Here are some wedding pictures, in no particular order.  They're from family and friends.  I won't have the professional ones for another 6-8 weeks.


Note: I can't seem to get the LJ cut thing to work, so sorry for the BIG pics.  Le sigh.

Wedding party


After cutting the cake

Outside after the ceremony


At the reception


My sister and I

At the a garden on the hall's grounds

Entrance into reception

Here comes the bride...

The ceremony

More to come soon!


Here starts the vegas recap, muhahaaaaa.

Work is crazy.  Still not caught up.  Did some writing this afternoon on Survivor, the first since I got back from vacay.  Haven't been feeling so hot for the past few days.  I think it's the fibro.  :(

Okay, let the recap begin!

Day 1- Sunday

Spent most of the night flying.  Weeeeeee.  Had a layover in Houston.  Arrived in Vegas around midnight.  Got off the plane, did the whole let's-find-our-luggage thing, and got the rental car.  Got a free upgrade to a minivan due to them being out of Yaruses.  Nice car, lemme tell you.

By the time we got to our hotel room, it was 1am Vegas time -- almost 4am Michigan time!  We literally collapsed.

The Strip looked REALLY cool.  We were sitting next to a native Vegas girl who gave us good information and advice.  Found out, eerily enough, that she's in college studying English/Journalism AND is interested in photography (the very same things I studied, except for the
English part).  Was pretty cool.

(oh, skipped a day!)


Tuesday was our day to take the Hoover Dam Tour.  We had a kick-butt breakfast at this small cafe in the hotel.  It was SO GOOD!

Went to Hoover Dam, which was about 45 mins away from Vegas.  Saw some beautiful scenery on the way.  It was sooooo hot though, about 120 DEG (I am not exaggerating -- that was the official temperature) and even though it was "dry heat," it was still REALLY REALLY uncomfortable and unpleasant.  I was concerned about heatstroke, actually, for a bit.

The Hoover Dam ROCKS.  Before the tour, we were given this plastic hard hats to show that we were going on the tour (this will be important later).  Soooooo we're in the line and someone asked the tour guide if we can take pictures.  The tour guide says, "Take all the dam pictures of the dam you want!"  Sooooo funny.

So we went into the ventilation ducts and the inside.  The inside was awesome.  We were on an upper level and could see everything, the generators and the different parts (I understand the concept, but missed the explanation due to my faulty hearing and the tour guide had a strong accent of some sort...).  What was really cool was the Native American symbols in the floor.  Apparently they had something to do with water.  I got a few pictures of that.

There was one tube that was soooo tight and claustrophobic, but it led to louvers where you could see the water outside.  Very cool.

There were markings on the ducts in pencil.  Apparently the workers did alot of calculating and measuring.

There was a TALL stairway dubbed "The Stairway to Heaven" because it was so high up.  And there was a corresponding one going down.  Freaky but cool.

We somehow got left behind.  They had two groups going at once, and we thought we were in the right group.  We were on the elevator and the tour guide saw our hats and told us that we weren't in the right place.  Luckily, our group waited for us.  We literally ran to where they were -- quite a distance -- and they applauded when we got there.  I bowed, lol.

Um...what else?  The outside was pretty darned cool, too.  Took massive amounts of pictures.  There were electrical towers everywhere, and one was leaning to the side quite a bit. Apparently, it's supposed to be like that.

96 on site deaths (of those recorded...some weren't) while the dam was being built.  Apparently it took 4 years and it was rushed through BUT it is totally safe.  Made of concrete blocks. 

1 on site death so far for the bridge they are building now -- which looks really cool.

Like I said, it was HOT.  And it was far worse going back to the hotel.  We got Jack in the Box and the hubby found a freight yard (trains) to take pictures of. I could have too but I was miserable.

And true to form, I got sicky. 

But, it didn't ruin the vacation b/c that was it on being sick.  We lost one night.  Wanted to see some Improv, but didn't feel up to it.

I got better.

And that completes Tuesday.

To be continued.


