Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Random Wednesday Blog: What Motivates Me . . . . or Quite Screwing Around and Write Something!!!!

Welcome once again to the utterly fabulous Random Wednesday Blog! Today's topic is all about motivation. Yep, well here it is:

Thanks everyone for joining me this week . . . . And I so wish it was that easy. You know, stare at a pic of a really hot guy and bam book done. Doesn't happen, not for me. I don't think I know anyone who works this way. Of course, you'll need to check with the other Blogger Girlz to find out, but I doubt it.

I will admit that I am a procrastinator . . . a bad bad procrastinator. I don't mean to be, but I always find a billion other things I need to do other than write. When I was teaching full-time I was focused totally on my students 24/7. I had time during the summer to write so I remember cranking out 3 books. O_O Yeah, I know, that stuns me too. But I did it. When I left the classroom and went to the museum I just couldn't get myself in gear. My summers were suddenly gone because I was teaching summer camp all summer long. It didn't compute. So nothing really happened.

Recently, I was laid off from the museum due to budget cuts. :-( And my first week without work I actually finished a book. Huh, so what motivates me?? Desperation!! Sort of, but I've had Dangerous Promise sitting for so long I knew it was my time to finish it. So in a week I wrote well over 10,000 words and magically the book is done.

I've also found that music is still the great motivator. I tried writing without my MP3 player last week and the house was just too quiet. I live in a neighborhood bordered by woods so it's extremely quiet and I just couldn't do it. So music in equals tons of words. Another motivator for me is leaving my bedroom and sitting somewhere else in the house. I've written books sitting on my bed. In fact, the summer I wrote 3 I wrote so late into the night that it was morning. I think I would go to bed around 6am. But I refuse to do that now. I have to stay in a routine so I still get up with my alarm around 7:30 and do everything I would do to go to work. Now I just head to my computer.

Another motivator is taking a break. I know it doesn't sound like it, but it helps me. If I'm sitting and staring at the screen for too long I will start to goof off online and never stop. So I will actually get up and leave. I've driven to Starbucks for a drink, come home and cranked out a couple thousand words.

In the end, whatever works to motivate me to write is a good thing. The only thing I hate doing is cutting the grass though I have plotted out books doing that. It's miserable since my yard is all up hill or down, depending on how you want to look at it. I see up hill all the way.

So there you go. Those are my motivations. In the evening, if I throw in some wine, I can get even more done. :-) Now run over and check with the other ladies, Bronwyn, Jessica, Kris, Jenny, Leigh, Kellie, to see what they're up to and I will "see" you all next week.  Oh if you're headed to Author's After Dark then I'll see you for realz!!!!!!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Random Wednesday Post: Favorite Playlist

Hello!!! Welcome back to the much lauded Random Wednesday Blog. Today's topic is all about our favorite playlist. I will start by saying I love music and always have. I'm on my 4th MP3 player and couldn't do without it on a daily basis. It used to be I had to have it to write, but I can do without it now as long as it's silent. Don't get that very often so I still use it quite a bit.

Oh!!! Almost forgot the required hot guy pic:


Anyway, where was I?  That's right playlists. I don't usually make one for a book I'm writing, but I do have fav songs that I love to listen to and I drop those into a playlist. So here's the one I'm listening to now and don't laugh. I have very very eclectic taste.

ABC - Jackson 5
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
Black Sheep - Gin Wigmore
Boombastic - Shaggy or you could see the one staring Mr. Bean
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
Cherry, Cherry - Neil Diamond
Come & Get It - Selena Gomez
Dancing Machine - Jackson 5
Eight Days a Week - Beatles (and I don't even like them, but like this song)
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Fergalicious - Fergie
Gangnam Style - PSY
Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Green Mind - Dink
Happy - Pharrell
Heartbeat - It's a Love Beat - The DeFranco Family (my first huge crush was Tony DeFranco. I even wrote                                                about him in a past post. Check out the video below, but don't be hatin'                                                        because Tony is mine!!!!!)

Hey Ya! - OutKast
Hot in Herre - Nelly
I Know What Boys Like - Waitresses
I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (I sing this to my cat, Warlock the Wine Drinker, but to him it's I                                              wanna hold your paw)
I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
Love Shack - B52s
Madness - Muse
Mama's Pearl - Jackson 5 (yes I love them so sue me)
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Papi - Jennifer Lopez
Party People - Nelly
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
Roar - Katy Perry
Royals - Lorde
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) - Big & Rich
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Mickey - Toni Basil
Truelove - Pink
Where Have you Been - Rhianna
Wobble - V.I.C.
Dark Horse - Katy Perry

And there it is!!! My favorite playlist. If you don't know any of the songs check them out on YouTube. I wouldn't steer you wrong.

