Friday, December 28, 2007

December 28, 2007

Two days until my birthday! We had to take the live Christmas down yesteday because it was so dry and dead. It was a real fire hazard. But, there are still two others.

Tomorrow we are headed to the NC wine country (about 3 hours away) with some friends to taste wine and spend the night in a log cabin. Yes, for those of you who are wine people like us, NC is not known for its wine, except the fruit kind, but it's as close as I can get in this area.

It will be fun just the same. The cabin is at one of the wineries and so is the restaurant where I will be having a birthday dinner.

Work was a little crazy the last two days, but it seems like everyone is on vacation, which is just fine by me.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007

It seems like forever since I last blogged. The rush of holiday shopping, visiting, and wrapping it finally over. I am both happy and sad. There is so much anticipation and then it's over in a flash.

Christmas Eve was very nice. We ended up having 21 people for a party that started out for 10. Hey, I don't like anyone to be alone on Christmas Eve. The last guests left around 11:45.

Christmas morning was cold, but no snow...lots of great presents. We went to my moms for gift exchanging and then came home to get dinner started. I made herb roasted beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, asparagus, horseradish sauce for the beef, rolls, and for dessert - Red Velvet Cake. Oops, forgot about all the cookies, pecan sandies, Italian Wedding Cookies, and Grandma's sugar cookies.

Last night we watched A Christmas Story - it's a tradition. My Lost World's show is on again tonight.

Today is back to work, but I get another long weekend because of New Year's Eve and day. Yee haw!

Four more days until my birthday...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

December 20, 2007

Yesterday was crazy with work and it was my niece's last day here. I ended up working late because I wanted to spend time with her on her last day here. It was worth it.

The weather is warming up again - 60 today.

It's only 5 days until Christmas and 10 until my birthday!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

December 19, 2007

It was a most excellent movie night. 3:10 to Yuma was awesome!!! Rusell Crowe and Christian Bale were terrific. I have to watch it again. We also watched Christmas Vacation. If more westerns were like that, we would all be happy!

Our niece left tonight...miss her already. She's so funny and sweet.

Work is crazy and it looks like I am going to Lake Tahoe in February for a business meeting. How cool is that? However, we will be in a cabin - all of us! Just like when I filmed the Lost Worlds show in Deadwood. It really allows you to get to know people really well. Right, TSJG?

Back to's 7:46 E.T.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December 18, 2007

The party was awesome! I think there were 25 people here. The secret Santa gift exchange was fun as well.

One guest had a little too much to drink...she disappeared, and we later found her passed out on my sofa upstairs in the loft. How funny!

Our niece arrived from Florida just in time for the party and she is here until tomorrow night. It's been movies and stories. Last night we watched Scrooged and Death Becomes Her. Tonight it's 3:10 To Yuma and either Home Alone or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (one of my favs). I made Beef and Guinness for dinner last night and tonight it will be Chicken Parmesan (Jamie's fav).

I have a book to read and write a review before Chritmas, so I better get at it. I also have a job to do, and some other fun stuff for my future.

Oh, my Lost Worlds show is airing again. It will be on the History Channel on December 26, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. E.T.

Friday, December 14, 2007

December 14, 2007

Yesterday I was busy with work and trying to get my Christmas packages wrapped and mailed to those who don't live near me.

Today I had my hair done and did some work. My one client's project is getting to be so cool and it could be huge...if it takes off, there will be a new brand on the market and the name is the one that I created. More on that when I can tell...

Tonight were are doing as much prep work as possible to get ready for the party. Our niece flies in tomorrow and will be here until Wednesday night.

I will try to take some pictures at the party and post one here...

Until Monday.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December 12, 2007

I guess your figured out that I have been busy since I have posted since last Friday.

The weekend was busy with shopping and decorating.

I finally finished my TOT edits and sent them to the publisher!!!

Monday I decorated two of the three trees. I still have the real one to do, which we'll do tonight.

One of my nieces has a school project that requires family genealogy, and guess who she contacted? It seems I get these requests as the nieces and nephews go through school. She needs it by Friday. I only hope that they gain a long term interest in their family history, and not for just the one project.

So far, we have 27 confirmed guests for the party and some other maybes. So far, I will be making all the usual party food which includes, pico de gallo, assorted cheeses, quiche, stuffed jalapenos, buffalo chicken wings, mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, meatballs, a lunch meat platter, chips and dip, and some other things I can't remember right now, oh, plus desserts. We'll be having a wine tasting competition and a secret Santa gift exchange, with a twist!

It's going to be 80 degrees again today - with temps like this all week, it's a little tough getting into the Christmas spirit.

Saturday is supposed to be in the 40s, so that should help.

Friday, December 7, 2007

December 7, 2007

Well, I sent my TOT off to the publisher yesterday, but I still have the index to finish. I will do that this weekend.

Now I have to read a book and write a review for it before Christmas.

I also have to shop, mail cards, and decorate all before next weekend since we are having a large party here next Saturday. I think we'll put the trees up with weekend. Yes, I said trees. What can I say - I like them. The real tree, a NC Frasier fir (smells awesome) gets all the brass and crystal ornaments. The 14 foot fake tree gets all the traditional red and green ornaments, candy canes, etc. The parlor tree is, you probably guessed, Victorian.

Gotta go!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

December 5, 2007

The weather has been colder than normal this week, but by Saturday, it's supposed to be 65 again. My little fireplace sure make my office warmer.

It's probably going to be a late night tonight, since I have to finish my TOT edits and mail them tomorrow. I have to read the whole book, and then create two indexes for all the proper names and recipes in the book. Yikes! I don't know why I put these things off...

The MRI results show that I am pretty normal (physically), expcept that one disc has a slight tear, and will flare up under certain conditions. Lucky me. The doc says to figure out what works best to get me through it - physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, etc.

We sold our football tickets for this Thursday night's game. I hate that we did, but it's tough when they game is on a week night. I'll be there in spirit and watching it on TV.

Monday, December 3, 2007

December 3, 2007

Well, I was right, yesterday's game was sad and cold. They had a small memorial for Sean Taylor after the team's warm-ups, just before the game. I think everybody cried when they showed an interview with Sean who said his favorite thing about playing at home was the fans. Everyone had signs, faces and cars painted, and there was the memorial at Fed Ex field. I made a small gold pin and with his "21" on it to wear on my coat. When I was being frisked by security, the woman asked me where I got my pin and I told her I made it. I told her I just felt like I needed to - she smiled and put her arms around me and give me a giant bear hug. How sweet.

I did manage to make some minor progress on Taste of Tombstone, but this week is crunch time! It's due Friday.

I'm working on some other things as well, but I'm not sure I am ready to share yet. If it all happens, it will be so much fun!

Back to work...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

December 1, 2007

Wow, it's December already.

Yesterday was interesting. I had an MRI on my back to see why I keep having pain off and on. Thing is, I am claustrophobic and those things are tight. I had my doctor give me a script for some "doggy" downers so I wouldn't freak. Honestly, I just felt a little relaxed, but later I realized they hit me harder than I knew. I didn't work in the morning because of the MRI, so I sent my co-worker an email. I corrected it about 8 times before I thought it looked good. Boy, she sent me a reply saying I made her laugh...I re-read the email and I cracked myself up! I guess the drugs were more effective than I knew.

We got our Christmas tree yesterday - a beautiful 9' Frasier Fir from the mountains of NC. We aren't putting up until this week since we are headed to D.C. today.

I've been catching up on my VP-Marketing duties with WWW this week as well. I also have to work on my final Taste of Tombstone in the car today, since it's due back to the publisher next Friday.

The football game tomorrow will be sad and cold - the Redskins are honoring Sean Taylor before the game. It's also supposed to be about 37 degrees with freezing rain. Until Monday...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

November 29, 2007

Today is a better day.

I did manage to get to the gym yesterday and pump some iron, which felt really good. I helped my mom with the foster kitties she takes care of as well.

I'm getting ready to head out for a 4-mile walk, now when I say walk, I don't mean a stroll. We walk fast and usually complete the journey in less than an hour. I have a deep tissue massage later today to help my's painful, but it also works.

Yesterday, I learned my stupid ISP company mistakenly placed a spam blocker on all emails that have a hotmail or MSN extension. It's still not fixed, so anyone trying to email me, and you use hotmail or MSN, well, you can't just yet, but keep trying.

It's 45 this morning, so the walk shouldn't be too chilly.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November 28, 2007

Yesterday was a sad day and I didn't feel like posting.

If you read my blog, then you know I am a HUGE Washington Redskins fan - yes, I have the coveted seasons tickets as well. We drive 5 hours one way to the home games. Yesterday, one of our most colorful and best players, Sean Taylor, died. He was shot in his home on Monday night and there was some hope he might live. When I woke up yesterday, I realized he had died.

I know this may seem silly to some people, but I felt a real sense of loss. I never met him, yet somehow his death really saddened me. I guess I'm not the only one, tons of fans in the D.C. area were at Fed Ex Field yesterday placing memorials all over.

I can't imagine what it is going to be like at this Sunday's game. How in the hell are all his teammates supposed to play when they are in mourning? How are all us fans supposed to be enthused?

I guess with life, comes death, but it is NEVER easy to deal with...I need to pull up my boot straps."

Monday, November 26, 2007

November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving is over and we are all a little fuller than we want to be. So much yummy food... I ended up with 13 people for dinner. It was crazy with so many people here, but it was really nice.

On Friday, we did the shopping thing on Black Friday, visited a local grist mill, and then took Larry's parents out for dinner. We came home and enjoyed a Thanksgiving tradition - watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. After all, it is a Thanksgiving movie!

The company is all gone and it's a little quiet here. It's back to work today, but it's a little cosier... I bought an electric wood stove for my office, which does a nice job of heating my room, plus it looks really cool. It will be so cosy all winter long.

I've decided that there is too much crap in my attic and office and it must go. For some reason, I feel the need to get rid of all the clutter.

Projects and deadlines are piling up on me and I have to get cracking. Book reviews, judging book awards, reviewing manuscripts for submission, and my own books and research! 2008 is going to be so crazy for me, but I also think it's going to be awesome. It seems my western career is slowly building...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November 21, 2007

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and my in-laws have arrived. Before they got here though, I was able to make my pies and cranberry sauce for tomorrow. So much more to do tomorrow before I have to serve the hungry crowd.

I got a surprise call from a long distance friend today - very cool!

Tomorrow will be a day filled with family, friends, and eating - a far cry from what the pilgrims endured. Let's see, rugged, cold conditions, strange food, and Indians as guests...hmmm. I love the 21st century!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November 20, 2007

I got the spring catalog from the University of New Mexico Press yesterday and the re-release of Taste of Tombstone is in it. Here's the link:

I still can't believe that book came out almost 10 years ago. I've only got another week and a half to finish the final edits and create the indexes...

I received a nice email from a man in Florida who said he watched the Lost Worlds show and truly enjoyed it. He wanted to know when my next show would be...hmm, I want to know that as well! :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

November 19, 2007

It's hard to believe that this is Thanksgiving week already. Last week was crazy busy again. We stayed home this weekend, went wine tasting and bought groceries for this week. My in-laws arrive Weds afternoon and will stay until Saturday. I think I am cooking dinner on Thursday for 13-14 people. It's fun and I love doing it. The menu includes free-range turkeys, stuffing, asparagus, sweet potato casserole, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, and of course, my homemade signature pies! Apple, cranberry, and pumpkin I think for this year. I may do a pecan as well since there will be so many here. It's supposed to be 63 degrees.

I was asked to provide an endorsement for a fellow author's book, which I will likely due, but it depends upon when she needs it. Plus, I would like to read it before I endorse it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

November 14, 2007

Yesterday got away from me. I worked a bunch, and then went to help my mom rescue some adandoned kitties. That is always so sad...she trapped them and we took them to the shelter. I wish I could have taken them all home. I was so upset I didn't even eat dinner.

Today was better. I walked for 3 miles and even made it to the gym! I picked up my car from the dealer and managed to get my job done.

My arguement with DirecTV has been for about 30 days now. They seem to have some serious equipment issues and like to bill their customers for things they shouldn't. Ugh!

Monday, November 12, 2007

November 12, 2007

The drive up to D.C. was really pretty with all the leaves changing. We stopped at a couple of wineries and ate lunch at an old tavern - pretty awesome.

Unfortunately, my team decided to let the Eagles win yesterday. Thankfully, the fans weren't all that bad-amazing!

I feel like I am getting a cold, so I didn't walk this morning and am quitting for the day. Tons of hot tea and Chinese herbs.

Friday, November 9, 2007

November 9, 2007

I did a 4-mile walk with my neighbor in about 60 mins. It was 39 degrees again.

My car died yesterday so I had to have it towed to the shop today. The noise coming from it doesn't sound good at all. I am still waiting to hear from the dealer now. It's only a 2004 and I just bought it when my lease expired in July. How typical!

We are headed to D.C. this weekend for the Redskins game. They are playing the Eagles. It's always interesting - last year I had beer thrown on me by a drunken Philly fan. Lord I hope win or they will be even more obnoxious than usual.

I got two more books for the WWA Spur Awards...they just keep rolling in. I could start a small book store at this point!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

November 8, 2007

Hmm. I missed yesterday. I'm not sure how that happened. Anyway, I started yesterday with a 3-mile walk - it was 36 degrees. Brr.

We had a conference call yesterday and agreed to a new plan that would help us work normal hours again. Yeah!

I made a Mexican dish for dinner last night called, Posole. It was spicy, but good.

The University Press who published my last book, and who is doing my Taste of Tombstone reprint asked me to do a manuscript review. This is for a book they are considering for publication. What I say can mean a book contract for the author, or non-publication. I said I would do it, because I have until the end of the year to complete the review.

I am still getting good comments about the Lost Worlds show. It's funny, people who really don't care about the west, like my cousin, and people who live the west, like renowned artist, Thom Ross, both said they learned something and really enjoyed the show. Of course, both were impartial - not doubt! ;)

We watched Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares last night. This time he was in Burbank, CA. This show was pitiful - just like the first one. Some owner/chef throwing temper tantrums and whining. Totally turns me off. I still like the BBC version so much better, which is on tonight.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

November 6, 2007

So far, so good. I haven't had to work late this week. Tomorrow we are having a call about ways to fix last week's issues.

I started my day with a 4-mile walk with my neighbor. I almost missed it because when I woke and the clock indicated it was 19 minutes past the time I usually leave. However, I never changed my bedroom clock for Daylight Savings Time so I got up with time to spare!

It's Chinese food for dinner tonight and a nice glass of vino!

Monday, November 5, 2007

November 5, 2007

It's a new week and I have a new attitude.

This weekend we visited my aunt and uncle in South Carolina. My uncle is my dad's older brother and we have become very close since my father passed away. He is 83 and has so many stories about my grandparents and great-grandparents - it's really awesome. I made them steak for dinner one night and brook trout another. The leaves have started to change and it was a nice drive. It was good to get a way and do nothing after the week from hell. After my Lost Worlds show they think I'm famous!LOL

Today was pretty good and I am quitting for the day.

Friday, November 2, 2007

November 2, 2007

Today is Dia de los Muertos (Mexico), which means day of the dead. I love other cultures!

I worked until 9 p.m. last night - again. This has to stop. I believe I have a plan and now I have to get my co-workers to buy-in, which shouldn't be too difficult. I have to get this under control or I will never have time to complete another book.

It's 54 degrees and very windy because of Hurricane Noel. We are only feeling gusts of about 25 miles per hour - that's nothing compared to some others we've survived.

I am heading out for my walk and will probably do 4 miles today.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November 1, 2007

Halloween was a little more quiet this year than in the past. I actually had candy left over, which is not good for my hips! It's so funny how they ring the door bell and then peek in the windows to see what's taking so long!

I did end up having to work again until 9:45... I missed some of the little goblins who came to the door.

We watched the movies Bats and then Evolution.

I slept in today and seem to be fighting a cold or something so I skipped exercising. I'm plain, freakin' exhausted.

We're going to visit my aunt and uncle in South Carolina this weekend, so I will relax, laugh, and have fun. He's in his eighties and she's in her seventies. They are a lot of fun and he has all kinds of WWII stories about being in Germany.

Gotta go for a conference call.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I started this spooky day with a 3-mile walk, and I did it in 40 mins. It was 42 degrees, so it was very brisk.

My job is crazy busy again, and it's killing me. I have to work again tonight...I may have to find something else if I have to do this on a regular basis. I'll be burnt out soon.

At around 6 p.m. tonight the little trick or treaters will be knocking on my door (ringing the doorbell). Their costumes can be so cute. The cats go crazy with the doorbell being rung so frequently. Poor things.

Going to make Philly cheesesteaks for dinner. Gordon is on tonight...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

October 30, 2007

Well I was right about last night being a long one. I worked until about 9:45. That's not cool. I will discuss some new ideas with my co-workers on how to fix that.

I didn't walk this morning because it was literally freezing, and I didn't get much sleep last night. I sat in my office chair way too long yesterday and my back/hip paid for it.

Today is better - work wise. I'm getting ready to quit for the nite and make dinner. I made pumpkin bread earlier. The pumpkin came from the local produce stand and I baked it in the oven and then mashed it up. I love doing stuff like that.

I know of at least one person who is reading this blog, so I will keep doing it. Thanks, TSJG.

I got ten more books to read for the WWA Spur Awards. I also volunteered to read and write a book review for Western Writers of America. When will I learn to say no?

Monday, October 29, 2007

October 29, 2007

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony concert was very nice. All the music was from Romeo and Juliet, with a slight Russian flair. It made me a little sad to think of two people in love who would rather die than live apart.

There is a funny story to go with that though...I went my mom and her neighbor (she's 14) who wants to be a cellist and Larry was on his way home from a business trip. I sat in a middle seat and a guy in his very early twenties (maybe 21) sat next to me. He introduced himself to me with a handshake and said he was a student. He gave me some story about driving there last minute, the person in front of him got the last ticket and he was bummed. Then, as if by some miracle, a nice old Russian man gave him a free ticket. Okay, why did he need to drive there if he's a student? When we left, he called someone on his cell, and said, "okay, pick me up out front." What happened to his car? Too funny!

Anyway, we went to the Wine Festival in downtown Raleigh. The wines were average, but we had fun anyway. The Big Easy restaurant was nice, but I was really ill later that night.

Sunday was all about football, but my team embarrased themselves and all their fans.

Today I started with a 2-mile walk since it was only 39 degrees. Tons of work today, so maybe pizza for dinner. It may be a late one...

Friday, October 26, 2007

October 26, 2007

Today is the 126th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone. However, we historians like to call it the 30-second gunfight behind the O.K. Corral, because that's where it actually happened. LOL

I got an email from a Women Writing the West member who is writing a brief story for our newsletter about my presentation during the conference in Colorado Springs last week. Pretty cool!

I never got near the pioneer women's book...soon.

Work is still busy. Tonight I am going to the Carolina Performing Arts with some guests to see the St. Petersburg Symphony (from Russia). It should be very interesting.

Tomorrow we are set to go to a wine festival in downtown Raleigh and then out to dinner with friends at the Big Easy. Sunday is a full out football day - back to back games, Steelers, then Redskins.

My thought of the day...Who in the heck is reading this?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October 25, 2007

I made great progress with all my projects for Interamark yesterday. It poured rain off and on all day, plus some nasty thunderstorms. Luckily, the power only dipped once and I didn't lose anything I was working on.

