Friday, January 25, 2008

Over Sleeping and a Moment of Panic

"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

So... Dakota woke me at 2:45 a.m. -- pretty typical. I took her out, and then we both flopped onto the couch for some more zzzz's. I figured the coffee pot would wake me up when it went off at 4:30 a.m.

I woke up a little while later, awake but lazy. Didn't feel like getting off the couch. I vegged. I patted the cat, who was asleep on my chest, I scritched the dog and waited for the coffee pot to start.

And waited. And waited.

And... I thought--it can't be that early. I wonder what time it is? I finally got my lazy self off the couch and looked at the oven clock.



I raced around, turned on the coffee (I'd forgotten to put it on timer last night, DUH), fed the pets, stoked the wood stove and worked on getting pages up (LATE!!!) for The Long and the Short of It.

Then, I had to do some other website business.

Then I came here.

Sorry I'm late.


Jen and I are challenging each other to complete our respective mystery novels. We're both at about the same number of words, and both think we can get the first draft done by the end of February. So, I'll post my word count ticker on the sidebar, and you can watch it grow (it had BETTER grow!).


I realized this morning, in a panic, that it's nearly February. I *think* "One Love For Liv" is coming out in Feb. With all the cover bru-ha-ha, I'm not sure, and I haven't gotten a firm release date from my editor (note to self: email editor). But GAH! That's so soon. I'm NOT READY.

So... I want to set up a virtual tour on the internet. Thirty fun-filled days of promoting my book. Who wants to have me on their blog or website for a day? I can confirm dates once I get my release date... I will do my best to say something witty. Or, even better, YOU can ask ME questions!! Short of politics and religion, there is very little I won't talk about.

Either leave me a comment or send me an email to marianne(AT)mariannearkins(DOT)com.



Today's random quiz:
You Have Your Sarcastic Moments

While you're not sarcastic at all times, you definitely have a cynical edge.
In your opinion, not all people are annoying. Some are dead!
And although you do have your genuine moments, you can't help getting your zingers in.
Some people might be a little hurt by your sarcasm, but it's more likely they think you're hilarious.


Sarita Leone said...

You are always welcome to visit me, Marianne. :)

Your slow start to the day sounds good. I began at 3:47. Would have welcomed a few more Zzzs!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Hey Marianne, you know I'll be happy to promote Liv! Come on over!

Also, I'll just nudge you with my foot if I don't see that counter moving!

Brandy said...

If I knew how to interview you, I'd do it! *g*
Your body must have felt that you needed some down time. So, don't be too upset at oversleeping.

Have a good day!

Tori Lennox said...

Not that I really needed a quiz to tell me this...

You're Totally Sarcastic

You sarcastic? Never! You're as sweet as a baby bunny.
Seriously, though, you have a sharp tongue - and you aren't afraid to use it.
And if people are too wimpy to deal with your attitutde, then too bad. So sad.

Sad but true. *g*

Dru said...

Like Brandy, if I knew how to interview, I'd do it too.

You body was telling you that you needed more rest. BTW, how are you feeling? Has the cold gone away?

re quiz: I Have My Sarcastic Moments

Anonymous said...

First of all, I LOVE that quote! Thanks for posting it. And, secondly, I think we all occasionally need a down day. I know I need some time on occasion to "refill the well" instead of pushing myself too much. I hope that today was like that for you, and that you will feel more refreshed afterward.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Marianne. I really appreciate all the comments you make to my blog. Just wanted you to know that. Memo-Pause is coming--I just want to be sure it's right before I release it to the public.

Kara Lennox, who can't remember her Blogger password!

groovyoldlady said...

4:30? Like, you mean, IN THE MORNING???!!!!


I'm a 6:00am girl - and that's pushing it.

I'd love to have you on my blog, just lemme know when, how, etc.