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Yes, I still exist

Didn't realize I'd been living it up so much that my online life languished in obscurity.
Never fear, I'm still around.

I'm also still dealing with dental issues and working on nano and editing and all the other things I thought I'd be done with long before this. Go figure. One thing at a time, right? Maybe...eventually.


In a weird twist of fate, I've decided to do nano again...only not the book I meant to write. Charity Girl lost out due to my muse's insistence that he wants a sequel to the story that birthed him.

Dear Trey, get ready, your brother fights for you.

Last Day

Tomorrow is surgery day again. Hopefully it's the last one; I'm not looking forward to the pain, the ice, the mushy foods, the blood, the gore...oh the humanity!
It will be worth it all when my smile is once again rock solid, though.

In the meantime, I have to finish cleaning the house. Ugh. so.much.fun.


I finally updated my profile to reflect the Quechop characters as they really are. Can't believe how much these four actually could be a family.

Pew Pew Pew

So there I was, innocently eating walnuts...

Does anyone else see this:

and think this?

Legal stuff:
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On a Different Note - Part 1 Nonfiction

I must be in editing mode (and suffering from insomnia). Poor writing is popping up everywhere these days.

Nonfiction and the wth sentence that's just tacked on:

"Early detection helps many athletes with diabetes enjoy rigorous training."

If you really think about that sentence, it's missing some key information/correlation to make it a true statement. Do all athletes enjoy rigorous training...UNLESS they have diabetes? Does finding out they have diabetes make them enjoy training more? Should athletes with diabetes avoid rigorous training (which they really, really want to do) unless their disease was detected early? Say you're an athlete who doesn't train quite so rigorously, would finding out (early, mind you) that you have diabetes help you train more rigorously? And enjoy it, say, more than the not-so-rigorous things you did before? Hmmm?

Or, perhaps you are saying, "Yes, but this is out of context."

AH HA! I give you context:

"In its early stages, diabetes often goes unnoticed: You might feel thirstier and hungrier than usual, become tired and cranky, or have to make more trips to the bathroom. In fact, 7 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it. Early detection helps many athletes with diabetes enjoy rigorous training."

That's it. That's the end of the article (except for telling you when you should check for it - I highly recommend athletes do it NOW as this will seriously affect your ability to enjoy your rigorous training!)

Time to Start...or Stop

Whenever we get together with family or friends now, they ask how the book is going. I invariably answer, "It's going".
It's January. I've been editing this particular version of the monster for 10 months now. I'm so ready for it to be done.

But there are other changes that need to be made as well: more sleep, more sunlight, less food, more motion, less stress, less snapping, more kindness, more time with people.

I wish I could stop the world and dance with you and finish the book then restart it as a fully-focused and balanced individual. But I can't. I've also had to realize that I'm not Wonder Woman (I'm still waiting for those cool bracelets I sent off for...).

So, while there may be more to life than this, there won't be for me for the foreseeable future. Bummer.

Don't you forget about me...

We are zoooming!

I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to downloading free books to my Kindle.

In November 2009, a short prequel to a book series I was reading became available for free on Amazon. Since the Amazon for PC app was also free, I downloaded both.
A couple of months later, I scrolled through the top 100 books (before they split them out) and found other free books to download...and a monster was born.
My husband finally got me a Kindle for Christmas in 2010 since I was never going to sit at my computer and read the 200+ books I'd downloaded.

I now have over 1900 (paid for 32). In May of 2011, they opened the flood gates to short stories and I downloaded over 200 books that month alone...it's been almost as bad every month since. And no, I don't download every free book. I have almost no classics, and I shy away from the plethora of horror and erotica available.

I've read about 30 of them. Of course, I'm hoping to have more time to read after I finish editing my book.

BUT despite the fact that my Kindle still has plenty of room, the processor is groaning under the load and the battery is dying fairly quickly now. When I download the latest copy of my novel to read through and edit when I'm away from my desk (and, yes, I delete old copies so they don't take up room), I usually bookmark where I've been reading to my sister. In the past 2 months, my Kindle had to do a hard reset whenever I tried to add a bookmark and sometimes when adding an editing note. Even hitting the home button takes it a minute or three (timed).

My husband kept threatening to send it in, but I cringed to think of having to redownload everything to a refurbished Kindle (something about sticking with the devil you know...).
So, tonight, when it took over 10 minutes for my Kindle to realize it'd been connected via USB to my computer, I finally bit the bullet and am removing the 2010 books from the device. We'll see how much faster that makes it go. *cheesy grin*


So, thanks to my sister and a friend, the Christmas tree is now sparkling shining in our living room. Still have tons to do before the hordes descend on us in less than 10 days.

Eureka Christmas special was great.

And that's about the extent of life in the big city.


Two people I knew died yesterday.

The dentist I'd started going to a couple of years ago passed away from cancer. The wonderful receptionist in his office said, "We knew this was coming, but it still hits you." From what little I knew of him, he was a wonderful man.

Someone I went to school with died in a car crash. I hadn't seen him in about 15 years. He was one that many people will miss - a bit of the class clown. Recently graduated from a local college.

Both feel like lives cut short. I ache for the families left behind. For their pain and that unfillable hole of LOSS that opens up inside.
It makes me think long and hard about how life is a gift. None of us knows how long we have; we can only make the most of each day that we're given.


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