Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm baaack

Today, I went Christmas shopping. My husband got his Christmas Bonus in the shape of a gift card. I'm not going to say the amount he got, but it wasn't large. I was happy it was anything. This is first job either one of us has had that has given any bonus. So we went shopping.

I hate shopping. We ended up saying we will get x or x if there are still any. The next payday is the Friday before Christmas. We ended up getting a stool. (I am short!) garbage bags and a miter tool for making frames, etc.

My husband is making shelves so that I can get my canvases put up, so they will hopefully quit getting destroyed. Also, it will give me more organizational room in the craft/sewing/art room. Hopefully, when this round is done, I will quit losing large $$ amounts in things to mice (number 1 culprit) dogs, kids, and the cat. I will also hopefully quit losing large amounts of time to having to clean/organize the new mess! That is what I am hoping for. I need that time, either for writing or for relaxing. I am so far behind on cleaning and relaxing :)

Catching up, though, catching up. :)

Last night, while baby took nap, I was able to get at least 12 pages of post-beta reader edits done. In doing so, I ended up 200 words ahead! And that's with erasing some things. Like had. Too, too many hads... I love having a beta reader who can explain. It's like having a doctor who can explain. It's awesome. It is the first real progress I've made on my writing since the computer crashed, and let me tell you, IT. FELT. GOOD. :D so good. I love writing. It's in my blood. I think, being creative is in my blood. Anytime being creative is withheld from me, I feel imprisoned.

Now, I have the scent. I have some really good ideas and know where I'm needing to go. I can't wait for it to be finished. My wish now, that I had glasses...


  1. Okay, I'm going to need someone to explain how to get rid of the "had"s too. Ack. I got all t turned around, lost between backstory and real time...I've fallen and I can't get up!

  2. Actually, (another word I have to hack!) I'm good at finding it in other peeps things. And on possible word choices... LOL one my beater reader saw (no brainer!) is "had eaten" um, duh, "ate" LOL he did not say the whole um, duh thing. He is much more sophisticated than that. It's me that said it to myself :D

    I'd be willing to look over a section of MS for you and help you spot the type of things you are doing. Or even more if you need me to. This particular beta reader is not a writer. So I can spread the love :)

  3. Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad my comments have been helpful.


  4. Teri, I tweeted that you should follow a couple people on Twitter and read their blogs. is an amazing resource. Make the time to read from the beginning. is also great for reading on a wide range of writing related issues.