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ROW80 update

Quick update today: 1094 on Back in Time on Monday and 372 today.

Tuesday I finished up my Christmas shopping and today I had four kids 5 and under in my house, so not a lot of time or peace and quiet to write!¬† I’m still enjoying working on BiT and have set things up so that it can be a series.

Because, if I need anything, it’s another series to write. ūüôā

I’ve also got a new idea in the works – I’m going to be writing a novel in real-time on a blog.¬† I’ll let you all know more about that when I actually set the blog up.

That’s all I’ve got to report for today! Stay tuned for my 12 Days of Christmas Reading post that will magically appear at midnight on the 10th.¬† Or noon.¬† I sometimes do that.

Tangent:¬† Have you all seen Friends With Benefits?¬† You should, it’s funny.¬† Anyway, Justin Timberlake’s character, Will, has a real problem with math.¬† I could not stop laughing because it’s the first time I’ve seen someone else, who is otherwise intelligent, be just as¬†perplexed by math as I am.¬† Military time confuses the hell out of me. Also, measurements.¬† I never would’ve made it through culinary school if I couldn’t have¬†based everything on the size of a pint of beer. I could get that two pints of beer could fit into a quart, but trying to understand how many cups are in a quart made my head hurt. (I totally just Googled “how many pints in a quart?” just to make sure.)

Stop laughing!¬† I’ve got a learning disability, y’all! ūüôā

Midweek #ROW80 update

Surprise, surprise, I’m actually writing an update on the correct day! Wish I had something more exciting to post.

I had a few blessed hours to myself yesterday and I added 862 new words to my Death by Chocolate story. Uh, I think.¬† I also erased whole paragraphs because I decided my main character, Aurelia, needed to be more conflicted about coming home. It’s a time travel story and if she doesn’t miss anything about the other dimension, there’s no real tension in the choice she has to make at the end. So, I’m pleased with where it’s at now.

Currently, I’m on the precipice¬†of the “meet cute” scene and although I want the love interest to be awesome and suave and funny, I think I have to make him a douche.¬† Maybe a douche that’s still really hot? lol Again, there needs to be more conflict.

On the home front, my husband is sick and my kids are still trying to adjust to the time change. This leads to everyone at my house sleeping at weird hours in several places besides their beds. The hubs is favoring the couch, my daughter the floor, and my son and I spend a lot of time in the recliner with our heads hanging over the side. Super comfy.

I’m excited to go on a mom date with Sarah tonight to see In Time.¬† For once we’re going to see a movie because it looks good instead of because of all the hot boys that are in it.¬† Although, there are plenty to ogle in In Time – just not our faves.

I know you’re shocked that I’m seeing a movie tonight and not waiting until tomorrow to check out Breaking Dawn Part 1.¬† I kind of am too, but we’ve decided to check that mutha out next Sunday.¬† I seriously can’t wait to see the honeymoon scene.¬† I powered through the books to get to that part because I’d been promised some sex and then, well, we all know how underwhelming that was. I’m sure I’ll do something dorky like clap and embarrass the hell out of Sarah.¬† I like to think it’s payback for having to see Valentine’s Day just because Abs McLautner was in it. ūüôā

Okay, time to go douchify a character.  Have a super swell Wednesday.

Oh, yes, it’s ladies weekend and #ROW80

I’m allowed to start looking forward to the weekend when it’s only Wednesday, right?¬† This week has sucked so far, as I’ve got a cold and my washer and dryer crapped out just when I really needed them.¬† Off to Best Buy we went and procured ourselves a new set.

They were delivered yesterday, but the outlet in my laundry room was¬†designed for a range instead of a dryer. My poor house.¬† I love it.¬† It’s orange, has a tree growing in the center of it and has lots and lots of windows, but it was built in 1964 and has apparently had nothing but DIYers (including me)¬†habitate under its skylights. Something always has to be updated or redone because it was slapped together with hillbilly carpentry.

Many thanks to Ben,¬†an electrician, for coming out and putting a new outlet in on such short notice.¬† Also, thank you for being hot and having an accent. I can’t really remember anything you said to me, but the washer and dryer are all hooked up and I’ve got on clean underwear for the first time this week.

