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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Week's Worth Of News

Happy Wendesday All,

Wow! I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I know it's been a long time since I had any type of blog post (the weekend post wasn't really much updates, was it? I don't usually post over the weekend, but there was a few things on my mind).

Things have been fairly busy on my end. A group of female friends of mine and I get together once a month for Girls' Night Out. This get together is going to be an overnight stay at a hotel nearby, so I've been gearing up for that. It's one of my friend's birthday, so there's been a few more details than normal. Mainly, I took it upon myself to put together some "goodie bags" (I can't say what's in them, because I only told the girls a couple of details and sometimes they read my blog. The rest is a surprise).

Another piece of news is that I've "broken" 100 pages on my current WIP--which you can see details of in the margin of this blog under Conjure A Man. Some of you who have been following my blog since the beginning (way back in 2009!) might remember I played around with some ideas regarding this story, but nothing really came together. Well, it's finally coming together and I'm hoping to finish writing the story within the month of July (ambitious, and I won't be too mad if I don't, but I'm gonna go for it. It's time I set some real goals to give myself a kick-in-the-pants. I got other stories awaiting my attention, so the sooner I get this one into critique and editing the sooner I can work on the other stories). Oh and FYI for those who remember some of the origin drafts...there's been several changes!

Shanna Swendson, author of the Enchanted, Inc. series has some fantastic news surrounding those books. I'm so elated. I can't wait!

Lately I've been talking to my chaptermate, R.M. Brand about her stories and what she does for marketing. Her books look really imagnative and fun (I'm looking forward to reading them, she has several out, too). She's got some great ideas, and I've seen some the marketing work she's done (specifically for C.C. Hunter, with the Taken At Dusk book trailer RM Brand has done other book trailers for C.C. Hunter and Christie Craig. Really professional looking, definitely quality work).



A YA author I really enjoy has a new book coming out this summer! The very talented and highly imagnative Lesley Livingston, is bringing back a character from her Wondrous Strange triology. The Fennrys Wolf will make an appearance in August of this year! (The giveaway is closed, but you can read the blurb and see the beautiful cover of Starling).


Christie Craig has another book coming out this August, too. It's book 2 in her Hotter In Texas series. Book 2 is entitled Blame It On Texas.


Registration for NWHRWA's annual Lone Star Conference is coming up, soon! I hope all you aspiring and published authors are planning on attending. It's going to be a blast.


Ciara Gold is talking about an author game that got started on Facebook. It's a chance to peek into what authors are working on (that is, if they decide to play). Pretty nifty.

There is way more news, but it would make this post much longer than it already is, but stay tuned...I'm sure I'll have more up soon. This week is crazy and I'm trying to get writing in on Conjure A Man, so if I don't post again until next week or the week after, don't worry, I'm not gone, I'm just busy! 

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, etc., you can send me an email.

Have A Witty Wednesday!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Brief Note -- Update

Hello Everyone,

Normally I don't post on the weekend, but for those of you not on my Facebook page, I thought I better let you know a few things:

1.  My blog was closed most of the week because I'm working on a novel. Information on the novel I'm working on can be found in the margin of this blog underneath the information on Surreal.

2. Earlier this week I had an annoymous person trying to post a comment...normally I don't have problems with people posting annoymously, however, my comment section is NOT for advertising your webpages (I don't mind if you you have a link to your webpage under your name or if your name links to your webpage, just please do NOT advertise about it in the comment section). The only time I do any kind of "advertising" or plugging businesses is when I've had personal experience with the website and/or that website has something to do with writing and/or books. If you want your business advertised, my comment section is not the place to do that. I didn't think I needed to say this because I figured most people knew that, which is why I haven't mentioned it before. Another problem is, it was an annoymous post, so I thought it was Spam (in fact, the post was IN my Spam folder). If you have something that has to do with books that you want plugged, email me first and we'll talk about it--but do not send me annoymous messages or annoymous comment posts about plugging your webpage. I'll delete them. This is not to be mean, this is to be as safe as possible on the internet.

3.  I might be posting a regular post on Monday--we'll have to see how much progress I make with my writing.

If you have any questions or comments about anything on this blog or this post, please send me an email message.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Underworld, Fairies, Conference, What Could Be Better?

Happy Tuesday All,

Monday was super busy. Husband had off, so it was quite a day--but mostly good.

Not too long ago I read Josephine Angelini's newest release, DreamlessDreamless is the sequel to Starcrossed (which I have talked about many times).  It was a great read and I can hardly wait for the 3rd book to come out! If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend picking up Starcrossed and taking the journey with Helen, Lucas, and the others.

Shanna Swendson has announced on her website the future release of book 5 in her Enchanted, Inc. series. I can't tell you how long I've waited for this book! I love the Enchanted, Inc. books. I own and have read the other 4 at least twice (if not more times). Book 5, Much Ado About Magic, looks like it's going to be awesome. This is another series I highly recommend. If you haven't read it, don't wait for a fairy to cast a spell on you, go pick up Enchanted, Inc (book 1) and immerse yourself in all things magical.

The NWHRWA will be opening up for registration of our annual Lone Star Conference, soon! James Scott Bell is the keynote speaker this year (and from what I hear, an excellent speaker). Whether you're a published or unpublished writer, please think about coming on down in October! It'll be a blast! Trust me, this is my third year going.

What's going on in your world?

Have A Tremendous Tuesday!                                                      

Friday, June 15, 2012

East Coast Adventure--Part 4

Happy Friday All,

I'm going to combine Thursday and Friday. Mainly because we didn't do a whole lot on Thursday (I wasn't feeling well).

