Archive for May, 2009

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
It’s Here, It’s Here, It’s Here

So I broke down and ordered Wii Active from Amazon. They promised to deliver it on the day of release for free. Yes, I’m that easily bought. 😳 It didn’t get here until after six. I very upset it took so long since I’d been waiting all day to play with it. For those of you familiar with my blog, you know I talked about how much I love the Wii Fit. (Still do.) Well Wii Active has just raised the bar. The claim on the box is that it’s like having your own personal trainer. They weren’t kidding. I did a medium level workout last night and I can feel it today. The program gives you multiple workout options. You have three levels of fitness: beginning, medium, and advanced. There are also time options, so if you don’t have 25 minutes minimum to work out you can set it for less or a whole lot longer. There are dietary journals, build your own workouts, and goal setting. It counts calories and has a built in 30 Day challenge, which I started even though I know I’ll have to stop when I go to BEA. It comes with an exercise band and a thigh strap (Note to self: work on getting thinner thighs). The exercises get progressively harder as you get in better shape. For the sports fiend, there are basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, boxing, and I know I’m missing something drills but you get the picture, to challenge yourself.

If you have a Wii and are serious about working out, you might be surprised to find this is the ‘game’ for you. If like me, you’re trying to lose weight and like the idea of being led by a trainer (without having to pay trainer fees), then you’ve found a wonderful alternative. But I warn you now, there will be pain. *g*

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Watching Paranormal State, Contemplating the Rise of Satanism

So I’m watching a recorded episode of Paranormal State and they’re somewhere in the deep south. Turns out the people who used to live in the house they’re investigating went from performing a seanse to worshipping satan in a fairly short period of time. (Did I forget to mention the dearly departed was a cross-dresser, which obviously leaves him open to demonic influence? NOT!) So anyhow, the family is being tormented. Turns out the husband ‘sold his soul to satan’ when he was in the fifth grade so he could become a werewolf. (Did I forget to mention he and his step-son supposedly seen a ‘wolf-like creature’ crouching on their porch?) Educational concerns aside, I’d be recommending counseling, but that’s just me. 😯

Now I realize I don’t get out much, but what are the odds of this really happening? Seriously. This show turns up more ‘satanist’ or ‘dabbling satanist’ than they do ghosts. I almost said demons, but they seem to find them just about every place they go. It’s like a game of spot the blue car.

I don’t care what peoples’ religious affiliations are (really I don’t), but I do believe that satanism still maintains a fairly small percentage of followers comparatively speaking to the major recognized religions of the world. There are far fewer satanist than there are pagans in the world. (No, they’re not the same thing. Yes, there are differences. Biggest one being that most pagans don’t believe in satan. Yeah, that’s a biggie.)

Anyway, my question for you all is have you noticed a rise in people running around in black cloaks in your neighborhoods? 😆

In the cannot wait until the movie comes out category, I give you THIS. Man, is it going to be a long summer.

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Movies, Odds, Ends, and Important Stuff

I’ll start with the important stuff. Mr. Gaiman put this LINK up on his site. I know stem cell research is a controversial topic, but it’s an important one. That requires serious thought, not knee jerk reactions. I have three friends who are currently battling MS. I have taken care of several alzheimer patients throughout the years. (I pray none of you have to go through that–ever. It’s a horrid, horrid disease.) If something in this research could help them all (and more), I think it’s worth trying. And that’s all I’ll say on the subject.

Went to see Angels and Demons today. It was an entertaining enough film. Fast paced. I have to admit I’m always intrigued by stories that involve symbolism and conspiracy, especially things related to religion. They always send my thoughts off in odd directions. When I saw the last film, I looked for hidden symbols in the churches I visited in Scotland. And you know what, they were there. It’s amazing what you don’t pay attention to until it’s pointed out. Anyway, for some reason I haven’t been able to stop thinking about ghosts since I got home. *ggg* There were no ghosts in the movie. (I told you it sends my thoughts off in odd directions.) I do recommend seeing the film. It’s a decent way to spend a couple of hours. It’s NOT Star Trek, but it does what it’s supposed to do. Makes me wish I knew all the things that have been hidden and distorted. I think I may have to dig out my copy of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and read it.

Today I’m having brunch with my elderly neighbor. We do this about every two weeks. She’s a dear friend, who I love spending time with. I also have several blog posts to write. On Saturday, I’ll be playing at the Plot Monkey’s site. On the 26th, Greta has graciously interviewed me. And on June 6th, I’ll be visiting the Deadline Dames. I have an entry to put together for Fresh Fiction, but I’m not sure when that will be posted. I’ll let you know when I have more info. 🙂

Sunday, May 17th, 2009
Have You Ever Noticed…

Have you ever noticed that ninety percent of the time when a television series teases about losing a main character they end up killing a secondary character who isn’t a regular instead? It’s a MAJOR cheat and makes me have less respect for the shows each time they use the device. **cough**I’m looking at you CSI NY and CSI Miami.**cough** The only shows that have had the balls to pull that sort of thing and follow through are NCIS and HOUSE.

Does it bother you when a television series hints at the loss of a character and then backs off?

Saturday, May 16th, 2009
Two Time’s A Charm

We just got back from seeing Star Trek again. Yep, it’s just as good as the first time. Sigh. Tomorrow we’re going to go see Angels and Demons. All I’m hoping for is to be entertained. Not in a Star Trek way, but entertained nonetheless. Has anyone seen it?

Friday, May 15th, 2009
Wine…I Need Wine

I have 109 pages to go, then I’m DONE…DONE I say with the DEAD WORLD series. Please send wine.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
The First (But hopefully not the last) Ebook Has Arrived

S. J. Day was kind enough to let me know that RED has finally been released on the Kindle. I’m really hoping that this is just the beginning of the ebook versions, since like a lot of folks I don’t have the Kindle. I have a Rocketbook reader. Baby steps.

Edits are done. The reading has begun. I’m on target to get the manuscript mailed off and back to Tor on time. Then it’s back to my YA’s and my new UF partial. 🙂