Monday, December 31, 2012

The End of a Year and a Resolution for the New One


Ah, my last post of 2012. The 156th of the year, making it the best year yet. Sticking to a M-W-F posting seems to be working fairly well. Hopefully, I'll continue with it in 2013.

As for New Year's Resolutions, I didn't really have any last year, but I had a vague goal: start and finish Book #5. Well, I did that, so that's good, right?

This year I am making a New Year's Resolution. I felt I HAD to, because if I didn't, I'd probably chicken out and not go through with it. This way I'm kind of forcing my hand or else face embarrassment with my reading public (which isn't that large, I know, but large enough!).

My resolution? By Dec 31, 2013, I will have published (or contracted to publish) my vampire romance series. That would be Books #1, #2, and #3.

Now, I know I have no control over publication dates if I happen to sign with a publisher, which is my ultimate choice – not that I have one (ha ha). So if I can sign by then, GREAT. But if that doesn't happen, I will self-publish, and that I can control. I refuse to let my stories wallow away on my computer. Maybe they aren't unique enough for an agent or a publisher, but you know, I don't think all readers care about unique. I don't, and I know my daughter doesn't. They're good stories and fun to read. Well, #1 and #3 are. I'm still working out #2, but I'm being optimistic here!

So that's my resolution. Short and sweet. I find those are the best kinds to keep anyway. What are you resolving to do in the new year?

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And in other news…I got my synopsis written and I submitted GHOSTLY LIAISON for the Golden Heart Contest. I also started querying!

I'm trying to make 2013 a very good year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow - What a Pain!


Yeah, we were hit with snow. Actually, a blizzard (three hours of sustained winds blowing snow is all that is needed for that designation). This latest storm hit us with more snow than we received all last winter (it was hard for me to tell, since a lot of it blew away, but we probably got around 5-6"). That might sound impressive, but last winter was rather warm.

Wednesday we did venture out, but only to restaurants (this is when my Xterra really came in handy!). These shots were taken while we were out for dinner. Not the greatest shots, but hey – it was windy and cold out there!

Yesterday we made it to the movies and saw "Jack Reacher." I liked the movie and didn't realize it was set in Pittsburgh. Sometimes I feel like I'm from that city (I'm not), but know it so well (walking around the city will do that to a person, I guess). Anyway, now I'm curious about the books. So is my husband. We'll see if I get around to reading one, though. I'm always afraid to start a new series – afraid I'll like it and be hooked. Now, isn't that just a sick reason NOT to read?

I've gotten about half of my synopsis written. Don't know if I'll get that sucker done and polished by January second. If I do, great. If I don't, no biggie. I will start querying as soon as the synopsis is written anyway (well, after I finish writing the query, that is!).

Out of all my writing related tasks, I hate writing the synopsis the most. Summarizing is hard, especially when you're trying to cram 346 pages of words into 4 pages. Hopefully, I'll get it finished today and polished by Sunday. That's my plan, anyway.

Well, if you got snow and you love it, enjoy. If you got snow and hate it, sorry! And if you didn't get snow - you lucky dog, you! My back is still aching from the shoveling.

Happy Friday!
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What I Finished Reading Since Last Wednesday


Another Christmas has come and gone – can you believe it? – and snow is on its way again (figures). Well, I do need an excuse to stay indoors!

We got some good holiday movies watched. Not only did we see "Die Hard" on Christmas Eve, we watched "Lethal Weapon" on Christmas morning! Can't get enough of those shoot-em-up Christmas movies (because we even noticed "The Bourne Identity" is also set at Christmastime).

Lots of writing projects going on right now kind of put a halt on some of my reading. Doubt this week will be any better. I so much want to get Ghostly Liaison cleaned up for the Golden Heart contest (last day to enter is Jan 2), but I also have to write the synopsis – ugh! Anyway, here's what I finished reading this week:

Dec 24: "Naughty Bits 2" by Jenesi Ash, Portia DaCosta, Charlotte Featherstone, Lillian Feisty, Cathryn Fox, Megan Hart, Lisa Renee Jones, Elliot Mabeuse, Alison Paige, and Saskia Walker. This is an anthology of nine erotic short stories. Sometimes when it comes to erotic stories, shorter is better, and some of these delivered. Others were just strange. Then again, I'm discovering I'm not such a fan of the short story (or novella). I like more meat to my stories. Maybe that's why it's so hard for me to write them! Anyway, I got this book free at RT (don't remember which one, though). The shorts I liked the most in this offering were "Medusa's Folly" by Alison Paige, "This is What I Want" by Megan Hart, and "Caught in the Act" by Saskia Walker. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy reading to you!

 

Monday, December 24, 2012

It's Christmas Eve!


The snow has pretty much melted, but all the presents are bought and wrapped and "Die Hard" is scheduled for today. We're ready for the big day. How about you?

It's a nice feeling knowing I have nothing to do but wait. And because of all my "free" time, this past weekend the husband and I have been hitting our "To Be Watched" DVD stack. Saturday we watched "Australia" and "The African Queen." I had never seen the first and really liked it. Seen the second numerous times (it's one of our favorites), but never owned a good copy.

On Sunday, after watching our Steelers LOSE, we decided on a Bourne marathon with the first three movies (although, the fourth one doesn't really count as a Bourne movie, now does it? Plus my son said it sucked, so we won't bother getting it). We really enjoy this series and it was nice seeing them back to back to back. I didn't even mind staying up until 1 am!

In between two of the movies, I even got my brownies baked. Nothing like multi-tasking!

Sometime before tomorrow we need to get "While You Were Sleeping" watched. Can't celebrate the holiday without it (I really love that movie).

Hope you and yours have a splendid Christmas however you spend it!

 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry End of World?


I found this little box sign (and it is little – 2"x3") at a Barnes and Noble and couldn't resist buying it. I want a huge one for my front yard. It would be perfect because there are no decorations out front, and there won't be either.

It's not like I don't like the season. I do. I just don't like to decorate.

