Another Release Date & Tag, I’m It!

Quote of the Day:
Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.
– Tyron Edwards

Whew! Yesterday was so busy at the office! And it’s just going to be that way until the end of the month. We have 11 submittals going out on Wednesday, which means I need to come up with 11 fantastic covers. Yikes. Then I have two more the week of the 20th and THEN on the 23rd and 24th, we have a marketing retreat. Which means I will have no internet access, which in turn means I will be going through complete withdrawals.

Got an email from my new editor at Inara Press last night. She introduced herself and notified me of my release date:

May 26

That’s ONE day before my birthday. What a terrific present! I should have cover art soon. I can’t wait to see it. I imagine something Indiana Jones-esque since it is an action/adventure story. Hopefully, they will come up with something better than what I had over at KIC (even though I was satisfied with that artwork … whatever they come up with has got to just ROCK). Anyway, I have to have all twelve issues done and in by April 19. Should be no problem since it’s already written.

Sysenlaw tagged me with this:

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Word Processor for an environmental engineering firm (first real office job)
2. Construction accounting for a general contractor (job that nearly drove me to alcoholism :hehe:)
3. Marketing Assistant for an architectural/engineering firm (current job)
4. WRITER extraordinaire. 😉 (Just kidding)

Four movies I could watch over and over:
1. The Princess Bride
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. Gone With The Wind

Four places I have lived:
1. Mesquite, TX
2. Addison, TX
3. North Richland Hills, TX
(I’ve never been nomadic…lol)

Four TV shows I watch:
1. Lost
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Grey’s Anatomy
4. The Dallas Stars

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. Los Angeles, CA
2. Washington, DC
3. Las Vegas, NV
4. Austin/San Antonio/Galveston, TX

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Fried Chicken
2. Anything from Cabo Grande (Mexican – YUM)
3. Sweet & Sour Chicken from PF Chang’s
4. A Braum’s cheeseburger…salivating

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Ink In My Coffee
2. Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom
3. The Spinning Pen
4. my writers forum

And a whole mess of other blogs I don’t have room to list.

Four places I would rather be:
1. In bed
2. In Scotland
3. In Ireland
4. In a castle

I’m tagging Mawra, Lara, Colin, and Sandy S

And in other news…my husband and I are splitting. After nearly eight years of being together, we’re calling it quits. I hadn’t blogged about it yet, until I knew it would be nearly final. Now that things have settled down, I’ve decided it’s time.

I am once again independent. I have an apartment – a very nice one, I might add – one mile from the old house. I never hear my neighbors. The community is quiet and gated and safe. I opened my own checking account and bought a new washer and dryer. I live alone. I’m getting a cat. I can decorate any way I choose. I bought new bedding I absolutely ADORE and it’s ultra feminine and no one cares but me. I stay up until midnight watching movies and unpacking boxes.

I am resilient and strong and capable. I don’t NEED a man (but it’s nice to have one). I can put together furniture without any help (a chest of drawers!). I can hook up my computer and make it work, even though my DSL still doesn’t work. I suspect that has something to do with the modem I have. I might have to call tech support for that. I would rather stick a hot poker in my eye than have to call tech support, but I guess that’s what I’ll have to do. I still need to get satellite service hooked up, but I don’t have the cash to drop to get it started. (The complex locks residents in to using ONLY Directv for television channels and SBC for DSL/phone…GRR) :doze:

My son will be living with his dad – a very long story I won’t get into. Suffice it to say I made damn sure all my rights were protected regarding my son’s living arrangements. I am not a dead-beat mom. I didn’t abandon him. It was simply the arrangement we made. I’m trying to be smart about the whole thing and keep a level head. I would rather lose everything than my son have to lose everything because I can handle it better than he can. And right now he can’t understand why Mommy lives in a new house. So to ease the transitional period, I made him a Mommy Hug Bear. I got a stuffed bear from Toys R Us, made a little card with a picture of the two of us on it and then added the words “Mommy Hug Bear” over the picture. Under the picture, I put “When you need a Mommy hug, just pick this up and squeeze.” He sleeps with it every night.

I’m ready to move on with my life. I’m ready to start down a new path. I’m a happier person because of it.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.