Friday, September 29, 2006

Survivor is back!

Yay! I meant to post comments about the new season of survivor earlier, but got distracted. I get so excited when a new season starts up and usually spend a few days dancing around singing "Survivor's on tonight" which really annoys my kids.

So what do I think about the race division thing? *shrug* People can complain all they want but the fact is, survivor is all about learning to get along with others, regardless of ethnicity, to survive, and isn't that what life is all about on the grander scale? The world is shrinking and you can either accept that or hide. Personally, I think hiding is boring...sooner or later you run out of chocolate.

After the first episode I thought Ozzy rocked...then after episode 2 I started to think he's one of those guys that seems to increase his self esteem by making others feel bad about themselves. The whole Billy thing made me crazy. Billy was so Rah Rah team until Ozzy started shooting down all his ideas. Ok, so maybe Ozzy has more experience in outdoor stuff, it's not the point. I really think that if that team had been more of a team, Billy wouldn't have ended up feeling left out, and would have been more involved around camp. And to say "I'm not going to carry someone" well holy CRAP! I think those survivors are eating better than I do! Who cares if you have to catch one more fish! It's not like you're hurting for food or anything! Bloody hell! Starting off by alienating someone is a dumb move and now I want to see Ozzy gone so bad it's become my manta "Send Ozzy Home! Send Ozzy Home!" The rest of the tribe should have kicked his ass for suggesting he throw the challenge. STUPID! And really, what good did it do them when the tribes got switched up the next day anyway? All you've done is eliminated one person of your original tribe who could have sided with you when you got the switch up. People are so stupid. Even if the switch up hadn't occured the next day, you knew it was coming soon.

So far there isn't anyone I can say I really like. Jonathan is too cocky...knowing what's best for Jessica so she doesn't have to think (WTF was up with that?) Yul seems like a solid player, strong, smart and socially adept. Most of the girls are just faces to me other than Jessica and Parvati. Now, I was prepared to like Parvati because of the name (YAY Harry Potter!) but ugg! Can you be a little less obvious with your pathetic flirting attempts? Sheesh! Why not just rip off your clothes and parade around in the buff (haha pun not intended) She's going to tick the other women off big time with that.

On a related topic, I'm so glad they brought back the Survivor Strikes Back Blog. I love this almost as much as the show itself...Brian's posts always make me laugh.

Anyway, I'm baking cookies and stuff even though I should be working on dragons. *sigh*

Monday, September 25, 2006

Baby's first fan-fic

Ok, so she's not really a baby anymore, she's five, but still, I thought it was cute that she wrote her first piece of fan fiction last night - a tale of Diago, animal rescuer...where Diago and click the camera saved a baby fox and a baby bull. Thought it was pretty funny. Maybe it's a sign that she'll follow in my footsteps....hmmm.....

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Moving Atlantis Cover is Here!

Yipee! I just got approval to show off this awesme cover for Moving Atlantis. It's exactly what I'd pictured, only even more pretty. YAY to Anne Cain for the amazing job she did!

Now if only I can figure out how to put pics in the side bar....

I thought bad things came in threes...

Do you ever feel like you're under some kind of curse? You're going along, enjoying life then BAM! all of a sudden everything breaks down, and Murphy's having a hay day at your expense? Welcome to the past few weeks of my life. Between cars breaking down, roof leaking, files disappearing, computers breaking and, worst of all, a death in the family, I'm starting to think I must have done something really bad on the karma scale.

So I've thought about it. Nothing particular comes to mind. The fact is, these things just come in cycles and it's best to grit your teeth and wait until you pop out on the other side. A few years back my family went through a really bad period of about 2 years where cars broke down every other day, bills got lost and collection agencies called, people were sick and for a while I was afraid to answer the phone because it seemed everytime I did, someone had died. Then, gradually we got through it.

Now I'm off to work on the first sex scene in the Dragon's Birth sequel...while gritting my teeth and hoping that this time, things settle down sooner rather than later.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Upcoming releases and news

I'm hard at work on the sequel to Dragon's Birth. Originally I'd thought I'd call it Dragon's Return, but the name started to bug me. At this point, the title is The Forgotten Heir. This book will be Vander's story. I hadn't planned to write a story for him, but during edits, it was pointed out to me that one point in Dragon's Birth hints that Vander was of very humble birth, and in another spot it suggests he's very highborn. It was a goof, but when I looked at it, the idea popped into my head and I knew I had to tell his story.

