Archive for March, 2005

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
Last Night

Last night I was talking to my good friend, Kathy Love. She writes wonderfully entertaining contemporaries and is about to come out with a very funny vampire series for Kensington Brava. Perhaps I should give you a little background about us before I tell the rest of the story. Kathy and I met at the 2001 Romantic Times Convention. I can’t remember how exactly, it was either over coffee or sitting next to each other at one of the scheduled talks. Suffice to say, we hit it off and have been friends ever since. She is without a doubt one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She doesn’t necessarily ‘try’ to be funny. She just has a real quirky way of looking at the world. We had so much fun at the first one that we plan to laugh some more at next month’s
Romantic Times Convention.

Anyway, last night she told me about a link on Kate Rothwell’s site. I’m not even sure how to set this up other than to say that the Brawny paper towel marketing people are brilliant. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the perfect words from a guy then you MUST go to this site and watch some of the Brawny movies. Kathy and I were in tears on the phone as we watched them ‘together’.

During our Brawny giggle, I explained to her that my hero needed to die. She threw out a few ideas and wouldn’t you know it, the story clicked further into place. God, I love it when a plan comes together.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

I woke up this morning and realized I’d agreed to go to brunch with a girlfriend. Somehow I’d completely spaced this last night. 🙁 Probably because I attended my local RWA meeting. Anytime I go to one of those I tend to get reflective afterwards and ignore what’s right in front of me.

Last night Linda Lael Miller spoke about conflict. I’m not sure how many of you have had a chance to listen to an author who’s reached this level of success, but they really are writing on a different plane. By that I don’t mean they’re spacey. They just approach writing in such a different manner.

I think it comes from all the crap they’ve gone through to reach that level. They don’t let the small things like font size, contests, editorial changes bother them. Editors, publishers, and agents come and go. They let it all slide like water off a duck’s back. All they worry about is where their next deal is coming from, how much they’re going to get paid, and if the publisher’s check clears. They also seem to have single titles down to a formula. I don’t mean they’re writing the same book over and over, but they know exactly how to throw them together. They still have problems on occasion, but they can fix them in short order. The peace of mind in that knowledge must be astounding. I would love to have a couple of hours of one on one time so I could pick her brain.

On a completely different note, I know there’s been a lot of emails flying about the RITA’s and the latest RWA Biz email. I’m not sure I will be entering the RITA’s next year. (No, I didn’t enter them this year.) It depends on what RWA ends up doing with the spicy romances. I won’t waste my money if they don’t make any changes. As for the other email, I’m not sure what’s happening there. Rumors are aflutter that some publishers are going to lose their RWA recognition. Again, I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. I think we’ll have to wait and see what the RWA decides. I, for one, will be following this new thread closely.

Monday, March 28th, 2005
Let the Games Begin…

I started my new manuscript and have already stalled. I never realized how much of the story I have to have worked out in my head before I begin. I always thought I got a general idea and ran with it. Uh uh. Nope. Not happening. Apparently, I need several scenes strewn together like an Indie movie in order to get the proverbial ball rolling.

Is it too late to ask for a new ball?

Saturday, March 26th, 2005
Help Needed

I don’t know Jamie personally, but I’d sure like to think that if I needed help people would come to my aid.

Dear Friends,

Jamie Denton, author for Harlequin Temptation/Blaze, and Kensington
Brava, needs our help. After years of writing stories where love triumphs and endings are always happy, Jamie needs a dose of HEA for
herself. Jamie was recently diagnosed with cancer, and like many working writers, she has no health insurance (the rates weren’t
affordable for a diabetic). We are putting together a variety of fund-raising efforts on her behalf, and ask you to help give Jamie
the assistance she needs as she faces this battle.

