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Ahh - college...

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Dara Marie, my darling college roomie from the U Dub insisted I watch this video and at nine minutes - this reminds me more of Madtown than I care to admit...Anyone else nostalgic for college once in a while (or every Friday night?) ;)


Only Me...no seriously!

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So I had this wonderful facial today in Brookfield. A hydrofacial by Taylor at L'Image. I left with my twenty-year old glowing face and a new serum that Taylor thought I might like. She asked me to "like" the salon on Facebook so that I might get some good deals in the future which of course, I did.

When I checked out their facebook page, I found a YouTube snippet on my new serum. Watch it if you want to wonder why things like this only happen to me - yeah, that's right, my new serum was developed from foreskin. I'll say it again, in case you missed it...foreskin.

Only me - time to wash my face and bring my skin to life with my new serum - good night all and tell me - anything you've ever bought, THEN found out what's in it?!?!?

My Favorite Sonnet

I've been reading a ton (instead of writing). Finished Open by Andre Agassi and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - loved both of them. But I always go back to my first great love, the words that I can't live without - William Shakespeare.

Here's my favorite sonnet:

Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,
The dear repose for limbs with travel tired;
But then begins a journey in my head
To work my mind, when body's work's expired:
For then my thoughts--from far where I abide--
Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee,
And keep my drooping eyelids open wide,
Looking on darkness which the blind do see:
Save that my soul's imaginary sight
Presents thy shadow to my sightless view,
Which, like a jewel hung in ghastly night,
Makes black night beauteous, and her old face new.
Lo! thus, by day my limbs, by night my mind,
For thee, and for myself, no quiet find.

What author has inspired you the most? Allowed your heart to open and fall in love with words?

Saying good-bye

I'm losing a best friend today. One that I haven't had in my life nearly long enough. My heart is breaking but God put him in my life for a reason and I know in my heart, someday we'll be together again.

My dog, Stogey is very sick...dying. He got his death sentence about two months ago at the vet, interstitial pleuritis, but then he rallied and gave me the best two months with him in my life. I cherish every day, every moment we've had together and I don't want things to change.

I hate change. Inevitable change.

I know people get way too attached to pets, knowing at the get-go that you'll have to let them go before you are ready, but we open our hearts, tears down our walls, and let them in anyway.

My tears may be less tomorrow but my heart will be just as heavy.

I mourn the loss of one of my best friends but thank God for giving him to me at all. I didn't deserve him. He blew my mind with his capacity to love.

Rest in peace Stogey...

Every Day Fiction book released!

Sweet!! My second short story has officially been published and is available from Amazon (and B&N) - they even offer it in hardcover. I'm super excited to see this particular story in print. It is a flash fiction piece about a hospice worker who longs to have one more chance to see her deceased husband. The story made this anthology because it was one of the top 100 stories as selected by Every Day Fiction last year.

Z is for Zen

Wow - I finished the blog challenge - yeah me, during an especially interesting month at that. Here's one last video...some things are good enough to wrap up and put a bow on top. ;)

Y ask Why?

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I'm really wishing I was at the beach right now. I miss the beach every day. Why?

Because here in reality, I sometimes over analyze my life and other people's lives. As a writer, I can't help but constantly try to figure out what makes people tick.

But once in a while, I need to quit asking why and just allow life to continue down its winding road. I need to take a step back, not question or intervene, and just let life play out.

What about you? Do you love trying to figure out what makes people tick? Then are you a back seat observer or do you throw yourself into the fray?

X is for X-ray Vision

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I recently had a long discussion with my 8 and 6 year old at Perkins. We each had to choose 3 superpowers and then decide how we would use them for good/evil.

Mine:
1. Be able to fly (Dane Cook does a nice job explaining how EVERYONE wants that one) - thanks to A for reminding me of that bit.
2. Invisibility
3. Super strength (and the body to match)

My six year old daughter:
1. To have a magic unicorn that flies and can take her over the end of the rainbow so she can get gold to give it to the poor (awww)
2. The ability to be like a chameleon and hide in her surroundings so no one can see her.
3. She wants Wonder Woman's rope of truth (good one!)

My eight year old son:
1. To be a shapeshifter and be able to turn into any animal at will.
2. The ability to move through inanimate objects (walk through walls)
3. To have sticky hands so he can climb anything.

