Thursday, May 29, 2008

AWOL.

but now I'm back. We spent many wonderful days down on the coast and, within hours of being back, Bob looked at me and said, "I'm ready to go back to the coast." lol
So (okay, Marianne, this is your official notification), he's decided that's what he wants for Father's Day... a weekend at Eastpoint.

The week before that... we have some exciting things going on at LASR. Can you believe the blog review has already been up nearly a year? And our website anniversary is August 27! Boy, time flies when you're having fun (unless you're a frog.... now... finish the quote).
Anyway... I can't tell you the news yet. But... stay tuned here... because the news is coming!

Oh.. I CAN tell you that I have a short story up at LASR today. Go check it out and I hope you enjoy it!




What Your Latte Says About You



You don't treat yourself very often. You find that indulging doesn't jibe with your very disciplined life.



You are a very frivolous person. You don't take anything too seriously. Why should you?



You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.



You're addicted to caffeine. There's no denying it.



You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You're occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.



You are sophisticated and daring, but you are never snobby.



Uh... no... addicted to caffeine.. yes. The rest? I don't think so... lol.... what do YOU think?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Before I get started, I want to let you know "Mariah Talbot"-- who is in actuality the writing team of Marianne and me--has a new short story up at LASR. Go read it. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

You may be getting a lot more stories from me, Marianne, and Mariah. Since we've started the Short Story Contest we don't have regular short story submissions...lol. You supposed everyone wants to win the prize instead? :-)

Okay... on to BTT:

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Suggested by Superfastreader:
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Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?


For me... I don't think I really want anything different from a book and a movie. I want a good story from both. Something that will hold my interest. Maybe make me think, but mostly will just entertain me. And just like I enjoy many genres of books, I like different types of movies, depending on the mood I'm in. Sometimes I can pick up an old favorite that fits like the proverbial pair of shoes (in the movies, this would mostly be musicals or a well-loved older book). Other times I want a little bit of suspense (Dean Koontz is good for that).

This is an interesting question and I'm looking forward to reading the responses.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday Morning


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1. If you were cooking dinner for a friend, what would you serve? (If you can, post the recipe!) WHY would you serve this particular meal for this particular friend? I don't know that I have a particular meal I would serve to a particular friend. I have several menus I like to cook when I have guests over. Ranging from simple, help yourselves "Brazilian hotdogs": cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and garlic-- to spaghetti: sauce with ground beef, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic, tomato paste, red wine; tossed salad; hot, fresh garlic bread. (Can you tell we're fond of garlic in this family???)

2. How many hours a day do you spend blogging? What do you think about this number? If you weren’t spending that time blogging, what would you be spending that time doing? I am on the computer almost ALL THE TIME when I am home. Way too much, but this is where I work. This is where I have my community. Between writing, editing, working on LASR... I'm pretty busy and don't do much dedicated "blogging." As you can tell, I'm not even real good about updating my OWN blog...much less doing the visiting I should do. So, all told, I probably blog less than an hour a day. And, I don't mind that time. I DO think I need to arrange my time better so I spend less time at the computer over all. Somehow. I just haven't figured out how yet.

3. How much money is in your wallet right now? Do you carry a lot of cash on you? Why or why not? $13 and change. And.. no, I don't carry a lot of cash. Debit cards have just gotten to be too easy. It's a shame, too, because I used to clean out my pocketbook every few nights and dump change in a change jar. We used that "found money" for all kinds of fun things. Now the level hardly ever moves.

4. What is your favorite day of the year? WHY is this your favorite day of the year? Now, what is your second favorite? Why is this your second favorite? I started thinking about this question. My favorite season is Christmas...but Christmas Day is far from my favorite. It always is so busy and almost anticlimatic (unless all the kids are home. Then it's fun... ) SO.. my favorite day of the year is Christmas Day when all the kids are home. It's fun having a houseful and seeing everyone's expressions as they open their gifts. When the kids aren't all home, it's kind of a downer.

My second favorite day is any day we leave to go to the shore :-) We love it down there and it's always fun to get away for a few days to relax and unwind.
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Back to "This Day in History":

1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery. For a review of a good book on her life, click here

1945 - Peter Townshend of The Who...born in Chiswick, London. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PETER

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday's Feast


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Appetizer

What is the nearest big city to your home? According to this site, Albany is one of the largest cities in Georgia (75,394). Albany is 45 miles away. However, I have never considered Albany a city. So.. I'll go with Jacksonville (pop. 850,000) which is 140 miles away. Tallahassee is about 90 miles away and has 159,000.

