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Revisions Love them or Leave them?

I received my very first revision letter. Well, if you don’t count the real first letter that basically said. “Oops, the idea you’ve had is basically fan fiction of a 100 year old story that is still under copyright. So, a tidy do over would be in order.” Completely understandable and I was completely hyperventilating at that juncture.

Yes, I did have a moment of panic. I gave myself a full fledged half hour of freaked out OMG what am I GOING TO DO? Then my girlfriend R.M. Kinore sat me down and basically said, get a grip, you are a professional and you CAN do this. In order to not have a total melt down, she helped me break down the changes I would need step by step.

All that aside, LOL. I manged to pull off the changes. I made the necessary re-writes and while it’s not exactly where I thought I would go– I ended up with a story that I’m pleased with.

Back on task. I received my revision letter. I know it is the “first” revision letter because my editor titled it “first revision”. Did I mention I adore my editor. I think perhaps we are kindred sisters of separate mothers. I don’t often encounter people that really understand me and ‘get’ my voice. My critique partner and a couple of people in my Ink Plots Critique group do. It is an unsettling discomfort when someone reads my work and doesn’t understand me. So, I have a lot of thankful relief that my editor does understand me so well. I read through her revisions and had several “head/desk….head/desk” moments. I realize one of my flaws is I write without capitalizing on the contractions as I need to.

I will admit I have heard many many groans over revison letters. I will go on record to say that I found my revisions educational and yes, a bit humbling. I mumbled through quite a few “I should have known that” over her edits. LOL. She said in essence. I am telling you this now…newbie… so I don’t expect to have to tell you this again. And, she said it in the kindest, most objective way anyone could possibly have.

One more first in this exciting journey toward publication. Take a look at this you tube video for a laugh about revision.

Rebel Ink One Year Anniversary

This Thursday Rebel Ink celebrates it’s one year Anniversary.

REBEL INK PRESS has a lot of fun activities planned over the next few weeks to celebrate their anniversary and showcase their authors. I suggest you drop by and check it out. Did I mention there would be swag? Lots and Lots of glorious Swag to entice you!

Visit their Facebook Event page to get the run down on Rebel Ink Press Anniversary Celebration

The Celebration includes a Chat this Thursday with Rebel Ink Press Authors and readers on a yahoo group called Joyfully Reviewed from 7:00 – 9:00p.m. EST Come on over and join the fun!

This invitation is hot so click it to see where to go. You need to be a member of Joyfully Reviewed to participate in the Chat.

Fantasy Man Monday

I’ve been accused of being biased in Fantasy Man Monday. “Eden, all you post are man-scaped buff boys.”

I have to admit I seldom like the whiskery stubble against my skin. But in the spirit of fair play I have found some appealing men with a bit of rugged wisp to please the most discerning cougar…cougarette.

Gabriel Aubry

Who could forget McSteamy, Eric Dane?

Mystery man of someone’s dreams.

and model, Jed Hill

Okay I cheated, his chest was probably man-scaped. I couldn’t resist.

Happy Fantasy Man Monday

Sinfully Delicious

How Do You Spell Stress?

We have been very busy here on the mountain. My 17 year old started the term at highschool on Wednesday. New school stress of epic proportions. My Step-Daughter was in finals for college summer term. She took quite a load for her first semester, pre-calculus was a booger. She continues with her freshman year in a couple weeks.

My Step-Son bought a scooter for economical transportation to and from work and college. He starts his senior year in a couple weeks. He had a bit of a fender bender seconds into his first ride. The incident was horrific to witness and scared the life outta me. Then I had to act all cool and take care of business.

My middle daughter is finishing up her summer of working in Florida for a camp program as staff member. She will go to NC and stay with my oldest daughter. Oldest Daughter is preggers with first child while her husband, a marine, is in the desert. Yes, between my partner and I we have five children: 23 F; 21 M; 21F; 17F; 17M and a son-in-law. One child married; three in college and one in his Jr year of Highschool.

