Slice of [my] Life

a writer's piece of the pie

Remember to say I love you

For the first time in months, I had my next blog posting planned and written ahead of time. Everything was ready—all I had left to do was click publish. I’d even started to outline the next blog post. Needless to say, I was really proud of myself.

But then, this morning, things changed and I’ve decided to hold off on both of those posts in lieu of a tragedy.

For those that don’t know, I work for the City at our community golf course. Our Parks and Rec department are some of the best in the state of Texas. We have an ice-skating rink, an event center, two indoor city pools (one a lap-pool, the other, a leisure pool with a lazy river and “crazy” slides), a state of the art gym, a 27 hole golf course, a HUGE park complete with baseball fields, soccer fields, playground equipment, and an outdoor water park. Needless to say, our maintenance workers are utterly incredible.

While all of them are great, I have always been fond of one in particular. We’ve talked shop, work, family—you name it. If I ever need anything, he’s the one to ask. A good ole country boy, he’s married with two boys, and lives about an hour out in the country. Because he works on all of the Parks & Rec buildings, I rarely get to see him, but when I do, he brings a smile to my face and I know he’ll make sure to stop by and gossip with me before he moves on to his next location.

Yesterday, my coworker received a call while at work and was told to rush to the hospital. His wife, her grandmother, and his 3 year old son had been stopped, waiting to turn left across traffic. They were rear-ended and pushed into incoming traffic, where they flipped over and hit another car. His wife was killed on impact; her grandmother died at the hospital. Their 3 year old son, by the grace of God, survived and is in stable condition.

My prayers are with my coworker and his two children, and while I grieve for him and his family, I can’t help but think, Oh God. In the blink of an eye, everything changed. It isn’t as if he woke up that morning, knowing that his wife would die. She didn’t have an expiration date stamped on her wrist, no sickness that foreshadowed death. One moment, the world was fine, and the next, everything went to shit.

God…did I tell J that I loved him before I left for work this morning? No, I didn’t. I grabbed the keys off the night-stand, flipped the light switch , and slipped out.

What about my brother? Were our last words in anger? I honestly can’t remember.

So when you get home tonight, make sure to tell your family that you love them. Don’t even let sleep stand in your way, because death is permanent and tragedy hits everyone.

Goodnight, and God bless.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | the Family, Tragedy | Leave a comment

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

Superior Scribbler Award

Can you believe it? The incredibly talented Anne Riley thinks I’m a Superior Scribbler! I’m so excited–and honored–to receive my second blog award. And look how cute the badge is, by the way.
The rules for this award are very simple; all I have to do pass it on. It should be easy–except for the part where I have to narrow down my list of favorite blogs, but, I’ll give it a go.

 I also joined a small Critique Group, which we named Critique_This.  Right now, we have 5 members.  We’ll have to see how it goes, but so far, I love it. My group is so supportive and laid back (just like I like). Well, I’ll blog more Sunday, but as for today, I’m exhausted. I just really wanted to post the Award that Anne gave me like, oh…about FOREVER ago! Sorry it took so long getting it up.

My MS has be suffering because of the  family drama that will not seem to take the hint and die!
Actually, it isn’t that my MS is suffering; the MS has just been neglected. But my MCs…well they are definitely suffering–which my Critique Partner seems to think is barbaric (though she won’t come out and say it to my face).

You see, she’s quite peeved-off that she’s been stuck at a cliff hanger for about a week…which means Kate and Caleb are also stuck at a cliff hanger, right at the edge of danger—the same edge of danger that they’ve been stuck at since this family drama, that-is-my-18-year-old-brother’s-fault, started, well over two weeks ago.

Still, I’m a mean, mean writer/mommy to my characters and they don’t deserve that.

Happy writing everyone!

**The Blog Award was awarded to my blogger blog @ Work in Progress.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | Award, blogs, Critique_This, the Family | Leave a comment

Sticky Situations

Wow–so I’ve totally fallen off the edge of the planet for the past week. I haven’t even been on Twitter, which is how you know something’s up in the Reese household.

Right after Thanksgiving (which was a wonderful day of food, football, and family) a personal crisis reared its big, fat, ugly head. Its taken most of my time away from writing, blogging, tweeting—you name it–so I’ve been pretty much AWOL for the past week. This problem has been (for the most part) resolved, and I’m finally falling back into the swing of things…at least as of 11am Monday morning.

My plan today is to write the ending to chapter 10 and work on chapter 11. Kate and Caleb are in a tough situation and they have to fight off the enemy and save the day–you know, all in a day’s work, right?

Will blog about my success tomorrow!

November 30, 2009 Posted by | the Family, UGGGHHH! | Leave a comment

Clifford the Big Red Dominatrix

Last night, I stayed up late writing, and while I didn’t get a lot written word-count-wise, I did get a really good quality scene written out. I was pretty ecstatic last night–especially after all the whining I did to my main squeeze over the past few days (love you Josh!). The scene went over a critical romantic choice. I wrote three sections back and forth between point of views. I would have written this entry last night, but I was exhausted when I finally closed my laptop–it was 4:30am!

Tonight I plan to finish up the last scene at the ball/dinner party and make my way into the next chapter! Of course, that’s been my plan for how long? Right…

I’m about an hour behind my schedule tonight. An unexpected project came up with my brother, the kindergartner. The project was, of course, due tomorrow. Perfect. We had to pull out the craft box and dress up Clifford the Big Red Dog for Halloween. F-ing perfect. Like I really had time for that… We actually had a really fun time together while working on E Man’s project. Here’s what we ended up with

…sort of a cross between a superhero and a dominatrix (the latter was unintentional). The mask just turned out that way. I would have fixed if, but I was in a hurry. Plus, it was a peel-and-stick foam and we’d already stuck it to the Clifford cutout by the time I made the connection…

As you can see, we gave Clifford a studded collar out of jingle bells. (The giant E on the cape is E Man’s initial)

I am rather proud of the poor thing. He can’t help that he’s not perfect.

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Nightling Series, the Family, Writing | Leave a comment