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- 06/21/14--10:06: _That voice
- 08/27/14--04:33: _100 in 100
- 09/07/14--09:30: _Celebrate 10 yrs of...
- 09/21/14--13:05: _Buzzed-off
- 11/01/14--10:30: _Generation Gap
- 11/19/14--08:15: _Son's Bellyachin' a...
- 12/24/14--14:52: _Best Wishes for the...
- 12/29/14--06:14: _Writing the Dragon ...
- 12/31/14--13:10: _Happy New Year!
- 01/01/15--17:04: _Writing....
- 01/08/15--07:27: _More Progress
- 10/13/15--11:54: _Long time no update...
- 02/15/16--17:53: _Click
- 02/27/16--09:49: _What's New
- 05/22/16--11:04: _A small excerpt
- 01/01/17--11:15: _Happy New Year!
- 12/24/17--16:04: _Merry Christmas, Ha...
- 06/21/14--10:06: That voice
- 08/27/14--04:33: 100 in 100
- 09/21/14--13:05: Buzzed-off
- 11/01/14--10:30: Generation Gap
- 11/19/14--08:15: Son's Bellyachin' and Hurtin' songs
- 12/24/14--14:52: Best Wishes for the Holidays
- 12/29/14--06:14: Writing the Dragon book
- 12/31/14--13:10: Happy New Year!
- 01/01/15--17:04: Writing....
- 01/08/15--07:27: More Progress
- 10/13/15--11:54: Long time no update....
- 02/15/16--17:53: Click
- 02/27/16--09:49: What's New
- 05/22/16--11:04: A small excerpt
- 01/01/17--11:15: Happy New Year!
- 12/24/17--16:04: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and All That Good Stuff
Just had a weird erotic moment where a commercial came on with Sam Elliot doing the voice-over, while Michael McDonald was cooning on the iPod and I had just came across a picture of Benedict Cummerbatch on Pinterest, which immediately made me think of his voice. Holy Smokes. Imagination into overdrive.
*brain & panty-meltdown in 5,4,3,2...*
All I needed was for Vin Diesl to call and leave a voice message at that percise moment for me to stroke out due to intensive aural orgasm. (there is too such a thing!)
So what male voice really does it for you?
My fellow Southern Fried Chica' blog-mate, Melissa Blue aka Sofia Harper is celebrating 10 years of writing! And she's holding a 1 week extravaganza of give-aways from a great group of authors-- Sept 7 to Sept 13th. Check it out:
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After yesterday's 10hr sleep-a-thon/end of week exhaustion cash, my day started off great.
Woke up early--cleaned the bathroom, kitchen, washed/deep-conditioned my hair, and did a facial, and started the Bolognese sauce for dinner, all before 9:30am. I had just sat down in font of the computer when I hear some commotion upstairs. Son says there's a wasp in his room.
So I go up, and he's not sure if he got it or not (it's behind the blinds). He also mentions that he killed a wasp in the bathroom earlier in the week and found a dead wasp in his room that same day. All the windows have been shut for the past week because of the temperature dip, and even if they weren't, we have window screens.
Also, kid likes to keep his room door closed (saves my blood-pressure when I don't see the mess) So really don't know how they're getting into his room. So far this morning we've killed(Raid) 4 -5 wasps in his room. I went outside and it *looks* like there are a couple flying around the eavestrough just above his window, but that still doesn't explain how're their getting in.
I've called 3 places so far--either left a message or someone will get back to me. So far no call back and my focus is shot all to hell. *grrr*
My son on the other hand does all his time wasting watching shows, movies, videos, etc, online. He pretty much never has the tv on if he's home alone unless watching he's something specific. In fact he'll ask me to turn the tv off if I'm leaving the room for an extended time (ie to take a shower, etc). Meanwhile I'm guilty of having the tv on while on the computer.
