Friday, December 28, 2007

Fridays Feast and Contest News

Do you like free books? Do you like autographed books? Just use your blog to tell other people about the awesome contest The Long and the Short of It is having.
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Click on the pie to play Friday's Feast with us.

Appetizer
Name 2 things you would like to accomplish in 2008.I would like to finish two of my four WIPs and submit them for publication. I would like to have my house remodeling at least close to being finished. It seems like we've been working on it forever. I've heard there are three ways to get things accomplished: well, quick, or cheap. You can get things done any TWO of the ways, but not all three....if you want it done well and quick, it won't be cheap; if you want it done quick and cheap, it won't be done well; and if you want it done well and cheap, it won't be quick. The last is us. chanel handbags

Soup
With which cartoon character do you share personality traits?According to this site I am....Peppe le Pew (without the smell).

You are a lover. Romance, flowers, and wine are all you need to
enjoy yourself. You are serious about all commitments. A family
person. You call your Mom every Sunday, and never forget a Birthday.

Don't let your passion for romance get confused with the real thing.


On the other hand, 'I'm a tweet little bird in a guilded cage, Tweety's my name but I don't know my age, I don't have to worry and that is that, I'm safe in here from that old puddy tat...!'
Cute and sweet you may be - but defenseless? No sir! Anyone (feline or otherwise) who takes you on is going to find out that they've bitten off more than they can chew!

a quiz by catz-eyes

Salad
What time of day (or night) were you born? Nine o'clock in the morning, according to my mother. I hadn't learned to tell time yet.

Main Course
Tell us something special about your hometown. Here's an article I wrote about Tifton several years ago.

Dessert
If you could receive a letter from anyone in the world, who would you want to get one from? I've been pondering this question and I think I would love to receive a letter from someone who read one of my books telling me how it had affected their life for the better. I think that would be the ultimate letter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Exciting News to End the Year.

We are so excited... LASR review site is half a year old! In the past half year, we've reviewed nearly 300 books and short stories. And, remember, if we don't like a book, we don't review it, so you KNOW these books are good :-)

To celebrate our milestone, we are sponsoring a brand new contest that is starting today.

We have several autographed books from some really fabulous authors to give away to ONE lucky winner.

So far, there are books from:

Alyssa Day
Lori Foster
Kara Lennox
Roz Denny Fox (2 Books)
Terry McLaughlin
Catherine Mulvany
Deborah MacGillivray (3 Books)
Janet Mullany
Delores Fossen
Gayle Wilson
Catherine Mann
Michele Dunaway

It's easy to enter. Go here to find out how!
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More exciting news:

E-Harlequin is giving away free books until January 1. I've already gotten mine for today and can hardly wait for tomorrow :-)

Today is the last day you can nominate your favorite romance for LASR Best Romance of 2007. The polls close at midnight tonight, Eastern time, and voting begins January 1. Don't miss out on a way you can acknowledge your favorite book.

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Which Twilight novel character are you?




You're Bella Swan - You are intelligent and kind but not quite sure what you want out of life yet. You have a feeling there's something more out there for you. You're attracted to those who are real and avoid the fake. Sometimes you're a bit accident prone, but your true friends will always be loyal to you and come to your aid when you need it.
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Here's a review of Eclipse, the final book in the series.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Countdown: ONE

Finished up with everything yesterday...going to start working on tomorrow's dinner, plus Ashley wants me to make some rabanada to take to work with her. So... I'll be doing that in just a bit. Hope you all have a wonderful and fun-filled Christmas Eve.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Countdown: TWO

I finished everything for the people who will be here. Our poor girls are going to have to wait til after Christmas... but, as my friend Jill said...we're just going to start considering that extending their holiday joy :-)

I found this and wanted to share it with you...it's long, but well worth watching.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Countdown: THREE

Off to Valdosta to do my Christmas shopping...NEVER AGAIN will I wait until the last moment!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Countdown: FOUR

Many thanks to Tracy Montoya for the heads-up about this song:

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Countdown: FIVE

We went and picked Aaron up Monday evening...he was able to make it home for Christmas, which we are very thankful for. I finally got a tree...we went with live this year. It's small... a Leyland cypress... and looks really good in our living room. We thought...well, we can leave it in the pot and use it again next year. Then we read the tag that came on the tree! Did you know that it can grow up to three feet a year! AND, I just read on Wiki that, and I quote:

It is poorly adapted to areas with hot summers, such as the southern half of the U.S.A., and in these areas becomes very prone to the disease cypress canker caused by the fungus Seridium cardinale. This causes extensive dieback and ultimately death of the tree.


Anybody want to come adopt a Leyland cypress after Christmas?

Gifts from Margie:

A new fun way to shop for friends!

1. Go to Google images and type in the screen name of somebody who leaves comments on your blog.

2. From the first page of images pick a Christmas gift for that person.

3. Do it for seven or more people.


For Margie, a new car.


For Marianne- a winter long vacation at the beach


For Allie - a trip to Europe


For Michele, a trip to an island away from everything...except books


For Mert- a vacation to the shore (I'm noticing a pattern here)


For Jacquie, a new puppy...isn't he cute?


And.. also swiped from Margie:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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I watched this video again yesterday. It's one of my all time favorites. I really like Margaret O'Brien in this picture. Of course, she's one of my favorite of the kid actors, anyway. Enjoy this beautiful Christmas song.

Monday, December 10, 2007

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I was so getting in the Christmas mood until Friday and now...well, now I'm a bit depressed. My laptop stopped working again...same problem. The good news...I didn't lose any work. The bad news, they don't have a clue why it keeps messing up. The better news, it's still under warranty and the people I've spoken to (so far) have been very helpful (not helpful enough to send me a loaner...but...) :-)

Anyway, it's back to sharing my DH computer. And, while he's very understanding and supportive of the editing and website working and writing, I hate taking it from him. This too shall pass...I hope.

