Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Long and the Short of It

The Long and the Short of It
Reviewing Long and Short Romantic Fiction, One Story at a Time
http://www.longandshortreviews.com/
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For readers: Besides reviews, I was talking today with one of the reviewers over at the Long and the Short of It and found out they have a grand opening contest where you might win a tote full of books. (Hurry! One day left!)

For authors: There are some opportunities you may find helpful too.

Annalee Simpson

I was wandering around blogdom this morning and found Simponsize Me on Jenna Leigh's blog. So, I had to go play. Here is Annalee Simpson along the banks of the Talkeetna River near downtown Talkeetna, Alaska. It was pretty darn close to midnight when I took this picture of the sun setting behind Denali. You have to stay up late to watch the sunset in parts of Alaska.


Annalee Simpson Does Denali


Kids Write about the Sea

  1. This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly, age 6)


  2. Oysters' balls are called pearls. (James, age 6)


  3. If you are surrounded by sea you are an Island. If you don't have sea all round you, you are incontinent. (Wayne, age 7)


  4. Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily. She's not my friend no more. (Kylie, age 6)


  5. A dolphin breathes through an asshole on the top of its head. (Billy, age 8)


  6. My uncle goes out in his boat with pots, and comes back with crabs. (Millie, age 6)


  7. When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes, when the wind didn't blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans. (William, age 7)


  8. I like mermaids. They are beautiful, and I like their shiny tails. And how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen, age 6)


  9. I'm not going to write about the sea. My baby brother is always screaming and being sick, my Dad keeps shouting at my Mom, and my big sister has just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write. (Amy, age 6)


  10. Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers. (Christopher, age 7)


  11. When you go swimming in the sea, it is very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin, age 6)


  12. Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Two divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Becky, age 8)


  13. On holidays my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water fired right up her fat ass. (Julie, age 7)


Source: I got this joke in an e-mail.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thirteen Heart Throbs


Thirteen Heart Throbs


Somehow this one got posted as a "draft" so I thought I never finished it. I moved it forward to use this month before I noticed there were comments. It's been a while, so I can't recall what date to move it back to. LOL.

But as for the post initially leaving the published realm and becoming a draft again ... it was not my fault! That was not a case of operator error. Honest.

  1. Sean Cassidy - My first heart throb. I didn't know what sexy was back then. But I sure thought he was the bee's knees.


  2. David Cassidy - I think I love you. ;)


  3. John Schneider - By the time he showed up on the scene, I pretty much knew I wanted to see him in Daisy Duke's shorts rather than Catherine Bach. By the way, I didn't know he was in Exit to Eden and I am mildly annoyed that movie isn't available on Netflix. Isn't it somewhat popular?


  4. Duran Duran - I was google-eyed over pretty much every one of the first band's members.


  5. Jon-Erik Hexum - I vote for releasing Voyagers! on DVD. Jon-Erik was the Jimmy Dean of my generation.


  6. Harrison Ford - I decided that he shouldn't be frozen solid in Empire Strikes Back. Though I had to be careful in my admiration. One of my high school friends was so in love with him she was convinced she'd meet him someday and marry the man, and she didn't take kindly to poachers.


  7. Toby Keith - Even though I've never had any of his pictures on my walls. Nor have I gone out of my way to make sure I see him in concert, Toby Keith remains one of my favorite all time singers and he's kind of cute too. (Well, the bandana has to go.)


  8. Gary Allan - I do have all his albums, and I have gone out of my way to see him in concert. But I must be slipping because he came to Reno this year and I missed the concert. What a slacker!


  9. Matt Damon - But, he's only heart throb material for me when he's playing Jason Bourne. Got any actors that you like them more in certain roles than others? I can't wait for The Bourne Ultimatum. But what is up with a movie image with the back of his head? Don't they realize why women go see those movies? Geesh...


  10. Johnny Depp - He's my longest-lasting crush. I wouldn't have gone to see At World's End in the theatre if someone else played Jack Sparrow.


  11. Daniel Craig - I never even saw him in a movie until Casino Royale, but he qualified. Sigh. But, he's not my favorite James Bond.


  12. Sean Connery - He is still one of my favorites. I hope he get's himself talked into this one.


  13. Clive Owen - Children of Men but me to sleep last night (nothing to do with Clive or the movie I hope, I was just tired). I'll have to try it again tonight.


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Virtual ATCs

I found another long list of links ATC's - Exploring Art In Minature at Squidoo.

That is where I found a link to Ten Two Studios, where I was able to Design & Send a Virtual ATC. Okay, I didn't send it. I just posted it here. I hope the link-back helps their advertising. Currently the themes are vintage, Halloween, and Christmas and winter.

ATC Links...

Found these links thanks to Eva Gale from a thread at the Romance Divas forum.

http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html

http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/

http://www.atcards.com/

http://flickr.com/groups/95067770@N00/

http://www.geocities.com/edsatc/

http://www.outsidethemargins.com/atcs.html

http://www.stampington.com/html/artist_trading_cards.html

Artist Trading Cards

Heather's Thursday Thirteen was about Artist Trading Cards.

Interestingly enough, today I was designing ATCs in my head when I should have been debt collecting. At one time I was making an ATC at work with pen, White-Out and stamps off debtor's mailings. I brought that home not long after the "no doodling" meeting. At work there were so many people goofing around doing Suduko and reading and drawing they decided they had to put a stop to it. They didn't really mean to police that we can't doodle while we're on the phone, but there were some people that had brought art supplies. My little ATC was taking me days and days. Some debtor sent me this card and first I outlined the image. Then I white-washed parts of the image. Then I started adding stamps. Etc... It was just something to do while on hold. Well, I suppose I have to do that at home now! LOL.

13 things To Amuse and Inspire Writers

Babe King's Thursday Thirteen has some quotes from author Jenny Crusie's visit to Australian Romance Writer's Conference. A fun read for writers for sure.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ooops

I showed up this evening and there was no template at work on the blog. It was one I snatched from somewhere on the Internet and something went wrong with the hosted files I suppose.

So, I spent my time this evening switching back to plain background. I wanted three columns again anyway so I adapted one of Caz's template being used at NCP Authors (http://ncpauthors.blogspot.com/). I just changed the colors to match my Web site a little more. I'm a little too tired to be awake still, but not quite tired enough to go to sleep. Guess that means I best get going anyway.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Little Mermaid

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Mermaid & Merman

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