Right now, Jeff and I are catching up on The Office season 2 while I do the laundry.  Tomorrow we're going to the inlaws for a cookout.  Should be fun.


Wedding recap part deux

The limo ride was great.  The champagne kind of sucked, though.  Although I'm not a champagne kind of person, anyways.  Short drive to the hall.

Entered the hall to applause.  Made the rounds.  I managed to make it through almost everyone before lunch was served.  I was so impressed with my server -- she waited on me hand and foot.  It was great.  There was SO MUCH food.  More than I even realized.  Tons of it.

And it was sooooooo good.  Only weird thing was, I wasn't feeling all that hungry and my tummy was a bit off so most of my food I left untouched. :(  I felt so bad about it that I apologized to the server she didn't think that I hated the food.

We talked, and kissed, and kissed some more and talked.  It was nice.

Then it was time to cut the cake.  You wouldn't believe how many people crowded around us to get pics.  I'd guess maybe half -- 20 or so? -- along with the photographer.  I almost cut myself on our serving knife.  Totally forgot how to cut cake and needed assistance from the photographer (on how, not the actual cutting part).  So we cut our cake and fed it to each other.  I got some on my face, but the hubby DID NOT smash it in my face.  I think it was my threats of immediate divorce (seriously -- it's disrespectful to the bride and ruins her look -- a look that cost me hundreds, and that's not counting the dress....).  So that was good.

Cake was delish.

We had a great time making the rounds (for the second time).  It was wonderful to talk to everyone.  We had some old friends there who were just great, and were fun.  One of my dad's car club buddies kept telling me how beautiful I was.  :D

SIL gave a beautiful speech that had me in tears.  Then, my friend L, who was also taking pics (and was my former student) gave us a beautiful Irish blessing.  It was a total surprise, and I was in tears again.  It was SO cool.

Took more pics outside in the garden.  Saw a bee and freaked out a bit. 

SIL and my sister went for a ride in the limo.  We had him for 3 hours and SIL missed the limo ride (still not sure how...) so off they went.  Things were starting to wind down and people started leaving. 

Kept mingling and talking and hugging and smiling.  We were so very blessed to have so many wonderful people with us.  I still get a bit teary when I think about that.

After everyone left, we gathered up everything we were taking home (centerpieces, left favors, gifts, etc).  And then went home.  Changed.  Went back to my mom's to get the rest of my stuff that I left that morning.

Then MIL wants to watch us open our gifts, that night, which kind of sucked, cuz we were exhausted.  But we figured it was best, as we were leaving the next day for Vegas.  So we had the whole family over (except SIL...she had other plans and this was totally spur-of-the-moment). 

We got alot of money -- and truly, we didn't expect that much.  But hey we were happy that our family and friends were so generous.  We got a few gifts: a George Foreman grill, a Oriental-style reed difuser, Oriental artwork (which we really needed and wanted), a huge, very cool picture frame, a sandwich maker, a spice rack..... I think that's it.  The bulk of the actual gifts were from my parents/sister.

My in-laws gave us money.  Some to gamble in Vegas, and some for a new microwave.  Which was really nice. 

Oh, what else?  I can't really think of anything else.  We had the leftover cake.  We talked.  Took more pictures.  It was fun, but SO tiring.  We ended up going to bed waaaaaaaaaay early.  We were just exhausted.

So that's it for the wedding.  Honeymoon recap coming.


I'm back at work and DM is on my case about some things that haven't been done.  Uh, hello, I've been GONE for 2 weeks.  He's crazy.

Other than that, things are good.


Omg, the wedding and honeymoon were AMAZING.  We've been home since the 3rd, but it's all been a jetlagged blur.  We did spend some time with both sides of the family, and that was nice.

We both had today off work.  I'm not looking forward to the mess that awaits me tomorrow.  I just hope it's not bad.  A bit bad is okay, but not full-blown bad. 

Okay, here's part 1 of my wedding recap!  My mom put pictures up on Facebook, but I will be posting pics at some point for those of you who aren't on there.

