Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Swimming Amongst The Stars

I've recently begun to discover all the ways I've changed as I've grown older, and one of the most recent additions to a long line of eccentricities is bathing in the dark. This is a feat I never would have dreamed of attempting as a child because my fear of things that go bump in the night and the fact that my house is haunted, but now it is something that I wouldn't dream of giving up... not for the world.

It started with baths by candlelight, but then one night even my one candle seemed annoying bright. I started to climb out of the tub in search of something small like a tea-light, but decided on a whim just to blow the damn thing out. It was making my tiny upstairs bathroom overwhelming hot anyway because this was May in Texas, so the temperature was already in the nineties and not expected to fall anytime for the next twelve months.

So anyway, I blew the candle out, and, I'll admit, I was immediately tempted to get up and turn on the light instead of brave the dark waters. Then the moon caught my eye out my perfectly placed bathroom window, and it was love at first site. I laid back, relaxed, and let myself stare out the window until my eyes adjusted to the darkness and the night began to breathe.

Ever since I haven't been able to take a bath with the light on. What fun is that when I could be counting falling stars or making pointless wishes while I bathe? It is simply amazing, and I wish each and everyone of you could experience it, if only once.

Anyway, last night my smallest black cat, David, decided to jump in the window and watch the stars with me as I bathed, and the moment left me wishing upon every star that I saw that I could magically wake up this morning with the ability to paint. There was just something about my cat in the widow, with the curtains making a diamond around him, and the stars shinning through the night that made all the shades and black and grey seem more full of life than all the colors of the world. It was wonderful, and I feel blessed to have experienced it.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Slow Going

I have to apologize to everyone for how slow this blog has been going. I fully intended on reading both the books I posted on here, and writing about them, but instead Texas was hit by a hurricane, and I got sidetracked watching the weather channel 24/7 for information. I live in Central Texas, so all we got here was a lot of rain, but I was actually supposed to take a trip to Galveston the week following the hurricane, and Galveston was vertically destroyed.

Then after the aftermath of Ike, we decided to work on renovating the house we live in, so I've been downstairs in the living room tearing out old carpet to reveal fairly decent hardwood floors that we never knew we had. Well, that's not entirely true. I knew the floors were hardwood under the carpet because our entire upstairs is hardwood, but I was under the impression that the reason the living room had been carpeted was because the hardwood floors weren't in very good shape.

Sorry about the quality of the picture of our newly discovered hardwood floor, it was taken with a cell phone.

Anyway, this all leads me back to what I'm doing now, and how I still haven't gotten around to reading the books I said I was going to be reading. Now I've decided to work on my own book, which literally has a mind of its own, and has totally swept off into a direction I never saw coming. I love that aspect about writing. It is almost like reading a book you have no part of when your story takes an unexpected twist, but at the same time, it makes for a lot of revisions and editing when you have to go back and fix the parts you've already written so that they'll match the new idea. So now that's where I am. I'm editing, and asking for forgiveness on my slow going. I hope everyone else's lives have been a little less chaotic than mine, and yes, I will get to those books. I promise.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Help!! Please Help!!!

Okay, I've already stated that I'm new at all this, so I was looking around at backgrounds to help jazz up my page a little bit and I found this really cute one with fall leaves that I love, but I have no earthly idea how to put up it on here. The instructions said to
1. Sign in to Blogger. This will take you to your Dashboard.
2. Under the blog you wish to change the background for, click on Layout.
3. You are now in the Add and Arrange Page Elements screen. Click Add a Page Element.
4. You are now in the Choose a new Page Element Screen. You'll see where it says HTML/JavaScript. Underneath there, click Add to Blog.
5. You are now in the Configure HTML/JavaScript Screen. Under Content you'll see a large box, paste the entire following HTML code in that space.

Step number 3 is the one that lost me because once I got to my "arrange page elements screen" there was no tab that said "add a page element" at least not one I could find anywhere. Can someone please help me? I know this is probably annoying, but once I'm told how to do something once, I'm pretty good at understand it from there on out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Two Books I'm Starting Today.

Okay, when I read, I tend to read two different books at the exact same time. I like to switch between YA and Adult on most occasions so that I can read whatever strikes my fancy at that particular time. So today I'm starting two new books.

Kandide and the Secret of the Mists by Diana S. Zimmerman is the YA book I'm starting. It looks a little different than the books I typically read, so here's hoping that I like it. Then there's The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill as my adult book of the week. I've heard good things about it, so I'm looking forward to getting started.

What is everyone else reading right now? Inquiring minds would like to know!

Blogging Virgin

Okay, so I'm new to the whole blogging world. I try to blog on myspace sometimes, but most of the time I don't think that my thoughts come across to my friends and readers as accurately as I'd like them to- so I'm giving this a try instead. I guess I'll start by telling you a little about me. I'm a 20-something who's spent the last year working on perfecting my first "great American novel". I have a million ideas, but each time I start something, I tend come up with what I consider an "even better idea" and then I want to start over and work on that idea instead.

My interest lies in the paranormal... yep, I'm one of those people. Those werewolf/vampire/fairy/elf/dragon lovin' girls, but I'm open to other things as well. My novel is more of a YA novel, right now, though there are a few things that come up every now and again that some parents might not want their teenagers reading, but I have to write what I want to write and I can't worry about what every one else is going to think about it, or I'll never get anything done.

I live in TEXAS, though I spend a lot of my time wishing I lived some where with all four seasons, like MAINE.

I love cemeteries. I don't think they're creepy, just peaceful.

Autumn is by all time favorite season.

I'm also a loner and I sometimes (or all the time) have trouble branching out and making friends.

I love cats, especially black ones (b/c I have 3).

I'm also an avid book collector/reader, so I'm sure I'll be spending a good deal of this blog talking about books, either mine or someone else's.

I have a few regrets and a few experiences I wouldn't take back for the world, but mostly I'm just a normal girl, looking for my place in this world, so feel free to write me if you have any questions. I'd love to hear from anyone, at any time, from any place.