Thursday, 16 October 2014

Did you know?! Just WoW!

This is just a hilarious story that I have to share.
For background, my real job is dealing with boundary and topographical surveying.
I provide the plat drawings from land surveyors.
In doing this, I have to know information about the property, structures on the property, topographical changes, utilities, just tons of borning info.

Out at a site in rural, mountainous Colorado:
The houses are lovely.
Of course, everything around is picturesque: mountains, trees, rocks, creeks, mini-waterfalls, cliffs.
Gorgeous.
In this area, I began to notice all of these little buildings spaced away from main residences. Some even had landscaped paths with little lights edging them.
Of course, curiosity got the better of me.
Besides, every structure must be labeled: Garage, Shed, Moveable Shed, Office, etc.

This = outhouse!
And it's totally within code in this county!

It had to do with the way the terrain is. There is no city or county water or septic.
All of these places rely on wells and septic tanks.
However, some areas have no room for a leech field of a normal septic receptacle.
Some of these properties do have a large tank which has to be pumped one to two times a month at $300 a pop?!
That's some expensive potty-ing and removal of gray water.
In large, many of these homes were built turn of the century and renovated for modern conveniences, except for toilets....
In fact, some of these outhouses have been around for the same period of time.


Wow!
Learn something new everyday.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Books & Bodies....

I have been so flipping exhausted that I have been loopy as a crack head.
Seriously, I feel sorry for those who have had conversations or "chatted" with me at the end of the day, lol.
I'm pretty sure that I sound legally insane.
So if you have had the pleasure of me the past week, well, sooooorrrrry!
On the book side, guess who finished draft two of her smut rag?
*This Girl*
It has gone to the beta-reading process.
The copies got sent out last night.
One beta-reader finished it, and I had wonderful emails this morning.
But, she's going to give me thoughts and suggestions too, which I absolutely love constructive criticism.
I really want this to be well received, even if it not a literary masterpiece.
However, the positive comments that I have received just overnight has me feeling better about the story not being a complete piece of fecal fiction!

Now, my thoughts are moving on to the cover.
I would love to stay away from stock photos.
I wish my friend were in town soon.
He comes to Denver often.
He is a dork and smart-ass, but I suppose that's why we get along, lol.
We have been friends for quite a while.
Though, I view him as a brother, I acknowledge that he has a phenomenal physique. I would love to ask him to bring another built friend with tattoos, so that I could have a photog friend do a shoot.
I would promise to cut off their heads so their work, friends and family wouldn't know they were on the cover of my porn on paper!
Maybe I convince some local competitors or athletes that I'm acquainted with to do it?
But, I will probably stick with stock photos.
There is always the dream, lol.

I have been continuing my training, though it is much lighter than it used to be, but still consistent. 
My food, however, has not been consistent at all.
I have slid down a slippery slope of comfort foods.
I am still on the hunt for super awesome recipes.
Of course, I would rather look at pictures and recipes than cook lately....

I however want to get my mojo back and represent the lifestyle well.
It hit me that people actually are influenced by me.
What's weirder is when my friends' kids who are in high school and beginning college tell me they think I'm kick-ass?!
Wow.
One whom I have know since he was a little guy too, told his dad to tell me he thinks that I should do CrossFit competitions.
I told him that I would probably die because I have not even tried CrossFit.
It's awesome that he thought that though, lol.
Maybe one day, I'll give it a go.

Which leads me to this:
I need sleep!
Until I can have some hours of uninterrupted sleep, I will fill up on coffee and hope to not become a slurring fool.
Here I am trying to have normal not goofy face.... 
Or maybe I was just too tired to even try to be my dork-ish self


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Blessed


I am by no means a religious person, but I will say that I feel blessed, lucky in my life no matter what is going on, or when things get a little chaotic or hairy.
Sure, I sometimes hermit away and turn into myself or distance myself, but in actuality, I know I have it good. 
I always believe that things will eventually work out, even it it gets a little nerve-wracking for a period.
Lord love my mother because she knows when I'm in my moods, lol.
Yep, I still call my parents pretty much everyday, and thankfully, she won't talk my ear off if I'm not into talking. I am my father's daughter in these times, for sure.

