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Meh for Monday

Really. I hate when the weekend has to end. I had a fantastic two days! I read. A lot. I was actually rereading and worked my way through *thinks* well, a lot of books. I loved it since I don’t get to do that very much anymore. For me, reading helps clear my head in order for me to write. I don’t copy what I’ve written, styles or anything, but it helps quiet the characters talking in my brain enough for me to sift through them until I find the one I need.

That doesn’t make me crazy, by the way.  A lot of authors hear their characters in their heads. Right?

But it’s Monday which means I have to get back to my story. And I’ve finally figured out where to start it. That’s always the hardest part for me. The start of a story. I know how I want the whole thing to go, know what I want in the middle and how I want it to end, but making sure you start at the right moment in order to hook the reader is the most important part of a book for me. If you don’t get me in those first three chapters, I won’t continue reading and I don’t want anyone to pick up one of my books and do the same thing.

So that’s what I plan to start on this week and work through the weekend doing. I love having a plan!

Oh and the Saints lost. Booo! That’s all I have to say about that.

Um, what else? Oh! I remember! I am going to hold a 1000th blog post giveaway here on the blog and I’ve recruited several writer friends to help me out. One thing I can say about the writing industry is that it’s close-knit and helpful. I’ve met some fantastic people in the five years since I started this journey. From people I’ve only talked to online to those I’ve had drinks with at conferences, there are some fabulous people in this industry and even better, they’re always willing to make friends.

I called upon several of them and my rafflecopter is going to be massive. Just sayin’. The giveaway will start on November 20th and run until November 27th and I hope to see y’all here!

On that note. Try to have a happy Monday!

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A Flat Monday

When I woke up this morning, the last thing on my mind was my car. I was instead thinking about how sore I was from this weekend. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I painted my room this weekend.

First of all, let me mention the room originally belonged to my brother who married and moved out this fall. When he was in high school, he painted the room…well, Superman blue. He loved it. We all decided not to go in there. So now that he’s gone and I can finally have a bigger room, it needed to be painted. We started at noon and finished at around 6:30 Saturday night, but the room was painted. It’s a goldish color that I’m strangely satisfied with.

However, even though I’ve been working out diligently for three months now, the painting left me sore in places I forgot I even had. Yesterday it was my shoulder and arm from all the rolling. Yesterday afternoon, I started feeling my thighs and butt from all the stooping and standing. About six hours of squats and yeah, you can imagine. So that’s what was on my mind when I woke up this morning.

But it’s Monday and isn’t there a rule that Mondays are meant to be frustrating? Because when I went to my car to start my work day, I found I had a flat tire. Meh. The only thing I could do was put enough air in the tire to get me to a mechanic’s shop so I could get it repaired. This meant being late to work, which I hate more than anything, mostly because I just hate being late anywhere.

So I headed to the shop and arrived shortly after 7 a.m. only to wait for an hour for them to even get to my car. When they finally finished and presented my problem to me (a nail), I was over an hour late for work. Frustration. Meh again!

However, I’m where I’m supposed to be and hopefully the day will improve from here.

I hope your Monday is going better than mine!

On a different note, I have a series of blog appearances scheduled for the next few weeks to pimp my paranormal romance, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. Tomorrow I’ll post out the appearances and links where you can find me. Pass the word around as I’ll be giving away a mask to one luck person who comments (or two) 😉

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On the Move

Right, so before I start waxing poetic about my Kindle, I’ll instead talk about the weekend.

My brother and his wife have until June 30 to clear out of her apartment and into their new house. Since they were still waiting on utilities and various other things to be completed on their new home, they had only this weekend to move. They sign the papers tomorrow, but with their work schedules, there would’ve been no time to move at a leisurely pace.

So Saturday, they rented a truck. With my brother, his wife, her best friend, and myself, we cleared her apartment of furniture and as much as we could fit in the moving truck and three vehicles. It was hot as hell too. My deodorant quit on me about half-way through the move, but it needed to be done. Oh sure, I pined for my brand new toy at home. But I kept telling myself it needed time to charge. Then I remembered that the electricity had gone out right before I left my house so the Kindle wasn’t charging.

