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Monday, April 29th, 2013
Weekend Roundup

It was a decent weekend.   Wizard and I had been debating about the cabinets in our bathroom. Finally on Saturday I mentioned that he was right and maybe we should paint them white.  With the counters dark now, the bathroom looked off balance because the tub and shower are white tile.  The next thing I knew he said he was going to the store to buy paint. And he painted them on Sunday. Turns out he’d just been waiting for me to come to that realization.  I was amused. Usually I’m waiting for him to come around to my way of thinking :-)

My editor was delayed but go the edits to me last night on POSSESSION and I have a lot of work to do.  I just now read her letter so I’m still processing that. But I know what I’ll be doing.

How was your weekend.


Friday, April 26th, 2013
Happy Friday!

Yesterday I gave up trying to write book 3 in the Plus One Chronicles while waiting for edits on book 2. It’s just not possible because the edits on book 2 can change the beginning of book 3 significantly.  I should have the edits today (I hope!!!)  so that wasn’t a big deal.  Except that I suddenly remembered why I started writing.

It keeps me from cleaning.

See I *used* to be a clean freak. There I admit it. But for me, writing trumps cleaning, and characters take up so much space in my brain that I don’t have any room left to fret about stupid cleaning.  Yesterday, however, I got the urge to clean. So much so that I brought in a big ladder, carefully placed it on the landing and crawled up on the ledge over the front door to clean it.

I was fine. This is actually super easy.  It sounds more dangerous that it is.

Wizard, however, FREAKED THE HECK OUT. Boy he was pissed. I mean…ticked off at me.  His comment was, “How do you think I’d feel coming home to find you laying at the bottom of the stair,s flopping like a fish?”

That image baffled me.  “A fish?”

“A dying fish” he amended.

“But I’m fine.” Which was obvious as I was standing right there. Perfectly fine.

But Wizard wouldn’t let it go. “Damn it, what if you fell? And I wasn’t here?”

I’m thinking, Here to do what? Catch me? But I kept my mouth shut and gave him a glass of wine.  And I made him homemade fried chicken tenders which I never, ever make anymore because they are a pain to make and bad for us. He finally stopped lecturing me. Probably because his mouth was full, but still, a victory for me.

I also did laundry, ran errands, cleaned bathrooms, washed some floors, had a guy out to measure kitchen counter tops for granite, filled some forms for my publisher, did my expenses…this not writing stuff is exhausting! So then I set up my files  to start Cowboy Marine (just a working title) for book 2 in my Once A Marine Series written under my Apodaca name.

I’m hopefully going to be working on revisions this weekend. What are you doing?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Blogging Question

I’m not doing a worthy guy today. I have a serious question: What, if anything, would you guys like to talk about here? We can continue with the casual chatting and promo as I have been. Or I can do fewer blogs, but have them more craft and business focused. Or maybe the blog just run it’s course?  Or do you have other things you’d like to see?



Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Weekend Roundup

Aside from sinuses, it was a nice weekend. Wizard and I went out in the hot tub yesterday and enjoyed the warmer weather.

Saturday I found a picture of a 3 year old German shepherd at our animal shelter  Then I linked to the video and fell in love. So I went out in the garage (Wizard’s workshop) and said, “You have to see this.” He immediately put down his tools and stared walking in the house. Feeling guilty, I warned, “It’s a trick. just so you know.”

Now he was even more intrigued and watched the video. He loved the dog but starting muttering about tricky witches and sweating, then he escaped to the garage.

So I texted him: “Good thing the shelter closes at 4 today.”

He texted back, “Shut up.”

I texted, “You shut up. I can hear you wanting the dog from inside the house.”  Then I sent another text, “We can’t have a dog, just so you know.”

Being a master wordsmith (NOT) he texted back, “Again shut up.”

Then he came in to make popcorn,  so I pointed out,  “I don’t have time for a dog anyway.”

Standing at the microwave he said, “Sure you do…damn it!”

I laughed.  “I could get you to the shelter without breaking a sweat.”

Wizard shot me a desperate look. “If we go to that shelter, you know we’ll get the dog”

“I know.”  So I let him off the hook but we both talked about that dog all the weekend. It’s really, really not the time. Really. Seriously. Not the time for a dog.