So, is the end of the world? Are you planning anything fun or interesting? Well, let me warn you. Do not watch the following movies. My husband and I did last night, and let me just say – what a waste of time!

"Hanna." My son asked for this movie last Christmas. My husband wanted to watch it, so we borrowed it. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett, it's one bizarre movie. Blurb: Raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's (Ronan) upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative (Blanchett) with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence. Now, based on this blurb, it sounds kind of interesting. It is not.

So, after we cheered the ending of this movie (the fact it was over, that is), I decided I wanted something more fun to watch. Well, I thought it would be fun.

"Love Happens." The cover on my copy stated it was a "Rare Hollywood Romance." That should have been my first hint to stay away. I bought this in the $5 bin at Wal*Mart. That should have been my second. Blurb: Jennifer Anniston and Aaron Eckhart star in the romantic drama "Love Happens." When self-help author Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) arrives to Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets florist Eloise Chandler (Anniston), the one person who might be able to help him help himself. But will two people who may have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love a chance? If they can, they'll find that sometimes, when you least expect it, love happens. This should have been titled "Death Happens." It was one depressing movie. At the end, when the husband and I were in tears, I started laughing. "We really know how to pick 'em," I said. He cracked up with me (with tears in his eyes, no less). He said he wanted to watch a western next. At least then he knew what to expect!

I sure hope this isn't the end of the world. I'd like to go out smiling. These movies didn't do that! Well, except for the cracking up at the end part. Ooh boy!

 

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What I Finished Reading Since Last Wednesday

I figured I should revise the title of my Wednesday blogs, since I may eventually add some anthologies, which took more than a week to read (like, maybe a month??). So I finished three books since last Wednesday - I even impressed myself!

Dec 12: "Abandon the Night" by Joss Ware. This is the third book in a paranormal romance series (I received it free at a convention) in which I did not read the first two. Probably my fault for reading this out of order, but by the time I realized my mistake, I'd already started it. I liked the couple, but I'm guessing they were introduced in an earlier book, so I felt a little cheated. Blurb: Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new "gift," he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty… Zoe Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoe and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night… I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the romance and I liked the couple, but I really didn't care for the world and do not wish to revisit it. It was just too depressing to me.

Dec 14: "Wild About You" by Kerrelyn Sparks. This is one of my most favorite paranormal romance series and this book did not disappoint. I'm amazed how the author can keep the series fresh and wildly entertaining, and it was such joy to actually read a fun book (especially lately). Blurb: It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick… Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp – and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads and I recommend the series to anyone who likes humorous, paranormal romances! Because like all her others, this one was a hoot. Loved, loved, loved it!

Dec 18: "Stalking Susan" by Julie Kramer. This is a mystery I received for free at the 2010 Romantic Times Convention and the author signed it for me, too. Since it was RT, I thought maybe the book would have some romance in it. It does not. I did actually groan when I started reading it, because it's in first person (not my favorite), but it did catch my attention rather quickly. Blurb: Inside the desperate world of TV news, a reporter discovers a serial killer is targeting women named Susan. Riley Spartz is recovering from a heartbreaking, headline-making catastrophe of her own when a Minneapolis police source drops two homicide files in her lap. Both cold cases involve women named Susan strangled on the same day, one year apart. Riley sees a pattern between those murders and others pulled from old death records. As the deadly anniversary approaches, she stages a bold on-air stunt to draw the killer out and uncover a motive that will leave readers breathless. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. Yes, it's the beginning of a series, but ended (yay!) in a way I don't feel the need to go out and buy the next. However, I may eventually do just that, because I did like the character. Just wish it weren't in first person. Oh well…
 
So...how's your reading coming along?

 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Going to the Movies?

Going to the movies on Christmas has almost become a family tradition for us (us includes me, hubby, and the kids). I don't know if we'll be able to go this year (we'll be spending the day with our friend), but if we do, "Les Miserables" is at the top of our list. Heck, maybe we can talk her into going with us. We'll have to play that by ear.

My husband will be taking vacation between Christmas and New Year's (use it or lose it), so I thought it would be fun to spend some of that time at the movies (since we won't be going anywhere). "Jack Reacher" is on our list to watch. Tom Cruise isn't my favorite actor, but I do enjoy his films. I know it's based on books (which my husband now wants to read – it makes me happy to see him reading more!).

We're also interested in "This is 40." Yeah, I'm waaay past 40, but I like funny movies and this one looks cute. It might even be better than "Knocked Up" (which I also enjoyed).

I want to see "Silver Linings Playbook," but it's not playing around here – yet. Husband probably won't want to see it, though, so I might have to watch that one with the daughter. That's if it ever shows up around here before coming out on DVD.

Any movies coming out this holiday season you're itching to see?

 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Traveling Can Be Funny

Yep, the husband took another business trip to Kentucky (along with a co-worker, who used to be my co-worker and is our friend), and I again followed him down here. When a different friend pointed out I was actually SAVING money (by not using my own electricity and water), well, how could I NOT go?

Granted, I had some things to accomplish before I would take the trip. Namely – finish decorating the Christmas tree, sending out the Christmas cards, and get my parents' presents mailed (since they live in California and I'm not visiting during the holidays). Well, I accomplished that and more – got ALL my Christmas shopping done. Yay!

(**pats self on back**)

Okay, so how is that all funny? Well, it's not. But this is:

We had to stop for gas on the way down, so the husband did that and filled up. When we headed back to the freeway, something was clunking against the car. My husband looked in all the mirrors (basically wondering if he ran over someone – he said, later, he pictured the guy holding on for dear life). I told him the gas cap was hitting the side of the car (no I didn't see it; the cap was on his side). He groaned. Our friend and I laughed (and laughed and laughed).

