Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Book, New Soundtrack

On my way home from the grocery store, I heard the song Down by Jay Sean and thought it might work my new story soundtrack. I've always liked the song and a few months back I posted a YouTube video of the song that had been made by Providence St. Vincent Hospital. So last night I went to YouTube to listen to it:

I couldn't believe all the little magic special effects. It's perfect because my book is a contemporary take on a well-known fairy tale! Needless to say this is the first song in my book soundtrack!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Always Something

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My proposal was due last night so it would be waiting for my editor when she got into work Monday morning. Her office is in London so I use midnight as my must-send-by time. Everything was going great. I had one final chapter of changes to type in and then...

The lights went out. Not just our house, but the entire neighborhood.

I used my Petzl headlamp that I use for climbing and got everything typed in. Huge sigh of relief. Except...

No power means no internet.

It was now getting closer to midnight. I was going to have to find free WiFi somewhere so I could email the manuscript.

I knew the airport had WiFi, but I really didn't want to drive here. I thought about the new Kessid Center. I had used their free WiFi on Friday. I headed over there with a prayer and my fingers crossed. I parked, opened my iBook and on-line. Even bigger sigh of relief. I emailed my manuscript, updated my status message on Facebook and drove home.

Here's hoping the next book goes much smoother than the last three have gone. I'm tired of total drama writing.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


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Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. The sun is shining outside, but I'm hard at work inside reading through my manuscript. I must email it to my editor in London tonight so it's in her inbox when she arrives at work. A Peanut Buster Parfait from Dairy Queen sounds really yummy right now, but I'll have to wait until after lunch to get one of those. Need to set a good example for the kidlets!

What are you up to?

Thursday, June 24, 2010


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I haven't been in a happy mode today. One of my aunt's passed away yesterday, but the above LOLcat made me laugh so I thought I would share in case anyone is in need of a smile.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Almost home

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Today is the last day of class. I'll be driving home this afternoon. I miss my family so much, but I wonder how long it'll be until I deal with a situation like in the LOLcat photo! Knowing my kidlets, not too long! The furbabies, too.

The sun is finally shining in the Pacific Northwest. As I drove to my friend Elizabeth's house yesterday, I saw Mount Rainier. That was my first glimpse of it since being here.

I'm a little sad that my training is coming to an end. I've spent time up here during four of the last five summers. This is the last official class, but people are already talking about retreats and get-togethers!

I hope you have a great day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Cool Adidas Ad

I saw this during a World Cup game. The fangirl in me was thrilled. Enjoy!

What did you think?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

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Happy Father's Day to my wonderful hubby and my dad and all the other dads out there and up in Heaven!

This time tomorrow I'll be back in Tacoma, but I want to make the most of today with my family and seeing my dad later this afternoon!

Have a good one!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Future So You Think You Can Dance Star

I saw this on Facebook last night and thought it was funny.

Sorry that YouTube pulled this one. Here's a link to it there.

That baby sure can move. Don't know about you, but some of those dance moves remind of the dolls at Disneyland's It's A Small World ride!

Have a happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Drive by

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Just a quick hello! Between my class, my revisions and visiting with Elizabeth, I don't have a lot of free time this weeks. It's busy, and I really miss my family, but I don't miss the kidlets' tattle telling and fighting. It's kind of nice to be away from the routine for the week. Plus I have a really great view of the Puget Sound to enjoy!

I have to laugh though each time I stare out the back windows though. Elizabeth's new neighbors decided to build their own fence which is a couple of feet away from hers hence my use of the term demilitarized zone the other day. A foot or two of no mans land exists between the two fences now. I wonder if she'll use that in a book someday! If not, I might have to.

What's going on with you?

Monday, June 14, 2010

On my own

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Star Wars LOLcat reference. Two of my fave things. I love it!

I'm taking a class in Tacoma this week. It's my fourth time being up here with many of the same people. It's nice reconnecting.

The difference this time is I'm staying with my good friend Elizabeth Boyle and her family. She has a great work space for me to use while I revise my book. Luckily, Elizabeth is on deadline also or we'd never get any work done.

Better get to it. More later including life in the demilitarized zone!

