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Yep, that’s right, I’m already dreaming of spring and all the wonderful things that come with it. Must be the two seed catalogues I got in the mail yesterday. Can’t wait to get out there and dig in the dirt!

Or maybe it’s the weather; in the 60’s today with lots and lots of sunshine. Sure does feel like spring to me!

Or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been spending quite a bit of time online looking at the Red Sox home page, checking out the Spring Training schedule and counting down the days till the first Grapefruit League game. March 3rd! That’s only 61 days away!

Happy New Year everybody–and here’s to a better year for the Sox!

 

 

Take a look at the headlines on the Boston Red Sox site this morning:

Sox get bruised, battered by charging Rays

After early exit, Lackey hopes to make next start

MRI shows bursitis in Youkilis’ left hip

Beckett making progress; Bedard strains lat

and

Weiland looks to snap Boston’s three-game skid

Yikes! You have to look really hard to find any good news there. Come on guys, I know it’s been a long season but now is not the time to fall apart, not with the Yankees 2 1/2 games in front and Tampa Bay snapping at our heels for the wild card spot. You have less than 20 games left in the season, surely you can last that long.

Can’t you? Yes, you can. I know you can. You’re back at home now and that’s where you play your best baseball so please, please, snap out of it!

Hilarious and depressing, not to mention incomprehensible–at least to me–article at Huffington Post.  Be sure and click on the “most obnoxious publishing stories of 2010” link in the last paragraph–if you dare.  Seriously, what can the publishers be thinking?

Oh wait, I know the answer to that…money, money, money.  Who cares if the writing sucks, as long as it sells.  Right?  Right!

On a happier note, topped 29K words on Sun Shadows today.  Woo-hoo!  I’m slowly getting back into the groove.  Biggest problem I’m having right now is ideas for the last book in the series keep popping into my head and I have to stop to jot them down.  Oh well, at least I’m writing and the MS flare-up is getting better with every day.

Also, only two weeks till opening day.  Yay, go Red Sox!  And good choice, Tito, for choosing Jon Lester to lead us off!

I’m back online after nearly three months of dealing with an MS flare-up that affected my vision and wouldn’t let me work on the computer without bringing on a vicious headache.  I still can only be on for a limited time but at least I’m on and that’s something!  Guess I’ll just have to ease myself back into the grind which isn’t a bad thing…except when I want to write and I can’t.  Oh well…what is it they say?  Patience is a virtue.

Meanwhile, here are the top three things that have been going on in my life: 

First and foremost, the release of my latest book, Winds of Fate, a paranormal romance based on the Native American legend of the Blowing Rock in North Carolina.  I don’t think I’m biased or anything when I say, “Gorgeous cover!”  Now I need to get it posted on the WoF page here on my blog and on my website.  And I desperately need to start promoting, something I haven’t been able to do because of my wonky vision.

Hmm, maybe this calls for a contest.  Stay tuned…

Second, I haven’t been able to do much writing so I spent the time reading.  Have I mentioned how much I love my e-reader?  Probably not, but I do and the best thing about it is the ability to adjust the font size.  Love it, love it, love it!  And I love that I’ve been able to read–no back light on the e-reader which I think is key to not causing a headache–something I haven’t really had the time to do in a while.  The absolute worst thing about being an author is that it doesn’t leave much time for reading so if nothing else, I have to be a little grateful to the MS for giving me this time to indulge in something I really love.

Third, spring training is here at long last!  Yippee!  Won’t be long till my guys are playing at Fenway and from what I’m hearing this will be a banner year…or maybe I should say a pennant year?  I just hope all this talk about how good the Red Sox are going to be this year doesn’t jinx them right out of the running.  I want to tell everybody to just shut up already but I don’t think anybody’s going to listen to me–unless it’s someone else who’s as superstitious as I am.  I guess we’ll see what we see when we get to the season but I’m really, really, really hoping that my guys have a year full of wins and more important, no injuries!  Go Red Sox!

