Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving's over.

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm finally starting to feel more like myself. Yesterday I woke up physically feeling better, but had a case of laryngitis. The 3yr old kept telling me to "talk louder, mommy." LOL! I can speak louder today, but not back to 100% yet.

We went to buy groceries this morning and I was surprised at how few cars were on the road. I guess everyone made sure to sleep in today after being up so darn early yesterday. Not I! You couldn't pay me enough to go out at 4am to shop. Besides, I'm done with my holiday shopping anyway.

Even with the flu this week, I did manage to reach the 50,000 word goal for NaNoWriMo! Yay! It was kind of iffy, but I made it. Now it will take me the next few months to get "Time For Death" completely finished and polished the way I want it to be.

Okay, I'm back off for more family time. I need to start snapping pictures of the girls for this year's Christmas cards. Yes, I'm pushing it. LOL!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Writing,Thanksgiving, and the Flu

Well, I was planning to be finished with my NaNo story today. Unfortunately, last night I came down with what appears to be the flu. Headache, sick stomach, chills, fever, and every joint in my body hurts. I feel like I've been hit by a truck. So I went to bed early and slept just terrible off and on all night.

I was planning on being at 46,500 words by the time I went to bed last night. I ended up being 2k under that. :-( Which means I won't be reaching 50k today. I don't think I can manage 5,500 words today with as bad as I feel right now. Luckily, I still have 5 days before NaNo is over.

Today is the last day of school for the older girls until next week. Tim has to work tomorrow and then he'll be home until next week as well. He says if I don't feel better he'll cook for Thanksgiving. I may just have to still be sick then. ;-) At least sick during the cooking time, but better when it gets eating time. LOL

It's a good thing he doesn't read my blog. Hahaha!

I love Thanksgiving. Not only because of the good food, but it's more of a relaxing holiday than Christmas. Christmas is fun, and I always have a good time, but it's more busy, noisy, hurry, hurry, hurry. Thanksgiving, well, I'm all for a day that you spend eating and lounging around. LOL!

Okay, that's all the typing I can take at the moment. The 3yr old is starting to become demanding and my head is throbbing. Thankfully the sick stomach is gone for the moment. I'm going to see if some hot chocolate will stay down.

I hope you're all having a better day than I am. Happy Thanksgiving!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's started!

My first guest blogger entry is now upon Coffee Thoughts. I'll be posting a few more throughout the day, so stop by and check them out. :-)


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christie's Blogging on Coffee Thoughts

I'm so excited! Tomorrow I will be the guest blogger on's blog, Coffee Thoughts. I'll be there all day posting entries, answering questions, and giving away a free book.

I'll post my first entry around 8am EST, and then add several more throughout the day.

For the free book giveaway, I'll ask a single question in my second entry. The first person to find and post the answer will win one of my books (winner's choice). The answer has been hidden on my website, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out the question.

If no one finds the answer right away, I'll be posting hints throughout the day until someone does. It should be lots of fun!

I hope that you'll stop by, join in on the fun, and even ask any questions you may have. Don't make me sit there listening to chirping crickets all day. ;-)

Christie's Blogging on Coffee Thoughts

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Monday!

It's Monday again. The start of a whole new week. What will you do with this fresh week?

Me? Well I'm busy with NaNoWriMo for yet another week. I'm also planning Thankgiving next week, finishing up my Christmas shopping, tending house, raising kids, and all those other day-to-day life chores. I even wrapped one of the hubby's gifts this morning.

On the NaNo front, I'm happy to say that I'll be hitting 30,000 words by the end of the day. However, it's highly unlikely that "Time For Death" will be anywhere near complete when I hit 50,000. Which is fine with me, because I planned for it to be longer than the others.

Death is happening all around Liz Baker. Yet she refuses to see that the man she thinks she loves could be the one responsible for such loss. Throw in the fact that he has a unique knack for mind control, and she's left helpless against him....

Or is she?

How you like that one? LOL!

The finished product is still months away, so get in huge rush to get a copy. LOL! However, remember that all three of my Alex & Fiona books are still on sale this month on You'll get all three for only $31.99 + shipping.

Okay, that's it from me for today. I hope you all have a fabulous new week. :-)


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Welcome to the weekend!

I love the weekend. There's no schedule. No getting up when it's still dark outside. No worries about getting somewhere late. I can just laze around, do the occasional load of laundry and make everyone eat sadwiches if I want.