My mom wants super speed and the ability to heal and another friend wanted to be able to tele-transport themselves.

What super power would yo…

W is for WIP

Just wondering how everyone is doing on their current WIP - I'd love to hear...

1. Are you writing feverishly every moment you get?
2. Are you spreading yourself too thin and not finding any time to work on it?
3. Are you in the horror that is the revising phase?
4. Is it spit polished and are you submitting it?
5. Is it "sitting under the bed" because you are afraid of success?

Let me know!

Happy Wednesday A to Z bloggers!

V is for Viagra

Ahh, Viagra. The ongoing pharmacy joke. I'm pretty sure none of you need "information" about it, so I'll give you my favorite Viagra story from the pharmacy.

I was still a pharmacy student and working hard to do the best consult with each patient that I could. I would diligently go over how to take their meds, what it was for, and what to expect.

A man came through drive thru for his Viagra. I came over with my pearly white lab coat and "pharmacy student" name tag and without any embarrassment, went through his whole Viagra consult.

The man listened and waited until I was done. Then he said he had taken the med before and was very concerned about one side effect and asked if I knew anything about it. He'd being experiencing a stiff neck.

I muted the microphone and went to my textbooks and references to look up the incidence of getting a stiff neck while taking Viagra. After several minutes, and on finding nothing, I looked around the pharmacy. Everyone w…

This is for you U my followers :)

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Welcome!!!


Today we are interviewing the model Jason Baca who has posed for the covers of many romance novels and is offering quite a deal for budding authors today!

1. Jason, if you weren't a model, what is your dream career?

Well actually, this is and was my dream to begin with. So if I wasn't this kind of model, then I'd be that kind of model. I remember watching a Calvin Klein jeans commercial on tv late one night and seeing the guy act a certain confident way and I would say that it was from that very moment that it was in my heart,in my eye and in my mind that I wanted nothing more, then to be that model.



2. Since being a model, do you find it easier or harder to get along with people, because in the back of your mind, you're wondering what they are really after?

There is a little of both. Some are standoffish toward me when they realize what I do but I spend maybe 5 or 10 minutes with them, talking to them and after that, they've completely changed …

T is for Timberlake

Best line, "I'm gonna be the syrup,she can be the waffle." Susan Sarandon is so gorgeous!

S is for Slacker

So I totally missed blogging yesterday - I'm a total slacker! Did you ever have a week where you thought about everything EXCEPT writing - that was my week!

Nose back to the grindstone next week - I promise!

R is for Ridiculous

Here are a few more ridiculous questions from the pharmacy...

1. "Hi can drink on my medication? I'm only going to have a beer - that's not really alcohol."

2. "Why did the doctor tell me to buy athlete's foot/jock itch cream for my kids diaper rash?"

3. "No sir, your copay does not go directly in my pocket."

4. "No miss, your blood pressure medication aren't 'prn' (as needed) - how do you know exactly that your blood pressure 'feels good'?"

5. And drum roll please...We prefer we do not have you show us your rash so we can diagnose it. Please go see the dermatologist!

Happy Thursday A to Z bloggers!

Q is for Quandary

Do you have a person in your life who just likes to gripe? Complains about stuff but never ACTS to do something to change their situation?

These people always seem to want someone to listen to them drone on and on about their problems, but when you give them advice, it goes in one ear and out the other.

What kind of character are you writing about? One that acts to change their situation or one that complains and does nothing?

I bring up this point because I, myself am in a quandary right now. I could get lots of people's advice and do nothing or decide to act. Looks like when push comes to shove, I act...

Happy Thursday fellow bloggers!

P is for Pain

Sometimes you wonder why we blog...here's why:

http://tinyurl.com/3nzplm2

Sure I had other things planned to say today, but that can wait - send Jessica your love and prayers - she needs us.

Thanks to Sharlene T for sharing this on her own site...

