Monthly Archives: October 2007

Pulling the old switcheroo…

So here’s the deal…I’m posting my usual Wednesday topic today because I gave the new NRCA coordinator my pin drive (after saving everything to my laptop).  Now, if I’d been a smart girl, I’d’ve saved everything to my hard drive, but what can I say, blonde moment!  Anyway, my spare drive is at the office, so tomorrow I’ll transfer all of my stuff over and you’ll have your book review on Wednesday!

Whew!  That was waaaay too long winded, even for me *g*!

Sooo, along those lines, this weekend we putzed around the house, packed up a bit (I had NO idea how many shot glasses we had until I packed the bar) and cleaned up the yard a bit .  We also spent about an hour at the new house on Friday talking to the current owners and getting info about the house, the neighborhood, that sort of thing.  And I have to tell you, I fell in love with the place all over again, as did August.  We decided to convert the dining room into a classy man room, with a pool table, bar and such, but that’s a bit down the road, after we get some renters into our current abode, and have things settled down financially.  Not that it’s a total strain, mind you, but we ditched the whole, “let’s eat out every day” gig as soon as we made an offer, because we estimated we were spending upwards of $120 each week on our lunch hour.  Now we’re doing the whole PB&J, lunchmeat and egg-salad bit.  Not sure how it’s affected my weight, since I usually ate salads at lunch anyway, but heck, it’s for a greater good, right?

On the writing front, I got 1100 words written this weekend, most of it on Monday.  I’m finally back in the groove with Sea of Dreams after being kind of meh about it.  Not sure why I was, but if I can pack *and* kick out about 500 words a day, I figure I’m golden.  I’ve only got 7,000 more words to write in rough draft before I let it sit for a few weeks and go back and polish, so I figure I’ll have this one well in hand by the end of the month or Veteran’s Day for the final.  I also got the first page done on Live & Let Die, the sequel to View to a Kill (on my drafts I write in single-space TNR, so that’s more than it sounds like *g*), and I’m pretty pleased.  More than anything, I wanted to make sure the heroine’s voice was different than Sara’s in VtaK, since all of the books are in first person.

Other than that, I’m thrilled to say that the NRCA is in the loving hands of the new coordinator, so that’s more time for me…yeah!

So what did y’all do this weekend?

  And now, it’s my complete pleasure to introduce you to Rachel Vincent, whose scalding new urban fantasy hit the shelves about six weeks ago…try STRAY, you’ll LOVE it!!

MftBS: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as an author?

Being an author is pretty cool in itself, but so far, my first sale was pretty much the highlight. And getting mail from readers who liked the book. That’s amazing!

MftBS: If you were trying to describe your work to a new reader, what would you say?

My writing is dark, and sometimes gritty. My characters all have room to grow, and I love watching them discover things about themselves-and each other-that neither of us knew existed.

MftBS: Who are three of your favorite writers & why?

 Steven King. I’m a huge King fan, and I own nearly every book he’s written. The man can write anything. Horror, fantasy, romance. It doesn’t matter; he’s good at it all

I also love Kim Harrison, for dark fantasy, and Faye Kellerman, for mysteries. But lately I’ve discovered so many new writers that the list is ever-expanding.

MftBS: What is your oddest habit while writing?

Hmmm. I’m not sure I have any odd habits. I don’t print my manuscripts, though. At all. I do everything-proofreading, note-taking, and rewriting-in Word. My editor even lets me email in a list of changes during the line edits.

MftBS: Last but not least…what tidbit of BSP (Blatant Self Promotion) would you like to share with my devoted, die-hard fans?

I’m on-line all the time. I have a blog, a LiveJournal, a MySpace page, a website, and a Yahoo group, and I’m active on them all. I love to hear from readers, and I write back to every email I receive, even if it takes me a little while to get caught up.

Thursday Thirteen…the TBR Pile

Well, it’s the first Thursday of the month, so here’s my TBR mountain! 

