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Friday, April 29, 2011

Characters Wanted

I'm developing a game for your amusement (and my own), but it'll work better, I think, with a larger variety of characters than I feel like cooking up by myself.

Soooo...if you're interested in participating, answer the following questions from your character's perspective.  If you're feeling creative, you can enter as many as you like.

Gender: (hey! I may not know based on the name)
Marital Status:
Weight (optional)
Eye color:
Hair color/style:
Education level:

If you care to elaborate further, like what he/she drives, favorite drink, pets, or pet peeves, go right ahead but the above should give me what I need for the game.

And if you'd like to be notified if/when your character is chosen, make sure you leave your email if it's not linked to your profile. Otherwise I will post a note on the blog a few days before the game begins.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Just Like Harry Potter

I have something in common with Harry Potter, and it's not an iconic scar on my forehead.  Care to guess what it is?

I'm hanging out in the closet under the stairs!  I've converted the space to a miniaturized office and I love love LOVE it. I had taken pictures of it "before", but one of my children deleted them from the camera before I had a chance to download them.


My family room is now a disaster because all the crap that was in the closet is now in piles in the family room until we find a free weekend for a garage sale.

But that's okay because my office has a DOOR and I can SHUT it and pretend there isn't any mess out there.

Here's a before shot.  White walls, and pretty barren. Space measures 3 feet by about 10 feet.

Here it's been painted (leftover from other rooms) but you can see some junk left in the cubby.  This part of the closet actually continues around the corner to the right.

Here I've put down a bit of carpet to keep my tootsies warm, and added a curtain to keep me from staring that the crap:

Here's the view when you walk in the door. I LOVE that picture:

Here's the view of my desk.  I put a narrow shelf overhead to store books or pens or whatever on:

And this is taken from my desk looking back towards the door:

I'm such a happy camper now that I can shut the world away! If you don't have a designated writing space, look around your house and see if there isn't a tiny corner you can steal for yourself!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

...And the Winner Is...

Just when you thought I forgot to give it away, I'm here to announce the winner of Rose Cooper's Gossip From the Girl's Room.

And the winner is.....


Congratulations, Katie!!! 

For the rest of you, check out this Peep Show. Seriously, it's family friendly and sooo funny!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mock Me Monday - Cooking with Vicki

I like to cook.  I'm no gourmet or anything, but it's fun finding a new (SIMPLE!) recipe that the family loves.  I don't have many opportunities to cook, though.  My fabulous husband (no, you can't borrow him) cooks dinner during the week since he gets home several hours before I do. 

The other day Angela Fuller mentioned frying eggs on the sidewalk in the summer time which is totally something my brother did growing up in Vegas. He put a pan on the roof of the house (with bacon, too!) and one on the sidewalk and the eggs DID cook, although kinda slowly.  Anyway, that memory triggered my entry for this week's Mock Me Moment(s).

I never took part in the great egg experiment, except as a witness, but I did do a fair bit of culinary experiments of my own. I'd throw flour, sugar, milk and other stuff into a bowl and bake it.  On good days, they came out like biscuits.  On bad days, like hockey pucks.

I went through a period in my early to mid teens where I added food coloring to everything I could.  This totally grossed out my mom when I drank blue milk or ate green eggs. I need to revisit this with my kids.

About the time hubs and I got married, we had his parents over for dinner. His dad was very particular about what he would eat and what he wouldn't.  

As a joke, we bought a gallon of frozen vanilla yogurt because his dad always declared he could tell the difference.  So, after dinner, we secretly dished up the yogurt and handed the bowls around.  About halfway through the dish, we let him in on the secret. He wouldn't believe us.  Hub's mom said it couldn't be frozen yogurt because she was allergic to it!  Luckily, no harm was done...but that was the last time we tried to trick anyone!

One time my brothers put the lid on the milk so tight my little six year old self couldn't open it. I had my bowl of Wheaties ready to go, but I couldn't add the milk.  I ran through the list of liquids I did have access to and decided to put water on them.  Don't ever do this.  It was NASTY.  There's a reason people use milk.

Another time, I had a hankering for spaghetti, but at the time I wasn't allowed to use the stove.  So I put hot water in the bathroom sink and left the pasta in there to soak.  I changed the water about every half hour or so, and after about six hours the noodles DID soften...but I never ate them because it suddenly dawned on me I'd "cooked" them in the bathroom.  Not such an appetizing thought, y'know?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My gift to you....

Look!  It's not only my anniversary, it's Evil Editor's too!  Proof that all great things must happen on April 23rd.  

There are contests and general hoopla to be had so go check it out HERE

And if you've not 'met' Evil Editor yet, shame be upon you. Check out the regular site HERE.  My favorite features are the Guess The Plot / Query Critique like THIS ONE

Happy Easter weekened!

My Man Mooned My Mother

How's that for alliteration?

Do you know what happened 18 years ago today?

My husband dropped his drawers and mooned my mama.  


Actually he mooned my mom, his mom, both of his sisters and at least one of mine.  

And if that wasn't memorable enough, he did it on our WEDDING day.

At least it wasn't during the ceremony, right?  Though that would make the story a lot funnier now.

Luckily I had a mom with a great sense of humor, though I think his was mortified.

Happy Anniversary, Hubs!  May the next 18 years be as lively as these last 18 were!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cody Strikes Again

More fabulous quotes from my ray of sunshine...

"My anger has a shadow."

"My love line is coming out." 
(not sure what that is, not sure I want to know)

While I cooked dinner, he came in to tell me that "Tom Sawyer is married to Diane Sawyer.  Diane Sawyer is a news anchor and Tom Sawyer did the voice of Wishbone the dog."

(Yes, I looked it up later. They're not married, but Tom Sawyer was involved with the Wishbone series on PBS.)

(Pointing at a phone booth...the phone had been removed)
"In the olden days, they made calls there."

I was asking Cody random questions in the car. The song on the radio changed.
"I hear a song from Kesha. I can't answer right now."

"Is it hard to kiss your mustache?"
(not sure how to answer that since I don't have a least that's what I keep telling myself)

(When telling me a story...)
"I freaked....froke out"
(I'd totally vote to make froke a word)

(while eating pizza, the sauce leaks out from under the cheese)
"EWWW! Blood!"

(to his sister)
"I'm a serious gamer.  All gamers need to be wiindproof"

(after a bath, he got very upset)
C: I want to smell like cheese!
Me: Why do you want to smell like cheese, Cody?
(no answer)
C: I want to smell like MOLDY cheese.

(While we were waiting in the car one night, I was telling Cody how much I loved him - more than the stars in the sky, more than all the fish in the ocean yada yada yada.  He was completely unimpressed until I came up with this one...and he now repeats it ALL the time.)
I love you more than all the wags in a dog's tail

And possibly the greatest quote of all time...
"I don't lie! I speak fiction!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gossip From the Girl's Room

I am soooo excited to be a part of Rose Cooper's blog tour today!  I've been a rabid fan since the day I stumbled across her query letter for Gossip from the Girls' Room.  I happen to be a mother to a very dramatic Gossip Girl of my own, so we counted the days until we could buy the book.

Rose and I had a very ummm...interesting interview. Take a look:

1. Have you ever hidden out in the girls room?
Yes. But it was only to do research for the book. I swear.

2. Do you check the toilet paper roll BEFORE you need it?
No, and let me tell you, this can create problems. Like blindly grabbing under the stall next to me and hoping that’s the toilet paper. And if not, then refer to question one.

3. If a bathroom has 5 stalls and they're all free, which one would you choose? (#1 is closest to you and #5 is furthest)
I always go to the first stall (going number 2 just sounds bad, right?) unless it’s stink haunted.

4. Have you ever snuck into the men's room when the line for the women's is outrageously long?
Yes! Drastic times call for drastic measures. And while in there I might also have done additional book research for my second book (Rumors from the Boys’ Room).

5. Have you ever dropped something into the bowl? Did you retrieve it or flush it?
Fortunately, I’ve never done this, but unfortunately my husband has. He dropped his iPhone! It actually survived though. Did you know uncooked rice dries it out?

6. I know Rumors from the Boy's Room comes out this fall, do you have another in the series planned after that?
I cannot tell a lie—maybe. Okay, so there “might be” some talk of it, but nothing official as of yet. When I first wrote Gossip, I did an outline for four other books in the series, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

7. Anything else you'd like to add?
I can type with my toes.

(You totally need to VLOG that!!)
For your chance to win a copy of Gossip from the Girls' Room, tell me is Rose doing research or hiding from me in the picture below?

