Whew, I know it’s been awhile again… I’m a slacker, what can I say. However, I’m bursting with endorphins at the moment so I’m going to jot down a quick blog before I go back to being a slug for the day.
A few years ago, after my son was born, I was determined to lose the baby fat I’d accumulated after being pregnant twice in two years. I actually started the process when I was about 6 mos pregnant with him, taking a two mile walk several times a week and eating so healthy that by the time he was born, I was already on the right track. Once I’d healed from the birthing process, I kicked it into high gear, working out 3 times a week at first, then 4 or 5, until, on the days when I didn’t have to work out, I did it anyway because I felt better on the days when I did. I lost about thirty pounds in three months and felt amazing. My dh would come home and I’d laughingly point out a new muscle I’d discovered was developing. Proud proud proud. Self esteem up, confidence soaring… I felt awesome.
Then I went back to college with the determination of graduating with honors. Study time took over my work out time and I fell back into old habits. I gained back twenty of those pounds and I’m sick sick sick of it. So when I got my first paycheck as a published author, I bought the family a high-tech treadmill, thinking that I could walk on it while reading or watching my favorite show. I got on it twice, and I’ve had it since February. THe problem was, it was so loud I couldn’t hear the TV and I got a little nauseated trying to read while bobbing up and down on the sucker.
So, as it sat in my dining room collecting dust, we decided to try to sell it to my in-laws. They wanted something smaller and hey, I paid good hard-earned money for this thing, so having it just sit there is beginning to gnaw at me. So today, I tried something different. For my birthday, my dh bought me an Ipod. I loaded many songs onto, labled the play list -WORKOUT, and got on the treadmill. The ear buds drowned out the groaning motor of the beast and halfway through the first song, I was singing and dancing and determined to give it a real go. I did, for thirty minutes, and I could have gone another thirty if I’d been wearing decent shoes. I owe the good time I had working out to the choice of songs I put on my birthday gift. Listening to them, I didn’t feel like I was exercising at all.
Here’s what I sweated to today:
Warm up: Bon Jovi (Have a Nice Day) and (Bells of Freedom)
Cardio: Christina Aguilera – Fighter, Can’t Hold Us Down
Shania Twain – Man, I Feel Like a Woman
Bon Jovi – Bounce and It’s My Life
Cool Down – Garth Brooks – Standing Outside the Fire
I think I’m forgetting some…hmmm. anyway, all of those fired me up! Now, the endorphins are wearing off and I must rest…… Will let you know if I get back on the beast tomorrow!
If you’ve read any of my blogs, you’ve likely already found out that I love a good horror movie.
Well, this applies to books, as well. I grew up on Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, and John Saul. Good stuff. I still read John Saul and the occasional Dean Koontz. But the goriest I’ve ever read from them were The Right Hand of Evil (Saul) and Strange Highway (I may be wrong on this title – by Koontz). Both were gory. Both were wonderfully scary.
And until recently, they might have been the scariest books I’ve read. It’s hard to get realistic gore and terror down on paper, I think – probably much easier to do so on the big screen.
But man! I just finished reading Off Season by Jack Ketchum, the first of his books that I’ve ever read. I have to admit, the quote from Stephen King on the front cover of Off Season is partly the reason I bought it in the first place. Let’s face it. If Stephen King says “If you read this book at Thanksgiving, you won’t sleep again until Christmas,” the book HAS to be scary, right?
It started out interesting enough…. slowed down a bit as we were supposed to get to know the characters, so little happened. Then I finished the first third of the book, a little saddened that it was turning into another typical horror novel that afraid of offending readers by giving the details. I want the details, darn it. I want to be afraid to go to sleep….. and WHAM, reached the second third of the book.
I’m not even going to describe the plot of the book here, simply because it would sound like any B horror movie that’s come out lately. So I’ll simply say this… every scream, every fumbled run from the maniac that you see in those movies is ten times worse in Off Season, explained through the internalizations of the characters to the point where you’re short of breath while reading their experience. Don’t read this if you want to be a little afraid. Don’t read this if violence or gore offends you.
But if you want a roller coaster experience of a good scary…SCARY…. book… check this one out. Then make sure you read it during the day…………..
