Amazing what you can do

once you get some rest. Which is actually what i did this weekend. I did nothing I absolutely did not have to do and even took a short nap both days. I do love my naps.
No moving to deal with, minimal pain, even Yerbie stay relatively quiet at night.
I know I should have been writing, however I was plotting, at least in my mind.

I actually got ambitious today and made soup! I know it’s still hot especially here in AZ,but I found this recipe I had to try.
IT was for butternut squash soup and the first time I tried anything like this. There is something relaxing about chopping veggies and I thought a lot of my current wip.

The soup was a success Michael declared it a do over.

The other thing I was proud of this weekend was I was able to fix a problem on my computer. I had mistakenly downloaded something that was throwing things on my computer I didn’t want or need. Luckily I was able to find it and remove it. My computer, and me are very happy campers.

So I’m ready to start Monday, writing on my current wip. My RWA chapter is having a writing challenge this month. Not sure I’ll make the word count but I’m going to give it a try.
Now if only this could happen every weekend.

I have a little secret

And I’m sure I am not the only one. It’s a habit I’ve had since I was a teenager. Something only another person who indulges can understand.
What is that secret?

I have been known to read the end of a book first.
I can hear the gnashing of teeth now, How can you? You ruin the story that way.Why even bother reading the book then

Hear me out.

I read the last few pages to make sure the story ends the way I want it to end.
Yes in romances I know it will end happily ever after. Most of those are the ones I do not usually read the end first. Unless i am unsure who the heroine will end up with in the end.
Mysteries, I read the end to find out who did it.
It doesn’t ruin the book for me, not at all.
If anything it helps me with my reading. My reading time, like most writers has been cut down. Usually by deadlines.
However i have discovered one thing, The best writers, the ones I come back to time and again are the ones who keep me reading. Even when I know how it ends.

The writing is so good, the characterization , the story draws me in and makes me care, and I keep on reading.

I just hope I can do the same with my own writing…

It really is a dry heat.

heatToday’s High Temp is supposed to be 105. Welcome to summer in Tucson, where triple digits are the norm rather than the exception. And yes, it really is a dry heat. This is a godsend for those of use with arthritis. However it is still hot, so be careful.
So, to all my friends back east, how have a survived living here for the past ten years?
Sun screen is my friend, with my lovely Irish complexion it’s a must. Sunglasses, good ones to protect your eyes. We were here a year and I went to get new glasses. I decided to get transition lenses, the ones that go from light to dark and back again. Made sense to me, after all I was now living in a place that was sunny most of the time. I discovered that they did not protect my baby blues no matter how dark they were I still needed extra protection. So now I get sunglasses that will protect my eyes, and a wide brimmed hat to protect my hair.
You learn to adjust your schedule, just as I did back east during winter. Once it gets close to triple digits, I do my walking at seven in the morning. Do any shopping , laundry, anything that requires me to be outside gets done by noon. Then I hibernate in the cool house with plenty of Iced Tea and Diet Dr. Pepper. And I write. Unless there is ball game on TV, but that’s for a different post.

Computer Issues Suck

This weekend, my computer died. Just another thing in what was a war between me and the electronics this weekend.

I shouldn’t complain, the computer was 8 years old. It originally belonged to our friend Jack. When he died, we inherited it. He had it built to his specifications so it was a very powerful computer   Jack was a gamer, I am not. Still it fit my needs. There was one problem.

There was no recovery disk. 😦

I am not sure why, but there was not.

Thank god for Drop-box. I’ve been religiously stored everything there so while I may miss some things it won’t be a whole lot.

So for now husband and I are sharing a computer, something we haven’t done in a while.  Thank god I am home all day and can work then. Meanwhile I watch the sales, check eBay and amazon and eventually I will find something we can afford.

Thank god for smart phones. As long as I don’t piss some god of the electronics up again.:)

The Road Less Traveled

Spent a lovely afternoon with my husband. We curled up on the sofa and watched a dvd we had taken out of the Library. It was Robbie Coltrane’s Incredible Britain He traveled from London to his hometown of Glasgow, however, this time he took the road less traveled, the side roads..  First, he had a 50 yr old red Jaguar that would tempt me to learn how to drive a stick shift, if it  meant I could drive something like that. 🙂

it was three episodes full of wonderful tiny towns and villages. It introduced us to cheese rolling, farmer wrestling and pigeon races. We watched, along with a long married couple, as the building where they both worked and where they met, was favorite part was he spent the night in a “haunted” castle.  Chillingham was the name. They had two paranormal investigators there who had picked up some evps during the night but where unable to convince Robbie of the presence of ghosts. He learned how to wash Scottish cows and ready them for show.

It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and to remind you that not everyone runs on high-speed and sometimes it’s nice to slow down and take the road less traveled.

A nice way to spend an afternoon

At least I thought so, as did the people who were with me. We were on a tour of the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab.

Our tour was led by a person from the DNA division. The building is new and spacious lots of sun light and glass. The labs were all location one side of the building and the offices on the other.

We couldn’t go into every lab because of the risk of evidence contamination. But that was fine, each lab had a video screen on the wall out side and the video talks about what that particular lab does. There were also exhibits outside or near that lab with examples of things related to each particular lab.

We did get into two labs, one was used by Q A  as well as being used for tours so people could get an idea of what a lab looked like. We were told the director was a history buff as evidence by the older equipment on display there.  The older microscopes and chemistry tubes reminded my of my late father in law. He would have enjoyed hearing about the tour.

The other lab we were allowed in was firearms. The firearms examiner took over that part of the tour, explaining what they did, showing us the different parts of the lab and what happened where. She very patiently answered our questions.

The tour was fun and interesting and I learned a lot from it. My thanks to all the members of TPD we encountered on the tour.vAlso Thank you to Marilyn Johnson of the Tucson chapter of Sisters in Crime for setting this up.  It really was a fun way to spend an afternoon.

My husband and I did a brief video on Public Speaking for the Do Life Right Teleconference. check it out


My first mystery The Pink Lady is now available for download on Kindle. I hope to have it available on other formats sometime in December.


Wednesday Words

A friend of mine posted this and I wanted to share it with you all.,


By Marc

Letting the opinions of others control your life. It’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts. You have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else.

The shame of past failures. Your past does not equal your future.  All that matters is what you do right now.

Being indecisive about what you want. You will never leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be. Make a decision to figure out what you want, and then pursue it passionately.

Procrastinating on the goals that matter to you. There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

Choosing to do nothing. You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when. You can only decide how you are going to live, right now. Every day is a new chance to choose.

Your need to be right. Aim for success, but never give up your right to be wrong, because when you do you will also lose your ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.

Running from problems that should be fixed. Stop running! Face these issues, fix the problems, communicate, appreciate, forgive and love the people in your life who deserve it.

 Making excuses rather than decisions. Most long-term failures are the outcome of people who make excuses instead of decisions.

 Overlooking the positive points in your life. What you see often depends entirely on what you’re looking for. You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now.

Not appreciating the present moment. Too often we try to accomplish something big without realizing that the greatest part of life is made up of the little things.