You don't want to miss a minute of this tour! Here's a list of all the stops:

Monday, April 18th: The MisAdventures in Candyland
See the first page of the sketchbook used to write Gossip From the Girls' Room  
Tuesday, April 19th: The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment 
Find out how the illustration process works and see (exclusively!) illustrations cut from Gossip From The Girls' Room!
Wednesday, April 20th: Rambles & Randomness 
A way fun interview and a image of how I did my research for Gossip (never before seen!) And win a copy of GOSSIP!
Thursday, April 21st:  Unedited
See the graphic evolution of Sofia Becker from Gossip. What? She had other looks? Wait till you see!

Friday, April 22nd: Talli Roland 
What's the most embarrassing question I get asked? And seen before drawings from my childhood (yikes!)

Saturday, April 23rd: Booking Mama 
Did you get teased or bullied as a kid? I did! Find out what about!

Monday, April 25th: Random Acts of Reading
Omigosh! Did I really send a query to Random House when I was a kid? Visit to find out!

If you're not following Rose yet, what are you waiting for? Hop over now and tell her I sent ya! (I'll even give you an extra entry in the book drawing!)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Okay, so today isn't a regular posting day, but I just took a peek at our radar and have never seen such a colorful mess.  It really looks like Mother Nature was playing with the fingerpaints, don'tcha think?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mock Me Monday - EEEEEW

Do you believe in bug karma?  Do you secretly think that when you kill a fly, ant, spider, or whatever that its relatives will somehow know you did it and will double their efforts to get you?

I can't say I lose too much sleep over it, but I do sometimes wonder if they're ganging up on me. Maybe I'm just overly sensitive because I HATE bugs.  It's possible.

Anyhow, the other morning I was sitting on the couch totally minding my own business, trying to read a few blogs before the kids got up for school.

Allergy season is in high gear around the Rocho house. Coders has the worst of it, we have to give him some allergy medicine each morning he wakes up so sniffly and watery-eyed.  I get a little bit of a runny nose for a couple days then I'm done. 

I really can't complain especially since most of the sniffles tend to drain down the back of my throat rather than down my face.  I know it sounds gross, but you can't taste it or anything and most of the time you don't know it's there.

Of course, there was that one year it turned out I had a cold, not allergies, and all the gak that had been draining down my esophagus eventually gave me a bit of a cough.  And then one morning, I hacked up this huge green booger.  Totally disgusting, it still gives me the heebie jeebies...and coughing always makes me just a little nervous that *something* will come up.

Anyhow, I'm sitting on the sofa and I swear to you I felt a little tickle at the back of my mouth.  It was probably a stray hair or something, but I automatically think the worst: bug.

I had a split second to decide what to do.  Do I cough/spit to confirm -- and maybe enter therapy depending on the results -- or do I swallow and pretend it was my imagination?

I had a bottle of water next to me.  32 ounces.  I hate water in the morning, but I chugged.  And then I thought maybe my throat felt a little swollen, and I thought my stomach was a little too queasy.  Visions of a little spider crawling up my throat kept me chugging water all day. 

I'll never know if I actually swallowed a living creature or not, but I'm on the lookout for his relatives, just in case.

Friday, April 15, 2011

BEWARE of the BMB!

 Sorry I'm late, blogger didn't post this when it was supposed to. Grrr.

What is this?

If you answered cell phone, you're wrong.  

Okay okay, technically you're correct but it's not the answer I was looking for.

This is what's known as the Bad Mom Billboard.  

If you have a teenager with a cell phone, you'll identify with this.  At least I hope you do because I really don't want to be the only one.

It works like this:  

I ask my darling daughter to do the dishes.

Or clean her room.

Or pick up the socks/shoes/book/whatever she left in the middle of the living room floor.

First, I get the eye roll.  Possibly accompanied by the classic indignant snort.

I reassert my position.

Once she realizes I'm serious and really do expect her to do *that* (whatever it might be), out comes the cell phone.  She punches the buttons furiously with a fiendish look on her face; part sadistic grin and part menacing scowl.

Often, it's a self-righteous text to a commiserating friend..

But sometimes, it's a cryptic status update on Facebook.  I know it's directed at me, but it's just vague enough I can't accuse her of anything.

She's good like that.

