Monday, October 15, 2007

First Day of Sweating

See, the human mind is kind of like... a piñata. When it breaks open, there's a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience. ~Jane Wagner

And when Sven talks, I listen. Keep an eye on the word counter on the sidebar to see what I've done on my short story, "Kitchen Matches". I also plan to do some more brainstorming on my fantasy, though the more I do, the more I think it's unsuitable for NaNo, so I may end up back with "The Cartoonist and the Cat Lady". NOT that I'm shelving the fantasy... I just think it might be tough to write it for NaNo. We'll see. I have fourteen more days to decide.


It's a big week full of giveaways at LASR! First, we are spotlighting Liana Laverentz who recently won the Golden Leaf Award for best long contemporary novel. We'll be giving away one of her books this week (including the one that won the contest) in conjunction with the spotlight -- go take a look.

We're also giving away a HOT (rated "R" for risque) eBook from the lovely lady in our weekly interview, Marcia James. She also donated some great thumbcuff keychains, so we'll have not ONE but FIVE winners for our weekly contest this week.

And, as if that wasn't enough, we have TWO print books that we've reviewed for Sourcebooks and we're giving them away in conjunction with the reviews on our blog. One will be posted today, and one tomorrow -- but the contest lasts ALL WEEK! Go see.

AND, if you post a link to any or all of these contests, I'll give you an extra entry into each contest you posted!! Just let me know in the comments here.

Phew. I'm breathless. I love to give stuff away.


Well, DH didn't quite get my new office flooring done yet, but it's close. By next weekend, everything should be done: flooring, paint, etc. Then I get to move. I don't have all the furniture I'll need (LOTS of bookcases!!*G*) but I have some. I want to get a DVR for up there as well, so I don't have to worry about DH cancelling one of MY programs because there's a hockey game and American Chopper on at the same time, LOL.

I can't wait to set up the schoolroom either. Finally room to put up my maps, and the math charts and so much more. Yay!!



Diane Craver said...

That's wonderful you're doing the new 70 Days of Sweat Writing Challenge - good luck to you! I did the summer one and it kept me focused on my sisters book even though I didn't get it completely finished. I decided not to do the challenge this time because I'll finish it soon and want to do revising before I start anything new.

Dru said...

Congrats on the first 753 pages that you wrote in the 70 Days challenge.

My Red Carpet Style is Simple & Classic.

I hope your Monday is good.

Melissa said...

Your red carpet style is… fitted & feminine.

Your favorite formalwear is beautiful and timeless. Like Penelope Cruz, you choose looks that are fitted (but not too tight), and have small, feminine accents. Instead of glitter and sequins, you prefer a ruffled edge, a fluttery sleeve, or a touch of lace. Your red carpet attire consistently proves that it's possible to look sexy and girly without showing lots of skin.

Good luck with the sweating. Hope Sven will give you a back rub after a hard days work!

anno said...

I'm fitted & feminine, too!

And envious about that promised/promising schoolroom. That sounds terrific!

Marianne Arkins said...

Thanks, Diane! I'm thrilled for you and your story.

WORDS, Dru... not pages (don't I WISH!).

Melissa, I'm seriously going to hit Sven up for a massage. Great idea.

Anno, I can't wait for the schoolroom either -- I can put up my US and World maps, timelines and so much more. YAY!

Brandy said...

Ooh, an actual school room. 'Scuse me while I drool! *g*

I was Simple and Classic too. I already knew that. *g*

Best of Luck with the challenge!

Have a low stress, smile filled day! *g*