O is for Oh My Gosh It's #themightydarinkennedy

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Today we welcome Dr. Darin Kennedy on Quill or Pill. Darin is shopping his novel "Pawn's Gambit" and enjoying the success of having several short stories published. (Darin and I both have a horror short story in the Blood Bound Books anthology, "Seasons in the Abyss." )

1. Give us a short bio on where you are in your writing career.


The short answer is "in the editing phase." I have finished Pawn's Gambit (around 102,000 words), and am about halfway through the sequel. Also, I have started a couple other long projects and have two or three new short stories in the final edit phase so I can keep working on the short fiction side of my brain. As you no doubt understand, splitting time between my left brain (medicine) and my right brain (writing) can prove a bit challenging, and the day job unfortunately has to win (patients always come first). That being said, I have worked like a mad man sharpening Pawn's Gambit and I feel it's ready …

N is for Narnia

One of the best lines: "Don't want security to get suspicious
Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals crazy delicious"

Happy Saturday everyone!

M is for Mayhem

This has been a crazy week. I'm still working a ton and becoming slightly obsessed with Skype. My husband says I'm easily distracted by anything shiny - and Skype is shiny right now!

The week in writing went okay - I wish I had more time! I'm working on two partial requests for an agent (yippie) that I hope to have done next week. Tomorrow is the monthly WisRWA meeting in Milwaukee which I always enjoy (see you there Rachel).

I'd also love it if you guys could lend some support to my friend Love Tucker, whose first flash fiction piece is up on my website Romance Flash today. If you leave a constructive comment on the story, you'll be entered in a chance to win a $5 gift certificate from Amazon (that's like 5 99cent ebooks!)

Thanks all and I'll have a funny video for tomorrow - promise :)

L is for Lipitor

Sorry to be posting so late in the day, but I'm excited to announce my two upcoming Monday interviews! On April 18th, I'll have Darin Kennedy, a sci-writer with multiple short stories published on my blog. You can find him on Twitter by my hashtag #themightydarinkennedy

Then on April 25th, I got my prized interview with model Jason Baca - hold on ladies - you'll like the photos!

So today I'll relate a few pharmacy tips on Liptor, which is a statin medication used to control high cholesterol.

1. Take Lipitor at bedtime because your body makes cholesterol while you sleep.
2. Report any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness to your doctor. It can be a sign of a serious medical condition called rhabodomyolysis.
3. Keep your appointments for your lab work - the doctor is not only testing your cholesterol levels, but also checking your liver function tests. If there are any abnormalities, you might need to be removed from Lipitor or your statin.

Have a great Thursday!!!

**Disclaime…

K for is Kitty

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A lot of my friends call me Kitty--I had a lovely Grandma Kitty, she was an intelligent woman who connected with my grandfather late in life.

What kinds of ways do you/your characters connect with other?
Physically...
Intellectually...
Psychologically...
or
Emotionally?

How do you connect with your spouse? Friends? Parents? Kids?

Happy Wednesday A to Z Bloggers!




Copyright 2011 Jason Baca - Used with Permission
More of Jason's photos...

PS - Here's someone we all might want to connect with...Mr. Jason Baca - I'm working on getting an interview with him - I'll keep you posted :)

J is for Junkie

Well, everyone seemed to enjoy last Tuesday's post about pharmacy, so here's one more...

What we really want to say to "Junkies":

1. Really? Really? You're allergic to codeine and hydrocodone and the ONLY drug that works is brand name Oxycontin??
2. Is is necessary to stare at me continuously from the other side of the counter from the moment you drop off your Rx to the moment I put the good in your hands? Go shop around - I promise I'll page you when it's done.
3. You only need 3 tablets of Suboxone and you'll pay cash? Why, 'cause Friday it's game-on again?
4. No I don't believe you "dropped your pills in the toilet" "are leaving the country" or "we shorted you" - and NO I won't fill your pills early if you pay cash.
5. Really? You have no insurance, an out of town doctor and home address and have a stack of hundreds in your pocket, Mr. "I really have Medical Assistance and picked this up for a zero copay…

I for ME!

Here's an interview that was done on ME - haha from www.duotrope.com about the website I own called Romance Flash...

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Romantic Flash Fiction


Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: Every Day Fiction, Short Story Me, and Blood Bound Books are some of our favorites.


Q: If you publish fiction, who are your favorite fiction writers? If you publish poetry, who are your favorite poets?

A: We enjoy JR Ward, Audrey Niffenegger, and JK Rowling.


Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: We cater to the aspiring and established author alike. The website was started to help authors gain exposure and feedback. Flash fiction is fun to write and quick to read. A talented writer can draw someone into their characters quickly and tell an entire story in 1000 words or less. We stand apart in that we cater to ONLY flash fiction and ONLY romance.


Q: What is the best advice you …

H is for Hilarious! Saturday Night Live - Digital Short: Ronnie and Clyde - Video - NBC.com

Happy Saturday! I'm kickin' it in Toronto with my college buds, but here's one for you!




I love when she says, "Please use your words!"

G is for Goals

Yikes, I'm typing this from my phone as I sit in the airport so it will be short. My goal is to be a published author. Today i attended the writer' conference in madison and pitched to an agent. I helped a struggling lad practice his pitch and I'll tell you the top 5 things NOT to do during an agent pitch:

1. Say "Your eyes glazed over and now i can't remember what I was going to say next."
2. Say "I have lot of ideas but nothing is really done".
3. Stop talking altogether and give me a blank stare.
4. Do not delve into subplots about quantum physics, protons, electrons, and gamma rays.
5. Say "I used to be an actor in LA so i know how to pitch but now I install Dish Network."

I wonder how the guy's pitch went...

F is for fluoxetine

Yeah baby - the mighty Prozac (generic name fluoxetine).

We'll look at this like we are writing a character: If your character is depressed, they might have a change in appetite, sleep habits, decreased sex drive, increased fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, slow thinking, or suicidal thoughts.

Here's the pharmacy low-down on Prozac...introduced in 1986 as the first SSRI (serotonic-selective reuptake inhibitor), Prozac, according to its website, has been a "catalyst in bringing attention to mental illness."

Fluoxetine is prescribed for everything from depression, to panic disorder, to bulemia, to OCD.

What you might not know:
1. It can take up to two months for the full effect of the medication to be reached.
2. It is not in an addictive category of medicine, but you should be weaned off this medication by your doctor.
3. It's used in children for depression and OCD down to age seven.
4. It's most common side effects are naus…

E is for Experience

Lately, I've been thinking about how much I love to experience life. I'm not one of those people content with waking up, going to work, coming home, laundry, clean the house, news, bed. Are you?

I need to feel like I'm alive. I've been hang gliding, zip lining, jumped out of a plane, visited seedy salsa clubs to dance (mainly with old Hispanic men who like blond hair), gone parasailing, target practice...I could go on.

I don't want life to pass me by. I want to experience it and hence I'm usually looking for that next rush.

What's your rush to experience life? What do you do to know you're alive?

D is for Drugs

Do you want to know a few things pharmacists are surprised the general public doesn't know?

1. Unisom is really just Tylenol and Benadryl - buy them separately - it's cheaper!
2. Yes "new mother", you can give your child ibuprofen or acetaminophen with the antibiotic I dispensed two hours ago.
3. There is a pill (my pharmacy sells Floragen)wherein one capsule contains the good bacteria from 10 cups of yogurt. It works magic.
4. No there are no oral antibiotics available over the counter for your sinus or ear infection - you must go to an actual doctor!
5. No, you cannot spread your vaginal jelly on toast.
6. Yes, that is a drug tablet in your poop and No, your body didn't forget about it. The drug was released by a tiny hole in the capsule.
7. Yes, it really takes fifteen minutes to get your prescription ready even though we only have to "slap a label on it." We are not McDonalds, we are making sure you don't die or overdose or get the wrong drug. We like …

C is for Computers

Good morning A to Z bloggers and everyone else! Today we are lucky enough to interview a website designer who is both affordable and well-skilled. Betty Pries of Lakeview Business Consultants (www.lakeviewconsultant.com) has joined us to discuss ways to make your own website shine. I have personally used Betty to design Romance Flash (www.romanceflash.com) and am almost loathe to give away my secret weapon to success!

1. First off, tell us how you came to start designing websites.

I designed my first web site back in 1999 for a local church. They wanted a simple web presence so I picked up Microsoft FrontPage, bought one of those big “How To Use FrontPage” books and started at it. I gave them what they asked for, “a simple web presence.” But for me, it was the beginning of hobby which has now turned into a small business. It’s fun for me, because the learning never stops. Web site development tools keep advancing to new levels almost on a daily basis.

2. What are some questions…

B is for Buble :)

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Fun Video Saturday - I'm an SNL addict - here you go!



Best line is "His eyes went black and he slapped my face."