He hates it when I'm right. So now I'm wondering if he'd rather he ran over someone. Hmmm…

Ah, but it doesn't stop there. Last week our friend complained about her room. Said the crack in the door was so wide, you could see through it (in this, my husband jokingly said anyone peeking in would probably get sick), so she got another room, where she never did get any hot water (in this, she jokingly blamed my husband for stealing it all). When it came time to make reservations for this trip, my husband told her he thought long and hard, but was getting a room at the same place (pretty much saying – tough toenails).

She got him back, though, when they were getting ready to leave for the manufacturing plant and the car was all covered in frost (yeah, it was that cold down here). My husband said it wasn't a problem, his friend went out there and cleaned the windows. She told him she thought long and hard, but decided to stay indoors (they crack me up).

Still, there's more. When checking in, she made sure to get a room on a different floor (no more unseated doors or cold water), but when she went to blow dry her hair, it only spit out a little bit of air. I asked her was it set on LOW. She said she didn't realize it had settings until after using it for 40 minutes when she accidentally hit the switch and the air came out faster. Yeah, I cracked up. She did, too. Good thing, or I wouldn't be sharing this with you all.

Yep, you can have fun on business trips, even when you aren't there for the business!

As for my writing project, got lots accomplished. I'm taking this awesome, free class through the RWA University, and it's given me some great pointers, which I've already put to good use. I can't wait until I'm finished and give this story back to my daughter to read. I hope she notices all the improvements (I certainly am anyway!).

Oh, I do have a mini-poll, if you don't mind answering. Book 1 is originally titled "The Uncommon One." I'm thinking of changing the title to "Bite Me, I'm Yours." If you want to know what the story is about, you can always read the query (on the tab, above). Anyway, do you think that title sounds better? That maybe it's more sellable? It's really starting to grow on me, but I'd hate to get attached and find out it sucks.

Thanks so much. I'll be checking back later tonight (I won't have internet until I get home). Have a super-duper Friday!

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What I Read Last Week

I just realized the date - so Happy 12/12/12! That's pretty cool!

I only finished one book last week, mainly because the book I'm currently reading was a mistake from the get-go, but I'm too stubborn to stop reading it (Note – if you've never read a book from the author and you are handed a free copy of the third book in a series, do not read it. I'll have more to say next week, I'm sure.). Anywhooo, here's what I read last week:

Dec 6: "Deliver Me From Darkness" by Tes Hilaire. Yay! A freebee book paid off. I found another author to follow (like I needed one, but who cares!). Blurb: He had once been a warrior of the Light, one of the revered Paladin. A protector. But now he lives in darkness, and the shadows are his sanctuary. Every day is a struggle to overcome the bloodlust. Especially the day Karissa shows up on his doorstep. She is light and bright and everything beautiful – despite her scratches and torn clothes. Every creature of the night is after her. So is every male Paladin. Because Karissa is the last female of their kind. But she is his. He may not have a soul, but he can't deny his heart. This was one of those books where I HAD to put it down or I'd never get any writing done. I loved it that much! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.
 
I had upped my goal on Goodreads back in September (from 55 to 80 books), and this book reached that goal. Don't know how many more I'll get read in the few weeks left of the year, so I'm not going to adjust it again. Do you read more or less during the holidays? Or does it stay pretty constant year-round?

I'm headed for Kentucky again today for another nice trip with the husband and hoping to get a lot of editing done. At least I got my Christmas shopping finished, so it's less guilt I'll be free of anyway!

 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Television Rant - Not the shows, but the sets

As I sit in Buffalo Wild Wings watching the Steelers play (of which I can't understand why the local CBS station didn't show the game since the Bengals were on FOX – I think there are more Steelers fans than Browns fans down here), I realize I really hate wide screen televisions.

Not the size, or the fact the picture is sharper. I love all that. What I hate is the set-ups available.

The regular old televisions only came one way in the past – 4:3. The new ones have zoom, stretch, or whatever to make the picture look all wonky.

Why can't the newfangled televisions only come one way? Is it all that important for the whole screen to be filled? Just leave the set alone!

If a show airs in 4:3, you get the black bars on the side. If a show airs in super wide screen, you get the black bars on the top and bottom. When you mess with the set-up, everything looks weird. And I notice.

Out of all the television sets in B-dubs, the Steelers were shown on the ONE set where the screen was stretched all weird-like. It's a HD show. It shouldn't need any stretching. So instead, the people are tall and skinny and the lines on the field bend outward (especially when the picture is scanned – ugh!). Plus, the picture is blurry. Well, it would be sharp for one of those old-fashioned 4:3 sets, but not for an HD one.

Technology can be great, but it's also one big pain in the butt. Especially for this OCD person.

Please tell me I'm not the ONLY one who notices these things. My husband thinks I'm crazy! Heck, I probably am – I AM a writer!

By the way, the Steelers lost (we didn't even bother to stay for the whole game), but my Rams won (with 48 seconds left in the game, too). They haven't been at .500 in I don't know HOW long!! Yay!

 

 

Friday, December 7, 2012

My Current Project

My husband had to travel to Kentucky for work and asked if I wanted to tag along. I thought, why not? It's not really costing us more than if I had stayed at home (just my meal, if I don't share his, that is). Also, when I'm at home, I feel the need to clean or decorate (you know, for that big holiday that's coming up), not just sit and edit.

Hotel rooms aren't all that great, but now I can work without all that guilt. I could do this more often!

So, what am I editing? My vampire series.

The first book in the series – book 3, MY SUNNY VAMPIRE – is out on submission. I realized that when I sell it (or self-publish), it would help to have the other books in the series all cleaned up. Only problem, the third book in the series – book 2, SARAH'S TURN – is a syrupy piece of crap.

That is the sequel to the second book in the series – book 1, THE UNCOMMON ONE – and it just didn't work. So, I decided to rewrite it for another couple. This created a problem, though. If I was making it someone else's book, then I had to end book 1 with the ending from book 2.

Confused? Yeah, me, too!

Anyway, my current project is cleaning up book 1 (it needs it, but it's nice to know I still love the story, if not the title) and getting immersed once again so I can end it differently. Once I finish that, then I'll completely revise book 2, which I guess when you look at it, will really be book 6, right? Or not? What do you think? Even though I'm using some bits already written, the couple is being written from scratch.

In the end, my series will be as follows: MY SUNNY VAMPIRE (book 3 with Jack and Sunny), MY RELUCTANT VAMPIRE (book 1 with John and Sarah), and MY VAMPIRE HERO (book2/6 with Sam and Janie). I'm perfectly fine with the first title (in fact, I love it), but I'm still playing with the other two. If I get lucky with a small press, hopefully they can come up with better titles. If I'm self-publishing, then I'll have to work on them some more.

I really love working in the hotel room, though. No interruptions. No guilt. No getting up and snacking. Of course, I'm not getting any decorating or shopping done (I'm not about to walk to the store – it's freakin' cold outside), but if my husband doesn't care, then I don't either. He's taking another trip next week. We'll see if he invites me again.

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What I Read the Last 2 Weeks

Oh my gosh! This is my 400th posting! How crazy is that? Three years ago on Thanksgiving I started doing this thing. Time sure flies, doesn't it?

Last week I was on a ship enjoying a cruise and didn't post anything, so basically the following is what I read in the past two weeks. Most of them read on that cruise, by the way.
 
Nov 24: "Blood Deep" by Sharon Page. This book is a historical paranormal romance, toward the erotic side. Blurb on back: Going to her lover, Miranda Bond speeds through the night, headless of danger. Then her carriage is captured by two daring and mysterious highwaymen – two devastatingly handsome men determined to share her in fantastic games of erotic titillation… Miranda's captors are deadly and dangerous vampires, who have escaped from a hellish prison to seek revenge. She cannot resist as Zayan and Lukos take her to the precipice of surrender – for it may be her innocence that brings them all release… I read the first book of this series and liked it well enough so when I saw the author at a convention, I wanted to buy the next and get her autograph. But she had the third book. I asked her if I needed to read the second to understand the third. She said no. I think she was wrong. I felt confused at times (especially in the beginning) and never really connected with the characters. I enjoyed the first book a whole bunch better and not so sure I want to go back and read the second. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.
 
Nov 26: "666 Park Avenue" by Gabriella Pierce. This book is a paranormal, but not a romance. Might even be considered horror (but not in the Stephen King or Dean Koontz kind of way - is there such a thing as light horror?). Blurb on back: Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York. But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world – and herself – is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them. I got this book for free at RT this year. The cover and blurb intrigued me. Wasn't sure what to expect, but it kept my attention. I just wish the ending was a little better, but apparently it's the beginning of a series (one I might look into some more). I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
 
Nov 28: "Ghost Walk" by Heather Graham. This book is a paranormal romance. Believe it or not, I've never read any of her books before. I got this one at the 2010 RT for free and finally found a time to read it. Technically, I read it in a day (less than 24 hours), even though I started it on the 27 and finished it at 1 a.m. on the 28. Blurb on back: Nikki DuMonde's newest employee is standing at the end of her bed at four o'clock in the morning begging for help. It's a joke, right? Besides, as manager of a successful New Orleans haunted-tour company, Nikki doesn't scare easily. But in the light of day, harsh reality sets in as a police officer informs her that Andy was brutally murdered – at the exact time Nikki swears the distraught woman was in her room. No one believes her except Brent Blackhawk, a paranormal investigator desperately trying to forget his tragic past. Half Irish, half Lakota – and able to communicate with the dead – Brent is used to living in two worlds. Bur when he realizes the ghost of a slain government agent is also trying to reach out to Nikki, he knows that she, too, must listen to the dead…if she wants to keep living. I really liked the book (which told some New Orleans stories) and connected with the characters very easy. Loved the romance! I'll definitely check out more of her work. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.
 
Dec 1: "Virtually His" by Gennita Low. This book is marked as a romantic suspense. It should say "This book will PISS YOU OFF!" Blurb: Chosen to be the ultimate secret operative, Helen Roston has become the most dangerous woman in the world. Two years of training and she's now ready for the final phase – a risky combination of virtual reality and a mind-altering serum. When her mysterious and faceless "trainer" syncs his mind to hers using the program, she's amazed at her sizzling response to his virtual touch. But Helen likes to be in control. She's not going to beg for more. Helen's final test is a challenge mission, picked by the other government agencies whose candidates lost out to her. To succeed, she has to put herself completely in the hands of her trainer, a man she's not sure she can trust. But all of COS Command are counting on her. She cannot fail. I struggled with this book from the beginning, but stuck with it hoping for a payoff I never received. I had no idea this was the first book of a series (no where on the cover does it state anything like that). Even so, it should have had some kind of ending. It did not. Next – If a book is marked as a ROMANTIC anything, it should better have some romance in it. This one had sex – soooo not the same thing. Finally – I had no idea who the trainer was (even in his POV), and it was only assumed at the end. Hated that! I will NOT read the next book, since I no longer trust this author. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads.
 
So, two hits and two misses. I need to read more hits. I find I read them faster, too. If I can put a book down because I don't want to read it (as opposed to putting it down so I'm not wasting all my time reading instead of writing, like I should be), then I should seriously consider whether or not I should finish the darn thing. Doubt I'll do it, though. I'm stubborn that way, I guess (or would that be hopeful??).
 
Hope you're reading something good!
 
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Vacation - Yes, There's Pictures!

Driving down to New Orleans was a lot less tiring than driving back. Probably because we took two days to get down there and only one day to return. That, and the fact my husband was trying to see if he could read a book in one day (he'd never done it before), so my four hour driving stint turned into six and a half (I drove from Tuscaloosa to 30 miles out of Cincinnati). He proudly finished the book at 11:00 pm and drove the rest of the way home (which took all of 90 minutes – Thanks, Tess Gerritsen!).
 
Besides all that driving, the cruise was wonderful. Weather was sunny and warm at both Progreso and Cozumel. Thoroughly enjoyed that!

