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It’s THAT time…

Oh yeah, it’s the day after Christmas and it’s that time. You all know what time I’m talking about. The time where you make your New Year’s Resolutions. No, most of us don’t succeed, but we still make them and try. At least, that’s how it usually works for me. So, here are some that I’ve been kicking around and would like to do…we’ll see how they’re turning out after a month or so into the new year. =P

1. Get back into shape.

2. Swear less.

3. Go through the house and organize, dejunk, and declutter.

4. Force myself to get on more of a schedule.

5. Be faster at reading submissions.

6. Blog regularly!

What are some of yours?



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A Day in the Life

Wanna know what a day in my life looks like? Well, here’s yesterday for you. =P

5:20 AM = Wake up to go pee. Realize alarm is set for 7:47 AM and I still feel insanely tired.(I have a weird thing about setting alarms and will only set them on an end digit of 1, 3, 7, and 9). Reset alarm for 9:01 AM.

9:01 AM = Alarm goes off.

9:05 AM = Start coffee.

9:07 AM = Check e-mails to make sure nothing crazy urgent is in there.

9:15 AM = Drink coffee and make protein shake for breakfast.

9:16-9:45 AM = Exercise on bike while watching Sunday night’s Sister Wives on the DVR.

9:46 AM= Drink bottle of water.

9:47-10:00 AM = Shower and dress.

10:01 AM = Settle in to start work for the day.

10:30AM – 12:00 PM = Talk on the phone with the best boss in the word, Lindsey Faber.

12:01-12:05 PM = Make another protein shake and drink it.

12:06-1:15 PM = Answer e-mails, get caught up on the Twitter world, edit, read blogs, etc.

1:16 PM = Hubby complains that back is still hurting so I call to make him a doctor appt. for the afternoon.

1:17 PM = Head upstairs to put makeup on and attempt to look presentable.

1:25-2:00 PM = Edit.

2:01-3:30 PM = Take hubby to doctor, where I read submissions on my Sony Reader the entire time, then go to pick up all of his wonderful drugs.

3:31 PM = Arrive home and make some nachos for a snack before dinner.

3:33 PM = Hubby tells me that he forgot to tell me that we have dinner plans with a friend at 7:00. Great.

3:35 – 6:45 PM = Edit, answer e-mails, etc.

6:46 – 10:00 PM = Have dinner and drinks with friend.

10:01 PM = Arrive home and change into PJs.

10:02 – Midnight = Watch House and work on Content Editor Handbook.

12:01 AM = Go to sleep to read Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead.

And then, I wake up today to do it all again. Thank god, today I have NOTHING to do other than work. No dinner to go to, no hubby to take to the doctor…I don’t even have to change out of my PJs. Yeah, today is a MUCH better day. =)

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Happy Memorial Day!

Holiday weekends are great, aren’t they? I ended up taking Friday off work to make it a four-day weekend and headed down to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day on Friday. It was hot and humid as hell, but it was still a good time. ZZTop played, watched the mini-race, walked around and drank beer and spent time with some friends who live down there.

Other than that, we worked a lot around the house. Today/this evening is the first I’ve really sat down and played on my laptop for anything, work or pleasure. I’m moving back into my office and getting some new furniture in there, so I spent a lot of time today getting rid of stuff and reorganizing. And I worked on the guest room, getting the trim painted. I have another coat of that to do and a border to put up and then that’ll be done and ready for the new furniture.

And I’m sure you guys really care about this, and it’s changed your life immensely, but that’s about all I have to talk about right now. LOL Other than my awesome new patio furniture and gazebo. It’s like adding a new room to my house!

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Oh wow

I’m sorry. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even thought about blogging. I’ve thought of topics and such, but actually blogging them and sitting down to write them, hasn’t even been a flicker on my brain waves. =P

I’ve had tons of submissions to read, manuscripts to edit, cover art forms and blurbs to look over…and don’t get me started on how my EDJ is right now. It’s busier than it ever has been, plus we’re down three people. Let’s just say it’s not very pretty.