Forgot to mention that I have been inundated with all things British ever since filming the Lost Worlds show with the London crew. It's really weird; I discovered Gordon Ramsay, I've run into hotel staff, neighbors, and countless others I can't remember just know...I meet more and more people from England no matter where I am. Is there an invasion? Even on my plane ride home this seat mate was from England! I wonder if this is a sign for something?? It happens so frequently that I laughed out loud when I heard the guy on the plane talking - he no doubt thought I was touched. I later explained my outburst. We had a good chat about all the words that Tom, Peter & Oli taught me! ;)

It's raining again today, which is good because we are in such a drought. I walked/jogged today for three miles - part of it in the rain at 66 degrees.

I may try to tackle that blasted pioneer women's book tonight...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October 24, 2007

I am getting back into my routine of work and daily life. As I suspected, I had a lot of work to do yesterday. My kitties missed me so I got lots of attention from them while I worked. My husband left for a business trip this morning...seems like we keep passing each other over the last couple of weeks. We barely have enough time to empty out the suitcases from each other's trips.

I didn't have as many personal emails as I expected when I got back, which is good and bad. As an author, waiting to hear from publishers and other industry related people, I hope to find a surprise email whenever I log into my account. Things like, they loved your book submission and want to publish it, they want you to be interviewed, or like when I got the call from the production company in London about the Lost Worlds show. Funny how we authors are...

I have three conference calls today and some additional work. I also have to squeeze in some time to work on my writing and get back to the gym.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

October 23, 2007

It's been a crazy few days which is why I haven't posted until now. I worked late on Thursday night and then packed for my trip. I left early Friday morning and arrived in Denver around 3 p.m. Rented a car, they suggested I get an SUV with 4-wheel drive because of a possible snowstorm. I did even though it was 70 degrees. I got in the car and there was a snow brush on the seat. I chuckled!

I got to my friend's house (Mary) around 5:30. It was nice to see her again. We had some great wine, as usual, and caught up on things. Saturday morning I woke very early and drove to Colorado Springs (they call it the "Springs"). I arrived at 8:15 a.m. and met some fellow writers I haven't seen in a long time. It was real nice. I gave my presentation after lunch. I was supposed to talk for 1 1/2 hours - I made it for an hour, and we covered a lot. It seemed to go well. The group in the other room asked if we had a good time because they heard a ton of laughter coming from our room! I met that publisher who wants my pioneer women's book - it wasn't weird at all. In fact, he really wants me to send it back to him. I will, once I have a chance to tackle it.

I drove back to Mary's house and we headed out for our girl's night on the town. She hired a driver to pick us up and chauffeur us around. We dined at a trendy little Denver place called, Sparrows. We sat at the chef's table and he chose our food for us. We had a great bottle of wine with dinner, and Irish whiskey with dessert. The chef was British and we chatted about Gordon Ramsay.

On Sunday we awoke to a wicked snowstorm - it was beautiful! I was supposed to drive back to the Springs for a business meeting, but it was snowing so bad I couldn't see the houses across the street. We thought it best I didn't drive down. We sat around the house in our "comfy" clothes all day. We watched football, drank some hot cocoa with Baileys Irish cream, and then wine later. She has a 5 year-old son so we went out and played in the snow. Thank goodness she's the same size I am. I posted two photos here. One is her son Jack, hitting me with a snowball.

Monday morning I drove to the Denver airport, which has the worst system for airport security. I waited an hour to get through. We left Denver late because our incoming plane was delayed. I got stuck in Atlanta for a little while because of weather, and got home about 8:30 last night.

I have tons of work and calls today, so back to work now.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

October 17, 2007

Where to begin...we did not go to see 3:10 To Yuma. It just didn't work out. I worked on the TOT edits on Sunday and watched my team get their sorry butts whooped!

Monday was deadline day all around. I finished the TOT edits, wrote up six entries (I thought I had four) for True West magazine's Best of the West, and managed to do my day job all at the same time. I was exhausted Monday night.

I finally got to the gym yesterday - at 4:30. I had to run an errand this morning, and have to help mom with her foster kitties this morning. I will also hit the gym while I'm out. Larry comes back tonight from his business trip.

I'm also gathering things for my trip to Colorado Springs and the Women Writing the West conference. I give my marketing presentation on Saturday. I'm staying with my friend north of Colorado Springs, so I will be driving back and forth. I still need to prepare my topics and presentation for Saturday. Hey, that's what airplanes are for!

The publisher who wants major rewrites for my pioneer women's book will be there. That might be weird.

I read a really nice book review in the Roundup magazine (Western Writers of America) for Tombstone's Treasures.

Friday, October 12, 2007

October 12, 2007

Well, I finally did it - I started every day this week with a 3-mile power walk. This morning it was 45 degrees. It was brisk to say the least. Next week I will attempt to get back to the gym.

Tomorrow night we are going to see 3:10 To Yuma, so I can discuss it with my colleagues in Colorado Springs next week.

My blog on Monday better say that I have finished my edits to Taste of Tombstone or I am in big trouble. I also have four entries for True West Magazine's Best of the West that are due on Monday as well. Ah, the life of a writer...

Happy TSJG? :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October 11, 2007

I walked three miles again today, but what a difference a day makes. Yesterday it was 90 degrees, today it was 70. It was only 57 when we walked.

Not much to write about today exept that I am still busy with my job. No time to work on the edits for Taste of Tombstone.

Caught Kitchen Nigthmares last night - it was okay. Gordon is supposed to be criss-crossing America, yet he's been in NYC for the last four shows.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

October 10, 2007

I started the day walking 3 miles with a neighbor and then started work. It's been busy again, so I am just posting this.

I got my edited Taste of Tombstone manuscript (MS) from the publisher two days ago and they want all the edits by the 15th. I guess I will be working this weekend on that. It's hard to believe there are that many edits since the book was already published 10 years ago. However, this is a university press and they are a little more particular about things.

Small plans and ideas are in motion for me to do more TV, but there is nothing firm, just scratch the surface kind of stuff for now.

Well, I have been at this computer long enough today and I am sore. Goodnight.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

October 9, 2007

I missed yesterday because I was so crazy busy with work. We enjoyed an awesome game on Sunday in D.C. It's always nice when your team kicks the other team's butt! :)

Walked with the neighbor yesterday, did some volunteer work for a local organization called, Center for Volunteer Caregivers. I took and elderly lady to her doctor's appointment. Came home and did more work, then took Trixie to the vet for her annual visit. She's healthy and happy, but this morning she is feeling a little down - probably from her shots. I hope she feels better later today. Even my other cat, Bailey, took pity on her and laid about a foot away from her. That's pretty good, since Bailey despises her.

Waiting for the cleaning lady to get here, and then I am heading out for a walk. Lots of work today, and an appointment in downtown Raleigh.

Friday, October 5, 2007

October 5, 2007

I went for a 3-mile walk this morning, missed the gym, but made my appointment. Worked on the last project for this week.

I also got some orders for books and faro layouts from Tombstone store keepers who are getting their inventory ready for Helldorado in three weeks.

Tomorrow we head to D.C. to see the Redskins game on Sunday. We play Detroit, so who knows if we can win or not.

Mom is home, so she is cat sitting for me this time.

It's rainy here today, which is really welcome. Tonight we are going to meet up with friends and shoot some pool. I haven't done that in a while...

Oh, my Lost Worlds: Sin City of the West show is re-airing on October 13 at 3:00 p.m. E.T. if you missed the first airing. This time it's in HD!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

October 3 & 4, 2007

Yesterday was a total bust as far as doing anything non-work related. I had to skip my walk because I had a tight deadline, canceled an appointment, and still scrambled to get it right, and done. Last night was the same, another project with a tight deadline and I worked until 7:00 p.m. E.T. Had some wine last night to unwind, and watched Gordon Ramsay in his Kitchen Nightmares. The show is getting better, and they even went back 2 months later to see what happened.

I walked today. Have to do some finishing touches for the project. Tomorrow I plan to walk, and hit the gym.

I got an email from a teacher who saw me on the Lost Worlds, Deadwood show, asking me how he could get his students interested in History. Now there's a question. I'll have to work on something for him. I wonder where his school is?

Back to the job...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

October 2, 2007

I almost missed today. I have been so busy with my writing job, that I have barely had time for anything else. I did walk this morning with a neighbor. I am cat sitting for my mom, so that takes time when you go visit, and love, and feed, and play with them.

I got to see the new cover for Taste of Tombstone yesterday. It's really nice, but it screams Cookbook. If any of you know me, I fought that category for a few years because I wanted to be taken seriously as a historical writer. After a while, I learned to embrace the fact that it sells well, because it IS a cookbook. What the heck, I have other books that show I can write, so I'm of the opinion - whatever the heck sells!

All for now, back to the's 7:21 p.m. E.T. and I still need to eat dinner.

Monday, October 1, 2007

October 1, 2007

Where does the time go? It's October already! Next thing you know it will be Christmas.

I really should blog on the weekend so Monday's aren't so long, but I try to stay away from the computer. I spend enough time on it during the week.

Saturday was beautiful here, low 80s, no humidity. We had lunch and a nice restaurant and sat outside. Did a little shopping and some wine tasting. Yesterday we stayed home, had Sunday brunch with champagne on the back deck, and later I did some stuff around the house, and made enchiladas for dinner.

I started today with a morning walk and have been working on a project deadline. Today will be crazy.

I read another nice review of Tombstone's Treasure from an Arizona paper.

Friday, September 28, 2007

September 28, 2007

Last night mom and I had dinner at an Italian restaurant (my fav) and it went real well - no tears, just good conversation.

I did make it to the gym yesterday and had a good work out. This morning I went walking, and planned to go to the gym, but I got assigned to a conference call with a client, and I've got to get back to it in an hour. That leaves time for a shower and lunch.

I now have two projects with tight deadlines.

We're home this weekend, which will be nice.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I gave Kitchen Nightmares another chance on Weds. night. It was better than last week's, but it's just not the same. I want Gordon to go back to the U.K. where he was a riot.

