Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Updates and Holiday Stress

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

Checking In

Hello! Dropping in to share a picture of my new favorite mug, a holiday gift to myself. This mug makes me happy!

A glossy black mug with a stylized raised white skull on the side.

My New Favorite Mug

The Writing

I am still in the final editing phase for Bound in Smoke. I’ve cut several thousand words– this is good, I promise you. Currently, I am rejiggering some character roles and relationships which means folding in those changes starting with the beginning. With each of these changes, I love this book and the world even more, and I’m getting excited about being able to send this to my editor.

These days I’m writing slower, and it makes me feel guilty, but the last few years taught me a hard lesson about emotional burnout, recovery, and ensuring that I remain able to write words that I love. I won’t make any promises or predictions about when the book goes to my editor, but I do think it will be on the sooner side.

Stress and the Holidays!

I hope all of you are doing well as the holiday season ramps up. Personally, I am doing pretty dang well now that all my shopping is done. How is everyone doing so far?


Happy 4th!

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

To all who observe, happy Fourth of July.


Reporting In Between Contests

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This is finals week at my son’s school, and I find I am riding herd on his studying, in between trying to write and doing absolutely no holiday shopping whatsoever. He thought his book report was due Wednesday but, it turns out, it’s not. It’s due tomorrow.

Anyway, I’m finishing up this side project that came up, after which I will have two weeks (hopefully) to do what will probably be a massive rewrite of My Beloved Assassin because, um, I want to be prepared when I get the editorial letter.

Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday so there will be a party. I’m making garlic bread. So that’s what’s up with me. I rarely think about holiday shopping until after her birthday and that’s why I’m never, ever prepared.

How’s about you guys?

Off to post the next contest! Check it out.


Ahoy There Me Hearties!

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Today me friends, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Google in Pirate: have Google search in pirate. Just click the link. You’ll see what I mean. If you use iGoogle, by the way, there is a setting where you have have your searches rendered in Pirate. Fun!

Videos to help you out:


A lovely day

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates one this time of year.

My family celebrates Christmas, so we did the Christmas thing today. I got up at 5:43 a.m. because I was in charge of bringing cinnamon rolls to breakfast at my brother’s. It takes about 4 hours start to finish and we were supposed to be there at 10:00. Sigh. A bit later, presents were opened and enjoyed while the dough was slowly rising.

It’s very cold here, so alas, the dough really did rise verrryy slowly to the point where being done by 10:00 am was not going to happen. My son was having far too much fun with his marshmallow blaster. Far too much. At ten my brother called and was informed that we’d be there more like 11:00 or so. Which was right. The 2nd and 3rd rising were also slow.

But we made it over there with piping hot cinnamon rolls about 20 minutes before two of my brother’s kids joined us after morning with their mother. My brother from Santa Barbara was there with his wife, so we had Gramma, Grandpa, five children, four grandchildren and two daughters-in-law there. More presents. Then the white elephant gift exchange which was really really fun. Lots of stealing.

Then home to finish cooking dinner with slightly fewer people. More marshmallow shooter mayhem. I cut up green beans and peeled potatoes. That was my contribution to the cooking effort.

I did get some writing done. Every now and then I managed to sneak off and do some tweaking of stuff in need of tweaking.

Plus, I made my brother do my RAM replacement for my iMac since I was upgrading from 2GB to 4GB. Parallels is much much happier with 1 GB assigned to it. Ah, yes.

Now I’m exhausted and fighting to keep my eyes open.

Tomorrow I will blog about some books I’ve been reading.


Another Eve For Me

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful holiday full of good times, good friends and good food. Same for everyone else, too, for that matter. My day was really lovely, all three of the above were experienced.

I just now had the most interesting thought about Xia’s story. Up to now, my heroine has been the adopted sister of Harsh, a character in My Wicked Enemy (Formerly Magellan’s Witch). But, I just now thought, what if she’s not? Interesting thought.

Tomorrow I start hard core on Xia’s story. I have to write really fast. Sigh. Which makes this the Eve of Lottsa Writing for the next 4 months.


Evening Thoughts

Monday, December 24th, 2007

The presents are wrapped. So, my evening is free.

This morning I notebooked Xia and went off on this tangent and after 40 minutes of that, I thought, yeah, this is great for some other book. And then I had this flash of insight, or maybe just relief because the warm down period was starting, at any rate, I worked out the backstory for my heroine. Sigh of Relief.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Looking for some pity here

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

I have a cold. Ick. And right now I’m in the feeling miserable stage. To speed things along, go ahead and insert several sentences of whining bathetic self-absorbtion right here. Yeah. But I’m feeling even worse that that!

The holidays are distracting me. They should stop doing that. Miss Snark needs to stop distracting me. And other my favorite bloggers need to stop posting stuff I have to read. That’s really distracting.

I’m still reading The Historian and it’s pretty good, but it’s not keeping me up at night like I expected. It’s wonderfully written, and pretty creepy, but not really creepy, which is what I expected. In short, I expected a trope-busting exploration of Dracula, and so far, I haven’t seen it in this book. But I’m not done yet. However, I am silently (unless you’re reading this out loud) suspicious that the literary folk don’t read enough genre novels to know when a trope has been really, truly and creatively busted wide open. Have none of them read MaryJanice Davidson? Did she not turn all-that-vampires-are on their collective pointy little fangs? Why, yes, she did. Further dissertation is probably unfair since I haven’t finished the book yet, and maybe that’s coming.

Last year I judged in the RITA’s, this year it’s the Golden Heart. My entries arrived today. I’m looking forward to reading them.

I have to get to work. Now.