Tory’s Friday Ramblings (10/4/13)

Happy Friday everyone!

On Life

I turned 37 this week. Oh yay. No, really. I don’t care that much about birthdays (at least mine). I feel better this year than I did in years past, and overall, I don’t feel like I’m getting old. Older, maybe, but not old (unlike hubby who’s bemoaning the fact that he’ll be 40 in April). Work was awesome. A couple of co-workers got me a tiara:

2013-10-02 09.28.57I have it at my desk now to make me smile and remember that people really do seem to like me. Yay! There was also an awesome cake:

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Yes, it tasted as delicious as it looks (and yes, I’m an Elizabeth in non-author life). Pure, yummy chocolate.  My boss gave me a bottle of perfumed lotion from Spadaro (sorry, no picture of that) and a bottle of wine (her significant other belongs to a wine-of-the-month club and I frequently benefit from it).

I came home and hubby finally wished me happy birthday (he’d deliberately held out, knowing it would bug the heck out of me). He bought a steak for us (kids got hotdogs), a beautiful Publix cake (red velvet) and a bottle of wine. He knows me so well and I love the man. And yes, people know to get me wine. I drink once, maybe twice, a week. Not an alchy, promise. I had a lovely birthday altogether, and definitely lower stress than the past few have been.

On Writing

I finished Locked in Stone!!!

Yes, that had to be in green and big print. That book from hell is finally done. I’ve got a quick few edits to make (almost done with those too) and then it’s off to the person who requested the full thing (I was up front that I was submitting a proposal at the time, so don’t gripe at me for submitting an unfinished WIP).

Now I’ve moved on to querying and God, I haven’t missed doing that. My stomach is a mess (from more than just too much cake) and I’m being even more nutsoid than normal about checking my email. Refresh, refresh, did they get it, are they using it as a dartboard, argh! But that’s the name of the publishing game, hurry up and wait.

I just have to figure out what I’m going to work on next. Will it be a continuation of the Dream-Walker War, the second book in the Hearts of Stone series, or something new? I don’t know and I’ll have to figure it out fast. I don’t want to go through another 6-month+ dry spell with my writing.

So, I guess that’s it for this week.

Hope you had a great beginning of October and please, chime in and tell me your writing successes/triumphs!

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