Friday, April 30, 2010

My Mojo is Gone

I don't know what happened to my blogging mojo, but somehow I lost it. It's gone.

I've looked for it under the huge stacks of paper on my desk and in the dusty archives of my computer files, but it is nowhere to be found.

What do I do? Do I just wait for it to turn up one day while I am folding laundry? Do I force myself to blog without it?

The good news is... my writing mojo is still here. Goldi gave me a Great Big Headache, so I am working on something new with Becky. Kendra's biggest complaint about our stories is that the "characters don't pop" so this time we started with a character and developed the plot around him.

We're still in the honeymoon phase where we are enamored with it. Just thinking about this story puts a goofy smile on my face.

Maybe I am just one of those people who can't focus on more than one thing at a time? In any case, I hope you won't all ditch me if I am not around as much as I used to be!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Take a Speed Pill

I always thought I'd be one of those fun, creative moms. The kind of who makes a game out of everything, instead of yelling and lecturing. Sadly, I more often fall into the latter category, but one of my best, most innovative moments was when I invented the Speed Pill.

We woke up one Friday morning at the usual time, and as I was getting the kids ready for school, I suddenly realized that I was supposed to bring in the Challah and treats for that morning. (Joshy was the special Shabbat child of the week and I had to be there for the celebration, so being late was out of the question) I went into a complete panic. I asked my husband if he could take the kids to school while I ran to the store and he looked at me like I had three heads.

So, the Speed Pill was born.

I opened an invisible bottle and poured out three magic pills. We each devoured one and then we got ready with lightning speed, raced to the supermarket (which is NOT on the way to school) and zipped through it in record time. My kids thought it was hilarious and behaved like true super heroes.

We miraculously got to school at our regular time.

A friend of mine sold her picture book on October 21st, 2009. I remember the date because it was the exact same day I sold NINJA PIGS. Her signed contract just arrived last week, six months after the offer.

Sometimes I wish I could tell this whole industry to Take a Speed Pill.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oh Boy! A Surprise!

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

Yup! Like the five coats I discovered in Joshy's school locker today.

Milne is a genius. (And thanks to Tiffany for bringing that quote to my attention.)

What exciting discoveries have you made lately?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Jordan has been outsmarting me pretty much since she's been old enough to talk.

For example, there was this conversation we had when she was four:

JORDAN: Mommy, I can't eat my chicken.

ME: Why not?

JORDAN: Because I don't like chicken nuggets without Ketchup. And... I don't like Ketchup.

So, I was pretty darn excited the other day when I got the best of her.

JORDAN: Mommy, I don't like the mac cheese tonight. The restaurant made it different this time.

ME: Let me taste it. Tastes exactly the same as always to me.

JORDAN: No, it tastes terrible. Something's wrong with it.

ME: It's the same as always!!! Joshy and Daddy think so too. Just eat it.

JORDAN: I can't.

ME: Okay, I'll get you a new one.

(Get up. Walk over to waiter. Whisper, "Can you stick this in the microwave for ten seconds and bring it back.")

ME: Here you go, sweetie. A nice new one.

JORDAN: This one is much better.


Jordan- 368
Mommy- 1

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Those Were The Days

My mom emailed me last week and said, "I miss your blog posts."

Wanna know what I miss? I miss my flat stomach! I looked good in a bathing suit until I was 41. (That's after having my second child) Then we moved from the city where I walked at least three miles a day, to the suburbs, where I usually let my husband get the mail to avoid making the trip to the end of the driveway.

And now I permanently look like I am entering my second trimester. Ouch. Sad, but true.

Ah, to have that bikini body back!

What do you miss?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Long and Winding Road

Okay, .... everyone says, "Don't blog when you are angsty." So, I have been avoiding the blogosphere for the past few weeks. Goldi is driving me nuts. If PIGS was a 100 yard dash, then GOLDI is a friggin' marathon. An endless 26 mile struggle. But when I get to the finish line, it will be worth it, right?

I mean, I always tell my kids, "Easy is boring. Do something to challenge yourself?" So, I should take my own advice, shouldn't I? (You can tell I am trying convince myself, but not quite succeeding)

My agent and I are having artistic differences. There. I said it. Hope the blog police don't ring my bell in the next five minutes and take me away.

I am trying to tackle the issues one at a time, but it's kind of like thinking you were on mile 24 and then realizing... nope, just mile 14.

Loooooooooonnnng way to go.