Wednesday, November 13, 2019


I'm still stuck on book seven of the Ten Rigs series. I have no idea why I'm stuck yet again or still-- I haven't decided which it truly is. But as I mentioned last Wednesday, there are plenty of other projects that need my attention and so...

I turned my attention to planning/plotting a new book. There's a possibility of a hockey anthology with some other authors from the conference, so I'm planning the book and writing the book. Even if the anthology itself doesn't come to fruition--I'll still have a new book to publish.

It feels good to be (slightly) more energetic and productive on the writing front.

Of course, this cold front is somewhat of a mood killer, but it's sunny today, so there's that.

The exercising twice a day continues on as well even though I was very bad last Sunday and again yesterday... But I've been holding steady weight-wise. As long as it's not going up, I'm fine for now.

I'm crossing things off my to-do list regularly and not too many new things are getting added, so the load is lightening just a little. WHEW!

So...back to work for me, crossing stuff off. Have a great rest of your week.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Don't tell my Darling Daughter...

But her cat keeps snuggling with me in the early mornings. I don't know if Karma snuggles with DD that much, but she does with me. Not any time anyone is around to see, but every weekday morning around 3:30 when she realizes I have woken up, she creeps over and lays down for some lovin'.

This morning, she was also overseeing my workout.

Speaking of workouts...I've made a concerted effort to get back to working out--for all that sitting on my recumbent bike and burning 100 calories or so could be called a workout--twice a day. That twice-daily burning of energy has helped me feel a bit more energetic. I have a ways to go, but I'm headed in the right direction at least.

I still have quite a few things on my plate and just got another, but I'm working at getting some things off it too.

About a decade ago, I was juggling two presidencies--band booster and writers group. I made it through the six-month overlap and I can do it again. It was a matter of taking care of the tasks that were next up on the schedule, which ever organization it was. Now band booster was a weekly cycle, luckily writers group was only monthly.

Anyway, I just need to keep my lists handy and updated. I need to plan ahead and stay on task. two things I'm pretty good at.

Hope you had a enjoyable and/or productive weekend.

Friday, November 8, 2019


I'm not feeling quite this out of gas, but I can't deny I'm pretty run down. As I mentioned Wednesday, I've been feeling meh and I have a lot of stuff on my plate.

This weekend, I'll be able to make some progress on writers group things without having to stuff them in around the day job or be interrupted by the phone or pulled into a meeting as I find a groove on something.

And after a way-too-long passage of time, I'm having lunch with my dear friend N tomorrow. Can't wait to see you!!

Have a great weekend y'all!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hello again...

Yeah, I've been AWOL. There's not much going on and a lot going on and I've been feeling really meh about life in general.

I suppose I could have published some fun memes, but that would have required effort and, quite frankly, gumption was in short supply.

I'm dragging myself out of the doldrums, slowly but surely. The weather is helping, as is the win streak that my hockey team is on for the moment.

As of this writing, they've won four in a row and the last seven of eight.. After being touted as a serious playoff contender this season, their first nine games were nothing to write home about. They won only one of them.

If they hadn't turned things around when they did, a few heads might have rolled and their playoff chances would have been severely dashed. They still have a tough road to the playoffs to traverse, but their chances are still pretty decent.

I'm finally making some progress on some projects, except actual writing. It's the same book I struggled with previously and then left alone for eighteen months. So I might need some help with that plot line. In the meantime, there are plenty of other books and series and characters I could and need to focus on.

So I hope you're all well and doing what you gotta do to take care of yourself.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


It was a much needed win--talks of firings have been rumbling around the fan base and those were staved off for now.

Our goal scorers minus one:  (images courtesy Dallas Stars)


scored a hat trick
(three goals in a game)


Joe Pavelski also scored a goal...

DD and I thought about leaving after the second period, but Rads scored a goal in the last few minutes, so we stuck around and thank goodness we did.

Hope you're having a great week... Catch you on Friday.

Friday, October 25, 2019


What better way to end the week with a third win in a row!

For maybe the first time ever, I attended a Stars game without my daughter--although she was there with other friends. I was there with an author friend from the conference I just attended. While she lives in Pittsburgh, her family is here in the DFW Metroplex and she's a Stars fan.

My friend got a puck from one of our star players, Tyler Seguin, probably for wearing a jersey of his from way back when he played in Europe during one of the NHL's lockouts. That was super cool to see. And now I want to try to solicit a puck from my man, Roman Polak, once he's back on the ice. His sternum was cracked in game one during a collision with the boards, so I've been missing him a lot. And, to be honest, so has the team...

So happy Friday friends. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The things I did in Albuquerque...

Aside from attend the conference of course.

As I mentioned last week or the week before, I wanted to go on the Sandia Peak Tramway and so I did.

The top of the tramway sits at 10,378 ft. above sea level. I'm not one for heights--I mean being on the solid ground of the mountain was fine, but the dangling from a few inches of cable to get there part was a little nerve racking. But you're reading this, so that means I survived the trip. :0)

Here are some pictures.

