Showing posts from September, 2012

All she wants to do is write

The house is quiet. All 4 kids are in bed and asleep. The dishwasher is running. The washing machine is running. My favorite show is back on TV (The Good Wife).
I'm exhausted.
I haven't written one "fun" thing all week. I'm about to burst at the seams with excitement to write. (But first, sleep. And then sleep again.) Oh wait no. First, life, and then writing.
Let's take a look at the week ahead.
Kids for 1.5 more days.
Prepare for church youth activity Tuesday night.
Then go to youth activity. (Where I'm helping one of the girls teach knitting to the other girls so they can all make scarves and hats for a service project.)
Wednesday- clean my house and do a lot of laundry. And let me tell you about what I have to clean. Because this is not a normal cleaning situation. If you live on the East Coast you already know about stink bugs. If you live in Roanoke, you really know about stink bugs. They have nothing to do with a house being clean or dirty, or eve…

"Fake" rites of passage

I'm "fake mommying" this week. You may call it babysitting, tending, caring, nannying, etc. I call it fake mommying. It's just me and four kids while their parents are out of town.
I've watched these kids before. They are great kids. Incredibly obedient and know the rules. It really isn't a tough gig at all. And it helps that I genuinely like them too. We have fun together- well, sort of.
This week has been a little tough on all of us. When I arrived one kid was getting over the flu, and another one had it. We think the baby had an easy case of the flu the week earlier. Their dad had the bug as they were leaving town. We had high hopes that the remaining kid and I would be okay. The house was aired out, disinfected, and kids quarantined.
No good.
I managed to get the flu about 48 hours into my stay here. (Major parenting rite of passage for me there- watching a toddler while miserably sick!) And tonight we are on flu-watch with the remaining kiddo (he's …

You (literally) Heard It Here First!

It is okay, you can admit it. You miss the sound of my voice. And you are dying to know what my book is really about, and which characters are loosely based on which famous celebrities, and what dessert Heidi is craving. And if you are hoping to take me out on a date sometime soon, pay special attention to what Heidi is craving, because she's not alone in that.

Sell it to me!

Hey, Friends, you see that little page just above this post that says, "Erin's Store for Women?"
I haven't done much with it in, well, MONTHS, but I know a lot of you are gearing up to sell your wares and make a few extra bucks at Christmastime. That page is for you! I am more than happy to share a link to your etsy shop, Amazon page, personal blog, whatever it is you use. Just send me an email and I'll share it!

home, job, and life renovation

I am definitely my mother's daughter.
When I was a kid my mom used to regularly take us to "just look at a house real quick." She also took interior design classes, and even had her own home design business for a while. And if you have ever been in one our houses, you know she loves to fix things up, decorate, fix it up more, decorate, etc. We've always had very pretty homes!
(Last week as we prepared for the wedding at my house I had to apologize for broken chairs multiple times. "Sorry! My mom likes to buy broken or old stuff and renovate it! She hasn't fixed that one yet!" And then I had to go hide the broken, but very pretty, chairs.)
Eventually our family got cable TV, and eventually HGTV became a thing. And my mother discovered home design and renovation shows. And she became their most devoted fan.
And now, I've joined the club. I'm watching hours and hours of design, renovation, and real estate shows.
Today it got so bad I actually caug…

Hitting the Wall Face First

This is a pretty good visual for how I've been feeling lately. Whether I'm the guy doing the smooshing, or getting smooshed, I'm not sure. Either way, it isn't a pleasant experience.

Remember the main scenario/problem going on in The Agency,? Well, it is happening to me again. Not the whole wicked witch problem, but the paycheck problem. Again, it isn't a pleasant experience.

I'm angry. I'm frustrated. I want to kick rocks. I want the problem to go away! And I really want it to stop happening to me!!

The scene that keeps replaying through my mind is from "You've Got Mail," talking about the line from the "Godfather."

Maybe it isn't personal to the person on the other end of this, but it sure is personal to me.

There's more than just work and the ability to support myself going on. For a few weeks there it felt like life was finally just rolling along just the way I always wanted it to- love life? check! published book? check…

A very, merry un-birthday to me, to you, to me to you!!!!!!!

About two weeks ago a lady at church I hardly know gave me a big hug and wished me a happy birthday.  It's not my birthday. In fact, my birthday isn't until January. Strange.  I figured she had me confused with someone else, and not wanting to embarrass her, I smiled graciously and didn't say anything. No harm, no foul.  A few days later someone else wished me a happy birthday.
Odd.  At church the next Sunday I had several people wish me a happy birthday. And one lady even gave me a chocolate bar! I finally decided to speak up because it was getting to be a little odd.  As it turns out my name was included in the monthly roster of birthdays, with the completely wrong birthday next to it. (In an even stranger coincidence they got the month wrong, but the day right. And it just happened to be my sister's actual birthday!)  The nice lady (who gives everyone a candy bar on their birthday) insisted I keep the Cadbury dark chocolate bar. (Oh, okay, if I must!) This has con…

