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Need Zzzzz's…and a great first line
Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Yes, I have a winner for yesterday’s free book, but I’m gonna make you read to the bottom because I’m just mean that way!

I’m having trouble sleeping lately. The problem is with the “when”. Three nights ago, I couldn’t fall asleep until after 4 AM. Two nights ago, I woke up at 4 AM and had to get up to begin working because I was wide awake. So that was two nights in a row of only 4 hours of sleep. Last night I slept 10 and I feel like a complete slug this morning.

I do have sleeping pills the doctor subscribed, but I hate giving up my “lightbulb” moments for the drugs. You know, you lay down, are almost asleep, and the greatest idea in the history of ideas pops into your head? Then you have to get up and write it down, although I have gotten to where I simply keep a pad beside the bed to jot down those random thoughts.

My inability to sleep might have something to do with the fact I’ve finished so many projects lately—the proposal for Beloved Captor, the complete novella for Raw Silk, and the ending of MIK-7. That’s a problem because when I finish one, I have to have another to jump to, something that’s already in the works, at a midpoint, so that I can keep going. Right now, I’m faced with starting three new projects, all at the same time. Which means, my brain is jumping from one idea to another since all three are in the “First Line” stage (which is DEATH to quick progress). I’ve wallowed for two days, then yesterday decided to finish up a short story I’m writing for a lesbian collection, just so that I can be writing SOMETHING.

I’ll head into timed writing sprints today with friends, and hopefully the competition will keep my brain focused. We’ll see. Remind me to do a better job at leapfrogging my projects in the future. They should all be at differing stages. And no, I can’t focus on just one book at a time. If I get frustrated in one, I have to have another to jump to or I’ll do the wallow thing again and accomplish nothing.

So, I’ve managed a really long whine. Sorry. This is my blog, and whatever’s on my mind kinda spills onto the screen. Today, it’s nose to the grindstone, no excuses. Tonight, I’ll be gathering critiques from the authors in the Rose’s Colored Glasses critique group and prepping them for distribution. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get up early enough to load the pics from Lora Leigh’s big party and share a few with you here.

And don’t you think I need to find a pic or a graphic to represent my whines so I can post it at the top each time and you can know whether you want to “go there”? Anybody got a good whiny picture I can use?

Enough whine. You want to know who won yesterday’s prize.

The winner, by random number generator, is…Jeanette!

7 comments to “Need Zzzzz's…and a great first line”

  1. Lisa J
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      · October 8th, 2009 at 11:37 am · Link

    As we say around work, whine if you got one. We always have at least one whine-worthy thing.

    Maybe a road sign with WHINE in it for the graphic would work. That would be pretty easy to photoshop.



  2. Delilah Devlin
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      · October 8th, 2009 at 11:48 am · Link

    Lisa! That’s a great idea! That or a picture of a box of Kleenex, huh?



  3. Lisa J
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      · October 8th, 2009 at 11:52 am · Link

    Kleenex is a wonderful idea. I like that one a lot.



  4. SonyaM
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      · October 8th, 2009 at 2:05 pm · Link

    There’s always the obvious “bottle of whine”



  5. Fedora
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      · October 8th, 2009 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Or maybe a chunk of cheese… as in would you like a little “whine” with that?

    Happy reading, Jeanette!



  6. Brandy Walker
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      · October 8th, 2009 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Got kid distracted. Got nothing for ya now. :cry:

    So sad little brain. Hopefully its back to full firing capacity tomorrow.



  7. Delilah
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      · October 12th, 2009 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Ladies! Thanks for the suggestions. Still looking for just the right “whine” icon. :wink: