Saturday, October 17, 2009
And now my baby is 2! And he's talking! Full sentences. It's seems like overnight he went from making grunting noises and hand gestures to communicating with complete sentences! I shake my head sometimes to re-adjust my image of him. I have to remind myself daily that he's a toddler now, a little boy, a baby no longer. Well, of course, as all mothers should know my boys will always be my babies. But, you get the idea.
He had a blast at his birthday party even if some of his friends couldn't be here because of the sniffles. Seems this is a sorry time for birthday parties since it's flu season as well. But he didn't seem to mind so much. He still had alot of fun, even being generous enough to allow his older brother to boss him around a bit and even take over opening presents, too! They're so close in age, some people mistake them for twins, and they play with all the same toys that I can't even distinguish what belongs to whom. As long as they don't mind, I guess its fine. I figure I'll have a few years of peace until it begins with no, that's mine! Okay, maybe a few months.
So now my busy days of getting ready for his party are over. Life can get back to normal. Instead of scouring the house at night looking for scotch tape to wrap his presents, I can use that time to get back to my writing. Huh, like now!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
It worked for a while. Now all of a sudden, I'm compelled to start reading two or three other books, as well. Don't know what that's about. And as much as it bothers me since I see it as a distraction, at the same time I'm finding it quite useful. I have one book upstairs, one downstairs, one in my purse for when I leave for work...you get the idea. I think my problem might be that there are sooooo many books I want to read and soooo little time, especially now that I've gone back to work. :-(
Then there's my husband who looks at the hundreds of books on my to-be-read list and says "What happpens if you die before you finish reading all of these?"
That question horrified me! After yelling at him for uttering such a negative phrase and for even thinking it in his brain, it really got me thinking about my reading choices. There are so many good authors out there with wonderful stories to tell. So many books I need to read. Not want. NEED! Yes, I'm a bookaholic. Maybe I need therapy. But I know I'll go crazy if I don't have a book in some stage of the reading process. And then there are the non-fiction books. Since I never went to college, I feel like I'm self-educating myself with reading so many different subjects. I'm actually learning a great deal about many things my college friends never did. I'm fascinated with so much, it's hard to narrow it down to a favorite, but I do know this...I really enjoy reading.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Selling books is truly fun for me. Reading has been my passion since Dr. Seuss and I love that I can help other people find the books they want to read. I enjoy keeping up with the book business, knowing what's hot and what's not.
Having personal contact with customers is exciting. Each person is unique. And, yes, some of them are a real pain at times! But that's part of the retail business, as well. My fellow booksellers and I joke about the customers who come to us and ask, "I was here last week and I saw a red book in the front of the store but it's not there now. I don't remember the title or the author. Can you help me find it?"
Given such specific information, how can we miss? Shockingly, most times we can find it. For me, I get to use my investigative skills as I sniff out that elusive book and the author's name that remains a mystery to our dear customer. I'm always happy to see the surprise and delight on our customer's face as I place that book in their hands.
I'm working more hours this week than I have in the past three years. It's given me a sense of homesickness. After all, the bookstore is like a second home to me. Even if I wasn't working there, I'd be there shopping!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I started a new short story that I’m really excited about today. My goal is for 15,000 words, but I suspect (as with most of my short stories) I’ll exceed that. I try to limit myself but the story and characters sort of take off on their own which I really do enjoy especially when I get into the ‘writing zone’. I absolutely love times like this. All is quiet, the kids are asleep, the phone is turned off, there are no possible distractions and I can allow myself to become completely sucked into my story world. At times like this, the writing is practically done on autopilot. My fingers take flight and I’m thrown into the exciting ride along with my characters who become living, breathing entities. I’m so engrossed in their stories that I don’t even know how long I’ve spent tapping ferociously at the keyboard. Some nights turn into early mornings and I might not go to sleep until 2am or 3am. Unfortunately, my children don’t allow their mommy to sleep in, so the next day I’m usually regretting my writing binge. In the end, of course, it’s worth it. I simply wish I could have more time like that. If I could freeze the hours so I don’t have to go to sleep, I could probably finish a book in a week, or at least, a short story a night.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
And as I'm shopping for one thing, several other items of interest pop up. Visiting Amazon.com I have to take a peak at the book section. Another hour after that and my son wants to know if I found any more Cars. Oh, yeah, back to the toys.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I've been working on a new short story idea for the last two days. I love when I get knew ideas. I become obsessed with it for days, daydreaming and then hurrying to my computer or grabbing the nearest pen and paper to write out the scenes unfolding in my mind. It's a powerful time. The formation of a story is one of the best moments for a writer. The characters are being born in your mind. The plot is slowly unfolding. The setting is being formed and molded before your eyes, as well as beneath your pencil.
There is only one bad thing about a new idea. It seems my ideas gravitate to me as I'm writing another story. The more I write, the more ideas I get for other stories. It can be distracting when I'm trying desperately to focus on the current story I'm working on.
But it's worth it because as soon as I'm finished what I'm doing, I get to go play with my new friends.
Monday, January 12, 2009
That said, I'm working hard to get this blog up and running, although, I admit...it may be a while. Right now I'm trying to find a really cool background or template, or whatever.