Sunday, December 25, 2011

Favorite Christmas Present

So, my family spoiled me a but this Christmas, but I have to share with you guys my two favorite presents!



Both from Shane, I adore them. A writer shirt and Dragon Slippers!

So, what did you guys get for Christmas?

Hope you had a fantastic one!

Merry Christmas!

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I just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone! I hope you use the day to spend with family and friends, filled with love and laughter! For those of us who can't be with family, let them be in your hearts and thoughts and send them your love.

And Happy Birthday Jesus!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

As We Were Saying: GFTW's Blog

I am featured on the blog of one of my writers' groups today! YAY! 

Please check it out!

Greater Ft. Worth Writers' Blog

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Books Anyone?

I stole this from an author I like's Blog, L.J. McDonald. She found it while surfing the web. To quote her, she said, "Apparently the BBC feels that most people will only have read six of the hundred books listed here."
Thought I would give it a shot myself. See if I can beat the "six."
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
 So, I suddenly feel uncultured, because I have only finished 14...and read parts of 14 others. 

I saw the movies of many I didn't read. Does that count?
You guys want to give it a shot?



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas is coming...

So, I don't know about you but Dec (and Christmas) has snuck up on me yet again. I can't believe it's almost here. Are y'all ready?  I'm getting there. My shopping is 98% done and I got a new Christmas tree. I am uber proud of it. It turned out gorgeous, check out the pics:










It took me a bit longer to get into the Christmas Spirit this year, but I have been checking out a few Christmas novellas. They always seem to help out. :)  I just read a really good/cute one by Shannon Stacey called Mistletoe and Margaritas you should check out. I am in the middle of Its Not Christmas Without You by Helenkay Dimon that I am enjoying immensely.

Haven't been writing much. Have been sick as a dog the last few days, but I can't really blame it on that. I need to get motivated, I know. Hopefully I will get something done this w/end overnight at work--I usually do.

Anyway, hope everyone else is being more productive than me!

Oh, I also hope to finish editing one of the other excerpts I am going to post on my "Pieces of Me" for you all to check out. :) 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

3am Rambles

So, I am sitting here working at the Shelter and I should be working on my  book 2 of my Call series but it just doesn't seem to be happening for some reason.

I was reading the lovely comments I got on my Jensen & Kes excerpt on my "Pieces of Me" page and I wanted to THANK YOU guys! All of you for the comments and then those that read it but didn't comment--that's okay, too. I am glad you took the time to check it out, and thank you if you got even one second of enjoyment out of it.

I know it's an intimate scene and I really thought about things before I posted it. I know ALOT of ppl see things you post online (it is the World Wide Web, after all), and I am not embarrassed that I wrote it, and alot of ppl know I write romance, so I guess I just have to deal if ppl I didn't expect see it and make a judgement about me. Like it or not, there really still IS a stigma about the romance genre...people use words like "smut" "porn." I don't feel like it's either. I am proud of how it turned out, actually, which is why I chose to post it.

I AM going to post other things, and as far as I know right now, that scene will be the only one that is of a sexual nature.

Something entirely different came to me tonight and I wrote it down, so I may post it. I don't know what it would end up being, I actually had a dream and just started typing. It would be in the paranormal category, I suppose, but different than anything I have ever attempted.

On another note entirely, I have 21 Followers! YAY! Thanx GUYS! Your support means a great deal to me, seriously.

Well, I am going to try to accomplish SOMETHING.

Hope everyone is having sweet dreams.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Week...

It's only Tuesday but it feels like it should be Friday. It's been a busy and rough week. I am sooooooo glad I am off tomorrow, but it won't be a relaxing day. It will be a day for cleaning and prepping the house for the carpet cleaning guy to come next week.YAY for clean carpets but a big bummer that I will have to wait til then to put up the Christmas tree. But, that's okay. The house will be spic and span for the family on Christmas. :)

As far as writing, I am editing the second book in the series I am working on. I worked a little on my break at work but I hope to really dig in tomorrow evening.