See everyone Monday! I have a great interview with a web designer all ready to go...

A is for AIM

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Helloooooooooo A to Z bloggers!! See what I was up to this morning? Heck yeah, - now that's the way to spend a rainy Friday morning. I shot a 357 and a 44 magnum as well as a .32 and .22 semiauto. I was stoked to finally shoot a gun my great-uncle pulled off the enemy in WWII - see above - isn't it sweet?



So, on Friday's I'll usually post about all the wonderful writing I got done this week, but honestly, this week sucked. My friend and coworker had their two year old son diagnosed with stage 3 hepatoblastoma. This is my first day off.

I'm praying like mad for this little guy and hope to get more writing done next week. Love to all!

Kitty

Free Query Critique

Hello all!

As I continue to gear up for the A to Z Challenge, I'd like to give you an amazing opportunity to have you query letter placed on my blog and critiqued by the infamous "Kimmy" of Query Tracker fame. If you are on query tracker and/or have ever visited their forum, you know she is a pro. She writes YA, but can do amazing wonders with any query.

I got my first requests for partials and fulls after Kimmy's help. So if you'd like your query spit polished by someone amazing, email me at jantzidk@msn.com and I'll get it to Kimmy. If I get enough takers, we will do query critique on every Tuesday for the month of April.

C'mon - what do you have to lose?

Gearing Up for April!

Wow - I'm really getting excited to gear up for this blog challenge in April - blogging every day except Sundays. Here's my tentative schedule:

Mondays: interviews
Tuesdays: pharmacy news and tidbits
Wednesday: my thoughts for the week - you'll get to know my personality, quirks and all
Thursday: Drug of the week - I'll pick a drug and go over how it works/side effects/drug interactions
Friday: I'll update you on my week in writing
Saturdays: funny video (likely a lot of SNL, haha)

Whew - I can do it!!

Interview with Joe Fraser:WisRWA Fab 5 Coordinator

1. Today I'm interviewing Joe Fraser. Joe is the coordinator of the annual Fab 5 contest for the Wisconsin Romance Writer's of America. Tell us a little more about the contest.

The FabFive contest provides detailed critiques to emerging writers and an opportunity for the best of them to have their work reviewed by industry professionals. Our contest is open to unpublished Romance writers. We evaluate the opening 2,500 words of each contestant’s novel in process. A contestant can enter more than one project and choose among seven categories: Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Series Contemporary (long and short), Single Title, Women’s Fiction, and Young Adult.

Each entry is scored in the opening round by three trained judges. The top five entries then go to an industry professional (either a literary agent or an acquisition editor of a major publishing house) to determine the winner and final rankings. These professionals often request either partial or full manuscrip…

Brian Regan makes me laugh :)

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OMG - this guy kills me. I have an eye appointment coming up and had to watch this again - for anyone with bad vision - enjoy!!

If you read "Hunger Games" - you'll love this!

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Blood Bound Books releases Season in the Abyss!

Cool - my horror short story, featured in the Fall section of Seasons of the Abyss (published by Blood Bound Books) has been released! Paradise Road is a flash fiction piece about the haunted section of road outside of Jefferson, Wisconsin...

Marriage of Broadway and Saturday Night Live

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I just saw "Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?" at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. Carrie Coon (Honey) is an APT alum and the reason I saw the show--she was amazing, it's going to be her breakout role. Madison Dirks was Nick, Amy Morton was Martha and Tracy Letts was the scene stealer as George. Turns out Tracy got a Tony and Pulitzer for his play, Superior Donuts. Here's a You Tube clip promo that is a bit of Andy Samberg and J.T., don't ya think??

Welcome to my world people, welcome to my world!

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Anthology Cover Art

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I'm so excited to share the awesome new cover art from Gary McCluskey for the anthology book that I will have a short story featured in. Isn't it cool?

Who do you do for YOU??

Uh, I'm not exactly the best person to ask, but make of list of five things you do JUST for yourself...

For me:
1. Nails
2. Massage (got first one today in two years and it rocked - what have I been waiting for?)
3. Read on my beloved Kindle
4. Buy wine (never know when you'll want a glass while sitting by the fire)
5. Brazilian Blowout (I'm sold, my hair is stick straight and I LOVE it!)

How about you?

Here's a funny massage video - enjoy!