Thursday, December 8, 2016

BLOG NAME CHANGE AND THEN SOME

Well hello there strangers!
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How ye do?

In case you haven't noticed I've been MIA. Really, I've been MRH. Moving, Renovating, Homeschooling.  Those three things can take a lot out of you. I'm exhausted and ready for life to lighten up so I can get back to being my simple old self. Writer, Hello Kitty obsessed, lover of decorating and outfits that make me gasp or want to twirl, sparkle diva, pet snuggler, and professional belly laugher.
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Okay. I might have made up that last one.

So here is the low down on what's been going on in my wee lil life ...

I moved into a new house and did a full renovation. It was dated but the bones were good, the neighborhood great, and the lot fairly private for a gated community. It took over a month and we couldn't live in the house because it was a dusty, dirty construction site. So we kept our other house and lived in it until the renovations were done, because paying for two mortgages makes so much more sense than paying for one. Am I right?
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Fortunately, that house is about to sell. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Can I get an amen?
And while carrying that puppy for the last, oh five or six months, has been fun--not--at the time it was necessary to save me from an allergy infested inhabitable construction zone. Have I ever mentioned I'm allergic to the world?
When I was diagnosed the allergist said, "Congratulations, you're allergic to everything except for shellfish and peanuts."
My reply, "Well, I'm part Polish so it makes sense."
We both had a good laughed and I left with a list of things I should avoid. To name a few: pollen, mold, dander, ragweed, potatoes, yeast, chocolate, mushrooms, cheese, wine, bees. I tucked that crushing list into my purse, zipped up my bubble, and rolled on outside.
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Once the renovation was complete and the new house more gorgeous (gorgy) than I imagined, we moved in and, for sh*ts and giggles, decided to renovate the pool and backyard. Because we're wild like that. Haaay!
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What a nightmare! The pool and patio renovation was so much worse than redoing the interior of the house. We hired a lying POS who made our life hell for three months--until we fired him. We then hired a new company to finish and fix what the first lying POS left. Thankfully, that ended a week ago. Yes, you heard that right. A week ago! Did I say we started the reno (not new construction of a pool, just renovations on the existing pool and patio) in August? August! Deep breath in. Release.
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Feel better? Me too.

While dealing with all that my hubby got a new job, a big new job with big new stress and it requires him to travel a lot. Too much. Waah! Where are you? Where's Waldo?  I forgot your face. What do you look like again, hubby?
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To my relief, hubby won't be traveling as much after the new year. YAY!

And, I almost forgot the homeschooling part. In the midst of all that crap--moving, reno, new job, two mortgages, pool reno from hell--my youngest son switched from private school to homeschool. Because, you know, we didn't think we had enough on our plates. We like a challenge and to multitask. What's a move, renovation, new job, sale of a former home, and homeschooling? Nothing. Easy peasy. A walk in the park. A piece of cake. A slice of pie.
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WRONG! I feel like death, reborn and then killed again. Death twice over--or is that death over easy? My writing has slowed waaayyyyy down, like a granny doing a backward crab crawl. You're welcome for that mental image. BUT, for me to be writing here again means my life is finding a new normal, or a new form of crazy. Either way, I hope to keep this up and post regularly.

I also have before and after pics of the house and backyard reno to post. I have novel revisions to share, too. Revising a story is a lot like renovating a home. You reconstruct it to make it better. It's a lot of work, can take longer than anticipated, and can end up totally different than the original plan. But more on that later.

Stay tuned for before and after pics, and ideas I have about posting some of my novels on my blog. Say whaa???? I'm not crazy.
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Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day!




Writers everywhere, lucky you! Today you got another day to write. Another 24 hours to type more words, dream up more characters, revise more plots.

You got another 12 hours of sun and 12 hours of night to write what you might think is amazing, only to wake up in March (hint tomorrow) and decide it's all crap!

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That actually happens for those of you who don't know, which is no writer anywhere on the planet because we ALL know what that is like. I feel your pain.

But if you're a reader and you just enjoyed an extra 24 hours devouring a new or favorite book, then here's to you! I hope it was a fantastic read!!

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For those peeps who had to work, and this was nothing more than an added day of the same old, same old, this is for you!

                           


If you are under the age of 21, odds are you were at school and not happy about it, or maybe you were (cuckoo), here's my leaping animals tribute for you!

 Cute guy, good height and form.
 

Multitasker! Can jump and store food in mouth.
    

Check out this cool cat--err--mountain lion? Chester Cheetah? 

Yeah!!! I have no idea what this is, but he's having fun!

And . . . my favorite! This is one happy lil guy.




Saturday, December 12, 2015

This Just In ...

This just in ... I stink!  At blogging!

My new year's resolution will be to get better--because really how much worse can I get!?!

In my defense, I have been writing, and reading, and writing, and reading. Just not on this blog.

Which deeply shames me.

Well, maybe not deeply but pretty deep, fairly deep. I'm bothered by it.  Let's put it this way ... every time I remembered that I forgot to blog, I was disappointed in myself.

In my defense, I have had nothing new or exciting to share. You have missed nothing in my life or my career.  I can assure you of that with a small tear in my eye.

But, a new year is around the corner.  I can almost see it from here, and I'm hoping to have many wonderful things to announce in 2016, whatever it may bring!

 If I were to make a wish list of what those wonderful things should be, it would look like this:

Healed of all illnesses
An elf to edit my novels
Another to do the laundry
One who can cook allergy friendly food for the family
The new HGTV dream home
More time with hubby, who travels a lot these days
My kids to learn how to clean their rooms
All missing socks found
That camera we lost in 6 yrs ago with unuploaded pics of the kids
And if we're going there, I'd like my laptops with years of work (books and story ideas) that were stolen back, as well as all the precious momentums we lost
One night with all the family (Dad, grandma, grandparents) I lost before the boys were born so they can meet my best creations
Oh hell, lets throw in world peace
An amazing new Prez
A cure for ALL diseases
And, yeah, well, basically heaven on earth

Too much ...?

