Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My handy-dandy workout book

I just had to share this lil thingy I made. I decided it is much easier, and way cuter than bringing a piece of paper to the gym.
I cut some index cards, and color coded them for upper body and lower body.
I wrote two or three exercises and reps on each and put them on a ring.
It can easily be stuffed in my purse for running to the gym or just remembering what I did today :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I suck

I went up to my happy little room, with my happy little notebook and yep, brand new pencil.
I really wanted to write. at least one page.
One frekin page!
Did I do it?
I watched LA Ink and then fifteen and pregnant on lifetime.
I suck!

My wip is screaming at me every time I walk by.
Do I give it any attention?
How do I get my mojo back? How can I put on paper what is taking over my brain?
How do I explain that fairies are gearing up to battle and Aislinn has to help them? IDK! (how lame does my wip sound now?)


Book Lovers Inc..

Book Lovers Inc is having an awesome giveaway for 450 followers!
book-lovers-inc/450-followers-contest <---there

The Prizes:

2 copies of Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

1 copy of The Pace by Shelena Shorts

A copy of Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

A book of your choice by Cynthia Eden


A $10 certificate for an online bookstore of your choice.

This is awesome!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Highest paid writers of the year!

Omg Omg!
This is encouraging... right?

Forbes released it's list of highest-paid authors on Thursday, revealing that the top 10 made over $270 million in the past year.

Coming in on top is James Patterson, with earnings of over $70 million, despite being called a horrible writer by Stephen King. Stephenie Meyer, the author of The Twilight Saga, is in second place with over $40 million. She shares the honor of not being respected for her craft by King, who came in third with over $34 million. One wonders how much it hurt him to earn less than two writers who he doesn't think are very skilled.

Danielle Steel, who's written over 70 books, is in at number four with over $32 million. Ken Follett rounds out the top five, bringing in a mere $20 million. Dean Koontz is number six, followed by Janet Evanovich. Her earnings could actually rival Patterson's, according to Forbes, but a move to a new publisher following a disagreement over an advance set her back.

Bringing up the rear is John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, and J.K. Rowling, who's earnings have slowed after the end of her Harry Potter series.

So..does this make me want to cram as much as I can on that little keyboard? You know it!
Cept right now, my word is expired so I have to buy a new version (which is waaaay expensive) so I suppose I'll have to take my online friendy Hart's ideas and grab some notebooks and pencils :)

No excuses right?

BTW Congrats to you Watery Tart on your contract!!! Way to go girl!! I read your posts but don't comment much..
I do this alot..to everyone I follow...I need to get better about that..Sorry :(

Monday, August 23, 2010

First day of school!

It's finally here!! The first day of school! Woohoo!!
rock star teenager is going into eighth grade..how crazy is that?
and the youngest is going into fourth..
The long boring summer is over!
Bring on the homework, the new friends, the phone calls from school, the drama, the homework and cramming life in the rest of the days. :)
Diggin the gloves?Yep, it's a skunk back-packLoving the shirt!Their back-packs have built in hoodies..they are the cutest things ever! (or so I was squeeled at while in the store)

Friday, August 20, 2010

More body art for me!!

Just got home from adding to my body creations...I think I'm now addicted lol

I already have plans for the rest of my arm and now my leg!

It looks a little yellowish...my kitchen lighting sucks

workplace dominance fun

Thanks to Allie Brosh @ the gloss.com I got this from my sister :)

In the modern workplace, everyone wants to stand out as a leader. Everyone wants to be respected and admired by their coworkers. This is normally achieved through hard work, dedication and good interpersonal skills, but I’m going to give you a few shortcuts based on ancient, unquestionable principles of dominance.

1. Use your appearance to stand out as much as possible.

Have you ever seen a peacock that is wildly successful but also brown and unimpressive-looking? No. You haven’t. Unfortunately, brightly colored clothing is pretty commonly available to humans, so you’re going to need to go one step further if you want to be noticed.

Demonstrate your superiority by wrapping your body in colorful, flashing lights and display your mastery of fire by carrying sparklers with you to important meetings.

2. Unwavering eye contact sends a clear signal

Eye contact can be used in a number of ways to assert your dominance. For example, if you make eye contact with a coworker, you must not look away first as that is a sign of submission. Hold their gaze for as long as necessary to make them submit to you.

