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One More Sleep!!! September 30, 2009

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I leave tomorrow–it’s about a four hour drive and I am picking my CP up at the train station as well. I can’t wait to see her!! And she’s a finalist in her category. I am praying she wins. She soooooooo deserves it and I hope she gets a serious bite for publication. She’s an amazing writer–I’m lucky to have her in my critique corner.

Calling for TAMIFLU prescription as a precaution, but I refuse to get sick. Absolutely refuse!
Just about ready to be seen in a cocktail dress. Hair’s colored, highlighted, and styled. My hairdresser is awesome, and she showed me a quick way to make my hair look MAGGIE Night gorgeous. I’m heading to Icing to get a few sparkly things to put in my hair as well. Chin, upper lip area and brow line are waxed and prettified. Today I get a mani/pedi.
I’m also going to the grocery store to stock up on wine, goodies, and water.
And I’m getting phone numbers inputted into my cell phone. This time, as opposed to Nationals, I will not be caught without them.
My work bag is almost loaded and good to go. I have my business cards ready, with blurbs on the back. I rewrote my pitch for The Fantasy Contract to reflect the changes. I have my index card with people’s names on it ready to keep me on track should a miracle occur and I actually win the MAGGIE. Would be awesome, but I’m happy either way. And I have my Presenter intro ready to go as well.
Just have to pack and load up the car. OMG OMG… this is so exciting!!

Two More Sleeps September 29, 2009

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Yesterday was very productive for me.

I managed to finish my scene cards–check! Five hours of hard labor, but worth the time and effort. I added a few scenes (now I have to write them LOL) and I moved some scenes around. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how shifting my process to long hand writing opens my writing eyes up to new ideas and ways to handle the MS. In doing this exercise, I also managed to find a reasonable scene to work on for my homework. A kiss. And it turned out beautifully. Even got a good comment from the teacher and that made my day.

I also got laundry done. Woohoo…. and dealt with the in-box. Now I am raring to go. I do have a wild card in the stack of to-dos–sprinkler dude is coming out “sometime today” and I had him out yesterday as well. I have a hair appointment at 3PM. Darling daughter comes home from High School at 4PM. I don’t want her dealing with a strange man while I am out. All points bulletin has been sent to darling hubby (who arranged this event for today) and he’ll have to come home if the dude hasn’t shown up by 2:30PM.
I have packing lists, shopping, and the car to tune up. I plan to write as well. I want to keep tweaking the scene cards, add elements to them and play around with my ideas. I need to look at my pitch cards and start my packing lists as well. Today.
Good times!
I can’t believe it’s almost here… continuing to pray for health.

Three Sleeps till Moonlight & Magnolias September 28, 2009

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I have only 3 sleeps to wait till I hope in my SUV and drive to Atlanta for the Moonlight and Magnolia’s Conference. What I hope to accomplish before I load the car with luggage is not monumental having scaled back on my personal expectations.

First, make my scene cards and hit the revision a scene at a time to reflect my new thoughts about the WIP. I’ve given up trying to come up with something to submit for the homework in my SEX BETWEEN THE PAGES on-line workshop. There simply isn’t time. And I need to focus on the overall MS. I know what I need to do to fix the stages of intimacy, but now I need to get the inner-critic out of my head and just write.
Second, get the car ready for the road. I have a wonderful little place with lovely he-men who take excellent care of me and my truck. I’ll go there tomorrow and top off the fluids, make sure the tires have lots of air, and give it the once over. On Tuesday, they run a special for the ladies. Used to be ladies’ specials meant drinks with the girlfriends, and, if we were lucky, Chippendale dancers. Now ladies’ specials means a tune-up and getting the tires rotated at a discount.
Third, go through the in-box and get my life in order. Temporarily.
Fourth, laundry. No amount of wishing makes that deed go away.
Fifth: hair and nails done.
Sixth: a detailed to-do list regarding the care and keeping of a teenage girl during Homecoming Weekend so that the hubby keeps his head on straight. Now I ask you, why do men need this information when we travel and why do we need nothing? Whether we work outside the home or not, this is a universal problem. We just KNOW what to do. They don’t pay attention and assume it’s seamless. Ha.
Seventh: organize travel package and travel work bag.
Eighth: make packing lists.
Ninth: pack.
Tenth: get wine and goodies ready for the trip. I may even bring champagne. Even if I don’t win the MAGGIE Award, I already feel like a winner. This is a fantastic event and I am seriously looking forward to it!

Come Find a Hero with Me at Romance Magicians September 25, 2009

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Less Balls… a Sense of Whew… Wiping Brow September 23, 2009

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Managed to reset the bones in the first revision. PTL!!

Managed to start finding a bit of enthusiasm and time for DD’s birthday party on Saturday. Her real bday!
Managed to make amazing din din.
Managed to disappoint a few.
Managed to excite a few.
Managed to feel accomplished…..

Juggling Life’s Balls September 20, 2009

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I am getting my act together, but wish I had had a calendar in front of me when I said “yes” to some things this year. Oh well. Lesson learned. Once again, I must learn to staple my fingers to the chair and sit on them before I type the words… “of course” to the “it’ll be easy” stuff.

I have learned that I am better at judging contests and reading manuscripts and organizing my writing and writing than I am at any job remotely resembling admin work. Why do I find myself in this pickle? Slap my fingers next time… please… and on top of all this, I have school priorities and volunteering. Why did I say yes to the hospitality crew? Why? Why? Why? It is NOT what I had hoped for…. but I digress.
Sooooo….. before I get to the Maggies and all things cool and wonderful, I have the following to-do list of family and work priorities:
*judging three contest entries/very cool/love doing it
*critiquing an MS for a dear friend and hoping my tight writing style doesn’t war too much with a more melodic style.
*family time: that means going to Octoberfest, church (yeah a real one!) and cooking, cleaning, usual chores…. did hubby say he wanted to see me as well? Darn! Oh but he’s cute….
*writing time: seriously resetting the MS bones and hoping I have my act somewhat together before M&M
*SEX BETWEEN THE PAGES: reading the lectures (and using them a lot!) and trying to eek out homework answers.
*getting ready for the MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS CONFERENCE–yeah, it included shopping so I hit KOHLS and got some new tops and jewelry for the event. Woot! Sale!
*writing an intro for PUBLISHED MAGGIE AWARD
*practicing pitches for M&M
*more family stuff like writing checks for my DDs events in the near future
*planning a 15th bday party for my DD
*planning a vacation — we haven’t had a real vacation as a family in over a year and NOTHING will stop us from this time of reconnecting and bonding, not even my silly “yes” fingers.
*house ready for birthday for DD
*birthday party for DD
*concert for DD on her bday
*church with DD for her bday and more
*every day life chores (my least favorite being the ongoing battle with the laundry and the bathrooms…. oh and grocery shopping)
*watching a friend’s child–making phone calls–catching up on correspondence
That’s life in a nutshell for now.

Writing-It’s Not Easy, but It’s Worth It in the End September 18, 2009

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Why I write –I get to drool a lot!

I am in major first revision mode. It’s a lot of shuffling and shoving of scenes, cutting scenes, pulling hair and, at times, an “aha” moment occurs. Here are some pictures of life in my “writing process.” My desk and office area–enter at your own risk. The post-its reflect different thoughts. The papers to the left are the next scene. I am currently working in no particular order. Trying to reset the bones of my story.

Here are some more stacks of scenes. The glop in the middle is the biggest section I need to revise. I changed my hero’s career during the first draft while doing my book in a week. I may not be able to salvage much, but I believe bits and pieces will work in this version. I am saving this pile of barf until I move though some easier changes.

*Sigh* my current working collage for the story. Whenever I get stuck, I look at this lovely montage and my engine revs up.