Yeah, so when that’s a highlight you can bet I’m ready for a weekend away with my girlfriends.

We go to my friend’s family cabin at the beach every November – In fact, I think this will be my 9th year. The only time I’ve missed it was when I was, like, two days away from giving birth to my son.¬† We all lounge about and read US and People magazine, drink Bud Light, eat junk food and just generally have a grown-up slumber party.¬† On Saturday we hit the outlet mall and get started on our Christmas shopping. We play card games and make up dance routines and try on each others’ clothes. There is some hair braiding, I won’t lie. We, without fail, burn our dinner on the first night and have something¬†fried with ranch dressing¬†on it at the bar the second night.

The best part is we get to be how we used to be for a weekend. Before husbands and¬†kids and jobs and mortgages and all the have-to’s that come with getting older. I get called by my first name and no one asks me to get them anything besides maybe another¬†beer. I can forget that I’m on my second set of washer and dryers in my adult life.

The¬†next best part is on Sunday when we go home and get to see our husbands and kids and we offer to get them anything they want and it’s good to be called¬†Honey and Mommy again.

No matter how successful I want to be as a mother and writer, how driven I am, how much I sacrifice “who I used to be,” it can’t all be about getting ahead.¬† Sometimes you have to relax, do some 8-counts, play Apples to Apples and not worry about word count or deadlines or if your kids have clean jammies.

My point: Acting like a jackass 18-year-old can be good for you. ūüôā

ROW80: I wrote 376 words on Dissent on Tuesday and head plotted the rest of the scene last night while folding, you guessed it, laundry.

Busy Bee and #ROW80

Such a busy week!¬† We had three RBR tour stops, our last at A Children’s Place Bookstore yesterday, I saw Footloose, took my kids to the pumpkin patch and ended the week last night at Billy’s bar with pizza and vodka tonics and my Cards kicking some World Series butt.

The YA author tour went so well that we’re planning another one in the spring – with even more local authors!¬† Cheri Lasota, Cidney Swanson, Craig Hansen¬†and McKenzie¬†McCann¬†will hopefully be joining us next time around. (That’s a lot of C’s, people!! Just noticed that.)

If you’re a YA author and live in the Pacific Northwest, drop me a line at: Pacific Northwest YA Authors and we’ll talk. Going on tour as a group makes the experience a little less daunting.¬† Plus, we have all kinds of fun – where else are you going to meet people IRL that geek out on e-book formatting and platform building?¬†ūüôā

Now that the tour is over and all I have to worry about are birthdays and holidays and cleaning my hole¬†of a house, I’m going to try to write every day.¬† I’ve got three long short stories to write by the end of the year – one I hope to publish by the end of this month.¬† So, if you don’t see me around on the interwebs quite as often, you’ll know what I’m doing!

Word Count: I wrote 788 words on Thursday¬†on my story for the Death By Chocolate anthology.¬† Right now, the story is called Do Over.¬† I totally hate that title and am sure it will eventually be called something awesome. ūüôā

I’m off to write!¬† Have a splendiferous¬†( or glorgious¬†as Kait Nolan would say) week!

Vacation. Got to get away!

Some of you may have seen me post on my Facebook page this morning that all the lights in my office had burnt out, but were still buzzing even though I’d turned them off.

Yeah.

That buzzing was my hard drive crapping out.

It’ll be a week before everything is all fixed and even then, I probably lost all the stuff I hadn’t backed up.

Those things I hadn’t backed up¬†would be – ¬†Takeover, the Glimpse pilot, and a short story for my pen name¬†that was nearly finished.

I don’t know why I didn’t back them up, I backed up Glow obsessively, several times a day.¬† Most likely it’s because I only got to work on these things once or twice a week.¬† At any rate, if they can recover them, yay.¬† If they can’t, I wasn’t that deep into Takeover, the Glimpse pilot probably would’ve needed to be rewritten anyways, and the other story?¬† Well, I’m pissed about that one, but what can ya do?