I may have gotten a little carried away.

In my defense, I have a cold and, as I said, I stink at this.

Till next year ...










Friday, August 14, 2015

SUMMER? WHAT SUMMER?

Summer came and went and I had little to say about it on this blog. 

I meant to, thought about it a lot, those thoughts just never made it to the keyboard. That's not to say I wasn't typing away, working on my other projects. 

I spent the first two months of summer on revisions--in between mother duties and vacations--for a book I'd hoped to sub at the end of the month. 

Then I took some time to read for fun. Oh, how fun it was! All that reading helped me explore a new angle on a novel that after multiple submissions with editors needed another thorough revision. 




I used to fear that word. Revision. I'd react with chills like the hyena's do in the Lion King when Scar says Mufasa's name. 




Yep. That clip sums it up perfectly. 

Now, I look forward to them. Sometimes. Mostly. I know they improve the book and is where the magic happens. I'm better with fashion so indulge me here. 

The draft is like the outfit: dress, jeans and top, suit, pants suit if you're daring. 



Anyway, the dress is the draft. It's there, but it needs work. Maybe some alterations, definitely some jewelry, and shoes. A super sexy hurt-your-feet-like-hell-but-you-don't-care-because-they're-amazeballs pair of shoes. 


And if you're rocking a dress with these killer heels, you have to do your hair and makeup or you'll look half done. Not ready.

That's what revisions do for a book. They clean it up, fix any bad or wrong spots, make sure everything goes or flows, and polishes the outfit. When you've added all you can, removed what wasn't necessary, switched out a few things, and have done everything you can to make your outfit--manuscript--look fabulous or damn close, then and only then do you go out (submit your work).

What I've learned over the last year is something you also experience when going out in that perfect outfit that you spent hours, days, months, years, working on. Not everyone is going to like it. 




Some people will think your polished outfit is ugly, or slutty, or horrific, or a fashion faux pas. But some people, maybe one important person, will think it's adorable, sexy on wheels, the best most amazing outfit they've ever seen, and they want one for themselves. Or they want to know you or know how you came up with it. That is the person who will hopefully help get that outfit (manuscript) into the stores, or bookshelves. That is the person who's going to inspire you to keep going, to do more, to do better. 

What no one tells you is that person might have to be yourself. And that's okay because . . . 


Sometimes you have to put on what you like and wear it with pride, knowing it fits you, was done your way, to your liking, and that's all that matters. 

The best part is you've got options! 




Today there are so many options sometimes it's hard to decide which is best for you, but that's a whole different outfit story. 


I guess my point is, never lose sight of YOUR dream. Even if that dream goes in a place you never imagined or you kind of lose your way, it's still YOUR dream. And remember ...



Finding the right path can take time. It can also take patience, rolls of Tums, bottles of wine, tears, heartbreak, skinny and fat moments. I'm-not-good-enough moments. Or the typical, I want to rent a boat just so I can throw my laptop over the side while it's on fire and toast "Here's to not being controlled by you anymore" moment.



Hopefully, you learn something from each of these moments, even if it's not to repeat them ever. Then you try to find your path again. Whether it's new, different, or similar, it's still YOUR path. Your future. Your goal. Your life. 

Make it your own, no matter how scary or daring! 


Or do nothing. That's always an option. 








Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Where do YOU like to read or write?

Is there anything more fun than taking a picture of yourself doing something you love?

Okay, so maybe eating yummy sweets and going to Disney World are right up there. Or doing both at the same time.



Not a Disney fan you say? How about taking a pic of yourself reading or writing in the Maldives Islands?


Sorry, I am NOT giving away a vacation like that. If I had one, I'd have to keep it for me-little-self. I am however offering you a chance to win a mondo giveaway and to participate in something fun!

I've recently teamed up with the YA Chicks (Amy Christine Parker, Christina Farley, and Vivi Barnes), Peggy Jackson, and Lucienne Diver in a reading and writing campaign.    

It's easy, fun, and you get the chance to win big!

All you have to do is go to the YA Chicks website--http://yachicks.blogspot.com/p/read-or-write-anywhere.html--and enter. Once you do, the fun begins!  You get to take a picture of yourself, or you and friends reading or writing (whichever is your poison) ANYWHERE!  And that means anywhere!

While a pic of you reading on the moon would be out of this world!


A pic of you in your backyard would work too.


Or you with flowers


Or by a tree


Or near a fountain


Or when stretching


With a gargoyle works too


There are so many places for you


Like in a Test Track car


Or on some stairs


In sombreros


Or ANYWHERES
 



Whether you're proud and bold, or humble and old we want to see where you read or write!!!!
Get your camera and help promote reading and writing! When you post it on twitter don't forget the hashtag
#ReadorWriteAnywhere

Can't wait to see your pics!!!  Now hurry and get over to the YA CHICKS site before it's over!!!!






Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Agent Query Advice. (AKA GOLD!)

Querying is something all authors face when trying to get an agent. Who better to get advice from than the source?


Agent/author Lucienne Diver gives insight on finding an agent, what an agent does, and how to write a successful query. Her advice is worth studying!

You can find her information here:


Never give up on your dream!

Also, you might have noticed via twitter, Instagram, and FB that I am working on something big with the authors at YA Chicks.  It's going to be super fun for all! I can't wait to reveal the plans so you can participate! You won't regret it!

Stay tuned .... #ReadorWriteANYWHERE