Tory’s Friday Ramblings (10/3/14)

Happy Friday everyone. I know, it’s been a few weeks and I’m sorry. I just really haven’t had much to talk about. I still don’t have much, but I’ll ramble on for a bit anyway.

Pupocalypse

When last we posted, Rue was just about to join the house. She’s now a member of the family. This is a picture from this morning:

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Here’s from the first day we had her:

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Children

Going camping this weekend with the boy. First camp out of the year for the Boy Scouts. On a good note, we finally broke down and bought a tent so we could stop borrowing the pack’s. It’s taller and bigger than the borrowed one, which will be nice. It’s pretty easy to put up too, thank goodness. Not sure how the rain sheet goes on on top, but I’ll get someone to help me figure it out.

Pixie loves having her picture taken and will, like her brother did before her, grab my phone and say, “Take a picture, Mommy.” Here’s one from this morning:

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She is also becoming a bit of a smart aleck. I was trying to eat and get to scouts with Shrimp on Monday. She hadn’t eaten any of her sandwich, just her chips, and I told her she hadn’t even touched her sandwich. So…she reached out and tapped the sandwich.

Sigh. I wonder where she gets that from. God, I get how grandkids are a parents’ revenge now. I’m so sorry, Mommy.

Blondie is still blondie. Silly and adorable. She transformed from Cousin It (aka bangs down to her nose) back into herself last weekend courtesy of a trim.

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And for the first time, we finally bought them clothes from the girls aisle, rather than the toddler/baby rack.

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Don’t look much alike, do they? Sigh.

Writing

Still waiting to hear whether or not my rewrite on Locked is a go or no go. Argh. Still can’t get much purchase on Carved’s rewrite, but I’ve definitely revised the characters themselves. Sarah actually gained a personality and a life of her own rather than being the timid little mouse.

Conclusion

That’s pretty much it. Hope you have a great weekend. I’ll let you know how the camp-out went!

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Tory’s Random Ramblings (4/4/14)

Okay peeps, let’s get back to a more normal “random” ramblings today.

The House

Big news since last time. WE CLOSE TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!So help me, if I could make that phrase blink like you used to be able to do in HTML, I would. I’ll suffice by making it bold. Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m bragging. OMG, I’m soooo happy we’re finally going to get the house we’ve been watching be built. The kitchen is amazing, and as soon as I can get in there (they’ve kept it locked so I’ve only been able to look through the windows for the past month), I’ll get pictures.

The fridge was the last thing to go in and, as of yesterday, it was finally in! YAY!

The Headphones

According to hubby, I’ll have them today. Yippy! Sad, but true, I’m that psyched about a headset (see post from a couple days back).

Exercise

Slightly different topic. As you may/may not be aware, I’m trying to work on my weight problem. I’ve discovered I’m strangely finding walking/jogging enjoyable, something I’ve never enjoyed in the past. However, I also have a history of not sticking with anything. So, to help me motivate myself, I actually signed up to do a 3 mile walk for the American Heart Association. And, to make it even more embarrassing (for me), I’m going to ask for donations from friends and family.

If you’re curious (and let’s face it, in my egotistical little world, everyone’s curious to know everything about me), you can visit this site to see my “tale” about why I’m walking: AHA Walk Jacksonville.

Hope you’ll drop by and see my story (and if you’re feeling really generous – no, I don’t mean you AS, I haven’t sunk that low – feel free to help my cause!).

The Kids

The Shrimp turned eight last weekend and we had a birthday party. There was a cake, pizza, and little boys running around our house. He was thrilled with the party. We did, however, buy waaaaay too much pizza. Hubby went on the assumption that everyone’s kids eat like our kid. And I’ll be honest, Shrimp can put away an entire pizza by himself if we let him (we don’t). So we ordered 9 medium pizzas from Dominos.

We could have made do with 3.

We ate pizza for dinner that night, lunch the next day, and breakfast for a couple of days (in the case of my husband). If I pizza any time in the next few weeks, I will not be a happy camper.

The Shrimpettes loved the balloons and “helped” the Shrimp open some of his cards. I didn’t notice what they were doing until they had already opened them. Ooops. Hehe.