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So here's the thing, folks.
I don't get paid in page views. I get paid per article.
But! Once my articles reach a certain number of page views I get a nice little bonus. And once my last 10 articles average a certain number of page views, I GET PAID DOUBLE on all articles going forward (or while the high average lasts).
I am THISCLOSE to hitting that high average.
You have no idea how close!
For months (8 months to be precise) I have withered at exactly half of that magic number. But for the past few weeks I've made a lot of changes to my articles, and now my page views are skyrocketing.
But I need your help. I need just a few more page views on a few articles, and I will hit that magic average and get paid DOUBLE. And you have no idea how much I need the extra money right now. (What with one of my employers not having the money to pay me at all this month!)
You don't have to click repeat…

The Perfect Week Quest Continues

About 2 weeks ago I wrote that I was attempting "Perfect Week." I had decided that rather than try to accomplish one self-improvement goal, I'd do everything at once.  Let me tell you something. It is exhausting. The first few days it took nearly half the day just to get through all of my morning routine- exercise, eat, shower, pray, read, walk dog, etc. I was hyper-aware of every little thing. I couldn't just put a dish in the sink, I had to rinse it and put it in the dishwasher. Or better yet, wash it and put it away. I couldn't just shove a pot into the cupboard, I had to organize the cupboard until it fit properly. I couldn't just put on a t-shirt with a loose thread hanging from it. I had to fix the shirt. I kept my laundry sorted. I kept my house spotless. I ate at home and I ate healthy, well-balanced meals. I flossed. I did yoga three times a day. I bathed the dog.  I did everything.  And let me tell you again, it was freaking exhausting.  But by Fri…

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway You Heard It Here First by Erin Ann McBride Giveaway ends September 16, 2012.
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Not full of win

What can I say? It has been a day.
The best way to describe this day is that it wasn't full of win. I didn't necessarily lose at anything, but I sure as heck did not win.
I was subjected to reading a LOT of hate-filled comments. They weren't directed at me personally, but lucky me, I was the one who had no choice but to read them. (I moderate the comments on a website.) Reading that much hate just makes me sick to my stomach.
It was a long day.
And then there was a so-called "review" of my book by someone who I am fairly certain never read it. Unless someone else caught a part where my hero guzzles beer?? (Thankfully, the so-called review will not be printed anywhere.)
It is ironic that half the day I had to read hate targeted at Mormons, just to be told later in the day that I'm not a good enough or conservative enough Mormon.
Like I said, I just can't win. But i didn't necessarily lose.
But I am more than ready for this day to end!

Don't miss m…

Do you know what a "looming fiscal cliff" is and why it is important?

So the question of the day is, how many of you know what "Taxmageddon" or the "fiscal cliff" really means? It is a word that has been tossed about in the news media for nearly 6 months now. Has it just sounded like a scary word about taxes? Or do you know what it actually means?  In my new novel, "You Heard It Here First," the main character, Haley, finds herself in the middle of a political scandal regarding taxes. When I wrote it- more than 6 months ago- I had never heard the terms "fiscal cliff" or  "taxmageddon." You can only imagine my surprise when I began to research those terms a few weeks ago, and discovered that the completely fictitious storyline in my book, is actually a real life scenario right now (minus the political subterfuge and bad guys plot).  Just like my character in the book, I'm starting to see a need more and more for women to learn and understand financial responsibility. I wrote a blog piece for the Motl…

This book is well read in bathrooms

My book finally arrived at my house today! To say I'm a little bit excited to finally be holding my very own book in my very own hands would be an understatement. Its a difficult feeling to describe what it is like to have that physical, tangible proof of all your hard work and your imagination put together. I love the way the cover turned out! And I'm just so dang happy to have my book here!!
I got the following email from an old friend today. It made me laugh till I cried- which was much needed, I might add. There's been a little heartbreak around these parts this week. While one dream came true with the book, another one fell apart. I know I'll pick up the pieces and survive. But it was a heartache I didn't expect and thought I would never have to deal with again. But life goes on (eventually). Until then- ice cream! (And the pursuit of "perfect week!")
The email-  "You need to know that because of your book, my family thinks that I have a stom…

You Heard It Here First - LOWERED PRICE - $7.99!

I finally got the price on my book lowered! $13+ was just too much for a paperback! Sorry about that! 

You can now get it on Amazon in paperback for $7.99!
It is still just 99 cents on Nook, and Kindle! (But it won't be forever!) 

PS- out of curiosity, how many people think that is my head and hair on the book?

Operation Perfect Week

Operation Perfect Week is under way.  What is Operation Perfect Week you ask? This week instead of just focusing on one goal or attempting to do one thing differently, I'm doing everything- perfectly.  It starts the minute I wake up. I'm getting up on time, reading my scriptures, saying prayers, walking the dog, yoga-ing, eating breakfast, everything! I'm not taking shortcuts anywhere. I'm doing everything all the time. Normally life throws a million wrenches into plans. Rarely do I have a simple, no-frills week, where I have no excuses not to do everything. But the problem is I rarely get the chance to do "everything" and as a result I'm not in the habit of doing them. So instead of trying to be better about saying my prayers, or eating healthy, and forgetting my goals after 1-2 days (or heck, hours), I'm going full throttle and doing EVERYTHING.  I'm eating healthy.  I'm sticking to a schedule.  I'm keeping the house clean and deep clea…

Book Giveaway

Superwoman TRS is giving away a copy of my new book, "You Heard It Here First!" on her blog! So if you are too cheap to fork over the $13.50 to buy a self-published book, go enter her giveaway. It ends today!

Don't miss my new novel, "You Heard It Here First!" on Amazon, Nook, and Kindle!