Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I've been gone waayy tooo long!

I've got to get on top of this! But inmy defense... I'm lazy...NO!

I have been working with my husband trying to get our home set up and remodeled, though. We have 2.5 rooms sort of finished, I have a somewhat-working kitchen now (with running water!). We were fortunate to have been offered some cabinets from an old friend's home. It is being demolished and his daughter (he passed in Dec, 04) gave us the chance to pull the 50-75 year old, hand made by him, cabinets from it. Now we just have to finish the sheet rocking. Another contact has a whole roll of med lap carpet he got for his house and decided not to put in at the time. Now my husband has completely remodeled his house and the (rose/mauve) carpet won't match the new schemes. He offered it to us at half the cost he paid 2 years ago. That will be the final step in reno later this year, well, that and the tile or Pergo flooring where carpet won't be.

Anyway, I have been continuously working on the manuscript I pitched in March. I'm a bit slow on writing these days with the remodel and babysitting 2 lively tykes. The 'baby' is now 9 months old and trying to start walking. She actually took her first step about 2 weeks ago. So they keep me on my toes. Writing has to be fitted in between these demands so I either use my computer time in writing and edits, or here telling everyone how I'm writing, when in actuality you are reading this- and, therefor, know I'm obviously NOT in the ms! Lol

I played around yesterday with the help of one daughter and made a myspace finally. Joining in with many other authors who can be found there. Sharon Sala, Chelle Sandell, Brooke Taylor, Sela Carsen- just to name a few established, newly published, and up and coming like myself.

I have to say I'm very proud to be a member of OKRWA! So many of our group are making way in contests, getting agents and getting published for the first time. And these are just this year I'm talking about since I only joined in February! Jordan Dane just had her first book come out in March- and it's a 3-book series! Gena Showalter made NYT Best Seller list to sit next to Sharon Sala (who is a sweetheart and always a NYTBS)! Robin Perini is a double finalist in the 2008 TARA contest. There's just so much going on in this group! I love them all.
Ok I have sooo many Hang Out links I need to get listed in this page. Below are just a few that I managed to list when I started this page. I AM going to get this thing going! I am also in the process of getting information together so my brother can get my web page finished (or at least close). That's my goal for this summer. To get these things finished along with submitting my Work-In-Progress (WIP) to Silhouette Special Edition. I hope to have another ready to go by the end of the year as well, but I'm not sure where it's home might be at this time. I'm considering ePub for it to test those waters.

So-- Back to work!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Inspiration comes in many forms

I received a letter of rejection from the assistant editor at Silhouette Special Edition yesterday for the manuscript I have had out since September 2006. Not with him all that time, but he got it in December and I just heard back . It was a helpful letter of what he didn't think worked and what I might rethink for my next one. Since I have one almost ready to send out, this comes at a good time. Better before than after. So, now I'm moving onward and hoping to mail the new one out in another month or two. He also invited me to send anything I have that I think might work for SE. This one is targeted to the same line and yes, I think it might work.

I don't think I'd like to be an editor and have to tell people 'No'. I'm not really very good at it. My husband used to tell me, "You need to learn to say 'No' sometimes." I am still trying to learn that lesson. I do admire someone who, like Charles , can tell someone no with such grace and encouragement. I believe it's a talent not everyone possesses.

Friday, February 29, 2008

What's new

Me! So welcome to my newest blog! Find a cozy seat, grab a treat and a drink of choice-- and let's have some fun.

Okay-- Maybe *I'm* not really new, but this blog is new. I've created it to go along with my new soon-to-be-announced website. When everything is up and running this blog will (hopefully) be linked with the new site, and (hopefully) better customized, so it will be a one-stop gawking experience.

That said- I have a question:
Is there a way to customize the font colors, style, and such? When I ctrl w/ I or B, I get an IM window pop up...