Archive for March, 2007

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
Halfway There

I’ve finally reached the halfway point with the urban fantasy edits. At this stage, I have no idea if the book is worth a damn. I’m just too close to tell. This tends to happen with every book I write. Though I must say that this book has been the hardest to date. I thought I struggled with Gothic Passions, my historical vampire book, but it was nothing compared to this urban fantasy. :-O

It’s almost the end of March. Vroom. Where has the year gone? Seriously. I think I’m stuck back in Jan. Anyone else feeling that way?

I’m a bit bummed that I haven’t had time to read lately. I made pretty good reading progress (for me) in Jan. and Feb. (I read several books at the same time because I’m a mood reader.). Now things have slowed down. That happens every time the writing/editing increases. Someday I may be able to come up with some sort of balance, but until then I’ll be stuck drooling over the books on my shelf. *ggg*

Speaking of books, there are a few coming out soon that I’m looking forward to: Into the Darkness by Delilah Devlin, The Demon You Know by Christine Warren, Virtually His by Gennita Low, Hunters: Heart and Soul by Shiloh Walker, Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance, Wild Thing Anthology, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. I still have to pick up Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill and Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead. And don’t get me started about how much I’m coveting Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook by Christopher Golden et al. Yes, I was a HUGE Night Stalker fan. It and Night Gallery used to scare the crap out of me as a kid. *g*

What’s coming out that you’re looking forward to in the near future? (Well other than Pirates.;)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Links & Stuff

I loved this entry at Alison Kent’s blog. It was done by Joy Nash. All I can say is Bravo.

I also visited Jeaniene’s blog, where she discusses the merits of being a bitch and why that isn’t a bad thing. What can I say? I’m feeling ‘attitudy’ today. *wg*

There are surveys about racism in publishing and blogs that have followed up on the sh*t storm that topic stirred up. I debated whether to link to the sites, but I’ve decided against it. Not because I don’t think it happens. I do. But my attitude is that I am part of the HUMAN race. You try to pigeon-hole me otherwise and I WILL call you on it. Don’t like my take on the subject. There are other blogs that you can read. Buh-bye.

Writer tip for the day: Always start your story out with dialogue or action. If you insist on opening with discription, make sure those first lines (and this is true for dialogue and action too) grab the reader by the throat.

And now finally a bit of good news, friends of ours, J & M got engaged the other night. It was fast, but not surprising. They are the perfect ying for the other’s yang. Congratulations! May you continue to make sweet music together. 🙂

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
This, That and The Other

Today is my agent’s birthday. Jenny’s over at her blog celebrating spring. Drop on by and wish her well. 🙂

I edited eleven pages last night, but I haven’t managed to get any work done today…yet. Instead, I went out and got my hair done, then ran to the grocery store. Priorities you know. After I finished with that, I went for a short walk to test the toe/newly healed broken foot. I’m happy to say, it’s still attached. *g*

I’ve been thinking about a question that someone asked me, during a talk I gave for a local RWA chapter last week. The question was: What do you think is the number one mistake that new writers make with their books? I thought the question was so good that it was worth repeating.

My answer was: They start their manuscripts in the wrong place. What do I mean by that? I mean that most new writers (me included) start their books too far from the end.

The rule of thumb in writing is: Start your story as close to the end as you can possibly get. This starting point varies from book to book. The story still has to make sense, but it’s amazing how much can be cut from the start without losing ‘anything’ important. Consider the above my writing tip for the day. 🙂 If you want another tip, check out Shiloh’s blog from yesterday.

Monday, March 19th, 2007
DH’s Birthday

Today is my dh’s birthday. He shares this very special day with his twin, who’s over in Scotland. May they both celebrate many, many, many more years of candles on the cake. 🙂 Love you.

In honor of dh and the romance he brings to my life, I thought I’d share a bit about how we met. I’d been living out in L.A. and had just moved back to the Midwest. I had left a long-term relationship and was feeling a little shaky. Some people go to counseling in unstable times, I go to psychics. *wg*

Anyway…I went to see a psychic. (I should preface the entry now by saying that I believe that she is the ONLY true psychic that I’ve ever been to.) She didn’t read cards or ask me questions. She simply put a tape into an old recorder, and then began to rock back and forth. Why the tape? Because she blurts out information, so it would be difficult to take notes. During this reading, she told me that I was going to meet a man from far away. Now keep in mind, that my idea of far away was the distance between the coast and the Midwest. I thought that was a possibility because I thought I knew who she was referring to in the reading.

