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?

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:

2014-10-03 04.53.19She’s cute and her hair is awesome. You get it even a little damp (aka walk out in the Florida humidity) and it goes aalllllll curly and stuff. Really, really springy sproingy spiral curls. Don’t have a good picture unfortunately.

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!

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 (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 Babble

Well, this is my very first post that’s specifically, solely on Word Press. Kinda nervous about it, but hey, why not? Gotta try new stuff some time, right?

Let’s see, what to talk about? Oh yeah, my post title. It’s because I’m waiting to hear back on the pitch. Yes, I know, publishers do not respond quickly, but that hasn’t stopped me from obsessively stalking my in-box.

I have to say, I absolutely despise waiting for anything. Well, except for Christmas. Waiting for Christmas, wondering what the kids will think of their gifts, plotting what to give the kids, and yes…I’ll be honest…wondering what Hubby got for me, it’s all awesome. Waiting for anything else, not so cool. I mean, c’mon, I was ready to be done being pregnant at my 8-week check-up with the twins. But then again, I’d been puking my guts up for weeks already at that point. Finding out I was pregnant with twins at that appointment was a shocker.

I’m sitting back from writing at the moment, plotting pretty much. I’ve got plot points for the second book in my Hearts of Stone series populating, I’ve got ideas on how to actually get the romance going in the first book of the series, and points in the first two book keep relating themselves to stuff I know has to happen in the third book in the series. This is quite a unique way of writing for me. Normally I write solely one book at a time, with no eye toward the future of the series. (As an aside – doing it the other way kind of leads to writing myself into a bit of a corner as demonstrated by how I left the Dream-Walker War after Book 3).

This time is very different. I got the idea for the three books all at once. It wasn’t just one character that popped into my head, it was all three of the heroines. I also got the names of a couple of their heroes. Now, to be fair, the match-ups have since changed (a lot). Heroine 1 (Rose) was originally Heroine 3 and slated to hook up with Hero 4 (yes, I’ve got an idea already for a book beyond the primary trilogy). Hero 4 (Gabe) was originally supposed to be Hero 1 and hook up with Rory. Yeah, that so didn’t happen, there was absolutely no spark between the two of them. So now my pairs go Rose/Cal (I so didn’t mean to use big names from Titanic, but remember, Rose wasn’t supposed to end up with Cal), Tom/Reny, Lucas/Rory and Gabe/Angela.

I also have a pair of Matthew/Madra, but that’s a novella.

It would probably help if I actually wrote more of this stuff down instead of keeping it stuffed into my head. I really need a world bible. And I need to create it before I get two books in (Dream-Walker War flashback there).

So, how about you, for you writers who read these posts? How do you come up with your plots? A big flash all at once, or do you get ideas piecing together as you go?

For readers – do you ever wonder about an author’s process?

Hope to hear from you!

Nine Years Married, One Year Published

Hey there, guys and gals! It’s been a while since I did just a “what’s going on with Tory” post. I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you and just posting interviews and stuff. I’d love to engage in more dialogue with all of you!

Anyway, like the post said, as of today I’ve been married for nine years (okay, technically it was yesterday that we hit 9 years). The picture above is the day we got married. When I got back from lunch yesterday, I found these on my desk:

Nice thing to come back to, right? Yup, not only does he give me flowers, but he’s given me beautiful children. Here are two of them, from last Friday night out at Red Lobster:

Yes, I know, Sam’s out of focus, but she’s so hyper, it’s hard to get her to stand still long enough to take a picture of her. The arm along the table is the giver of all my beautiful children and flowers. And it’s almost impossible to get a picture of my boy when he’s concentrating on something and not hamming it up. I’d rather get natural shots of him, because he has the goofiest “fake” picture smile.

And now for the other part. As of today, I have been a published author for one year. This is the book that started it all (and in it’s original form, which only one person has actually read, was what got me writing again).

Then came this one:

And then finally, just a little over a month ago, my favorite of the series in so may ways:

I’ve decided to give my vamps a rest. They’re currently trying to figure out what they’re going to do about what happened at the end of Prophecy. So, instead, I’ve turned my focus to an all-new world/set of stories. Frighteningly enough, I’ve got a vague idea of the entire series! And the heroes/heroines of ALL THREE BOOKS already named along with a small portion of their backstory.

Most shockingly, given my love of the undead (as seen in the Dream-Walker War)…vampires in this new world are utterly evil, frightening and horrific creatures! Back to their roots, as it were! Holy crap, it’s awesome. I have a new breed of creatures in line to be my heroes and heroines.

We shall see.

So, for readers among my followers – whatcha reading (I won’t be offended if it’s not one of my books), and for the writers, what’re you currently working on?