3. Total lack of eye contact also sends a clear signal

If you cross paths with a subordinate human, you must make every effort not to acknowledge them because they are beneath you. Ignore them and they will know their place.

4. Surprise your rivals with symbolic displays of authority

In the wild, animals often display their dominance by mounting. But in this day of sexual harassment lawsuits, it is best to avoid such a display, no matter how effective it is. Luckily, there are other physical displays of dominance at your disposal. For example, wolves often firmly place a paw on the shoulders of another pack member to show their superiority. You may use this gesture as much as you like to sneak up the workplace hierarchy.

5. Monopolize important resources and use them as bargaining tools

If you control the resources, you have the power.

6. Claim new territory with scent

The size of your territory is directly related to your level of dominance. To acquire new territory as your own, it is important to use a scent marking to alert others that you have staked your claim. Liberally apply your perfume, cologne or favorite Febreze scent to others’ things to show them that the things now belong to you.

So go forth, brave leader. Don’t take “no” or “what the hell do you think you’re doing?” for an answer. You’ve worked hard for this and it’s about time you claimed your rightful position in the workplace hierarchy.

Happy Friday!

sore muscles suck

I just wanted to share that..
After days of trying to figure out how to sync my ipod to nike (it has a cool tracker device thingy) I figured it out last night! woohoo

I have officially worked out at least once every day for the last two weeks. I may have skipped one day.
I have alternated cardio and weights and most days, worked out twice.

I am thinking I may be overdoing it, but as big of a wimp as I am.. I may just be getting to "normal" workout mode.

I can do an hour of cardio at a time and be fine. I can lift 20 pound dumbbells easily with at least 20 reps. I can lift 100 pounds on the thigh machines and 70 on the lifty things. 
If only I can find a way to write and walk at the same time without falling of the treadmill or making an ass out of myself, I'd be set!

I have to say I am proud of myself. I can definately feel a habit forming and I love it!
Now if only I can stop eating crap.
I have fallen off the wagon (or is it on?) and eat carbs. Much less than before, but still...carbs
I will be better next week for sure.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sarah's contest lots of ARC's to win!

Sarah is having the most wonderful contest!! She is giving away ARC's of these beautiful books..

A set of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (hardcover) and BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS (ARC)! BOTH are signed by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl!!

These books are awesome. Seriously awesome. If you haven't already read BC, you're crazy in my book ;-) And BD... well, all I can say is wow. It releases in October (Little Brown), but you so want to read it sooner if you can!

An ARC of NIGHTSHADE, by Andrea Cremer.

First of all, the book has one of the best covers... EVER. Second, it doesn't let you down in the pages!

"While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats." Uh, yeah. Enough said! (October 19, Philomel)

An ARC of ROT & RUIN, by Jonathan Maberry.

With a tagline like "Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing" who wouldn't want to read this?

Growing up in a zombie-infested world, Benny reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer, but ends up discovering what it really means to be human. (October 5, Simon & Schuster)


A funny and sharp novel in which 15-year-old Katey goes to school in the Game: a mall converted into a "school" run by corporate sponsors. Except she finds out she doesn't have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or her identity--and that's not okay with her. (October 5, Balzer + Bray)

An ARC of HALT'S PERIL, by John Flanagan.

For all you Ranger's Apprentice lovers (of which there are many, over 2 million of these books have been sold, holy moly!) this is the ninth installment in the series. In this one: the false prophet of the Outsider cult escaped, and Halt is determined to stop him before he crosses the border. (October 5, Philomel)

An ARC of THE GOBLIN GATE, by Hilari Bell.

This is the highly anticipated sequel to The Goblin Wood! Jeriah is thrust into a tangled web of political intrigue when he uncovers a dangerous secret--one that could change the fate of an entire kingdom! (October 5, Harper Teen)

An ARC of JANE, by April Lindner.

This is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre--except in this one, Jane falls in love with a rockstar! Too bad they're haunted by a torturous secret from his past. (October 11, Poppy)

An ARC of THE WINDS OF HEAVEN, by Judith Clarke.

Clarke, a Printz Honor winner, tells the compelling tale of Clementine and Fan: cousins and best friends. But when the summer's over, small tragedies threaten to tear them apart from each other... and themselves. (September 28, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

This is an amazing chance to win some great reads!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Critique This WIP/Tuesday Tag

I'm on today's Tuesday Tag @ critique this wip!! Go check it out. It is turning out to be a fun story!!
Thanks to everyone over there for letting me play!

Monday, August 16, 2010

AT the Gym

Recently I have been going to my local Rec center to hit the gym.. Here are some fun things I've seen or done.
1. Bright orange crocs on the treadmill. Seriously people. Crocs? On a treadmill?

2. Beetlejuice striped body spandex. I really should have taken a picture. I wasn't completely sure it was a female but guessed.

3. Ipods fly really far when ripped off headphones by swinging arms. That is an experiment I've tried several times.

4. I think I'm the only one walking around with sanitizing wipes. yep. Really.

5. The end of the treadmill, well..it's dangerous. Scary even.

6. Big bodybuilding guys scare me. Especially when they stare right at you while lifting that 100 pound dumbell.

7. I really need a tan.

8. One really should invest in those lil clip on fans. Even if just to keep the sweat from rolling down and joining the ipod on the floor.

9. jeans aren't proper gym attire.

10. Being self conscious on the hip abduction or abduction machines is almost inevitable. Especially when it overlooks the swimming pool. But I did manage to use the 100 pound weights on both machines! go me :)

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the 13Th!!!

I'm happily at home with the drama queens today. Getting ready to do "fun stuff" before school starts. I came across this wonderful post on haunted design house  regarding wickedly evil awesome career advice.

Being an Evil Overlord seems to be a good career choice. It pays well, there are all sorts of perks and you can set your own hours. However every Evil Overlord I've read about in books or seen in movies invariably gets overthrown and destroyed in the end. I've noticed that no matter whether they are barbarian lords, deranged wizards, mad scientists or alien invaders, they always seem to make the same basic mistakes every single time. With that in mind, allow me to present...

The Top 100 Things I'd Do

If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord

1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing them.

7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."

8. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks' time during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.

9. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labelled "Danger: Do Not Push". The big red button marked "Do Not Push" will instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will not clearly be labelled as such.

10. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum -- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just as well.

11. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive to show they pose no threat.

12. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

13. All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least have several rounds of ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

14. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.

15. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

16. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just one thing I want to know."

17. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their advice.

18. I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to usurp power would easily fail, it would provide a fatal distraction at a crucial point in time.

19. I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil, but one look at the hero's rugged countenance and she'd betray her own father.

20. Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.

21. I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set.

22. No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.

23. I will keep a special cache of low-tech weapons and train my troops in their use. That way -- even if the heroes manage to neutralize my power generator and/or render the standard-issue energy weapons useless -- my troops will not be overrun by a handful of savages armed with spears and rocks.

24. I will maintain a realistic assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Even though this takes some of the fun out of the job, at least I will never utter the line "No, this cannot be! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!" (After that, death is usually instantaneous.)

25. No matter how well it would perform, I will never construct any sort of machinery which is completely indestructible except for one small and virtually inaccessible vulnerable spot.

26. No matter how attractive certain members of the rebellion are, there is probably someone just as attractive who is not desperate to kill me. Therefore, I will think twice before ordering a prisoner sent to my bedchamber.

27. I will never build only one of anything important. All important systems will have redundant control panels and power supplies. For the same reason I will always carry at least two fully loaded weapons at all times.

28. My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it cannot escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble.

29. I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into confusion.

30. All bumbling conjurers, clumsy squires, no-talent bards, and cowardly thieves in the land will be preemptively put to death. My foes will surely give up and abandon their quest if they have no source of comic relief.

31. All naive, busty tavern wenches in my realm will be replaced with surly, world-weary waitresses who will provide no unexpected reinforcement and/or romantic subplot for the hero or his sidekick.

32. I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me bad news just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers are hard to come by.

33. I won't require high-ranking female members of my organization to wear a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better with a more casual dress-code. Similarly, outfits made entirely from black leather will be reserved for formal occasions.

34. I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.

35. I will not grow a goatee. In the old days they made you look diabolic. Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.

36. I will not imprison members of the same party in the same cell block, let alone the same cell. If they are important prisoners, I will keep the only key to the cell door on my person instead of handing out copies to every bottom-rung guard in the prison.

