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

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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…

Las Vegas Earthquake??

Yes, it is true. We had an earthquake here in Las Vegas.

At least, that’s what people are saying. I, of course, slept through it. :)

It is now October and fall has finally started to show its face. Well…sort of. It was still 90 degrees outside today, but the evenings do cool off a bit so it’s nice outside.

Only 26 days until NaNoWriMo, and the painstaking goal of 50,000 words. I was hoping to be a bit further in the current book before dropping everything to start a new one, but I’m not sure that’s gonna happen. I would like to be half way done with this one by November 1st. We’ll see if that happens.

I really need to get to the movies. I have fallen behind on some movies that I want to see. I’ve heard The Maze Runner is pretty good. Looking forward to that. Haven’t heard anything about Gone Girl yet, but I did enjoy the book, so we’ll see.

I’m liking Gotham so far. Interesting characters. We’ll see how the story line develops.

Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino has won my heart over for the fall. It is truly a culinary delight.

Wow. That was a lot of random thoughts just kind of thrown out there. But, that’s the kind of mood I’m in. Not really sure what that says about me.

Time to go. Enjoy the weather. Toodles.

Half-price Cone Day

So, tomorrow is half-price cone day at Sonic. What a great time to indulge in some super yummy ice cream. And, McDonalds has a free small coffee for breakfast all week. *sigh* I get spoiled with all these wonderous offerings.

This week is the beginning of season premiers on TV. I’m looking forward to some new shows. Most notably…GOTHAM. It looks really dark and interesting. Can’t wait. (Is it troubling that I’m looking forward to a show that’s dark and disturbing??)

On the writing front…I’m still drudging through book four of the Decoders. Seriously…drudging. It’s going way slower than it should. I need some inspiration and a shot in the arm. Well, maybe not a shot. Just a boost in creative juices.

Maybe a salted caramel mocha frappuccino from Starbucks will help? That has become my new drink of choice. I LOVE it the most. I must enjoy it while they keep it on the menu (it’s a fall thing). I still remember the day I asked for a caramel flan Frappuccino and…and…they said they no longer carried it. It was…so…sad.

Alright. Focus. Time to get busy. Hope my muses stop by for a visit.

Until next time. Ciao.

Labor Day is Upon Us

Howdy all!

Ah…Labor Day. The day when people have the time and opportunity to do all those things they’ve put off doing all summer, and end up watching a marathon on TV instead. I, too, am guilty of this. But, can you blame me? Criminal Minds had marathons on TWO channels. *sigh* All those things I could’ve done…

Oh well. Moving on. School had begun and I must get used to the early morning hours again. Ugh. Why must school begin so early? It should begin at, say, nine o’clock. I would be content with that. Yes. 9:00 would be fabulous. Instead, it begins at 7:10. Bah! Such an unearthly hour.

I have finally started putting time into writing book 4 of the Decoders series. Summer threw me for a loop and I took a bit of a hiatus from writing. But, now. I’m back in the writing groove. I shall keep you all updated on my writing status.

For my fashionistas out there, I just wanted to warn you that I do NOT adhere to the tyrannical “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule. And, seeing as how it is destined to be 105 degrees in Vegas tomorrow, I believe Mother Nature is on my side with this one. So, my apologies to those I offend, but I am indeed wearing white tomorrow. :)

I wish you all a marvelous September. Ta!