This is on my list to see!
This just looks like a ball of fun.
Opening today! Can’t wait for this one.
It’s Valentines Day.
Pardon me but I think it’s the stupidest day of the year. I totally think it’s a made up holiday that some gal came up with to make her husband/boyfriend/whatever buy her stuff between Christmas and her birthday.
Yes, I feel this way and I’m not going to apologize for it. However, I will still take whatever my husband chooses to give me. AND I will give him something in return. I’m not that cold.
Since it’s all about love today I thought I’d write about my 5 favorite movie kisses of all time. These are just my all time favorite kisses in movies. And NO, Twilight is not on this list.
Spiderman and Mary Jane (Spiderman)
He’s upside down! It’s in the rain! That is so hot.
Paul and Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Yeah. Another rain kiss. Sexy!
Scarlet and Rhett (Gone With The Wind)
A classic duo. Scarlett, just admit you lurve him.
Sam and Josie (Never Been Kissed)
I loved this movie. So sweet. And when Sam showed up… AWW
Jonathan and Sarah (Serendipity)
Kissing in the snow.
What’s your favorite movie kiss?
So we had a good weekend. It always goes by way too fast. Saturday I drove out to my chapter meeting, which is always enjoyable. Got to see a writer friend I hadn’t seen in a while and catch up. I haven’t sat and talked writing with anyone in forever, so it was nice. I’ve been brainstorming a couple of ideas for a new series. I have two in mind and both of them are contemporary. I also have some other paranormal/fantasy ideas I’d like to develop. But of course that all takes time. And I’m short on that lately.
Got home and then actually wrote for about an hour. I pulled up the WIP and tweaked some things on it. One line I had forgotten I’d written made me laugh out loud. I’m easily amused like that. Then I headed off to the kiddo’s basketball game. It was a hard one for the boys as the other team played rough. Lots of elbowing, pushing and shoving. Not a good game. They played so hard and ended up losing in the end.
After the game, the husband and I had a nice dinner date at Texas Roadhouse. We stuffed ourselves silly with fried pickles. I had the sirloin with sauteed mushrooms. It was delish. Then we headed off to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought ice trays. I know–we’re truly party animals. When we got home, though, we made cocktails. Friday night, we had an excursion to the liquor store and purchased everything to make Long Island Iced Teas. I have this great app where I can look up drink recipes so it made it easy to get everything.
The Long Island Iced Teas came out good.
On Sunday, we went to see Safe House which was actually pretty good. Denzel Washington is always fun to watch and it was a really good action flick. I’m not sure I’m convinced Ryan Reynolds is an action star, yet, though. I still think of him in that Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place.
I made this fabulous pork stir fry for dinner and we again stuffed ourselves silly. We rounded out the evening with watching the Oscars.
All in all, it was a good weekend. Just not long enough. Isn’t that the way it always is, though? And so we begin another week. Hard to believe February is nearly done. Where does the time go?
Hope everyone has a pleasant week.
To distract me from my current life-shattering experience Man took me and the kiddo to see Thor when it opened. It’s opening weekend, it grossed over $60 million. And after being open for two weeks, it’s made nearly $120 million.
Gee, I wonder why? I have a guess. Example:
LOOK at him. Wait. That’s not really a good example. Here’s another one:
Ah, yes. That’s better. Muscles. *purr*
There was actually a story, too. Thor is reckless and powerful and his arrogance incites a war between the giants and his kind. When his father, Odin, (Anthony Hopkins) learns what’s happened, he banishes him to Earth where he has to live among humans. He meets Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the spunky scientist looking for answers in the cosmos. While he’s there, he learns what it is to be a true hero when the dark forces of Asgard are sent to attack Earth. For a comic book movie, I thought it was really well done. And he’s definitely easy on the eyes. I was happy to spend an afternoon in the theater with my two favorite guys and a bucket of popcorn.
Natalie Portman was cute in the movie (the other end of the spectrum from her dark Black Swan). Her character was a super-smart - and a little dingy - girl looking for clues that wormholes do exist.
If you go see Thor, do yourself a favor and stay through the credits. There’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come in The Avengers, releasing in 2012. Yes, we get more Thor. That makes me a happy girl.
Progress Update: 1962 for the day
Since I didn’t really post an entry yesterday, here’s one to make up for it.