We had scheduled excursions for both stops, but our kayaking trip in Progreso got cancelled at the last minute (not enough signed up for it), so my husband and I took a $3.00 double-decker bus tour through the little town.
 
Then we walked down to the beach. Our friend wasn't feeling well, so she stayed on ship (so it was probably a good thing the excursion got cancelled or she would have been out some money!). Progreso is a nice, quiet place. The place the Mexicans come to vacation (or so we were told by two Canadians who now call Progreso their home).
 
During the summer, the place gets packed with 150,000 people. As you can tell from the pictures, not so many visit during the off-season. Although, why it's off-season, I have no idea. The weather was TERRIFIC!

We were hit numerous times to purchase massages and the Mayan cell phones (large conk shells!). I cracked up at that.

We'd been in Cozumel before (back in 2007) and didn't sign up for anything then, because nothing really appealed to us. This time we took the XRail excursion. The guide called it the Mexican Lamborghini.
 
This was one rough event (and muddy, too), but a whole lotta fun! I didn't take my camera along – wasn't risking it getting ruined – but the tour guides took lots of pictures. Yeah, they came with a price (and some T-shirts), but it was worth it.
 
This was our second best excursion ever (River Tubing in Belize is still #1) and if we ever go back to Cozumel, we will definitely do it again (of course, next time I will NOT drink anything at the half-way point unless it's hot out and I'm sweating – riding in those things with a full bladder isn't so great).

On our assigned dinner table, my husband had the privilege to be the only man amongst nine women – Mary #1 (our friend), Mary #2, Karen, Passion, Rachel, Danielle, Diane, Ruth, and ME! Sometimes you wonder what kind of dinner mates you'll end up with. So far, we've been lucky. Dinner was enjoyable, although I think the table behind me was having a bit more fun than we were – or maybe they just drank more!

Overall, we had a great time. I don't know when our next cruise will be (since I'm currently not bringing in a paycheck), so I'm glad I have this one as my last to remember for awhile. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Here are some more (and as always, click on the photo and you'll get a better/larger view):
 
Port hole was a bit on the wet side, but I just
loved the sunrise!
I was looking at taking a picture similar to the Corona
commercial, but I don't think I quite got it!
Not sure what they were building in Progreso, but the
birds appeared to enjoy it!

 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Having Fun!



I'll be incommunicado for awhile. Gee...I wonder why???

Before I go, I have to tell you - because of the Saints 3:30 game yesterday, we never made it down to the French Quarter, so we went to the movies instead (yeah, we're wimps, but we saw the traffic - ugh). We saw "Skyfall", which is a pretty good. And considering I've only seen maybe one James Bond movie before (a hokey one with Roger Moore), well, I can say there wasn't any hokiness in this one! After the movie we found a great restaurant - Copelands. If you ever find yourself in New Orleans (or in my case, Kenner), you should check it out. They have really great food!

Hope you have a great week. I know I will!!!
 
 
 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Best Laid Plans?


You can plan, but that doesn't mean things will go your way.

Our cruise doesn't take off until Monday, but we left today (driving) so we could get to New Orleans a day early and spend some time there to sight-see. If we had thought this through better, we probably wouldn't have bothered. See, today was the OSU game vs. "That Team Up North" (uhhh, Michigan). We wanted to watch that game! How could we be so stupid???

The game started at Noon. The plan? Drive to Louisville and stop at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game. What's a four hour layover? We're spending the night in Birmingham, AL anyway. No biggie. We'd still make it there before bedtime.

We planned to leave home at 8:00 am expecting to arrive in Louisville by 11:00 am. Instead, we left around 8:30 am and arrived at 10:40 am. Hmmm…does our friend have a lead foot or was MapQuest totally wrong?

No matter. We wait for BW3 to open, get a seat, and wait for the game. It's on ABC at home. Figured it wouldn't be a problem. They said it wouldn't.

A lot of other OSU fans thought the same thing. By Noon, the place filled up with Buckeye fans. Looked to be a nice rowdy time!!

Only problem: BW3 couldn't get the game. ABC wasn't offering it in that area and it couldn't be found on-line, either. Direct TV SUCKS!!!

Talk about crappy! Oh well, we arrived in Birmingham four hours earlier then planned, and was able to get the game on our friend's XM radio (she's a peach).

Still, would have LOVED to watch OSU BEAT That Team Up North.

Score: OSU 26, Michigan 21. 12-0 season! Yeah, baby!!!

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What I Read Last Week


Now that I've gotten GHOSTLY LIAISON off to some readers, I can now take a breather and read some more. Of course, that has to wait until AFTER I clean the family room (ugh). And yes, I have started!

Because of all that editing, I only finished one book in the past week (I'm beginning to see a pattern here). That will change in two weeks (next week I'll be on a cruise, so no blogging), in which I plan to post a whole hassle-full of read books. Well, it's my PLAN. I'll pack the books anyway!

Anywho…here's what I read in the past week:

Nov 15: "The Paradise Prophecy" by Robert Browne. I've read all his books. Well, his printed books anyway (I don't own a reader – yet). I like the supernatural elements to his stories. Blurb on jacket cover: "For millennia, God's angels have been fighting Satan's demons on Earth to try and prevent Satan's greatest ambition – the Apocalypse. Satan has never been closer to his goal than right now. Agent Bernadette Callahan is a talented investigator at a shadowy government organization known only as Section, on the trail of a serial killer with nearly supernatural abilities. Sebastian "Batty" LaLaurie is a religious historian who knows far too much about the other side – and that hard-earned knowledge is exactly what Callahan needs. This unlikely duo pairs up for a race across the glove, decoding clues left in ancient texts from the Bible to Paradise Lost and beyond. In the process they stumble into a vast conspiracy – one beyond the scope of mankind's darkest imagination." There were lots of suspense and interesting twists and it kept me turning the pages. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, however you plan on spending it.

Happy Eating!

 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Goal Met!