On Writing

On a good note, crit-partner extraordinaire AS liked what she saw of Carved. I’m pleased with that even though I’m not sure I like what I have of Carved. However, I’m clearly biased in the matter as I felt it was unreadable and a mishmash, and she said she liked it better than Locked, and she likes Locked.

I wanna write something else. I wanna go back to my Jordan and Chris (vampires/Dream-Walker War). They’re familiar, comfortable, like old pajamas (“jamas” according to Shrimpette B). And AS does not like Prophecy, says it’s too complicated and too much crammed in in a short space. Hrmph. I may rewrite the whole thing, but I’m still waiting to see if agent lady is interested in repping that series or if it’s forever consigned to the wilds of my Dropbox files.

Ah well, that’s life.

Conclusion

That’s pretty much it for me today. I’m not on my normal comp right now, so no pictures to upload, though I have some from the Shrimp’s b-day party.

Have a great week everyone and feel free to share what your plans are (I’m kicking hubby out for a couple of hours to go watch Captain America: Winter’s Soldier).

Tory’s Friday Ramblings (2/21/14)

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a fabulous week. Mine wasn’t so great in places, that’s for sure. I had pink-eye! Good grief, what an unpleasant experience THAT was. The only saving grace of it was I was off work for two days (Monday/Tuesday) and on Tuesday, I had the entire house to myself (no husband, kids, anything but me, the dog, and the cat) for 9 whole hours!

It. Was. Awesome.

Okay, happy times, happy times. Moving right along into our normal topics.

On Writing

Finally starting to move past my block (for the moment) with Sarah and Tom. I’ve gotten over 5k words in this week, which given my track record recently, that’s quite something. Maybe the bribe I put in place (for every 5k I write on Carved, I can write up to 5k on another project) is working. Who knows, but at least things are moving forward finally!

My old sociopathic vampire buddy, Jordan MacNaught (from my currently-dead Dream-Walker War series) is starting to make his presence in my thoughts known and ask for me to move along with that particular storyline. I left him and Chris in a rather interesting place mentally and he’d really like to finish saving the world so his life can go back to (for him) normal.

So, we’ll see how all that shakes out in the weeks/months to come. I’m still awaiting a verdict from Agent Lady on whether she thinks the series can be placed somewhere or if it should just be shoved under a mattress and forgotten.

On Family

Wow – one month and one day from now the girls will be 3. THREE! My God, where has the time gone? And yet they’re still not completely speaking English. Jackie still goes off on her little babble babble Sammie bite babble babble tangents. It’s so frustrating, especially when she has a serious look on her face, as if whatever she’s saying is very important to her and I can’t understand her! And seriously, there’s very little actual biting going on any more. They seem to have mostly gotten over that, although accusations of biting still are pretty common.

One month and eight days from now, my baby boy will be eight. Eight years old. Yowser. I still remember the day he was born oh-so-well. And he was soooo little. It was the only time in his life where his measurements hit the perfect 50/50 mark for height/weight percentiles. Within two months his weight shot up and eventually his height did too. Ahh, I miss my little Buddha baby.

And then, eight days after that, the hubby turns the big 4-0. Yup, 40! Muahaha, and he’s been sulking over that for the past year. Tragically, I am not allowed to get him a vulture cake. Below is along the lines of what I’d totally get him if I could get away with it. Except it would say “Josh” not “John” obviously. Unfortunately, dire consequences for MY 40th have been threatened if I do anything along these lines, and I fully believe him. He’s sneaky.vulture4011t

 

The House

Woot woot! We have painted walls and exterior, and exterior trim! But it didn’t happen all at once. Here’s what we found Monday when we went by the house:

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As you can see, they’ve started putting in the trim, and they painted the walls and ceiling. They even hung the interior doors. YAY!

Then, Wednesday, they painted the exterior trim. Woot woot!

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The garage door has been hung, but I don’t have a picture of that because when I got the other pictures, the garage door was up (as you might be able to tell from the picture). I could see it though! And when I walked by this morning on my walk, it was down. And yay!

Conclusion

All right, this has been a long post and lots of pictures. Time to pack it in (and get ready for work tragically).

