Monday, March 30, 2009

There's Someone New In My Life

His name is Nolan Martin and he's eight pounds, eight ounces of cute. My brother Martin and his wife had their second baby, and he's absolutely beautiful. Big sister Madelynn isn't too sure what to think, but she'll come around eventually.

In other news, I'll be doing a chat tonight with Mia Watts, Brynn Paulin and Dakota Rebel tonight from 9-10 pm EST at Realms of Love. You have to register before the chat starts, but it only takes a couple minutes and it's completely painless. We'd love to have you come out and hang with us. We'll giving away prizes. :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Have you had your morning embarrassment today?

I know I sure have...

On the way home from driving the kids to school this morning, I got stuck in a hellish traffic jam on the express way. It took over 20 minutes to drive two miles. Unfortunately, I'd polished off a giant cup of coffee much earlier in the trip and I had to go to the bathroom. Badly.

I got off at the first available exit and took the back roads home. I still had to pick up my daycare kids and get them off to school, but I knew I wasn't going to make it unless I made a pit stop first. So I raced down the side streets like a crazy woman, praying that there weren't any cops around to catch me speeding and pulled up in front of my house. I was so desperate, I parked facing the wrong direction since it was way quicker and I figured I was just going to get back into the car again as soon as I was done.

After an extremely gratifying visit to the bathroom, I headed out my front door to find a cop parked behind my car, punching my license plate number into his computer. Noticing the car keys in my hand, he pulls up a little, blocking me in. Then he leaned out the window and with a very stern expression, said, "You can't park facing left, ma'am."

And because I rarely think before opening my mouth, I blurted, "I know, I know, but I had to pee real bad!"

The poor guy was clearly trying not to laugh and thankfully let me go with a warning. However, he was shaking his head as he drove away...yeah...I have that effect on men.

Memo to me: No more bladder buster cups of coffee in the morning.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Grrrr Argh

Yesterday was full of the dumb. I ended up with another nail in my tire. For those of you keeping track at home, this is the fifth one in under a year.

Also there was some ridiculousness involved in getting my oil changed. Because of random stupidity that's too long and boring to go into here, I ended up at the oil change place twice and the tire place three times yesterday. It sucked up the majority of my day made me really cranky.

Speaking of things that make me cranky, we've been blogging about writing related pet peeves all week at the Writer's Evolution blog and I'm up today with rants far more entertaining than this one - I'd love it if you stopped by and shared your pet peeves. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just a little chaos...

It's turning into that kind of week. The kind where I'm starting 37 different things and not really finishing any of them.

I took my mom for surgery Monday. It went fabulously and she'll be up and around by the weekend-ish. Yay for arthroscopic surgery!

Unfortunately, when I was coming home I fell up my front steps and smashed my wrist, ankle and knee while trying not to let my laptop hit my front steps. Brynn always says it's not winter until I fall. Well, I managed not to fall at all this winter, so I'm guessing this means that I've officially ushered in spring...I hope.

Tuesday was mom's birthday, so we hung out in the morning, then I had to take Corwin to the orthodontist who slipped while fitting him with a bite plate for his braces and sliced open the roof of his mouth. Sooooooooooo not impressed. He didn't need stitches or anything, but he's sore and we have to go back next week to finish the procedure. Grrr.

Today is Corwin's 12th birthday. I can't even believe my baby is 12. Seriously, when the hell did that happen??? But that said, I couldn't be more proud of him. Granted, I'm biased, but I think he's an amazing kid - wildly creative and talented. He's also got the gentlest heart - If I'd let him, our house would be overrun by cats, dogs, rats, mice, rabbits, ferrets and raccoons. I wouldn't trade him for the world.

And in writing news - I just contracted a new book with Resplendence! It's called Handcuffs and Lies and it'll be coming out on August 4th 2009!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Public Humiliation 101

Over at the Writer's Evolution Blog we've been talking about Embarrassing Writer Moments and today I shared mine. Feel free to come point and laugh!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Maybe you had to be there, but

there was great cuteness at my house yesterday.

Abby and Corwin were being all cute and working on their homework together and I overhear the following conversation.

Abby: I can't remember what "revolution" means in science talk.

Corwin: Stand up. I'll show you.

So at this point they've got my undivided attention. Corwin leads Abs to stand in the middle of the room.

Corwin: Okay, you're the sun.

Then he starts spinning in circles while looping around her.

Abby: I get it! You're Mercury!

They tried to get Merlin (the cat) to be Venus, but he wasn't interested in the honor. The whole thing charmed me to bits.

In other fantastic news, Killian got his 2nd trimester grades yesterday and I'm thrilled to report, they're all As! Also look what he made in Product Design and Fabrication. Seriously? What ever happened to calling it wood shop?

When the weather finally warms up and stays that way, I'm going to teach him how to stain and polyurethane. I'm so impressed that he made this himself - and it's really comfortable!

It was a bitch to get home though...silly hubby refused to listen to me when I said it wouldn't fit in the car. Silly, silly, man. I may not be able to do math competently, but I can tell you within a yard how much fabric you need for any given wedding or bridesmaid dress by looking at it and I can tell you if something is going to fit in the car. Shoulda listened - lol.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I've been informed that

I'm a bad blogger.'s true. I've just been so wrapped up in this story that pretty much everything else has fallen by the wayside. Which is better, I suppose, than if I were wrapped up in say...repetitive games of mahjong or solitaire or the uncontrollable need to clean my office. Which I've promised hubby I'll do at some point this week. It seems the silly man wants to file taxes and I've got to find all my receipts.

So anyway, I've been frantically writing and rewriting a story that I started forever ago. It's going pretty well and I'm excited to see it coming together, but I'm discovering that there just aren't enough hours in a day as I chant to myself - write faster, write faster, write faster.

It's times like this that I'd kill for a clone - or at least a stunt double...or that time stop necklace thing from one of the Harry Potter books. Yeah...that's what I need. Can't remember what the damn thing was called - but I want one. Was was that thing called? Anyone remember?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Writing to the Market?

That's what we're discussing over at the Writer's Evolution blog this week and my post is up today. I'd love it if you'd stop by. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Know What Happens Today?

There's a spectacular new book out today by a brand new author, Mia Watts. I met Mia a few months ago when we found out we were both taking part in an anthology for Resplendence. Mia was kind enough to let me read an advance copy of her first ever release and it's freaking amazing!!!

Vampires, Weres, hot men, hot, angry sex, brilliant plot - seriously, what more do you need?!

Do yourself a favor and go here and buy yourself a copy! Right now!!


After twelve years of friendship, Damien is sure he has found The Keeper, the savior of the vampire race, in human form. The werewolves have a prophecy of their own and like Damien, they believe that Dr. Wolfrik Usher is their long-awaited answer.

Rik’s long-avoided attraction to Damien shifts into high gear when the sexual and physical demands of being a changeling wolf besiege his weakened inhibitions. And Damien isn’t sure he can resist the man meant to be a savior. Coming out on top has a whole new meaning as they fight their own biases in the midst of a species war. Whether the physical or sexual battle prevails, will they embrace the darkness or be claimed in its embrace?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today is the celebration of the 104th birthday of Dr. Seuss. I loved Dr. Seuss books as a kind and I definitely loved them as a mom. In fact, I can still recite all of Dr. Seuss' ABC Book and it's been quite a while since I read it.

My all time favorite Dr. Seuss books are Green Eggs in Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So what about you - what's your favorite Seuss book?