Monday, February 18, 2013

You Know You're Anal When...

Hi. I'm Mia. And I'm anal.

Whoa baby. Let's stop right there before you go to the gutter. This blog has absolutely nothing to do with naughtiness or tushies. Dude, how often do I get to say that? Well, the first part...about no naughtiness included? Um. That's like never.

But anyway, I'm getting off topic. Today's blog is about a special idiosyncracy of mine. Nope, it's nothing interesting like eating everything on my plate, one food at a time, or only drinking my ice-cold milk from a straw (although, I do prefer that method). Actually, the special trait I have is rather dull. Some people refer to as OCD while others call it, Being a Control Freak. But me? I refer to it as Being Anal.

So, in what ways am I anal? Well...let's see. I have a serious obsession with being organized, especially when it comes to writing. I might be flighty (yes, I totally am), but I have to have things a certain way. How, you ask? Well, I thought the best way to explain would to show you.

Keep in mind, this is a small trip into my brain so Beware. 

Notebooks...Notebooks...and More Notebooks, Oh My!

Every book I write has a notebook.
(As you can see, they are picture coordinated.)

Every series I write has a notebook.
(Notice, all the binders are color coordinated, too. Yes, I am that anal)

Every thing that I do. Every note that I take. They are all kept in notebooks. 
(Do we see a pattern? I. Love. Notebooks.)

Lists...Worksheets...and Spreadsheets, Oh My!

I have a list for everything...sometimes multiple lists.
(Note, this is a list of the characters appearing in "Bound by Love's Gravity")

And OMG. I adore worksheets. It's really kind of sad. I make them and make them. And then I make some more. At the rate I'm going, my filing cabinet may very well explode from worksheets alone. 
(FYI, these are the two pages I keep notes about characters on, from their favorite color to their parents name, it's all covered.) 

Oh! I can't forget about my beloved friend, Excel. We make the most beautiful spreadsheets together. (Keep in mind, the bad boy above was lying on my printer. It's nothing like my normal spreadsheets. I generally like them colored and complicated, but this one was handy.)

So, are you creeped out by my anal ways yet? No? Well, I have more notebooks, lists, worksheets, and spreadsheets where these came from. If your nice, I might share more in the future...with close up shots. Mwahahaha!

I hope you all have a great week. I know I will because the countdown to Bound by Love's Gravity has begun. (7 days and counting...) Check back here daily for special giveaways, leading up to release day. Some of the prizes are naughty! Surprise, surprise. 

Lots of love and cherries,


  1. I have to have list and I have sticky notes and two Diarys one for work and one for me. Have a great day Mia

    1. Oooh, I forgot about sticky notes! They are the best things since sliced bread. Hope you're having a great day, too! :)

  2. I, TOO, LOVE NOTEBOOKS, MIA! I have them for every project and client I do. They make me happy.....I am even ECSTATIC when I can find those nifty solid plastic dividers that I can write on with a sharpie.....THEN, even my organized notebooks are MORE organized!! ;-) I also color-coordinate the client files for all of my active projects. Office Supply stores make me happy. Did I mention my collection of Sharpies, yet.....oh, yeah, baby!!!! 100 and counting!!!!!!!!

    1. I think you and I are on the same wavelength. I adore office supply stores. I spend hours in them. And did I mention that I collect pens? LOL. I have hundreds. :)

  3. ok that is me in a nutshell I have a spread sheet for grocery shopping

    1. Yes! Grocery shopping lists are essential. I have several of them - some in Word Documents and some in Excel Worksheets. I struggle to decide. :)

  4. WOW! Look at Mia being all organized! Do you keep copies of files on your cumputer for quick reference and back up? LOL

    1. Hehehe, Luna. I do. I have files for everything. Even worse, I keep them on my computer, on Dropbox, and some of them are on jump drives. LOL. See, I'm an anal woman. :)