Archive for June, 2008

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Hey Children What’s That Sound?

It’s me typing away on Dead World: Crimson. *ggg*

Sorry I’ve been away, but I need to get this book done. I have a YA and an UF bugging the crap out of me right now. Yes, I know it’s a distraction. But it’s one I can’t afford during Fast Draft. Since the market is fairly crap–thanks to the recession, I’ve decided that once I’m done with Crimson I’m going to concentrate on finishing the books that are calling to me. (ie the new UF and the YA book) I have a paranormal romance that also seems fun. In addition to all that, I plan to write a novella that will tie into the Dead World universe. It will be a freebie. 🙂 My goal is to eventually have several such freebies available, but like anything else, it’ll take time.

What is everyone else up to these days other than shuddering over gas prices? We went to see the Incredible Bore Hulk. I know it was only two hours long, but it felt so much longer. I’m still hoping that Wanted turns out to be great. Until then, we’ll probably go see Get Smart and the Love Guru.

Saturday, June 14th, 2008
Jo Leigh

The below letter has been put together by Alison Kent. I’m placing it here on my blog because Jo is a friend of mine and I want to do everything I can to help her out. I cannot imagine the kind of pain she’s going through. Please keep her in your thoughts. Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated (ie your time, gift cards, money, etc.). Thank you, Jordan

Dear Friends,

One of our own, author Jo Leigh (aka Jolie Kramer) lost her husband on June 13 after he courageously battled cancer. If you don’t know their story which is the stuff romance novels are made of, you can read it: HERE and see their wedding picture: HERE

In addition to being a fabulous friend to so many and a mulit-RITA nominated author who has written for Harlequin Blaze, Temptation, Intrigue, Special Projects, Silhouette Intimate Moments and Meteor Kismet, Jo is known across the country for the amazing writing classes she teaches, including one on plotting that is incomparable. She has been incredibly generous to so many in sharing her knowledge and expertise.

Unfortunately, Jo has been left with a lot of medical expenses she will be struggling to cover as they had no health insurance, and we would like to help her out by holding several fundraising auctions. If you have items to donate – books or book baskets/collections, critiques, ARCs of upcoming releases, mentoring opportunities, web or promotional material design work etc., please email the item description to the following email address: forjoleigh AT This is the address we’re using to organize the items.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Alison Kent, HelenKay Dimon, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Tyler

Friday, June 13th, 2008
Friday the 13th

For some reason that date strikes fear into the hearts of many. I’m not one of them. I decided a LONG time ago that 13 was a lucky number. Does that make it so? No, not anymore than it makes it an unlucky number. It’s just another day. Although it is special for a couple of reasons. Today is my brother’s birthday and Jeaniene Frost’s birthday. I’d say that makes it pretty special. 🙂 Go wish Jeaniene a happy one. I’m off to write.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
High Tea and Typing

I managed to finish the changes to the chapters that I wrote. I had to shake things up because the outline changed. I still have one more scene to write, but I’m much happier with how the book is coming along. I still think I can meet my fast draft deadline, barring any unforeseen events.

Today I met up with authors Cheyenne McCray, Cassie Ryan and Isabella Clayton for high tea. I was the only one who’d ever been to high tea, but I think they really enjoyed the experience. Goodness knows we all left there in a sugar coma. 😆 The great thing is we plan to do it again in the fall/late summer. It’s always nice to get together with other writers. Goodness knows it’s a rarity for me. We talked about a little bit of everything–not just shop. I know, shocker. *g* Today was more about bonding and enjoying the big blue room outside. As writers, we rarely see it. 😉

Tomorrow I have an appt. in the morning, then I plan to fill in the missing scene at the beginning of chapter three. Yes, sometimes you have to work backwards to go forward. Onward and upward. 🙂

P.S. If I owe you an arc, I promise to get it in the mail by the beginning of next week. Thanks for your patience.

Monday, June 9th, 2008
Everybody was Fast Drafting (Sang to the music of Kung Fu fighting)

Yes, the song is still playing in my head like a ramped up version of It’s a Small World. I suppose there are worse things to hear. As you can see from the title above, I’ve started to fast-draft the third Tor book, Crimson. My intention is to have a rough 300-330 page draft completed by the end of this month. That will give me a little time to let the book sit before editing and sending it off to my critique partners. The goal is to submit it by the second week of August. I also have to mail out ARC’s to bookstores and reader groups, starting this month and put together more partials. With that in mind, I’m going to be scarce on the blogging front. Must buckle down. I hope you all understand that the work comes first. 🙂

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Kung Fu Panda

We decided at the last minute to go see Kung Fu Panda. The theater was full of families with lots of kids. Normally that would have us childless people running in the other direction, but there’s something fun about seeing an animated movie with kids around. They giggle at some of the silliest things and crack us up. Actually, the movie was fantastic. It worked on an adult and a kid level. The pacing was quick. The dialogue snappy and the characterization spot on.

The story starts out with a panda who dreams of being a kung fu expert, but instead works at his family’s noodle shop. He goes to see the next warrior picked as grand master (I believe they use a different title, but I can’t remember it. 😳 ) and is accidentally chosen. Let the adventure begin. The story follows a classic hero’s journey. If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, then I highly recommend this film. We will be going to see it again.

Friday, June 6th, 2008

JK Rowling shares words of wisdom.