Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Madness

It's Monday!

And man did it seem like a long time coming!

Saturday I had people over from 11 in the morning until 2AM on Sunday!  Talk about a long day!  I think I had a mental break down that day because I let my friend cut my hair in my dining room, I also laughed uncontrollably most of the day. Good friends bring that side of me out.

Yesterday, I paid for being up so late... you know, because I am old and have kids...  I was totally regretting my half bottle of wine when I rolled out of bed early enough to shower before waking up my monsters to take them swimming with my mom and gram.  

I was so tired yesterday that I accidentally put orange juice in my son's cookie crisp cereal. He was not so appreciative of that.

We (My son and I)  had a lot of ups and downs yesterday and by the time I sat down to write and edit, I was on my last piece of sanity

So instead we watched a movie together as a family. The second half we watched over the sound of D (my husband and the daddy of my monsters....) snoring. Because having the house to yourself must be very taxing.  ;)  He made good target practice for the popcorn fight too. 

I was so excited to put my kids to bed last night because I thought I would finally get sleep. 

My daughter proved that to be wrong. She got up at 3:30 and wanted breakfast and to be up for the day. 

I finally got her back to sleep around 6, only to get up to get my son ready for school.

So now I get to sit down and get to work. 

Because it is Monday.

And I have a job.

I am an author.

And a mother
Which means lots of laundry to do today, and my house needs a good cleaning. We also have gymnastics after school tonight for the son and a play date with my mom for the daughter. 

Did I mention I just want to sleep?  I would love like 3 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep. No kids, no cats, no dog. Just sleep. I don't remember the last time I slept three straight hours. And I don't even have any babies in my house anymore. 

So I get to write around my chaos.

And I get to wear my son's headphones when he isn't home because I hate cramming earbuds into my ears only to have them fall back out because they are to big for my little ear spaces. 

And you get to endure many Monday Madness posts from here on out. 

Welcome to my chaotic life. 


Friday, January 3, 2014

Crit Partners

When I started writing, all those years ago....
I had this naive image of what getting a book published is all about. 

Man was that a reality check after I had finished my book and thought it was perfect and ready for an agent to pick it up, wave their magic wand and poof my manuscript would become a book. 

I never once thought it was going to be as hard to get an agent, (I currently still don't have one. But if you are an agent reading this, and you are looking for an awesome writing who will work hard... contact me! I won't disappoint!) I didn't even know how to get one really. I thought you just go through pick one off a list, tell them you want them and poof they were all yours. 

Yeah, I am blonde... and it was a big shocker when that wasn't how it went. 

So, that was a few years ago. And I learn new things about the writing/publishing world almost every day!

Like Crit partners! 

Who knew there are incredible people out there that will help you with your MS as long as you help them with theirs!

So I met two amazing women, Ashley and Leila and they have helped me more in two weeks than I have helped myself in the last year by trying to do it on my own!

These two have helped me renew my love of the Linked Series and I am working hard at getting it done and out for all to read. Hopefully with this awesome revamping of it an agent will see it and love it and me and the characters and will want to sign me and help me further my career.

So that is awesome and so are my new Crit partners!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

How do you write?

Do you have a ritual for when you write?

I have to have something to snack on, some music and something to drink.

But as of now, I don't have a set writing schedule. I usually have at least one child running, demanding something or another and by the time both my monsters go to bed, I am worn out and ready for sleeping myself, so late night writing doesn't work for me. 

I have found that sitting in a chair, not on my couch helps me be more productive, but sitting at my table means the kids have to keep walking by me, which means they ask for things - constantly! 

And the little coffee shop in the center of my town has a great view for writing to. 

But I only manage to get there when both kiddos are in school, which is twice a week for 2 hours

This year, I plan on making myself a writing schedule and really sticking to it. 

Feel free to poke me and tell me to work if you see me on Facebook or Twitter. I need less distraction, my offline life is enough of a distraction as it is! But honestly, how can you tell your 3-year-old 'no' when she asks to play tea party for the 6th time that day?


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's a New Year!


New Year, New Blog. Welcome and get comfortable!

Here is where the fun, chaotic journey of 2014 is going to start for me. I plan on making it a huge year both in my personal life and my writing career. So buckle your seat belt and get ready for the roller coast that is my life! 

I guess I should start by saying Happy New Year!

Over the next couple days I will be vamping up this page as well as I can and getting it up and running! So if you see some construction just hold tight, I'm making it all sparkly and bright

Can't wait to blog again! I've been missing this part of my life for a while now and so I thought, what's a better day to start than the first day of a new year! 

Enjoy the Chaos!