Friday, October 31, 2008

This Post Has No Title

WARNING: This is one of those rambling, going nowhere posts.

It just occurred to me that today is Halloween. (Except for carving this pumpkin.) Not such a big deal as there's nothing going on here that's Halloween-related. I didn't even buy candy to hand out - mostly because it's been hit or miss in the past. I buy candy, no one comes. I don't and they show up. I'm leaving the lights off, so it shouldn't matter.

I have a friend coming in for the weekend! She's one of my online CP's from Oregon. I'm sure there will be much writer talk. Tomorrow we're going to a massive book signing at a local mall with two of my other author friends, Lara Santiago and Roxanne St. Claire. Much fun will be had on Saturday, I assure you. (Of course, this means I will be cleaning today.)

In other news, yesterday was a good writing day. Nearly 8 pages. Super happy with that. I think I have roughly 140 pages left to write. I write in TNR 12 and now that most publishers go by actual computer word count, the 250 words per page thing just doesn't work any more. Anyway, my big push is to finish this book by the end of November. I'm feeling like I can do it. That's about 35 pages a week. Totally do-able, right?

Are you doing anything Halloweeny today? What are your weekend plans? Share!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Why Kristen Can't Read

"50 books in a year? No problem! I read that much in my sleep."

Um, actually, I don't. I don't read nearly the amount I thought I did. Consider me woken up and the coffee smelled. Despite the fact that I'm a speed reader (I've read 1000 words/minute with 100% comprehension since tested in 8th grade), life requires a lot of time, too. Plus, there's that whole writing thing I do.

I find it hard to read too much when I'm deep in my writing process. My brain doesn't want any characters but the ones who currently occupy my thinking. I also try not to read anything paranormal/fantasy while writing since my stories always have that bent and I worry about being influenced or unwittingly "borrowing" something.

Still, I've done a good job plowing through the Sookie Stackhouse books, even tho they're squarely in the paranormal category. They're different enough that I don't think there's any chance for crossover into my own work. Do you have these same issues with your writing/reading habits? Or is it just me? Do you pick genres to read that are opposite what you're writing?

I don't know if I'll get my 50 books this year, but I'm certainly going to try. If I can finish writing/polishing my WIP by the end of Novemeber, then December will be a reading-palooza.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I freeze, therefore I clean

It's cold here in FL. COLD. Like, 61 degrees last night. I know that doesn't sound cold but you have to realize that when the normal temp is 80-something, a drop like that makes a house on the equator sound like the perfect vacation spot. My blood is so thin it's trying out for America's Next Top Model.

Anyway, apparently that cold snap had some sort of weird effect on me. Reverse spring cleaning. I know, weird. Although probably not catching. I wish I'd taken pics of my office before I started on it because there are now parts of my desktop visible that were last seen when this desk was originally purchased. It's a reverse spring cleaning miracle, I tell ya!

I cleaned out drawers and cabinets, wiped shelves down, rearranged them, threw TONS of crap out (What purpose is there in keeping score sheets from a contest 3 years ago? That MS has been rewritten five times already!), restacked other crap into neater piles, found stuff I didn't know I had/was missing/needed and vacuumed, even though it has a tendency to give me blisters.

Suffice it to say that my office looks freakin' amazing. If this chilliness holds, Hotrod may not recognize the place when he gets home from his business trip. Actually, he may not recognize me if he comes in late and I'm traipsing around the house in my fur coat and mittens.

Do weather changes make you do anything weird?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spotty Memories

I'm at Fictionistas today talking about one of my fondest Halloween memories. Come share!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Writing Basics

When you were a new writer starting out, did you ever have one of those epiphany moments when you suddenly realized the proper usage of dialogue tags? Or what staying in one POV really meant? What do you wish you knew then that you know now? What are the key things you think newbie writers should know? Here's what I've come up with so far:

*Basic formatting
*Deep POV and distancing words
*Dialogue Tags - when to use/when not to use
*Character empathy
*Basic idea of GMC
*Basic idea of Pacing

What else? I know there's a ton of stuff I'm forgetting.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Rainy Day Friday

While the above picture is a fair description of what I really prefer to do on grey, rainy days like today, instead I'll be writing and judging contest entries. I may also clean house a little since Hotrod can't eat chocolate cake without leaving a crumb trail that would make Hansel and Gretel jealous. It's been a busy week and shows no signs of slowing down with a chapter meeting tomorrow and a chapter contest meeting on Sunday. We're almost ready to announce our finalists, so once we get to that point, it's almost over.

What's on your agenda? What's the weather like where you are?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Do you GILGOE?

There are a lot of acronyms in the writing business.

HEA: Happily Ever After
TSTL: Too Stupid To Live
BICHOK: Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard
WIP: Work In Progress
MC: Main Character
BIAW: Book In A Week

I'm sure you could add some more. But what about GILGOE? Have you heard of it? No? I won't keep you in suspense any longer. GILGOE means Get In Late, Get Out Early. It refers to scenes and how the transitions should be handled.

In other words, if you've got a scene where the hero and heroine are headed to a crime scene, don't start the scene with the long drive in the car, start the scene as they walk toward the police tape. And don't end the scene when the clean-up crew comes in to mop up the blood, end it with a good hook, while the reader is still embedded in the action. Get in late in the action, get out early in the action. This will keep your readers wanting more and keep the pace going by avoiding the slow transitions. You'll find this technique in a lot of romantic suspense (Roxanne St. Claire) and some paranormal romance (Kresley Cole) but that doesn't mean it only works for those genres. you GILGOE?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Goals, Motivation, Conflict

Interesting Tidbit: Researchers say those who start their diet on a Monday only have a 30% chance of succeeding. Start your diet on a Thursday instead and you have a much greater chance of making it stick.

Today's Goals:
1. Write 10 pages.
2. Post some new pieces to my Etsy shop.
3. Workout.

Today's Motivation:
1. I really want to get my WIP finished.
2. New pieces help generate traffic, traffic means more possibility for sales.
3. Losing a few pounds before my HS reunion would be awesome.

Today's Conflict:
1. I have shows on the DVR to catch up on.
2. Downloading pics and writing up the descriptions takes time.
3. I'm inherently lazy.

I'll let you know how it goes. What's on your plate today?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Take the challenge!

I'm over at Fictionistas today. Come take the 80's Sitcom quiz and see if you remember as much as I do. I pity the fool who misses out!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Can You Tell We're Related?

This is Reese, my darling niece who just turned two. Let's see...tiara - check, blackberry - check, dangly earrings - check. Okay, ready to party! lol My brother makes good looking kids, don't you think?

Saturday, October 18, 2008


There is a cat in this picture, I promise. He just couldn't be bothered to wake up. My closet seems to be one of his favorite nap spots. Happy Caturday!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Things That Make You Go Vrrrrrrrroooom!

My brother got a new toy. Isn't it spiffy? It's a Ducati Monster, one of the hottest Italian motorcycles on the market. I must admit, I'm a little jealous. I'd look pretty good on that, I think. He's promised me a ride for Thanksgiving.

He started to teach me to ride years ago, but I never really followed through. With the price of gas, riding a bike seems more practical than ever. Have you ever had a motorcycle? What kind? Would you ever get one?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Virtual Ribbon Cutting

I officially opened my jewelry store on Etsy last night! Blondissimo Gems and Jewelry is open and doing business. I've already had a few sales, and I'm thrilled! I've got some new pieces to get up today and some fabulous new pieces in the works.

Come check out the store and remember, Christmas is only 69 days away! (And if you're so moved to give my new venture a shout-out on your blog, I certainly won't stop you...)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

At least I didn't eat my pillow

I woke up hungry. Not just hungry, but starving. Like tummy rumbling hungry.

Probably because I didn't eat dinner last night. Hotrod left on an afternoon flight for this week's business trip and to make up for being away, he got us lunch from our favorite Thai place. I ate all of mine, which was like two meals worth. After that, there was no way I could eat dinner. I had a pudding cup and some pumpkin seeds, but no real meal.

Now I'm so hungry I don't know what I want because I want everything. Unfortunately, I need to go grocery shopping.

Guess it's packaged oatmeal for me. What did you have for breakfast? Please tell me pancakes. I really want someone to have had pancakes...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Movies You Can't Live Without

I'm over at Fictionista's today talking about deserted island movie picks. What are yours? Come play!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Wow, it's Monday already?

Where is this month going? Seriously, it's just disappearing before our eyes. Well, mine anyway.

So what's on the schedule for this week? More writing, as always. I've been such a slacker in the writing department, not writing nearly the amount of pages per day I want to. Also, I'm aiming to get my Etsy jewelry store up this week. I need a good sunny day so I can go out and take pics of the jewelry. Oh yeah, and I still need to be working out. Three things. That's not too much. I should be able to get it done.

Lastly, I have a goal of NOT doing something this week. As in, I do not want to watch as much TV as I have been. It's a time suck. I need to cut back. So far, I'm cutting out at least two shows: Private Practice and The Rachel Zoe Project. I'm not even sure why I watch that show, because I hate it. Next time there's nothing on, I need to find something else to do as opposed to watching just to watch. Seriously.

What's on your schedule this week? Or not, as the case may be?

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Apparently, some people aren't as excited about Caturday as I am.
(If this doesn't make you laugh, check your pulse, you're dead.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lazy Friday

It's Friday, that's reason enough to celebrate, isn't it? But just to make your day more spectacular, here's a picture of rainbow jello. Isn't it fun? It just uses red, yellow and blue jello. The orange and green are illusions created when the other flavors touch. I know, your Friday just got kicked up a notch and you weren't even expecting it.

