Imprisoned By Free Time

November 28, 2006 at 4:25 pm (Gab)

Free time can be a blessing, but the saying “Idle hands are the devil’s plaything” didn’t come out of thin air!

I just turned in book 2 to Berkley last week. This past weekend, I felt light as a feather, elated that I was obligation free in the writing department. That feeling didn’t last long. I’m itching again, eager to move on to something new. But, at the same time, I really want to take advantage of being deadline free by catching up on reading, cleaning, and several other things I neglected these last couple of months. Wanting to do both has prevented me from doing either. When I sit to write, I get up to clean. When I pick up a book, I put it down and reach for my laptop. Sigh. A vicious cycle, this free time. I don’t like it much.

 To my editor should she ever visit here… another deadline please. It keeps me sane!

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The Break-Up DVD

November 26, 2006 at 10:25 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

bu.jpgStarring : Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn

I loved, loved, loved this movie! Of course, I adore Jennifer Aniston anyway, but I think this is her best movie yet, with the possible exception of Bruce Almighty.

The Break-Up centers around a couple who live together and go through a messy break up, where neither truly want to be free but their pride forces them to go to great lengths to irritate the other into leaving the condo they both own and love. A not-so-happily-ever-after movie, but still worth a watch or two. I laughed out loud throughout the whole thing, and have to admit, Vince Vaughn steals the movies. He’s hilarious.

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Gratitude Day 5

November 24, 2006 at 8:06 am (Gab)

As a writer, it’s only appropriate that I end the 5 days of gratitude with all the things that make a writer’s life easier.

1 – My laptop. If it had a heartbeat, I would sleep with it at night.

2 – My alphasmart. If you don’t know what this is, you’re probably not a writer. If you ARE a writer and don’t know what this is, I advise you drop everything and go here now. I don’t know a single author who doesn’t have one and love it. It’s the next best thing to, well, books.

3 – Bookmarks. I LOVE bookmarks. Not the kind you spend 4 dollars for at the bookstore. The kind that authors make to promote themselves. I loves signed ones. I collect them, I suppose – as well as the magnets of the book covers. Love those too!

4 – Excel. Nothing can make my day zing by like working on my writing schedule, which is set up in Excel. I love this hobby so much, I even do it for others. Can you say geek? It does mess with my actual writing schedule sometimes, but whatever. It’s fun.

5 – Last but definitely not least – Movie scores. Not the soundtracks with the songs that have lyrics. The actual movie scores, the songs you hear in the movies. Because I write historical novels, anything with lyrics tends to snap me back to present day. But give me the score to Troy, Tristan & Isolde, Lord of the Rings, and I’m set to write all day long.

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Day 4 of Gratitude

November 23, 2006 at 8:52 am (Gab)

As today is officially Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the most important aspect of my life. That is, of course, my family.

My husband. 12 years of being together sometimes feels like 12 days. Sometimes like 12 decades. He’s my polar opposite – everything from his personality to his family to his upbringing is infinitely different from mine, but our core values and morals are the same and that’s what counts. I’m thankful for not just the peaks of our marriage, but also for the valleys. Those valleys remind me to appreciate the peaks!

My children. Growing up so quickly! Yesterday, I was changing your diapers, and now you’re 10 and 8 years old. You two have the ability to bring me all the pain and misery in the world and somehow enjoy every minute of it! You make me laugh more than anyone else, which makes up for the fact that you also make me crazy more than anyone else.

My parents. Soon after I got married, they moved away. But they didn’t realize I’d stuck a homing device in my pocket, the cause of their return a few years later. I’m blessed to have them nearby, as the rest of my family seems scattered around the world. I’ll be spending this T-day with them, eating the best pumpkin pie in the world. What could be better?

My sister. Even all the way across the country, I never quite feel like she’s very far away. Growing up, our 8 year age difference was a gaping chasm that I could never quite leap across to get close enough to know her very well. But now, 8 years is a petty number with no importance at all. I’m thankful for that. Thankful that, through her, I have a real best friend for the first time in my life.

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Gratitude – Day 3

November 22, 2006 at 10:42 am (Gab)

Back to the frivilous today. Hey, sometimes the frivilous is just as important as well, the important stuff. So today’s Ode to Frivolity is to two different websites I love love love. Amazon.com and Librarything.com

 Amazon.com is wonderful. The nearest “new” bookstore from my house is about a 20 minute drive. On top of that, it’s located in the mall, which I avoid like the plague. Too many people, too many people “smells”. I stay away when I can. Amazon lets me order any little book that makes me happy and delivers it right to my doorstep. On top of that, the shipping is free if you save up to buy several books at once instead of one at a time. Another great thing about Amazon is the wishlist. I dont have to keep track of books I want anymore. I can stick them all on my wishlist, organize them into many different lists if need be, and then just move them to my shopping cart when it’s time to buy. This goes for movies and music, too. I read my Romantic Times magazine each month, find the books that look good, and add them to my wishlist right away. Then I never worry about forgetting! It’s a wonderful thing, Amazon.com. Check it out!

Librarything.com is another FABULOUS site that needs to be shared with everyone! Ever go to order a book by a favorite author and can’t remember whether you’ve read it or bought it already? You can enter every single book you own into library thing and have your own, personal, online bookshelf that’s simple to get to for reference. You can store up to 200 titles for free, or pay (I believe 10.00) to store an unlimited number. I adore this site! Check it out!

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Come Visit Me

November 22, 2006 at 8:05 am (Gab)

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Come visit me at Between the Covers where I’m blogging with the gals at Berkley today.

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Gratitude – Day 2

November 21, 2006 at 9:32 am (Gab)

A far more serious topic than yesterday’s gratitude to J.K. Rowling. Today, I give thanks to the men and women serving in our military, with special thanks to those doing so in the Middle East, stuck in the midst of all the horror there. I come from a military family, and thank God that they are all safely away from the front lines. I respect and admire those who aren’t so lucky in their posts, and pray that the rest of America doesn’t let these men and women be forgotten.

These websites will help you say thanks in a way they’ll actually hear and appreciate. Do your soul a favor and check them out. Reach out and give thanks to those who deserve it the most.

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5 Days of Giving Thanks

November 20, 2006 at 10:28 am (Gab)

In honor of Thanksgiving, this week I want to share 5 things I’m very thankful for. So come back each day to find out what serious or frivilous things make me smile.

MODAY’S GRATITUDE : J.K. Rowling

I’m going to start frivilous here. Something that just makes me happy without anything personal at stake when it finally dies in a couple of years. That thing is HARRY POTTER. The books. The movies. The young actors. The older actors. J.K. Rowling. I am thankful for J.K. Not only for the series but for rejuvenating our young readers’ love for books in general. When the Harry Potter series ends, they’ll search for more fodder for their imaginations, and hopefully then grow into adults who love to read as well. So on this day of Gratitude, I say, “thank you, J.K. Rowling!”

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Deadlines and Distractions

November 20, 2006 at 9:52 am (Gab)

My little family doesn’t often go on vacation, but we do try to go on day trips or overnight stays since we live in one of the largest tourism states in America. In Florida, there are lots of options for places to go when you need to get away and can’t afford the time off. These past few months have been stressful on my family so we decided to get the heck away from here. We left for Seaworld on Saturday morning and spent the day trying to forget jobs and deadlines and laundry and other things that suck the fun out of life. Ok, all those except the deadlines. I rather enjoy them so please don’t take them away! And the truth is, I really shouldn’t have gone anywhere, not when my deadline is Dec 1, and I still had half the book to read through and make changes on.

But this trip was for the good of those I love most, so off we went to see Shamu. The day was brilliant. No heat, no painful cold. Just perfect temperatures. Only toward the end did my children break out their pout kits and start dampening my day. Then, the hotel mix up, which, I believe, finally pushed my DH over the edge until he was cackling slighly madly when we finally arrived at the right hotel. The fact that we only live 2 1/2 hours from Seaworld to begin with and thought staying over night and not having to drive back would just be convenient, and ended up driving 2 hours ANYWAY because the people at the stupid hotel didn’t know which one we were supposed to be at! Turns out, we were supposed to be  at the one 5 minutes from Seaworld, but the hotel person told us it was the one way across town. Whatever. We got a slightly delirious case of chuckles and a wee bit of high blood pressure off these people.

As for my deadline, I really really tried to read on the trip down and back, but I get motion sickeness, which meant I read about 3 pages before I gave it up. When we got home on Sunday, however, I did alot of work and am nearly done. For sure, it will be ready to hit the mail next week and I won’t miss my deadline!

Heather

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An Unfinished Life – DVD

November 16, 2006 at 8:40 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

aufl.jpgDVD – Starring Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas

Man, this feels like a Morgan Freeman month for me. Every movie I’ve watched seems to include him. No woes here. I think he’s marvelous. But the trend was unintentional.

An Unfinished Life was a movie I’d never heard of, but it sounded kind of Horse Whisperer-ish, so I rented it and am so glad I did. Redford is still wonderfully sexy, and I’m pretty sure he could be my grandfather.

The movie is about a battered woman (Lopez) who takes her daughter and runs from the boyfriend to the only place she knows – her father-in-law’s ranch in Wyoming. He blames her for his son’s death, but the need to know his granddaughter brings them closer. The movie is full of beautiful cinematics, a setting that makes you want to pack up and move ASAP. It was a lovely movie, centered around characters – no big bang plot. One of the nicest, warmest movies I’ve seen in a while.

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