Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Long Time No Blog

Yes. I know. I said I was going to update more often, but hey, I'm entitled to a life. So what's new?

The wedding planning is still steaming along, but it's on the back burner for the time being. Dave and I have a million other pressing issues to hack away at for the next few weeks. We're thinking about building a new home in a quiet country subdivision a few minutes from College Station. As a joke, we applied for pre-qualification to build, certain that we would be turned down, but lo and behold, we were approved! Can you believe it? All of that worry and anxiety for nothing, lol. According to the bank, we can handle a mortgage of $1300/month, but there is no way in hell we're going to max out like that. We don't want to be house poor so we'll probably go with something in the $900 range or 125-135K total mortage. We have a meeting with the builder tomorrow at 2pm to sort out our floor plan and financing options. We want to have the info before we go home for the holidays so we can ask our families for advice.

I had a request from a lit agent for an exclusive of my revised manuscript, and of course, I granted it. She has been enthusiastic about my manuscript from the beginning and has tons of experience in the business. I should hear back from her after the holidays and--fingers crossed--she'll enjoy the rewrite and offer representation. I would LOVE to sell something in the next year.

I'm still working on a commercialish chic lit novel (the first in a series of five) while juggling a fantasy novel with a kickass chick protagonist and a pair of erotic romances. I've got a historical romance outlined, too, and hope to start on that one some time in April/May. I know it sounds confusing, but I have a hard time sticking to one thing at a time, especially when I'm writing six (sometimes seven) days a week. The fantasy novel and erotica novellas are ways for me to clear my mind and amuse myself.


So tomorrow or today (Wednesday) is Dave's birthday! Woohoo! He has the day off, but has a fasting blood sugar test in the morning. When he gets back from the hospital we're having brunch. I'm making a Cream Cheese Apricot Coffee Cake (18g Carbs/slice) and a Sausage, Spinach, and Gruyere quiche b/c I am so badass like that. I am unleashing my Martha Stewart this week and baking up a storm for the holidays. I've settled on three recipes that I've been working on for the past few weeks: poinsettia cookies, low carb triple cholocate cookies (13g carbs/cookie) and a hidden mint cookie. And no, I don't use any of that yukky Splenda crap either! There are so many easy ways to cut down on the carbs w/o resorting to that horrid sugar substitute, and I'm not about to make something for Dave to eat that I wouldn't gladly munch on myself.

All right. I really should finish up my shopping list and straighten up the house. Tomorrow's a big day!!!!