiction.

Therefore, I am going to talk about something completely different.

I’m just not sure what.

I could talk about how well my current diet erm… eating lifestyle change is going. (The household is following the diet laid out in The 4-Hour Body)

The fact that I’m a little over two belt holes thinner.

Or talk about how my book sales have not been what I had hoped.

Then there’s this fantastic fantasy series I’m reading. (Elisabeth Wheatley sure knows how to weave a plot.)

Perhaps I could touch on the idea of sharing the first few pages of my husband’s portion of a steam punk graphic novel he’s working on (Words only so far. We need an artist.).

Then there’s the undead flash fictions he has been spitting out. (he’s writing circles around me, people!)

Of course there’s the business we’re still hoping to put together in a town very close to where we live. It’s still very hush-hush, but I’m excited! (We thought we almost had it last winter, then federal regulations changed and our supplier had to revamp their product. The scale of our future enterprises has enlarged… hopefully in a good way.  :/  )

I keep thinking I need to whip together some of my steam punk flash fictions and put another book out there. But for some reason my heart isn’t in it at the moment. I’m not sure why. Very confused. I’m also stalled on my other writing projects. Perhaps it’s the approaching spring. Maybe it’s worry over five hundred big and little things. Very likely it’s nothing and I just have to push myself through it. Like most of my projects, I’m pretty sure that the moment I really start to work on it it’s all I’ll be able to think about for a month or two. Kinda like those Carls Jr. commercials, except I may as well wear a big shirt that says “Don’t bother me. I’m writing.”

With it being a lot nicer outside, I won’t feel guilty at the idea of pitching the dogs out the back door and into their pen for an hour or two while I concentrate on a project. You see, I write best alone. However, the dogs hate it when there’s only one person in the house. Especially if they hear my husband getting chores done outside. They don’t leave me alone. It’s like they are trying to make me go outside and bring him back to them. That means that my writing time goes something like this:

Let’s see… she’s just decided what poison to use on… What? Why are you bumping my elbow? Yes. I know he went out that door. No, I’m not going to go get him.

Please stop whining. It’s the most annoying sound on the planet.

Thank you.

Now where was I? Ah, yes… she’s crafting the gelatin dessert, should it be orange or raspberry?  WHAT?! No! I won’t go get him! Please go lay down!

No, the sad eye thing won’t get you anywhere. Knock it off.

I didn’t mean literally!  How did you even manage to tip that over? It was way over there!

No, I did not stand up to let you go outside to find him. Stop barking.

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Yeah, so needless to say, this has been a creatively barren winter.

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If only they stayed this cute and small:

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MMM… Goats and Happy

17 Mar

And how is your Monday going so far?

I’m already forgetful, so it should be interesting from here on out.

Thankfully I picked these out several days ago and could just plug them in here and not worry about letting you all down.

First off we have our mirth. What is more mirthful than watching something have too much fun with a ball that’s bigger than they are?

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A goat playing with a yoga ball:

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And Pharrell Williams’ new song, Happy:

Yes, that song makes me happy. It almost has the feeling that we’re going to be happy in spite of someone or something.

Of course I also love being happy to spite someone. heeheehee  (Don’t try to infect me with your bad mood. I’ll just get perkier and torture you.  😀  )

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Want more Mirth and Music Monday? Try going over to ReGi McClain’s blog. She has another video waiting for you over there!

If you would like to play along with us go ahead and click the top blue silly face on the top right side of ReGi’s Blog and you can click a button that will let you input some simple info and voila! you are a member of Mirth and Music Monday. Congratulations!

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I hope you all have a great week!

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Writing- Psychology without the price tag

15 Mar

I love the imagery Anna uses in this short. You can feel the excitement of the crowd. The Gloom looms up in the back of your mind (when does it not?). Then there’s the tension of the main character, Alaska Lee. Haven’t we all been here at one time or another?

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Writing Quote by Joss Whedon

I never know what I’m thinking or understand how I’m feeling until I do a bit of writing.  Usually something completely unrelated.  A fictional short story or thought tossed into words.

It is like a session at the therapist…

And so this happened last night at writing group.  Not sure what it says about me except that I might be a bit stressed.

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She tripped and fell into the burning sand… and they laughed.  From the stands above, toothy smiles and wicked sneers leered down at her prone form.

Alaska Lee dug her hands into the grainy sand that scraped and chafed.  Feeling every molecule of pain, every grain of hurt.  She focused on the feeling of betrayal and simmered in her hatred.

