Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Monday Morning

I know it's a Monday morning because:

I woke up late.

Dog got excited and peed on me.

The girl's alarm clock never went off.

Girl couldn't find her homework. Her backpack. Her medicine.

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But, I kept my sense of humor and drank two cups of coffee. Yay, me.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Evil in a wrapper

These things just undermine my self-control.

EVIL...

And soooo tasty.

Huh...I think Winston needs a piece of candy.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Second Attempt

Thank you, Jean, for the recipe.

I know it looks kinda strange because there is meat on this pizza. This came out delicious. Great crust.

This is where the chorus sings.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Good Morning!!

Good morning. I've been up since three so for me this is like midmorning.

What is it about me and the month of February?

Things sort of always fall apart.

I mean, sure it might have something to do with the big plans for the year. Those pesky new year's resolutions. But I didn't have many.

Could it be that I just had some high hopes for personal stuff this year?

Not sure. But I do know I have an annoyed muse that really, really wants to write on new character that doesn't want to stay quiet. Normally a gag might work. Or the threat of deleting a folder. But Winston is just too crazy to understand. He'd keep whispering in my ear regardless.

Hope you all have a great Thursday.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

I did NOT forget to post

Last night I sort of deleted a post instead of editing it. I've done that before. You'd think I'd learn?

So today was like one of those orange juice commercials. You know the ones where the mom is sipping her OJ and asks everyone around the breakfast table what sort of bumps in the road she's about to have? I wish I could've known beforehand what all was about to happen.

Like the girl waking up at 12:30 AM--and decided to rearrange my living room.

The dogs deciding since she was up, why wasn't I?

The coffeemaker. Because you know I'd love some actual coffee with the all the grinds in the cup.

And all that was before 6 AM.

My homework is done so I am off to relax. Later folks!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some days are just like this....

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words." — Mark Twain

Yes, I stress over not only finding the perfect word, but the perfect first line.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First Attempt


In case you all can't recognize it, that's supposed to be pizza.

Since the girl's been sick, I've been trying new recipes and making things from scratch. Her favorite food is pizza so naturally I have to come up with recipe that works.

Something with the dough didn't quite work out. Maybe being up at this altitude meant an automatic fail for the recipe. Not sure.

Cooking, I'm realizing, is lot like writing. It's a series of trials and sometimes epic failures when it comes to learning to write. Or learning a new writing process. A new way to plot. Or getting to know a stubborn character.

And some stories are simply harder to write.

Like the elusive great pizza dough.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Death by chocolate


Yes, that is exactly what it looks like--an assorted chocolate junkie's dream. I love fresh fruit--and chocolate. Ooooh, yeah....

This is how I celebrated my pre-V day.

And in honor of Valentine's Day I shall break the heart of one of my characters. Okay, maybe two.

Go forth and have fun with the one you love.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday chat time

Time to put away all the knives, guns--laser canons, and enjoy the company of your characters over a cup of tea.

Okay, maybe some of you all are reaching for the beer.

But have a nice chat without hitting the delete button. You never know what might creep into a conversation that can change the whole outlook of your story.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It gets really dark out there some days


We all have dreams. Some are closer to getting them to come true, while others have a ways to go. No matter where we are in the journey, we all have these close calls. So close that we can touch them. See them. Feel them. We're about to get everything we ever wanted.

Then...

Whack. Gone. You lose.

It sucks. It's painful. It's the soul-sucking-black pit of doom.

It's okay to feel lost. Cry. Pray. Go for a run...do whatever it takes to get ready to go again. Okay, anything that's NOT self-destructive.

Dreams aren't lost. The only way you ever lose your way and your dreams is if you never try again. Yeah, I know it sounds like a Hallmark card. But it's true.

To my friends who feel like they've been kicked in the gut one too many times, you can get through this. WE can make it.
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Break in the storm

It's been snowing on and off since yesterday and we finally have a moment of sunshine. From the weather reports I've seen, I need to appreciate this because another storm is moving in soon. But for the moment it's a calm, beautiful morning. Sunrise was amazing. No shots of that. I was enjoying my coffee too much.

Enjoy these moments in your life. And, you know, maybe show a little mercy to a character or two. Then slam them with the bad stuff.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

-15 F

It's a bit chilly out there this morning. And I can't get Miss Kitty to stay outside to do her business. Tossed her out the backdoor twice, and each time that fur ball ran right between my legs the moment I tried to close the door.

Suppose I don't blame her. If I had a choice I wouldn't be leaving the house either. But, I have to take the girl to another test today at a new hospital. Who knew Colorado had this many hospitals in my area?

I also have homework to do so I won't get bored while waiting around for the girl to wake up from the anesthesia. The homework has to do with writing a query letter for Brooklyn. Yes, I am working. You all thought I was slacking off.

Keep warm everyone.
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