Stacy...Sensibly Insane


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

Sunday, April 30, 2006

E-Buzz Review




In Mackenzie McKade’s Six Feet Under, now available from Samhain Publishing, gruesome murders, gorgeous vampires, and a gutsy heroine all come together in a mesmerizing web of erotic sensuality.

Private Detective, Charlene Madison, didn’t come lightly so to speak but kept her own determination and drive no matter how Devin Leduc pursued her during Charlee’s attempt to find the man responsible for brutally killing a young woman. Finding out Devin wasn’t the Devil was a good thing. Finding out he was a vampire was a little harder to swallow.

With fluid descriptions and hot—as in capital SIZZLE—sensuality, Six Feet Under is a good, fast-paced read that kept me turning the pages. The characters pull you in right from the start and I loved the way Charlee stuck to her guns throughout the story. I did feel the climax came a little too quickly after such an intriguing set up for it but the resulting end was solid and satisfying. Overall, for my very first e-book, it was an entertaining experience and a definite recommended read.
Note: This erotic tale contains explicit sex, violence, and graphic language.
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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Which Came First, The Reader or The Writer




Were you a reader first or a writer? You would think the answer would be obvious but I was thinking the other day and realized that I was a writer first and a reader second. I know, I'm an odd duck.

I never liked reading in school. I never understood the word 'comprehention' until highschool. Back then, I was a slow reader so whenever we had to share books it was a nightmare and I would usually lie and say "oh yeah, of course I'm done that page too" meaning I had missed half of it. Then came highschool and ugh! Seriously, who chooses those books? BORING! Although oddly enough, I actually got Shakespeare--go figure. Like I said, odd duck.

It was far easier and much more entertaining to make up my own stories. It took me forever to fall asleep at night so I'd lie there and tell myself stories to help me pass the time. I wrote some down or kept a running serial in my head.

It wasn't until my second job after I finished school that I took up reading. I had to for the bordom factor because it was a brand new company, I was the only employee, and we hadn't established a customer following yet. Once I could pick my own books I soon came to the point where I couldn't get enough. That's when I started branching out and finding what I liked and what I didn't, listening to other's comments and reviews and really enjoying them. Now, it's rare that I don't have one sitting on top of the couch waiting for a spare moment and a TBR pile that goes up and down depending on the projects I'm working on.

Needless to say, my writing has greatly improved the more I read, that advice is definately true.


On this point. I read my first e-book the other day. It was for a review for Samhain Publishing which I will be posting on Monday. Interesting things these e-books. I didn't know what to expect but was very impressed with it's easy download and presentation. It would definately be easier on one of those little palm piloty things (oh yeah, way to throw those techi words in there, Stacy) than on a laptop which is really hard to get comfortable on the couch. But, at the same time, it was fabulous because of a little thing called zoom percentage. You know when your reading late at night and the words on the page start to shrink and get blury? With an e-book, you just up the zoom a couple hundred percent and BAM, the words jump out at you and you're sailing again. I loved that part.

Now, stay tuned to see what I thought of the book...
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Friday, April 28, 2006

Name Change



I think the term writer should be changed to waiter. No, not the "Can I get your dessert now" type waiters, but waiting waiters.

Think about this. As writers we wait to hear back from everyone from agents to editors, crit partners to crit partners. We wait for our story to be read. We wait with bitten nails for someone to tell us they want to buy it.

Even in the beginning stages we are waiting. We wait for the ideas to come, for the ideas to purculate enough to start a story. We WAIT for the story to get out of our fingers and onto the screen, and wait for it to sit and stew for a while before we go back to revise it. We wait in line at the post office to send it (even wait for the post office employees to figure out what an International Reply Coupon is), we wait by our mailboxes or e-mails. Are you getting the drift here.

I'm not saying we don't do things while we wait, you know, like worry and stew and bite our nails and even share in the silver bucket being passed around. Oh yeah, and work on other projects at the same time...which if you go back to the above paragraph, just starts all the waiting again.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Slow Hands




Hmmm, wasn't that part of a song, I want a man with a slow hand, I want a lover with an easy touch.

Wrong tangent. But that seems to be my problem today. My brain is working at a hundred miles an hour and my slow hands just can't keep up. I'm no speed typer but I'm no where near the single digit poke either. I classify myself as a good average typer. But it doesn't seem to matter.

