Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Life after Monday

Whew! Yesterday was a tough one. I'm sure it was obvious by my post. A lot of little things went wrong, but it was all amplified by the fact that I am very frustrated with my current computer situation. When the new laptop arrives I will be so happy. It will be liberating to be able to take my writing out of the house again. My old one (the dinosaur) had to be kept within 4 feet of a plug at all times. Even after trying new batteries, it just refused to hold a charge. So to say I'm excited about the new laptop is an understatement. I'm running to the door every time I hear a large truck approaching.

The Ides of March was not just tough for me. It seemed that everyone I talked to was having an off day. My kids came home from school with stomach turning news about a rat being found in a fryer that was used to cook lunch. You can imagine the thoughts that come to mind. It's not just gross, but extremely unhealthy. Thankfully, my daughter's version of the incident was more dramatic than the actual story. The school principle said there was a mouse found in one of the heating dishes. It was under the pan that held the food. Gross, YES! But, not likely to get anyone sick.

My daughter will not be eating hot lunch for a while. She did return to school today looking only slightly green. My son, on the other hand was fine with it all. He just assumes there's mouse in every school meal now. This is certainly proof that the male brain works so differently than the female's. My daughter and I are dry heaving and he's upset he wasn't allowed to see the remains. His day was not all fun though, he came home with a nasty knot on his head from bending over too fast and too close to his desk.

These are just some of the things to go wrong. But, enough about yesterday. Kids are resilient and mishaps will happen. Onward with today. The sun is out, which is great to finally see, and it's another day closer to one when the Fed Ex truck actually stops and places my laptop into my hands.

While I wait for that day I'll share what's going on in other areas of my writing. My new blog schedule will begin within the next few weeks. I'm very excited about the new series and hope you can make it back to check them out.

I've been working on some ideas for children's books and have recently started querying agents (holding breath). I will continue writing adult fiction, but have always wanted to write for children. I've worked with kids as a preschool teacher, volunteering, and more recently as a substitute for years. I am sending out some writing to children's magazines, in a effort to build my portfolio in this area.

Another big project I'm working on has to do with the WIP I started during last November's NaNoWriMo. I will be blogging about this more tomorrow.

April is going to be a busy month for me, but I'm starting to think I perform better under complete chaos :)

Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by.

Kristin : )


  1. Wow! I thought my day was rough yesterday, but no rodents in my food. Though practically speaking, a rat in the deep fat fryer would have been...um...fried, so anything it might be harboring would probably be killed...(doesn't help, does it). LOL

    I shouldn't admit this, but I'm more productive and efficient in busy times, so I hear you there. Here's to a better day today (and a new laptop delivered soon)! :-)

  2. Being able to do more under pressure is a great thing, as long as we leave some down time between the chaos. I have to remind myself of that often :)

    Thanks for your comments Jamie & BTW No, deep fried Salmonella doesn't make me feel better ;) Oh & I'm dry heaving again. EWWW!

  3. I LOVE that you are venturing into children's literature! One of my dreams has been to illustrate children's books. Are you doing that yourself? You are really turning up the heat on your blog, Kristin, and I'm loving it!

  4. What is it about Mondays? I sympathize mine as was sucky too, although not quite as bad as yours.

    Take care!

  5. Thanks Dani. I'm happy with the changes I'm making. It helps to have great supporters ;) Thank you for that too. I have just submitted some kid's poems to a few magazines. Hopefully soon I can share.

    Hi Mary. Thanks for stopping in & commenting. Sometimes it feels good to vent. But I try to keep in mind that there is always someone who's worse off. I am thankful for all of the good things as much as possible. Some days get ya :)

  6. I will have to rethink my often used comment that "anything deep fried has to be good!"

  7. Yes Mike, there are things that frying can't help. I'm sorry that you had to face that here. :)Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Sheila. That's for your continued support. That fried food joke was good.