Monday, July 06, 2009

We're having a cold front .... it is all relative you know. I don't think it hit 90 yesterday and is supposed to stay below 100 today. For Texas in July, that's a cold front. Rain would have made it perfect, and we did have rain .... I counted 5 drops!

I fell off the no-smoking wagon, but I'll climb back on it. I went 3 weeks - which is the longest that I've gone before. I'm aiming for a month this time .... maybe I'll go beyond that, but I'd love to go a month. Maybe that would be enough for me to finally make it. Keep your fingers crossed. I can tell you that the toughest part has been trying to write - I always took smoking breaks as "thinking" breaks, it's when I came up with my best ideas - like the opening line of the current WIP. I've got to find something else to use for those breaks. But, I haven't written a word in the last three weeks. Won't get that charm this Saturday at the Yellow Rose meeting. *sigh*

Reading a great book - Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis. I am loving it!!!!!

Oh, and before I forget - for those of you interested - Jason Evans is having another Flash Fiction contest on his blog. Here is the information if you are interested in participating.

I'm writing to announce a very special Clarity of Night Contest short fiction contest beginning July 8th! Jaye Wells, the debut author of the cool and successful novel RED-HEADED STEPCHILD, is joining me as co-host! The contest is in her honor.

Compete for a signed copy of RED-HEADED STEPHCHILD. Compete for eternal bragging rights. Compete for cold, hard cash!! (Well, Amazon gift good as cash.) $170 dollars in prizes will be awarded.
The contest will open on Wednesday, July 8th and will be open for one week. As with past contests, the limit is 250 words. Any genre or form is welcome so long as it is inspired by the "In Vino Veritas (Truth in Wine)" photo. Rules have been posted here:

What are you reading, and how are you liking it so far?


Dru said...

I just tried to buy Instant Gratification but Borders didn't have it.

I'm reading:
Lust, Loathing An A Little Lip Gloss by Kyra Davis

I just finished:
Beneath Bone Lake by Colleen Thompson
Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Bailey Stewart said...

Did you order it? If you order it at Borders then that makes them think twice when they are ordering books for their shelves.

Brandy said...

Ooh, good to hear Instant Gratification is a good read (should expect that from a Jill book, though. *G*). I just finished Finger Lickin' Fifteen and Two for the Dough. I also just finished Bronze Mystique by Barbara Delinsky and The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff. *G*
Glad you're going to keep trying to quit smoking!

whateverfor said...

I'm writing right now, so the only things I've been reading are re-reads. J.L. Langley is my author of choice for that one. :)

As for things to do as breaks between writing for inspiration, I found that washing dishes by hand has had an interesting effect on me. I think it's the repetitive action, but it's totally worked. Just don't tell the husband cleaning helps ;)

Bailey Stewart said...

Oh yeah Brandy, I'm going to keep trying. And of course it's a Jillfantasticshalvis read.

Washing dishes? Next you'll be saying vacuuming. Sheesh, no household chores please! ROFLMAO

Susan said...

Congratulations on the 3 weeks without a cigarette!

I'm reading Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind by Karen Kelley.

Bebo said...

You're allowed to fall off the no-smoking-wagon as long as you don't STAY off the wagon.

Reading: research stuff for my WIP, and an old Ken Follett.