Hey, did y'all notice the handy-dandy button on the sidebar? The one that says "Click here to nominate..."? Well, as soon as you finish reading this post, go click it and nominate your favorite romance book or story that was published this year. We have gotten some wonderful nominations so far. Don't let YOUR favorite miss out on being one of them because you didn't nominate it.

Also...take my Christmas Carol poll. I'm interested to know which, of the choices, is your favorite.
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You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!

You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

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Good morning, all. You need to check out LASR this week. As always, we have some fun things going on.



Saturday, December 08, 2007

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I promised you some big news today and today is here. Marianne and I are very excited to announce that The Long and the Short of It is going to be honoring the Best Romance Book of 2007, a "People's Choice" award, you might say. That's right... those of you who love romance novels, start thinking now about your favorite published this year.

The complete story can be found here, but the short version is:

--four categories
Best print short romance (150 pages or less)
Best eBook Short romance (150 pages or less)
Best print Novel Length romance (151 pages+)
Best eBook Novel Length romance (151 pages+)

You can nominate one book in each category. Nominations will remain open until December 26.

The top stories in each category will be entered into a poll here and the voting will run from January 1-January 31.

The winner in each category will receive a wonderful banner in three sizes with the author's name, title of their book and award name on it.

So... what are you waiting for? Go, nominate, and spread the word... after you see the following video :-)
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Friday, December 07, 2007

Getting in the Christmas Mood 9

There will be an announcement about some BIG news at LASR tomorrow, so come back to get in the fun.
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If it's Friday, that means it's time to play Friday's Feast again. Just click on the button above to play along, and don't forget to let me know you have.

Appetizer
What was the last game you purchased? I think it was one of the kids' computer games, but I honestly can't tell you. I've slept since then.

Soup
Name something in which you don’t believe. I don't believe in people being mean to each other for no reason other than you can. That's probably not the kind of answer you are looking for, but other "things"...even if I'm not convinced they exist, I try to keep an open mind. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, chanel handbags
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." (for extra points, tell me where that quote is from)

Salad
If you could choose a celebrity to be your boss, who would you pick?Jennifer Aniston. She seems like she would be a fun person to work for and just to know.

Main Course
What was a lesson you had to learn the hard way? That I can't always do EVERYTHING...sometimes a person has to learn to say "no."

Dessert
Describe your idea of the perfect relaxation room. It doesn't necessarily have to be big, but soft lighting, comfortable recliners, good enough lighting for reading, a stereo in case we wanted music, and (above all) no phone or TV.

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You Know a Lot About Christmas

You got 7/10 correct

You know tons about the history and traditions surrounding Christmas.
When you celebrate the holidays, you never forget their true meaning - or all the little fun details.

Random Christmas fact: "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is the first Christmas carol. It dates back to the 12th century.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

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We have some exciting things coming up in the following weeks at LASR so stay tuned for the announcements. But now...if you've ever wanted to try your hand at writing...have I got a deal for you. Go to our free short story and YOU can be a part of it. We've posted the first quarter (250 words) of a Christmas story. It's up to you to write the next 250 words. For submitting a segment, you can get an additional entry into our weekly contest AND have the opportunity to have it posted next week. Come play along with us...it will be fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what all my friends come up with.

Now, it's off to work... I have a HUGE oak stump to grind this morning. Til later... toodles, friends.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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Another Christmas meme, but this is one you'll definitely want to try out. Because, it's not just a meme, you see...it's a way of getting one of the most awesomeness of prizes, or at least a chance at one, and just in time for Christmas. The Book Binge is giving away this wonderful ebook reader.
And, entering the contest is as easy as eating that Christmas pudding. All you have to do is answer the followign meme on your site and then go and leave a comment here letting them know you did and where your answers are. Go on, you know you want to... just... don't win, okay? 'Cause it would be so super cool to win that.

Christmas Meme:

1. What is your favorite Christmas romance to re-read each year?
My favorite Christmas romance is actually a new romance out this year. The Christmas Curse, by Marianne Arkins. It's a fun read I never get bored with.

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie/show? It's a toss-up between A Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life.

3. What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I like the way gingerbread smells, but for just plain Christmas snacking give me a good ol' sugar cookie anytime.

4. When do you start Christmas shopping? A lot of times I hit the day after Christmas sales...but not this year. I've hardly started at all. I have a LOT to do!

5. Do you re-gift? Sometimes, depending on what it is and who it's from.

6. What is your favorite Christmas song? I have too many to list... everytime I hear one on the radio or television, I'm like "that's my favorite"... until another one comes on!

7. When do you get your Christmas tree? Whenever we can find time to go and get it... we still don't have one this year.

8. Wrapping presents: Love it or hate it? Love it, love it, love it...put a sappy Christmas movie in...have everything spread out in the living room and nobody's allowed in.

9. Who is the hardest person to buy for? Normally my hubby...but he made it easy for me this year :-)

10. Christmas tree: Real or artificial? Real

Don't forget to play along.



Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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Be sure to join us at LASR for two GREAT giveaways: Melissa McClone has a treasure trove of holiday joy to send one lucky reader and Lucy Gordon is giving away an autographed copy of her brand-new book, being released this week, The Millionaire Tycoon's English Rose. You don't want to miss either one of those.
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And, since Marianne didn't do a quiz today, but instead put up a game I can NOT play, I decided I would set up our own game and would love for you to play along. It's fun, it's free, and we can return every day. This link will be set up permanently in the sidebar. Have fun.

Play our Daily Trivia Game! New Questions Daily!

Monday, December 03, 2007

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I'm partipating in a Pay It Forward gift exchange courtesy of Marianne. Here's how it works:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 2 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. The only thing you have to do in return is Pay it Forward by making the same promise on your blog. I have a really cute idea in mind, so get busy - comment and then PAY IT FORWARD!

This will be fun! Play along.

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Your Expression Number is 8

Driven and ambitious, you have the potential to reach great things.
You're both good with money and good at getting things done quickly.
You are an excellent leader and a great judge of character.

Full of energy and confidence, you undertake projects that seem impossible.
Dependable and determined, you are able to understand the bigger picture.
Even if you are not in a position of power right now, it will fall to you.

At times, you can be very materialistic - and obsessed with status and power.
While this isn't always a bad thing, you sometimes take it to the extreme.
In order to be truly happy, you must balance the material and spiritual in your life.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

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SENDING PRAYERS AND WARM THOUGHTS FOR ALL MY FRIENDS IN THE NORTHEAST.. HOPE THE STORM DOESN'T LAST LONG AND Y'ALL STAY SAFE AND REASONABLY WARM!!!

EDITED: NEW VERSION OF VIDEO SINCE OTHER HAD BEEN PULLED

Swiped from my friend Jill, the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Leave me a note if you play along so I can come visit.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapping paper
2. Real or artificial tree? real
3. When do you put up the tree? Whenever we find the time to go get one
4. When do you take the tree down? Before New Years Day
5. Do you like eggnog? Yep, esp. homemade
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably my bike... or the complete set of Anne of Green Gables books
7. Do you have a nativity scene? several
8. Hardest person to buy for? My son and son-in-law... men in general are hard for me to buy for
9. Easiest person to buy for? the girls
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't think I've ever received a really bad gift
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? yes :-)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Miracle on 34th St.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? normally the day after Christmas... this year I'm way late
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? everything! lol
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear
17. Favorite Christmas song? I don't have one favorite. I like most of them.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? stay home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all.... Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? depends.. sometimes one, sometimes the other, sometimes a big bow...
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? How early it seems to start any more... Christmas stuff was in the stores before Halloween! Does anyone else remember when they started putting it out closer to Thanksgiving?
23. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? different colors depending on my mood.
24. What do/did you leave for Santa? when I was growing up it was milk and cookies. All the kids are grown now, so we don't leave anything out

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Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.
Which is much more important to you than nifty presents.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

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My good friend, Hootin' Anni created this wonderful Christmas meme. To play along, just click the picture above and let us know you are playing.

1. Christmas is wonderful. [fill in the blank with ONE WORD]

2. In memories, what was the best part of your Christmases past? Going as a family to pick out our Christmas tree. I remember being sad when my mother bought our first artificial tree. It just didn't seem quite Christmasy that year.

3. Was Santa ever good to you? [describe how and what] Santa has always been good to me. Of course, last year, he really outdid himself by buying me the camera of my dreams. I still love it and use it almost every day.

4. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or both? Only on Christmas Day. When the kids were little they could open one gift on Chrismas Eve, but it wasn't really fair to them, because I picked out which gift they opened, and it was always the new Christmas pajamas I'd bought them so they would be dressed in matching PJs for Christmas morning pictures. Yeah, I know... I'm a bad mom ;-)


5. Is there something you make each and every year? [craft or recipe] Homemade cranberry sauce for my husband. And, sometime during the holidays, rabanada. This recipe is different from the one I use, but I might have to give it a try. I would probably not use the cocoa it calls for though.

6. What is your favorite five[5] Christmas songs/hymns?I don't know if I can hold myself to five. Let's see... what about if I just list the first five that comes to my head? "Do You See What I See?", "What Child is This?", "Winter Wonderland", "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas", "Santa Baby". Eclectic, huh? :-)

7. Is there a new tradition for Christmas since your childhood days? Only if you count all the kids coming home for Christmas, which isn't really a tradition, though we would love to make it one. Last year was the first time it happened, but this year, for various reasons, it doesn't look like it's going to happen, and that makes me sad.

8. Describe one of your Christmas trips. [whether it's across town or across country] We're stay-at-homers for Christmas, unless you count going to look at the Christmas lights. And we don't do that every year.

9. Do you have a special Christmas outfit to wear for the day?Yeah... my pajamas as long as I can get by with it. It's a pretty lazy day for me, except for cooking

10. Have YOU or any of your family members sat on Santa's lap? Not since I was a little girl... unless you count my hubby's lap. I sit on that every chance I get!

11. What is/or will be on your Christmas tree this year?This year we are going with a peppermint theme. Only red and white on the tree... white lights and garland, red decorations/bows. And peppermint potpourri in the air.

12. Do you/or have you decorated your yard for Christmas? Other than outside on the house, no... not in the yard

Let me know if you play along so I can come visit you!

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What is YOUR holiday personality?

Friday, November 30, 2007

Getting in the Christmas Mood 2


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What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about celebration. You enjoy all the fun and fellowship that the holidays bring.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you feel magical. You love all of the decorations and how happy people are. You like to sit back and take it all in.

You think the holidays should be comforting and relaxing. You don't like the holiday rush... you just like the simple pleasure of the holidays.

Your favorite holiday memories strongly evoke your senses. You are vividly aware of all the tastes, smells, and sounds of the holidays.

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Appetizer
What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride? The Ferris Wheel. I like the feeling of being high up in the air and looking around, plus they go slow enough they don't do weird things to my tummy. Those spinning things??? Uh.. no... make me sick as a dog.