Wedding day recap

Okay, first of all, it was really weird sleeping in my own bed the night before the wedding.  I had some trouble sleeping (no kidding!) but finally got to sleep.  Six-thirty came too soon, though.

Sister and I went and got McDonald's for breakfast (pancakes yummmm!) and then headed out to the salon for hair and makeup.  My SIL was already there (although later--waaaaay later) I found out that she got lost.  Jeff had called me in a panic, and my phone was off b/c I was saving the battery.  Oh, well.  She apparently figured it out.  Anyhoo, we're sitting there waiting for our appointment and it dawned on me -- I'D FORGOTTEN MY VEIL AND TIARA!  :tear:   I couldn't believe it, but remember, I am a zombie in the morning.  I never get up that early! 

So my sister, bless her heart, volunteered to go get them, and we got started.

I have to say that this place was very efficient -- they had us in and out within something like an hour and a half, and that was with curling my hair for about an hour.

It was fun watching the transformation -- for me as well as sister and SIL -- and omg, they did a beautiful job on everyone.  I barely recognized myself!  I was SO pretty.  And bridal.  And so perfect.

So we came back and worked on getting me into my dress.  Fun.  First, I got the key to sister's house (next door) and set the key on the coffee table, as I always do.  This is important to note.  So I started gathering everything together (bra, slip. dress)n while sister and Mom got dressed.  Then it was my turn.  It took awhile but we managed.  I came out and my sister's ex boyfriend (who's now practically family...long story) was there, and thank God because I needed help after getting the dress on.

We decided to take two cars.  My dad's car was bigger to accomodate my dress.  It was getting late, and we needed to be at the chapel at 11.  Well around quarter to we discovered that my sister's key was MIA.  Couldn't find it anywhere, and time was ticking.....we almost left it unlocked b/c if we locked it, we couldn't get back in (no spare...not cool) but apparently they found it.  Dad and I left and we got there JUST ON TIME.  Naturally, I was panicking.  I didn't want to be late.  That was like, my biggest fear.

But we were okay.

Photographer -- M -- started taking pictures almost immediately, so I had a ood distraction from my nerves.  I was very impressed with him.  We had a second photographer and an apprentice as well.  I told M that I was into photography (and my mom was bragging to the other about my polaroid transfers, which apparently was a hit with him) and he said that if I wanted to get into wedding photography to CALL HIM.  :faint:  So, of course, as soon as I get settled I'm calling him!

So that went on, and then my coordinator came in and briefed me on what's happening.  I got to watch Jeff walk down the aisle (in a mirror) and I almost started crying right then.  I was sooooo nervous but also excited.  No urges to flee.  ;)  So then it was time to meet my dad and walk down the aisle.  We went slow.  I looked at Jeff, and I focused on just him.  I was sooooo happy.

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful.  The minister was wonderful.  He was serious but also made us laugh and put everyone at ease.  I almost started crying during the vows but was able to keep from crying (makeup).  We went to light the unity candle and it wouldn't light, which I found funny and a bit worrisome, but it worked.  Oh, and I had trouble getting Jeff's ring on him.  His finger was a bit swollen.

When his sister gave him my ring, she whispered, "I love you" which touched everyone.

Okay so then we did a presentation to the parents -- these lovely cards thanking them for being there for us -- and to my utter surprise, MIL embraced me.  She made the first move.  That was really cool. 

And then we were pronounced husband and wife, and we walked out, and then did the bubble thing which was SO COOL.  The weather was really perfect, sunny, no rain, just great.

And then we bustled me (which was tricky) and it was time to ride in the limo.

And that's it for now.

More to come!


And I'm sick.  :(  It's a pretty bad cold, but NOTHING is stopping me from getting married!!!!!

Wish us luck, and I'll see you on the other side.


Meme time

Jul. 7th, 2008 07:03 pm

Felt like doing a meme.  Ganked from firedancer.  On the Seven Deadly Sins.

