Annnnnnd….I’m Back!

Well, okay, I’m sort of back. I can’t believe the last time I posted here was back in the early part of November. Yeesh. I knew it had been a while, but a month and a half?

So, yeah. I’m sorry about that. I know my legions of content-starved Tory followers are probably mad, and I’ll try to make it up for you as best I can. Let’s see, what have I got?

Oh, well, I have a tentative release date now for Locked in Stone! Mind, it’s tentative, and I hopefully will get a more firm answer once my editor takes a look at the third (and without a doubt the most incredibly painful) round of edits thus far. Seriously – this round hurt more than when I had to rewrite the book (the first time voluntarily, before I signed the contract OR the second time, which was the first round of edits on the book). But I got it in to her last night, so whew.

Prospective release date: February 23, 2015 (last Monday in February).

I do not have a cover yet to share. My hope is that I’ll have that SOMEtime in early-to-mid January, given editor’s explanation that they like to keep the cover from everyone (including the author) until about 6 weeks before release. So, I still have no clue what it’s going to look like and that’s definitely terrifying. This is my first Entangled Cover and my first gargoyle book cover…and I REALLY wanna know what they’ve got in mind.

But, enough of book nerves/grumbling.

On Family

We had Christmas. Of course we had Christmas – we’re (supposedly) Christians and we also buy into a lot of the consumerism of the season. I got a new laptop, on which this post is being written and I’m madly in love with it. Hubby got a TV he’d been champing at the bit to get for a long time. And then there were the toys. Lots and lots of toys.

If you follow me on Facebook you may or may not have seen my Christmas Eve tirade against Wal-Mart and Amazon, who BOTH managed to screw up the main presents for the kids. My boy was getting a lightsaber from Star Wars Rebels (picture below) and I’d bought what was billed as a set of dolls from Frozen, the Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa (picture not below).

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Wal-Mart sent me an email on the 23rd saying the package had been delayed and might not be delivered in time. Um, not cool. I was wrapping packages on the 23rd (rather than my intended night of the 24th after the kids were at daycare for a few hours) and discovered that while I had ordered AND paid for a set of Anna/Elsa dolls…I only got Elsa. Totally even less cool than the light saber mess with Wal-Mart. Thank GOD I was wrapping a day earlier than I’d planned. I can only imagine the panic that would have ensured if I’d discovered the screw up after the stores started closing. Luckily, hubby works not far from Toys-R-Us and our main present situation was fixable. I had very few charitable words for either company. I hadn’t checked the Amazon boxes I’d gotten because I had never EVER had a problem with it before – I won’t make that mistake again.

Blondie and Pixie enjoyed everything they got, but of course the winning toy ended up not being one we got, but rather one my boss got them – a shopping cart with fake groceries. Below is a picture I was TRYING to take of Pixie…that Blondie decided to photo-bomb.

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And then there’s the other one, who’s nickname this morning will not be shared other than it includes the words “demon” and “hell”. Speaking of the Pixie…she burst out multiple times last night with the F-bomb. OMG, I nearly fell over laughing so hard because she just kept saying it. Apparently I need to rein in my temper/language a little bit more. Ooops.

The Bastard Company (a/k/a Dish Network)

Y’all know I bought a newly built home in April. We called Dish because we wanted to add a TV in our bedroom. Not only did the customer service rep who entered the order enter it wrong, the tech who showed up didn’t bother finishing the job and left THREE HOLES in our bedroom wall, along with cords hanging out of the cable box outside. He didn’t bother using his own tools (like a ladder), but rather used ours. He said he couldn’t finish it (after multiple smoke breaks AND just vanishing for 2 hours mid-job) and left without bothering to set up a return time OR even give us his # to follow-up with him.

Lets just say DISH got a nasty call from us. Supposedly, my situation (because of the holes in the wall) got me upgraded and forwarded to corporate. I spoke with someone in the “office of the president” – yeah, right, like I actually believe that – who said I would be contacted by a claims manager within two days. TWO FREAKING DAYS!!! Are you kidding me? They damaged my home. And lest ye doubt me, here is photographic evidence of the crap they did to my home.:

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Yes – the wall holes aren’t enormous, but I don’t give a rat’s backside. There was absolutely NO reason to cut THREE holes in my wall. I don’t CARE that he said he could cover them with a plate. They shouldn’t NEED to be covered.