That was until she started telling me that I would be traveling to England. Now I know what you’re thinking, she’s a flight attendant, that’s not out of the realm of possibility. Only one problem with that theory. I worked for a domestic carrier and I didn’t have a passport. So I politely told her that I thought she was mistaken. She didn’t take that well. :-O

She continued to lay out details, including the month I’d meet him, the fact that he was tall, that he had dark hair and lighter eyes. She then said I would be engaged withing five months of meeting this man. At this point, I knew she was full of shit. I don’t move fast on ANYTHING. LOL! I let her finish the reading. She’d said several names, none that I recognized or knew. I paid my twenty-five dollars and left.

Here’s where it gets weird. Months before going to see her, I’d started a visualization exercise. This exercise entailed me picking characteristics for my ‘ideal’ man. Because the exercise was visual, I’d also cut out a picture of a character from one of my favorite TV shows at the time, who represented the characteristics that I was looking for in reality. The TV show was Highlander.

Fast forward four months, I’m at a training class in the middle of nowhere. I’d met a couple of the people she’d (the psychic) had told me about. It’s the month that I’m supposedly going to meet this man. (Keep in mind, I thought I knew who she was talking about.) It’s the first day of class and I get paired with a man from Scotland. His sister’s name just happens to be on the short list of names that the psychic gave me. (Didn’t find that out until later.) One class turned into three. Five months later, we got engaged. My friends and family thought that I was crazy. His did too. We couldn’t have come from more different worlds. (Think Hee Haw meets royal bloodline and you’ll get the picture. *ggg* 😉 Yet, we couldn’t be more perfect for each other.

Moral of this story: Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. 😀

Sunday, March 18th, 2007
Quiet Mothering Sunday

For those of you in states, like I am, today is just an average Sunday. But in the UK, it is Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day. This afternoon we phoned Mum to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. They just returned from the Caribbean, apparently without spotting any pirates. Darn the luck. 😉

Had a super productive day editing. It’s about FRIGGIN’ time. Managed to go through 75 or so pages. I still have two hundred more to go, but at least it’s moving. If I can make the same progress over the next few days, I’ll be finished by Wednesday evening. Wouldn’t that be a dream?

Tomorrow is dh’s b-day. Yah! We don’t have any big plans because we decided to combine birthday celebrations with a friend’s. Our friend just hit a milestone, so we’re going to all go out to dinner next month at a fancy restaurant. Should be fun. 🙂

Something I just noticed. I was looking at my calendar and I realized that I have NO IDEA what half the days mean. No, I’m not talking about the days of the week. 😛 I’m talking about things like Adelaide Cup Day, Whitsunday, Canberra Day, Assumption Day, Shemini Atzereth and Chatham IS Anniversary. Makes me feel like I’m kind of missing the boat on something. Or many somethings to be exact. Hmm…

Saturday, March 17th, 2007
St. Pat’s

This is a day that hits me weird. You may not be able to tell from the photo, but I actually do have Irish in me. Yet, that’s not why I find this day so strange. Today is my nephew’s birthday. Certainly a reason to celebrate. Happy Birthday, K! 🙂

Here’s the thing. Today is also the day my Grandma died. It’s been (and I can’t believe that I’m going to say this) TEN years since she passed. Despite the shocking passage of time, it’s still fresh in mind because my mom and I were with her when she died. I am grateful that we got to be there for her (beyond grateful), but I doubt I will ever get her voice, as she called my name repeatedly, out of my head. I tried to reassure her that I was there, but I’m not convinced that she heard me. I’ve never felt so helpless in my life. If I could have, I would’ve changed places with her in a heartbeat.

So instead of cultivating a festive mood, I find myself rather melancholy. But I don’t want you all to come here and wade in my negative emotions, so I’m going to send you to check out, Julia Templeton’s entry at the Berkley Babe site and Kathy Love’s updated Impaler (vampire band) site. Happy St. Pat’s.

Friday, March 16th, 2007
First Loose Id and Now Samhain

Seems like epubs are making huge strides right now. Both Loose Id and Samhain have recently been acknowledged by the RWA. What does this mean? That the numbers are starting to be decent for more and more epublishers. YAH! More places to sell work. 🙂 As for the RWA recognition, that really only helps the authors who are members of the RWA (ie contests, PAN membership, etc.). And I use the word ‘helps’ loosely. *ggg*