Archive for April, 2003

Sunday, April 20th, 2003
Things to Ponder…

I’ve had such a strange weekend. My dh and I took a roadtrip to Mexico. It was quite lovely. I enjoyed my first time across the border, soaking up the atmosphere for future books. Hopefully we’ll get to do it again sometime or maybe we’ll pick somewhere else. That’s the fun of a roadtrip.

The whole thing got me thinking about high school. Strange, eh? I recalled the angst and joy that came from a roadtrip, also how little planning went into one when you were a kid. I thought about how true personalities emerged when stuck in a car for hours with a group of people. In those few hours you discovered who your true friends were and who amongst your gang was completely insane. Your impressions were forever changed over a few thoughtless words and several cans of DP or whatever else we happened to be drinking at the time. 😉 It’s strange how you never really forget.

If you’ve ever done anything like this you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Until next time…

Friday, April 18th, 2003
What People Like…

I was thinking today it’s amazing how people’s taste varies when it comes to literature. Now I know people’s taste varies in a lot of areas, music, food, movies, clothes…I could go on and on. I guess I just think it’s strange how one person may hate books with happily ever afters, while another won’t read a book without one. (I fall into the latter.) Also what one person thinks is erotic, another considers tame.

I wonder at times, considering I write romantica, how to meet reader’s expectations. And I’m beginning to think it’s not possible. Opinions vary so much, that to try to meet all the expectations would take several lifetimes.

I guess I’m going to have to write for myself and hope that others enjoy the stories as much as I do.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2003
Bookstores and other fun places to hang out….

I was thinking today how fun bookstores are to hang out in. Now before you call me a geek, hear me out. These meccas of caffeine have truly come a long way. They now have cafes so you can read the magazines in your leisure. You can browse through books while lounging in oversized chairs that have conveniently been placed throughout the store. I bet some people even take naps there. And let’s face it, you don’t have to worry too much about having a creep hassle you in those places. They don’t read, do they?

Sunday, April 13th, 2003
The Hideous Ordeal of Taxes

My dh and I spent the day doing taxes…ugh! I swear there are few things more soul sapping. I think about the words of the constitution and just for the life of me cannot figure out how things got so spun around. But alas, there is nothing that can be done. Only the super rich can afford the island banks that hide money. Therein lies the problem, you have to have money to hide. Damn.

Friday, April 11th, 2003
The Arrival is Out!

I’m so excited the book that launched my Ellora’s Cave career has just been released. I’ve waited so long, since last year, to see it in print. I still can’t believe it. Now the fun begins, I get to worry about whether or not people like the book. I think I’ll slink off to bite my nails.

Thursday, April 10th, 2003
Wow My Third Cover is Hot!

Today Chris Clavel sent me my third cover. I do believe I’ve developed a bit of a crush on the hero of my book. He’s tall, dark, and exceedingly handsome. A bad boy to his toes. Are there any other kind to fantasize about?

For a sneak peek click here.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2003
The Ins and Outs of Publishing…

You know when you start out writing all you’re hoping for is to get a story down on paper. Then you move onto the next level and start worrying about craft. This stage may take some time or remain indefinitely. Finally you finish a piece of work, or several, which is often the case and you are ready to move on to publishing. This is where things get weird. There is this whole other language existing in the world of publishing. One that truly needs a decoder ring to figure out. Suddenly you’re dealing with ARC’s, read throughs,master copies, promos, .tifs of covers, and line edits.

Now I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure none of this was covered in school when I was attending. I admit that has been some years, but I can honestly say I don’t recall any of those words being used.

This brings us to my current predicament, trying to play catch up. Never fun, but often necessary when venturing out toward new horizons.