Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

This show cracks me up. Here's a past clip with Richard Simmons as guest. OMG. One of the funniest segments I have ever seen. http://www.squizzle.com/movieview.asp?id=2191

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Great Chocolate Battle

And, I won. Ha! I laugh in the face of temptation, of rich, creamy, chocolate. Yes, people, I have withstood Easter weekend without a single piece of chocolate. I thumbed my nose at sweet, chocy eggs and bunnies, at Nestle and Hershey. Yes, I reign victorious. Thy name is will power, hear me say nay. :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I'm Still Here, Part Two

Feel like I'm always saying that lately. I have family in town all this week, and it's been a bit hectic here at Casa Kelly. And then Easter is coming, so I'll probably be away this weekend.

Good news is I'm polishing up a project and plugging away at another. One of these days I'll get back on my regualr schedule...until then, Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Rejections

I love this woman. She is such an inspiration. On Ash's blog, she shares actual rejections of two of her novels, the ones we now know as Fantasy Lover and Night Pleasures. Just reading over them and hearing my own rejections echo in the words of the editors that passed on SK's books, just enforces my persistance and hope. You guys have got to read them.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Spring Break...Done

Wow. So I went on my first ever trip to Disney World. It's truly an amazing place. Had a blast with my daughter whose favorite thing was having her entire face painted like a butterfly. The Animal Kingdom rocked - loved the safari ride. The animals were roaming free, and I literally could've reached out from the truck and touched the rear-end of a rhino. 'Course the park ranger probably would've shot me or somethin', so I behaved myself. But it was cool. We got to ride the Expedition Everest rollercoaster, which is brand new.

This is one of those trips, however, that I would (or could) not do on a regular vacation basis. I was on my feet for six to ten hours, three days in a row. Give me a beach house on the sand and a week to do absolutely nothing if I choose, and that is my kind of vacation!

Hope everyone is doing fabulous. I have a lot of catching up to do!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I'm Still Here

Trying to finish this fantasy project I'm working on -- been writing like mad and have about 60% of it done. My goal is to finish by the end of this month, so posts will be sporadic!

Hope everyone is doing fine!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Spring is here!

Yee-gads, it's so pretty out! Yesterday was 80 degrees and today is the same. It's going to cool off this week but still Spring is here to stay. (Which means if you live in the South, it'll be over in a month or so and summer will be here.)

Gena Showalter wrote an interesting commentary on her blog about authors with the same ideas and concepts -- something, I think we all can relate to. Man, and do I ever sympathize...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

BSG Rocks

Last night's episode left too many frackin' unanswered questions! And now we have to wait until frackin' October for the new season. What the frack is up with that? Love that show - (Battle Star Galactica if anyone is wondering what I'm talking about.)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Ooh la la

Don't know why - just felt like writing that. :D

My Hub bought me pearl earrings and a beautiful bracelet back from Hawaii. Shocked, I tell you. Shocked! Gorgeous gifts. Me happy. (He also brought me a skimpy back tank top with two Hula girls with fringy grass skirts placed strategically on each...well, you can probably guess!) I luv him. ;) But he's gone again, bummer. This month is a big travel month. Which is not a bad thing, b/c I'm writing like crazy anyway. So, I guess the point is - all is going well here at Casa Kelly.

Monday, March 06, 2006

See the Light!

...over at Shawn Monique's pre-published author Spotlight. I'm tooting my own horn, because I'm featured on this week's Spotlight! Please check it out. And a great big thank you to Shawn for thinking of me for her interview -- she's cool like that, you know... ;)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Woad Wage

K - so that was my Elmer Fudd impersonation. :D

I never toot the horn at people, and never flip folks off even if they deserve it, but I had a moment yesterday *sigh*. In a right hand turn lane, where you are allowed to turn if no one is coming, this woman just sat there. I was in a huge rush to make it to the bank on time, and she just wasn't going. So, horror-of-horrors, I tooted the horn at her. When she looked in her rear-view mirror, I made a little pointing jesture for her to turn. 'Course there were two other lanes of stopped vehicles next to us and everyone looked at me. Well, you guessed it! Chalked this up to another Kelly Moment. You see, sometime during the week, the road construction guys had re-assigned the lanes. It wasn't only a right hand turn lane for it also went straight. In my defense I couldn't see the straight arrow 'cause her car was on top of it. When I realized, I felt like an ass. And I'm sure all the other cars around me thought so too! Hmm, now I know why she jestured back to me a few times, lol!

