Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TBR Everywhere You Look

It's no secret that writers are also voracious readers. Our To-Be-Read piles are legend. Tell me, was I the only one so naive as to think that getting an ereader, and an app to read books on my BlackBerry, would eliminate the piles of books which multiply like rabbits all over my house?

You have got to be kidding me. Not only do I have an overflowing TBR pile, I now have a very large TBR file. The whole renovation thing is taking up most of my spare time, and working on a manuscript I'm behind on, is taking up the rest of the time, so there isn't any time left over to read. That's really okay for now. But the aforementioned problem still exists. Ten-fold!

Here's a short list of what's in my TBR's. These are the ones I can see at a glance.


Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day
Hot Westmoreland Nights by Brenda Jackson
What a Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Ms. Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
Serpent Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp


A Bitch Named Karma by Stephanie Haefner
The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
Jack Daniels Stories by J.A. Konrath
AfterGlow by Pamela Vee
Under The Dome by Stephen King
A Darker Trinity by Candace Gilmer
Bright Star by Greyson Reyes-Cole

Yep, my tastes are eclectic. I'm one of those weirdos who reads the back of cereal boxes too.

What's in your pile?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Renegade Renovation #11 – Queen of the Tile

Welcome to June. And summer. Niiiice.

Holy cow, where did the month of May go? My apologies for being a bad blogger again.

It seems the time passed me by in a flurry, well, more like in stacks and stacks of tile. Endless days of being on the floor, against the wall, or bent over the tile saw. And it’s finally finished!! That’s what I want to celebrate and who better to do it with than you? Hope you enjoy the photos.

Why did I do so much tile work, you ask? Well, here’s the deal. My budget allowed for inexpensive flooring in a few places, installed by the flooring people. Or, it allowed for tile if I did it myself. Of course, back when everything was shiny and new, with the blush of oh-my-we’ve-got-our-own-house still upon us, tile seemed the best way to go.

Fast forward about eight months, spent working on nothing but the house in our free time. The blush is long gone. Actually, was there a blush? Not sure I remember it. I can’t blame anyone though, because I willingly agreed to do the tile since I’ve done it before. Funny, though, after a few years, you forget how much work it was way back then.

Just how much tile did I do? Uh, let me count the rooms...the laundry room floor, the master bath including floor, shower and counter tops, the guest bath floor, and the kitchen backsplash. Queen of the tile, for sure. Guess it could work as a side job if the whole writing thing doesn’t fly.

At any rate, the push is on, to get this renovation finished so every spare moment is spent doing something on the house. Looks like only a couple more weeks and it’ll be finished. I can’t wait for the day I can just walk into my office, and write.