If you want to see what the other Blogger Girlz are listening to go check them out!

Bronwyn, Jessica, Jenny, Kris, and Tess

Till next week -- GC

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random Wednesday Blog: Best Summer Memories

Hey Everybody! Welcome to the Random Wednesday Blog. Today the Blogger Girlz and I are talking about our best summer memories. But, of course, before I do I need to give us some majorly hot eye candy. And here he is:

If you're interested, I am using this photo as inspiration for a book I'm working on. :-) Yep, it does certainly inspire, doesn't it? So, where was I???  Oh yeah, summer memories. I actually do have a few so here we go:

When I was a kid, my cousin Denise lived right next door to me. She was certainly more like a big sister than she was a cousin and still is now. We would do all kinds of stuff together like skate and swim and jump rope. But the thing we both still remember today is building a tent. We would drag old sheets and bedspreads out of our houses and with a clever use of a fence, clothes pins, and sticks we would build incredible tents. We'd play in them all day long. For some reason, our parents never let us sleep out in them, but believe me they would have been awesome. I remember them being very roomy and just so much fun.

As an adult, my sister and I usually go someplace during the summer. I live with her and she is ten kinds of fun. We travel so well together and we've gone to some great places like Savannah, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach. My favorite was Charleston where we stayed at Middleton Plantation. OMG! So awesome. But when we got there she decided to go exploring and I wanted to take a shower. As I'm climbing out of the tub, she came running in yelling for me. Apparently, she had followed this path down to the water and what she thought was a log floating by turned out to be an alligator. She said it spied her, stopped swimming, backed up and sunk down in the water. That's when she turned and ran away.

My last favorite summer memory was driving to see Jessica Jarman. We don't live close so it's was like a 13 hour drive, but I was staying for nearly a week. At the end, Jess decided to go home with me and then fly back a week later. We left her house around 3:30 pm or so and drove all night long. We played one CD the entire time (Will Smith) and sang and danced like we had lost our minds. I think we finally got into my place around 4:30 am and slept until noon or after. It was crazy fun.

And those are my favorite summer memories. Check out the what Bronwyn, Kris and Jessica have to say.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Random Wednesday: If I Could Have a Super Power, I'd . . . or Worship Me Mortals for I am a Kind and Benevolent Goddess

Welcome back to the Random Wednesday Blog! Last week I totally missed because I was sick . . . with pneumonia! Who has pneumonia in the summer?? Yeah, obviously this girl does. I'm sure you'll be happy to know that the pills they give you are also good for plague and anthrax so I am all kinds of ready to withstand anything coming my way.

Anyway, the Blogger Girlz and I are chatting about what super power we would have, if we could have one. Oh wait, I forgot, I need to include hotness for my friend Norris:

Wow, he truly doesn't need a super power does he??? I mean the tattoo and the abs and the general almost nakedness is pretty much a power in and of itself. *sigh*

That's right, power, mine, if I could have one. So my super power would be the ability to transport anywhere I want to go. See I have friends in a lot of different places and I rarely get to see them. But, if I could zap in to visit then I could see them when I want. I also wouldn't have to deal with flying or driving, I would just go when I want. I also wouldn't have to deal with hotels and room rates and reservations. I could pop in, do what I want and then bam be back home in time to shower and go to bed.

I could also visit places that I've always wanted to see without too much fuss. Grand Canyon (bam I'm there), Scotland, England, Ireland (no problem I could do it on my vacation without all the flight delays and sitting in airports). It's the middle of January and I'm freezing my boot off, just go to Hawaii for the day and lounge on the beach for a while. Easy peasy!

Even better, I'd never have to drive to work again. I could just transport myself to the museum. Then, no matter what time I decided to leave, I could be home in a blink of an eye. I wouldn't have to pay for parking or sit in traffic ever again. *sigh* Now that is heaven.

If you are interested in what super powers the other Girlz would want, go and check them out. I am so sure you won't be disappointed. If you don't know, they are Bronwyn, Jessica, Kris, Jenny, Kellie, and Leigh