Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time to move Forward!

My goals for this upcoming year are pretty much the same as last year. The big goal to get a publishing contract.

The goals required to meet this goal to finish the books I have running around my head. Psychokinesis had a huge plot hole that has lead to a rewrite. I took a break from it to write a short story which will be finished soon. Then I have to write Mike's story (from Psychokinesis) and then there's an idea that's been running around my head for the past month that I have to flesh out and get a first draft written.

Sounds like a lot doesn't it. Well I'm not going to think that way this year. This year I'm going to tackle one project at a time. Oh and I've got to get my website up. It's half finished.

On the personal front well, lets just say there's a matter sitting in limbo that needs to be resolved and the quicker the better.

Besides that I'm putting a lot of time in with my girls and my hubby. I've resolved to spend more time with them. I can't do the running around that I used to.

See I used to put a lot of energy into making sure I was in contact with everybody. That nobody felt unloved. The truth is it takes huge amounts of energy. Energy I need if I'm going to achieve all my goals.

Then there's also health issues to deal with. I'm to meet with a surgeon soon. Scary right. I've got a family history of breast cancer. My mother to be specific. It's time to be proactive, not reactive. This doesn't mean I have breast cancer, I don't. It just means that my doctor and I just want the surgeon to take a look.

Though having cancer of any kind is my boogeyman.

So this next year is all about facing fear, doing the right thing for me, fiscal responsibility(Which was what last year and the year before was about) and pursuing my dreams. All while taking care of my family and supporting my husband in his quest to be fit and following his dreams.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa's coming soon!

I have a fascination with Eartha Kitt. So here you go, enjoy her at her sexy, mature best.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kick em up!

My love affair with Chinese martial arts films began at an early age. Almost every weekend we'd head off to the cinema to see a new release and what we called a kick up film. Tonight as I watch Kung Fu Hustle while eagerly awaiting Jet Li's Fearless, I'm transported back in time to a place where you sat in the seats with a railing because you didn't want your feet on the floor and Shaolin temple made you for get you were in an old cinema.

It was here I discovered my love for men and women who kicked ass. I watched too many action movies to count. Just in case you're wondering the islands other cinema has the other movies. I still love a strong man. A man with honour and a sense of humour.

I also love a good fight scene for just that, a good fight. It's not real no one is getting hurt and you can feel free to cheer for the good or bad guy. (It just depends on your personality)

Back to my movie.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas is coming!

I grew up in a place where cooler temperatures on Christmas day wasn't the norm. Where you got fewer gifts because there were so many people to buy for, so you appreciated the gifts you got.

Where seeing the family meant they all showed up at the same house. You spent hours drinking sorrel and eating the food all the women had prepared while everyone discussed politics, religion and told stories of days gone by or jokes.

I have fond memories of taking a nap after lunch, four across the bed. Playing cricket and or soccer in the yard. waiting for one of my aunts to announce the we the younger ones were needed to serve the older set. Because that meant it was time for tea, even though we were quite annoyed at the time.

Auntie Patsy's black cake with Auntie Slyvia's custard. Brandied fruit and a glass of sherry. Earl Grey poured out of Aunt Suzie's Silver teapots. Granny and Grandpa listening and soaking every word said by their children and grandchildren, then quietly making some comment that would stun us all and then send us into the gales of laughter.

Listening to Parang and waiting for the carolers to show up to the house. I miss those days when we were all in the same place. But now we're spread far and wide. We don't' get to talk often enough and everyone has their own family.

So to everyone out there Christmas is coming. Remember to send out your cards. They sparks fond memories of times past.

Oh and Will you sparked this memory:

Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man's hat.

If you haven't got a penny,
A ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny,
Then God bless you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


My husband and I celebrated thanksgiving with family and friends and then our 6th anniversary.

Then apparently the world went mad people kidnapping children, Tiger Woods runs into a tree. Then those bold faced people crashed the White House.

Tell me who thinks it's appropriate to crash the White House. Now they're lying about it. Hello if your name isn't on the guest list don't show up. Really what has this world come to. Can we please show other countries that we are polite, thoughtful, sensible people.

