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Today is the Last Day of this Month RIGHT???

OMFG! I'm so glad this month is almost over! It has been the month from the depths of the most heinous reaches of hell! I think the world has just turned on me!!!

I can't even explain what just happened!

I was making water for tea in my tea kettle which I have used like 5000 times. Normally it starts off with a soft whistle and gets louder. This time it just started whistling like I'd left it sitting for 20 minutes or something! Really loud!

I thought it was strange, but I walked over to it and turned off the burner. Then I flipped up the little lid. You know the part that actually does the whistling. I've done this a thousand times. It's how I keep the dog from going crazy from the whistling. He hates it. But this time something bizarre happened!!! I flipped it up and scalding water exploded out in all directions. At least Nicky was in the other room!

So I'd like for the cosmic curse to lift with the end of this month please thanks very much.

Quiz Me Friday #3: What color is your aura?

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Your Aura is Violet



Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.

And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

What Color Is Your Aura?

Yay!!! My Internet is Back!!!

A very nice man from Cox came and fixed my internet today! He's my new hero! It may take me three months to catch up now. :-D

Thursday Thirteen #20

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13 Reasons that I wish my Stinking Internet Worked!

How can I visit everyone's Thursday 13 without my internet!?How can I obsessively check to see if I got a response back from Samhain?!I need Wikipedia to fact check my writing! I don't like anachronisms! I don't! They make me crazy! Well unless they are members of SCA then that's okay!I need Dictionary.com to make sure I'm not misusing words. I have an insane fear of that.Seriously I have an email checking addiction!I miss the Luna board and Samhain Cafe!I can't check the weather once every few minutes to make sure that the sound I'm hearing is a truck and not thunder.I need to blog!I need to read other people's blogs!!!What if some huge important piece of news happens and I miss it cause I never have the TV on?I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED MSN Messenger! *dies a little inside each minute that goes by without connection to the outside world*I don't know what I'm going to coo…

Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

My internet is out!!! I just wanna cry! The cable guy is supposed to be to the house on Thursday after noon to fix it, but in the meantime I'm showing serious symptoms of withdrawal! I feel so disconnected!

Triple Yuck!

Ugh, my drain in my kitchen sink is all clogged up, and I have tried EVERYTHING to unclog it. I even ran a snake like all the way to the bowels of hell and couldn't seem to find a clog. It's draining very slowly and none of the other drains in the house seem to be having any issues so I guess maybe I just didn't quite manage to shake it loose. I'll try again tomorrow when I'm not exhausted beyond belief.

Blood and Violets Cracked 100

I finished off the first 100 pages and 30k words of Blood and Violets last night. I think I'm going to be doing some major rewriting on it, because I'm struggling with some of the scenes, but then I thought that with Fiona too... Well, we'll see.

Quiz Me Friday #3: How Geeky Are You?

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Your Geek Profile:


Fashion Geekiness: High
Geekiness in Love: High
Gamer Geekiness: Moderate
Internet Geekiness: Moderate
Music Geekiness: Moderate
SciFi Geekiness: Moderate
Academic Geekiness: Low
Movie Geekiness: Low
General Geekiness: None

How Geeky Are You?

We interrupt our regular schedule for…Meme of Four

I've been tagged for Meme of Four by Kaz!
Four jobs I’ve had or currently have in my life:
1. Paranormal Romance Writer (If only it paid cash instead of being currently a labor of love!)
2. Computer Technician and Instructor
3. Smorbroeds Jomfru - translated directly that's a Buttered Bread Virgin, but what it really means is I made an open-faced sandwich commonly eaten for lunch in Denmark.
4. Computer Help Desker
Four countries I’ve been to:
1. France
2. Denmark
3. England
4. USAFour places I’d rather be right now:
1. On a beach on St. George Island in Florida
2. Somewhere with a Diet Coke and chocolate
3. In a nice secluded mountain cabin, as long as it has wireless high-speed internet!
4. Disney World
Four foods I like to eat:
1. Chicken Fettuccine
2. Chicken Florentine
3. Chocolate
4. Diet Coke

Four personal heroes, past or present:

1. Anne Rice
2. My grandmother
3. My son
4. My parents
Four books you’ve read or are currently reading:
1. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffery
2. To Summon a Demon by Kim Knox

Thursday Thirteen #19

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Just so y'all know, I will be visiting everyone, but I have to go to some training tomorrow so it'll be evening before I can make my rounds.