I am basically between day jobs. I dropped out of grad school when I lost my job and moved. So, rather than finish grad school in a dead end profession. I am returning to junior college to do a quick degree to qualify me in computer systems administration. It is proving harder to get into this junior college than it was to get into grad school. I roll my eyes and wonder if there is intelligent life here at times.

My mother has gone through a bout of breast cancer. She is near us in a senior retirement apartment. She is not overly happy, not living with me anymore. However, it was a wonderful decision for my sanity and for the kids. Still I am her caregiver. I have to handle all her finances and pay her bills, get her to the doctors.

My partner and I just moved in with each other in May. I moved me, mom and one child up from Florida. Three of our kids are here. The fourth will join us in November.As I said, she will be helping her sister until my SIL returns home to my oldest and their baby (due in August). Everytime the phone rings I jump. She’s due in about 18 days. Several of my clan wern’t thrilled about the move. They are settling.

We are setting up our house, finding our routines, integrating the children, everyone’s temperment/personalities. She had just brought her 17 year old home in Feb from living with her father. That is a whole nuther story.

We have as ghost who likes to move things and hide them. She just does it for attention. Once we search and search for the item…like the TV remote. If I ask nice, she will usually slip it where we can find it. Yes, of course, it is always in a place several of us have already looked several times. Then poof, it is there.

So we have good days and bad. Everyone has baggage. Such is life. With love anything is possible. We have lots of love and a dedication to make this crazy kinda family work. No one ever said it would be easy. We both know it is worth it.

Today the two of us went and got manicures and pedicures. If you haven’t done that to pamper yourself, go right out and DO IT. It was WONDERFUL. *See the trill of singing notes* The guy massaged my calves and feet, my arms and hands, hot towels on my legs, hands in warming pads, massaging chair, whirlpool water to soak my feet. I felt like a puddle of relaxation when he was finished.

If I were a movie critic I would give it 3 sins of deliciousness…right after #1 screaming good sex, 2 all over erotic body massage, 3 Manicure / Pedicure treatment. Oh yes, yes, yes. Those are my top three of Sinfully Delicious! experiences.

Fantasy Man Monday

Summer is rolling into Autumn. I’m still feeling the heat

I want to sit back with a long drink of iced tea

Sweet Iced Tea

with lots and lots of sugar

Refreshing.

Quirk 329

My partner bought us a vaccume sealer. You know the the machine that could create a minature black whole in the universe if there were not an off switch?

We added a dehydrator a week later but that is a whole ‘nuther’ story. The dehydrator recommended you have a vaccume sealer so….

It is an amazing little machine. Not that I am doing a 3a.m. info-mercial for the thing. No I don’t get a commission if you purchase one after reading this blog. Dang! Missed out.

My oldest daughter has one. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know about my oldest daughter and my SIL the Marine.(( ((pride))))

SIL Robert was going out for training maneuvers, prior to his second deployment to the desert. They are in the rainy south east U.S.A. How you train for desert deployment in that region? I will never know but, Marines i.e. infinite wisdom. (See the eyes roll?)

ahhem. Anyway. She vaccume sealed his clothing, a uniform per day. Then, individually sealed extra underwear, socks. You get the idea. He showed up packed light and tight in his dufflebag. As the mission progressed, he was the only man in dry clothes each day.

His commander wanted to know the scoop. God do I wish I could have been a fly on the tent wall when he replied, “My wife vaccume sealed my clothes, sir.”

I believe he got a promotion in the field. Now all marines are commanded to vaccume seal their clothes prior to missions. She wishes there were vaccume sealer multi-level marketing opportunities for a side income.

It is true there may have been a line of men at her house prior to the next deployment, all holding roles of plastic vacume sealer baggies waiting their turn with the magical machine.

So, this morning, I am thinking on all this, giggling, and vaccume sealing our grocery swag from Costco. My step-daughter comes in to observe my progress. She enlightens me with further uses of my new toy. Her suggestion was to vaccume seal ice. It keeps the food cold while camping and when it melts you have a container of clean drinking water. It is very possible the heavens opened up and a beam of angel light descended around her. Amazing. Brilliant!

