• I’m so over it…

    Is it wrong that I’m sooooo over politics right now? Yeah, Yeah, I know this 2008 election is supposed to be historic and everything but I’m tired of all the speeches and posturing, the sniping and bickering.

    Will anyone have energy to really care anymore by November? I’m trying not to get burned out on the whole process before it even starts!!


  • 6 Things Meme

    OKAY…I’ve emerged from my perpetual lurkdom because I was tagged for a random post by my fave person in the world, Michelle Lauren

    The rules:

    a. Link to the person who tagged you.
    b. Post the rules on your blog.
    c. Write six random things about yourself.
    d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
    e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
    f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

    (1) I like car washes but I never get my car washed. I love riding through when my husband gets his done but I’m too cheap to pay for it on my own. My poor car is lucky if I throw a bucket of water at it once a year!

    (2) I can be a tad impatient. Just last night I asked my husband to pass me a cup. He had his hands full so he had to put what he was holding down. I was already getting it myself by the time he grabbed one 10 seconds later. He just laughs at me.

    (3) I forget easy things and remember difficult things. I can remember what DNA stands for (deoxyribonucleic acid) or why we have leap year (it takes the earth 325.25 days to rotate the sun. Every 4 years we adjust a full day to make up for it) but I regularly forget how old I am or what day of the week it is.

    (4) I hate TV but am somehow obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy. It’s either the ridiculously improbable medical cases, the licentious sex or the soap opera-esque drama. Either way I can’t stop watching.

    (5) I have seen the movie Aladdin more than 80 times. I have no excuse for this one. I’m a sucker for the whole prince in disguise thing I guess.

    (6) I’m double jointed in my arms. (What do you expect? I’m running out of stuff to say at this point!)

    Whew! Now let’s play eenie meenie miny moe. I TAG:

    Lillian Feisty
    Emma Petersen
    Meagan Hatfield
    Aurora Black
    Eden Rivers
    Shelli Stevens

  • Fighting the Muse

    My muse is a bitch.

    I know what you’re thinking. This is not a case of extreme scapegoating. I still write at least a page a day and have so far managed to meet my writing goals. This isn’t about finding an excuse for my own failings.

    This is about why writing is so HARD.

    My muse, I call her Minerva, is a lazy, cantankerous bitch. She wakes me up in the middle of the night with ideas and then goes back to sleep before I can find paper to write them down. She daydreams in the middle of the only dedicated writing time I have. And worst of all, she goes on vacation whenever I have any sort of deadline.

    So what’s a writer to do?


    For any writers out there who have a Minerva of their own, please find below the time-tested, Minx Malone approved guide to kicking your muses’ ass!

    (1) Wear a rubber band around your wrist while writing. When you catch her daydreaming, pop the rubber band. Make sure it hurts. I’m kidding…sort of.

    (2) Do a Story board. There’s nothing quite like cutting pictures out of magazines and gluing them on poster board to get the creative juices flowing. Sure it’s not technically writing, but perhaps your muse is a visual learner. ( I loved cutting out pictures for the hero in Hellbaby. I kept imagining Vin Diesel!)

    (3) Get physical. This sounds a little strange but reading one of your scenes aloud and acting it out can help you work through tough spots and kick up your dialogue. My muse is a drama queen anyway so this gives her a chance to show off.

    (4) Write a story about her! Nothing pisses my muse off more than finding herself as the villain in the story. Generally she’ll cooperate with me for no other reason than to make sure she’s portrayed well.

    These methods of motivations work well in other cases too. You know, for people who just procrastinate a lot. *ahem*

    How do you motivate yourself out of a slump?