I think it was Tanya who blogged a while ago about wanting a machine that could just pop the story out of your brain and onto paper. It's all up there, I know it is. I replay scenes, know exactly how it feels, how it should look, how it moves, how it darkens, how it ends, but darned if I can get it down on paper at the same speed as my brain works.

I don't know about you, but my stories sort of come across as movies in my head. All in all put together it would work out to maybe a two or three hour movie. So why is it that it takes two or three months for it to get on paper?

My only theory...slow hands.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Boys



Okay, call me sentimental but I'm having a mother moment. You don't need to know the details but add PMS, no chocolate to curb it, fighting with a synopsis, and not being allowed to shampoo my hair for two weeks (per doctor's instructions and medication). All this equals a pretty bad mood.

Though I try not to take it out on the kids, they happened to be the only ones home with me today and got the brunt of it...no, no, no, not that I abused them but they didn't get a happy mommy today and got brushed off onto the TV with a "Mommy needs some Mommy time right now"--most of the day. So I'm feeling guilty and am about to drop everything to go play with them. (I printed off a really cool cut and paste activity that we'll do together.)

I don't think I've ever shared a picture with you so I thought I would today...tell me, how can you stay grumpy around these cuties! (As for what they are wearing and holding, don't forget, my husband is a sports-aholic)


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Monday, April 24, 2006

10,000 Mark



Woohoo! I hit the 10,000 word mark today.

I don't know whether to be excited or a little concerned at the way the story is working out. In my outline I had it planned that she would hit her old life to open Chapter Two but she is just hitting it now in the middle of Chapter four. I'm happy, I think. Obviously, for word count it will be great and I do love the interaction between the h and H but wow, I feel I'm way off from my outline guide. Not the content, just the placement. Maybe that is the difference. As for content, I'm still following my outline closely at the moment which I'm excited about. So who cares if the placement of the chapters is off. It matters more that the story is developing properly...right?
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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Rainy Day Feeling Again




What is it about a rainy day that makes you as uncreative as possible?? Is it the weight of the clouds? The repetitious raindrops? The dampness? The icky, yucky, don't-bug-me, feeling? Personally, I don't get it.

When you think about it, shouldn't this be a high creative time? How many times have you used the rain to emphasize the atmosphere of a scene? Not to mention the fact that since it's ugly outside, you can't go out and play. Therefore, it's the perfect day to pull up the keyboard and get at 'er. Then why am I pulling out each sentence like it was stuck in the muck instead of a clear pool of rainwater?

Have...to...write...this...sentence....splursh-kerplunk.

Must...finish...my...quota...for...the...day...splursh-kerplunk.

Better go, this isn't going to be pretty.

Splursh-kerplunk!
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Friday, April 21, 2006

Diagnosis



What a day.

First up, the doctor. Turns out I have psoriasis. The allergic reaction to the perm was the catalyst so to speak that brought it on. I'll have to research it a bit because to be honest I don't know much about it but from what my doctor said, exercising can aggravate it (ahhhh bummer...but then he added but you have to exercise...ahh bummer), sun is good for it (if I had known that yesterday, I wouldn't have covered up while at the zoo), and stress of any sort is not good (yeah right, like serenity will ever happen in my life). Then he decides he wants to do some blood tests. Okay, this is late Friday morning, his nurse has no luck even finding a vein so sends me to another blood clinic. The wait is huge and when I finally get in there she can't find anything either, pokes me twice then calls someone else over who also pokes me twice and FINALLY gets some--OUCH!

So that's all fine and dandy and I'm happy that he's given me a prescription to help it...I put the prescription in and they are busy so it will be at least 40 minutes. No problem. I've got some shopping to do. Come back right on time and the little clerk says it'll just be a second--fifteen minutes of standing there looking stupid later and the pharmasist sends his techie over to talk to me. They had to double check one of the prescriptions with my doctor but he's out of the office now until Monday, fine I'll take the creme. Uh, no, we only have the ointment and have ordered the creme which will be in on...you guessed it, Monday.
Let's think about this:
a) they could have told me that when I showed up to pick up my stuff instead of making me wait fifteen minutes
b) he sends his flunky to tell me (and the guy barely looked out of highschool and scared witless)
c) I waited forever at the clinic, got poked 4 times and won't even tell you where they finally found a willing vein, waited another an hour at the pharmacy, and came home with nothing.

Can you say PEEVED!

The good news is that I grabbed a notebook and got three pages of Chapter four down while waiting for the bloodwork. Yay me!
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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My!




I was about to say that we didn't see the bears because they are down a hill that the devil himself dug at a 90 degree angle out of the side of a cliff...but in actuality we did see a bear--a polar bear. And how! It was swimming in the under viewing and coming right up to the window. It was awesome. We took a picnic lunch and had a great day in the sunshine.

We stopped in at Toys R Us on the way home so we could pick up a little hockey net set for the mutant. It will be a surprise for when he gets home from school tomorrow. How doesn't he know about it when we all went in together? Dad kept him distracted with the ride-on jeeps while I paid for it and hid it in the trunk. I love being devious then seeing their face the next day!

I also have a date with the doctor tomorrow. Ugh. Remember the good perm/bad allergic reaction from over five weeks ago. Although the perm still looks great, my skin hasn't recovered. I've tried a few things but I'm leery to do to much to it because it is extra sensitive right now so I'm going to see my own doctor about it...hopefully this will solve the problems and it will finally be over.

Needless to say, not much got done on the wip today although I was thinking about it--unfortunately, I was thinking about the synopsis **cringe**. If anyone has a good site or suggestion about them, I'll take any help.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Pattern



I know, I know. I've kinda been on a pattern lately but I found another interesting fact about all the words we're supposed to stay away from. I just (he he) finished chapter three and my 'proofing alerts' (just, ly, was blah, blah, blah) when I word counted the document before the proofing I had 8815 words. When I was done 8706. 109 word different...talk about tightening up!
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Whippin' It

Can you believe it...another sunny day. And tomorrow is supposed to be just as beautiful. We may just take advantage of it and go to the zoo.

Chapter Three is longer than I remember so the revisions are taking a bit longer. The description sucked so that didn't help either. But I am whippin' it into shape and should be done by tonight. This is the last chapter I had already done which means that tomorrow night, I can start moving forward with a brand new chapter! She's headed back to her past so I'm excited to start it. Well, best be off to finish ch 3 then.

Tip of the Day: Just because the dog wants on the schoolbus, doesn't mean he's smart enough to go to school.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun...




What a B-eautiful day today! The grass is even starting to go green....finally!

After their naps, I took the boys outside and for their snack we had a picnic then played in the backyard. When they ventured off to the sandbox, I took my notebook and soaked up some sunshine while working through Chapter Three...can't get much better than that.

The little meter over there is inching up slowly but surely. And since I'm currently dealing with my heroine getting a 'This is your life' in the clouds by the sexy Timekeeper, I decided put my avatar in the clouds too.
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Monday, April 17, 2006

What I Love About A Writing Blog



In a carry over from yesterday's entry, I discovered what I love most about a writing blog. I can do anything I want or rather, write any way I want. No, it doesn't give a great impression when I say I'm a writer and people read this but still, you have to be almost a purist with the work you are sending to publishers. Watch every phrase, double check every adverb to make sure if it needs to be there or if there is a better way, watch your 'was' count and 'that' or 'just' (of which I am horrid) . Yet, with a blog like this it is so nice to have a place just to be relaxed and pressure free.

What I mean is...
I can was up the wazoo!
I can just, just because.
I can give you that, till I'm that content that I will be happy.
I'm able to go blinging while flinging and ringing while I'm singing.
I can do all this because I really, really, want to and also because...it's my blog.
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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Page by Page




Page by page, chapter by chapter. Slowly but surely this story will get written. I finished the basic edits of chapter one and two over the weekend and am preparing to move ahead to chapter three and beyond. Working on the first two brought me fully back into the TOHL characters and I like where it's going. CP comments on the first chapter have been positive which helps immensely!

Tip (or what I've learnt so far from this ms)--I'm doing minor proof alerts at the end of each chapter...you know, checking for was, ly, ings, and thats. It's amazing how many I find and how much it strengthens things early on. It is also much easier to go through ten pages or so at a time rather than 300 all at once.
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Saturday, April 15, 2006




I shamelessly stole these 'Easter baby buns' from Rae's blog because they are just so darned cute.

