Sunday, December 31, 2006

To You and Yours

I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.

Friday, December 29, 2006

And a Happy New Year

Hey gang!
Christmas is over, and I'm depressed. I really love Christmas, it is my abosolute favorite holiday, and by November I'm humming Christmas carols under my breath, just waiting for the Christmas season to get here. Now that it's over, it's hard to let go. I tried to fill the void by gluttonizing (is that even a word?) on Chirstmas cookies, but I started to balloon over 400 pounds and decided to lay off. However, with the new year approaching rapidly, I'm getting excited. My family always just kinda hangs out and stuff when the new year comes. It's fun, and when the ball drops we drink sparkling red grape juice and sing that song I can never remember the words to. Something about "For all the grapes that we have stomped and got all on our feet..."? Unfortunately I have to work that night, so my celebrating will start late, around 10 or 10:30. That aggrivates me, but I'll get over it.
On the writing front, I've written some in Jerucia, and some in Clairvoyant, but not much. The holiday season kicked my butt. Everytime I thought I might get a chance to write, I had something else I had to do. Christmas Eve traveling, a wedding, a birth, Christmas traditions, and work in between, I've had my rear kicked. However, I'm setting aside tomorrow to write all that I can.
Now for Christmas news. I'm happy to report that I got a few things that I've been pining for a while. I got a digital camera, which will mean nifty new pictures on this site when I get the chance, and a printer/scanner, which means even more nifty stuff I can add to the site. I also got an Mp3 player, which is great. No I can fit all the songs I listen to onto one little thing instead of having to burn a new cd everytime I want some new music. Also I got a flash drive--which means that I don't have to worry, my stories will no longer be clogging up my hard drive--and I got BROTHER ODD!! I'm not quite finished yet, but I'm going to have my nose stuck in the book so deep the ink will rub off on it when I get off of here. It's fantastic so far, just like I thought it would be.
News about the podcast: I have been forming ideas for what I want it to be about, and I've got notes jotted down here and there, but nothing recorded yet because I've been way to busy. The podcast is a low priority thing right now.
In other news, I've changed the look of the site (again). I know, you must be tired of me jumping around, but I'm striving for a unique look, which I think I've achieved (finally). The new site pic, and the background make me feel much better. I'll leave this one for a while, because I really do like it.
Also, I've added two new pages to the site: a page dedicated to New Years Resolutions. Go there if you visit my site and type yours in the commenting section. I'm not going to type my resolutions. Why? Because I haven't made any, and I'm not gonna. Do you know why? Because I shouldn't have to change to please someone else, I like myself the way I am. Everyone else should have to change to please me! I don't have to change, I'm perfect, and if someone doesn't like me, it's probably because my perfection shows them their flaws and instead of facing their faults they make up faults for me to make me seem less than what I am--perfect. Yup, that's why I'm not making New Years Resolutions...or maybe it's because I know I won't keep them.
Also, I added an opinion page. I'll type reviews of stuff that I've read or watched recently, just to give you an idea of what I've been doing and some recommendations you might like.
Taya and Anne's podcast that is supposed to have me in it has been haulted for now. Taya's mp3 player has been stolen and so she can't record it. I hope she gets a new one, or gets the old one back. I'd hate it if mine were gone. I keep it on me like it's grown attached.
Anyway, that's all for now. Make sure to check out the New Years Resolutions page and post your vows for the new year.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