Going up...

See that little brown dot in the low center? That's the shadow of the tram car!

The view to the east of the Sandia Mountains...

The view to the west of the Sandia Mountains, basically Albuquerque and surrounding communities down there.

The view going down...

Sandia Peak was Thursday afternoon after the book signing. On Saturday morning, I went to see some petroglyphs. It was a gorgeous morning with a gorgeous blue sky, a fresh breeze, and good friends.

And just FYI--my camera's phone does none of these places justice.

You can't really tell in the photo, but the contrast of the yellow flowers and the green foliage against the dark rocks was spectacular.

 Gorgeous blue sky!

Various critter tracks...

And those were my two adventures into the surrounds of Albuquerque.

One thing I found amusing during my drive into and out of New Mexico were the signs along the highway (where there were no cities and therefor no bars) that continually asked people to report drunk driving. (Not that drunk driving is amusing of course.)

Hope your week is going well. Catch you on Friday.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Conference Time...

The conference was busy and fun and here I am at one of the author book signings...

The main doors were just to my left, so I got a good spot. This is my view of the rest of the room...

And for a nice change of pace, ballrooms with windows...!

Going to these things is always a marketing-learning opportunity. How are other authors presenting their books? What kinds of swag do they offer? How do they present themselves? I made a few notes.

Next year's con will be in St. Louis. I was hoping it was someplace too far away and that I didn't want to go to, but then they had to pick a city I could drive to again (it's 10.5 hours) and more compellingly--a city with a hockey team. The home of this year's Stanley Cup champions, no less. So I guess I'm going.

The question becomes--do I want to be a featured author rather than just a supporting author. The difference is about $100 and two additional opportunities to get in front of potential new readers. I have until February when registration opens to decide...

Hope you've had a great weekend. I did. I'll share pics of my adventures around Albuquerque on Wednesday...

Friday, October 18, 2019

Road Trip

Day 2 of the Great Albuquerque Road Trip...(Wednesday)

After enjoying the hotel breakfast, Pauline and stopped to see the Cadillac Ranch on our way out of Amarillo:

You just walk up, take a look, add your mark if you like, take pictures and head out. It was fun to see.

A little farther west, we hit the geo-mathematical mid-point of Route 66--not that we traveled the whole thing, but it a neat thing, so we stopped.

And then we arrived safe and sound in Albuquerque mid-afternoon.

Have a great weekend and I'll share more next week once I'm home.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fort Worth Stockyards...

As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, if you follow me there, in the twenty years I've lived in Fort Worth, I've never made a trip to the Stockyards.

But when you have a friend visiting Cowtown from across the Pond what more fitting place is there to go?

We had delicious brisket tacos from Riscky's Barbecue, checked out the Stockyards Collection and Museum in the old Exchange Building, and then caught the "cattle drive."

Brisket tacos:


Fort Worth's humble beginnings: the layout of the original fort.

The "cattle drive":

Have a great rest of your week.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Not long now...

My conference roomie, Pauline, arrived safely from London and she brought me this lovely hockey rubber duck to add to my collection of runner ducks! She also brought some British chocolate. Mmm, was it tasty.

Yesterday, we toured the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas--dedicated to all things JFK assassination. It was my second time going, although I had the headphones/audio tour guide this time. After the museum, we trekked a couple blocks over to view the JFK Memorial.

Today is final prep day and tomorrow we ride.

Wednesday I should have some images of our stop in Amarillo!!

Have a great week.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Albuquerque bound...

Sandia Peak Tramway 
(image from

I'm thinking of this as an excursion while in New Mexico. I'm not keen on heights, but it looks fabulous.

The countdown is really on now...five days until departure day and I'm making good progress with the various levels or preparation.

What various levels of preparation are you talking about Jen? You're going to be gone for a week.

Well, I have to make sure the office can function without me and I have to make sure all the bills are paid through the day I come back. Payday also happens the day I leave, so I have to create those to leave with the bossman to hand out, as well as make sure the money to cover them is in place.

My roommate for the conference is from the UK, and she's coming in a few days early so as to take advantage of cheaper air fare rates--but that means I have to get the guest room clean and ready and I had to tackle that bathtub issue because that really was embarrassing.

I also have to make sure DH has enough clean clothes and food to get him through the week as well as grocery shop in advance for the week of my return so I don't have to worry about having food in the house. We'll only be missing fresh salad stuff. 

And then there's me...just general packing as well as prepping for the book signing.

My book signing kit is just about put together--one last thing to go into it when I get home from work today. 

All that's left is general packing and I've already started gathering some of the extraneous stuff. 

So on schedule and ready to go!!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The clock is ticking down...

Six day until my friend from the UK arrives, eight until we leave for Albuquerque.

It's definitely time to get my butt in gear and get things finalized for the trip. Yikes...

