Friday, March 12, 2010

Working on a Saturday

Oh, those SNI's how they tease me! They always creep up on me when I'm doing well with a project. Thursday I figured out how to make my way to the end on my current first draft. That took all day - a long shower (hot water always helps me think), lots of Oreos and some doodling. I figured it out, though!

Which means that since I figured out what I'm doing for the end, instead of working on it (which, would be the smart thing), I'm letting the SNI tease me.

I've spent the morning dreaming up a new project. Something younger than anything I've ever written, and to be honest, I'm not 100% sure I can pull it off.

I have huge respect for picture book, children and middle grade writers. It seems like they get the short end of the stick. That everyone feels as if they could write 500 - 10K words and get published.

It's hard to write for that age. Much harder than anything else. I have two kids and I understand how difficult it is to hold their attention while entertaining me enough so that I'll read it to them.

I get it and I respect it. Why, then, am I thinking about dipping my toe in?

I think the challenge is wooing me.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Way It Is

I’ve been in this really weird mood lately. Not a good or bad one… a strange one. Take for instance this weekend:

I should start off by saying I’m relatively frugal (that’s the nice was of saying cheap). I think about things for a long time before I buy them. Especially things I can’t return, like music. I have no idea why I do this because I end up buying the album anyway and I could have been enjoying it for months while I thought about it… so why waste the time?

*eye roll* It’s another one of those quirky things I do.

Here’s the part of the story where I get embarrassed for myself.

An album that I’ve wanted for forever is the newest Lady Gaga. There’s a very specific reason I haven’t bought it yet. The music is too fast for me to write to. And it’s rare that I’m in the car anymore for any period of time where I turn on my music. When would I listen to it?

I know, don’t get on me about how lame this reasoning is. I get it.

Steven wants that album too. Occasionally he’ll ask: Hey, did you buy it yet? To which I respond with a long-winded debate about the pros and cons.

This weekend I decided, you know what? I’m going to pony up the $13.99 and be done with it.


The plot unraveled from there. For some reason (shiny!) I got distracted (shiny!) by really old albums (shiiiiiiiiny!). Ridiculous ones. Ones I do not want to admit to buying. My finger started clicking like I had a sick disease. FIVE ALBUMS LATER… I still hadn’t bought Lady Gaga. Only now I’d spent (… adding up 5 albums at $12.99…) a lot more than the $13.99 I had complained about spending in the first place!

Steven chose that moment to walk in to my office. “Oh, good. You finally bought Lady Gaga, can I have it?”


He looked over my selections and then said to the kids, “You all need to back away from your mother.”

Seth looked up from his toys. “Why?”

“She’s having a nostalgic breakdown and I’m not sure how this is going to play out.”

I rolled my eyes. “What are you talking about?”

He folded his arms. “You always do this. You get stuck in your book and buy a bunch of weird music and then go into this crazy nostalgic state.”

Huh. I guess I do.

P.S. I still want the Lady Gaga album.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's Thursday!

I have nothing to say. So… I decided to make a list of all the uninteresting things in my life just so that I had something to write about. Lucky you! Ha!

• I broke out my 80’s music for the kids. Not the really good stuff. It was the fun stuff that I shouldn't admit I listen to. Bangles! Debbie Gibson!

They loved it! And memorized the songs. When we were in the car (with the music blaring and the kids singing at the top of their lungs) and had to enter the base, Steven turned down the volume (way down).

“Are you embarrassed?” I asked.

He gave me that look. The one that I can only describe as: Are you kidding me?! Of COURSE I’m embarrassed!

Note to self: I should take the kids to karaoke (they’re all over the place!). They’d enjoy that.

• My son’s front teeth need to fall out of his mouth PDQ. He’s a grinder and has completely worn the backs of both his front teeth out. Like… literally there is NO BACK on them. He was complaining that they hurt so we took him to see three dentists (because no one could tell us what’s up - *rant about the military*). Finally we ended up with a kid’s specialist who said… “Well, he has no roots left in the front two so he really needs to start wiggling them, otherwise we’ll have to extract them.” Ugh! And then, his adult molars have grown in already! No wonder the kid was in pain!

• I went for another massage & facial yesterday. I needed it. I think it took the last of headache away. I could get on the bandwagon of holistic medicine if it included lots of massages.

• It’s the fourth of the month and I’m already behind on my word count.

• I have a post going up tomorrow over on Okinawa Hai. It’s been a while since I’ve subbed an article there. It’s regarding that adoption workshop Steven and I went to.

• And… Let’s say a certain kick-ass agent asked if I was interested in doing a guest post for him. If I wrote it, what would you guys be interested in reading about? I’m trying to keep it topical. Maybe genre switching since I’m trying my hand at an adult paranormal right now. Perhaps also trying to work in aspects of living overseas. Suggestions on what you’d find entertaining?

… See? Nothing too crazy going on over here. Life as usual.


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