Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Sliver

Thought I'd share a bit of what I'm currently working on... 

It has yet to be named, which is interesting for me, but the wheels are turning.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Yep, clearly, Emterra had taken too many hits, swallows and pills that one crazy night, but youthful stupidity in the past did not explain the weirdness going on around her tonight. First up on the loony list, Con “speaking” to her, inside of her own head. That was just not possible, right…

“It has to be a drug flashback or a bad trip.” Of course, she no longer took the short road to psychedelic bliss. Self-preservation and a career in law enforcement had curtailed that activity long ago. What was it then, did she just long to hear Con’s voice in her head? Did she miss their youthful hijinx enough to imagine the gothy, witchy faze was real?

“Am I going crazy?” If talking to one’s self and hearing voices was any indication, she’d jumped on the crazy train the moment she stepped foot on this barren tobacco field.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Essential Oils A to Le

More story research has led me to reviewing Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.  I'm intrigued, check out the first half of the list I found for a few of the oils out there.
More info can be found at
  1. BERGAMOT (CITRUS BERGAMIA) - Uplifting, refreshing and relaxing. Encourages cheerful emotions and ideal for depression.
  2. CEDARWOOD (JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA) - With a dry woody aroma, this oil is ideal for soothing, harmonizing and focusing the mind.
  3. CHAMOMILE (ANTHEMIS NOBILIS) - With its distinctive apple, herb aroma this oil aids sleep and soothes tired muscles.
  4. CLARY SAGE (SALVIA SCLAREA) - Deeply relaxing and euphoric. Eases feelings of depression and helps when feeling run down emotionally and physically.
  5. CYPRESS (CYPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS) - A rich woody aroma helps to build emotional and mental resolve.
  6. EUCALYPTUS (EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS) - The well known aroma is stimulating and cleansing, especially in the winter months. It is a powerful, penetrating bactericidal and anti-viral oil.
  7. FRANKINCENSE (BOSWELLIA CARTERI) - Aids meditation, fortifies and quiets the mind.
  8. GERANIUM (PELARGONIUM GRAVELOENS) - Sustaining, relaxing and restoring. It has a strong strengthening effect, balances emotions, raises energy reserves while soothing the mind and body.
  9. GRAPEFRUIT (CITRUS PARADISI) - Refreshing and reviving, especially when feeling down. This oil clears the mind and uplifts the spirits.
10. JASMINE (JASMINUM OFFICINALE) - The heady, exotic perfume uplifts and nurtures as well as boosting confidence. An emotionally warming sensual oil.
11. JUNIPER BERRY (JUNIPERUS COMMUNIS) - Purifying and eliminating with a clear woody aroma. This oil clears emotional overload and helps to cleanse the body of impurities.
12. LAVENDER (LAVANDULA OFFICINALIS) - Clear light flowery aroma, versatile oil for relaxing and balancing for mind and body. Aids sleep, soothes tired muscles, benefits the immune system, and encourages stillness and tranquility.
13. LEMON (CITRUS LIMONUM) - Refreshes and cools bringing clarity to mind and emotions restoring vitality acting as a tonic to the circulatory system.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday Word of the Day

zaftig \ZAHF-tik\, adjective:

Full-bodied; well-proportioned.


fulgurate \FUHL-gyuh-reyt\, verb:

1. To flash or dart like lightning.

2. Medicine. To destroy (esp. an abnormal growth) by electricity.

Okay, this Wednesday is a two-fer.  As I was reading them I had a wonderful thought...A new super heroine!

Picture it, The Zafting Fulgurate.  Now here are some powers I could roll with!  ;)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Temptation - Poem

Rain upon my skin
Cools me
His hand in my hair
Heats me
Lips at my ear
Tempts me
With an invitation to sin

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ah, A Quiet Weekend!

So I sent my troop off for some weekend fun, camping at a state park close to home and guess what!  It was so quiet around that I was able to edit a story I'd finished a while ago, just had not been able to get back to.  Yay!

I really like the story.  It has it all-magic, submission and latin phrase fun! :)

I did find however that the story needs more writing to be complete.  My ending worked for me during the initial draft, but upon this re-read, I found it to be unsatisfying.  As did my CP, so back to the drawing board for an improved ending!  Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Friday Treat For This Author...