I have no pictures, but this past weekend, I re-caulked my bathtub. That included cleaning out the old stuff, cleaning the tile and tub and then replacing the caulk. It looks so much better now. Why didn't I do that long ago...? Mostly because I wanted to paint the tile rather than just re-caulk, but as I mentioned before, that whole project would be cost and labor intensive.

I have my lists ready so now it's time to start checking things off...

On another note--FALL has arrived!!! It was 62* this morning when I let the dog out.

Hope you had a great weekend!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Stars at Night, Are Big and Bright...

Monday evening was the Season Ticket Holder Event at the Dallas Zoo. It's an annual opportunity for season ticket holders to get picture or autographs with the players.

Here is me with my favorite Star... Roman Polak.

I got his signature on the poster I took the game last Saturday that elicited a smile. And he remembered me. :0)

As for the rest of the players, they either signed the event flyer or one of my season tickets if there was one with their image on it.Sadly, as I mentioned previously, not every player got his likeness on a ticket although there were enough tickets to do so.

Anyway, the girls and I had a blast, although DD and I were aching by the time we got back to the car from all the walking around.

Have a great rest of your week. Catch you on Friday.

Monday, September 30, 2019


Saturday nights game was an exciting one that included a come-from-behind rally as well as overtime and a shootout. Here are also pictures from warmup.

 My man, Roman Polak, who got a laugh and offered a huge grin in reaction to my poster.

 Up and coming Star defenseman, Esa Lindell.

 The captain, Jamie Benn.

And our hottest player, Tyler Seguin.

Have a great week--it's gonna be a busy one.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The countdown begins...

Eighteen days until I leave for my conference in Albuquerque.

(From the Albuquerque Wikipedia page)

It's time to make the lists: things to do in preparation and things to pack.

I'm driving this time, which is nice. I like road trips and having a vehicle is always handy if you want to sight see or whatever while you're wherever you are.

Things to do in preparation is two-pronged: all things at home and at work I have to do in advance of being gone and all the things I have to prep for the actual conference.

I'm getting tired just thinking about it. :0)

But it's Friday and I have a hockey game tomorrow. I'm going with some friends who don't go to many hockey games, so I'm hoping to give them the full experience. I created a poster for my favorite player and I want to get there in time to secure spots on the glass to watch warmup and see if I can't get another interaction with my man Roman Polak.

Monday evening is the Season Ticket Holder event at the zoo and I'm hoping that Mr. Polak will be attending that as well, so I can get a picture and possibly an autograph. So excited!!!

I'll report back next week.

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Musical Tastes...

As I was pondering today's blog topic on my way to work this morning, I was also sliding up and down the radio stations hoping for something worth listening to.

That of course is subjective, but what I realized is that my musical tastes have changed over the years. I grew up on country and still enjoy a country song or two. I have an eclectic selection in my iTunes library that I put on shuffle while I work and (mostly) listen to whatever starts playing--unless it's the two-hour waves white noise track or one of the handful audio books I have. This get fast-forwarded to the next song.

But when I'm in the car I will always choose the alternative rock station over the classic rock, pop rock, or country station.

Do you listen to the same stuff you've always listened to or have you expanded your horizons?

Have a great week...see you Friday.

Monday, September 23, 2019

I feel a little like the White Rabbit

Not that I'm late. Not yet, anyway, but I have a lot of things to do and I could easily get behind as I have little get-up-and-go at the moment. But I will dutifully update my to-do list and do my best to plow through everything as the countdown to my road trip/conference begins in earnest.

(no, there shouldn't be an apostrophe in 'Mondays' here, but I didn't caption this photo)
(but the meme accurately depicted my feeling about today being a Monday)

My weekend was awesome. My first meeting as president of my writers group went well. I got to see a couple of the peeps I hadn't seen in a couple of months, although a different peep didn't make it sadly...

I got back my next anthology story from the coordinator with nothing but missing or extra words marked. The story itself was fine. YAY. Once I tweak and send back, I'm done with this thing until November.
I spent some time Saturday and Sunday morning re-acquainting myself with ten Rigs Book 7, A Certain Kind of Man, as well as working on the backbone of the story, aka the plot, as well as the romance. I know you remember all my whining about struggling with plot. So I knuckled down and made some progress. Am I done? No. But I'm making progress.

Anyway...time to get to work. Have a great week. Catch you Wednesday.

Friday, September 20, 2019

My foray into tole painting...

I think I've mentioned the plain wooden nesting dolls I bought a while back and my plans for them. Well, last night, we got together and began our projects...

My little people definitely need a second and possibly a third coat of paint. The black covered pretty well, the green, not so much. I also need to get some sort of skin-colored paint for the heads. I'm also going to have to extend the green down a little further because I need enough room on the back of the green for names and jersey numbers.

Of course, I still have to finalize my decision of who warrants immortalization on my dolls.

The important part was that a good time was had by all. One or two more sessions will definitely be needed to complete our projects.

Have a great weekend!!