Monday, March 31, 2008

Kisses for Frosty

I just had to share these cute pictures taken by my friend Tiffany of her (and our surrogate) dog, Angus. We stayed with them in Bend.

On Friday, we were supposed to go climbing at Smith Rock. We woke up to snow on the ground and lots of white stuff falling from the sky. Our outing got cancelled. We decided to take a snow day. That is the kids spent most of the day playing outside.

Rose and hubby built a large snowman. It was taller than her. My little one was so proud!

Angus wanted in on the fun. He went up and gave Frosty a big hug and kiss! We were all surprised until we realized the reason. Can you guess what it was?

Hope you have a great Monday! I'll be getting back into the swing of things. Oh, and the laundry!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

A new free book winner!

We just got home from our spring break vacation. We spent four nights on Mount Hood and skied, then headed to Bend where we got a day in of rock climbing at Smith Rock in between all the falling snow. A very fun week! But we're tired and boy, do we have a lot of laundry to do and pictures to download. The cats are happy we're home though! The kids are already hoping for snow to fall so they won't have to go back to school tomorrow!

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-03-31 01:17:58 UTC

This week's free book winner is Limecello. She won with a comment on the post, Thanks! Limecello, please pick a book from the list here and email me your selection with your snail address. You can find my email via the contact link on my website. And even if you've won a book or coupons in the past please include your mailing address. I no longer have anyone's address. Thanks!

Last week's winner Brandy chose The Leopard Prince. I'm adding a couple copies of my backlist that I received from editor since the pickings are starting to get slim!

Okay, housekeeping time. Two March winners did not send me their address with their book choices so I can't mail their books. Even if you've won something from me before, which both of these people had, I deleted everything when I sent out all those books at the beginning of the month so until I hear from you, you won't be getting your books. Thank you!

Saturday, March 29, 2008


I really appreciate all those who went over to the Wedding Planners board yesterday. To show my gratitude, I'm going to count those comments and give you extra entries in tomorrow's free book contest here!

I wrote three new pages yesterday! I also set up The Plan. I put in everything I've got going on between now and June 16, including all Mondays. I adjusted my page output for those days when I won't have a lot of writing time. If I stick with the plan, I'll have a complete on June 7. That would give me nine extra days until the deadline. Doable? I hope so!

Just to make sure I figured I'd look for some ways to increase my luck and found this quiz.

Your Lucky Underwear is Blue

You are caring and extroverted. You've made relationships your number one focus, and your lucky blue underwear can bring some balance to them.

You thrive in one-on-one situations. You are a good listener and a natural born therapist.

Sometimes you let the concerns of others become too important in your life, leading to stress and worry.

If you want more balance, put on your blue underpants. They'll help you take care of yourself first.

Guess I'd better buy some blue underwear! What about you?

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Wedding Planners Blog

I've mentioned the Wedding Planners blog that the six continuity authors (Shirley Jump, Myrna Mackenzie, me, Linda Goodnight, Susan Meier and Melissa James) set up. But I wanted to tell you that the blog has finally gone live. That is, we're posting and commenting regularly.

Dru's already stopped by. Thanks so much, Dru! I hope some of you will, too. Over the next six months or so, there will be blogs from the authors (including pictures from our weddings!) as well as our continuity characters, guest blogs (experts, romance authors, romance editors, brides, grooms), contests and a whole lot more.

Shirley Jump's book, Sweetheart Lost and Found, Book #1 of the Wedding Planners continuity series, is an April release. Yesterday, Shirley asked Kenneth Gloss, owner of Brattle Book Shop and guest on PBS' Antique Roadshow, to blog about collecting romance novels. It's a very interesting post and made me think about my own collecting.

I collect castles. I have pictures, miniatures, music boxes, cards. I have them in my office and they inspire my writing happily ever afters.

I also collect Department 56 New England Village lighted houses. Those come out at Christmas time.

As for books, I wouldn't say I'm a collector per se. I do have my keepers that include many of Nora Roberts' early Silhouettes as well as some of my other fave books.

