Slice of [my] Life

a writer's piece of the pie

Side Projects? What side projects?

wp_10bSchool is putting a serous cramp in my writing life. Whenever I think I have time to sit down and do my thing…AHH! Another essay is due!

It’s hard to remember my priorities sometimes. I want to write my novels, but I need to finish school. And then there’s that pesky work thing. Really though, when is a writer supposed to write? I’ll have to be dead before i get the time to work on it, and by then I’ll be too dead to actually write the damn book!

I’m not the kind of writer who see’s twenty minutes of free time and can sit down to write the next few pages of my WIP. I need to warm up—to get into the zone. And then, of course I’ll need to get out of the zone. I can’t just stop writing when I’m on a role, after all. That’s just crazy talk. Absolute nonsense.

Fortunately for me, (and unfortunately for you) I realize that I’m not the only person who struggles with balancing the precious 24 hours given to me. Plenty of you work, raise families, do the school thing, volunteer, play a weekly game of bunko, have a social life, read, and still manage to get in your writing. Who knows? You might even have time to exercise. And to all you well adjusted people, I say kudos and congratulations (in addition to a hearty “screw you”).

But really, if I could give you an award, I would. It would be called the Ass Kicker Award and it would be awarded to bona fide ass kicking people everywhere. Except for me, because I’m a scatterbrained nut-job with a fondness for writing.

medical-weight-loss-program On another note, I’ve finally decided to do something about the extra pounds I’ve packed on in the past, oh, two years, or so. You see, I have this genius plan for weight loss. Get ready, because I know this is going to shock some people (mainly, anyone who knows me). I’m going on a diet! Actually, I’m already on one. It’s been one day—the most successful diet attempt I’ve ever had.

I feel like a vegetarian. Okay…a quasi-vegetarian. I’m actually eating those green things and passing on the cookies. I’m pretty proud of myself, as I have no willpower. Maybe I’m just a horrible stereotype, but I’m a Southern woman, and I like my food fried. Umm mmm! Fried chicken, fried Twinkies, fried cheese sticks. You fry it, I’ll eat it.

But for breakfast today, I ate these strange things called strawberries and peaches. Lunch and dinner? Fat free yogurt—and a bowl of shredded lettuce. I mean, come on! Who eats a bowl of shredded lettuce?! [I might have cheated with tacos…but J made them for me. It would have been rude to decline 🙂 ]

Please, oh please, oh please, dear gods of weight loss—rid me of my extra forty pounds! Smite down these evil fast food cravings and let rabbit food taste like Belgian chocolate.

Once I’m over this damn cold, I’m going to start that exercising thing. Maybe I’ll even get out of the house…

Baby steps. Baby steps.


February 10, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Diet, Fiance o' Mine | 2 Comments

Happy Award x2 & inspiration for the LaFS Blogfest

I’ve won the Happy Award…twice! I am definitely feeling the love!

♥ Thanks to Tiana Lei over at Spilled Ink for this awesome award! Tiana has a great blog. She’s an aspiring writer who is kind enough to blog about her writing ups and downs. OH, and she she has a really cute layout. ♥

♥ Thank you, Rhonda at Snarktastic Ramblings for being kind enough to pass this one on to me! For those that don’t know, Rhonda is one of the funniest bloggers out there. She delivers snark of a colorful variety. Swing by her blog and check her out. ♥

The Happy Award (which is really, really cute!) is very simple and pretty darned cool. First, I’ll pass on the award (my favorite part of receiving awards–besides getting to post the pretty pictures on my blog)  then state 10 things that make me happy. Hence, the “Happy 101” picture.

But before I forget — and yes, I know I’m interrupting a perfectly good train of thought — I want to remind everyone about the Valentine’s Days Love at First Sight Blogfest. Sign your name and blog address to the Mr. Linky’s sign up list and post your Love at First Sight scene to your blog on February 14th. ★ Don’t forget to sign up, or people won’t know how to find your blog ★ If you’re having trouble with your muse, head on over to To Keep It Going, a blog of inspirational tidbits. I’m doing a series on love poems and over romantic paraphernalia, in honor of Blogfest.

