I'm a little tired...

And so, while giving my two year old a bath, I rested my head in my hands at one point.
Now, you'll have to imagine her speaking in her crazy cartoon character voice - pretend it's Betty Boop talking and you'll be close...

Betty Boop: Mama, you mad?

Me, lifting my had: No hon, just tired.

Betty Boop: You have maaaaaaad eyeballs!

Later, I'm listening to my 7 year old quiz me on cancer, pneumonia, and other assorted diseases. She wants to be a doctor. I assumed the same pose, to which she said:

"I'm guessing either exasperated or exhausted."


Read more on Patry's story here: http://litpark.com/2008/01/28/the-liars-diary-blog-day/

We're up to 300 bloggers today all coming together for the effort. Yay!

The Liar's Diary

Welcome to Patry Francis Day. :) Her book, The Liar's Diary, debuts today. She can't promote her book the way she'd like to. After working so hard to get to this point, cancer is making that impossible. So, her blog buddies are getting the message out for her!

For an elegant and interesting post on this, check out Janet Reid.

A movie review and commentary...

So, I'm back for an update - and typing with two hands. YAY!!!

Last night, I got to see Waitress. Yes, I'm horribly behind on movies. I don't see them till they hit the DVD rack, or I can download them via Amazon to Tivo. BUT, I do see them. ;)

Two big thumbs up for Waitress. I had no idea Keri Russell could act this well. It was fantastic... because... it totally nailed the way a mother feels when she sees her baby for the first time. I won't give too much away except to say they got that right. And it's a unique movie that can make that moment the climax of the film.

I'll offer a caveat to say that I did not, actually, feel very much at all after the birth of my first baby, not because I didn't adore her, but because I was so very exhausted and in such terrible pain I couldn't connect with anything except the beautiful realization that it was all over! Of course, now I love her dearly. ;)

And while we're on the subject of childbirth... in reading about Heath Ledger (so, so sad) I saw that the bottle of sleeping pills he had was Ambien. Let me tell you a little about Ambien. They gave me one of these when I showed up at triage, in labor with my new little Mystery Man. They said I was oh so very mistaken, and not in labor at all, just take this pill and come back in the morning. You might be in labor then. I had the baby 6 hours later. But I digress.

This pill was so powerful that in the middle of full blown labor, I kept falling asleep between contractions. For thirty seconds at a time. Then I'd wake up screaming. I have really no idea of what happened during labor - the timeline is all crazy. It's like there are all these ellipses in the middle. I mention this to just say that it's one powerful drug. I can't imagine what would have happened if I'd taken one extra. Be careful with that stuff people! I'll never, ever take one again. (And I'm typically not sensitive to sleeping meds, also. I can take Nyquil and stay up all night)

And that concludes this public service announcement!!

Catastrophe avoided...

I won't have to plan a heist of the Apple store after all - I'm checking out the free version of this one: http://www.writerscafe.co.uk/

I'll let you know how well it works! My goal is to be done with the planning of Lamplight (working title) in two weeks. Then I'm going to give myself four months to write it. That will be a huge improvement over the year that the last book took!

For this to work, with a new baby, I'm going toy have to get super organized. This runs contrary to every natural impulse I have... but so does waking up to an alarm and I've managed to do that successfully from time to time, so I'm optimistic!

Why I need a Mac...


When a web site is called Literature and Latte I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it. This one came up in a search for virtual storyboard software. I thought my 2 year old night have way too much fun with the real thing. Thus package looks fantastic... but it's probably cheaper to just buy a cork board than a Mac. ;)

But - if any of you have software recommendations, lay 'em on me!

Still here!

I'm so sorry about the lack of posting, everyone. I've written up lots of great posts in my head, but it seems like every time I sit down at the computer, I've got just a few seconds to check in on blogs and I'm typically one handed. I hate typing anything more than a quick comment with one hand. My brain only works at half speed. ;)

I've been spending lots of time getting to know my little man - so fun! I will admit to being concerned that after two girls I just wouldn't bond to a little boy. That seems to have been unfounded. If anything, I'm a little over the top - he's my last one, after all! But I did let him sleep in his bed for an entire two hours last night all by himself. Yay me! I have a tendency to hold my babies a lot... in fact, I'm shopping for a sling today so I can be hands free a little more. I think I want a hotsling - but if anyone has recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

By the way - three kids, and one of them two years old, um, hard. And busy. And I vaguely remember what sleeping was like. But I'm not sure I can recall what well rested feels like. Nor do I have any expectation of that.

But, I am getting ready to send out some more queries for Murder on a Moonlit Sea - gotta do something other than clean and feed children with those free hands once I get the sling! And I've been busily plotting the next book. I picked up Save the Cat on Kimber's recommendation and it's FANTASTIC! I love the help with the structure. Hopefully that means this next book is even tighter.

OK blog buds, signing out. I'll try to get another post up before three weeks has gone by!