Do you collect anything? Books or something else?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Climbing Cutie Update

It's been awhile since I mentioned the Climbing Cutie so I figured it was time for an update. What's cutie been up to?
Ice climbing, crossfit, new house and work. Lots of work. Oh yeah... and getting ready for swimsuit season (hence the xfit) :P
I don't think he's going to have a problem come swimsuit time, do you?

It's hard to believe I've only known the Climbing Cutie a little over a year now. He's become such a treasured friend, it feels as if he's been part of my life for much longer than that. My hubby and the kidlets think he's pretty awesome, too. Thank goodness for that on-line climbing forum where we met.  He was (and continues to be) so nice and helpful (and patient) with all my questions about men/heroes, relationships/dating and of course, climbing. I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into by befriending this romance writer!

In an email dated March 12, 2007, I wrote:
And while I'm asking questions, what's your favorite malt-beverage brand (or wine, if you prefer) and coffee type. I'm going to owe you;)
No kidding! He's helped me with research for my books, provided a twenty-something guy's viewpoint for my heroes and changed my life by introducing me to climbing and Crossfit. I owe him big time, but paying him back just doesn't seem possible after all he's done for me. But hopefully I'll find some way some day.

I do have a book idea percolating in the back of my mind. The story features a Crossfit instructor hero. A hero who's not only a cutie, but looks totally hot in a swimsuit!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Reprieve

Well, I'm not quite sure reprieve is the correct word, but it's close enough to what I felt yesterday when I opened an email from my editor and she said I could have until June 16th (the date I'd requested) to write the new manuscript (working title: Unexpectedly Right.)

Fifteen days might not seem like that much extra time, but let me tell you, it's huge. Two weeks can make a total difference when it comes to extra time to polish, proof and read the manuscript aloud. Granted, I will probably be writing until the last minute, but you never know.

I really am going to try my friend Elizabeth's plan again. I'm trying to figure out what I need to schedule into the plan. Things like my son's upcoming first communion. A dinner for eight we'd donated to the church. Irish dance feis. Skiing. Climbing. You get the idea!

It's funny that writing deadlines cause so much trouble for me because I am normally a planner. I live by my organizer and schedules. But somehow when it comes to my writing, my planning goes well, astray. But this time it will be different. At least I hope so!

Do you use a planner, spreadsheet or PDA to keep track of things? What have you found works best for you?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Today the finalists in the Romance Writers of America's RITA awards will be announced. Like other contests that recognize the best in the field (Oscars, Edgars, etc), the books were judged by peers (published authors) and came out in 2007. The winners are announced at a glitzy ceremony at the RWA National conference. This year's conference will be held in San Francisco.

I was a two-time Golden Heart finalist with my first two books I sold. That was so much fun! The Golden Heart is for unpublished writers. Those calls are going out, too. So good luck to all those who entered.

I've seen my RITA scores and last year finally stopped asking for them to be sent to me. Let's just say, I've never come close to making the finals. That coupled with all category/series (Harlequin/Silhouette/Avalon/etc) books, no matter what the length or sensuality level, being combined into one category, I'm not expecting a call. But it's still one of those contests I enter every year. Why? Because it's the RITA! You just never know. What can I say? I still buy lotto tickets when the jackpot gets above $100 million or so.

This is still one of my favorite days of the year. I love to hear from those writers who do get the call and share in their excitement. Plus I like to see if any of the books I judged and loved make it!

If you could pick your favorite romance (only one!) of 2007, what would it be?

Monday, March 24, 2008


A bunch of snow fell last night so I'm going skiing today. Yes, I should be writing, but I'll do that tonight. I'm pretty worn out from all the Easter activities and need fill the well so I can write something I won't end up deleting. Did everyone have a nice day yesterday?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Another book winner...

The kids are in bed and it's all quiet around here. The excitement from Easter and the birthday celebration has ended. A busy, but wonderful day!

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-03-24 05:42:30 UTC

This week's free book winner is Brandy. She won with a comment on the post, Free Book Winner! This isn't the first time someone has one congratulating someone else. Brandy, please pick a book from the list here and email me your selection with your snail address. You can find my email via the contact link on my website. And even if you've won a book in the past please include your mailing address. Please, oh, please. That makes things easier for me. Thanks!