You're welcome.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head...

It's been raining a lot here lately. In fact, I thought we might lose power last night because of how stormy it was. Because of that, I was inspired to share some snaps of one of our local dog models, Ms. Pepper St. Claire (you may know her human, the always fashionable author, Roxanne St. Claire), as she shows off what's tres chic in bad weather gear these days. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Would you?

SEATTLE — Washington state officials have banned a procedure that uses tiny fish to nibble dead skin off the feet of customers getting pedicures.

Let's say the carp pedicure wasn't banned in your state - would you try it? They're apparently very popular in other countries like Turkey and places in Asia.

What happens is the fish nibble off all the dead skin. Gross, but seemingly not to the fish, which are a kind of tiny, toothless carp. (Not sure how they nibble without teeth.) Afterwards, a regular pedicure is performed. Obviously, polishing isn't part of the fishes job description. They have no hands, how would they hold the bottle?

These ladies in Virginia seem to be enjoying the nibbling fish. And at something like $30 for the 15 minute experience, it's not so out of reach, like the $1000 brownie.

So, would you try it? Tell me what you think. You can read more about it here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

School Lunch

I'm at Fictionistas today talking about school lunch. Come play!

Also, my friend Roxanne St. Claire is blogging over at - Stop by and say hi, today is her first day!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Drive By Monday To Do's

This is gonna be a busy week, I can feel it. Here's just a part of what's on my week's agenda:

1. Write 30 pages on the WIP
2. Finish the book I'm reading
3. Read another book I've been dying/meaning to
4. Create 5 new pieces of jewelry to beef up my inventory before opening my Etsy store
5. Come up with a name for the store
6. Workout 4 times
7. Do the floors
8. Dust
9. Laundry

And that leaves out all the errand running I know I'll have to do. Just today I've got to go to the Post Office again and get groceries, later on in the week I've got a Dr.'s appt and a meeting with my chapter critmates.

I should probably schedule time to breath. What are you doing this week?

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Please don't bother me. I'm practicing my lounging skills.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Even More Jewelry

So, thanks to Karen, I'm thinking about opening a store at Etsy instead of Ebay. Thanks, Karen! My brother, who makes custom fly rods from reclaimed barn wood, may open a shop there too.

One of the things I need to figure out is what to call my little company. I'm open to ideas! You know I like cats and bling, so feel free to work with those. Also, I'm wondering about pricing. I'm going to show you a few things that will be up for sale along with the prices I'm thinking of. Please let me know if you think the prices are too high, too low or fair. This is new ground for me so any suggestions are welcome.

Winter Dream Set - $30
(necklace & earrings)
Swarovski crystal, aurora glass, silver beads

Bit O' Honey - $65
(necklace, bracelet & earrings)
Bronze freshwater pearls, rose crystal, antique glass, glass drops, Swarovski crystal, metal bees, flowers and hives)

Simple Silver - $12
Bugle beads, silver beads, moss jasper, freshwater pearls, swarovski crytsal

I know my pics aren't the best, I'm going to work on that. Actually, I'm going to take the pics outside in the sun. I think that will show the colors off best. Okay, tell me what you think!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

More Jewelry Pics

Here's some more of my jewelry pieces - a necklace and earring set. I made these for my mom. It's multi-colored jasper, golden potato pearls (potato refers to the shape) and gold beads.

Hopefully, my mom doesn't read this blog or it's not going to be much of a surprise when she gets it. lol Since my mom found out I started making jewelry again, she's sent me tons of beads, especially since she and my dad where in Durango, CO at the same time as there was a big bead and gem show going on. I thought it was fitting to make her something with the jasper and pearls, since she sent both of those to me. I hope she likes it!

Today I have an idea for a brown pearl and pink crystal necklace set. I'm working on building some inventory so I can open a little Ebay store. Problem is, I want to keep or give away everything I make!

And of course, I need to do some writing! What are you up to today?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wednesday Whatevers

It's Wednesday (duh) and the appt I thought I had today got canceled, rearranging my day. I still have to go to the post office, but I'd been waiting because I like to consolidate my chores. Now, I'm still going to have to go to the post office, but it'll be that and that alone. Bummer. I hate using up gas for one thing.

For those of you who asked, there's a photo of a necklace, bracelet and earring set I made recently, to give you an idea of what some of the jewelry I make looks like. I'll try to post some more pics as I make things.

Things I've noticed:

* My 50 books in a year isn't going as fast as I'd thought it would.
* There's never chocolate in the house when you want it, just when you shouldn't be eating it.
* Procrastination is the easiest thing ever.
* My writing goes really well...when I write.
* We have a new gator in the canal. He's a little bitty thing. I had to stop Hotrod from feeding him french fries.

Hopefully today will be one of those writing days where I apply myself and actually write. It will be. I just know it. What are you up to today?