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Cleaning House, Office and Mind August 31, 2009

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I am allergic to clutter. Not just paper and cups and dishes and clothes strewn about the house. No, I am allergic to mental clutter. So before I start a project I have to perform a “clean sweep.” And that’s what today was all about. I cleaned and organized my life, my in-box (well it’s always full when it comes to family stuff), and I organized my writing office. FUN.

I have yet to rid myself of LOVE BUILDS A CHANCE. My first MS. I did toss the contest entries (thanks to those very kind judges five years ago who ignored all my super glaring writing mistakes other than to point out how to improve them… and gave me encouraging words!), but there’s a part of me that still believes there’s a HQN Super Romance in that ms… I just need the housing industry to pick up again LOL.
I loved going through all my recent lessons and workshops; organizing them and putting them in my binders (did I mention I am “slightly OCD?”), and tossing unnecessary papers. I know, it’s not every one’s orgasmic experience, but I love getting all my little ducks in a row. And then my brain starts to relax again. Oh, what a thrill to wrap rubber bands around old manuscripts and tuck them away. I get shivery putting holes in my papers and popping them into my binders. And don’t even get me started about PLEDGE. I love DUSTING. Okay, I love ironing, too. I know–weird. But there is something cool about ironing out wrinkles and making everything crisp.
I like a crisp, wrinkle-free start.
And that means I have to RID MYSELF OF MENTAL CLUTTER. Seriously–mental clutter is my greatest enemy. First the outside, manageable clutter. That’s EASY. But mental blechiness requires serious sweeping.
That means no more negative waves–only positive waves. I’ve been dealing with some negativity regarding my neighborhood–blah–I’ve done all I can as an 8 on the Enneagram Personality Index and now it IS UP TO THE UNIVERSE. And I have listened to wise people, helped others in worse plights than me, and NOW it IS UP TO THE UNIVERSE. If I say it, I own it.
I also try to focus on positive people and energy.
That means not discussing the negativity. That means hanging out with people who want to write and be positive, and that means only initiating positive comments when presented by the negative.
Oh, goodie, I am good at being self-delusional!
Now I can write again… and you know, the most amazing cool thing happened when I released and de-cluttered my mind of the negativity.
Stay tuned for more about that…
I am like a serial romance thriller soap opera…

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Chilling Out with a Squeeze of Lemonade August 30, 2009

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The wonderful Lemonade Award on my blog was given to my friend, Hawk, by Kelly Moran – http://authorkellymoran.blogspot.com/
Kelly Moran. The Lemonade Award is a “Feel Good” award that shows a great attitude or gratitude.

The rules are:
1) Put lemonade award on blog or post.
2) Nominate no less than 10 that show a great attitude or gratitude.
3) Link your nominees within your post
4) Let nominees know they received this award by commenting on their blog
5) Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award

Here are my nominees…


1) My roomie at the conference: Tina — she rocks! http://christinawolfer.blogspot.com/
2) The gracious and elegant Lynn Rae Harris– http://www.lynnrayeharris.com/blog/
3) My writing friend and accountability buddy, Betty–http://bettybolte.com/blog.htm

I know I don’t have ten, but that’s because a lot of the blogs I read are group blogs… and not sure if I can post them.

But if I could, I would!

 

New Project Thrills August 29, 2009

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I had a bit of a downer last week with real world junk invading my brain. To turn off the nastiness and get my head back into the game, I avoided all negativity from others involved. Instead, I listened to the JR Ward & Jessica Andersen Chat from the RWA 2009 NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Man, are those ladies awesome and real. They balance each other beautifully. And I bow to JR Ward’s writing schedule. I am probably a blend of the two. I believe in a little downtime and R&R. I need it. My characters need me to take a break — I’m a little OCD (okay a lot–hence the lists–I am a control freak), and my family in real life needs me to take breaks as well. So I won’t write 365 days a year, but I do write a lot!

What I love about these ladies is they know what it’s like to sit where I am sitting. I’m not published, but I write and I hope one day with skill and a whole lot of good energy and luck I will be published. They believe every person writing is an author. Publishing is the icing. And they can’t explain why the stars aligned for them and not for others. They only appreciate the coolness of it and hope the good news continues. I’d say by putting out all their great karma and sharing their insights with us, they will draw that good karma again and again.

After that inspiring chat, I was pumped. Yesterday I got up super early and played around with my fifth story. I inputted all my new ideas and thoughts about the heroine and hero derived from the FROM THOUGHT TO PLOT Workshop into my wonderful Scrivener program–I love my MAC!! I love playing around with the new characters and fleshing them out. My newest hero and heroine are strong individually, but they need each other to soften the edges and restore balance to their lives. As I worked on each of them, I began to understand them even better. They already made me weep for them and for the love they have for each other. Once again, two lost souls find each other and will discover home.

But it won’t be an easy journey! They’ll bump. They’ll fight each other. They’ll misjudge each other. And they’ll challenge each other to grow.
Oh, but the journey will be a fun ride as well. I can already envision many of the scenes where laughter occurs. I love the idea of a carefree man bringing joy back into my heroine’s life. And they’ll definitely have some good rocking sex. She’s a pro golfer… I see some great ideas for naughty times on the greens. Delicious shivers already making me feel sinfully gleeful!
Today I’ll fool around with them a little more, get a deeper feeling for where the story has to go and how it might play out. Then tomorrow I’ll dive back into the fourth book and begin revising. I want to have it ready for MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Well, ready enough hehe. I’m excited about the new career I’m giving my hero (his third thus far)–cause I get to interview hunky retired marines and green berets. And my heroine’s got a job with a twist. She’s the shock jock on radio–but the biggest shock is she’s celibate by choice. It’ll take a special man to kick down her guard and bring her home. *Grin*
Life is good. Things are looking up and I am ready to tackle my next revision.
 

To-do Lists and Moving On to the Next Project August 28, 2009

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The to-do list is shrinking–wahoo!

HOME:
*box up books for my adopted mom in Australia DONE
*mail boxed books DONE
*meet a friend and reconnect cause I miss her sunny disposition: We talked and trying to reschedule
*organize a trip to Asheville with a friend. CALLING TODAY

EXTRA ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
*letter to newspaper watchdog group regarding our HOA being held hostage by our subdivision’s developer
*phone calls regarding the situation
*emails to some people regarding the situation/planning ahead

WRITING:
*read through MS and look for white spaces and odd typos SKIPPED IT — can’t face the pages for the zillionth time

*read through and edit synopsis again DONE
*letter for submissions DONE
*put together submissions for the people who requested DONE
*send away and poof, gone… DONE
*write a quick and dirty story without worrying about structure for fifth MS TODAY
*print out the LHAofE grid WILL DO TODAY
*deliver more HOD Workshop flyers. WILL DO TODAY

I received my scores for another contest today–I averaged 103/120 — 5th in line. Two judges scored me in the 100s and one gave me a 62/120! Ha ha ha…good thing I’ve had more positive feedback about my sex scenes in the past–but it was an excellent exercise and the other two judges did give me major kudos for the sex scene (published author and award winning unpublished author). It was a contest about sexual tension, and I sent in an actual sex scene. Next year, I’ll send in a tension scene if I am not published. Oh well, I know the writing is solid and it is for the book that finaled in the MAGGIES, so I am not feeling too bruised about the bottom dweller score. I looked at the other sets of scores and the comments were about the same–so I guess I’ll focus on the positive aspects and punt the negative ones.

I don’t want to fix the book again unless someone pays me to do it, or any agent asks me to do it to help her pitch it to a certain publisher. Starting today, it’s all new stuff. FINALLY MOVING ON and I CAN’T WAIT!! I am glad I have something new to focus on as I wait for the publishers and agent to read my material and get back to me with their comments.

 

The Looming To-Do List August 27, 2009

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Sometimes I make longer lists than I can handle. For instance, this week, I had a pretty ambitious writing list and home list. The writing list hardly has any check marks next to it. It was pretty grand in its scope. I’m looking at it going, hmmm, I must have used my home list to distract me from facing the writing tasks I’d given myself to-do. But there were many things on the home list that I had to complete as they’d been pushed to the back burner for a long time because I was busy editing and writing.

I also have had a major distraction that required my attention: the community I live in is battling an unscrupulous developer. We are in the throes of separation from this developer, and he’s not making it easy for us. I’ve used every tool at my disposal to help fight this man, but it’s taking a hammer to my well-laid writing plans.