And that’s it for now.  Time to rest my eyes and get back to reading…or maybe I’ll push and try to get some more writing done.  This morning I was able to get a few hundred words done on the third book in my Eternal Shadows series, Sun Shadows, and a rough draft of the synopsis for Whistling Woman, the fact-based historical my sister and I have written about our great aunt’s life growing up in the mountains of NC in the late 1800’s.  I hate writing synopses but it has to be done and I’m slowly making progress so…maybe a few more minutes!

I’ve been meaning to get this post up for days now but never got around to it.  Sheesh, all these promotions are clogging my brain and since I have a hard time remembering things even when my mind is firing on all cylinders, I’m starting to wonder if I even have even one functional brain cell left.

Warning:  BSP ahead!

Are you still here?  Yeah, so okay, I’m in the Author Spotlight this week on Long and Short of It and I really hope you’ll hop on over and leave a comment on one of my guest blogs.  As an extra, added incentive, you can email the answer to the question beneath the blurb under my book covers and you’ll be entered for a free signed copy of Snow Shadows and a large Storm Shadows coffee mug.  So go on, you know you want to–or at least I hope you do!

Little side note here to the Red Sox–Stop Getting Hurt!  I love that you’re playing your hearts out and that you’ve worked your way into 2nd place in the AL East but seriously, the injuries have to stop.  Then again, maybe they don’t, maybe this is the perfect time to have all these injured players.  If you get it out of your system now, maybe that means the entire team will be healthy come September and everyone knows, the most important baseball is played in September.  Well okay, maybe not the most important, I suppose that would be in October but in order to be around in October, you have to play well in September, right?

Anyway, please stop with the injuries because it breaks my heart when I see any one of you go down and not just because that threatens our chance at a spot in the post season.  I understand that you’re playing to win, and I commend you for that, but I also want you all to be healthy.  Okay?  Okay!  Now, go out there and win one for the Gipper…no, wait a minute, wrong sport, go out there and win one for my Grand-niece Gabi who’ll be making her first appearance around September 8th.  She’s bound to be a true Red Sox fan, if her mom and I have anything to say about it, and I’d love nothing more than to be able to tell her when she’s older that her team won the World Series the year she was born in honor of her birth!

Yay for TOMS Shoes and their One Day Without Shoes!  In case you haven’t heard of this, TOMS Shoes is asking everyone to spend at least a little time today barefoot so we’ll all know what it’s like for those who don’t have shoes.  I can get behind that since I spend quite a bit of time without shoes every day, especially now that spring has finally arrived.  The thing is, I choose to go barefoot but some people don’t have the choice.  So, go ahead, kick off your shoes and walk around in your bare feet for a while–and don’t forget to imagine  what it would be like if you didn’t have the option of putting your shoes back on.  Oh, and the next time you’re shopping for shoes, think about buying a pair of TOMS Shoes, they’ll donate a pair to someone who needs them for every pair you buy!

In the Say It Ain’t So department (aka Nay!) the Red Sox lost again last night.  Phhffftttt!  But like I said in yesterday’s post, we still have a lot of games to go and I refuse to start worrying–yet!  My thoughts on the two lost games–they’re not playing like a team.  I’m hoping by the All-star break they’ll be more comfortable with each other and able to think like a team.  Of course, that’s just my opinion and I could be wrong!

And finally, someone in Hollywood is making a movie that isn’t a remake.  Universal is filming Cowboys & Aliens and it sounds like a movie I’d really like to see.  And it sure doesn’t hurt–in my eyes, at least, that Harrison Ford has just signed on as one of the stars.  Okay!

Hilarious interview on the Dames of Dialogue today…with a dog!  Yep, that’s right, I said a dog.  But Bo isn’t just any dog, he blogs and he has a book out too.  Check it out and don’t forget to leave Bo a woof comment!

In other news, we’re two games into the baseball season and after two games, the Red Sox and Yankees are tied for first place in the AL East.  Fabulous game on Sunday night but last night…not so much.  Oh well, we still have 160 games to go and who knows how it will all turn out.  My prediction?  New York will be defending their title in the World Series.

