Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Little Bit Crazy?

September isn't over yet, people! There's still a chance to win an autographed copy of Forever Amore's gorgeous cover by commenting at every stop on my virtual book tour. The full up-to-the-minute list can be viewed on the left sidebar. (Also check out future guest interviews coming to The Cozy Page! Are you a published author with an upcoming release? Email me at and you can be added!) In the meantime, I'm playing around with one of my early manuscripts and hoping to submit it to Harlequin Superromance line by December. After completing my 2nd paranormal, I'm taking a break before beginning my next WIP until NaNo starts November 1. Only another month and a half? Jeepers, I'm getting cold feet already!

I thought I'd bring this next subject here to my blog. I've always been a bit...shall we say, absentminded? It has more to do with being so mentally entrenched in my stories and thoughts than what my family cheekily likes to call my "blonde moments." (I was only legally blonde for the first five years of my life, but after some very bright highlights in my high school years, I will never live this phrase down.) I even had one such moment interrupt my first vid-blog (below). The missing slipper in the filing cabinet - that's just typical moi! On top of that, in the last week I've had some real doozies. My husband came home from work several hours after I had a sandwich for lunch and discovered peanut butter in the fridge and the jelly jar in the dry pantry. Now this is just silly, because I'd been going back and forth from my office to the fridge all day, chugging soda with my revision.

And the nuttiness struck again today! I was babysitting my parents' dog, Murphy, while they were out of town and decided to take a shower after running around outside and getting sweaty. There was a bottle of oatmeal shampoo and another of Head-and-Shoulders in their spare bathroom. I opted for the oatmeal, tempted by the special "SUPER-MOISTURIZING" label. So I'm washing my hair and the shampoo just isn't working. I go back for another gob. Nope, not working either. Finally, I pick up the bottle to make sure there aren't any special oatmeal instructions and the word PET catches my eye. With a gasp, I look at the front of the bottle and, indeed, in tiny letters under the logo, there were the tell-tale words "For Dogs."

While I'm waiting for my hair to fall out, I thought I'd give you all a few laughs at my expense. Writers, sound off! Ever been so lost in the story in your head that you did something utterly half-brained? Feel free to make me feel better about myself and tell us ALL about it :)
*Thinking about a story while doing other things helps a lot, though. Today Murphy and I were watching TV and his paws got a-hold of the controller and switched to Spongebob. I was pondering whether or not to add a hurricane to my revision. And voila - the Pineapple Fever episode started playing, in which Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward ride out a terrible Bikini Bottom storm! I immediately stopped procrastinating and went back to work! Thanks, Spongebob!

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Sandy said...

LOL Thanks for the laughter over the oatmeal shampoo, Amber. What a cute post.

I have those crazy lapses of memory all of the time. My husband's ask me to make some tea, and an hour later he asks me if it's done. lol I tell him I forgot, but I'll do right now. Smile. Sometimes, he ends up making his own.

I'm always going to the bedroom for something, and when I get there I can't remember what I went after. lol The same way with the pantry or the fridge. I always think of the item when I leave a room or close the fridge. lol

It happens to all of us, Amber. Our minds aren't concentrating on what we're doing but on our story.

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Sandy, the hubby asking you to do something and then you forgetting sounds familiar. Only when this happens to me, most of the time I never really forgot. I just pretended. And it works because it sounds to him like something I'd do, LOL

This absent-mindedness has it's advantages ;)