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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Just for B...

A friend of mine complained to me that it's been a while since I've updated my blog, and she's right, so I thought i'd share today's (and a couple days last week) "DUH!" moment of the day.

In a baby-proofing and slightly obsessive move, I signed up a while ago to receive email notifications from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (or whatever it's called) whenever they issued new recalls. It's been highly informative and has convinced me that everything made and painted in China will be recalled for unhealthy lead levels. But that's beside the point.

In the last week, I've seen three recalls for candles. Wanna know why?

Fire hazard.

Yep. Amazing we couldn't figure that out on our own.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Slacker Taggee

Lucy tagged me on Sunday, and I'm a slow-poke, so I'm just now getting around to answering... but I swear I have a good excuse. I wrote "The End" today on the final draft of Granny's Booty! I'll do an edit this weekend, fix a few things, and then it'll be off to crit partners and beta readers. Woohoo!

On to the tagging...
Two Men I’d Love to Date if I Were Single (and they were single and real)
1. Mr. Honey (He's just so much fun, I'd do it all over again)
2. The hero from Granny's Booty (hehehe)

I Am Wearing Right Now
Pajamas (Hey, you're just lucky I showered today)

Two Things I Would Want in a Relationship
1. Respect
2. Laughter (Just like Lucy!)

Two of My Favorite Things to do
1. Tease Mr. Honey
2. Play Pirates!

Two Things I Want Very Badly At the Moment
1. To be able to take the good cold medicine
2. To sell Granny's Booty

Two things I did recently
1. Had lunch with a new friend
2. Finished my final draft

Two things I ate today
1. Christmas cookies
2. Toast made from homemade bread

Two people I most recently talked to
1. Mr. Honey
2. Jos, online

Two things I’m doing tomorrow
1. Laundry
2. Edits/critiques

Two Favorite Holidays
1. Talk Like a Pirate Day
2. Casmir Pulaski Day (at least, it was one of my favorites growing up. It occasionally meant I got my birthday off from school)

Two Favorite Beverages
1. Root beer
2. Homemade lemonade

Two Things about me, things you may not have known
1. I was in a sorority in college, despite being one of the least likely candidates in the world to ever join a sorority
2. Mr. Honey was my boyfriend before he was aware of that little fact

Two places I have lived
1. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2. Rolla, Missouri

Two of my Favorite Foods
1. Baked potato soup
2. Anything at Fogo de Chao

Two Places I’d rather be right now
1. In a cabin with a full fridge and roaring fire while it snows outside
2. In a large bathtub filled with bubbles (and warm water, of course) with a book at my side and soft music playing in the background. Oh, and some nice strong hands rubbing my shoulders would be nice, too.


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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Snow Days!!

I'm a midwestern girl at heart, so living in the south for the last 5 winters, I missed out on the snow. But now, thanks to wonderful Ohio weather, I'm experiencing a real live snowfall! I love snow! Especially on days when I don't have anywhere to go.

Today, I'll be sitting in my office writing, a cup of hot cocoa at my side, Christmas carols playing, while the snow continues to coat the ground. And to think, I fell asleep last night expecting to wake to find that the weatherman had played a joke on me...


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Friday, November 30, 2007

Help answer a question?

So I was thinking the other day... (Yes, you can cringe now.) And my thinking led to some wondering... So I figured I'd put this to my 4 or so regular blog readers (bless your hearts for coming back after so many months of boredom and silence), and see what you thought. Just a random, unscientific survey done here for nothing more than satisfying my curiosity and see if I'm actually as ignorant as I think I am.

So, the first question: Are you a writer?
And the second question: Where did you first hear about e-books? (Or have you not heard of them?)

That's all. :)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Accountability, Day 5

Today is the last day of my week-long experiment to see if I actually get more work done when I stick to a schedule. I think my results so far have made the answer pretty obvious, but I'll still post today's schedule and results, just in case you're not tired of it yet. I'll do a final wrap-up over at the Deadline Divas tomorrow.

7:30 - Get up, get going. Overslept! Mental note: consider setting alarm.
9:00 - Start writing
12:00 - Break for lunch (for the record, had a short break earlier to grab my morning snack, but I did research the whole time I was eating)
1:00 - Back to writing
2:15 - Leg stretch break
2:30 - Writing some more
3:10 - Phone call (Would've let voicemail get it, but it was someone who doesn't usually call, and curiosity won out)
3:25 - Back to writing
4:00 - Stop for the day. Halloween's tonight in my neighborhood, so I need to get ready early.

Total words for the day: 5700, just shy of 23 pages
Total hours spent writing: 5.5

Still keeping my 1,000 words/hour page count. Not bad. I'll have to keep this up.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Accountability, Day 4

Today is the day that I shall call, The Day That Started With A Hangover.

Don't freak out - I wasn't drinking. I just came down with one of these killer headaches yesterday. They've been hitting me off and on the last couple months, and yesterday was my day to deal with them. Sometimes they last a few days, so I was a bit afraid to get out of bed this morning. Once I got up and going, though, things were fine. Must've been too much Mexican food and sunshine yesterday, or something.

So, I started late, but I still feel that I was productive.

8:00 - Roll out of bed, get breakfast, check email & internet, start laundry, call bug guy, do dishes
10:00 - Start work on writing-related tasks. (I swapped a couple chapters with a friend, so I spent an hour looking over her comments and answering questions she had about my comments.)
11:00 - Start writing
12:15 - Break for lunch and chores
1:15 - More writing
4:00 - Stop for the day. Time to prep dinner and finish chores, so I can get to Bunco tonight.

Total writing time today: 4 hours, plus 1 hour for writing-related issues
Total word count: 4,013 words, equal to 16 pages.

At this rate, if I can write 1,000 words an hour, I could finish my manuscript in about 70 hours. Probably couldn't do it in 70 hours straight, though. Even I need to sleep sometimes.

We're in the home stretch, folks! One more day to report daily progress before checking back in with the Deadline Divas. Woo-hoo!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Accountability, Day 3

In today's episode of As the Schedule Turns, Honey deters from the last two days' primary purpose in order to do some edits. Below is the riveting commentary from her day. Below that is the tag she answered from Lucy yesterday, which is infinitely more exciting.

7:15 - Roll out of bed, do morning stuff, plus dishes, and throw in a load of laundry
9:00 - Start editing
10:00 - Break for food
10:15 - Go back to editing
12:15 - Break for more food, also known as the neverending bowl of potato soup. Bring up dry laundry from the laundry room
1:00 - More editing!
3:30 - Finish all editing for the day, write about 25 words, and call it a day.

On the surface, it looks like I spent less time at my desk today, but by my calculations I still spent 5.5 hours on writing today. I edited about 18,000 words of my own WIP, plus critted 3 chapters for somebody else today, so all in all, I think it's still a productive day. Hooray!

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