I'm a judge this year for the Western Writers of America Spur awards in the mass market paperback. I've already gotten 11 books and the deadline isn't until the end of the year. My Tombstone's Treasure is being entered in the non-fiction category. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

September 27, 2007

I don't think I will ever see today's date and be happy. It's been nine years since my father passed away today. I'm taking my mom out to dinner so she won't be alone.

Today started with a power walk for about three miles with my neighbor. It's always better to go with someone else; it really pushes you to your limits. I hope to make the gym later as well.

I still can't get over that Tom called me yesterday - very special! ;)

I worked way too late last night, but a fellow writer was sick and she needed help. It doesn't happen often, and I do have the coolest job ever!

I have lots of editing to do today, and two conference calls.

Still waiting to hear back from the publisher about the Victorian Women in the Wild West book I sent him. I just sent it this week, and those things take time. Patience is a virtue, right?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

September 26, 2007

I made it to the gym yesterday to lift weights, and even went walking in the morning. I am truly committed to being in better shape. I'm still getting nice comments about the show, which makes me very happy. The director, Oli, and I have been emailing back and forth. I don't think he's seen the show yet, but I told him it was awesome. Okay, I am a little prejudice, but what can I say? LOL

I just spoke with the association producer, Tom, and we chatted about the show and all the filming we did. It was so nice of him to call and see how I felt about the show. (Thanks, Tom!)

Today started with a walk, but I won't make the gym because of calls and appointments today.

That branding project I mentioned earlier is moving along nicely, and the client is thrilled. That's an awesome feeling.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

September 25, 2007

This weekend was pretty normal. We left for D.C. on Sunday morning to make it to the Redskins game at 4:15. What a heartbreaker - three times on the 1 yard line and we can't punch it in to tie the game up. Instead, we ended up losers!

After the game we drove 2 1/2 hours south and stayed in a hotel overnight. We got back yesterday about 1:00.

I'm still getting good comments about the Lost Worlds show. So many people, who aren't fans of the old west, said they really enjoyed the show and learned a lot. That's pretty good.

I have to get cracking at my writing - personally and profesionally.

Friday, September 21, 2007

September 21, 2007

I got so many nice emails from friends, family, and colleagues for the Lost Worlds show. A lot of people commented on how much they enjoyed me jumping around at the train station, and some liked my "Custer" comment.

I watched the new Kitchen Nightmares (notice Ramsay's name was taken out of the title) show we taped and can't believe how awful it was. This USED to be my favorite show, but now that it's on Fox, it's almost like the nightmarish reality shows I detest. Gordon hardly played a role at all. It was more of this bully brother throwing spoiled brat temper tantrums. I will give it another shot next week, but if it's like this week's show, it will be my last. Just my luck - I find a show that I love and they screw it up!

I booked my trip to Denver/Colorado Springs for next month for the Women Writing the West conference. I am giving a talk on how to market yourself and your books.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

September 20, 2007 - The Day After

Okay, it was really weird seeing myself on TV for the entire show. It was almost like watching a home vacation video, except millions of other people watched it too!

I can't believe how many of my scenes they kept, not to mention all the little intros with me as well. The director, Oli, did a wonderful job! Peter, the cameraman, got some great shots, and well, Tom, what an associate producer!

I flubbed the first line in the scene with Arlette when I talked about the Thoen Stone...but I think the rest was pretty good. I'm not being too hard on myself since that was the first day, first hour of shooting the whole thing. I would love to hear comments about what you thought.

Now I want to do more shows - that was so much fun. I posted this photo from the shoot, so you can get a feel for what it looked like during the filming. This is a photo from Ft. Meade with Chuck Rambou (I think that's how he spells his name).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

September 19, 2007 - It's Show Time!

It's finally here - the day my show airs!!! I am very excited, and a little nervous. My director emailed me and said I was going to look great...let's hope he's right.

I just worry about having said something, well, blonde, or historically inaccurate. I just want it to be perfect, so I have a chance at doing something like this again, on a regular basis.

I have some family coming over to watch it with me, so that should be fun.

Tomorrow's post should be interesting...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

September 18, 2007

Well, I actually made the local paper! Funny though, during the interview I said I had been on other History Channel shows - Wild West Tech and Investigating History. Some how that got translated into me hosting other episodes of Lost Worlds - I wish! LOL

The story is pretty nice -

My day job - It seems the client is really sold on my brand name and tag line, so I am moving forward with a plan. This is soooo exciting!

Oh yeah, I got an email from a publisher who I sent a query to back in January. He's interested in my Victorian Women's book! Being an author can make you change gears faster than a trucker going down hill!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

September 16, 2007

Well, I don't believe it! The local newspaper, News & Observer, actually called me back about my History Channel appearance. This is the first time in my ten year history of being an author that they are going to acknolwedge me. Granted the interview lasted five minutes, but hey, after then years of no-existsnce with them - I'll take it! I think they are even posting a shoot photo with the story. If it truly runs on Tuesday, I'll post a link (if it's makes their links) here.

Remember the cool project of coming up with a name brand for a client? Well, I got feedback, and he thinks one of my names is really awesome! I'm totally on cloud nine. I should hear more this week about it.

It's football Sunday, and then my team plays on Monday night!

I just discovered that my favorite show, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, is beginning its new season. Yeah!! However, its premiere airs opposite my show this Wednesday. Sorry, Gordon, I'll have to DVD you this week!

Friday, September 14, 2007

September 14, 2007

I didn't realize until just now that I haven't posted since Monday. Where does the time go?

Being a western writer has always been fun for me, but trying to get attention to your books has always been difficult. All the big main stream publishers said the western was dying, and it was somewhat true. However, I keep plugging along because it's what I love.

I wonder what they are saying now, that the western movie is back. With movies like 3:10 to Yuma, the western genre actually has a chance. How timely that my Lost Worlds, Deadwood show is airing next week!

I just wish I could get more press about it and my books. I have one of my publishers working on it, but nothing so far. I am going to contact my local newspaper today (I have never gotten any press from them in 10 years) now that 3:10 to Yuma is so hot. Not to mention the Jesse James movie with Brad Pitt. Ah, what a time to be a western writer!

I am working on a cool project for my regular job. A new company wants us to come with a brand name and tag line for them. I can't go into more right now, but maybe later. I'm learning all kinds of new stuff with this job!

Going for a walk.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11, 2007

I don't suppose there will ever come a day when we see or type September 11, that we don't think of the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and the plane in PA.

I was kept pretty busy today with my work project. It was something new I had to write and took me longer than I would have liked.

My friend, Bob Boze Bell, wrote about my TV show in his blog yesterday, which is excellent press since so many people read his blog. Here it is in case you want to check it out -

It's still 100 degrees with no rain. However, we are supposed to dip into the 70s by the end of the week and be rainy. That ought to feel really cold.

I'm planning my trip to Denver/Colorado Springs for the Women Writing the West conference. I am staying with my friend, Mary, and will drive down to the conference in Colorado Springs. I'm looking forward to both - the visit and the conference.

Monday, September 10, 2007

September 10, 2007

Whew! What a weekend. Drove to Washington, D.C. Saturday for the first Redskins game. We played the Miami Dolphins and thankfully won - in overtime! We drove up on Saturday afternoon, stayed in Maryland overnight and headed to the game on Sunday. We found an awesome Italian deli and butcher shop - our new favorite stop during football season.

The game was yesterday at 1:00 p.m. and it was probably 100 degrees in the seats. The sun was blazing down on us and it's a wonder we didn't pass out from the heat. As usual, I got doused with someones soda while walking about. Seems a man and a woman, both drunk, got into an altercation and she was pushed into me and then the soda flew all over my white capris!

I'm reading an Agatha Christie novel - I have always loved her books and it has been a while since I read one. The title of this one caught my eye - They Came to Baghdad. I thought, hmm, what's in this book?

It's really quite neat - I think it was written in the 40s and it is amazing to hear how she describes this currently, war-torn city. It seems like it was so Arabian back then, in the romantic kind of way with palm trees, flowing rivers, exotic scents and sounds, and proper English gents and ladies traveling about. Hardly what we think of Iraq today...Quite sad actually when you think about it. It sounds like a place I would have liked to visit - back then, not today.

Popping downstairs for a cup of tea. That sounds terribly British - too much Agatha I guess. I also have a project deadline and conference all today.

Oh, I read the Washington Post yesterday and there was a story in there about the new Jesse James movie with Brad Pitt and my friend, Bob Boze Bell of True West magazine was interviewed for it!

Friday, September 7, 2007

September 7, 2007

Darn it! I missed yesterday - posting that is. I was busy though, between my job and acupuncture and physical therapy. I even managed a 3 mile walk with my neighbor. I was exhausted last night. Caught Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares last night - what a funny show!

I got a really nice email from the editor of the Tombstone Times. A lady in town, Mrs. King, who has a reputation of being tough on historical facts, and the writers who pen them called the paper. She said that my newest book, Tombstone's Treasures, was excellent and she was impressed and wants to visit with me when I go there next time. How cool is that?

Walked 3 miles today with the neighbor, and am tackling my job projects.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

September 5, 2007

I almost missed posting today! Let's see, last night was a crash and burn evening. One of my guests broke a glass candle holder at the Labor Day party, which I thought I cleaned up well. However, I got a piece of glass wedged in my heel last night. Larry had to perform surgery to get it out - ouch!

Went walking with the neighbor this morning, which felt really great. I had a physical therapy appt at what I thought was 9:30, but when I got there, they told me I was late by 30 mins. Had to reschedule for tomorrow.

Progress on the reprint of Taste of Tombstone is coming along nicely - they sent me a draft of the Spring 2008 catalog write up. It's always so cool to see your name in it!

All for now.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September 4, 2007

All I can say is thank goodness the long weekend is over! Saturday we went to a little antique shopping area called Selma. We had a tasty lunch at the German restaurant in town. I found some really neat stuff and didn't break the bank. We then headed over to the outlet shops in Smithfield, where we got some awesome deals. We went to dinner at a local restaurant called Becky's Country Log Cabin - I will not go back.