The World at large already thinks of us as pompous, arrogant, rude and unintelligent. People like those who crash events, events that are important to this country's image don't think of this, they only think of themselves. They want attention. Their only goal to climb the ladder. Social or otherwise.

The truth is as long as we continue to reward this behavior we will never be rid of this image. Don't give anyone a movie deal or a reality show simply because they had the bad manners and the gall to crash an event. Don't reward this impolite ignorant behavior.

It is intolerable and the world at large thinks that this is how we behave in general. Lets stop this now.

Ok rant over didn't even know I was going to rant, it just turned out this way.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's that time again!

Ok so I've now switched my focus to Thanksgiving and have planned my menu . Now I have to get to the store.

Yesterday I took the little one to the doctor because a strange bump had appeared on her hand. Turns out she has a ganglion cyst. We're to leave it alone it may go away on it's own. If it doesn't and it keeps getting worse then we'll have it taken care of.

As to my writing. It hasn't been happening. At least not as much. It seems every time I sit down to write something happens. As I write this the dog is circling me . The little one is demanded my attention and husband is singing at the top of his lungs as he gets ready for work. Love them but they are loud.

See Ya!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some disjointed thougths.

It's been an interesting week in publishing. Angela James has signed on with Harlequin's digital publishing arm, Carina Press. Harlequin has a self publishing branch which has lead to them losing their eligible publisher status with RWA. I wonder just how many phone calls and emails they got from their authors over that.

Anywho it just occurred to me that my children won't ever be able to rebel. You're laughing now. But you see I like all types of music so they are not going to be able to annoy me with it. And I keep current as well. Plus I'm the type to pick apart music and movies in an effort to understand what message is trying to be conveyed.

As for clothing, as long as you're decently covered and it's appropriate to the situation you can leave the house. So if one wants to go goth to a wedding it better be goth wedding appropriate.

So you see I think they are going to be pretty confused come the angst ridden teenager years.

PS as to the RWA vs Harlequin thing I'm just sitting back and watching.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I've been sick. I feel crappy and It's Monday. There are things going on right now that have me shaking my head and praying. Nothing to do with me just other people. It's been an interesting weekend.
This week I will get my behind in gear and there will be no slacking. That of course depends on this throat of mine. Anyway here's the song I used to hype myself up for today. Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Back to the grindstone.

I'm back from South Carolina and I'm seriously pouting. Well at least as much as my sore throat will allow me.

The retreat put on by the Lowcountry Romance writers was wonderful. I got to meet other author's, aspiring and already published.

Author Ana DeStefano and Agent Michelle Grajkowski did an informative and thought provoking workshop on "Turning your Proposal into and I do!"

Author Cynthia Cooke did her workshop on "Writing Rules for rebels: We don't need no stinking charts!" (Can you tell she's sort of a panster).

Author Debra Webb gave us another even more intimate look into the publishing world, with her workshop "Breathing room".

All this, walks on the beach, great rooms, great food and time to write made for a lovely weekend.

Okay so now here's what I took away from these workshops:

1) Even though we like to think of ourselves as creative, we still need to remember that it's still a buisness.

2) I already knew this but I think it still needs to be said. Publishing means deadlines, deadlines mean that you have to write. Which means you have to make writing a habit. It's a job. This circles back to writing being a buisness.

3) Just because you get a contract it doesn't mean that money will always be rolling in. Make wise choices and uncle sam will knock on your door if you don't pay him. ( Just in case you didn't know)

4) Be prepared. Ms. DeStefano made this clear . Be prepared. Know what you want out of a relationship with an agent. Do you need more than an email? Do you prefer phone calls? Would you like more frequent contact? Would you like them to help build your career or are you just looking for someone to negotiate your contracts.

5) Research the agents you are querying. (Again knew this but figured someone out there would need to know)

6) Go to workshops, attend conferences. It's your job to know what's going on in the industry. You don't have to know it all but you don't want to be blindsided.

7) Excercise your voice. That is, write. Every book is a chance to learn something new and a chance to excercise your writing voice.

8) Sometimes a book has to be shelved. You can always look at it another time and fix or rewrite it. But move on to something new.

9) Professionalism: Watch what you say, how you say it and how you behave. As a matter of fact sometimes it's best to say nothing at all. If you're a Newbie at this buisness then you don't have the clout that some other NY Times bestselling authors have. (There is this thing called the internet that somehow manges to save everything)

10) Persistence is key.

11) Finish the book. revising can wait until it's all on the page. Don't just focus on the first 30 pages. you might just edit your voice out.

12) Don't get bogged down with reference books or someone else method. Do what feels right.

13) Sometimes the process changes from book to book that's okay too.

I can't think of anything else right now but I'll add to this post if I remember. Will put pics up when I finally get them off my camera. Bye.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I'm on the isle of Palm, South Carolina this weekend.

I'm on a retreat with a bunch of writers in this huge house with the beach outside the front door. I'm absolutely ecstatic.

So waving from the beach on the the Isle of Palm. Have a happy Saturday!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Fear is an insidious thing. It pokes around until it finds a place to hide, just when you think you've gotten a handle on it, it rears it's ugly head.

This happens every year with me. I freak out when it comes to having my mammogram. I conquer it, and every year I go get one. But just when I think that everything's alright. Fear jumps out and paralyzes me.

You're thinking that's just plain crazy. Well it is and it isn't. My hubby found me crying and pacing the bathroom and said: "That's it either you call or I call but you're going."

See the hubby knows that I've been putting it off and he finally gave me the kick that I needed. Afterwards he held me because he knew that's what I needed too.

Sometimes what you need to overcome fear is a good swift kick in the butt.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


No one understands how much I like normal. Normal being no drama. But as a friend of my mine likes to say "Never a dull moment." Of course he also like to say "bring drinks".

I have to say today would be the day that there was never a dull moment but also a "bring drinks" moment.

Normal. I want normal. I like normal. Sometimes I feel doomed to live without normal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The music in me!

Okay so the blog has been rather heavy on the music lately. Anyone who knows me I mean really knows me, knows I grew up in a musical household. My father influenced me with everything from Motown to Frank Sinatra to Stephen wolf to Brother Bob to Soca and calypso.

My mother and my Aunts filled in the blanks, show tunes, opera, classical music. Alas I don't create music I'm much better with the written word. I've rediscovered my love for the piano through getting ready to teach my kids how to play piano. Funny how that works.

I miss the emotions that used to pour out of me when I sat in front of that instrument. Long afternoons spent with the dogs sitting at my feet while I played. the freedom to pound on the keys or stroke them lovingly. Coaxing a melody out, sometimes haunting, sometimes angry. It made me feel free.

I didn't care if I passed a music exam I just wanted to be able to express myself. Funny how that now translates to writing. My mood is volatile these days. I routinely express my mood through music. Does music show your moods or do you use it to change it?

I was listening to my i pod yesterday and I felt particularly militant and the White Stripes Seven Nation army seemed to fit my mood. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lazy Sunday!

Today is a day of rest. Could someone please tell that to my allergies?

I've got some good feedback from one of my critique partners. So I'm going to write a little later on. But first it's off to target to get the kids halloween costumes.

They both want to vampires. Though Alex the youngest wants to be a vampire princess. Not quite sure what we're, the hubby and I, are going to be. The last two years we've done a pirate and his saucy wench. We'll see what we come up with this year.

What are you going to be?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I've been needing a song like this. I've had the week from hell.

Friday, October 9, 2009

From the desk of my husband.

Attack of the Squirrel!

As I went to my office today holding a pot of coffee (don't judge me!), I
unlocked my door and staring at me, perched on one of my chairs was
a little squirrel. Poor thing was terrified and must have been trapped
in there for the weekend.

