My Weekly Update – We Have a Lot to Cover

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. One of my favorite days of the year.

I grew up with two older brothers. I attending a huge college football school (FSU) and my mother worked for an NFL player during his 16 year career. Needless to say, I am well versed in the game of football. The timeline of my life has always been categorized by In season and Off season.

Not a football fan? Here are 5 tips for you to still enjoy the game:

  1. So you sound smart, the game is between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49’ers. We don’t like the 49’ers.
  2. Except for their tattoo covered quarterback Collin Kaepernick. He is cute as long as he keeps his mouth shut. A little to, I am a quarterback in the NFL and this is how I am supposed to answer questions, for me. But, look at those tattoos. And, if you want to sound even smarter, after a good play, say out loud, “Wow, and to think this is only his 11th start in the NFL.” IFWT_kaepernick_front
  3. Beyonce at half-time. Beyonce is always over the top. It is going to be a spectacle whether you are a fan of hers or not.
  4. The Super Bowl will be played in the Superdome in New Orleans. If you can’t be happy for how this city has bounced back, well, then you must be dead inside.
  5. The commercials. Wasted commercialism at its best. But, you might as well watch so you know what everyone is talking about at work the next day.

Enjoy the game and Go Ravens. What are your Super Bowl predictions?

So hot! And, I as a heterosexual women, I have no problem saying that.
So hot! And, as a heterosexual women, I have no problem saying that.
Related Stories: The Non-Sportsman’s Survival Guide to the Super Bowl by Anna Chaconas.

Post to Review

The Next Star Wars to be Directed by J.J. Abrams – my thought by Steve UmsteadI am pretty happy about this decision.
Four Techniques to Show Rather than Tell by Marcy Kennedy I learned a new one. Remove the ‘to’ phrases.
30 Lessons That I have Learnt From Writing by Michael J Holley You can’t go wrong with a great list. I need to work on #6.
How to Be a Writer Who Thinks Like a Publisher at Wise InkThis is great resource for writers.

the dojo

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That’s right. I’ve joined a Dojo. The talented Ali Cross has reworked the dojo to continue her mission to create support and camaraderie among writers. The dojo is split into three dojos for writers, revisers and queriers (is that a word). You can join one or all three. I am in the NiNoReMo where revising ninjas train.

Goals for February: Revise 150 pages this month. That is 37.5 pages per week.

Join me in the dojo and let’s have a productive February.

Related post: News from The Writer’s Dojo by The Peasants Revolt
New Followers
The Very Hungry
ML Chesley
Raewyn Hewitt
I wanted to thank all of you who press like on my post as well.
Next Week’s Schedule
Tuesday – Tattoo Tuesday: Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update and Calling all Tattoo Clad Writers
Wednesday – Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Writing Group Fears
Friday – A Post Apocalyptic Drama for this Blog Tour
Sunday – My Weekly Update

Hookers and Hangers Blogfest – The Hooker Section

The ladies over at Falling for Fiction have created the Hookers & Hangers Blogfest.  What a great idea?  I know I said I wasn’t going to look at my WIP until September, but I thought this would be a fun exercise and a great learning experience.

So, here it goes. Some choice 1st lines from chapters of my novel – I’m Coming Home.

  • Even after making this trip about 2 times a year for the last three years, Sydney still has it in her mind that a 16 hour plane ride is something to avoid at all cost.
  • Again, Sydney was surprised at how flirty she was being, but it felt so natural, talking to him like this; well, more like texting him like this.
  • Sydney woke up at 6:00 am the next morning, surprisingly not tired and, with a smile on her face.
  • Sydney came down in the elevator looking cute on the outside and feeling like she was going to throw up on the inside.
  • Stepping out of the club onto Bourbon Street among all the lights and sounds and people, Sydney realized she was more drunk then she thought.
  • Even though they had made up, Sydney was shaken by the little argument when she woke up the next day.
  • At the end of the day, the crew went to watch the leaders finish on 18 while Sydney stayed behind to clean up.
  • A little embarrassed by the scene they were making, Sydney wiped the tears from her eyes, “You almost missed me.”
  • June went by fast at the Academy and in a few weeks, John would be coming to visit.
  • John woke up around 4:00 am, still getting used to the time difference, he rolled over and put his arms around Sydney and kissed her neck to wake her up.
  • Sydney spent the next couple of months home doing exactly what she wanted to do; slept, reconnected with family and it gave John the opportunity to get to know her family.

