soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Monday, July 18th, 2011 09:09 pm
Today is a HUGE birthday day amongst my family and friends.
My sweet niece, who often drives me crazy, is celebrating her birthday in Disney World.
Happy Birthday, Hailey-Bug!

My big sis, far away in Hawaii enjoying the sun and surf (in theory).
Happy Birthday, Tracy!

My favorite bibliophile who moved across the country but still manages to keep in touch like a CHAMP and prod me to write my part of our Zompocalypse story!
Happy Birthday, [ profile] oddmonster!

That's a lot of birthdays. I'm all worn out now.

Anyway. Onto the not as joyous stuff. As you can see, I'm online again after the Great Computer Outage of 2011. The technician ran a slew of tests and everything came back looking good. He admitted that there's been a lot of calls about slow and non-responsive internettedness and it looks like there are just too many people using too little ... whatever it's called. So, yeah. That sucks. But we're back up and running and we're going to try to keep track of when and how often we lose connection to see if it's worth changing providers. I'm not feeling terribly optimistic about this, to be honest. Meh. We'll see.

I have a ton of stuff to talk about but I'm going to talk book for a minute and save the funny stuff for tomorrow. Maybe.
Book #285 - Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger - These books are so freaking FUNNY. I love the tone they're written in and how utterly absurd some of escapades the characters find themselves in the middle of are.
Book #286 - Lights, Camera...Monsters (Monsters in Hollywood #1) by Lila Dubois - I know these books won't be for everyone but I thought this one was sexy and fun. Sex with monsters! Who knew I'd get such a kick out of it?

Out of the blue today, my mom says "One month until the kids are back in school." It really does seem like they just finished school and now we're going to have to gear up for a new year. Crazy.

Okay. I'm off to finish the 3rd Parasol Protectorate book.
soulswallo: (Office Stock-Pens pens pens)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 12:37 pm
I'm having a moment here. In a good way. I have to take Heather and Hailey to the airport at the ungodly hour of 4:30 tomorrow morning so I decided that I'm not going to sleep tonight. No big, right? I have Wednesday off, I'll sleep then.

Since I'm not sleeping tonight, I decided to put my writing plan into action. I'm going to challenge myself to write a minimum of 2000 new words on any one of the stories I have currently languishing plus do some editing on the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. In theory, I want to finish my current pass on editing so I can do a full read-through on the EWM#1 to check for inconsistencies. However, since I'm not home at the moment I don't have any hard numbers on how many pages I have left to edit. I think it's a lot (around 100 in Word) so I don't want to give myself an insane goal and then get nowhere near completing it unless I can clone myself.

Am I right?

So. 2K new words and a good chunk of editing on the EWM#1. Totally doable!

I'm going to try to do mini updates throughout the evening to keep myself on track. Just word counts and amusing typos. Be warned.

Well, I also have some bookish stuff that I need to get off my chest. Not literally.
Book #276 - This Totally Bites! (Poison Apple) by Ruth Ames - The alst of Hailey's books that I appropriated. This one's about vampires! Awesome!
Book #277 - This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost - I LOVE this series. Jeaniene Frost has given me the perfect vampiric couple and she makes them all wickedly feral and AWESOME! *love*
Teaser Tuesday (07/12/11) - With a selection from Cat & Bones! Except that I've now finished that book. Good thing I have a back-up book I'm reading! Half-Demons! Yay!

I have a book signing for Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series) on tap for this coming Thursday and I'm waffling on whether or not I should go. The reason is kinda lame - basically, she wrote an article a while back telling people that they should buy her books as physical books over ebooks because ebook purchases won't help her get on the New York Times bestseller list. My knee jerk reaction to being told that I NEED to buy a book in a certain format is to give someone the finger. I buy ebooks because they're both convenient and I like reading them. Yes, I love my physical books as well. I have a lot of physical books. Telling me I need to do something a certain way rubs me wrong.

So, yeah. I'm totally waffling over whether or not I should go. Still.

