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Archive for September, 2010

Hello

I know I’m never consistent with posted blogs, but lately it’s been a challenge to get anything up. After I returned from vacation, I came down with a bad cold and Mother Nature had a spat with the calendar and decided it really liked summer and 100 + temperatures and to hell with the position of the sun.

I am feeling better and I hope to have some updates, etc for you in the near future.

In the meantime, proof positive that your children influence you almost as much as you do them.

My now 15 yo daughter begged me to read Death Note a few years ago… I was hooked. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a Japanese story of a young man who comes into the possession of a notebook. To simplify, all he needs to do is write the name of someone, where and how they die in the notebook and it happens. He starts eliminating criminals… and the story progresses. He’s known as Kira.

There is a little girl named Kira in my daughter’s Kindergarten class. I have to say I took a step back and stared at her mother for a little bit before coming to the conclusion she’d never read the story.

This is a band called Maximum Hormone. And while at first I didn’t much care for them, this song in particular has grown on me. There’s a lot of tempo and rhythm changes that, I think, are quite pleasing.

This is also the song that I woke up to this morning.  It gets your blood pumping. : )

http://www.youtube.com/v/TH-nBGSzvS8?fs=1&hl=en_US

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I downloaded SO OVER YOU because I follow Gwen Hayes on Twitter and I always enjoy reading her tweets so I was curious about her writing. I saved it to read on a flight across the country. I expected a light-hearted YA story. Well, I got that, and a whole lot more. Right away I was drawn to the main character, Layney. She’s imperfect, quirky and likeable. The construct is simple. Layney wants to save a paper that has lost all funding and support from the high school faculty. Her nemesis and one-time boyfriend, and co-editor, provides friction and ultimately sparks.

The staff decides to do a feature piece on what girls want and Layney finds herself going on a date with 12 different high school guys to sometimes hilarious and sometimes not-so-fun results. I appreciated the way Gwen effortlessly wove in the back-story without weighing down the story, because I know it’s not easy and then the more I read, I discovered that I couldn’t put it down.

This is the kind of story that draws you in and grabs you and before you know it, you’re hooked. By the time I read to the end, it was difficult to fight back the tears… and I was on a plane.

When I closed my Sony, I decided I’d become Gwen Hayes biggest fan. I’ve been informed that role is taken so instead, I plan on being first in line to pick up her upcoming release, FALLING UNDER.

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Layney Logan, girl reporter. That’s all she’s ever wanted to be. The only thing Layney dislikes more than swimming in the high school dating pool is letting her arch-nemesis and co-Chief Editor, Jimmy Foster, get the better of her. So, she’ll take his stupid assignment to go on twelve blind dates and she’ll prove to him she’s twice the reporter he is. Unless she listens to her heart…

You can find this book at Smashwords or learn more about Gwen Hayes here.

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A writing mom

The other day, I was thinking of all the things a writing mom must do. I put the question out on  twitter and got some funny answers. So here you go, some of the things a writing mom can do:

A writing mom can run to the store for milk in the morning, wearing a comfortable old dress and flip flops and almost run into the high-heeled, business-suited women because she’s running a scene through her mind she’s going to write as soon as she gets home.

A Writing mom can start a love scene between characters, get up, wipe a nose, play Geneva to World War III breaking out in the living room and sit back down to pick up the love scene where she left off.

A writing mom knows people on Twitter better than she knows most of her neighbors.

A writing mom can write with a child napping on her feet.

A writing mom can learn to write in 15 minute intervals.

A writing mom can drink a lot of coffee.

A writing mom is very familiar with that sinking ‘What do I make for dinner?’ feeling at 6:00.

A writing mom never repeats her husband’s answers for finishing this sentence. via @crystalposey

A writing mom can…..eat alll the twizzlers she wants. via @aimeebartis

Okay your turn. What can a writing mom do?

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I just reread the title. Yeah, sometimes I wish I was double… as in two of me, but anyway.

 It’s 9a.m.

All the children are up, breakfasted, groomed. Shoes, backpacks and binders have been found, documents they forgot to give me yesterday signed, teeth are brushed, taxi services preformed, and every one is safe at school. Email has been read and (mostly) addressed. A load of laundry is now in the dryer, I’ve exercised, showered and am jonesing for a second cup of coffee.

And now…

Now it’s time to get to work. (?)

 

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