Now we have marathon binge programing--where the network will air a whole season in one weekend or week, streaming services like Netflix, and interactive shows -- like The Talking Dead, where peeps vote online at home, etc.
Meanwhile at Casa Jaye this morning....
I changed the channel from the all news station to a country music video show, and son looks up from his laptop and starts bellyaching.
Son-- "Ma! What is this? I think I'm gonna be sick." He waves to TV where Rascal Flatts video is on. ::2 teenagers are in cab of truck sharing an amazingly sweet moment:: "Why are you watching this?"
Me-- "What? It's fun. I like to see what's going on. Expand my horizons beyond the usual top 40 playing on radio or what I have on my eye-pod."
Son-- "But they're always about this stuff."
He waves to TV again where girl is kneeling over toilet and holding her stomach crying. Then girl runs out of house and races down the road after boy's truck. We get a sort of flashback of truck flipping over and boy's head cracking windshield. Now girl is slowing down and then she drops to her knees at roadside cross.
Me -- "See? There's always a story to tell." I put on a heavy twang: "They're hurtin' song."
Son-- "Well, Brian McKnight [Back At One] did it better."
Me -- "How about that one video, you saw?" And I describe Kenny Chestney's There Goes My Life.
Son -- "Oh man, that one *was* so good." He makes a face and shakes his fist. "Arggh! I don't want to feel that way! All I want to feel is anger, and the avarice and misogyny encouraged by the gangster rappers. I don't want to feel all this sentimental crap!"
Me -- lmao!
He leaves the room, and soon I hear him singing Folsom Prison Blues #lol.
Last night I cut about a page from the Dragon book. It was a scene that I was totally stuck on and couldn't move forward, but I knew it was a scene I wanted represented in the book, so it wasn't that I could cut it completely and jump ahead to the next scene. In fact the next scene kinda wouldn't make sense without the scene that was stalling me.
Anywho, the trick was to start the stall scene right before the mini-climax of that particular scene, rather that build up to it. Working from home today, but hopefully I'll get to the scene later today. Almost feeling ambitious enough to tinker with a couple of other manuscripts I have 1/2 finished as well. We'll see.
I've vowed to write a page a day going forward. Doesn't seem like much. Isn't really that much. But it's more than I've been doing all year. I really want to finish this dragon book (and really any manuscript) this year. It's been too long since I had something out. Will post my progress here, maybe even dust off that progress meter in the side bar. lol.
So, uhm... yeah.... I'm so bad at this. Well, not bad, just kinda don't have the time; or I've been too tired to make the time for blog updates. Same excuse I've had all year...
Part of me says I shut this blog down but I don't wanna. I love my blog, no matter how neglectful I've been posting updates.
Part of the issue is.... there's nothing to update. The day job has been bonkers this year -- 80% above target -- and I've easily been working 10 to 14hrs days, many weeks 6 days/week -- so there's really not been that much time to write...
yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard this all before, but it's the truth.
Anywho, things have slowed some this last month and *hopefully* will remain at a slower pace for the next few months, so *hopefully* some writing will get done. Also I have this week off (which I desperately needed because I was/am perilously close to burn-out) so I *plan* to get some writing done!
In the long-term, instead of letting the blog go dormant when things get too busy at work, I think I might resort to something I used to do in the early days of this blog and talk books/writing craft. Nothing official! Given my work schedule/ work load, I don't want to be obligated to read/review anything. If I read an awesome book or see a really great movie/TV show, I'll write about what aspects I found so well done. And if I read something disappointing or problematic I'll also talk about it here also, but in general terms -- not naming names/titles, etc.