This weekned went by FAST. I took Friday off work and hung out with the kiddo. We went to the museum and it was jam-packed with people. I’m not much for crowds, so we didn’t stay long. I think he was a little disappointed, but McDonald’s made up for it.
Saturday was cold and rainy. We even got a dusting of snow later in the day. This has been the strangest weather, I tell ya. Today it was nearly 70 degrees. Anyway – very cold and windy and just gross all weekend. The kid was so bored, I finally packed him in the car and took him to Best Buy and made him pick out a new Wii game. I made chili for dinner. We were slugs on the couch and watched “Two Weeks Notice” and then “Housesitter”. And can I just say we love Netflix? It’s so awesome. Man and I stayed up until nearly 1 am watching movies. Then we got up early on Sunday and went to see ALICE IN WONDERLAND. We all enjoyed it.
I actually planted herbs this weekend, too. I’m going to attempt to grow cilantro, basil, chives and parsley. Oh, and cat grass for the CAT CAT who is a bad kitty since he keeps getting into my bamboo! He knocked it over and spilled all the water out of it. Hopefully the grass will grow and he’ll not be tempted by my other green plants. Little stinker.
Got more words in at lunch yesterday. Figured out the black moment so I’m good to go there and the book is nearly done. I finally found out I really DO have an editor assigned to me at Samhain so – WOOT! I have an April 1 deadline and then I’ll polish up my submission and get it to her. I’m glad to know I’m not editor-less anymore. All this time I’ve been wasting… I could kick myself.
And that’s it, boys and girls. Have a SUPER awesome Tuesday.
It’s dreary here – and very rainy and blah.
Good weekend. Got a lot accomplished. I caught up on contest work so that made me feel much better to know that nearly half the scores are in. Saturday was kind of a lost day since the kiddo had a basketball game at 3 in the afternoon. Really puts a crimp in doing anything. So we ran an errand in the morning and then I worked on the contest. We got back and grilled burgers and chicken. It was all yummy.
Sunday morning we got up early and went to the new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It was really cool. I’m a member so everything we did was free. Except for the Saturn poster I bought the kiddo – but even with my membership I got a discount. We went to the planetarium and watched a show on black holes. We had a lot of fun.
After dinner, Man and I sat and watched the entire Academy Awards from start to finish. I’m so glad to see Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges win! I thought Avatar would do better but then I expected The Hurt Locker to do as well as it did. And kudos to Kathryn Bigelow for being the first female director to win an award.
And that’s it for me! Really brief today. Time for school/work!
Is there such a thing as normal? I wonder…
Busy weekend. Sold some old furniture on Craiglist. Bought some new furniture at Rooms To Go. New sofa and new bed for the kid is on the way. SWEET. Plus I got no interest/no payments for 12 months. Which of course means I will be paying it off in less than that.
It’s a free preview weekend with Starz and Encore so Man and I stayed up until nearly 1 am watching movies Friday night. It was so bad of us but we had a great time just sitting with each other and watching movies (Twister, Armageddon and Enchanted). It was such a huge error because by the time we crawled into bed… the kiddo woke up sick. So I was up and down the rest of the night with him. We managed to sleep in late some on Saturday but WOW was I ever tired that time. Man watched the Texas-Texas Tech game while I dozed next to him. Good QT, ya know?
Soccer was canceled on Saturday. Cooked a big breakfast of bacon and eggs. I took the kiddo shopping with his Toys R Us gift card and he got some Clone Wars battle droid or something. He loves it. It’s good he picked it out and paid for it himself. The store was fairly busy for a Saturday afternoon and they only had two registers open with long lines and slow people. I don’t get that. You’d think the manager would want to get the people out of the store so the customers would feel happy about their purchase and want to come back.
Went grocery shopping. Went to church. Did laundry. By Sunday night, exhaustion had kicked in. Man watched the Cowboys in their fancy new stadium and I was in and out of the room while I got the kid ready for bed and myself ready for another long week ahead. Even though it’s been over 20 years, I’m still mad at Jerry Jones for kicking out Tom Landry. Yeah, I hold grudges.
So I did my part to help the economy this weekend.
Oh, and if you’re curious to see the new Cowboys stadium, following is a picture (you can click on it to see it bigger). And yeah, it’s just THAT big. (We’re calling it the Death Star around our house haha).
Hey, all. Instead of reading my post here today, bop on over to Pop Culture Divas and read about my favorite 80s movies. Click here! I’ll be back tomorrow with my regularly scheduled post.
