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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

This is the sound of me collapsing. Got no reading done. In fact, I didn’t get anything done today other than parenting my offspring — because the hubster is out of town. I get that everything has to be put on hold, and I certainly do not begrudge him his time away, but it just means that progress for me = zero. :P

In other good news, though, I started writing! I took an idea I had a little while ago and just jumped in head-first. I’ve managed just under 700 words so far, and while that may not seem like a lot, after a *very* long dry spell it’s fabulous. It won’t be finished for this week, though, so the short story will be posted when it gets posted. I’m only human.

Stay tuned, peeps. More will be coming — I promise!


Friday, November 9th, 2012

Jeebus H. Roosevelt Christiconicus.

I am a horrible, horrible parent today. As much as I am very much against using the Boob Toob as a babysitter for Ms. Junior Peanut, that’s exactly what is happening at this very moment. Once I’ve written this blog post, I have to dive into some freelance work that’s rapidly approaching its deadline.

Hence the use of Netflix and the ridiculous antics of Steve and Blue.

Now the important part is attempting to ignore the noise of the TV and focus on the Word document.

In the meantime, however, hello to all visitors! Please excuse the cobwebs around here — I think I’m gonna have to fire the maid. :/ I hope you’ll continue to come back and check out what’s happening at Chez Starr.

For now, however, I must cut this short and get to werk.

Cheers, and catch you on the flip side!

I Hate Germs, And Other First World Problems

Monday, October 15th, 2012

I’m ill, thanks to Ms. Junior Peanut. She picked up a cold bug somewhere along the line and of course, being the one she’s around the most, I got it, too.


I don’t have time to be sick. The real world is currently kicking my ass in terms of freelance work, book edits, and trying to polish something else up that I can try to sell. That doesn’t count the neverending taxi-driving job I have bringing the Offspring to her various activities. And somehow fall also ends up being medical appointment season. We’ve got optometrist appointments to make, and dental appointments coming up… Yeesh.

So what can a poor gal like myself do? Not a whole hell of a lot. Try to stay hydrated, take cold medicine and various types of vitamin C, and get some sleep (HA!).  Riiiiight.

So on that note, I’m off to try and be as productive as I can be. We’ll see how *that* turns out.

In Other Happy News…

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The Offspring turns 11 today. I believe I am *much* too young to have an eleven-year-old daughter. Don’t you agree?


Actually, it doesn’t feel that bad. I think it will hit me more when she reaches bigger milestones — like actually becoming a teenager at thirteen; sixteen; nineteen. Those birthdays will feel a lot more significant, methinks.

Even though she won’t read this — maybe even ever — I still have to say: Happy Birthday, Munchkin! I love you TONS! :)

Same Ol’, Same Ol’

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Plugging along. Freelance work, novella #1, novella #2.

The weather has cooled down fairly significantly, thankfully. Not that I dislike the hot weather — I just prefer a few degrees cooler, is all. Makes it easier to sleep, and all that.

I wish I had news for y’all. Still waiting on a verdict from publisher #2 on Party Starter. I’ll let you know when that news arrives.

Nothing else going on other than trying to enjoy my last couple of weeks sans the Offspring. School’s over at the end of the month, and then…heaven help us all. :P Two months can’t go by that slowly…can they?

Wait. Don’t answer that. *sigh*


Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Yeah, I know. That title is useless.


As I am spending the day childless (elder at school, younger with grandparents) I have put together a simple plan (no, not the band).

  • Work on freelance project until noon.
  • Noon - 1:00pm: go for a 30-minute power walk around the neighborhood (as long as the weather holds!), eat leftover pizza, have a quick shower.
  • 1:00 - school dismissal time: work on current WiP.

After that, it’s supper, family time, etc., etc. I really want to start working on a Quiet Book for Ms. Junior Peanut, so if I can get some serious results with the work during the day, mayhaps I’ll treat myself to some crafting time tonight. The reward system works, doesn’t it??

Well, off I go. Have a shiny, happy Tuesday, gang!

Oh, Dear

Monday, May 21st, 2012

I used to be good at this blogging thing, didn’t I? Jeez, it’s been almost 19 days since I wrote last.

Colour me shamefaced.

Thank you to the regulars who keep coming back to see if I’ve said anything worthwhile. (Well, okay, I don’t know about the worthwhile part. Maybe it’s just to see if I’ve said anything at all…)

So anyway, this was a holiday long weekend here in Canuckland. We spent a bit of time outdoors both prepping the veggie garden and getting ready for some major construction that’ll be taking place starting Tuesday. It’ll be many days of living with noise and destruction.


In the meantime, I have a WiP on the go, some potential real-world freelance work, and the usual parenting/housekeeping mishmash of tasks. Not busy, right? Noooooo.

At least our weather is finally getting nicer. Hey, I’ve gotta have *something* positive to look at, right? :P

It’s beddy-bye time now, but I’ll keep you posted on the submissions and WiPs. And I’ll try to be back before another 19 days have gone by.

The Sun Shouldn’t Be Shining

Monday, March 26th, 2012

You know those days when you just want to stay in bed under the covers and spend an indefinable amount of time sobbing?

Yeah, that.

I don’t really understand it, either, other than to say my stress levels feel like they’re through the roof and I feel a little bit like I’m banging my head against a brick wall with a number of things. And I’m not even PMS-y. It’s one of those times when you feel like being a grown-up is the hardest thing in the world, and you’d like to just pass on the responsibility to someone else for a while.

I’d like to go lie down and vanish into a book for the afternoon, but that won’t get the dishes washed, the laundry done, and this manuscript written.

Hope your day is better than mine.

Grouchy McGrumpypants

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I am irritable as of late, somewhat inexplicably so. Most likely the underlying cause of my malaise is a combination of several factors, not the least of which is rather severe tiredness. (Not exhaustion; that’s something different entirely. I’m just pooped, dudes.)

Some of you will likely know that the Good Husband was away for work about a week and a half, during which time I functioned as sole parental unit (including titles of cook, maid and taxi driver). It was work enough to feed and clothe three offspring, let alone keep the house spic-and-span. As a result, it looks like a tornado has ripped through here. Simply looking at the mess makes me feel even more tired.

On top of that, there was nary a lick of writing or creative work done. By the time all kidlets were shuttled off to their respective beds, I could barely string a half-dozen words together into a coherent sentence. Reading to relax and trying to get some sleep became paramount.

So let’s just say that disappointment combined with regret and guilt have all resulted in a good ol’ case of frustration. So I’m grumpy. And short-tempered. Annoyed, even. At this rate, I’ll get nothing creative done until Ms. Junior Peanut goes off to Junior Kindergarten — three years from now. That thought just makes my chest hurt.

I’m too discombobulated to really think calmly about all of this and figure out how to get on track and move forward, instead of just around and around on the hamster wheel. I probably need more sleep, at least.

And perhaps extra fiber. :P

What Day Is It?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

No time to post, Gentle Readers — I am single-parenting for 11 days as B.E. is gallivanting all over Asia. (Asia? I think… And yes, it’s for work.)

So. In the meantime, I am shepherding an almost-fifteen-month-old, an almost-ten-year-old, and a fifteen-year-old all over town to various activities. Well, the fifteen-month-old doesn’t have activities, but she comes along for the ride. Oh, and also running the household myself. Suffice it to say, things are a tad crazy-busy around here. But hey, it’s life, and it’s (mostly) fun. I shall return when there is more of that elusive “time” thing floating around. (If you see any, send it my way, ‘k?)

Hope you’re enjoying lovely autumn weather wherever you are!