Stacy...Sensibly Insane


I have my own little world, but it's okay - they know me here.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Bit of Good News on this Dark Day



Halloween has arrived and I just found out that I came in fourth in the single title section of the Toronto Romance Writer's Golden Opportunity Contest. Not bad for the first contest I ever entered eh?

Now to get busy with the NaNoWriMo starting first thing tomorrow morning!
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 1:24 PM :: 8 comments

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

I So Wouldn't Have Made It...



I soooo wouldn't have made it as a pioneer woman back in the old days.

Why I say or even think this, you ask? Because our load of wood came in, pleasantly dumped in the middle of our driveway. So there is my hubby and I making upteen hundred trips from the pile into the mudroom to store it for the winter for our woodstove which heats the main portion of the house (I live out in the country--but not too far). Now dh is built like a football linebacker and carries his manly portions while I am lucky to juggle two or three pieces at once. So during this I kept thinking how we were lucky that the wood was already cut into managable chunks and that 'back in the old days' men would be out all summer with an axe cutting the whole darn tree by hand (of course my musings ran away with me here when the fantasy of a bronzed adonis weilding an axe took over my brain). The before-fantasy thingking led to woman baking their own breads and having to walk to an outhouse in the middle of the night. Yep, I really like modern inventions and am thankful that I buy bread pre-sliced in a bag, don't have to milk the cow, and my butt stays warm if I need a midnight visit to the loo.

Not to say I don't occasionly make the homemade apple pie, or sew up a piece of clothing, but let's face it, Little House On The Prairie I'm not...and that's okay with me!
Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 8:37 AM :: 4 comments

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

This Gives You Pause...



This was forwarded to me by a friend and I'm glad she did. It puts life into perspective. I wish I knew the author.

" THE MAYONNAISE JAR AND COFFEE

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and thecoffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items infront of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a verylarge and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.

He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a infamous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you torecognise that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things. Your family, your children, your faith, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions.Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.The pebbles are the other things that matter. Your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, thethings that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

"One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend." "

Definately gives you pause.
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Monday, October 24, 2005

Feedback



I'm liking the feedback on my greeting cards from everyone...thank you! I only wished it was that encouraging finding somewhere to send them. All my research has come up with makes me think it will be easier getting a book published than the greeting cards. Still (and I maliciously steal from another who quoted this on there blog recently) "Never give up, never surrender!"

I'm also anxiously outlining and preparing for eharlequin's NaNoWriMo starting November 1. I have this little scenario playing around in my head that is itching to get put on paper...I have no idea where it will take me really but hey, that's half the fun of a new adventure!
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Friday, October 21, 2005

So, What Do You Think...



So here are a few samples of the Greeting Card line I'm working on. And hey, I won't be shameless, if any of you out there know someone in the greeting card publishing business have them pop over!

Birthday sample.

On the front top it will say:

Butter watch out...

Inside:

I herd those birthdays can sneak up on you!







From the Christmas collection.


On the front: (using music notes as quotation marks)

"Deck the herd with boughs of Holly..."

Inside:

"Moo moo moo, moo moo, moo moo, moo, moo!"




A Get Well sample.

On the front:

Herd you were udder the weather...

Inside: (beside a cow coloured tea-cup of warm milk)

Hope you feel butter soon!







Posted by Stacy Dawn :: 9:41 AM :: 9 comments

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Thank You!



Here is a heartfelt thank you to all those who have given me support lately in both health, writing, and new adventures. I will post a picture or two when I have a sample of the greeting cards done (keep in mind that I am a little left of centre and have a cow fetish, I'm sure you can guess from there).

So, thank you for kind words, all the cheering, and the kick in the pants when needed. Not only does it promote me to do better but it makes me a better friend and supporter of all of you!
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Something Old But Not Forgotten




So, like I mentioned in an earlier post, I thought I'd try my hand at greeting cards. But not only am I going to think up the written sentiments but I wanted to design them too (yeah, not to adventurous am I?)

So I planned a few drawings out then decided that I wanted to paint them. Dug through for my old watercolour sets and brushes. It had been years (or even longer) since I've painted, everyone knows how life gets in the way of our hobbies. But man, it felt good to wade into the paint and see my visions come to a colourful existance. It's also like riding a bike I guess as I slowly remembered how to manipulate the water paints to give me the effects I wanted. Don't get me wrong...Van Gogh I am not nor ever will be yet the simple pleasure of letting the creative energy flow into something solid is cool...just cool.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Terrible Twos...And I'm Not Talking Children



It's the terrible twos time again. As in two rejections in one week. I like the fact that I am finally getting some news but at the same time I would have preferred it being good news. Oh well, back to the computer. Sluffing it out at this point is the hardest because of the whack upside the ego but back on the horse as they say.
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Monday, October 10, 2005

A First




Today is our (Canada's) Thanksgiving Day and between chopping onions and dicing celery for the stuffing I realized that it was the first time I had ever cooked Thanksgiving supper. Usually we go to one of the parents but this year both sets decided to head off away for the weekend. Hey, I say more power to them!

I'm not much of a cook but I can definately do more than boil water or burn toast so I think I'll manage just fine. Nothing fancy, Chicken (hubby's not too into turkey), roast potatoes, stuffing, an assortment of vegetables and an apple pie--which will be brought by my mom for they get back just in time to join us for dinner....hmmmm, yeah, got me thinking if this was all in their plans too LOL.
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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Superheros




Don't you ever want to believe in your childhood superheros again? Thinking you could fly or at least zap that pesky bill with one gaze of your gamma ray eyes?

Unfortunately, we know we're not Wonderwoman...but why doesn't anyone else believe it?


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Monday, October 03, 2005

Damper In The Plans



This wicked cold, which turned into a sinus/respiratory infection, put a damper on my plans to get anything done over the last bit. Trying to get back into the groove today and hopefully I can believe the doctor that I should be feeling back to normal by the end of the week^^happy dance^^.

I've been tossing around the idea to do a greeting card line. Oh, I know. It's probably even harder to get published in greeting cards than in books but hey, I'm a glutton for punishment. My niece's school is having their Christmas Bazaar next month and my sister and I have rented a table for some of our crafts. I figure, why not? I'll get some ready and see how they sell there then maybe I'll do more research on the bigger markets. Unlike book publishing though, I'm noticing it is a lot harder to find the info for greeting card submissions.
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