Okay now that I have that our of the way, on to more fun stuff.
I have a title for my book: Dead Sexy.
and a little sampling:
“So, you are saying Mrs. Keltons dead Golden Retriever, followed you home?” Kat asked. I watched while she pulled left over potato salad out of the refrigerator and dished it into two bowls. Handing me one, she cocked an eyebrow.
“Not exactly.” I said, eyeing Duke, the ghost dog, staking out a place on the couch.
“Not exactly? So what, you dog napped him?” The incredulous look on her face suggested she thought I was joking.
“No, he jumped in the car and I drove him here. He followed us up the stairs,” I said.
“Are you even allowed pets?” she asked, laughing.
“Oh haha…very funny.” Frowning, I grabbed a beer and slammed the fridge door.
“Oh come on, it was a little funny,” she said. “Do I get one of those?” She tilted her head toward my Guinness.
I shrugged and stepped out onto my balcony.
Jade, Dead Sexy (c) 2008
Remember back in November when I told you all I was taking the NANO, write a book in a month challenge? Well, I tried and failed. I got about 10,000 words on the pages, then crashed and burned. I stopped writing all together for about three months. I then started working on another idea, got about 12,000 words written, then was stuck. So what did I do? I went back to that first novel on my hard drive and pretty much started it over. A lot of the original words are still there, but I moved them around and changed a bunch of things. I now have about 24,000 words down.
However, as of last night I still didn’t have a complete plot. Oh there are ideas and threads of one, but not a complete one. Its hard to know where to go from here without one. So this morning, I just decided to talk it out. I was talking to Greg, but really I was the only one talking. I suspected he was just being polite. Then, he said some off the cuff remark, not unusual for him, and a lot of things clicked in place. I do believe I now have an actually working plot. Of course now all I want to do is write, cause my brain is turned ON. That is not going to happen right now though, as it is our day off and that means we do something together. I doubt Greg is going to think me writing while he listens to the sound of typing is his idea of a fun day.
While, I am not going to tell you a lot of what it is about, I will tell you it is set in New Orleans, the protag ends up bartending at a strip club, and she sees ghosts. No title yet. It is alluding me. Maybe once I flesh out the plot, it’ll come to me. You’ll be the first to know. Well probably the second, since I am pretty sure I’ll tell Greg whether he wants to know or not.
In the face of $5.00 a gallon gasoline prices and ever rising energy costs the talk of going green is everywhere. I recently read that Toyota is having trouble keeping up with demand on it’s popular Hybrid the Prius. Hallelujah! Good job consumers. I’d love to have one myself, but had to face the reality, a $22,000 car just isn’t in my budget. When we were in the market for a car this last January, I did the best I could. Our car is a 2003 Nissen Altima and gets a bit over 30 mpg on the freeway. I tested it on my trip to Tennessee last month.
Other ways we are going green include:
Growing our own fruits and veggies
We planted two trees this spring
We only use those CFL light bulbs
I recycle my ink cartridges (I just mail them to HP)
Most of our electronics are on power strips to avoid vampire usage
Here is a big one. Everyday we see how long we can last until we have to turn the air conditioner on. It is so tempting to just leave the dang thing on all day and night here in Southeast Louisiana. A few days ago it got close to 100 degrees and yes it is very humid here. I am pleased to say we made it the whole day air conditioner less. The more we do with out the air, the more tolerable the heat is. (I can actually hear my friend Lisa thinking, “I am so not visiting her now.” Not to worry, when you come visit, we will turn the air on for you sissies. 🙂
There are lots more things we could do to reduce our own personal carbon footprint, unfortunately we just can’t afford to do them at this time. So while we save up to do some of those things, like more energy efficient appliances and windows, we will be purchasing carbon offsets. Click here to calculate your footprint. Basically the money spent on carbon offsets goes toward developing and maintaining renewable energy projects. Our Footprint ranks an 8, still higher than the national average, and we don’t even commute to work. We still have much work to do.
Post the ways you are going green. I am always on the look out for things we can do better.
One last thing, Greg has some ideas on what those of you with SUVs can do with them when you can no longer afford to drive them.
1) Gut them and turn them into a green house. The beauty of this is when the sun shifts, you can move them to better sun conditions.
2) Gut it and install a water holding tank. Thermal water heating. We all know how hot those things get in the summer.
3) Low cost student housing
4) Great sports bar, big cushy chairs, air conditioning, cup holders, and built in TV screens
5) Or maybe a SUV house for kids, you know, like a fort. Just keep the windows rolled down, they will be fine. Instead of a tree house, it’s a SUV house.
Greg wants one of these: Aptera