Last week's winner Dru chose The Leopard Prince. I have more than one of these which is why it's still on the list.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter Sunday! I'm ready for bed.

A Glorious Day

Even though the gray skies and rain make for a pretty dreary day outside, the weather can't take away what today is all about. I want to wish you all a Happy Easter. This is my favorite holiday of the year. Oh, I enjoy Christmas, but Easter is just so special. The Resurrection of Jesus, the arrival of Spring and new beginnings. And this year, Mackenna's 10th birthday!

We've got to get to Mass and I still have lots to do before people arrive so I'll be back later with the contest winner. Until then, have a wonderful day!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Nervous and Excited

Today, we are planning to drive out and meet a dog. She's two and a Norwegian Husky. Fingers crossed this is a good match!

Of course in between doing that, I'm cleaning and trying to get ready for Easter. Oh, and writing, too.

Tomorrow is my oldest's birthday. She's so excited to have her birthday on Easter Sunday. It will never happen again in her lifetime. At least that's what everyone keeps telling her. We went to the Dollar Tree yesterday. She's not having a party this year, but wants to give her siblings and cousins goody bags tomorrow. She picked out some cute Easter things for them. I asked what she wanted for dessert. Chocolate fondue. So I'm going to do that as well as bake a cake. I bought some pastel colored icing and Easter sprinkles to decorate the top of that.

What's on your agenda today?

Friday, March 21, 2008

My Upcoming Release

Here is the cover for my June release, SOS MARRY ME. The six authors involved in The Wedding Planners continuity have a forum on eharlequin. Stop by if you get the chance. We'll be there until all six books have been release. I've been trying to work on the continuity's Wedding Planner blog, too. So much to do and so little time... the story of my life!

I managed to write four pages after Mass and Adoration last night. Five if you count the two sentences that rolled over. And yes, sometimes I do this on the tally, but not until I'm closer to the due date and in a panic. Speaking of the tally, I'm not sure when it will return. Possibly May 1. That would give me a little over a month to put a good dent into the project!

Okay, I still need to shower. The kids have early release since it's Good Friday. I don't know about you, but I'm so not ready for Easter!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A new deadline

June 1.

I heard from my editor this morning. They would like the trilogy manuscript on June 1st, a Sunday. I asked for two more weeks. Well, to the 16th which is a Monday, but didn't hear back on that so until then June 1 is what I'm shooting for.

No matter what the delivery date, it's time to get busy. Wait. I'm already busy. I mean, get writing!

Of course, I've yet to start today. Instead I finally got to go climbing and then I ran to Costco to start buying things for Easter. Family and friends are coming here on Sunday. I popped into Krispy Kreme for a donut. Boy was that tasty. But it's almost time for the little one to take a nap (she's feeling much better!) so then I'll be able to work on the book.

First thing I have to change? My heroine's name. Jordan is also the name of a model in the UK so they want something different.

Any changes or change of plans going on in your life?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sick kitty and kiddy

Poor Spirit. She had to spend last night at the vets. She was being stubborn and well, paid the price. But they called this morning. They got the urine sample they needed so she gets to come home. Unfortunately, she does have a problem with her left eye and has been referred to an animal eye doctor. Of course, both animal eye doctors I called are booked so I can't get her an appointment. Who would have thought there was such a need for animal eye docs?

As I expected, my youngest is sick. She was okay yesterday, but I could tell she didn't feel well. But no fever so we trudged on. This morning she only has a low grade temp, but she has that familiar glassy eyed look and her cough is getting worse. So I'm trying to cancel or cover all the things I'd had planned for today. Fingers crossed hubby can come home at lunch time so I can still make my climbing date and then bring Spirit home! She's down at our vets in Lake Oswego which is a bit of a drive from where we live in Washington.

Still no word on the revisions for the trilogy. I'm still torn between writing and waiting.

What are you up to?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Big Kitty Hug

Not sure if you saw this video clip on the news or not, but wow! That's some big cat lovin', don't you think! It just made my heart melt.

I'm taking two of my kitties to the vet today for their yearly exam then it's off to see our CPA. Taxes! I was hoping to go climbing, but Rose isn't feeling well. Not sure leaving her is a good idea!