Who did you last get angry with?
Fiance, for reasons I won't get into.  We're fine, though.  :D
What is your weapon of choice?
Words, baby words. 
Would you hit a member of the opposite sex?
If I got so angry that violence was necessary (and I'm not, as a general rule, a violent person nor a person who gets mad easily but...) absolutely.  Especially if it was my boss.
How about the same sex?
Probably, if one anatagonized me enough.
Who was the last person who got really angry at you?
My mother, I believe.
What is your pet peeve?
I have alot, but the one that springs to mind is silly questions. 
Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily?
I let them go, but I never forget.

What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't?
Get out of bed on time. 
What is the latest you've ever woken up? 
Eh...on a work day? 10 minutes before I'm supposed to leave.  Weekends? About 1pm.
Name a person you've been meaning to contact, but haven't?
Many.  But one I'm thinking of right now is my writing partner, C.
What is the last lame excuse that you made?
But the vendor's phone number was disconnected!  (Lame b/c once I got ahold of them, and found out they were doing business under a different name, there's no reason on God's green earth that I couldn't order samples.  I'd just hadn't thought of it.)
Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through?
Nope.  I HATE infomercials with a passion.  Passion, I tell you.
How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock this morning?
3, I think. 

What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice? 
Don't really have one, unless you count the hot chocolate at my favorite coffeehouse.
Are you a meat eater?
Hell yeah baby!
What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting/outing/event?
Roughly 2 glasses of Bailey's Irish Cream, which was 2 glasses too many.  Straight up.
Are you comfortable with your drinking and eating habits?
Hell, no.  I'm in a minor health-food crisis at the moment (prolly b/c I found --and bought--my wedding dress a year early, and am concerned about the alterations.)
Do you enjoy candy and sweets?
Oh, God, yes.  Too much.
Which do you prefer: sweets, salty foods or spicy foods?
Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought, "lunch"?

How many credit cards do you own?
2.  And one is emergencies-last-resort only.
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Buy myself a house with an office.  On the lake. 
Would you rather be rich or famous? 
Rich.  Famous is overrated.
Would you accept a boring job if it meant that you would make megabucks? 
Absolutely.  Since I work in a boring job for peanuts, I figure if I'm gonna be bored, I might as well make decent money doing it.

What's one thing that you have done that you're most proud of?
Graduated (read: made it through and didn't give up) college.  And, finished 2 novels.  And 1 massive rewrite.
What's one thing you have done that your parents are most proud of?
No clue on that one, but if I were to guess, leaving my abusive ex-spouse would prolly be one thing.
What thing would you like to accomplish late in your life?
I'd like to have accomplished some--if not all--my goals by then.
Do you get annoyed by coming in second place?
Hell, yeah.  I'm naturally competitive.
Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors?
No, can't say that I have.
Have you ever cheated to get a better score?
Never.  Except that one time in Math class.....
What did you do today that you're proud of? 
Did not go off on the customers who placed same day orders AFTER I sent them a memo about the holiday specifically to PREVENT that from happening.

How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies, family, strippers, locker rooms)?
Crap.  I have no idea.  2, I think.
How many people have seen you naked (not counting physicians, doctors, family, locker rooms, or when you were a young child)?
Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a person of your chosen sex during a normal conversation?
What is your favorite body part of a person of your gender choice?
Have you ever had sexual encounters (including kissing/making out) with multiple persons?
Big Fat Negative.
Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute?

What item of your friends would you most want to have for your own?
I can't think of anything at the moment.
Who would you want to go on "Trading Spaces" with? 
My sister.  She should have been an interior designer....if I actually had a house.  *le sigh*
If you could be anyone who existed in the world, who would you be?
Myself.  I am Myself.  (kudos to anyone that gets that reference)
Have you ever been cheated on?
Too many times to count.
Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own?
Yep.  I wish I were a bit thinner.  Not really thin, just a bit.  Oh, and jaw bones that weren't misaligned (TMJ) so I wouldn't have had to have jaw surgery at 15.  Although, that surgery really shaped my life so.....
What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself?
Sense of humor.  I am not funny, not naturally anyways.

