Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's Freaking Done

I can't believe the book is done.  It's been a long, strange week for it too.

Last Saturday - I just got to the company picnic and sat down with a bowl of steamed clams.  BAM!  Migraine.  I didn't have my meds on me.  So I did the next best thing.  Drank it away.  People kept tabs on me and brought me beer the whole time.  Within an hour it was gone.  HALLELUJAH!  I wouldn't recommend that remedy often though.

Wednesday - MIGRAINE AGAIN?!?!?!?!  Took meds and stayed home.  I was pretty sick the whole day.  At 3 pm my brain finally snapped free and took off like a race car.  I was all of a sudden back into the book and loving it!!!  Writer's block gone.

Yesterday - I was in a race to finish the book.  I wanted it done by Monday.  I was well on my way to finishing it too when...yep.  Migraine.  (Are you freaking kidding me???)  This one was weird too.  The symptoms were backwards.  So I took meds AND booze.  Finished a bottle of wine and within an migraine.  None whatsoever.  Weirdest thing.

Today - Hangover.  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  Oh, but I finished the book.

Now I just need some critics and a kick-ass editor to catch my screw-ups.  Oh, and a publisher might be nice.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to take a nap.


Favorite goofy line of the day...

The blouse was so see-through that he could see the flower pattern on her bra move when she laughed.  It looked like a rose bush in an earthquake.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Sucks Ass

Yeah, I know.  Not exactly a big breaking news item.  And I'm sorry for the potty mouth Mom, but it does.  It doesn't help that the temperature was about 90 degrees with 60% humidity ... IN THE OFFICE!  Usually it's freezing.  Today was hideously warm and sticky.

Queso Soup was killer the second night!!!  Although I might make it with 16 oz Velveeta next time.  Not sure.  It's super yummy regardless.  Plus I made hot chicken and mozzarella sandwiches with the leftover crock pot chicken.  I'm a regular Betty-frickin'-Crocker tonight!

ATHF is back on TV.  This time around it's called Aqua Something You Know.  It's not bad actually.  Reminds me more of the first season, which rocked.  And there's just something special than seeing Carl in a thong!!!  YEAH BABY!

I hit the 75,000 word mark for the book and I've given it all to a couple of friends to read to make sure it's still good.  After that I'm going to fill it out to 85,000 words (which is apparently the standard for a first-time author).  I already know some of the scenes could use some extended attention.

To fill the time while I wait and also so I don't lose the excitement again, I'm writing up all the smut scenes for the second book.  HAHA!  Probably won't even get in the book.  Maybe that's what I'll write.  All the dirty, raunchy, raw smut scenes that were cut from famous books in history.  Just imagine what The Great Gatsby would have been like with an orgy scene.  (Probably about ten pages longer.)

Ack!  It's too hot.  I'm going to lock myself in my bedroom for some peace and quiet...with the air conditioner!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sundays are my new favorite day

I never thought I'd say that.  Normally I detest Sunday because the next day is Monday.  But I've grown to love Sunday.

Yesterday I made up a huge batch of White Chicken Chili and froze it.  Today I've got a crock pot full of...

Slow Cooker Queso Soup

1 lb hot poultry sausage, cooked & crumbled
2 TBSP dried minced onion flakes
1 TBSP Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
4 cups (32 oz) low-sodium chicken broth
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Rotel, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can green chilis
8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
4 oz lite cream cheese

Throw everything in a crock pot on Low.  Cook until you can't take the smell anymore and have to eat it.  Or 6-8 hours.

Adapted from

The recipe called for two cans of Rotel, but I only had one, so I added the diced tomatoes and green chilis instead.  It's the same thing.  The recipe also called for coriander, which I didn't have.  Not sure it needs it.  Didn't seem to be missing anything.  

This is spicy. If you're sensitive just use regular diced tomatoes instead of Rotel, mild sausage instead of hot, and cut back on the amount of spice used.  That's all.

I debated buying the 2% Velveeta, but I'd never used it so I wasn't sure how it rated compared to regular.  Considering I was at Target and they only carry Velveeta in 32 oz bricks, I decided to get regular instead of being left with a lot of sub-par cheese.  Or "cheese".  Honestly, I cringe at the thought of using Velveeta, but it's Queso.  It's pretty much mandatory.  The recipe only calls for 8 oz anyway.  It's a soup, not a dip.

Oh yeah.  This is killer awesome good!!!!!