Hope everyone has a Happy Keester...I mean Happy Easter!!
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Movement




Since realizing my growth and making a decision I've found that I've gotten back into TOHL with a flurish! It is moving well with the past two days work but I'm a little nervous. We go to the in-laws tomorrow for Easter and because of where they live it will be a whole day thing meaning no writing will get done. I'm scared the momentum will leave. There really won't be a chance to do more than jot down a note or two. I'll take a notebook as always but don't expect much time to use it. I'm hoping the drive to write will hold for twenty-four hours.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Growth




It's funny how we can't think for ourselves when it involves our own work and can easily spot things in other people's. The problem I posed in yesterdays post was really concerning me and weighting me down. But I want to thank all of you who gave me some great words of encouragement that I hadn't even thought of before...growth.

I guess you could compare it to your children. We are with them every day so we don't really see the small growth spurts until the pants suddenly become floods. Yet even my mother who lives very close will notice a change within a week if she hasn't seen them.

So involved our we in our writing that we miss the little growths that happen every day. The subtle changes in our voice, how the characters come forth stronger and less 2 dimensional, how we stop telling a story but letting the story tell itself.

Growth.

When I read over WMAB I remember constantly making the note 'topical', for me referencing that it sounded more like someone telling their friend instead of being in the character's pov. Yet when I re-read a scene in TOHL, I can really feel the character herself.

Growth.

Maybe my problem with WMAB isn't that it needs to be revised but rewritten. Rewritten by the characters and not me. For right now though, I don't want to lose the feel for the characters in TOHL so I think I'll just focus on it for now. I love WMAB's story so I'll go back to it someday...when I've grown a bit more.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Unusually Hard Time



I've been trying to work on revisions for WMAB but I am finding they are harder than I thought. Not that there is a lot wrong with it, just the usual stuff and a couple new scenes to add in, but I can't seem to get back in the character's POVs. It's been just over a year since I first wrote it and then it was a sweet write. Now it is such a struggle. I can't seem to get inside like I was when I first wrote it. Like catching up with friends you haven't seen in years and so much has happened that you don't connect like you once did.

I don't know if this is normal or just because I've done a few others since and am more into my current characters of TOHL right now. Maybe WMAB's time has past or I just need to focus on what is in me now instead of trying to force something that isn't. Anyone else have this problem?
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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Saturday Mornings of Old




The only thing I regret about this entry is that it is going to date me...Big Time.

Saturday mornings when I was a kid were the coolest. I remember we lived just outside of Vancouver at the time in this funky duplex with a mean poodle named Freddie living next door. We would crawl into my parents bed and watch their little yellow black and white TV for Saturday morning cartoons. They were awesome, and tons of them. Mine and my sister's favorite was Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Then we would play the rest of the day as the duo running around the neighborhood. It was great!

These days the Saturday morning line-up is just not there. The only set that comes on is at 10 in the morning and by that time we've been up for hours and we are out doing our errands or, weather permitting, outside. Maybe its just me and my early riser kids but there should be better stuff on first thing in the morning. Something to help get their creativity going and give me an hour to wake up. This morning the mutant watched a half-hour of The Score which is basically a sports review station going over clips from the previous nights games.

Needless to say I did get that extra nap on the couch but, I don't know. That part of my childhood was so cool to me pretending to be superheros and saving the world. But I guess, as I watch my mutant playing right now, he's actually doing the same thing. He's watched his Score and now he's playing livingroom hockey, keeping score, penalties, and having a great time which he will do for most of the day. Maybe things haven't changed as much as I thought.
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Friday, April 07, 2006

Day vs Night



It is interesting reading about other writers, their habits, their preferences, their dislikes. Obviously no one works quite the same but it is easy to match similarities. Being a stay-at-home mom I've got the benefit of choosing when I write, okay, not really. I am not a night person, never have been. Some people ask how I can write with young kids in the house but for me it is easier than forcing my eyes to stay open late at night. My muse might like 2am but all she gets from me is a grumble and a few scattered notes that have to be deciphered the next day. Nope, my creative time is morning.