Necessary back story:  my girls complain almost every morning about their stomach being upset. I think it's called HUNGER, but they won't listen.  Anyhow, a few years back I got a call from school that my daughter had thrown up. I picked her up and brought her home, but she was fine.  Next day, the same thing.  After THREE days of this, I discovered she was only spitting up a bit of phlegm.  She'd had a cold and after a week or so it stopped...with brief recurrences in the years since.

This morning, she complained her stomach was upset. 

I didn't pay much attention, since I literally hear this 3-4 times a week from one of the kids.

She locks herself in the bathroom and then proclaims that she'd thrown up.  I look in the wastebasket she's left for me as evidence.  There's just a tiny bit of yellow-like bile in the bottom.  I declared her fit to go to school.

Ohhhh, she didn't like that.  Nope.  Ironically, the energy she spent arguing with me kinda proved my point -- she wasn't sick.

But out came the Bad Mom Billboard and she pasted this beauty on facebook for the world to see:
just threw up. but, dont worry,
I'm "not actually sick" according to my mother.
So I guess you should all go to her
for your medical problems because she's a doctor now.

Do your kids do this kind of thing?  Please say yes....or just lie to me.  

(unrelated side note -- this would have been my parents' 60th wedding anniversary)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Link-O-Rama Part II

A bit o' business first...We have been unable to get in touch with Katie Kelly, so the runner up for the 10 page critique from Sarah LaPolla is Marquita Hockaday!  Congratulations, Marquita.  I'll be in touch with instructions on how to claim your prize.


I want to encourage you to look for a conference in your area to attend.  Don't tell me you're scared, don't tell me you're too shy.  Just start saving up and go.  You'll love it, I promise!

The agent / editor panel and the Periodical / Ezine panel were both interesting, but most of the questions that were asked were things I already knew.  If you follow any agents or editors at all, you'd know the answers, too.  Why do people ask questions they already know the answer too?  One of my personal pet peeves.  Anyway....  

I do have a few resources to share from the sessions I sat in on.  You may already know about these, but I'll pop them up anyhow:

C.Hope Clark's Funds for Writers has lots of great information.  Contests, grants, columns...check it out.

Margo Dill's WOW! Women on Writing is another great resource, plus she has her own copyediting business, Editor 911

Regina Williams, editor of Storyteller magazine, is open for submissions, hosts contests, and offers critique services.  A subscription to the magazine is very affordable, too.

Catherine Rankovic offered 50 page critiques with registration. Everyone I talked to raved about her input.  You can find her HERE.

I took a class on Social Media with Kathleen Ortiz.  She's so awesome (waving hello just in case Google Alerts sends her this way).  I had a bunch of cool links written down, but I've temporarily misplaced them. (Sorry!)

And finally, I sat in on Kristin Nelson's session.  We submitted the first two pages of our manuscript and she read them out loud to the point she would have stopped had it been a real submission.  It was extremely informative, I wish the session had been twice as long.  Oh...and I went a little fan girl (blush) during the nightcaps session the first night...see?

Now, go off and find yourself a conference to attend! Best weekend ever! (okay, except for maybe the weekend I got married...)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


First and foremost, I've been invited over to Chris Phillips blog to try to explain my twisted relationship between music and writing...go on, click over I'll wait.

Today, I just want to share some of the amazing people I met with at the Missouri Writer's Guild conference in St. Louis.  Tomorrow I'll share more about the conference itself.

In no particular order...

June Freaking Cleaver (nope, not her real name, but I'll let her out herself when she's ready).  She was my first official meet 'n greet and has a wicked sense of humor.  Find her at Ratio of Failures.

Kim Piddington and I were in Sunday's Master class together.  She's got a book coming out later this year.  Her blog is HERE and her website is HERE.

Linda O'Connell sat with June and I during the Periodical/Ezine panel.  Ironically, I had just followed her a couple days before the conference.  Who knew I'd wind up bumping into a blogging buddy?  She has a long list of publishing credits.  You can find her blog Write from the Heart.

Sela Carsen I met in line while buying waaay too many books (I went through the line twice).  She's got a couple books out and they're next on my to-purchase list.  Her blog is HERE and her website is HERE.

Diana Gravemen I also met in line.  She's also got several books out.  Website HERE and blog HERE.

Becky Povich had dinner with June & I the first night.  You'll have to ask her what the crowbar's the title of her book, but I didn't get the story behind the title and it's killin' me.  Find her blog HERE.

Linda Jarrett (or HERE) and Diana Losciale I met during Elaine Viets' session...both were lots of fun!

There were lots more -- but I didn't exchange cards with everyone :-( 
Tomorrow I'll have more about the actual conference, LOL.  Fab - u - lous!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mock Me Monday - Plane Problem

I'm back from my first ever conference -- I'll have a full report on Wednesday.  In the meantime, here's the latest Mock Me Installment:

Hubs and I went to Vegas on vacation, just the two of us.
We met and married in Vegas and still had friends and family living out there, so we balanced our time between friends and family including one afternoon apart. He planned to golf with a buddy and I was going to lounge by the pool or go shopping or read or something.

As luck would have it, about that time I had a friend I'd met online who lived in California and had tentative plans to fly to Vegas around the time of our vacation. The morning of our solo day, I sprang the $10 for internet access and learned that he would be flying in that day and if I could meet him at the airport, he'd take me for a spin.

***Friends, do NOT do this.  It is incredibly stupid to run off to meet someone alone whom you've only known online. I know this, and while he didn't turn out to be a serial killer it was still a stupid thing for me to do***

So anyway, I went to the executive airport -- a completely different experience than commercial airports.  In retrospect, there were several warning signs I should have heeded.  First of all, I was taller than the plane -- and I'm only 5'4" people. Second, he asked me how much I weighed.  You know, if safety comes down to a few pounds, I should just pass.  And finally the plane was a Cessna.  Now, I don't know much about planes.  Well, actually I don't know ANYTHING about planes.  I do know, however, that every small plane crash I've ever heard about involved a Cessna. 

The universe tried to tell me not to get on the plane but I didn't listen.

I should have listened.

At first it was fabulous!  The view was amazing and I felt like a rock star! We flew over Hoover Dam and part of Arizona (didn't get to the Grand Canyon though) This was soooo the right thing to do.

Did you know little planes like this do NOT have air conditioning?  Did I mention it was summertime in Vegas?  We're talking 110+ degrees in a tiny cockpit about the size of your bathtub. Not good.  It had a vent, but it was like blasting a hair dryer in your face.

I happen to have a very low tolerance for heat exhaustion -- I get nauseous whenever I get too hot.

Do you see where this is going?  I'm sweating like a pig, and practically hyperventilating trying to control my stomach.  Fanning myself with something i found in my purse.  No good.  And then, out of nowhere, I couldn't hold it back anymore.  I threw up all over myself.  My tank top (white, of course -- ugh), my shorts, my sandals and, of course, my purse.

He went back to the airport...telling the guy in the tower his passenger had been sick.  GREAT! Now everyone at the airport would know.   The ride back was not pleasant.  Now the cockpit was hot AND smelled like puke.


I cleaned up as best I could in the restroom after we landed, but wound up buying a shirt from the gift shop and high tailed it back to the hotel.  I let the valet park the car -- something we don't usually do -- and boy was the car  stinky. I was so embarrassed I tipped the guy nicely later.

Remember hubs?  He was supposed to be golfing all afternoon.  I just wanted to get in the shower and change clothes before he got back.  And I should have been able to do it except Fate wanted me to know who was really in charge so of COURSE he was there...and with his buddy.  So I stumble into the room REEKING of puke and have to find a way to explain what happened when all I want to do is crawl under a rock and hide.

I should have stayed pool side.

Friday, April 8, 2011

What the H----?

I listen to a lot of NPR at my desk while I'm working. I ought to just had my paycheck over to them for all the cool things I've found an wonderful things I've learned.  From time to time, though, they do a story that makes my jaw drop.

And not in a good way.

Like this one

(Cheat sheet: Some doctor has found a way to operate on your eyes so you won't need to wear glasses for 3D movies)

Admittedly, I'm unusually protective of my eyes.  I don't wear contacts and there's no way in hell I'll ever get LASIK eye surgery.  I kinda like wearing glasses, thank you very much. 

I understand that 3D is gaining popularity with new 3D TVs and just about every movie coming out in 3D.  But is wearing those glasses for an hour or two really so horrible that you would have your eyes surgically altered?  And now some of the people who've had the procedure are complaining of blurred vision when they're NOT looking at the 3D now they need glasses. 