I'm another step closer to querying. Got the edits finished on Book #4 and only have to read it through to make sure it all makes sense before I hand it off to some readers. I said I'd finish it by Thanksgiving and by gosh, I did!

**Happy Dance**

Now I can take a break and actually clean the family room. You think I'm joking? Well, I'm not taking pictures to prove my point. That would be too embarrassing. Well, maybe I WILL take pictures, if only for my own reference. If I think I've done an awesome job, then I'll post before and after pics. But don't hold your breath.

But really, this place is a mess. I have no place to put the Christmas tree right now. And there's too much stuff (junk) in front of the fireplace, making it useless.

Of course not all this mess is mine. Half belongs to the husband. I think I'll put all his stuff in a box and let him go through it. What do you think? Sound like a plan? I think so!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Got any plans for Black Friday? I have to cook this year (bummer), and the only thing I'm doing on Friday is going to the movies, like we do every year. Right now "Red Dawn" seems to be the likely choice for our family tradition. I wish the reviews were more promising, but hey, it's got Chris Hemsworth. Can't be all bad!

 

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm Waning


Before I get into my "rant" I just have to say – "Breaking Dawn Part 2" was great!! That ending really blew me away. That's all I have to say. That, and I'll be seeing it again (with my daughter – again) this morning!!
 
Now, where was I? Oh yes. Since I lost my job, I've been doing a decent job at exercising. Hit the gym on M-W-F, walk outside on T-Th. Then the weather turned cold and put a wrench into things.

My motivation is waning.

I still go to the gym on M-W-F (well, except for those days, like today), but the walking isn't happening. First, it became too dark and I didn't have anything light colored to wear so I could be seen (since part of my course doesn't have sidewalks). Then it became too cold, so I resorted to the treadmill.

I'm finding I really, really, REALLY hate the treadmill in the basement. Ah heck, I just hate the treadmill. I don't mind using it for 20 minutes at the gym (as warm-up to weight-training), but for an hour, it's just too much.

I love walking outside. There's no quitting in the middle because I still have to walk back. But on a treadmill?

Yeah, I can step off that thing any damn time I want. And I am.

30 minutes into my walk outside, and I have a 30 minute walk home. 30 minutes into my walk on the treadmill, and I'm done. That's if I make it that far.

Why oh why is it so hard for me? My willpower SUCKS, that's for sure.

I sure hope I survive the winter. I'd hate to have to start all over again, because that's even worse.

Any tips on how I can stay on the stupid thing? Reading apparently isn't working (and I LOVE to read!!). Or should I just be glad I'm at least walking 30 minutes on the sucker?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What I Read Last Week


Tomorrow night the daughter and I will be at the theatre to watch "Breaking Dawn Part 2" – yeah, baby! It looks to be a chilly, yet dry night, but standing in line for hours also gives me plenty of time to read. Of course, watching everyone in line can be entertaining, too. Young adults are a strange breed.

Anyway, I only finished one book in the past week (I've been on an editing mission!):

Nov 9: "Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel" by Walter Mosley. I've never read anything by him before, but a couple of years ago, while perusing the sale "bin" at B&N on line, this book intrigued me. Now I finally got around to reading it. The blurb on the inside cover: "When Cordell Carmel catches his longtime girlfriend with another man, the act that he witnesses seems to dissolve all the boundaries he knows. In that instant, the calm existence of this middle-aged New York City man becomes something unrecognizable: he wants revenge, but also something more. 'Killing Johnny Fry' is the story of Cordell's dark, funny, soulful, and outrageously explicit sexual odyssey in search of a new way of life. Along the way, he encounters a mysterious woman named Sisypha, who leads him deep into the city's forbidden heart." The story certainly kept me curious 'til the end, but if you're not into erotic noir, you might want to stay away. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

I'm getting soooo close to finishing the editing of Ghostly Liaison. But I have to make sure not to rush it at the end (something I tend to do). I'll be glad to finish, though, and then pass it on to my daughter to read (and review). Maybe my husband, too. He read my rough, first draft of Alien Desires (I needed some feedback before I edited), and even after reading that mess (because, let's face it, first drafts SUCK), he's anxious to read Ghostly Liaison. That made me feel good, in a writerly kind of way!

So, are any of you planning on seeing "Breaking Dawn Part 2"?

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Still Thinking...


I'm still thinking about writing a short story for the Beatnik Café (to be held on Dec 7). My husband wants to shoot Jennette (yeah, you!!) for putting the vampire elves in my head. I'm coming up with all types of ideas (and most of them are, well, pretty bad):
 
A couple sleeping in bed, hear noises on the roof. He goes up to investigate and gets bit by vampire elves.
***OR***
A witch wants to get rid of her husband, so she summons vampire elves on Christmas Eve.
***OR***
A vampire couple is greeted on Christmas Eve by…vampire elves!!

I'm still playing around with that centerfold idea, too. Those ideas are a little more clean, and maybe the way I should go. But damn, those vampire elves just crack me up! I'll figure something out. Maybe.

And if you have any other suggestions for "Up on the Housetop", bring it on!

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On Saturday I got my hands on the print version of the anthology book (and it is soooo pretty!!). I was even asked to sign a few copies. Talk about UNREAL!!

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Next Saturday the husband and I will be attending a wedding. I'm not one who likes to shop (or even dress up), so I went through the clothes I did have. Lucky me, I found a dress (well, it was actually my daughter's) where I don't have to go out and buy new shoes and I even had a jacket that went with it well enough (yep, not picky here!). I think I'm good.

My husband went through all his suits, most of which were WAY too large (since he'd lost 50 lbs), but he found one sport coat and one suit that fit (yay!) and are now at the cleaners. Seven (yes, SEVEN) suits are headed for Goodwill. He hates wearing suits, and most of these were only worn once.

Of course, now he was on a roll and decided to hit the hallway closet to go through all the outerwear. One jacket is being tossed (broken and too large), three are being repaired (if it's Steelers and/or it fits, it's getting fixed), and two are being donated. I think I now have room to hang MY coats in there!

