breather.

Airport selfie while wearing my fave hat and #colourpop ultra matte lip

You guys. YOU GUYS. I survived! I’m up for air. I made it.

This latest contract had me working many hours, reading hundreds of pages a day. And this was in addition to the DayJob™, sneaking in writing revisions, events, visits from family and friends, meet-ups, appointments, and errands.

I am POOPED.

I’m exhausted and sick; coming down with my first cold in maybe a year or so?

But also proud. Because I did that, they are very happy with my work, and my relationship with is client is awesome. I survived the madness and I am so excited. (I am also hopped up on cough medicine with codeine in it at the moment so if this entry seems a bit goofy, that’s why.)

So far, this month (and part of September as well—because that’s when all this stuff started), I:

01. Attended a #ChiYA meet-up. It’s a group of Chicago authors of YA, and we’re going to do all sorts of cool things. *sings* Just you wait….
02. Finished this massive contract—maybe thousands of pages. Sent the invoice yesterday, so now I wait. And then save/pay off credit card/Christmas shop/buy something special for me.
03. Started *two* new contracts! One with a new company called Envision—they seem really nice. I’m excited about the work I’ll be doing for them. And another project for Berlitz. This one’s scope is WAY less intense.
04. Had many important doctor’s appointments (including my very first mammogram!).
05. Been keeping up with my medicine and my therapy, including the homework assignments she assigns. I really like my therapist.
06. Attended Anderson’s YA Literature Conference and YA Fan Frenzy. Got to hang with lovely author friends and make new author friends, and came away feeling loved and inspired and exhausted.
07. Stayed on the fancy floor in the hotel during the conference. They brought us cookies every night. I could get used to this—it’s part of the reason I work so hard.
08. Got the CUTEST Kate Spade Minnie Mouse bag.
09. Voted.
10. Got to see Rena *twice*. She’s my bestie, I should be seeing her more often. We’re both so swamped with work. Thank God for Google Hangouts. We talk almost every day on there.
11. Hosted my friend Sun, who I’ve known online forEVER. It was so fun hanging with her, relaxing with her, and having her in my home. She brought a nice energy.
12. Spent time with Aidan, who was here from 10/12–10/17. Never enough time, but it was fun. We ate junk food, watched raunchy stand up comedy, and laughed a lot.
13. Shopped, donated, supported people I care about, and some strangers I barely know.
14. Attended the Sia concert. Loved her show very much. Lots of dancing and artsy stuff. Very enjoyable!
15. Started Christmas shopping! 😮🎄

Now I’m back to revisions. Goal is to have them done Halloween! I want to start a new project for #NaNoWriMo, so I have to have my current one in a very good place before then. I’m very excited for the possibilities for both. :) I want to be really bold with this new project. Unapologetic, but still sweet. So eager to get started. We’ll see if I still feel the same once I’ve started, though.

But this weekend, aside from some tinkering with the novel, I SLEEP ALL THE SLEEPS. READ ALL THE BOOKS. And maybe call my mommy if my throat settles down.

Next week, I have to fix my car, get it tested, and then register it for another year. Just bought one of those portable battery chargers–hope that gets her running again. I’d love to have the freedom to drive so I can get a massage from Jan and also Christmas shop!

So, up next for the next 4–6 weeks:

01. Whatever deliverables for the two new contracts.
02. Plan Christmas shopping.
03. Get car squared away.
04. More doctor’s appointments.
05. #NaNoWriMo
06. Schedule and partake in a spa day.
07. Keep taking meds properly and going to therapy.
08. Prep for Thanksgiving! OMG.
09. More Christmas shopping.
10. Read read read. So behind on reading, my TBR pile is obscene.

I’m sure there is more, but I’m ready to relax now.

RELAX.

Wow. It feels very strange not having a big deadline looming over me. My next freelance deliverable isn’t due until EOD Monday, and it’s not a huge thing. Which means an entire weekend free. I’d forgotten what that felt like.