And I'm done. I guess I'll read a little more before I have to scoot home for the day.
soulswallo: (Calvin-This is how I do my thing)
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 09:52 pm
Cole and Hailey were fighting earlier. I yelled. It didn't phase them. The one bright spot in all this is that this time they were fighting over a full box of crackers instead of an empty one. Sometimes I envision their inner selves as two junkyard dogs battling over roadkill scraps on top of a pile of rusty kitchen appliances.

It's a surprisingly accurate picture.

In news that doesn't involve me clawing the walls... no, wait. I don't have any news like that.

I've been doing some serious mental gymnastics over my epic werewolf masterpiece #1. The more I think about ti and look it over, the more little tweaks I can see I need to make. On one hand, I don't want to over think it and end up with a story that no one but me understands. On the other hand, I want to do the best I can for these characters and tell the story they deserve.

And in bookish news:
Book #259 - Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick - This book was weird because I hated the way the main female character acted but I ended up really liking the book anyway.
Book #260 - Raziel (The Fallen #1) by Kristina Douglas - Another one where I didn't love the entire book and then all of a sudden I did. It's bizarre, man. Bizarre.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Things that make me keep reading and an epic ode to Resident Evil. Not really. I just make a teeny, tiny mention about how I might sorta, kinda like zombies and I think Alice is cool. Also, pictures of half naked men. Because I like those.

I am done!
soulswallo: (SGA-Sheppard-Ummm)
Saturday, June 25th, 2011 03:44 pm
Tonight I'm going from work straight over to Hailey's dance recital. I don't know how to put this without sounding like a raging bitch so I'm just going to say it. I'm really not looking forward to this. I mean, I like watching Hailey's dances but she's only in 2 or 3 of them. And the entire show is THREE HOURS LONG. The evening performance starts at 7. So it'll be at least 10:30 before I get home. Like I said, I don't mind watching Hailey dance and, honestly, I'm sure I'll enjoy the entire first half of the show - they're doing Aladdin after all and I do love me some crazy-talking genie - but the second half is going to be hard. Because by the time we hit the second half I'm ready to go home.

So... yeah. Dance recital after work.

Now, I want everyone to hold onto their pants for a minute because I'm going to talk about books. Not the way I normally do- that'll come later- but about the really great run of books I've been reading lately.

See, I have this theory about books. Part of it has been begged, borrowed, and/or stolen from various places (most notably [ profile] oddmonster) but it works for me so I'm appropriating it for my use.

I believe that all books have an audience. I might not be that audience but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people out there who fully enjoy a book that I don't. This is just one of the reasons that I always try to be gentle in my reviews when I don't like a book. I try to give reasons why I didn't like something or why it didn't work for me as opposed to just throwing up my hands in disgust. The other reason I try to be gentle has everything to do with how much of my heart and soul I put into my own novel. I can't say for certain but I'm pretty sure that most people who take the plunge and attempt to write a book and have it published have put a lot into its creation. That book is someone's baby. They nurtured it from the kernel of an idea up to the end result. That last part might be me projecting my own insecurities out into the universe. I don't know.

I'm not saying that you have to like every book, either. I'm not saying that you can only say good things about a book. Believe it or not, I don't always say good things about the books I read. I just do my best to explain why whatever I was reading didn't work for me.

I've kinda gotten off track here. Let me step back on. I've been reading a lot of books lately that have worked for me. A lot. Like, 9 out of 10 books I've read recently have migrated to my 2011 Favorites pile on Goodreads. Why? Timing. I pick up these books and they're exactly what I'm looking for at that moment. I wanted a book about fallen angels with an emphasis on the urban fantasy side (as opposed to a paranormal romance) so I started reading Highborn by Yvonne Navarro this morning. My God! This book is EXACTLY what I wanted. Yes, it is well written and incredibly engaging and I probably would have rated it highly anyway on those points alone but the fact that I was looking for exactly this type of book right now is propelling it into favorite status.

So on top of every book having an audience (somewhere, even if it's on a Himalayan mountaintop with a lonely goat herder) I think that timing is key. If you don't want to read a book about dangerous fallen angels you're probably not going to love this particular book as much as I am. Does that make sense? I feel like lately I've either been making some really good book decisions that match up perfectly with what I'm craving in a literary sense or I've been incredibly lucky lately. Because I've been reading a lot of great books. A.Lot.

I don't think I articulated this as well as I could have. I'll have to think on it and let it simmer for a bit.

Anyway. I read a book today. Don't act so surprised.
Book #254 - The Sacrifice (Forbidden #1) by Samantha Sommersby - This book shocked me with how good it was. I was seriously expecting a smutty quickie and I got a full-on story. Sweet!

I've really gone on enough here.
soulswallo: (FF-Simon-River-Hiding)
Monday, June 13th, 2011 09:06 pm
The kids and I took the dogs to the dog park this morning. Bailey rolled around in every patch of mud and dirt she could find. She was adorably filthy by the time we left. Needless to say, both dogs got a bath today. Heck, I practically needed a bath by the time we were done bathing them.

In totally random news, [ profile] malkovich03 had to make an emergency trip out of state and I miss her. I have a book signing I'm going to tomorrow and we would have gone to dinner to catch up on life and various other things (things which mostly involve me inserting the words "cock" and "screaming orgasms" into the conversation while trying to keep my voice down so the patrons at the next table don't hear about sleep orgasms. No fooling. Hey, researching for writing sex scenes is a dirty job and I'm happy to do it!) before the signing but now I'm just going to go, get my book and find a coffee shop to read at until I can read at the bookstore.

Thus far, I've watched all of disc 1 of Firefly with Hailey. Episodes: Serenity parts 1 & 2, The Train Job and Bushwhacked. Hailey still isn't convinced that it's as good as The Walking Dead but I told her she had to give it a chance before making such a sweeping declaration.

And now onto the books...
Book #234 - Shameless (The House of Rohan #4) by Anne Stuart - I really, kinda, pretty much loved this book. Historical shenanigans, FTW!
Book #235 - Solid (Solid #1) by Shelley Workinger - A well-written, nicely fleshed-out young adult novel. It has a mad scientist in it. Well, a mad scientist conducts experiments in the prologue and then the kids he experimented on have to deal with the fallout, so he's not actually in it in it, but... oh, nevermind.
Felicity Heaton's great e-book summer savings - Felicity's offering her newest paranormal vampire romance for $0.99 through July 1st. As an aside, I've read quite a few of her books. And I've liked them all.

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (FF-Big Damn Heroes)
Sunday, June 12th, 2011 09:00 pm
This morning on the way to Target, we (my mom, sis, Hailey and myself) came across a car that had crashed the wrong way into some bushes. The way the car was situated you couldn't see it from the road, we only saw it because we were at the cross street and had an unobstructed view through the bushes. Anyway. My mom called 911 to report it and the dispatcher asked her if she could see the license plate. My mom, being my mom, made me pull over so she could get out of the car and walk through the field to give it to her. As she's walking up to the car she's telling the dispatcher that she really hoped their wasn't a dead body in it. There wasn't, for the record.

So. After she tells us this I'm all, "Well, if there had been a dead body that's one thing you can mark off your bucket list."

Dead silence in the car.

Me, "What? Seeing a dead body isn't on your list of things you want to experience before you die?"

Everyone else, "NO!"

Me, "Huh. I guess that's just me then."

Sometimes I wonder how I ended up so awesome with such a mundane family.

On an entirely unrelated note, Hailey and I started watching Firefly today. This is all because one of the authors I follow on Twitter has just fallen into the wonders of space cowboys and she's been talking about it. Oh, Nathan Fillion. You are so wonderful as my beloved Captain Malcolm Reynolds.

In bookish news:
Book #233 - Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole - I likened this series to a light-hearted version of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters. So.Damn.Much.Fun.
In My Mailbox - Those advance copies of books killed me this week. And I was doing so well on getting my TBR pile down.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to take the dogs to the dog park and wash my car. I might even try my hand at making some cake balls. (Haha. Cake balls. Yes, I'm 12.) The ones my sister made today were DELICIOUS. They were chocolate cake with chocolate coating. It was like biting into a decadent chocolate truffle. Yum, yum, yum.

I am done.
soulswallo: (Stock-Quote-Fear and spiders)
Sunday, June 5th, 2011 08:47 pm
My the power of Grayskull! What in the hell are the kids fighting about now? Seriously! I can't figure it out. They're just annoying each other by looking at one another. I can't handle it. It disturbs me even more when I think that this is only the beginning of summer for them. Arrgh!

And in other, completely unrelated news, Hailey really needs to go to bed now. Really.

Cole had his last flag football game of the season. It was cold and windy and the sky was gorgeous. I took a picture of it...
The sky, she is cloudy.

Cole ran in a touchdown, which is cool. Meanwhile, I'm thrilled that the season is over.

And here's some stuff of a bookish nature...
Book #224 - Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlais - This book was steamy and fun with the added bonus of a big, purple space pirate. It's sexier than it sounds. I swear.
Book #225 - Biting the Bride by Clare Willis - My biggest issue with this book stems from the fact that the synopsis doesn't match up AT ALL with the actual plot. What's that about?
Book #226 - Grave Illusions (Jess Vandermire #1) by Lina Gardiner - Once I got through the first 25% of the book I liked it. However, that beginning was like a slow ride to nowhere.
In My Mailbox - My TBR pile went down this week! I am so excited that I'm almost speechless. Almost.

I think I would cheerfully kill someone for an oatmeal raisin cookie right this moment. A nice soft one with undertones of cinnamon. Yuuuummmmmmmmm.
Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Monday, May 30th, 2011 09:48 pm
The kids were school free today which was cool and all since they kept on opposite sides of the house and I didn't have to bind and gag them to get some peace and quiet. Actually, Cole went to his dad's house for most of the day and hence there was blessed silence.

Speaking of which, this is the last week of school before summer vacation. I'm looking forward to the no homework portion of that but not so much to the constant fighting and the fact that I don't get to be a self-absorbed slug. I mean, I have to make sure they eat on a semi-regular basis. Sometimes I forget to make sure that I eat regularly.

Does anybody besides myself ever question how I managed to raise a child through almost 12 years of life without crashing and burning spectacularly?

Okay. Books.
Book #214 - Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike - My biggest issue with this book is that I really feel like it was written for the younger YA set. Which isn't so much an issue as just a thing. You know?
Book #215 - Familiar by Michelle Rowen - An interesting little short story that I wouldn't have minded a bit more length on.
Book #216 - No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After dark #3) by Kresley Cole - I have ridiculous amounts of love for this series. It's so fun and fluffy that I can't put it down.
Book #217 - Heart of the Witch by Alicia Dean - Not terrible but not great. It was just... meh.
In My Mailbox - I got a couple Melissa Marr books for the signing this Friday and a few freebies. Yay!

Okay. I'm totally done here. Totally.
soulswallo: (SGA-Sheppard-Looking badass!)
Sunday, May 15th, 2011 08:47 pm
Hailey, Cole and I are watching The Walking Dead again. Or at least the first episode. I freely admit that this series is well worth watching more than once. The fact that there are only six episodes total means that you can zip through the entire season very quickly.

So. Today at Cole's football game it started raining on us. I was like, "I can't have my Kindle out in the rain!" Which goes to show you what I do at my son's football games. So I sat in my car and watched the game from the parking lot.

I'm kinda the worse mom ever, aren't I?

Anyway. Books.
Book #195 - Hell by Randy Noble - And reason #1,263 why you shouldn't hitchhike and/or take rides from strangers.
Book #196 - Ecstasy by Bella Andre - Where I get to mention that the word "vagina" is not my favorite word for girl parts in erotica.
In My Mailbox - 19 books for six cents. I think I did pretty good this week.

Okay. We've switched over to season 4 of Stargate Atlantis. Have I ever mentioned that I'm kinda in love with Ronon? Jason Momoa is so damn big. And pretty. And his smile is just disarmingly melting. I think this means I'm going to be seeing Conan when it hits the theaters. Hello, sexy muscles!

On that note...
soulswallo: (SotD-Zombies are Love-big)
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 09:44 pm
Hailey got it in her head the other day that she wanted to watch The Walking Dead. We only have the last episode left and she's all into it. I have great hopes that she'll survive whatever the forthcoming Zombie Apocalypse throws at us. Yeah, the Zombie Apocalypse. She's going to have some mad survival skills. She'll be bashing those Zombies in the head and destroying their brains before anyone else realizes that the walking dead have risen.

