Thursday, December 28, 2006

Working from Home

I've been set up so I can work at home. Not that I can sit here and work 8 hours a day from the comfort of my couch, but I can bring work home after I leave the office and do it here. Its a mixed blessing. I need the overtime, but this week everyone (but me) is on vacation and when I get home they're demanding my attention.

Plus it takes away all my writing time. I haven't written a thing in about 3 weeks, though I have been thinking about wips and ideas. Not about the wip I should be working on, but other things. Damn fickle brain.

Christmas has come and gone. Yeah!!!! We made it through without breaking the bank... barely. Now I can start saving for next year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Yeh, Yeh, I'm Here.....

I know its been a long time since I've blogged. I've been so busy and when I'm not busy I've been comatose. I have too much going on and about to add more to the pile. Today I'm bringing in my laptop to work and having our company's software loaded (I hope)so I can bring work home with me. And I'm giving up one of my days off this weekend to go into the office to try to catch up on the plethora of orders we have to enter.

Writing? Whats that?? I don't think I've written in a week. I've thought a lot about writing, generally when I can't be writing. I want to get back to it, but now it looks like its not going to happen for another few weeks.

And I can't even enjoy my vacation. I'll be too busy working.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I've been doing a lot of it when it comes to my writing and my blog. This time of year is just too busy. Make it stop. We at work have been ordered to put in at least 8 hours of overtime per week in. Nope, sorry, can't fit it into my schedule unless I want to leave my kids by themselves for a few hours a day. Or bring them with me. umm-no.

And I've discovered that I make a lousy soccer mom. Well, no one plays soccer, but everyone is involved in activities, as of last night, and juggling everyone's schedule is going to be like doing algebra. I think I have the evening off today, but I could be wrong. If I do I'm going to dedicate it to writing. I really want to get my not-so-short story finished.

As much as I like Christmas, I just wish it would come faster so life would return to "normal". Wishful thinking, I know.

Friday, December 08, 2006


I guess winter has arrived a week early. I woke up this morning to snow on the ground. Not a great deal, but its there. And it won't even hit 30 degrees today. I'm so not ready for this!!

I'm making some progress on my short story. At what point does a short story stop becoming short? I'm to about 10k and have plenty more to go. Initially it wasn't supposed to go over 8k, but I was enjoying it so much that I had to keep it going. I know it won't be long enough to be considered full length, but I'm sure there are markets out there that'll want a shorter-than-novella length story.

Of course this time of year is somewhat distracting, and there's lots coming up next week that'll keep me out of the house and away from my computer. After the holidays things'll get back to normal.

For now have to deal with the weather.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Are they important?

When I have nothing else going on I love to work on writing prompts, but I wonder how useful they are. Okay, they come in handy when I'm writing a scene that may work with a wip I'm working on, but if they don't? Should they drag me away from a wip in another direction? There's a prompt in one of my groups and I could make it work for a wip that I have in the wings.

Or I could just concentrate on the short story I've been working on.

Or I could just do housework.

Its so cold!!!!! I'm ready for spring!!!!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Points To Ponder... And Other Meandering Thoughts

All right... show of hands... who would buy a pregnancy test kit from The Dollar Store?

I was at the Dollar Store the other night picking up some Christmas decorations for my office. There's plenty I'd pay a dollar for. A jug of Hawaiian Punch. A Christmas tie, a coffee mug, a book mark. Even a pair of sunglasses and a sewing kit or a can opener.

But a home pregnancy test kit? For a dollar? I guess that would come in handy after buying the box of condoms at the Dollar Store.

No, I'm kidding-I have no idea if they sell condoms there.

I've been listening to a lot of music at work since I've been drowning in the data entry pool at work. My mp3 player plays 111 songs so I tend to hear the same songs over and over again. As a writer, I tend to think of possible story lines for the songs. One song on my playlist is "Copacobana". Is there any sort of copyrights on characters in songs because I came up with a storyline that involves Lola after she's old and drunk and sitting at the bar, faded feathers in her hair...yada yada.. but I don't know if I can do that legally.

Since I hit my 50k for Nano I've been taking a bit of a break. I've been looking over some wips to see where I should go next. I'm still unsure. I think by tomorrow I'll be able to get back into writing. Had to get various birthdays and other occasions out of the way. My youngest turned 7 today. Wow. I feel old. And my anniversary is next week. 11 years. Truly amazing.

So, now I'm off to bed so I can face another tedious week at work. I'm so ready for the holidays to be over so the work load will lighten up some.

And to anyone who is going to call a company to place an order.... remember it's Christmas, or the holidays. Be nice to the person on the other end of the line. I know that its stressful out there, but remember they're human too, and really do have feelings.