Thursday, November 25, 2004

Daily Motivator

My current favorite website is Every day it posts a new inspirational message and they are all really good. Today's is about how to get over it something bad happens. One line in today's message says "You are never obligated to be miserable." How great is that? I know I sometimes (often?) obsess on the negative in my life. Like I'm not allowed to bask in the good stuff. My MIL always says that the only one who can make you feel bad is you. So true! Someone can be a jerk to me, but it's me who lets them make me feel bad! They have no power over how I react to what they do to me! So, my goal for today and tomorrow (at least) is to not let myself feel rotten about anything! Power to the positive thinking! No more negative thoughts!! if something bad happens, I will overwhelm it with positive thoughts. So there!

And Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Smooth Sailing

Great news today! A few weeks ago, I sold another chick lit to Dorchester (currently entitled FORGET PARIS. Anyone remember the movie?) on proposal. That means I've written only the first three chapters and a synopsis. So anyway, it's due February 1st, so I really want to get cracking on it, so I asked my editor if she wanted revisions to the story, and she doesn't! Yay! She loves it exactly as it is! I'm totally pumped! She loves me, she really really loves me! (Or, rather, she loves my story so far. It still rocks!)

Plus I sent off my option book to my Harlequin Intrigue editor, plus long synopses for two more books, so I'm all caught up! Yipee do day! Cross your fingers she loves all three ideas.

And to top it all off, we get to go to dinner tonight on my dh's company, so it's free. Gotta love that!

Oh, and I got a new cover for my May SMOOCH book. It totally rocks. Dorchester does the BEST covers for their YA books. It should be up on my site any day now, so you have to go check it out!

Saturday, November 06, 2004


There is no better feeling than finally getting through a nightmarishly difficult task after slogging through it for what seems like forever! Yipety do dah! I was working on a synopsis for a proposal for my editor, and the story just WASN'T WORKING.


Came up with an idea.

Decided it was stupid.

Came up with another idea.

Realized it was exactly like a proposal I just finished. (side note: I just ran the spell check and I'd spelled exactly wrong, so it gave me a list of words to choose from, and every single option was a version of ejaculate. Hmm... exactly... ejaculate...yeah, I always confuse those words...who is writing these spellcheck programs anyway???)

Came up with another idea.

Decided I was brilliant, and told everyone I knew how smart I was.

Realized it made the hero completely idiotic.

Accidentally broke my keyboard drawer, so now I had a defective brain plus I had to type holding up the left side of my keyboard drawer with my knee. The difficulty of extricating myself from said position was so daunting that I refused to get up and go to the bathroom until it was almost too late. Nothing like a mad dash to the bathroom to get the adrenaline going!

Took the rest of the day off to let it percolate (yes, sometimes that works. Other times, it's a total waste and I come back with a mind that is just as blank as before, but now I'm a day behind.

Came up with another idea.

Tested it cautiously.

Started to get excited, so I clocked myself in the temple with my phone to keep myself in check.

Wrote more, got more excited.

Finished first draft of synopsis and I think it works!

Yay! Yay! Yay!

Now comes the big decision. Do I reread it again to ensure it makes sense and risk discovering that it's a really bad idea and I'm back to square one, or do I sent it off to my editor without looking at it again and cross my fingers that she sees some gem of brilliance in there?

I'll reread it. I'm not a big enough big wig to send bad things to my editor. I still need to worry about impressing her!