Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen movies in my TBW queue (January update)

Thought I’d add my Netflix queue to the whole Thursday 13 gig ’cause I’m tres lazy and we’ve actually been using the service since football is ostensibly over!

  1. The Bourne Identity
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. There Will Be Blood (watched it Tues night…review on Monday!)
  4. Iron Man
  5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  6. Little Miss Sunshine
  7. Gone Baby Gone
  8. Crash
  9. The Constant Gardener
  10. A History of Violence
  11. Dexter: Season 1: Disc 1
  12. Reservation Road
  13. Appaloosa

 

 

 

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (August update)

Woohoo!  Got my RWA pile ‘o books and I’m uber jazzed…check it out!

 

  1. Devil Inside, Jenna Black
  2. Night Life, Caitlin Kittredge
  3. Then You Hide, Roxanne St. Claire
  4. Force of Nature, Suzanne Brockmann
  5. Dark Deeds at Night’s Edge, Kresley Cole
  6. The Darkest Kiss, Gena Showalter
  7. Night Rising, Chris Marie Green
  8. The Trouble With Paradise, Jill Shalvis
  9. Scream for Me, Karen Rose
  10. Wild, Wicked and Wanton, Jaci Burton
  11. Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas
  12. Tall, Dark and Filthy Rich, Jill Monroe
  13. The Inheritance, Jasmine Cresswell

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (April update)

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (April update)

Well, it’s that time again, time to revisit my TBR shelf. 

 

  1. The Outlaw Demon Wails, Kim Harrison
  2. Daughter of the Blood, Anne Bishop
  3. No Safe Place, JoAnn Ross
  4. Wild, Wicked and Wanton, Jaci Burton
  5. Marked, PC and Kristin Cast
  6. Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas
  7. Beg for Mercy, Toni Andrews
  8. Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn
  9. Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Jennifer Rardin
  10. Witch Fire, Anya Bast
  11. Angel Falls, Nora Roberts (I’ve been saving this one)
  12. The Killing Hour, Lisa Gardner (ditto above)
  13. Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts (saving this one until the trilogy is complete)

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (March update)

 Well, it’s that time again, time to revisit my TBR shelf.   

  1. Dead Man Rising, Lillith Saint Crow
  2. Double Vision, Fiona Brand
  3. The Outlaw Demon Wails, Kim Harrison
  4. Daughter of the Blood, Anne Bishop
  5. No Safe Place, JoAnn Ross
  6. Wild, Wicked and Wanton, Jaci Burton
  7. Marked, PC and Kristin Cast
  8. The Falls, Karen Harper
  9. Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas
  10. Walking in Circles Before Laying Down
  11. Angel Falls, Nora Roberts (I’ve been saving this one)
  12. The Killing Hour, Lisa Gardner (ditto above)
  13. Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts (saving this one until the trilogy is complete)

Thirteen reasons I’m ready for spring…

  1. Tuesday it was 61 degrees…
  2. It was 31 degrees when we left the base at 1630 yesterday.
  3. We’re supposed to get MORE ice today, tonight and tomorrow.  Then it’s supposed to be 60 again.  I shit you not.
  4. The trees have started to bud outside, and the bulbs in the front yard  have started to bloom
  5. My gas bill last month was half as much as my mortgage!
  6. I’m actually getting tired of wearing boots!  That means winter has definitely gone on too long
  7. I wanna sit on my front porch and watch the world go by without my nose hairs freezing
  8. Scraping ice off the windshield is no longer a novelty, nor is waiting five minutes for my truck to warm up
  9. My spring/summer dresses are mocking me from my closet
  10. I’m having an insane compulsion to listen to Zydeco (my summertime obsession)
  11. I want to buy new clothes to celebrate my weight loss
  12. And on the heels of that…sandals, I want sandals!
  13. Enough already, Old Man Winter, make up your mind if it’s spring or not!!

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (February update)

 Well, it’s that time again, time to revisit my TBR shelf.  Now I get to include the books I’m holding through 1 April for the National Reader’s Choice Awards.

  1. Garden of Beasts, Jeffrey Deaver
  2. Mine to Possess, Nalini Singh
  3. Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts
  4. The Alibi Man, Tami Hoag
  5. Marked, PC and Kristin Cast
  6. The Falls, Karen Harper
  7. Wild, Wicked and Wanton, Jaci Burton
  8. Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas
  9. Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn
  10. Walking in Circles Before Laying Down (non-fiction)
  11. Angel Falls, Nora Roberts (I’ve been saving this one)
  12. The Killing Hour, Lisa Gardner (ditto above)
  13. No Humans Allowed, Kelley Armstrong (ditto)

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (January update)

 Well, it’s that time again, time to revisit my TBR shelf.  Now I get to include the books I got for Christmas!!  I have to say, tho, that I’m not doing a ton of reading simply because I’ve been writing!  Which is cool, but I’ve got basic edits for Sea back, and line edits for the print version of Saints, as well, so who knows when I’ll crack a book again (sigh)…

  1. Garden of Beasts, Jeffrey Deaver
  2. Cover of Night, Linda Howard
  3. Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts
  4. Caressed by Ice, Nalini Singh
  5. Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, Kresley Cole
  6. The Alibi Man, Tami Hoag
  7. Marked, PC and Kristin Cast
  8. The Falls, Karen Harper
  9. Die in Plain Sight, Elizabeth Lowell
  10. Wild, Wicked and Wanton, Jaci Burton
  11. Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas
  12. Alluring Tales, Anthology
  13. Walking in Circles Before Laying Down (non-fiction)

Thirteen things I’d like to do this year…

 Rather than put up resolutions, which never seem to stick, I’m going about this in a more roundabout fashion.  Here are some things I’d like to do this year.

