Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Imajinn Books 50% Off Sale!!!!!!!

Imajinn Books, home of my upcoming Blood Revelation series, is having a 50% off sale through January 2nd. Free shipping, too, if your order equals over $30.

How awesome is that? Now 'scuse me while I make up my TBR pile list!

www.imajinnbooks.com

Stand Up To Cancer

Received this in an email and thought I should share:





Let's ring in the New Year right, with resolutions to keep cancer away:

1)Stop Smoking Now - And if you don't smoke, NEVER START.
2)Eat right: Add anti cancer food to your diet like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. And cut back on red meat!
3)Manage your stress - relax, meditate, learn to let go, and EXERCISE.
4)Know your family history - and if you don't know, learn more, ask questions, pass on to others what you find out.
5)Get examined: Have a mammogram, a prostate exam, get a colonoscopy, have your skin examined. Because what you don't know can hurt you.
6)Join an advocacy group - no one should feel alone.
7)Stand up and be heard: Write to congress to demand that they make cancer a national priority. Your voice matters more than you know.
8)Join The Stand at su2c.org and tell your story.
9)Launch a Star at The Constellation at su2c.org in honor, or in memory, of someone you love.

For more things you can do, go to standup2cancer.org. And because giving makes a body feel so good, donate what you can while you're there.



This is where the end of cancer begins. When together we rise as one. When we stand up strong, stand up brave, stand up undeniable. When we Stand Up To Cancer.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

It's just after midnight and we're waiting for the kids to fall into a sound sleep so we can do our Santa duties and go to bed ( - ;

It's been a good Christmas. We visited my memmaw, aunt and cousins today. I have to upload the pic of their yorkie who was dressed in a little Santa suit. And a diaper. Yep, that's right. A diaper.

And we visited my brother, his wife and my nephew. They all loved the gifts we gave and the kids LOVED the gifts they received. I gave my brother a box of rocks, which is something I've always wanted to do. You should have seen the look on his face. LOL! It was an expensive box of rocks, though, considering the $50 gift card taped to the bottom.

We made cookies and I let the kids open one gift... their new pj's and robes. Then it was off to bed.

I can't wait until morning to see their little faces when they open their gifts and see what Santa left them, too.

This has been a rough year and things with my job have been not-so-good. I never know if I'll be asked into the office and fired. Knowing how things are going there, I decided to make this Christmas a great one for them just in case things get really bad for us in 2009 (we're already strggling to keep up with mortgage ayments. If I lose my job... I don't even want to think about it).

The kids got some really nice stuff. A Wii for my son, a Furreal Pet Smores Pony for my youngest daughter, and an art easel LOADED with art supplies for my eldest, artist-daughter.

I'm so excited to see their reactions. I hope I can make next year's Christmas great, too, and I hope the economy gets back to normal again, so children everywhere can have good holidays... and homes to enjoy them in.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

People Really Suck

Seen the news lately? See the stories about people stealing packages off of people's porches now that the holidays are here? That really disgusts me. It's Christmas, you f-tards. What if that was THE present some little child hoped for all year long, and what if that child's parents can't afford to buy another?

What if that package contains momentos from a recently deceased relative? What if your close relative who lived in another state died and you were sent something... an article of clothing, a family heirloom... something of major emotional importance, and some sorry sack of crap STOLE it?

Anyone who does something like this, especially at Christmas, should be severely beaten.

Seriously, what is wrong with people?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Semen Cook Book

Um, yeah. You read that right. File this under What The F#@$ Is Wrong With People? See it here:

http://www.lulu.com/content/4956212


If you're seriously damaged, you might even buy it. Just know that I will never eat at your house.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Days Like These...

My daughter is home from school after having thrown up all morning. My brakes are not working well on my car.