So, we had a semi-productive weekend. I didn't have to buy any new outfits, and we'll have a good tax donation this year!

How was your weekend?

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

What's Wrong With This Picture?


Are proof readers a dying breed or is it the first position a publisher cuts back on? I kind of hope the latter, because if the former, then they're not doing a very good job. Of course, if that's the case, maybe those publishers better rethink things!
 
Now, I can excuse the occasional typo in a news article. Catching every error is almost impossible, especially if you've read the article several times. But headings? No. There's no excuse for a typo in a heading. I mean, the type is LARGE and BOLDED. Should be easy peasy to review, right?

Well, apparently not. As I perused my daily paper Wednesday morning, I came across this article and the heading stopped me (if you click on the photo, it should enlarge for you to see it better).
 
I thought the article was about some person personating an owl and couldn't figure out why it would be an offense. Not so. That one little missing LETTER made a serious article (about a shooting) look humorous (I won't even go into what my daughter had to say about the blurb before the article – she's a grammar freak, what can I say).

Proof reading shouldn't stop with books, magazines, or newspapers. People writing e-mails should practice the act – many times. I don't know how many e-mails I've received in the past where I couldn't understand what was being communicated.

I re-read everything I write – e-mails, comments, blogs, letters, you name it! It only takes one wrong word to turn something serious into a joke.

So what do you think about proof reading? Do you think people have gotten lazy or just cheap? Or is it the same thing? Hmmm.

CORRECTION: After all of the above, I realized I made a mistake (which I have since corrected) in a previous post about an upcoming Beatnik Café my writers group is putting on. It will be held on Friday, Dec 7 (NOT today). Don't know WHAT I was thinking! But hey, if you're still interested, it will be at the 4 Starters Coffee Café, 2495 Commons Blvd, Beavercreek, Ohio. It starts at 7 pm and runs until 9. And that is Friday, DEC 7 (yeah, Pearl Harbor Day AND my sister's birthday!). I'll be there.

Hope you have a super-duper weekend.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What I Read Last Week


Editing is going along great. I foresee finishing Ghostly Liaison by Thanksgiving. And because I'm going along at a good clip, reading time has been reduced. Here are the books I completed since last Wednesday.

Oct 31: "Iced Chiffon" by Duffy Brown. This book is a straight (cozy?) mystery. Blurb on back: "There's always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She's busy enough running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, with her vivacious auntie, KiKi, but now the gossip – and the sales – are about to pick up, after a gruesome discovery…" Not my usual genre, but the story looked fun and I attended Duffy Brown's Mystery Party during Lori Foster's Reader/Author Get Together (which she also helps run), so I bought her book. I sort of thought there might be some kind of romance involved, but there wasn't (although one was teased, sort of). I didn't figure out "who done it" until it was revealed at the end. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Nov 6: "Claimed" by Rebecca Zanetti. This is the second book in the series and now I need to purchase #3. I liked the story, although the alpha male is a little meaner than I'd prefer (I felt the same way about the alpha male in the first book, too). That won't stop me from continuing on with the series, though. Blurb on back: "Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she's also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who's been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires' mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of "lovesick"… As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it's taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he'll stop at nothing to protect her – even if it means turning his back on his own kind…" I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

So what have you read this past week? Please share!

Here's to another week of happy reading!

 

 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Brainstorming


I need to brainstorm and thought you might be able to help. I'd like to write a short story (between 800-1000 words, yeah, REALLY short) for the Beatnik Café my writers group is holding next month. The theme is "Up on the House Top." I'm assuming that means Christmas.
 
It has to be clean since kids might be there. One guy in our group said "no centerfolds," so of course I want to use that (insert evil laugh here), but then I thought up something that was kind of dirty (but funny). I should also not dish Santa (just in case – don't want to ruin any kid's Christmas).

Now all I can think about is sexy romance or evil horror!

Sometimes one little word can get me going. My husband told me to write about a Ferris wheel and I was able to do that for the last Beatnik Café I attended (but then, we weren't given any theme). Then my husband said I should write about an alien, and I got a whole book written about that. So why can't I think of a clean short story with a centerfold?

Why does clean seem so BORING? Or is that just me? Do you have any suggestions for me? Any way I can use centerfolds and still keep it clean (and maybe funny)? Your opinions matter to me!

This is strictly for fun and not to be published (except maybe on this blog, if you're interested or I'm so inclined). My goal is to have something to read that night and to show people – hey, look, I can write (and it's not boring)!

I'm ready to brainstorm – as soon as I return from the gym, that is!

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In other news… I heard back from the job I interviewed with AND the editor I submitted Book #3 to. Yep, both rejects. These things happen. I'll continue to send out resumes and I sent out Book #3 to another publisher. One of these days something good will happen. If I had my druthers (and I do), I'd rather be published than employed!

 

Friday, November 2, 2012

What Does This Picture Say?

It's said "A picture is worth 1000 words." So, what is this picture saying to you? Is it saying "Go out and buy some sunglasses"?

So, girls in bikinis get the car ads, and hunks, like this one, get the eyeglasses ads? Does that mean more women purchase glasses?

I seriously wonder what advertising agencies think in situations like this. Yeah, he's great eye-candy, but how many people do you think would go out and purchase eyeglasses based upon this picture? I would think a picture of the frames would do just as well. Hey, but that's probably just me!

Sorry for the late post. I was going to write something last night, but forgot I don't usually do that after my writers group meeting (since it ends at 10pm). If I planned it better, I would have had it written before I left for the meeting.

My writers group is having another Beatnik Cafe on Friday, Dec 7 at the 4 Starters Coffee Cafe, 2495 Commons Boulevard, Beavercreek, OH. It runs from 7-9pm. If you're in the area and want to hear local writers read their short fiction, come on by. The theme is "Up on the House Top."  I haven't decided if I'll be part of the readings (I haven't written anything yet), but I will be there to listen and support. The cost is FREE.