I've been absent more because I have been picking up some extra work and another set of side work. I will say I am busy but grateful because it came as it is needed. Hopefully, it continues a little longer. =)

One of those glimpses and reminders of how good I have it was when I went to one of our team workouts at the gym this past week. It had been well over a month since I had gone due to some stupid circumstances.
I realized how much I missed those Friday night dates with this group of women who are always there to support and encourage each other.
These ladies actually care about each other, and I them.
This sport and group make me so happy. =)
I also realize that I am so lucky to workout and socialize with athletes that I idolize.
This weekend alone, I was in a circle of four Olympia athletes and five other pros.
How dream-like is that?

On a weird note, this week I have come in more contact with those in wheel chairs who are unable to walk, are paralyzed or plagued by some muscular disease.
Being around these people who just make it work and live and don't complain about their situation made me also realize how good I do have it.

Along with that, yes folks, I have finished the first draft of my first book.
I have a friend who works for a publisher reading to tell me if it is pure poop or not before I go back in to polish this thing up and begin the beta reading process.
Given the advice by another author to step away from it for a week before going back in, this works out great. In the meantime, I am also proofing and beta reading for yet another author, lol.  

In all of my life, I never would have thought that I would be involved in any of these things. The past two years have proved me so, so wrong.
So, as many times as things have not gone as planned, or continue to not go as planned, or it seems that the pile of weirdness and bricks of stopping dreams keeps growing, I have to believe that I will eventually climb out, and I think on these little things that I have been so blessed with to know that life is going forward.

I have a ton of stuff going on, some life altering stuffs too.
Instead of worrying over it, I'm just going to ride the tide and trust that all is going to turn out like it should and the good keeps going good and the not so good, well, that I surf it out, right?






Thursday, 25 September 2014

ROMAN by Kimber S. Dawn



I was super lucky and really excited to get an ARC of Kimber S. Dawn's newest release ROMAN.
I could not wait to delve into the mind of her newest twisted creation.
Let me tell you that I was not disappointed!
Kimber has an uncanny way of taking a completely nefarious character and making you love him and hate him at the same time.
Roman is pure evil, don't be fooled.
He knows it too and relishes in it.
Heather also becomes a character that you feel for, yet wonder, what the hell is wrong with you?
You will be sucked in and not want to get up until you hit the last page even throughout the atrocities and diabolically sinister story.



Synopsis:
Roman is a man of little words and lesser morals. He's a man who accepted he demons long before the average person even realized they had any. Roman has never felt emotions like guilt, shame, or remorse. Roman has also never felt love, sympathy, or compassion.
Jaded for reasons unknown, with more money at his disposal than he knows what to do with, Roman's walk to the dark side began long before his first kill. He will taunt you, he will make you hope and watch in amusement as you fall for him, believing you're the one who can save his soul. Believing you're the one who can get through because the other twelve failed, you'll know to the marrow of your bones how lucky being number thirteen really is...
How do I know all of this? Because, my name is Heather Mackenzie and I've been number thirteen for a lot longer than I ever intended to be.

Roman by Kimber S. Dawn buy at Amazon:








Thursday, 11 September 2014

Food Porn.... Need It! and Winter Is Coming.

I am in need of new recipes.
I am in a food rut....
In actuality, I just haven't been eating.
I think I need some spice and variety, some inspiration.
Feel free to share with me some of your fit favorites!
After I'm finished work, I think I'm going to do a Pinterest obsessive food search!


On a random side note,
it's supposed to flurry here tonight and tomorrow morning.
I am just not ready for that!


and for your enjoyment from thoughtcatalog:

However, doesn't matter if dating, married, friend, these are just true, lol.


17 Things You Should Know Before You Date An Athletic Girl



Sunday, 7 September 2014

Butt compliments are the best-est.

There is nothing like a little esteem boost.
Go ahead, admit it, you like it too.
I've had a few appointments the past weeks.
At every single one, the nurses have given me compliments.
Don't bust my bubble by saying they are trained to do that either.
I'm taking them where I can get them, lol.

