Thursday, October 09, 2008

Portrait of an Author Who Should Be Writing

To those of you diligently return to this blog even though I haven't updated it in like a week or so, thank you. I don't know why you put up with me. I must be funny or sexy. Or, maybe you enjoy laughing at me versus with me.

Anyway, the Little Dude murdered my laptop last week when he picked up it (the kid's strong, I tell ya) and then threw it down on the floor. I had to do the mental equivalent of stop-drop-and-roll to keep from drowning him. The wireless card was busted and the bus drive that housed it was knocked off the motherboard and y'all know what that means. Best Buy happened to be having an awesome sale and yesterday, I picked up a brand new HP laptop with a case and wireless mouse for $700. (See, there's a silver lining to our world's financial crisis.) Never mind that I really could've used that $700 to buy things like oh ... groceries, gas and the Little Dude's pull-ups; I got a great new laptop!

Even though I haven't been blogging, I have been writing. For the first time I'm drafting the synopsis of a new book before I write it. Usually I dash off an outline and plunge in and then rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. But since this story takes place in 1926, I kinda need to know the lay of the land. This new character is really pushing me to get started and her circumstances have infected me to the point where I have to sometimes stop myself and remember that I'm me and she is make believe. I tend to have this problem with all of my characters but this one is "special." Next week I'll be starting on page one and won't stop till I get her out of my head, or to the end ... whichever happens first.

By the way, did I mention that I've lost 17 pounds since I started working out in April? I have biceps and best of all, the muffin top has vanished! Unlike someone we won't name, it took me three years to get back to my size six jeans. I have this woman to thank:

If you're looking for a safe way to lose some extra lbs and upgrade your well-being, this works, mija. The best part is watching your body get strong and your clothes get bigger. At first the weight just dropped off (I lost eight pounds the first two weeks of using the video), but then I noticed the weight loss slowed down while my extra waistlines disappeared. Also, I don't have shoulder and lower back pain like I did before I worked out.
So that's all for now. Tomorrow I fly out to Phoenix for the National Hispanic Women's Conference. I'll be doing a panel thing with Alisa Valdes Rodriguez, Kathy Cano Murillo and Ann Marie Gonzalez at 2 p.m. and then a booksigning afterwards. If you're going to the conference, or you work by the Phoenix Convention Center and want to step out for a coffee, come on over and say hey!

1 comment:

Zulmara said...

que cool...the confereence panel should be AWESOME!!! what a powerful group of Latinas you make us all proud...glad the computer thing worked out...

Hope to see you at Signal Hill...