I’m over at Sole Struck today talking about my “fantasy shoes”. Come check it out!
The weekend was interesting. And long. And I’m glad it’s over. HA!
On Saturday we saw Night at the Museum. It was very cute and a lot like the first one. We both enjoyed it. Sunday, I took the kid to see Star Trek – second time around for me. It was a bit talky for him but he did think the explosions and stuff was cool. And all the black holes. Seeing it a second time made it even better.
Monday was about grilling everything not nailed down. Okay just kidding. We grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. And there was only three of us. I have no idea why we made enough food to feed an entire small village, but we did. We also tried this new recipe – grilled chicken with cherry-chipotle barbeque sauce. It was different but kinda good. Had a bit of a kick with the chipotle peppers that balanced out the sweet. The thyme was overpowering though so I think next time (no pun) we need to cut that way back.
The kid was bored out of his mind yesterday and fighting with the computer. So I made him shut it off. I told him to go use his imagination and play with his toys in his room. He stomped off, whiny. But a few minutes later, he’d managed to dump everything out of his toy container and get busy. I think all the computer games, Nintendos and Wiis have ruined kids’ brains. All they want to do is sit in front of them. Okay, I’m talking about mine here. I have to force him to do other things by unplugging him. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it works.
I hope this summer he’ll find enough to keep him occupied. I’ve already forewarned my sister she’ll have another kid at her house for at least a week.
I got some comments back from Man on the Phoenix book. He caught a bunch of my fast-finger typos that I couldn’t “see” anymore. I’m grateful for that. He also really liked the book and said the ending surprised me. Score! I love hearing that.
And Sunday morning as I’m doing dishes and laundry, a new character started talking. I have no idea where it’s going or what it is, but I started writing. I got two pages in, only about 600 words, but I’ve started her story. Angelina, she tells me, is her name. And she’s a thief and a smuggler. And this is a sci-fi, by the way.
This week is going to be…difficult I think. A lot of things are coming to an end (school being one of them) and I’m feeling a bit reflective and apprehensive. And maybe just a little bit sad, too. I’ll post more about it when I can.
Tomorrow, my good friend, Jenny Storm, will be here with her interview to promote her new book. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
And that’s it for me. So happy it’s a short week. I think.
So the weekend is already gone. It amazes me how fast it goes.
Saturday morning was an early start for a 9 am soccer game. It was cloudy and windy and kinda cool but we made it through the game without rain – and won! That afternoon, we headed to the movies and saw Monsters vs. Aliens and I was highly entertained. Great flick! Of course, it cost $25 for me and the kid to go to the movies… urgh.
We pretty much just hung out the rest of the day and most of Sunday. The kiddo went with his grandparents for dinner since his cousin turned 18 yesterday. Now you KNOW time flies when you look at the kids growing up so fast.
While he was out, I stuck some tilapia in the oven and broke out the AlphaSmart. As the fish was baking, I stood in the kitchen and clicked away on the Neo. I finished out another great section on the book – the chariot race! I used Ben Hur as inspiration. I had started it the night before but was too tired to get it finished. I even did my “research” by watching that 30 minutes of the movie. After I got the scene all written, I found a great resource online for chariot races and went back and tweaked. I’m very pleased with it and I think it came out really well.
That was another 1200 words or so. The story is up to just over 78K and I’m shooting for 85. I’m pretty sure I”ll make it but I only have four days to finish it before my self-imposed deadline.
I have some other things in the works – in fact a really cool something – which I’ll be talking about soon. And even more good news! My book with Cobblestone-Press, Take Me I’m Yours, finally comes out THIS friday, May 1. WOO! Stay tuned because you know there will be free books involved.
And… if you’re a frequenter of the blog, you’ll notice I bumped up the font size. Finally figured that out and my apologizes for the eye-straining size I had before. Hopefully this size will keep you from squinting.
Okay that’s it for me today. It’s off to work because I owe! I owe! And time to get the kiddo to school, too.
Hey, gang! I’m over at Pop Culture Divas today talking about Today’s Blockbusters, Tomorrow’s Classics. Stop on by and add your two cents worth!
I posted this on RomErotica a couple of weeks ago, but thought I’d post it again. This may be a repeat for some of you and I do apologize but I was up super late last night editing and getting caught up on Lost.
