Who needs Xanax when you have M&Ms?

Flying home to Upstate NY tonight to be in my BFF’s wedding. Writing this blog from Denver International Airport (props for free Wifi), so excuse any rushing/typos on my part. I plan on freaking out when they start to board in a little bit…

S is actually worse about this than me. He cannot fly without heavy doses of Xanax, advil, his ipod turned way up, and noise-cancelling headphones (I actually just wrote “ear-cancelling” wow). I tried some of his Xanax once…it was not a pleasant experience. I felt all groggy and heavy, and not in control of my limbs. I freaked out WORSE because I thought I wouldn’t be able to react if something happened…like, I could *totally* stop the plane from crashing if I wasn’t on drugs. Fo sho. 

So since that went so badly, I have resorted to good old chocolate-induced dopamine and lots of denial. I pull the window shade down, and pretend I’m NOT thousands of feet in the sky. I read trash-mags, which I’m usually never interested in. (Did you HEAR about poor Jamie-Lynn’s betrayal??) But after a while, you get airplane-mouth. So you have to balance your chocolate with something fruity. This trip I opted for a combination of M&Ms and Skittles. Handy & discreet. Not many pesky wrappers, and small enough to suck on without chewing. But I did bring the ear-cancellers. 

Now to obsess over the fact that I *must* have left something crucial at home. Besides my husband (sniff). It’s weird flying thru Washington when all of Washington is in Denver…heh. And there is a college girl sitting next to me who knows EVERYTHING!!! The world is SAVED. Well, they’ve started to board…time to break out the M&Ms…see ya’ll in the Eastern time zone!

Non-Writer Feedback lolz

This was too good not to share…

My sister is reading my MS right now (thought a little non-writer feedback couldn’t hurt), and some of the things she said are just making me LOL…

(In response to a very irresponsible character giving a friend’s address/phone# to a boy)
“Giving out a street address is just irresponsible, not a good example to set for young readers (sorry, but I watch Dateline!)”

(In response to a conversation foreshadowing a character’s homophobia)
“You don’t want to alienate your gay audience with the ‘ew’, I would go for ‘damn” instead…”

(In reponse to MC following a boy to a place where they can talk alone)
“No woman should ever go somewhere isolated with a guy she doesn’t know!!!”

SO my very next novel will be about girls who carry tasers for their own protection, beat guys over the head for even TALKING to them, and only refer to homosexuals as homosexuals, while smiling and holding their arms out to embrace them just like REAL PEOPLE DO. And it will have a guide in the back that gives instructions on what responsible teenagers SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do. 

I love my sister. :)


 Many things have kept me from LJ this past week…

I am waiting for readers to finish reading. Then I’ll be looking for more readers… 

I am pounding away at a query letter that sounds amazing and brilliant some moments, and robbed of soul and creativity the next… 

My kitty is in the hospital :-( She is 14 and stopped eating/drinking and got all dehydrated and she gets an ultrasound tomorrow. We’re pretty sure she has a mass on her kidney, but don’t know what it’s all about yet. I have had this cat half my life. I got her out of a cardboard box at an Upstate New York street fair. I carried her home inside my shirt because it was raining and she was too young to be away from her mother. She approved of my husband. She is the kind of cat who comes to you for love, but only takes what she wants, and then leaves. You don’t follow. She used to bite quite ferociously when she was younger. Every ounce of her love is earned.

I am reading ~*Breaking Dawn*~ incredibly slowly and don’t want to come across something that spoils it. All I have to say so far is: O_O Happy.