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Monday, May 31, 2010

Tagged!

Natalie at The Sound of Rain tagged me this week with a fun questionnaire. Let's see how many things you have in common with me:)

Question 1: Where were you five years ago?

1. I was teaching a class of 20 six and seven year old kidlets (otherwise known as first graders).
2. I was still adjusting to being a mom to TWO girls. Girl 1 was seven years old and girl 2 was two years old.
3. I was still living in the same town I'm in now.
4. I was trying to decide if I wanted to stay at the school I had been teaching at for the past five years or look for another teaching job.
5. I was still in the WANTING to be a writer stage. (Yeah, shame on me.)

Question 2: Where would you like to be five years from now?

1. Published (of course!)
2. On the bestseller lists (I can dream, right?)
3. Traveling
4. When not traveling, living in a different town (I've lived in the same town all. of. my. life. - time for a change of scenery)
5. Writing full-time for a living (with all of my kiddos in SCHOOL)(Yeah, I know this may interfere with my traveling plans, but I'll work around the school schedule - or hire a nanny)

Question 3: What is (was) on your to-do list today?

1. Make sure the kiddos have been fed
2. Make sure the hubs has been fed (yep, he's like the fourth child)
3. Take a nap
4. Figure out what book I want to read next since I finished Hex Hall last night (and it was wonderful, by the way)
5. Write (duh!)

Question 4: What five snacks do you enjoy?

1. Cupcakes (preferably chocolate)
2. Chocolate chip cookies
3. Chocolate candy bars (Stuff like Hershey bars, KitKats, Reese's Cups, ya know)
4. Chocolate ice cream
5. Cheese and crackers (Gasp! Something not chocolate!)

Question 5: What would you do if you were a billionaire?

1. Pay off all of my stinking bills (and yes, they reek)
2 Pay off my relatives' bills
3. Give loads of moolah to different charities
4. Finally get a new car
5. Be able to support my traveling hobby without feeling guilty and buy houses in at least five different countries (why five? I dunno, I just like that number)

Now to tag five other folks!
1. Kristen
2. Tiffany
3. Jade
4. Carol
5. Karen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What I Learned From LOST

Yes, I was one of those millions of viewers who tuned in for the big LOST finale. This post is not a recap of the episode or an analysis, but my thoughts on why I loved the show so much.

I've heard a lot of people (and my hubby is one) say that they lost interest in LOST after two or three seasons because they were, well, lost. They couldn't understand where the story was going or things didn't make sense. But that was one of the things I actually liked about the show. It was that sense of what in the hell is going on and when are we going to find out that kept me going back week after week. Yeah, I'm weird like that:)

And another thing that kept me glued to the set, threatening anybody who dared to talk to me during the episode with bodily harm (just kidding!), was how the relationships evolved between the characters. I actually started to care for them and wanted them find their way off that island just as much as they did. Ya'll, I bawled during the episode a few weeks ago in which three major characters died in the space of a few minutes (I was the only one awake so I let the tears flow). And during the finale, my hubs was awake and I wanted to bawl again, but I sucked it up (he would have given me so much grief if he had seen me do that).

Now a lot of folks have complained that a lot of questions were not answered during the finale. Sure, I was irked because I wanted to know all of that stuff, too. But I didn't let that take away from my overall enjoyment. What was more important to me was that the characters were allowed to have a "happy" ending. Now that doesn't mean that I want all stories to have happy endings, but I wanted these particular characters to have one because of all the bad things that had happened to them on the show.

So, yeah, I'm gonna go through LOST withdrawl for a while. (I did when Battlestar Galactica ended, too.) But I'll live:) And hopefully, I'll find another show and plenty of books that have characters who are equally entertaining and enthralling soon.

So are there any books, t.v. shows or movies that have characters that you have fallen in love with?

Friday, May 14, 2010

I Need More Books

I never thought this would happen, but my TBR pile is down to three books. Yep, you read that correctly. As I am typing this (and trying to ignore the extremely high-pitched, LOUD screams coming from my toddler), I am looking at The Maze Runner, Beautiful Creatures, and The Body Finder stacked next to my laptop. And at the rate I'm reading things, I'll need some new material in a week:)

Therefore, it's time for a Barnes & Noble run!

My most recent infatuation was The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Finished it last night and I LOVED it. I'm definitely going to pick up the sequel (This World We Live In) and I'm jonesing for Spells by Aprilynne Pike, but I want to pick up a few more titles when I make the hour-long trip to B & N next week (I live in the middle of nowhere, seriously). Yeah, I know I can go online and order stuff, but I need to get out of the house for a while. Plus, I like petting the shiny new covers;)

So please give me some suggestions! Of course, I'm partial to YA, but I'll read most anything. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tunnel Vision

So a few days ago, I was driving through a town about 30 miles from where live and I stopped at the red light in the center of said town. Now my sister lives there, but I didn't have any plans to see her that day - I was just passing through. I went through the light and a few minutes later my cell phone started ringing. I answered it and heard my sister laughing on the other end.
Me: What's so funny?

Sis: Didn't you see me at the light?

Me: *Pretty sure a puzzled look is on my face as I try to remember if I saw her* Nooooo. I thought you had to work today.

Sis: I do. I was on the way to work and I was waving like crazy at you. Didn't see me, huh?

Me: *Thinking Duh* No, I wasn't paying attention.

Sis: Figures.

So now you know - I do not pay attention to my surroundings when I'm driving. I focus on the road ahead of me and not much else. Yeah, I know that's a dangerous way of traveling, but that's how I roll. For years, I've had people tell me that they always wave at me when they see me but I rarely wave back. It's not that I'm a snob (I promise that I'm not!), but I don't look around.

And that's not a good thing. When I'm the passenger, I love looking around and taking in the scenery. Observing places that are different from the ones I have to look at every single day is actually fun, but unfortunately I don't do it too much when I'm the one in charge of driving.

So....what does this have to do with writing? Well, I've realized that I've been doing the same thing with my WIP. I've been so focused on the end result that I've started to ignore the scenery around me. My kids and hubby started to complain a lot. Things like I love my computer more than them (ouch!) and that I'm going to turn into a vampire if I don't get outside more.

So I've cut back. My blogging has slacked off, as well as my commenting, and my word count is nowhere where I want it to be, but that's okay. I'm not a published author, so I don't have to rush and finish things on a deadline. I'm still learning the craft, so it's fine if I take my time. Sure, I want to be finished with this thing, but my family has to come first.

So do you have tunnel vision with your writing? Do you focus on it too much at times, or have you figured out the perfect balance? Because if you have please let me know;)