“She has fallen!”  The announcer screamed into his mic, flinging spit in his enthusiasm.  “Will she make it up in time?  For her, every second counts…

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Should Authors Have to “Market Themselves”?

14 Mar

This has been a crazy day. I had a meeting two towns over, cooking, cleaning, errands… basically life happened today.
So, I offer a blog post that will fit just about everyone. If you are in any type of business where you need a personal brand this is a great blog post for that.

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If you couldn’t care less what a personal brand is, just cruise through until you find the YouTube box and watch the funny video. (It made me laugh, anyway.)

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Hopefully my brain will be unscrambled by Friday evening and I can come up with a poem for you. If not, then I’ll just have to come up with a helpful and entertaining substitute… again.

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Enjoy! 😀

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"Crap. Revisions tore my hose. But I need to sell more books and 'market myself'…" “Crap. Revisions tore my hose. But I need to sell more books and get out and ‘market myself’…”
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All right, don’t stone me, but I feel some of the marketing “buzz words” range from terrifying to annoying to outright offensive. For instance, every time I read “target your demographic” or “target your readers” I wonder if this comes with a Predator Drone or at least a laser sight.

I don’t know about you guys, but I get creeped out being “targeted.” It makes it seem we (seller and consumer) are opponents—one the cunning victor and the other the hapless dupe who landed in the marketing crosshairs.

But the one that’s gotten my hackles up over the past week or so is when writers are beating themselves up. They write things in my comments like, “I know need to try harder to market myself”…

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MMM… Mr. Bean and Mozart

10 Mar

Monday already. Every week it seems to sneak up on me.

Don’t worry, I scoured through YouTube to bring you something that should get your week off to a humorous and melodious start.

The one and only Mr. Bean:

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And just because it seems to fit Mr. Bean, The Turkish March, by Mozart:

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Have an awesome week guys, and don’t forget to visit ReGi McClain’s blog to see more Mirth and Music Monday!

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If you want to join along, all you have to do is find videos of something funny and musical, or one that is both. Create your blog post, then link up with the cute, blue, bug-eyed thing on the top right hand side of ReGi’s blog. Then Ta-Da! You’ve joined the ranks of Mirth and Music Monday bloggers.  🙂

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Enjoy your Monday, and have a great week!

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Your Kiss – A Poem

8 Mar

You lean

I smile

You tease

I giggle

You touch

I sigh

You hold

I melt

You ask

I give

You offer

I need

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Love, it’s a glorious thing.

Not merely lust.

Not just infatuation.

I crave him.

All of him.

His thoughts.

His smile.

His sense of humor.

And of course his touch.

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My Insanity Keeps Me Sane – A Flash Fiction

7 Mar

I don’t know how much longer I can hold on.

Day in and day out, it’s all the same. Except it’s not.

Everything is different while it stays the same.

I don’t know how to describe it.

Details change from day to day. Lunch is tuna instead of peanut butter. The cat threw up today instead of the dog having diarrhea yesterday.

The same dishes are dirty. The same socks didn’t quite make it into the hamper. The dryer still doesn’t shut off by itself.

I need a vacation. Of course we can’t afford one. Never could. Probably never will.

Except…

I have these ideas, these stories, in my head. These thoughts that aren’t completely mine.

Hear me out before you call the funny farm.

I have people living entire lives inside my mind. It’s not like they control anything about my life. But in some ways, it’s like they keep me… sane.

Because I have these other lives, stories, playing out in my imagination I can get through the monotony of my existence. While I’m folding laundry, I’m deciding whether they live in the city or the country, what state, what kind of house. When it’s time to scrub the tile grout, I’m weighing how much chocolate cheesecake the leading lady should consume before coming to the conclusion that her father-in-law has to die. In my imagination I turn my every day life into a wonderful cacophony of tears and drama, fear and loathing, triumph and success. The leading lady always wins.

And who knows. Maybe one day I’ll write all this crazy down and make a million dollars.

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Yeah, right. Like anyone would want to read it.

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I love writing those.

Here’s a fun video I found that vaguely corresponds to the theme of my story.  😉

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Have you noticed yet? Did ya, did ya?

I have a new page on this website. Made it yesterday afternoon.

Up there, on the far right…

Maybe I’ll make it easy on you and just stick a link right here.

But before you click it, I want to tell you about it!

It’s all about my new, first, and only finished (at this point) book!

My Ignored Hamper and other Bathroom Poetry

Yay!

I’m not going to beg you to buy it.

Much.  (lol)

Go ahead. You know you’re curious what the new page looks like. Take a peek.

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Just remember to come back tomorrow for more poetry.

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Have a Great Weekend!

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