Saturday, October 31, 2009
I'm finally writing the end chapter to my current wip. I knew roughly what would happen and how I needed to end the story of Clara and Luc (the book doesn't have a title yet) but it wasn't until my walk this morning that the details became clear.
My conclusion - active body=active brain cells!
Once I write The End, I'll go back to the beginning and smooth over the messy bits, add more flavor, tie up any dangly bits and begin the dreaded synopsis so I can begin the query process.
I was hoping to finish this book weeks ago but two weeks of sick kidlets threw a serious wrench in my creative process. My boys are needy (and that's putting it kindly) when they're feeling icky (*cough* much like their father *cough-cough*) but that's okay... it's part of the job description. BUT - and this is where I actually get to the point - the messed up time-line makes it impossible for me to do NaNo. And maybe that's a good thing. Maybe next year, when Sweetness (aka youngest son) starts school full-time and I'll have hours to spend at the computer rather than minutes -- and I'll feel less guilt. (thanks for that mom)
Are you NaNo-ing? How do you juggle it all? What sort of schedule will you adhere to (if at all) and what are you writing?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
2. I'm in the home stretch of the novel-in-progress. But everytime I've said that in the past I've found some way to add 10 - 15 K to the total. Hmmm #trendspottingfail
3. Four Christmas pressies bought. I'm a month and a half ahead of schedule! #franticshopperfail
4. I've eaten half the treats I bought for Halloween and still have days to go. #dietfail
5. Recently returned from a FABULOUS writer's retreat where as much laughing was done as writing. I thought I had nothing to brainstorm with the group until I returned home and realized that my book has neither a title or ending. #brainstormfail
6. Yay me for kicking my severe coffee dependence. Boo me for replacing it with fingernail biting. #compulsivedisorderfail
7. I live for Wednesday's GLEE. #getalifefail
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I've been reading MUCH about this virus and the vaccination that's meant to be coming out in the next few weeks. If you're Canadian, and you can get your hands on the MacLeans magazine that came out this week, they tackle the topic with thorough, unbiased approach.
Then I came across this article from the Canadian Press that made me chuckle.
The full article is here: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091022/world/us_cda_flu_vaccine
But this is the part that slayed me. It concerns the short fall of vaccine supplies in the U.S.:
Canada's abundant supply of H1N1, meantime, was noted with envy on Wednesday during a Congressional hearing into the swine flu crisis on Capitol Hill. Sen. Joe Lieberman told a Senate committee that the American shortfall of swine-flu vaccine is a result, in part, of countries like Canada choosing to make their own populations a priority. Ottawa pressured Canadian manufacturers to take care of the needs of the Canadian population before they could make vaccine available to the U.S., Lieberman said.
"It's exactly what we would do with an American producer, and it just puts an exclamation point on the importance of developing domestic capacity for production of vaccine in these cases," he said. "I'm not blaming Canada, but I suppose in some sense you could say that the ... shortage of the vaccine today, beneath what we would want it to be, is attributable to foreign countries telling their local manufacturers, 'Hey, you've got to fill our needs before you fill anybody else's."'
But one American who badly wants the vaccine - 29-year-old Katie Hentges of Jefferson City, Mo. - says the blame lies with U.S. officials who failed to anticipate the scope of the H1N1 crisis.
"I'm not miffed at all at Canada," said Hentges, an asthmatic who fears the flu could hit her hard if she catches it. "It's not their fault that Americans are short-sighted and have the dumbest health-care system on the planet."
Goodness -- I'm not even sure what to say about this, except: Senator Lieberman... REALLY?? LOL
Personal Message to M. - nothing mysterious about the raccoon... it made camp on my front porch last spring and it's cute and I have no book covers to advertise. That's it!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Ralph Lauren photoshops a model to unhealthy proportions, gets called on it, then fires the girl for being too large!
Dear Ralph Lauren,
Not that I drop a large amount of money on your products anyway... but I'm now going to actively go out of my way to purge the house of anything with your moniker on it. And don't expect to ever see my credit card number on your books again.
Read here how she was photoshopped into anorexia: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/06/the-criticism-that-r.html
And here for how she was subsequently fired for being too large!!! She's 5'10" and 120 pounds. Good grief!! http://ca.lifestyle.yahoo.com/fashion-beauty/articles/trends/cp/home_family%20model_in_altered_ralph_lauren_ad_says_she_was_fired_for_being_too_large_
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A program like Glee -- about the nerds, losers, misfits who make up the school's show choir -- has to settle onto a wire thin tightrope of balance between drama, humor and song. They do it brilliantly, with just enough campiness to not take itself to seriously. And that's important!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sweet Potato Casserole
5-6 cups sweet potato, cubed
1/2 cup white sugar (I sometime use less sugar and it tastes just as fine)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup evaporated milk (you can subsitute regular 2% milk)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 c cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C). Boil sweet potatoes in a medium pot until tender, drain and mash.
