slacker chic

July 30, 2007 at 7:04 pm (A Royale Pain, A Whole Latte Trouble, Book One, book stuff, Book Two, celise downs, life in general, school stuff, The Job, The Other Job)


oh. snap. july 8. not a memorable date that, just the last time i posted is all. its The Other Job. The one I have watching OPC (Other People’s Children). im looking into getting another job. in retail again, just never @ Charlie’s Muse. even though the discount was pretty sweet, no job is worth all the drama i had to wade thru @ that place. CA-RA-ZY.

the writing is going well for celise. the second part of her deadline is coming up at the end of august. i think she’s on chapter 6 right now. not bad, huh? i told you i was going to keep a lighter nearby. i havent had to burn any romance books yet. darn. or any butt hairs, for that matter. duble darn. shes made some comments about a new blog skin for my home here. im looking forward to that. i hope ill get some input in the design. i have a good eye for stuff like that, y’know.

she recently decided to make her monthly author newsletter a quarterly newsletter because she says she has nothing “worthy” to say on a monthly basis anymore. to her, it seems like the news never changes (except for the special annoucements and her event reminders).  the first round of agent queries went the way of the dinosaur. it sucked, to put it mildly. she stalled out at 41 rejections, 13 requests for partials and fulls, and 32 waiting to hear back from first contact. it’s been as dry as the desert we live in (although we’ve been getting rain like nobodys business lately) as far as responses go. the last email she got was the 41st rejection. on her bday. back in june! i dont know if thats like a bad omen or something.

shes a bit bummed, but shes not going to fall into a deep depression, either. (thank god, because she needs to finish the first draft of book 2 by nov 1). she said that shes going to concentrate on getting book 1 rewritten and then submit–and resubmit again–next year. as the aussie’s would say, “good on you, author lady.” chin up and all that rot.

school will be starting back up soon. on my b-day. whoo-hoo. and i say that with mega sarcasm. its going to get even more hectic (its not like The Real Job is going to go away any time soon), but im gonna try to post at least 3 times a week.

mon, wed, fri.

yeah. ill see how that works.

cmon, come in. im on the case.


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lighting a fire under the butt

June 20, 2007 at 6:43 pm (book stuff, Book Two, celise downs, life in general, The Series)


um, hel-lo, celise? mrs author lady? youre stalling. you havent written anything in nearly three weeks. whats up with that? youre supposed to be writing everyday. at least one page. you havent picked up your quicker clicker (that would be a mechanical pencil for all you non-writers out there) in weeks.

im sure i dont have to remind you that you have a deadline coming up.

but im going to anyway. its aug 31st. 66 pages.

whatve you got so far, huh? HUH?

yeah, thats what i thought. todays the 20th, celise. in two weeks its going to be july. are ya plannin’ on cracking open that notebook again anytime soon? cuz right now, you totally suck at this daily goal thing.

now…put down the romance book before i set it on fire.

 cmon, come in. im on the case (maybe. possibly. we’ll see. check back later)

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One down, two more to go…

May 31, 2007 at 5:46 pm (A Whole Latte Trouble, book stuff, Book Two, celise downs, The Series)


she did it! im so proud of her. celise finished the first 66 pages of my story by the deadline today. i know she blogged about it because something like this would be considered blogworthy.

 the next deadline is aug 31st. i know she can do it, but send some good writing mojo her way, wouldja?

cmon, come in. im on the case.

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a little bummed

May 21, 2007 at 10:15 pm (agent search, book stuff, celise downs, The Series, TVLand)


celise got another rejection today. she really doesnt look forward to getting those self addressed stamped envelopes in the mail. the news is never been good.

 the good news is that another agency requested to see the full MS.

 the bad news is that she really didnt want to send it out knowing it needs to be revised. shes working on it. Really, she is. she just needs one agent to say, “yeah, okay, it might need some work. but we can deal with that.” i mean, c’mon. its a great story. im a great story. im not vain. Really. just tootin’ my horn. And Celises.

the even badder news? its the season finale of “Heroes” tonight. One of her favorite shows.


yeah. it’s a Monday.

c’mon, come in. im on the case.

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Oh. Snap.

May 6, 2007 at 12:00 pm (A Whole Latte Trouble, book stuff, Book Two, celise downs, The Series)


So today, I found out what my next assignment is going to be and, needless to say, I’m not diggin’ it. This is kinda how the conversation went down–after the little verbal bomb she dropped–with Celise:

Me: “Are you out of your MIND?”

Celise: “No, I–“

Me: ” I can’t believe you would do this.”

Celise: “Draven, I–“

Me: “You’re crazy. Absolutely not.”

Celise: “Not crazy. Just creative.”

Me: “Are you trying to get me fired? Why don’t you just throw me under a bus and kill me right now?”

Celise: “Okay, now you’re just being dramatic. You’ll do just fine, Dray. Really.”

Me: “Have you told everyone about it?”

Celise: “Well, kinda sorta.”

Me (crossing my arms over my chest, tapping my foot and frowning fiercely): “What do you mean by ‘kinda sorta’?”
Celise: “Well, I kinda sorta posted something on my blog…”

Me (racing over to my laptop and frantically bringing up her blog, then scrolling down because referencing posts on Blogger really sucks): “My ‘favorite hangout’? That’s putting it mildly, don’t you think? I practically have a cot in the back room! Oh, and the ‘drugs, guns, and rock’n’roll’? So not funny.”

Celise: “But what about that last part I wrote. I was—“

Me: “Just trying to butter me up.”

Celise: “Draven–“

Me: “I’m not doing it.”

Celise: “Yes, you are.”

Me: “I refuse.”

Celise: “You can’t.”

Me: “I’m not doing it. No way, no how.”

Celise: “Yes. You are.”

Me: “Am not.”

Celise: “Are too.”

Me: “Am not.”

Celise: “Are too.”

Me (putting my hands over my ears and closing my eyes): “Amnotamnotamnot. I can’t hear you, I can’t hear youuuuu….”

Celise (sighing in disgust. Probably. I’m not sure because I can’t hear or see her at this point): “Draven, you’re being unreasonable.”

Me: “Unreasonable. Unreasonable? Is it unreasonable of me to not want to—“

Celise (holding up a hand like a stop sign. Or to bitchslap me into next week): “Don’t. Say it.”

Me (big, gusty, irritated sigh. And an eyeroll): “Fine. I won’t. You practically gave it away in that post anyway.

Celise (totally fed up with me by now, I’m sure. Positively sure): “Go to your room.”

Me: “You can’t send me to my room. But I’ll do it anyway because I’m done talking to you.” [I can’t even slam the door because there is no door. Just a really cool beaded curtain]

Celise: “The writing has been going great, by the way. In case you care.”

Me: “Whatever.”

C’mon, come in. I’m on the case. Whether I like it or not.

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Arts Jam Festival

May 5, 2007 at 7:33 pm (book stuff, celise downs, events)


Celise had a booksigning today, so I hung out with her and her best friend , Amy. It was hosted by the Arts Council for Youth and she thought I might like it.

She was right.

We had a primo spot by the Main Dance Stage. We saw:

~ several performances by different dance studios.

~ Japanese drumming. Which was way fun because they let people come up and bang on the drums when they were done with their demonstration.

~ Capoeira demonstration. It’s like martial arts but without any physical contact. And the instructor was a dead ringer for Vin Diesel. I kid you not. That was also fun because they let people come up and they showed us how to do some stuff.

~ A really lame juggling act.

~ An even lamer version of one man’s version of ‘Stomp’.

~ A tap dancing routine by a little girl who was shyer thatn a mouse. Truly, I would’ve felt the same way because that stage (read: basketball court with special flooring taped down) was HUGE. And she was the only one out there.

~ A cute swing dance routine by a young boy and girl. It was very cute.

~ A traditional Indian dance by a 12 yr old girl. Very cool costume. And I mean ‘Indian’ like the country, not Native American.

There was other stuff, too, like choirs, middle schoolers playing music, art displays, etc. And there were these two girls, Jonnie and Brookie, that made me think I was watching ‘Hannah Montana’. And then whaddya know, they bust out a song from the show. It was too cute. Really. They had pink guitars (yes, they were really playing them) and were selling their CD’s at a nearby table. I have to laff because these girls truly belonged on the Disney Channel. Or Radio Disney. The Disney set would eat up their stuff.

I was the photographer of the day and you can check out the pictures HERE. Surprisingly, I somehow missed getting a picture of Celise behind her table. She was probably roaming around or taking a potty break. And then I just completely forgot. Especially towards the end of the event. We were kept busy making sure the bookmarks and postcards didn’t fly off the table every time the wind picked up. 

I think the hi-lite of my day (and I say this with complete and utter sarcasm) is when our tent almost blew over. Sandbags are useless. We didn’t have them anchored right–so that could’ve been the problem–but that’s beside the point. All in all, it was a good day. The hurricane-type winds winds kept it from getting too hot, we sold 3 books, 4 keychains, and were thoroughly entertained.

Yeah. Good times.

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Taking it on the chin

April 29, 2007 at 12:47 pm (A Royale Pain, agent search, Book One, book stuff, Book Two, celise downs, GQ, Party Gurl, The Company, The Series)


so celise received Rejection #37 yesterday. this was from an agent that requested, like, the first 50 pages or something. the first time. and then she requested the full manuscript!


they passed. it’s not anything she hasn’t heard before, y’know?

 “…in many sections, the level of description went too far to keep the novel moving along at the right speed…”

for all you agents out there, she’s working on it. really. but there were some good points, too. she liked me. she really liked me. and she thought Party Gurl and GQ were hysterical. so true. my friends are total riots. but she also thinks celise is a great writer (i do, too. i mean, she wrote about me, didn’t she?) and would be happy to take a second look when it’s been revised. as well as other projects.

like I said, she’s working on it. she knows what has to be done and getting reminder letters about it is probably like tap dancing on a nerve.

in May, she’s going to start writing Book Two. first draft only, of course, and she’s determined to finish it by 11/01. i’ll keep you posted on how she’s doing. its going to be a little difficult for her because she’s not used to deadlines, but she’s going to try real hard. and i’ll help her by kicking her in the boo-tay when she starts slackin’.

ive been so ready for my next assignment to start. i think i did pretty well my first time out, even when i had some unexpected–and unwanted, at first–help. i got to be pampered at a spa for almost a whole day. a high-class spa that famous people visit. they were having some problems, but as you know, i was on the case and wouldnt you know it? problems be-gone.

so, assignment #2. all celise will tell me is that it has something to do with a coffee shop. I don’t particularly like coffee. i prefer tea. chai tea if you wanna get specific. Either way, this should be interesting. hell, i work for The Company. ‘Uninteresting’ is not in their vocabulary.

(rubbing my hands together with glee). im ready, Ms. Author Lady. bring it.

cmon, come in. im on the case.

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