I placed the pot of coffee down, talked to it in my most soothing voice
(didn't help much) and backed away while he started to spazz out.
I told everyone else to stay in the offices and closed their doors so
I could try to chase him down the hall and out the main door. Of course,
everyone decided to come over and look at the squirrel so he continued to
freak out and started running head first into my window. I tried to shoo him
out my door towards freedom but people kept coming over for a look making
him either hide under my desk, climb up my book case, or head butt the
window. Sometimes he would do all three in a circular route.

I finally cleared the numskulls out of the way and was able to escort him out the
building. Poor thing looked his chest was about to explode from all the

This is actually the second time I've seen a squirrel in my office. The first
time he just poked his head down from a hole in the ceiling and after seeing
me ran away (sounded like someone was pulling cable in the ceiling). This
time the bugger must have fallen. He will have a lot of bruises in the morning.
He was a little pinball of fur.

He also shredded the top of one of my chairs. It was against the window so
maybe he was trying to scratch his way out. He'll have some stories to tell
his friends...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Work, Work, and more work.

Hey there.

I know you haven't heard from me in a while. Here's the thing, I've been writing. working on my new paranormal romance. My heroine Darcelle, is a woman going through changes.

What do you do when you become the thing you fear the most? What happens when you fall for your rival?

Poor Darcelle she has so much to deal with. After reading Rachel Gardener's post about making sure your character is proactive and not reactive I've been re-thinking Darcelle.

Oh well back to work.

PS. I've had a few things pop up in my personal life lately one on which was identity theft. The theft of my identity. And the other well We'll just say I wish it would be over and done with.

On the bright side my babies turned 4 and 10 respectively. They're growing up and hopefully I doing a good job.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Words of Wisdom.

Do not let the muse become your excuse!

If she does exist, she respects perseverance!

I'm quoting the president of CFRWA. My local chapter President Lara Dien.

My contribution:
Remember Dorrie in Nemo? Well instead of, "Just Keep Swimming." How about? "Just Keep Writing." or whatever else it is you are trying to do.

Put one foot in front of the other and keep going. It's been my method to dealing with life and the obstacles fate or whatever throws my way. Trust me they have been plenty.

Meanwhile if you're a member of F F and P and have not signed up for 60 days to PRO. Take it from me it's awesome.

It's a beautiful day today. I'm taking a break from writing or at least I think so, I might change me mind later. Right now though Banana nut pancakes from first watch are calling my name. My sister in law is in town and we're going to brunch.

PS a friend of mine apparently just bought her first house. Congratulations J!

Hope you find reasons to celebrate. It could be anything. Five minutes of absolute silence. the crazy kids having fun in the back yard. Finishing a paragraph. Just be happy on this long weekend don't let anything get in the way of that. Hugs of support, happiness and anything else you need. Chudney ;)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Turtle or the Hare?

Which one am I?

Don't know. I know that I'm getting back into my groove, but I'm just taking it one day at a time. What type of writer are you? Turtle or Hare?

Take my poll. Leave comment.

Whatever type of writer you are, if you've taken that step. You know the one where you put words on paper try to have them convey emotion and make sense. The one where you attempt you transport you reader away from ordinary life. Here's huge pat on the back.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hi everybody! Sorry I've been away for so long. I pretty much achieved everything on my summer to do list with the kids. Everything except Disney. Honestly it was way to hot and grandma turned out to be really busy as well.

We had a good and eventful summer. We made it to Charleston, WV. Atlanta, GA and I took a week and spent celebrated my birthday and my cousins in Chicago, IL. Just the two of us, no kids, no husbands.

Chicago is a cool place, but I live in Florida my poor feet didn't know what too make of all the walking. I do have to tell you that it did bring to light that I need to get into shape. A friend of mine in ATl is well on her way to getting there. So proud of you Nicki.

Still writing. Just finished plotting my next project. I know you looked at my side bar and want to know what's happened with Vundracon. It needs re plotting and I'll get to it I promise. I also promised Myself that since I started this new one I have to finish the rough draft before M&M

I've also decided that that was one of the things holding me back. I have a tendency to start on an idea and then for one reason or another get stuck and then I move on to somethingelse. So I"m going to finish what I start. I've proven I can do that with Folklore, I can do it again with Psycokinesis(that's the working title).