Soup
How do you react in uncomfortable social situations? do my best to avoid them. But, if it's very uncomfortable, I normally get real quiet and try to ignore the unpleasantness

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics? probably a five... depends on the person I'm with and whether it's likely to stay a discussion or turn into an argument. I don't argue.. especially about things like that


Main Course
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to? nope, and nope. I've only had the flu once and I don't want it again. However, every time my DH would get one, he'd get sick, so now we just try to avoid crowds, wash our hands a lot and pray for the best. We'll save the shots for those people who really need it.

Dessert
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television? less than five, unless you count old movies on TCM or FMC. :-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thankgiving, everyone. I'm out of town until Sunday, but wanted to leave these greetings with you. The following poem is from a contest I entered a LONG time ago. The form: Whitney. Seven lines exactly. Syllable count per line as follows: three, four, three, four, three, four, seven. In this case, each poet had to use the word "harvest" somewhere within the text of the poem, but could not use "harvest" in the title.

Enjoy and have a blessed day!


Thanksgiving Prayer

by

Judy Thomas



Fields of gold
Yellow and orange
Brown and red
Bounty bestowed
Harvest done
Praise uplifted
Thankful for good gifts given.


first published in Sol Magazine, October 1999

Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday's Feast


To play along, click on the pie.



Appetizer
What was your first “real” job? The first job other than babysitting I had was the summer after my first year of college. I worked in the bookstore in the mall... a dream job for a reading fanatic! Mr. B's Gallery of Books. If you are out there anywhere, Mr. B, thanks!

Soup
Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity?I don't have a specific place that I go...not externally anyway. If I'm having problems with a scene or a point in the story, I will lose myself in music and just let my mind drift. It usually finds its own way to where it needs to be.

Salad
Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when… I absolutely and completely go blank on someone's name. Especially because I've usually known that someone for years. One time, one of my best friends from Georgia came up to North Carolina to surprise me. She came to where I was working and I started to introduce her to my best friend from North Carolina, who also happened to be the director of the preschool where I was assistant director. We knew each other well, okay? So.... Sandye comes in and I say, "Sandye, I want to introduce you to..." and just drew a complete blank. SO complete, I finally had to say..."Tell me what your name is." Now, that's embarrassing! Fortunately, Tina and Sandye thought it was great fun and enjoyed talking about the dumb blonde they both knew. I'm glad somebody was able to get some fun out of it!

Main Course
What values did your parents instill in you? honesty and frugality. (1)Honesty, because that was the WORSE sin in our house. The worse spanking I ever got (and richly deserved) was when I was in the fourth grade. I went through a period of time where I didn't want to do my homework. I would come home and tell my grandmother I didn't have any. I would go back to school and tell my teacher I'd forgotten it at home. After a bit, the teacher called home to find out what the problem was... why I was having so much trouble remembering to bring my homework to class. This was a Wednesday, because my grandmother got the call while my mom was at choir practice. Grandmama didn't say a word to me, but told Mama when she got back from the church. My mother woke me up and wore me out... not for not doing my homework, though. I got the spanking because I had lied to my grandmother and my teacher! To this day, I find I'm truthful almost to a fault.(2)Frugality. As a single mom, my mother didn't have a lot of spare money. Whenever she got some extra, rather than treat us to a movie or something like that, we'd go buy a new board game. She explained it to me this way one time when I was complaining about it. If we had spent the money on a movie, we would have fun for about two hours. If we spent the money on a game, we could have an indefinite amount of time. So... we played a lot of games at my house.

Dessert
Name 3 fads from your teenage years.
disco, platform shoes (I almost broke my ankle because of this one), pet rocks.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

BTT, New Contest, and Quiz



Today’s question comes from Conspiracy-Girl:
I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?

Unless we're talking about college and things I had to read for class, I never mark in my books. When I'm doing research for a story, I use lots and lots of post-it notes. Now, when I was in college I tended to take almost all my notes right in the book... next to the passage we were going over (I was a literature major). It really came in handy during my Shakespeare class, because we were able to use the books in the final, but not our notebooks :-)
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My friend, business partner, and cohort, Marianne, has her newest story released from The Wild Rose Press. Click here to buy it. Or, she's running a contest on her site where you can win it, or any of her other books. Go... you know you want to. Trust me, this story will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit!
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Your Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Allergy Time

Fighting a sinus headache today, so just a short bit of nothing.

You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday Mutterings

I have some exciting news from The Long and the Short of It this week. Award-winning author Kally Jo Surbeck is our special guest this week and she's giving away the most awesome prize! She's going to award one lucky reader with an free book, but not just any book... an autographed copy of her newest release that's coming out November 28! So... if you want to be one of the first to read the first book in a truly awesome series, just hop right over to LASR to enter. Remember there will be new ways to enter daily, so check back every day.
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My NaNo story is going well... but slowly. I still MIGHT have a chance of winning, but even if I don't I'm enjoying the story. I'm writing it in first person, which is a departure for me, and offers a whole lot of other challenges. We'll see how it goes.
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I found this fun site... what do you think?

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Your Pilgrim Name Is

Humility Abbott


Humility?? ME?? Ask anyone else what THEY think! lol

Friday, November 09, 2007

Fridays Feast


It seems forever since I've done Fridays Feast, but I think I only missed last week. Anyway, I'm back at it today. So, enjoy. And, to play along, just click the Greek salad.

Appetizer
Which snack do you like to get when you go to the movies? There is nothing like theater popcorn...with extra butter. I know...it's horrible for my heart and my hips, but I don't go often, so when I do I splurge. Oh...extra napkins, please.

Soup
What year did you start using the internet? 1993, I think. I started out with AOL... I know a lot of people knock it, but it was an easy introduction to being online at the time.

