Saturday, October 14, 2006

Time For A Change

My Web site has had a black background for about a year and a half. It is about time for something different. This weekend I'll figure out a new header and change the actual HTML in the web pages.

I can't right now because I'm up way too late considering I have to leave for work in less than six hours.

But, I got to fiddling with colors and the next thing I know...


Friday, October 13, 2006

Book Game

Here's a little game I found in my blog from over a year ago while I was deleting old posts. I don't know why I'm always feeling like I need to delete. It's not as if Google will run out of room on their computers for my puny contributions to the WWW.

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:
Gary Vandergriff paused with his hand on the doorknob, trying to compose his expression into a mask of pleasant neutrality. "The lack of oxygen will kill us without leaving any evidence of foul play. I go first."

"In orbit," Cleus responded. "And you and your cousins do the dishes."
1. In Enemy Hands - Michelle Perry
2. Eternal Nights - Patti O'Shea
3. Your Planet or Mine? - Susan Grant
4. Ravenstar's Bride - Jennifer Colgan
5. Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Relic Receives 5 Angels at FAR

On the writing front... caught this over the weekend thanks to Ellen and Tracy, two authors that have stories in Relic.

Relic is a set of four short stories, with each individual tale having its own flavor and powerful relic. I really enjoyed this group of tales, and felt that they were very well-matched. Suspenseful, but with just enough eroticism to keep your body humming, Relic earns 5 Angels!

Reviewed by: Michelle

For the entire review, visit Fallen Angel Reviews

Things That Have Cut Into My Writing Time Lately

I finally finished Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant. It is a tear jerker. It is incredibly funny. It takes place in a town I have been too, so I liked that too. I saw on Susan Grant's blog that Jana’s brother’s book comes out in March. I was kind of hoping the REEF would get a second chance like “Terminator” and rework the bad boy thing he had going. I really like stories like that, where even the protagonist wasn’t multi-dimensional. Or at least that is what I read into the character. It isn’t just that I’m fun writing about cyborgs that got me interested in that character, it quite possibly could be because this was a great book.

Actually it took me a long, long time to read that book because I wrote far more than I read this past month.

Speaking of bad guys…

There have been tons of power outages over the last month or so. They always happen when I’m at home and have time to write. They never happen when I’m at the day job. Except this morning. I woke up at 7 a.m. and hit the snooze bar and boy did I ever get the chance to snooze. Sometime after 8 realized something was wrong and opened by eyes and flew into motion. I took a shower in the dark, rushed out the door, got 20+ miles down the freeway and had the building in sight and saw a train coming. I was able to cross safely, but if I’d been 30 seconds later I’d have been late to work. Instead I arrived with two minutes to spare.

Back to the bad guys tie-in. I know, I'm babbling!

According to the news, several of the power outages are because people are stealing copper wire -- mostly form power lines that are no longer in use. The police found out when one of the raids was botched and they got into some live wire and had to hightail it out of there before electrocuting themselves. They are doing this in broad daylight, and people aren’t questioning them at the time. They must look like they belong. They must have equipment capable of rolling up and hauling away tons of copper wire. Who can get away with cutting power lines down? People that work for the power company, that is who. I’ve decided it is an inside job.

I hope they read this so they know that they are “cutting into” my writing time.

Stop it!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

A Fun Tag

I saw this a year or so ago... and you know me and images, so I figured it would be fun. I really enjoy Google Images. Anyone who wants to be tagged, feel free.

The assignment is to find and post an image from the first Google Image page for each of the following 7 queries:

The name of the town where you were born:

The name of the town where you live now:

This one amused me. I no longer live in Alaska yet it was an image from Alaska showed up when I typed in Reno.

Your name:

Your grandmother's name (pick one):

My grandmother and I share a name. I thought this image was fun!

Your favorite food:

Not exactly my favorite food, but it matched.

Your favorite drink:

Your favorite smell:

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The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English."

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c" . Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the ekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful, and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.