Sunday, July 26, 2015

Back in the Saddle ... Maybe

Sorry, I'm not talking about horseback riding, although I would love to hitch a saddle up and go for a ride.

~~ Memories floating back from childhood ~~ 
Ahem, oh sorry...

Nope I'm talking about being back on-line. 
I haven't posted for the last few weeks, due to a back issue, which 
hopefully has been straightened out.

I went Friday for a shot and now the wait is on to see if it works.
If yes, then we know what the issue is and I can go to physical therapy to work on the issue.
If not -- well, that's why it's called the practice of medicine.

During my day job I'm at the desk & computer about 7 hours and then come home do all the good stuff like, cook
then usually write or something book related for an hour or two, and go over my son's home school work he had for the day.
(Last year of home school high school) YAY we have a graduate!!

But because of this back thing I've only been able to sit and write or do book stuff maybe one day a week (Usually on a Sunday), if I'm lucky. So the past 8 months have literally been HELL, especially lately. 

I'm used to going, going, going! Not -- oh damn I hurt, oh damn that hurts, oh damn, oh damn, oiiii, ouch, my back is killing me!

Hey I know I can't do the same things I did in my 20's,  I'm in my 40's and slowing down -- slightly, but this is ridiculous!

I've hurt so bad, I just crash on the couch after the day job. Saying its find your own for dinner tonight and passing out by 8.
Yeah starting to feel like an older lady here. 

Working off the smart phone while laying down is not my area of expertise and I hate doing it. So until I'm forced to or it's my only dang choice, it probably will not be happening anytime to soon.

Keeping my spirits up this shot will work!!

Hope everyone has a GREAT Sunday 
and remember
Keep reading and stay Spicy

C. A. Salo
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To Series or Not to Series...

That is the question!
For me anyway.

I've completed a 20K+ word novella and it has all the markings of a series. 
But...and I've been sighing over this for 2 months now. Do I want to make it into a series or keep it as a single read? ???????????
Grrrrr Arrrrggg!!
I have two other plots already half formed (in my brain) but do I want to put them down to pen and paper -- AKA the computer, or do I want to brush them aside for the time being, go on to something else and maybe bring the plots back later in stories of their own, with no relation to the novella I finished? ????????????????

The woes of an author!!

I know series are 'big' at the moment, so why not sit down and crunch two more novellas out? 
Series however take time in planning, and although I am a 'panster' (I write by the seat of my pants). There is some planning you have to do to make sure the series comes out right
Like all eye, hair colors are the same if character from book 1 is in book 3. Body types, mannerisms etc... 
Trust me as a reader when I sit down to read a series, I have noticed little inconsistencies, that have me grabbing the book before and reading it again to make sure I'm not losing my mind, that YES, her/his eyes were blue in the first one and now they're silver!
I'm anal that way LOL. 

So I'm thinking I need to sit down and really think this over, making a decision by the end of today!

Maybe I'll finish my office wall today and clean my office while I'm putting everything into place. After all there's nothing like having a clean work area to stimulate the mind.

Have a great day all!! 
Stay Spicy

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fun Drink Friday - 2 Drinks - Happy 4th!!

1.5 Cups Strawberry Smirnoff
3 Cups Lemonade OR Cranberry Juice
Serves 8
From our Friends at: Smirnoff

Non-Alcoholic Drink
Raspberry Fizz
Charles Maraia

Raspberry Fizz


lime juice
cranberry juice
ginger ale
pint raspberry sorbet


  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Let the lime syrup cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine 1/2 cup of lime syrup with the cranberry juice, seltzer, and ginger ale. To serve, pour into glasses and top with scoops of raspberry sorbet.

Hands-On Time 
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Serves 6

From our Friends at: Real Simple

                                     Happy 4th all!!
                         Drink Responsibly & Stay Spicy!!