Stacy...Sensibly Insane


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

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Old Three Factor Again




At least this time the three factor is a good thing.

Reading back on the last few posts I mentioned the new idea for a romantic comedy, which my muse is still swamping me with details (I love it except she does this at 2am in the morning...ugh, I am not a night person).

I also mentioned finding somewhere to send a sample of my greeting cards.

Now, I think I figured out a way to work at home. I'm going to be a Personal and Small Business Marketing Consultant helping people write up resumes/cover letters, create logos, business cards, mailers, flyers, and anything else they may need to promote themselves. Why it took me so long to figure this out I don't know. Before the kids came I used to be a graphic designer for a sign company for two years, I've written I don't know how many cover letters for myself alone for various jobs, publishers, etc. Not to mention the ones I have done for family and friends over the years. I've done posters, flyers, coupons etc for my mother's church and various people for the last two years and now that I have a good quality laptop and printer, I'm half-way there.

I'm going to take the next month to plan it out, set up my pricing, info sheets, and my own marketing plan which should put me at a perfect time when companies are starting to rehire since the after Christmas slump. I figure there will be some needing resumes for going out into the business world when highschool or college ends or even end of year term papers typed up. I plan to canvas the small business in the area (we are a tourist town so their are plenty) and a few other odds and ends still need to figure out. It just finally feels like the right thing for me.

Now, just for the record, I haven't always believed in the three factor. That was my mother-in-law's fault. She was a strong believer and this influenced my husband somewhat who mentioned it whenever a situation came up. I'm still not a hundred percent sure it's not just some superstitious gobbledy-gook but I'll tell you over the last bit I think I'm becoming a believer.
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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Here Goes....



I finally found a publisher to send my greeting cards to for consideration. I've been looking for a while as you all know but just could not find any info that would tell me where to send them. Then today while looking up a totally different topic I hit on a page that linked to a page that mentioned something about greeting cards that then took me to another page where someone else mentioned a publisher so I looked it up and I liked them. Forgive me for not mentioning the name yet, I don't want to jinx anything or count my chickens before they're hatched. So, you'll have to wait a few months until I get the yes or no answer from them first. But please, wish me luck.
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Friday, January 27, 2006

FINALLY!!!




After spending most of the month working, reworking, and discarding a number of story ideas, I've FINALLY come up with one that I am happy with. The funny thing being it is totally off the wall and nothing like the other ideas I had been considering.

I wanted to start a brand new ms for the new year but was having trouble with the conflicts. The h was too nice, the H had no depth or vica versa but no matter what I thought of to torture them with I just couldn't come up with a conflict or plot I was happy with. Then of course the doubts start hitting...if I can't do it now then what will happen if I'm lucky enough to get something published but can't come up with a second book!!! OMG, I must really suck at this. (I know, way overboard but I find that most of us writers have our dramatic moments and this was mine)

But then last night in a spark of brilliance (like I said earlier "drama, drama, drama" we are either down in the dumps or up in the clouds--this would even be more funnier if you understood the premise of my ms) So within an hour I had the basics down, conflict, plot, torture, humour, characters and sporatic notes all swirling faster than my poor hand could jot them down so I wouldn't forget. I even emailed one crit partner and IM'd another to run it by them to see if I had something. Thankfully they thought it would work.

I spent the night sleeping between spirts of notations in my bedside notebook and though I may lack a full nights rest (which is nothing unusual lately with the kids hacking away) I woke up still excited about the story. That is when you know you may have something that you can actually complete.

Best of all its a romantic comedy so it should be fun! Wish me luck!
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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Annoyed Disillusionment Rant



What ever happened to the honest businessman...no that's not really what I mean. What ever happened to catering to the person and not the money.

Case in point is our oil tank. We needed a new gage because the old one said we had over half a tank when in reality we were empty. So we called our usual furnace company and they sent a guy over last week. The same older gentleman, really nice, talkative, you know the kind. He was here maybe twenty minutes and I know I'm over-estimating that time.