I was relentless in getting things moving. I’m bossy by nature (that could so be my rap name!) and had no problem telling everyone where I thought the furniture should go in the truck. We managed to pack and load the truck in about three hours. Not bad considering how much stuff my sister-in-law has.

Between worrying about my Kindle and moving boxes, I couldn’t help but remember George Carlin’s take on owning things. I’m paraphrasing here, but he said something along the lines of, we buy a house and stuff it with crap, then complain because we have so much crap. Then we move to a bigger house for all that crap and then add more crap. It’s true. We collect things as we live in one spot for a while. I don’t even want to think about moving my house. The amount of utter crap we have is ridiculous, in spite of the throwing-things-out wild hairs I get from time to time.

So Saturday finished on a sweaty note. Sunday morning, my nephew came to replace my sister-in-law’s best friend and we emptied the truck in 45 minutes. It’s amazing how much gets done with two strutting males determined to show off their strength. Bookcases were lifted onto shoulders, dressers were picked up without help. My sister-in-law stayed out of their way and moved boxes.

Now they’re half-way moved in with things still placed haphazardly all over the house, but at least the bulk of her belongings are in the roost. All that’s left is for my brother’s crap (which isn’t as much as hers).

Onto the Kindle. I love it. I even stuffed it in my purse today just in case I have some free time to finish reading the book I started yesterday. I shouldn’t. I should be writing today in my spare time, but I can feel the Kindle calling to me…”read me”, “read me!”.

I like the fact that it stays charged for so long. That was my biggest concern. I hate having to charge something every single day (my phone, my mp3 player). This sucker can go a long time without charge. I also approve of the ability to order books from the Kindle, or from the Kindle Store on Amazon. I didn’t want to have to have the Kindle with me at all times if I happen to be browsing Amazon’s site for new books. The book store on the Kindle is okay, I just prefer the internet.

Granted I’ve only had the Kindle since Saturday, but I’m really loving it. I just can’t remember all the books I want to get! It’s like being at a buffet and not knowing what I want to eat first. Everyone else is pretty impressed by it as well. My brother and his wife have both looked at it and I think they each want one. Maybe that’ll be their Christmas presents to each other.

That was my weekend in a nutshell. It wasn’t terribly exciting unless you count the Kindle. I’m sore from moving furniture, tired from staying up too late each night to read, and fuzzy-brained from trying to remember all the books I want to get, but I’ll manage. I hope.

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I Can’t Drive 55!!

And thank God that isn’t the speed limit. Yesterday ended on a strange note. Considering it was Monday, and Mondays and I don’t really…get along, I shouldn’t be surprised.

I was on my way home, dreaming about the World Class Chocolate ice cream in my freezer when I saw blue lights in my rearview mirror. Gah, I thought, they got me! I pulled over and started getting all of my information out. Glancing in the mirror again, I saw the officer get out of his SUV and though, Mmmm BDU’s…And if you haven’t read about my obsession with BDU’s, go here.

He walked up to my window and said, “Do I know you?” I got a good look at his face and sighed. Oh yes, he knew me. Not that way, you pervs! I used to work with him when I was a clerk of court. He used to be a juvenile detective, so we saw each other a lot. I used to sigh over him. He’s…okay, he’s easily the cutest cop I’ve ever seen. Except for the one I posted on my blog ages ago. He’s cute. Really cute. Brown hair, light green eyes, and he’s…well, he’s petite. Maybe 5’7″ at the most, with a cute, boyish face in spite of the grey sprinkled in his hair. Oh yes, I remembered him.

And he was at my window. My brain was clicking away thinking about how hot I used to think he was, and how cute I still think he is and how great he looked in those BDU’s and damn, that’s a wedding ring. He was talking to me about speeding, the brake tag being obscured on my license plate, and my windshield. I kind of looked around…I was speeding? Oh yeah, I had been speeding, but really, did he have to lean in my window like that? I’m a red-blooded female and that…vest thingy he wore gave me far too many ideas.