Van's been a pain in the butt (which seems to be a big part of his character anyway) but this book has been SLOOOOOW going. I've scrapped dozens of pages, started from scratch 3 times and only by forcing myself to continue on this version have I made it past chapter 3. I'm hoping to have The Forgotten Heir done by the end of October, just in time for my next release.....

The coming soon pages have been updated at Samhain. I'm so excited to be able to announce that The Last Prophecy will be released on October 31 in ebook format and print as part of the Beginnings anthology . There's a great bunch of authors in this collection and I'm thrilled to be among them.

Then, a few weeks later, Moving Atlantis will be released from Samhain (November 21)

Should be an exciting few weeks for me *grin*

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Just a little change of scene

When somethings not working on a story, we blame our muse. Lately I think my muse has decided to make himself a permanant fixture at the local nudey bar.

Ok, so the truth is there are more solid (non-mythical) reasons for flow blockage. (ewww that didn't come out right) Most of the time it's because I've plunged into the story without doing enough preperation on the characters background. So when they do something or say something that doesn't fit with some subconscious notion i have of them, it stalls me.

The other reason that I get blocked is because my writing area is a full on disaster zone. Coffee mugs, note books, a card reader for my digital camera, a bottle of school glue, nail clippers, coupons for the bookstore, a game boy, some toys, a mess of cables...and that's actually clean for me. Sometimes I'm afraid the piles of papers will topple over and the avalanche will knock the laptop to the floor. When things get that bad I have two options....clean *gag* or take the laptop somewhere else.

Normally that means sitting in bed, or on the couch, but last night I took a walk to the library and wow. It's amazing what a quiet space can do for you. No kids asking for snacks, no dogs barking to be let out, no pile of dishes giving you dirty looks (haha, pun not intended) but more than that, it was almost as if I had to write, simply because the opportunity to do so in peace is so rare.

It made me realize that when I took the laptop to the arena and wrote while my daughter had her skating lessons, I actually got a lot done. None of the parents bothered me (though they may have thought I was a bit weird.) Writing naughty bits while surrounded by unsuspecting mothers watching their daughters twirl and jump is a bit strange at first, but I got used to it.

Now if only there was a nice little coffee shop somewhere that i could go to....

Friday, September 08, 2006

Cover for Moose Man!

I just got approval to put up the cover for Last Prophecy (other wise known as Moose Man) This is the individual ebook cover. For the anthology print edition there won't be people on it, just the names of us lucky authors.


I also have the cover for Moving Atlantis, but I'm waiting on final approval. I'll post it when I get it up.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Nano is coming up fast

Hard to believe it's been almost a year since I last felt the anxiety inspired by NANO. For the past 2 years I've participated in National Novel Writing Month and I've yet to manage to meet the 50,000 word goal. Sad, I know. I'd like to think I've become more disciplined since last November, I mean, I've sold 4 books since then, so surely I can manage to succeed this year. On the other hand, I've gotten very good at procrastination as well. When the words just aren't flowing, do I sit and fight with determination? No, I go watch a movie or read a book. I've managed to read a lot of books this year, way more than my entire 2005 total and it's only September.

So this year I'm going to start early. I'm going to have a story idea ready before hand so that I'm not stuck 15K in with absolutely no clue what happens next.

The only catch is that, with the release of Moving Atlantis scheduled for late November, I'll be doing edits for part of the month so I'll really have to buckle down and work if I'm going to succeed.

I'd really like to see NANO being used in English classes in our local schools. I thought this last year, but didn't know how to go about suggesting it. I still don't have any idea how to do that, but it's my goal to one day, see it happen.

Something to think about while procrastinating this month...hehehe.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

what a weird month!

August has been cool this year and I've been hiding in the house wishing I was out camping. I managed to finish and send in "the Final Prophecy" and I just finished the first round of edits on that. It'll be exciting to have a print release this winter!

I spent a lot of the month watching high school movies. Yeah, weird I know. I feel a little odd about it, but after some serious thought I realized there were good reasons for it (beyond cute guys that is...which would make me a pervert right?) Reason #1 is that high school sucked hard core for me. I think I like watching other people have a grand adventure in thier own high school time. I suppose it's like reading a romance novel even though you're married. How many of us wish we'd met our own husbands through some vastly romantic adventure? and 2) our high school was boring. We didn't get out to watch sports, didn't have the kind of cliques you see in movies. It sort of makes me wonder if those things actually happen.

Anyway LOL now that I've blabbed about liking teeny-bopper movies, I'll get back to writing. School starts up in a few days so I'll be down to one kiddie in the house. Hopefully I'll get more done then than I have this summer.