Sunday, September 30, 2007

And Sometimes It Just Comes Together

You know, normally when I have a cold the only thing I want to do is take medicine and go to bed.

Last night I sent my husband and the kids to our friends' house. I made myself a homemade pizza, settled in...

And couldn't get the voices out of my head.

I wound up sitting and editing nearly 47,000 words last night on the full-length novel I'm working on. I blasted my music, put my hair up and got thoroughly engrossed in what was happening between my hero, heroine and the villian. I added maybe a thousand words, but on the whole I was just enjoying the heck out of myself. I love it when I read something I've written and think to myself, "Okay. This is good."

I love my husband and children. But every now and then, I need an evening where the only thing I concentrate on is me and what I want, even if that means I work for six hours straight.

Friday, September 28, 2007

What Have I Done To Piss Off The Karma Gods?

So my migraine finally abates (sitting in the house for five days straight will usually do that for me). I feel sooooo much better.

Until the 100.1 degree fever kicks in. That stuck around for about two days.

Today, I appear to be fever free, but my sinuses are acting up.

Whatever I did, I'm sorry already! Sheesh!

On a lighter note, I'm just about done editing Beta Testing. It needs "polishing" before I send it off to Editorland to see if it's good enough to be a law... er, book.

Monday, September 24, 2007


I am a migraine sufferer. I know this; I was definitely diagnosed earlier this year, while I suspected that I suffered for almost a year.

So, Saturday night I was playing my MMORPG (EverQuest II) with my friends like I do every Saturday night.

With a migraine.

Oh, I wasn't completely stupid; I felt "okay" most of that day; the migraine had started the day before, and I medicated myself to a fair-thee-well Friday, even going to bed early since sleep is the best thing for me.

Felt well enough on Saturday to do edits on my latest novella and play video games.

Stupid, stupid. Sigh.

Note to self: when your head is throbbing in time to your heartbeat it is time to GET OFF THE COMPUTER, get away from the kiddies (if possible), find a nice, dark hole and crawl into it.

Which I did all day Sunday, since I "reactivated" the migraine by ignoring my warning signs.

So today was spent in a dark office, pretty much staying out of the well-lit areas of the house and turning down the brightness on my computer screen.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How Do YOU Answer This?

My little one is at that stage. You know, where most little ones start asking, "Whywhywhywhy?" until you're ready to pull your hair out of your head and stuff it in your ears in the vain hope it will dampen the sound of their high-pitched little voice.

However, my little one doesn't ask, "Why?". Oh, no. He asks, "What you doing, Mommy?"

Over. And over. And over again. For the same. Damn. Thing.

After the fifteenth time of saying, "Vacuuming", you find yourself replying, "The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Trying to take over the world." Or, "I'm not Mommy. I'm Olga the House Wench."

Even Dusty has gotten into the act. "I'm trying to remember what to do if I ever become the Evil Overlord." (Just in case you've forgotten.)

My older son giggled. The little one looked thoughtful.

Be afraid. Be very afraid...

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Contract is IN!

Yay! My contract with Samhain Publishing finally came back. For some reason, despite the fact that I'm working on a sequel to my first soon-to-be-published short story, AND the fact that I got the acceptance e-mail, AND the fact that all sorts of documents were sent to me to fill out, it didn't feel quite real until I held the countersigned contract in my hot little hand.

Everyone do the happy dance!

The Wallflower will be published in e-format in Spring 2008. The print format will be part of an as yet untitled anthology in Winter 2008.

Happy happy!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

And Again, Stupidity Rears Its Ugly Head...

Okay, so anyone who knows me knows I have a bad back. My husband, who usually is fine, hurt HIS back two weeks ago, so I've had to do all the hauling and carrying recently. He's feeling better (thank God!) so I thought, hey, he can do all of the hauling and carrying again, and the house is a MESS! Time to clean! Problem is, I usually break it down into different rooms on different days, to avoid doing anything... painful... to my back. So, today I cleaned five rooms instead of my usual two. Five Bayer Back and Body Ache's later, and my back is still calling me all sorts of non-PG-13 names. Damn, Dusty's gonna kill me...

Monday, September 3, 2007

Meez Fun

I'm danamariebell


This is the 3D me.
Make your own,
and we both get Coinz!

Hey, guys, like my Meez? Yeah, I know, it's kinda silly, but when I put it together I thought, Man, my family always complains I'm in another world when I write, lol!

If you like animated avatars, this one is pretty cool. You can earn coins to buy neat clothes and backgrounds or stick with the free stuff, which is what I did (other than using my five free Meez coins to buy a wedding ring for my girl). I was able to put it on a bb I'm part of, and here; still working on getting it into my website.

Go ahead; you know you want to... lol!

Favorite Quotes

"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert

"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford