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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

This rotation, we’re supposed to blog about easy meals for the writer on deadline. But it’s Autumn!!! I want to write about pumpkins. PUMPKIIIIIIIIIIIINS!!!

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This is the one time of year I love to bake because it’s time for pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING!!!

I’m trying out a few dessert recipes this year, in order to decide on Thanksgiving’s after dinner treat and for our neighborhood Halloween block party. The other day I modified a recipe from Pinterest and made Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars. Oh. My. Pumpkin. They’re so good!!! Here’s the simplest recipe ever, go forth and share the Pumpkin spirit throughout the land.

McGovy’s Pumpkinnnnmmmmmmmm Bars

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Dough

1 can pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 8oz pkg of cream cheese

6 Tbsp of sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

tbsp cinnamon

1/4 cup butter

Lightly spray a 9 x 13′ baking dish with cooking spray, and roll out one can of crescent dough. In a mixing bowl, blend together your pumpkin, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Evenly spread this delicious mixture across the dough. Unroll the other can of dough and place on top. Melt your butter and stir in 1/2 a cup of sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon. Drizzle this all over the top of the crescent dough, then sprinkle brown sugar over that, to taste. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until top layer of dough is done. Remove from oven and WAIT. This is the hardest part of the recipe. Let the dish cool a bit or you’ll have a hot mess when you try to slice and serve.

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My coworkers preferred their bars cold. I like mine hot, with a cup of coffee. How you devour your Pumpkinnnnmmmm Bars is totally up to you.

Enjoy!

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I Like To Move It, Move It!

Let’s be real for a second: This writing gig ain’t the healthiest around. Add to that the fact that my day job is also desk bound, and I spend a lot of time sitting on my arse. The zinger is, if I don’t get some kind of physical activity or exercise on a regular basis, if I don’t move, I go full “Meh.” Mentally, my brain feels so full I can’t pick any one task to tackle. Physically, I become lethargic. I think they call it malaise in historical novels. 😀 Or is that ennui? Whatever it is, I come down with a big ole case of it. But, with a full time job and a child now in elementary school, specific classes at set times (like spinning or Zumba) are difficult to manage, if not downright impossible.

For me, the key is convenience and a flexible schedule. During the school year, on a week day, I wake up before 6am and I get home a little after 6pm. I don’t want to spend another hour at the gym, away from my family. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way. At least 3 days a week, I work through lunch and, around 3:30pm, I go downstairs to the gym in my building, and I squeeze in a workout. I crank up my Spotify (good tunes are key), and I do some elliptical and lift weights. I love weight training. It’s hard work and often times I’m sore the next day, but the work out makes me happy. The endorphin, the results, the fact I can pick up my 50lb kid with little effort – all of it makes me happy.

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Now that the days are longer and we don’t have to be at school so flippidy-flappin’ early, I’ve gotten back into swimming. Morning swims are like this weird, cardio-heavy meditation for me. I swam competitively in high school, but I’m not 16 anymore. Swimming is hard, y’all! But in the water there is quiet and calm. Despite my panting at the end of each 100m, it is peaceful. When I’m swimming, I think of little else; only my stroke and my breathing, my form, and my progress. When I finish, I’m exhausted but exhilarated. Every day, I can swim a little farther. I leave the pool, just as the rest of the neighborhood begins to stir, and I feel balanced.

Working out and swimming, even the teensiest bit of run-walking I’ve recently added, keeps me balanced and my brain works better. Even if I spend ~8 hours a day at a desk, I’ve swam half a mile or I’ve walked 1.5 miles and ran .50 (running is hard too, y’all!). Whatever it is, I’ve done something that is the opposite of sitting at a computer. This helps me focus on what I need to do at the desk jobs. I love writing and I’m lucky enough to really like my day job, but I the only way I can continue to enjoy them, is by taking the time to move.

What do you like to do to move it, move it? 😉

 

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I’ve Got Some Good News and Bad News

Our latest blog series on BGW is about our Best and Worst days, as writers. Or Worst and Best, depending on how you want to mix it up.

My Best Day was the night I queried my agent, thinking, “There is NO WAY she’ll want to represent me. Let me get this over with and deal with the rejection.” I’d met her at two different conferences and she oozed professionalism and business savvy. Nicole knew what she was doing, knew the industry and what she wanted in a client. Why would she ever want me? She had NYT & USA Today Best Sellers on her list. I’m just little ole me.

Within ten or fifteen minutes of hitting send, she emailed me back, saying something to the effect of, “YES! I love this. I want more. Send me the full!”

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First of all, that uber impressive agent wanted my full manuscript? Secondly, my timing was 100% pure luck. She must have been checking her email at the time my submission popped in and there I was, at the top of the inbox. 🙂 I received her response some time after 10pm and proceeded to wander around my house for the next two hours in complete and total shock. Once the shock wore off, the panic set in. I had to get the story finished and polished immediately (forever indebted to my CP and fellow Bad Girl, Laura Trentham for being super speedy with my emergency), but I sent the full off a few days later and my agent loved it. We emailed back and forth and chatted on the phone. She offered representation and I accepted. I was over the moon for days! We went on to sell my next story in a three book deal (still flying high about that), but the very best day was when I received Nicole’s email of enjoyment and interest. In the dark of night, when I had no hope of her wanting to rep me, and didn’t think anyone would ever want to read me, my dream agent said she loved my story.

The Worst Day was when it became apparent I would not break into NY with the first series we sent on submission. It was just after RWA Nationals last year, and while editors loved my voice and the characters, for a debut author, the series needed a stronger, more original hook.

Now, I get it. I absolutely see why they had concerns about the series marketability and sales, since I’m a new voice in the genre. Now, I know how I’d change the series to make it a stronger sell, but at the time, I was devastated. All of my friends had sold their first time out, and I fell into that comparison game even though I know it’s a no win competition.

But along with the rejection came a lot of great feedback. Every house was open to seeing my next project and now I could create a series from scratch, with my agent’s feedback in mind. I learned a lot from those rejections, and I stopped worrying about the comparison game. In fact, that game is almost non-existent for me now. I’m stronger for not getting a yes right away, but man oh man, it suuuuucked when it happened. I cried and emailed my CPs/executive committee. Of course they were all fabulous and supportive. They were fabulous and supportive again, when I DID sell; screaming on the phone with me, doing the happy dance no matter where they were. I can honestly say they believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

That’s the takeaway here, writers and Bad Girlz of the world. Best Day or Worse, you will learn from both. You will find your true friends through both. Success and Failure are of equal importance, and I believe you can’t fully appreciate one without the other. Now go out there, grab the words by the horns, and write those stories!

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Any excuse to use this gif. Because Deadpool. 😀

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Where to Begin…

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Beginnings—why are they so !@#$%^&* difficult to write? I recently started a new manuscript, therefore the opening pages of books have been on my mind. So, it’s fitting that this series on the one thing we always screw up has come along. I have to admit, Bad Girlz of the World, I struggle with how and where to start a story. I cringe and hold my breath all the way through drafting an opening scene—every time. But it’s a subject I’ve also researched heavily, screwed up again and again, and have now (hopefully) learned. Here’s what I’ve discovered…

Start with the story’s inciting moment, not the character’s inciting moment. This was one of my earlier mistakes that led to Jenna Patrick telling me I didn’t need the first 3 chapters of my manuscript. (And I’m glad I listened, she was right.) All characters have a past, but the past is no place to start a book. Instead look to the plot of the story. What is the catalyst for your characters to interact? That moment is where the story really begins.

Open with action. Have you ever noticed that movies usually start with an action sequence? There’s a reason for that. We want to grab our reader’s attention so they become invested in the story, and gripping action is a great way to do that.

Limit the number of people in the opening scene. I made this mistake in the first draft of Desperately Seeking Suzanna and had to make people vanish during the editing process. You don’t want to instantly confuse your reader by dropping them into the middle of a crowd of characters, so keep the numbers down and introduce the characters gradually.

“Any good story is a before and after picture.” –Michael Hauge

Character, character, character. I recently attended a workshop by Michael Hauge where he touched on the subject of opening scenes. It was awesome! If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, do it! I learned so much, and here are a few tidbits of that knowledge. The opening scene should demonstrate who that character is at the beginning of the story and the opening lines are a snapshot of that time in their life. It’s a good idea to throw in a line somewhere in the first scene that shows the reader how screwed up the character’s life is even if they act like they’re happy with things. This will establish longing for the change that the story will bring.

I’m certainly not perfect, but I’m learning and that’s what matters. Right, Bad Girlz? Do you want to see a few examples of opening lines from my writing?
[Please endure the following shameless plug for my books. Thanks. 🙂 ]

Must Love Dukes:
As Devon paused to allow a carriage to pass, a heat spread across his back. Someone was following him.
Desperately Seeking Suzanna:
“Who are you supposed to be?” Holden asked, adjusting the animal skin draped over his shoulder as he attempted to settle further into the chair.
How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less:
Andrew rounded a bend in the road and urged his mount into a small patch of woods. Damn the open terrain of the moors.
The Infamous Heir – Book 1 of the Spare Heirs Series (coming soon):
Another punch skimmed past Ethan’s ear. The rush of air and cheers of the other men closed in on him as the blow sailed by. He put his weight behind his next swing, his knuckles colliding with his opponent’s jaw. He watched as the man toppled to the floor with an echoing thud, and he waited.

What are the opening lines of your current manuscript? Post them in the comments so we can chat about them!

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So Screwed Up

This round of blog posts centers on what we always screw up as writers. I’m supposed to pick one thing I consistently fumble. One thing.Chris Evans shirtless laughing

After a lot of whittling down, and deleting the draft of a post of other stuff I screw up (but not as much I screw this up), I have chosen the one thing I screw up the most: Not believing in my ability to put a story into written words or finish it.

I think I’ve written about five novel-length stories at this point. Two of which are published, two more will be at some point. Yet, without fail, I get to a point in every story when I’m convinced I won’t be able to do this whole writing thing. Usually it’s points, plural.

When I get past the meet cute and the first internal debates or conflict arise, I doubt my ability to convey legitimate reasons the hero and heroine shouldn’t be ‘happily ever after’ right then. When I get to the saggy middle, and page after page feels like, “he said, she said, blah, blah, blah,” I doubt my plot and its pace. When the shite hits the fan in the BBM, I doubt my skill of showing the emotion. Multiple times throughout each story, I’m fairly certain it’s a complete and total POS and I need give up writing and climb the corporate ladder instead.

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But then, I reach the end. I reach the end of my very rough first draft and I have about 2/3rds of a story and a good map. I reach the end of my second draft, and I have a cohesive manuscript. I reach the end of my third draft and then the critiqued draft, and I feel pretty damn good about my story and myself.

The takeaway here is, you CAN do it. It’s normal to doubt you’re ability to finish. I know authors who are writing book fifty-something and they still freak out somewhere around the mid-point of each book and swear they suck and will never be able to tell a story again. OH HAPPY DAY! Our neurosis is normal! But we have to power through the doubts and b.s. and keep writing. Even when it feels icky, even when your story jumped the tracks three chapters ago and you have no clue why the characters are discussing spoon bread, keep at it. Write or re-write, drop back and punt the plot, go for a walk and realize spoon bread is not that important. But whatever you do, DO NOT stop and NEVER give up. Quit worrying about screwing up and “tell the damn story.” (TM EMichels)

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Apples to Apples

Let’s face it, it’s human nature to compare ourselves to others.  Our society encourages us to do it, day in and day out, with the commercials and magazine ads and impossibly perfect women on that t.v show you love.  There’s the monetary comparison:  Why can’t I get a new Lexus for a Christmas gift?  You know, because so many people do.  There’s the self-image comparison:  Does my skin look as perfect as that chic on Game of Thrones?  Which is why I watch The Walking Dead, by the way.  I’m BOUND to be better looking than a dead chic with no eye, right???

And if that’s not enough to make us feel like a pile of manure, we as writers subject ourselves to a whole slew of other comparisons in which, more often than not, we come out on bottom.

So, when you’re feeling down because your critique partner just landed your dream agent or you BFF was nominated for the grandest of writing awards, here are a few things I tell myself before digging into that gallon of Chunky Monkey…

Compare apples to apples

I’ve fallen into this trap many times, traveling with my bad girlz to conferences.  Still do, actually, as much as I hate to admit it.  They’d come out from pitching, all jazzed because an agent wants to see the book they pitched and the four others in their closet, and I come out with an unenthusiastic 50 page request.  And while I was truly ecstatic for all their good news, I did start to wonder why I wasn’t getting the same vibe.  Was my story not as good?  Did I suck at pitching?  Should I have worn the red heels instead of the blue?

The answer to all three is no, of course.  I’m not subpar, I’m just different.  Turns out, agents and editors at romance conferences are actually looking for romances.  Crazy, right?  It seems like a no brainer, but I have to work at constantly reminding myself that things are always going to be different for me because I have to adhere by a whole different set of rules in a whole different market.

The measurement of someone’s success is not a measurement of your failures

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It’s easy to feel like you’ve failed when you see others sitting where you want to be, but the truth is you just haven’t arrived yet.  So you didn’t make the best sellers list with this one – doesn’t mean your next won’t.  There’s always another story to be written, always another chance.  The only way you can fail at this business is to stop writing.