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My oldest will be dancing all over town today, including City Hall and a big Irish festival/fundraiser tonight! She even gets to miss school today! In honor of St. Patrick's here are a few You Tube clips for your viewing enjoyment!

Free book winner!

I'm a day late announcing this. I never got around to it this weekend. I actually posted a comment last night, but I was under a different id. I couldn't figure out why it didn't go through until this morning! Silly, Melissa!

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-03-17 15:25:23 UTC

This week's free book winner is Dru. She won with a comment on the post, Yippee! Dru, please pick a book from the list here and email me your selection with your snail address. You can find my email via the contact link on my website. And even if you've won a book in the past please include your mailing address. Please, oh, please. That makes things easier for me. Thanks!

Last week's winner windycindy chose The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James .

Okay, the auction. I'm not sure how much I want to say about this. Probably less is better in this situation. Check yesterday's comments though if you want to a quick recap.

How was your weekend? I hope you had some fun!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Going, Going, Gone!

I spent the morning at the Portland Hilton helping set up for tonight's school auction. I also took the mirror. It felt very strange (and a little) to see it set up in the Grand Ballroom on an easel and not against the wall in my study. I know I'm going to be a bundle of nerves when the mirror comes up for auction. Send good vibes my please! I'm going to need them.

On the way home, I stopped off and had a French Manicure. I haven't had one since this summer when I went to Dallas. Of course, I climb on Wednesday so it won't look good for long!

Hope you have a good Saturday! I need to start getting ready. It's going to take me awhile!

Friday, March 14, 2008

How much is that doggy in the window?

I wanted to post this yesterday, but I was much too tired. Hubby had been gone all week and with the time change I was barely surviving. I think I've already mentioned that I don't sleep well when he's away. And that's the perfect lead-in to our night of doggies!

After the kidlets' Crossfit Kids class at the Lab, we drove west to Hillsboro, Oregon. The Norwegian Elkhound rescue coordinator was leading a class there with all kinds of different types of breeds of dogs. She had arranged for NEs to be there for us to see, too. On the drive, I explained we would not be getting one of these dogs. That they already had families who loved them, but this would be a good idea for us to see the type of dog it was and we could also get a glimpse of other breeds that were in the class.

Talk about the perfect opportunity!

It was great to see so many different kids of dogs in one places. Talk about variety. All types of breeds and sizes. The kids couldn't believe how many there were so it was a great overview of what's available. But though all the dogs were absolutely adorable, we really did fall for the Norwegian Elkhound.

We got to see both males and females with a range of ages from puppy to six years old.

We met three older puppies. Over a year, but under two years old. Lots and lots of energy. Two were siblings, a male and a female. The male is going to be on Animal Planet next week. He won a dog show where they were filming. The other male was a little older, if I remember correctly, but still rambunctious. Obedience training will definitely be in our future!

We also met a puppy. She was outside on a leash when we arrived and oh-so-cute. She made a bee-line for Rose. I guess she went for the smallest member of our pack, just like Angus! The kids had a blast playing with her. She was born in January. Just like Rose!

It seemed like every time we turned more and more of the NEs were showing up. A big thank you to all how came out to show us their doggies! It really allowed us to see the breed and realize this is the kind of dog we want. Shedding, aside, the Norwegian Elkhound really does seem like a perfect match for our family.

All of the NEs were wonderful with the kids. Oh, the younger ones were quite active and jumped, as I mentioned above, but they didn't growl or do anything threatening. They were just all so sweet. You couldn't help but fall in love with the breed. The kids kept saying how they looked a lot like Siberian Huskies. (That's their fave dog breed, but since huskies don't get on well with cats and aren't the easiest of breeds to raise they aren't an option.)

We met a female NE who had been a rescue dog. She is four years old and very sweet. I spoke with her owners about their experience with her when she came to their house. She likes to sleep with them. I was thinking of Rocket, Spirit and a dog sharing our bed at night. Time to get a king-size bed!

The one thing I quickly saw was how much energy the puppy had. It would bark and jump until it got attention. It reminded me of my kids!