Salad
What is your first name in Pig Latin? (Here’s how to speak it if you don’t already know!) Udyjay

Main Course
Name something you are picky about. I'm not a very picky person, BUT I do like the dishwasher loaded a certain way.

Dessert
Fill in the blanks: I wrote 2000+ words yesterday and I hope to do the sametoday.
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In other news, I've just received word that Kristy Dykes, a fellow author, has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Please pray for Kristy and her family as they go through the next few months.
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The Long and the Short of It has some exciting things coming up in the next few months. We're continuing our *newsletter only* contest (to get in on that you're going to want to make sure you are subscribed) and we have a brand new one starting the first of the year.

Also, we have an exciting contest planned for Christmas, so keep an eye out for that.

And, don't forget to check out the review site for chances to win free books every week.
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NaNo is going as well as can be expected given what's been going on (I promise... no more whining). To be back where I should be, I need to write 7945 words today. Now, let's be honest. It ain't gonna happen. BUT, I am going to try to do 2000+ again. Little by little, I'll whittle the deficit down. Maybe not in time to win NaNo (after all, Thanksgiving is coming up, but by the grace of God maybe my laptop will be back by then), but I'm enjoying this story and looking forward to seeing where it will take me.
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Your Travel Personality Is: Easygoing

When you travel, you're looking for a lot of downtime. Vacations are your chance to recoup.
All you need is a scenic spot and plenty of time on your hands. You'll figure out the rest.
You're not one to make lots of plans when you travel. You just follow whatever path seems right.


When I saw this same response on Marianne's site, I knew I would get the same answer. Not because we so often get the same answer, but because it just sounds like me.

Y'all have a great weekend, now, y'hear?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

What a Week This Has Been

... but it's not because I feel like I'm falling in love. (Let me clarify... I AM in love, but that's not the reason for the title).

Last week (Sunday, October 28) my laptop battery died. It would not hold a charge, even when the power cord was plugged in. So... the power cord must be faulty. I return to the store where I'd bought the computer in January and they are very helpful. The sales clerk opens a new power cord and we try that. Nope, not the power cord.

Okay, maybe it's the battery. It's not supposed to give out in only a year, but I leave the computer on all the time... it's possible it drained it faster than it should have. We order a new battery and, hopefully, it will be in before we leave on Thursday to go to the shore. It wasn't... but that's okay. Miraculously, the battery has charged. I had taken it out, unplugged everything, and put it back together. Who knows, maybe there was a bit of corrosion preventing a good connection. It doesn't matter... I have a laptop. I can go to the shore and still do my work.

So... I get up Friday morning... do my words for NaNo... and notice... hmmmmm, the battery is not holding a charge. Blast it. The battery dies... nothing I can do will fix it. I am NOT a happy camper. (I had a lot of fun this weekend, though, but I was a bit frustrated because I was falling so far behind on my NaNo words. I do some handwriting, but... )

Okay. I get home on Tuesday, the new battery is here. Yea! Joy, jubiliaton, and excitement all around. I put in the new battery (sent at 17% charged), plug it in and watch as the new battery steadily loses it's charge. Oh, crap.

So... I call tech support and get through almost immediately. Ben was the tech's name and he was VERY helpful. Seems it is probably a connection problem in the outlet part. So, he's sending me a box and I'm going to ship the laptop back to the company and they will fix it. So, that's taken care of and fortunately, we have a desktop that's my husband's and we're sharing.

And, I was able to download all my work from my laptop onto my flashdrive before it died completely, so work can continue, albeit in scattered moments.

I'm playing catch up with NaNo.... I should be at 13,336 words by the end of today and so far I have 7,058 words. I doubt I'll come up with 6,278 words today, but at least it's closer than it was yesterday :-)

And, now that I've bored you all completely with my tale of "the week that was"... I'll leave you with these important items:

This week the reviews site is giving away TWO books. Scroll down for the older entries. Also make sure you check out the contest on the website.

And...
Your Inner Pop Princess Is Beyonce

"Tonight I'll be your naughty girl
I'm callin all my girls
Gonna turn this party out
I know you want my body."

You've got the talent, looks, and attitude to get to the top of the charts.


UHHHH... okay????

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The First Day of NaNo and All is Well

Well... it's starting off well. I managed my goal plus, so all's well in the world. Almost.

The battery for the laptop didn't come in yesterday and we're supposed to leave for the shore this morning, so I might be computer-less completely until Monday evening. So... if you don't hear from me over the weekend, that's why. Guess I'll be writing 1633+ words by hand. :-)

This is the weekend of the Seafood Festival in Apalachicola. It's one thing we try not to miss every year. We have friends who come over from Panama City to stay with us and we have a blast (Hi, Red and Sherry!) If you're going to be there... look for me and come up to say "howdy."
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Believe it or not, I finally found a quiz that says Marianne and I are not Siamese twins... and, frankly, this was one time I thought we WOULD be!

Your Fashion Style is Girly

You dress to look beautiful and show off what you've got
Dresses, skirts, heels... whatever it takes to turn heads
You love feeling like a girl in any setting
Even your workout clothes are cute and feminine!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Monday

I'm happy because it's Monday.. and because that means in just a few more days I'll have my new battery for my laptop. Yep, the battery in it just died deader'n'a doornail yesterday. At least, we're hoping that's what the problem is. We were thinking the power cord had gone bad, but the people at Staples tried a new cord and that wasn't the problem, so they are thinking it's a battery problem. Seems it's not good to leave a laptop plugged in all the time...that it will kill the battery. Who knew? So.. Wednesday the new battery will be here.. just in time for NaNo. So.. that's good. And, I'll be able to finish the editing I was finishing up. I think from now on, every night I'm going to put my work for the day on my thumbdrive.