So, what half of what I’ve accomplished isn’t even on the list!
The list so far is whittled down quite significantly on the home life side–
Home:
*organize medical billing/hospital bills/INSURANCE info DONE
*chase down accurate info re: the above line–the joy never ends DONE
*go to school for open house DONE
*the usual everyday chores of laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and ironing (yes, I iron–don’t mock me–I like it) DONE — THOUGH EVERY DAY CHORES ARE NEVER REALLY DONE.
*plan a menu for the week DONE
*birthday and wedding cards out (and they are late)
*box up books for my adopted mom in Australia
*mail boxed books
*meet a friend and reconnect cause I miss her sunny disposition NOPE–She canceled due to a conflict.
*organize a trip to Asheville with a friend. NOPE–she emailed to say she had no time to talk due to a daylong fight with HP repair people.
Extra Accomplishments:
*several emails and phone calls regarding unscrupulous developer (excellent fodder for future stories–as a writer I can play God and do horrible things to a character based on this vile man)
*phone calls listening to my wonderful friend vent about the yucky situation preventing our meeting
*coordinating a neighborhood party and getting info about the person who wants to work with me
*talking to my two best friends long distance while cleaning toilets, dusting and ironing (that always makes the cleaning time fly by)
But now the writing to-do list looms. On the plus side, I haven’t totally been a writing slacker because I’ve been there for my writing friends. And I believe my brain just needed a break, so it could mull over some plot and story problems plaguing me in regard to the 4th book. One of my writing friends helped me sort through part of the plot issues so I am almost good to go.
Here’s what’s left on the writing list.
Writing:
*read through MS and look for white spaces and odd typos

*read through and edit synopsis again
*letter for submissions
*put together submissions for the people who requested
*send away and poof, done
*write a quick and dirty story without worrying about structure for fifth MS
*put together a list of questions for the SFO Green Beret & send DONE
*print out the LHAofE grid
*deliver more HOD Workshop flyers. NOPE-was tying that into my trip to see my friend and that was canceled.
I did do the following:
*critiqued a contest entry for a friend
*figured out how to tackle and complete a writing project for another friend
A pretty big list remains. Technically, I have until Sunday to finish it (haha). I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but that’s okay. I know that I will manage to accomplish most of what is on the list. Anything that is easy, like printing off the grid. And anything related to my submission will be ticked off by Friday night.
I tend to work well when I have a little fire planted under my behind.
So stay tuned and make me accountable for accomplishing the following things by Friday night:
*read through MS and look for white spaces and odd typos

*read through and edit synopsis again
*letter for submissions
*put together submissions for the people who requested
*send away and poof, done
Stay tuned and make me accountable for accomplishing the following by Sunday night:
*write a quick and dirty story without worrying about structure for fifth MS
Stay tuned and make me accountable for accomplishing the following by September 1st:
*deliver more HOD Workshop flyers
We’ll see how burned my behind is by Sunday night–
 

Life Distractions and Why?

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I have a week with distractions. Some of them are not so bad, some are okay, some are downright nasty, and some are fun.

Okay, not so bad: ironing.
Okay distractions: calls to deal with stuff….
Downright Nasty? HOA stuff, people calling to interrupt thoughts, and overall blah stuff.
Fun: reading other people’s work and critiquing…. fun– coming up with solutions for plot problems …. fun– getting submissions ready for mailing FUN….
 

This Week’s Personal To-Do List August 24, 2009

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Writing:

*read through MS and look for white spaces and odd typos

*read through and edit synopsis again
*letter for submissions
*put together submissions for the people who requested
*send away and poof, done
*write a quick and dirty story without worrying about structure for fifth MS
*put together a list of questions for the SFO Green Beret & send
*print out the LHAofE grid
*deliver more HOD Workshop flyers
Home:
*organize medical billing/hospital bills/INSURANCE info
*chase down accurate info re: the above line–the joy never ends
*go to school for open house
*the usual everyday chores of laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and ironing (yes, I iron–don’t mock me–I like it)
*plan a menu for the week
*birthday and wedding cards out (and they are late)
*box up books for my adopted mom in Australia
*mail boxed books
*meet a friend and reconnect cause I miss her sunny disposition
*organize a trip to Asheville
I think there’s more–stay tuned.
And hours later, some of the to-do’s are checked off… woot!