Archive for June, 2011

Holy Frijoles, People

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Okay. I started a new story last night. Actually, I got the idea when I was out for a walk on Monday evening. I have Will Smith to thank for it — one of his rap songs sparked the whole thing. I scribbled a bunch of notes to myself, then started typing yesterday morning during Ms. Junior Peanut’s nap.

I managed to put down 250 words, give or take, which was not bad at all.

I resolved to myself that I absolutely must hit my daily word count. Time’s ticking far too quickly to dilly-dally any more. I’m on a serious deadline here, people. So once the kidlets were settled into bed and some minor chores had been completed, I sat down with the laptop again.

And added over 1K words. My grand total was in the neighborhood of 1330, I believe.

Holy shite.

Seriously.

I still have no idea if this story’s going to work, but what the hell. We’ll see what happens. I hate to think that the time I’ll spend will be lost if the story is rejected, but it’s also practice. And I could potentially find another home for it in the future. So it’s not a complete wash.

Anyway. This was good. If I can just stay a little bit ahead of myself, then on days like Canada Day (coming up on Friday) I might be able to give myself a little bit of slack. I’ll keep you posted!

Eek

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Started writing today. Got 250 (likely) mediocre words down. The goal is to get 1090 total down later this evening, and 1090 down over the next 11 days, for a total of 12K words. Submission date is July 9. Have a goal and am limping toward it. Am making myself accountable to my peeps.

No guarantees. We’ll see what happens. The only part that scares the bejeebies out of me is the fact that my conflict is mostly non-existent at this moment. There are massive plotholes one could drive a semi through. Here’s hoping they’ll all come together as I go. This is awfully pantsy for this plotter-type personality.

Please wish me luck. If this works, it’ll psychologically get me back on the wagon and hopefully back in the game (how’s that for mixing metaphors) for this writing gig.

*sends up silent prayer to Universe*

Here goes nothin’!

Free Book Week At Carina Press!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Hi everyone –

Are you looking for something new to read? Something fun and different for the summer? How about FIVE new books for free? Yup, you heard me — FREE!!

Here are the deets:

It’s FREE BOOK WEEK at Carina Press!!!
Starting on June 20th, every weekday, all week, Carina is offering a spectacular title for free download. And when they say free, they mean ACTUALLY free. Not “sorta free”, or “free with a $50 purchase” free, but actually, totally, no strings attached FREE! So, get thee to Carina press to download a free book every day! Here are the books being offered, and the links and promo codes for your free download:

Monday’s FREE BOOK is:
The Debutante’s Dilemma by Elyse Mady
Just type in the promo code DEBUTANTEFREE at checkout
http://ebooks.carinapress.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=50C0978A-DAC7-44E7-B627-C26A520471C0

Tuesday’s FREE BOOK is:
Demon’s Fall by Karalynn Lee
Just type in the promo code DEMONFREE at checkout
http://ebooks.carinapress.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=1E5A3A07-9BC7-4449-9B8F-377C21E2F664

Wednesday’s FREE BOOK is:
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell
Just type in the promo code TWISTEDFREE at checkout
http://ebooks.carinapress.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=D79D7CD6-1BAA-4D2E-AE65-FF0E42F79BE7

Thursday’s FREE BOOK is:
Blue Galaxy by Diane Dooley
Just type in the promo code GALAXYFREE at checkout
http://ebooks.carinapress.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=827CC21D-6F33-437A-977B-B0F291B70367

Friday’s FREE BOOK is:
Friendly Fire by Megan Hart
Just type in the promo code FRIENDLYFREE at checkout
http://ebooks.carinapress.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=E1466469-DB0C-404F-A0AA-3491BB9E9B14

The Funny Thing About Auto-Fill…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

…is it lets you know if you’ve used that title before. And apparently my first idea was already an old one.

Who knew?

Well. B.E. is off gallivanting (read: at a very, very important sciency conference, discussing very, very important sciency things) and everything is still status quo around here.

Some craft projects are on the go, and a wee challenge has arisen in terms of getting the ol’ writing juices flowing. (Heh. “Juices”. Heh.) I’m not going to say much about it, because God only knows if I can kick myself hard enough in the patootie to actually answer the challenge, but there’s a little voice in my head practically screaming at me to produce something and submit it. Part of me feels a certain clawing desperation at this idea, a need to get back into the damned saddle again, already.

I know, I know. I’m a bloody broken record, aren’t I?

I don’t know about you, but it always amazes me when I realize it’s 11pm at night and the day is over again. WTF? Just *where* does it go? I really, really don’t know, and I wish somebody would tell me.

Plus hire me a maid and a cook so I could do other things.

What? Isn’t that the way to fix the problem entirely?

Right. On that note, I see by the clock on the wall that it’s 11pm again. Damnation! Asshattery and WTFuckery!

I’m going to read my book. G’night.

Sorry

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Cold + teething baby (not one, but TWO at the same time!) = an absent hostess with the mostess.

Back soon, gang.

Sicko

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Yeah, I got a spring cold. And even worse, Ms. Junior Peanut has it, too. And Boy Einstein happens to be gone for the weekend. Peachy. Actually, it could have been worse; thanks to the kindness of friends and family, the Offspring has been spending time with various folk, allowing Ms. JP and I to rest. So that’s definitely helped.

In the meantime, though, the To-Do list continues to grow, and my energy level continues to plummet. Hopefully soon I’ll be out of my misery.

To those here on the Scavenger Hunt: welcome! Hope you’ll stay a while and check out the blog and books available. Good luck!

Now, if you don’t mind, I believe I shall go lie down with my book…

HAGO*

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

*also known as, Help A Gal Out. Not to be confused with Help A Bitch Out, made famous by the fabu Smart Bitches.

So. I was feeling somewhat nostalgic earlier, reading this post on the Carina Press blog that talks about books we read when we were young, and I found myself nodding at most of the titles and author names being listed, for example:

Nancy Drew
Sweet Valley High
Enid Blyton
Judy Blume

and so on.

Now here’s where I got stuck. I remember two specific books that I read as a kid — story details, that is — but not the titles. I’m going to give you what I remember, and maybe somebody out there can help me with the titles.

Book 1
This one is about a brother and sister who go to stay with a grandmother(?), and find a magic golden ring that grants them wishes when they either turn or rub it. They proceed to do crazy things with the ring, like breathe underwater and turn the sister’s hair black. I think the ring is lost at some point and they have to find it, and there’s something else to do with a pack of dogs. I think.

Book 2
I remember less about this one. The main thing is a special tree with a magical knothole that opens into a passageway when pressed. Then, if one walks through the tree (it takes a long time) they come out on the other side in some sort of alternate world. There is a cat in this story, which opens the knothole at least once, and on the alternate world side there is a giant, who may or may not be friends with the cat.

Any ideas? I know these are pretty vague, but maybe these strike a chord for someone out there. Please let me know, because I’d really like to read these again as well as pass them on to the Offspring to read.

In the meantime, I hope you’re participating in Night Owl Reviews’ Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt! Click here for details…