Anyway, so the bill came in the mail yesterday. The gage cost a total of $21 dollars, no problem. The labour--all twenty minutes of it--cost $80!!! Can you believe that!! So we now have a bill of just over $100 dollars (tax added to this of course) for a freakin' tank gage that my husband probably could of installed himself--but of course then we would have had to have someone come in to check to make sure it was done properly for insurance purposes--cripes!

As if this isn't enough, I've also been looking up jobs that I can do from home. I've been looking through newspapers and the internet finding many various adds and sites that sound great...until you get to the bottom of the page where they are willing to give you access to the 400+ businesses looking for homeworkers...for the small fee of $39-69.95! I swear by the time I was done I was so mad and depressed. Well, we know how they are making their money from home don't we?

Aaargh!!!!!!!!

Oh well, I guess I have to take my rose coloured glasses off and see the world occasionally for what it is....ruled by the All Mighty Dollar. I much prefer my view of a world where your neighbor matters not for what they can pay you but for how you can help them or they can help you just because we care.

p.s. Can't go without the superstitious set of three so let's add the $400 it took to find a simple wire had corroded on the car. But at least it is running--YAY!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Blah Day



It's dark outside and it's only the afternoon. We had a snowstorm that lasted about two hours. I haven't been able to work myself up to any type of work (as you can tell by the last two or three posts of various quizes).

To add to the depression of the day, three out of the four of us have colds...again (I am sooooo over winter right now) and the car is still in the shop with the latest verdict being that the mechanic needs to delve further into the computer or wiring...in other words it's good that we stopped at two children because by the time he's finished with our car we would have had to give him our third just to pay for it. I am really not looking forward to this bill.
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Your Love Quote

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

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The cool thing about this is that FAll is actually my favorite time of year!

You Are Fall!

Thoughtful
Expressive
Creative
Poetic
Smart

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You Are Psyche!

Eternally in search of purpose and insight.
You're curious and creative with a total sense of wonder.
Totally empathetic, you pick up on other's moods easily.
Just be sure to pamper yourself as well!

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Not Again!




AAARGH!

What is it about my family and cars...our luck sucks!

If you haven't guessed, our car is once again sitting in some mechanic's lot awaiting some indepth inspection as to why it won't start. This happened on Thursday and we might know something by Monday.

As upset as I get I do try to look on the good side though. It didn't conk out in the middle of the highway with the kids or far away from home. My husband is on holidays so we don't have to worry about getting him to work and back. My mother, bless her, has been lending us her car in between her own work and errands to get to certain appointments and run around for parts. In other words, there is always a plus side.
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Friday, January 20, 2006

My Hero!




















Thanks Mary for the cool site where you can use your own pictures to make a Romance Cover!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

When Pigs Fly...er, I mean Cows



I haven't hidden the fact that I have a cow fetish. I think at least another five or six variations were added over the Christmas season. Namely my flying cow.

Flying, you say? Who ever heard of a flying cow? Not I, until my sister-in-law gave it to me for Christmas.

These are the times I wish I had a digital camera for proof. But for now let me tell you that this hilarious cow is currently attached to my kitchen ceiling. When turned on and given a little push the cow flaps it's wings and goes around and around in a circle. The kids love it and I can't help showing it to any who walk through my door.

You won't believe this but I just went cruising around Google images and guess what I found....

...yep, that's my little Tinkerbell!
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Monday, January 16, 2006

Tagged by Stephanie



What were you doing ten years ago?

I was preparing to take my first real vacation with my new boyfriend (who yes, is now my husband). We drove to Daytona Beach and during the trip, he shaved off his gotee (for fear of getting a beard tan). I sat that night in the hotel room thinking what the hell I was doing. He suddenly looked so different and it occurred to me that my family didn’t even know his last name. (Yikes, I was so naïve!)

What were you doing one year ago?

Freaking out because I had to sign my first born up for junior kindergarten and I was soooo not ready for that.

Five snacks you enjoy:

1. Chips and dip
2. Cadbury Chocolate
3. icecream
4. pita slices brushed with sundried tomatoe and oregano dressing, broiled then dipped in sour cream
5. anything with icing on it

(oh yeah, call me healthy)

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:

1. The Gambler-Kenny Rogers (first ever I memorized)
2. Shameless – Garth Brookes (our wedding song)
3. Start Again- Zappacosta
4. Ain’t as Good as I Once Was-Toby Keith
5. Beautiful Disaster-Kelly Clarkson

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

1. Pay off EVERYTHING
2. Help family out with any money needs they may have
3. Buy Hubby a brand new truck
4. Renovate our home (we like it here, no need to buy a new one)
5. Take a trip to Hawaii while our home was being renovated

Five Bad Habits:

1. hate housekeeping so it gets left behind more often than not
2. neglet my health
3. worry far too much
4. leave the seat pulled forward in the car after I drive it (drives the hubby mad)
5. as a personal one: can’t say no very easily

Five Things You Like Doing:

1. sleep (even though I haven’t much since the kids came)
2. playing with the kids and tickling them until they belly laugh
3. playing with my husband ;)
4. family shopping (yes believe it or not we shop together…and like it)
5. reading and writing (kinda similar so I squeezed them in)

Five Things You Would Never Wear or Buy Again:

1. Anything lycra
2. a used car over 3 years old
3. high heels
4. nylons/tights if I could ever in my life help it
5. hockey equipment

Five Favorite Toys:

1. pens, pencils, markers, sharpies
2. paper of any kind
3. my laptop
4. paints
5. my flying cow (I dare you to ask me about this)

Five People I’m Tagging:
1. Peggy
2. Jenna
3. Cathy
4. Raylene
5. Tanya
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Friday, January 13, 2006

Benefit of Children to a Writer



Romance has always been my genre of choice as a writer. But since the addition of children and the multitude of books I read to them, I've been interested in creating a series of children's books and currently have two very different ones in the works (one currently sitting in an editor's slush pile as we speak).

With my romance novels, I have critique partners who read my roughs, offer suggestions, hold my hands, or kick me when needed. It is only recently though that I realized what invaluable critique partners I have at home...in my children.

It is by their reactions, good or bad, that I can gauge the effects of the story I write. When they laugh out loud, I'm thrilled. When their eyes wander, I know I have to fix that area. When I hear them three days later reciting a line and laughing at it, I feel the thrill of hope that I just might have something an editor may want to read.

Yet still, even if the editor decides it's not, I'll always know that I have my two biggest fans waiting in the wings for the next installment.
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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Age Defined



There is nothing to bring your age closer to home than a teenager.

Tell me, do you honestly feel your age? I don't. Inside I'm still twenty-something. Maybe it is the decrepidation of the mind which let's us believe this even though highschool was ions ago and your children are now in school themselves.

The occurance that came up was dealing with music...you know, the all consuming tunes that define an era. Simply put...I am so '80's. My nephews are now in their late teens and of course have the mp3 players and are up on the multi-genre of the times. Unlike their matronly aunt who while in the car, rocks to the classics of Bryan Adams, Cutting Crew, Corey Hart, or whoever else happens to win a slot during the Sunday Time Machine on the local radio station.

It is then that you realize the '80's began over twenty years ago and that in fact time has passed whether you paid attention to it or not.
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Sunday, January 08, 2006

And it Begins



Off to a pretty good start on my writing goals of the year. I'm working on a new children's series based on my unending supply of amusement from my children. Hopefully with a description of the concept art I would like to see accompany it, some publisher will take a bite of it this year.

As for the other writing projects, they are in the works. I've decided to start afresh and put the ones I did last year on the back burner for now. I had two different contest score sheets returned to me late last year and though at the time I was plagued by some of their comments, I have also noticed a common denominator in all of them which I thereby hope to keep in mind and use accordingly. The good news being that with a reread I found that all liked the writing, most of the comments were technical which with practice and effort can be easily fixed.

So here's hoping to an accomplishing year!
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Thursday, January 05, 2006

All Gone



Well, it's over. The last of the Christmas decorations are put away (at least until I find those few hidden that always miss the boxes). The house looks so...well, bland now.

Christmas is such a colourful time of the year and afterwards everything is so bleak, then the freezing snow comes and everything turns brown or grey...no wonder they call them the February blues, there is no colour left.

Hopefully, I can keep busy enough to get through until the greenery starts coming back. Maybe we will be lucky and have an early spring this year.

We can always hope.
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