Sunday was supposed to be a day of rest, but we ended up shopping for a last minute party we opted to have for Labor Day.

Yesterday, Labor Day, we had 15 people here. I grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Everyone else made something, so I didn't have too much prep work. It was really hot on the deck, but we all moved to the shady part of the yard by the fountain and all was good. We went through lots of bottled water, beer, and wine. We played a little badminton, and a rather crazy game called, Water Balloon Roulette.

Water Balloon Roulette is a game my sister came up with - you use a large sling shot and water balloons. Everyone picks a place in the yard and you can't move from it. Two people hold the sling shot, while another loads a water balloon and launches it straight up in the air. No one got a direct hit, but with the lack of rain, when a balloon hit the ground, mud splattered anyone within a foot of where it landed. Needless to say, most of us looked like we were at a mud track. Everyone finally went home - can't remember the time...

Oh, I saved the best for last - my History Channel show will air on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. E.S.T. The show is Lost Worlds: Sin City of the West.

Friday, August 31, 2007

August 31, 2007

I guess no news really is good news (except for emails)! My doc called today and said my ultrasound was normal and there are no cysts. Yippee! I will just finish my antibiotic and be done with it. That means I can get back to the gym and pumping iron.

I finally went through the manuscript and it really isn't as bad as the overall review was. I can do the changes they want in a fair amount of time and see if it flies. If they still don't like it, then it's off to another publisher who will.

I made excellent progress on my Interamark projects this week, which is a good thing. One of my clients also gave my boss some excellent feedback about me, which made my entire week! They love me - what can I say? LOL

Tonight it's cheeseburgers and roasted corn on the grill, with a nice bottle of wine to celebrate all the good news.

Tomorrow we are off with friends to go antique shopping (like I don't have enough already), lunch at a German restaurant, then outlet shopping, and then home to crash.

Bye for now...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

August 30, 2007

Today I started out with Physical Therapy (PT). The therapist laid me down and started pressing down on my vertabrae to loosen them at the base of my back. Hurt like hell! No pain, no gain.

I'm working really hard to finish several projects for my job.

I got an email from the publisher of that blasted Pioneer Women book. I promised I would look at this weekend since it's a long one - off Monday for Labor Day. I will decide then what I want to do.

I still haven't heard from my other doctor about the ultrasound results. I guess it's not that bad since it's been two days! :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

August 29, 2007

I swear it just keeps getting worse. Monday night I got about 4 hours of sleep because of severe abdominal pain. I was already scheduled for physical therapy yesterday in the a.m. I called my doctor about the lower pain and he took me yesterday afternoon. After an exam, he wanted an ultrasound ASAP. I went for that after his appointment. He suspects cysts are the cause of my pain. I am now waiting to hear the results...waiting is the hardest part.

I was so exhausted after lack of sleep, pain, and being poked and prodded I fell asleep about 9 p.m.

I am much better today with the help of new drugs and some much needed sleep, but they can't help the wait from the doctor.

I am resolved to kick all this, and get back to being healthy! This blog is turning into a injury report. Not cool. This is also setting me back on my writing.

Enough of this...back to work. I still wear a smile - no matter what! :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

August 27, 2007

Yesterday I did like I said I would - rest. I decided to take on a "crafty" project, which I don't do too often. For some reason, Larry and I collect the corks from all the wine bottles we've opened. I have been meaning to make a framed piece of art of out it. So yesterday, I started it. Larry cut me a piece of board about 16" wides by 44" long. Now mind you, I don't have that many corks yet, but I like to plan ahead. I glued them on and added about 50. I have a lot more to go...

We had a early evening thunderstorm and then some nice rain. The power popped off and on several times. I made BBQ ribs and roasted corn and potatoes on the grill, yes, in the rain. What can I say, I love to grill.

Football season is just about back, and we watched the Pittsburgh Steelers (Larry's team) play the Philadelphia Eagles in a pre-season game. The Steelers kicked butt! Yeah, because I hate the Eagles, being a Washington Redskins fan, of course.

I have book orders to fill this week, and I need to get cracking on the research for the next book, but this darn job that pays my bills is keeping me busy! :)

Going to earn some wine money...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

August 26, 2007

Today is Sunday and will truly be a day of rest for me. I am taking some pretty nice drugs from the doc for my back pain and inflammation.

Let's see, Friday night was the anniversary dinner at Bistro 607. It was a cute old house built around 1906 in donwtown Raleigh. The food was fine and so was the service. The seating was pretty close together in the bay window area, which is where we ate. A couple next to us were quite loud and obnoxious. They had the waitress hold their desserts while they went out for a 10 min cigarette break. Every time I laughed, the woman shot me a glare, like, God forbid I have a good time dining out! LOL

Yesterday we did the usual wine tasting, but this time we treated ourselves to some pretty nice wines as an anniversary gift. Since neither of us had any luck with the gifts we tried to get for each other, we decided why not wine.

We ate dinner out again last night with some friends and mom, and it was real nice. I had Pacific Wahoo, goat cheese mashed potatoes, and sauteed spinach. For dessert, like I needed that, I had a hot cup of chocolate cake with marshmallow fluff. OMG - it was too die for.

I better walk a few extra miles this week to work all those dinners, wine, and desserts off! Actually, I am heading back to the gym since my doctor cleared me. Until Monday...

Friday, August 24, 2007

August 24, 2007

22 years ago today I was preparing to tie the knot. Hard to believe that it's been that long ago! We were married at high noon in the Catholic Church.

Yesterday I worked really hard on my marketing job - I have a PowerPoint presentation that has about 50 slides, and I need to review them all. I only had to make changes/create 13 news ones.

I watched a show on Fine Living called, Cocktails, which was pretty neat, but the cool thing was they mentioned Deadwood! Apparently the #10 Saloon, where we ate often, has a drink called a Flaming Six Shooter. It's six shot glasses on a tray, each filled with Vodka, Kahlua, and Amaretto. Sugar gets sprinkled on the tray around the perimiter of the glasses, Sambuca gets poured on the sugar, which is then ignited. Once the flame goes out, you take your finger and run in through the sugar. You lick the sugar off your finger and then take the shot. Tom, Oli - why didn't we try this??

Walked about three miles with my neighbor this morning - jogging is out until my back heals.

I'm meeting a friend, Sharon for lunch. It's our last lunch for about six months. She is headed to Chile for a total immersion Spanish lesson. I can't wait for her to send me recipes from her host family!

Tonight we are having dinner in a very trendy, upscale restaurant in downtown Raleigh called, Bistro 607. Tomorrow night, some friends are taking us out for dinner to another trendy place called 18 Seaboard. My mom, and their dad is also joining us.

Well, off to work.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

August 23, 2007

I woke up to a thunderstorm and heavy rain this morning. Lord knows we need it - everything is so dry. I will have to skip my walk this morning because it's still raining.

My new chair came yesterday and it took me about two hours to put it together! It seems better than before. I also went to the doctor yesterday and I don't have any disc issues, but my sciatica nerve is severely inflamed. He recommends physical therapy and muscle relaxers. I never knew what the sciatica was until yesterday - it's your spinal cord until it splits off into your hips and then it become the sciatica. Learn something new every day!

Watched Lost Worlds last night - it was about Henry VIII and his buildings. Quite the tyrant, he was! Very impressive buildings though. Tonight it my fav show - Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

August 21, 2007

I'm determined to make today a better one than yesterday. I was so sad all yesterday.

I started out by wakling with some neighbors. It's steamy hot again - 103 yesterday and it's supposed to be about the same for the rest of the week. I've got my goals all lined up for the day, I have laundy going, took out sea scallops for dinner, and have my jobs all organized.

With any luck, I will get my new chair today.

I volunteered to be a judge in the Western Writers of America Spur Award contest this year. It's a large category, so I should be getting a ton of books to read. I must be crazy when I agree to these things! It should be fun though - it's a good category.

Well, back to work.

Monday, August 20, 2007

August 20, 2007

It's been a crazy weekend and a busy Monday already. Saturday we did our shopping and wine tasting. When we got home, my niece, Tiffany called and asked to come over. She and her friend came and we had movie night. We watched Uncle Buck, made homemade popcorn and fresh strawberry smoothies. They also took the golf cart around the neighborhood scouting for boys - they're 14.

The girls stayed overnight and on Sunday I made them French toast and then we went shopping. I washed my car and they dried it for me. I didn't want to do too much with my back just starting to feel a little better.

A stray cat showed up on my back deck on Friday night and I couldn't not feed it. The poor thing looked very old, sickly, and skinny. I fed and gave it water and it took up residence on the porch. Poor thing was so lonely and love starved...I took him (named him Bob because he had a bob tail) to the vet this morning. Bob's lungs were collapsed or blocked by something, weighed 3.22 pounds, had a lump on his thyroid, and was ridden with fleas. The vet said the kindest thing to do to this poor stray was to put him to sleep. I had to agree. I hardly knew this kitty and I still cried when he died. At least he isn't in pain any more. Larry will have to bury him in the pet cemetery tonight.

My boss ordered me (well, Roni, his assistant actually did it) a new office chair when I told him my back was hurting - pretty darn cool.

Well, back to that job...

Friday, August 17, 2007

August 17, 2007

Well, this week hasn't been good for blogging. Between doctors appts and trying to rest, and work has been a real chore. I apparently have a shrinking disc in my lower back, which is the source of all my back issues. I have an appt with my regular doc next week to confirm all this.

I must have had a moment of weakness and agreed to be the VP-Marketing for Women Writing the West for 2008. Like I don't have enough projects?!

My new work project is going to keep me busy today and next week, which is good. I get to come up "what-if" scenarios and use the client's new technology to solve the issue.

