Happy Birthday, Little Boy

And, yes, that's a binder clip holding his hat on.  Because it's not really a hat, it's a decorative cone that was cuter than the party hats that Hobby Lobby had.

Enjoying the Ride

Hubbykins greeted me this morning with, "Happy 1 year Due-Date-iversary!"  I've spent an entire year saying, "One year ago today, I was just finishing morning sickness, feeling him kick, big as a submarine, etc."  I won't be able to say that much longer.

I greeted the Pea with a kiss on that little spot above his nose that God designed for baby kisses.  One year ago today, I wasn't super happy with him.  He took his time sweet time waiting to come out.

Looking back on my pregnancy, I can't say that I enjoyed it.  I worried.  I reveled.  I loved.  But I didn't just sit back and enjoy.  There were some extraneous complicating factors out of my control involved, but it still makes me sad looking back.  Just a twinge of regret.  The Pea will always be my first child, and my WIP will always be my first novel.

I don't want to look back on these early days of writing--carrying a notebook around to scribble picture book ideas, breathing a sigh of relief when a scene gels, staying up until midnight in a frenzy of creativity--and regret.  I want to enjoy this process.  I will let myself enjoy this process.

Night Karen Wins Again

Note to self:  You ar a grown woman.  Stop traipsing around (okay, technically writing isn't the same as traipsing) until 11:30 p.m., then staying up talking to Hubbykins until 1:00 a.m.  Morning Karen will hate you.  Afternoon Slump Karen will despise you.  And remember, the Pea has an acute sixth sense developed for just these occasions.  He knows when to wake up before the sun rises.  He knows.

So stop it.

Writer's High

When I submit a few new chapters to my critique buddies, it creates a momentary euphoria.  A readership of 5.

I can't imagine what it will feel like receiving my first request for a full from an agent.

Or just having a full.

Yee hee.

Good Timing

Kristin just linked to this article on talent, passion, and discipline on her blog, and it could not have come at a better time.  So encouraging and daunting at the same time.  I am not a disciplined person.  I might sometimes appear so on the outside, but on the inside, I'm flying seventeen different directions at once.

When I started down this path of writing with publication as a goal, I decided that 2 Timothy 1:7 is my theme verse.  "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."  I am re-asserting this theme and posting this as a reminder to myself more than anyone else.

Stuck in the Middle with You

This song has been running through my head lately.  It's how I feel about my WIP, the Pea's increasingly short naps of late (which has a significant impact on the former), housework (this is nothing new).  I've had a few minor breakthroughs on my plot (huzzah!), and one of my PB's now has a much more satisfying ending (in my head...I just need to get it out on paper).

Oh, and thank you, critique peeps, for the help with the ending.  As I spent most of Saturday's meeting flailing my arms and squealing in excitment at their ideas, I am especially thankful to Kim for reminding me to write down notes.

Great Contest!

There's a great contest going on over at Princess Bookie right now.  The grand prize winner wins all of these:
1. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ARC
2. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen ARC
3. Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters ARC
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ARC
5. Troy High by Shana Norris ARC
6. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott ARC
7. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn ARC
8. Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
9. Death by Series by Linda Gerber (3 books total)
10. a 5 dollar giftcard from Walmart (you can buy yourself half of a book with it, lol)
11. 3 Sarah Dessen books ( Just Listen, This Lullaby, Someone Like You)
12. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
13. Fire By Kristin Cashmore ARC
14. Last but not least, I have some extra amazon cards, so I will also include a preorder for CATCHING FIRE BY SUZANNE COLLINS. It will be shipped to on or around Sept 1st (whenever they ship it)

Wow.  I want, I want, I want.

The Perils of Living by Paper

Hubbykins, this morning, very sweetly said, "I'm curious about what your bedside table plan is."  That was his tactful way of saying, "Please!  For the love of all that is good and pure, remove a few of the messy piles o' paper."  Which I did, and all is well.

I grow jealous of the writers who have their offices featured in Entertainment Weekly.  Streamlined desks, non-post-it-covered laptops, organized pendaflex filing system, and a regal horse statue (always the horse).

What is on my desk:  desk protector that hubbykins made me buy, tiny fake mouse with the ears and tail loved off, Cricut cutting system for all the craft projects I don't complete, purple velvet pre-kissed frog prince, two overflowing legal pads of ideas and notes, a smallish gnome statue, pre-filed receipts, baby Cotton Candy My Little Pony, stapler, tape dispenser, picture frames (oh, the picture frames!), wooden box full of old letters, weinie whistle.

What is not on my desk:  laptop, regal horse statue.

Free e-book from Scott Westerfeld

I'm a big fan of Scott Westerfeld, and an even bigger fan of free stuff.  Check it out:  free copy of Uglies!

Very generous of him and Simon & Schuster, if I might say so myself.

To Babyland General, Go, and Quickly, Too!

Ever worry that your WIP is a Cabbage Patch Kid?

Yes, I look at it and say, "Oh, her name is Matilda Rose!  She has red braids and a dimple on her left cheek and Xavier Roberts' signature on her heiny.  In purple.  She is you-nique!  She is a special, special flower."

But in my heart of hearts, I'm terrified that you would look at it and see a molded plastic head, stitched-on fingers, and a nubbin for a bellybutton.

Anyone else?

One of Those Weekends

I had a great weekend, creativity-wise.  That was helped in large part by meeting with my critique group:  Kate, Kristin, and Mandy.  Those ladies inspire me, encourage me, and give me a good swift kick in the pants when needed.

Went to see Wicked Saturday night.  It blew my mind grapes...again.

On a side note, I lurvvv when a story comes to me in one fell swoop.  It's ever-so annoying when it comes in one fell swoop minus the ending.  I'm in that boat right now.  What I should do:  put it away for a week or two and look at it with fresh eyes.  What I'm going to do:  eat a bunch of Starbursts and hope that the sugar rush triggers a lightning bolt of inspiration.