Do you do the most often?
Wrath.  I've been spending too much time angry.
Do you do the least often?
Greed.  I am not a greedy person.
Is your favourite to act on?
Gluttony - hence my crisis.  

Your turn!

Just wanted to tell you that Pirouette is finished, in the bag, finis!

The plan is to let it rest for about a month, after which I'll be giving it an intense edit/revision.  My first evah, so wish me luck!

In the meantime, Survivor, my psychological horror from 2004 that just.won't.end, has been calling to me.  And I've answered.  ;)  

So that's what's going on.




Feb. 26th, 2008 07:49 pm

I promised a friend I'd return the favor on a meme she'd tagged me on, so here it goeth:

Comment on this post and I'll:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, a word etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
7. In return, you must post this in your LJ.



It's been a long time since I've been here.  Since then, I've edited and rewritten most of Pirouette, devised a series out of it, have stopped some projects (hello, Kalu) and started on others (hello, Requiem in Blue).  Been really busy.  My left wrist has been alternately good and bad all year, and I started voice recognition again.  Probably for good.

I'm using the latest and greatest Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.0.  It's a dream.  Much better than 6.0.  It just flies.  Which is really good, b/c alot of my hesitation was due to the slogginess of it.

I'm also getting over a nasty flu bug.

*waves to my Chatters buds*

This journal will prolly be mostly personal, but will have writing stuffs thrown in.  

It's good to be back.

I'm it!

Mar. 1st, 2006 07:20 pm
I was tagged by hookedoncoffee, who just so happens to be my wonderful writing partner. :)

Ground Rules: The first player of this "game" starts with the topic "5 weird habits of yours" and people who get tagged need to write a LJ entry about their 5 quirky habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.

1. I pick my nails. Usually, to the point where there's not much nail left...nervous habit from the time I was 7. I can count on one hand the few times I let them grow out. The longest was for 4 months, just before my wedding. Had to have that French manicure. ;)

2. Whenever I'm on the phone with someone, usually at work, I wag a pen up and down, up and down, up and down. In between I take notes. But I have to do that, for some odd reason.

3. Smear on my glasses drive me nuts, so once in awhile I'll move my head around looking for them.... *sigh*

4. I have a nervous tic that I've had since junior high. I appear (as I'm told, I don't know when I'm doing it) that it looks like I'm squinting or scrunching my face. Bizarre, I know, but I can't help it.

5. I have to sleep facing the wall when I'm in bed. This stems from when I was really young and had a nightmare about one of my porcelain dolls falling down on top of me. For years I couldn't sleep facing that side and over time I just always slept that way. The only time I didn't was when I had surgery on my jaw and HAD to sleep on the opposite side b/c it was too painful to put pressure on my bad side. Also when I first moved in with the soon-to-be ex, I ended up on the "wrong side" of his bed and couldn't sleep for days until he switched with me.

I forego tagging as I have few people who come by here.....

But alas, the story is not done. Got another 50k to go! Am going to do the minimum quota (1667 words) every day to give myself a break.


Updates to follow tonight.
Now that my class is over, I am jumping into the fray - for 10 days. My goal is at least 1k a day, making a total of 10k. I'm already at just over 12k, and my final goal wordcount is 20k.


Will post snippets soon...

First of all, Happy NaNo-ing to everyone!

It kills me to say this, but I won't be participating this year. :( My health is not so good, and I have way too many things going on. The main two are a class I am teaching till mid-December, which is very intense, and a class I am taking, which is very very intense. I haven't done much besides eat, go to work, do homework and sleep. Luckily, I have three more weeks left, but by the time it's over, I will have missed most of NaNo.

If this were last year I would have went for it anyways. I was that crazy. But I had the biggest fibro flare of my life right after NaNo. As much as I wanted to deny it, I think those late nights and sleep deprivation really did me in. Also I have a hand injury to contend with. So there. :p

I even had a GREAT idea and a plot this time around.

But, as one of my best friends pointed out, I've already proved to myself -and others-that I can write daily. I have finished October with just shy of 22k, which is the HIGHEST number I've ever written in thirty days, not counting last year's NaNo. The only reason why I stopped was this stoopid class. But progress is progress, and I really don't want to stress about it. Knowing myself, I'd wanna do all 50k words-and that just won't work this year. But, DAMMIT, I will do NaNo next year.

Sooooo, I'm trying unofficially for 50k. I prolly won't make it; I'm just being realistic. My WIP "Eternal Dance" needs a huge boost, so this will help. So I will cheer everyone else on, and if you could cheer me on, too, I'd really appreciate it. :)

I will be posting snippets and would love some feedback (and you know who you are - some of you still owe me some..gentle reminder).

Okie, so I wrote around 200 some-odd words at work. Will snippet them at some point.

Viva La NanoWriMo!


Aug. 27th, 2004 12:49 pm
I've been extremely busy for the past week or so. I'm gonna put ED on the back burner so I can work on Survivor for Labor of Love -going for 10k at least.

I may post snippets if I have the time...we might be going camping this weekend but we aren't sure's supposed to rain, so we'll see.



Aug. 1st, 2004 07:04 pm
It's coming along slowly. I'm doing a Phase Outline for the first time. It's a bit odd for me-the few times I've outlined (I'm a true organic) I've gone over my plot in broad terms and sorta let the rest fall into place at the time. But this is so detailed. But for some odd reason I'm glad. I thought I'd never say that-that a road map is a good thing - b/c this story is gonna get complex.

I have 4 main story arcs; 4 POV characters, all in third person but one. I'm prolly about halfway through the outline. I still may post the first few chapters anyways, b/c they are pretty much done.

I'm very, very excited about this. :)

Survivor, the 2 yr novel, is also coming along slowly. I'm a tad bit stuck on some plot issues but I'm going to pound it out anyways. I can catch it in revision, or fix it once I'm further along. It's definitely getting intense for me.

My hand is doing ok. I haven't noticed any bad pain, just two days in the past week or so were bad. But at least i'm not taking motrin like water. That's a good thing. :)

Hopefully I'll post the first few chapters of Eternal Dance this week.

That's right, I will be posting Eternal Dance as I write it, to those on my flist, so if anyone is interested, respond to this message.

The novel has undergone some major changes since the 1st draft. I've added a whole new story arc for one of the major characters and also gave it a contemporary fantasy feel ...this is my first ever attempt at that. It will have the vampires, but also I've added Slayers, and made a whole new vampire race to the mix. There are some other fun stuff I added but I don't wanna spoil it too much....suffice to say it is definitely better and stronger this way.

I need feedback. Be as general or as picky as you want. I need it and welcome it. Especially anyone who writes fantasy and/or vampire stories.....let me know if I'm doing something wrong...or right.....

So, that's the skinny. Look for the first post in approximately a week.

Thank you and I'm soooo looking forward to this.

I've had these on other forums before but haven't gotten much response or support so I thought I'd switch them to here for now, since I have a few writer friends here at LJ. :)

So without futher adieu, here it is.

~Continue work on Eternal Dance rewrites. Start with new world (contemporary fantasy setting ;) <--Offically started...but slow going.....

~Continue writing new poems, and submitting to new markets. <--Need to write new poems....

~Start submitting to Pro Photo markets.

~Write and submit Polaroid Transfer article to Photo Techniques .

~Enter at least one Photography contest.

~Enter 2500 Romance Beginning to FM Contest (deadline: July 19th) -DONE! Submitted 07/16/04

~Continue work on Survivor, 1500 words a week. -So far, I've managed to make just over 1500 words a week...not bad huh?
<----Stuck on Chapter 2. 1200 words last week.

~Get some major Wordbuilding done for Gravity .
<----That's my project for the Fall.

~Work on Transparent Eyes (that's a blast from the past! Anyone remember that one? I've been getting urges to work on it). ---> This will be a strictly back burner story, for when I get really bored or annoyed with one of the others...

