The First Novel Mambo: Prepping and Writing

This is the first in what’s going to be a series of posts about how my first novel came into being. Like so many people, I’d always wanted to write a novel, but always had excuses why it wasn’t a good time. Well, I finally did it, and here’s how. Setting a Timeline I’d watched my husband Scott write a pair of novels the previous year, and he was just starting into a third. Granted, he’d been working part-time, while I was working full-time, but I still figured that if. . . Read More!

A Novel Idea: We Could Be Villains

So some of you may already know, and some may not, but I published a novel this week. A lot of writing advice boils down to: write the book you want to read. So that’s what I did with We Could Be Villains. It’s primarily a lighthearted action/adventure story, with elements of superheroes, sci-fi, heists, and chick lit. (If you’ve read any of Scott’s books, you already know that ours is not a household dealing in super-serious dramatic works.) At first I referred to it as “a geek girl beach. . . Read More!

Photodump: 2014 So Far, and Introducing Cheddar

It’s only been, what, nine months since I’ve updated over here? It’s because Holiday Doodles has pretty much eaten up the time I used to be able to put into writing blog posts. Someday, when Scott’s books are making a bajillion dollars, I’ll be able to quit working full-time and do more creative works. Until that day, though, the hours outside of the day job are scant and precious. I never did introduce Cheddar, aka Tillamook Medium Cheddar, our new cat. So I’ll combine that in a photodump that’ll catch. . . Read More!

Photodump: The Tail End of 2013

Well well well, if it isn’t 2014. I haven’t dumped photos for quite some time, so here are some things that I saw in the tail end of 2013. My cube neighbor at work has a late November birthday, and 2013 was one of the years where that birthday fell on Thanksgiving day. So I tried my hand at making a cake with marshmallow fondant. I’d made it once before, but several years ago. (Overall, I judge it as pretty easy, but really time-consuming. And really delicious.) I was going. . . Read More!

Comrade Meyer, 1998-2013

For those who haven’t heard yet, we had to put our wonderful cat Commie to sleep on November 22nd. He’d been losing weight at an alarming rate, going from 16 pounds down to a little over 8; we did a bunch of tests at the vet, and he passed almost all of them with flying colors. It wasn’t one of the usual suspects: diabetes, thyroid issues, kidney, or liver. He did have a bit of protein in his urine, and evidence of a bacterial infection. We gave him kitty antibiotics,. . . Read More!

Weird Holidays = Holiday Doodles

A few months back, I posted about the daily doodles I was doing at work. And more than one person said that I should be putting them online somewhere, or make a daily calendar, or something. The calendar thing would be a challenge, only because at this point, I’d have to start researching and drawing 2015. Because that’s how the calendar business rolls. But I did finally build a site where these will be online! The daily doodles are now at holidaydoodles.com, and I’ve even bumped from 5 days a. . . Read More!

Experiments in Wine: A Bunch of Red Bottles

Slowly but surely, I’m trying this and that, these and those, and figuring out what I really like. Rex-Goliath Free Range Red ($8) – They have this at BOTH local grocery chains, so it must be really popular. But as far as red blends go, I found it to be a little bit too bitter for my tastes. Which is a shame, because the bottle has an awesome crazy story about a 47-pound rooster. (Though it wasn’t as awesome crazy as the label on anything made by Dr. Bronner.) The. . . Read More!

Experiments in Wine: Joining Club W

Onward I go, in my new red wine adventures. I was pointed toward a mail-order service called Club W, wherein you get three bottles of wine a month. You can either select your own, or they’ll pick three for you based on a palate profile. The normal cost is $13 per bottle, plus $6 shipping for the 3-bottle case, but if you click that link you’ll get one bottle free in your first order. Which is what I got, so with tax and all, it came out to just over. . . Read More!

In Search of the Perfect Hatchback

We’ve been car shopping this last month, Scott and I. Our cars were both the same make and model — Ford Focus 2-door hatchback. Mine was from 2007, and Scott’s was from 2001. The 12-year-old Focus just wasn’t driving that great anymore; it was grumbly and growly and needed some work done again, so we decided to go ahead and trade it in for something new. Scott thought we should get something new for me, and he’d take over the 2007 Focus, since I drive a lot more than he. . . Read More!

Experiments in Wine: Pinot Noir

So the two varieties of red I’m trying are Pinot Noir and red blends. I covered red blends a couple of days ago, so here are the Pinot Noirs I’ve tried out. As always, your recommendations are welcome! Ecco Domani: Got this one at the Target grocery store. It was decent, but uneventful. Not the best, not the worst, just somewhere in the drinkable-but-not-exceptional middle ground. $9. A by Acacia: I got this at the Costco, so it was a bit better price than at other stores (Costco seems to. . . Read More!