And this w/end at work (yes, I work overnight again) I am hoping to not only edit, but add some short stories or something that I have written on my "Pieces of Me" page here. I am hoping you will all check it out when I get things posted.

Have a good rest of the week.

Happy blogging, reading, writing, whatever you do.  :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Blogging

I am having a blast customizing my blog. If anybody has suggestions that I need something I am missing, please let me know. AND if said suggestion is difficult, instructions can be helpful. ;)

*sigh*

So, I kinda broke my own rule by not posting on Saturday, cuz I told myself I would try my best to do a daily post.

Well, sorry, I am going to try to make up for it right now.

As some of you know, I work at an Emergency Shelter for Teens. I work w/end overnights, and usually I get ALOT of writing done when I come in here. Well, last night I achieved the 4 Crits I had to do for some CPs and then I actually was able to review, revise and edit the first two chapters of the second book in my "Call" series that I am working on. YAY! GO me.

I had already made my mind up Saturday evening that I would 1). Play with my blog. Do more customizing and I have decided I am going to attempt to do a "Featured Book" Page or something like it where I can review books I have read....I am thinking I like the idea...what do you guys think?  If you have suggetions, or you want me to review YOUR book, I promise I will be nice. I am surrounded by so many awesome authors, it wouldn't be hard, anyways.  But, I digress.

and 2). I was REALLY going to dig in DEEP and get SOOOOO much accomplished on my book. Right? Well....as happens sometimes, life made some decisions for me that I didn't necessarily agree w/.

I came into work a bit early (just after 9:30) for a co-worker who's original plan was to leave early as well. But unfortunately life intervened for her as well....ANNNNNNND

We get a call from another co-worker who is in the van on the way back from the outing to the movie with 8 kiddos. They were RIGHT OUT FRONT of the Shelter on the main very busy road...ANNNNNDDDD

A DRUNK DRIVER hit them. NO JOKE!  Head on, even. So, we all scramble outside, as well as about half the Ft. Worth Police Dept. Two Ambulances, two Fire-trucks.

So, keep in mind I am working overnight. I will be on duty until 7:30am.

Two kids are hurt (MINORLY, no heart attacks please) and so yours truly has to go to the hospital with them because they are "in care."  *sigh*

THANK GOD they are okay, I REALLY DO!  HONEST.  But, we have to go to County Hospital and it ALWAYS sux.  Then, come to find out (I obviously didn't get the memo) it was CAR ACCIDENT SATURDAY in Fort Worth, TX. Wow...I wish someone would have told me.

We got to the hospital (them in ambulance, me in one of our other vans) at about 10:30. There were gurneys, injured folks and cops EVERYWHERE. You would have thought the place was the police station.

Well., X-ray was pretty quick.  Then we waited....and waited....waited and waited some more.  To the tune of 3:00AM.

The Doc came in and said "X-Rays look good. You can go home" ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH  Seriously?????????  They didn't even give them a PRESCRIPTION. 

Oh, and LET ME ADD!  HE didn't even step FULLY into the Trauma Bay to tell us!

So, therefore I am at *sigh*  It's 4:31 and I am ranting.

Wow, I should write a book, huh?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday.

SO, I did not go out into the madness and shop. For the last several years, I have done the majority of my shopping online. That seems the best route to the madness of the DFW area, even on a regular basis.

However, I was also vying for the World's Laziest Writer award today, and I didn't do anything.

I have to work overnight tonight so I have to do some crits for some friends and then I WILL accomplish something.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a good Black Friday whether you shopped or not!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi all. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! We have plenty to be thankful for! Hope you share it well with you and yours. Happy Turkey Day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Anne McCaffrey dies at 85

SO I am not exactly overjoyed that this is my 2 post, but I just found out that my favorite author of all time, one of the MAJOR reasons I am a writer has passed away at 85. It really saddens me.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45409015/ns/today-books/t/science-fiction-author-anne-mccaffrey-dies/#.Ts0t92XeySp

My First Post

I would love if this was fantastic, but I am still learning things on here. So, I am hoping there will be more to follow.