37. If my trusted lieutenant tells me my Legions of Terror are losing a battle, I will believe him. After all, he's my trusted lieutenant.

38. If an enemy I have just killed has a younger sibling or offspring anywhere, I will find them and have them killed immediately, instead of waiting for them to grow up harboring feelings of vengeance towards me in my old age.

39. If I absolutely must ride into battle, I will certainly not ride at the forefront of my Legions of Terror, nor will I seek out my opposite number among his army.

40. I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an unstoppable superweapon, I will use it as early and as often as possible instead of keeping it in reserve.

41. Once my power is secure, I will destroy all those pesky time-travel devices.

42. When I capture the hero, I will make sure I also get his dog, monkey, ferret, or whatever sickeningly cute little animal capable of untying ropes and filching keys happens to follow him around.

43. I will maintain a healthy amount of skepticism when I capture the beautiful rebel and she claims she is attracted to my power and good looks and will gladly betray her companions if I just let her in on my plans.

44. I will only employ bounty hunters who work for money. Those who work for the pleasure of the hunt tend to do dumb things like even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance.

45. I will make sure I have a clear understanding of who is responsible for what in my organization. For example, if my general screws up I will not draw my weapon, point it at him, say "And here is the price for failure," then suddenly turn and kill some random underling.

46. If an advisor says to me "My liege, he is but one man. What can one man possibly do?", I will reply "This." and kill the advisor.

47. If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy me, I will slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of waiting for him to mature.

48. I will treat any beast which I control through magic or technology with respect and kindness. Thus if the control is ever broken, it will not immediately come after me for revenge.

49. If I learn the whereabouts of the one artifact which can destroy me, I will not send all my troops out to seize it. Instead I will send them out to seize something else and quietly put a Want-Ad in the local paper.

50. My main computers will have their own special operating system that will be completely incompatible with standard IBM and Macintosh powerbooks.

51. If one of my dungeon guards begins expressing concern over the conditions in the beautiful princess' cell, I will immediately transfer him to a less people-oriented position.

52. I will hire a team of board-certified architects and surveyors to examine my castle and inform me of any secret passages and abandoned tunnels that I might not know about.

53. If the beautiful princess that I capture says "I'll never marry you! Never, do you hear me, NEVER!!!", I will say "Oh well" and kill her.

54. I will not strike a bargain with a demonic being then attempt to double-cross it simply because I feel like being contrary.

55. The deformed mutants and odd-ball psychotics will have their place in my Legions of Terror. However before I send them out on important covert missions that require tact and subtlety, I will first see if there is anyone else equally qualified who would attract less attention.

56. My Legions of Terror will be trained in basic marksmanship. Any who cannot learn to hit a man-sized target at 10 meters will be used for target practice.

57. Before employing any captured artifacts or machinery, I will carefully read the owner's manual.

58. If it becomes necessary to escape, I will never stop to pose dramatically and toss off a one-liner.

59. I will never build a sentient computer smarter than I am.

60. My five-year-old child advisor will also be asked to decipher any code I am thinking of using. If he breaks the code in under 30 seconds, it will not be used. Note: this also applies to passwords.

61. If my advisors ask "Why are you risking everything on such a mad scheme?", I will not proceed until I have a response that satisfies them.

62. I will design fortress hallways with no alcoves or protruding structural supports which intruders could use for cover in a firefight.

63. Bulk trash will be disposed of in incinerators, not compactors. And they will be kept hot, with none of that nonsense about flames going through accessible tunnels at predictable intervals.

64. I will see a competent psychiatrist and get cured of all extremely unusual phobias and bizarre compulsive habits which could prove to be a disadvantage.

65. If I must have computer systems with publically available terminals, the maps they display of my complex will have a room clearly marked as the Main Control Room. That room will be the Execution Chamber. The actual main control room will be marked as Sewage Overflow Containment.

66. My security keypad will actually be a fingerprint scanner. Anyone who watches someone press a sequence of buttons or dusts the pad for fingerprints then subsequently tries to enter by repeating that sequence will trigger the alarm system.

67. No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards will be instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction as a full-scale emergency.

68. I will spare someone who saved my life sometime in the past. This is only reasonable as it encourages others to do so. However, the offer is good one time only. If they want me to spare them again, they'd better save my life again.

