Monday, September 22, 2008

Something Sweet is DONE

ANd subbed. So that's one item off my list for the PWC. I can practically taste the whiskey...*shoves shot glass behind computer*

Next up is Brazen's Army and Enemy of the Heart. I'm thinking I'm going to do a massive rewrite on Enemy though. Brazen was left at the start of a sex scene, stupid me.

I'm hoping I'll get a celebratory season of Smallville for submitting something *grin*

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Personal Writing Challenge (PWC)

Okay, so Kim and Dawn started this thing, and since I'm not getting too far on my own, I figure why not.

So, my goal for December 31 at 11:59 is to have done 2500 words a day, which, if I start tomorrow (since today is almost over) is 182500...sweet Merlin. I'm insane...Well, we'll see how we get. My story goals will be listed below, though some of these are Piper stories...just so I don't confuse myself later on.

Something Sweet (m/m) PIPER

Greg isn't the same cheerful guy Alex remembers. After ten years of estrangement, he's now faced with a quiet, twitchy shadow of his old friend. He's only got a week or so to get to the bottom of this, overcome their past and claim Greg as his own.

Forgotten Heir (m/f)

Sequel to Dragon's Birth

Vander has a secret and in the wake of war, he may have no choice but to reveal his true identity even if it thrusts him back into the political arena and an old betrothal agreement.

Twilight Witch (m/f) PIPER

Captain Hilary Burke is living under a curse that prevents him from returning to his homeland. Sophie needs to find her dead fiancee's brother in hopes he'll honor the marriage contract, that will save both their families from scandal. In the sin-filled city of Port Royale, Sophie finds the new Lord Burke living the life of a pirate, but is everything really as it seems?

Brazen's Army (m/m) PIPER

Lt. Col. Brazen Malone's assignment was simple - assassinate Ridley Sikes, pretty boy scholar and supposed threat to the Atlantic Rim Alliance. In a war torn, post-apocalyptic future, it's two men against the world, and powerful, unimaginable threat.

K, I'll edit this post later and add more...need to think about this some more...
**edited to add**

A Cache of Bones (m/f)

When a group of hikers comes across a bone in a geocache leading the local sheriff and a forensic anthropologist on a state wide search for clues.

Enemy of the Heart m/f

Okay, this one has been on the go for ever...I want it done before I start screaming

Black Star Conspiracy m/m/f/m (also known as SF4 = Sci-fi foursome) PIPER obviously

A space opera menage with lots of action (both of the naughty and the bloody kind)

Okay that puts me at about 110K so lets continue....

Flirting with the Sandpiper m/f

not sure where I'm going with this except it's got an assassin...I came across the title in a bar guide and loved it....

7 Days to Darkness m/f

The Oakcroft family has been charged with guarding the gate to the demon realm, but when all but four are slaughtered, it's up to one man, bitter from his years fighting a Holy War, to prevent all out invasion. (This is the beginning of a series that spans centuries with about 6 stories set in regency period, a few in modern times and then a few set about 400 years in the future)

Golden Cadillac m/m PIPER
Blood Ties m/f PIPER (sequel to blood Bonds)
From the Ashes of War - m/f third in the Dragon Wing series (and then it's all done!)

That's about 205K I'd be happy to get even a few of these done

Saturday, August 02, 2008

My Brain Hurts

Okay, so had forgotten just how hard it is to be in school. After a week of sitting in a room full of artsty people who could all wax poetic about the latest Oprah Book Club selection, I wasn't sure if I should make a run for it. But the class, and all the students were awesome.

I hadn't thought about the possibility of travel writing since my ill fated year in college studying Travel and Tourism, and when my mum signed me up for it I thought I'd be lost because I've never gone anywhere. In a way, I was lost. Everyone else seemed to be well travelled, from India to China to well pretty much everywhere, but I did learn a lot. First and foremost, I learned that pretty much every experience can be turned into an article if you put yourself into the midset to view things a certain way. There are sooooooo many magazines out there, and there's a good chance one of them will be interested in your story.

Apart from the mechanics of writing for magazines, query letters, marketing and the rest, I learned it isn't quite as daunting as I'd thought. The teacher, Kate Pocock, is both a writer and an editor, and she didn't have horns or growl. She told us a lot of things from the editors point of view as well as from the writers, and it helped to reduce the anxiety of sending a query to a big magazine.

Will I attempt to write travel articles? Probably. Did I have fun? Yes! I'm already planning what writing courses to take next year. The Haliburton School of the Arts is being asked to include more writing and photography courses. When next years course guide comes out I'll post the selections.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What's up?

Not much, actually. I've finally got the websites revamped. Yay!

Next week I'm taking a travel writing workshop, which is odd as I don't really go anywhere. I think that was the point. My mum thinks I'm becoming a hermit (and she's not wrong) so she suggested it. (Suggested might not be the best word.)

Other than that, it's been a lot of storms, temper tantrums and general summer stuff. The kids aren't happy that they've been house bound so much, but we've seriously had no more than 4 consecutive rain free days since like April. It's really odd. Normally we're worried about drought and forest fires. The mosquitoes are wicked bad because of all the rain, so camping and hiking has been kinda not as much fun as usual. We did manage to get through Bolerama without getting rained on, but the nights were soooooo cold! Ah well, thats why it's called roughing it, right?

Anyway, gotta get organized for next week.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I've been Tagged!

The Rules:

Tell seven random and/or interesting things about myself. Get five blog buddies to play, too and link to their blogs. Don't forget to post the rules.

1. I have five guinea pigs. Chloe, Foxy Cleopatra, Cookie, Jack and Malfoy.

2. I'm addicted to all mac toys...when apple releases a new version of ipod, or something like appleTV or iphone I slobber all over the screen for days wanting one.

3. I also have an addiction to fanfiction *glares at Kim*

4. There's a song sparrow at the bird feeder right outside my window right now and I can hear cardinals singing nearby.

5. I want to be out in my canoe...RIGHT NOW!

6. I always wanted to learn to play drums. For some reason, my parents weren't supportive of the idea...now that I have kids I can sorta see why.

7. I'm currently listening to the soundtrack for High school Musical 2...I'm so lame!

People I'm tagging

Kim Knox
Dawn Montgomery

I know...it says five, but I don't know anyone else who hasn't already been tagged!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Living Vicariously

I've always been the kind of parent who was determined not to push my kids into activities based on my own childhood wishes. if I did, my kids would be in guitar and drum lessons, and my husband would have had them on a snowboard as soon as they could take a few steps on their own. So there I am, feeling all self-righteous when I realized we may not be living vicarously through them as far as activities go, but we are definately doing it through their clothes.

This realization came when my husband went bonkers over a pair of rubber boots for our son...blue with little shark teeth, eyes and fins on the back. he talked about them for DAYS before finally dragging us in and buying a pair but I could tell he really wanted them for himself, because he would look so damn cool in shark boots. *snicker*

But the fact is, if I could fit into my seven year old daughter's clothes I'd be a happy camper. It's depressing to go through the girls section in the store and find a million things I wish would fit me, only to find zilch in the woman's section. I hate hate hate shopping for clothes for myself, but could shop for my kids every day and not get bored. I'm not sure what this says about me. Maybe I'm just fashion-challenged, or (and I prefer this one) I'm just young at heart. Either way, if I ever come across a pair of shark boots in my husbands size....