Random Thoughts…Daytime television

on January 10, 2011

So, I spent my Christmas vacation sicker than a dog with bronchial pneumonia that took three rounds of antibiotics to kick. But, on a bright note, I got caught up on my daytime television. First I caught a marathon of the new show, Sister Wives. I’m confused. The people seem really nice and fully devout, but to be honest, I just didn’t get it.

Then a marathon of Monk caught my attention. I love Monk. I’d seen most of the shows already from prime time, but watching him is like visiting with an old friend. The episode where the city has a sanitation strike is hilarious.

Then, I have to admit, Dog the Bounty Hunter kept me entertained. Two big questions kept popping up in my head. First, how is it possible none of these guys has been shot? I mean, they scale fences with what look like guns (though I think they’re actually bean-bag guns) and look all scary and dangerous. I can see some frightened home owner taking aim in their own back yard before realizing it’s Dog. Which leads me to question number two. Why doesn’t Dog ever wear a shirt?

After a bit of Dog, I discovered the Chiller station holding a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon. I like Buffy. The season where she’s with Riley was on. Riley was a hottie…a true, tough soldier with a heart of gold. The only thing wrong with Riley was that he wasn’t Angel. An insurmountable fact in the Buffy world.

Keeping in line with Joss Wheden’s world, I discovered a Firefly marathon on another new channel. If you haven’t seen Firefly, you’re missing out. It’s kind of a cowboy in space type of show. The series only lasted a season, but it should’ve continued. Nathan Fillian (now on Castle) played Captain Mal Reynolds in a role he was made for. Watch it. Honest.

Psych played quite a bit on and off through the week, and I have to admit, I love Sean and Gus. Great show-with fun humor. Perfect for a gal taking cough syrup with codeine.

Other than that, I slept most of the time. I’m all caught up now, so don’t need to watch daytime television for another year. Time to write.

You Know You’re a Writer If…

on December 29, 2010

I’m sure there are many blog entries across the net with the above title.  But I was in a mood, so here it is.  You know you’re a writer if:

1)  In the middle of listening to a new country song while driving down the road, you think, EUREKA!  That’s the perfect line.  There’s my NEXT book.

2)  Somebody is mean to you or someone you care about, so the antagonist psychotic witch in your book gets a name change.

3) Your spouse finds a bookmark on your computer for a site that reads, “How to bury a body without getting caught,” and doesn’t get frightened.

4) You’re now thinking about all the weird bookmarks you have on your comptuter.

5) The misspelled word in the above sentence is killing you.

6) You proof-check a text message three times, then delete it and start over with better verbs.

7)  Texting acronyms in emails make you want to throw your computer at the sender.

8)  You’re in the middle of a conversation with someone and you rewrite their dialogue in your head.

9) You’ve asked someone to lock you in the trunk of a car just so you can get your scene right.

10) More than once you’ve answered the door in your pajamas – and it was mid-afternoon.

Happy Holiday Video

on December 23, 2010

So, I figured I try making a holiday video.  And what better way than to put Tony, Debbie, Stephanie and Brandie in it?  I mean, you should always put the people who know where to find you in silly videos on the internet!    Happy Holidays, everyone.  🙂

I’m Just the Author

on December 9, 2010

I had a funny conversation with a very nice lady the other night.  Thought I’d share.

Nice Lady:  So, you’re the gal who wrote the book on vampires.

Me:  Yes.

NL:  I like vampires.  I saw your cover.  You did a good job on that.

Me:  I really like the cover, too.  But I didn’t do the cover.  Kensington did the cover.

NL:  Oh.  Well, it’s pretty.  And I really liked the back cover – it makes your book sound fun.

Me:  Thanks.  But I didn’t write the back cover.  The marketing department at Kensington did.

NL:  Oh.  But aren’t you the writer?

Me:  I think so.  But I don’t know much about marketing.

NL:  Well, at least you got to choose the name.  FATED is a really creative name.

Me:  Ah………

NL:  You didn’t choose the name?

Me:  Um, not exactly.

NL:  Are you sure you’re the writer, dear?

Me:  Pretty sure.  (Though I was feeling a bit confused at this time.)

NL:  Okay.  (Sounding just a bit doubtful.)  So, I have a Kindle.  Will FATED be on Kindle?

Me:  (On all that is holy.)  I have no idea.  Sure, probably, but I’m not sure when.

NL:  Well, this is just your first book.  I’m sure you’ll get better at this, dear.

Me:  Thank you, I’ll sure try.   🙂

Saturday is for Writing?

on May 22, 2010

It occured to me that I may have an entire Saturday to write.  Big Tone took our son to get the camper all set up for Memorial weekend, so they should be gone all day.  Our daughter is asleep but has a play date later today.  So…what to do.

I wrote a blog and published it.  Then I spent some time trying to figure out how to advertise the blog on my FF&P Loop which has new rules that you can’t advertise your blog except on Wednesday.  By Wed., my blog will be old news.  Finally gave up and didn’t advertise.

Then I emailed back and forth with writing buddies mentioned in the blog.  Now I’m looking through cool quotes about writing.  Here’s a good one:

If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.
T. S. Eliot

Isn’t that good?  And timely for me because I’m reworking the initial scene in DEMI.  Too slow.  And as my crit partner pointed out – “You’re trying to hard.  Remember that the books you sold were ones you wrote for fun.  For you.”   Note to self…crit partners remember stuff.  And nail you with it.  🙂  But as I’ve now learned that ‘Roll Tide, Baby’ refers to Alabama, Jenn is once again happy with me. 

So, now I should take advantage of this quiet Saturday and start writing.  Well, as soon as I check out NeimanMarcus.com.  Rumor has it shoes are on sale…