Question of the day: Are birthdays clustered close together in your family or far apart (as you can see, I have 4 birthdays in 15 days, and then there’s me…out in October).

Tory’s Friday Ramblings (12/20/13) (Beacon #contest update included)

Happy Friday, everyone!

House

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? Well, they were supposed to pour the foundation a couple days ago, but due to some rain, there was a failed inspection and so thus far, they haven’t gotten the slab poured. However, everything’s in place to do so, as evidenced by these pictures:

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I’m totally weird, but utterly psyched to be seeing construction move forward. We have a tentative timeline for the building process now. Frame up at the end of December, frame orientation (whatever that is) end of January, and possible closing end of April. So…YAY! Timelines are good!

On Writing

ARGH! I hate waiting. And yes, I’m waiting to hear something. It keeps getting pushed back on me, but they swore it would be this week. Nada yet, so…yeah. Probably not going to happen this week, but oh well. I’m fairly certain it will be good news, one way or another given I haven’t gotten bad news yet and bad news travels fast, but one never knows. I’ve got my fingers crossed. Yes, deets will be provided once/if I get them.

I did hear on something else though. I’m going to be an intern at Entangled Publishing. I’m really happy about that. I’ve long wanted to see the other side of the publishing process, and now I’ll get a peek at what it’s all about. I got the email when I got up this morning that I’d been accepted. Yaaaay! I’ll be one of four new interns to the phenomenal Candace Havens, publishing diva extraordinaire (she writes and gets published many many books, edits, and has a day job along with a family – and you people thought I was overloaded in all that I do…yeah, Candace so leaves me in the dust).

On Family

Shrimp had his winter awards ceremony for Cub Scouts this week. I finally got him his new Scout uniform (literally put the emblems on less than an hour before the ceremony – yeesh). It was fun, though the Shrimpettes were a handful.

Some pictures for your pleasure:

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He’s just getting so big. My lil’ boy isn’t so little any more. And the girls are goobers. Busy, bouncy, crazy goobers. And all three are all MINE! You can’t have them. Hehe. Yes, I can be fond of them right now – they’re asleep, and thus quiet. Such a rare thing in this house, quiet.

Beacon Contest Update

Yes, I take shameless advantage of my own blog to do stuff like this. I’m not too proud to pimp for my chapter from time to time. We have the winners at long last and they’ve all been notified. This information will be posted shortly on the First Coast Romance Writer’s website shortly as well.

Contemporary Series (Agent Marisa Corvisiero, Editor Christine Brower)
1st – The Ren by Sarah Bailey**
2nd – Finding Home by Bonnie Forsythe**
3rd – Imperfect Gentleman by Natalie Meg Evans*

FFP (Agent Andrea Somberg, Editor Kerri-Leigh Grady)
1st – A Rip in Time by Helen Pilz*
2nd – Blood Pain & Pleasure by Nadine Mutas*
3rd – Sanctuary by J.K. Hover**

Erotic Romance (Agent Beth Miller, Editor Linda Ingmanson)
1st – His Law to Obey by Reagan Phillips**
2nd – Rules for Burning by Chloe Carson**
3rd – Breaking all the Rules by Virginia Paige**
4th – An Altered State of Betrayal by Bonnie Madison

Historical Romance (Agent Laura Bradford, Editor Elizabeth Poteet)
1st – Deal With the Devil by Cindy St. James**
2nd – Fool’s Gold by Cari Davis
3rd – Winds of Fate by Elizabeth Bysiek**

Single Title (Agent Rebecca Strauss, Editor Kate Dresser)
1st – Why Can’t This Be Love? by Lee Kilraine**
2nd – Second Chance in Sweetgrass by Megan Coakley*
3rd – Goodbye to Love by Carla Kempert
4th – The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse*

Romantic Suspense (Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan, Editor Allison Lyons)
1st – Worth Running For by Kairee Taylor
2nd – Not Quite Legal by Christina Elle
3rd – Dangerous Dreams by Abbie Roads**

Women’s Fiction (Agent Michelle Grajkowski, Editor Leis Pederson)
1st – One More Breath by Pamela Kopfler**
2nd – Glory Glory the Majorettes are Forty by Linda Bond
3rd – Holding at Love by Judy Fogarty**

Young Adult (Agent Kevan Lyons, Editor Rebecca Kilman)
1st – Macha by Barbara Gerr**
2nd – Silk by Louise Cusack*
3rd – Descent by Kathleen McMahon

* Synopsis Requested
** Full Requested

We’d like to thank our judges at this time as well, most especially the phenomenal Ms. Kilman, who stepped up at the last minute when another judge had to drop out.