69. All midwives will be banned from the realm. All babies will be delivered at state-approved hospitals. Orphans will be placed in foster-homes, not abandoned in the woods to be raised by creatures of the wild.

70. When my guards split up to search for intruders, they will always travel in groups of at least two. They will be trained so that if one of them disappears mysteriously while on patrol, the other will immediately initiate an alert and call for backup, instead of quizzically peering around a corner.

71. If I decide to test a lieutenant's loyalty and see if he/she should be made a trusted lieutenant, I will have a crack squad of marksmen standing by in case the answer is no.

72. If all the heroes are standing together around a strange device and begin to taunt me, I will pull out a conventional weapon instead of using my unstoppable superweapon on them.

73. I will not agree to let the heroes go free if they win a rigged contest, even though my advisors assure me it is impossible for them to win.

74. When I create a multimedia presentation of my plan designed so that my five-year-old advisor can easily understand the details, I will not label the disk "Project Overlord" and leave it lying on top of my desk.

75. I will instruct my Legions of Terror to attack the hero en masse, instead of standing around waiting while members break off and attack one or two at a time.

76. If the hero runs up to my roof, I will not run up after him and struggle with him in an attempt to push him over the edge. I will also not engage him at the edge of a cliff. (In the middle of a rope-bridge over a river of molten lava is not even worth considering.)

77. If I have a fit of temporary insanity and decide to give the hero the chance to reject a job as my trusted lieutentant, I will retain enough sanity to wait until my current trusted lieutenant is out of earshot before making the offer.

78. I will not tell my Legions of Terror "And he must be taken alive!" The command will be "And try to take him alive if it is reasonably practical."

79. If my doomsday device happens to come with a reverse switch, as soon as it has been employed it will be melted down and made into limited-edition commemorative coins.

80. If my weakest troops fail to eliminate a hero, I will send out my best troops instead of wasting time with progressively stronger ones as he gets closer and closer to my fortress.

81. If I am fighting with the hero atop a moving platform, have disarmed him, and am about to finish him off and he glances behind me and drops flat, I too will drop flat instead of quizzically turning around to find out what he saw.

82. I will not shoot at any of my enemies if they are standing in front of the crucial support beam to a heavy, dangerous, unbalanced structure.

83. If I'm eating dinner with the hero, put poison in his goblet, then have to leave the table for any reason, I will order new drinks for both of us instead of trying to decide whether or not to switch with him.

84. I will not have captives of one sex guarded by members of the opposite sex.

85. I will not use any plan in which the final step is horribly complicated, e.g. "Align the 12 Stones of Power on the sacred altar then activate the medallion at the moment of total eclipse." Instead it will be more along the lines of "Push the button."

86. I will make sure that my doomsday device is up to code and properly grounded.

87. My vats of hazardous chemicals will be covered when not in use. Also, I will not construct walkways above them.

88. If a group of henchmen fail miserably at a task, I will not berate them for incompetence then send the same group out to try the task again.

89. After I captures the hero's superweapon, I will not immediately disband my legions and relax my guard because I believe whoever holds the weapon is unstoppable. After all, the hero held the weapon and I took it from him.

90. I will not design my Main Control Room so that every workstation is facing away from the door.

91. I will not ignore the messenger that stumbles in exhausted and obviously agitated until my personal grooming or current entertainment is finished. It might actually be important.

92. If I ever talk to the hero on the phone, I will not taunt him. Instead I will say this his dogged perseverance has given me new insight on the futility of my evil ways and that if he leaves me alone for a few months of quiet contemplation I will likely return to the path of righteousness. (Heroes are incredibly gullible in this regard.)

93. If I decide to hold a double execution of the hero and an underling who failed or betrayed me, I will see to it that the hero is scheduled to go first.

94. When arresting prisoners, my guards will not allow them to stop and grab a useless trinket of purely sentimental value.

95. My dungeon will have its own qualified medical staff complete with bodyguards. That way if a prisoner becomes sick and his cellmate tells the guard it's an emergency, the guard will fetch a trauma team instead of opening up the cell for a look.

96. My door mechanisms will be designed so that blasting the control panel on the outside seals the door and blasting the control panel on the inside opens the door, not vice versa.

