Sunday, September 23, 2007

Falling

Don't you love the feeling of falling in love? The giddy, happy feeling that seems to slip inside of your soul and bury itself there, deep down. The rush of pure adrenaline you get when you see them. There's nothing quite like it.

I've always fallen in love with the characters in my writing. Shouldn't we always? My current WIP is no exception. Pure joy fills me when I open up the story and begin to write it.

So, who have you fallen for lately? Which one do you remember the most fondly?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Brave One

I went to the movies last night with a friend and saw "The Brave One."

Wow. I thought this was one of the most thought provoking movies I have seen all year. Jodie Foster did a phenominal job portraying her character. I've heard all the criticism about it being unrealistic and the ending being even more absurd. All I have to say to those people is: Get Over It!

This movie is addressing deep rooted instincts. I left the theater asking myself if there was anything I wouldn't do to avenge a loved one. I've never believed in the "Eye for an eye" type of justice, but I do believe now that there are situations that would be justified.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Friday, September 14, 2007

An Awesome Start to the Weekend

Have you ever noticed it's the little things in life that put a smile on your face faster than anything?

I have. I went to my publisher's website last night to peruse all the wonderful books available. After all, the best way to unwind is with a good book. Well, I was going through the website's Coming Soon section. Warrior's Paradise is listed!!

Yay! There is no cover and no blurb, but just seeing the title and my name there makes me feel legitimate somehow:)

That is an awesome way to start the weekend! My inner muse is beaming and ready to write even more.

Have a great weekend everyone:)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Broken Promises

My grandfather taught me one very valuable thing: your word is your bond. It is what you will be held to the most. You say only what you mean, and you do what you say. That simple.

I have noticed an overwhelming number of people growing lax with this. When did our word become "if I happened to get around to it." No. It isn't negotiable. Sorry. If you say you are going to do something, then freaking do it already. No excuses. No buts. Just freaking do it already.

And no, this has nothing at all to do with writing, or anyone in writing. Even though I do believe it poignant enough to span across any situation. I spent most of the weekend working on something for my other job, sacrificing my valuable writing time to do so. Why? Because I said I would. Why did I say I would? Because someone said they needed it because they were going to use it this weekend.

Guess what happened? I spent wakeless hours Friday night, all day Saturday and most of Sunday morning working hard on a project to get it to this person by noon. Only to discover today that she didn't even bother to open the file.

Arg.

I was raised to believe that your word was your most valuable asset. This asset depreciates as you fail to follow through with what you promise. 100 years ago it would destroy you. In today's society, it doesn't even appear to be a glitch on the radar of reality.

I guess all I have to say on this subject is this: The next time you give your word or promise to do something please remember that those two small words are the most critically uttered words. "I promise." or "I will." Do not neglect the age old meaning and significance of these words because one day it will turn and bite you when you least expect it.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Weekend Plans

I am editing and find that I actually love it. I am pouting just a bit that I have to work overtime this weekend, but there are plenty of hours in the weekend to get it all done:)

I have been diligently constructing a way to get all of you to meet and fall in love with the characters of Warrior's Paradise before its release. I think I finally have come up with something feasible. So, I hope to get that rolled out very shortly since it will be released at the end of November.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

To The Moron

So I came home from work today to find my sliding glass door open. It was just a little bit, but that is the second time in 3 days that this has happened. The security bar behind the door kept it from getting opened any farther. So either:

1. My cats are trying to run away and have managed to morph into beings with hands to open said door.
2. Someone is trying to get in.

I refuse to have an overactive imagination about this, so we'll just pretend it never happened. It doesn't help that my cats keep hissing at said door like they see something out there. It's dark. I can't see. They can.

It is clear you are determined to get in. All I can do right now is come up with a list of the reasons not to break into my place:

1. One of my cats has serious territory issues. You don't want to mess with her and her turf.
2. I have nothing of value except the laptop I am typing on right now. If you think I'll give this puppy up without a serious fight, yeah, you you don't know me very well.
3. I can scream really loud.
4. If #3 doesn't scare you, it should because #4: 2 cops live above me.
5. I may have a yellow streak a mile wide running down my back, but nowhere on there am I afraid of a guy with a gun. I grew up in Texas. You do the math.

Now that I've listed the reasons not to break in, here is a list of things that you need to do if you do break in: (Hey, anyone coming in here is given a chore. Deal with it.)

1. Remember the cat from #1. Try and trim her claws for me, okay?
2. For the love of all that is holy, change the lightbulb in the hallway for me. I'm too short and will not climb up that step ladder for any amount of money. The bulbs are in the closet.
3. While you're rumaging in said closet, feel free to go ahead and organize it a bit for me.
4. Vacuum. I have 2 cats and I hate that chore.
5. Cook something for dinner. Nothing too bizarre. And don't ask where anything is because I have no freaking clue. That's why I'm telling you to cook. Easy on the salt. I retain water easily.
6. Be a dear and re-alphabetize my books for me. There are only a few hundred. Oh yeah, I'm a bit picky about it too. So please make sure to sort by genre, then alphabetically, okay?
7. Take out the trash. The dumpster closest is always full, so you get to treck up the huge hill.
8. Bring a camera with you. Take a picture of whatever you steal and leave it on the table. I'll need it for the cops and the insurance company. While you're at it, take a pic of yourself too. Fingerprint dust makes such a mess.
9. Feel free to use my phone to call someone to set up bail. And your family if you want. I have unlimited long distance.
10. I'd take advantage of #9 if I were you and you decide to hang around until I get home. Because I am seriously hormonal right now and stressed. PMS and stress with my personality won't bode well for you.

Is is really still worth it to you? Quite frankly, I don't see why you want to get in so freaking bad.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Labor Day Goal

Time is flying by at a rapid pace.

As we delve into yet another Labor Day weekend, I find myself simply stunned by how many books there are in my TBR pile. I have always prided myself in not allowing this pile to mound up. I am a writer, but I am also an avid reader. So, where did all of these books come from?

I sat in the middle of my living room floor last night sorting through this pile. My goal? To figure out how and when I got so far behind.

Believe it or not, it isn't even really because of Nationals. I just honestly haven't read that much of what I have bought. So my goal for Labor Day is to read. I'm going to sit back, open a wonderful book and let my muse have a day off by enjoying the hard and talented work of other creative souls.

May you find the bottom of your own TBR pile soon:)

Happy Labor Day