Cold season has hit!

Holy smokes! This cold has been kicking by booty all week! Thankfully, I’m on the upswing now. The nasal part has diminished, just the lingering cough remains.

Hope this message finds you all in good health. I know the flu has been making its rounds with a vengeance this year. Wash your hands often and keep eating your fruits and veggies. Keep that immune system in high gear!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m still trying to get in the habit of writing 2015. It’s mid-January. Sheesh. I should be spouting 2015 like it’s second nature to me by now.

Now…confession time. *sigh* Don’t hate me. I’ve fallen a bit behind on my editing of book 4. I’ve just been so busy with other stuff (life…sometimes, it just gets in the way), that I’ve allowed book 4 to lie in the corner. Alone. Waiting. Crying.

Ugh! Now I feel REALLY bad. Okay, that’s it. Today, I am working on the book. I need to get this edit out of the way, so I can move on.

Cough or no cough, this thing is getting DONE!

Ciao for now.

Happy New Year!

Yeah, okay, technically it’s January 4th and New Years was a few days ago, but it’s my first post of 2015, so…Happy New Year!

2015? Holy smokes! I cannot believe how fast 2014 went by, Phew, It’s like I blinked, and the year was over. That’s it. No more blinking!

2015 is destined to be a fabulous year. I have two Decoders books in the works, and one JJ Bennett book in its infancy. I made reservations to vacation at the Bahamas in the summer. So far, the year is looking pretty darn great. I hope the year brings you all wonderful and amazing surprises!

Reading list for 2015? For me, I plan to start by finishing the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (finally). I am rereading the first one now, and I plan to following it up with the other two in the series. How about you all? Any specific reading targets for you?

Sigh. Now, I have work to do. It is the last day of Christmas break and I have to do all the chores I have put off for two weeks. Ugh. I sooo do not want to do anything today. I wish I could just curl up on my bed and read. But, alas. Duty calls. Blah.

On a lighter note…may 2015 bring you all much joy and happiness. :)

Until next time…adios!

I love Christmas!

Howdy all!

Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year! I love decorating the house and driving around looking at all the pretty lights. I have to admit, I like the way my house looks this year. What do you all think?

Christmas 2014One of my neighbors left me a sticky note on my front door thanking me for making the neighborhood festive. Made my whole day.

Christmas is, of course, a special time of year (birth of Christ being the most important), and as such, people give a lot of gifts to each other. It’s really a great tradition in my opinion. If you have run into that ever-so-problematic person on your list, why not consider giving them a book? You can seriously find a book on any possible interest they may have.

If they are kids, might I suggest the Percy Jackson series? It’s one of my all-time favorites. I’ve always been a huge mythology fan, and that series is super fun.

And, while you’re at it, you can throw in a couple of my books, too. *wink*

Whatever your plans are for the holidays, I wish you an amazing Christmas. Safe travels and a very Merry Christmas!!

Twitter anyone?

At first, I was afraid. I was petrified.  …wait, where was this going?

Oh, yeah. I was a bit intimidated by Twitter when I joined back in April. Facebook was just so much more appealing. Perhaps it was that I was simply comfortable with FB, I don’t know, but the whole 140 character thing was no fun. I remember dreading, even forcing myself to check my Twitter feed and make myself write a post every four or five days just so I could tell everyone I was on Twitter.

But, now? O M G!! I love Twitter! It is such a fun and interesting social media platform. I love reading the tweets by some of my favorite authors. I love posting ridiculous things that leave people going…whaaaaa???? I love retweeting cool things about my former students,

Yes, Twitter has become a part of me. Are you on Twitter? If so, I would love to hear from you. Join me!  @AlbaArango4

Tweet you later!

NaNoWriMo is OVER!!

Hey all!

Happy, happy day! Today is November 30th and the last day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal was 50,000 words in the month of November. And…I did it!!! 50, 024 to be exact. I’m so happy. And…so tired. Seriously. I need a nap.

For me, 50,000 words is especially exciting because I actually completed the first draft of one book and about half of another. How cool is that? Answer…super cool!

Of course, now comes the crazy part. Editing. Rewriting. Editing. Rewriting. But, it’s fun.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. I am thankful for all my family and their support. God gave me a very patient family. I am truly blessed. :)

Now that I have completed my 50,000 words, I believe I am in need of chocolate. That is my excuse today. (No worries, tomorrow I will have a different excuse.)

Time to go. I wasn’t lying. I serious want chocolate and a nap.

Until next time! Adios, amigos!!

NaNoWriMo is half-way through

Greetings all!

OMG…NaNoWritMo is nearly half-way through and I am exhausted. But, I have been faithful in keeping up my word count! :) Hopefully I can keep it up for the remainder of the month. Granted…I have no social life. *sigh* But, such is life.

November is a fantastic month! Not only to we get to thank our Veterans for all their service to us, but we get to thank God for all the blessings he has given us. And, we get to finally wear boots! At least in Vegas. Those of you in the Northwest have probably been wearing them for months. And not because they look cute. To keep yourselves warm. It’s going to be a high of 59 tomorrow. Brrr. I am SO wearing boots to school on Monday. Yay!

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Okay…I have to get back to work. Enjoy the day!

 

NaNoWriMo is here!

Greetings all!

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which means….AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

50,000 words in 30 days is…is…is…awesome. And tiring. And super cool. And crazy.

Today is Day 2. Yesterday, I hit the quota (and even passed it by like 50 words). Today…not so much. But! There’s still time. It’s only 4:47 in the afternoon, and I got an extra hour of sleep. :)

I am working on a new Decoders book. If all goes well, I should be done with the book (1st draft) by the end of the month. Cool, right?

On a completely unrelated topic, the high today was around 66, partly cloudy, and windy. Yep. FALL is here.

How did FALL get its name? Is it because leaves FALL in the autumn? Is it because we FALL back time-wise? I really don’t know. Yeah, I could look it up, but then I’d just be procrastinating NaNoWriMo even more than I’m doing right now by talking about FALL.

*sigh* I know. I know. GET TO WORK. ……Fine. I’ll go.

Until next time. Ciao.

Believe in U

Believe in U

This is the new mantra for my school. Its pretty cool. I love that our school is trying to encourage kids to believe in themselves and to have pride in being a part of our school. Through community partners, they are even getting every kid and teacher at our school (that’s around 3000 people) a tee shirt commemorating the year. I love this. So proud to be a Valley Viking! :)

In other news, it is finally starting to feel a bit like fall around here. I understand that we (Las Vegas) are on track to having the warmest October in Vegas history. I’m not complaining…I have enjoyed the mild temps (mid 80s is so pleasant). Today, the wind has kicked up and by tomorrow, the high is only supposed to be in the mid-70s. It’s going to feel chilly. (Don’t laugh at me, I’m a desert rat.)

Next month is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month for my non-writing friends. The challenge is 50,000 words in the month of November. Yikes! I managed to do it last year. The result….The Case of the Sleepwalking Vampire and the completion of The Secret of the Alien Tribute. So, I am doing it again this year. Hopefully, I can crank out another novel. that be awesome. Wait….this starts in a week. Holy Smokes! I didn’t realize it was so soon.

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Until next time…