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>News, Updates, And Stuff

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Wow, what a summer, huh? I hope everyone is surviving the terrible heat wave we’ve been having. Although, yesterday and today have been dreamy. For me, anyway.

I have all kinds of news. First, I gotta say-I’m not too sure about the new blogger. The dashboard is weird and creating this post is interesting. By the time I finish this, I’ll now more about whether I like it or not. Anyway….some news.

When I got my tattoo, I was disappointed when the scabs came off. There were spaces with no ink, and parts were lighter than others. Everyone told me that the guy who did it doesn’t do touch-ups for free. His online reviews said the same thing. Sorry. I’m not paying someone to fix their mistakes.

I recently found someone else and had it redone. Guess what? I have ink in all the right places! And no weird shading, either. Yay! Know what else? She said that if there were still spaces or shades, she would fix it. For free. Um hmm. She will get all my business in the future. (Yes, NOW I can plan for my next one *happy face!*)

In other news, my former teacher GOT ME INTO THE CLASS!!!! Yes, Friends, I will be graduating in December. Finally!

Now for writing news. My intended goals have been shelved and that’s okay. I’m not good at forcing creativity. The new shiny I mentioned before is patiently waiting and I really hope to begin working on it again before the summer is over.

To date, I’ve written 4 short stories and I have 2 more that I really want to get completed. I’ve learned a few things during this process. For example, I can’t write humor. My hat is off to those of you who can.

Fortunately, my Muse knows this and steers my path into other directions. Basically meaning that the ideas I’ve started with have consistently morphed into something else. I’ve also discovered how difficult it is to keep short stories short. William found several magazines who want stories between 3 and 6K, and a few more that want them up to 8k. I’m averaging 4+ to just over 6k.

The weird thing is, just like during nano, I’m finding naptime at work to be extremely conducive to writing. Yay for sleeping children 🙂

Speaking of weirdness, I’m ready for this:

Yep, the rainy, cloudy weather we’ve had the last 2 days has put me in the mood for fall and all its accouterments. Part of it may be my desire to leave summer behind and get on with cooler weather. (Okay, a lot of it!)

Mostly, though, it’s because I like to decorate the house in fall and winter. I don’t really do much decorating in spring and summer….

Lastly, has anyone seen the new Harry Potter movie? If you’re planning to go, a word of advice. Take Kleenex. Especially if you’ve read the books, because you’ll be able to appreciate what’s happening on a deeper level. Yes, there are changes and differences, but it’s still a wonderful ending to the series. I want to go back.

One of the things I really liked about it was these guys finally got their due in the movies…..

That’s it for now. I hope you’re home, cause I’m dropping by for a visit!

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>HEY!!!!!

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Well, more like a quick visit to say hello and see what’s going on with everyone. 

It’s been a little crazy the last several weeks. Initially, I took time off to work on my two wip’s. Part of the way in, I realized that Tangi had backed off again, though I did manage to get several scenes written and a few others sketched out. Hopefully, they can be used. ***update: as I was writing this, she showed me something!***

With the nano book, I rewrote the beginning (I learned that agents won’t read anything beginning with someone waking from a nightmare.) The new intro is actually much better than the original, so that’s a plus. Then, I found myself rewriting the whole thing, not something I have time for and it was loosing something in the retelling. So I decided that I would try and just rewrite pages at a time.

Finding how difficult and time consuming that was becoming, I decided to put both wip’s on hold and follow another idea. (Can you spot the ADHD coming into play here?) One that I’m keeping under wraps for right now. But the neat thing was that it would be quicker and aimed at a wider target. Cool, right? Well, it was cool, for about a week. I was 10,653 words into the new project when the A/C went out. During the hottest week in May. (Director’s father said his porch read 103 degrees F.)  And the prednisone was still coursing wildly through my system. Yep, a total meltdown occurred. At one point, I simply started crying and was unable to stop. *Sigh*

Since about the age of 14, I’ve been unable to abide extreme heat. I’m told it’s probably a hormonal thing. I’m no better than a wrung out dish rag. So all writing/blogging/and facebooking came to a screeching halt. Eight days later, we had air again *silent prayer of thanksgiving* but the damage was done. I’d lost all my motivation. The writing train had derailed. Three weeks passed. Not one word written.

Till William came back to the Center for the summer! He’s my only face-to-face friend that writes and understands/gets excited about all things writerly. He’d done some research about short stories and where to submit them. Since we’re both pushed for time, we decided to concentrate on shorts, working on the wip’s when time allowed or the muses insisted. We’re both writing like crazy and I’m finding it fun and challenging. I’m finding he’s also quite the crit buddy!

Since this is a longer weekend, I hope to get a few more written, (I’ve sketched out ideas for several!) then concentrate on polishing them up. I also want to resume work on the new shiny, finishing it if I can. Ambitious, but the summer is passing quickly and I want as much to show for my time off as possible.

