Thursday, March 30, 2006

Workin' hard

Status - trying not to be pissed.

Whew! Got in many runs yesterday...

Also got three good (according to my 19 year-old) falls. Two on my back and one on my front. Missed my face, but I'm pretty sure I bruised a rib. Oh well, that's the price you pay for throwing caution to the winds and having a great time.

I did manage to remember the sunscreen this trip. So my nose and chin aren't quite as red as ususal.

The mountain got about six new inches this morning, and the report is clear and in the 40's for tomorrow, so we're looking forward to at least two more days on the slopes. Yippee!!

We have way too many people in this cabin, though. People are starting to get tired of each other, you can totally see it. I, myself, would love to be on my own, but since I have all these children, it doesn't ususally pan out that way. Bummer, but life is seldom 100% the way we'd like it.

I am excited to get home to work on my book, however. Vacation is not as fun when you have ideas percolating and want to spend some serious time noodling them out -- alone.

Ah well...another day.

On the i-pod: Ain't Nothing 'Bout You by by Brooks & Dunn (I like country music from time-to-time!)


PS - My search for suspects led to a serious plot revision so I could get some. Problem solved.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Well...We are on Spring Break.

I took the fam to a cabin in the Colorado Mountains to get in a last snowboarding trip.

Included are: A CNA to help take care of the medical kiddos, two friends from Seattle here on vacation, a friend who's a Physical Therapist (with her two kids), and my mom. That's in addition to the seven kids and me. All in an 1800 square foot log cabin.

Thankfully, the cabin has a huge TV with a DVD player and Direct TV.

This is the first family vacation we've been on in many years. It's going great. We hit the slopes tomorrow.

The only downside to this is that I'm not working on my book. This makes me sad and a bit frustrated. Oh well, a day on the slopes followed by an evening at the hot springs should make me feel much better...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Where I confess...

I have a confession. I watch the reality daytime show: Starting Over.

The show is set in a large home in California (LA, 'notch). Six women who want help getting rid of negative, destructive patterns in their lives (or who want to achieve some long-lost dream), get daily coaching and assignments while we look on. I get so invested in their lives and watching them overcome their demons.

I should be writing.

The book is changing (again). I started laying out scenes, and saw all kinds of flaws...It will be a better, stronger book.

Started data bases of character names and reasons why people kill. Next is methods of killing. My contact with the SPD is awesome! She is so quick to respond to my emails, and so thorough in her answers. Just wonderful. update: Today it is about 60, snow melting all over the place. Goofy. It was -10 (with wind chill) on Monday. We have the most bizarre weather...


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

A little weather update...

You probably heard about the huge snowfall we got yesterday. Reports are not overrated. We got about seven inches, schools were closed, etc.

GREAT news for our Spring Break snowboarding trip!

Today, in typical Colorado fashion, it is sunny and about 30 degrees. We are supposed to get another couple of inches tonight and tomorrow.

Pretty fun weather for the first day of Spring...

In Search of Suspects...



I wish it were that simple...

Here I am, plotting away, when I realize that, while I have my victim and my villain, and while I have my main characters fleshed out nicely...I don't have any other suspects!! What the heck is a mystery without a mystery? Without clues, red herrings, bunny trails, and lots of people for readers to narrow their eyes at, considering, figuratively tapping a finger on their chin...

Gee Whiz! What an amatuer!

So, that's where I am today, and will be until I find them-all my suspects. Any and all may apply. I'll take temps or day laborers.

Does anyone have an uncle Guido?

Another sigh...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Thoughts on the NCAA Tournament:
That would be the University of Washington (State) Huskies, not the UConn dogs.

Okay, moving on...

My nineteen-year-old son came home last night for Spring Break. This is a wonderful thing. He completes me. Well, maybe I'm overstating it. But I've often said that if he weren't my son, and if he were about fifteen years older, I'd marry him. You would, too if you knew him.

He's helped me with all these children of mine for the past eight years (since he was eleven). Along the way, he's learned a bunch of stuff most people never do. For example, five years ago I fell in love with a little blond-haired one-year-old boy from Denver. He happened to have a ventilator attached to his neck by two long, plastic tubes (he was a 25 week premie, born with Crack flowing through his tiny veins along with the blood, and horribly under-developed lungs).

Needless to say, a bit of training was needed before I could take him home.

Kris volunteered to learn with me. He and I drove the 120 mile round-trip to Children's Hospital in Denver so many times I lost count. There we learned how to suction stuff out of his little trach tube (ick), how to do daily cleaning around the tube ('cause the stuff leaks out sometimes), how to replace the trach tube weekly (that was kind of scary). Also we learned how to troubleshoot the ventilator, how to give little man breathing treatments, and how to feed him through his g-tube (a feeding tube that goes into his stomach with a little cap on the outside for easy access). When we got Kameron, he was kind of a mess.

Now he's an amazing six-year-old boy. But that's another story...

Kris is a pretty typical guy. He hangs with friends, goes snowboarding, plays Halo online, gets the occasional speeding ticket, and hates his English class - sigh.

I think he's the most amazing young man I've ever met.

That's what's happening here. What's happening in your neck of the woods?

Friday, March 17, 2006

Just another sunny day!

Ahh...Just another sunny winter day in Colorado. It's supposed to snow over the weekend. I've lived here ten years and I'm still not used to the strange weather. It can be in the sixties today and then snow four inches tomorrow.

Never boring.

My book is coming along well. I'm blocking out my plot, I'm not a huge fan of concrete outlines, but if I don't have something to work off of I can get distracted. You know, shiny object syndrome.

I'm liking my characters, getting help from the Seattle PD (yay! And thank you again!), and absolutely LOVE Google Earth . For those who don't know, it's a free program from Google that gives you gps-type maps of anywhere in the world. The pictures are great, and it's FREE!!

All the kids are finally well and back in school, just in time for Spring Break which starts for us on the 24th. We are heading for the mountains to get some last runs for the season. Three of us snowboard, and the little ones and those who are disabled, will tube it! The mountains are getting a ton of late season snow, and the sun will be out. It's a great time of year to board or ski.

I have to give props to Colorado for this. I miss the water in Seattle, and even the rain, but I do love the snow here!

Have a marvy St. Patties day!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I've been bitten by the Blog Bug.

Well...I've succumbed to the blogging craze.

Don't know how much I'll write, but it's nice to have the option.

Mom's Night Out is my first novel in a planned mystery series. It's also my motto for the unforseen future.

With nine kids (seven at home), and no husband, a night out is just what I need - that and a possible prescription for some serious anti-anxiety meds.

My novel is in the very rough draft stage...still outlining and planning and researching. I could really use a police representative to help with some of the research. Also need a street person or two and someone who is familiar with the Headstart preschool program. No worries. It's coming along.

I might be making a major shift in tone, though. I'd really like to take a humorous slant...things to think about.

Thanks for reading - TTFN!