Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Running on Empty


















Because I know it can be exhausting when your day is overloaded with work, overtime, kids, and other personal responsibilities. Oftentimes there aren't enough hours in the day to get it all done. But just remember this... No matter how tired you are, and how much you feel like you can't do this one more day... You're still one extremely hot looking guy!! ;)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sneak Peek!!


















Here is a draft version of the cover for my novel "Dead Girl Talking." I got it yesterday afternoon. It is going to be changed a little, but I am really happy with it. I especially like the Chicago skyline across the bottom. I think it kicks ass... LOL

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vote! Will Chgo get the Olympics?













Vote "yes" or "no" at the top right column of my blog. The poll closes Friday morning. While I don't want the Olympics here, I think we are going to get them.

*Annmarie Olympic Trivia* I have a second cousin who received a gold medal in swimming the year the US boycotted the Olympics.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banned Book Week












Banned Book Week is going on now. Click to watch the video below.

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.

According to the American Library Association, out of 513 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2008.

Some books that have been banned include Gossip Girl, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Forever (Judy Blume), The Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, In the Night Kitchen (Maurice Sendak) and Beloved (Toni Morrison).


Click here to go to the Banned Book Week Website


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Back to School, Back the Bid


















Anyone have their kids bring home "Back to School Back the Bid" bookcovers from the CPS? They received around 1,000 of them at my kids school. They are sitting in a box by the office, never even passed out. I did take one and scanned it, so you can see it here. Tax payers money at work again I guess?

Friday, September 25, 2009

1980's Video Dating Service



















These guys are pretty scarey. WTF sort of guy says "Hi Mom!" in his video dating profile?? LOL Click to watch and see if you recognize anyone you know!


Happy Birthday Misia!


















I hope you have a great day and I'll see you later tonight at your party!! Good luck blowing out all your candles. Especially that one in front!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Possessing Poseidon


















Coming to Total e_Bound on October 19th, 2009. Details to be posted soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Waiting for Wednesday?













Your wait is over! Click to watch video. Lisa Loeb is a great musician and has some awesome taste in eyewear! :) I hate just throwing a video up here today, not what I had planned... I have to create a huge spreadsheet for the PTA today... and I still have edits to do. Not enough time in the day once again!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sure to be a Circus













Marianne, Kim and I recently found out that we are going to be headlining a discussion panel on what to do with a manuscript once it's done at the Chicago North Romance Writers of America conference next April. Kim and I were on a panel at the 2008 conference, so this won't be the first time for us. The three of us will also be participating in the Saturday book signing at the conference.

The last time the three of us were together was at the 2007 Romantic Times Conference in Houston Texas. It was total craziness and I know I survived on three or four hours of sleep a night. (One of my favorite memories... Kim stumbling into the bathroom at around 3 or 4 am and almost having a heart attack when she saw me sitting on the floor texting... LOL)

I think this conference might actually fall on my birthday too, so I am sure it is going to be one crazy weekend!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thankful


















I got a call this morning that my friend Misia was in a car accident... Hit by an AT&T truck. I am happy to report that she is fine, though her car is going to need to be fixed. Thanks to the police officers who helped her at the scene. :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Goodnight...










Sorry I missed posting yesterday and today. It's been a strange two days here. It seems like everyone fell off the face of the earth this weekend. (Well everyone except Catherina! LOL) I even checked my phone to make sure it wasn't broken because normally I get calls and text messages at all hours of the day. Today nothing (again... except Catherina). So now I am going to go kill some time on Facebook before I go to bed. Here's hoping tomorrow is a better (and normal) day!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Video Says You Just May Be The One













Click to watch. I used to love the Monkees when I was younger. (Peter was my favorite). This is actually a really good song (I think) and I like the lyrics a lot. They are sweet and romantic... kind of like me... LOL (kidding, kidding).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ugh... I am sick...


















I don't know what the hell I got but it started late yesterday morning and has gotten progressively worse. I did go to the doctor and the strep was negative and they said no to a double ear infection. Funny thing is my throat is killing me so I can hardly swallow (go ahead... insert joke here... I'm giving you a freebie!! LOL) and both my ears feel like they are full of water and I can hardly hear. And did I mention the fever?? And no, I don't think it's the swine flu, though I always liked Miss Piggy... I guess I have to suffer this one out.

So while I am down for the count here, take a nice trip down memory lane and watch the opening song from the Banana Splits! I watched this all the time as a kid... And sorry WSH, I tried to find a clip of that Gulliver's Travels cartoon we talked about last night, but I couldn't find it on youtube...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's All A Balancing Act


















I feel like I should be in a circus. Watch the "Amazing Annmarie" in the center ring as she balances kids, her writing, being President of the PTA, cooking, cleaning, and homework all at the same time!

I planned on starting my final revisions of Guarding Pandora on Monday. Well, that was the plan until I got an email from the chairperson of the PTA Candysale that morning telling me she quit and wouldn't have time to run the sale this year. (She is very busy). This is the biggest fundraiser for the school... Oh, and btw, all the sale information needs to be sent home WEDNESDAY because it had already been delivered to the school and is dated material. Really? Awesome! Thanks for letting me know... TWO DAYS before!! All is well though... I put out a few calls, had volunteers and everything will be sent home with kids today.

