Monthly Archives: December 2009

End 2009 with a Fantasy Man

It’s finally here. The end of the year. I hate it so much. It just means time has slipped away from me again. To me, New Year’s Eve is one of the most emotionally charged holidays. From depression when you realize you didn’t do everything you wanted to, to elation that you have another year to look forward to, is it any wonder people drown themselves in drink on New Year’s Eve?

Now, once again the week is ending on a Thursday for me, which means I’ll be away from the computer on New Year’s Day. That means today is Fantasy Man Friday!

Since it is the end of the year, I knew we were going out with a bang, so I invited the fire department over to make sure things didn’t get out of hand.

Um. Tee-hee!! This…is a man. Ooh my, yes. His hair needs to be trimmed a bit, or brushed at least, but who cares about his bloody hair??

Well, there you have it. Mr. End-of-2009-Fantasy-Man. What do you think? Do you think he can put out any er, fires that might sprout up?

Please have a safe, Happy New Year!

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2009 in Review

2009 turned out to be a year of changes and growth for me. Obviously my writing is a major factor, but my “real” life has had a lot to do with it as well. I wasn’t sure if I should try to compact 12 months of life into a post, but I’m going to attempt it.

The beginning of the year wasn’t looking all that great. I was stuck in a dead-end job, not seeing how it could improve though I’d been assured by the powers that be, that I was going to be moving along. It wasn’t until March that my hopes became reality. By April I had a promotion and an office move. It hasn’t been easy to learn the duties, but it was the best thing for me. I’ve never been happier in my professional life. It’s taken me nearly 10 years after college to get here, but it was a learning process. Honestly.

Spring came and I knew I needed to get back to the manuscript I’d started in August. I began writing again, seeing the end of my first novel in sight. I joined FF&P and suddenly I had a group of people struggling with my problems and dreams. It was the best decision I could’ve made, I think. By July 4th, my first manuscript, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose was finished. I danced around the house, shouting “Dudditz!” because I’d finally, finally finished my first novel.

September saw me at my first conference, pitching to editors for the first time ever. Meh. I was scared witless, but I came through the fire with two requests for fulls. At the same time, I was getting rejections, requests for partials, with more rejections from agents, but something was finally happening.

I began my second manuscript, Succubus-in-Waiting late September and finished it in mid-October. What a feat! It was so much better than Ruby that I instantly felt disloyal to my first manuscript. I couldn’t let that stop me though and began editing. Then, I came across a critique partner who has the means to help me make Succubus even better. We’re still editing and revising, but it’s okay. I’m not going to rush it.

November was NaNoWriMo and I decided the story that had been plaguing me since September needed to be written. I started Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous on November 1, fulfilling the required 50k words with four days to spare. What I didn’t expect, was for Lifestyles to become my best story yet. I’m attributing this to Jessa Slade’s plotting workshop. I’m still working on the story, but it’s so emotionally charged with dark and light elements, I couldn’t be happier.

December sees me still pounding away at the novel, with the hopes that I’ll have it completed by midnight on December 31st. Will that happen? I don’t know yet. I hope so. I couldn’t think of a better way to end this astonishing year than to write “The End” on my 3rd manuscript.

So what has the year taught me? That perseverance does have its rewards. I’ve learned that rejection isn’t the end of anything, merely a beginning. It’s a cycle, the torturous pleasure of writing, the pain of rejection, the joy of acceptance that repeats constantly with every manuscript you write, but it can’t stop you from fulfilling your dreams. There’s always another book to be written, another story to tell, other characters to fall in love with, you just have to put your head down and forge ahead. I also learned that supporting and being supported by fellow writers is a necessary part of the writing process. Share your pains and joys with others. Your mistakes/triumphs can only help someone else. 

I just wanted to say “Thank you” for everyone who visits this blog. I write this blog for myself, but I hope that you take away some information that can be useful to you somehow. Thank you.

What did 2009 teach you?

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On the Re-Make

Last week, I was stunned to see that Hollywood is coming out with a remake of The Karate Kid. The Karate Kid! I was flabbergasted! This is one of the greatest movies from the 80’s…can anyone replace Ralph Macchio as Daniel? Really. Can they? I was really…okay I was pissed off when I read about it. Then I watched the trailer. Hello! Jackie Chan is Mr. Han (no Mr. Miyagi). I love Jackie Chan! So now I’m thinking, “Okay, maybe I can watch the movie…it might not be so horrific after all.”

Then, later in the article I read, I saw that a remake of Clash of the Titans is coming out as well as Red Dawn, and a movie version of The A-Team. One of my favorite movies from my childhood was Clash of the Titans. I thought it was the coolest movie ever! Then I grew up. And realized as far as special effects went…it sucked my dog’s big toe. Seriously, it does! So I watched the trailer for the remake and I’M SO EXCITED!! It looks so good!! Whee! Marked that one on my list of movies to see. I always thought Clash of the Titans would be awesome if it was remade. I’ll find out when I see it.