I am so proud to be able to write that.

In slightly less apocalyptic news, I worked hard today. I think this is the first day I've done this since I started. It was interesting. Especially when you factor in that I still managed to get half a book read at work. I kinda rock, guys. It's true.

And since I'm already talking about books, here's my itty bitty recap for today:
Teaser Tuesday - Angel Assassins, Weather Wardens and Ordinary Wizards!

And that pretty much sums up the day.
soulswallo: (SotD-Zombies are Love-big)
Sunday, May 8th, 2011 09:03 pm
My wee beastly boy (who really isn't all that wee anymore seeing as how he's nearly as tall as I am. I can hear all of you that know how tall I am laughing hysterically at this point and saying that the fact that he's nearly as tall as me is nothing to write home about) slept from 6:30 last night until 6:30 this morning. The little brat was tired, I guess.

Anyway. For Mother's Day he gave me a Karma necklace shaped in a spiral that says "What goes around comes around". Lol! My kid knows me so well.

Hailey asked me if we could watch The Walking Dead earlier and naturally I agreed. Somewhere along the way I started chatting with [ profile] oddmonster on Twitter about Zombies. I'm proud to announce that Odd shamed me into cracking open my Zompocalypse short and cranked out 450 or so words. Not great, I know, but I still have time tonight to get some more done on that. Hopefully I can finish it up in a few thousand more words and get back to writing the epic Zompocalypse Morgan Hill story. I'm not promising anything but there might possibly be a cursed glass eye that makes an appearance.

In totally random news, I started watching Game of Thrones and really wasn't all that impressed by it. Now, I wasn't fully focused on it so that might have been part of the problem but the first episode seemed incredibly slow. Incredibly. Like, I kept waiting for something to happen and finally I just turned it off. I'll try again at some later date but I'm not really feeling the love at this point.

So. Book stuff. Of which I don't have a ton.
In My Mailbox - A couple of fun ones. Yay!
As an aside, I'm going to attempt to get my TBR pile down by tracking it weekly on my IMM posts. My starting point? 224 books. Let's see how I do on taming that beast!

Okay. I have a sweeping story about Zombies and blood to write.
soulswallo: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Monday, April 25th, 2011 08:27 pm
The sore throat that I could have sworn I banished to the fires of Mount Doom has returned with a vengeance. I've been giving it a beady-eyed glare for the better part of the day and it IGNORES ME. Can you believe this? I can't. Obviously when I pull out my death glare it means I'm serious and the sore throat needs to disappear. Obviously.

On top of that, both kids are home on Spring Break. Hailey and I watched Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory because I needed a break from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. At the end of WW Hailey told me the movie was weird. I was like, "Well, YEAH! 70's hair is always weird. ALWAYS!" Seriously, the hair just about killed me. Gene Wilder's crazy, extreme side part. I really want a picture of it so I'll never forget the awesome scariness. Please stand by.

I am so afraid right now. Hold me.

Okay. Books.
Book #164 - Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles #1.5) by Cindy Spencer Pape - Revisiting some of the gang from Steam & Sorcery and meeting some fun, new characters. Sweet!
Book #165 - The Demon Queen and the Locksmith by Spencer Baum - Weird title, neat book. I'll give you a hint, guys... bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. I hate bugs, btw. Hate 'em. But I liked this book.

I think I'm going to try to catch up on those shows that have decided to breed and multiply on my DVR. What's that about, btw? I swear I had cleared that thing out not to long ago.
I'm out.
soulswallo: (SW-Lego style!)
Friday, April 22nd, 2011 08:41 pm
I said I was going to be a slug today and I wasn't lying. Hailey and I made rice crispy treats (with chocolate on top) but we really did nothing else. We both slept through a Scooby movie or two. Because, you know, I sleep a lot. Other than that... I got nothing.

