Zombies in love…and eating cake with your fingers

I went to see Warm Bodies this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. In case you haven’t seen the previews, IMDB says – After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Get the whole Romeo and Juliet thing? Clever.images I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but…it was really good and the soundtrack is fantastic!  I give it a solid ‘A’. If you haven’t seen it, give it a go.

Oh, today is my birthday and my niece who just turned  eight wanted to know what I was going to do.

Me – Sleep late, eat cake for breakfast, get a pedicure, go out to lunch, take a nap, go out to dinner, see a movie.

Niece – Wait – cake for breakfast. How do you get to eat cake for BREAKFAST?!

Me – ‘Cuz I’m a grown up and can do what I want.

Niece – oh man, that’s so not fair. I’m going to do what I want too when I’m a grown up.

Me – you can even sit on the counter in your PJs and eat the cake with your fingers…

Niece – Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about

How’s your Monday?


Grimm’s Fairy Tales meet Van Helsing…and rewarding yourself

untitledI went to see Hansel & Gretel today and enjoyed it. It was fun and I got a laugh that Hansel has to give himself insulin shots because he ate too much of the witch’s candy house growing up!  I must admit Jeremy Renner was a big draw for me – loved him in the Hurt Locker.

I give it a ‘B’. It’s an entertaining afternoon but not on my favorite list.

What do you think of Hollywood reinventing all these movies? Like or Not?

Since I finished the first 1/3 of the revisions on my book, I treated myself to a movie. Helps keep me motivated. I also will use rewards such as a pedicure or massage.  All part of my be good to yourself resolution for 2013.MV5BMjA4MDQwODg2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTc5ODc2OA@@._V1._SY317_


I have a bunch on my ‘want to see’ list:


Broken City


Side Effects

A Good Day to Die Hard – gotta love Bruce Willis

Beautiful Creatures

Safe Haven

and that only takes me through February. Now I will say – a couple of these might be RedBox…


What’s on your list to see?

Happy Monday!



Have you had Cupcake? Not the iced cake…

cupcakeIf you’re a wine snob, read no further…for the rest of you, read on. I like wine but I don’t care where it was made, etc. All I care is do I like it or not. This past year I discovered Cupcake Wine and let me tell you – YUM!

I tell my nieces this is auntie’s grown up kool-aid and they can’t have any. My favorite is the Pinot Grigio but several of them are fabulous. So if you’re looking for a new wine that won’t break the bank, give Cupcake a try.

If however, you do care about where it’s made the tasting notes, etc. This is straight from the Cupcake Website:

Appellation: D.O.C. Trentino, Italy

Tasting Notes: “Our Pinot Grigio is full with a nose that shows hints of pineapple, pears and sweet lemons. The body is full and gives way to a creamy mid-palate, integrating tropical fruits with the vibrant zing of citrus fruits. It is reminiscent of a pineapple upside down cupcake.”

Food Pairing Recommendations: Enjoy with bay scallops in a cream sauce, linguine alfredo or simply as an aperitif.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes were picked by hand, de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing a cool fermentation in steel tanks. The wine underwent an extended maceration on its lees. A portion of this wine (approximately 5%) was made using the traditional passito method, whereby the grapes were harvested and left to dry on straw mats for several weeks. Once dehydrated they were gently pressed and fermented. This wine was then blended back into the overall wine, giving this Pinot Grigio a level of depth and complexity.


Movie Reviews – in case you’re tired of returning all those gifts and want something fun to do…

It’s been a fun week. Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday’s. Caught up on my movie going/watching over the past couple of weeks so here’s my two cents:

Les Miz – Loved it! Hugh Jackman was fantastic. I’m betting he’s an Oscar contender along with Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln (also fantastic and I’m so not a history buff -gave it an A). Give it an A-

Hitchcock – I wanted to like it but it seemed like the movie couldn’t make up its mind if it wanted to be a comedy or drama or what. Wait for Redbox on this one. Give it a C

The Hobbit – enjoyed it, worth seeing on the big screen, looking forward to the next installment. It wasn’t up there with Lord of the Rings but I give it a B+

Jack Reacher – didn’t bother me that Tom Cruise doesn’t match the guy in the books. He may be a bit odd in real life but as an actor, I like him. Violent but liked it. B+

At Redbox:

Lawless – Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain were fantastic. A-

Butter – fun and quirky. B+

Pitch Perfect – fun and goofy B-

Beasts of the Southern Wild – a bit strange for my taste – C

Killer Joe – too weird for me. C

So enjoy the rest of 2012. I’m looking forward to a bunch more movies in the next month. Of course, I have to pace them out as I’ve started on Book 2 – movies are a great reward when I’ve reached my weekly word count goal. So is a massage…


What are you doing to celebrate the Winter Solstice? I’m writing…

Today is officially the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice. This is when the sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. Happy Solstice!

16a Most of us have plenty to eat to make it through the winter (harsh or not depending on where you’re located). So donate some canned goods to your local food pantry or shelter. Or drop off a bag of cat food or dog food to your local animal shelter. They can always use old towels for the critters.

My agenda for today: finish the book I started reading last night, help my nieces make sugar cookies, and work on book 2 in the Shadow Walker series. I know who the main characters are but am still working on what they are all doing and moving the overall plot along.008

I usually do a rough outline – in my head and then as a couple of pages written in Word. Afterwards, I set up a grid in excel with each chapter, who’s in it, what’s happening and the date/time of day if it’s relevant – it is in this one. I also set up a tab with my character profiles – handy when you’re trying to remember if he has blue or green eyes <grin. And finally, I have a tab for schedule…what is the schedule tab? It’s where I track my daily writing goals. I don’t know about you but I need a deadline to keep me going so I set them myself. I’ve posted images so you can see these below.

Are you ready for the holidays? Have you finished your preparations or are you running around to frantically get it all done? I highly recommend a gift to yourself of a massage – your body and mind will thank you!

This is a great time of year to reflect on the year and plan for the next. What did you accomplish this year? What are your goals for 2013?

Happy Winter!

Schedule tab:






Character grid:



And the character profile: