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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road trip

June 27, 2007 at 10:17 am (celise downs, life in general)


so, celise and her hubby are leaving today to go to a family reunion in houston. shell be back early monday morning.

six adults in a mini-van.

a 16-hr drive. probably longer because you know how guys always have to use the bathroom more than girls.

 im in charge until she gets back. whooooo-hoooooo!


cmon, come in. im on the case.

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oops, her bad

June 26, 2007 at 10:55 pm (celise downs, life in general)


so, celise created a major boo-boo:


yeah. for reals. the whole thing. yeah, i know. way to go there, miss author lady. your obsessive cleaning habits got you in trouble once again.

she was cleaning up some old files and her index finger kept spasming over the delete key and the next thing she knows her site is poof! be gone!

to say that shes freakin’ out right now would be major understatement. shes been calling harrassing emailing her web designer to find out if it can be fixed. the Computer Goddess is smiling on celise this week. her site can be restored.

too bad its taking so freakin’ long. shes going out of town on thursday–family reunion. thanks for not inviting me–and i guarantee you shes going to grow another gray hair on this trip worrying about when the IT geeks are going to fix it. girlfren’, alls i got to say is this:

take a deep breath.

count to ten.

throw in a few hail hail marys to the Computer Goddess.

have fun on your vacation.

cmon, come in. im on the case

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in focus

June 23, 2007 at 11:34 am (celise downs, events, In the News, life in general)


i totally hate wearing glasses. but mine are kinda funky, so im cool with that. but there are people out there that really need them and cant afford them. celise is donating a book this cause, so if shes willing, then all you other childrens book authors should too. check it out:

Please join our celebrity donors Paul Newman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Dillon in helping us transform lives. New Eyes for the Needy helps the less fortunate see clearly by providing new eyeglasses to poor Americans and distributing donated recycled glasses overseas. We are proud of our 75-year legacy of providing clear vision to those in need. The prescription eyeglasses we provide enable children to succeed in school, senior citizens to continue living independently, and working-poor adults to maintain employment.

In the past year, New Eyes has purchased more than 5,500 pairs of eyeglasses for poor Americans. In addition, we distributed 350,000+ pairs of recycled eyeglasses to indigent people around the world. We will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of New Eyes with our “Hocus Focus” gala on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Beacon Hill Club in Summit, New Jersey. The evening features dinner, live musical entertainment, and live and silent auctions.

Our auction will include autographed children’s books, and we respectfully ask you to contribute a signed copy of one of your books. Gala proceeds will be utilized to purchase prescription glasses for needy Americans, helping them attain clear vision and self-sufficiency.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


Pamela DePompo-Klein, Executive Director, New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Avenue, PO Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078

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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it’s her birthday, it’s her birthday

June 6, 2007 at 5:47 pm (A Royale Pain, A Whole Latte Trouble, Book One, Book Two, celise downs)


yesterday, that is. celise turned…ow, that hurt (rubs arm where I was pinched). hey, no need to get violent woman. she wont let me say how old she is, but you wouldnt beleive me anyway if i told you. 

 she had a great day. how do i know this, because i spent the day with her.


the bitch, uh miss author lady had a spa day and didnt even invite me to come with. i see how it is. im good enough to put in books, but not take to a spa, is that it?

oh. right.

i forgot about that. the free spa day i got in book one.


so……her website got a makeover and shes giving away prizes until sunday. go check it out.

im going to go sit in the corner over here and put my other foot in my mouth.

 cmon, come in. im on the case.

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extreme website makeover

June 1, 2007 at 5:59 pm (celise downs)


celise ta-da’d her new author website today. it got some new cheekbones,  a nose job and some butt implants. haha. just kidding.

it looks great. and she’s giving away some really neat prizes (of which I cant win), so click on the link, nose around, then check out the FUN STUFF page for all the goodies. those bunny slippers sure look comfy…

cmon, come on the case.

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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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Memorial Weekend

May 29, 2007 at 5:41 pm (celise downs, Movieland)


hope everyone had a good holiday. celise’s hubby was gone all weekend so we hung out, cleaned house, went to see some movies. we saw pirates on saturday and then went to see shrek three with her best friend, amy, on monday. i like her. she’s good people. but now, it’s time to go back to school. thank god its a short week.

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flipping the birdie…okay, not really

May 23, 2007 at 6:30 pm (celise downs, In the News, some introspection)


celise sent me this article today. shes funny that way. sending me articles that she thinks i should read. she says her mother used to do that with her and her older siser when they were living by themselves. she still does it, actually, she just saves the newspaper for them when they go over to visit. lol. i like celises parents. theyre great.

 so it seems that celise is getting into the habit of sending them to me now. like some kind of family tradition or something. so, yeah, for the record my ring finger is longer than my index finger. but im good at both subjects. so does that mean im special? or just a freak of nature?

what about you?

cmon, come in. im on the case.

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