Wednesday, November 04, 2009

NaNo Update

Idea stolen from Marianne (Thanks!!)

Here is a Wordle of my WIP for NaNoWriMo, AT A TOUCH. Nifty, huh?





I would love for you to put me on your buddy list if you are playing. Both Marianne and I are playing this year... not like we had anything else to do with our time... lol. But, it's been good to get back to writing.

In other news, I'll be going full time at the library the first of the year. I'm working diligently trying to get work done up ahead in LASR/WC/ and our soon-to-be-launched Aurora. There's a lot to be done... but we can do it. We always seem to :-)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Monday Mutterings

I got a start on the new story and fixing to start writing again. I need to do what Marianne does and prewrite this. Maybe I'll try that tonight.

Things are a little out of sorts here-- not necessarily a bad thing-- just different. Our son is home with his son. It's interesting, to say the least, having a little one in the house again.

He was supposed to be asleep, but had woken up (gas pains, I think) and once he finished all the pooting he needed to do, he was wide awake and wanted to play.

Aaron and Anthony will be here until Friday the 13th; the girls and their men are coming down from NC this next weekend for an early Thanksgiving; my sister is going to join us from the Atlanta area; and life is good :-)


With "Papa"

Hope you have a great one.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our Video is Up for "Best Video"

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Have a great day!

Monday, September 14, 2009

RIP: Patrick Swayze

August 18, 1952 - September 14, 2009





Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday Theatre

Okay.. so it's not really theatre, but I'm going to share some of my favorite videos with you. These are in no particular order.

The Princess Bride always makes me laugh...and sigh. Who can forget "wuv, twu wuv" (unfortunately, I couldn't find a good clip of that). Or, the battle of wits:



What is your favorite part of the movie?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mnemonics

My husband mentioned this morning that the moon was waxing. I have never been able to remember the difference between waxing and waning... but Ashley said her teacher said, "Wax on, Wane off."



After I stopped giggling, I remembered my history teacher, Mr. Brooks, telling us that sometimes mnemonics don't always work as well as they should. He had a student who wrote on a test, "In fourteen hundred and ninety three, Columbus sailed the deep blue sea" instead of the correct "In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Thanks, Jen!!!

What is your favorite memory devise?

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Published Author

Nope.. not me, but the next best thing. My husband has an interesting hobby of buying old boats and fixing them up. He does a really good job, imho. See what you think:



He's written the first of a two-parter on rebuilding the boat trailer. Check it out here: Duckworks Magazine. I'm proud of him. Feel free to leave comments and I'll forward them to him :-)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Tasty De-Lit

Tasty De-Lit

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I just joined the group on Facebook... I think this is a wonderful idea. :-) What do you think?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Coming Soon...make your plans now to play along






You Are Denim Shorts



You are friendly and outgoing. You tend to be a carefree person who doesn't worry much.

You are fun loving and optimistic. You have a bright outlook on life.



You are casual and low maintenance. You think that life's too short to make a fuss about things.

You are open minded and socially liberal. You believe that it's wrong to judge people.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Something About Me

A friend tagged me with this on Facebook and I thought it would be a great way to kick off Sunday: Something About Me. I'm not going to tag anyone with this meme, but if you want to play along, please leave a link in comments so I can come and visit :-)

The rules are included.

You've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with the ABC's of YOU . At the end, choose 26 people to be tagged. You have to tag me so really you just need 25 more people. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you - but not in a creepy stalker kind of way.


A - Age - 54 (and still have people who don't believe it... love it!)
B - Bed Size - double (hate being too far away from my hubby)
C - Chores you hate - cleaning refrigerator (which, btw, needs it)
D - Dog's Name - no dog... cat D.C.
E - East or West? East
F - Favorite Color - blue
G - Girls day activity - Spa, pedicure, manicure, book store, coffee shop (not necessarily in that order)
H - Height - 5' 2"
I - Instruments you play(ed) - does computer count? oh.. I used to could play a recorder a little.
J - Job Title - website co-owner; writer
K - Kids(s): - Beth, Bekah, Aaron, Ashley
L- Last movie in theater - ummmm... hmmmm.... maybe Pirates of the Caribbean? (yeah, the first one)
M - Mom's Name - Joyce Ann
N - Next movie to see - whatever is on Turner Classic movies, probably
O - Overnight Hospital Stay Other Than Birth - my birth or the kids? I had a tonsillectomy when I was five...does that count?
P - Pet Peeve - misspelled words on public signs...if you're going to publicize something, please spell check it!
Q- Quote From A Movie - Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while. (5 pts. for the first person to correctly "name that quote")
R - Right or Left Handed - right
S - Shoe size - 5
T - Time You Wake Up - 7ish
U - Undeniable trait my kids got from me - awesomeness
V - Vegetable You Dislike - beets
W - Ways You Run Late - playing on the computer and losing track of time
X - X Rays You've Had - teeth, feet, chest
Y - Yummy Food You Make - everything, which is why I'm now on Weight Watchers ;-)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stay Tuned....

There's exciting news coming up very very soon..... can hardly wait to share it with you, but right now.... shhhhhhh......


It's a secret

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stupid Hackers

Today someone hacked my Hotmail account and sent this email to EVERYONE on my contact list:

Hello,

How are you doing? Hope all is well with you and your family, I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar/conference.

I need a favor from you as soon as you receive this email, I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money, and other valuable things were kept. Can you urgently assist me with a soft loan of $2,600 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home. You are the only one I can trust with this, please can this be between us? You have my word; I will refund you as soon as I return.

I will appreciate whatever you can afford, I'll pay you back as soon as I return I promise, Let me know if you can assist, to enable me send you the details to use in sending the money through western union.


Uh... okay... so most people in my contact list are going to know that I'm here... not in England. Why are people so ... so.... stupid? And, to make things worse, the hacker had CHANGED MY PASSWORD AND SECRET ANSWER!!
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Microsoft was great, though. I went to Windows Live Help and they were able to verify I was who I said I was and I was able to get in and reset my password and change my question. While I was there, I noticed that my "alternate email address" had been changed as well... so I'm assuming I now have the hacker's email address. Bob has offered to email him and tell him "what a sorry SOB" he is... I'm leaning more to turning it over to the police.

What think you? Or...should I put it here so EVERYONE can email him? I think we need a poll.....

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Tuesday Twitterings

Nope.. this has nothing to do with Twitter (even though I do...why don't you follow me? http://twitter.com/JudyT

We saw an interesting sight in the yard the other day. A turtle, but not just any turtle.



We have regular turtles all the time, but this is the first time I ever remember seeing a soft-shelled turtle.

We've gotten Marianne's rain....and it's supposed to rain the rest of the week. BUT....they've had bad weather down around St. George Island and Apalachicola all weekend, so I've heard, so it's just as well we didn't go down there. All things worked out well.

Goddess Fish Promotions has another Virtual Book Tour starting this week. Would you like to host one? Just email us to become a Tour Partner and have the chance to win free books and promote authors.




Your Brain is Focused



You're a simple thinker, and this is actually a very good thing.

You don't complicate matters when you don't have to.

You look for the simplest explanation or solution, and you go with that.

As a result, your mind is uncluttered and free of stress.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Monday Mutterings

I took some days off work so we could go on vacation...Bob's only been to the shore for two days this year while I was at a writers' retreat and I haven't been any. We were excited. Packed up early Friday and hit the road, Jack.

Got about to Tallahassee and the truck started doing funky weird things...skipping, trying to shut off, etc. We discussed it....the consensus was if the truck's going to break down, better to do it close to home where we have family and friends to call to come get us. So... we turned around and came home.

No vacation for us, but we're getting a lot done around the house. And the truck?

Hasn't given us one more inch of trouble. Sigh.

Oh, well... we're doing work on the boat we wanted to do and in a couple of weeks we'll be going down to Swanee, Florida for an antique outboard motor club meet.

We did drive down to Reed Bingham for their fireworks display. NOTE: Check and see if your state park system has a "Friends of..." It's a great way to support your own state parks. The state park system can be an excellent, inexpensive source of family fun.

I was going to show some video, but I had a DB (dumb blonde) moment while shooting it. I wanted to get the rocket launch as well as the explosions, especially for the finale. So... I turned the camera over. Did you know you can't switch video directions like you can a still picture to get a taller shot? Sheesh.. my rocket launchers look like they are coming out of the side, not the bottom. I'm not happy.

Stolen from Marianne:




You Belong in Brooklyn



Down to earth and hard working, you're a true New Yorker.

And although you may be turning into a yuppie, you never forget your roots.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Birthday, America!

http://www.nuclearcentury.com/ - Glitter Maker

The last scene from one of my favorite movies of all times:



I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Morning Meme

Marianne didn't tag anyone for this, but I thought I would do it anyway... trying to get in the habit, again, of blogging every day.

Four Movies that I can see over and over.
1. Tremors (Yeah, I know... but it's so awesome...so many lines make me laugh out loud every time I hear them..."Earl...it's a stampede.")
2. The Princess Bride ("Lub...true lub....")
3. Drowning Mona (It's just... so bad.... lol)
4. Zorro, the Gay Blade (an oldie..."Two bits, four bits, six bits, a peso. All for Zorro, stand up and say so!")

Four Places I have lived.
1. Thompson, GA
2. Wake Forest, NC
3. Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil
4. Anapolis, Goias, Brazil

Four TV shows that I love to watch.
1. House
2. Eureka (Coming back in July...yea!!!)
3. The Lost Room (seriously freaky... but fun)
4. NCIS

Four places where I have gone on vacation.
1. Ireland (with a writing friend...a combination vacation/research trip...and we're going to try to revive that story)
2. Mentone, Alabama
3. Raleigh, NC (our older two girls live there)
4. St. Augustine, FL

Four favorite foods.
1. Big Macs (a guilty pleasure..and, I'm proud to say, rare)
2. Guacamole
3. Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy (see comment on number 1)
4. Oyster Po' Boy from The Grill in Apalachicola, FL

Four websites I visit daily
1. "The Long and the Short of It"
2. Tetris Friends, a site I've just recently discovered...good down time after working all day
3. Marianne's Blog
4. Would Coulda Shoulda...and I owe her some visits. I've been too busy to visit, so I thought I would give her some linky love.

Four places I would rather be.
1. Visiting my new grandson in Hawaii.
2. Visiting our girls in North Carolina
3. Visiting Marianne in New Hampshire
4. Visiting Lianne in Florida

Four things that I would like to do before I die.
1. Get published in book length fiction. Guess I better start writing, huh?
2. Travel.
3. See LASR and Goddess Fish as very successful and influential businesses in the writing world.
4. See all my kids happy and successful in their chosen careers.

Four novels I wish that I was reading for the first time.
1. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
2. The Dragonrider of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
3. Gone With the Wind
4. Angelique by Anne and Serge Golon. I think this was probably the first romance I ever read.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Somethings

I have to give a journaling workshop to our YA Summer Reading Book Club. I don't know how many will show up, but one thing preparing for it has done is give me a great list of writing prompts. I'll be sharing those with you in just a bit.

Our LASR Best Book of the Week Poll and WC Best Book of the Week Poll are up through tomorrow, so if you get the chance, stop in and see what books our reviewers liked best this past week.
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Also, there is some excitement in Twitterdom today. Sandy Lender is being interviewed by Jamieson Wolf in the first ever tweeterview.... from 9-10 AM EST. Follow them to read the interview.

And for your edification and entertainment... some interesting sites for writing prompts:

http://www.writingfix.com/Classroom_Tools/dailypromptgenerator.htm
http://www.writersdigest.com/WritingPrompts/
http://creativewritingprompts.com/
http://jc-schools.net/write/create.htm
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/prompts.html
http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/imagination.prompt.html
http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/365/pictures.html
http://www.classbrain.com/artteensb/publish/cat_index_22.shtml
http://www.toasted-cheese.com/webcal/webcal.cgi




You Are a Classic Beauty!



You have a timeless beauty that looks great in every decade

Instead following trends, you stick to what works

And this means you never skimp on your beauty routine

Upside? Your classic looks tends to attract gentlemen - not boys.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Want to Have Some Fun?

Check out http://www.hollysinbox.com. It's a hoot... I'm thoroughly enjoying myself reading this. And... if you become a registered reader of that site and leave your user name in my comments... I'll have a chance to win an autographed copy of the book :-)

So.. go check it out. And, if you like it, let me know!! Also, remember the interview with Bill/Holly can be found below.

Free Online Book

Catherine Valente, the author of Palimpsest, posted the first chapter of her "book within a book", The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Why is she doing such a thing? Check Catherine's blog for an explanation.

If you have the wherewithal to donate, please do. If not, please read and enjoy and spread the word.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WWWWWH with Bill Surie/Holly Denham

Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Holly's Inbox. The contest ends Friday, June 12, at 11:59 p.m.

Thanks to Bill Surie, for volunteering to be today's victim guest.

What would you do if you came upon a plate-sized toadstool in the woods that moved when you approached it?

Firstly, I'd want to know what I was doing in the woods, and so would my wife, and telling her I don't know how I got there, but hey there was this plate sized toadstool which moved - wouldn't really help my case.



When would it be appropriate for a hero to have the compulsion to sing top 40 songs in lieu of conversation to the heroine?

He could start singing them loudly if she was telling him off for messing up her hair after he'd just saved her life.



Where do you do your best writing?

First thing in the morning at my desk, problem is I now have a beautiful 2 yr old who gets up first thing in the morning too. So I guess never, at the moment.



Why would you try to lasso and ride the Loch Ness Monster on a dark and stormy night?

Because I was late for dinner at me Mum's (it’s not advisable to be late)



How far can you walk without thinking of something one of your characters did or said?

When I’m writing something new – I walk around in a continual dream thinking about it which irritates the hell out of my wife. I end up drinking cups of tea I don’t remember asking for, taking the wrong trains, arriving at the wrong towns, going to the wrong meetings, dressed as somebody else, wearing a false mustache and calling myself Jimbo. Ok most of it happens apart from the last bit. My wife is very patient.



I would also like Bill to tell us more about himself and his book... it sounds fascinating!
Holly’s Inbox started out as a website – with moving emails appearing in real time and telling her story (the site has now been re-launched for the USA at www.hollysinbox.com). At first we only really wanted to attract more candidates to mine and my wife’s little recruitment agency which specializes in reception staff... so it made sense for me to have heroine a receptionist. We found a chap called Ash – who is a genius website developer, and soon we had our site ready to try.

To start the site off we sent an email out to 90,000 people telling them NOT to visit Hollysinbox.com because unscrupulous IT hacks had posted a live email account of a fellow employee onto the web in total disregard of our privacy laws.

We said - if she was working for your company it was essential you let her know NOW! Before the world discovered what she really thought about her co-workers.

The site went into meltdown.

The site was running for around 5 months, but then I began to panic. The story would soon reach it’s climax and I had no idea what I was going to do next, so I began emailing as many agents as possible the web link; without knowing what I wanted from them. At last a wonderful fabulous woman replied and told me it would work in a book… and it did. Holly’s Inbox has now been translated into 6 different languages but the one place I had always dreamed about being published was of course the USA, and Sourcebooks have at last let me achieve this dream!!!!

Thank you so much for reviewing my book and for having me on your website – I had lost of fun answering your questions!

X Holly/Bill

Denham’s novel, written entirely in e-mails, began as a serialized Web site, www.hollysinbox.com. The story revolves around Holly Denham, the new receptionist at a London bank, and through her correspondence, readers get to know her daily life. She befriends Trish, the other receptionist, and begins a relationship with James, a charming higher-up. Between organizing meetings at the bank, she trades hilarious, risqué e-mails with her friends Jason and Aisha, assures her parents she’s getting along well, helps her grandmother decipher the Internet, and offers her siblings much-needed advice. Her e-mails even reveal a life-altering event from her past. While the premise can be tiresome—who doesn’t have to slog through enough e-mails of their own?—the story becomes more engrossing as fresh details come to light. The author, a placement-agency owner writing under a pen name, explores a new format with compelling results. A second novel is planned, and Holly’s adventures continue online.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Fun Picture

Bob and I were on an outing yesterday (he was selling a trolling motor to a guy a few towns away) and stopped in a Mexican bakery on the way home. I'm glad the bakery is close enough to run down occasionally to get some good bread, but not so close I'm tempted to run down every day... because, boy howdie, would that blow my diet!
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Anyway, they had the most precious bread sculpture... it's a shame to eat him!





Check out Sandy Lender's blog stop today at http://lilystonebooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/danger-of-putting-handsome-character-to.html and comment for a chance to win a hard-cover autographed first edition of Choices Meant for Gods. We're going to be having her drawing today for the first week's prize...so get that comment in!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sandy Lender's Virtual Book Tour Continues"


Today, Sandy is visiting at http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/. She'll be in and out all day to answer questions or just to chat. So, stop in and see her. Remember, every first comment on a blog will earn an entry into the weekly giveaway for an autographed, first edition, hard cover of Choices Meant for Gods. Also, if you want to host her on your blog, you have another chance to win.

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On a personal note.. I'm dieting (blech). Actually... I'm making "a significant lifestyle change." I'm doing Weight Watchers Online and am learning how to eat "right." Okay.. I've KNOWN how to eat right, but obviously I've not done it.... so I've ballooned... to the point that friends and family were worried about health issues. So.. I've been doing it for a couple of weeks now and I've lost eight pounds. Some friends and I have joined together as a support group and that's really helping. chanel handbags

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Work at the library is still going well... and I love my hours. The garden is growing; I'm busy as ever with Goddess Fish and The Long and the Short of It (and it may get even busier..stay tuned for more information on that); and I'm working (ever so slowly) on my writing.

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And.. that's my life :-)

Monday, June 01, 2009

A New Project



Marianne and I have started a new venture (because we have so much free time on our hands... ha!). You can click on the picture above to check it out.

And... today is the first day of our very first blog tour: Sandy Lender, author of Choices Meant for Gods



Her first stop is at Travel the Ages. For a chance to win an autographed, hard cover, first edition of Choices Meant for Gods all you have to do is leave a comment on her tour. You can comment at every stop for many chances to win. AND, she's giving away a free book once a week. So... to keep up with her stops, just check out her schedule here. If you would like to host her on YOUR blog, let me know and I'll get you all the information.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's Official...I'm Old

Well...maybe not I don't think I'll ever REALLY grow up, and that's okay with me. But...there is a new addition to the family. So, everyone welcome Joseph Anthony.



Anthony was born Monday, May 18, around 10 in the morning (EST). He was 19.5" long and weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. His father is my son, Aaron, a Marine stationed in Hawaii. chanel handbags



Father, mother, and baby are all doing well.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday Morning Meme


1. When and how often do you pray? What motivates you to pray? If you don’t pray, why not? I don't have a formalized or specific time to pray. Instead, I try to always stay in an attitude of prayer. Many many moons ago I read Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence and it made a world of difference in my life. Check it out here

2. You’re giving the keynote address to the graduating seniors of a high school today. What’s your advice to them? Follow your dream...if you truly want something, go after it and don't let being "practical" stop you.

3. Which musician and/or band do you think is past their prime? Who do you think should hang up the mic and musical instruments and call it day I can't think of anyone. It kinda goes back to question 2...if it's their dream and they are having fun, who am I to think they should stop?
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4. What photos are on your camera right now? You know, the ones that you haven’t downloaded or had developed yet? Please share a few of those photos with us. (If you don’t have any pictures on your camera right now, why not challenge yourself and take a few creative shots and share them with us). I always download things from my camera and right now it's empty. And, since it's 12:37 on Monday morning, I think I'll wait and take some pictures later :-) But... I promise... I'll take some. Requests, anyone?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What, When, Where, Why, and How: Wendy Soliman


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What’s in the trunk of your car?

What, apart from an asphyxiating amount of dog hair, you mean? We intended to choose a new dog from the pound, one with short hair that wouldn’t shed all over the place, (I just lurve housework!), but…what can I say? Jake made a beeline for us, licked us both in all our exposed places, (now there’s a plot for a book if ever I heard one!), and it was love at first bite.

Anyway, back to the car. Apart from dog hair and a crook lock, (do you have crook locks in the States? You know, those old fashioned gizmos that you lock onto the steering wheel as a visual deterrent to thieves), not a lot. Oh, I do have a box of my published books; just in case I come across any shop on my travels that aren’t enlightened enough to already stock them.

When is the happiest time of day?

When the sun’s over the yardarm, (somewhere in the world – anywhere!), and it’s time to get the corkscrew out, obviously. Apart from that I get the most satisfaction in having done whatever I have to do on any given day and can relax at my computer, with my mind devoid of everyday clutter. Then I set about creating a world of my own making in which all the characters do precisely as they’re told, chanel handbags the men are fabulously wealthy, drop dead gorgeous and don’t hang their clothes up on the floor like ordinary mortals.

If asked to foresee a situation that would make me happier than winning the lottery it would have to be the day when I get a yes from an agent I’ve submitted one of my contemporary romantic novels to. I’ve just finished one called Stepping on Broken Glass, which features an overweight heroine. In spite of her size she feels invisible in a room full of people who lack sufficient insight to realize there’s an intelligent and complex person lurking beneath all that bulk. When she sheds the pounds, look out world because it’s revenge time!

I’ve selected a highly topical and sensitive issue, which will strike a chord with many readers for a variety of reasons. All I need now is to find that open-minded agent…

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

America, probably, and I’m not just saying that, honest! We love the States and all things American. I should explain that I’m English and my husband Andre is a mongrel. He’s half-Egyptian and the other half is a combination of Maltese, Russian, Hungarian and Greek! We lived in England until Andre sold his jewelry business three years ago. Home is now Andorra – a small principality nestling in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. We also spend a lot of time on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

We have an American boat and spent some time cruising the eastern States in it. It gave us a taste for the warmth and friendliness of the people, an appreciation of American services stands, (have you ever tried getting anything done in Spain?), and we will be back for a long visit sometime soon. You have been warned!

Why does your hair always look best on the day of your styling appointment?

The Irish would call it Murphy’s law! You could just as easily ask why toast always falls butter side down when you drop it on the floor, why it always rains when you’ve arranged to play tennis and why the new dress that looked fabulous when you tried it on in the store makes you look fat and frumpy when you get it home. (I’m convinced they do something to those mirrors in the changing rooms but don’t get me started on that).

These things just happen, okay!

How do you choose your character’s names?

Come on! My maiden name is Wendy Wood. No middle name either, just plain old Wendy. Now, at last, I get to be more exotic, albeit vicariously. I’m published in the historical romance genre, (until I get that contemporary romance accepted, obviously), so I have to make sure the names I select were around two hundred years ago. In my five historicals published by Robert Hale I have heroines named Clarissa, Saskia, (her mother was Russian so I got that one past my editor), Eloise, Abigail and Harriet. My heroes came in as Lucian, Felix, Harry, Sebastian and Marcus.

My next book is being published as an e-book by Samhain on April 21 and I’m very excited at the prospect. A Reason to Rebel, ISBN 978-1-60504-496-5 Price $5.50 features Estelle. She is recently widowed and her callous father wishes to push her into another marriage of convenience as soon as she’s out of mourning. Alex, Viscount Crawley, encounters her and what can a gentleman of honor do, other than to offer his assistance in locating her missing sister? Little does he realize that he’s leaving himself exposed to dangers that have little to do with the missing sister’s plight…

To read an extract from A Reason to Rebel, and for an opportunity to enter a competition to win a copy of the book, please visit my website http://www.wendysoliman.com

Details of all my other books can also be found on my website. They are all available on Amazon and other good on-line book stores.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Greetings from Our House to Yours





John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Thursday Thirteen: April Scavenger Hunt


Click on the picture to play along.

At The Long and the Short of It, we are celebrating National Humor Month by having a Scavenger Hunt. So, for today's Thursday Thirteen, I bring you thirteen of the wonderful authors who are participating. And, be sure and go by The Long and the Short of It to see who today's featured author is.

1. Jami Davenport
2. Lena Austin
3. Robin Kaye
4. Linda Wisdom
5. Jennifer Johnson
6. Judi Fennell
7. Patrice Wilton
8. Michele Hart
9. Jennifer Shirk
10. Charlotte Chalmers
11.Elisabeth Rose
12. M.K. Trent
13. Michelle Monkou

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Randomness of the Wednesday Time

First... Beate Boeker is chatting with us today at our LASR Yahoo group so feel free to drop in and say hello to her.

Also, if aren't a member of that group, you should be. In addition to the wonderful writers you can chat with and just the fun things we do, once a month we give away free advertising...so what's not to love?

Second...my wonderful husband bought me something for my birthday. Something I've been wanting for a long, long time:



The first time I got on it (March 22, in case you are wondering....17 days ago), I could barely do half a minute (seriously... it was very very sad.) I'm proud to say that this morning I was on it for eleven whole minutes. I might could have stayed even longer, but the coffee was ready and, hey, a gal has to have her priorities in order. chanel handbags

Third.... not only am I Twittering (http://twitter.com/JudyT), but so is The Long and the Short of It (http://twitter.com/LASR_WC), so to keep up with what is happening in both my worlds... come and follow me/us.

Fourth... I have to go announce the winners of our latest Yahoo giveaway.... have a great Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

What, When, Where, Why, and How with Skhye Moncrief


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Please welcome our guest victim blogger for the day: Skhye Moncrief

What is hip? Oh, get ready to belly laugh!! Betcha haven't heard these before... Museums, excavating potsherds, trees, rocks, okay everyone likes jewelry but for me it's a mineral collection, bagpipes, Javanese music, Mongolian throat singing, making maps, old dead things in rocks (fossils), and for this year---elliptical machine! I'm trying to stay excited about exercising so give me a round of applause, please! Oh, I forgot to mention I like barbarians. :) A little dirt and sweat makes a man look tough, methinks.

When did you start writing? I started writing toward getting published in romance back in grad school around 2001.

Where were you when you got your first kiss? That's for me to know and you to find out. :) But I'll tell you how old I am. I must have plastered that all over the Net by now.

Why does i come before e except after c? It's a grammatical rule somebody thought up to torture people like me who are dyslexic.

How many writers does it take to change a lightbulb? In my case, one. Get out of my room. I'm in control. And nobody else ever does anything the right way... I always have to fix things after letting someone help!!! Yes, I'm a Myers-Briggs Field Marshall. The upside is I get to run the war. :) Drop and give me 20! Dig that ditch deeper. If you hurry, I'll let you break for a sip of water. Now get back to work. Oh, sorry. I forgot I was being interviewed. Thanks, Judy. I needed that. The world is a brighter place now. ~Skhye
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"Arthur is a masterpiece..." 4 hearts for He of the Fiery Sword's King Arthur ~Diane Mason; http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/fieryswordmoncrief.htm

"Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic... an unpredictable topsy-turvy romance... the suspense builds with every page in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way..." ~Snapdragon; http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/05/review-sacrificial-hearts.html

"Master of her craft, Moncrief delivers an explosive plot, captivating, adventurous characters, and a healthy dose of sensual intrigue. A superb read, start to finish!" ~Author Sky Purington www.skypurington.com

HE OF THE FIERY SWORD available at www.thewildrosepress.com
www.timeguardians.com
www.skhyemoncrief.com

"Be the change you want to see in the world." ~Ghandi

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Want to Waste Some Time?

I stole this from Jill. It was a lot of fun and a nice break before going to build reviews for LASR.

Here are the rules:

1. Go to “Wikipedia.” Hit “random article” and the first article you get is the name of your band.

2. Then go to “Random Quotations” and the last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3. Then, go to Flickr and click on “Explore the Last Seven Days” and the third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use Photoshop or some other image editor to add text & spiffify.

5. Post a link to your band's album cover here!



If you play, leave me a link so I can come and see your album cover.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What, When, Where, Why, How with D. Renee Bagby


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What came first, the chicken or the egg?

A pregnant chicken laid a fertilized egg and that egg held a rooster who... ummm... Okay, let me start over. An egg hatched a chicken that... hmmm... that doesn't work either. How about the chicken and the egg existed simultaneously and the egg held a rooster? Yes, that gets rid of the incest. Good. And then the chicken and the hatched rooster have little eggs. Those little eggs hatch and there is no next generation of little eggs because all those previous eggs are related and... you know what? No more chicken nuggets. There is no chicken. It died out due to this conundrum. Humans later found an animal with a similar taste, named it chicken and didn't tell anyone about the first one.

When did you start writing?

First grade. I was really good at M and W but I had a few issues with the lowercases B and D. Oh wait, you meant writing as in book writing. Well let's see... I put pen to paper (literally) in high school so I would have a visual record of my flights of fancy, and it made the teachers think I was taking notes. I still have those stories. I need to scan them into PDF documents so I can get rid of the notebooks via shredding. They are heavy and, as a military spouse, I move way too much to keep lugging them around.

I started writing with the intention of actually publishing something in college. I was bound and determined to get that manuscript finished. It took a few years. In that time I got married, graduated college, and moved to CA before I actually finished my first rough draft. I had a huge sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that I could actually finish something if I put my mind to it. chanel handbags

I then scrapped that entire first draft, totally reworked the plot, and wrote it over again. The only thing to survive were the character names. :D After struggling with finding an agent and failing, I submitted to Samhain Publishing (beta reader suggested them) and then my editor proceeded to bleed red corrections all over ever single page to get the masterpiece that is Adrienne, my very first published work. I'm very proud of it and I still love reading it to this day. :)

Where does the snow go when it melts?

Thin air. Seriously. We had flurries earlier this morning. None of it stuck. It disappeared as soon as it reached the ground. My past encounters with snow are much the same. It snows, it accumulates, and then suddenly it's gone. Well, except for the huge piles of dirty snow on teh side of the road that the plows left behind. But that doesn't count as real snow. At that point, it's ice mixed with rock salt. Now that stuff turns into the white gunk that's all over your car and costs extra to clean off since you have to get the special wax and the deluxe undercarriage cleaning.

Why do fools fall in love?
Because love makes fools of everyone therefore everyone who falls in love is a fool and thus fools fall in love. However, the people that don't fall in love are smart and lonely and are totally missing out.

How do crayons taste?

That depends on the brand and quality. The crayons that draw smooth with very few wax bumps taste like those wax lips minus the syrupy stuff on the inside. Or like dentist wax. Kind of a weird texture and it will stick in your teeth if you chew.

The crayons that look really vibrant but don't transfer that beautiful color to the paper no matter how hard or how long you rub, those taste like the wax paper that sticks to prepackaged foods and never comes off no matter how much you pick at it. You suck it up and eat the food any way with the intention of spitting out the wax paper but you can't tell the difference in texture and end up eating it all.

Then there's the brittle crayons. You look at them and they break. You can't hold them because your hands turn colors and at that point you might as well be finger painting. Those taste like unfinished grits. They've got that sandy quality to them that won't leave your mouth no matter how much you rinse or spit. Even when you think you've got it all, you still hear the crunching when you eat dinner that night.


D. Renee Bagby is the type of woman who lives in her imagination. She visits the real world only long enough to spend time with her husband and two cats and go to her day job. If it wasn't for bills, hunger and fatigue, Renee would more than likely spend all her time trying to get the stories that are in her head onto her computer.

Renee is also the type of woman who looks forward to getting lost just so she can find a new way home. She approaches her stories in much the same way. If there's a roundabout way to get from girl-meets-boy to girl-and-boy-live-happily-ever-after, she's sure to find it and write it.

http://dreneebagby.com


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Meme


1. Does blogging make you fat? Do you find yourself sitting around and eating more since you started your blog? Or do you get so caught up in the whole blogging routine that you forget to eat? I don't think it's blogging per se, but I do a lot of my work on the computer (LASR, editing, writing, etc.), but I have gained weight and I believe that it's because I'm not as active. Of course, I'm also OLDER and my metabolism has just slowed way down. I want an ET....I almost have Bob convinced ...lol

2. The one topic I will not touch on my blog is politics. Why? What sorts of topics do you receive the most comments on? What sorts of topics do you receive the least number of comments on? I don't talk politics (or religion) because (1) I don't think anyone cares what my opinion is, (2) talking about it won't change anyone's opinion, (3) I don't like the snarkiness that comes along with those particular topics. At one time I had a "no snark zone" button in the sidebar (can't remember if it's still there or not.. I took a lot of my sidebar down a few weeks ago because the page was causing people's machines to freeze up).

3. Spring is coming. How is your wardrobe? What sorts of clothes do you usually wear in the spring? Where do you normally shop for your clothes? How successful are you in finding clothes for yourself? I hate buying clothes for myself. And, during the spring I wear pretty much what I wear all year round ...jeans and tops. I normally leave off the jacket and sometimes wear shorts at the house (I have a "skort" I wear outside the house). I keep promising myself a new wardrobe if I lose the weight I need. So far, self isn't listening. chanel handbags

4. We should treat every day as a special gift - we’re alive, right? What made this past week special for you? (And if you’ve already talked about that special something on your blog, then think of something else - something little perhaps, but had a big impact on you or your loved ones). This past week I had the opportunity to go to a writers retreat in Panama City Beach. I missed being with Bob, but it was a fantastic opportunity to do nothing but write. And.. I got about 2000 words written...and then something horrible happened:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What, When, Where, Why, How with Aithne Jarretta


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What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Wonderful question! Even as a kid I loved this question. My simple answer was the chicken. I just always figured it was due to the fact I had great respect for mothers because they love, nurture and protect their young ones. With this awesome power, mothers have the innate ability of creation.

Have you ever seen a mother hen protecting her eggs? Oh my gracious. A setting hen can stubbornly face off with humans to protect her nest. I witnessed this first hand as a six-year-old child while collecting eggs with my grandmother. Granny explained to me about gentleness when dealing with her favorite hen. The ruffled feathers and sharp beak are still vivid within my mind even now. :-) That mother hen had no doubts about who came first—the chicken or the egg.

When did you have your first story or book published?