Of course, this got me to wondering what other movies would be better if they were remade: Conan the Barbarian, The Beast Master (this was a cool movie…but could it be better?), Some Like It Hot, Running Man, It, (all of Stephen King’s books-to-movie, movies), etc.

So I started thinking. What movie/movies from your childhood (or anytime) would you not mind seeing Hollywood remake? What movie would you hate to see remade?

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Post Christmas Blahs

Is anyone else experiencing the post Christmas blahs? You know, you still feel bloated from Christmas dinner, tired from the anticipation of the big day, wanting nothing more than to sleep for 12 hours a day? Or is that just me?

Christmas was great. For the first time in years, my entire family was gathered. My brother-in-law was home for the first time in nine years, all the kids were there, my friend showed up, it was a packed house. I think at the peak, we had 25 people there, all of us trying to fit in my aunt’s house. Good times.

My baby (my godson) bought me an ABBA cd for Christmas. I think it was my favorite gift. I walked around the house singing ‘Take a Chance on Me’ and ‘Fernando’. Yes, I’m strange.

So how was your Christmas? Did you get to spend enough time with your family? Did they appreciate your gifts, did you get what you wanted?

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Christmas Fantasy Man

Well, it’s finally here. Tomorrow’s Christmas which means spending time with family and friends. We’re looking at a house full of people this year with new additions joining us for the first time. It should be interesting.

I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next three days, but I can never let a week go by without giving everyone a Fantasy Man. I tried my best to find a sexy Santa, but all the ones I found were so…not attractive to me. Instead, I spent hours upon hours searching for the perfect specimen to show how appreciative I am for all of you who read this blog.

So, in light of the holiday season and the gift of giving…Here’s your Christmas Fantasy Man:

I try not to be crude, but seeing this picture, especially around Christmas gives me a lot of naughty thoughts. Mostly, it’s me thinking, ‘I hope he’s about to show me his candy cane!’ What do you think he’s saying or thinking?

Merry Christmas all, thank you for stopping by!

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Men: Strange Creatures

Many times my topics revolve around men and their strangeness. This post isn’t any different.

I have the unique opportunity to observe men in their many phases. Do you remember being in high school and watching boys jump to see how high they could hit a wall? Men do the same thing. Honestly. They do. They also play fight. These are things I remember seeing when I was a teenager when the boys around me were in their ‘growing years’. Seeing them do the same things as adults makes me wonder if they ever really mature.

Then there’s the Alpha syndrome. Some men seem to feel the need to follow another one. Case in point: there are two men who seem stuck together like glue. One of them I’ll see alone, but the other one only shows up with the first. They walk by my office and I think Alpha, Beta. It’s interesting, that’s all.

Oh, and have I ever mentioned how really awful it is to share a bathroom with this many men? The toilet seat is NEVER down, I’m afraid of wearing long jeans because I don’t want the hems dragging in ‘splash’, and they really don’t use air freshener like they should.

On another note, Christmas is seriously like right around the corner. I’m hoping for a fun day, but with my family it could be the start of WWIII. It just depends on my infantile uncles and what antics they get up to. Le sigh.

Do you have relatives who are almost guaranteed to ruin the holidays? Do you frequently have to reprimand your elders for their naughty tongues? For instance, I never know when my eldest uncle is going to start reciting Ode to a Vagina that he wrote, or if he’ll splash water on one of his sleeping sisters. These are things we have to deal with for holidays.

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Whoops!

If any of you are football fans, you may know about this already. However, if you’re not, then let me tell you about a big WHOOPS.

Sunday, the Oakland Raiders played the Denver Broncos. During a play, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly lost his pants. Yes, you heard me. His pants fell to his knees revealing nothing but a jock strap. Poor man. Luckily, the Raiders won so he would be able to sort of justify his embarrassment.

These sorts of things do happen, of course. But what about people just forgetting to put pertinent items of clothing on? Yes, it does happen. I remember a story my sister told me of junior high when a girl getting ready for gym class forgot to put her shorts on. She skipped out of the locker room in nothing but her T-shirt, panties, and shoes. Ouch.

No, I’m the person who starts a new job, goes to work dressed up…except for her fly which was open all day. No one told me!! Then there was the time I wore drawstring slacks to work…inside out and backwards. God. More recently, it’s been jean malfunctions. I’ve mentioned that before. Having a rip in the seat of my jeans and high-tailing it home.

So, what embarrassing things have you done, or witnessed? It’s confession time!

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