So rejoice with me, we now have a budget. I've plotted and written a rough draft of a synopsis fo Psycokinesis and have begun to write the rough draft. Folklore is in Query hell and I have other project waiting to be finished.
Figure out whats holding you back from achieving your goals and power through them. That's my challenge to you. If you feel like drop me a line .

See you later. Hugs, much hugs. Chudney.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Little history, drama and celebration all rolled into one.

This week was an odd one for me. My father is neck deep in work for the carnival season back home in St. Vincent. which means whenever I catch up to him he's either getting home to take a much needed nap or leaving to go to work.

He runs his own radio station, Nice Radio. My brother manages the sound system and DJ end of the business. This isn't the only business we have. Daddy is a master of all trades. Suffice it to say that I grew up above a recording studio and at one time we owned and import export business. Now we import. Here's the thing my father has never let anything back him into a corner. If something doesn't work he has another idea up his sleeve.

Sometimes he's weary, other time I can only talk to him as long as he's in the car because he's so busy when he gets home he just wants to sleep. Unfortunately for now he has to maintain this pace.

Which leads me to my brother, who while attempting to ease some of the burden on my father's shoulders fell asleep at the wheel and hit another vehicle. He survived as did the passengers of the other car. But he was so exhausted because of the work schedule. On SVG when jobs come in you have to take them, because the time between Carnival and Christmas is slow. He was doing his part to make sure that they got done. I'm proud of him and extremely relieved that nothing happened to him or anyone else. I just hope nothing like this happens again.

As for the celebration: my beloved Aunt Susan the baby of the family turned 50 this month actually yesterday. the girls and i sang happy birthday to her via cell phone. We love you Aunty Susie!

Aunty Susan has always been there through the thick and the thin. She is an inspiration. At 40 she went back to school and got her Masters. To do this she had to sell her Franchise, Mothercare and Clarks, and move not only herself but her son to England. Which of course benefited Edmund her son. Now she runs her own human resources firm. There's a lot I'm not saying but she knows what I'm talking about.

So Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


So in another effort of procrastination I took a quiz. Here it is.

You are most like:

You are Orange

Brilliant and stunning, you provide a pleasant surprise to any room into which you walk. This is a hard color to pull off, but you do it well.

Take this quiz: Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Are You?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Busy Working.

Hello all. I've been busy working, editing one project and writing another. Not to mention working my day job.

I'm really thankful my day job is only part-time. Though I must say it feels as if it's full time. It also means that I won't be getting a pay check this summer. But that comes with the territory.

Speaking of summer, I now have to keep two children, nine and three busy for long stretches of time. Of course there will be Vacation Bible school put on by our church. My kids are good, as long as they have something to occupy them.

So here's what I've come up with .
1) The Orlando Science Center
They're opening the adventures of Mr. Potato Head.

2)The Brevard Zoo

Of course the house The of Mouse:
3)Disney World

4) Bowling. I think they even have glow in the dark golf.

5) Free summer movies courtesy of Regal Cinemas

Okay so back to working. This is all I can think of right now if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Oh and what are you going to be up to this summer?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Weekend is over :(

To all my friends and family, my writing compatriots. I felt the need for a pick me up, so I found this song from Aswad. Shine, it was released in 1994 . Enjoy.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


So I'm sitting on my writing couch, and I hear from the TV. "And Stunned by surprise."
My hubby just happened to be watching the tale end of "Hells Kitchen.". Really? Can you be stunned by surprise? Just a thought.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

42 odd things about me!

Ok thanks Tonya! I've been tagged by one of my best friends.

