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Write on

I have been diligently typing away, acting it out and talking to two friends, a Surgical Tech and a SWAT team Captain, as technical advisors.

Yes, this is what it takes when you write a book sometimes.

I have also been fortunate to secure about five people who are willing to be no-holds barred readers of a first revised draft of my bounty hunter story. There is a bit of nervousness and excitement involved with this step. Each individual will be certain to come back to me with an array of different comments. Of course I have to hope I engage them enough to get past the first page to get these comments, but I think I will.

Here is to moving forward my friends, warts and all.

What Are You Waiting For by Gwen Stefani has been on a loop through my current rewrites.

R.I.P. JD Salinger and Howard Zinn.


Haunting Music

Music is one of the my true passions. I adore nothing more than be turned on to new artists, old artists, any kind of music. Stuff like the Blacked Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift are not my cup of tea and I admit I sometimes wonder why they are popular, but I can't begrudge them their success. They appeal to an audience that I just do not happen to be a part of and that's alright by me.
That being said, here are some artists that I am the audience for.

The Decemberists: The Rake's Song - Haunting lyrics, reminiscent of an old folk tale. Brilliant.

Zoe Keating: The Legions - She makes a cello talk. Beautiful.

Imogen Heap: Just For Now - Excellent.

Passion Pit: The Reeling - Funky groove.

Pomplamoose: If You Think You Need Some Lovin' - Such a fun time.

Company of Thieves: Oscar Wilde - Makes me want to write a screenplay so I can use it in the movie.

Merle Haggard: Mama Tried - Classic.

Olga Nunes - A choice array of her wonderful music.

Melody Gardot: Some Lessons- Soothing and lov…

Inspiring Craft Rooms

Our office is not completed yet, but if I could I would steal a few ideas from Lotta Adolfsson. Here is the link to one pretty thing where there are even more fabulous craft rooms. May the inspiration strike you.

I love that tea pot.

This is exactly the type of desk I would love

I am also now a fan of the blog MadeByGirland I am now going to go spend some time there.


Tuesday Tuesday

Just watched NCIS, it was a repeat, but I need my weekly fill of Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Co. We even love NCIS:LA, I have a small crush on the actor that plays the psychiatrist, Nate. He has a terrific speaking voice. Both shows have an excellent cast, so for two hours we thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
We've never been big TV people. There are shows we do watch, but if we miss it or want to do something else, we do. There is no reason to miss out on life for a television show you can easily catch on the network's site, HULU or eventually, Netflix.
I am in the process of getting ready to send out a new short story to some literary publications. I know it will help if I get published in a few places before I send out inquiries to agents, so I have been doing a lot of research to see where I can send stuff to. I really need to write the query letter up so I have it ready to go.
Cleaning up my two big stories is what I am doing now. The novel and novella are being proofread and revised…

Writing sans Muse

On this lovely dreary day, sing it with me, "Rain rain go away", I am taking a break from writing to bemoan my utter stupidity in trying to create a muse.
I disappointed myself recently and that is what is most upsetting. What happens when you use a semi-famous/famous person as a muse then uncover something about them that conflicts with the persona you have created? First off, shame on me for thinking they will behave how I want and be who I want. Second, who the hell do I think I am by judging a complete stranger for some of their choices, but I have and I did. Let's just say, sometimes the more you know is not a good thing.
Stephen King points out in his brilliant book, "On Writing:A Memoir of the Craft" that there is a muse, but you have to work your ass off to get to it as it usually lives in a basement and needs a place to live and won't magically disperse greatness to you. "It's right that you should do all the work and burn all the midnig…

Fun artsty things

I have come across some fabulous things and so let's go on a fantasy shopping spree together.

Alice In Wonderland make up kit from Urban Decay - I MUST have this

Alkemie Jewelry - I would wear the hell out of the octopus & bat cuffs

Mat and Nat - I have one of their handbags, they are vegan and they rock

Melissa: Aisha Shoe - Very sexy.

Charmone Shoes - Cezzane - I want these and I don't care why or how.

Melissa Joy Manning - Love the white gold wedding band with black diamonds. Beautiful stuff.

There is immense beauty to me in the folk art of Mexico's "Day of the Dead". Etsy has over 7,000 products representing the holiday. Click here to check it out.

I hope you have enjoyed our journey.


Home is always where your heart is

Photo of Long Valley, NJ

I was reading some articles online and it got me thinking. So many of us have moved far from where we have grown up. I have lived in New Jersey all my life and to be honest, I wouldn't trade it for the world. New Jersey is far from a perfect place, but it is such a crucial part to my life, that I think I would miss it if I was to move away forever.
When I went college in Massachusetts, I loved it, but I always loved going home. Anyone who knows me, knows that I would pack it all in tomorrow if I could live in London, but I would be certain to keep a home here in NJ. If we win the HGTV dream home? We're keeping the NJ house too.

My favorite thing about my state is the hidden treasures. Our close approximation to NYC is all most people see, but there is much more. The mountains, beach or New York City/Philadelphia is within our reach in less then 2 hours. Lucky for us, the mountains are more like fifteen minutes away due to our location. We also have a…

Darn these sinuses of mine!

I am writing this post from the comfort of my bed. I got sick over the weekend, so did the hubby but he went to work. Now I lay here like a slug, drinking green tea with ginger and honey, downing Tylenol Sinus and orange juice. My sinuses are throbbing and if I could, I would rip them out with my bare hands.
The biggest bummer for me is I just started Curves and was looking forward to my second session today, but I have to wait until I am better to get in shape. Yeah I know I am whining, but I have a fever so please let me.
This morning, I sat in bed with my net book and decided to seek inspiration by watching a few episodes of Carter Can and Red, Hot and Green. Nicole Facciuto the designer on Red, Hot and Green is an incredible talent and I wish I could hire her to do some stuff around here. I sat in bed, blowing my nose, coveting some really great concepts. Nothing like watching a very handsome man build a sweet looking bar in a family room. Yes I have a crush on Carter and no, I am …

Dream Home and renovation ideas

I have been registering for the HGTV Dream Home in New Mexico because it is stunning and I happen to really like the Southwest. Years ago when I had gone on two separate trips, one to Arizona - Phoenix and Sedona and then one to New Mexico - Santa Fe and Taos, I fell in love with the architecture. I love the adobe style and I also got turned on to Rammed Earth Homes. I think these are one of the coolest and would one day to love to be able to build one. Here is a photo of one in Australia.

Since I am on a let's see what I would like to build kick, I loathe loathe loathe our poorly grouted, ugly pink bathroom. If only we had the same amount of space as the lady in this episode of Red, Hot and Green, because I would recreate this whole bathroom in our house.

We are looking forward to designing and building an entertainment cabinet (built in style) in our living room. Not sure when we will actually get it started, but it will be nice to have because we still have many books in boxes. …

Secretary Spread? Not me

Working in front of a computer all day does nothing in regards to keeping a healthy form. Well, at least not for me. Sure I take the dog out and throw the football around with her. She, or is it me, gets a perverse thrill from running the perimeter of the yard while yelling "Hut!" I call her my Rugby Puppy though I have never played that game in my life.
Anyway, back to my out of shape self. High cholesterol and heart disease runs heavy on my father's side and so to help keep that at bay, I need to do some serious cardio. When it is better weather we usually are outside more being much more active, but I certainly can't garden now. I do turn my compost pile, but that takes all of a few minutes. Today I went and joined Curves. the good thing about it is that's thirty minute of circuit training. I can go, do my thing and then come home and work on my book(s) and short stories. If after work the hubby wants to walk or do something else, we can. The hubby and I both …

Bring on the strong women!

Artwork by Paul Sizer

Let's bring on the strong women in the realm of comic books.

As said on the Jezebel blog:
"It would be nice to think that having an interesting and engaging female protagonist in a comic wouldn't be such a rare and epic event, but it is."

The '10's Will Be The Decade For Women in Comics


Romance Novels Rock

Welcome to 2010, so far, so good. The Honeymooner's marathon, never gets old for me.

Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels, I came across a delightful novel called Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie.

I was laughing from page one to the end. Witty dialogue, a great romance, relatable character, everything I want in a book. I got it from the library yesterday and I read it in a couple of hours. I have actually picked it up again today to review parts because I loved it so much. Now I need to go buy it. I especially enjoyed the fact that the main character, Minerva, is zaftig. Yes, a sexy, rubenesque woman who is tortured by her mother to lose weight, has good friends and a shoe fetish, ends up involved with a very handsome, smart, funny and kind man. When a writer can make me laugh, sigh, get breathless and turned on, they have done their job. Thank you Ms Crusie, you are my new favorite and will now devour everything you write. Happy New Year indeed.