Market listing: novel

1. Dorchester Publishing - Horror Line
2. Tor
3. Baen
4. Roc
5. New Age Dimensions Publishing


1) Tin House
2) Stirring
3) Prism Galliard
4) Dancing Woman Press (chapbooks)
5) Maelstrom (photos) need some new photos to submit! (infrared?)
6) Rainbow Curve - rejected
7) Small Spiral Notebook - submitted and rejected
Prism Gallaird 3rd choice for new poems
9) Pedestal Magazine - rejected
10) Tryst 2nd choice for new poems IN PROGRESS
11) Find some new markets.

So hopefully I get a few knocked off anyways....

That about sums it up.

No response at all from the newspaper, even after I emailed them. :(

Went to TWO Five for Fighting concerts, got some AWESOME pics.


I got my bone can results ..called Nuclear Medicine and they just faxed them over....I think they thought I was a doctor. But hey, at least I wont have to wait weeks to see my doc.

Normal. Everything is fine. :)

Ok, and the biggie is ED's new direction......

I have been doing research these pst few days for Eternal Dance . I've a major decision about it. Lately it's been feeling really forced....I made some decent progress on it over the weekend, but it just didn't "grab" me. I figured it was my perfectionistic side rearing its ugly head. Then something occurred to me: there's no real uniqueness about some things...I mean the plot is pretty different but it takes place in our own world, maybe 20 years into the future or thereabouts. What if I made up my own world. And the vampires have been sorta on their own, no real world, culture, etc. Well, I decided to create two vampire races - and make them warring. And this is how Wynd, the main vampire, ends up getting into a car accident and dying-she's been hunted down. Her lover, Aden, has been banished.

Then for the human side, we have Seers, Healers, and Guides. Fallon will be a Seer, who can divine the future and deal with vamps. I may make her a descendant of slayers. Ashe, the protagonist did not inherit any Sight and is therefore flawed, in addition to her heart condition. There will be two worlds-one is ours, where there is no magic or psychic power, and the Vampire world, where all the fun stuff is, including a place where vampires are banished. There's only one way to get to them and a Seer is the only person who can do it.

There are alot of more juicy stuff, just haven't organized it yet. I am really digging this worldbuilding stuff.

Anyone who reads this list, if you write fantasy, some tips or hints or ideas (honesty is deeply appreciated) or feedback is welcomed. Please. I feel like a fish out of water. But this will broaden my horizons as a writer. It just "feels" right to me somehow.

So that's it. And pics are prolly 100 pics to upload.....prolly won't put them all here, but a few anyways.

Haven't had much time lately to visit, please forgive me.

It's been awhile since I last updated. I have been swamped lately.

Sacrifice is coming along. I have renamed it "Eternal Dance" after a line in the first chapter. It seems to fit better. I also will be telling it in third and first person -the vampire's POV will be in first, everyone else in 3rd. I was able to get 4k done last weekend. :)

Survivor has officially been started! I'm so geeked!

Another thing: I took some awesome sunset pics of our American Flag outside for my photo club "assignment." Well they came out goregous! So I had this brainstorm - I'll call the photo editor of our daily newspaper and see if they would consider them for the 4th of July issue. A gutsy move, as I've been out of the newspaper business for about 7 years! I was so nervous! But once we talked, I felt better.

No word on it yet. I'm hoping to hear back soon, after all, they do have deadlines.

I've decided to start getting more serious about photography. I've been hitting all the ezines and lit mags, which is fine, but i feel the pull to try the bigger mags like Photographic, Shutterbug, Photographer's Forum, etc etc. Photo Techniques is a cool how-to mag, and a small investigation of their back issues has shown that they have nothing on polaroid transfers (an alternative process). So, that's my next project: an article on polaroid transfers and samples to go with them. :) And also an article on self-portraiture, which I have practically done-it's from a handout from my Creative Class, just gotta cut it down a bit.

So that's the scoop on what's going on in my life. Hopefully, I'll have some snippets soon.



May. 27th, 2004 07:16 am
I started the 2nd draft of Sacrifice. I'm so geeked.

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