So now I have time to do my revisions... Until the orders are due the end of the month and I'll be going through 800 order forms. Ugh... I better get going on those revisions!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Enough is Enough


















I swear to God I don't know what is wrong with some people. Sure, writing the genre I do I deal with the occasional weirdo... But what I dealt with recently went way beyond that. And to the the fucktard Im'ing me on Facebook...Let me make something perfectly clear: In real life or on line NO MEANS NO. And consider yourself blocked, asshole.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Like the song says...















It's just another "Manic Monday" Click to watch...
"He tells me is his bedroom voice... Come on honey, let's go make some noise..."



Seems appropriate today since it's been so crazy... Anyone else have a hectic day? Or am I just lucky here? ;)

Slide Show From 9/12 on Michigan Ave








Click to watch the slideshow below.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

An Amazing Speech From the 9/12 March


















I was moved by Jason's speech and I hope you will take the time to take a listen...



And yeah... that's me in the photo. I can't believe how many emails I've gotten from people who saw this asking if that was me... LOL I didn't even know this was online...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

March on Michigan Ave

















Today is the March on Michigan Ave for Healthcare Freedom at 11am at "The Bean". I will, of course be attending the event. We have no idea how many people will show up, with something like this you just don't know... I'll be taking pictures to post afterwards. I guess we'll see what happens...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Kate!














Happy Birthday to my best friend. Not everyone has a friend that they've known for so long... (what... 22 years?!) Like the saying goes... You will always be my best friend... you know too much! LOL See you later tonight...

ps while I am bringing the cake, I can not guarantee it will be served like the picture shown. Unless I get any volunteers before I trek out to Naperville??

Thursday, September 10, 2009

FYI- CPS Calendars for 2009-2010












If you have kids in CPS you probably got two calendars sent home this week. One was a sheet of paper and the other a "calendar and directory" from CPS and Walgreens. You might have noticed that the days off on both of these are not the same. (Great, right?) You have to know what "track" your school is to actually use the Walgreens calendar because otherwise you will be thinking your school has no classes when, in fact they do... Nothing like making things easy!!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

9/9/09 Hump Day Video...


















Wants you on my side of the bed... This is one of my favorite songs and I've posted it here before. Here is a different version. Click to watch...


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Pssst... Come here for a sec....















Listen to that... Do you hear it???...... That, my friends is the sound of quiet. Today is the first day back to school... Life is good. LOL

Monday, September 07, 2009

Yay!! Yay!! I'm Finished!!!


















I JUST finished the first draft of Guarding Pandora. I swear to Sweet Baby Jesus I was like Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone when she is writing the end of her novel... LOL... But now I'm sitting here all excited by myself with no one to share my excitement with!!! Argh!!!! This kind of sucks.... LOL But I don't care because I'M FINISHED!!! Can you tell I am happy? It would just be cool to have someone to celebrate with though...

Amusing Bunni!



















I got to meet fellow blogger "Amusing Bunni" yesterday when I was at Celtic Crossing. I can now verify that she is, indeed , a real, live person. She is also great to talk to, and oddly enough comes equipped with her own bunny covered notepad... LOL (seen here)

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Welcome Home Misia!!!



















Welcome home to Misia who spent the week in Puerto Rico. I missed you woman!! It was really good to see you (and your Bo Derek hairdo!! LOL) See you Tuesday and looking forward to our pedis after kiddies are in school.

And for those of you who don't know Misia... She is absolutley BRILLIANT when it comes to relationship advice. Seriously, this woman is always right. My other friends and I often say WWMD (what would misia do) when questioning what we should do in our own relationships.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Random things about me...



















Here they are in no particular order...

I can twirl baton.

I hate roller coasters but can be convinced to ride them.

I do not know how to change a tire. (But I can use a can of fix a flat! LOL)

I am a real blonde.

I am in the Michael McDermott video "Just West of Eden".

Pink is my favorite color.

I never wear my Uggs when it snows.

I would have never tried to get published if it wasn't for my cousin Kim and her convincing me to give it a try.

I am the most loyal friend you will ever have.

I can do that trick and take off my bra without taking off my shirt first... LOL

I am addicted to text messaging. KWIM? LOL (And btw I texted someone a question today and got back just the answer I was hoping for... It actually made me giggle.)

I will do anything to put off real writing if I just am not in the mood!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Winners!


















Tuesday night I participated in a reader/author chat at Resplendence Publishing and I am happy to annouce the winners from my two contests are Laura K and Anna Lisa McK! Thanks so much for stopping by the chat and taking the time to enter the contests. It was a good time that night and I hope you had a lot of fun!! See you at the next chat! :)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Thank You!!




























Thanks so much to all the wonderful people I met the past few days driving around fliers for the anti healthcare bill march on Sept 12th downtown. I have been to firehouses, police stations, police uniform stores, doctor offices, the Polish/American Congress, libraries, Jewel stores... Thanks so much for agreeing to post fliers, pass them out and spread the word. If you would like a copy of the flier I am posting it here now. Feel free to make copies yourself, email them to family and friends, help get the word out. If you have an organization and would like multiple copies, email me and I will see what I can do to get them out to you. Thanks again!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

In the hot seat















Well dear readers... I am spending the next few hours trying to finish my rough draft of Guarding Pandora. I promised I'd have it done by the time school started again, and so I have a week left to finish it. I'm going in, so wish me luck!! LOL