Whatever!!!

If you don’t read John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, you really _should_! I’m just sayin’! (Unless, of course, you have absolutely no sense of humor, equal appreciation of wit and sarcasm, or think everything and everyone should be uber “politically correct.” In which case…er, you’re prolly not reading my Livejournal anyway!)

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Writing went well again last night. I am loving this book _so_ much already, and I’m only in the middle of Chapter 2. The characters are just _so_ much fun to write! And I haven’t even gotten to the overly good bits of the plot yet, so this bodes well for continued enjoyment. Which means I should whip this book out fairly quickly. Yay!

Obviously, it’s by no means perfect and there are things I will need to revise. But honestly, this book is already scads better than VoD. And VoD wasn’t a _bad_ book, the opening was just…flat and uninteresting compared to the last 1/3 to 1/2 of the book. If things with PS (Psychic Storm) continue as well as they have started (which I just have the feeling they will), then I have high expectations for this one. It’s such a great feeling, and I think partially explains why I took the Luna rejection so well. My subconscious knows that _this_ book is going to kick the other book’s ass!!!

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Excellent Writing…

Had a fantastic evening of writing. Banged out the rest of chapter one and am now over 2,000 words into the novel. And, if I do say so myself, I am kicking ass and taking names. The sparks between the heroine and hero are flying, and I think I am giving just enough details without giving too much. Leaving the reader to, hopefully, lust for more, more, more! Here’s hoping this book keeps flowing half so well!

Christmas Recap…

I enjoyed a very good Christmas full of friends, family, and blessings. I think I already mentioned that my favorite gift is the laptop my husband got me. I have been lusting after laptops for a long time now, and I really think it’s going to help with my writing. Between the excitement over the new laptop and the excitement for the new book I have gotten quite a bit done in the past few days. I whipped out the opening scene of PS (Psychic Storm, the tentative title for the urban fantasy atm) and damned if I don’t think it’s the best opening scene I’ve ever done. Kinda impressed myself, really, since I usually don’t write in the first person POV. It gives me high hopes for this one, it really does. I also got quite a lot of world-building done, which is good.

Still not bumming about my Luna rejection, which is good. Like I said before, I do think it was at the tail end of my million words of crap. Now that it’s out of my system I have much higher hopes for my next project. I am just so happy to have my first completed adult novel and first novel rejection under my belt. It makes me feel much more “official” as a writer! It’s only onward and upward from here, folks! =)

Husband and I made it to the gym again this morning. We’re aiming right now for two mornings a week and 1-2 times over the weekend until we get back into it. Then we may switch to 3 mornings a week to see how it goes. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll get there 5 mornings a week. I’m not holding my breath though! =)

Oh, I forgot to mention all the other gifts I got. Shawn bought me seasons 3 through 6 of Stargate SG-1. It was amusing after the first 2 seasons I opened. My brother, sister, and I were like, “Ohmigod, I bet it’s season 4!” “Could it possibly be season 5?” *giggle* Looking forward to it, though he and I still have to finish season 1 and 2 first! I got two lovely butterfly necklaces, a beautiful butterfly journal with a quote from Shakespeare inside it, a pretty butterfly candle topper (yes, I’m into butterflies ;), a butterfly photo album (which my friend Julie then informed me I have to fill with pictures of her godbaby once we have him or her and give it back to her–yeah right like she’s getting it back!), a CD of scrapbooking software, a pair of ug slippers (which are soooo comfy! Even if I did make fun of the pair my sister had on before I opened mine–oops!), a gorgeous winter-themed fairy figurine (I’m also into fairies), a purse with my new last initial on it, and of course my laptop. I’m prolly forgetting something, but that’s what I can think of offhand. Shawn and I also got a joint gift certificate for dinner at O’Charley’s, which we used last night, and checks from his parents and grandparents. So a very nice Christmas indeed!

We Are Siamese If You Please…We Are Siamese If You Don’t Please…

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You are a Siamese! You are fun-loving, playful,
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Must be why Siamese and Siamese mixes are my absolute favoritest kitties! Can’t wait till the summer–once we get a house I am getting at least 2!!! (Cats, that is.)

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Does the Early Bird Really Get the Worm?

Back from our absolutely magnificent weekend celebrating husband’s 29th birthday and new job. Well, we got back yesterday actually, but I didn’t get a chance to update. Work was busy, busy! Speaking of work (in case I didn’t mention it), husband’s new job is at the law firm I work. He’s in the IT/IS/Computer/Whateveryouwanttocallit Department. It’s pretty cool being able to ride in to work together now. I changed my hours to coincide with his, so I start and end work 45 minutes later than I used to. So far, so good, she says after two whole days of the new situation.

You’d think that would mean I’d get more sleep in the morning, wouldn’t you? But no, Shawn and I are recommitting ourselves to re-losing the weight we lost and gained back. We’re starting on exercise first, food after Christmas. *grin* So we got up at 6:00 this morning and ran to the gym for a half-hour workout. Starting slow since we hadn’t been to the gym in at least a month. On the one hand I hated getting out of bed that early. On the other hand, I loved the feeling of getting the workout done and knowing I don’t have to worry about it later. I think once I get used to the schedule I will prefer it. Here’s hoping.

Oh yeah, I didn’t give details about the weekend. I took Shawn away to a gorgeous B&B in Hannibal, Missouri, which is the childhood hometown of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens. You can take a peak at this breathtaking Victorian house at by clicking here. Julie and John, the innkeepers, were absolutely charming hosts and the food was divine! Julie cooks tasty breakfasts and her chef, Russell, prepares heavenly 6-course dinners. It’s a good thing that we don’t eat like that every day or we’d _never_ lose weight again! We enjoyed interesting conversations with several other couples, one set of newlyweds, one set of expectant parents, and a couple that got engaged Friday night at the B&B. The man proposed to his girlfriend in such a sweet, romantic way. It reminded me of Shawn’s romantic proposal and it really brought back happy memories.

We stayed in the Oden S. Rogers room, and it was adorable. It had a remote-control fireplace which we made good use of, and the tall, queen-sized bed with a featherbed cover was so comfy it made leaving it so tough! We stayed in the room a lot, but had dinner in Hannibal one night and lunch there the next day. Unfortunately, the Mark Twain boyhood home was closed for renovations and/or the winter season, which disappointed me. However, we want to go back in the summer (possibly for our anniversary), so I figure we can catch it then. There should be a lot more to do in Hannibal in the warm weather anyway, but this weekend was about us so I didn’t mind so much.

Didn’t get any revising done, but I was silly to think I would get any of that in during such a romantic getaway. I will try harder after Christmas, really I will! =)

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