My very first published short story was "Flashpoint," a 700 word flash fiction. (Notice the play on words?) That wasn't the only 'flash' in my tale. There was also a lightning strike. The story was published in The Florida Palm 2006 summer issue along with several other submissions. The fun thing about it was the beautiful magazine showcased a background image behind the written words of a broad multi-fingered lightning strike. chanel handbags (http://www.aithnejarretta.com/downloads/Flashpoint.pdf)

The Wild Rose press published my short, "In a Heartbeat" and released it in December of 2007. This particular story also centers in the eye of a storm. What can I say? Florida is famous for its lightning strikes and storms. Both these short stories were written early in my writing career and soon after moving here to the land of my heart.
(http://tinyurl.com/Jarretta-Heartbeat)

Last summer, I had the distinctive pleasure of winning a contest at LSAR for my short story submission, "The Matchmaker." The paranormal elements in this 1000 word story were subtle, but it remains one of my favorites.
(http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/ArchiveStory/080731-TheMatchMaker-AJ.htm)

Last but never least, my big baby Concentric Circles arrived from the printers in January. This is a special delivery because it is my 'first' full length novel. Although it comes last on this list it was the actual beginning of my writing. Like a circle it has come back around because without this 'baby' the other stories would never have been created.
(http://tinyurl.com/Jarretta1 [or mobipocket] http://tinyurl.com/CC-Pocket)

Where is the best tourist spot in your town?

I live in a paradise. This rings true for both Florida residents and our many visitors. There are countless attractions in this wonderful area, but the best by far…

Clearwater Beach

Not just because it is award winning. With the glistening white sand, gentle waves to soothe your stress away and balmy breezes—what's not to love? While the sunshine here is awesome, the moon hanging low over the Gulf can give great pleasure. (I call it absorbing moonbeams. ;o) I've even seen the Gulf waters so still they gave the impression of a smooth mirror facing heaven. When you couple that stillness with the teeming life under the surface you realize the wonderment of our earth.

Why do the angels cry?

Angel tears bless, heal and welcome. They cry in rejoicing when a child is born. Their tears heal the broken hearted, the sicknesses in our world and the tragedies we endure on our life journey. When the time comes for us to move on they greet and guide us. At that time the tears of homecoming are a blessing.

How good are you at chess?

Oh my goodness, not very good I'm afraid. I've only played twice and both times my opponent was more experienced than I. However, I do like the strategy aspect and would one day like to learn more about the game.

Aithne Jarretta was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. The mother of two grown sons, she is a graduate of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. While in college she expanded upon her love of history and graduated with a BA in Humanities. For fourteen years she has studied spirituality, metaphysics and history. These elements weave together in her stories and give a firm grounding to her paranormal and magical world building.

Aithne Jarretta
http://www.aithnejarretta.com
Feed Your Romantic Spirit ~ Indulge in the Magic!
CONCENTRIC CIRCLES
MobiPocket ~ http://tinyurl.com/CC-Pocket
http://www.breaktimeromance.blogspot.com


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits

A few things, in no particular order:

Marianne is hosting a special contest on her blog today.... her DD made up a riddle last night and it was actually quite good. I was impressed. So... go see if you can guess the answer and maybe win a book.

I'm blogging at the Writivators blog today, so if you have ever wondered about misplaced modifiers (or even if you haven't) come on over and say hello.

A Quiz swiped from Marianne:

Test of the element
Your Result: Fire
 

You are most likely one of those, that loves to imagine things. Fantasy and imagination, are the basic description for anyone who is of the element fire. You most likely have positive energies, and you are not too logical in some cases. You are very creative, and you are good at solving difficult situations.

Water
 
Air
 
Earth
 
Test of the element
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Morning Meme and winners

Before we get started, head over to The Long and the Short of It and take a look at the winners of The Best Book of 2008 awards. We had four winners: LASR Best Long Book/LASR Best Short Book/WC Best Long Book/WC Best Short Book. It was a tough contest...and we believe all our nominees were winners!

Now.. on to Monday Morning Meme from Write From Karen

1. What did you do over the weekend? Marianne and I hosted a chat on the WC Yahoo loop that was a lot of fun (and we gave away a pile of loot...you should have been there!). Then, I woke up this morning to find my laptop stuck in a Microsoft Update Loop from hell. Trying system restore now to see if I can get out of it.(I'm on the desktop...thank heavens for multiple computers in the house).

2. What was your first impression of your spouse or current partner? Now tell us about your first date with this person. Bob and I talked online for a couple of weeks before we actually met, and when we did my first thought was... what a really neat guy! Our first date was wonderful. He picked me up about 7 (brought me a rose...he had me then), we went to eat and then went to play pool. We dropped in at the VFW dance and walked through WalMart. Then we went for coffee and pie.... had the best time talking. We didn't want the night to be over. He took me home about 3 AM...it was ...sigh... a fabulous evening.
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3. How many lurkers do you think you have that read your blog, but never comment? Have you ever been successful at getting them to say hello? Do you mind the lurking? Are you a lurker? Or do you try and comment every time you visit? I don't mind the lurking...I guess because I tend to lurk myself. If I don't have something worth saying, I pretty much don't say anything. :-) My mother taught me that.. lol

4. coffee is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day




Happy Valentine's Day....no matter what stage of life you are.

Marianne and I are hosting a chat in our Whipped Cream Yahoo group today, so please come and join us. We'll be giving away LASR stuff, autographed books, gift certificates and having a fun time. We'll be there from 10 am-2 pm Eastern. Hope to see you there.