Raffle: We’re giving away an Alphasmart – a wireless Dana (valued at app.$429). Tickets are $1.00 each, or 15 for $10.00. To
purchase tickets, send your check (payable to Jamie Denton), an optional SASE (if you want the ticket stubs), and your name, snail mail address, email addy, and phone number to:
Lori Wilde P.O. Box 31, Weatherford, Tx. 76086. Tickets may also be sold in-person at a variety of events. The drawing will be held on
Aug. 2, 2005 and the winner notified and listed on the Jamie Denton Medical Fund website. Questions? Email (Enable Javascript to see the email address)">Lori

Critiques: We are soliciting volunteers willing to give a critique on a 25 page + short synopsis submission. Most of these will be sold for a flat fee ($40), but we are also looking for editors, agents, and authors with the BIG names (you know who you are! ) to offer critiques which will be auctioned off in order to help Jamie the most. Let us know if you’re willing to critique via email, snailmail, or both. Include your qualifications: publisher, lines, subgenre, awards. Please volunteer by emailing Holly Jacobs (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

Books/Gift Baskets: We will be accepting donations of autographed books to be sold/raffled. Books will be sold at a flat rate – $5.00 for PB, $10.00 for Tradepb, and $15.00 for hardcover on a first come, first served basis. For Gift Baskets (multiple books or miniseries sets combined with gift or promo items – an actual basket is optional ), we ask the donor to set a price. Please remember that while we want to make money for Jamie, we also want our buyers to get a great deal. We will coordinate the sales, then send the donor the purchaser’s address for direct delivery. This way only one set of postage is involved. Please send the title(s) and/or list of what you’d like to donate to Susan Gable (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

Remember to specify if the book is mmpb, trade, or hardcover, and price and list contents of baskets (if possible, send a photo for
the website).

RWA Chapters: Does your chapter hold a conference or contest? If your group would like to donate an entry fee, we will resell it on
the Jamie Denton Medical Fund website For more info, please contact:Carrie Alexander (Enable Javascript to see the email address). If you’d be interested in selling tickets for the Dana/Alphasmart raffle at your chapter meetings, please email Lori Wilde (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

If you’d like to simply make a contribution to Jamie’s medical fund, you can do that via our website:

Your prayers and good thoughts are also much appreciated!

Thank you for helping Jamie.

***Permission granted to forward this letter to any writers/groups/lists that may be interested.***

Friday, March 25th, 2005
One of Those Weeks

I’ll tell you when it rains, it pours. Yesterday, dh took the car into get serviced. This had nothing to do with last week’s service on the car. After a few hours he returns to the dealership to see if the work on the car was finished. The guy brings the car out and it’s been scraped. Apparently, ‘Sparky’ hadn’t learned how to take corners and missed. So now we’re driving a rental while the dealership puts our car into the body shop on Monday. The sad thing is this is the second time something like this has happened in the past three weeks here. A guy dropped his Porsche off at the dealership a couple of weeks ago and when he went to pick it up it had $25,000 worth of damage done to it. One of the dealership employees had driven it over to a car wash and accidentally left it in gear. It ran into a wall going close to 40mph. Porsche, at the time of the story, had refused to pay for the damages. At least our dealership was proactive in their remedy to fix the problem. Yikes!

Thursday, March 24th, 2005
Cooking Shows

I’m crazy about the Food Network. Most of the time I find myself watching the cooking shows on there, instead of the series programs on the regular networks. I love Paula Dean. She’s probably the only woman on television who can get way with fixing a recipe called Bill Nicholson’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. I swear she’s a woman after my own heart…and thighs.

Then of course there’s Alton Brown who hosts Good Eats. He makes the science of cooking fun. I love his no nonsense approach. I used to never watch Emeril because I thought he took himself too seriously. One day I decided to give him another try and realized he was as the British say, “taking the piss out of” himself and cooking. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.

What makes you want to curl up in front of the TV?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
Scraping everything and starting over…

Yes, you read that right. Last night I cleared EVERYTHING off my project list with the exception of AQ4. Call it panic. Call it self- survival. Call it whatever you like. It had to be done because I was getting little to nothing accomplished working on my current manuscripts. I still believe in the stories, but now is obviously not the right time for me to be writing them.

Dh and I had a serious heart to heart last night. (Picture tough love and tears.) He said my face was pressed against the glass so tight I could no longer tell I was at a window. So…he suggested I scrap everything. Not throw it away, just put it aside to return to some other time when I have enough distance between me and the projects to see them clearly.

I must admit the act of clearing my calendar and filing away the projects did seem to lift a weight off my chest.

Tonight we’re going to brainstorm three different stories I have ideas for to see which one I’ll work on next. Hopefully that will be enough to destroy the blob-like inertia that has enveloped my body over the last few months.