  1. Thin Air, Rachel Caine
  2. The Alibi Man, Tami Hoag
  3. Killer Dreams, Iris Johanson
  4. Into the Storm, Suzanne Brockmann
  5. Candy Apple Red, Nancy Bush
  6. Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson
  7. Bitten & Smitten, Michelle Rowan
  8. Real Women Don’t Wear Size 2, Kelley St. John
  9. Under the Wire, Cindy Gerard
  10. Games of Command, Linnea Sinclair
  11. Relentless, Jo Leigh
  12. Raintree:  Inferno, Linda Howard
  13. Riding the Storm, Sydney Croft

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

 Well, I did it!  I sent a query on View to Lucienne Diver (Spectrum Agency), so cross your fingers, toes and other appendages for me!  That’s pretty much been consuming me, to the point where every time I look at Sea, I freeze up.  Hopefully now I can unlock my brain and finish this bad boy!  LOL.  I’d really, really like to buckle down and get Sea and Breath of Heaven done by the close of the year, so I can work on other stuff (most notably my Black Lace request that’s been percolating and Live and Let Die).  I swear, I’ve got way, way too many people running around in my head.

In other news, the VA appraiser came back and yippee…we’re in, baby!  I had restrained myself from getting excited over this house because the market is in the toilet, but the appraisal value came in over what we’d bid, so life is good on our end.  (Picture me jumping up and down in my office, making happy little whimpers until the active duty chick next door poked her head in to see what in the hell was wrong with me.)  Barring any massive “repairs”, which I don’t really see, we should have the keys on 29 October.  So that means we’re gonna start packing this weekend!  I foresee my garage becoming a great big repository for Hope Outreach (or local charity), since there’s stuff in the garage we haven’t touched in years.

On the weight loss front, I stayed at the same weight, which is okay.  I’ve lost 15 pounds this year, and I’d be perfect okay if I stayed the same through the holidays, then concentrated on losing another 15 in 2008.  If nothing else, my goal is now to be down to around 205 by mid-summer.  I figure if I take it off slowly, then I won’t be putting it back on.  And hell, it took me 17 years of marriage to gain this weight, so 15 pounds a year is a drop in the bucket!

TABT…Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed.  To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”-the complete psychic erasure of everything she was…  Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain.  After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women.  Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket to their closely guarded society.  But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion-and that the animal in him is fascinated by her.  Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities-or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

Um…holy crap, what a FABULOUS book.  I haven’t been this excited about a new author in a long, long time.  Singh infuses her work with very real passion and feeling, while at the same time flawlessly bringing us into a complicated world that doesn’t seem so complex because it’s done so well.  Never once did I scratch my head and say “huh?”, never once did I want to whack the hero or the heroine for being morons.  They things that keep them apart are very real, and never seem contrived.  I’m not going to just recommend this one…I’m telling you to go out and buy it…you won’t be disappointed…instead you’ll be sucked in so hard and fast you’ll forget where you are and what you were doing.

Back to Biz…

 I’m baaaack!  After taking a week-ish off, now I’m back and rarin’ to go *g*.  We’re still waiting for word on what the VA appraiser has to say about the house we’re in the process of buying, but starting to get in the moving groove nonetheless.  I’m actually kind of looking forward to the move, because we haven’t gone through our stuff in totality for over ten years, and we need to seriously clean out the garage!  And all the weird little cabinets we have in our current house.  Oh, and don’t forget the lean-to out back that has all my potting stuff in it.

In the midst of this, I buckled down and got View to a Kill finished, baby!  Well, at least as finished as it’s gonna be before I start making the agent rounds.  We’ll see what THEY have to say about my completion or lack thereof.

I also got the NRCA (the reader’s choice contest I hosted for two years) ready to transfer to the next victim…ahem, I mean coordinator. 

It was actually kinda weird, because I finished all that up by about 3pm Saturday, and felt out of sorts.  Guess I’m used to having all those things on my plate simultaneously, rather than concentrating on just one thing, y’know?  So now I’m working on Sea of Dreams (updated with new word count to the right!).  Despite our move, I’m hoping to have the rough done on this by the Columbus Day weekend, so I can start working on the rough for Breath of Heaven, then come back to Sea after I’ve given it some time to percolate.  Like I said, weird, because for the first time in forever, I’m concentrating on my writing solely, not something I’m used to.  We’ll have to see how it affects my productivity *g*.