My claim to fame. After all, how many authors can both write fictional characters, and be one at the same time? :)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
And congrats to the lucky, random winner of my contest --
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I've written longer books as well, of course. But you may have noticed that all of my books currently out with Samhain are shorts.
I love the format, both to read and to write. I especially love picking up a new anthology and charging through all the varied stories. I'm curious, though -- what do you look for in an anthology?
Do you prefer connected stories, or a wide variety? Do you enjoy themed collections, or stories that revolve around a group of people who are connected in some way? (Family members, friends, co-workers of some sort...)
In other words, what makes an anthology work for you?
Everyone who posts will be eligible for a giftie. :) Deadline is Friday, March 23, midnight EST.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
It's not fair, I tell you. I'm in the home stretch of the workout challenge at the health club, and I'm trying to be good. Well, okay. Sorta good.
But when really fabulous chocolate starts singing its siren song, how can I refuse?
So I'm doling out no more than two squares a writing session, pretending that really doesn't count. Besides, isn't dark chocolate supposed to be good for you?
One and a half weeks to go before we weigh out. Then chocolate and me, we're having a nice, loooong discussion. :)
What's your temptation? What are you finding hard to resist?
Monday, March 12, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Made it through the week alive.
It's been a crazy few weeks, actually, starting the new day job as well as working on lots of marketing/promo type activities as Challenging Carter was released. It didn't help that I've been living in the House Of Plague -- we've added strep throat, another double ear infection, an unexplained high fever, and two more head colds to the list of illnesses that have blown through our household in the last month. I'm amazed all of us are currently upright.
But all in all, life is good. I went to our local chapter meeting last night, where Jane Porter was presenting. She gave an amazing talk on the biology and chemistry of male-female relationships that blew some doors open for me. I'm inspired. (Thanks, Jane!)
We diagnosed the problem with our daphne (freeze damage from the freak snowstorm last week), caught up on the laundry, and even almost finished cleaning up the kids' room. Ah, bliss!
Now, for fourteen hours sleep. I'd feel like a new woman.
Don't see it happening, but a girl can dream, can't she? :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
No, not the ones I miss because I forget they're on or the kids have commandeered the remote again (although those are legion...) These are the shows I loved when they were on and miss watching them now.
1. Anything But Love. Clever banter, fun secondary characters, and the sparks between Marty and Hannah lit up the screen. When he sent her the bottle of rain -- sigh!
2. Caroline in the City. More clever banter, more fun secondary characters, and a great will-they-or-won't-they relationship between cartoonist Caroline and her colorist Richard. (I think I have a thing for sardonic, Eeyore-like heroes -- at least in my sitcoms!)
3. Cheers. Where everybody knows your name! Great, long-lasting characters (as evidenced by my choice for #5).
4. The Drew Carey Show. I especially loved the musical numbers. And Joe Walsh was an inspired casting choice!
5. Frasier. Hands down, the best comedy writing on TV during its tenure. Also features some of the best romantic tension around, in the Niles-pining-for-Daphne years. Personal faves -- The Ski Lodge, Moon Dance, Something Borrowed Someone Blue.
6. Friends. Must-see TV lived up to the name in this show! I loved season 5 -- the Monica and Chandler hookup season. Yes, I'm a sucker for romantic comedy. What, you couldn't tell that already? :)
8. Lois and Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman. A fun, fresh, flirty version of the comic book fave. Plus Dean Cain in a delish Superman outfit. And yes, another romantic liaison to sigh over.
How about you? What were your favorite shows of yesteryear?
Monday, March 05, 2007
Here's a perfect case in point -- I, Spy, a chick lit by Kate Johnson that has me laughing just from the description.
Never underestimate the blonde."The British spy is elegant, suave and sophisticated. The British spy is not blonde, built, and confused."
But Sophie Green is, and she's just been hired by a highly secret government agency. She drives a car the colour of bile and is obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She doesn't know which end of the gun to fire from and her hair hasn't been natural since she was twelve. But that's not going to stop her from trying to save the day, once she figures out who to save it from.
Sexy spies, plane crashes, firebombs and multicoloured cocktails-they're all in a day's work for Sophie. Roll over, Bond, there's a new bombshell in town. And it's got Sophie's name on it...
Warning, this title contains guns, swearing, dark thoughts about cheerful people, incomprehensible Britishisms, and painful sarcasm.
I swear, even the warning is a hoot!
This book is available now, today, hot off the presses. Go buy it! :)
Friday, March 02, 2007
I got the word this week that I *don't* have carpal tunnel. No explanation as of yet why my fingers/hands keep getting those annoying "sleep" tingles, but CT and nerve damage have been ruled out.
As someone who is joined with her keyboard at the fingertip, this was very good news.
The bad news, of course, was the test required to determine this fact. Something called a nerve connections test. Where I was hooked up to a bunch of wires and shocked with what felt like a cattle prod from wrist to shoulder as the neurologist watched the funny squiggly lines on the computer monitor go up and down.
At one point, my fingers spasmed in a particularly painful grip. I winced. He said, "There it is."
"What?" I squinted at the computer, hoping to see something that made sense.
"Your torture threshold."
Um, good to know.
After the cattle prod portion of the test, we moved on to the second part. Also known as the "poke her with sharp needles until she says ow" part. My doc said no, that wasn't accurate. "I won't stop even if you do say ow."
Everyone's a comedian. Except he wasn't. Day-um, that hurt!
When the nurse asked how I was doing after it was over, I told her I felt like a junkie with really bad aim. Needle marks in my palm, my wrist, my shoulder...
Anyway, no nerve damage, no carpal tunnel. I no longer have to wear wrist splints to bed every night (waaaaay sexy, lemme tell you!).
It's a happy thing. What good thing happened in your life this week?