Life · Writing & Publishing

Why You’re Not Getting A Christmas Gift From Me!

It was another crazy week at our house, but what else is new? That said, you won’t be hearing much from me this weekend. I have a literary agent asking for the first 50 pages of Literary Crazy. (EEEEK!) I will be spending my weekend working on polishing this and taking care of Diesel….which brings me to “Why you’re not getting a Christmas gift from me….”


This is Diesel. He is a chocolate Labrador and will be 18 next month. YES! 18 years old! That’s OLD for a dog, especially a large breed like a Lab.

While Diesel will be fine in a few weeks, the cast on his arm came in at the tune of $978.00.

Diesel and Baker, our mutt, have been fighting for Alpha Dog position since Bill and I merged our packs. Ultimately Diesel won (not without a few stitches and one drain to the face for Baker) but as Diesel gets older, we think Baker senses Diesel getting weaker and wants to now finally move up to numero uno.

I don’t know what provoked the fight. I was inside while all the dogs were out in the HUGE yard (they had plenty of room to not bother each other). I heard the fight and ran out side to find Baker had Diesel pinned to the ground. In the dark, I had to step in-between two fighting dogs and pull Baker off Diesel. Of course Bill wasn’t home, but after I called for about the tenth time, he answered and came home to take Diesel to the Emergency Vet. I’m pretty sure we will be paying rent on our file soon enough.

Bill and I aren’t into making Christmas commercial anyway, not to mention we are trying to buy a house…oh, and did I mention Diesel’s vet bill was almost one grand???

So if there was any doubt about getting a gift from me this holiday season, you can rest assured I’m only shopping for the kids this year!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Do you have any plans? While I’ll be working on Literary Crazy all weekend, I am still on track for Monday Book Club. (It’s a short book this week!) Let’s meet back here on Monday!

Military Spouse Life

Moving On Up…To Illinois

It’s really happening. We started packing recently and while it seems like I’ve spent enough time to pack an entire house on just packing one room, it’s ALL books and I’m not done with that one room!

This said, I hesitated several times when I was packing books on or by some of my favorite authors to be included in the book I am working on, Literary Crazy. If I find an agent to work with and can move forward on writing the rest of the book, I’ll need those materials. Knowing I have several other projects I can be working on, not to mention school, a newborn, a toddler, and the zoo of animals I live with, I packed all the books.


Twitter hosted a pitching party where you use certain hashtags used by agents to find potential authors to work with. I found out about it last minute and sent my tweet anyway. Two tweets later, I had four interested agents!!!!!!!

I was beyond excited by which agents had requested more material, but now I must sit and wait. When I told Bill, he said I had better dig the books I packed back out because we rented a trailer to take the packed stuff back to Illinois over Thanksgiving! Now I’m not a superstitious person (well except for hockey…..and I’m pretty sure the Cubbies won the World Series because of my rituals… fact, I should call Theo Epstein and see where my ring is!) but I’m afraid to dig out the books/materials because if I do, the agents might not get back to me with good news. I know, I know……you’re rolling your eyes, I’m sure.

Instead of working on unpacking and repacking the mass amount of books to find what I need, I’m just working on other projects needing my attention. This consists mostly of article writing and trying to catch sleep when the kids let me!

I’m sure I will wait until the last minute (when Bill is loading the trailer to go to Illinois) to decide to pull out the books….which will be how the fight starts (just kidding).

Meanwhile, if you don’t hear from me, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! As I mentioned, we are headed to Illinois so little man can meet the family and we can start house hunting! Sadly, I don’t ┬ácare much about the house we buy, as long as it has a room for my writing and a space for my soap making. I’ll leave you with some pictures of what I’ve been working on in that department!

Military Spouse Life

Time Off

Sometimes you just need time off. While I realize I was away from blogging for a long time (a year!) I just needed some down time the last few weeks. Hopefully no one missed me.

So here is what went on…..

My grandfather passed away on the 14th. It was sad, but at the same time, I have to remember the following:

  • He was given 6 months to live when he got back from the Korean War (over 50 years ago)
  • He got to watch both his daughters grow up
  • He survived a heart attack 17 years ago which killed the entire back wall of his heart…
  • He survived 4 out of 5 son-in-laws (my sweet step-dad should be proud. My aunt needs to stop dating all-together).
  • He watched his 8 living grandchildren grow up
  • He saw most of us get married
  • He met all of our children (8 great grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild)
  • He successfully scared each of his children and all 8 grandchildren into being exceptional drivers. None of us have ever caused a serious accident!
  • He proudly served his country in the US Army and completed his assignment
  • He only broke one bone at my (DRY) wedding when he got drunk and fell in the parking lot.

Over all, we were REALLY lucky to have had him at all!

Beyond the obvious sadness associated with a death in the family, I just needed some time to relax. Depression is a funny thing. Having a death in the family can trigger deeper depressive emotions. Thankfully, I didn’t “spiral” and get even more depressed.

While closing my bakery was also a potential cause to really make my depression worse, I actually have been working at another business which is somewhat related to baking. I get to use a lot of the equipment I already have, and I can do it right out of my kitchen. Bill is helping to get the new setup installed, and hopefully I will be able to make the big reveal to you later this week!!! I’m really excited for this one.

I’m also plugging along working on “Literary Crazy” and interviewed this week for a staff writer job with a company responsible for veterinary websites! Cross fingers!