And what a treat it is!  A fellow author pal, (Thank you, Gem Sivad!) let me know that The Challenge has topped the best selling paranormals list at My BookStore and More

Wow!  What a nice treat for this fine Friday morning.  :)

Thank you to all my readers.  I hope you've enjoyed Bastian and Marina's story. 

Have a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Songs That Tickle My Muse

Below are 13 songs that have tickled my muse into providing story ideas.  Some with lot's of detail and others are just blips of possibilities...  ;)

  1.  Back in the U.S.S.R by The Beatles
  2.  Mother Nature's Son by The Beatles
  3.  Promises by Eric Clapton
  4.  Now That It's Over by Everclear
  5.  Otis Redding by Everclear
  6.  All Summer Long by Kid Rock
  7.  So What by Pink
  8.  Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones
  9.  Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Bette Midler version
10.  Roll with the Changes by REO Speedwagon
11.  Unbelievable by EMF
12.  Little Miss Can't Be Wrong by The Spin Doctors
13.  Suffragette City - Storm Large version

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday Word of the Day

palladian \puh-LEY-dee-uhn\, adjective:

1. Pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.

2. Of or pertaining to the goddess Athena.

3. Pertaining to, introduced by, or in the architectural style of Andrea Palladio.

~ I love the way this word spills over the tongue, plus the meanings make me want to change it somehow into a characters name...hehe. ~

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Temptation - Delicious by Shayla Black

Blurb:  Luc's entire future is planned out-but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self­control-and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa...and that's just one of her secrets-secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.

This story was truly delicious.  The hero has the shiver factor, you know, that quality that makes the reader tingle and sigh.  The heroine is strong yet tender with a kick ass attitude.  It was definitely a tempting read.

Monday, July 19, 2010

What A Weekend!

Hot, steamy weather, cool breezes.  Thunder and lightening.  Downpours, eighty mile an hour winds, tornado's all resulting in a downed trees and a loss of power across the city, but to my knowledge there were thankfully, no deaths.

The loss of power was a pain, although also a very good reminder.  Most of the food in our fridge had to be tossed, which really grinds me. I've seen the faces of hunger right here in our country too many times, so throwing stuff out, disturbs me.  On my to do list this week is a trip to the grocery store and the food shelf with my donations.  I know of a small church run one right in my neighborhood which supports local families.  That will be perfect.

The power outage also threw my writing for a loop.  I got very little done this weekend.  No editing, little blogging and no writing will make this a very busy week for me.  Oh well, such is life, right.  :)

Again there was a positive with the negative.  Sitting in the dark with my hubby and darling diva while the storm pounded around us, we talked about storms we remembered from our childhood, partly as something to do and partly to ease my young ones worry.  As we talked I had an idea for a journal.  One done with my little diva in mind.  I'm going to start jotting down the who, what, where, whens and whys of storms and such for her to have as she grows.  The journal will grow, I'm sure, with firsts and boys and funnies and life, but it will be for her to share with her children, maybe during some frightening storm of their own. ;)

Have a great week!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Flirt - Footwear

Happy Friday!
Today's flirt is great for attracting others, however, I think footwear is more a personal flirt.  How good do you feel with the right pair of shoes.  Tennis shoes with great support, slip-on's that breath, slippers that keep your foot all snugly and warm.

Maybe it's a spiked shoe that makes your legs look fabulous or a pair of thigh high boots that make you feel oh so sexy...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thrursday Thirteen - Auras

1.  RED AURA COLOR: Relates to the physical body, hart or circulation. The densest color, it creates the most friction. Friction attracts or repels; money worries or obsessions; anger or unforgiveness; anxiety or nervousness

2.  ORANGE AURA COLOR: Relates to reproductive organs and emotions. The color of vitality, vigor, good health and excitement. Lots of energy and stamina, creative, productive, adventurous, courageous, outgoing social nature; currently experiencing stress related to apetites and addictions;

3.  YELLOW AURA COLOR: Relates to the spleen and life energy. It is the color of awakening, inspiration, intelligence and action shared, creative, playful, optimistic, easy-going.

4.  GREEN AURA COLOR: Relates to heart and lungs. It is a very comfortable, healthy color of nature. When seen in the aura this usually represents growth and balance, and most of all, something that leads to change. Love of people, animals, nature; teacher; social

5.  BLU AURA COLOR: Relates to the throat, thyroid. Cool, calm, and collected. Caring, loving, love to help others, sensitive, intuitive.

6.  INDIGO AURA COLOR: Relates to the third eye, visual and pituitary gland. Intuitive, sensitive, deep feeling.
7.  VIOLET AURA COLOR: Relates to crown, pineal gland and nervous system. The most sensitive and wisest of colors. This is the intuitive color in the aura, and reveals psychic power of attunement with self. Intuitive, visionary, futuristic, idealistic, artistic, magical.

8.  LAVENDER AURA COLOR: Imagination, visionary, daydreamer, etheric.
9.  SILVER AURA COLOR: This is the color of abundance, both spiritual and physical. Lots of bright silver can reflect to plenty of money, and/or awakening of the cosmic mind.
10.  GOLD AURA COLOR: The color of enlightenment and divine protection. When seen within the aura, it says that the person is being guided by their highest good. It is divine guidance. Protection, wisdom, inner knowledge, spiritual mind, intuitive thinker.

11.  BLACK AURA COLOR: Draws or pulls energy to it and in so doing, transforms it. It captures light and consumes it. Usually indicates long-term unforgiveness (toward others or another) collected in a specific area of the body, which can lead to health problems; also, entitities within a person's aura, chakras, or body; past life hurts; unreleased grief from abortions if it appears in the ovaries

12.  WHITE AURA COLOR: Reflects other energy. A pure state of light. Often represents a new, not yet designated energy in the aura. Spiritual, etheric and non-physical qualities, transcendent, higher dimensions. Purity and truth; angelic qualities.

White sparkles or flashes of white light: angels are nearby; can indicate that the person is pregnant or will be soon

13.  EARTH AURA COLORS: Soil, wood, mineral, plant. These colors display a love of the Earth, of being grounded and is seen in those who live and work on the, farming, etc. These colors are important and are a good sign.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday's Word of the Day

bijou \BEE-zhoo\, adjective:

1. Something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.

1. A jewel.

Funny, I seem to remember this word being used in reference to ye ol' movie house.  You know, "How about you and me go down to the bijou, Mary Sue?"  :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

What's Next...

I recently typed The End on my second jaguar shifter rough draft, Yay!

Now, I'm trying to focus my energies on researching the couple of story ideas that have been scratching at the insides of my skull for some time, only, I feel as though I should be writing.

I do try to write everyday to keep myself on the writing track be it blogs or flashes or possible ideas, but it's not the same as writing on a story.  That writing sends you delving into your characters lives, writing them down and sharing them with the world.  It's addictive.

I will not, however, be swayed by my addiction to writing.  I will research, I will decide on the next step and I will plot. 

And if my muse does not like that, well, we can go a few mental rounds.  Hopefully, she'll morph into the package above, cause really where's the hardship in going anywhere with that, mmmm.

Wait...that package might ~read, definitely will~ sway me into being naughty.  What to do, what to do....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Mythological Names For Heroines J-Z

1. Jaya - Indian, Hinduism
2. Kallisto - Roman
3. Lilita - Indian, Hinduism
4. Larisa - Russian
5. Maeve - Irish
6. Marama - Polynesian
7. Padma - Indian, Hinduism
8. Proserpina - Roman
9. Reva - Indian, Hinduism
10. Rhiannon - Welsh
11. Selene - Greek
12. Verdandi - Norse
13. Ziva - Slavic

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tueday Temptation - Bullet by Laurell K Hamilton

Magic, Sexy men, ass-kicking, adventure, sexy men, vampires, shapeshifters, sexy men, magic and best of all, Anita Blake.  This story in the Anita Blake series is a true temptation and not to be missed.  :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Mythological Names For Heroines A-I

  1.  Aditi - Hinduism
  2.  Aella - Greek
  3.  Aurora - Italian
  4.  Branwen - Welsh
  5.  Brigit - Irish
  6.  Cybele - Near Eastern
  7.  Dalia - Lithuanian
  8.  Echo - Greek
  9.  Flora - English
10.  Guenevere - Welsh
11.  Helena - German
12.  Hermione - Greek
13.  Iris - Greek