Friday Update

Wow, it’s been a long time since I did a post just from “me”, rather than an interview or spotlight! Sorry about that, but there’s been a lot going on. Here’s just a quick update:

  1. Back in March, I got pregnant.
  2. Went on vacation at the end of April (the first one just me and hubby in several years) because the in-laws (who came to help the first year with the girls) were getting ready to move out.
  3. The day before the in-laws moved out, I discovered my precious Little Bean was gone, so no more baby. ::sigh::
  4. In-laws moved out (YIPPY! house to ourselves!)
  5. The only good that came out of the loss of Little Bean was we discovered that my pacemaker needed replacing (I’d had it for 8+ years and when it was installed, I’d been told it would only last 3-5 years), so got it replaced at the end of last month.

On a writing note, I’ve been bumbling around, but if you look on the right side of the screen, you’ll see a couple of word-count meters. I finally got started on Dreams of Blood (Book 3 of the Dream-Walker War), but am struggling so am trying something new…outlining! Whoa. It’s freaky. Super Editor swears by it, but the jury’s still out. I haven’t gotten very far, but if it helps, I’ll try anything.

I’m also trying to do a short story for the Evernight Halloween anthology. It would be the shortest piece I’ve ever written (5-10k). I’d be writing about a character that gets mentioned in Blood Rage, Sheridan (who was the one who pushed for the Great Awakening). She was sixteen when she became a vampire and she’s got somethin’ going on with Christian DuBois, a mage-born. This is a great combination because, if you read my books, you know mage-born and vampires do NOT get along very well. Their relationship is kept pretty quiet because she initially met him in a class she was teaching (she’s got a doctorate in archaeology).

The girls are now 14.5 months old. Sheesh, where’s the time gone? They’re getting so big. Their teeth are coming in differently. Quite different in appearance – Sam’s quite dark with relatively little hair (it’s finally started growing in), and Jackie’s much paler with a mop-top of blonde hair.

Recent pictures of the girls as we came home from daycare!

Sammie (Twin B) 

Jackie (Twin A)
They’re such little angels…when they’re asleep. Then let Sam wake up and watch out! She still holds the title of Mistress I don’t believe in sleep. Along with Drama Queen, Mistress Piss & Vinegar, etc. Jackie’s much calmer, plodding, with an appalling tendency to climb on things. Jackie’s also the bigger twin, but don’t let size fool you. Sam’s the bundle of energy and she picks on Jackie (smacking her, stealing her toys, etc). Jackie lets her get away with it too. Every so often, she might protest, but more often she’ll wait until I’ve got Sam pinned for a diaper change and then come up and start poking at Sam’s belly button, which Sam hates.
Garrett just finished kindergarten ::sniff:: According to hubby, he was really sad yesterday when he got off the bus, ’cause he’s done with school. And this morning he was already saying he wished it wasn’t summer vacation. Hehe. Here’s a picture of him from about a month ago after a school production.
So how about you guys? What’s going on in your world these days?

No Thursday Word-Slingers – Just a post from me today

Just a quick note. Due to unforeseen circumstances (I didn’t get the interview back, or if I did it got eaten somewhere), I will not be hosting someone today. However, I’ll take this chance to list places I have visited over the past week or so. There are a few contests up and running, including one that closes tonight at 11:59p.

Interview with Nichelle Gregory
Interview and Giveaway with Avery Flynn – $5 gift card to 1 commenter, closing at midnight.
Interview with Kook’s Nook
What Makes Vampires Attractive to Readers at Carrie Any Ryan’s blog – $5 gift card or copy of Blood Rage (closing time unknown)

I think that’s it for me at the moment.

This is the last day to comment for a chance to win a copy of Zee Monodee’s latest book.
You still have a few days to comment for a chance to win a copy of Katherine Wyvern’s book, Black Carnival.

Update on me! (Yes, I’m sure you’re all beside yourselves with curiosity as to how my life’s going).
I finished round 1 of edits on Blood-Mage Rising yesterday. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been somewhat absent the past few weeks. I had to do major surgery in places on my baby to remove a plotpoint that Super Editor thought detracted from the whole (and she was right, of course). I’m waffling over another issue, but I’ll wait to hear back on that.

Twins are being brats lately, though in different ways. Jackie’s been cranky (and per MIL, it’s not just in the evenings). The going theory is that Sam has been bullying her and she’s doesn’t like it. And when I say bullying, I’m not kidding. Sam may look incredibly tiny and sweet and innocent…but she’s a little demon! Example: the other day, she was playing with a nerf gun the Shrimp left out. Jackie toddled into my lap for a cuddle and Sam whacked her on the head with it. Jackie of course was less than pleased and so I was cuddling her to calm her down. Sam crawls over and, looking up at me for a moment before doing it, she reached out and STOLE Jackie’s pacifier. Jackie looked at me, as if to say “What the heck?!” and then her little face crumpled and she started bawling. To add insult to injury, Sam spit the pacifier out after about 2 seconds, her point having been that she could and would take it, not that she actually wanted it.