I get funny reactions from people when I tell them I’m a published author. Everything from “I’ve always wanted to write a book” to “Since you write romance, are the sex scenes from your own life experiences?” Yeah, that last one was a bit of a shock. I think the most common one, though, is the I’ve-Always-Wanted-To-Write-Syndrome. For the purposes of space and this post and my fingers, I’ll call it The Syndrome.
The Syndrome doesn’t care what race you are or how old you are. It doesn’t care how much money you make or what kind of car you drive. It doesn’t care if your house is 1200 square feet or 3200 square feet. I’ve had people from the age of 12 to 60 tell me they’ve always wanted to write a book. And my response back to them is always, “So why don’t you?”
They shrug and give me some lame excuse as to why they can’t or won’t.
I’m too busy.
I have a full time job.
I don’t know where to start.
Let’s take a moment to dissect all three of these, shall we?
The I’m-Too-Busy Excuse. The simple fact is you’re not. Are you too busy to watch 23408 hours of shows on your DVR? Are you too busy to spend hours upon hours of playing on MySpace/Facebook/Twitter? This is merely a cop-out in my book (no pun intended).
I used to watch about six hour-long shows a season. And then came the mid-season replacements and the summer replacements. And then I got addicted to HGTV and the Food Network. I found I was spending more time in front of the TV doing nothing than anything else. I cut my TV time down to three shows: Lost, Gray’s Anatomy and Legends of the Seeker. That’s it. And they’re all recorded on the DVR and when I have time, I catch up.
If you cut back on your TV watching or any other time-suckage activity, then you can find an hour or so a day to sit down and start writing really bad prose. Because, trust me, when you first start it will be really bad (but don’t let that discourage you…more on that later).
I’m not saying you should ignore your kids or spouse, the laundry, or any other important household/domestic chore that needs attention. I’m saying if there’s a will, there’s a way. You can make the time to write.
The I-Have-A-Full-Time-Job-Excuse. Here’s a nugget of information for you – most writers have a full time job. Some of us, Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, Stephen King, et al. excluded, have responsibilities like a mortgage and a car payment and therefore cannot quit our full time job that pays the bills to write full time. (Unless, of course, we have an independently wealthy spouse and then go for it.) Because, regardless of what anyone tells you, just because you make that first sale doesn’t mean you’ll be making a six figure advance giving you ample time to sip champagne and eat bon-bons.
No, what it instead means is that you have to get through your edits. Despite the fact you sold your novel and your editor loves it, you will have edits to do. And, really, your editor is only trying to make your book even better than what it was when you submitted.
And then comes the promotional portion. You’ve sold, you’ve edited, it’s perfect and ready for publication. But now you have to get your name out there, buy advertising, do a blog-tour. If you’re lucky and your publisher has a budget for marketing, then you’ll get some help in that area. If you’re with a small press, it’s basically up to you to do all the legwork. It’s not just sitting back and earning royalties. If you don’t get your name out there, you won’t have any royalties.
Most of us with full time jobs still find time to write and do all of the above (as well as a myriad of other writing-related things). It goes hand-in-hand with the previous excuse – you make time. No matter what. If you really want to do it and have the drive to do it, you find the time.
The I-Don’t-Know-Where-To-Start Excuse. So you’ve made the commitment to yourself to start writing. You’re driven. You’re full of determination. You want to do it! You sit down at the computer…and face a blank screen with a blinking cursor. Now what? You don’t know where to begin. You have no idea.
Keep it simple. Set a word count goal and aim for it. Do you have characters talking in your head? Write their dialogue. Is there a certain setting you want to write about? Start writing a scene in it. It doesn’t have to be perfect – it won’t be. This is the time to make mistakes and learn from them. This is the time to find a great critique partner and learn find out what works, what doesn’t. The most important thing is to just start writing and if it sucks, throw it out and start something new.
Read. Read a lot. Never stop reading. Read things you wouldn’t normally pick up. Read your favorite authors and dissect their stories from start to finish. Ask yourself what you liked and why. What did they do well? What resonated with you? What drew you to the story and why? Likewise with reading something you didn’t like. Ask yourself all the same questions.
Every time you write, you get better. After all, you wouldn’t expect to sit down at the piano for the first time and play like a concert pianist, would you? No. It takes practice. Writing is like that. It’s practice, perseverance, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of determination. (And maybe some blood, sweat and tears thrown in for good measure.)
If you want to write, and you can get out of your own way, you can do it. I have all the faith in the world you can.