Saturday, February 18, 2006

Tagged!

Beth tagged me. So now I need to publish my five guilty pleasures. LOL. Yep, pretty hard to admit to the things we feel guilty about! LOL.

1. Chocolate. Yeah, I love chocolate yet I should eat more healthfully. I remember reading once that an all chocolate diet works because I'd get so tired of it that I'd stop eating enough to maintain my current weight. I just figure I'd get vitamin deficient, because I don't think I could get tired of chocolate anytime soon.

2. Writing. Believe it or not, there is pressure from people (some of whom I don't even know) that what I'm doing isn't "real" work. Some don't even believe I'm not on any form of assistance.

3. Gambling. Well, having read #2 you'd believe that I have to be careful with my money. I spend way too much money over at the casino. I'm pretty good at not getting in the door, but once I'm there I tend to stay $20 too long 90% of the time.

4. Books in general. I have them piled up everywhere. I have them filling my harddrive. I walked into the gift shop at the casino a few days ago to buy a new gift for future contest and to send to a woman named Megan who sent me Tim Tams from Australia (chocolate covered and very yummy), and I bought VLT's latest Talk Nerdy to Me. I've got one of VLT's older books still unread. Umm... hmm... this is a guilty pleasure big time.

5. Discounts. I'm a discount shopper, yet I end up spending more money because I'm always thinking in terms of discounts. I have to go get gas today, and I am already thinking about what I could possibly do on the other end of town that would make up for driving over and buying the cheapest gas in town. About the only thing I can think of is a new magazine I'm curious about and which would mean a trip to the bookstore, which would mean I'd buy more books to add to my collection! Ah, but I'd save $.60 at the pump. Is my reasoning goofy? I must be like other people because Southwest Airlines has an entire ad campaign designed for people like me. They say... gas prices high? Fly to from San Jose to Reno for only $79 OW. AS IF people who are trying to save money should come to Reno.

I’m going to tag Maura and Bernadette.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Olympic Dreams

Is anyone watching the Olympics? I watched bits and pieces over the past few days and one of the medalists shares a family name from Russia. A cousin wrote about it so we cheered him on, wondering if he is our 5th cousin.

I have searched via Blogger for some information over the past few days because I'm not watching enough... here's some cute pics. --> Second Olympian To Steal My Heart

I saw a few other posts that are anti Winter Olympics! How could you be anti Winter Olympics? Okay, I admit that I'm from Alaska. The young girl's comments I saw (won't link because I'm basically insulting the poor thing) biggest worries on her blog emphasize that she watches a lot of TV and hasn't actually experienced the world of extreme sports. That's a given if she thinks winter sports are boring and dull. Winter sports are the result of millenia of mankind against nature. Granted, we're not going to see an avalanche at the Olympics because the trails are groomed, and they're skating on a rink rather than a lake, so no one is going to drown.

Part of the reason I love watching the Winter Olympics is because they involve nature at the root. I admire people who are strong, determined, and a bit of a nut. You have to be a little crazy to go for the Olympic dream. I just can't find anyone who is striving for a goal completely boring. Okay, so I never got into curling. But I have a cousin who was a champion (National level too as I recall but she's never gone to the Olympics) so even that is something I know takes a lot of time and energy to perfect.

If for no other reason, I'm having fun watching the male Olympians. *Wink* How could any hot-blooded young and unattached female not enjoy watching strong and very fit men wander around the nippy mountainsides in skintight spandex?

Literary Agents: Advice And Resources

Tanya found this pile of links about Literary Agents: Advice And Resources.

The Box of 64

I'm sure this post could reminds writer's of ideas that could enrich character development. But more than that, I just like it. --> Sidney Williams Journal: The Box of 64

Back to Basics

I had a bloggin' thought about something, but I got distracted and worked on the template for the blog instead. I decided that I'd have the header match my website again. As lovely as that fairy was, I just thought that I'd go back to the basics. I'll probably end up changing the links blog that I use as well. I still have a few things to iron out if I want the blog to be "seamless", and I still need to update the links in the sidebar.

Oh yes, and I finished Urania's story and plan to jump right back in on another. That felt great.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Romancing The Wiki

I just cut and pasted the message below. I haven't learned Wiki yet, have you?

**** PERMISSION TO FORWARD ****

Romancing The Wiki

The history of romance novels, from the roots of the genre to today's New York Times bestsellers, is being written online at RomanceWiki.com. The new site launches on February 14th, in celebration of the official holiday of romance novels, Valentine's Day.

By encouraging the entire romance community to add their stories and insights, RomanceWiki will create an ongoing history of the market-leading romance genre. Never before has there been a single resource to combine the various elements of the genre: authors, books, publishers, awards, reviews, influences, and connections. In addition to building the history of romance novels, RomanceWiki provides resources for journalists, authors, and readers.

"The romance fiction community is so large and so diverse that no one person can accurately capture the history of the genre," says Kassia Krozser, editor of the RomanceWiki. "I am eager to see how the story grows as authors, readers, academics, and publishing professionals add their stories to the wiki."

The RomanceWiki is built on the same software that has made the Wikipedia one of the most popular websites in the world. The wiki format allows a community of experts to collaborate when building a authoritative resource, such as the RomanceWiki. Easy-to-use wiki authoring tools make it a snap for the community to link ideas and topics, while the free-form style of the RomanceWiki encourages readers to spend time learning about the world of romance.

"The wiki format allows anyone to make connections between key pieces of information - and no technical skills are required," Krozser notes. "Anyone can create or edit a page."

According to the Romance Writers of America, romance fiction continues to command over 50% the mass-market fiction sales and over 30% of fiction sales in general. Key elements of romance novels are included in every other genre of fiction and are commonly found in other media.

The RomanceWiki is produced by Booksquare.com, a leading LitBlog (Literary Blog). For more information, contact Kassia Krozser at booksquare@booksquare.com.
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Jeanne Laws
Passionate Ink Publications Editor

You can't fight the laws of attraction...
ANIMAL DREAMS, coming soon from Loose Id
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Starlit Destiny a 2005 CAPA Nominee

Starlit Destiny has been nominated for 2005 CAPA's at The Romance Studio in the paranormal romance category. The CAPA's are their awards for excellence in romantic and erotic fiction, chosen from books that were reviewed in 2005 at TRS. The final award will be announced St. Patrick's Day.

I'm honored to be nominated with these books! Thank you TRS. I enjoyed many of the books on the entire list of nominees, and in the paranormal romance category as well.

I have to admit, sharing a nomination with a paranormal powerhouse like Christine Feehan makes me feel like a new actress on Oscar night. Come St. Patty's Day, I'll be feeling like a Diamond Dipped Diva, even though chances are I'll be wearing sweats and a t-shirt!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Search Engine Stat Fun

I'm still writing, so I haven't been visiting. But I stopped writing long enough to look over my latest stats, and sure enough... they're dropping. I know part of blogging is talking back! I'm nearly done with this novella.

Anyway, does anyone else keep track of your blog stats?

Here is how some recent search engine visitors found my blog.

smiling dog
sailing viking reinactment
chocolate covered garlic
"I'll be your Private Dancer" t-shirt
snow monster from rudolf the red nosed reindeer
cat cleaning computer

If you have stats, look them over and feel free to share your favorite.

I found another post thanks to Michele... Writer's Drift: OK, I've been slack where you can find a monster bunny. Michele likes things like were-rabbits and big bunnies. Me too! I just posted about the Hot Hare Balloon because I'd really go to balloon races just to see that big bunny.