Monday, August 18th, 2014
I had a great weekend! This is the first weekend I wasn’t up at 5am working and stressing. I was having a little trouble relaxing but spending some quality time with Wizard and a margarita in the Jacuzzi on Saturday did the trick. Okay so the way this happened, I’m laying in the raft on the pool and I mused out loud, “You know I feel like having margarita.” Wizard thought I was a freaking genius. So I trotted in the house and put everything in the blender.
Wizard was supervising. “Put in more tequila.”
I frowned at him, all stern like. “Last time you wanted less.” That was on my birthday
Wizard said, “The (adult!) kids were here then and they had to drive home later. Now it’s just us and we’re not going anywhere.”
Ha! I know what he’s doing. “You’re trying to get me drunk and take advantage of me.”
He laughed in my face. “As if I need to get you drunk.”
Huh, I had no answer to that since he had a point. For the record, I didn’t get drunk but I did relax
Then Sunday Biker Witch and I went to lunch at the mall–that was so much fun! I’m like a kid finally released from time out–so happy to be free again for a while. We ate, and shopped and she bought me stuff (for my birthday and because I’m an awesome sister, LOL) life is good. We didn’t get into too much trouble, although I did walk into a wall. We were heading into the woman’s restroom, I turned to say something to her and slammed my shoulder into a wall. It’s impressive the way I can multitask, don’t you think? I’m perfectly fine, while she’s probably still laughing, but whatever.
And since it was gently pointed out to me that I keep posting pics of Bailey Dog when I have two other grand puppies, here are some Cookie and Corky pics. I must have a hundred of them on my phone from text messages, but can I find them what I want them? Of course not! Anyway here’s a few. Cookie is the super smart athletic one while Corky is a die hard fan of treats and naps.
Corky (left) and Cookie (right) go to work with CPA Boy
Cookie has a new sweater–she’s really a gorgeous girl. You have to see her eyes in person–so pretty and intelligent. She’s adores Special K since Special K rescued her as a homeless, starving, underweight puppy. She’s the energizer bunny when she plays too–she will run as long as she can get someone to throw a toy for her.
Corky–CPA boy texted me with this pic and said Corky’s getting fat. CPA Boy is a big meanie. Corky is perfect. He’s truly a sweetheart. If he wants his tummy rubbed, he’s sit next to you on the couch and taps you with his paw. No one can resist him.
I have a new pic of Bailey too, but resisted posting it!
Okay your turn, how was your weekend?
Friday, August 15th, 2014
The book is in! I sent it in yesterday afternoon. Whew, such a relief! This book took me twice as long to write as it should have. But it’s done until I get revisions. Now I’m going to catch up on a bunch of stuff, I need to do some paperwork for my German publisher, I have a phone convo with a Google rep next week after I put them off for a while, I have three months of expenses I need to get straightened out, I need to listen and edit the audio version of OBSESSION…it’s a really LONG list. And I’ll start planning my next books.
This weekend I’m seeing Biker Witch (my sister), yay! I’m really looking forward to that.
So Wizard got home a little early yesterday, coincidentally about five minutes after I sent the book in. I told Wizard I was done until revisions. That’s ALL I said, yet he stared at me and said, “You always think the book is bad when you send it in. But it turns out to be fine.”
I’m biting my tongue, desperately trying NOT to say that. I mean I have DOUBTS and WORRIES boiling in me but I’m not going to say it. No one believes me anymore. So I’m biting my tongue, determined to act positive and confident.
And Wizard burst out laughing at me. “It’s killing you not to say it.”
I finally crack like an overripe watermelon. “It’s not fine this time, you’ll see. First, I’m not sure the publisher will like that the heroine…” And I’m off, spilling out about a fifth of my concerns. Until Wizard returns and hands me a glass of wine. “Suck it up, Witch. The book will be good.”
“Drink the wine. Breathe. Rinse and repeat.”
Fine. I drank the wine. And maybe it helped a little bit Maybe Wizard’s ridiculous faith in me helps too, but I’ll worry anyway. (Seriously, there’s a good chance I’ll have massive revisions. I took a few risks…plus…never mind. Drink wine, breathe, rinse and repeat.)
Now let’s talk about one of my favorite subjects, Bailey Dog! This is the latest picture Middle Son sent me of Bailey this week.
This is Bailey’s life now–daily walks on the beach. That dog is so spoiled! Wizard and I think it’s time he’s comes to visit us and chase lizards.
So do you have plans for the weekend?
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I’m back! Kind of…the book will go in Thursday or Friday so I’m still working. I have it completed (it’s been a marathon!!!), but I’m going back through taking out my internal notes, fixing the timeline, smoothing out the writing, etc. There will be revisions in my future, but that’s okay. In my experience, revisions always strengthen a book
I’m hoping to be fully back on Friday to chat a bit more.