Larry got back from his business trip Weds night. We, of course, lost the power one night while he was gone. It's been happening around 8:00 p.m. during this unbearable heat wave of 100s. It doesn't last long, but it sure screws with all the electronics in the house. I have re-set more appliances this past week!

We took the golf cart to a neighbor's so I could deliver an exercise ball that I bought for her. We're going to try them as chairs - supposed to be good for bad backs. We'll see...

Still lovin' Gordon Ramsay with his Kitchen Nightmares.

It's finally Friday. I am having lunch with a friend that I used to work with in North Raleigh. She's originally from Poland, and a real sweetheart.

Nothing on when the show will air yet, but I keep checking the schedule every Monday because they list which shows will air during the next two weeks.

I still haven't touched that disaster of a manuscript - just too much to think about.

My new computer seems fine and is much faster than the old one. I have to get a cable connector so I can use my old keyboard, which is nicer on the wrists.

Back to work...see ya on Monday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

August 14, 2007

Okay, I have a good reason for not posting until now. Remember I mentioned gardening? Well, I did it all right. I pulled and tugged and that was just what I did to my back. Seriously, the gardens look nice, but I am in pain. I went to a chiropractor yesterday and he stretched me like I was on some medieval rack. Then some electrical things on my lower back. Some herbal type ibuprofen, ice, and stretching. I can only sit for about 30 mins at a time, so I get up a lot. Not too productive!

I didn't do a whole lot yesterday because of the sheer agony.

I went walking this morning and met up with a couple neighbors. The weather was cool yesterday and today (only 90, but no humidity). The rest of the week is going back to the 100s.

I'm working on a new project for work, so I better get back to it.

The new computer transition isn't too bad, but I think that's because I also have the old one running right along side it.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

August 12, 2007

I got my haircut on Friday and it's so much better! Dinner was nice and we played a game of aggravation afterwards.

I woke up from the worst dream I have had in a long time. I was crying in my dream and when I woke up I was crying for real. I was physically sick yesterday from that dream. How bizarre.

Yesterday we went wine tasting and did some grocery shopping. The sky was cloudy and it kept teasing us with rain, but we never got any. The temp did hold at about 85 for the day, which was a huge relief after the 100+ all week. Tomorrow is supposed to be 95 again though.

We watched Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen last - I won't watch it again. I love Gordon, but I can't take all the drama of a true reality show. Come on, it takes 20 mins to say who the winner was - good Lord?!

This morning I am feeling much better and am working on switching things to my new computer, which should ease a lot of the issues...I hope.

Heading out to do some much needed yard work while it's still warm.

Friday, August 10, 2007

August 10, 2007

I must be crazy - I went running/walking again this morning. It was 80 degrees and again, 100% humidity. Yesterday topped out at 103! One more degree and we would have broken our all-time heat record. The power company is broadcasting messages saying to hold off any activities that uses electric until after 9 p.m. until tomorrow. A "cold front" is supposed to come through tonight and drop the day time temps to the 90s. That also means t-storms today or tonight. The governor is asking everyone to bump their AC up two degrees to help with the energy strain.

I think I will open up that blasted F&*&@&# manuscript this weekend. I guess I just want to see how bad it is.

I just confirmed that the A.C. is working at my hairdresser's salon so I get it cut today!!!

I also got a new project today, so I better get moving so I can do some of it. Mom is coming for dinner tonight - I'm making one of her favs - homemade spaghetti and meatballs (from ground Bison).

This may be my last post for a few days if I can't get my new PC to work. :)


Thursday, August 9, 2007

August 9, 2007

I went to the gym yesterday and lifted weights for about 40 mins, then swam 10 laps. The water was so hot it was like taking a bath with about 20 other people. Nasty! It's been so hot here and no rain...the power flashed off and on three times the night before last.

My hairdresser just canceled my appt because they lost the A.C. in the salon. It's rescheudled for tomorrow, but if it's not fixed (hard to find a free repairman these days) she'll have to reschedule again.

My new PC came yesterday, which is pretty good since I only ordered it Sunday. I am waiting for this weekend to convert because I am afraid I will have issues. I'm learning from past experiences.

Tonight my new favorite show is on...Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

I went walking with my neighbor this morning at 8 a.m. - it was already 80 and 100% humidity. I had a major meltdown when I got back. A nice cold shower did the trick.

I better get back to my job and finish the project that is due today. I love my job, but sometimes it can be frustrating. I guess anything new can be. It seems like I write something that is awesome and then it gets torn to pieces. Ah, the joys of being a writer. That's not always the case, but when it happens it drives me nuts. All in all, I wouldn't trade the job for anything, well, except my own tv show! Where else can you sit in the comfort of your home, take breaks when you need them, go to the gym, work from any location, no horrid commute, and be in control of the thermostat! Yeah, it's pretty sweet!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

August 8, 2007

Every day seems to get better and more back to normal. I am still sleeping too late - 9 a.m. today. The cats were better and slept until 5 a.m.

I have two projects for work right now - one is finished for now, and the other is due tomorrow. I should have it wrapped up by today.

My brother-in-law sent me photos of the beach week, but not group photo. I did like this one with my niece, Lauren. We were "toasting" the brownies we made that night. Wow - I didn't realize how bad I need a haircut (doing that tomorrow) and other maintenance (gym)!

I forgot to mention that I saved a butterfly from certain death the other night. I was grilling on the deck and saw a Monarch lying on the deck barely able to flutter it's little wings. I watched it for about 10 minutes, feeling helpless. Then it dawned on me, with the temps at 100 and no rain in sight, it might need a drink. Sure enough, I dropped some water near it, and it immediately crawled to the water and started drinking. I turned away to tell Larry about it, and it was gone!

Hard to believe that something like that can make you feel good all over.

I am going to attempt the gym today for weight lifting and a swim. I am in the process of trying to get my DMV records straightened out because the Jag dealer screwed them up last month.

That's enough for now...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

August 7, 2007

Damn! Missed another day. Oh well, yesterday was just a blur anyway. I felt like a zombie - just going through the motions. I guess I am more whipped than I thought. Today I feel a little better, but I need more sleep. The cats seem to be fighting more since we got home and they bounce all over the bed during the night. Need more sleep...

I came home to the manuscript that I sent to the Univ of North TX Press and boy oh boy, did the reviewers have a blast. I think they had a competition to see who could use the most ink! I have never had this much criticism on a book. I haven't even read it. On the bright side, I also got my advance for Taste of Tombstone!!

It's going to be near 100 every day this week, so I am going to attempt the gym either today or tomorrow. It really depends upon how I feel.

I joined this new thing called, FaceBook. It's pretty cool and sort of like MySpace, but it's just for your friends. My English buddy, Tom turned me on to it.

Off to work...

Sunday, August 5, 2007

August 5, 2007

Whew! The beach week is over. I never realize how exhausting it is until it's over. Feeding 14 people every night for dinner is work. I love to cook, but by the end of the week I am ready for a break.

I spent most of the day Friday in the ocean and riding 5 foot waves. No wipe-outs and no sharks! My hips and knees are beaten up from the sand and boogie board, but it was tons of fun. The 50th birthday party for my brother-in-law went well and we had a shrimp boil for dinner. We took the family photo, which I will post here when I get a copy.

We got home at noon yesterday and napped for about 3 hours. I guess 5 hours of sleep a night, and a little too much wine will do you in over 6 days.

Today was better. I bought a new desktop PC and it should arrive in about 10 days, and you will probably see some griping here during the transition.

Tomorrow will be back to the routine and working out.

Friday, August 3, 2007

August 3, 2007

Today is the last day at the beach - we head home tomorrow morning. Yesterday was nice and no more shark sightings. I did chat with a neighbor who said some idiot was fishing from a kayak and caught the shark. He tried to gaff it and bring it to shore. That would explain the gash in the shark and why it was that close to the beach. Some people!

The bedtimes are about the same - 1-2 a.m. I gotta go home to get some sleep. Last night we walked on the beach, played a game called "Catch Phrase" and buried "treasure" for the 10 and 6 year-old nieces to find this morning.

I didn't jog/walk today because it's too steamy - I'll go in the ocean today and get a work out.

It's my brother-in-law's 50th birthday today, so we are "roasting" him at dinner - I wrote an "Ode to Bill" and we'll have cake. Everyone will be in bed early tonight since they all leave at 4:00 a.m. because of their 11 hour drives. Some live in Florida and some in NJ.

Work should be light again today, so I should get to spend the last day with my family on the beach. I love this job!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

August 2, 2007

Well - it happened yesterday! The first time I was ever at the beach and a shark was actually spotted in the water where everyone was swimming. Thankfully, I missed it, but my family was all in it. I had come up to the room to shower and work. As I walked past the sliding door I noticed everyone was out of the water and pointing at the ocean. I ran out on the deck and my sister-in-law, Norene made a shark fin gesture and I knew what she meant. Accoridng to Larry it was about 4 feet long and had a large gash in its side, which might explain why it was so close to shore. However, just last week, there was a shark attack in the same area...

It doesn't seem to have affected anyone since there are already people swimming in the ocean. Although, I will be very shaky when I get in today. One guy apparently dtiched his spouse on their raft when they saw the shark. I wonder where he slept last night?!

Got a little more tan yesterday, and relaxed. Taste of Tombstone is finally done (was last week) and the publisher is happy with that one! I still am pondering the other much work, and I have another project that is probably more profitable.

Oh well, work is light this morning, so I am heading to the beach for a while. Went jogging this morning again.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

August 1, 2007

Oops - missed a day, but then again I am at the beach and trying to work. I keep staying up way too late - usually 2 a.m. and it's kicking my butt. Last night was earlier - 1 a.m. LOL

Spent some time on the beach yesterday, but a bad storm ripped by and everyone cleared out. We saw the most fantastic rainbow after the storm. Grilled brisket on the BBQ and roasted corn and potatoes for dinner.

Went jogging and walking with my sister-in-law yesterday morning. This morning I passed and walked with Larry. I found a fossilized clam shell and a fossil indentation of a scallop shell. He found a couple of shark's teeth.