So, let's just say that I now like my bum a little more.
Who'd have thunk that having other ladies tell you that you have a nice booty in various fun ways would feel so good. 
I guess project build a butt has been working.

That is my random feel good thought.
Have a good weekend!

I have plans to make this bum go from cute to spectacular. =)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Spotlight on Al Daltrey ~ Interviews, Blog, and More!

You have seen him here before. I have mad love for Author Al Daltrey. This man has become a friend and a mentor for me. As you will see, the cat is out of the bag, as he has been outing me. ;) Al allowed me in when he was writing Testing the Submissive. He gave me the great privilege of being along side of him through his whole process and beyond. As I said, he has also become my mentor as he has been prodding me to continue to write and helping me along the way with one of the projects that I've had lying around for years. With his help and support, it's almost done. And now, those of you who didn't now will know my real name too. But enough about that, let's get on with the spotlight of Al!  Please, go show support for my friend, wonderful Author Al Daltrey. Below are links, kinks, and interviews so that you may get to know the man more.






Author Interview Questions– Al Daltrey –
Pinky’s Favorite Authors
Spotlight September 3, 2014

Where are you from originally?
A small town in Northern Canada that had a paper mill and a factory. Think John Mellancamp, but with way more snow in the winter.


Tell us your latest news?
I’m getting my own blog ready. It will be called ‘View From the Top’ and focus on memories and musings from my years living the BDSM lifestyle. Unlike my book, which is pure fiction, this will be all about real life.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I’m not a big reader, to be honest. I’d much rather have dinners with musicians such as Pete Townshend, or Robbie Robertson, or Tracy Chapman.

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
A good friend whose pen name is Polecat influenced me. As did Lia Anderssen. The Beauty Series by Anne Rice rocked my world when it was first released as I was new to the lifestyle then. I stumbled across various free stories on websites such as literotica or bdsmlibrary which also inspired me to write.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I’d enjoy having a Margarita with Kimber S. Dawn. I love her energy, her spirit and her raw honesty. I think she’s from Shreveport Louisiana, which is also where (the musician) Kenny Wayne Shepherd is from, so maybe he can join us too!

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m beta-reading Jen Lassalle Edward’s upcoming book which is still in Word. I like everything about it, except that her writing is so much more visual than mine that I’m envious, lol. Her book is amazing.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I work in Marketing, so business writing including advertising is a big part of what I’ve done for the last couple decades. About ten years ago I wrote a screenplay for a romantic comedy, but it never went anywhere. Then, earlier this year, on a whim I decided to start writing a BDSM story. I had no idea that it would eventually turn into a novel.

Where do you get your ideas?
I’m a kinkster at heart. Several of the ideas behind the sex scenes are based on real life experiences, but then embellished and pushed to the extreme for fiction. I have a long commute to work so the car is a great place to think. This way, when I sit down to write, the ideas are mostly formed and it’s a matter of crafting the words.

Can you tell us a little bit about Testing the Submissive?
I’ve always been incredibly aroused by the process of ‘interviewing’ submissive women. I’ve done it numerous times in real life. The way the girl blushes when she has to admit the number of men (or women) she’s slept with. Or how embarrassed she gets when confessing that being spanked arouses her. The way she hesitates before describing the kinkiest thing she’s ever done. The initial title for this book was‘Interview with a Submissive’ but I changed it to ‘Testing’ when I realized there was already a popular BDSM novel with a similar title to my first one. Much of the novel is told via interviews where Lewis (the Dom) is interrogating Abby (the sub). He sends her a series of ‘tests’ or appointments, and during this process their connection deepens.

How long did it take you to complete?
I started in February and was finished by June. However work would get in the way and there were gaps. I’d say it was about 90 days of writing including editing and fine tuning.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Some, yes. I could tell you which ones but they’d hunt me down.