Congratulations winners!

In Conclusion

Sorry this post was so long this week, but had a lot of stuff to get out. So – are you guys ready for Christmas? What are you doing for the big day? Talk to me, pretty please?

Tory’s Friday Ramblings (9/27/13)

Happy Friday, everyone!  The weather’s finally shifting here in Florida and it’s actually cooled down outside. It would have been a great morning to go for a walk (which I’m trying to do more of to return to my weight loss regime), but instead I told myself I needed to work on Locked.  Yeah, I got some done on it, but not as much as I should have thus far.

On Writing

I gotta gotta gotta focus on writing so much so I can finish it this weekend. As you can see from my progress widget to your right, I definitely jumped forward this week. I’m coming to the climactic series of scenes to bring it to an end at last. In fact, I’ve finally brought the heroine’s mother back, which has been the driving force behind the character of Rose since the get-go. Unfortunately, it is not going to be a happy reunion. I’m looking forward to the big battle between Cal (the hero) and one of the many villains of the book. That’s only in part for the battle itself. I also get to bring in a full angel to the fight and finally resolve some of Cal’s haunting fears and regrets. Yay!

On Work

Ummm, it’s work. Not much to share, though I have to say even though I might grumble (a lot) about my boss and her quirks (like swearing she game me something and getting pissed when I argue that she hadn’t), but she’s also quick to acknowledge when she’s wrong and apologizes (as long as I point out her error when she’s had a chance to stop being pissed). Yes, that happened this week. We work together well, for the most part.

On Family

Oh, wow. The shrimpettes are just very quickly adding to their vocabulary. I’m so happy to hear them actually getting words out in English instead of toddlerese. Granted, Jackie will still go off in long babbling sentences where literally one or two words is decipherable, the rest just gibber jabber (Example: blah blah blah Mommy blah blah blah bite!) You know she’s telling you something she finds important, because she staring right at you with a very serious expression on her face and I can’t understand her! ARGH!

Shrimp is doing okay for the most part in school. His progress report was good, except for the B in behavior. ::sigh:: Unfortunately, little incidents like letting his drool dribble out onto the carpet do get him in trouble. ::facedesk:: Oy. But he’s a lot of fun when he plays with the girls like they’ve been doing lately. He wants to be their big brother so much. He gave them horsie rides this week and man, oh man, Sam was lovin’ it. See for yourself:

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Jackie got rides too, but she couldn’t stay on as well as Sammie did. Sorry the picture’s a bit blurry, but that was the best I could do.

Anyway, that’s enough for me for the week. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and keep your fingers crossed on my finishing the book from hell (aka Locked in Stone, my nemesis for six months now).

In closing, check out my beautiful children:

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Friday Ramblings a Day Early. Post 400!

Okay, so it’s not Friday, but I have a post set to post tomorrow and I wanted to be sure to acknowledge my 400th blog post!  Woohoo! I never expected I’d actually keep blogging, and it’s definitely been a growing/learning experience as I figured out what worked for me. Tragically, given I moved from Blogger to WordPress, I have almost no official audience any more. It’s very sad. 😦 But hopefully I’ll get more followers as time goes by.

On Writing

I swear, Locked in Stone, my current WIP, simply just doesn’t want to be finished. On a good note, I’m at 58k or so (see the side-bar for current word count). I also have a distinct idea of where I’m going. Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of a battle scene and I hate writing those. Almost as much as I dislike writing sex scenes. Happily, Locked doesn’t have any sex. The main two characters do fall for each other, but it’s a mutual respect/love thing, not physical for the most part. I couldn’t/wouldn’t justify having sex when they pretty much just meet and the story takes place over approximately 4 days (so only 6 days after the heroine’s mother was killed).