In the meantime, I have a Wednesday Worthy for you:
So what do you think, is he worthy?
Monday, August 4th, 2014
Hey guys! Okay this book is due a week from today (Monday August 4th). So I’m going to take the week off blogging, and then I’ll be back the following Wednesday, I think that’s August 13th. I will checking in on FB here https://www.facebook.com/jenniferlyonbooks as I can do that pretty quick and return to writing.
Hope you guys have a great week and we’ll catch up then!
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
I’ll be apologizing all over the place between now and August 11th when I deliver this book. First up, I am so sorry I didn’t answer comments from Monday’s blog. I see them, I just didn’t get back here to answer. I hate not answering because you all take the time to comment I LIKE to answer. But between now and August 11th…I simply suck
I’m officially in The Crazed Zone. Right at this second, the book is working, sort of magically starting to just work–although I’m afraid to jinx it by actually saying that. It’s so insane, that CPA boy emailed to ask about coming out on Saturday for my birthday. He knows and understands deadlines and told me it’s fine if I need to keep working. But I said, sure, come out and I’ll work around you. I copied Wizard on that email so he knew about it too.
Wizard then CALLED me to double check and see if I could really handle that. That was one of my rare moments when I almost burst into tears. Wizard can drive me up a wall sometimes, but man when I need him to be there, HE IS THERE and he gets it. But I told him yes, I am going to handle it. My kid wants to come out and spend some of my birthday with me, I’m going to appreciate that not tell him no. And Wizard understood that too.
So then, I get an email from Special K (CPA boy’s wife) and she said. “I’ll bring dinner, you just work.”
God I love her.
And Biker Witch is being mega amazing too. She even offered to pick up some medication and bring it to me yesterday. I ended up not needing it, but you know, so nice to know people are there for you when you need them.
I’m going to owe everyone in the known universe
This should have been a simple book to write, but man, it tripped me up all over the place. As BLB (youngest son) just pointed out to me, this will be my book-with-a-story someday.
Okay now for Wednesday Worthy. I have two –a guy’s image that I quickly bought and a super cool dog that B.E., posted on my FB page. Choose your worthiness!
Which picture do you choose? (I choose the Happy Dog!)
Monday, July 28th, 2014
I hate insomnia! However that was Saturday night, I’m pretty sure I slept Sunday night, but since I’m writing this Sunday before bed, I can’t be sure
Friday I baked ALL day. In case you missed it on my FB pages, here’s two out of three different kinds of cookies that I made.
The Kahlua Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches are really good, but Special K (Oldest Son’s wife) said they need more Kahlua so next time, I’ll add more. I usually stick to the recipe the first time I make something then adjust once I see how they taste. I totally trust Special K’s opinion on all things Kahlua The recipe link is here
My niece’s wedding shower was a beautiful event. I was impressed! One of my sister-in-laws, and a friend of the family hosted the shower. They think of all the little touches that would never occur to me. Snowy white table clothes with lovely center pieces made of netting and flowers, along with parting gifts for the guests. At my house, I can handle food, drinks and dessert…beyond that I’m a little challenged.
The wedding is next month!
Sunday morning, BLB (youngest son) came by. We made breakfast then I told him I had to work. Two hours later I actually started working. We just end up talking, then I look up and am like, “Oh crap where’s the time gone!”
Back to work on the book! One way or another this book will go to my editor on August 11th.
How was your weekend?
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Here we are again at Friday!
Hey did you guys see the trailer for 50 Shades of Grey? Here’s the link I think I just found the one movie I don’t want to go see with Wizard, LOL. So naturally I told him that then worried he’d be mad. He asked me why, and I said, “I don’t think you’ll enjoy the BMSD theme.” Without missing a beat, he started naming off friends of mine he thought might enjoy going with me instead. That amused me for some reason, probably because I expected him to get all alpha and say, “If you want to see the movie, I’ll take you.” Which is his usual reaction. Now we’ll see what he says when the movie actually comes out. I’m not sure why I want to see it, I’m not usually into going to movies made out of books, but I just do!
So this weekend is my niece’s wedding shower. I’m STILL debating on cookies I’m going to make. I have the ingredients on hand for three different kinds: Meringue cookies, raspberry heart cookies (those are a pain) and Chocolate Kahlua sandwich cookies with Cafe au Lait centers. I will make one, two or all three depending on my level of craziness. There’s going to be a ton of dessert but I get a little carried away when I bake sometimes.
My book…umm…I’m writing. And praying. We shall see!
So what are your weekend plans?