He let me go, sweet man that he is, and I drove home thinking, My, oh my he’s turned out really fine. But when I got home, I realized I could’ve got a ticket and how much would that suck?

So to comfort myself, I sat down with my ice cream and watched Tropic Thunder. Not exactly high-brow entertainment, but it was funny. I was never a big fan of Robert Downey, Jr. until this movie. He was my favorite character and I found myself giggling this morning over the movie trailer spoof for Satans…Alley? is that what it was called? OMG…I loved it. Okay, I’m giggling right now remembering it. *wipes away a tear* Oh man.

And that’s how I ended my Monday. Will Tuesday improve? Only if a bevy of Coasties somehow wander in my office and can’t find their way out again.

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Into the Fog

What a lackluster weekend. This cold I’ve had for over a week continued into the weekend and today, lingering on like an unwanted guest. Sleepless nights have thrust me into taking long naps over the weekend and now I feel like I’m walking in fog.

It doesn’t help that it was foggy on the way in to the office this morning. I don’t mind fog, it lends the world an alien appearance I appreciate. I just don’t like it in my head. I have too much to do to succumb to it, but I have a feeling my body has other ideas.

In other news, yesterday I had my rescued kitty, Cookie, spayed through a low-cost program. I felt horrible for bringing her there with all of those other animals. I admire the group’s effort. For a very low cost, pet owners drop off their pets for a day trip into New Orleans to be spayed/neutered and receive shots if needed. They come home the same day, but I have a feeling there are a lot of unhappy pets this morning. Well, except for the dogs. The dogs were simply thrilled to see their owners. Cookie keeps looking at me as though I’m going to toss her in the kennel again and subject her to more medical procedures.

I wanted to stay home with her today. I think we both could’ve used the rest, but someone has to keep her, Ty, and Mia in kibbles ‘n bits. Hopefully, I can get a little writing or rewriting done today. I want to end the 3rd WIP and get creative with a plot change in the 2nd manuscript. Meh.

Sorry I don’t have anything enlightening to impart today. The fog curled around my head is demanding sleep which won’t come for some time yet. I hope everyone else is doing well, and had a wonderful weekend.

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Monday – NaNo Day 2

Don’t worry, I’m not planning to give ya’ll a day-by-day word count or anything. I’m just proud to say I completed today’s goal of 5k words. I didn’t get as much written yesterday as I’d originally planned. What can I say? I was too tempted by the Vikings/Packers game to write.

I hate time changes, but I prefer this time than the other. I enjoy knowing that when I go to bed at night, it’s NIGHT TIME. I like waking up and actually seeing the sun shortly after. Call me crazy, but this is my favorite time of the year. I just hate the transition because just when you get used to it, it changes again.

The weekend was okay. I did my weekly shopping, laundry, house cleaning on Saturday and scared myself spitless Saturday night watching Ghost Hunters. Yeah, it wasn’t my proudest moment. I should’ve turned the television off and gone to bed, but Nalini Singh’s latest book and the prospect of seeing grown men scream was too much for me. I stayed up until the last episode played and the last page of Blaze of Memory was turned. Good book, good shows.

In fact, I picked up 5 books this weekend and I only have 2 left. This is what happens when  you have a reading addiction: you buy books and read them so fast you end up depressed because you then have nothing left to read. It’s a vicious cycle.

So anyway, on to NaNo. Yesterday I cranked out 2k words and today another 4k. I’m almost at my total goal for the day and it’s cool. I fear I might be on a tangent right now, but it’ll work out, I think. NaNo isn’t about quality, but quantity after all. Hopefully I can keep up the momentum.

So anyone else fall down the stairs in their snuggie? Watch Ghost Hunters? Read any good books this weekend? Sorry I don’t have more than that. It is Monday after all.

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