We spoke with the rescue coordinator and are going to arrange a visit with her soon. Of course, in spite of our earlier talk, there were tears on the drive home from my youngest when she realized we weren't bringing one of the dogs home with us. Sigh...

Soon, I hope, very soon we will be bringing one home. And then the real adventure will begin!

Thursday, March 13, 2008


This morning I want to give a huge shout out to my good friend and wonderful critique partner, Virginia Kantra! She's one of the authors of Shifter, a paranormal anthology, that's going to hit the NYT list at #14! I'm so excited and thrilled for her. Talk about a dream come true.

Virginia's novella in Shifter, Sea Crossing, is the prequel to her upcoming Children of the Sea trilogy. If you buy Shifter, you also get a sneak peek at the first chapter of Sea Witch, her book that will be out in July.

I'll be honest. I'm not a big paranormal fan. Fantasy is more my style. But Children of the Sea is an amazing series. And I'm not saying that just because she had moi as a critique partner. But I'm sure that didn't hurt! Seriously, I recommend the books highly!

I'll post about the dog visit later. I didn't have time to upload the pics! Rose and I are meeting a friend of mine and her son at a coffee shop. What do you have going on today?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Beyond the Limit

I'm running late. Again. The kids got a tardy at school even. Time. Change. Sucks.

Anyway, no time to blog right now so I'll leave you with this. If you've seen the television show Everest Beyond the Limit, you'll get it. If you haven't watched the show, don't bother. It won't make much sense to you. I got a good chuckle from it!

Have a fun day! The kidlets and I get to go meet some doggies. None that are up for adoption, but the breed we're looking at.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My latest endeavor

No, it's not the trilogy though I'm going to start working on it today. I just can't keep waiting for the revision letter even if it means significant rewrites. I'm starting to feel guilty that I've been putting it off. That means I better get to it.

No, my latest endeavor involves a four-footed creature. Something I've wanted for awhile.

A dog.

Tonight I put in an application to adopt a rescue dog. A Norwegian Elkhound to be exact. I don't know whether we'll be accepted or not, but with hubby being gone so much, I really think it's time.

They are active dogs, but we are an active family. They shed, but so do our cats. They don't have the typical dog smell though. They are loyal and loving, but also protective. Exactly what I want.

I would prefer a dog that was past a year old and potty trained. I'll be honest, I don't think I could handle what Marianne is going through with her new love, Dakota.

I'm supposed to get pictures of the available dogs. Of course, I keep telling myself, our family might not be what the owners are looking for with their dogs. And that it might take some time to find the right one. I was very honest about being active with Irish dance, skiing, traveling and such. I also said we want a dog who can go with us places and be part of the family, not just out in the yard. I'm just going to prayer that whatever is supposed to happen happens and that all of us, cats included, will be happy with how things turn out.

Anything big going on in your corner of the world?

Monday, March 10, 2008


It's Monday. That means it's crazy around here. Add the time change - I hate time changes which was the one good thing about living in Arizona since they don't change their clocks - and I'm tired, cranky with way too much to do. I've been gone all morning. I thought Easter was this coming Sunday. I lost a week somehow. Oh, well, I guess it needed to be done, right?

I'm supposed to pick up Rose at 11:30 and head to teach my class. I still need a shower. It's 11:09 am. I also prepared for next weeks class, not this weeks. Serious brain lapse on my end.

Anyway, I took a minute and went to one of my fave websites and saw this:

Humorous Pictures

The picture made me take a deep breath and smile. It also reminded me that I'm really glad I have all of you!

Hope you have a great mellow Monday!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Another free book winner...

I've been decluttering. I can't believe the junk I had in my bedroom. I decided to start there instead of the Great Room since I really needed to organize and figure out all the books I had upstairs. A lot of work, but it sure does feel good to start seeing things more organized!

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-03-10 03:14:25 UTC

This week's free book winner is windycindy. She won with a comment on the post, Winner! Cindi, please pick a book from the list here and email me your selection with your snail address. You can find my email via the contact link on my website. And even if you've won a book in the past please include your mailing address. That makes things easier for me. Thanks!