Then, I come home and end up setting off every smoke alarm in my house. And how you might asked -- trying to make frozen chicken fingers! My oven hates me. :(

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

New Links

I added about seven new links to my 'Favorite Blogs' sidebar. Check 'em out...they cool. :)

I've just been writing and waiting for news. It's all about patience and persistence these days, and I constantly surprise myself that I still have reserves of both!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Let's Talk About Jill Monroe

So her book, Never Naughty Enough, finally came the other day. Jill sometimes posts here and on the blogs of some of my friends, and she seems like an all-around great lady. So I was really looking forward to reading this book.

Oh. My. God.

You guys are going to love it! Annabelle and Wagner are wonderful characters. Annabelle has worked for Wagner for four years, and has loved him nearly as long, but he never notices her and she hasn't tried to make him...that is until she's hypnotized at a party, hypnotized to be more 'daring' and a host of other things that are so funny, you'll be smiling silly throughout the story. Though we know Annabelle has always had it in her to be this way, the hypnosis gives her that little push to start doing things to make Wagner, a former corporate raider now in business for himself, take notice -- and boy does he ever!

What I loved most about this story is that it was so real. It reminded me of what it was like to fall hard for my Hub, and all the wild and crazy things one does when one finds true love. :) And Wagner's reactions and thoughts are so true and typical of a man. Annabelle completely throws him off balance, and it's so fun to watch. I started it about 11pm last night and finished it a little before 2am. And I know I'm not great at writing 'reviews' -- but trust me, you guys will love this book.

Great job, Jill! Can't wait to read your next one. :)

Monday, February 20, 2006

Hectic

Things are hectic here - family stuff and a four-day school break happening. Hope everyone is doing well. I'll try to get back on track and post something 'worthy' by Wed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I'm in the newspaper!

Oh, boy, did I get ribbed by my friends, but it was still fun seeing my pic on the FRONT PAGE! Ha! This is the online version of the article. Check out my 5 min. of fame...

Monday, February 13, 2006

A New Day

Can't reveal the details as of yet, but things are really heating up with my film and TV work. There are fires burning people! If things turn out as hoped for, I'll post here right away. :) Looks like lots of travel may be in the near future. I feel like I've been on the phone constantly -- and if anyone knows me -- they know how much I dislike having to talk on the phone. This sounds like a horoscope, doesn't it?

Well, anyway, lots of stuff going on - some great, some not so great. But, that's life, and I've been reminded why family and friends are so very important.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I'm Writing...

So, obviously haven't been posting regularly. I'm working on a female-based fantasy, something I feel I've leading up to these last few years with trying my hand at romance, then moving onto paranormal and now this. My goal is to finish it by end of March.

One thing I did do was pay my RWA conference fee and hotel room. I'm all set for Atlanta. Yippee! I have a feeling this year will be a fun, laid back, relaxing time. Anyone else going?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Musing of the Day

1. My treadmill makes very good storage unit. You can sit all kinds of things on it. :)

2. When you're trying to speak to someone who doesn't speak your language - if you just use their accent somehow they'll understand you. This cracks me up.

Monday, January 30, 2006

On Writing...

Let me start by saying that I've never really experienced a heavy dose of writer's block until this past year. I don't even know if I would call it a 'block' really. It was more like a 'disenchantment' with the whole writing-for-publication struggle. Questions and doubt assailed me. Why am I putting myself through this? Maybe I don't have what it takes. Why bother?

Well, needless to say, these doubts caused me to stop writing. It drained my motivation and creativity. And this had negative affects on other areas of my life. I wasn't writing. That spark wasn't inside me. It depressed me. Made me unhappy with so many other things.

