Sunday, May 30, 2010

Greetings

Just coming up for air to say hello. I've got super slow and sporadic internet right now, so I've not been able to check out blogs or anything! This is good though, because I've been able to read 5 novels in the last 3 days - something I've not had time to do in for.e.ver.- and I've been able to touch up a couple of my own projects.

I'm going to be climbing into my writing cave tomorrow and I'm not coming out until my middle grade novel is finished. It has to be done by Friday when I see the kids again, or I'm in big trouble. Fortunately, the kids don't care if it's unpolished, so they'll get to read it next weekend. That's the great thing about kids: as long as they can laugh and feel the conflict is resolved, they're happy. (And that's why it doesn't matter how much your kids love your work, and why you need some impartial feedback, hehe.) I'm already looking forward to doing the edits on this one, and (barring any major rewrites) I should be ready to query by the end of June as planned. Hurray! I love checking my email eight thousand times a day...

Anywho, I just wanted to say a quick hello, and let you know I'm thinking about y'all and that (terminator voice) I'll be back.

Besos

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I haz mad writing skilz

Or at least I think I've still got some skills in there! It's been so long since I've made any major headway, that I'm starting to wonder. Never fear - I'll be a reclusive writing fool for the next week, because....

I've got a huge week ahead of me with almost seven (count 'em, SEVEN!) child-free days to work on whatever I want! Hubby will be attending a conference, and the kidlets will be at my mom's (love you mom!), so I'm super stoked* to have some time all to myself. This school year has been tough for getting much done on my projects, so this is my opportunity to git'er done.

Truthfully, I've been literally itching to write for longer than fifteen minute stretches. I'm pretty good at that (out of necessity, mostly), but it'll be wonderful to focus on one thing (without distractions!) for a long period of time. It's sort of like when I go to the gym, and there are just some days where I need to get on the treadmill and stretch my legs with a nice, long run. You know what I mean? Maybe I shouldn't have used the running analogy...

The plan is to finish the middle grade novel that the boys have been pining for, but I also hope to revise a good bit of last year's queried-but-not-quite-high-concept-enough novel. (I don't want to get too ambitious though, because then I'll probably just scare away all of my creative energy.) I've finally got a way to fix it up all purty, and I'm dying to see if I can make it work because I absolutely love the story and want to see it published!

So, be forewarned: I may not be on here much** while I'm in the "zone". Wish me luck!

Besos!

*Yeah, I can't believe I used that word either...
**I know, you're thinking that I'm not on here much anyway, but whatever, just go with it, k?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Momfail

I'm not the most organized person in the world (okay, you can stop laughing now, mom) but I'm pretty good at keeping track of the important stuff. You know, like if my husband says "Did you see that super important paper with that thing on it from two weeks ago?" and I'm all "Sure, it's under that stack of papers that slipped under the coffee table that I've walked by thirteen times and just haven't gotten around to picking up because I had my arms full of laundry each time." Stuff like that.

I'm awesome at remembering all kinds of crazy, weird facts and figures, and at remembering things like the birthdays of my friends' children that I haven't seen in eight years...so I can't for the life of me figure out how I could forget my #3's final basketball tournament AND a kid's church party on Saturday!!! What the heck???

The sad thing is, none of us remembered about the kid's party until someone else stopped by and brought it up later that night (as in "Hey, where were you guys this afternoon?") and we didn't realize we'd missed the basketball thing until TODAY when I asked #3 if he had practice after school and #4 was all "Oh no! Wasn't your big final tournament on Saturday?"

So, yeah. Huge momfail this weekend.

This is why I carry a notebook with me to jot down the story ideas that come my way. Now if only I would also write down some of that other stuff like parties and basketball tournaments...I could be mother of the year!

Besos!

P.S. I would just like to point out that #3 had a friend over, and #4 and #5 both had playdates with friends, so it wasn't like they didn't have any fun that day. I also got the lawn mowed and did some shopping, so in all it was a very productive day. We just didn't do anything we were actually supposed to do.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy one hundredth post!

Okay, so I'm a couple of posts late to celebrate my own blogiversary, but better late than never, right? I'm trying to come up with a fun little giveaway to celebrate my centennial, so watch for that. I'm hoping to make it coincide with my hundredth follower...only a few more to go! (But, uh, don't get too excited, because it won't be huge or anything - hey, we're a one income family with 5 kids, whaddya expect??)

I hope you know how much I've appreciated your comments over the last year and a bit. I've met so many awesome people, and even though I'm not the busiest blogger out there, I really enjoy doing it, and I just want to say thank you for sticking with me! The school year is done on June 28th, so I'm looking forward to settling into a relaxed summer routine, which should include more regular blogging. At least that's what I'm telling myself. ;-)

Have a great weekend!

Besos!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Mother's Day poem

Just a teeny little poem I wrote because I lack the capability to accurately describe the feelings of my heart when it comes to motherhood. The sad truth is, I'm not that good a writer!

Motherhood is...

Pushing, pulling, stretching, tearing
Aching, breaking, mending, wearing
Bonding, grasping, hoping, coping
Agonizing defeat
Ecstatic victory
Sleepless nights swaddled in unconditional love
Bliss veiled in snotty, slobbery kisses
Remembering, preserving and protecting
Innocence...
All in a day's work.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful women out there: mothers past, present and future, mothers in spirit and desire, sisters, grandmas, aunts, cousins, teachers, friends. Let's face it - it's a group effort!

Besos!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Day

I realize that I missed posting yesterday, but the kids had the day off school and it was a bit crazy around here, and then we had people coming in and out to look at some furniture we had for sale (it sold - yippee!). I don't know if this is a U.S. thing to appreciate your teachers this week, but I've seen several posts that got me thinking about some of the wonderful teachers I've had.

I had Mr. M. for 11th grade English, and he made me feel like I could write. He encouraged creativity, and gave me 'A's on essays called To Biff, or not to Biff (Death of a Salesman essay, I think), or on papers in pink ink on 6x8" paper (that I cut down myself) because I was a notoriously, uh, concise writer and he didn't specify that it actually had to be on standard paper.

Then there was Ms. S. who I had for several subjects and roughly a dozen classes from grades 9-12. People thought she was a little different, but she really cared about the students and was a gifted math teacher. She got quite sick by the time I graduated, which others never really understood. A lot of students poked fun at her, but she was a lovely person, and one of my favourite teachers.

My absolute favourite teacher though, was Mr. L. He taught me for grades 5 and 6, and I even babysat for him and his wife. He was a gifted teacher, and made science a blast. He planned amazing outdoor excursions where we learned so much. I would've gladly had him as my teacher for every year of my life. He's that good.

I've been extremely grateful for the many wonderful teachers that my kids have had in their short time in school. In spite of difficulties with the school division for our #1, the teachers in my little city are second to none.

A good teacher can make all the difference in the world, and I just want all the teachers out there to know how much I appreciate their hard work. Have you thanked a teacher lately?

Besos!