I got the most disappointing news, publishing wise, yesterday. The Univ. of North Texas Press gave me feedback on my Pioneer Women book. It was so harsh and the reviewers had a very condenscending tone. They said they could not recommend publication of the book they way it stands. Now, I either have to make a gazillion changes or not have it published by them. I guess I could always pitch it to another publisher. Publishing though a university press it so much different that a regular publisher. There are pros and cons, and I just have to think about what I want to do.

Tonight it the premiere of Lost worlds-Season 2 at 9:00 p.m. I can't wait to watch the new series!

I am going back to work so I can wrap up and go to the beach for a while before I have to come in for my conference call.

Monday, July 30, 2007

July 30, 2007

Well I'm at the beach with my husband's family - all 14 of us! It's so crazy with everything going on, but fun. Saturday night a bunch of us stayed up way too late. Sunday at the beach was fun. We rode the waves on boogie boards and sat under the canopy and visited. Okay, we also "people watched," which means we talked about all the people who walked by us - poor souls.

It's rainy today, but I did manage to steal away from the job for about an hour and sit on the beach while the sun popped out. My brother-in-law is making an indoor clam bake for dinner, so I get the night off from cooking. I may go fishing at the pier tonight, but I am still burnt out from Saturday night.

I did manage to go jogging/walking with my sister-in-law Natalie; we went for about mile along the beach this morning.

That's all for now.

Friday, July 27, 2007

July 27, 2007

It's amazing what being outdoors can do for you. I felt so much better after my walk/run yesterday. I worked on my regular job and tried to finish up the TOT visuals. I hit a few snags with the menus in the back. It seems my old publisher has some originals, so I am having to substitute. Now I have to try and match up the new menus with the recipes in the book. I am going to the post office today or else!

We're going out for dinner tonight and then finish the shopping for the beach. Tomorrow we head for North Topsail. I can't wait. I have to work, but it shouldn't be too bad.

We watched Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares again last night. I still love it! I had never heard the word "bollocks" until about a month ago. My English gents (Tom and Oli) told me what it meant, and now I hear it more than ever...funny how that happens.

Off to the gym for weight lifting and swimming later. Gotta get to my day job now.

My next post will be from the beach!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

July 26, 2007

I made it to the gym yesterday where I lifted weights and then swam 14 laps. I missed the Fed Ex who was delivering my Redskins season tickets. He should be back today. The cleaning lady did a pretty good job - just a couple things that I will tell her about next month.

Just when I thought I was done with TOT, I got an email my the publisher saying he needs the old book marked up with where I want the visuals. Ugh. Speaking of emails...when I send one to someone with questions, I normally expect a response within, say, a week? If I don't get one back (I'm talking personal ones here, not business related) and it's longer than that, I start to wonder. Did I say something wrong, are they pissed at me, or are they just too darn busy? Maybe it's me. I guess that's my gripe for the day.

Anyway, I have new work-related projects so they are keeping me busy. I've got an acupuncture appointment today. I am going to attempt the post office today since I missed that yesterday.

I've been asked to be the VP-Marketing again next year for Women Writing the West. Honestly, I don't know if I want it. I haven't done a very good job with it this year. I guess I need to give the board an answer soon.

Going to run/walk, get a better attitude, and then get to work.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

July 25, 2007

Well, I missed a day. Not much exciting happened on Monday or Tuesday. However, yesterday I did finish the visuals for Taste of Tombstone. I am headed to the post office today to mail that and a couple of packages to England. I also got a really neat email from a reader. He sent me a message saying he was reading my new book, Tombstone's Treasure and he's half-way done. He booked a trip to Tombstone, in part, to what I said in the book! How cool is that? I love getting emails like that.

I also discovered that Lost Worlds, season 2 will begin airing on Wednesday, August 1st at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. I still don't know when my Deadwood show will air, but I will let you know when I do.

I will be busy today with my job because I got a new assignment. We decided to hire that cleaning lady after all, since she decided to meet my price if I supply the cleaning supplies. She's here now - looks good so far. The cats are going crazy...

Going to the gym later to lift weights. Walked/ran yesterday and lifted some weights at home.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Weekend

On Saturday, we started shopping for beach house staples and food. We stopped for lunch and as usual, we opted to sit outside because it was beautiful weather. Unfortunately, just after my lunch was set in front of me, a bee stung me on the ankle. Not only did it hurt like hell, but I'm allergic. I tried to stomp my foot to get it off, but it was stuck. I had to use a fork to pluck it off, and then had to pull the stinger out with my nails. I had no medicine with me, but as fate would have it, the hospital was across the street. Having been stung about 5 years ago, and only having a mild reaction, I decided to finish my lunch. I figured I could at least have one last good meal in case I did end up in the hospital overnight. I put ice on it until we left. About 15 minutes later, other than feeling dizzy and shaking, I was fine. That was all just nerves I'm sure. We went to the pharmacy and got some Benadryl and After Bite. Benadryl always makes me sleepy, but we still had a ton of things to buy, so I kept going. We got home about 5:00 p.m. and I took a nap. I took more Benadryl before bed and slept late on Sunday morning. The sting area is now itching like crazy!

My mom needed some cat cages for a pet adoption on Sunday, so we took them over to the store. We did more shopping, and then went back to get the cages and take the kitties back to her house. Grilled filet mignon, corn, and potatoes for dinner.

Going for a jog/run and will hit the gym later. Then it's work time.

Friday, July 20, 2007

July 20, 2007

This is a little late today, but I still made it. That's one whole week of blogging! Went walking/jogging yesterday with a neighbor before it got too hot. It was 98 and humid yesterday. Did my job, and met the cleaning lady. She's real nice and loves the old west! However, she wants to charge more than I want to spend, so I guess I'll keep looking.

We watched the funniest show last night on BBC America. It was called Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. OMG - this guy (English chef) is hysterical! It's the only reality show I have ever watched. I can't wait for next Thursday.

Today, I did some work and then went to the gym. Lifted weights and then swam 12 laps. I also volunteered at a local feral cat org. Some foster kitties (13) needed nails cut and other basic things done. It took longer than I planned, but I have to love on them, too!

I got extra copies of the August issue of True West which includes my author profile.

Got back and did some more work and had a conference call. Finishing up some more and then will sign off for the weekend. It's a big shopping weekend to get everything for the beach next week. Not sure what's for dinner tonight either...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

July 19, 2007

Well, I was wrong about the rain cooling things off; all it did was make it more humid. It's like walking into an outdoor sauna. Lifted weights and jogged at the gym yesterday. Came back and got to work. Last night we went out for pizza and caprese salad, then headed to the Jaguar dealer. I've been leasing my X-Type for the last 4 years. I love my car, so last night we went and purchased it. Now I own it, or well, at least I'm working towards that. Since I don't drive to work anymore and the car is used for getting me to the gym, shopping, and leisure, I couldn't see the point of dropping $30,000+ on a new one.

My internet and email worked pretty good yesterday, so I guess they fixed their issues. Today I have a new cleaning lady coming over to give me an estimate. The last one I had just didn't do a good enough job. I didn't want to give her another chance because there were too many things she missed. We'll see what this one does.

In between my day job, I have been scanning visuals for Taste of Tombstone, and should be done this weekend.

I haven't mentioned my two kitties (I call them my girls) in a while, so here's an update. It's been since December that we've had the new one, Trixie. She celebrated her first birthday on July 4. She and Bailey, my three year-old, are getting along better, but there's still some issues. Trixie is still all kitten and "snipers" Bailey at every turn. Bailey finally gets pissed off enough and slaps the crap out of her. Maybe one day, they will be best buds.

Okay, out into the sauna for a jog/walk.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July 18, 2007

Yesterday was an interesting day. I started out by jogging/walking about 2 miles. Did my regular job the best I could while my new ISP company had my email and Internet up and down all day. I was getting messages that were 4-6 hours old. I had to covert to this new company because they are splitting from my old one. I had until Oct. to do this, but I thought I would do it now. So I called the company and was told, "we're trying to get up to speed!" What the hell does that mean? Weren't they ready to handle this volume of clients? I guess not. We'll see what happens today.

Last night I was asked to meet a fellow author named Don Hoglund who lives nearby. He's a veterinarian, cowboy, and what I like to call, "horse wrangler." He wrote a book about it last year. I'm sure it's much more than that, and will let you know after I'm finished the book. We were at a horse farm owned by friends and he showed them how to handle their 9 month old filly. I was very impressed - this guy knows his horses. We chatted about writing and he gave me one of his books. It sure seemed strange - me getting a book, rather than giving one to somebody.

We had bad thunderstorms last night - maybe that brought the heat and humidity down, but I haven't been outside yet to see. Heading off to the gym for weightlifting and a swim.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

July 17, 2007

I'm on a roll here with this blogging. I recently finished a phone interview with a New Mexico public radio station. I'm not sure when it will air, but I will post that here for you when I know. You can listen to it via their web site. Yesterday was pretty quiet. I went running/walking for about an hour, maybe did 2 miles. The humidity and heat are bad right now, so it makes breathing harder, but I have a bikini goal... Listened to song clips again for my job to find the perfect theme song for a client. Made buffalo burgers on the grill for dinner and watched some interesting shows on the Discovery/Science Channel about mummies in Egypt.


Getting a meal and having it served in a timely manner was a challenge in Deadwood. When we broke for lunch each day, we didn't want to spend two hours doing it. Some places were good, others were not. Dinners were better, but I think that's because we were exhausted by meal time. The buffalo at the #10 saloon was awesome. Kevin Costner's casino and restaurant were beautiful inside.