Now—back to business. First, to pass on this award I’ve searched my blog reader for blogs that have not (at least to my knowledge) already received this award. It’s nothing personal, I just wanted to spread the love to people who didn’t already have it. And if I messed up, and you do already have this, please forgive me 😉 This task was not as easy as I thought it would be…

And now for the 10 things that make me happy —

1. My beautiful family.
(brothers, sister, myself, and cat, Leo)
2. My incredible fiance’, J.
(Me & J on my birthday, last year.)
3. My religion
4. Writing
5. Reading
6.  Photography
7. Music
8. Movies

9. Nature

10. Rainstorms

Have a great week everyone. I’ll see you next time.

January 23, 2010 Posted by | About Me, Award, Blogfest, blogs, Fiance o' Mine, the Family | Leave a comment

Distractions and procrastina–OH! SHINY!

I bailed out on my main squeeze early this afternoon so I could get around to writing more of the ballroom chapter (which I have lovingly nicknamed The Chapter That Will Never End also known as chapter eight—yes, that’s right, chapter eight. Like I said, I’ve been preoccupied for the past month). Unfortunately, I not only have an attention span to rival that of a goldfish, but I also bare a shocking resemblance to this

That’s right–I’ve spent the last four and a half hours playing mindless games on Facebook. I know, I know. Facebook games suck, but for those four and a half hours, I was addicted! Not to worry, I’ve closed out of Facebook and now have TweetDeck open; I won’t be playing Vampire Wars, Sorority Life, or Make Me a Celebrity.

Speaking of my main squeeze–Josh and I watched 100 Feet today. The main character also plays Jean Grey in X-Men. We both figured it would suck (which was why we wanted to watch it, seeing as how we love making fun of crappy, horror movies) but, surprisingly, it was pretty good. Jean Grey played a woman who was put under house arrest after killing her abusive husband; he ended up haunting her throughout the movie. Yep, one good ole crappy movie with my man and some fast food. Perfect.

Now, I’m going to get around to working on chapter eight…as long as nothing distracts me.

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Fiance o' Mine, UGGGHHH! | Leave a comment

Another little detour

Between my busy work schedule and my lovely beau, I’ve spent the last few days not writing. I did some re-plotting of the Immortals series I’m working on, as well as on the two other books I’ve been playing with in bits and pieces. To be honest, I didn’t plan to work on plotting my two other books just yet–I’m not quite ready to focus my attention on them because of how well my first book in the Immortals is going–but, seeing as how “book one” was pissed off and not speaking to me, I switched my attention to first Bitten, and then to a Young Adult book I’m toying with, which remains nameless…

As it turned out, switing my attention actually was a good thing. I suppose the best way to explain it is that it “opened me up” and made me more compliant in dealing with the issues I was having in my plot with “book one”. When I turned my attention back to the Immortals, poof–problems solved.

So, in a miraculous stroke of luck, fate, or divine intervention, I knocked out three birds with one stone. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Now,  since I just mentioned it, I should point out that no, my books are not actually named. I happen to be the worse writer ever at inventing book names. If I had my way, my book series would be titled A, B, C, and so on, while the books themselves would be numbered 1, 2, 3, etc…

I also spent the last two days (while not working or with my fiance) reading a magnificant new book (that’s actually been out for a few years). The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason was bloody brilliant–no pun intented. Now, for anyone who has actually taken a look at my library and seen the number of books–no, I have not read all of them, and no, there is not enough time to read them all. However, Josh (because you know I’m talking to you), If I did not purchase books at random, I would never have come across The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, and therefore, would not be so completely amazed by how expertly put together Gleason’s “world” is. So, ha! There is a very good reason to let me indulge in my Borders addiction–I truely enjoy it.

Now that’s it Monday, it’s time to get back to work with my writing…

September 21, 2009 Posted by | "Bitten" Series, Fiance o' Mine, Nightling Series, Plotting, Reading/Read, Young Adult Series | Leave a comment