moving

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

Hey all…I’m baaaaack, and for good this time.  Our old house is officially rented out (and the new tenant has started to move in), and everything in the new place is done, except for picking up and hanging a few pics upstairs.  The garage door guy comes next week to install our new door and opener, and then we’re completely golden!

I haven’t done a ton of writing lately…was hella busy with the move, but I’m hoping to get back on the horse this week and finish up Sea of Dreams in the next two weeks, then get started on Breath of Heaven.  I know I’ve said it before, but I’d really like to finish both of them up and subbed before the end of the year.

On the agent front, the first agent I sent View to passed on it, but like the editor rejection I got, it was a very positive rejection, one where the gist was… “this isn’t right for me, but you will be able to sell this book.”  So that’s encouraging, if nothing else.  I’ve got it subbed to another agent already, so we’ll see what happens.

I stepped on the scale today, and am holding at 220 lbs, so that’s good, especially since I’ve been pretty much eating (and drinking) what I want.

Other than that, I’m just looking forward to writing a bit again, and to a bit of time off at the holidays!

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

Tons of things going on this week, not the least of which is some serious nail-biting going on in our household over the SoCal fires.  All of August’s immediate and extended family lives in the San Diego and LA area.  While Mom, Dad, sisters, and their kids are fine and dandy, a whole passel of his aunts, uncles and cousins were evacuated from the Rancho Bernardo area, and have no idea (yet) if their homes are still standing.  Cross fingers and toes for me that all is well.

We’re neck deep in boxes here, which is great, because it means the move is that much closer.  We close on Monday, and it seems like it’s taken forever to get here, but zipped by at the same time, if you know what I mean.  In happy news, we’ve already rented out our current house to an incoming student pilot, so we’re only carrying two mortgages for two weeks.  Whew!  That was a massive relief.  I found out, while packing up the office, that I have WAY too many books.  Seriously.  I gave away three big grocery bags to my elderly next door neighbor, have three more sitting in my truck to give to a reader at the base commissary, and at least three more sitting in the room I’ll probably take to one of our senior care facilities.  Never mind that there are two huge boxes and three grocery bags full that I’m keeping, tho most of those are research books and the paperbacks I couldn’t quite let go of (think Vonnegut, King and the keeper list I posted a while back on my Thursday 13).

Because of this, I haven’t done squat when it comes to writing.  I’m still trying to write my heroine out of the corner I’ve painted her into, but I think I have the solution.  Now there’s something wrong with her backstory that’s stalling me.  I’ll figure it out, probably while I’m unpacking and have nothing to write on *g*!!

That’s pretty much it for this week.  Obviously next week I’ll be checking in sporadically, as I get this house completely packed, and start moving into the new one, but I’ll post when I can!!

Thirteen Things I’ve Found While Moving

  1. Old prescriptions…REALLY old prescriptions or things like LorTab and T3…I can’t even remember the illness that went with some of these!
  2. Totes full of books in the garage I’d forgotten about (luckily I’ve actually read them all!)
  3. A HUGE box of pictures that go waaay too far back…think at least thirty years.  Did I REALLY look like that in 1985?
  4. Wine glasses from vineyards in California I’d forgotten we’d even visited…then again it WAS almost 15 years ago
  5. Christmas wrapping shoved under the bed that has a layer of dust so thick it looked like I was opening a time capsule
  6. Old booze & mixer shoved in the cabinets under the bar…picture open margarita mixers…shudder
  7. The Star Trek (original series) VHS tapes I’d forgotten I even owned.  Hell, they’ve been moved from Yosemite to the Bay Area to the Azores and now to Oklahoma.  Sheesh.
  8. Way too many old magazines that I have no idea why I kept
  9. Sheets for a bed we had many moons ago that were shoved into the back of the linen cabinet
  10. A vegetarian cookbook.  Where in the hell did I get that?
  11. A big box of cassette tapes from God only knows when…think Poison, Fine Young Cannibals & The Outfield
  12. Cooking stuff (fish sauce, hoisin sauce, Karo syrup, that sort of thing) from under the sink that I’ll probably never use, and I’d be scared to even try because they’re soooo old
  13. The shower massager (hey, it actually IS one, like you see on TV *g*) August got me for Christmas a few years ago

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

 Well, I did it!  I sent a query on View to Lucienne Diver (Spectrum Agency), so cross your fingers, toes and other appendages for me!  That’s pretty much been consuming me, to the point where every time I look at Sea, I freeze up.  Hopefully now I can unlock my brain and finish this bad boy!  LOL.  I’d really, really like to buckle down and get Sea and Breath of Heaven done by the close of the year, so I can work on other stuff (most notably my Black Lace request that’s been percolating and Live and Let Die).  I swear, I’ve got way, way too many people running around in my head.

In other news, the VA appraiser came back and yippee…we’re in, baby!  I had restrained myself from getting excited over this house because the market is in the toilet, but the appraisal value came in over what we’d bid, so life is good on our end.  (Picture me jumping up and down in my office, making happy little whimpers until the active duty chick next door poked her head in to see what in the hell was wrong with me.)  Barring any massive “repairs”, which I don’t really see, we should have the keys on 29 October.  So that means we’re gonna start packing this weekend!  I foresee my garage becoming a great big repository for Hope Outreach (or local charity), since there’s stuff in the garage we haven’t touched in years.

On the weight loss front, I stayed at the same weight, which is okay.  I’ve lost 15 pounds this year, and I’d be perfect okay if I stayed the same through the holidays, then concentrated on losing another 15 in 2008.  If nothing else, my goal is now to be down to around 205 by mid-summer.  I figure if I take it off slowly, then I won’t be putting it back on.  And hell, it took me 17 years of marriage to gain this weight, so 15 pounds a year is a drop in the bucket!