Archive for November, 2005

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
Last Night’s RWA meeting

I went to my local RWA meeting last night. It was the first one I’ve been to in a long time. (I needed a break from the organization.) It was nice to see everyone.

Vicki Lewis Thompson was the main speaker. She talked about the difference between category and single title. She said the lines are blurring big time when it comes to content. I think we knew that, if you’ve bothered to listen to what editors are asking for now. She also talked about how easy it is to become homogenized while writing category. I understood exactly what she was talking about, but needless to say, this concerned me. She also spoke about the pace you have to keep while writing category, if you want to have a career.

Okay, I’ll admit that she scared me a bit. I see Jo’s and Alison’s writing schedule on their blogs and I find it daunting. I’m not sure if I could keep up at that level and I’d absolutely have to if I want to build a career at HQ.

Vicki also discussed a bit about branding. She’s doing a talk at another chapter next year, specifically on branding. I’d be interested in hearing that since she said that her ‘Nerd’ brand was an accident. She wants people to learn from her mistakes.

Which I suppose brings the conversation back to branding and building a career. What are you doing to brand your work, if anything? How are you planning your career? If you are not planning a career, are you playing with the shotgun method? (Firing at the wall to see what sticks) I know up until now I have done nothing but fire that shotgun. I must like the sound of the bang.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
Technically Inept

I’m playing with my new iPod nano, trying to figure out how to work this thing. It’s supposed to be easy to load songs and listen to music. It took me most of the evening to add my music library to iTunes. Apparently, you have to use the iTunes library holder thingy if you want to use an iPod. Sounds simple, eh? Snort! Rolling eyes.

I’ll give it one thing. It is slim and looks pretty cool. Now if only I can get the &$#@ thing to work. Grr…

What technical device/devices do you have a difficult time working?

Monday, November 28th, 2005
Ellora’s Cave Turns Five

I remember when EC was just a toddler. Boy has it grown. Soon it will be heading off to primary school, not wanting to hold my hand when I take it to the bus. Sniffle. They grow up so fast. *ggg*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EC!!! May you keep going well into college. 😀

Sunday, November 27th, 2005
Whoop There it is!

I did it! Not exactly how I’d planned, but I did it! I finished the first draft of the Blaze manuscript. Yippee!!! Yahoo!!! I feel like Daffy Duck when he bounces off the walls. I ended up writing 8525 words today. It’s a personal best for me. I was tempted to try to squeeze out 475 more, so that I’d reach 9K, but I smacked myself down before I could go for it. (Yes, I’m that obsessed with numbers when I write.)

I figured out that this week alone I’ve written over 20K. My brain hurts from all the thinking. There are four days left of November. For those participating in the NaNo (officially and unofficially), keep at it. You never know what a difference a day can make. 🙂

Friday, November 25th, 2005

I ate so much on Thanksgiving Day that I went out and joined a gym today. It’s not exactly like the big chain gyms. It’s called Shape Express and is a lot like Curves. I joined it for many reasons, the biggest being that I’m fat. *ggg* The secondary consideration was the fact that you can get a full workout there in thirty minutes. I like the idea of only having to exercise thirty minutes. Even if I choose to stay longer, I only HAVE to stay thirty minutes. Yes, I know it’s a psychological thing, but it works for me.

Actually, the people in the place seemed pretty nice. There weren’t the perfect bodied women running around talking about their fat thighs or big butts. I would’ve had to put them out of their misery had there been. (wg) Fingers crossed it’s the motivation I’ve been looking for.

I’m down to 49 pages on my book. Still hoping to finish by Sunday night. I need to have two tremendously big writing days. It’ll happen, if I want it bad enough. (Insert football grunts and yells here.:)

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

I hope everyone in the states is having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day filled with good fun, good company, and scrumptious food. We’re off to have dinner soon.

I just wanted to say how thankful I am for my online friends. You guys are the best. Your support has given me a sense of community that I didn’t have before. I feel honored that you choose to come by my blog with such regularity. Thank you all.

Did you notice the little orange XML box under my old ass photo? Yep, it’s official. I now have XML and Permalinks, so you can stop your torture now PBW. (wg)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
Need Your Help

I’m down to the last 55 pages of my Blaze. Everything is cruising along nicely…that is, it was until I realized that my choice of non-lethal weapons isn’t going to work on an airplane.

Let me explain, I need my heroine to shoot the hero in order to save his life. I don’t want him actually injured during this process, just temporarily downed. I thought rubber bullets were my answer since they’ll drop even the biggest guy, but it looks like that’s not the case. (There’s a very good chance they’d penetrate.) I’m trying not to panic, but my mind is a BLANK as to how to fix this problem.

Anyone out there have any ideas??? Help!!!