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
I think every author does, whether they admit it or not. Lewis (the Dom in ‘Testing’) is far more extreme than I am, but we definitely share a lot of DNA.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I did the original design, and selected the photograph. However, a key member of my Street-team, Jen Campbell did some wonderful color work to give it that earthy tone, and also found a much better font. She prepared all of the files, including a tremendous amount of work designing and creating my teasers. I wanted the cover to be suggestive, but not explicit. Sometimes less is more.

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, hands down. Real Doms don’t drink tea (kidding).

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dark, for sure. White is tempting but always disappoints. Milk is too sweet. Plus, doesn’t dark have all the antioxidants?

What is your favourite colour?
Orange.

Winter or Summer?
Summer all the way.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
To fuck like a jackrabbit.

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
Johnny Depp so I could enjoy Amber Heard.
Where can we find you online?

Blog: http://eroticabdsm.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/AlDaltrey
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KRPUC0Q
Smashwords: http://www.amazon.com/Al-Daltrey/e/B00LOZOG9Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Goodreads: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KRPUC0Q

Interview Questions:
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Spotlight: September 5, 2014

1) Can you tell us a little about yourself?
By day I work in Marketing, which involves a fair amount of writing. Therefore, I never had an interest in writing for pleasure. To be honest, nor am I a big reader.  Again, I have to do so much reading for work, it’s just not what I want to do when I get home.
All that said, I’m a kinkster at heart. I’ve had a lot of experience in the bdsm lifestyle, and was lucky enough to have had some incredible women in my life. One day, I flipped open my laptop and starting writing a kinky bdsm story, not really thinking about where it would lead. Soon I had 20 pages, then 40, then 60 and I knew I was on my way to my first novel. It was my love of bdsm that triggered it, not my love of writing.

2) Do you have a favorite spot to write?
Not so much a favorite spot, but a unique one - which interestingly is in my car. Most weekends my wife and I head up to our chalet. It’s two hours in either direction, and it’s quite common for me to spend the entire four hours writing on my laptop in the passenger seat. As I said to a few people, a good portion of my book, ‘Testing the Submissive’, was written while travelling 60 mph.

3) Do you listen to music while you write?
I do. Although the music I listen to when I write is softer than what I normally listen to. I like hard rock, and heavy stuff, and eclectic music. But when I write, I normally listen to stuff that is more mellow, and more folky. So, ‘writing’ music for me would be Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, Amos Lee, Tracy Chapman, etc.

4) Do you have any odd writing habits?
When I was in the crux of the book I needed to know I’m making at least some progress every single day. So, during that time, no matter how busy I got, I always forced myself to write at least one new page each day. Writing can flow easily at times, and be a total chore at other times. So, even on a bad day, I made sure at least a little bit got done.

5) What is the hardest scene you have ever written?
I’ve only written the one book, so nothing really comes to mind.  I’m sure over time this will happen, but so far…no chapter or scene sticks out as having been more difficult to write than the others.

6) What's the last book you read?
I am right in the midst of reading a book by Jen Lassalle Edwards. It will be her first book, and it will be stunning.  She’s the most visual writer I’ve ever read.

7) What's one random fact about yourself that you can share?
I think I have a bit of autism. I like rocking my head back and forth when I listen to music.  In fact, I think we all have a little bit of autism, or depression or ADD.

8) What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Too many to mention. Growing up, I spent every possible moment outside. I loved sports: basketball, hockey, football, baseball, tennis, swimming, etc.  It was the era before the internet, but as long as I was outside, I was happy. Nowadays my wife and I hike the Bruce Trail in Ontario Canada, ride our bikes, and jump in the cool waters of Georgian Bay or Lake Muskoka whenever we can.

9) Is there a topic that you refuse to write about?
There will never be a character in any of my (erotic) work that is under the age of say 25.  I also can’t imagine I will ever write about force, as the big turn on for me is consensual play.

10) What project are you working on now?
I’ve started my second bdsm novel which is called ‘A Condo with Two Views’.  It will be written from the perspective of both the male Dom and the female sub, chapter by chapter, back and forth. Readers will see how men and women often see the same event differently.  In the story the Dom will begin to share his wife with others who live in their condominium, so our heroine will also feel a bit like a fish in an aquarium, which will hopefully add to the intensity of it all.