1. Do you like blue cheese? yes
2. Have you ever smoked? yes, I like and occasional cigar.
3. Do you own a gun? Yep my hubby bought it for my 24th birthday.
4. What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite? Definitely red
5. Do you get nervous before a doctor appointment? No just irritated I know just how much time I'm going to waste waiting in the waiting room.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? mmm don't have a favorite.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Hot Tea
9. Can you do push ups? Yes. Not much though.
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? a pair of Golden hibiscus earrings. my parents gave them to me when I turned 17.
11. Favorite hobby? Reading.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? probably.
13. What's one trait you dislike about yourself? sometimes I'm unsure of myself.
14. Middle name? Tamara
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. Why am I doing this?... What the hell is he watching?.. Why is Mickey neurotic?
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Tea, water, Iced green tea
17. Current worry? Will i be picked up by and agent/editor
18. Favorite place to be? Bequia
19. How did you bring in the New Year? At home competing in dance dance revolution against my hubby and neighbors.
20. Someplace you would like go? France to see my cousin Yulu.
21. Name three people who will complete this? Have absolutely no idea
22. Do you own slippers? yep
23. What color shirt are you wearing right now? White
24. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No thank you. give me cotton.
25. Can you whistle? Yes.
26.Would you be a pirate? Hell yeah.

27.What songs do you sing in the shower? Barracuda,(Heart) Would (Alice in Chains) Bath Water (No Doubt) Etc
28. Favorite Girl's Name? Don't have one. I think the name has to fit the personality.
29. Favorite Boy's Name? see above.
30. What's in your pocket right now? nothing
31. Last thing that made you laugh? My husband setting up his chickens on the barbecue.
32. Best bed sheets as a child? My mother didn't do character sheets.
33. Worst injury you've ever had? needed stiches in my thigh and chin when I flipped over the handle bar of my bike.
34. Do you love where you live? yep. it's ours and we love it.
35. How many TV's do you have in your house? 2
36. Who is your loudest friend? too many to count.
37. How many dogs do you have? 1. She is queen of this house.
38. Does someone have a crush on you? He better have a crush on me we're married.
39. What is your favorite book? Way too many to count.
40. What is your favorite candy? Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.
41.. What is your favorite sport? Tennis always has been always will be.
42. What song do you want played at your funeral? If ah rude, rude ah! my aunts would appreciate it.

You have all been Tagged.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Guitar Hero.

So in the midst of me trying to finish my paranormal. My husband has introduced guitar hero into the house. Not just regular Guitar hero , Metallica.
Now to be fair he's been playing the other over at my neighbors house since Geno (that's my neighbor) got it.
So in order to get some peace because he's been bugging me to try it. I picked up the guitar. that and to prove to my very gun shy nine year old that trying new things is a good for you.
Which mean what? My eyes get all scrambled trying to follow the notes and I now have a need to conquer the damned thing. My husband once said i wasn't competitive enough. This because i refused to play spoons with him and his family. I'm sorry but when you see some of the claws that come out with the aggression a smart woman keeps her hands out of that pile.
I'm competitive I just choose when to be. Ok so I'm rambling but hey, my ie year old tired something new.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Well Hell!

It's been a busy couple of Months. I've :

1) Judged for two contest, still judging for the third.

2)been busy raising my kids.

3)been busy raising my DH (just kidding).

4) Went down south to deal with a family emergency. [British relative had to be Medivaced into Miami from the caribbean. They ended up spending two weeks getting my uncle in shape to make the ten hour flight back home to London. I spent a few days just making sure they could get around.]

5) Finally kicked it in gear with the writing . I'm almost done.

6) Finally decided that yes I will be going back for my masters. That also means I have to do the dreaded GRE.

7) By the way 5 and 6 mean that I've been looking at my life plan. Yes I'm a writer, Yes I will be published [at some point] so I must look at my life and organize it accordingly.

It's been busy and crazy but I'm working on balancing my life. I say that as I watch all the balls I juggle, hoping that none of them drop.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I know I've been absent but my excuses are going to have to wait for another day. Part of it is I'm being more disciplined in my writing. Anywho!

My kids are very happy to see that the Easter bunny has visited and left a basket of candy. Though the next part is getting them ready for church. But I think I can bribe them with the hunt for Easter eggs at grandma's house.
Happy Easter Everybody! Chocolate eggs for every one.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hello Friends!