They’re no longer on formula. Sam drinks whole milk and I have to keep Jackie on almond milk. She gets completely stopped up if she drinks regular milk it appears. Yikes.

Garrett’s doing great with his first year in school.

And I think that’s it!

What’s going on in your life?

What Next?

I’ve submitted Blood-Mage Rising (aka Blood War), and am currently in no-man’s land, waiting to hear back on whether it’ll be accepted. I honestly don’t know what to expect. It’s classified as UF.

So, while I wait (which if history holds, it shouldn’t be too much longer before I hear back one way or the other) I’m trying to decide what to work on next. There’s always book 3 in the Dream-Walker War series, but I don’t know if Book 2 will be accepted, so do I really want to come up with something that might be dead on arrival?

There’s also the futuristic spin-off series to plot/work on. That’s rough because DWW’s not finished yet, so I don’t know precisely how the world went to hell.

I could always traipse back to paranormal romance. I’m considering a couple of shorter works set in the same alternate reality, not directly related to the DWW series. At least I’d know the setting.

So, in short, I’m adrift.  I need a new project.

In the mean time, I’ve been busy setting up the new series of Word-Slinger interviews, sending the first couple of posters their interview questions.  Look for the first in the series to pop up on January 19 and each Thursday thereafter (save one who’s requested to go on Wednesday instead).

I’ve also started scheduling guest appearances for me on other blogs, which I’m nervous about. This promotion thing is hard! Yes, I like talking about myself, but actually asking people to let me come on their blogs? Eeeeep! Stay tuned for announcements for when I’m blogging elsewhere. That should be fun, right?

Have a great weekend and a safe and happy New Years. I’ll be posting on the 2011/2012 goals issue tomorrow night! Also, Six Sentence Sunday returns. Must get the post ready for that too.

Real Life Interference

As you regular followers know, I’ve been working on the second draft of Blood War.  As you might also have gathered, it is not going well.  I’ve been stuck at approximately the halfway point for almost a week at this point.  Yes, part of it appears to be writer’s block, and the rest is reality eating away time.

I try to get up somewhere between four and five to write.  Not necessarily a bad plan, but unfortunately, about half the time I have two hungry little girls who seem to think they need to wake up and be fed at some point in that two hour period.  And then yesterday, when I actually got up at 5, expecting them to sleep for another hour or two, I got my laptop up and running, opened Word…and fell asleep, sitting up on the couch, staring at the screen.

I try to get to work a half hour early or so, to squeeze in a little more writing time then, but that too has not gone well of late.  For the past week, I’ve been having to clock in early to make up time for being out one afternoon, and this week for two days I had to take the boy to the bus stop so I didn’t get to work until a half hour after my  normal clock-in time (8a).

Lunch is another prime time to work.  For the past week and a half, I’ve been either not taking a lunch break at all, or only 15-20 minutes, again to make up time I had to be off.  Or, in this week’s case, to make up for coming in half an hour late so I could still get home on time.  The in-laws are out of the state, so the husband and I are splitting the week at home with the twins.  I had to bring home beer on Monday to soothe his shattered nerves.  Heh.  I fully expect beer brought home today or tomorrow for my shattered nerves as today starts my 3-day stint at twin-care alone.

Once I get home, I barely have a chance to check email until after 8 (when all youngsters are in bed).  Then, hubby gets pissy if I don’t watch tv sans laptop, so not much time there.  I’m about to tell him pick two days a week that he wants me to watch with him, and the rest I’m going to write.  But by that hour, given when I get up, I’m falling asleep by 9 or so.

And let’s not even talk about the weekends.    The twins almost never sleep during the day at the same time.  Mistress Never Sleeps (aka Sammie, Twin B) rarely naps for more than 30 minutes at a time and other than her first up stint in the morning, goes bonkers if you’re not paying attention to her (as in on the floor, actually next to her, interacting in some fashion).  Mistress Crawly-Pants (aka Jackie, Twin A) loves her naps and plays happily by herself for long periods of time.  Oh, and she’s rolling/worming her way everywhere now.  It shouldn’t be long until she’s properly crawling.  Boy we’ll be in trouble then.

And then of course, the lil’ darlin’s are still getting up once in the night most of the time (somewhere between midnight and 4…it varies widely).

Ya know, if I didn’t actually need 5-6 hours sleep, I might get some writing time in. 

So, how do all of you deal with finding time to write?