That’s pretty much what’s been going on as far as writing goes. During the A/C – prednisone drama, I reverted to my bad emotional eating habits and paid for it in spades. Consuming an estimated 3 to 4 thousand mg’s of sodium caused the wicked-bad migraines to return. Lesson learned. I’ve had my tatt redone (when it healed, there were blank spaces) and Honey finally had time to do some landscaping in the front of the house (I looks a lot better).

Work has been almost non-stop activities/happenings/events, but this week was really mellow. Lots of families on vacay, so I got to come home early yesterday (Friday). A couple of our kiddos are having some serious health issues and could use some positive thoughts and prayers, please. (I can’t mention names or conditions, sorry.)

Right now, I’m going to get some of my Saturday stuff done and then I’ll see if the Muse is with me. If she is, I’ll be writing for most of the afternoon and early evening. Then, I’ll be around to visit. I’ve missed you guys!!!!  If Ms. Muse is absent, I’ll visit sooner!

My weekend plans? To see Transformers! And I’m sooooooo looking forward to HP7 part II. The last trailer makes me cry. 

So, how have ya’ll been?

>OHMYGOSH!!!!!!

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Okay, I know I’m stretching it a bit. But you know me. I  tend to break the occasional rule. According to Jack Sparrow, they’re more like guidelines anyway, so….

First, I hope everyone is okay after the terrible weather. Hopefully, this whole crazy year will be like the month of March and, since it’s roaring like a lion now, it will exit quietly, like a lamb.

Now, on to the post for today. Really, ‘OMG’ is about the only thing that relates to the letter ‘O’ here. But I had to find a way to share. And that lolcat kinda depicts me accurately when I find a new movie to love. Here it is:

I simply adore Amy Adams, and Matthew Goode, well that long-legged fellow ain’t too hard on the eyes. It’s set in Ireland-green, gray, moody, and hilarious. Perfect! It’s sweet. I’ve watched it three times this weekend already. Giving Star Trek a break, lol.

Seriously, I’m wondering what’s happening to me. I’m pretty much an action/sci-fi/mystery kind of person. I’ve never, ever, been into ‘chick flicks.’ But it’s happening more and more lately. Hmmmm……

Lastly, I have a routine when it comes to my internet choices. I check the pics from Lakeland Cam, then facebook, gmail, ichc….and then, just before the blogs, I go to imdb.com. I read the headlines, see who’s having a birthday, and look at the featured trailers to see if there’s anything that interests me.

Now, I got to tell you, I absolutely love David Hyde Pierce. He’s the reason I love Frasier. Well, imagine my surprise when I saw he has a movie coming out. Then, after watching the trailer….I was even more surprised. Omg, you have to check this out! (See how I tied that in there?)

Honey says he has it figured out already. Do you? Think it will be any good?

>INIGO Montoya

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I hadn’t planned to do any A to Z’ing today, but this one was short and fun, so:
You know how some movies are so great that people just can’t leave them alone?
They get spoofed, parodied, copycat-ed.
Sometimes the actors get it.
Other times it’s the characters.
Once in a while, though, it’s a character….and their lines.
Princess Bride produced many memorable characters and lines, 
but perhaps none more so than this one:
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
In honor of that fabulous line, 
here are some LOLs I thought you might enjoy…..

PS – what do you think of my new look? Honey helped pick out the colors, the photo, and everything, wow! Yay for involvement 🙂

>B is for BILBO BAGGINS

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Bilbo Baggins is one of my favorite hobbits. (My absolute favorite is Pippin – and he was not the incompetent fool Peter Jackson made him out to be!)

He was adventurous, brave, clever, insightful, and generous.

Elrond had a high regard for Bilbo, as did all of the elves, and Aragorn considered him a friend.

He translated and recorded many elvish tales and songs, and pieces of his own works became part of Aragorn’s identity.

And Bilbo, alone, in the whole of Middle Earth’s history, was able to relinquish the One Ring of his own accord. 

That’s something!

>A is for the "A" List

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For the first day of the A to Z Challenge,
I thought I’d start things out 
by posting some of my favorite things 
that begin with the letter “A”.
In no particular order
(and believe me, this is a very short, random list):
About a Boy
I love this movie. It’s sad, funny, tragic, and real.
And you’ll see Hugh Grant in a whole new way.
Highly recommend it.
It’s no secret that I love YA/MG novels.
Artemis Fowl is one of my favorite characters.
I’ve read the whole series so far and I’ve enjoyed watching him mature.
August Rush blew me away.
It’s a fairy tale. Musically.
Freddie Highmore is completely brilliant.
He breaks my heart, in the very best of ways.
Very highly recommended!!!!
This is probably my favorite Audio Adrenaline album.
There’s even a fantastic cover 
of Pete Townshend’s Let My Love Open The Door.
AA has a rock flavor that appeals 
and a message that encourages.
Check them out if you haven’t before!
Funny Face
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Fair Lady
War and Peace
Grace. Charm. Beauty. Talent.
That smile…..
Has there ever been anyone like Audrey Hepburn?
Anastasia
I absolutely adore this movie.
Ingrid Bergman is beautiful, fragile…..amazing.
And Yul Brenner just makes me swoon!
A real life fairy tale that almost could have been….
It’s not for nothing that this is a true classic.
all images from google.com
So, what’s on your A List?

>I’m In Love!!!!!!!!!!!!

>Oh, my friends, this may not matter to you at all and THAT’S OKAY! For real! But if I don’t share this, I’m going to just explode!

I’ve mentioned before about my favorite wip. Not the nano novel (which I do love, btw). There’s just something about Tangi, my favorite MC. She’s haunting and haunted. She’s tragic and epic and I adore her. However, it’s a giant struggle to write her story and do it RIGHT. Therefore, most of it is still in my head. (I can do that. It’s my super hero power-storing whole story elements in my brain-pan.)

I can see the entire thing, but some of the characters need to be more, you know? And the antagonist(s) need fleshing out, as do a few other elements.

Well, I had a major breakthrough yesterday. Still not what this post is about, but it’s important nonetheless. One of the major characters solidified! His whole story just birthed itself, wow! And, his bff….I got the whole relationship, how it’s relevant, and how it affects Tangi in all kinds of ways. In fact, there’s a whole trickle down effect happening!!!! *happy dance*

Now, if I can just figure out the rest of the cast (make them more than 2D) and more specific conflict stuff….

ANYWAY! Recently, I saw Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time. I have to admit, it was way better than I expected. What’s more, I love the soundtrack. I love listening to the music as the credits roll and I’m glad, because I found something amazing.

This is going to be Tangi’s song. It fits her in a very different but profound way…….

The passion with which Alanis Morissette sings….it blows me away. In my head, I can hear Tangi singing this – with anger and sorrow and defiance…..a declaration to all who hunt her.

Sigh….I’m in love with this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>Happy Birthday!!!!

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Well, today is a very special day.
For all kinds of reasons.
First, it’s Honey’s birthday, yay!!!!
Today is also the one year anniversary of my blog. 
Yep, one year ago today, we ate pizza, watched the movie UP,
(I have no idea what we’ll do tonight….)
and I sent my very first little baby post out into the mysterious blogverse….
and you responded!
*long, whispered “Wow!”*
So, if you’ve stopped by here today, have some Honey-Blog birthday cake.
And know that I really appreciate your presence, your friendship, your guidance, and your encouragement.
This has been an amazing year.
The next one is going to be even better!
And, since you have been sweet enough to drop by here today,
why don’t you pick up this lovely ‘gift’ before you leave.

Last week, dtwilight from Goddess of Cats gave me this lovely award
and I’d like to pass it on to you.
Cause you’re sweet!

If you haven’t checked out her blog, do so,
especially if you love cats 🙂

Happy Birthday, Honey!
And, Happy Birthday RDW 🙂

Happy Tuesday!!!

>Happy Sunday!!!!

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I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!

Yesterday (Saturday) I had my first migraine since the whole strep thing.
I took a med and slept through most of the day.
But the headache is gone, yay!
An observation: in lowering my bp, I’ve gone from a migraine at least once a week, to one in a month. 
Wow.

And today, I’ve been really, really lazy.
Honey and I both have.
And it’s been glorious.
Since last night, we’ve watched movies:
Prince of Persia and The Crazies
We’ve watched TV:
AOTS, Top Gear, NCIS and Modern Family
And one award show:
IAA (about gaming)
We’ve also just talked and played on our ‘puters.
Now, I’m trying to finish up what didn’t get done yesterday.
I don’t mind.
Here’s why:
My phone can be upgraded in April and Honey had the $$$ set aside.
He’d looked into a phone like his so that I could blog on my lunch break.
He has the Droid X.
(It’s actually been a blessing for him on his job, he uses it that much.)
Yeah….’puters are fine but I struggle with my digital camera!
I decided to keep my Blackberry.
I know how to work it.
He got me an iPod instead.
Now, instead of blasting my stereo so I could hear it (mostly) throughout the house,
I can carry my tunes with me.
Yay =D
(The kitties really appreciate it. No more loud noise for them!)
One thing: am I the only person who hates ear buds? They hurt! I prefer the big, ol’ fashioned headphones.
That’s me.
Fashion backwards =P
Happy Sunday
I’ll be around to visit soon!

>Have You Seen This Yet?

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Hey everyone! I haven’t fallen off the planet. Yet. Felt better much of the week and then Friday night, I could feel the sore throat-yucky sinusy junk creeping back up on me. Again. So, downing some orange juice and Honey is going to get me some stuff he’s been taking. He hasn’t gotten sick at all, so I guess it works. If it does for me, I’ll let you know.

Anywho, I just wanted to share something. With all the horizontal time I’ve had lately, you’d think I’d have been all over blogland. Nope. My head hurt too much. Reading? Nope. TV? Some. I could close my eyes and drift and it didn’t matter. Movies? Two. And I’m posting about the first one here.

If you haven’t seen RED, all I can say is WHY NOT?!!!!! It’s funny. It’s action packed. It’s sweet. And it’s got this guy in it. *heart*heart*heart*

Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, here is the trailer……

So, visit your nearest Blockbuster, Red Box, or click on Net Flix (if they have it) and see this movie!

Hope your weekend is great and fever free, lol!