Monthly Archives: October 2008

Netflix, how I love thee

Hopping on the Netflix bandwagon.  So hubby and I decided to give Netflix a whirl.  Today, since we’re off work, it’ll be a movie bonanza, and I can start reviewing them next week.  We got Eastern Promises, I Am Legend and In the Valley of Elah.  Can’t wait to dive in and see all of them, and our queue is now chock full of movies we’ve both wanted to see forever.

 

Any good recommendations?  I added the first season of Dexter because I’ve heard such fabulous things about it, but are there any other TV shows I should get?

Setting new (attainable) goals…

So even though I babbled about getting my mojo back and such earlier in the week, during the actual work-day week, I just couldn’t seem to put fingers to keyboard, at least when it comes to my own writing.  Don’t get me wrong, the ideas are there, but I’m so tired by the time I get home and cook dinner that the motivation has vanished, at least when it comes to creating “new” words.  By the time Friday comes around, I’m bummed that I didn’t get more done, which then translates into a downward spiral of getting even less done over the weekend.

 

So instead I decided to try a bit different goal.  I’d like to write at least 5K per weekend.  With football on, that should actually be an easy goal to make, and surpasses what I was trying to do with 500 words/day.  This goal would theoretically put me at 20K per month, which is pretty damned good (or at least I think so *g*).  It would also give me a chance to do revision type-stuff during the week and any editing jobs I have.

 

I’m also gonna send View to a Kill to my next three agent choices and the editor I met with at RWA Nationals, so cross fingers for me!!

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (October update)

Here are yet more of my RWA Nationals stash *g*…  I’ve also decided to power through the erotic romances I got through the NRCA last year, so there are lots of them on here I wouldn’t traditionally read (I tend more toward romantic suspense, paranormals and fantasy in my pleasure reading)

 

  1. Night Life, Caitlin Kittredge
  2. The Darkest Kiss, Gena Showalter
  3. Scream for Me, Karen Rose
  4. Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas
  5. All the Pretty Girls, JT Ellison
  6. Complete Abandon, Cheryl Holt
  7. Shadow Dance, Julie Garwood
  8. Hands On, Amie Stuart
  9. Touch Me, Susan Lyons
  10. Body Moves, Jodi Lynn Copeland
  11. Pleasures of the Night, Sylvia Day
  12. Secrets, Volume 23, Various authors
  13. Wicked Ties, Shayla Black

Getting my mojo back…

It’s no secret to anyone who reads this blog (or listens to my incessant whining) that I’ve been mojoless (yes, that’s a real word, at least in Terri-land) for about three months.  This weekend I got my mojo back.  How, you might ask?  I was feeling particularly wonky, so I hopped in the tub and picked up one of the books sent to me in the NRCA last year.   Decent enough story, but it had a plot hole big enough to drive an M1A1 Abrams tank through.  No, I’m not gonna say which book it was, because like I said, I liked the story well enough with the exception of that little gem.

 

Sooo, you may ask, how did this give me my mojo back?  Because I realized, in reading this book, that *I* write better than that, and if this chick can get a contract, so can I. So I went downstairs, poured myself a glass of wine, popped in the iPod and got to work on Into the Fire.

 

Since my revelation late Saturday night, I’ve written 2,500 GOOD words.  Not crap words I’m gonna have to go back and change, but good words that advance the story (oh, and they were pretty damned hot too, because this is a Molten-level novella). 

 

Do I sound pleased as punch and a little smug?  Damn straight I do!  LOL.

 

TABT…One Foot in the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost

 

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide … Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind. Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head–wanted: dead or half-alive–means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and that Bones won’t let her get away again.

 

A great follow-up to Frost’s debut novel, Halfway to the Grave.  I don’t want to give up any spoilers from the previous book, so suffice to say that Cat and Bones have been separated, and Cat is perfectly happy having it stay that way.  Her new “job” as a government operative keeps her more than busy, and most of the time keeps her mind off of her past, and Bones.  But when Bones shows up again, their relationship ignites, and both find themselves fighting for their lives…and their future.

 

I highly recommend this book.  It drew me in just as much as the first book…the voice was just as distinctive, Cat’s mother was just as infuriating.  This is a fascinating series, and one I’ve gleefully jumped on the bandwagon for!

Movie/Music Monday…Tremors (1990)

Tremors (1990)

 

This is a total guilty pleasure for me… as an Oscar winner, not so much, but as pure entertainment, it’s freakin’ hysterical, peppered with great one-liners, mostly by Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon.

 

One of the best lijnes is… “Looks like you broke into the wrong rec room, bastard!” as spoken by Michael Gross, with Reba McEntire by his side.  I’m sorry, but the image of the man from Family Ties with a squeaky-clean country singer as survivalists totally cracks me up.

 

Personally, there’s something about Kevin Bacon in Wranglers and cowboy boots that totally works for me.

 

If you’re looking for a movie that doesn’t require a ton of mind-power but is hella-fun to watch, then this is definitely your gig!

Recovering, and re-discovering old friends…

I’m still in recovery mode right now, so instead of working on new word count lately, I was revisiting two of my early books.  My publisher, Atlantic Bridge, wants me to revise and republish under the Liquid Silver imprint, so I drug them out and started looking at them with an eye toward revision.

 

As I read through Summerland, I realized I was the queen of headhopping and omniscient storytelling back in 1999.  The story itself is strong, but I can really see how a reviewer or two said they were distanced from the characters. Guess it takes some hindsight and a few years of writing practice to see the forest for the trees.  Brotherhood, on the other hand, seemed pretty damned tight, with the exception of overuse of my most favorite word in the world…that.  I had over 900 instances of “that” in an 80,000 word manuscript.  Not good at all.  At least most of them are trash usages, so it’s an easy fix. Unfortunately, since Brotherhood follows Summerland, I need to fix the first manuscript before I can sub both of them.

 

This week, as I pull myself out of the sickness haze, I’d like to get at least 4K written on my Fireman novella, in addition to doing any tweaks on View to a Kill my crit partners have prior to sending out the next round of agent queries.

 

So what are you up to?