Archive for February, 2007

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
RWA Meeting

Last night I went to an RWA meeting to hear Kathryn Falk speak. I must say going into the talk I knew very little about her beyond the fact that she’d started the Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine. Once she started speaking, I found myself enthralled by her life. She has led quite an interesting and full existence on this planet. The kind of life that you can look back and smile upon. I won’t go into all the stories that she shared. It’s kind of one of those things you have to ‘hear’ to fully appreciate.

Anyway, I asked her where she thought the next Romantic Times Convention might be held (2009). She said that Denver is wooing them, but she’s open to hearing from other cities. Personally, I hope Denver wins. It’s a pretty cool town.

Someone also asked what she saw coming in the industry. I found her answers pretty interesting. She said that urban fantasy is going to become even more popular as it blends with other genres. That seemed to be the big thing, genre blending. (You have no idea how much I hope that she’s right…says the woman who’s never been able to write in one genre.) She also thinks that psychic storylines will explode over the next couple of years. She said that she used to know someone at Pocket that told her the easiest way to predict what the next publishing trend will be is to pay attention to what’s on television. Whatever is on television now will be the popular genre in two years. I found that pretty interesting, especially since it seems to be holding true. All in all, I really enjoyed her talk.

And for those of you looking for a good (and DIFFERENT) kind of read, pick up Vicki Pettersson’s Scent of Shadows. You will not be disappointed.

Monday, February 26th, 2007
Broke in April and May

I just looked at how many books I want that are coming out in April and May. Yikes! I’m not even going to talk about the ones that have been recently released that I’d like to buy *cough* Heart-shaped Box & Wicked Ties *cough*. Here’s the ‘short’ list: Demon You Know by Christine Warren, Virtually His by Gennita Low, Hunters: Heart and Soul by Shiloh Walker, Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance, Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day, Wild Thing Anthology by Maggie Shayne et al, Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward, Into the Darkness by Delilah Devlin, Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian, Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead, Demon’s Delight Anthology by MaryJanice Davidson et al, Moonshine by Rob Thurman, Deadly Game by Christine Feehan (yes, I know it comes out this month) and Blood Secrets by Vivi Anna.

Mind you, I haven’t counted the craft books that I want to pick up. There are three right now. Sigh. Must write more books so that I can afford to buy more books.

Sunday, February 25th, 2007
I’m Giving a Talk

Next month I’m giving a talk to one of the local RWA chapters about ‘living on the edge’. You know that weird time when you’re on the cusp of being published, but you haven’t quite fallen over the cliff yet. *g*

They want to know if I have any hints to give to writers on the edge. They also want to know if there are any last lessons that I learned that got me out of the slush pile. And how to make your work stand out from the rest of the submissions. (You know, easy questions. *ggg*)

Needless to say, I need your help. Because although I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of months, I’m still not sure how to answer. So here’s your chance. What do you think gave you that last big push? Any advice for folks ‘living on the edge’?

Friday, February 23rd, 2007
Still Finding My Way

I’m still a little out of it from the trip. Don’t think that I’m suffering from jetlag anymore, but my body clock is still way off. Plan to dig into the urban fantasy book’s edits on Monday. Hopefully they won’t take me longer than two weeks. (Probably wishful thinking on my part.;) Then it’ll be off to my critique partners for torturing. *g*

I haven’t been to a local RWA meeting in close to a year. Yeah, I know I’m bad. I plan to remedy that next week. My local chapter has Kathryn Falk from Romantic Times Booklover’s Magazine coming to speak. Should be pretty interesting.

I also received an email to let me know that Atlantean’s Quest: Fall from Grace will be out by June of this year. I wouldn’t carve it in stone yet. I’ll let you know when I have more details. 🙂

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
Japan Photos Up

Here they are:

click here.

Instead of doing a long, long, LONG blog, I’ve decided to caption my photos. (You can see the captions, if you click on the photos. Otherwise, it’ll just do a slideshow.) I will give you my thoughts and general views on Tokyo soon. Until then, I hope you like the photos.

UPDATE: These were some of my random thoughts as I sat at the desk, staring out the window in Tokyo.

As I sit here on the thirty-sixth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel the sun is setting over Tokyo. The bullet train has just rushed by and the city that never sleeps is catching its breath, preparing for its second wind.

Tokyo had never been high on my list of places to visit. But now that I’ve seen her and experienced her people, I can’t imagine what took me so long to get here.

From dimpled waiters with cute smiles to the apple faces of the elderly, whose strength lies hidden beneath the fabrics of the past.

This city surprises you. At first, the speed at which she moves leaves you dizzy and trying to catch your breath. Then slowly she begins to show you her true face. It’s in the passing bicyclist, the palace guard, or the stylish teenager, doing their best to stand out amongst the gray skyline.

Neon paints this Blade Runner world with sloshes of red, blue and pink, but it does not color its people. Like Monets fevered dashes, they stand out on the canvas, striking in their clarity and deeply textured.

What I’ve learned from this vacation more than anything is that people are the same no matter how far away from home you wander. Children laugh and chase each other. The elderly share stories and chuckles. And everyone else is simply trying to get by.

Thank you, Tokyo for showing me another world. A sometimes better world. And thanks also to the Japanese people, who made my visit so pleasant. Domo arigato gozai mashita.

Monday, February 19th, 2007
I’m back from Tokyo

We landed yesterday. I’ll tell you it’s weird to leave one day and get back the ‘same’ day. My mind is still fuzzy thanks to the jetlag that hit at three this morning. 🙁 I will have several long blog posts over the next week or so that will have pictures accompanying them. Just need a few days to recover. It’s definitely strange to be back home. I keep looking around for the Japanese people. Also, the service has been somewhat lacking since our return. *g* And yes, I do miss our bathroom. *ggg* Be back in a few.

Friday, February 16th, 2007
Jordan’s Tokyo Crib Part 2: The Nighttime Edition

View from the Tub. Who needs frosted glass when you’re 38 floors up? 🙂

DH apologizes for shaky video, this was done with the video mode of our still camera, which takes better pictures than video 🙂