I'm also happy because I'm still making good progress on my 70 Days story. It's progressing nicely even though it's completely different than anything I've ever tried. I'm having fun doing it, though.

And...I'm happy because we have some awesome contests going on this week at LASR. And, as a special heads-up to you, my wonderful readers, we are giving a way a free print book at our romance review site. Make sure you head over and scheck everything out. You'll be glad you did.
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You Should Be a Mechanic

You are logical, calm, and detail oriented.
You're rational when things are chaotic, and for you, reason always prevails.
And while you are guided by logic, you aren't a slave to it.
You're flexible when it counts. You are always open to being wrong.

You do best when you:

- Work with your hands
- Can use tools, machines, or equipment

You would also be a good architect or carpenter.


UH.. NO... not even close.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Halloween Week

I've been pleased with my progress on the new story for 70 Days of Sweat. So far, I've made my goal of 750 words every day. I was pushing it Saturday, though, because normally I get up at 5 AM to do my writing and editing. Yesterday, it didn't happen. It was 8:00 before I woke up! (Yeah, I know... I'm such a sloth, sleeping the day away!) But... I did manage before I went to bed, so that's my success story of the day.

I'm excited with where the story is going. I'm writing for a new line I've never targeted before, so we'll see how it goes. At the very least, I'm stretching my creative wings, so that can't be too bad, can it?
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Since it's Halloween this week, I hope you'll check out all the fun things we have going on at The Long and the Short of It. We have an interview with an author of paranormal romances, who has graciously allowed us to give away her SOON TO BE PUBLISHED romance, Black Rock: A Time for Love. Just think, one lucky winner will be one of the very first to read this exciting first book in a new series. We'll also be reviewing and giving away free books on the review site. Stay tuned for some exciting news from that area. And, if you have subscribed to our newsletter you'll find out even sooner! (Don't forget, every month a $5 gift card will be awarded to one lucky subscriber...so if you haven't signed up for it, what are you waiting for?)
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Do you think you know a lot about Halloween? Take this quiz and find out. Let me know what your score was... mine was 14.
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I took a quiz to find out which costume I should wear. I'll let you help me pick it out.

"Just Let Me Be! Personality"
You are the type of person who sits back and lets life happen! You don't like change and fight it. You live life at your own pace and only speed up if it suits you. You hate parties but go because it is the right thing to do and you are usually one of the first to leave.

You prefer spending time with a close group of friends rather than meeting new people. If you do decide to speak up, which is infrequent, you usually aren't at a loss for words.

You never do things on the spur of the moment and are extremely organized and meticulous. You refuse to take chances and analyze each possible scenario before acting. You lean towards perfectionism. When it comes to Halloween parties and costumes, you love classic costumes and more than likely will wear the same one you have worn for years!

Here are some of the costume suggestions that are custom fit for your personality!

Witch

Frankenstein's Bride

Indian Princess

Medusa

Southern Belle

Any Disney Princess (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella)


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And, for your fun this week, I bring you:


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Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday's Feast

I know I promised you more on the anniversary getaway but that's before I remembered that it's Friday and time for

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Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others. Is it going to surprise anyone who knows me when I say that if you like reading you really should visit The Long and the Short of It? It has everything I look for in a website. It's never the same old, same old website. It has weekly contests, author interviews with some incredible writers, free short stories, articles on the craft of writing, and fun things every Friday to enjoy. You never know what will show up on Fridays! It might be anything from a recipe for a great snack to a recipe for a sexy body paint! All bets are off when it comes to THAT day!

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night? Unless I'm medicated (and sometimes then.. just weirder) I dream every night. I don't always remember the dreams, but on awakening I always have the impression that the dreams were very detailed. I can't imagine why... it's not like I have a busy life or anything!

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name? My first pet was a dachshound named Greta. She was a sweetheart and someone stole her out of my backyard. I remember crying for weeks about it.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise? My novel, of course, which had just debuted to a "Best Book Award" from the world's best romance review site, LASR. By the way, you can help make that statement a reality by voting for The Long and the Short of It review site here. There's a nifty little poll on their sidebar.

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy? Hmmmm, since you specify hard candy, there goes chocolate and caramels... so I guess I'll go with
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You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Strange Combination

Marianne and I have joined together in an effort to overcome the flab. We are doing Weight Watchers together and hopefully I can get rid of some of this excess weight I'm carrying around. I had not quite realized how much (the scales not withstanding) until Bob and I had our picture taken together in the Sequoyah Caverns... and, no, I will NOT post it. I believe in truth and honesty on this blog, but I don't want to turn anyone's stomach.

So... I'm going to put up a handy-dandy little ticker to help me stay accountable not only to Marianne, but to all of you as well.




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And, now to the "strange combination" in the title. I want to tell you about the wonderful restaurants we ate at while on vacation! (and you will know why I'm back on Weight Watchers!)

The first night there was also the first night of Mentone's Colorfest. It was a lot of fun. They kicked the festivities off with a bonfire and live music. After we ate at Dessie's, we had the pleasure of listening to James Smith. He was very good! It was fun to sing along with him.

The following day we perused the arts and crafts at the festival and then drove to Ft. Payne and ate at The Box Office Grill at the Strand.
Box Office Grill at the Strand - Located inside Strand Antiques in downtown Fort Payne, this grill offers Hot Dogs prepared fresh just like you like them. Order up the John Wayne, the Box Office Special, the Railroad Dog or any other variation of this popular food item. We also have the best burger in town, chicken salads and sandwiches. Now serving dinner on Friday nights, offering the finest in steak dinners.
I had a "John Wayne hotdog" and it was the best hotdog I have ever put in my mouth. A freshly grilled hotdog with mustard, onions, chili, and cheese, you literally had to eat if with a fork and knife. I'm salivating just remembering it!