Of course this is a day I'm supposed to put in a 10-hour day at work. How can I do that with no one available today to watch my daughter, and shoddy brakes on my car? I'm not leaving my young daughter home alone so I definitely can't go to work until school's out and her daddy is here to watch her. IF my brakes get fixed well enough by then I can go to work for 5 hours tonight, but that still leaves 5 hours of time I was scheduled to work, but didn't. I have every intention of making up those hours, maybe even working a few more for overtime later this week, but will missing today get me fired?

I've already been having issues at work, concerns that I'm not performing my job well. I'm trying. I've been there 9 + years and have never had anyone say such a thing to me before and there are many doing far worse than me right now. I don't understand why I'm being singled out. It's so bad I get physically ill quite regularly. The stress is eating me up. I've always had these little seizures where I'm conscious but my body, particularly my hands and arms, just shake uncontrollably when I'm stressed, and they're happening much more frequently now. I never know... Is today the day I lose my job?

It seems like no matter what I do, no matter how much I improve, it doesn't matter. It's days like these I wish I'd started writing for publication earlier.

I finally got published this year, five years after writing my first novel. Writing has always been my passion. Being a successful author has always been my dream. I don't have to be #1, I've never cared about that. I just want to be able to do what I love and make enough money from it to support myself and my children without having all this stress hanging over me. I don't need "riches", just enough income to provide my family & myself with food, clothing and shelter. If I could make the income I make from my job just by writing, I'd be thrilled to pieces.

That's my dream. To never have to schedule out 40 hours a week for a job, but to write whenever, wherever. To always be available if my kids need me, to never miss a recital or academic match. To wear my pajamas all day if I want and know I can take family trips whenever school is out of session. To not have to stress over sick days or driving in bad conditions to get to my place of employment. Take my lunch break whenever, and throw "business hours" out the window. To SLEEP.



But, despite popular belief, money does not start rolling in once you're published. You're still unknown, and if you're with a new or small publisher, it's going to take a while to build up any kind of writng-generated money. So I do Home Interiors... but other than the fundraisers I get 2 seasons out the year, I don't make much of anything with them either. Last year I actually ended up with negative income from them. I used to do cakes... but the pain in my back and hands limited me to one or two a week, and I didn't make very much off those either once you took away the cost of supplies.

I have a store: www.cafepress.com/rainsshop, but I make maybe $100 a year if that much there.

So I went from 30 to 40 hours at work so I could afford my mortgage and pay all my bills. I drive through the snow to get there, even if it means my car dies on the expressway coming home. I put in 40 hours, even if it means I miss things with my kids. I go in every day and do my best, even if I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop... because I've been there nine years and despite everything, it's a great job and if I lose it I won't be able to afford my mortgage or for that matter, feed my kids.

I go on because I have to, because I know I'm lucky to have a job in this economy. And if I do lose it... I just pray, because I know God's never abandoned me. So even though I find myself crying all the time now, worried to death that I'm going to lose everything, I know God will help me. No matter how bleak it seems.

On days like this I make wishes. I wish for a big Home Interiors order, new customers at my store, and a jump in book sales. I wish for a great day at work.

Then I write, because it's all I have control over, and I pray that everything gets better.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Tipping ???

So I saw this article on AOL about what to tip your mailman, paper carrier, etc. and thought, "Tip the mailman?"
Is this something you're supposed to do every year because I have never heard about it. Have I been a scrooge without knowing it? Am I the evil woman service workers talk about? "She didn't tip anything this year either, the cheap ass."
In my defense, I truly did not know.
But, then again, our mailman doesn't bring the mail until laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate and has given us our neighbors' mail before so could have very easily given our mail to neighbors before. I never got my son's teacher assignment his first year of school, though it was mailed by the school. Someone down the block probably got it.
So, really, I'm not feeling too bad about not tipping ( - ;

And I don't have a subscription to the paper so there's no need to tip a paper carrier. Is there anyone else I'm missing? Who all are you supposed to tip? Tell me so I'm not " the tightwad" !

Monday, December 1, 2008

WIN !!! NEW CONTEST !!!




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