baking & a christmas ornament quiz

Between yesterday and today, I’m doing my Christmas baking. Because (oh, another thing I do to drive my editor crazy – starting sentences with because! Hopefully she is too busy deleting the becauses from my manuscript to read my blog)…anyway, where was I, oh, right – Christmas baking because even though I don’t cook, I do like to bake. Except that I haven’t done any Christmas baking for the past few years. So I promised the husband I’d do it this year.

So I’ve got to make pumpkin and apple pies, butter cookies with the cookie press this year I’m also making PBW’s No Brainer Fudge…I tried the recipe last week and it’s so easy and SO good. (note to self: you also use so too much in your manuscripts. Blogging may be ruining your life.)

This is, of course, completely true. No matter what Larissa says:


You Are an Angel


A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.


Steph T.

Happy Halloween!!!

And Happy Anniversary to Larissa and Bryan!

Enjoy the quiz and remember to eat lots of candy today.:LOL:


Halloween Horoscope for Aries

You’re a total candy hound who will do anything for a sugar fix.
And to get the most candy, you’ll wear the wildest costume possible.

Costume suggestions: A superhero or famous rock star

Signature Halloween candy: Mini Snickers bars

Steph T.

no really, I’m working over here…

I didn’t get nearly as much done this past week as I would’ve liked. Between the husband being away, the kid not sleeping well and my migraine, writing was sporadic. I did spend a lot of time thinking – which I know looks a lot like I’m just staring into space or at the TV, but honestly, the brain was going a million miles an hour.

The problem is that I have several things that are in the revision and /or copy edit stage, which is cool because revising under an editor’s direction is something I’m really enjoying. But I also feel that whole, I need to start something new, jones rear its head. And I’ve got so many different things I’d like to start to work on that I can’t decide which direction to move in.

I know that when this happens (because trust me, it happens several times a year until I’m happily working on 4 things at once), it’s my mind’s way of telling me that it’s just not ready yet. Still, it’s my natural instinct to fight to get something down on paper because I really like to write and I get frustrated with myself when things aren’t happening. Impatient much? But this process has gotten me through the writing of many books and proposals, and I need to stop fighting it.

What I do make myself do during times like this though, is get ahead on other things – like putting together website updates that I need Bekke’s help with, finishing my bio for the HQ site, ordering business cards and generally trying to get the business side of this writing gig organized.

Anyway, take the quiz – it certainly fits in with the whole brain theme of this post:


You Are 35% Left Brained, 65% Right Brained


The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Steph T.

Oh, don’t forget to check WriteMinded over the weekend – this week’s winners will be posted sometime on Saturday!

bottle caps and pigeons

What should’ve happened yesterday:
Husband: Want to order a movie?
Me: No! Absolutely not! I have work to do.
Husband: I’m so proud of you and your strict work ethic. Go to it!

What really happened yesterday:
Husband: Want to order a movie?
Me: Sure. And let’s make popcorn too.

But after the movie I did go and work. Normally I can get chapters 1 – 3 down pretty much in order, but that’s not happening this time. For one of the books, anyway. Maybe it will go better today. So I’m headed back to work (no, really.)

But before you go, take the quiz. And really, I do feel for Bert when he tells Ernie to just leave him alone all the time.


You Are Bert


Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable – even if you don’t love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical – you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

Steph T.