The weekends are also great for catching up (or getting ahead) on my NaNo word count. When Tim is home, I can plug my ears up with my mp3 player and ignore everyone around me. The girls are forced to ask him all the stuff they usually ask me. He's also under strict instructions to ANSWER those questions so that they don't come stnd in front of me waiting for my eyes to drift up to theirs, meaning that it's time for them to mime whatever it is they want.

Today started out with a quiet house. The kids spent the night with my mom last night. Tim & I even did some Christmas shopping last night. YAY!

Before lunch, we had gone to buy dogfood, pickedup the kids, got some breakfast, I'd started laundry, started the dishwasher, started dinner in the crockpot (sweet & sour chicken), and wrote 1,000 words.

After lunch, we took a pair of Tim's pants to be exchanged for another size, washed another load of laundry, painted the last wall of the bedroom, worked on painting the window edges, and wrote another 1,000 words. Oh, and Tim put a 2nd coat of stain on the dresser drawers. Once they're dry that's it; it'll be finished. YAY!

Now it's dinnertime, everyone is scarfing down the chicken and rice, and I'm about to dry the 3rd load of laundry for today. I'll be working on the last 1,000 words for today here in a bit. Later on I'm going to watch a movie in my bed while Tim watches a Nascar race.

It's the weekend! I love the weekend. Tomorrow we'll have lunch with Tim's parents, go buy another pint of paint for the bedroom (2 gallons wasn't quite enough), put the last coat of paint on the last wall of the room, and move the dresser back into the bedroom. I'm sooooo ready to have my dresse back. I had having all my clothes piled up in a laundry basket. Then I'll write tomorrow's 3,000 words.

May seem insanely busy, but I feel that it's actually been a pretty mild Saturday. Anytime I'm not having to watch the clock is a good day.

I hope you're all having a fabulous day and will have a great Sunday. Back to work I go!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Coming along, slowly but surely.

I've been hard at work on "Time For Death" this week. My NaNo numbers are moving right along, and the story is as well. I'm about to start work on chapter 9 and there's already been more action than I should list (wouldn't want to give it all away). Just know that there's sex, murder, more sex, lust, suspense, blood, more sex... LOL!!

I'm really liking the direction the story has taken. I know what the ending will be (I always know the ending ahead of time), but I like to let the characters lead the way in getting to that ending. I never know which way they will go, who they will meet, or what they will enjoy until they let me know.

Liz has turned out to be one cocky gal that enjoys nail polish, high-heeled boots, corsets, sex, and isn't a skinny minnie. She's tall, curvy, and voluptuous... and loves it!

Okay, that's enough rambling about her.

Next week is my guest appearance on Coffee Thoughts. I'll be giving away a book sometime during the day. I hope that you'll all stop by. I'll post a reminder as the day draws closer.

I'm off. You all have a fantastic Thursday! I'll be here trying to reach 22,000 words. LOL!


Monday, November 10, 2008

It's a new week. Time for new goals.

Soooo, last week's writing goal was a bit short... like 3,000 short. *blush* Shame on me.

However, it's a new week and therefore, time for new goals!

I did a lot of playing catch-up over the weekend wih my word count and finally got up into the 10,000 range. I'm hoping to be around 25,000 by the end of the week. We'll see. For now, I'm going to aim for 3,000 words today and then go from there.

Luckily, the story is really picking up now. There's already been sex in a cemetery, a car wreck, a mysterious man, and a murdered night nurse. And that's only the first four chapters! LOL! This is the part I love, once the introduction of characters is out of the way and all the good stuff gets started. That should help the word count tremendously. :-)

Now if I could get the three year old to stop begging for food even though she just ate breakfast. LOL!

On a personal note, Tim is doing a great job refinishing the bedroom dresser. The color is looking fantastic and will be a perfect match for the new decor in there. We still have one wall left to paint, as we didn't even pick up the brushes over the weekend. My new Egyptian Cotton sheets arrived Saturday and they are to die for. Love them!

Okay, that's it for today. It's time to throw some more food at the eating demon so that I can get started on today's work load. Have a fabulous Monday!


Friday, November 7, 2008


Wow, what a week it has been! We welcomed a new President Elect. I was disappointed by some people who I thought were bigger than they actually are. Tim & I made great progress on the re-decorating of our bedroom. And my house is a disaster because all the bedroom stuff is scattered throughout until the painting is finished. LOL!

It's been a very distracting week.