I wanted to finish this by next Monday, and was on track to do that (averaging close to 6k/day), but I’ve taken 2 days off, so yeah, not gonna happen. Still have hopes of getting this done and possibly submitted by my birthday (October 2). We shall see. Silly to be racing like this, but I’m feeling good about what I have written and have a clear path to the end. It just may not be at 90k like I thought (ahhh, what a silly dream, to think I’d write shorter than 95-100k, hehe).

On Parenting

Oy. That’s pretty much what I have to say on that matter. Sammie has been particularly trying of late. Yes, I know, she frequently is, but last weekend into Monday was REALLY bad. She’d been dropped into the “Demon Spawn Who Will Not Be Named” category, which happens when I’m absolutely fed up with her.  She has temper tantrums that are super bad and so frustrating because I can’t figure out why she’s upset. Oh, I can usually identify the sparking point, but why I can’t get her to calm down, I still don’t know.

Jackie, on the other hand, for the most part, is amenable and quiet. Really quiet.

At least both of them are definitely stringing words into sentences AT LAST! I was getting really worried about that, since they’re almost two and a half now (Sunday marks 2.5 years).

Garrett is happy to be back in Cub Scouts for the year. It’s his only external activity, so I’m happy for him. I just hate going to the meetings. But this year is definitely better than last. He’s a wolf cub now, and they seem to expect/need very little interaction at the meetings. I’m not feeling guilty for holing up with a book while they’re doing scouting stuff like I did last year.

On Housing

We signed a contract back in May to get a house built in the subdivision we live in. The only change in the lot since that time has been the placement of a “sold” sign. Nothing else. Turned out we needed to finish our credit repair course (done through the builder’s home-buyer club) before they’d move on and start building. Well, we are FINALLY moving forward. Our credit (read here my credit) is finally to the point where they’ll accept us. The loan officer is actually mailing us the loan application and list of documentation needed. So, hopefully I’ll be able to start posting pictures soon to show the building progression.

All right. As always, I’ll finish off with a picture or three of uber-cute twins (I don’t get non-posed shots of Garrett very often). Have a great day every one!

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Tory’s Friday Ramblings 9/6/2013

Top of the Friday mornin’ to you! Let’s see if I’ve got anything to get out.

Baseball

RaysWe’re down to the final month of the season. After battling their way to the top after a wretched start, the Rays went through a streak where they lost 8 out of 10 games. So, yeah, they’re not doing so well at the moment, but I still haven’t given up on them! But, that being said, if the Rays don’t go to the playoffs, I still will be okay with the season’s workings as long as the Skankees don’t go either. Heh.

On Writing

Still stuck where I was, though I’ve gotten a whole scene written. ::eye roll:: But it was a new scene! And I think I’m going to take a piece-meal approach and write out the scenes on the scene list, then worry about perfect connections and all that later.  Oy. Why, oh why, do Rose and Cal hate me so? Worse yet, why is my British sociopath starting to talk to me again. He’s done! Mostly.  I’ve just had a lot on my mind lately, I guess, what with the Beacon, and my job situation, and all that stuff that has to do with life going forward. Still, excuses excuses, I know. Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard.

Still waiting on the response from the publisher. The fact that I haven’t heard is almost making me think they might actually be considering it. I know others who pitched and submitted around the same time I did, and they’ve already gotten their rejections back, and in their case they’d submitted a full whereas I submitted a proposal. So, who knows? Only time will tell.

On Parenting

All of last week, I told the Shrimpettes they couldn’t get sick until the weekend. Well, apparently Shrimpette A listened to me and she turned up at 9p Friday night with a 103 fever.  She also overlooked the implied “get better before the work week comes around” and had me off on Tuesday while she finished recovering. Oy. That was not my idea of a fun 3-day (or 4-day as it worked out) weekend. And right now, my system’s trying to decide whether or not the bug she handed over to me is going to win and send me down and out for a couple of days.

