Thursday, September 09, 2010

It's football time again!

It's been a busy three weeks as the hubby and I have been exploring the possibility of starting our own photography company. We've finally settled on a name, Delle Jacobs is working on a logo for us, and tomorrow we go to the courthouse to register the name and get our tax permit. Will continue the day (well, actually, night) job for a while until we've accumulated the equipment we need and some savings to hold us for a bit, but I'm really ready to handle my own reins and decide where I'll go and when.

I think once we're away from this soul-sucking job, I might even get my creativity back. I need to get back to my writing.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just a shout out about this blog design. It was created by my talented friend Delle Jacobs. You can visit her website at where you'll find not only more of her wonderful design skills at work, but you'll see she's a fabulous author as well. If you need a book cover design or some help spicing up your blog, contact Delle. If you're looking for great Regency stories, check out her books too.
A friend sent me this as a reminder of what I was called to do. It's from Madalyn Aslan's horoscopes for last week.

If a film is done right, it has the power to inspire and motivate just about anyone. I recently watched a movie with my kids called Sister Act II, a flick that can inject hope in almost any naysayer. Something Whoopi Goldberg said made me pause and reflect for a long time. I still think about her words today, enough that I am sharing them now with you. She said, “If you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is singing, then you are a singer.” This movie spoke volumes about passion and inherent gifts and the true beauty and freedom in expressing them. You either have the music in you or you don’t. In these powerful times, your Soul wants nothing more than to express its own unique individuality, to care not about what other people might think and to set a trend in doing what feels most natural to you. There is more in you that is dying to come out Sag, far more, and the current cosmic climate is going to help you go about making that happen.When you wake up in the morning, and all you can think about is...?

This is just the beginning.

Okay, I'm not a Sagittarius (I even had to look it up to spell it right), and I'm not really a singer though I love music. What I am is a writer. Or at least I used to be. But rejections, loss of momentum with agents and editors from not being able to afford conferences, sapped energy from a difficult, stressful job, all combined to grind my writing to a halt. Well, there's an occasional trickle, but the days of sitting down and writing a 75,000 word book in 6 weeks seem like a long ago dream.

But, I think about it every single day. I yearn for the days when the words and ideas flowed. I ache for the time to sit down and get into a story and not surface until I'm so exhausted and hungry I just can't type another sentence. I tell myself "someday."

So when is "someday?" Today? Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Something tells me that someday had better start right now or it will all slip away forever.

Monday, July 26, 2010

This will be a difficult week for me. It's the week of the Romance Writer's of America conference in Orlando. I haven't been to conference since 2004, so I've lost all the momentum I had going with editors and agents, but the worst part is missing the friends I haven't seen in years. I wanted to go. I NEEDED to go. But there were other things more important to do here and, with the economy, well, the money just wasn't there.

Several friends have been nominated for Rita awards, so I'll be cheering them on from home. In my pj's, drink in hand, instead of dressed to the nines. I'll miss Disneyworld. I'll miss Florida, one of my favorite states.

To all of you lucky enough to be going, have enough fun for two, will ya?

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Birthday, America!

On this Independence Day, it might be good to reflect on what this day really stands for. It's not just a great day for family barbecues and fireworks, but a day to celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on earth. Or what was once the greatest nation.

July 4th, 1776, was the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Have you ever read it? Or have you read it since high school Civics class? If not, you can do so here:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

If you read the list of grievances that follow this powerful statement, you'll see many are being committed by our own president. I wonder, then, when the American people will once again say "enough!" and declare Independence from the current oppression?

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wow, has it really been that long?

More than a year since I was here last. Hubby and I have been crazy busy with work, kids, home fix-ups. Writing has been pushed aside, neglected. I did dust off Undercover Vices and submitted it one place. Haven't heard back yet. But I have so many books that are either complete or nearly complete and just need some rewriting, polishing, finishing up...

I have the next few weeks off, all the company leaves tomorrow, so there are no more excuses.

Well, the house still needs painting...