Now, I have it back - and THANK GOD it came back! My creative spark is intricately tied into my entire life and well being. The two are not, nor will they ever be, separate entities. I realized that I needed to step back and stop obsessing so hard about getting published, to stop allowing it to hang over my head like a dark cloud. That I needed to rediscover the joy and excitement again in my writing.

I took a good, long look at myself, my goals and the kinds of stories that inspired me when I was young, the kind of stories that made me want to be a writer, and I began to write again. I don't care if what I'm working on now fits into any genre, if the market is hot or not for it, if my tale is generally written this way, or that way. Don't care. I've always written stories I love, and in genres that I love - but, I think it's important sometimes to 'let go' of publication obsession for a little while, too. I think that's where I got hung up. I want so much to be published, to be able to tell my husband that all his support hasn't been in vain. And I want it for myself because I know I can do it, because it's what I was meant to do - so much so, that I can't seem to follow through and do anything else with my life or hold down any kind of profession. It's hard to let that kind of 'want' go, but for my sanity, I had to! And it has helped a lot.

I'm still pursuing publication, but for once I'm not obsessing over it or letting it get in the way of my creativity. I'm writing MY kind of story, and I haven't felt this exhilarated and optimistic in a long time.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Me and My Dairy Cow

Last night I was playing EQII with my dark elf enchanter - she has the abililty to charm enemies and then make them fight for her. So there I was running around this vast area known as the Commonlands (mountains, caves, farms, rivers, valleys, etc...). Lots to do there. Well, I was on a quest to kill some orcs, and I decided to charm a creature to help me out.

And you gueesed it. I charmed a dairy cow. Oh, there were far more intimidating creatures lurking about - lions, griffins, ghosts... But I saw that dairy cow and knew we were meant to battle together. Imagine my surprise whenever she attacked, she'd moo LOUDLY the whole time. I nearly peed my pants. Other players online would run by on their way somewhere, stop and then backpeddle to watch us go at it.

With the hub gone for 2 weeks, the child in bed - this is how I amused myself last night.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Back on track...

Whew. Okay, I'm back on schedule now with the writing. I was panicking a little since the 'creativity well' had seemingly dried up.

On another note - it sucks royally when you've come up with a completely new angle and concept for a book, you write it, and then a NY bestselling author's book hits the shelves and it basically the same concept as yours. Gah. 'Nough said.

Just ordered 'Jewel of Atlantis' and 'Unleash the Night'... Woo-hoo! I'll be a happy reader in a few days.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I've Been A Very Bad Girl...

So, so bad. :) My sister got me into EverQuest II and now I can't stop playing it! For those who don't know, it's a massive online roleplaying game set in a world of good and evil fantasy. You interact (or not, if you don't feel like it) with others playing the game. I have two characters, one is a bad dark elf and the other is a good wood elf. The dark elf has dark, gray skin, white hair and light, light blue eyes. The wood elf has tatoos on her face and her profession is a scout. The dark elf is an enchanter. I've been running around killing things for a week, and making money and buying and selling things. Each character even has to eat and rent a room to live in, etc... It's so cool. And when you choose your character race (human, elf, halfling, gnome, etc..), you also choose a profession (scout, mage, warrior or priest) - the best part is that you totally shape the appearance - full lips, thin, wide, narrow - eye color, tilt, brows, hair color, highlights and style, the shape of the face and body. Can you tell I'm addicted? Gah. Like I needed this. Oddly, enough, though, it is inspiring me to work on my second Wardsmen books since that, too, is semi-fantasy. Well, that's my excuse anyway!

I'm going to try and limit my playing, and use this as a reward for when I'm done my word count.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

I'm baaaaack... :)

So how was everyone's holiday? Mine was good. I'm ready to get into the New Year and get things accomplished. I have writing goals, life goals, weight goals (to lose fifteen pounds by summer - seems easy doesn't it? It's just fifteen pounds, but man, oh man, they're the stubborn lbs that have been lurking ever since my daughter was born five years ago!).

I put up a new blog link for my friend Kelli Estes. She's a great gal. We met at RWA nationals in Dallas. Hi Kelli!

I've got a lot of catching up to do since I was gone all week, then I'm going to start writing full blast...