I took the Shrimp to the birthday party of a friend of his – the first birthday party I’ve taken him to in quite some time, and it was held at a place call O2BKids. Awesome play-place. Got some great pictures of him, two of which I shall of course share ’cause that’s what I do. And yes, he is playing Mrs. Pac-Man. I was so happy to see him play an old-fashioned game. Sorry it’s a bit blurred but he was very into what he was doing.

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That’s pretty much it for the week, I guess. Not much to report in my world. Lord, I’ve got a boring life. I shall leave you with a relaxed picture…sleeping Shrimpettes!

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Yup, I’m alive! And doing reviews now!

Honest, I really am. I’m just in a funk, but it comes and goes. There are going to be some changes on the blog in the upcoming weeks/months. I’m going to try to get back to a once or twice a week chatty post. I’m also going to (drumroll please) be posting reviews! I do reviews under a pen name at a couple of sites (well, down to one now), but I’m going to start posting my own reviews.

No, this is not going to evolve/devolve into a review site. I have no interest in that. But I do like to read and I want to give back to the writing community, so doing reviews off NetGalley (I will consider reviewing if an author cares to email me and ask). I’ve got three already in the works (translation: I’ve read the books and am writing the reviews, but they can’t go up until closer to the September publication date) and I’m constantly perusing the NetGalley books for more.

We took the Shrimpettes and Shrimp to the beach this past weekend.

As you might guess, it’s harder to get Sam (dark hair) to stand still enough to capture. Jackie, on the other hand…Yeah. She’s still my lazy girl, but that’s okay.
I’m going to have a cardiac ablation done next week. Seems my heart’s been misfiring for almost a year now and I didn’t realize it (just been tired, but I’m used to that and it’s easy to blame my insomniac ways), though the pacemaker caught the issue. I found out when I finally had my check-up this week (something hubby nagged me about for months before I gave in and went). Either the procedure will be next week or July 19. I’ll know later today it seems.
Writing’s almost non-existent, but for the first time I’ve actually written down 5 distinct different story ideas. I don’t normally have more than one at a time. I’m still poking at my Hearts of Stone books, though I shifted from what turned out to be book 3 (Rory’s story) to Rose’s story. Interesting dynamics there. I just have a pushy hero from book 3 who keeps trying to take control and collect all the women for himself.
And that’s it for me today. Hope I’ve still got some people out there who read the blog. 🙂
Have a great Thursday everyone!

Fun Times and Down Time

Hi everyone. Yeah, I’m not so good at the blogging any more. Sorry about that, but hope there are a few people who still come by and like hearing from me.

Living in Jacksonville, there’s a lot to do sometimes (and sometimes not). We have the Jacksonville Jaguars for NFL football, a minor-league farm team for the Miami Marlins (the Jacksonville Suns) and then an Arena Football team, the Jacksonville Sharks. The Shrimp, for his final “camp-out” of the year with the Cub Scouts (he’s getting his tiger-cub badge tonight) got to go to a Sharks game and then sleep on the arena floor. This of course meant I had to sleep on the floor too, but that part wasn’t that bad, all things told.

Here are some pictures from the fun times and of my beloved dorky Shrimp.

It was a lot of fun and after the game, we got to get autographs and take pictures of and with some of the Sharks players (I took some pictures of the cheerleaders for my husband – hehe). The big red thing is “Chum”, the Sharks’ mascot. And after the autograph signing, they played Wreck It, Ralph on the Jumbo-Tron screen, which was pretty cool.

 Yup, there are actually several shots of me, believe it or not. I’ve lost almost 40 pounds and I feel so much better even if I still have what feels like an infinity more weight to shed before I’m done. It’s slow, but I’m going to get there and I’m doing it without suffering (food-wise).

The exercise is even sort of addicting, I’ve discovered. I don’t know why, but I’m getting to like it. Oh, it still hurts my feet like heck, but I want to go longer, faster, harder. And I’m up to about 3.6 miles now in the morning. Lesson learned though: DON’T WALK 3.5 miles in early June during the middle part (read here hottest part) of the day. Ugh, that was NOT a fun thing. I also had my first experience with sweat-soaked clothes. Wow. Icky. But I felt better for having walked, after I cooled down and got some water in me.