The writing of "Time For Death" is moving along... slowly, but moving. It's very strange to write about totally different characters after doing three books all about Alex & Fiona. Luckily Liz seems to be more tolerant of me than I am of myself when it comes to getting down into her story. She's slowly revealing more about her lifestyle, inner thoughts, and how she really feels about certain people. And here I thought I knew all I needed to know about her before I even stated writing. She'll teach me! LOL!

This weekend I'll be playing word count catch up for NaNoWriMo. I'm behind by a few thousand words, but I can easily make that up if I could get a few hours of peace and quiet. And if Liz will cooperate instead of clamming up. We'll see. I think my mom is going to try to take the girls Saturday night. That will help with getting some peace and quiet. *Fingers crossed*

Well, that's it for today. I have a kitchen to clean up while the 3 year old is watching "Dora Saves the Snow Princess" for the 5th time this week. Hey, whatever it takes! LOL.

Have a fantastic weekend!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History Made Right Before Our Eyes!

Wow! Last night marked such a historic moment for this country. Granted I slept through it, but I'm still happy and amazed. LOL! Even my older girls were excited when I woke them up this morning and informed them of the new President Elect. I told them that they were so lucky to be alive and able to see these events. Then my oldest says she hopes to be around when we get our first woman president. LOL She's truly my child!

In other news, yesterday was a terrible writing day for me. I was soooo distracted all day, and then when the big girls came home from school all they wanted to do was talk to me. Talk, talk, talk! LOL So I complained the Tim when he called me on the way home. He says he'll take care of it when he gets home. So what does he do when he gets home?? Works on the dresser he's refinishing (and doing a crappy job at, might I add)! Sheesh! Then when I get a little inspiration and start writing, he comes in and wants to work on the bedroom. GEEZ!

Hopefully today will be much better. However, if my jabbering 3 yr old is any clue, it may be just like yesterday. Blah!

Speaking of the bedroom... the make-over is going nicely. The new paint color matches the bedding set almost 100%! I'm loving it. Now if I could find a lovely black & burgundy wallpaper border to go around the top. Half of the room is done now. We need to move the bed this evening and then start on the other half. We *should* be done with paint by the weekend.

Okay, enough rambling from me. I must get to work. Dora the Explorer is about to come on, so at least Kaitlyn will be occupied for 30 minutes. LOL!!

Have a great day and enjoy this momentous day in history!


Monday, November 3, 2008

My goals for this week.

This is going to be a busy week for me. Most of that revolves around writing. If only that was all I had to do. LOL

I'll be working on NaNo, of course. My goal for this week is another 10,000 words. That's 2K a day for the next 5 days. That should be more than do-able if the 3 year old will allow it.

I finished 6 loads of laundry over the weekend and did some taping off in my bedroom in preparation of painting. So at least I won't have to worry about that today. I'm planning on painting being my project of choice when I need a writng break. Should help with the sore behind from sitting for too long.

If those weren't enough to do this week, I've scheduled a teeth cleaning at the dentist's office for Thursday morning. I've been soooo busy the last year that I've neglected getting my cleanings regularly. I'm sure I'll be chastised severely once he sees me. LOL! Shame on me, I know.

Well, I better go. I need to get dressed and take the big girls to school in half an hour. Then once home, I'll have to get the youngest fed and get a jump on the first day of this new week.

Have a great Monday!


Saturday, November 1, 2008

The day after Halloween.

Last night the girls had a great time. We took them trick-or-treating in their Halloween best and they raked in the candy. Today, well today has been all about seeing just how much of that Halloween candy they can devour in a 24 hour time frame. LOL! I finally had to cut them off after dinner this evening.

Today is November 1st. I've taken care of today's NaNoWriMo word count, went shopping for painting supplies (for my bedroom) and I'm on the 4th and 5th loads of laundry today. Oh, and we took the kids out for lunch today. It has been a long day.

My NaNo count is pretty good for day 1 and for it being a Saturday. Tomorrow's count will be bad though. I have to go visit the inlaws and then go make a bank deposit via the ATM 20 minutes away. Luckily I will have all the laundry done, but the kids will be busy in a competition to see who can interrupt my writing the most. I can't write anything sensible when they interrupt me one right after the other, over and over again.

So anyway, today's word count was good, but that's only to make up for how bad tomorrow's will be (if any).

Okay, I'm off for tonight, but I'll leave you with the picture of my three girls last night. We had a zombie bride, a vampire witch, and Tinkerbell (though mommy forgot to put her wings on).