What with the hard drive and car accidents and the fleas and my daughter barfing on me twice the other night, my ass is taking a vacation before I completely lose it.

I’ll still be checking my e-mail if you need to get in touch with me.¬† Otherwise, I’m reading, at the beach, painting my dining room or sleeping.

Check y’all later.

Where is Takover ? and #ROW80

First thing’s first, here is photographic evidence that I was at BEAST on Friday night:

We had the best meal I’ve ever eaten.¬† It was all very fancy in a Portlandia¬†sort of way.¬† Eating fancy wee food is about the only fancy social situation I feel comfortable in.¬† I cannot, for instance, make a decent toast at a wedding or attend the ballet and act right.

After dinner we came back over to our side of town and went to our local bar, where we ran into a group of folks that were also from Missouri.  My comfort level increased considerably.

Now on to writerly things.

Some people have been asking where Takover¬†is because I’d said it would be out in July.¬† I made this announcement when I thought that Glow would be out at the beginning of June, therefore giving me all of June and July to write Takeover.

It’s not done yet.¬† In fact, I’m not even a quarter of the way finished with it.¬† It’s frustrating for me too that it’s not done.¬† All I can say is that I’m working on it!

Summer sucks for writing.  There are just too many little things to be done.

It also doesn’t help that I keep getting¬†¬†into car¬†accidents.

That’s right.¬† Got¬† rear-ended again! On my wedding anniversary.¬† This time the kids were with me.¬† Extra super-duper good times.

So, now I’ve got to take the van in to get the back door replaced again and I have more chiropractic appointments on the horizon. (My last one for the other accident was supposed to be last Friday.)

This afternoon I start teaching an intro. to acting class for kids 8-12.¬† So, there’s prep for that.¬† And swimming lessons, and flea killing, and house cleaning, and laundry, and visiting with friends from out-of-town.

You see what I mean?¬† Every day I seem to have several things that have to be done and they all don’t take up that much time by themselves, but put them together and…I need more than fifteen minutes a day of writing time to get anywhere on Takeover.

I’m going to see what happens if I cut down on internet time this week.¬† Maybe I have more time than I think I do.

I didn’t meet my goal I made this week of getting Takeover to 6K, obviously.¬† If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Let’s all have the chillest week ever, shall we?

Invasion! and #ROW80

The Benefiels are under attack!

Our garage and my husband’s office have been invaded by fleas.¬† We’re talking an infestation of Angela’s Ashes proportions.¬† Ick.

For most of my adult life, I’ve had at least two dogs and three cats.¬† We’re now down to one dog and two cats…and about a gazillion fleas.

My cats are old. Vampire old. And we have¬†a hard time getting them to come inside in the summer.¬† The have kitty dementia and forget that the garage is where their food is, so we have to hunt them down every evening and put them in there.¬† In the past when we’ve tried feeding them outside, we’ve ended up with some pissy¬†raccoons at our backdoor munching away at the cat food and hissing at me when I tried to shoo them away. Raccoons scare the bejeebus out of me.¬† Also, possums.

So, I was dutifully putting the cats in the garage every evening.¬† But they stopped eating and kept trying to escape.¬† We couldn’t figure out why.

Then my husband and I started noticing that when we’d go out to the garage we were being bitten by something.

Like I said, I’ve always had a bunch of pets, so I’m used to some level of flea-ness in the summer, but this¬†was ridiculous.¬† Now, stepping into the garage to get a soda from the beer fridge had become a stealthy operation.

Just how quickly could we open the door to the garage, lean out into the garage, open the fridge door and grab a beverage?¬† I’ve come up with sparkling water when I was going after a Diet Coke more than once.

When the fleas started screwing with my Diet Coke consumption, it was WAR.

I¬†began feeding the cats outside again, b.b. gun at the ready in case any raccoons try to trespass on my land and take what’s mine. Never mind I’ve not shot the thing.¬† How do you keep all the b.b’s from falling out? Whatever.¬† It’s about intimidation.¬† The raccoons don’t know I don’t know how to load the gun properly. Or that I have night blindness and will have better luck aiming at the kids ladybug sandbox than a moving target.

