A Peek Inside

Not yet fully edited but 50 pages have been penciled to death.


Editing and other fun stuff

So this week I did something…

I ordered the proof version and got to hold this thing in my hand. It’s so far from being ready, but man it felt great having it in my hands. I can’t edit my writing while staring at a computer screen. I like to have the book in my hand so I can take it everywhere I go. I’m going to mark this thing up all to hell. By the time I’m done with it, it will look like it’s been through the ringer a dozen times. Then I can sit back down and begin making all the official changes. Continue reading

Ask me…what 3 Songs?

Cover of the Rolling Stone…Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

This one is an oldie but goodie. I can’t help but visualize my mom tapping her toes, exhaling her cigarette smoke from her Virgina Slim, and singing along with this song. Ah…the good ol’ 80’s (for me anyway). Haha

I got a freaky ole lady name a cocaine Katy
Who embroideries on my jeans
I got my poor ole grey haired daddy
Drivin’ my limousine
Now it’s all designed to blow our minds
But our minds won’t really be blown
Like the blow that’ll gitcha when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

She Looks so Perfect….Five Seconds of Summer

Even though I’m listening to it now, I also heard it earlier today while driving in the car with my 12 and 15 year old. They both agreed to liking the song as they bobbed their heads to the music. Me…39 years old connecting with my teenagers…it’s a great day when that happens. 🙂

You look so perfect standing there
In my American Apparel underwear
And I know now, that I’m so down
Your lipstick stain is a work of art
I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart
And I know now, that I’m so down


This is one of my morning ‘wake me up’ songs. I tell Alexa (my echo device) to turn up the volume and blast away my sleepiness with this song. I’ll admit I never could understand how the music video connected with the lyrics though. I got to see Mandy Lee in concert with Panic at the Disco and it was my first experience with her music. I’ll admit most of her other music doesn’t appeal to me, but this song is enough for me.

You didn’t close the door
Left a crack open
I couldn’t ignore the faint possibility
Of having hope in this insanity
That we still could be
But we’re stuck floating in between

Those are my songs from today’s playlist. What’s on yours?




What I’m Reading Right now 4.29.18

Image result for dark loverDark Lover by J.R. Ward

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams


I’ve read this book before and liked it immensely. Since I do a lot of driving for my job I decided to add it to my audible account. I am considering re-listening/re-reading the series as Ward has published a number of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series that I’ve not had the opportunity to read yet. We shall see what goes.

What are you reading? Any good suggestions?

Ask me…What 3 songs

Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time… Panic at the Disco

With the exciting news of Brendon Urie’s new album, this song is definitely a go-to song for me right now. (BTW…His video of Say Amen, Saturday Night was a freakin’ awesome video.) I love the way Brendon can slay the art of crossing genres with his music and this song gets the heart pumping with his crazy beat. It makes me want to jump on my bed and dance my heart out!

Champagne, cocaine, gasoline
And most things in between
I roam the city in a shopping cart
A pack of camels and a smoke alarm
This night is heating up
Raise hell and turn it up
Saying “If you go out you might pass out in a drain pipe”
Oh yeah, don’t threaten me with a good time
So, as cheesy as this sounds, I absolutely ADORE the soundtrack to Stephenie Meyer’s first vampire book Twilight. It is this soundtrack I turn to for diving into my creative side. From the instrumental beginning to Hayley Williams’s haunting vocals, it’s not hard at all for me to find my muse.
Not gonna ever own what’s mine
When you’re always taking sides
But you won’t take away my pride
No, not this time
Not this time
How did we get here?
When I used to know you so well
How did we get here?
Well, I think I know how
Feels…Calvin Harris (featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean)
This is a fun song with a catchy beat. I’m almost scared to research the meaning behind the lyrics though. Haha!
No nothing ever lasts forever, no
One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone
So I respect you, wanna take it slow (hey)
I need a mental receipt to know this moment I owe
Do you mind if I steal a kiss? (Chop, chop)
A little souvenir, can I steal it from you?
To memorize the way you shock me (yeah)
The way you move it here (hey)
Just wanna feel it from you (hey, ooh)
So that’s what’s on my playlist today. 🙂 What’s on yours?

Devil Be Dared

Miranda Manchester, a rebellious but inexperienced 19 year old from a small town has three months to prove to her parents that she’s adult enough and deserving of her college fund.  When she goes head to head with a sexy but arrogant son of a multi-million dollar musician and loses she finds herself owing a debt that may take a lifetime to pay.

Marc Jacobs, a bored and depressed 23 year old lives the kind of lifestyle everyone dreams of but is secretly contemplating suicide. When an interesting poker game turns his world upside down, he embarks on a journey of crazy possibilities,  one which could cost him more than just his life.

Looking Forward

I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about the goals I want for 2018. I’ve confirmed the spaghetti plate of chaos because my goals are all over the place.

Health: I definitely need to focus on my physical health. In 2017 I found myself turning away from most meat and think I’ll continue this track for 2018. I’m not going vegetarian but I’d say mostly veggies and fruits for me is the best route and my body seems to agree. Planet fitness will continue to get my money in 2018. I just need to commit to making a bigger effort of showing my face there. Continue reading

Looking Back

2017. Cripes, what a year! I’ve had some good parts through the year, but it’s definitely been a hard year for me. I read a lot of books this year which was super awesomesauce including my ultra favorite book series by Karen Marie Moning, Fever Series. Her book Feversong came out in January 2017 so my year started off rockin’. I totally enjoyed the new Beauty and the Beast film. I considered going back to school but opted not to, at least not just yet. I felt like my writing was starting off pretty rad in January because I had some huge writing spurts but never stuck with anything. And I definitely tried a variety of things to help. I also started watching Supernatural. I’d tried before and it didn’t stick, but this time around I enjoyed it immensely. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any of my family into it so I had to watch it all alone. Also learned that Peter Capaldi wouldn’t be coming back for another season of Doctor Who and had mixed feeling about it.

In February, I watched the Superbowl alone because my family all went to bed. Felt some great moments as a professional counselor but was constantly reminded how hard the field can be. Reread IT by Stephen King this month, too! Also did a Star Wars Marathon with my husband this month. Continue reading

Ask Me…What 3 Songs?

Good Morning! Time again to see what’s on my playlist today.

1 The Logical Song by Supertramp

When I was young
It seemed that life was so wonderful
A miracle, oh, it was beautiful, magical
And all the birds in the trees
Well, they’d be singing so happily
So joyfully, oh, playfully, watching me

Does anyone not have Supertramp on their playlist? Really? It’s okay. We can still be friends.

Havana by Camila Cabello

He didn’t walk up with that “how you doin’?” (uh)
(When he came in the room)
He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (uh)
(But I can’t without you)
I’m doin’ forever in a minute (hey)
(That summer night in June)

This song is just chill and makes me want to sway and dip and parts of my body just start moving, tapping, bobbing, and…well, you get the jist of it.

3 The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

Don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on
Just try your best
Try everything you can
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away

It just takes some time
Little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride
Everything, everything will be just fine
Everything, everything will be all right

This is one of my all time favs to listen to. I don’t go out of my way to choose the song but I never fast forward or skip over it when it does play. It’s good motivation, empowering, encouraging…everything will be all right, damn it. Okay???