Soup

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how well do you keep secrets? Extremely well... if you let me know it's a secret. I admit.. I DO pretty much tell Bob everything, but if we know it's confidential...it stays confidential. Even from everyone else in the family.

Salad

Describe your hair (color, texture, length).



Main Course

What kind of driver are you? Courteous? Aggressive? Slow?I'm courteous, but I tend to drive a littleon the fast side. Normally less than ten miles above the speed limit. And...my depth perception is notoriously bad... so a lot of times I'll let pass opportunities to make a left-hand turn because I'm just not comfortable. So...usually, I'll find a light if I need to make a left-hand turn.

Dessert

When was the last time you had a really bad week?Oh, heavens... I guess six years or more (if you don't count the week I lost because of the flu or the time I had shingles)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

I'm tired today. We worked out in the yard all day yesterday. We rented a tiller and enlarged Mama's garden space from last year and then, since we WERE paying for it for all day, we did some more tilling in places we'd been talking about putting gardens. And I planted. And I planted. And I ruined my manicure. And I planted some more. And I'm not finished yet! But.. we have to grind stumps this morning, so the rest of the planting (except the garden.... our worker is going to finish planting that) will have to wait 'til this afternoon. And now... because I am brain dead...here's BTT for you:


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Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not? Some of it. Like.. I'll read the user's manual, but only while I'm actually figuring out how to do something and I'll have the gadget in hand, so to speak, and do as I read. The other stuff? I keep handy in case there's something I think I need to look for, but if it doesn't directly relate to me working said gadget, normally not.

Do you ever read manuals? Again... if we're trying to "fix" something or figure out how things work or don't remember something, I'll haul out the instructions or manual to read the relevant section.

How-to books? No..well, I take that back. I DO read books on writing. My favorite is Stephen King's On Writing. If you've never read it, I highly recommend it!

Self-help guides? Nope...unless they are diet books and mostly not even then.

Anything at all? I read all the time :-) Mostly fiction.

And.. just for fun:


Your Score: Much Ado About...


You scored 15% = Tragic, 52% = Comic, 47% = Romantic, 23% = Historic



You Scored Much Ado About Nothing! First published in 1600, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enduring comedies, and probably his most performed to this day. Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two pairs of would-be lovers and the hysterical events that happen surrounding the wedding. As Claudio and Hero prepare to marry, Don Pedro and his friends, bored with the length of preparation time, take it upon themselves in the meantime to play matchmaker to Benedick and Beatrice, two sharp-tongued would-be lovers whose love for each other is masked by the "merry war of words" in which they are engaged that both of them are too stubborn to lose. Based on your results, we believe you to be a quick-witted, light-hearted romantic who is probably very charming and charismatic. While your stubbornness may sometimes get the better of you, we are confident that you always eventually come to your senses and do what's best. You probably have a lot of friends and we like you too!

Link: The Which Shakespeare Play Are You? Test written by macbee on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Monday, May 12, 2008

Exciting News at LASR

The Long and the Short of It First Annual Short Story Contest


It’s said everyone has at least one story inside them. This is your chance to let yours out. The Long and the Short of It is seeking the best new short story 1,000 words or less.

So... put on your thinking cap, dial up your muse, and give it a shot. The story must be a romance and must end with a HEA. PG-13 or less, please.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive, in addition to publication on The Long and the Short of It website, a banner for their blog or website, one year free book cover/banner advertising, six months author pages, plus an award certificate suitable for framing.

First prize will receive publication on The Long and the Short of It website, a banner for their blog or website, six month author page + three month free book cover/ banner advertising, plus an award certificate suitable for framing.

Second prize will receive publication on The Long and the Short of It website, a banner for their blog or website, three months book cover/banner advertising, plus an award certificate suitable for framing.

Five honorable mentions will receive publication on The Long and the Short of It website, a banner, plus an award certificate suitable for framing.

DOOR PRIZES (randomly drawn from all participants):

One copy of Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress

Six autographed books

Six goodie bags

Please send your entry via email with the subject line: Short Story Contest: NAME OF STORY

Your entry will be provided to our judges with all identifying names removed and will be scored by a rating system.

Deadline for this contest is June 14. The winners and runners up will be posted July 1. By entering the contest, you agree to allow The Long and the Short of It to publish your entry on the LASR website. All stories chosen to be published will be archived for a period of six months following publication. All rights revert back to the author at that time and, at the author’s written request, the story will be pulled from our archives.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

... to all moms everywhere... and to all women who once had a mom, even if they aren't moms themselves. Especially...Happy Mother's Day to my own mom, who taught me so many things. She taught us that we could do anything we wanted to do, as long as we wanted it bad enough. She taught us that it's better to spend money on a board game you can enjoy time and again, rather than spend the dame amount of money on going to the movies once. And, she taught me to laugh at myself.

