Archive for September, 2006

Friday, September 22nd, 2006
Having a Great Time

Our friends are still here, but the time is flying by. 🙁 Tomorrow, we’re going hot air ballooning. For those of you who’ve never experienced this mode of travel, it’s like floating through the air. You can’t even tell how high you are because the climb is so gradual. My favorite part of the experience is the silence. It’s like sound has been eliminated and replaced by tranquility. If you ever get a chance to go ballooning, do so. You won’t regret it.

Other than that, we don’t have any big plans. We’re going to go out for a couple more nice meals, visit, and that’s about it. We’re so glad that they actually made it for a visit. It’s been a jam-packed week, but a pleasant one.:)

Next week will be a different story. I have to get back to writing, find out if I have jury duty, go for a doctor’s visit, write my Romancing the Blog column, and probably start my next round of Harlequin edits. I’ve given myself to the end of October to get the first draft of my urban fantasy finished. I’m going to take PBW’s advice and place notes for description in the manuscript, then move on.

What are your goals for the rest of the year? Do you have any? What about for next year?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
Bacchus Has Arrived

Yes, it’s release day. YAH!!! Bacchus is officially for sale here. This is my first release from EC since Jan. I hope everyone likes the book.

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Today is my anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the years have flown by. It seems like just yesterday that I walked into a training facility and glanced across the room at my dh. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I’d marry someone from Scotland. Thank God I was wrong.:D

I love you, honey. A hundred more would never be enough.

Monday, September 18th, 2006
Fun So Far

We had a nice weekend with our friends. Went to a place around the corner for dinner and a movie. It’s a restaurant that actually serves you dinner while you’re watching a movie. (We saw Pirates again.*g*) They tend to have films that have been out for a while. We forgot how good their sound system was, but we won’t make that mistake again. Dh and I plan to go back.

This week is going to be busy. We’ve made plans to go hot air ballooning, which should be fun. I really enjoyed it the last time. We’re also going to go to the driving range and hit golf balls. I’ve never done that. It’s a good thing there are walls on both sides. *ggg*

I can tell already that the time is going to pass quickly. 🙁 Luckily, we’ve started to make plans for the next time. It looks like we may be meeting them in Whistler (Canada ski area) to go skiing and snowboarding next year. Should be a blast.

Other than that, I’m just reading a friends manuscript and enjoying every word. Probably won’t get much written this week. I’ll have to make up for it next week. I plan to leave the house to write. My goal is to have the first draft finished by the end of next month. Wish me luck!

Friday, September 15th, 2006
Friends arriving today

Yesterday was a mad dash after I sat for three more hours at the garage. My car did turn out well. It’s very shiny. Today I have to run to the bank to deposit checks, drop taxes off at the post office, drop books at the used bookstore, and go to the grocery store. When I arrive home, I get to clean the bathroom. Yah!!! *ggg*

After all the car BS, I did manage to type in my edits to my urban fantasy. I gained seven pages in the process. I have several more pages to type in today that I wrote while waiting at the car place. I will get that done before our company arrives.

Rumor has it Bacchus will be released next week. Fingers and toes crossed that’s correct. I will be checking in periodically over the next week and a half. If anyone needs to reach me, email me directly.

The debate over quantity vs quality of love scenes continues to rage online. I must say I’m really disappointed with the way the tide is turning. I do have a question that’s been brought up that I’d like to hear your take on. Do you think that readers are so desensitized with content that only multiple, bolder, more graphic depictions reach them?

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
Dinner and other Delights

Dh and I went out to dinner tonight because I had an especially bad day at the oil change place. Don’t ask. Let’s just say, I have to go back tomorrow. 🙁

Anyway, back to dinner. We went to a restaurant that always serves consistently good food. Tonight, they had a special wine tasting menu. We don’t tend to go for these types of things because normally there are things on the menu that we (read ‘I’) don’t like. This menu was no exception. Instead of immediately dismissing the idea, we decided to go for it and I’m so glad that we did. We had one of those meals that you remember for a lifetime. I’m NOT kidding. Every bite was exquisite.

We started off with a Frisee Salad. Let me start by saying I don’t normally like blue (purposely spelled like the color) cheese. In fact, I HATE it, but this warm salad with point reyes blue cheese and lardons (of bacon) was simply magnificent. Think tiny spindles of warm bitter greens lightly coated in a peach vinaigrette with the juice from the panchetta and blue cheese mixed in for good measure. Yes, my mouth orgasmed too. *wg* It came with a glass of Miner (Viognier) Simpson Vineyard wine. This first course was followed by what can only be described as death by butter…truffle butter to be exact.

The second course was Risotto with wild mushroom and truffle butter. Think about your favorite rich, creamy comfort food, then magnify it by a thousand and you’ll just dip a toenail into how good this risotto was. They paired it with a Miner Merlot. (The Miner winery owner was at the restaurant checking to see how his wine was going over with the crowd. It was a hit by the way. High praise indeed from a New Zealand and Australian wine junkie.)

In the third course, you had a choice between slow braised beef short ribs in cherry ale with glazed carrots and celery root puree or Ono fish over a pureed carrot with vanilla bean. My dh order the short ribs and I ordered the fish. Ono is a lot like halibut in texture, very meaty with almost a steak consistency. I love white fish to taste this way, but it’s a personal preference. They served a Pino Noir that was smooth, but quite fruity in flavor. You could definitely taste a hint of apple.

This entire meal was followed by a warm chocolate brownie with chocolate mousse and lavender anglaise. I never knew you could cook with lavender until recently. I mean I’ve enjoyed it sprayed onto my pillow and dropped into my bath on occasion, but I never knew you could eat it beyond seasoning. Well you can and it’s delicious. They served the dessert with a 2003 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon. We savored every bite and even made reservations for the next tasting. I know you have to be a bit of a foodie to appreciate this entry, but the meal was just so great that I had to share it with you all. It completely wiped away my bad mood and left me delightfully replete.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
Friend’s Birthday & Spammers

Today is a friend of mines birthday. I met him years ago when he was in film school in L.A. We became friends fairly quickly because my best friend worked for him at a bar. (You have to pay for film school somehow.;) He taught me a valuable lesson. He said, “Everyone who’s going to flake will do so within six months.” And you know what? He was right. Every person who flaked on me in L.A. did so within a six month time period. They can’t help it. It’s just in their nature.

I’ve actually carried that lesson with me. I enjoy meeting new people, but I don’t take them seriously until after I’ve known them for at least six months. My friend is a producer (and sometimes director) now. I’m very proud to have made it well past the flake point. Happy Birthday, M! You’ll always be young to me. 😀

Now to the *&$% spammers. Due to having my site cached, I may have to shut down my comments for a while. I have to wait until dh gets home so we can discuss my options. Right now, they’re looking like ‘shutting down the comments’ or ‘switching over the site’. I’ll let you know what we decide.

Our friends arrive on Friday from Scotland. They haven’t been over to the states since our wedding, so we’re really looking forward to showing them around. I’ll probably be fairly quiet, during that time period. I hope you all understand. 🙂