Enough about the damned raccoons.

Back to the fleas.¬† The pets have¬†been liberally doused in Frontline.¬† We bought a gigantic aerosol can of Sentry Flea and Flea egg killer.¬† It came in pump spray, but I went with aerosol, because I’m not effing around here, people. This is no time to be a hippie!!

Last night we dropped the kids off at my parents and sprayed the house.  We used the whole can.

And we waited.

After the foggy chemical mist settled, my husband bravely ventured into the garage for a  life-sustaining Dr. Pepper.  He emerged from the garage triumphant.

“There seem to be less fleas on my socks.”

Huzzah!¬† The was much celebration in the form of TV and movie watching.¬† I caught the second half of Tess of the D’Ubervilles on Masterpiece Classic and the hubs watched Source Code, which he claims to have figured out in the first five minutes.

Cha.

ROW80 update: I managed to squeeze in another 300 words on Takeover on Thursday. I’m becoming annoyed that it’s not going¬† faster, so I’m upping my time working on it to two hours a day on Monday and Tuesday.¬† I’d like for it to be in the 6k range by the end of this week.

The Goodreads giveaway of two copies of the Zellie Wells trilogy has ended.  1,199 people signed up for it, so that was cool.  Congratulations to Denise Zaky and Michelle Fecko.

There will be more giveaways of the trilogy, so if you still want to win one, keep your eyes out for that.

I have some other exciting news to share, but I’ll save that for another day when I can make it the focus of a blog post and not just tacked onto the end of this randomness. ūüôā

Happy reading and writing and may you be safe from the evils of fleas.

 

 

 

This place about to GLOW

I’ve had that stuck in my head for the past few days, so I had to use it somewhere. ūüôā

In twenty-four hours I will be on the beach sitting in front of a bonfire with a beer in one hand and my kindle in the other. Time, it’s time to get a move on!

Phew!  Let me tell you, when indie authors talk about how hard it is doing everything yourself, this is the kind of week they are referring to.

Glow is out!¬† Go forth and find out how it all ends. ūüôā Right now, it’s up on Smashwords,¬† Barnes and Noble¬†and Amazon. It will also be on All Romance ebooks¬† soon.¬† And Apple, Kobos, Sony…all of¬†those places! I’m just waiting for Smashwords to have free ISBN’s again.

All of my books will also be for sale as e-books at Powell’s Books¬†in the near future. Probably no one outside of Portland cares about this, but, for me, having my books at Powell’s is kind of a dream.¬† If you ever get a chance to physically visit Powell’s City of Books, you’ll know what I’m talking about.¬† A book nerd could straight get lost in there for days.

I took a little trip over to my local Powell’s yesterday to find out how one goes about getting their books on Powell’s site. I got attacked by black birds on the way into the store, which was a first! Anyways, turns out it’s easy.¬† All I have to do is go through Google books.¬† I got a little bit of a ‘tude when I asked the cashier about e-books and referred to myself as an author. But I also bought eight used paperbacks, so she can’t blame me for singlehandedly killing their business.

The birds also attacked me on the way out of the store. I used the paperbacks to fend them off.

In other e-book news, Smashwords is having a big ol’ sale.¬† Day of Sacrifice is free with coupon code SSWSF¬†and The Toilet Business is discounted to $1.75 with coupon code SSW50.

Also, here are two new indie reader sites to peruse over the weekend – Breakthrough Bookstore and IndieAuthorRockstar. My books are up on Breakthrough and I’ve submitted Glimpse to be a contender on Indie Author Rock star.¬† Alas, it wasn’t picked for this month, but this is only the first round.¬† Lots of great books were chosen.¬† I have no idea which one I’m going to vote for!

Besides all of the book craziness this week, I also got to sit in on my SIL’s c-section yesterday and help her welcome her new son, Luke.¬† I got to hold him first!¬† It was awesome.¬† He yowled for twenty minutes straight.¬† My SIL and I were like, “Oh crap! I forgot how loud they can be!” Of course, when I went to visit today, he slept the whole time and was a perfect little angel. ūüôā

I hope everyone in the States has a great holiday weekend! I have a couple more things planned before I head to the coast. Cleaning my disaster of a house will not be one of them.

I’ve got to help my sister lift her new¬†300 lb etching press onto a table this evening and then tomorrow, I’m taking my niece to see Monte Carlo. (And, yes, I picked the movie. Finn from Glee is in it, people!)

 

Happy Father’s Day and #ROW80

First off, I’d like to say happy Father’s Day to my husband, Rob, my dad, Denny, my BIL, Jason, and my FIL, Chuck.¬† All are great dad’s and cool dudes. ūüôā

P.S. I’m glad dad bought steaks¬†to grill today because I just checked on the chicken and it’s still frozen solid. (Our beer fridge is kept too cold for defrosting.) Also, his present will most likely arrive tomorrow. Daddy Day fail, Stacey!

ROW80: While¬†I waited¬†for Sarah to finish editing Glow, I put all my books up on All Romance ebooks.¬† So, if you like to get books from there, you can now get mine!¬† Hurrah! I’m happy to have another outlet to sell my books and have unfortunately found another place to buy books. ūüôā¬† My TBR pile is crazy, yo.

After I get the edits today, I’ll spend the evening fixing stuff and probably rewriting a few scenes and then get it ready to send to the betas tomorrow.

That’s all on the writing front.¬† I’m off to go power defrost some chicken legs and spend the afternoon with the fab men in my life.

Have a good one.

SAHW and #ROW80 update

It’s been almost a month since my husband quit his job as an Optician/Office Manager¬†to stay at home and write.¬† I’m happy to report that we’re both making good progress.¬† He’s in the formatting stage for three of his¬†books of poetry and he’s been making all kinds of outlines for various short stories and novels. Yes, he’s a plotter. ūüôā

Did you guys watch The Voice last night?¬† I haven’t watched Idol in years and sporadically watch So You Think You Can Dance, but I thought I’d give The Voice a try.¬† It was awesome!¬† First of all, people have to pre-audition and get called back to make it on the show.¬† So, even if they don’t get chosen by one of the “coaches,” it’s¬†not like they¬†are horrible singers.¬† I didn’t find it painful to watch is what I’m getting at.¬† And the people who did get chosen to move on to the next round were all fantastic. (Sue me, I like a feel good tv show.)

My point in bringing up all of this is that there was a contestant named Javier Colon that totally rocked the house.  His wife and two little girls were there to cheer him on and he talked about the pressure of trying to make it in an artistic career while having a family to support. Ding! Ding! Ding! That hit home.

And then he was awesome and his wife was crying at how awesome he¬†did and I thought, “Rob is an awesome poet, when did I stop spazzing about how awesome he is?”¬† I read his first book of poetry before I even knew it was by him and¬†decided that I would marry the guy that wrote it.¬† Yeah, he’s that¬†awesome.

On the flip side, I’m starting to find out that he thinks I’m awesome too.¬† I think now that we’re back on an equal playing field there’s nothing for us to resent about the other. (Thank you for joining me for my couples therapy session today…and now back to the writing.)

Having¬†Rob at home has also helped me out quite a bit with the kids, so that I can manage to get something¬†written almost every day.¬† The Toilet Business is nearly done.¬† I’ve got to finish two essays and send it to beta’s and then it’s a go.¬† My husband will be making the cover for me.¬† It’s also nice having an in-house arteest.

Glow is back on track after I deleted 1K from chapter 11 yesterday.¬† It just wasn’t going where it needed to go.¬† The scene was a good one, but it brought up too many questions and plot holes that, for the pace of the story, I don’t have time to answer and fill.¬† I think my YA novels should be quick reads and if I bring up everything that ever happened to each character, they’d take longer than 6 hours to read.¬†

Word count-wise, I wrote 2,448 on Glow yesterday.¬† That’s close to the 3K I wanted for the week, which I’ll hopefully be able to finish out at some point.¬† On Monday I worked on essays all day long and I’ll be doing more of the same today before I go and help my friend get her house move-in ready.

Here’s a video of Javier Colon’s performance last night.¬† Enjoy!