Tuesday, January 19, 2010

13 Years and counting...

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. Kinda. Actually, he's in California right now, so our celebration was limited to what we could do on the phone. (No, nothing dirty.) We'll be extra celebratory when he comes back, because he comes back the day after his birthday.

This is an older picture, of course, but it's one of my favorites. And I realized, too, one of the few pictures I have of the two of us together. Something I need to rectify.

We were dating about two and a half years when he asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him a ring. After he turned about 10 shades of green, and didn't talk to me the entire car ride home from work, he finally agreed. The sweetheart sold his dirtbike to get my engagement ring. He makes fun of what he did, but to me it was precious.

We eloped to Tennessee to get married, which was one of the best things we ever did. No family hassle, trying to juggle exes, in-laws and out-laws. It worked out perfectly.

Alot of people didn't expect us to survive. But I've come to realize that that was their dissatisfaction with their own lives coming through.

I love my husband dearly, and he loves me. We balance each other out to perfection. He is the whimsy to my practicality, and I appreciate him more than I can ever tell him.

I love you honey.

My joy is tempered by sorrow though. My step-mother just lost a very dear friend to lung cancer, and Magdalena is dealing with her own heartbreaking trial. My heart goes out to them.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Changes, changes...

Yesterday was our Kentucky Romance Writer's meeting. Kinda... Actually it was more of a workshop, with Maddie James leading. It was all about Social Media Marketing, and it was very informative! One of the things she taught us to do is change up our blog. This one is still a work in progress. The picture frame is cute, but I don't know if I like the the way it interacts with the rest of the blog.

I will try to keep this up more often. I can at least do a blog on the weekends. Let me know what you think about the new look.

Oh, thank you Patty for suggesting http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Amazing...Kindle...

I love my sister-in-law. She totally set me up. She GAVE me her 'old' Kindle, because her husband bought her a new one.
I love hand-me-downs.
This thing is awesome. I love it, love it, love it.
And today I love it even more. You know how they tell you to read your manuscripts out loud before you submit, because your ear will hear things your brain doesn't see?
How cool would it be for the Kindle to read your current work-in-progress to you on the way to work, or the grocery store, or whatever. Well, it does! You have to have an Amazon e-mail address, which is free to get. You send your wip to your e-mail, download it, and Kindle will transfer it to voice.
Even better, if you have a critique group, have them send you what they want you to critique, and it will do the same thing! Read it out loud to you when it's convenient to you.
Isn't that cool?
Or is this one of those things that everybody already knows about and I'm making a fool of myself very publicly?
In case I'm not, go to Amazon and Kindle support. Scroll down on the page and find the section about downloading wirelessly. Click on 'more information' and read 'transferring personal documents'.