I got nuthin’

I am the world’s worst blogger. No really, I probably am. Total slacker here. I’m so much of a slacker that I couldn’t even think of anything to post. So, thought I’d just stop by, say hi. See what’s going on. Might even whine a little bit. Because it’s my blog and I can whine if I want to.

As you may know, I live in Texas. It is effing hot here. It’s so hot that the lake nearest my house has 125,000 dead fish floating in it because the heat sucked the oxygen out of the water. But, we have a “cold” front coming. To celebrate, I ran straight to Target to buy a new trench coat.

Last week, I got rear-ended during rush hour traffic. The guy hit me so hard that he pushed me into the car in front of me and that car into the next car. But, now the car in front of me is saying I hit him first so the insurance battle is on. Folks, the guy in front of me shows – drugs are bad, mmmmkay.

No one was seriously injured from the wreck, but I had a mild headache for a few days and muscle soreness. So, at the suggestion of my husband, friends, parents and cat I went to the doctor last Friday. Nothing broken (my right arm was really sore) and just tense muscles, but the doc ordered a CT Scan to make sure I didn’t have a concussion from the accident.

My head is clear of a bleed, but the doctor found calcium deposits on my brain. It could be nothing at all (for example, my niece or nephew – can’t remember which – had a calcium deposit found during a sonogram, they are fine) but the doctor wants me to see a neurologist to make sure it’s not something else. We all knew I was a little checked in the head …

THEN (oh I’m not done yet), my last remaining grandparent died last week. I wasn’t close to her, but  I felt sad for my dad. The woman did give birth to my father and without him, I wouldn’t be here.

So, that’s all I got. A whole bunch of whining. Oh, but I do have one bit of goodness. That agent that emailed out of the blue a month or so ago wanting to see a partial of Phoenix came back and asked for the full. Her assistant has been reading it and was very complimentary and said she’s totally engaged with the characters, loves the story concept and thought it was well-written. It’s now on her boss’s desk so let’s hope that all these bad things over the last week lead to something good!

So, now that I opened up a can of “whine-ass” feel free to use this blog as a forum to air your grievances. It’s a few months until Festivus, but who’s really counting?

Stay classy,


About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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6 Responses to I got nuthin’

  1. Sometimes when the rain comes down, its Niagara-cruel. Just unfortunately not in reality here in Texas. What we wouldn’t give for the right kind of Niagara Falls here. It sucks when its only in sh*tty weeks at work, on the road, or at home. Nevertheless, I’m glad to hear your ok. I’ll keep praying for you, and shimmy-ing my own rain dance in the back yard. Hopefully that will bring the right kind of Niagara.

    • Oh I know. And there’s that adage that things happen in threes. A friend at work made that comment – assuming the wreck and grandmother passing as the first two – and told me to look out for number three. My response – which is now the first line for a totally new story idea, “I’m too much of a control freak to succumb to superstition.” So maybe that’s two good things!

  2. The car accident reminds me of a film called “Amores Perros.” The writer/director had been in a car accident and focused on what had happened before and immediately afterward. Brutal film – it’s fiction, of course, but stars Gael Garcia Bernal – a favorite of mine. If nothing else, it can be a source of inspiration.

    On another note, I often think car insurance, and by extent health insurance and life insurance, is marketed on fear. I mean really, their main pitch in every commercial is “SOMETHING BAD MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU SOON!” Their marketing departments would probably create some really good fortune cookie notes along those lines, but I digress.

    So glad to hear your manuscript has made its way to the desk of an agent! Best of luck on that and keep us posted.

    • LOL, that makes me think of the “mayhem” insurance commercials. The one where a man personifies all the bad things that can happen. Thanks for the note on the film, I’ll have to check it out. And, thank you for the well wishes! It’s the second time I’ve had a full request. The first came back as ultimately a reject because the agent didn’t know if she could sell it, but she had nice things to say. Hope this is the one!

  3. Frank Bishop says:

    Whoa, that is awesome about the agent. Fingers crossed right?

    That sucks about all of the craziness that happened. It seems that things (bad things, at least) happen in clusters. Hopefully you have some good time off and relaxing this weekend, do some bbq, and get some words to paper.

    • Thanks, Frank! They are crossed … with my toes, legs, arms and eyes. It’s now 78 degrees here. Did BBQ Saturday night. Pool party yesterday. And now, I’m on the patio putting words on paper. I guess all is right with the world after all. 🙂

      Happy Labor Day!

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