In a large bowl, mix together sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla - add sweet potato mash and mix until smooth. Transfer into a 9x13 baking dish (or large casserole works well too)
In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse (like crumble topping). Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the topping is nice and brown.
Total prep time: approx 30 minutes
Total cooking time: approx 30 minutes.
Makes enough for 12-14 servings
And most importantly, it tastes even better the second and third day.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- My family; Mr. Wylie, Sweetness and Light (aka my 2 sons)
- Our health
- My mother who will celebrate her 90th birthday in 2010
- Our house, and it's abundance of closets
- My friends, too numerous to name
- My readers. All 3 of you ;)
- My TRW buddies who keep me sane and laughing (and waving pom poms)
- Food ('nuff said)
- My cats - who always seem to know when I need a furry loving cuddle
- Good books
Hope you all have things to be thankful for and may the coming year provide you with bounty for the body and soul.
Time for leftovers :)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
1. WHAT IS SOMETHING MOM ALWAYS SAYS TO YOU? Go to bed
2. WHAT MAKES MOM HAPPY? Chocolate
3. WHAT MAKES MOM SAD? Whenever I do something stupid
4. HOW DOES YOUR MOM MAKE YOU LAUGH? Tickling me
5. WHAT WAS YOUR MOM LIKE AS A CHILD? I have no clue
6. HOW OLD IS YOUR MOM? 42 (ed note: liar!)
7. HOW TALL IS YOUR MOM? About five feet (lies, more lies!!)
8. WHAT IS YOUR MOM’S FAVORITE THING TO DO? I totally don't know
9. WHAT DOES YOUR MOM DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT AROUND? Write
10. IF YOUR MOM BECOMES FAMOUS, WHAT WILL IT BE FOR? Writing a famous book
11. WHAT is YOUR MOM REALLY GOOD AT? Language
12. WHAT IS YOUR MOM NOT VERY GOOD AT? Math (okay, the lies have stopped...)
13. WHAT DOES YOUR MOM DO FOR HER JOB? Writes
14. WHAT IS YOUR MOM’S FAVORITE FOOD? Chocolate
15. WHAT MAKES YOUR MOM PROUD OF YOU? Whenever I do something good (ah... it IS sinking in!)
16. IF YOUR MOM WERE A CARTOON CHARACTER, WHO WOULD SHE BE? Sandy Cheeks (from Spongebob)
17. WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR MOM DO TOGETHER? watch tv, cuddle in bed, read
18. HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR MOM THE SAME? We both like reading, we both like Mighty B, we like going to the movies
19. HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR MOM DIFFERENT? gender, she's good at language and I'm good at math, age, she owns the house
20. HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR MOM LOVES YOU? Because she shows it by hugs and kisses and she likes to cuddle me
21. WHERE IS YOUR MOM’S FAVORITE PLACE TO GO? to visit her mom
22. HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE YOUR MOM? 99 out of 100 because sometimes she's mean to me but mostly she's nice
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Here's what I'm excited about:
FlashForward - I was hooked as soon as I saw the cast. Joseph Fiennes (that's Ralph's brother - remember him from Shakespeare in Love?), whom i adore even with the phony American accent, a few cast members from LOST, a brief appearance by Alex Kingston (Elizabeth from ER) and other familiar faces...
It's based on a Robert Sawyer book about a strange phenomenon whereby everyone in the world blacks out at exactly same time and foresees a moment in their future.
Glee - I absolutely ADORE it! It makes me feel good!! Song, dance, great cast. It should be called SQUEE!
Those I'm loyal to from years past:
Fringe - fills the void the X-Files left all those years ago.
Bones - especially since I'm now caught up on past seasons so finally feel like I know what's going on...
Castle - Nathan Fillion. That's all I'm sayin'.
House and Lie To Me - because I seem to enjoy totally obnoxious, know-it-all men?? Hmm... both are British actors. As is Joe Fiennes from FlashForward. I'm sensing a trend...
Shows that didn't hook me (after 2 or more episodes):
Vampire Diaries: Too angsty and, does no one in highschool have parents? The dialogue is soap-operaish (and I should know, having had that one line in Y&R all those years ago - *snort*)
Eastwick: meh. But I'll say this: Rebecca Romijn is gorgeous.
And I'm not doing ANY reality shows this year. NONE. This year, I'm going scripted :)
What new shows have your fire burning, kids?
Better yet, what have dumped or refused to watch?
Tell, tell, tell!!!
Monday, October 05, 2009
Fellow TRW member Deborah Cooke is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Libraries. Deborah is the FIRST romance writer in this position which is very exciting!
Writing since the early 90's, Deb(who also writes as Claire Cross and Claire Delacroix) is a font of knowledge when it comes to the publishing industry, so please, check out her blog posts while she's 'representin' us HEA writers :)
Friday, October 02, 2009
No less than three major fights broke out, one even caused some blood on the ice (okay, that totally turned my on, but that's a whole 'nuther show, people).