13 Reasons I Have Nothing to Wear

1. Because I'm FAT!
Yes, my friends, that is the number one reason. I have tons of adorable clothes, but they are all...well let's just say too small. I've lost twenty pounds, but I need to lose a lot more, and I seemed to be totally stalled out! Time to kick it into high gear.

2. Because I have the fashion sense of a toad stool.
No, I'm not exaggerating! I'm a t-shirt and jeans girl. If I put anything else on, I feel like I'm five playing dress up and someone is going to call me on it at any moment. Those people on What not to Wear would have a field day with me.

3. I have no money!
Seems like things keep breaking or people and dogs keep getting sick, and it all just keeps sapping any extra cash right out of the budget.

4. Because fashion is just sooo not following my desired tre…

Series vs. Set

Okay, I've been thinking...

A series of books is all the books an author has written that are connected, right? Or perhaps all the books that are written in one world/reality. Well the book I'm working on now, Blood and Violets, is actually loosely related to the other three books I've already written, but not nearly as closely related as those three books are to each other.

Dana of the Whispering Wood, Arianna Penndragon, and Fiona O'Sithein make up what I would consider a set within the series. I call the set The Women of Sithein, but I have no name for my series. I guess I should decide on a name, but for the life of me, I can't think of anything that would be appropriate. It's driving me to distraction!

And so my next question is can I even do this? Is it allowed? I mean, I guess anything is allowed, but I wonder if it will confuse people if I have Dana of the Whispering Woods in The Women of Sithein set from the Blah Blah Blah series. I have another …

Terrifying Toddler Travel

What better way to start your Tuesday than with a little bit of alliteration, eh?

If you read my blog with any regularity, you probably know that I have a little boy just shy of two, and we're going to be visiting my in-laws next month. I'm so excited about going to visit. We haven't been back in like 5 years and haven't seen them in a year. I'm just worried about how well my little guy is going to travel. The plane ride to get there? Two hours to Atlanta and then eight to Copenhagen. I can't tell you how much fear this evokes in me.

Especially after I read these stories...

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

We're going to get thrown off the plane! I just know it! Nicky isn't the quietest child in the world. He occasionally screeches loudly and happily. We're working on that with him, but he's not quite old enough to reason with yet. It is getting better though.

So I'm trying to think of ways to keep the child happy.

1. 80 GB iPod Video complete with ep…

Goth Larvae

Aww...I saw the cutest thing when I was at the world's largest retailer today. There was a pair of girls probably 12 or 13 decked out in goth attire. Not anything over the top. They looked pretty cute actually.

It got me to thinking. I once went to the mall with my good friend Krystal wearing a pair of black vinyl pants and a black vinyl jacket. Well I was wearing them. We both wouldn't have fit in them at the same time as they were pretty much skin tight anyway. I can't remember exactly what she was wearing. I think her black leather biker jacket and black jeans, but I barely remember what happened yesterday so I could totally be making that up. We looked pretty darn cute if I don't say so myself.

So we were wandering from store to store, and finally noticed this security guy following us around. I'm not sure if he was afraid we were going to steal something or what? I guess we did look pretty out of place in the middle of the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Mall d…

Trying to Figure Out Technorati

Quiz Me Friday #2: What type of Writer Should You Be?

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You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer



Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from.

And while you may have some problems being "normal," you'll have no problems writing sci-fi.

Whether it's epic films, important novels, or vivid comics...

Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!

What Type of Writer Should You Be?

Hmmm...While I enjoy a good sci-fi book, I haven't done a great deal of Sci-Fi writing. Unless you consider paranormal sci-fi...then I have, but I don't think it quite falls in that category

RunningMap.com

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This website is so much fun to play with!


I just put the route I took every day to go to my Danish language classes. It was 9 miles both ways. No wonder I was so skinny!!!

I'm really going to have to start riding my bike again. Whew of course Denmark is much flatter than Northwest Arkansas.

Thursday Thirteen #18

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13 of my Favorite Quotes from Fiona O'Sithein

I'm too darn sleepy to be creative tonight so I'm drawing on my ready-made list. Not to be confused with the one I did about the first lines of the chapters in Fiona. Those weren't nearly my favorites.

Is it narcissistic to have favorite quotes that you wrote yourself? When I'm giggling my head off at something I wrote, my husband always looks at me kinda funny. Oh, well if it is, then here is me reveling in narcissism. :-D May you enjoy them as much as I do.

1.
Fiona: “What? You think just because I don’t have any magic like my brother or super strength like you people that I’m useless?”

2.
Bonnie: “He’s not a heretic, is he?”
Fiona: “Isn’t everyone these days?”

3.
Fiona: “No one wants to be the one to deflower the king’s daughter.”

4.
Fiona: “Yes, Beltran, you’re a vampire. How could anyone forget it when you’re reminding them of it ten times a day? You are the only vampire I know who seems to obsess about it…

Click Send and Receive - Click Send and Receive - Click Send and Receive *Staring at Inbox*

Waiting for replies to submissions is so hard!!!

Yes, I know I only submitted to Samhain last week. Yes, I know it says 8-10 weeks.

*Goes back to clicking*

Found My Muse...

She was behind the sofa the whole time!

The Chap Stick Incident

Once upon a time, I was taking a creative writing class with Lisha. We always had a blast. Our teacher was a grad student named Adam Prince. Yup, A. Prince. I always thought that was pretty adorable.

Well you know how creative writing classes work. Everyone sits around a big table, and you give your commentary on other people's work. I believe it was during one of these workshop sessions that the events in question took place.

It was Halloween or at least the last class day before Halloween. At any rate we were in costume, which I had completely forgotten and Lisha had to remind me of. Lishy and I had on matching robe dresses. Hers was burgundy and mine was black. I've still got them around here somewhere. Hers was complimented by a lovely set of sexy, little elf ears and a matching burgundy cape transforming her into just about the hottest elf ever! I had on a black witches hat with feathers and my black velvet cape with burgundy satin lining. We were adorable! Let…

Lost and Found: Missing Muse

I think my muse must have taken a vacation. Probably somewhere with a beach. *grumbles jealously* I have absolutely no creativity. Maybe my WIP is in a funk and I need to take a look at it from another angle or something. I'll have to try that. Perhaps I'll skip forward to some juicy bits. At any rate, I need something to get me inspired.

And chocolate...Dang it! I neeeeeeeeeeeeed some chocolate! I've banned it from the house. Now that doesn't mean I won't eat it. The same rules apply to it that apply to the diet coke. I am allowed to have it if I want it but it can't be easily obtained, which means it can't be in my house. I was seriously contemplating seeing if I had everything I needed to make fudge though earlier. I think I do...*Stares longingly at the kitchen*

Also I would like to put in an order for some decent luck. Mine has been pure and utter crap recently, and I'm tired of it! I need something good to happen!!! And nothing else b…

Quiz Me Friday #1: How Evil Are you?

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I've decided I like these weird quizzes so much that I'm going to do one every Friday. Let's find out all about my evil side...

muhahahaha



You Are 38% Evil




A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.

In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.

How Evil Are You?

Dang I'm not very evil at all!!! But at least I've got the most dangerous kind of evil. muhahaha

Thursday Thirteen #17

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13 Reasons to Buy a Raffle Ticket
Welcome to my first attempt at blatant fund raising!
You could win a Vespa LX50 scooter.

You'd be supporting a great cause. All proceeds of the raffle go to benefit Gifford Memorial Hospital end-of-life care services.