Speaking of casinos...Tom and Oli seemed to develop a quick affection for the one-armed bandits. Oli failed to see the enjoyment with dropping a quarter into the machine and then pushing the button to make it go. However, once I showed him the "arm," he was hooked. Tom enjoyed them as well. We swore he was addicted because he always had a pocket full of quarters, and disappeared a lot! Just teasing...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Blog commitment and more Deadwood

I must confess that this weekend I did nothing "author" related. Saturday we met friends (Bev & Dave) for lunch at Memphis Red, Hot & Blue, then wine tasting, then food shopping. I grilled Porterhouse steaks, sweet potatoes & corn for dinner. Sunday I did the girl thing and went shopping by myself for clothes, beach stuff, and birthday gifts. I got some great deals! Today I have to crack down and get the visuals done for my Taste of Tombstone book, and do my regular job.

Deadwood saga...the blogs I should have made when I was in Deadwood in June.

Let's see, the first full day in Deadwood began with a rain downpour that didn't want to end. Oli and Tom changed the filming schedule and we moved to the archives building in downtown Deadwood. By the time we got done and broke for lunch, it had started to clear, but turned cold. We had some additional problems with our next guest because of the cold weather, so poor Tom ran around Deadwood trying to find an alternative. Arlette, from the archives, graciously agreed. We headed up muddy roads to a remote location to film the "deadwood" lying about. By the time we got done, one of my fingers had turned completely white and had no feeling. With lots of literal hand hold handing, it recovered. I can drive again! I honestly don't remember all that we filmed there because I was so cold. The day wasn't over yet...

We dropped Arlette back in town, then headed out for an 1880s miner's cabin, which you'll see in the show (see the picture here with me and Oli, freezing). It was close to 7:00 p.m. and the temp dropped to 33 degrees. We left that location around 8:00 p.m., blasted the heater in the car and went to the cabin, then back out for dinner.

More on dining in Deadwood tomorrow (at Tom's suggestion)...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Back to work, True West magazine and more Deadwood

Well, it seems I haven't gotten any better at posting regularly here, so I guess sometimes is better than not at all. Please bear with me.

This photo was taken right after we wrapped up my closing comments about Deadwood. Filming was over, and we were ready to celebrate. In the photo, L to R., Peter, Tom, Me, Oli (in back), Rick, and Chris.

The August issue of True West magazine (on sale now) has featured me in their "Author Profile" section. If you can get a copy, check it out. I am also in there with my favorite reads.

I am finally back to a routine of working and writing. I just sent the manuscript to the Univ. New Mexico Press (Taste of Tombstone), which is a huge relief. I am a week past my deadline - I hate that. I still have to send them the visuals to use in the book, and will finish that this weekend. I am waiting to hear from the Univ. North TX Press about the pioneer women book - should be this month.

I said I would talk more about the Deadwood filming, so here goes. The more I think back on that (hard to believe it's been a month since I did it), the more I realize just how much I enjoyed doing it. I mean, I love history and I got to share that love with so many! It's every authors dream, well even if it's not; it's this author's dream.

On location: As I said, Oli, Tom, and Peter were awesome. A girl couldn't have asked for a better "crew." Here's what our schedule was like each day - Get up at 6:00 a.m., leave for the first location at 7:30 a.m., start filming around 8:00 a.m., break for lunch anywhere between noon and 2:00 p.m. for about 40 minutes. We changed locations often and didn't quit until between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each night. We packed up, unloaded the equipment (ok, the guys wouldn't let me help), and then headed back to town for dinner. Had ice cream at the cabin, then to bed around midnight. Yeah, I know, ice cream before bed is baadd. It's all Oli's fault with his addiction to Ben and Jerry's! We girls all know where it ends up, right Oli?!

The first two days I did pretty darn good. However, the third day at Ft. Meade, I fell apart. I don't know what happened, other than I was standing on sacred Indian ground with a guest who had a very soothing, soft voice, and I felt very calm and relaxed. I think Oli wanted to strangle me (not literally, well maybe) because I had no "zip" and was very different from the previous days. We finally get it filmed, but it was painful for all. After lunch, I was fine. The following day went well, too.

Later I will post more about one day of the filming. Just to tease you, it was June 7 in Deadwood, SD and it was 33 degrees...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Trying to keep up

I've been busy playing catch up with personal things, my writing, and everything else in between. I have books to mail, bills to pay, a beach house to secure for vacation at the end of July, TV clips to send to a producer, a manuscript to send to my publisher, and way more than that.

I got behind-the-scenes photos from the Deadwood shoot. Copy & paste this link into your address bar - I can't get the link to work here -

The producers emailed me and said the rushes looked really good and they were pleased with me. I really enjoyed doing that so much.

Our niece Jamie comes here on Friday and we are taking her to the NC mountains for vacation. I will still be working, but that's the beauty of my new job - I can do it from anywhere. She and Larry (my husband) may just have to do some things together while I do my thing.

The DirecTV guy is coming this afternoon to fix the bad installation I got a few months ago. Get this, I have to pay for their screw-up because I didn't call and complain when they installed it! They won't leave today until I know it's working.

Well, back to work

Friday, June 15, 2007

Western Writer's Conference

I'm in the final third of my month long trips, and am in Springfield, Mo. This is the conference where I get to see old friends, publishers, and everyone else in my business of western writing. This photo was taken at the WWA conference, my good friends, Debi Morgan, me, and Deb's hubby, the illustrious, Loren Estelman.

Last night, I had drinks with a pretty neat group, and I will drop names. I spent some time with my good friend, Debi Morgan who writes some pretty neat fiction, the illustrious Dr. Paul Hutton, his lovely wife, Tracy, Loren Estleman, Johnny Boggs, Michael Gear, Rita Cleary, and some others who I know I should remember. Most of these people are pretty famous western writers. It's hard to imagine that 10 years ago I only knew them by their names on a book cover. Today, I get to rub elbows with them!

I'm skipping the panel this morning so I can work on my real job as a marketing writer. Later today we are all heading for a mass book signing at a local Borders. Anyone in the area should come by - this is a chance to meet over 50 pretty darn famous western authors - all in one place.

Well, gotta go...


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Filming in Deadwood

Wow! That's all I can say.

I got back from Deadwood last night after filming for the series, Lost Worlds on the History Channel. This has to be one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was a little apprehensive about all this, but that changed quickly.

I met the film crew, Oli (Director/Producer), Tom (Associate Producer), Peter (cameraman), Rick (sound guy), and Chris (runner). They were tops to work with, and total professionals. We became good friends in a few short, but long days, and I am sorry that I had to leave so soon. Maybe we'll get to work together on more projects.

There's so much to tell. We spent about 12 hours each day filming all over Deadwood. I learned so much about that town, and I suppose those who view it will, too! Hard to imagine that we have about 48 hours of film of my part, and that will all boil down to about 30 minutes (if I'm lucky).

The guys said I did a terrific job, and that I was "brilliant" - imagine that in a British accent, since they are from London. I kept hankering for a Guinness! That darn commercial...

The town was crawling with people and most stopped to watch and takes pictures of us filming. The convention of mid-western governors was in Deadwood while I was there and the governor of Montana came up and introduced himself to me and Tom. Pretty aweswome when the governor is stopping you to say hello!!!

There was no script for me to read. Oli simply told me what points he wanted covered and I just did my thing...since I have a smart ass sense of humor, that's what they got. They seemed pretty happy with it.

It should air in the fall, maybe September or October, but I will definately post it here when I know for sure.

Well, I am heading to Springfield MO for the Western Writer's Conference on Thursday to give a talk and meet with my publishers.

I'll try to post more about the shoot.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

On the Road

Wow! I have one-third of my month long travel days behind me. Larry and I got back from Tombstone on May 31. We were supposed to be back on the 30th, but we got stuck in Houston overnight. Tombstone was fun as usual - we camped on our property, had dinner with friends in town and on the land. I did three book signings, gave one presentation, and did some research for the re-release of Taste of Tombstone (Spring 2008-Univ. New Mexico Press).

The former Tombstone Mayor, Andre DeJournett, opened the Tombstone Consolidated Mine tour about two months ago. It was awesome - anyone going to Tombstone must take it! It was like going back in time. We took lots of photos and one of them shows an orb with a face in it!!!

Tomorrow I leave for Deadwood, SD to film an episode of the Lost Worlds series for the History Channel. It should be lots of fun. More TV might be in my future, which we would be WAY cool. That's all I can say for now - I don't want to jinx myself.

I get back from Deadwood, stay home for two days, then head to Springfield, MO for the Western Writers of America conference. I am giving a presentation on how to research old records, and meeting with two of my publishers, and catching up with old friends.

After that, I am home for a month!

My new job at Interamark is still awesome. Great job, great boss, great people! It truly is a dream job - I get to write, while working from home, and get paid to do it.

Well, I have to get back to that awesome job since I am leaving tomorrow.

More later...


Friday, May 11, 2007


I just finished an interview with American - check it out: I can't seem to get the links to consistently work in this blog, so just copy and paste in into your address bar.

In addition to my speaking at the Western Writers of America conference ( in June (Springfield, MO), I will be giving a talk at the Women Writing the West ( conference in October (Colorado Springs). It's going to be a busy year, but that's a good thing.

Did I mention the University of New Mexico Press (current publisher) is going to reprint Taste of Tombstone? The cool thing is that it will be released on it's 10th anniversary of being published! I can't believe it's been 10 years since my very first book was published

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Where does the time go?

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last posted. I swear I am gonna do better. Let's see - I just found out that my 2nd book, Pikes Peak, was reprinted recently. That means anyone can order a copy now - it was out of print!

I am just about to send my 5th book about the pioneer women to my publisher. It should have gone to him long before now.

Made all the arrangements for my Tombstone trip for Wyatt Earp Days (Memorial weekend). Book signings at Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone Old West Books, and one in Tucson at a cool little cafe called, Javalinas.

I have another head cold this week...feels like I just had one.

The new job is still awesome! My bio is now on the site under the "meet the team" if you want to check it out.

Replanted the garden after losing everything in the weird frost we had last month. Tomatoes, pepper varieties, and leeks.

Well, I just got a new assignment, so I am going to dig in!