Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Morning Update: The Commencement Of Half-Assed Week

This is the commencement of "Half-Assed Week" which is what I call weeks with half-days and additional days-off from school. The kids love them. I hate them. We have a half-day on Tuesday, and a full day off on Thursday, and of course this is the week I have 10 million things to get done.

1.) Prepare for my talk on Saturday for the Rhode Island Romance Writers. It's titled Penelope's Plethora of Promotional Proverbs: Promoting Your Book. I think the title is pretty much self-explanatory, as well as an excellent example of alliteration.

2.) Read The Ballerina, the Gymnast, and the Yoga Master by RJ Silver. In preparation for RJ's new release coming out soon, I decided to read all his back titles. It's the perfect week for satire.

3.) Write reviews for An Offer From A Gentleman, The Viscount Who Loved Me, To Sir Phillip With Love, and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. My Bridgerton re-reading extravaganza continues. I think it is satisfying a deep-needed craving for pure romance, as opposed to willy-nilly boinking and unwelcome BJs.

4.) Take 600 old romance novels to the used book store and attempt not to shame myself by bawling like a baby. I can do it!

5.) Hopefully I will be getting my new cover for Lumberjack In Love, as well as the advertising banner for Sweet Magik. Will post everything when they're ready for action!

6.) Attend middle school curriculum night at 6:30 PM on Tuesday. Attend the mandatory parent meeting for swim team at 6:30 PM on Tuesday. Notice a problem with that? Sigh.

7.) Plan promotional events for Sweet Magik, which is coming out Nov. 4. Also do promotional and other tasks for NECRWA spring conference committee.

Me to stylist: Nothing subtle. I want big chunks of color! I want to look dramatic! Make it look like a lion's mane!
Sylist: Okay.
5 Hours (and $300) later I leave the salon with teeny-tiny streaks of subtle highlights. #^$%@*$&!!!!!!

9.) Work on WIP? It could happen. Not.

10.) Drink generous glass of red wine each evening. For my heart.

Please enjoy the incredibly embarrassing photo of me from the 1980's. I used to dye my big, fluffy I'm not sure exactly what that freakin' color is, but it certainly isn't anything found in the natural world. Also note the hideous pink satin shirt I'm wearing, and enough make-up to keep all of the Maybelline grandchildren in college for years to come.

Happy Freakin' Monday,


Serena Bell said...

I'm soooo with you. 5yo has no K on Wed, and neither kid has school on Thursday. It's hard enough for me to get anything done on an ordinary week! And I'm trying to get entries prepped for contests, while not losing momentum on the book. I'll be thinking of you ...

Penny Watson said...

Hi Serena! Ugh! You are having Half-Assed Week, too. So sorry. Good luck with your contest entries....that's a great way to get started on the path to publication. I totally recommend it! :^)

Natascha said...

Love the picture. Great hair and eyebrows! I think you look sweet.
This is gearing up to be a Half-Assed Week for me too. No school on Thursday and I am getting emails from middle school teachers that my son has missing homework. How can that be when we are completing it days in advance? Someone thinks that he has to wait for a personal invitation from the teacher to submit homework, while all the other kids dump their homework in the basket in the back of the class room. That's his reason, I'm not kidding. He's aging me faster than gravity.

Penny Watson said...

Oh Natascha! Same thing w/ my son! I keep repeating..."This is all a good learning experience." Boys!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Yah on 7!

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I feel for you (and love the photo!!). We had back to school night two weeks ago, and I had a wonderful school meeting last week, “Navigating the College Application Process” - Yikes! That was fun! (I actually had nightmares that night from it!)

Oh, and about the son who's aging you faster than gravity - I'm there beside you!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju....I will email you about #7!!!!

Penny Watson said...

Julie....I am already stressed about that meeting and my kid is only in 8th grade. I'm gonna have nightmares, too!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I love the pink hair - so fluffy! Makes me want to pet you and do one of those wraps to flatten your hair like my cousin used to do.

You have so very much on your plate. Wow. Now I have to remember my Tuesday hair appointment.

All I can say is, I like my literary boinking non-willy-nilly and my BJs welcome.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! Ha haa! It's hair was very pettable. And fluffy. And big. (Well, it's still big).

Nina Pierce said...

I love the picture! I lived through the 80's, but never managed the big hair or makeup. Not sure how that one passed me by.

I can't wait to see you at the meeting on Saturday! So bring all that alliterative wisdom with you!

Penny Watson said...

Yay, Nina! I'm so glad you will be at the meeting. Hopefully my hair will look big and beautiful. (It's the source of my super-hero powers, but don't tell anyone.)