I realize most of you don't have the option and have to write at night or get nothing done, but in truth, when are you most creative? When do the ideas come and if you had absolute choice, when would you choose to sit down and write?
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dumb Dogs



Let me start by saying I love my dog but that doesn't mean he doesn't have stupid moments (kind of like husbands).

The other day we had a bad thunderstorm go through, wind blowing, rain pounding, God getting a strike on the big bowling lane in the sky, you know the kind. As if that isn't bad enough the dog then starts a'howling. It was so fierce that even my oldest said it scared his tummy. So now I'm thinking one of two things. Either there is the Incredible Hulk mowing down our driveway on an angry vendetta or the hunky hydro guy pulled up to read our meter (and that he would be soaking wet and I should invite him in, offer to dry his clothes while offering him a hot coffee and skimpy towl to change into). Anyway, it was neither (bummer on the latter). There wasn't even a squirrel in the yard yet my dog is still going at it like we are under attack. I stop for a second and try to focus on where he is looking. Down our fair sized driveway is a cow...Easter cow to be more precise at the moment. Usually the cow faces the road but the wind had blown it until it was staring at the house, or again more precise at the dog. Seriously, it was like a bad mob movie..."You lookin' at me? You lookin' at me? Hey cow, you lookin' at me?" This whole thing lasted almost ten minutes up until the time when I couldn't convince the dog that the cow was friendly, that I had to put him in the laundry room to settle down (no front facing windows in there, come to think of it no door either so he did well to stay) When he finally came out twenty minutes later he no longer howled at the window but he stood there with his hackles up and a low growl every time he passed it until hubby fixed the cow on his way in from work

So, this is the dog, Riley the Protector (as in will lick your face off, thinks he's a lap dog type)



And this is the cow. Pretty fierce huh?


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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

IT'S A MIRACLE!





A miracle has happened in my home this morning. The children slept in!

Now, I can hear all your chuckles of laughter but do your children get up at 5:30am every morning? Do they crawl in beside you and start asking in a rather loud voice about the hockey game last night or what your plans are for the day? Do they have feet cold enough to wake a hibernating bear (namely me)? All before the sun has even cracked a frown on the horizon?

But this morning I was graced with a husband who left for work early, a dog who didn't use me for a pillow, and two glorious children who slept in until 7:30!

I admit when I awoke and saw the clock but heard nothing from the next room, I had a minor panic attack. Where are the children? Did aliens come and take them while Matthew McConaughey helped me save the world from a psycho terrorist ready to unleash a massive nuclear warhead which we had only seconds to dismantle? (Amazing how brilliant I am in my dreams.) Did their father take them to work with him? (Wishful thinking, I know, but remember, I was barely awake.) Did someone come in during the night and find their elusive volume control switch and turned it to mute? (Come on, you can't tell me you haven't looked for your child's volume control switch.)

When I realized none of these had happened and they were actually sleeping, I lay back down with a smile on my face and tried to go back to celebrate with Matthew.

Alas, it didn't happen and the only men who came into my bed were a 70 pound dog with bad morning breath and two rug rats who, after having had two extra hours of sleep, were rarin' to go even more than usual. But that didn't bother me too much (other than I could have used another few minutes with Matthew *g*) because I had the chance to sleep in and it was glorious!
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Monday, April 03, 2006

Gone, Good, and Getting Started



The short story is in the mail and hopefully off to the top of Mount Everest.

The layout for the children's story and handout I'm doing for the local church is going good...or more grammatically, well. The illustrations are done and I've included a search-a-word game and I still want to include a little follow the path game--you know, help Billy find the star type thing. I'm really happy with the outcome so far and hope to have a final version by the end of the week.

I'm also getting started on revisions of Wanna Make a Bet? to send out to another publisher. You should see its meter moving pretty soon I hope. I love the story but I know there is a bit of work to do because I've learned quite a bit since I wrote this one over a year ago. Actually the comment forms that came back with my fourth place win in last May's Golden Opportunity Contest from the Toronto Romance Writers were very helpful. You figure if four people notice the same things then there has to be a reason. It was a different story but the suggestions were basic like tag lines, dots and dashes, and commas. Things that can relate to any story. I've already done a first read through on WMAB and its amazing how things like that pop out now. So, hopefully I can get this sucker better and ready to go by the end of the month.
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