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:~: Monday, January 09, 2006 :~:

ARGH! Calgon, take me away!

Winter sucks.

It has rained here 23 out of the last 24 days. Can you say, dark and dreary? Ugh. The ten-day forecast shows ... what do you think?....more rain. Every stinkin' day. No wonder my characters frolic in warm tropical locals like Tahiti and Jamaica. Heck, I even sent one lovely couple to Chicago in the winter. I figure sun and snow has GOT to be better than this liquid sunshine we have here.

On the homefront...the Gremlins are all sick. Every last one of them. Fevers, coughs, generally ickiness. They're whiney, clingy messes without tylenol, bouncing off the walls when the meds kick in. It's enough to drive a mother looney. The baby has the worst ear infection you ever saw and he's a big crying mess. I love him dearly, and I feel awful for him, but there's only so much I can take. Needless to say, I need a vacation. Someplace where no one is crying and clinging to me every two seconds.

In addition to that, we decided to get tough with Gremlin #2 (he'll be four in April) and cut off the TV until he learns to use the toilet. Oh. My. God. What was a great idea to start is turning into punishment for Mom. How the hell did people live without TV??????

(Can ya tell I didn't get to the gym today? I need my hour away!)

There is good news though. Got my revisions completed (Thanks to Joan and Lin for reading so fast. You girls are da bomb!). Printed and mailed today, as well. Woohoo! The book is now out of my hands and at the mercy of the editors at SIM. The waiting begins. Gonna try not to think about it. (Oh, hell, who am I kidding? I'm gonna obsess for the next three months!)

Staring at my box of GH entries that I need to judge. Do I want to judge, or go read something from my TBR pile, or work on my presentation for my RWA group next week, or try to dive back into the wip????

Decisions, decisions.

If only the gremlins would give me five minutes to think in peace....

Winter sucks.


Blogger Paty Jager said...

I started my GH entries. Can I say - I had always thought that the creme-de-la-creme sent their stuff to the Golden Heart. The first one I read sounds like one of my first manuscripts. Though after an agent's comments on the one I sent to the GH I'm wishing I hadn't wasted my money!

As for sick kids and rain. Not fun! I feel for you! If I lived closer, I'd help you out for a half a day. I know what it's like to be with them 24/7 and no breaks. When my DH was driving truck I spent 3-5 days just me and the wee ones, no other adult interaction. Now that's enough to drive a person bonkers! Luckily my mom who lived 6 hours away would come several times a year and take one or two home with her for a week. Now that is a mother's love!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Christine Keach said...

Can you send some of the rain our way? We're in a drought in TX!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Piper Lee said...

Beach Retreat coming soon to a writer near you! Oh wait, it IS YOU!

Just keep looking forward to the beach retreat. It's only a few weeks away and it has your name written all over it baby! Rest, relaxation, surrounded by fellow writers and food. What more could you ask to look forward to? We'll still be blessed with the pouring rain most likely, but you'll be kid free.

Sorry to hear your surrounded by sick little people. Hope they get well soon and that you don't end up sick too. I'm not as generous as Paty. I'm NOT coming anywhere near your Gremlins and their germs! My entire family was sick all through Christmas vacation. I understand your plight, but you just stay on your end of the valley! LOL

Love ya and sending healthy vibes your way. (Yes, it's the least I could do.) ;)

8:48 AM  
Blogger TJBrown said...

beach retreat? What beach retreat? And what catagory are you judging? I am hearing the same thinga ll over. Yes, I entered...though the prologue is so much better after my agent got a hold of it... Sigh... oh well, maybe I will final. Though I am hoping to sell way before then! HA!

And I know what you mean about the rain. Oh. Mah. WUUUURRRDDD! Am going quite crazy.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous kacey said...

we haven't had that much rain. But lots of gray days. I'm SO tired of them. I. Want. Winter. Over.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...


The Mid-Willamette Valley RWA group is taking a writer's beach retreat in early Feb. We're going to be focusing on plotting and story magic (and I'll be locking myself in a room to work on the wip. LOL) See...ya need to join our group and not that big one in Portland. :)

And I'm judging single title GH entries. I opened the box, read the instructions and browsed the entries, then closed it when I saw I had until March 1st to get them done. LOL (I am a procrastinator to the letter.)

Oh...and meant to tell you...I didn't realize your first non-fic article was to iparenting. I'm still a member there. Don't know how I would have survived my early parenting years without that site. I met one of my closest friends through their discussion boards, and she's been one of my biggest supporters in this crazy writing endeavor. It really is a small world.

11:24 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Your hour away at the gym is precious. I don't even have kids, yet I need to go to the gym in the middle of my day--even when I'm working. It definitely relieves stress--not just the time away--but the exercise does wonders for your stress level.

I'm sorry your kids are sick right now. That has to be rough.

Hope they feel better, and I hope you feel better as well.

P.S. It's down pouring over here in New York. Freaky thing is, this Friday we're supposed to hit 60 degrees. The world is melting.

5:12 PM  

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