OMG. We are so gonna be ready for the zombie apocalypse!

What are your hints for being prepared?

Cowboys and Aliens OH MY!

I know many of you have been cheated in recent weeks that I have not taken the time to publish my Fantasy Man Monday. I promise to do better.

My girlfriend and I went to see Cowboys and Aliens this past week. It was amazing. I love Harrison Ford in anything and he had a wonderful role in this movie.

And what is it about Daniel Craig? He really isn’t that leading man hottie handsome to me on first glance. I didn’t even like him as James Bond.

I LOVED him in this movie. Just the perfect mix of bad boy, tortured hero.

The heroine was the perfect crusader character type to match his bad boy.

I can’t wait to see what Smart Girls love SciFi has to say about the movie.

Have you seen this movie yet? What did you think?

Rebel Ink Anniversary Celebration

Rebel Ink Press is celebrating their anniversary. All kinds of give away’s and goodies are planned. Check them out. You can subscribe to the Rebel Ink Press newsletter in my side bar. That way you can get in on the fun.

Do I hear a Rebel Yell?

Many months ago I pitched a proposal to Rebel Ink Press for their Halloween Anthology. I submitted my work on deadline and crossed my fingers, toes and other body parts until they are sore, held my breath until I turned blue. Not that I was auditioning for the part as Smurfette. (ewww I will skip the Smurf movie, but I digress.)

I received a reply and I am now a Rebel Ink Press contracted author for that anthology. Whoo Hoo.

I think it is quite fitting for this southern girl to find a home at Rebel Ink Press. They are a relatively new kid on the block celebrating their first anniversary (more on that later). They have established themselves as a professional team in here for the long haul. I have been very impressed with the quality of their authors and the manner that they are moving in the industry. Watch for them. I’m thrilled to be one of their new contributing authors.

More to come.

Fantasy Man Monday

I walk into this Monday a little overwhelmed and somewhat befuzzled.

So many things on a personal front that have to be handled at the moment. lol.

My girlfriend lamented that there doesn’t seem to be any sexy American men. So I started looking for sexy men.

The usual names came up. Mike McConaughey. I think of his voice when I visualize one of my heroes. Ummm, that husky smooth deep voice.

Here are some names that hit that list. Matthew Macfadyen. remember Mr. Darcy?

Shemar Moore, George Clooney, Colin Farrell, Keith Urban, Matt Damon, Daniel Craig (007 star), Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Barack Obama? Barack Obama? You’ve got to be kidding me. Seriously?

Robert Pattinson. Now I think most women went to the line to weigh in on the Edward Vs Jacob issue. Let’s just say that my vampires don’t sparkle. I’ve watched a few interviews by Robert Pattinson. I’ve gotta tell you that boy is as dumb as a box of rocks. It’s a good thing he has acting. There are no deep thoughts in that pond. And he claims that he has bad hygienic habits and likes it that way. Can I hear a chorus of ewwwww. And of course……

Johnny Depp.

I wasn’t surprised to see his name on the list. He is a person that I can admire for talent as a professional. Look at the span of his career? I get the feeling that he is really a smart one.

His debut I believe was back in 1987 on “21 Jump Street” I’ve seen blogs that have said they are doing a remake movie of 21 Jump Street and have written in a Cameo appearance for Johnny Depp

As an actor professional he didn’t ever seem to feel the need to play it safe. He’s done some stellar character roles.

Edward Scissorhands

Willie Wonka

The Mad Hatter in “Alice and Wonderland”

Sweeney Todd

Once Upon A Time in Mexico

And forever, Captain Jack Sparrow

Is this inspiring career a result of connections, blind luck, being in the right place at the right time? Knowing the right people?

Is he blessed? Is there some random element in the universe that shines on him and gives him this success?

Or is this the consummate professional who is a shrewd businessman marketing the one commodity he has control over…his talent. He has taken hold of each role and make it a something quite memorable.

Yea, that shrewed, savy. Now, that’s sexy.