Archive for October, 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006
Last Two

Well I’ve managed to get two more rough draft ideas down for books. They still need some tweaking, but with any luck I’ll be able to turn everything into my agent tomorrow.

Dh’s aunt and uncle are on their way back to the UK. It was a great visit and went by in a blink. I’m glad I finally got to meet them. The folks are off to California on Wednesday, taking with them the last excuse I have for not getting any work done. *ggg* They’ll come back to us after a few days, then it’ll be home to Scotland. Sigh, I really miss Scotland, crap weather and all.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Cheers.

Friday, October 20th, 2006
Dinner and a Movie

There’s a place a few miles from my house that serves dinner while you watch a movie. It’s actually a very cool idea and quite comfortable. We decided to take the family there last night, even though it meant seeing Pirates for the fourth time. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m still not tired of the movie. It only makes me anxious for the third installment. Does that make me a geek? *g*

I haven’t managed to finish the last set of paragraphs for my agent yet. I hope to make more progress this afternoon. I do have more notes, so that should help. In another hour I’m going to head off with the family for brunch, then I have to go pick up dinner tonight. I’ve invited everyone over since dh’s aunt and uncle are leaving tomorrow. And although I can cook, I have decided to purchase the entire meal from a gourmet grocery store. Yes, I’m lazy. Tell me something I don’t know. *ggg*

Actually, I think it’s fairly practical, considering there’s no way I would’ve made Beef Wellington on my own or scalloped potatoes. This way I can spend the evening visiting with everyone while I heat the food.

I want to share the link that Vicki Pettersson left me yesterday. It’s to an urban fantasy/dark paranormal blog. From what I’ve read so far, it has some great info on it for anyone interested in writing in either category. Thanks again, Vicki! I really appreciate it. Maybe someday I’ll be able to join the site. 😀

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
I’m So Weak

I went to the bookstore the other day. Yeah, you know where this is going. I didn’t want to buy, but as I neared the sci-fi/fantasy section I saw a book that was on my wishlist and couldn’t resist. I am so weak. Sigh.

I ended up coming home with Greywalker by Kat Richardson and Angela Knight’s Master of Swords. If that wasn’t bad enough, I got online and bought several ebooks. I now own Lauren Dane’s Reluctant, NJ Walters’ Stefan’s Salvation, Outcast by Amelia Elias, Fallon’s Revenge by Mackenzie McKade, Sacred Places by Mandy M. Roth, and Kiss Me Deadly by Shannon Stacey. Like I said, it’s a sickness.

We had a lovely evening out with dh’s parents and aunt and uncle. It was low key, but we had much to celebrate. Dh is making great strides in his work. Yah!!! Friday, everyone is coming over to our house for dinner. I can cook, but I’ll probably order part of the meal in. Yes, I know it’s lazy, but what I cook well is EXTREMELY fattening and/or spicy. I did grow up on a farm after all. (wg)

We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do this evening. The cleaners are coming in today. Thank goodness. :-O I managed to get the second book laid out, so I’m going to type up what I’ve written and get started on the third and fourth book. It looks like I’ll have the paragraphs ready in time. YAH!!!

So has anyone read any good books lately? Hm…hm…do share. 🙂 Also, I do have a question for my blog visitors. Do any of you know of any urban fantasy writing organizations/groups? I know there is one for sci-fi, but I don’t think I qualify for membership yet. Any help you could send my way is greatly appreciated. 😀

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
Somewhere in Between

I was thinking about my blog entry yesterday and realized that my new work falls somewhere in between romance and sci-fi/fantasy (urban)/horror. It’s not exactly straightforward (urban) fantasy because there’s more of a romance in it and it can in no way be considered a straight romance because the focus isn’t on the relationships in any of my upcoming books (except the Blaze and I need to do a lot of work before the relationship will be the focus in that book).

This got me thinking about a conversation I glimpsed the other day concerning the need for a new genre. Apparently, readers are getting upset by urban fantasies being passed off as romances (and rightly so). I know this is what’s been happening with the erotic romances and erotica over the past year and a half. Books that are erotica are being called erotic romance. Heck, even books that don’t fall into either category are being called erotic romance because it will sell more copies…initially. Then the reader will discover that they’ve been duped and will tell all their friends and so on, and so on, and so on. The sad thing is the author has absolutely no control over where their book is shelved or how it is labeled.

I think there is only so long that you can get away with fooling the readers before they rebel and stop buying the product. I’d hate to see it come to that, but it looks like it’ll have to before things change. Which gets me back to the ‘new’ category I mentioned earlier. We’ve seen hints of these books from JR Ward and Lynn Viehl. Are they straight romances? No, I don’t think so, but I also don’t know where else you’d shelve them in a store. In addition, I’m not sure what you’d call them. (Romantic Horror, Edgy Romance???) If you have any ideas what to call these new kinds of books, I’m all ears. 😀 And before you ask, the books I’m working on now aren’t exactly like these beyond the dark and gritty aspects. So where do I fall in this new territory of romance? Am I even writing romance? I suppose that depends on how you define a romance novel. Do you think there needs to be another genre created for the readers? If so, what?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
Rough Paragraphs

I managed to knock out a couple of rough paragraphs. I still need to tidy them up and write at least two more, but at least I’m finally making progress. YAH!!!

I was talking to one of my dear friends today about my future story ideas. Halfway through the conversation, I realized that our careers were separating and going into two very different directions. Part of me was extremely sad about this. Not because it will affect our friendship, it won’t, but because we may not be able to continue sharing stories like we have in the past.

The whole situation reminded me again just how far away I’ve moved from my original ‘romance writer’ career path. Not that the change is a bad thing, but it is an adjustment. One I will have to get used to if I want to reach the goals I’ve set for myself.

Monday, October 16th, 2006
Busy Bee

Today is my niece’s 4th birthday. Happy Birthday, baby. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! We love you.

We had a nice visit with my brother and sister-in-law. Our other niece is getting so big. She’s turning into a true beauty both inside and out. Her mom and dad have both quit smoking and lost a ton of weight. Seeing what they’ve accomplished was quite inspirational. Reminded dh and I that we need to get our big butts in gear. *ggg*

Today dh’s aunt and uncle arrive. His mom and dad are still here, renting a nearby flat. I’m currently doing laundry (the story of my life as of late) and trying to get my paragraphs written. Sigh.

Had a nice surprise in the mail on Sat. Jo Leigh sent me her new book Relentless. I cannot wait to dive into it. Thanks Jo! You’re the best. 😀 For those of you who haven’t purchased it yet, what are you waiting for? Scoot!

I found out from a dear friend that the cover to Bad Boys Over Easy is up for worst cover on AAR’s cover contest. I’d like to thank the academy for this unexpected honor. *ggg* Next could you nominate Wicked Women On Top. I could use the bump in sales. 😉

Friday, October 13th, 2006
House is Clean and Ready to go

I spent the afternoon cleaning the house so that it would be ready for my brother and sister-in-law’s arrival. I think I’m finally done. It’s been a little crazy, trying to keep up with the errand-like tasks, but I’ve managed.

I noticed a lot of the authors are taking a break from their blogs. Wish I could too, but since I’m not getting much work done due to my social calendar there doesn’t seem to be a point. That WILL change next month. No really, I mean it.

I did want to send congratulations out to Lisa Renee Jones. She finally sold her Blaze to Harlequin. Congrats Lisa! You’ve truly earned this one the hard way. 😀