But I’m sure it’ll come back to me. Easily. 😂

Just Me. Feeling Kinda Pretty. :)

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wish list meme.

Sunday Stealing: Wish List Meme

I haven’t done a Sunday Stealing post in ages! So I’m jumping in this week. Missed last week, so I’m combining parts 1 and 2.

1.) What are 3 things on your wish list and why?
– a big house—I have a LOT of stuff and would like room to put it all. Also, a basement to lock the cats at night
– a publishing contract—I want my stories out there and reaching those who need them
– a successful career as an author—Writing is where I feel home and to make money doing that would be amazing

2.) Do you miss your childhood?
not really, no

3.) What do you do on your spare time on the weekends?
lately, it’s been working, but when I’m not working, I’m reading, napping, or watching Netflix.

4.) What do you appreciate most in your life?
being able to provide for myself and my family and have leftover money and time for fun.

5.) Would you rather be rich or healthy?
oh so unfair. why can’t I have both? rich = health, the way our medical system is set up anyway.

6.) If you could go back in time would you and why?
I am not white.

7.) Favorite game as a child?
none really. unless you counted playing school or library.

8.) What is your dream career?
New York Times best-selling author

9.) What do you do in your free time?
– read
– write
– watch Netflix
– buy stuff online
– surf twitter
– play Township or Fishdom or whatever silly game I’m fancying at the time
– nap

10.) Favorite clothing stores?
– Old Navy
– BALR.
– Free People
– LuLaRoe

11.) What TV shows can’t you live without?
I can live without most of them, but I love Once Upon a Time, and I just started watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix. It’s really fun!

12.) 3 things you need in your life are:
– money
– internet
– books

13.) What can’t you sleep without?
– my teddy bear Pandernoodle
– also earplugs and an eye mask

14.) Who do you have a celebrity crush on?
Theo James

15.) What is your favorite season and why?
fall, but only before it gets cold. I love the big, blue sky, the changing leaves, apple everything

16.) What is your favorite wild animal?
giraffe or panda bear

17.) Name 3 of your favorite childhood shows:
– Punky Brewster
– Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
– The Cosby Show :(

18.) If you could live as a character in a movie who would it be?
Cher from Clueless

19.) Favorite vegetables?
spinach and green beans, asparagus too

20.) Favorite fruit?
peaches, rainier cherries

21.) If you had a dragon what would you name it?
Flame

22.) What do you put on hot dogs?
ketchup and mustard, sometimes cheese
note: this answer means I fail at Chicago

23.) Do you play online games?
yes

24.) Whats your favorite way to get inspired?
music, talking to other authors, good books, movies and TV

25.) Do you have a middle name?
yes

26.) Favorite kids name?
Aidan

27.) Do you speak any other languages?
no

28.) Do you use Twitter?
yes (@lilrongal)

29.) Do you go onto YouTube?
sometimes. I like to watch the “100 years of” and taste test videos

30.) Do you play Angry Birds?
no

31.) Do you like Angry Birds?
indifferent

32.) Do you like Hello Kitty?
yes

33.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
yes

34.) Who would you like to see in concert?
hmmm. going to see Sia tonight.

35.) Can you swim well?
no :(

36.) Ever won a contest?
yes!

37.) Ever won a giveaway?
yes

38.) Do you get a full 8 hours of sleep every night?
no

39.) What tea do you like?
earl grey, or herbal, fruity kind

40.) What coffee do you like?
white chocolate raspberry mocha from Starbucks :)

41.) Do you shop at Walmart?
only to buy BBQ Fritos online

42.) Do you shop at Target?
yes

43.) What do you order at Second Cup?
I’ve never heard of this

44.) – missing

45.) Do you like homemade meals?
yes

46.) Do you like homemade baked goods?
yes

47.) Do you shop online?
oh yes!

48.) Name 3 stores online stores you would like to shop at:
– Amazon
– Colourpop
– Planner Chick Designs

49.) What holiday don’t you like?
n/a

50.) What do you eat more of when you’re sick?
depends on the sickness. but usually fried, greasy foods. unless it’s a stomach bug. then I don’t eat much of anything. if I’m catching a cold, I eat hot chicken noodle soup.