I don't know about you, but the irony of it all makes me giggle.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Things I'd like to see -- Part IV

  1. These first two are related.  I would LOVE to have a little electronic billboard on the bumper of vehicle.  You'd be able to change the message via text.  So if someone is too close, I could (ahem, I don't text and drive...I have my kids act as my secretary) change the message to BACK OFF or some such. hahaha.

  2. I hate it when some yahoo is tailgating me while I'm driving -- especially if they've got their brights on.  I wish my car had a set of lights or mirrors on the bumper so I could shoot the light back at them.  Yeah, probably a lawsuit waiting to happen, but it'd change their behavior!

  3. When you go to the movies and they're showing the trailers, do you turn to your date/friend/spouse at the end of each preview and say 'gotta see that'?  I wish they would put a phone number up on the screen to text 'yay' or 'nay'.  THEN the theater would send free passes to someone at random.

  4. I don't think this will happen -- at least not any time soon -- but it would be really awesome if you could record your dreams.  I would love to view mine while fully conscious to see if they make more or less sense.

  5. I read an article once that all thoughts were the result of particular combinations of chemicals and electrical signals in the brain.  This is oversimplified, of course, because I'm not a doctor.  Anyway, it made me wonder if it would be possible to decode these combinations and be able to accurately read someone's mind?  I'm specifically thinking about it in a CSI kinda way.  What if, in the future, doctors will be able to survey the brain and be able to conclude what a murder victim's last thoughts were?  They could reconstruct an image of the killer -- how cool would that be?

  6. I'd like a "jukebox" for movies.  This is pretty much obsolete now with Netflix and all the video streaming, but still I'd like to be able to load all my DVDs into one machine and browse through them on-screen.
  7. I've seen little voice recorders that will speed up/slow down or distort your voice another way.  What I'd like to see is one that will change it to a variety of accents.  It'd be great for answering machines and voice mail.  Set it to Southern Drawl one day, maybe Australian the next.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Katie Kelly -- Your Table Is Ready

(I'm sticking to my M-W-F posting schedule, but this is important)

Okay, so we don't really have a table for you, Katie, but we do have THIS and that's even better than a table, don't you think?

We haven't heard from you and don't have an email or blog address to reach out to you.  Please contact either Janet or myself (MissVSpeaks(at)gmail(dot)com) by Monday, April 11th.

If you know how to get in touch with Katie Kelly, please send her our way.

...unless, of course, you're looking to get a second shot at winning the grand prize for yourself!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Brawl & Haul - The Winners

Whew!  Last week was a BLAST!  Thanks to everyone for participating and to Janet for teaming up with me.  Adding up all the points was ummmmm....interesting, but I think we finally got the kinks worked out so could do its job.  Here are the daily results:

Mock Me Monday

Total votes: 49

Vicki's BAD story : 40 votes; 82%
Janet's eruption: 9 votes; 18%

I WIN!!! Luckily, going public with embarrassing moments is very therapeutic.  
The winner of my daily prize is....

Jules, you've won this gorgeous bookmark (and chocolate):

Testing Tuesday:

Total quizzes taken: 27

Vicki's Grade: 36/60; 60%
Janet's Grade: 56/75; 75%

Janet won Tuesday.  Click over to her blog to see who won her daily prize and what she's giving away.

The answers to my quiz were: 

1. Which of the following celebrities have NOT been mentioned on Vicki's blog?
b. Mark Wahlburg

2. The artist who painted the picture Vicki uses as her icon is
c. Alfred Gockel

3. Ever the fan of odd writing analogies, which of the following has Vicki NOT used?

c. Writing is like popping a zit

4. Which of the following was NOT a title of a post?

c. Tickling Turtles

5. What is the working title of Vicki's WIP?

b. Porcelain God

The answers to Janet's quiz were:

1. Which This vs. That debate has NOT been featured on Janet's blog?
c. Spring vs. Summer

2. Janet professes to speak another language. Which one?
a. French

3. What obsession (besides writing) does Janet constantly blog about?
b. license plates

4. What celebrity does Janet pose with in her profile picture?
d. Oscar the Grouch

5. Janet did a 4-part series on what topic?
b. Clich├ęs
Wacky Wednesday:

Total votes: 35

Vicki's POLLTREE: 0 votes; 0%
Janet's BITE ME: 35 votes; 100%

Janet TOTALLY kicked my butt on this one.  I didn't even get one sympathy vote!  I knew it the minute I saw her entry. Click over to her blog to see who won this and what she's awarding!

YOUR entries cracked me up, so I am adding another prize for Lydia K at the Word is My Oyster for her "Poultry in Motion" that had me laughing.  

Lydia, you've won an ornamental grass set.  I SOOO should have bought a second one of these. You grow REAL grass right at your desk.  Comes with scissors to "mow" when it gets too long.

This vs. That Thursday:

Total votes: 46

Vicki's Laptop: 33 votes; 72%
Janet's Pen & Paper: 13 votes; 28%

This one was closer, but in the end I came in ahead.  Not exactly a fair fight.  Kinda like a bicycle racing a sports car.  But anyhow, the lucky winner from today's post is:

 Melissa, you've won these:  Papergirl Notecards (& chocolate)

Black(jack) Friday:
I love playing black jack and I thought up a few tricks this time around to make our NEXT game that much easier.  
I'm awarding prizes for everyone who got a 21:

You've won this adorable manicure set:

You've won this Body Art set:
(you wild child you...)

You've won this mini Zen Tea Ceremony:

Okay, now on to the part you've all been waiting for. The Grand Prize Winners!

Grand Prize #1: Ten-page Critique by Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown!

Katie Kelly! 

Grand Prize #2: Gift Basket including a $40 Gift Card to Amazon!

Margo, shoot me an email (MissVSpeaks(at)gmail(dot)com) with your address and your theme preference for your gift basket:  Books/Writing, Food, or Spa.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Contest Closed

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Brawl & Haul Contest!  

All voting is now closed.  

Winners will be announced Monday, April 4th.

Memory Lane Blogfest

 If you're looking to finish playing blackjack or get a last-minute entry in to the Brawl & Haul contest, click HERE.

****************** know when I scheduled this blogfest, I didn't realize that it coincided with the A-Z challenge that it seems everyone in the blogosphere (except me) is doing.  Woops.

All you need to do is answer the following questions:

When did you start your blog? 
One year ago today.  

What is first denomination (price) of postage stamp you remember?
I remember 18 cents, I think I was a teenager, but I haven't looked it up to verify.

How old were you  when you learned to ride a bike?
I was seven or eight.  And I had to hide it whenever I went into the house to get a drink or my nephew would ride off on it.  My brothers also cannibalized my bike to get parts for theirs.  

What was the first concert you attended without parental supervision?
This is so sad, I was in my twenties!  Hubs (then just my BF) drove to LA to see Depeche Mode.  We drove back to Vegas after the show because we had to go to work the next all of 2 hours sleep.  Can't do that crap anymore.

How old were you when you got your first kiss?
I used to sit under the tables in Kindergarten and kiss a boy.  Not sure WHY the teacher didn't tell us to get back in our seats.  But if that doesn't count, then it's going to have to be 17, in the quad at school just before I went to some boring class.

What is your earliest memory?
Hmmm.  I remember a couple things back when I was 3 or 4.  Going down the stairs like a slide (they were carpeted).  I also remember I was scooting around the living room in a card board box, and I wouldn't pronounce my "Rs" which annoyed Mom no end.  I said 'wist' instead of 'wrist' and Mom told me if I couldn't say my "Rs" I couldn't go to Kindergarten. So I vroomed off in my fake car only to come back and whisper it in her ear 2 minutes later.  And guess what? I got to go to Kindergarten!

Here are the other participants (and the sign up if you're the last-minute kinda person)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Brawl & Haul Finale - Black Jack

The RULES ARE HERE.  But to recap:

1. Leave a "Deal me in" comment if you're going to play
2. I'll email you when I post your cards
3. Leave a "Hit Me" comment if you want another card
4. Leave a "HOLD" comment when you want to stop
5. Go to Janet's blog
    a. Read the Sarah LaPolla at Curtis Brown interview
    b. Let Janet know Prize #1 (critique) or #2 (gift basket)
    c. If you spread the word somehow.



Against advice of the house:


Lisa Potts

Lori Lee

Margo Berendsen


Stephen Tremp

Monica Mansfield






Victoria Dixon

Clarissa Draper


Jolene Perry





Nicole Zoltack

Susan Fields

Susanne Drazic

Sharon K. Mayhew

And the last official card for this game is...