Cole's in Carmel with his dad visiting his other grandparents. He'll be home tomorrow night so we can do the family egg hunt Sunday morning. It's weird when he's not here, btw. Incredibly quiet. In a totally creepy way. *checks closet for scary things that might be hiding there*

Okay. Books.
Book #159 - Mirrorlight by Jill Myles - Not terribly long but it packs a sexy punch involving a mirror and some creative positioning. No fooling.
Book #160 - Victoria Gardella: Vampire Slayer by Colleen Gleason - A short but intriguing look at the main character from the Gardella Vampire series.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - This is really just an excuse to put up pictures of half-naked men. I especially liked Googling for them. "Sexy Men" "Beautiful Men" "Sexy Naked Men" Wow. I got an eyeful. (and I'd do it again!)

For those wondering, my sore throat is feeling loads better. it's not gone but I feel like a nearly fully functioning member of the human race again. It's fantastic!

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (FF-Quote-The book of my life)
Sunday, March 27th, 2011 09:38 pm
The wee beastly boy (who's getting less wee every time I stand next to hm) spent the day with his dad. Do you want to know what I did while he was gone? I watched movies with Hailey. We started with Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, moved onto Hotel for Dogs, and ended with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Admittedly, I slept through a lot of all three of them but they were on while I was in the room so that must count for something.

Other than that, I did nothing today. Well, I might have read a book or two.
Book #122 - The Vampire's Bride (Atlantis #4) by Gena Showalter - Vampires and Amazon warriors make for an explosive combination.
Book #123 - The Amazon's Curse (Atlantis #5) by Gena Showalter - I liked that the series was tied up but I really wished this had been a full length novel.
In My Mailbox (03/27/11) - Short and sweet this week. I was good and didn't go hog wild with the amazon buying. Yay, me!

I have two more reviews written up which will be posted tomorrow and half of a third. Those 3 books put me at 126 for the year. I was trying really, really hard to hit 130 by the end of this month. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do that. Pretty sure.

Okay. I have to cart the kid off to bed. He always falls asleep in my room. I don't know why, I just know he does it almost every night.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 07:32 pm
I took Cole and Hailey to see I Am Number Four today and that was an experience. Not the movie, which I liked, but the whole sharing the drink and popcorn thing. Holy Hannah, those kids will fight about anything. Hailey complained that she didn't want us eating the popcorn before the movie started. Cole complained that Hailey was drinking too much of the soda. Hailey complained that Cole was drinking too much of the soda. Cole complained because Hailey was looking at him. It was like a terrible movie-theater bitch fest.

But I did like the movie. Alex Pettyfer is pretty. And some of those action-y scenes were coooool. Also, hello, Timothy Olyphant, you have lovely eyes.

Okay. Bookish stuff:
Book #84 - A Wicked Gentleman (Cavendish Square #1) by Jane Feather - This was one of those really quick reads (and this is despite the hefty 450+ pages) that was fun and flirty.

I'm reading a book right now that's not doing much for me but I'm over halfway done and I just keep telling myself that if I push through it'll be over and I won't have to re-read it any time in the future.


Randomness: There's a 50% chance of snow in Morgan Hill on Friday. Those of you who have been relentlessly battered by storm after storm might be all "WHATEVER! My 17 feet beats your 50% any day of the week!" but we don't get snow here. Occasionally in the mountains. Occasionally. So this is huge. Epic even. I'm expecting Gandalf to drop in later and pull a ring out of the fire and send me on a doomed journey where I'll have to make googly eyes at my best friend while traveling by foot over craggy mountain passes.

I'm not going to let some snaggle toothed guy with 10 hairs on his head bite my finger off either.

Okay. I'm done now.
soulswallo: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Monday, February 21st, 2011 08:58 am
Most random story ever. Are you ready?

The Borders in San Jose, the one that is closest to my house, is one of the stores that closing. Since everything is running 20%-40% off and Heather had to drop Hailey off at the movies yesterday in SJ (leaving her with a few hours to kill) we decided to stop by and see if there was anything that caught our fancy.

OMG! I kid you not, there were at least 100 people waiting in line to pay. ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE! I'm not even joking about this. It was worse than shopping on Black Friday. It was worse than the year I thought it would be a good idea to go to WalMart on Black Friday. I'm still scarred by that, btw.