Ashley took me out for a manicure and pedicure Friday night. And yesterday, when I got home from my writers' meeting, I had a wonderful surprise from Beth and Bekah:



Thanks, girls!



Thanks to iVillage for the following.

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE...
"If you're going kill each other, do it outside - I just finished cleaning!"

My mother taught me RELIGION...
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL...
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

My mother taught me LOGIC...
"Because I said so, that's why."

My mother taught me LOGIC... #2
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

My mother taught me FORESIGHT...
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

My mother taught me IRONY...
"Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS...
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM...
"Will you LOOK at the dirt on the back of your neck!"

My mother taught me about STAMINA...
"You'll sit there 'till all that spinach is finished."

My mother taught me about WEATHER...
"It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."

My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS...
"If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen THEN?"

My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY...
"If I've told you once, I've told you a million times: Don't exaggerate!"

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION...
"Stop acting like your father!"

My mother taught me about ENVY...
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do!"

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...
"Just wait until we get home."

My mother taught me about RECEIVING...
"You are going to get it when we get home!"

My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

My mother taught me to THINK AHEAD...
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."

My mother taught me ESP...
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you're cold?"

My mother taught me HUMOR...
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

My mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

My mother taught me about SEX...
"How do you think you got here?"

My mother taught me about GENETICS...
"You're just like your father."

My mother taught me about my ROOTS...
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE...
"When you get to be my age, you will understand."
"One day you'll have kids ...and I hope they turn out just like you!"

And.. for your viewing pleasure... I think I posted this last year too but it's so good, it's worth a repeat for those who are new and have never seen it:

Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday's Feast


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Appetizer

When someone smiles at you, do you smile back? Of course. Of course, this might be because I don't live in a big city. I've heard that's just "not done" in larger cities. It's one reason I don't think I want to live in a larger city. Southerners are just friendly... it's expected. And...when we go someplace where people AREN'T as open, they come across as cold or unfriendly.

Soup

Describe the flooring in your home. Do you have carpet, hardwood, vinyl, a mix? Definitely a mix. Starting at the front door, our foyer is ceramic tile. Dirctly to the left is our den...carpeted, with slate in front of the fireplace. If you step up from the den at the far end, you go into the kitchen/dining room area..which right now has linoleum. That's one of our future projects... it will be tiled. Leaving the kitchen (and going from the end of the foyer), the hallway is also linoleum with a faux parque design. That also goes into the laundry room (at the end of that hall). The "downstairs living room"...it used to be a carport... is carpetted. We already have the hardwood to put down there. HOWEVER, I don't want to replace that carpet with the hardwood until I remodel the laundry room (because everything will end up down there for the process) and I can't do the laundry room until we finish the ongoing saga of the bathrooms!). At the laundry room, the hall makes a 90 degree turn and that section of the hallway is carpetted. The bedrooms are off it... two on the right (the kids'... also carpetted) with a bath on the left (linoleum but in desperate need of tile and remodeling). On the left is our bedroom (carpet) and our bathroom off it... with nothing on the floor except cementboard.. waiting patiently for ITS tile. And now you know WAY more than you wanted about the way my house is laid out!

Salad

Write a sentence with only 5 words, but all of the words have to start with the first letter of your first name. Judy's just joyously jangling jewels.

Main Course

Do you know anyone whose life has been touched by adoption? Yes, my cousin and her husband adopted their children. They were unable to have any of their own.

Dessert

Name 2 blue things. My eyes and the lovely sky outside

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Booking Through Thursday


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Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….


Well... this is a no-brainer (unless the airport doesn't have a bookstore!) I go buy a book!! Now... if this is an airport that (shuddering at the thought) does NOT have a bookstore...I see if I can find some paper and a pen and I'd start scribbling my own story. Probsbly starring the people around me.
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I found out about a new challenge from Melli. Seems there's going to be an alphabet challenge over at Quilly's Pacific Paradise. I take a lot of pictures, but don't ever remember to post them here. Hopefully, doing some of these photo challenges will help me remember to post things.

From Quilly's site:

Once again — here is my own project announcement: commencing May 1st and running 26 days, I will be doing Alphabet Photos. Day one is A. Day two is B. Day three is C. Etc. (Just what did you expect from a Pre-K teacher?!) I would love it if you would join me! Please, please say you will!

You can visit my photoblog at http://judysfunsite.blogspot.com/
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Marianne has started a new contest. Our friend, Allie, is celebrating the print release of TWO books this month. And.. they are great. So, enter Marianne's contest for a chance to win one of them and buy the other (or both if you don't win the contest!)