97. My dungeon cells will not be furnished with objects that contain reflective surfaces or anything that can be unravelled.

98. If an attractive young couple enters my realm, I will carefully monitor their activities. If I find they are happy and affectionate, I will ignore them. However if circumstance have forced them together against their will and they spend all their time bickering and criticizing each other except during the intermittent occasions when they are saving each others' lives at which point there are hints of sexual tension, I will immediately order their execution.

99. Any data file of crucial importance will be padded to 1.45Mb in size.

100. Finally, to keep my subjects permanently locked in a mindless trance, I will provide each of them with free unlimited Internet access.

This Evil Overlord List is Copyright 1996-1997 by Peter Anspach. If you enjoy it, feel free to pass it along or post it anywhere, provided that (1) it is not altered in any way, and (2) this copyright notice is attached.

Monday, August 9, 2010

A creepy but awesome contest from Lola

You have to check out this contest. Lola Sharp is giving away a signature Lola perfume, and some Stephen King swag. A creepy awesome It clown magnet and a book, On Writing by Stephen King himself.
sharp pen dull sword-lolas-epic-whatever

Go check it out and if you follwer her, tell her I sent ya! :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

My first sentence

I found this post from patricia stoltey killer-first-sentences about how the first sentence can draw readers in or repel them forever.
I think mine needs help..I know mine needs attention.

The day begins lazily as I sit quietly in my warm, sunny window seat, watching the trees sway in the warm April breeze.

From here, the story heats up, but not sure, maybe I could just get rid of the whole sentence altogether...


Editing in first paragraph...maybe it will make more sense with the rest..

The day begins lazily as I sit quietly in my warm, sunny window seat, watching the trees sway in the

warm April breeze. My legs luxuriously stretch out on the dark blue, velvety padding. My silky night

shirt clings to my body. Taking in the scenery of the neighborhood so alive outside, my eyes wander,

as usual, down to the driveway of the new neighbor. The sight of him causes my breath to catch and

my pulse quickens slightly.

The flash of the sun glinting off the just waxed hood of my neighbor’s obvious pride and joy, a black

Charger, almost blinds me. I blink several times and upon recovering my wits, find my eyes on a pair

of rock hard calves, following them up to a perfectly chiseled ass in a low cut pair of red gym shorts.

His overworked abs flex and pull as he reaches over the hood to grab a towel.

Please be kind :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

giveaway time

I stumbled across this awesome giveaway from Mrs B @ confessions of a pagan soccer mom.
Brigid is giving away an amazingly beautiful tile.
I am going to have a new place to be addicted to :)

Thanks Mrs. B!

Forgot to check in

I totally forgot to add my Weekly weight loss post yesterday. sorry :)
I think it may be because I have not lost any weight. In fact, I've gained a couple pounds. I am still down at least 6 or 7 from my starting point, but not losing any more.
Let me list some of the reasons:
1. I have not stuck to my diet plan. at all.
2. I have not monitored my water. at all.
3. I have added bad carbs back into my shoveling food routine. bad.
4. Did I mention that I have not stuck to my plan?

I know diets only work if you actually do them. I do know this. So.. why can't my brain let me know that the skinny chick inside is dying to come out?
When I am sweating my ass off on the elliptical or treadmill, why can't my mind link the weight gain to eating crap?
What makes me choose the crap in the first place? I know better.

A couple good things this week:
I have worked out for at least an hour, almost every day. I have found, I actually enjoy it. I feel better. My mind is clear when I leave the rec center. My body is loose, which feels wonderful on my aching everything.
I decided I am starting over. Right now. Today.
Back on the wagon.
I am going to keep my workouts going. I know I can at least stick to that. I have added a new machine. Not sure what it's called, but it is kind of a mix between the stair stepper from hell, and an elliptical. It feels like I am getting a much better workout, and my sweatyness a few minutes into it, confirms this. *smile*
I can actually see some muscles under my flub. *yay*
I have lots of new and yummy recipes for South Beach diet thanks so much to Kalyn @ kalynskitchen. If you haven't been there. I suggest go. Now! She has the most wonderful information and recipes for losing weight. I am addicted to her site :)

So.. here's to a new week. A fresh start.
New, smaller, more immediate goals, one pound at a time.
Um.. Wasn't I just saying this???

I am inviting you to join me. Just email me :)