Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dear Charlie:

Okay, so I know I'm easily suckered into taking on too much. I do it at work all the time. It's my curse -- my fatal flaw.

So, when the secretary at my building was elected Queen of Fools -- the hospital we're affiliated with elects a bunch of people to run fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network, and whoever raises the most money is named King or Queen -- I sympathized and tried to help. Came up with some ideas, helped make some signs, grubbed for everyone's pennies, etc.

And then...Wednesday...came The Idea. It wasn't my Idea. It was someone else's Idea. I just got sucked into it.

I don't know how it happens. One minute, I'm thinking, "Oh, my God, what a pain in the ashcan!" The next, I'm signing up.

This time, it's a cake auction. Of course, I love to bake. And lots of people seem to like what I bake, because everyone kinda looked at me when the cake auction was announced. I shrugged and said, "Sure. I'll put something in."

Something turned into a carrot cake, a chocolate cake, and an apple cobbler. Keep in mind that there are only 10 cakes/pies total in this little auction.

And the auction is TOMORROW.

So, the Geeb has been baking up a storm all night long, and now it's time to cool out the kitchen enough to make frosting. The cake layers are cool. The cobbler's just about to come out of the oven. So, as soon as I hit the publish button, I'll be turning off the oven and opening the kitchen and dining room windows to get all that hot air out.

Then, it's time to get creative. I swear that's my favorite part of making cakes -- the decorating. Heh. I can't wait!

[MIDNIGHT EDIT: Decoration complete. I think they look pretty good. House is nice and cool. Geeb is frickin tired and her neck hurts really bad. *grin* In other words, a total success. Two cakes and a cobbler in less than six hours? Oh, yeah.]

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Dear Charlie:

You know how sometimes you haven't watched something in so long that whatever you loved about it strikes you anew? So, I'm watching some DragonBall Z -- the Cell saga, for those in the know -- and writing up a storm, when all of a sudden I catch myself paying attention, just in time to catch a line that slew me the first time and didn't disappoint me now.

Android 16: *dukes Cell in the head so he drops Android 17*
Android 17: Sixteen, it's you! did you get him off of me?
Android 16: I used one of my hard punches.


Don't worry. I know it isn't as funny to anyone else as it is to me, but I just about cried laughing so hard. Heheh. I mean, what other kind of punch is there in a fight like that?

Anyway, just felt the need to share with the masses. It's been a while since I blogged regularly, and I'm trying to get into the habit. Anything that catches my fancy, you know?

Until then, I leave you with another tidbit from "The Innards of Buu" that tickles me to no end each time I hear it.

Vegeta: I will not suffer the same fate as creme filling!!

Ha! God, I love this show!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Dear Charlie:

So, I went to my beloved sister's today. I love going there. I love my sister. She's so admirable in so many ways. Plus, she's loads of fun, and we always have good Story conversations. Always puts me in the mood to write, though you can tell from my lack of blogging lately that I was already building up to a writing jag.

Anyway, despite the many reasons to go visit, I admit to having a very special reason for going. My beloved sister's first published novel is coming out this weekend. So, we celebrated.

Let me repeat that. You know, for emphasis. MY PUBLISHED.

That may not seem like much to some, but to anyone who's even tested the publishing water, that ain't no cabbage. I am so proud of her that I could just spit. She's amazing. Incredible.

As is the story.

If you're interested -- and I can't imagine how you couldn't be, heh -- she's published through Drollerie Press. The novella prequel, Survive My Fire, is here. My sister's author bio page, where you'll find a link for the novel, The Rose of Shanhasson, which should be out tomorrow (Sunday), is here.

I cannot say enough about this book. I read the very first version, and I loved it as much then as I do now, though it's gone through several iterations and has only gotten better each time. The characters are etched as fully in my mind as if I'd met them. Their stories are as real as any of my own memories.

*happy sigh*

Good times, folks. Good times. I am beyond thrilled to know that this story is finally going to be available to the masses. You guys have been deprived for far too long. Finally, the universe is being remedied of this aggregious breach.


Well, tomorrow. Heh.