Catch Up

Photo © 2008 Jinxie G

Wow, I haven’t posted in 10 days! Busy… damn. Tired, too. Let’s see if I can string together my sentences so it all makes sense. =p

I’ve been editing Wolf’s Bane: Moon Cycles (synopsis in previous post) for a friend so she can beta read it before I decide to query the hell out of it. She’ll give me an honest opinion and take her red teacher pen to it, too. Coolness. I trust her opinion implicitly, regardless of genre. She’s the one who told me about the Lemony Snicket books when only the first one was out. I used to work at a junior high school. Dare I say, I have the entire collection. hehehe I have shelves full of YA books at home. I’ve just started a new one: The Black Tattoo. It’s not bad so far, though I haven’t gotten too far into it yet. Leisure reading is rare for me. I read it while getting a pedicure on Sunday. =D And haven’t touched it since. haha Maybe someday I’ll write a YA novel. I think I have one started.

I’m still working on the 15-pg. thesis for my criticism class. My professor is gone for a month and can’t grade it until he returns, so I get more time. Sweet. Edgar Allan Poe deserves more time, in my opinion. The two stories I’m using are The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. Both of them are wonderful stories.

The sun, or rather the heat, drained me yesterday at a friend’s BBQ; however, I couldn’t stop working on my WIP last night once we returned home, and I got about five hours of sleep. Why in God’s name am I still up??? I’m nocturnal. I can’t help it. But hey, I drank about 2.3 liters of water! When it cools down, my husband and I are going to join this BBQ group on a pub crawl with our beach cruisers. Hey, I’m game if Guinness is involved! Here’s a picture of my Betty:

Cool, huh? Yes, those are white flames pinstriped with PINK! The tread on the tires are flame as well. That’s my husband’s GIANT toolbox in the background. We won’t get into the discussion of why it’s so big…

My foster daughter, henceforth MizStar, returned home today and begged for the return of her DVD player. Nope. Not gonna happen. I’m mean like that. Pass everything and nothing will be taken away. You can’t have everything you want if you’re not going to put forth the effort, in my opinion. She’s grounded all summer, except for when she visits her dad. She received a nasty sunburn last weekend from tubing down the Salt River with him. Oh, it was bad. I felt bad for her. Poor thing. Her ankles look terrible right now. She fainted in the shower a few days after the tubing trip, due to her lack of drinking enough water… oh, and not eating. *shakes head* Teenagers. What can you do when they won’t listen? She ended up missing the last week of summer school and now must finish it during the second session. This is yet another example of a teacher going above and beyond for her. I suppose it’s a good thing she’s so likable, otherwise I don’t think she’d make it in school. If she had the discipline, I’d homeschool her, but that’s not gonna happen. She procrastinates to no end. I’m surprised she hasn’t been held back yet. Oh wait, they don’t do that anymore. That would give the child low self-esteem.

One last thing before I head back to my WIP: MONGOL, the film, you MUST watch it! It is a fascinating tale of Genghis Khan.