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Friday, June 24th, 2016
Happy Friday!

My happy today is I’m all finished with Jury Duty! I was on “stand by” all week and didn’t get called in. To be clear, I would have gone if I had been called in, but I got lucky this time around :-)

But this is me reworking the first chapter of Savaged Dreams.

Cute little Siberian kitten isolated on white background

Except I don’t have those pretty green eyes and I’m not cute, LOL! I should have had this chapter nailed by now. It’s not that hard, dang it. I just don’t love anything I’m writing yet but I will get there! I really need to get this moving and back to my editor in the next couple weeks before the RWA conference in mid-July.

And on a totally different subject, I’m trying to read a book by an author I love, and it’s just not working for me. Yet I can’t make myself set it aside. Most everyone else loves it, so it’s just me being weird or stressed or something. I really love 99.9% of her books and not loving this one is actually almost painful. I want to love it so much. Does that ever happen to you guys?  Am I alone here?

Otherwise, my weekend will be pretty boring, how about you? Tell me what’s good and bad this week, and if you have any exciting plans this weekend.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Wednesday Worthy

Man it’s been hot! But we should get a little relief for a few days. And I’m on call for Jury Duty this week. In California, that means I either call or go online the night before to see if I have to go in. So far, I haven’t been “on standby” so I haven’t had to go in, which is great. But I hate not being able to plan anything since I don’t know until the night before if I’ll need to go in or not. But this is just a minor inconvenience.

Other than that, I’ve been reading through and making notes on revisions for Savaged Dreams. I have a ton of thoughts on how to strengthen the book and excited to tackle them. But I have one problem–I’m stumped on how to fix the opening scene which means I can’t get started until I figure that out. While I work on that problem, your job is to evaluate our Wednesday Worthy Candidate:

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So what do you guys think. Is he worthy?

Monday, June 20th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

I hope everyone had a Happy Father’s day! Ours was quiet but nice. Two kids couldn’t get out here, but called or texted and Youngest Son (BLB) came out last night.

My happy news is I sent Ethan and Ana’s novella off to my editor! Then I took a break to do some shopping, getting some clothes for conference this summer in San Diego. Wizard is going with me this year, and I’m excited about that. He’s a die-hard Giants (Baseball) fan and found out they are playing at the stadium right by the hotel. Great timing! He’s so happy.

Now I’m re-reading the manuscript for Savaged Dreams to tackle revisions and jumping right back on the Worry Train :-) I must like this agony, LOL! I love the story as much as ever, but the manuscript needs some work. Too bad editorial revisions don’t come step-by-step instructions, LOL! But it turns out it’s my editor’s job to tell me what needs work and my job to figure out how to fix it :-)

My bummer was yesterday morning. Wizard and I were getting ready to go out to breakfast for Father’s Day, when Wizard noticed something on my purse.

damanged purse

See the pink on the bottom left corner? That is from a pink shirt I was wearing that evidently bled on the purse and we can’t get it off. It’s crazy! I’ve never had that happen. I’ve had this Michael Korr’s purse for almost two years. I bought it with birthday gift cards from the kids after I hit some milestone in sales. Anyway, my expensive (to me) purse was taken out by an $8.00 Target tank top, LOLOL!! I believe I will survive this calamity, however, because I’m tough like that. In all seriousness, it’s just a purse, but I thought it was weird enough share.

Oh and don’t worry, the pink tank top is perfectly fine :-)

So how was your weekend?

Friday, June 17th, 2016
Happy Friday and Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Friday! This whole week got away from me. Of course I’m still tweaking Ethan and Ana’s novella, but I’ll send it off today after I rewrite one more scene.  Then I’m really, truly, absolutely, serious-face, will send it off to my editor :-)

So Wednesday Wizard and I went to the USS Iowa Battleship in San Pedro (part of Los Angeles) and had such a great time. Since it was mid-week, it wasn’t crowded, and everyone was so nice. After that, we had lunch then took a harbor cruise. I really didn’t have any expectations for the day, but it turned out to be a fun, relaxing day with perfect weather. I posted some pics on my Facebook page so I won’t bore everyone with a repeat here.

For this weekend, brutally hot temperatures are supposed to hit much of the Southwest including us.  Everyone in the “dome of heat” please be careful. And hopefully no one will leave pets or kids in hot cars. We’ve all had enough (too much!) tragedies lately.

Also this weekend is Father’s Day. We’re not doing anything big this year as the kids are all going in different directions. We’ll probably BBQ ribs and swim, or Wizard might go racing. How about you guys?

I hope you have a great weekend, and to all the dads out there, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

 

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy

I’m taking the day off! Wizard and I are going on an adventure :-) But I’m leaving you all with a Wednesday Worthy Candidate:

adult; alone; athlete; athletic; attractive; wet; background; beauty; body; bodybuilder; bodybuilding; caucasian; chest; cutout; exercise; fit; fitness; gorgeous; handsome; headless; healthy; incognito; individual; jeans; lifestyle; male; man; model; muscle; muscular; naked; nude; one; pecs; person; romantic; serious; sexy; shirtless; six-pack; strong; torso; unknown; white; young

What do you think–is he worthy?

Monday, June 13th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

Several things in the news lately have really gotten to me and I just wrote a long rant-blog about Every Choice Matters. Then I decided to spare you all my rambling and deleted it. Right now the important thing is to offer our support to those who need it rather than ranting. So I’m going to say this: My heart truly goes out to all who are suffering from the terror attack in Orlando Florida early Sunday morning. I can’t even comprehend that kind of hatred. For all of you in that area, I hope you and your loved ones are safe.

Otherwise my weekend was good. I did my first pass revision on the novella and am pretty happy with it at this moment. As I did my read through, I kept telling Wizard things like: “This is holding together. Who knew that after all the deleting, rewriting, and sleepless nights of agony, I might actually pull this off?”

Wizard did this super-patient, long-suffering look. “That would be everyone but you.”

Ha. Funny. I, of course, had an answer. “Maybe I’m wrong and my editor will hate it.”

For some reason, Wizard seemed to think that was a good time to pour some wine. And turn up the TV really loud. Men!

So now I’m doing another editing pass because I can’t help myself :-) But by next week I should be back to working on Savaged Dreams.

So how was your weekend?

 

 

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Happy Friday!

It’s Friday and I have a draft for Ethan and Ana’s novella! My second draft typically goes very faster, mostly just revising, bringing the writing up to par and checking on consistency. I really want to cut and tighten as well, getting it below 40K words if I can. But having the draft done feels pretty good right now. I even have a couple of title ideas too, and once I make a final decision, I’ll tackle the cover.

Then I can get backed to Savaged Dreams, get that revised and sent back to my  editor, and then finish writing the second book, Savaged Vows (I currently have it about half-written). I’ve been working hard this year, but so far, there’s nothing for readers to see and I know that’s a disappointment. But I promise, I am writing! I’ve had a few unexpected roadblocks, including some chronic fatigue and aches that slowed me down, but I’m working on resolving that. And after all that, I’ll write the next Wing Slayer Hunter book, Primal Magic.

So that’s my happy for this Friday. What’s yours? And do you have any big plans for the weekend?

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