Don’t measure your success against others.  Measure it against yourself.  Everyone has different circumstances, different responsibilities, different expectations.  Work to be a better writer than you were the day before, with your own pace and your own process, and don’t worry about the others.

Don’t change into something that you’re not

I’ve spent hours listening to good advice from my critique partners on how I could change my writing into something that would sell.  I mean, I’ve tried everything.  And while they were all insightful ideas, in the end I had to decide who I am on my own.  It was changing my voice and my whole purpose for writing.  It felt like I was constantly battling between who I am and who I thought would sell easier.

But here’s the thing – I don’t want to write my next forty books that way.  I want to find an agent and an editor who love my writing the way it is.  Maybe in a different story with different characters and a different setting, but still my writing style and voice.

And I will, eventually.  I just need to keep writing and keep looking.

How do you deal with those dangerous comparisons?

 

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SPF For Your Sanity

Our latest blog series is all about your sanity, and how to hang on to it. Because, let’s be real, this whole publishing gig is nutso. Writing and creating can make you looney enough, but add in the pressure of selling a product and good ol’ capitalism, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail of crazy – shaken, not stirred.

The crux is we love it. Every writer I know LOVES what they do. We say stuff like we can’t imagine not writing, we’d be even crazier if we didn’t write, and that, in writing, we feel complete. So, how do we keep doing the thing without flying over the cuckoo’s nest? I have a few suggestions and, while they might not all work for you, I hope at least one will ring true.

  1. Take a break from time to time. If you’re on deadline, this is tough, but there is usually a day or a weekend after your deadline to stop and breathe. If you have more time available, take it. If your break is a week or more, you might be slower when it comes time to write again, but like bike riding, it’ll come back to you. Stop stressing. Set the laptop aside for a bit and get out. Do whatever makes you happy that has nothing to do with writing. Yard work, shopping, walking or hiking, going to the movies or vegging out on Netflix. Whatever it is, take some time to relax and rest your gray matter. I promise this does wonders to keep you from having an emotional breakdown.
  2. Have that emotional breakdown. No really. Sometimes there is nothing for it but to bawl your eyes out. If you hold the hurt or doubt or rejection in, they will consume you and kill your creativity. Go ahead and get your ugly cry on instead of wasting a lot of energy fighting it. Then, wash your face, blow your nose, put on some lip gloss and know that you’re wonderful. We all have setbacks and hurdles. We all feel like dog poo, doubt ourselves and our place in this business – like, on a weekly basis. You just need to get it out of your system, and you’re not alone.
  3. Don’t go through any of this alone. Find your tribe. These are your people. Your people may be only one other person or a bevy of Bad Girlz. You’ll know them when you find them, but find them you must! These people will grab your hand when you go over the ledge. They will drag you back up and ugly cry with you. They will listen after you’ve already ugly cried alone because you’re too proud to cry with anyone around. They know you’re awesome, even when you don’t, and they will remind you of this fact however many times it takes to get you back on your feet. They will meet you on your birthday to drink margaritas and shop and act silly. They will email or text you random stuff at all hours of the day, just to make you smile. They will not judge you for being a dirty little freak, because they’re dirty little freaks too! They will love and respect you for who you are – and in this business, you’re going to need people like that by your side.

I’m going to stop here and go meep into my coffee now, because I realize just how blessed I am to have my people. How do you stay sane in this insane biz? Best wishes on your writing journey and write on!

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Guilty or Not, Treat Yo Self to a Ship!

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I’m chuckling, because so many Bad Girlz have guilty pleasures that are productive. Heh. Heh heh. Heheheheheh. My guilty pleasures are not productive and I have even more than I originally thought. I had to cull the list down to the one thing I thought encompassed a few of my favorite past times. My biggest guilty pleasure, that I don’t feel guilty about at all is:

Shipping

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No, I don’t mean like FedEx or even cruise ships (though I do love those too). I’m talking about shipping people, as in relationships. Shipping something means actively imagining and desiring a relationship between two individuals – or three or four, or it could be one character you could imagine in a relationship with several different people, separately. Anyway, thinking about and imagining these relationships between these people makes you SO happy. You follow?

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These people can be in books, television, movies, comic books – hell, I even ship the real life duo who works together at my local coffee shop. If two people have chemistry, I’m going to ship them. I’m not biased toward gender, age or race. Multi-racial, LGBT, whatever – it’s  about the dynamic between the people.

