Friday, December 31, 2010

A Look Back at 2010

As we come to the end of the year, I wanted to take a look back and see what was going on. So, I bring you the first post for each month:

January: Hi, All.... popping in to fulfill my New Years Resolution about getting back to my blogging... and I can't think of a better way than sharing this with you. I had high hopes, but I also started working full time at the library. What a shock to the system. Between work, LASR and WC, Goddess Fish, and my family... well, as you can see I kinda fell down on the blogging.

September: Yeah Yeah Yeah... I know I've said it before.. but this time I really mean it :-) Yep, my next blog post was nine months later. I could have had a baby! (Not that I want one at my

October: It's a conundrum: when the economy is bad, people use the library more-- they stop buying books and start borrowing; instead of Netflix or Red Box, they check out DVDs; they come in and use the computer to look for jobs. This was a fun post-- a video. As a matter of fact, it's worth posting again

November: Happy Monday Music Memories! Today, I want to know which song made you cry. I started a new meme called Monday Morning Memories, because I wanted to do something on Monday's and couldn't find a meme I really wanted to do. Feel free to play along :-)

December: This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour for What Choices We Made, Volume II-- an awesome collection of short stories. One of my favorite people, Sandy Lender, contracted Goddess Fish for her latest Virtual Book Tour. It was a lot of fun and I encourage everyone to check out her site.

And...that's it for me for 2010. Hopefully, I won't go nine months between postings any more!!!

Happy New Year's Eve... have fun; stay safe.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Countdown to Christmas 5 Days

I'm Irish, by heritage and by inclination. I had the pleasure to visit that wonderful country several years ago with another writer/friend while we were researching a book (the book is languishing on a hard drive and discs somewhere, but the friendship is still alive and day we'll get back to the story, cause it was fun). When I arrived in Ireland, I felt like I'd come home and, to this day, I still get homesick for Ireland.

I wanted to share this beautiful piece of music with you and wish you: Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Countdown is Interrupted for a VIA

Very Important Announcement, that is:

If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon, here is a chance to win a brand new copy of Outlander and enjoy a new blog to book. A Novel Woman has a contest going on. Check it out!

Countdown to Christmas 6 Days

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Countdown to Christmas 9 Days and Thursday Thirteen: Kendall Grace

A special welcome to Kendall Grace on her Virtual Book Tour for Come Undone, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kendall is sharing with us today:

Thirteen Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing

1. An outline of the story is important. Very. The Panster Ahoy ship can sink unexpectedly and quickly.

2. You can develop TMJ from the anxiety involved with writing for publication (and night mouth guards ain’t cheap).

3. Others won’t view your writing as serious unless you get a book contract.

4. The word “that” and “of” are really very useless in the English language.

5. Characters favorite time to come out and play is in the middle of the night.

6. You will not remember the great scene the characters show you in the middle of the night the next morning so you must get up and make notes then. Right then.

7. You will begin to narrate your own actions in your head in the third person (or is this just me?).

8. You will obsessively check your inbox like a mad person while a sub is out.

9. When you do finally get a contract it’s possible to panic, after the initial rush, from fear you might not have what it takes to actually keep writing books and keep getting contracts.

10. The muse does not always cooperate and tends to take a hike when there is actually time to sit down and write.

11. Writers are amongst some of the most supportive and encouraging people out there.

12. You must remember the calories in/calories out formula, as you can’t write while jogging.

13. The pure joy you receive when you get that first contract makes everything you’ve gone through worthwhile.

You can follow the rest of Kendall's tour here. Remember to leave a comment to be included in the drawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

And now... on to the countdown video:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Countdown to Christmas 12 Days

Welcome to today's Monday Music Memory. The Christmas tree has always been my favorite part of the holiday decorations, so it's only fitting that for the classic Christmas song, I give you O Christmas Tree. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Monday Music Memories and Countdown to Christmas: 19 Days

One of my first Christmas memories was lying on the floor watching TV (something on PBS, I think)-- a movie about a child who was born with six fingers on one hand. Mama and Grandmama were decorating the tree. Greensleeves was on the soundtrack for the movie. I have no idea what the movie was.. but it was heartbreaking; maybe that's why I remember the song so well. It was the first movie I remember really being moved about.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Thursday Thirteen With Sandy Lender

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour for What Choices We Made, Volume II-- an awesome collection of short stories. Any comments left on this blog will be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of What Choices We Made, Volume I. You can also follow her tour by clicking on the banner below.

I invited Sandy to tell us thirteen of her favorite things. So here, in no particular order, are Thirteen Favorites of Sandy Lender.

1. Petri, my companion parrot

2. Chocolate (all forms including white, but not with marshmallows inside)

3. Dragons

4. Fan mail (although it's a wee bit frightening when they're threatening concerning the release of Book III)

5. Swords

6. The second amendment

7. Duran Duran (their next album "All You Need is Now" is being released on iTunes Dec. 21st, in stores in February--I HIGHLY recommend it)

8. Writing by candlelight

9. The way Nigel Taiman steals Amanda Chariss's hair ribbons when he sees them laying around
10. Writing on the beach

11. Sea turtles! (I have sea turtle patrol during nesting season down here on the Gulf Coast of Florida)

12. Sci-fi/fantasy conventions where I get to speak AND dress up like a fan

13. Living in Onweald with my characters when I'm writing...

Welcome to a world of dragons, magic, sword and sorcery.

Dive into the legends that make up the history of the Choices series from established fantasy author Sandy Lender. Both new and familiar characters will enchant you. From families in peril to youth in scrapes, the men and monsters who shaped Onweald politics left epic tales in their wake for you.

As a special treat for Choices readers, this volume includes the love story of Ella and Rohne. She’s a general’s daughter with modern ideas about growing old at her father’s side. He’s a moody old god who’s used to getting His way. When they clash, she elects to run away with one of His guards. Catching the fugitives would be easier if the evil Julette’s minions weren’t crashing the party with her poisonous plans.

A stand-alone novella that newcomers to the series can enjoy, "The Influential Love Story of Ella and Rohne" offers suspense, horror, action, fantasy, and a sweet romance when an opinionated young lady faces her future—and a feisty god.