Friday I didn't make it to the Train Museum, (although, husband and offspring went with relatives) so I can't really say much about it. But I have some pictures to share:


Nifty, huh? It really looks like a fun place. I was a bit disappointed to have missed it, but I was taking care of some things at the hotel.

I did make it over to the National Cryptological Museum with husband and offspring before the family pool party at a family member's house.

Part of the Rosetta Stone
One of the many machines we saw


Yes, those are playing cards...with codes on them!


Saturday, June 9, 2012, we returned home.

One thing I have to mention is from Wednesday night of our trip. We went to a restaurant called Friendly's for dessert. Years ago, I lived in New Jersey and I remembered going there for sundaes. I went to one some years ago, and that had been the last time I went to a Friendly's. I was insistent that offspring and husband had to experience this dessert. So we went.

Friendly's has the most amazing hot fudge and whipped cream you could ever have in your life. Unfortunately, they haven't made it near my area. However, if you find a Friendly's near you, be sure to go! The sundaes there are the best I've ever had.

All in all, the trip was wonderful and we had a great time! Hope you enjoyed having a "taste" of what we experienced.

Have A Fantastical Friday!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

East Coast Adventure Part 3

Happy Thursday All,

Sorry I didn't post on Wednesday. It was a busy day for me, with getting ready for a friend to come over for part of the afternoon (it was fun!)

Wednesday of my East Coast Adventure went as follows:


The Capital building in D.C.
We past it on our way to the Air & Space
Museum

We (my husband, offspring, and I) made our way with some of my family members to Washington D.C. We went to the Air & Space Museum. I was in complete awe!



Spirit of St. Louis hanging from the Museum's ceiling
 
Airplanes hanging from the ceiling, including the actual Spirit of St. Louis! I  could hardly believe it. I also was extremely glad they were held by strong cables because I really did not want those planes falling on my head!

There was so much to see (and I couldn't possibly include every picture I took...this post would be way too long!) But there was more than one Wright Brothers exhibit (in fact, on the 2nd floor there was a whole room devoted to them! On the first floor they had a section of their own, too).



Amelia Earhart and the Lockheed 5B Vega
 
There was a lot of information on Amelia Earhart, as well. Did you know she designed a uniform for the "99s"? At the museum they had the uniform there. She did numerous things, from being a guest professor at Purdue University, to all the flying she did. It's amazing!

There was, of course, way more there. Satellites hanging from the ceiling, information on the different space missions, including Apollo 13. There was an old fashioned Hang Glider hanging from the ceiling, and a ton of other exhibits. It was so impressive. I even got to see an exhibit on the Red Baron.


Satellite hanging from the ceiling
Old fashioned Hang Glider
(Not sure I'd want to do that...but still, impressive!)
Apollo 13 Astronauts

Here he is, the infamous "Red Baron"


As you can see, It was definitely adventure. These aren't even coming close to the amount of pictures I took...but if I posted all of them, this blog post would be incredibly long!


Tomorrow I'll have to post about Thursday's adventure...offspring and my husband went with some relatives to the Train Museum. Then I'll also have to post about Friday, when we went to the National Cryptological Museum.

Have A Thrilling Thursday!






Tuesday, June 12, 2012

East Coast Adventure -- Part 2

Happy Tuesday All,

My adventures on the East Coast began on Saturday, June 2, 2012. We got lost around the airport area, but ended up finding our way out and then to the hotel.

Coming from a pretty much flat surface to hilly roads and scenery was an adjustment. I've been on the East Coast before, but it had been several years. The scenery, even by the road, was lovely. Just watch out for those hidden driveways!

The lawns had this grass that was so soft. So different from the St. Augustine grass a lot of lawns in the south have. I loved it! There were trees everywhere, too. Just gorgeous. The weather all week didn't get much above 80 (80 was really the last couple of days. Most of the week it was in the lower 70's!) The humidity was very low. There were times I wished I had brought my sweater. Not only that, but, I half expected to see Christmas trees, since generally weather that cool only happens in the Fall and Winter down here.


Can you see the ray? It's in the back!

Monday we went to the National Aquarium in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. There, for the first time in person, I heard and saw a kookaburra (unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of the bird).  But we did see an eel. We also saw some coral, rays, and lots of other sea/land animals.



We got to  see the rays being fed and some other fish being fed. Apparently we got there at just the right time!

Want to hear more about my adventures? You'll have to wait for the next post!

Have A Tip-Top Tuesday!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Adventures On The East Coast Part 1

Happy Monday All,

On June 2, 2012, offspring, my husband, and I boarded a plane for the East Coast. The weather was lovely (anywhere between 60 degrees to slightly above 80, very LOW humidity). I got to see some family members I don't see extremely often, and we enjoyed scenery we don't see much around our area of the USA. We returned on June 9, 2012 in the evening, exhausted, but happy to have gone on the trip.

The weekend was full of laundry, grocery shopping, and settling back into our home. But for the most part we're set.

I'm currently getting pictures saved so that I can give you, my readers, a little "taste" of my trip.

While that's going on, ALERT TO AUTHORS both published and unpublished: the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America's annual Lone Star Conference is happening this October (2012). Writers of all genres are invited to join us in Houston, Texas for a great conference! This is my 3rd year going. Every year has been a blast. Southern hospitality, people in the business, great speakers, and lots of laughter await you! For more information, please check out the NWHRWA's 2012 Lone Star Conference page.

Have A Marvelous Monday!