Saturday, June 30, 2007

Summer Reading Thing Update

I have been reading a lot this last week, but I don't think I'll finish all 13 books. However, I have found myself wanting to read a lot more. There is just something about accountability that gets me motivated. Knowing I would have to blog about my progress made me want to read! So, I have finished Nothing to Regret by Tristi Pinkston. I really enjoyed this book. I don't often pick up historical fiction, but this one was very good. I read it quickly, wanting to know what would happen and was surprised about certain plot twists. It was not a predictable book, you really didn't know what would happen next. I also learned about a little-talked about aspect of WWII.

I'm now halfway through Persuasion by Jane Austen. This is the 2nd time I've read this book and am really enjoying it again. My book club is reading this book, so I have until the 14th to finish. That is when our club meets. I just really love Jane Austen. I think I'll watch the movie again after I finish reading it. What a great movie!

I also have about 90 pages left of Until Proven Guilty by Betsy Brannon Green. This is also my second time reading this book. It was the second LDS novel I ever read and it is what hooked me and also inspired me to write. I don't often re-read books, in fact almost never, but I picked two good ones to re-read.

I hope to finish these two books up by next week, and then I'm ready to start Perfect Timing by Michele Ashman Bell and The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell. By the way, I'm not getting any writing done!

The Ink Ladies

Exciting News. I am participating in a new blog with six other LDS writers-- The Ink Ladies. I will be posting once a week. Come on over and read the fun posts. The other contributors are Tamra Norton, Elodia Strain, Katie Parker, Marsha Ward, Crystal Liechty, and Robyn Heirtzler. I will probably not post on this blog very often, maybe once in a while, but you can read my blog once a week, along with the other Ink Ladies.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Summer Reading Thing 2007

Karlene at inksplasher has posted this Summer Reading Thing. Here is my list of 13 books to read this summer. (very ambitious list, by the way)

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen

2. Until Proven Guilty by Betsy Brannon Green

3. Silas Marner by George Eliot

4. Parenting the Asperger Child by Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson

5. Nothing To Regret by Tristi Pinkston

6. My Monterrey (unpublished manuscript by Claudia Armann, my sister)

7. Perfect Timing by Michele Ashman Bell

8. The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell

9. Perfect Targets by Rebekah Heinrichs

10. My People by Gordon Laws

11. It Takes A Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

12. Norah's Ark by Siri Mitchell

13. Frienships the Aspie Way by Wendy Lawson

Getting to know you

Here is a fun list I found on another blog.

What time is it?11:50 PM
What’s your full name? Marcia Corina Argueta Mickelson
What are you afraid of? Something bad happening to my family
What’s the most recent movie you’ve seen in a theater? Night at the Museum
Place of birth: Guatemala
Favorite food: chocolate
What’s your natural hair color? Black
Ever been to Alaska?No.
Ever been toilet papering?No
Love someone so much it made you cry?Yes.
Been in a car accident? Yes, minor
Croutons or bacon bits? Croutons
Favorite day of the week: Friday.
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Favorite flower: tulip
Favorite sport to watch: It used to be baseball in the late 80's/early 90's, then it was basketball in the mid 90's, but now I don't have time to have a favorite sport. Sorry, honey.
Favorite drink: Coke
Favorite ice cream: Mint chocolate chip
Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney
Ever been on a ship? Just a small whale watching boat in Santa Barbara, if that counts
What color is your bedroom carpet?Beige.
How many times did you fail your drivers’ test?None
What is your bedtime? 11:30 or midnight
What time did you finish this? 11:58 pm

Monday, June 11, 2007

I might have overreacted

Last night, around 11:00 I was on the computer when I heard a knock on the door. At 11:00 that's a little scary, especially given the fact that my husband was not home. We're so cheap, we don't have cable or a security system. My husband is a huge baseball fan and you can't watch much baseball without cable. So, once in a while, he'll go to my parents' house 5 minutes away after the kids have gone to sleep to watch a few hours of baseball. They don't mind; they have 2 TV's. And, I don't mind because that means I get to use the computer with Internet. If he was here, he'd be checking the baseball scores, and I would have to do something else like edit my manuscript on the non-Internet $4 thrift store computer. (but that is something that I'm avoiding right now, editing that is.) I'd much rather be on the Internet computer reading my favorite blogs- Writers In Heels, Six LDS Writers and a Frog and LDS publisher.

Anyway, I'm digressing. The knock on the door really scared me. Of course, I didn't answer it. Instead I went to the window and peeked out. There was a strange (and by strange, I mean someone I don't know) man talking on a cell phone and a white van parked in my driveway. I could hear him say only a few things-- approximate location of where he was and that he was running out of gas. I thought maybe he knocked on my door to use the phone since he was running out of gas. No, duh! He had a cell phone. So, why is he knocking on my door? I was a little freaked out, by the way. So, I called my parents' house and non-chalantly asked my dad to get my husband. I couldn't tell my dad because he would think I should never ever be left alone in the house again. Once my husband got on the phone, I told him what was going on. He thought I should call the police and he would be home right away.

I dialed 911, and felt a little foolish. After all, he was not posing immediate harm. But, why was he outside my house? What did he want? So, I called 911. I think that's the only time I've ever had to do that. Anyway, by the time the police and my husband came home, the man had left. The police think he may have had the wrong house. My poor husband feels incredibly guilty for not being home. And, I'm left thinking: Did I overreact? Did I really have to call 911? I think it's better to be safe than sorry, but I've also watched too many Lifetime movies, so I tend to panic about things. For that reason, it's probably a good thing I don't have cable anymore.

I do feel a little bad about not telling my parents, but why make them worry? (I guess it's good they don't really read my blog) But, now my dad thinks I called over there to tell my husband to come home because he was staying out too late, which I so wasn't. The poor guy never goes anywhere at night, unless you count home teaching, elders quorum presidency meetings, or to watch an occasional baseball game at my parents' house. So, now that leaves me thinking, should we get cable or a security system? Probably, neither one for now.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Icing on the Cake

I just finished reading The Icing on the Cake by Elodia Strain, and I just loved it! It is what you would consider chick lit. It is a hilarious, fresh story. Annabelle is funny and lovable. It starts as she goes out of her way to buy a particular cake for a company party to impress her boss who then gives her a big assignment she'd been hoping for. She meets handsome Isaac who always seems to catch her at her worst moments. He is assigned as the photographer for her writing assignment.

The big assignment is to interview a snobby chef at an exclusive restaurant. She fails miserably twice, one time almost catching the kitchen on fire. This is just one of the many scrapes Annabelle finds herself in. There are also some troublemakers that have it out for Annabelle. Despite all that seems to go wrong, she stays positive.

The writing is great with rich details that bring the story to life. Did I mention it was funny? Very funny. I laughed out loud many times. It is definitely one of those stay-up-until 2:00 in the morning until you finish reading kind of books. This is a wonderful novel for first-time author Elodia Strain. I can't wait to see more of her books.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Where have the voices inside my head gone?

I've been dealing with a bit of writer's block for a few years now. It all started with the 2004 election. I can't believe it's already the next presidential election. Anyway, I was hooked on CNN for several months, following every comment and detail about the election. So, instead of writing at night like I had been doing, I was watching TV. Then, I became pregnant with my son, so instead of writing at night, I was falling asleep on the couch. Well, then he was born so of course, there goes writing. Well, now there's no election (although it feels like there is) It wouldn't matter anyway because we don't have cable. We only have antenna now, so I can't watch CNN. And, I'm not pregnant, so I should be writing, but I'm not.

Basically, there are no more excuses, but I still am struggling with writing. I haven't written anything new for quite some time. I have been editing a lot lately. Prior to my writer's block which begun in 2004, I had these incredible voices in my head making me want to write more than anything. They weren't actual voices, by the way. Just wonderful ideas and dialogue going through my head throughout the entire day. I would collect them in my mind as the day passed and as soon as the kids had gone to bed, I would sit at the computer for hours typing away. There wasn't enough time in the day to write. I was overflowing. Well, now the voices are gone, the ideas are gone. There is no dialogue. Thankfully, I had written so much during that year of the voices. So, now I have been left with a lot to edit.

I still struggle to get to the computer. I can't blame it on the election or a pregnancy or a baby. I am trying to get to the computer at least 45 minutes every night to edit. I'm on page 27 of my sequel- One On One. If I can edit a few pages a night, then I should finish in a few months. At the very least, before the election. Who knows we might have cable by then.