Not Yet Thinking Clear Thoughts

This is the best I can do.

  • I got my hair cut. I’m not sure if I like it.
  • We’re going to be Grandparents. Our grandbaby is due April 23rd.
  • I filled in at AWP Thursday and Friday. I wish I would’ve got to meet Mort Castle. I didn’t know he was there.
  • I paid freaking $9 for a coffee and a bagel at the hotel.
  • I promptly found Caribou Coffee and Jimmy John’s around the corner.
  • It was affirmed to me that I do not belong in academia, I am not a literary author.
  • I am a simple woman.
  • I enjoy simple things.
  • Do we really need to analyze memoir as a genre?
  • Can one be a memoirist? I mean, really, how many memoirs can one write?
  • I went to Toys R Us and scored a sweet deal on baby clothes. $150 worth for $50!
  • I’m going to be a grandma!
  • I have to pick a new Scripture today and I’m clueless.
  • While I was in Chicago for AWP, I just happened to run into my friend Eric, a professional snowboarder. I haven’t seen him in 18 years! And there he was, across the street from the Hilton at Grant Park. I want to be a ripper now!
  • Once again, more confirmation that I do not belong in academia. I have more in common with punks who carry snowboards. 😉
  • I have to go to the chiropractor today.
  • I’m going to be a freaking grandma!

There’s more. I just can’t do it right now.

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Dreams, Dreams, and More Dreams

  • I write down all of the dreams I can remember. Sometimes, I wake in the middle of the night to write them–those are the best. Misspelled words, rough drawings, and incomplete sentences, yet totally raw and full of emotion. Sometimes, my dreams seem pretty meaningless or mundane. But as I examine them and dig into the representations my subconscious makes, I’m left speechless and stunned. Yes. Me. Without words. That’s what happened with my dream last night. I don’t know if I’ll share or not.
  • I’m waiting for the results of my blood tests. I could have either thyroid disease or diabetes. Or neither. I’ll find out sometime today.
  • Chuck is sleeping on my pile of clean clothes. Damn dog. Damn laundry that never ends.
  • I’m in a “get rid of” mood. I want to scour my house for unnessary items and get rid of them.
  • I’m was so totally angry in my dream last night and I have dream hangover. I still feel angry.

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Things I Meant to Blog About But Ran Out of Time, Energy, or Just Plain Forgot

  • Jen reads Randy Ingermanson’s blog and he talks highly of this (free) Simple.ology course. Jen’s been following the course and I haven’t. I had decided to give it a shot, started it, and never got past day one. So I started again today. Which leads me to the next bullet point.
  • I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

    It covers:

    • The best blogging techniques.
    • How to get traffic to your blog.
    • How to turn your blog into money.

    I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

  • Stephen King will appear on NBC Today January 22. If you have questions for Mr. King, see this blog.
  • The premiere issue of Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review is live! Heather, one of my crit partners, has a great story in it. Did I mention I’m on the fiction editing team? Submissions are open for the next issue. Hurry and get your story in!
  • Submissions are also open for Coach’s Midnight Diner. Did I mention I was on the editing team of this one, too? Surely I did. 🙂
  • Did you read about my newest venture? Send me an email if you’re interesting in purchasing one for yourself or someone special. Remember, they’re totally customizable. Project Lifebook:
    Part I
    Part II
  • I think that’s it. But y’never know. I might be back later with more.
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Things I Meant to Blog About But Ran Out of Time, Energy, or Just Plain Forgot

I thought I might do something a little new. Maybe on Saturdays. Or Sundays. Or just when I feel like it.

I still have big news, not sure whether or not I can say yet, so I’ll be keeping my happy little mouth shut until I know something for sure. You know this hurts right, this taming of the tongue?

I really kind of meant to blog about this stuff so here’s a (maybe) new thing here. Things I Meant to Blog About But Ran Out of Time, Energy, or Just Plain Forgot

  • Dan Keohane, a writer friend who gives me awesome advice and pep talks, he’s a headliner for this issue of Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest. The cool thing is I kinda helped with his story Ray Gun. I didn’t do a whole lot, just read it over, told him how great it was in those fun little yellow comments on Word and sent it back. Extra bonus, Gary Braunbeck has a short story and interview in this issue as well.


  • Exercise advice often ignores jiggle factor (Exercise gurus don’t take into consideration things like big boobs. Now they’re paying to study it. They could have just paid me and I would have told them why girls like me don’t run or do aerobics, I think I could have found great uses for their money.)

  • This is a very cool thing to do with your wine corks. Guess I’ll have to give up my boxed wine, huh?

  • Remember these?