On the writing front, I'm still poking at my dragon shifter book. I've been mulling over the heroine's motivations. At first she was mostly powered by revenge/guilt, but that feels a little too easy. I'd rather peel back a few layers to get to the anger/guilt before getting her to move beyond that. Also, I have the fae in book. But it's my concept of the fae,-- which is admitted a bit fuzzy on what is the accepted cannon of fairies because I haven't read a lot of books with fae (or dragons for that matter), so there's a little voice in the back of my head saying I should bone-up on this, that my world-building will be all the richer for using and interweaving the *accepted* tenets of /dragons, and yet, I just want to do my own world-building. *shrug*
Aside from the dragon book, I've been meaning to do the short-story follow up to The Werewolf Who Stole Christmas with Jack Frost as the hero. It's kinda cutting it too close to get it out for this Xmas season, considering the book isn't even written but I may take a stab or 2 at it.
That's all I got for now.
"I want your promise—”
"You want? Who the f**k are you to make demands of me? You're just the latest Wizard, in a long line of them. All of whom I've outlived. Or killed."
"I'm not demanding. I'm asking for your help."
"I don't like the way you ask. You need practice. Down on your knees."
Boy I suck at this update stuff. :P
Although, looking at the date stamp of my last post, it was just around the the time our busy season started to really ramp up at work. Plus add in a system glitch that resulted in me not getting document notifications for 2 weeks that I had to play catch up on, a new hire I had to train, and then throw in some ongoing health concerns that required a number of doctor/dentist visits, tests, etc, (ie time off from work that I had to catch back up on) and before you know it, the rest of 2016 was gone.
But it's a new year(!). All my loved ones are whole and hardy. I'm still employed, able to pay my bills-- not small concern here: there were federal government changes to the mortgage industry that caused a number of layoffs. One of our sister companies laid off 6 people 3 wks before Xmas. And a competitor shut down a whole division. 60 people out of work weeks before Xmas. That competitor then outsourced that work to our company, which put an end to a couple of months of lowkey stress/uncertainty for us. :-P I'm also going to be thankful for being in reasonably good heath, just dealing with the aches/pains of not being 20 anymore. ;) The international political landscape has me concerned, and very thankful for living in Canada (although I don't believe for a second we'll be fully insulated from the ensuing ramification of happens in our global village). But aside from that I'm staying positive!
If I have any 'resolutions' they are:
cut down on the sugar. On the whole, while I rarely pass up dessert, I don't have a lot of sugary stuff/snacks on the regular, but when I do have too much sugar, or the wrong type (I'm looking at you fructuous/glucose) I end up feeling crappy. Almost hangover-ish. (Nope. Not diabetic. Not even borderline. So says the results of the multiple blood work I had done last year).
Also want to try to eat more vegetable/vegetarian meals. Partly because I think it'll be healthier, partly because I think large-scale commercial/conglomerate animal husbandry is an environmental concern. (but I'm going to admit to being a bit of hypocrite here because while I'm not a big meat eater, I not willing to forego it completely.
Round off my resolutions list with: exercise more regularly, drink more water, and less coffees, get enough sleep, spend time with friends, be more disciplined about budgets/finances re long-term goals.
Also, read more 'quality' writing. Notice I didn't say 'quality books'. Sometimes a book is really entertaining, or has a premise intriguing enough that you'll slog through to the end to find out what happens. Or it's a mindless fast/quick read and that's all your up for. And sometimes that's all you need. Those books are all perfectly satisfactory for those needs.
Unfortunately, **my** experience has been that *a lot* of my readings in the last couple of years that fall under these categories do not really have strong writing. That's probably why it's much easier to not finish a book or start it and put it down for weeks/months before picking it up again. Or I'll finish that one book, but feel no particular urgency to go and check out the author's backlist/next release.
More importantly, quality/good writing (being totally subjective here!) inspires me -- to write. I've not felt that fire in my belly for a good long while. And I need it because, last item on my resolutions list, or maybe I should say first item, is that I'm going to try yet again to find the right balance for making writing (including this blog) a regular part of my life again.
So, I'll end this rambling first of the year post by hoping everyone out there is keeping safe, healthy and has some modicum of happiness and balance in their lives. :)
Here's to good eating, good reading, good lovin', good friends. Here's to all of you.