What an eye opener.  These need a lot of work.  I would appreciate any suggestions.  Click on the badge to read other writer’s Hookers.  And, come back on Wednesday to see my Hangers.  

My Weekly Update – Lovely, Loving, Love

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Last week I was beautiful.  Apparently, this week I am Lovely.  I have received the One Lovely Blog Award from not one but two of my favorite blogsperts (my made up word for blog experts).

Thank you so much to Vikki from The View Outside.  Vikki posts everyday and it is always interesting and entertaining.  I just love quality combined with quantity.

I also want to thank  Nicole from the The Madlab Post.  Nicole host the Monday Movie Meme.  I can’t wait to see what theme she comes up with each week to link movies.

The rules suggest that I share 7 items of interest about myself.  I am going to share 7 interesting facts about my JuNoWriMo WIP.

  1. The book takes place in China, New Orleans, New Jersey, New York, China, Texas & New Jersey again. 
  2. It is most definitely chick lit.
  3. It is funny.
  4. There is some very hot, seductive, spicy, rated PG-13 sex scenes in it an I blushed when I wrote it. 
  5. It is over 75,000 words long.
  6. There is an evil boss in the story.
  7. It has an ironic ending.

I have decided to give the award to my oh so Lovely JuNoWriMo Hosts:

Becca Campbell

A. E. Howard

And, my 13 Lovely New Followers below.

Loving

I am in a Loving kind of mood today.  I am loving that JuNoWriMo is done (I promise, I will stop talking about it after next Friday). I am loving the friends that I made through participating in this great challenge. I am loving that the first draft of my first novel is done and there is a lot of good content in there. I am really loving that I am not going to look at it again until September. I am loving that I have another novel idea in my head; can you say Camp Nanowrimo in August.

And, I am loving that I now feel like a writer.

For me, it was a Lovely Month!  How was yours? 

Love My New Followers

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday – JuNoWriMo participant Interview Felicia Wetzig
Tuesday – Insecure Writers Support Group Post
Thursday – JuNoWriMo participant Interview Becca Campbell
Friday – A Note to My Pre-JuNoWriMo Self
Sunday – My Weekly Update

U – Underground Railway

My all time favorite thing about traveling is finding my way around new cities.  I prefer to walk around and get lost and then find my way back again.  It is the best way to get to know a city.  Another great way to see the city and to cover more ground is by utilizing the public transportation system.

All of my favorite cities have great PTS. The street car in New Orleans, the subway in New York, the tube in London, the metro in Tokyo and Hong Kong and now the Underground Railway in Sydney.

We had one day with nothing planned so we decided to jump on the train and see where it took us. We got on at Central and took the train 4 stops to Bondi Junction.

Bondi Junction is a great shopping area of Sydney.  It has several stores that line the streets and then a huge mall.  I have to give you a little back story so you understand why this was such an exciting site for me.

In China, there are a lot of high end malls.  Lots of name brands.  You can find any and everything you need in China.  Except for a shoe in a size 9.5.  In the six years I have lived here, I have never been able to purchase a pair of shoes.  It is really sad because, I love shoes.  I mean, I really love shoes.

I have been wearing the same 3 freakin pairs of shoes for 18 months now (last time I was in USA). I needed new shoes.

In Sydney Australia, I found shoes.  In fact, I found several shoes stores in Bondi Junction and every single store I went to and every shoe I asked to see had a size 9.5.  I was in 9.5 shoe heaven.  I was such a great feeling.  I brought 4 pairs.

So, I send thanks out to you all.  To Sydney for loving big feet people, to Bondi Junction for housing some great shoes stores and especially to the Underground Railway.  If it was not for you and your easy access all over Sydney, I might still be wearing the same 3 freakin pairs of shoes.