Last week's winner catslady chose McKettrick's Luck by Linda Lael Miller. I still have one of these left which is why it remains on the list of available books!

Everything up until this week has been mailed so hopefully you'll be getting your books soon. Hubby went to the post office for me so I'm guessing everything went slow mail!

Hope you had a great Sunday. Mine was very productive! I even got the finished frame back, complete with mirror and hanging hardware. Boy, does it look nice in our study!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Are you messy?

Today is house day. I managed to get the downstairs in shape for our dinner guest on Wednesday night, but that's about it.

Once again, there are so many clean clothes on the floor of my bedroom, I can't see much of the carpet. That means it's time to fold.

I also want to try and get organized. Not totally in one day, but one piece of the mess. I took everything off my built-in shelves in the Great Room in December when I put up Christmas decorations. Even though the Christmas stuff has been packed away, I never put stuff back on the shelves. I want to go through everything and figure out what should go where. I didn't like how cluttered it looked before.

I also want to bring a couple of my folding bookcases not being used and try to put my books in some kind of order. They are all over the place. I don't know what I have anymore!

I thought this quiz looked perfect for what's facing me today:

You Are Very Messy

You are a slob, and you really don't care if other people know it.

You don't love messes, but you just can't be bothered to clean on a regular basis.

While being messy and disorganized feels easy, it's probably making your life harder.

Maybe it's time for you to get a maid.

Yep, that fits me to a tee. I'm trying to change. I really am. But it's just so darn hard. Messy could be my middle name.

What about you? Are you messy?

Friday, March 07, 2008

A-Tisket, A-Tasket...

Here are my two auction baskets!

This one is called Romance and Chocolate, two of my fave things. The books are hardcover versions (sold to libraries in the UK) of Win, Lose or...Wed! and my upcoming June release, SOS Marry Me. I just received a few copies in the mail so the timing was perfect. I also autographed them. I didn't have time to get to Bernard C's in Lake Oswego so went with Moonstruck Chocolates instead. There is a box of their ice cream cones, 3 candy bars and a small box with 2 truffles. I also found the cutest container of fudge. It's called a fudge smoothie and comes with a tiny spoon inside.

The second one is an easter basket and it's huge. You can't tell the scale at all, but it was hard getting everything in there. This one was fun to put together. After stops at the Dollar Store, Walmart, Kohls, Michaels and Target, I had way more than I needed, but half the fun is tucking in little surprises people find when they remove the cellophane and start pulling out items. I won't go into everything there, but it has both Easter candy, stuffed animals, a craft and decorations for the house. I did find an adorable table runner that matches the ceramic bunny that's holding the pink stuffed bunny and one of the dish towels. I may have to buy those for myself. Or bid on my own basket. I'm sure hubby wouldn't be happy if I did that, but I always fill baskets with things I would want!

So after finishing the baskets, I got all of our tax things together for the CPA. I am getting so much done it's amazing. Waiting for that revision letter to arrive has been the best thing yet. It's still not here which means I don't know what to do this weekend. Keep getting stuff done or write. I just hate to write and then have them tell me I need big changes to my characters or something. I gave up time wasters for Lent, remember! But I hate to lose two more writing days in case there are only small changes to the synopsis. Decisions, decisions!

What are you doing today? Any big weekend plans?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

It's a Trilogy!

Yesterday was a very good day! The trilogy proposal got accepted. We finally got it right on our third attempt and idea. Huge sigh of relief. This was an over-arching proposal. That means it was about the three books in general with a synopsis for each of the three books (no chapters.) Now I just have to wait to hear from my editor about any changes to my story!

I also finished my RITA books. The scores have been input on-line. I am done! I can cross that off my To Do list. Only two things left on that. The final Disneyland report and writing my new book! Can you see the big smile on my face? At least until I make a new list.

And the hardcover (library) versions of my upcoming June release, SOS Rescue Me, arrived in the mail. It always feels good to hold an actual book in my hand and not just manuscript pages!

This morning, I'm going to attend the final day of our church's Lenten Mission. The priest who came over for dinner last night is giving it. After that I'm going shopping! I have two more baskets to make for the school auction. An Easter basket and a Romance and Chocolate Basket. The later will include two of my books. I have to remember which ones I put in last year so I don't repeat it!