I ship everything from Mr. Carson and Ms. Hughes on Downton Abbey (seriously, how adorable are they???) to a couple of cartoon characters on Teen Titans Go! I don’t watch Sleepy Hollow, but if I did, I’d probably ship Ichabod and Abbie because I can feel their chemistry just in the commercials. I don’t have to have a ship to love a TV show or movie, but if there’s an undeniable spark between two characters, then my shipping becomes more of a compulsion than a guilty pleasure. I can’t not ship.

As far back as I can remember, I shipped. I was definitely on the Moonlighting ship. Remember them? Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd? They had it and I ate it up, even as a kid. My next biggie was Mulder and Scully on X-files. Ohhhhh, Mulder and Scully. *happy sigh*

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Shipping the pairs above is no accident or leap of sanity. Those shows worked because the characters, and the actors had chemistry. I’m sure there were people who didn’t want them in a relationship together, but I don’t understand those people.

I also ship the same person with a couple of different people, depending on the circumstance. X-Men comic book Rogue, I shipped with Gambit.

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Movie X-Men Rogue, I couldn’t help but ship with Wolverine. I know, I know, she was a high schooler and he’s like a hundred years old, but she would’ve grown up eventually and Logan lives forever. They understood each other, they took care of each other while still challenging one another, and they had mad chemistry and tension. I’m telling you, if X-Men 3 would’ve been at all a decent movie, things would’ve worked out for them. Wanna fight about it?

In my years of shipping, I’ve only recently realized I have a favorite type. It happens to be a popular romance trope: the friends (or co-workers) to lovers relationship – with two people who are very different, and manage to challenge one another while becoming almost symbiotic. X-Files, Star Trek, my many, many Marvel comic book and movie ships. This realization led me to consider the characters I write. What’s my favorite kind of ship? I write a lot about people thrown into circumstances together, and it often includes working toward a common goal. This is no coincidence. I write what I love and love what I write.

So maybe my guilty pleasure isn’t so unproductive after all. Shipping is good fun, but what if it also counts as romance writing research? Do you ship? If so, what are you faves or you favorite types?

Meanwhile, I’ll just leave these here…

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McGovy’s Favorite Bad Girl: Natasha Romanoff

Natalia Alianovna Romanova, AKA Black Widow. AKA: Natalie Rushman, Nancy Rushman, Nadine Roman, Natalia Shostakova, and the list goes on and on. As you may have guessed, my favorite Bad Girl is a spy.

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Not just any spy either. In my heart, she is THE spy. Maybe it’s because she operates in a male dominated field and society, uses that fact as one of her greatest weapons, and few people have the slightest clue she’s doing it. Maybe it’s because she is a master of disguise, not always in outward appearance, but in making you see whoever it is she wants you to see: Demure administrative professional, emotionally compromised Avengers team member, casual collegiate mall rat, World Security Council member. She was never really any of these things, but damn if she wasn’t convincing. Maybe she’s my fave because when I say she kicks ass at her job, I mean she KICKS ASS at her job.

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All of these things make her one of the world’s top spies, but they’re not the reasons she’s my favorite Bad Girl. Natasha is a world class Bad Girl because:

1) She can be very patient and understanding, but she isn’t going to take a bunch of sh*t off anyone. Remember that time Happy was giving her a hard time about Booty Boot Camp, thought he knew it all and was going to show the secretary something? Yeah. That wasn’t gonna happen.

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I would say poor Happy, but I think he enjoyed it.

2) Black Widow is dedicated, hard-working and refuses to give up on herself or the people she believes in (which are a select few, but still). Her loyalties are hard won, but once you have them, you have them. You may not realize that you have them, but that’s your problem, not hers. The words quit, give up, and surrender do not exist in her dictionary. Re-invent, Re-build, Survive. That’s her thing.

3) She’s independent AND a team player. This is why she’s an Avenger. Yes, she’s a master spy and assassin, and she can certainly have her own agenda, but she’s an Avenger because if she’s on your team, she’s going to get the job done. Remember that time she recruited The Hulk to join the Avengers? Remember that time she got Loki to spill his master plan? Remember that time she used the staff to close the portal and save the world? She’s a Bad Girl you want on your side.

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3) She’s learning to accept herself, good and bad, strengths and weaknesses, and it’s all of these things that make her HER. This is no small feat for a spy. Natasha can be whoever you want her to be, but her real identity is what lies underneath. Some of it’s pretty, some if it is ugly, but she’s figuring out who she is and learning to embrace it, as is every Bad Girl. Go watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this time, watch it for Natasha’s character arc. You’ll see her goals of trust and true friendship, her motivation to do right by herself and those she considers friends, and the conflict of her past and the red in her ledger. She is the epitome of the complex character.black widow cap2

4) She knows her taste, in style and men, and she rocks it. Be it smart business suits, slim-fit dresses, leather tactical suit, those cute wedge Nikes, long curly hair or sleek blunt cut, Natasha owns her looks. She looks amazing because she’s in great shape, but also because confidence is hot.natasha

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Regarding the men..ohhhh she has a type. And boy do I approve of Natasha’s type! She likes them strong and lean, with shady pasts to match her own, but deep down they’re good men. They’re spies and assassins too, so they can relate to a woman like her. Her rumored list of relationships includes Hawkeye and the Winter Soldier. *the highest of fives on the amazing taste in hotties* MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS

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Obligatory Winter Soldier/Bucky gif. Like you didn’t know I was gonna…

I’ll also toss in the fact that she’s now good buddies with Steve Rogers. Clearly, she’s got great taste.

All of this is why Black Widow is my favorite Bad Girl. Tell me what you think. 🙂

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A Bad Girlz’ Wish List

You do not want to know how long I pondered the possessive of ‘Girlz’.

Anyway, since the holiday season is sneaking up on us like the ruthless assassin she is, the Bad Girlz would like to share with you our wish lists.  Some will be serious, some fun, some personalized, and some general. My list is a mix of all of the above, but I swear, I am very serious about each item. 😀

1. More hours in the day. Ask any writer, and I bet they all want more time. I’m not sure how to accomplish this, but it’d be a lovely gift. For me, I’d like a couple of extra hours in the morning to write, one more hour in the afternoon to meet a friend for coffee or drinks after work, another hour in the evening to relax with the family, read or watch something in my Netflix queue, and two more hours to sleep every night. Someone defy the laws of nature and structure of time and make this happen.

2. A year supply of coffee drinks from Port City Java. This is the coffee shop across Main Street from my office building. They have this thing called the Mocha Freeze. I get it with soy milk, no whip, and it tastes like dark chocolate frozen coffee orgasmic dreamsicle in a cup. Dang thing is like $5 though, so I need someone to buy them for me, year-round. k?

3. 52 bottles of Rex Goliath Pinot Noir. I only drink it on weekends, so 52 ought to do me for the year. I recently discovered their Noir and Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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As one of the other Bad Girlz pointed out, “There’s a giant cock on the label.”  There is! It also says, “Lush & Velvety,” but we decided we wouldn’t go there. (We totally went there.)

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4.  Journals and notebooks that will fit in a purse. I’m a note taker, plot jotter, list maker. Small notebooks are my security blanket and I know I’m not alone. Without fail, I’ll have a bit of awesome dialogue pop up or a plot epiphany hit me in the waiting room of the allergy shot clinic. I could type it into my phone, but I like rocking the old school notebook. There’s something about a pen and paper when it comes to creative notes.

5. Comfy clothes. I spend my Monday – Friday in dress pants and blouses, occasionally a skirt, rarely a suit jacket. So, when it comes to relaxing weekends and my time off, I tend to be uber casual. Unless I have somewhere fabulous to be, my attire suspiciously resembles pajamas. Most writer gear tends to be this casual all the time. Yoga pants = the writer uniform. I also love leggings and hoodies in the winter; big hoodies that I can ball up into like hedgehog. I think these say McGovy, don’t you?

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6. I am still asking for, and will always request, a TELEPORTER. Why do I not have one of these yet??? If no one is going to give me superhero BAMF-ing ability, a la Nightcrawler, then I’m going to need one of these, stat. (Kirk and Spock are optional, but they would be appreciated and cared for.)

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Teleporter. I mean it! I could go to and from conferences, with no air travel. Teleport on over to Ireland and Australia to visit family and friends, pop up to have coffee with Bad Girlz, appear at the movie theatre near Jeanette’s house because it’s way unfair that we don’t get to go to Marvel premiers together and then flail for hours (see: days) after. All of these very important uses, and it could probably bring about world peace as well.

7. Last, but not least on my list, I’d like these two in my stocking. 😀

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What do you think of my list? Shall I put you down for any of the above? 🙂

I won’t blog again until next year, so to all our readers out there and bad girlz everywhere, have a wonderful holiday season and fabulous new year!

glitter toss

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