Later I'm making a Spinach Alfredo with Wegman's Wine & Cheese Sausage.  Uber yummy.  I'm a dirty-minded housewife.

Why dirty-minded???


I decided to force myself to write something for the book.  Next think you know ideas are running around in my head.  YAY!!!!!!  And no, not all of them are dirty.  Just some.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

That Effing Book!

Most of you have probably figured out that the lack of updates means I've hit writer's block.  No, not writer's block.  A HUGE MUTHER OF A BLANK WALL!!!  I finished up the personal/romantic storyline and most of the mystery.  That left the business side.  Guess what?  I got nothing.  Ok, I got something, but I can't organize it and decide what to do with it.  I have great ideas, but that's all they are.  I have a lot of research to do if I want to do this and do it right, but every time I try my mind wanders terrible.  I have killed countless hours in front of the computer going..."Ah, to hell with it.  What's on Netflix?  Stargate Atlantis!  Awesome!  If my book is made into a movie, maybe we can get Jason Momoa to trim up his hair because he'd make an amazing Alex.  He's already got that cute scar.  Hmmm."

"For that price, I want it to vibrate and tell me I'm pretty." - Said by me in an email to Stacey

I'm starting to freak out a little about the fact that I'm not freaking out nearly enough to take action.  As Drew pointed out to me, I've written a lot in a relatively short period of time.  I just need a break.  Or as Stacey said, maybe the reason it takes six months to write a book is because of the couple months in the middle that the writer's got nothing to write about.  My father said the nicest thing to me the other day..."Remember, you have to be a writer to have writer's block, so it's not a bad thing."  They all just make my day sometimes.

Other than that the only revelation I've come to this week is that when I hear the song "I Was Made For Lovin' You" by Kiss, I instinctively want to strap on a pair of roller skates and rock out over the mall food court.  (Local joke for the 80's teens.) 

Ok, that's about it.  Hadda throw something up here for my parents to read so they don't think I've slipped into a fat, lazy coma.  

Oh, one more thing...


I nicely cropped Jim's ex from the picture.  When I scanned it in, I noticed I'd written on the back...

The Women.  Slim pickings at that party, I can tell you.

Even back in the early 90's I was rockin' the self-esteem!  But honestly, what do you expect from someone who wears her hair like that?  I call that hair style "high tide".  Just another reason I now have bangs.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up

It's Sunday morning and already it feels like the weekend is over.

Yesterday NorGus Press had a book signing at Auburn's Downtown Books & Coffee.  There were six of us, the original NorGus four, plus two local authors.  One is very local.  So local that I sleep with him on a regular basis.  Yep, it's my hubby Drew.

The book signing wasn't a success from a business standpoint, but from a personal point-of-view it was great!  I had been dreading it (I hate people) but I had a good time.  I rarely get to talk to Jeff & Matt anymore, so we got to catch-up on things.  Dale (local author) was pleased as hell to be there just because it got him away from his insane children for four hours.  And he's a funny, funny guy.  The staff at the bookstore are fun to watch in action too.  We even got to chat it up with a couple of local crazies.  That's always great fodder for another book.  So, in all, I actually had a good time.  Shocker!

I got no writing done on my book what-so-ever.  This is a little bothersome, but I'm trying not to be phased by it.  The problem is that almost all the personal plotline has been written.  I'm left with a little of the mystery and a lot of the business.  That requires research.  So I'm hemming and hawing.  I've got lots of time because my deadline is 8/4/12, but I might have sorta told people, "Two weeks!  I'll be done in two weeks!"  Well, I don't think that's gonna happen now.

But that's why the weekend feels "over".  I'm not doing anything productive.  Sure, I could clean something in the house, but it's just going to get dusty again so what's the point?  (Note to self, after becoming a national bestselling author hire a housekeeper.)  Too bad that line of thought didn't apply to my diet too.  "I'm just going to get hungry again, so what's the point in eating this unhealthy high-caloric food?"  (Note to self, ditto for the personal chef...and personal trainer...masseuse.  Ok, why don't you just buy Mirabeau and move in???)

My hope is that by now posting this the rest of my Sunday will be amazingly productive.  That's what usually happens.  I make an announcement and it's immediately a lie.  HAHA!

UPDATE!!!  I was totally right.  As soon as I said, "I got nothing," inspiration struck.  I added 4,000 words today to break 70,000.  Do I know how to work my own system or what?  HA!