Because wouldn't you look hot on a scooter!? Scooters get between 60 and 80 MPG.
My Honda Metropolitan gets 100 MPG so this one might even get more. How much was gas last time you filled up?

You have a 1 in 250 chance to win! That's pretty darn good odds if you ask me.

You'd be saving the environment for our kids.

Save the planet for the little guy! He'd do it for you.

Because the scooter community is a tight-knit one. You'll have friends appearing out of the woodwork just because of your new spiffy two wheeler if you win.

Come on! Even fairies ride scooters! Don't you wanna be like a mythical creature?


You can name your scooter something cute. Like Blue Belle…


This is Blue Belle. :-D

It's good for your karma to …

Wish me luck...

I'm going to attempt something that has never been tried before. At least by me! I'm going to attempt to go an entire month without Diet Coke. Now you may think, meh, who cares! Who needs Diet Coke anyway? Well the answer would be ME!!! It's a serious, serious addiction, people! I neeeed it! So I'm going to go for it.

I've got some in my fridge that I'll have to finish off of course, but then after that it's cold turkey! I'm not going to have buy anymore between now and the time we travel to Denmark. Maybe I'll allow myself the occasional 20 oz at work when I am on the verge of falling asleep, but other than that NO!

One of those days...

You ever have those days when you're just not equipped to deal? I'm having one of those days. Nicky is in a horrible mood. I mean not just a little horrible, but screeching fits of doom horrible. For no apparent reason!!! He asks for something. I get it for him. He continues to scream.

My husband is sick with some sinus thing which I'm relatively certain I'm getting too. Of course that means Nicky likely will get it too and I swear one more thing might just make me cry!!!

My First Step to Being a Gearhead

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I'm so gonna buy this! I have always wanted to buy an old junker and rebuild it, so I'm starting with this. I'm going to build my own working model engine. I figure I can learn the in's and out's of ho an engine runs if I can put this thing together.

I can't wait!

My Nail Polish Color is Black

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Your Nail Polish Color is Black


How you're unique: There's nothing about you that isn't unique

Why your style rocks: You are a total indie chick... and you can pull it off

What this color says about you: "I'm a trendsetter and don't care what anyone else is doing!"

What Color Nail Polish Best Fits You?

Thursday Thirteen #16

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This week has been an absolute freaking nightmare! If weeks had a delete key, I'd totally click that sucker!!! So as an attempt to bring things into perspective, I'm going to list...

13 Things That Didn't Suck About This Week

1. No one I love is dead or mortally wounded.

Well, no one who hasn't been dead for some time at least.

2. The project at work that has been tormenting me was completed today!

Yay! We've been working on that thing for weeks, and it's about made me ready to pull my hair out. I was beginning to seriously consider just crawling in a hole and giving up.

3. Nicky and I made a craft together!!!

Check it out! That was a lot of fun! He's so cute!

4. Nicky got his passport.

I was really beginning to get concerned that it might not get here in time what with all the articles I keep reading about how backed up the passport offices are, but it's here, and I don't have to worry about it anymore! Yay!

5. We got a better flight.

Delta called me tod…

Our 1st Craft Project!!!

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Look! Look! Look! Nicky and I just completed our 1st joint craft project!!!

I had embroidered this pillow about five years ago, and yesterday I found it and was suddenly possessed with the need to complete it. So I sewed it together and added the fringe and then realized I didn't have any stuffing.

Nicky was sitting on my lap about half the time when I was sewing it up. He is fascinated by the sewing machine. A little too fascinated! I worry he'll stick his little fingers in it, so he had to spend most of the time I was working on it on Daddy's lap.

I bought some stuffing today at the world's largest retailer, and Nicky helped me stuff the pillow. It was so much fun, and he had an absolute blast. Apparently stuffing for pillows makes excellent projectiles... Heck at least its one thing that doesn't take anyone's eye out or cause a concussion!



Isn't it lovely!!! That's all hand embroidery folks. Look at that craftsmanship! Just try not to look at …