Busy couple of weeks

I’m SO not looking forward to the rest of this month (except Thursdays!) BIZZY BIZZY BIZZY!

Sunday – FINALLY going to use the Ruth’s Chris gift card. I’m not wild about getting dressed up on a Sunday night, but free food…

Monday – faculty meeting about test security. At least an hour and a half after school. As if the test itself wasn’t stressful enough, they’re going to tell us we can’t breathe between 10:00 and 10:03 and have to stand on one foot from 12:30-2:00 or the test will be invalid. There actually was a powerpoint at one school in our district that showed a graveyard and said “Violations can be fatal!”

Tuesday – tutoring

Wednesday – Valentine’s Day, hectic in and of itself at school. I’m ordering pizzas and hoping that’s less of a hassle than anything else. Also the Merritt deadline. I’ve never coordinated an electronic contest, so I have no idea how involved sending out those entries will be. We’re up to 7, I think.

Thursday – a break! And exciting shows!

Sunday - the boy's playing a gig

Tuesday - the writing TAKS, an exhausting day.

Wednesday is SARA.

Thursday is another gig.

The weekend is the plotting retreat, and BOOM, the month is over.

I’m still on the third house in my ghost hunters book, and I’m having to backtrack, which means tearing out pages of my notebook (gasp!) So will get to that today. I’d like to be almost done when I go to the plotting retreat, since I’ll be plotting the brother’s book.

Also need to work taxes and in there at some point. All the paperwork is jammed in a manila envelope – NOT looking forward to that task! And I have some Sheila entries to judge.

Anyway, last call for The Merritt. Remember, it’s electronic this year!

The 2007 Merritt
Sponsor: San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA)
Fee: $30
Receipt Deadline: February 14, 2007
Eligibility: unpublished nor under contract by contest deadline.
Enter: synopsis (5 pages max) and first two chapters. Synopsis and chapters not to exceed 45 pages. Electronic submissions only.
Judges: published, experienced critiquers.
• Series - Stacy Boyd, editor, Harlequin
• Single Title - Kate Duffy, editorial director, Kensington Books
• Paranormal – Anna Genoese, editor, Tor
• Historical – Leah Hultenschmidt, editor, Dorchester Publishing
• Suspense - Audrey LaFehr, editorial director, Kensington Books
Top prize: All finalists receive a certificate. Winners receive a plaque and a year’s subscription to the Love Letter.
FMI, entry form, and rules go to the SARA website < www.sararwa.com> or contact Beverly Zech

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Anonymous said...

I just want to say, I can no longer concentrate while reading your blog...Jensen Ackles gets all my attention for some reason...reckon why?

Anonymous said...

HUGS Mary!!!!
We test next Wednesday and then not again until April. Ugh.

MJFredrick said...

LOL, Kendra! I can relate!

Thanks, Mary Beth. We tested last month, a field test. Then next week, then April. Are they running you through the wringer with all the cans and can'ts?

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Kendra, because you are a smart, discriminating woman, of course. :)

Mary, do you REALLY have to not breathe for three minutes???

MJFredrick said...

Natalie, we can breathe, but only if it's Texas Education Agency approved air ;)

the meeting wasn't TERRIBLE, but seriously, stressful enough without all that crud.

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