And lastly, the anthology, "Home for the Holidays," which includes my short story, "The Last Christmas Visit," is now in print and can be found HERE. I'll be getting my copy soon!! So excited.

Hope your weekend is fantabulous. If you're doing NaNo - go you! I'm not that brave, yet.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What I Read Last Week & Pictures of Halloween Decorations


Happy Halloween!! Before I get to what I read last week, here are some pictures to put you into the mood for the holiday. If you click on them, they will enlarge and you can see the detail a little better. These houses are located on the corner of Main & Maple Streets in Fairborn, Ohio.
 



 
Now, on to what I read last week:

Oct 25: "Seducing the Vampire" by Michele Hauf. I had been avoiding vampire romances because I write them, but realized, wait a minute, I'm not writing one now! So, I'm back to reading them. This one goes back and forth between 1785 and present day, and at first it kind of confused me (not for long, though), and then I got caught up in the story (it was hard to put down). It was kind of genius how she wrote this. Two stories, two goals, one man. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.

Oct 26: "Forever Vampire" by Michele Hauf. Yep, I started this the day I finished the previous book and finished it the next day. This book deals with the offspring of the characters from the previous book (so it has to be thirty years in the future, but seems like present day – at least technologically speaking). I enjoyed it (apparently, I read it fast enough), but I liked the characters in the previous book better. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

Only two books completed this week, because I've been more engrossed in editing Book #4. I think I'm motivated to get it finished so I can give it to people to read (again). I want to start querying!!! Yeah, I'm nuts like that.

Here are some more pictures of decorations. Foy's is a store in Fairborn (they have like 4 shops) and they're really big this time of year, as you can see.

I would have posted more, but Blogger was being a slow pain. Thought I should quit while I was ahead. Hope you have a spooky day!

 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Next Big Thing Tag

Someone's Halloween decorations. I thought it was appropriate for this post!

NaNo Prep: The Next Big Thing. Todd Moody tagged me for this. He's one of my critique partners. No, I'm not doing NaNo, but thought I'd play along anyway.
 
As NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—write a 50K word novel during November) is all about writing “the next big thing,” I currently don't have a "next big thing" since I just finished my last "big thing." So what to do, what to do??? Maybe I'll just talk about my last big thing, then. Sound good?

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
ALIEN DESIRES. It's supposed to be a play on words. Not sure if it works or not, but it's what I have for now.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
My husband said I should write a book about an alien. Since I write paranormal, and I already had three books with vampires and one book with a ghost, I thought – why not? But while he came up with the alien theme, the story is all mine (and nothing like the alien he envisioned, I'm sure).

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal romance, what else? Just because it has an alien doesn't make it science fiction. There is no techno-babble in this book.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I was going to say I have no idea, until I watched Fox's NFL Pregame Show on Sunday. He's too old now (my alien is 29), but a young Howie Long (and I looked up some older pictures of him) would be REAL close to my alien character! Longer hair and indigo eyes (oh, and he'd have to be 6'7"), and there you go! Do you know a young actor that can pull that off? As for the other characters, I haven't stumbled across anyone, yet.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When an alien comes to Earth on a mission to find a new home planet, his neurotransmitter is accidentally destroyed and he discovers love and sexual desire for the first time.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My goal is to find an agent and get published the traditional route. I'm hoping the project before this one gets me there, but if not, that's what this book is for. Of course, if no one's interested, I will then search for a small press. If that bombs, then there's self-publication. This is the route I went through with my vampire books (currently on the small press portion of my mission) and the route I will go through with my ghost book. I'm nothing if not consistent, huh?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months (almost to the day). Not the quickest I've ever written, but not the longest either.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe a little bit of Starman? I liked the innocence of the character in that, and I kind of based my alien on that. Other than that, I have NO CLUE! I haven't read too many alien romance books. You got any suggestions?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
This is my fifth book. The last book inspired me to write this book and this book inspires me to write the next. I have to write. It's in my blood.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I've got romance, some humor, and some suspense (I hope). I turned a beta male who never had sex (yes, a virgin) into what I hope is an alpha character (or close to one). Writing about a character who is seeing Earth for the first time (based upon data his people obtained from an 1830 visit) and experiencing stronger emotions (i.e. going through a sort of delayed puberty) was difficult, but fun.

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
I already told you about Todd. Here are the five I've tagged. I'm curious to see what their projects are all about (whether or not they're doing the NaNo thing).

LD Masterson
Jennette Marie Powell
B.E. Sanderson – The Writing Spectacle
Erin Kane Spock – Hold On To Your Bloomers


Rules for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop:

***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Heavenly Intervention?


I like not having to go to a job I'm good at, but don't necessarily enjoy. Unfortunately, the pay sucks. However, even my husband is wondering if things are starting to work in my unemployment favor.
 
My husband was informed at his work about a bank offering a lower interest rate on our mortgage. We have a fairly low mortgage now and had just refinanced two years ago. But the closing costs were small and it intrigued him, so he checked it out.

Seems like we can save nearly $300 a month and drop the escrow. So, is someone intervening, helping us so we don't need me to bring in an income? (At least not right away – I am hoping to bring in writing income someday.) It would certainly help, that's for sure.

As for my job interview, it went as job interviews (for me) go. Short. But for a part-time job, it seemed more like a full-time job. 32 hours, 5 days a week, 9-4:30. Not exactly what I had in mind for a part-time job. We'll see if I get called back, though. I was told I'd be contacted either way, so at least I won't be left hanging (unlike some queries I've sent out!).

This week has been sunny and warm (for October in Ohio, kind of rare), so do you think we could have a warm, rain-free football night on Friday? Heck, no! In fact, the temps will be bottoming out and it'll probably be in the 40's (as well as raining, like it has almost EVERY Friday night during football season). I also heard snow may come into play next week. It's not fair going from the 70's to 30's. Not fair, I tell you!

Yeah, I'm not a fan of the cold weather. Guess that's the Southern Californian in me. Times like these when I miss that state. Oh well…

Happy Friday!