  1. Lose fifteen pounds (hey, it worked last year)
  2. Volunteer at least one hour per week (I’ve fallen out of this practice in past years due to obligation, but it’s something I’d like to do again)
  3. Write Live and Let Die
  4. Write Die Another Day
  5. Finish Duck and Run
  6. Finish Omega Five
  7. Develop more of a presence on the ‘net
  8. Be more proactive about handing out promo material to complete strangers
  9. Attend a Legion baseball game
  10. Try not to get completely sick of football by New Year’s Day *g*
  11. Drink at least 80 ounces of water per day
  12. Finish decorating the upstairs
  13. Write a minimum of 1,000 words per day

Thirteen Things That Make Me Smile (holiday version)

I LOOOOVE the holidays.  So, because we’re a hop, skip and jump away from Christmas, here’s the list of things that make me smile (or just plain happy) about this time of year:

1.  When people remember what the holiday is really all about.  Those of you who know me are aware I’m an agnostic.  That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in a divine power, and when I see folks who REALLY “get it” around this time of year, it fills my heart with joy.

2.  Snow.  I absolutely adore it when it snows any time between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  There’s just something pristine about newly fallen snow that is perfect for this time of year.

3.  Christmas Songs.  Particularly those by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Lou Rawls, Vanessa Williams and Steve Tyrell.  Oh, and I can’t forget my one “must listen to” that’s a diametric opposite of those…Santa Claus and His Old Lady by Cheech & Chong.

4.  The smell of baking.  I am not, in any way, shape or form, a baker.  So when hubby decides to fire up the oven and bake cookies or whip up a batch of fudge, I’m in absolute heaven.

5.  Hearing greetings from the war front on the radio.  During the first Iraq war, you never really heard stuff like that, but now it seems like a regular happenstance on most radio stations.  Thanks SO much for that, radio honchos, because we need to remember that there are folks who are far, far away from home, missing their families.

6.  Hanging ornaments on our Christmas Tree.  This year when we moved we got a pre-lit tree (YEAH), but it’s a little smaller than our old one (taller, tho), so we had to ditch a bunch of the filler ornaments that we’d been carting around for 16 years.  Now each and every ornament on our tree means something.  In most cases, it’s a present we’ve gotten each other every year, or our annual “year” ornament.

7.  Receiving Christmas cookies from the kids next door.  This was a first for us, and was especially cool (and touching) since we’ve just moved in.

8.  Opening my home to my friends and co-workers.  We hadn’t had a Christmas gala for a few years, mostly because hubby was sliding into end-of-career burnout, and then afterward, “retirement is bliss” euphoria.  But this year, I think we’ve started a new tradition!

9.  Putting money in a Salvation Army kettle whenever I see one.  I’m a big charity person anyway, but I NEVER fail to put something in the SA bucket when there’s a bell ringer.  And more when it’s cold out.

10.  Christmas movies.  Specifically, Scrooged, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Holiday Inn and, on Christmas Eve, The Little Drummer Boy.  Hubby finds it very amusing that I choose this time of year (and The Little Drummer Boy) to be more secular, but that’s the one night I want it to be very clear what this is all about.

11.  “Christmasifying” our house the day after Thanksgiving.  We’re still on a turkey and wine hangover, the Nebraska game is on, and all is well in the Schaefer household when the tree and all the decorations go up.

12.  Thinking of my Dad.  This year is the second year without my Pop, and hubby and I were talking about how proud he’d be that we chose this house (or rather, it chose us).  It brought back a lot of fond memories of Christmas past, like the very first one my whole family stuffed themselves to our tiny apartment in Vacaville, CA for our very first Christmas as a married couple.  Then August’s dad and his wife came for New Years.  What a blast!

13.  Last, but most important…knowing that I’ve had the absolute love and support of the best man I know for the last 17 years.  It’s been a fabulous ride, baby!  Now here’s to many more!

Thirteen Research Books I Found While Packing

 So when I moved, I obviously packed up my library, and damned if I haven’t figured out why every new housekeeper we get gives us the eyeball… LOL.

As an aside for writers, the absolute MOST valuable two (at least in my sideline) are…On Combat and On Killing.  I can’t recommend them enough, not only for writing, but for understanding those who choose to bear arms (whether they be cops or soldiers)

  1. On Combat:  The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
  2. On Killing:  The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
  3. The Big Book of Filth
  4. Practical Homicide Investigation:  Tactics, Procedures and Forensic Techniques
  5. Deadly Doses:  A Writer’s Guide to Poisoning
  6. Crime Classification Manual
  7. “I” The Creation of a Serial Killer
  8. Deadly Doses:  A Writers Guide to Poisons
  9. Making Crime Pay
  10. The Wiccan Mysteries
  11.  Causes of Death:  A Writers Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine
  12. Murder and Mayhem:  A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for mystery writers
  13. Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns and Goblins, an Encyclopedia