So changing the subject, here’s the second bathroom after getting new counters, sinks and lights:

Second bathroom

It’s hard to see from the pics, but the mirrors have beveling around the edges that make them look finished. Overall, we’re happy.  (I’m standing way back in the corner of the tub trying to get this shot while keeping me out of the mirrors–I looked ridiculous! )

So how was your weekend?

Friday, April 19th, 2013
Happy Friday!

What just happened? How id today Friday? Sigh…okay last day of The Baby Bargain blog tour and the stop is Crystal’s Random Thoughts  Stop by and enter for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card. And if you want to catch up on ones you’ve missed, look on my home page here

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling great (just sinus that make me slightly queasy paired with a little insomnia), and by two o’clock I gave up working, sat on my butt and read for a little while. I probably need to step back a bit. Today will be better!

Wednesday I saw Biker Witch (my sister). I bought her coffee and begged for her forgiveness for being the absent sister.  But the truth is she always forgives me. No matter what I do, I’m forgiven.  She’s super cool that way. But then she tortured me by telling me funny stories about her volunteer job working with rescue dogs. It’s torture because I’m jealous!  Although picturing her in a battle with a Chihauhau determined to get out of a kennel while Biker Witch is trying to get another dog out was priceless. I may have splurted coffee. In fact, I was laughing so hard, I’m not sure who won–Biker Witch or the Chihauhau. I think it was a draw,  but they will battle it out again next week :-)

Tonight we’re meeting our son’s for dinner to celebrate a birthday. This weekend, I’m going to do a little cleaning.

What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Very quickly, my thoughts are with all those affected by the tragedy in Boston.  I’m sure we all carry sadness and anger this week.  And now we’ll move on.

So…BLB (my youngest son) was right. A couple weeks ago, we were texting and I said, “My book is due on 4/15, I’m not going to make it.”

BLB texted right back, “Yes you will. You just need MORE COFFEE!!”

And…I made it. I’m not saying the book is good, in fact I’m playing the game, Can This Book Be Saved in my head, but I got it in. Which means BLB was right :-) And I’ll know when I see the revision letter if the book is salvageable.

In the meantime, my Entangled editor and I were talking about the possibility of my getting in the second book early.  I will do it if that’s what they want, though I may have to shift around my last book in The Plus One Chronicles. It will all work out as long as I drink enough coffee, according to BLB.

Right now, I’ve been trying to catch up on 100s of emails, promo, etc. And BTW I accidentally deleted a chunk of emails so if I haven’t replied to you, resend.

So we’re not getting the mirrors we ordered installed until Friday. I promise I’ll get pictures after that.

Today I’m hoping to see Biker Witch! I’m not even sure if she still claiming me as her sister. I’ll probably have to grovel and buy her coffee to get back in her good graces.

Now let’s move onto Wednesday Worthy! I just bought a new pick of a very familiar candidate:



What do you think? Is he worthy?

Monday, April 15th, 2013
Weekend Roundup

Today the stop for The Baby Blog Tour is Vi3Babe  Stop by and enter for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card.

First, I’m sorry for not replying to comments on Friday’s blog. It was a crazy busy getting the granite in but all went well.  Then Saturday all the plumbing was done. Wizard then did all the touching up the walls, painting and installing towel racks etc.  Now we’re just waiting for the mirrors. Once that’s done, I’ll share pics.

So Saturday, our handyman plumber was here, and he and Wizard are going back and forth by my computer where I work. Normally this is fine and I can tune it out.

Except Saturday I was rewriting a sex scene that’s been giving me major trouble. This scene is out of my comfort zone (umm, you’ll have to wait for POSSESSION, I’m so not telling you why its out of my comfort zone!) So there I was, struggling with this scene while then handyman and Wizard are zipping back and forth in full view of my computer monitor.  I found myself shrinking the screen every time I heard them approaching.  Needless to say it was slowing my progress. Finally, I got smart, switched to my laptop and blocked out all the men and noise in my house and nailed (haha!!) the scene. I think…we’ll see what my editor says.

So my plan is to finish editor the book and send it today, then I’ll begin apologizing to everyone I know for ignoring them to get the book done.  And after that…I ‘ll start the next book.

Oh and we’re deciding this week if we want to go ahead and do the kitchen counters.

How was your weekend?

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