Supper was at The Little River Cafe.
Little River Cafe - This rustic restaurant features homemade dinners such as southern country fried steak and catfish fillets. We also have specialty sandwiches including a Reuben and the French Dip. All of our desserts are homemade with our signature dessert being Carolyn's made-from-scratch Fried Apple Pie. It is great by itself or go all out and try it Ala-Mode.
It's a charming restaurant that started life out as an Alpine Chalet and has a huge fireplace in the middle. The food was most excellent.

Sunday, we did some rambling after church, and eventually wound up eating "lupper" (what? you've never heard of lupper? If you can have "brunch" ... a combination of breakfast and lunch... why can't you have "lupper"?) at
The Golden Rule - The Original Golden Rule BBQ and Grill. The South's most famous Bar-B-Q
. And it's most famous for a reason. The food was to die for.

Before you think all we did was eat, let me assure you that tomorrow you will be regaled with other things we did :-) Fortunately, the other things usually involved a lot of walking... otherwise I would have come home even bigger!

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Your score on this personality test was 55%
 

Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Home from Vacation

We had a wonderful time while we were gone! I wanted to share some of our vacation with you, because if you ever get the chance to go to northern Alabama, I heartily recommend it. If you like the mountains, but don't like the crowds and traffic that surround so many of the more popular areas, you would do well to give this area a try.

Several months ago, Bob was looking for something special for us to do for our anniversary. We'd spent our honeymoon in the mountains, but had not gotten a chance to go back. We knew we didn't want to go to the North Georgia mountains...the traffic is horrendous and Bob doesn't suffer fools on the highway easily. He found The Rooster's Rest and made reservations...prepaying. His reasoning, "If we go ahead and pay for it then, no matter how busy we happen to be when the time gets here, we'll still go so we don't lose that money." And... it worked! (We may do that on all our vacations from now on... just go ahead and prepay the accomodations.)

We stayed in the smaller cabin and opened the door to a flickering electric fireplace and Kenny G playing softly. The one-room cabin was tastefully furnished and very comfortable for two people. If you are taking your family, you would want to request this cabin.

Our hosts were just wonderful. Donna knew it was our anniversary, so she had a few special surprises for us. There was a basket of muffins and fresh fruit waiting for us, as well as....







If you want to stay within driving distance of a ton of things to do, I highly recommend The Rooster's Rest.

I'll be sharing some more of our adventures during the week, but don't want to overload you with pictures and commentary all on one day ;-)
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Have you checked out LASR yet this week? Patti Shenberger is giving away not one, but THREE, prizes in this week's contest. You can't win, though, if you don't go enter. So...what are you waiting for?
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I'm way behind on my Marianne quizzes. I might get caught up one day this week and have a "quiz day" (I know you are all looking forward to that!)



Who comes up with these things?????? So weird. I'm going to try one of the ones I missed over the weekend..maybe it will be more accurate. (It certainly can't be LESS accurate!)

What Your Halloween Habits Say About You

You're a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else's day - and you'll dress up if you think of a really fun costume.

You're weird. You're downright deviant. And you use dressing up in a costume as an excuse to act out.

Your inner child is open minded, playful, and adventurous.

Your fears are irrational and varied. It's hard to predict what you may be afraid of on any given day.

You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.

You are picky and high maintenance. If you wear a Halloween costume, it's only when you really feel like it. And it has to be perfect.


Emotional and over-dramatic? Okay.. I'll buy that. One day when I was a kid, my cousin and I were walking up at the lake and passed a ratty old house. We proceeded to make up a story about the man who lived there. Of course, when we heard rustling in the woods that sounded like it was following us, we were convinced the man had heard us and was following us, so we ran home terrified. We got in so much troule for scaring ourselves.

The rest... okay... playful, weird (but maybe not deviant!), making other people's days... I can deal with those.

But, some of the others? I'm definitely not high maintenance. And, I'm not afraid of anything (except how often Marianne and I get the exact same answer to these quizzes!!!

How did you do on the quizzes?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Interrupting this Vacation

... with an important message. Do you like our review site? If so, there's a nifty little poll at Much Cheaper Than Therapy. Why don't you take a minute and go vote for us?

Back to the regularly scheduled vacation... and do I have a lot to share with you all when I get back! This was JUST what I needed.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TGIF (well, almost :-))

This has been a killer week, so I'm VERY glad it's almost over. We've had two huge tree jobs to do, which has run us late every night. Add to that the fact that I've been getting up at 5 AM (GACK) to make sure I can get my 750 words a day in for 70 Days of Sweat (and... in case you didn't notice the handy-dandy little gadgets in the side bar, you can see I've met my goal every day so far!)

Tomorrow, my darling, wonderful, handsome husband is taking me to the mountains for four days for our anniversary. I am SO excited. We've been so busy, we haven't had the chance to get out of town for pleasure since the fourth of July holiday. So... we are ready!

I'll be up early again in the morning (I hope) to get my 750 in and do Friday's Feast. We have a very special day planned at LASR tomorrow. Our contest is coming to an end, so you'll want to be sure to enter, if you haven't already. Also, Marcia James has a fun and sexy surprise for us at Fun Friday (that is, if our webhosting is working right. It wasn't tonight so say a little prayer for Marianne, because she might just go shoot someone over there!)
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Your Karaoke Theme Song is "Margaritaville"

You are a true party animal, but your style is mild and chill.
Kicking back with a few friends and a few drinks is all you need to be happy.