Okay, better get going! Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Is this a romance?

Imagine reading a book.  Loving it.  Loving the characters.  But at the end, the heroine dies. 

Would you consider this a romance?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The final assault

Okay, here's the most recent update of my To Do list. Since I haven't heard back on the trilogy proposal, I need to crank out the rest of this list in the next couple of days. I also need to clean my downstairs. We're having a visiting priest for dinner tomorrow night. All the frame art/wood burning stuff is set up on two portable tables and clutter has piled up so I must clean.

1. 4th Grade Art Project (due early March)
a. Burn inner work around three sides
b. Burn 17 16 14 pictures drawn by kids
c. Trace top design (waiting to be given this)
d. Burn top design
e. Paint inner work
f. Have 17 kids 16 kids 12 kids paint their pictures
g. Paint top design
h. Stain (may paint it now)
i. Varnish - not my job
j. Have mirror installed - not my job
h. Have hardware to hang frame installed - not my job
i. Deliver frame morning of auction

2. Finish AAs (due a week from Tuesday)

3. Embroider two panels for 2nd Grade Art Project (due a week from Monday)

4. Read 8 6 5 Rita 4 3 2 books (scores due March 8)

5. Write Princess Nobody proposal (no deadline, but should have been sent in January) new manuscript (due May 1)

6. Download pictures

7. Finish Disneyland Trip Report (for here and Disney forum)

8. Mail free book winner (Nathalie) her book. Brandy, too! I did buy new padded envelopes so no more delay! And all the other contest winners and stuff. Need to add go to Post Office and mail all those padded envelopes! This is a huge pile I really need to do now. Including the Harlequin coupons.

9. Make a new headpiece for Mackenna's solo dress

My goal today is to get all the things mailed and finish one of the RITA books and start the other. I don't feel right writing the Disneyland report until I turn my RITA scores in. Wish me luck!

Are you making headway on your To Do list?

Updates from today in red!

Monday, March 03, 2008

A new week!

The frame is gone. The proposal is off. I have two RITA books to read this week. Of course, it's Monday which means squeezing in stuff when I can!

Since I need to get pages read today, more than I need to write, I'm leaving you with a cute (and short) video clip my friend, Alison, emailed me last night! I can't embed it so you'll have to watch it here. May the Force Be With You!

Have a great Monday! Do you have a manic day ahead of you planned or a mellow one?

Sunday, March 02, 2008


I finished my part of the trilogy proposal and uploaded it to yahoo groups. Now to stay awake so the three of us can chat. Three different time zones is killer. One author is in Australia, the other England and me here on the west coast. It's alreayd tomorrow for them! Anyways...

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-03-03 05:39:02 UTC

This week's free book winner is catslady. She won with a comment on the post, A not so good day. I guess listening to me whine paid off. Catslady, please pick a book from the list here and email me your selection with your snail address. You can find my email via the contact link on my website. And even if you've won a book in the past please include your mailing address. That makes things easier for me. Thanks!

Last week's winner Brandy chose Secrets Anthology by a group of authors. I'm too tired to list them all! Enjoy the book, Brandy.

I'm finally organizing all the books and coupons I have to send out. I'll be posting a list, hopefully tomorrow of what I have listed to make sure I didn't leave anyone off so please check back sometime this week if you've one something in the last month or so.


It's done. Thanks for all your good wishes and kind words. I needed them. Now to write my part of the trilogy proposal so we can send it off. I'll post this week's free book winner tonight! Until then, have a good day! We've got sunshine. What about you?

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Pre-stained Frame

Sorry to sound like a broken record and always be posting about the frame, but right now that's what my life is about. I should be done today! Hurray! Anyway, here is a picture of the frame after I cleaned up the mess on my table and prepared to stain the back. Today I will be staining the front. There isn't much. Just the tree at the top and the bare wood around each of the pictures. Wish me luck. I really don't want to mess this up!

And I really, really want my life back!

Hubby took the two little ones up to Timberline on Mount Hood to ski. It's just me and my daughter at home! Plenty of quiet time to get it done!

Have a great Saturday!