T'was two days before Christmas

Hey everyone!
Well, Christmas is fast approaching and the amount of self control that I'm showing should be applauded. Everytime I go into my living room I have to stop myself from ripping all my presents open. Sometimes I even foam at the mouth, but on those rare occasions my mom just gives me a shot and I get all calm and sleepy.
Anyway, I love Christmas and I'm really excited that It's so close. I've been listening to Christmas carols, and I've even had a few play in my sleep. For a while I was afraid I'd go postal if I heard "I Want a Hippopatumus for Christmas" one more time. Luckily I went postal after hearing Jingle Bells rock instead. By postal I mean I started whipping out Christmas cards faster than Martha Stewart if she were hocked up on steroids and caffine.
Since my mailing is all done so early, I've been able to relax. I've written a little on Clairvoyant, but I've mostly been working. Working really cuts into my writing time. If the local Walmart would just let me buy things with either my looks and charm, or with a personal IOU, I'd just not work so often, but since only one clerk has accepted that excuse, I guess I'll just work until I feel don't need money anymore.
One major bright spot is that I don't have to work for the next three days. I do have to go to a meeting tomorrow, but I'm praying that'll be short. Other than that I plan on writing, going to my grandparents house for Christmas Eve traditions, and not sleeping the rest of the night, and then tearing through the house like the Tasmanian Devil on speed at 5:00 Christmas morning. Oh yeah.
On the writing front, I've gotten inspiration for both Jerucia and Clairvoyant and I will be writing on those over Christmas break. I love this no school thing. It helps free up some time to write, and I plan to write. If I weren't so tired, I'd be writing something other than this.
I've been reading a lot more lately. I've been reading The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks, Eldest by Christopher Paolini, and Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen. That book is a riot. I laughed so hard I couldn't breath.
I'll be adding a new page on here for reviews of stuff. My first reviews will be for the movie Eragon and a few other things. For those wondering what my take will be on Eragon, here's a preview: once when I was little, I was walking on the balance beams at school and fell. I remember excruciating pain. It was less painful than the movie adaption of Eragon, which is sad because I love the book.
Also, one more thing before I go, J. K. Rowling has posted the title to book 7 on her website! Go to and they have it, or you can try to open the forbidden door on her site. If I were you, I'd do the door. I love doing things myself.
Anyway, I found the stretchy pants. They actually went back down to their original size. They amaze me, and that's why I bought them: for their durability. And with two large Christmas meals and a whole load of holiday goodies to stuff myself with over the next several days I'm going to need those.
May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, and a very happy holiday season.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Post-Thanksgiving, Pre-Christmas

Well, they managed to get me out of the house on Thanksgiving. I consumed 4 times what a normal human should have been able to consume, and by the end of the night I looked like that girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They rolled me to the door, but since I was at my grandparents house and not a fun filled candy factory, the doors would not accomodate my enormous size. They had to push and cram and call in the National Guard, the Marines, and some sumo wrestlers from Japan, but they managed to get me out the door. I've deflated since then, but another big eating holiday is coming up, so I'm digging out my stretchy pants again.
Christmas is right around the corner, and I had a ton of trouble picking out what I wanted to get the people who tolerate me this year...I mean my friends...for Christmas. I finally found the right stuff, after four hours of mind racking. I put a ton of thought into my gifts...or maybe I'm just a terrible shopper.
I'm trying to update the site, which is going a lot slower than I thought. I'm so tired from work and school that I barely care if I get any writing done. However, an inspiration tidal wave hit me two weeks ago and I wrote 3000 extra words to Jerucia, which was great, because I hadn't touched that story in a while. I've written two more chapters onto Clairvoyant, but haven't had time to write much this week, and so I'm pretty tired and annoyed that I have to work all this week. I don't have another day off until Sunday, and that's the day we have the Christmas party.
However, some bright spots in my days since Thanksgiving: I went skating for the first time in 5 years last Saturday, and tomorrow I'm going to go see Eragon. I'm a little worried about Saphira. A lot of the dialoge in Eragon is telepathic conversations between Eragon and his dragon. Since I haven't seen a commercial with Saphira's voice yet, I'm worried about who they've cast, if anyone.
Also, I'd like to add a little news. Holly Lisle, one of my favorite authors, has posted an article recently about how chain bookstores policies of buying books can hurt an up and coming writer's career. I was very grateful to find this article, because now I have a heads up about how publishing and business work. However, with the evidence she's shown, and to support midlist writers, I'm going to try to shop at mostly indie bookstores. Who knows, I may need their help someday. I'll have to use online indies because we don't have any indies here, only Walmart. If you shop at a chain bookstore, or work at one, don't be offended by the article. Just buying the book means that you're supporting the writer's cause, and you can always try to counter the buying policy by handselling midlist authors. Suggest them to your friends, request to your boss that you stock them, put reviews up on and other sites. That way, you can help out a career.
I've got tons of new stuff updated on the sites, explore around, because I made my site go through an overhaul.
Well, that's all I've got for now. I'll update again at least once before Christmas, but until then, Happy Holidays and remember that Santa is checking his list, and if you don't watch out, you'll go on his special list. That's the third list, the one he doesn't tell anyone about. That's his personal vendetta list, and Christmas Eve, he's really gonna deck something, but I doubt it's someone's halls. Just a warning.
'Til next time,