What we’ve been up to:-)

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Writing

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Now that my husband and I have brought this beautiful baby into the world, our lives are changing….and we couldn’t be more in love and happy about it! He is the center of our world and in charge of everything we do. Will I ever get my book finished? Maybe……someday…but for now I am enjoying our son and all his wonder. My hope is to get a good routine down with him and utilize some free time to edit here and there. Being a breastfeeding mom, my demands are very high…every 2 hours to be exact. Still, this will taper down and I will have a little more time to sit and write. Are you a mom who writes? How do you steal time to do it?

WOW! 371 followers! Thank you everyone. How incredibly wonderful. I thought I would share a quick note on my whereabouts and the status of my novel since many of you have been generous enough to follow…..

So where have I been lately? I’ve been experiencing the awesomeness of pregnancy. Am I still writing? Yes! I am currently editing my first novel The Deep Freeze and will finish it. As always, school comes first, and of course now….the baby. Editing isn’t as much fun as the writing was but it is a necessary evil. I’ve made some wonderful changes through the learning I received by Stephen King’s book “On Writing” and William Strunk’s book “The Elements of Style.” I can’t say much about the other outside resources short of a tip or two. Needless to say, spending money is unnecessary to learn all there is to know about writing. (I do have several years of college under my belt as well though).

So for all of you writers out there…..Write! WRITE! WRITE! Keep on keepin’ on!…..A phrase I learned in Boot Camp. Do not be discouraged. Everyone is unique….EVERYONE.

Have a Sci Fi Day ~ Tammy

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2011 in review

Posted: January 2, 2012 in Writing

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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This was a special email sent out separate from the Veterans Eagle I get every month so I do not know a link to connect you. There are many other discounts so maybe with some research, you can find the whole list…….Personally, I am going to Texas Roadhouse for my free meal! Woohoo!

The following list of promotions has been assembled by the VetJobs staff. Enjoy your Veteran’s Day celebrations!

2011 Veterans Day Meals and Specials

FREE MEALS/DISCOUNTS

Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11: Last year, Applebee’s served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/.

Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.

Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/. Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.5 million free meals and contributed over $4.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Hooters – Free Meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooter’s menu. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit, www.HootersVeteransDay.com.

Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 13, 2011: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 13th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 13th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: M&S Veterans Appreciation Event.

Outback Steakhouse – A week of Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Monday Nov. 7 – Friday Nov. 11. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform. For more information, visit, http://outback.com/companyinfo/veteransday.aspx. The Outback understands commitment. For the past two years, The Outback, with the help of their patrons, has donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their familie
s.

Subway – Free Six Inch Sub. Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.

Texas Roadhouse – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Offer varies by location. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free Nov 11-14. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. November 11-14.

Uno Chicago Grill, Friday, Nov. 11. Uno’s is offering a free entree or individual pizza with a purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value. Offer good for all military  for veterans and active duty military. ID or proof of service required: Show up in uniform (if your service permits), provide military ID, show a picture of yourself in uniform, or have other ID showing proof of service. More info here.

These are just the food discounts! Pretty cool huh?

VetJobs Veteran Eagle
Issue 12:11, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
http://www.vetjobs.com

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members and friends and supporters of VetJobs. Feel free to forward the newsletter to veterans and friends and encourage them to subscribe.

This month’s Veteran Eagle is sponsored by: BNSF Railway, TECHEXPO Top Secret and FranChoice

Contents:

1. Message from the Top

2. American Corporate Partners

3. GI Bill Changes

4. What Student Veterans Want

5. Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

6. Physical Disability Review Board

7. Social Security Recipients to Get 3.6% More

8. Starting Salaries for 2012 expected to Rise

9. National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of October 25, 2011

10. Significant Events this Month in Military History

To read more go to: http://vetjobs.com/media/category/eagle-publications/veteran-eagle/

Well my blogs have been short and full of pictures. There is a reason for it…A “method to my madness”. I am reading. The book is by Stephen King and it is his input on the writing process. Why Stephen King? Because I like his personality, style and straightforwardness. Not everyone follows in his footsteps, but I do. To be as great a writer as Stephen King would be awesome, no doubt, but that would be a miracle. No, I am not trying to “be” Stephen King. I am merely following the path that fits for me. His book on writing is helpful, informative and to the point. I respect how he got to where he is now and understand the sacrifices involved in becoming a great writer. I am over 3/4 through the book and he presented a challenge for me. He even tells me to send my 6 or 7 page scribble to his website and promises to read through some of them. Not all of course, that would be madness!

I love how he is honest and himself in what he writes. The stories about his life are put in such a way that I laugh every time I think about one or two, and admire a couple of others. One that sticks with me the most is about Eulah Beaulah. He explains how she was one of the many babysitters his mother went through. The reason she stands out is because she was cruel to him. I realize that is not funny but he sure makes it funny when he mentions how a rather large woman puts her behind in his face and yells “POW!” while releasing a fart. As the stories continue, he reuses the word “POW” and I crack up each time. Brilliant…I think. He does that with other words too. Fugetaboutit is another one.

So my blogger friends, I have grown in my writing, not neglected it. I have to read and learn and write. I can no longer spend too much of my time blogging. I must begin the process of submissions and accept the fact that many will be rejected……it is that one. The one that comes back with a letter attached saying “POW! We want to see more!”

Have a great evening and good luck on your writing adventures as well! “POW!”~ TLH