So, yeah, I’m pissed and letting the world know how unhappy I am. The CSR I talked with today, as part of his resolving the situation – oooo, he deleted the $10 installation fee (ummm, yay?), and gave us three months of free Blockbuster (which he admits they’re getting rid of in 2015 – yay again, maybe?).

Should this situation have a good resolution, I will of course share that as gleefully as I am pissily sharing my ire.

Conclusion

So that’s me, that’s my life in a nutshell ATM. How about you? How was your Christmas? Got any New Year’s plans?

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Tory’s Friday Ramblings (11/22/13)

Holy moly, next week’s Thanksgiving! How is this possible? The year’s just zipping by and I blame the Shrimpettes for that! They just keep me hopping and I don’t have time to sit back and sip the coffee. Oh, wait, yes I do. That’s why I get up at 4:30 in the morning – to drink coffee in peace.

On Work

Yeah, I so got in trouble this week at work. Totally at fault for it, but I got a virus on my computer from listening to Pandora (who knew?). Dragon Lady was … peeved. I’ve never had the Dragon Lady peeved at me before and I not only got a stern talking to, but when she sent the obligatory email around reminding people about the no-social-media policy, I got called out publicly for what I’d done. Yeesh.

So, naturally I wanted to stay out of Dragon Lady’s way yesterday, even to the point of asking my boss “How long should I stay out of sight/hopefully out of mind?” I’m sure Dragon Lady’s still cranky about the situation, but she was joking around a bit with me on the rare occasions she did catch sight of me. My computer’s with the IT guys, so I had to retreat to our firm’s back-up computer (for dumb-asses who have their computers in the shop for one reason or another). And apparently, Dragon Lady found it hilarious that I decided to stay in there during lunch – hey it has a door, I was able to keep the light off, don’t judge – and it got labeled the “Computer Punishment Room”. To the point where Dragon Lady actually put up a sign!

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Of course everyone was laughing their butts off about it. I personally referred to the room as a “time out” room. Hey, I don’t mind being in time out – no one bothers me in time out. Well, at home anyway. At work … I felt a bit on display as several people came by and were giggling over the whole note thing. It probably doesn’t help the whole virus issue thing considering that I’m the “technical liaison” for the IT staff (basically, I’m the first line of defense if someone has computer issues).

Is everyone done laughing at me now? Okay, I’m not done laughing because I found the note really funny and while Dragon Lady might still be annoyed (I cost her money – never a good thing), but she was wise-cracking with me, so I don’t feel like I need to hide under my desk when she walks by.

On Writing

I’m just about done with my few days of letting Carved marinate. I made it through several steps of the Snowflake Method, and got really excited about the story again. OMG – Reny actually has legitimate emotional issues and solid GMC! Tom too! Holy crap. I don’t know if I’ve ever had things so clearly fall in place like that before. I’ve also gotten much clearer about the plotline than I was during the first-draft/fast-draft chaos. So YAY!

On the Shrimp

I did the Cub Scout camp out with the Shrimp last weekend. Okay, I’ll be honest. We were there only for Saturday, didn’t stay overnight either night, but I was recovering from the Cold From Hell. And the boy had tons of fun running around with the other little cub scouts and I had fun too. Primarily sitting in the Sorento, reading on my phone or working on Carved. It was heaven because I had 8+ hours of this quiet and calm. No little girls running in and out, pulling on me, demanding to sit on my lap, nada. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I leap at the chance to take him camping.

Hubby and I are perfect for each other in so many ways, as the camp out proves. He despises camping so much that he would rather stay home, with the holy twin terrors (who keep pulling down the gate meant to keep them from going up the stairs), deal with their meltdowns because he says no, deal with them not wanting to nap, changing poopy diapers, and watching too many baby cartoons … than go and have an entire day (or in normal cases, two full nights and a full day) of pure peace, quiet, and tranquility.

And here are some pictures of the Shrimp at the camp out. He rode a horse and roasted his own hot dog over the fire!

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