I feel really bad about neglecting this, and I promise I’ll get better. =) I’m going to try and sit down tonight to update everything with my new releases and such, since I’ve very proud of all of them. =)

What has everyone else been up to during my hiatus?


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Do you really scream that much?

Opening Remarks: Part of my job is reading, evaluating and editing erotic and red hot sex scenes, since I work in the romance genre. So from time to time, I’m going to post about it. Now, is one of those times and I just might use some dirty words–it’s kind of a subject that calls for it.

Today I’d like to address unrealistic sex “things” I see commonly in manuscripts. I say “things” only because I haven’t had my Wheaties this morning and that’s the only word my brain can come up with right now.

I’ve noticed ridiculous amounts of screaming lately in reading through the submissions in my inbox. I mean, seriously. Do you you scream as much as y’all make your heroines scream? My authors even do this, and I usually make them change it. There are times I let it go, because with the dialogue and situation, the word usage works. Normally, it doesn’t.

I want you to think back to the last time you had sex. Did you scream? I’m thinking you didn’t. You might have moaned and gasped and panted, but I’m thinking you didn’t scream, and if you did, it probably wasn’t in a good way. Let’s be honest here, no one screams when they’re having sex except in, well, bad romance novels and comedies.

I’ve read some where the heroine screams because the hero licks her nipple. Really? The only way I can see someone screaming because another’s mouth is on their nipple is because that person is biting their nipple off, or the have some sort of razor sharp tongue. Hey, it’s gross and creepy, but it’s true. There are people who get off on pain, both giving and receiving. Though I’m thinking this level of giving would be more in line with Jack the Ripper, but that’s another blog post. And any of that certainly doesn’t belong in most romance novels. (And for those there who might want to argue that, please notice I said MOST, not ALL. Thank you.)

I’ve seen people have their heroine scream when the head of the hero’s “throbbing manhood” touches her “womanly core”. Seriously? There are so many things wrong with the sentence it’s ridiculous. Again, please don’t make me list instances where your lover’s penis touching your vagina might make you scream. And notice, I said penis, and not throbbing manhood. shaft can be okay in some instances, but penis, cock, dick…those are all acceptable terms. And don’t use flower comparisons for the heroine’s vajayjay (as Dr. Bailey from GA so wonderfully calls it) either. It’s not a flower, it’s a vagina.

And wombs….oh good lord, the wombs. His penis is not in her womb. Your womb is your uterus, and if his dick is in your uterus, y’all have some problems. Serious ones. And no, he’s not spilling his seed there, either. His semen is deposited in her vagina…it has to go through the cervix to get to the womb. Anatomy 101, people.

These things have all been said so many times before by so many people. Then why am I saying it again, you ask? The simple answer is because people are still doing it. If people would just stop, then we wouldn’t have to talk about this ever again.

So, please, for the love of all that is holy, just….don’t.


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 Available or single? Alas, I am taken. Took a long time for someone to finally rope me in, but it’s now been done. =P

Best Friend? Oh, my husband, for sure.

Cake or Pie? Cake. Red velvet or white (Btw, those were my wedding cake flavors.)

Drink of choice? Guinness

Essential item for every day use? Laptop…can’t live without it.

Favorite Color? Hot pink and kelly green. Black is a given

Google? Duh

Hometown? South Bend, IN. Home of the Fighting Irish. Go ND!!!! I’m also pretty much all Irish, with a little but of American Indian in me, so it works out nicely. =)

Indulgences? Way too many. Ice cream, alcohol, cigarettes…

January or February? January, but only the first couple of days. After that, it all sucks until it gets warmer.

Life is incomplete without? Laughing and love

Marriage date? October 11, 2008

Number of siblings? Two brothers, Doug and Matt. Doug = 25 and in the Army, about to start prepping for his third tour overseas, and one that going to be 12 in November…yes, same parents for all three of us. =P

Oranges or apples? Oranges, but every single little bit of peel and gunk have to be off of them.

Phobias and fears? Heights and spiders. And open stairs. My work has open stairs and I work on the second floor. I’m okay walking up them, but I can’t walk down them. I’ve been this way ever since I was little, but it used to be ALL stairs.

