Showing posts from June, 2010


Last week, I took out my rollerskates for the first time in weeks. I walked down to the bike path which follows the Red River right across the street from our home. I put on my skates there since I could never make it up the hill over the flood dike that protects us in the springtime. Then, I stood up, and went southward down the path.

It was a mistake. As a kid, I only skated on flat surfaces. The bike path, however, had little hills that caused me to start going much too fast for my own good. A curve appeared in that trail and I could have made it, except there was a puddle that threw me off. I fell, and I fell real hard. I was glad that I had my protective gear on (which I have been noticing people don't wear at all), but it didn't do me a heap of good this time around.

It wasn't as bad if I were alone, but then a man rode by on his bike. He could have stopped to help me, or just ignored my spill. Instead, he yelled at me to be more careful. Not once. Twice.

I then stood u…


I have been struggling with the rewrite of KIN , and I am trying to figure out how to accomplish something that relates to writing. I have Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons to sit down to "work", and last week was less than successful (mostly due to computer problems).

This novel is something completely different than what I have ever imagined in my head. I am trying to put myself in a world that is still so new and fresh. It is hard and easy at the same time.

I cut out the first 30,000 words or so of the novel, but I am dealing with the problem of redistributing some of the scenes or stories somewhere else. My mind just hasn't clicked on how to do that properly, and I believe that is the reason why it is so hard to move forward. I am not at the editing stage, but I am at the rewrite stage. This is a bigger challenge than I think I have ever given myself. I am also not comfortable at all to hand my work to anyone for help at this point. I am on my own.

While waiti…


My husband just bought the new Android phone, the Evo. He then passed on his HTC Hero to me, and after a week, I am totally in love with it. There is just so much that I have been missing out on! I have been using my little Sansa MP3 player to listen to MPR and podcasts, but now I can that on my phone and more. So, I thought I would write about the things I discovered I could do on my phone, which means, a list of apps and some I will give an explanation on how I used them.AppBrain Market Sync- Visit to sign up where you can help use this to find different apps instead of Market and share with friends.aCar- Store up to date information regarding your carAudible- Beta for listening to audio booksBarcode Scanner- Scan a product to see how much it costs from locally to AmazonCalender (Google)- Use to keep track of my scheduleDropbox- Organization tool. Watch the video here: Trying out writing notes to myself. I used it so far to make a note …

Ten Year Reunion with Myself

I returned recently from Florida where we went on vacation at DisneyWorld. During that time, the ten year annivesary of my high school graduation passed. That exact day, we went Hollywood Studios where we watched car stunts, the Indiana Jones show, and visited Muppets in 3D. Then we went to Epcot where we shopped in the World Showcase (Japan is awesome) and ate some quesadillas in Mexico. We went on some of the rides to learn more about imagination, the evolution of publishing, and how some plants can grow in sand!

I thought about my graduation from high school for a brief moment that day (I believe as we walked into France) and realized yet again how much my life has changed and that I am okay with it. The freedom of the day that I was having, and what I have done over the years, was more than the girl of eighteen ever imagined was ahead of her.

Reading the New York Times obit for Rue McClanahan, I found a quote that I will never forget that addresses part of my feelings on my reflecti…