Monthly Archives: December 2010

Prepping for the New Year

New Year’s Eve is upon us. And what does that mean? I’m learning it means a heck of a lot of different things to different people! For me, it’s really nothing more than just another day. I’m almost always up past midnight anyway. I’m a night owl. So it’s not like “oh, I get to try and stay up past midnight to ring it in!” That holds no appeal to me. We don’t really have people over, we’re not big champagne drinkers, and now that we have a toddler who heads to bed at 6pm anyway…

New Years kind of lost its shine. haha

So I guess the New Year this year will be rung in with my husband and I will be us on the couch, watching old episodes of Friends on DVD and eating some chips and dip.

How will you be spending Friday night?

Jeanette

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The Year In Review

Yes, yes I know you are tired of these lists, but that’s not going to stop me.  I am one of *those* people who take a sick sort of joy in looking back on the year and giving it a grade.  This year featured some of my best moments (which I hope to surpass next year) and some of the lowest points of my life (I hope this record remains where it is).

Jan – April: I spent most of Jan/Feb worrying that I wouldn’t be accepted into a Mentor Program. And the rest of March – April both loving and hating the experience. My Mentor was pure awesome and I learned a lot, not the least of which is that this writer thing would not be easy (this was the part I hated).  I finished my first full length novel  (75K which still needs edits), went to my second writer’s conference (I love Chicago!) , and successfully pitched my novel.

May – June: I psyched myself out big time.  I believe that real writers edit.  I learned that I don’t know how to self-edit effectively and actually contemplated giving up all together.  Looking back I know that I squandered this time and I could kick myself for it.

July: I was involved in a roll over car accident.  My eye was blacked shut for a week.  I had no use of my right hand for nearly a month.  I didn’t write anything for almost 3 months and the only thing I could do for any period of time without difficulty or pain was think.  My body might not have been able to write, but my brain never shut down, shoving ideas and scenes at me at a furious pace.  It pained me not to be able to write.

August – Oct: I slowly, oh so slowly started back into writing. Lost of mobility and a broken finger made it even more arduous, but I wrote. It wasn’t good or nearly as much as I had been able to do before, but I was glad to have it.

November: I participated and one NaNo again.  It was both exciting and nerve wracking.  I also entered and won my first writing contest.  This was validation beyond my Mentor or my Crit Group and it still makes me slightly nervous, though it’s getting a little easier to live with every day.

December: Was a flurry of activity, most of which was not writing related.  I’m still working on edits for my Requested Full and figuring out what I’ll be doing next year, but I’m hopeful.

If I can accomplish half of what I want to, 2011 is going to be great.

Sasha

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I Have the Best Kids Ever

There are times that my boys make me the proudest mommy ever. This Christmas was one of those times.

My middle son (14) has been talking about wanting an X-Box for years. In his mind it is the *only* system that really matters. We had a Wii, but  it just wasn’t good enough. When talking video games, it was the X-Box or nothing.  Last winter, around his birthday, his brothers decided he needed his dream machine. They started saving every penny they could get their hands on. For reference, I’m a single mom, and money is beyond tight. My kids don’t have allowances because we just don’t have the funds.

My oldest boy (16) took a job helping an elderly woman with odd jobs. My youngest (10) contributed all the money he got from his grandmother for having a good report card and did extra jobs around the house for a few dollars here and there. For most of 2010 they saved up money.

Christmas morning, they presented their brother with an X-box and three games. Giving him that gift was the highlight of their Christmas.

My boys are incredible.

Voirey

Teresa Rozich is the winner of the firefighter calender. Please email. me at voireylinger@gmail.com to claim your prize.

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If I Were Anymore Brain Dead…

…I’d officially be a zombie.  I can’t tell you how badly that would cramp my style — I don’t do oozy sores and what is up with zombie hair dos?

Sigh.

Clearly the above is just another sign that I’m loosing it.  I can not remember being this frazzled at any other year end.  There are less than 10 days left, and yet I have so much to do.

2010 was very good in some ways, but I’m ready for it close so I can try to catch my breath.  Not that my 2011 is any less jam packed, but I’d like to think I’m better prepared for it.  (Please stop snickering at me).

Sasha

P.S. EPIC FAIL! I’m so brain dead I forgot to actually publish this.  Oh, how I need a keeper….

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Time to announce…

My first sale under my pen name Jeanette!

Carina Press has contracted my first full length contemporary romance, The Game Of Love! I’m so excited about this, since it was my first ever attempt at full length anything. It was rough going for awhile, but I had a great mentor who helped me through and I couldn’t be happier that it found a great home!

I just received word that the book comes out in August 2011. Feels like forever away! But I’m sure time will fly.

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Do People Talk to Each Other Anymore?

I’ve never been much of a people-person. Conversation isn’t one of my strengths and I admit my face-to-face interaction with actual humans can be a little stilted and awkward. Even with friends, I just can’t talk more than a few minutes without things falling flat.

Recently this seemed to have changed. In the past couple of years I’ve been able to slip into conversations and chat. There has been a marked increase in the number of in-person friends I have, and talking doesn’t spontaneously cease at the end of a subject.

Progress! Yay!

Wait…hold on. Maybe not.

I’ve recently come to the realization that my hard-won social skills haven’t been improving as much as I thought they were. This realization came on the heels of finding out one friend was more than six months pregnant and another had left her husband almost a year previously. I had no idea.

Why did I not know these things? I talked to these two women weekly. Spent time with them on a regular basis. Face-to-face conversations! So how could I not know such important life-events about people who are my friends?

The answer was simple. Facebook.

Now, not being a social butterfly, I never got into personal social networking. I have author accounts on social networking sites but personal? No. I see my friends all the time, so why would I need to network online, right?

I was wrong. People don’t talk face-to face any more. Not about things that matter. Babies and engagements and divorces are all broadcast online to the masses in one general announcement. People send text messages instead of making phone calls. Group emails are sent to coordinate get-togethers. Talking in person? It’s reduced to the kind of meaningless chit-chat awkward folks like me can handle.

Well, I caved. I opened a personal Facebook account this morning and put friend requests out to a slew of people I see on a regular basis. Now that I’m hooked up online, maybe I can really get to know them.

Have you found online networking taking the place of personal social interaction? Tell me about your networking habits and experiences and you could win a copy of the 2011 HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS CALENDAR.

Winner of past week’s prize, a PDF copy of RISKING ETERNITY goes to JESSICA B. Email me at voireylinger@gmail.com to claim your prize!

 

Voirey

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Man, I Feel Like a Writer

Or at least I hope to this week.  Last week I suffered NaNo burn out and didn’t write beyond Wednesday last week.  I was exhausted — evidenced by my dead sleep at 9pm only to wake up on the couch 3 hrs later with the lights blazing and the tv watching me — but still felt guilty.

Logically, I know a gal needs a break. Rest the brain, rest the wrist, rest the eyes, but I’m still so new to this that I haven’t yet figured out how to recharge without feeling like a sloth.  The good news is that fear of slothfulness gets my butt in gear faster than just about anything else.  I still have a few more weeks of 2010 and I plan to use the heck out of them.

Sasha

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