Writing. Um. That’s a hobby I used to do. But in all seriousness, maybe it’ll come back. I think I know part of the reason I was struggling with Rory/Lucas’s story, and that’s that theirs wasn’t supposed to be the first of the three. So, I’m going to take a look at Rory’s sisters and see if Rose will step up to the bat. A plot’s presented itself, and it’s an actual (sort of) plot, not just a “here’s the characters, what do you think they should do” sort of thing.

Add in I’ve got a more solid idea what I’d like to do for the Dream-Walker War Book 4, and things may finally unlock. It’d be nice.

And now, finally, because I want to share the cuteness that are my Shrimpettes, here are the obligatory twin pictures.

Writing, Weight Loss and Life

Hey there everyone.

As you may have noticed, my Word-Slingers posts have slowed down. That’s because I’m winding down my time as a blog-tour host. I don’t feel like I’m getting enough views to make it worth the authors’ time, and very rarely do they get any comments, so, I just think it’s best if I withdraw from that.

It does mean I might post more personal stuff again. Since I’m not really promoting my own work any more either (yeah, because the people who come here have already bought my stuff or decided they DON’T want to buy my stuff, and I’d rather not waste my time and yours with constant regurgitation), that leaves me with talking about my family and current projects more. 🙂

On Writing
As you can see from the ticker to your right, my current WIP is still floundering along. I’m past the half-way mark (FINALLY). I’m getting a much better feel for who the characters are and I think that’s going to make the second draft run much better (though it’ll take substantial work to get it into fighting shape). It’s turned into a three-person POV urban fantasy. You’ve got Rory, the (relatively speaking) wide-eyed innocent who’s dragged into a supernatural world she didn’t know existed, Gabe, the loner who’s ignored the supernatural world he knew existed because he didn’t feel he had a part in it, and Lucas, the leader figure of the North American contingent of good guys in said supernatural world.

There are plenty of secondary characters. And no, I haven’t been able to post either snippets or talk about specifics. I’m trying to keep the story idea mostly under wraps because I think it’s a really BIG idea and I’m protecting it. Hehe. Once I get an agent and/or contract, I’ll share more. Because yes, I am planning on trying to go the agent route once more.

On Weight Loss
Yup, it’s still going on! 33 pounds down as of last week, and I suspect I’ll have another 1-2 pounds this week. I got this little device called a Fitbit One (pedometer+) and discovered I’m more active than I thought. Granted, I’m not off running marathons, but I never will. I have no interest in running. Walking is enough for me (for now). I’ve added in climbing stairs. My fitness goal for the month of May is to be able to walk up all eight flights of stairs in the parking garage without stopping. Small, pathetic goal, but great for pushing my cardio. I’m up to about 5 flights in one shot now, and I’m climbing between 10 & 20 flights of stairs a day (when added all up). I’d like to get that number closer to 50 a day, but that’ll take time.

As the saying goes, weight loss and fitness isn’t a sprint, but rather a marathon. Okay, so maybe it’s not an official saying, but it works for me. I really want to make this lifestyle change permanent.

And, for the record, I’m doing it without starving myself. Honest to goodness, I’m eating between 1800 and 2000 calories a day and losing at a really nice pace (1-2 pounds a week).

On Life
Let’s see. Screamin’ Demon Sam is settling down some. We found a way of keeping her in her room until she falls asleep so that battle’s been won. Yay for parenting. Jokin’ Jackie is still as big a ham as ever. I swear, that girl lives to make me laugh. She’ll squinch-face and/or stink-eye me for no reason other than because she knows it’ll make me giggle. And yes, seeing your little toddler give you the stink-eye is HILARIOUS when it’s not because she’s actually pissed at you. And of course, let’s not leave out Garrett, my trouble-maker son. He loves tattling on the girls. Oy. But he’s getting into video games now, so that’s helpful for keeping him from driving us TOTALLY insane. Just partially. Heh.

All right, enough babble for this week. Here’s your twin-pic of the week. Sorry, no Garrett pictures. The boy rarely lets me take a picture of him without a goofy, obviously fake, grin.