Quote for the day? “I am a misfit tied with the global economy.” My friend just got drunk dialed and he said that in his five minute rant of nothing. I cracked up wondering what the shit it even means. =P

Reason to smile? My husband, my family, my cats don’t have fleas anymore, I get to go to Hilton Head to hang out with all my kick-ass Samhain co workers, Halloween is right after that, tomorrow I get to go to the game and watch Notre Dame stomp all over Purdue on their own turf and get toasted with my friends while tailgating….um…lol. I have lots of reasons to smile. =)

Season? Fall. From Sept 1 to January 2 is my fave time of the year. I love it and I feel all warm and tingly inside….especially when I smell the leaves burning. =)

Unknown fact about me? For anyone on here, it would be my little stairs thing. =P

Vegetable you hate? Beets, carrots, lima beans, green peppers….

Worst habit? Smoking..and swearing. I have a mouth like a sailor.

X -rays you’ve had? Um…….my wrist when I broke it, my ankle when I severely strained it, a bunch on my jaw for TMJ for chewing gum too much, my knees multiple times, plus MRIs on those… Can’t remember what else, but I know I am missing some. Oh, my hands…I used to have a bad temper when I was a teenager and punch things. *rolling my eyes at that now*

Zodiac sign? Libra or Scorpio. If you follow progressive astrology, I’m a Scorpio…became a Scorpio when I was about six months old. When I’m 31 and a half I’ll become a Sag. if you follow regular astrology, I’m pretty much half Scorpio and half Libra, since I was born on Oct 22 at 11:21 PM. That’s about as much on the cusp as you can get. =P

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College football!

So, as everyone should know, I’m a HUGE Notre Dame fan. And today Notre Dame is playing where I work….Purdue. I got my hands on some tickets, and we know a bunch of people who are tailgating, so as long as the rain holds off, we’ll be heading out of here around 4. =) I will be sitting in the Purdue fan section in all my Notre Dame glory. Notre Dame T-shirt, ND sweatshirt if it’s cold, Irish Princess tiara, capris to make sure people see my shamrock tattoo, Mardi Gras beads with huge shamrocks and a shot glass….Yeah, I’m prepared. =) Myles isn’t. He doesn’t even get into football at all, not even close to the way I get into ND football.

And to make it even better, our new “big” boss at work is retired from ND and was asking me who I was going to root for today. I told him Notre Dame of course. He mentioned that he still holds season tickets to the Notre Dame games. I told him if he ever had games where he wasn’t going to use them to let me know. He immediately said that he has two tickets to the Notre Dame vs Boston College home game that he wasn’t going to use. Holy shit! That is a huge game to have tickets for! And, he sold them to me for face value, which is a HUGE deal. Tickets for that game can get up to about $500 a piece. No joke. I called my dad, since he’s the only person I would take with me, and he’s buying them for me for my birthday (it’s on October 22 and the game is on October 24) and we’re going to go together. =) Anyone who knows anything about Notre Dame knows that tickets to a game are EXTREMELY difficult to get. You just sort of have to fall into them. They’re on their 209th consecutive sold-out game. Purdue is on their, um, never sold out game. =P

Which brings me to a rant of mine, so bear with me. People at Purdue just don’t get it. Really, they don’t. They think they are the epitome of college football. They aren’t. Not even close. No where in the same universe as Notre Dame. And I’m not just saying that because I grew up two miles away from Notre Dame. I grew up tailgating at Notre Dame, living in a college football town. It’s because they really don’t compare.

When people think of college football, all over the country, Purdue isn’t one who people name. They name Michigan, USC, Notre Dame, Rutgers… Not Purdue. Not even close. Um, can you please tell me where the College Football Hall of Fame is? Oh, that’s right, it’s in South Bend, Indiana… Where NOTRE DAME IS. Can someone please tell me some of the cities SOUTH BEND beat in getting the CFHoF? Let’s see… New York, New Orleans, Chicago… Yeah, we beat them.

The first time I went tailgating at a Purdue game, I was like, um, is this it? Seriously. It’s NOTHING compared to tailgating at Notre Dame. NOTHING.

Okay, I’m stepping off my soap box now. =)

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