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Days like these…

December 4, 2007

It’s days like these where I wondered why I ever started a blog, lol. Marissa has done FAR more posting than I have, which I generally take advantage of since I don’t have time.

What have I been up to? Some secret stuff, not a lot of writing, tons and tons of editing and newsletter stuff and whatnot, and more. I performed in my church’s annual Christmas concert on Sunday night, which was a blast, but BOY am I glad it’s over! It was a lot of rehearsals and time that I just didn’t have, but had to find. Dress rehearsal was about four hours Saturday morning, and the concerts were at 3pm and 7pm on Sunday.

Saturday late afternoon the Stud and I went to a new place to get a Christmas tree. Normally we go to a tree farm and get the tree cut down right in front of us, but their selection was small this year, and they also charge $10 a foot. Yes, that means for a 7-7.5-foot tree, we paid about $70-$75. This year we decided to go somewhere else, and ended up finding the perfect tree (already cut), and it only cost $32! Whoa! Now I see how the rest of the world has been living! LOL. Since Stud and I have been actively trying to cut down expenses, this helped immensely.

Now, I must venture back into the world of editing to get these edits to my very patient author. But what have you all been up to? What do your holiday preparations look like? Do you get a Christmas tree? Have a pre-lit fake one? Decorate in Hanukkah finery? Squeal like a little girl as I do when your favorite holiday song comes on the radio? 🙂

Hope everything’s going well for everyone, and I promise that come the New Year, I will be more active on this blog! Well, I will attempt to be! 😉


The One Where Kate Comes Up For Air

October 2, 2007

Oh, I miss Friends.

So, dear lord, life has been crazy. Yesterday was the first of the month, which meant new releases were out at Whiskey Creek Press and Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. Wheeee! None of my authors had books release this month, so I didn’t have anything extra (thank freakin’ god), but I was still busy.

My father had heart surgery Friday to get a pacemaker. The lead fell out – they had to reopen him and fix it. Sewed him all back up all nice-like, then the lead fell out again. So Monday they had to open him AGAIN and fix it. Woo.

Meanwhile hubby and I thought it would be SO NICE if we fixed up my parents’ bathroom while Dad was in the hospital! Think house built in the 70’s which has NEVER been updated (including nice bright orange carpet – which is now a brown/orange carpet). This means big plumbing issues. BIG. And hubby is not a plumber. So he fixed it all up real nice – and another leak started. It rains in their basement when the shower’s on now. Previously it was apparently only raining in the wall. Not good, but undetectable to the naked eye.

So, it was a crazy, crazy weekend followed by a crazy first two days of the month.

And now I can breathe. And wonder why no one reminded me that I had a contest running! Geez Louise! I’ll have to go back to the post after this and pick a winner! Woot!

And tomorrow I get to see Lori! Yay! She’s on a business trip in Boston, so we’re doing dinner and drinks tomorrow night. I haven’t seen her since the Lori Foster event two years ago! About time for a reunion, I’d say. 🙂

What have you all been up to? Been pretty silent for a while, from what I can tell from not checking. 😛

Just checking in…

September 17, 2007

Completely forgot to check in on the 70 Days of Sweat blog, but really, I didn’t have much to report. I managed a grand total of 250 words (I think), which are still written on my small notebook in my purse. Just haven’t had the time to type it in.

I’ve been working really hard on a new book I’m editing, and I’m loving it. I can’t wait until you all get a chance to read it!  This is a new author for me, which can sometimes be good, sometimes bad. It takes some time to really understand how one another works, but I truly believe that this time is going to be great. Her book was polished to begin with, and though she’s plagued with those pesky adverbs (oh, aren’t we all), her writing is beautiful, adding yet another talented author to those for whom I edit.

Sigh. I’m busy, but life really is good. 🙂

I did it! I really did it!

August 26, 2007

OMG! Do you see that beautiful little orangy counter over there on the right? That’s right, baby. That shows that I FINALLY made to the halfway point in my book!

Oh. My. God. I’m jumping for joy here, people! This is my first book, I never thought I’d WRITE a book, for heaven’s sake, much less FINISH one! Well, okay, getting a little ahead of myself with the finishing part. But really, if this were category, I’d be ALMOST done! LOL. Unfortunately the way I write, I think it’s going to top off at about 120k, so there’s going to be some serious cutting down at the end.

But I’m halfway to my original goal of 90,000 words.

I think I can do it.

Oh, in terms of Sven, I managed 2665 this week. Woot!

The Big Haircut!

August 19, 2007

Yesterday was the big day! We chopped out hair to donate to Locks of Love and Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. Pics are behind the cut!


Making the Kindest Cut of All…

August 14, 2007

Saturday is a monumental day.

I’m cutting off my hair.

“Eh, what’s the big deal?” you may ask. I’m not just cutting my hair. I’m cutting a LOT of it off.

Why? To give away to charity. My sister, my husband’s little sister, and I are chopping our hair off to give to two different places. My older sister and I are donating our hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign which makes wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer, and hubby’s 7-year-old sister will donate hers to the Locks Of Love campaign, which uses the donated hair to make wigs for disadvantaged children who’ve lost their hair from cancer and who can’t afford the high price of a wig. (See links to webpages for a much more elegant description of the good these groups do.)

I always have long hair, so this is a bit traumatic for me, lol. I’ll post some before and after pics from the day sometime Saturday night or Sunday.

Anyone have any stories of doing this, or knowing anyone who did? Or perhaps know of a woman or child who received one of these wigs?

It’s my birthday!

August 11, 2007


And as such, I will be away pretty much for the whole weekend. Hubby’s letting me do whatever I want for it, so we’re off to NH for today and tomorrow! It’s going to be gorgeous, so we’re visiting friends and family then beaching it on Sunday. 🙂

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

My Weekend

June 25, 2007

My weekend was pretty boring actually, but I like it that way. If I get too much on my schedule, I get frazzled and harried and I turn into Marissa Monster. Yes, it’s not pretty. 😉

I read a couple of books:

Lawman by Diana Palmer (she’s such a guilty pleasure) and this book was very, very entertaining for me. It’s done in the usual Palmer style, but the hero isn’t as much of an ass as her heroes usually are. I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much.

The Ladies’ Man by Susan Mallery, part of the Positively Pregnant series. OMG was this story good. The dialog between the hero and heroine was witty and so much fun. I really, really love Carter Brockett. He’s made my list of Top Heroes of All Time… and I really like his name too! Rachel, she’s a hoot. She’s made my list of Top Heroines of All Time. Ms. Mallery really did a fantastic job with this book and storyline. It’s hard to make me like a contemp when the H and H are irresponsible and don’t use a condom, but she did!

I also was interviewed from Jaynie R. It was fun and reading everyone’s answers was really enlightening as we’ve all got different perspectives. Should make The Bradford Bunch blog fun! By the way, I’ll be announcing the winner of my contest today at noon, CDT, so if you haven’t commented on my post of When Does A Writer Become An Author, hurry up and do so! I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.

And last night I wrote. I went above my word count! Woot! I hit 3,094 which totally rocks and was amazingly easy to do. I think it’s because this story is unlike any I’ve ever attempted before. It’s fun and humorous. It’s going to have drama and witchcraft and, of course, a bit of suspense. It’s a sort of reunion story with Lily and Reed as they had dated in high school. And there’s a mobster who lives across the street who’s annoying Lily because his goons keep mistaking her address for his. 😉

What did you all do this weekend? Do you have any book recommendations to share? What book(s) are you reading or have you read lately?