Friday, July 24, 2009

Attitude Overhaul Needed

Here’s proof that my attitude is waning at the end of this 9 month marathon...
Exhibit A. I’ve quit cleaning house. Unlike this day, I usually do still make my bed, though.

Exhibit B. I’m writing a little still (Beatles’ Book), but it’s absolute suckage. Most of the time, anyway.
Exhibit C. I complain about the heat if it gets above 80 degrees. No fun at the park, no fun outside. And we don’t have A/C. Maybe I wouldn’t complain if the darn monsoons came to stay, but they seem to sweep by my house, just getting my hopes up enough to toss them in the toilet and flush 'em.

Exhibit D. The natives are getting restless. I think they’re ready for school to start again, despite what they say. That means good behavior is at an all year low.

Exhibit E. Okay, there’s nothing to hate about this picture. That boy and his sister are just CUTE! (Incidentally, if you’re ever in Flagstaff in June-August, visit The Arboretum. You’ll never see a prettier, natural garden setting.

Exhibit F. This is what I’m MOST sick of:

(The shots twice a day, not the husband.)

I’m glad the heparin injections have kept me from being on bed rest, but some days other complications keep me from doing much anyway. Two and a half weeks left, I keep telling myself, and then I’ll have my body back (mostly). And a sweet baby to show for the trouble.

What’s surprisingly not bugging me? Not hearing back from agents with requested materials. Probably because there’s enough stuff to keep me occupied right now anyway. It feels good to not obsess... at least with one thing.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Create for your soul

I so needed this quote today. Can't remember where I found it, but thanks to whoever posted it! It made my day (as does this picture).

Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow - whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don't show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.

~Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Package Came Yesterday

Now I'm ready for a short hospital stay, baby!

I just have to refrain from reading them for 27 days is all.
Not that I'm counting or anything.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Caution: WIDE LOAD

Ever wonder what a pregnant lady looks like with 5 weeks left on her 3rd baby? It's all about the bubble butt and lack of hairstyle, really.

Picture courtesy of my friend Mari's sister, Amanda. I forgot to tell her about the cardinal rule of friendship: never, Never, NEVER take pictures of Jackee when she's pregnant. Still, I'll forgive her since this is my last baby and I have one to document how big I really get.

Characters Unleashed

Yesterday I was a bit down on myself because my WIP still isn't done. Then I looked at the calendar and became really frustrated: I only have 4 more weeks before this other rugrat comes! I need to get cracking, in other words.

To cheer myself up, last night I worked on my characters and for kicks and giggles, cast them as if the book were a movie. It cheered me up right away because it was so much fun! Here are a few:

Leena's Dad: A cross between John Goodman and Ricky Gervais.Can't picture it? Think of Goodman's hair and personality overlaid with Gervais' face. (Feel free to laugh here. It IS a weird mix.)

Leena (Semolina Pilchard): A swizzle between a new actress, Monica McCarthy, and Zooey Deshanel.

Tristan: A Dylanesque version Hugh Dancy. I would have a put a picture of Bob on here but I didn't want to scare you. Just imagine Dancy as THAT type of music/artist.

Max: He would be cast as Paul Walker if we could hide him in 12" platform heels. Max is taller than Walker, but has that blond, dumb jock stigma. And yes, Max would run around without his shirt on too (he thinks he's a model because he posed for one Kmart underwear ad).

Molly: This is really actress Summer Hagen. She looks so sweet and innocent, like Molly looks in my mind. But the sweet and innocent ends there with Molly. Really, Molly is a raging ball of hormones, which has made writing about her really entertaining, what with the contrast between her looks and actions.

There you have it, a partial cast to my latest novel. I don't know if the thing will ever see the light of day, but it's sure fun to write. Hurray for first drafts--they are entitled to suck. And hurray for babies, may this one like to sleep through writing sessions like my last one did!

Oh, and...


Spend the day thinking about your personal freedoms. That's what I'm going to try and do.