Anyway. It was just awful. There were tons and tons of people, the shelves looked like they'd been nearly looted, there were books on the floor and the line was monstrous. I didn't even know that many people were allowed in the store at one time. Honestly, the prices weren't all that fabulous either. Let's see, in the romance section a $8 book was running at 30% off putting the price around $5.60. That's not terrible and it's still better than full price but it wasn't worth the hour plus long wait to pay. Not for me.

So, H and I took an abbreviated turn around the store, got freaked out by the sheer press of humanity and fled. We ended up going to a Japanese restaurant for dinner instead. The food was good but the waiter kinda forgot about us, which sucked. Especially when we were ready to pay so we could leave.

You know, both shopping and eating yesterday left a lot to be desired.

Okay. The kids are on vacation this week. Cole's visiting his grandparents in Carmel and Hailey and I are watching Disney movies. Pretty sweet, huh?

I have some posts I want to get ready at the book blog. I must go.
soulswallo: (Psych-Gus is stealth)
Thursday, January 13th, 2011 08:33 pm
I just got home from watching Baby Ryan while Amb and Phil went to a school district meeting. *whimper* I had forgotten what a handful a nearly mobile baby can be. The little guy literally needs to be corralled or he's gone like a flash. I can't believe I agreed to watch him all day next weekend. *whimpers harder* I might be ending my night with a bottle of something alcoholic while rocking incoherently on the floor. There will be drool. And slurred, creative cursing. Maybe I'll even watch some wonderfully bloody horror movies.

And maybe I won't.

Book stuff:
Book #22 - Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison - The best of the bunch so far, IMO. It was just fantastic and fun and sooooo much stuff happens that advances the overall plot. I am beyond excited that I got approved to review it before its release date. Beyond excited. See --> *\o/* <-- Do you see that excitement?
Book #23 - My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent - I am ridiculously in love with Rachel Vincent's writing style. It's so approachable and well-plotted and .... I should just marry it, shouldn't I?

Uggh. I had things that weren't book related to talk about today. You know, just to mix things up a little. However, my time with the screaming, unhappy baby has made all my thoughts fall out of my head. That is so sad.
I'm done now.
soulswallo: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Friday, December 31st, 2010 10:10 pm
As is my tradition on New Year's Eve, I watched a few movies. Hailey and I started off the evening with Resident Evil: Afterlife which was pretty much just like I remembered it from the theater except without the 3D. The opening scene in the rain in Tokyo is still gorgeous. The fight scenes are fun and brutal. There wasn't enough one on one zombie action. Of the fighting variety. In my opinion. After REA, we popped in the first Resident Evil. Hailey has now abandoned me and I'm watching Resident Evil: Apocalypse (which, crap, is also REA) by myself. I cleaned the bathroom through the end of RE, though so it's not like I've been mindlessly watching moves all day.

Speaking of Resident Evil, I made a webpage for the movies. It's pretty much all the same stuff that used to be on my Zombie movies page, but that page was getting HUGE and I decided to break it up into smaller, more manageable sections. If anyone has an account (or whatever you'd call it) with Squidoo, I'd love you forever if you could pop over and rate it for me. Rating is easy now, you just click on the thumbs up in the upper left hand corner and you're done. So, please?
The Resident Evil Movies

I also made a page for Southern Arcana by Moira Rogers the other day. That's a paranormal romance series about werewolves, warlocks, shapeshifters and psychics that's absolutely amazing. Same goes with that page- for anyone who can, a rating would be fabulous.

I have a bunch of year end books things to post but first I want to throw out a few numbers.

In 2010 I read 311 books according to Goodreads. By my count, which doesn't include most of the stand alone short stories that I included at GR, my total sits at 289. The goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year was to read 100 books. I think I did pretty darn well.

I wrote 165,295 words, which consisted of one full length novel, 2/3 of a second novel and snippet of a story that fizzled out. I'm working on finishing novel #2 before I dig into some serious editing for novel #1. The goal I set for myself with writing was to write more. I can say with confidence that I accomplished that.

I wrote a fucking book, guys.