I haven't abandoned you I swear. this month has been a little hectic and I'm judging for a contest and the deadline is drawing near. That being said I'm also entering another one. Just to torture myself.
It's my chapter's contest, Central Florida romance Writers. Good news they've extended the submission deadline to March 22nd.

The Central Florida Romance Writers is pleased to announce its Touch of
Magic Contest, open to all unpublished RWA members

Fees: CFRW Members, $30 Non-Members, $35

Electronic: subtract $5: CFRW members, $25 non-members, $30

Fee includes return postage.

Finalists will have a chance to revise before entries are sent to editors.

Receipt Deadline: March 22, 2009

Enter: Up to the first 25 pages of your manuscript (prologue included in
page count), plus a synopsis (not judged, 3 double-spaced pages, max).


Series Contemporary



Single Title Contemporary

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.

Judges: experienced/certified, published

Final round judges:

Series Contemporary, Gail Chasan, Silhouette Special Edition

Paranormal, Allison Brandau, The Berkley Publishing Group

Historical, Helen Rosburg, Medallion Press

Single Title, Danielle Poiesz, Pocket Books

NSRE, Esi Sogah, Avon/HarperCollins

Top prize: Touch of Magic award, certificate, announced in RWR.

For more information, entry form and rules, visit the CFRW website at <>

or send an SASE to:

Touch of Magic, c/o Lorena Streeter

4758 Sturbridge Cir

Orlando, FL 32812


Sunday, February 8, 2009


I'm sitting here watching the Grammys and just had the privilege of seeing Jennifer Hudson's performance. All I have to say is WOW! After all she's been through, to get up on the stage and nail her performance.
It makes me griping about having to edit my WIP insignificant.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Whats up?

OK I know I've been bad lately and I haven't posted as much as I should. Here's my explanation for why I've been missing.
1) I had drama going on at the day job.
- not directly my problem but it turned into my problem because my other co-workers couldn't talk it out among themselves. It really irritates me when people decide that being assertive means that you some how get a free pass to be rude and or disrespectful.
2) Also related to my day job. Caught a cold from the kiddies, and apparently there's a horrible stomach virus going around. So I suggest washing your hands an awful lot and using hand sanitizer, trust me you do not want this.
3) I've been writing.
- Shocking I know, but I really would like to get published this year. So I'm focusing on my paranormal, and trying to get it proposal ready. Which means (drum roll please) Lots and Lots of work.
4)Again related to my day job. I have to take classes online and I have to take certification test every month.
5) I'll admit it I've been down right lazy.

Forgive me!
PS I just got Suzanne Brockman's new book, I tried not to crack it open,but I failed. Miserably. So here's my resolution to this problem for every 1500 words I write I get to read another chapter. We'll see how that works. Till I post again, to quote my Daddy, "Be good, be kind and be careful."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

OH Happy Day!

I just got my copy of Patricia Briggs, Mercedes Thompson comic "Homecoming".
I love it. Love it. can't wait for her next book to come out.
In the meantime until I can wrap my mind around that chick selling her virginity, here's a sample of the music I write to when I need a faster pace. Enjoy Kassav, I used to dance to their music with my father growing up and have now introduced my girls to the wonders of Zouk.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Happy New Year!

Yeah I know it's a week late.

I've had visitors and returning to the day job has taken a lot more out of me than I imagined it would. After two weeks off it takes a period of readjustment.

I have also had the biggest Blond moment ever (at least for me. )

I awoke at 6.00am this morning and left my house to take a competency exam for the day job.

Why is this a blond moment you ask? well, somehow in the past three weeks I managed to convince myself that the exam was scheduled for Jan 1oth. This means I showed up to an empty exam center at 7.30 this morning pumped and ready to go, but my test is actually on the 24th.
oh well at least I got the class over and done with.

The only New Years resolution I have is that I'm going to stick to my list of goals, and keep up forward motion on my various manuscripts, while taking care of myself and my family.

I hope that 2009 is good to all of us, or at least not too hard on us all.
Best Wishes