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100 truths.

100 truths

1. real name → Ronica
2. nickname → Ronni
3. single or taken → taken
4. zodiac sign → sagittarius
5. male or female → female
6. elementary → Corlette, Benjamin Franklin
7. middle → Whitney Young
8. high → John Adams
9. eye color → hazel
10. hair color → golden-brown with grey sneaking in (eek!)
11. hair: long or short → long
12. do you think of yourself as attractive → sometimes, when I get dressed up and put on makeup
13. do others find you attractive → *I’ve been told yes.
14. are you athletic → no
15. are you a health freak → no
16. height → 5’1″
17. do you have a crush on someone → not seriously
18. do you like yourself → on occasion
19. piercings you’ve had → belly button. it’s long gone.
20. tattoos → never
21. righty or lefty → righty

FIRSTS:

22. first surgery → c-section
23. first piercing → ears
missing 24
25. first award → some school thing, I’m sure
26. first disappointment → :/
27. first pet → random goldfish
28. first vacation → Ocean City, MD
29. first concert → Jackson Victory Tour
30. first crush → Matthew
31. first love → [redacted]
32. first CD → Al B. Sure – In Effect Mode
33. first car → 2002 Hyundai Accent
34. first kiss → Adam
35. first home → Cleveland OH
36. first friend → Shannon
37. first school → Corlette
38. first sport → n/a
39. first time → :/
40. first thought in the morning → I have to pee
41. first job → Gale’s
42. first hate → injustice
43. first memory → stacking shoes and getting pissed that they kept falling over
44. first bf/gf → Mike

CURRENTLY :
45. sleepy → I could sleep
46. hungry → for a snack, I think
47. have to potty → I could pee
48. thirsty → yes
49. eating → nothing
50. drinking → nothing
51. breathing → air
52. i’m about to → write, or sleep or read or netflix
53. listening to → peacock tail by boards of canada
54. seeing → survey
55. waiting for → sleep to descend
missing 56
57. wearing → leggings, tank top
58. want kids? → I have one, that’s enough
59. want to get married? → welp
60. want a big house? → YES
61. in pain → a little
62. want someone with you → I’m missing people, but I’m OK being by myself right now
63. wishing for something → yes, an agent and an awesome book deal
64. in the kitchen → food, dishes, cats probably
65. outside → 72 and sunny
66. time → 7:10pm (so I’m thinking the sunny part isn’t quite right, it’s already dark out)
67. reason for taking this survey → just felt like it.

WHICH IS BETTER WITH THE [OPPOSITE/SAME] SEX? :

68. lips or eyes? → lips
69. hugs or kisses? → hugs
70. shorter or taller? → no preference
71. intelligence or attraction? → intelligence is attraction
72. romantic or spontaneous? → spontaneous
73. nice stomach or nice arms? → don’t care
74. career or homebody? → career
75. hook-up or relationship? → relationship
76. cute or hot? → cute
77. face or body → face

HAVE YOU EVER :

78. kissed a stranger → yes
missing 79
80. lost glasses/contacts → yes
81. ran away from home → maybe
82. broken any bones → no
missing 83
84. broken someone’s heart → yes
85. been arrested → no
86. turned someone down → yes
87. cried when someone died → what the fuck? of course.
88. liked a friend → yes

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

89. yourself → sometimes
90. miracles → not sure
91. love at first sight → not sure
92. aliens → dunno
93. Santa Clause → maybe
94. sex on the first date → don’t care
95. kissing on the first date → also don’t care
96. angels → not sure

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY :

97. is there one or more people you want to be with right now?
Right now, I’m by myself in the bedroom, cuddling with my teddy bear, and I’m OK with that.

98. Isn’t that dude Spencer off The Hills on MTV a total hottie?
LOL how old is this survey (I found it on an old friend’s Live Journal)

Missing #99

100. Do you believe in God? sometimes

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