Ok, so I’ve been neglecting this blog badly. Two months without a post – no excuse for it. And there’s not one coming, either. I’ve simply had nothing to chat about. I think I’ve seen one or two movies in all that time. One, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, is not worth blog time. The other, Arthur and the Invisibles, was an enchanting animated movie that deserved a bit of my time. But, I saw it so long ago now, my memory wouldn’t do it justice. So I’ll leave it at – SEE IT. Take your kids to see it. It’s worth it.
It’s the same for books. Reading has been scarce, I’m sad to say. Not that I dont have about 500 books on my TBR pile. I’ve just had other things preoccupying my free time. Nothing major or exciting. Just…stuff.
I do have a bit of news, though. My second release (Title to be announced later) has been moved up from July 2008 to January 2008. It’s a blend of fantasy, historical, and romance all in one. Details to come.
I hope the new year has been treating all of you kindly. There’s still a lot more to come!
Not sure why this was so thrilling to me, the cover’s not even up there yet. But I got a jolt of excitement anyway.
The amazing, best-selling author, Sharon Sala just made my day, month, year, whatever. Look at what she said about The Devil’s Possession!
“Heather Waters debut novel is without doubt, one of the best stories I’ve read in years. The Devil’s Possession has it all. A sit-on-the-edge-of-your seat story line, a memorable heroine and a hero to die for. The magic of the land in which she’s set her story is a marvelous match to the magic of her storytelling.” –Sharon Sala
How fabulous is she???????
Perhaps I won’t be completely fair to this movie because I so loved the old ones and adored Christopher Reeves, but I just didn’t like this movie very much, which is depressing because I really wanted to see it. The first thing that bothered me was the new Lois Lane. Sorry, but her name eludes me – probably because she’s a pretty forgettable actress. I didn’t so much have issues with the guy who played Superman (can’t remember his name either), but something about him bothered me. It was my DH who pointed out what I think might be the reason I didn’t like this guy in the role. He made a decent Superman, and occasionally looked so much like Christopher Reeves that I almost liked him. But it was his alter-ego, Clark Kent, that fell short. The new actor just couldn’t look awkward and geeky enough to pull that off. Same with Kevin Spacey. I know his name because I adore him, but he just wasn’t a great Lex Luther for me. Again, not sure why. Maybe because he played it too much like the guy he played in Seven, like my brother suggested.
Anyway, the story is boring – couldn’t Lex Luther have wanted something more brilliant than a new land mass? Really. That’s the whole conflict. I had a hard time staying awake to see the ending. I almost wish I’d gone to sleep.
Happy New Year to everyone! It’s finally 2007, which is a year I’ve been waiting for rather impatiently. Only 8 months to go before Devil’s Possession debuts! Shoot, I did longer than that for two pregnancies. Piece of cake!
Seriously though, I’m on a break from writing until my kids return to school Wednesday. I had to choose between trying to write with them hanging around, or putting work aside and letting them live. I chose to let them keep breathing (at least until Spring Break).
My brother and his family are off to Italy for a 3 year tour. It was really hard to say goodbye, especially since it had been 3 years since I’d seen them anyway, and they’d just come to visit for Christmas. We’ll just not mention how jealous I am that they’ll be 45 minutes from Venice! Before they left, my brother and his wife decided I needed to try a game they love called World of Warcraft. It’s a sign that they are evil, evil people, because I’m hooked. Hence, the title of this post. M.I.A. that’s me. I’ve barely moved off my patio in 3 days.
Sigh….. But what’s not to love? I get to pretend to be an elf all day long! Or a cute little gnome….. Nevermind that my dh can’t remember what I look like. He’ll get over it.
Here’s hoping Santa was good to all of you and that the New Year’s baby will be even kinder 🙂
It’s rare for me to read a book in one sitting any more, but that’s exactly what happened with Her Perfect Life by Vicki Hinze. I was grabbed from page one and kept on till it was over. This is an emotionally gripping tale about an American pilot who was shot down in Iraq, assumed dead and held as a POW for 6 years. When she’s finally rescued, she comes home to find everything she’s dreamt of is gone or changed or forgotten.
I highly recommend this to anyone with a heart that actually beats. It will be rejuvenated by the time your done reading this.