Anyway. The book stuff.
Book #289 - Impetuous by Lori Foster - Enjoyable but nothing earth shattering. Although the price was very nice.
Follow Friday - Some of my book blogging resolutions for 2011.
Kelly's Favorite Books of 2010 - Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some new-to-me books that I found fantastic.
Year in Review - Pretty much all the stats I gave you above about the books I read, but a little more in depth.

Tomorrow: My 2011 resolutions!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!
soulswallo: (FF-Inara-Kaylee-Lean)
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 10:01 pm
OMG! Guys, Cole had a friend spend the night last night and the amount of food this kid eats freaking boggles me. Let me draw you a picture: I made muffins for breakfast. Cole had two. Hailey had one. My mom had one. Cole's friend had FIVE. FIVE! As in the number after FOUR! Now, these weren't huge, bakery sized muffins or anything but FIVE? And when I took them for lunch he asked for a double burger with fries. O_o I just... Cole doesn't eat like that. I wasn't expecting to come downstairs in the afternoon and find that the dozen muffins I'd baked this morning had been whittled down to 3. Cole and Hailey are more in the grazers camp. They eat a little here and a little there. For all I know, they eat the same amount as his friend but it isn't all in one gluttonous swoop. I'm still going like this --> O_o

So, yeah. I had a little talk about portions with Cole after his friend left and even Cole was kinda weirded out by the sheer amount of food he consumed. I'm just glad I don't have to feed him on a regular basis. I'd be prostituting myself for grocery money.

Anyway. Books stuff:
Book #288 - My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent - A really cool take on the Celtic banshee myth.
Short story review - Reaper (Soul Screamers) by Rachel Vincent - A quick peek into the life of one of the characters in My Soul To Take and the events that drove him to become a Reaper.
Short story review - My Soul To Lose (Soul Screamers) by Rachel Vincent - Diving into the events that led Kaylee into being hospitalized before My Soul To Take and her short stay in the mental ward.

I prepared a huge post on my favorite books for 2010 that I'll probably post later tonight. I got to take a look at the new books in established series I loved and new-to-me authors I discovered when I went crazy with my Kindle.

I also have this driving yearning to do a book-centric wrap-up post so I can smile vapidly at how many books I read this year. If I manage to get my shit together, I'll write that one up tonight as well. Or maybe I'll write it up tomorrow and read tonight. I don't know.

FYI, I did end up doing a bit of writing on my NaNo story last night. Yeah, all 235 words worth. Fear me.

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 08:34 pm
It's been raining just enough that the ground can't dry out. I take the dogs for a walk and squelch across the grass. Which would be cool if I remembered to take off my slippers before leaving the house. As it is, I just end up with damp feet.

I got sick of Hailey and Cole fighting today and I stomped into my room (well, I didn't "stomp" exactly but I did walk with purpose) and cleaned. I straightened up my entire bookcase (the big one) dusted, filed and pulled out my NaNo story for a re-read so I could remind myself where I left off. God, I love that story. Every time I go back to reacquaint myself with it I get amazed all over again that it came out of my head. That may sound conceited but it has flow and sparkle (without the vampires) and I adore my two main characters. Hell, I adore my secondary and thirdary characters. Haha. But really, I read it and I don't remember writing half of it and I'm starting to wonder if the good parts of the writing were done by someone else. Someone much smarter and more organized than I.

Did I ever mention that I used the phrase "animalistic fucking" in it? True story. Probably one of the reasons I love it so much. Of course, as much as I do love it I'm still terrified to let anyone read it. Because, you know, what if it's only good in my head and everyone else cringes and tries to skulk away whenever I force it on them? That would not be enjoyable. For me. Probably for the person I was trying to make read it too, come to think of it.

Just let it be known that the biggest step in writing is not opening Word. Nope. That might be the first step, but it turns out you still have to do some writing to, you know, write. Weird. I'm still considering jotting down a paragraph or two tonight on that story just so I can tell myself that I wrote today.

Okay. Book stuff:
Book #287 - The Making of a Duchess (The Sons of the Revolution #1) by Shana Galen - Comical spying by a governess who has no clue what she's doing. It's a historical, guys, and I really liked it.

Okay. That is all.