Archive for March, 2005

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
Make Believe

I’ve been thinking about the use of ‘things’ in stories. By that I mean, real towns, clothing labels, newspapers, etc. I admit I’ve bounced back and forth between ‘real’ names and made up items. Lately, I’ve been wondering if I should be making up everything. I know it’s cool to read about a town/city when you’re familiar with it, but I don’t know if it’s the ‘smart’ way to write.

My latest contemporary deals with real towns and one actual paper. I do not badmouth any of the places or things I use, but I still feel a little uneasy. Have any of you worried about this? What’s your take on using actual places? Should it ALL be make believe?

Here’s the follow up on the Salsa exercise DVD. It was truly fun. They encourage moving your hips in this video and I don’t know about you all, but I rarely pass up a chance to shake my big butt. LOL!

Monday, March 21st, 2005
Great Reads & The Bookstore

Today I met up with a fellow romance writer for coffee and some breakfast. We had a lovely chat about writing, shocker, I know. I was telling her about a book that either Maili or Vanessa recommended. I can’t remember which one of you listed Savage Membrane by Steve Niles, but after reading Maili’s blog about linking I’m giving you both credit. (wg)

Let me start by saying I do NOT like books in the first person. I don’t know why, but they don’t seem to hold my interest past ten pages or so. This book is different. I’m actually trying to figure out what he’s done (writing wise) to change my perception. I am only about halfway through, but I am loving the retro feel of this book. Have I mentioned it’s categorized as horror? Technically, that should be strike two against the book for me. I’ve…gulp…never read a horror novel. I am too much of a chicken. I prefer bad B monster movies over ‘scary’ any day. I think that’s why I’m so surprised by this book. It’s breaking ALL my reading rules and making me love every minute of it.

Have you ever been surprised by a book?

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

Just a quick update before I head to the mall. I’ve mailed off ALL the contest winner’s books. I know at least one winner has already received her book. Yah!!!

The dh’s birthday was a success, sushi, ice cream cake, and all. 😀 Thank you to everyone who sent well-wishes his way. We really appreciate it.

Today will be spent setting goals again. Not sure why I’ve waited so long. I’m even going to pick up another year in a glance calendar to hang on the mirror in my office. I like being able to see EVERYTHING at once.

I was in Circuit City yesterday, picking up the Incredibles DVD when I came upon an exercise video that actually looks like a blast. (No, I never thought I’d use ‘blast’ and ‘exercise’ in the same sentence either.) I watched it to get an idea of how things go and I’m…gulp…looking forward to doing it. Wait, what is that crackling sound? Oh yeah, it’s hell freezing over. LOL!

Just returned from the mall. Good Goddess! All the stores look as if an Easter Basket exploded in them. I don’t know about you all, but pastel anything is not my color. I’m all for Spring, but enough already. Would it have killed them to put some red out? What happened to basic black? (((Shudder)))

Saturday, March 19th, 2005
Dh’s Birthday

Today is my dh’s birthday. He’s a twin, so we’ve sent birthday wishes to his sister in the UK. We have a few things we have to do, but the rest of the day will be spent celebrating.

I think birthdays are important, whether you’re happy about your age or not. (He is because he’s almost three years younger than me.;) I believe you should always raise a glass in your honor on your birthday. Celebrate the life you’ve lived and realize you have another year to change things you don’t like. So if it’s your birthday too, I hope what’s for you, won’t go by you. (A small quote from his Scottish granny.)

Happy Birthday love of my life. You really are my everything.

Friday, March 18th, 2005
Off to a late start

Lately my sleeping pattern seems to be all over the place. Sometimes I go to be early and get up fairly early (for me). Other times I go to bed early and I’m lucky if I can sleep at all. Last night I went to bed late and overslept this morning. I hate the sensation of oversleeping. You feel like the day is shot. I’m scrambling right now to wake up and try to figure out what I’m going to work on. My mind is a fog. It’s going to take some serious cups of coffee and a long hot shower to get through this one.

On a progress note, I’ve made it through half of my original paranormal partial. I’m going to try to get through at least twenty more pages today. It’s taking longer than I anticipated due to the extensive additions I’m making. I am also breaking chapters up to make it a faster read.

I still haven’t gone back and rewritten the first chapter of my contemporary. Nor have I figured out how to turn my contemporary novellas into single titles. Sigh… My mind keeps telling me I’ll hit two hundred pages on each, IF I’m lucky. Talk about uncooperative.

How do you psych yourself up to working when you feel befuddled? I actually want to hear about all the progress everyone is making on their WIP, so that I can get energized to make the changes I need and rewrite the things that need to be rewritten. How is your writing going?

Thursday, March 17th, 2005
All Over The Place

This entry is going to be all over the place. First, I’d like to announce that Bad Boys Over Easy is officially available on Amazon. Not only that, but we’re in the top 30 bestselling romance books and number two on the bestselling romance anthology list. Woo Hoo!!! I think that’s pretty darn cool, considering our official release date is April 1st. I just may have to do the Snoopy dance.

Second, I’ve mailed off all the books to the winners of my contest, except Julia’s and Danny’s copies. I’ll mail yours this weekend guys. I have to go to the post office to do so. Sorry for the delay.

And finally, I’ve decided to work on one of my paranormal books at the same time I tackle a contemporary. I realized it’s the only way I’ll stay sane and feel like I’m accomplishing anything.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
Mean People Suck

I was having a conversation with a good friend yesterday about the things she’s heard readers say to writers and the things that have been said to her specifically. Now for those of you who’ve never visited my blog, I was a flight attendant for 14+ years. I’ve had people say some pretty outrageous stuff to me. For the first 5 to 8 years of flying, I took what they had to say with a smile planted on my face. After that, I started calling them on their bad behavior.

I have no idea why people feel like they can walk up to you and say anything (rude, mean, insulting) and expect you to take it.

This thread kind of ties into the blog entries on various sites where authors were discussing the fact that they can’t defend their books in public if the ‘attack’ goes from their work to personal. Nor can they criticize other writers. (Not that I would publicly.) Mainly because it’s not worth my time. If I didn’t enjoy a book by an author, I just won’t buy their work in the future. I don’t feel the need to walk up to that author and tell them face to face that I ‘hate’ their book.

Honest to goodness, I’m flabbergasted that someone would feel like they have the right to be that MEAN/RUDE to someone they don’t even know just because they purchased their book. How are you supposed to respond to that? Whatever happened to basic manners?

My friend handled this situation with grace and class. I can honestly say I doubt I’d have done the same. There’s a VERY small gap between what I’m thinking and what comes out of my mouth. To be frank, it would be a miracle if I didn’t tell them to go outside and play a game of hide and go f*&k themselves. Jordan, who’s taking winning friends and influencing people to a new level…LOL!