Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Best Books EVER!!!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been so engrossed in a book that I’ve lost sleep at night trying to read as much as I could, and being simultaneously eager to get to the end to find out what happens, and sad at realizing that the closer I do, the closer I am to the end of the story. I know I’m behind the times, but I have just started to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I have one word:


You can believe your bottom dollar that my next book report will be on this series. I started reading book one on Friday night (during the BSU Nevada game, but am glad I didn’t see us blow our National Championship and BCS bid out of the water) and finished it Sunday afternoon. Where I promptly drove—in the cold/wind/rain/snow—to fight the crowds at Costco to pick up books 2 (Catching Fire) and 3 (Mockingjay). I am two thirds of the way through it and am just in love. There’s not a page that does not go bye that I’m not laughing, crying out about injustice, rooting for someone’s death, or holding my breath and scanning my eyes across the words fast enough at some “on the edge of your seat” factor.

I guess the bottom line is, I can’t recommend this book enough.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Keep on a Truckin'

So it’s a little over half way through NaNoWriMo and I am ahead of schedule! I can’t believe it myself. I’m hoping the trend lasts, so I keep plugging along. I’m at a point where I’m really excited to write. There’s a specific character that I’m working with right now and he’s so entertaining. Very much an “act now, think later” sort of chap. I can pretty much do anything I want with him.

Hubby is getting sick, and I’m hoping that I steer clear of it, but I’m afraid that things will not go as planned in that arena. And so close to the holidays, too! We’re doing Thanksgiving at Hubby’s parent’s house this year. I’m in charge of the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and I am oober excited. I love to cook, so I say, “bring it!”. I have this recipe for mashed potatoes that calls for two heads of roasted garlic, a pound of butter and two cups of heavy whipping cream. They are to die for! I kid you not, I gain ten pounds just looking at them. And for the main course, I’m doing a rum glazed turkey with buttery chestnut and apple stuffing. You’re mouth is watering, isn’t it? Don’t lie.

Sunday is Mom’s birthday so Sister and I are going to take her to movie (Morning Glory -- I love Harrison Ford) and lunch on Saturday, just the three of us. No husbands, no kids. It’s going to be a good time. Got my haircut yesterday and am loving it! It’s a little shorter than before and edgier. Now for a little more blonde…

The Bronco’s play against Fresno tomorrow. GO BRONCOS! And I know we’re going to kick major Bulldog butt. Hubby and I have season tickets, but with the weather (cold and rain) and Hubby’s cold, we’ve passed the tickets along to his dad. We’ll be watching it from the comfort of our couch on our big screen.

The struggle of trying to get an agent's interest is ongoing—I just submitted to 22 more this past weekend. But I just have to trust that the right one is fast approaching. I am also hoping that I have more asking for partials. The gal before, Agent A came back and told me no. Which is totally okay. She was very nice, polite, and professional about it. Which made me even more bummed that she won’t be my agent.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rainy Sundays

Today is shaping up to be a pretty great day. Not only did I get to sleep in after a hard, long, awesome night of dancing in our yearly Irish dance show, Celtic Holiday, but I woke up to it being an hour earlier than it really was! I love Daylight Savings.

I also woke to the amazing aromas of COFFEE, hash browns, eggs and sausage. Hubby had gotten up early and gone above and beyond the call of duty by deciding to surprise me with breakfast. It was so amazing. Now, I'm sitting out here on my front patio, writing notes for my blog, working on a book review, drinking COFFEE and listening to the snapping and pattering of rain on the fallen leaves of our front yard. The day is dark, dreary, overcast and rainy. Just the way I like it. Sometimes it's nice not to have the blue skies, puffy white clouds and shining sun.

Today is also the first day of the second week of NaNoWriMo! How are all of you holding up? I've heard the second week is the hardest, but with everything else always going on this time of year, I never really noticed that this week is any harder than the rest. I purposefully wrote ahead of schedule on Friday because I knew Saturday would be unproductive for writing, but fruitful in dancing. Today I get back to ATLANTIS and see where Lexi and Seth end up and who they meet along the way. So far I have about 12k words on the second part of ATLANTIS and am really excited about the writer's conference I'm taking it to in February.

I sent off that partial for THE HEIR on Wednesday and am waiting patiently to hear back. I hope she at least comes back and asks for the entire ms. to review, but I am preparing myself for the "thanks, but this isn't my thing after all." One great thing--well, actually two great things--this request for a partial tells me that vampire novels ARE NOT dead--if you're original and do it right, and two--something must be right about my query. :) This one little 'yes' will get me through another dozen 'no's'.

Training for Robie Creek has been put on hold for a little bit. I still plan on running it in April, but with my hour changes at work, I can only run before and it's not nice of me to subject my fellow co-workers to early morning sweat.

Anyone watch the Breeder's Cup on Friday or the Breeder's Cup Classic on Saturday? I saw my favorite jockey get in a fight and rooted him on the entire way. Zenyatta's winning streak ended, and it was so close! If she had just stretched her neck out a little further...

Oh! The BSU Broncos kicked butt by schooling Hawai'i. But really? Was there ever really any doubt?

That's it for now. Back to reading The Replacement so I can get started on a book review for you guys!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010


So I know this isn't a super-huge deal, but I am still SOOO excited about it! I got my first request for a partial from an agent! It is such a breath of fresh air to go to my inbox and see a short, sweet, and to the point: "Yes, please send me more."

She asked for the first three chapters, and I'm trying not to get too excited in case my novel isn't for her, but for now, I'm going to LIVE IN THE MOMENT!