You certainly don't feel pressured to be a part of any party scene. In fact, you avoid trendier spots.
You've been known to kick loose anywhere and everywhere. All you need is a cooler.

You might also sing: "Gin and Juice," "Love Shack," and "Red Red Wine"

Stay away from people who sing: "Wind Beneath My Wings"

Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday Madness

Have we got a lot of giveaways for you at LASR this week. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on checking us out.

First, we are so very excited to be spotlighting this year's winner of the Golden Leaf Award for best long contemporary fiction, Liana Laverentz, and will be giving away your choice of a free book from her, including the one that won the Golden Leaf. To read reviews of the two books we are giving away, go here and here. Our reviewers REALLY liked both of these stories.

And... we are also interviewing Marcia James, as she tells us about her new book, At Her Command, another free book you don't want to miss! It's "rated R, for Risque" and is a hot, sexy, funny book that will have you looking at law enforcement in a whole new light! (And.. just for my readers, I'm going to let you in on a little secret...if you go to Fun Friday on October 19, you will have a sexy and fun surprise).

I'm not done yet...we have recently had the opportunity to review two Regency novels that are being released tomorrow. If you go to our romance reviews site today and tomorrow, you will have the chance to win both of these books just by leaving a comment. This contest runs all week.

You can't say we don't love you. As a matter of fact, we love you SO much that if you tell your friends and loved ones about our contests in your blog, you'll get an extra entry in whichever contests you have entered. How can you beat a deal like that? If you enter all four contests, you get four extra chances for one blog entry :-) Just leave a comment either here or at Marianne's letting us know you talked about us.
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And, it's beyond any doubt. We've all thought I was nuts... now we have the proof. In addition to doing Nano (btw, I've decided to write a ghost story for that one), I've also committed to do 70 Days of Sweat. Thankfully, the Nano words will play double duty. But, since I can't write any of the ghost story until November 1, I've come up with another fun project for 70 Days. And...it's a surprise. Let me tell you though, it will be like NOTHING I've ever written before.

Hopefully, I will get the nifty little sidebar icons up this evening when I get home, because.. yes... right now I have to go to work. I'm taking my handy-dandy legal yellow pad with me to jot down the first of 750 words for today as I steal moments away from trees.(YACK!...Lock me up right now and just throw the key away until the first of the year!)
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sunday Scribblings

I went to my first IRL writers' group meeting yesterday and it was wonderful. I have a lot of processing to do, but I hope to be sharing some with you in the days to come. Suffice it to say, it was indeed a treat to be sitting in a group of women talking about POV, "show don't tell," and submissions without feeling like people are looking at you as if you've suddenly (oops... one of our presenters said that was on the "no no list")... rephrase.... as if you've sprouted another head in a split second.

Like I said, a lot to process, but I met some wonderful people and had some kind words on my writing. So...that was all good.

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Taken from Marianne who swiped it from Allie,

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your TBR (To Be Read) list. [[NOTE: Although it looks like I've read a lot, chalk it up to a combination of being a literature major in college and the happy circumstance of my grandparents' owning a complete set of classics while I was growing up.]]

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick*
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre*
A Tale of Two Cities*
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world*
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein*
The Count of Monte Cristo*
Dracula*
A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King*
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984*
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray*
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five*
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit*
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

If I counted right, 42 out of 106. I have to admit, some of the books I've never even heard of.

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And, once again, a quiz that proves no matter how different Marianne and I are... in the land of quizzes we are identical twins separated at birth by time and distance.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

TGIF (at last)

Today is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. My friend, critique partner, and co-hort in crime, Marianne, has just posted her... are you ready for this?... 1,000th post! Go and congratulate her for sticking it out! And tell her Judy sent you!
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Today is the last day to win two free books from Staci Stallings. Don't forget, there are multiple ways to enter.

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Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!


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Welcome to This Week's Edition of Friday's Feast


To play along, just click on the picture.

Appetizer
When was the last time you were surprised? A couple of years ago. Aaron had told me he was not going to be able to get leave. He had, however, LIED to his Mama! He arranged to fly into Raleigh and spend time with his sisters, then one of them drove him down to Atlanta, where my sister lives, and she and her husband drove him the rest of the way down. When the doorbell rang, my hubby (who was not in on the plot, btw) went to the door, but then made some excuse for me to go unlock the door (he didn't have his keys and had an...ahem...emergency in the back). I was grumbling... until I opened the door! chanel handbags

Soup
Fill in the blanks: My eyes are tired, but I wish they were not.

Salad
If you were a Beanie Baby, what would you look like and what would your name be? Hmmmm... I've never thought of myself as a stuffed animal. If I were a Beanie, I would look like a monkey, and my name would be "Murphy Monkey.

And, stolen, I mean, borrowed from Gabrielle:







Which Ty Beanie Baby Are You? (cute pictures)




You are like Snip!Like Snip, you are pretty normal, but love to play and hang with friends. People like you a lot, you are easy to get along with.Snip's Poem:Snip the cat is SiameseShe'll be your friend if you pleaseSo toss her a toy or piece of stringPlaying with you is her favorite thing!
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Main Course
Name two things you consistently do that you consider to be healthy habits. Does brushing your teeth count? Yanno, because of all the germs and stuff? And...let's see... I keep my coffee intake down to about five cups a day. What do you mean that's not healthy?!? It's not a dozen cups a day... I think I'm doing good.

Dessert
What brand of toothpaste are you using these days? Do you like it? Why or why not? Colgate, I think. I buy what's on sale. Toothpaste is toothpaste. No brand loyalty here :-)
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Swiped borrowed from Marianne:
You Are Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"We saved the world. I say we have to party."