Of course, I’ve been known to be wrong at times and yes, I’m probably only saying that because I’m superstitious.  I only know one thing for sure; baseball is finally back and I’m going to enjoy it while I can!

Here’s wishing all the teams good luck!

*especially the Red Sox!

As I alternate between staring out the window at the snow and researching mastitis in the late 19th century for my WIP, my guys are playing their first spring training game down in Florida.  Sure do wish I was down there with them.  I could really use a shot of summer right now and for me, nothing says “summer” like a baseball game!

Hey, look at that, the sun just popped out.  My yard looks like it’s been dusted with diamond dust.  It sure is beautiful on the snow but still I hope the fact that the sun finally came out means the snow will be gone soon and the temps will rise out of the thirties.  This winter has lasted long enough and I’m ready for some summer!

And you know what that means–baseball!  Yay!  Go Red Sox!

Okay, back to my research…but first, the Dames have a new interview up today with author and publisher, Wendy Dingwall.  Ever wonder why it takes so long for your book to come out after you sign a contract?  Well, Wendy explains it all on the Dames of Dialogue blog.  Check it out and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Have to disagree with Yogi on that one.  For diehard fans of the Red Sox, Cardinals, Rockies, and Twins, the baseball season is over and done.  Not to belittle the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, or Angels, but I just don’t care who goes to the World Series or who wins, for that matter.  Every single team I had an interest in seeing in the series has been eliminated.

I wish good luck to all the players and their managers who are still in the running.  As for the umpires who seem to be getting it wrong at every turn, open your eyes and pay attention!  You’ve reached your quota of questionable calls for the year and a lot of people are starting to wonder if you’re supplementing your income with ill-gotten gains while doing your best to see that certain teams win.  I don’t know about that, but I would like to caution you to remember the NBA ref, what was his name?  Donaghy?  Something like that.  Anyway, you need to remember what happened to him.  Is one post-season bonus worth a lifetime of guilt and finger-pointing, not to mention never being able to work in your chosen field again?

As for my pick to win the series?  The Yankees and that’s the main reason I’m not going to be paying attention to the games and/or reading any of the sports blogs.  But it’s not because I hate the Yankees, I just don’t feel like reading the comments of all the people who are going to belittle the victory by saying the Yankees bought the championship–if they win, that is.  You just know you’re going to be hearing an awful lot about the fact that the Yankees spent almost a quarter billion dollars in the off season just to make sure they got back to the play-offs.  I can’t argue that, but I can say to all the complainers, get over it.  Every single team in the league would do the same thing if they could and whining because your team doesn’t have the money to buy a championship is getting old.

Anyway, good luck to the remaining teams and oh yeah, wait till next year!

One last time until spring training:

fenway-park--boston-red-sox

Man, I hope not, at least in baseball and in the ALCS where my team is going against the Los Angeles Angels for the third year in a row.  In the past two, we’ve emerged victorious but that doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels because this is a new year and I think the Angels will be tough to beat.  Plus, they have something to prove, namely that the Red Sox don’t own them when it comes to the post-season.

Not to mention, this is baseball and there’s just no telling what will happen!

I, of course, will be rooting for the Red Sox.  I’ll also probably be singing Tessie at the top of my lungs (God help my poor husband!), wearing my 2004 World Series champions t-shirt (which I wore during 2007 when we won the Series again), crossing my fingers and toes (and my eyes if I have to!), and indulging in any other good-luck-bringing behavior I can think of.

Sadly though, I don’t think any of it will help because I have this sneaking suspicion that the Red Sox aren’t destined to play in the World Series this year.  I think it’ll be between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees.

Care to hazard a guess who I’ll be pulling for if that happens?

Until then, go Red Sox!

Whistling Woman by CC Tillery

Winds of Fate

Storm Shadows

Snow Shadows

PMS Anthology

Romance of My Dreams