Monthly Archives: May 2010

Love may be like Oxygen, but exercise is like Prozac

I hate springtime. Seriously, hate the season, especially after a winter like we just had. It never warms up fast enough for me. There are a few nice days, like a tease, and then ZAP back to cold and rainy. Throw in some kind of viral chest cold on top of the tree pollen that has had me wheezing for weeks, and yeah, I’m pretty miserable. The Odonata, my supernatural race of creatures, are sun worshippers, and that’s not just because dragonflies can’t move until the morning sun hits them. It’s because I need the sun too, both for the warmth and the mood boost I get from the rays.

 So the viral whatever has finally cleared up, and the recent rain has washed away the worst of the tree pollen. I found that I could breathe again without too much deep chest whistling. Hooray for that. No sun today and the weather is freaking cold. Very tempting to just spend the day like a couch potato, wrapped in a blanket watching TV, preferably with a fluffy purring cat nearby. That is what my main character, Katrina, would do. She’d have some hot chocolate too while she was at it.

Of course, I’m not Katrina. So, while I felt like being a couch potato, I dragged my butt downstairs and got on the treadmill instead. I had the Winchester boys (season 2 of Supernatural ) for company, and didn’t push myself too hard since I have been avoiding aerobic activity for entirely too long. Nevertheless, the workout had the same effect that exercise always has. My mood brightened. Suddenly I had energy. Empty the dishwasher? Sure. Kitty litter pan? No problem. Hell, I even felt ambitious enough to write a blog.

 So yeah, while working out is good for losing weight and getting in shape, it’s also great for staying upbeat on a rainy spring day.



(originally posted around 4/11/10)

How to celebrate a major advancement towards a lifetime goal:

 I woke on Saturday morning, fed the bird, prepared my hot chocolate soy drink and picked up my blackberry to check for e-mails. Amongst them was an e-mail from the small but well connected press I submitted to a week and a half ago. Yeah, that’s right, a week and a half.

 At first, I thought they were rejecting me. That’s what a quick response like this usually means. But no, there was a contract attached. Wow. I printed out the contract and my husband and I both read it. It was straightforward and concise. So… how to celebrate?

  • 1.  Send text to Writer Nephew who doesn’t get up before noon and won’t see it for 3 hours anyway.
  • 2.  Post new status on Facebook. Smile at a friend’s immediate positive response.
  • 3. Send e-mail to sister who is not on Facebook.
  • 4. Listen to what has been my theme song since I was a kid, the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” and post the video on Facebook.
  • 5.  Go outside and do some yard work.  

Yeah, I know. #5 makes no sense. I think I was in shock. A lot was going through my head at that point. Ripping out some dandelions seemed like a good way to expend nervous energy.  

 Around 1:00, I decided I needed to eat something. Just as I came inside, I heard “Misty Mountain Hop” which is Writer Nephew’s ring tone. Lots of enthusiasm greeted me. It occurred to me that Writer Nephew and his college buddies were more excited than I was. Yeah, it had to be shock. But while I was speaking with him, a smile took up residence on my face and did not leave. Hung up, and seconds later took a call from my sister – the one who is not on Facebook. Okay, now I was getting excited. So, back to celebrating…

  • 6. Shower off garden dirt using favorite LUSH soap. i.e. Rockstar.
  • 7. Pull out my “Writer” ringer shirt and put it on. Grin because I finally feel like I deserve the title.
  • 8. E-mail other sister who obviously had not been on Facebook yet, also a friend who is not on social networks and will be thrilled to hear the news
  • 9. Go out for celebratory dinner. Eat yummy Italian food.
  • 10. Go to the movies. 

Yeah, #10 is a little odd too, but my protagonist, Katrina is (like me) a huge Doors fan, and When You’re Strange, A movie about The Doors came out in limited release on Friday. I’ve wanted to see this film since it was first mentioned on a friend’s site. ( The timing, working in with my celebration, could not be better. I loved the film. Katrina would have too.

So that’s how I celebrated getting a book contract. How will I celebrate the actual publishing of my novel? With another tattoo, of course. 🙂