Archive for February, 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Work, Work, and More Work

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I just finished typing in the edits for my vampire novella. I need to read through it one more time to make sure I haven’t missed anything. I plan to send it off tomorrow, then jump right into more edits on another project. I wish it was more exciting around here, but LIFE is currently taking precedence over blogging. I’m sure you all understand.

I’m reading the last of the RITA’s since that deadline is coming up FAST. Yikes! 😯 I am also reading the new Stephanie Laurens’ book, ‘Where The Heart Leads’. What a delightful, delightful book. It reminds me of her early work with the original Cynsters. I’m really enjoying reading this book. It puts me in a happy place. 😀

Anyone going to see Watchmen next week? I’ll be there with bells on. (Midwest saying, I don’t mean it literally.) 😉

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
Thoughts and Observations About the Cities/Countries in the Videos

1. Scotland has always been and will always be a place I find great internal peace. The land and I have a history.
2. Paris has the best bread and hamburgers I’ve EVER eaten.
3. Austria should be known for their chocolate. I missed hearing Mozart while I was there.
4. I had no idea that five German police officers were killed trying to stop Hitler during one of his first rallies in Munich. (They didn’t cover that fact when I was in school. They really should have. It would’ve changed some of my opinions of Germany growing up.)
5. PETA + Munich = carnage. I’ve never seen so many fur shops and fur coats as I did in Munich. German women LOVE their furs.
6. Paris sidewalks really do have a lot of puppy landminds on them.
7. Afternoon tea at the Dorchester in London blew away afternoon tea at the Ritz. (Sorry Ritz.)
8. This was my first visit to London where the city actually looked tired. I found this really sad.
9. No one (including me) sang the Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music in Salzburg.
10. Italian restaurants seemed to out-number ever other kind of restaurant in Salzburg. I guess they really love spaghetti.
11. You can get arrested in Germany for displaying Nazi hand signals (ie saluting). They take that stuff VERY seriously. (And no, I didn’t do it. I don’t personally find the frustrated vegetarian failed artist funny.
12. The concentration camp in Dachau (which is twenty minutes or less from Munich) only housed men until the last two years of the war. People in Germany are still very hesitant to state that they live there, even though the town itself is one of the most beautiful in the area.
13. Mad Ludwig was a Barbie boy trapped in a Ken world.
14. I never knew there were so many types of sauerkraut.
15. The Germans and the French aren’t rude. They just don’t act like they’re friends with everyone they meet. (Think more formal in their relations.)

I suppose those are the main ones off the top of my head. If anyone has any questions about the videos or places, fire away.

Managed to finish my vampire novella. Unfortunately it has gone 1500 words over the max word count, so I’m trying to cut it down. It will be hard, since I wrote lean, but at least it’s done. 🙂

Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Europe Trip Videos

Here finally are the videos. There’s six of ’em: we kept them short and sweet.
1) Loch Eck, Scotland (54s)
2) Scotland to Munich (1m45s)
3) Salzburg (1m30s)
4) Mad Ludwig’s Castle at Neuschwanstein (1m10s)
5) Paris (5m)
6) Paris Catacombs (1m30s)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Little Help

I saw this on Dee’s blog. I don’t know Dee personally, but I’ve had a lot of online dealings with her. She’s always been professional and maintained a positive outlook no matter what the subject being discussed. If you can help, please do. The way I look at it is next time it might be one of us asking.

My thoughts are with her and her family in this incredibly difficult time.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Spin the Bottle

The video has been edited. Now all that needs to be done is to have it uploaded. We’re getting very close. 🙂

I’m in the process of trying to determine what I’ll work on next. I still have to finish the vamp novella. I plan to do that today. Once I’m done, I want to go through a manuscript I wrote a long time ago to see if it can be ‘fixed’ enough to fit in the Blaze line. (It was originally written for that line. I just never submitted it.) I also have a paranormal that may fit the Nocturne line. I’d have to go through it, too before I even consider submitting it. This brings me to the new work. I have a few ideas that are starting to take shape. They aren’t completely formed yet. I’ll need to do some brainstorming for both, especially since they’re looking like series books. (I’m not counting the urban fantasy partial I’ve already sent my agent or the futuristic romance partials sitting on my editor’s desk. Those are separate projects.) It’s taking so long to hear back from publishers right now I figure I have time. *g*

This is where spin the bottle comes in. As much as I’d love to work on everything at once, I’ve found in the past I’m not very productive when I do so. The pros of working on multiple projects is that you don’t tend to lose interest. When one stops, you can pick up in the other. The problem I’ve encountered when I do that is I don’t seem to make much progress in either manuscript…which frustrates me to no end.

So how do you choose? Sometimes it’s as simple as laying out the projects on the floor and spinning a bottle. Whichever one the bottle points to is the project you pursue. I’m at that point now. I am really looking forward to working on something new. No matter what I pick, it’ll take a while to put the project together. Like I said, the ideas I have now aren’t formed enough to write more than a beginning. I have a lot of brainstorming ahead of me.

How do you pick projects?

Friday, February 13th, 2009
Free Harlequin Valentine’s Day E-book

For those of you who enjoy free books (and who doesn’t?), here is a download from Harlequin that’s not to be missed. I contributed an entry, along with several other authors. It’s all part of the Harlequin 60 year anniversary.

I’m off to write another chapter of the vampire novella. Have a great weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day (if you’re one of those people who celebrate the Hallmark holiday). 😀

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
Still Writing

The vampire novella is coming along nicely. I’m starting chapter three (out of five) today. Hopefully I’ll get a rough draft done by the beginning of next week, so I can let it sit for a couple of days before I edit it.

Charli has a wonderful cause on her site. If you can afford to give, please do so.

Dh edited the last of the videos we made on our trip. He has to nip a few for my site, but they should be up by next week. Thanks for your patience and please ignore my pointy hat. It was cold. I wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement. *ggg* 🙂

Almost finished reading my RITA pile. I have three more to go. I’ll have a lot more to say about this once the finalists are announced. Let’s just say I think the RWA is going to have to take another look at it’s definition of romance. 🙄