Hope you are having a great day!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


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I'm getting pretty good sensing any sneakiness around here. Whether it's a kidlet or a furbaby I can spot it pretty fast. Sometimes pre-sneakiness. That always puts the funniest expressions on their face!

Slowly I'm checking off items on my To Do list.

- I had two email accounts with thousands (not exaggerating) emails. Some hadn't been read since my ski accident a year ago. I'm down to 8 unreads (can't find them no matter how hard I search) from 2800 and on another account 300 from 1500. I did a lot of deleting. The 1500 account was mainly spam. The 2800 had a lot of yahoogroups and other things.

- mountain of laundry is now just a hill

- printed a lot of research for my new story and started reading with highlighter in hand

- grocery store run. I hadn't been in a couple of weeks. Hubby was shopping during that time which means he only bought enough for whatever meals he had in mind. No extra stuff at all!

- continuing to put all the paper from the deadline crunch in the recycle box. I've got about 2/3's of it picked up.

- visited a few blogs and actually posted comments early this morning! It's great to catch up with my friends though facebook helps with that when I can't blog hop.

I'm going to try to get more done today before revisions wing their way back to me! Hope you're getting lots done wherever you are!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A little R&R

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I took some time for some R&R. I did clean the papers off my desk and around the floor, but that was as much work as I could manage. I hadn't realized how tired I was from the writing marathon.

My youngest and I enjoyed a nice nap after lunch. We attended the kidlets' end of the year extravaganza at the school where they take enrichment classes. They loved seeing their friends for one last time until September.

Back home, we watched Galaxy Quest and laughed. I put them to bed and enjoyed the season finale of Glee. A great night all around.

Now it's back to work. My editor should be getting back to me later this week about the book. I have research to do for the next one. And summer camps to enroll the kidlets in! Plus catch up with all my fave blogs!

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


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The manuscript is with my editor. I emailed it around midnight. A huge sigh of relief. I really like how the book came out, but I'm already itching to get my fingers on it again. I should have revisions by the end of the week so won't have to wait long.

My favorite part about deadlines is when everything starts clicking. I live and breath the book. I drove hubby to the airport yesterday morning and on the way home something popped into my head which gave me a nice dialogue exchanged and explained a secondary character's motivation. It was totally unexpected, but so perfect it gave me chills!

But I must admit I'm ready to write a manuscript without any injury or illness drama going on. I cannot remember that happening in... No idea. I'm praying the new one I'm going to be starting is the one!

The cats and dogs wouldn't let me sleep in, but I plan to take it easy. I'll write a Dear Reader letter and start pulling together notes and things for the new story. I'm also going to get caught up on my bloghopping and email! Everything's been on hold the last week.

My life has been the book. What's yours been like?

Friday, June 04, 2010

Rainy days

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This LOLcat put a smile on my face this morning!

It's raining again. So far it's rained every day in June. That was after a string of rain in May. It's the PNW. It does rain here, but not like this. It's very odd and much colder than normal.

The kids just play outside in the rain. They don't let anything stop them except hail because that hurts.

The rain makes it easier for me to stay chained to my computer and write. A few more days and I turn in the book. I can't wait!

How's the weather where you are?

Thursday, June 03, 2010


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Hope you have a great Thursday! Mine will be spent at the keyboard again. We've had so much rain here, but it makes staying inside a lot easier!

Counting the days until I can crawl out of my cave and have a life again!

Hope you are having fun!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Manic Monday

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This pic reminds me of Yoda. He likes to stand in the shower while the water warms up. I think that's pretty brave of him even though he's figured out where to be so he doesn't get wet.

My book is supposed to be due today, but my editor gave me another week. Thank goodness because it's not ready to go yet. Plus my son ended up in the ER Saturday night. (Sprained foot, nothing serious but we were worried it was broken.) And yesterday I stumbled across a plot hole, really a plausibility issue, that I need to take care of.

So my week will be all about writing. Again!

No complaints. Okay, a few complaints such as there's not enough chocolate, but I love my writing and still can't believe I get paid to do this. Just praying with the next book there are no injuries or illnesses. I'd love to see what writing without having to deal with that would be like!

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend! What did you do?