DS 59

Time to get a clean sheet. The old ones rumpled and overused… 😉

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  1. March 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’ll open up a new page.

  2. March 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Hello out there…I’ve had trouble posting. Is anyone else having problems?

    • March 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

      i still can’t post unless i do it on the dashboard page.

      tr 😎

      • March 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

        I guess we are moving to Discussion page #60(if we can*still can’t post directly unless from dashboard page.???) tr 😎

      • March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        I had to go into my dashboard and practically sign up all over again. Seems like they lost us or something.

  3. March 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I have A Perfect Blood, but I haven’t read it, or TIMELESS or SCARLET or any of the other books I need to read.

    Copy edits and life are kicking my butt right now.

    HUGS everyone.

    Tony–how far are you from Chicago again? Mud and I will be there very soon…it may never be the same…

    • Mindy Mymudes
      March 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

      There’ll be a hot time in the old town…

      Oh man! I’m looking forward to this. My friend Debi helped me put together my Steampunk botanist, which was so much fun. Suzanne, you’ll meet her. She came over to my page from Faith’s and it turned out she lives about 20 minutes away.

      Tony! Come see us! I’m staying at the host hotel, I guess. Two full beds, 4 adults. I was told it was just for sleeping. I’m bringing my memoryfoam mattress and sleeping on the floor.

      • March 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

        It’s tempting!(grin) But, I probably won’t make it. You guys are going to have a good time though.

    • March 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I’m about 6 hours from Chicago. I used to have a good friend who lived in Shoenberg(spell?)which is close to ChiTown. I went to a Cubs/Reds game when i was there. Wrigley field is right smack in the middle of a Chicago neighborhood. Fun. Shopping on Michigan Avenue. Hey, if you’re on Michigan aveenue stop in the BILLY GOAT Tavern. I don’t know if it’s still there. It’s a tiny greek greasy spoon. Are you old enough to remember the old SNL sketch with John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd that is set in a greek takeout restaurant and they repeat all the orders from checkout to cook? “Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!” You ladies have a good time. Suzanne: did you read CINDER yet?

      • March 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

        I meant to add that the SNL sketch was based on this exact tavern(those early SNL guys were from Chicago/Second City Comedy troupe).

    • March 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

      WordPress won’t allow me to post. Just checking ways to get around it.

  4. mud
    March 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Marsha, it has taken a mountain of people so far just to get to this point, and I’m not even CLOSE to being finished. There is at least one or two more rewrites. Maybe more. And I may never get an agent, much less a publisher. It’s just nice to know someone liked the pitch. Even if I didn’t realize i was pitching.

  5. March 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    APB was okay. At least Rachel was doing runs again, and not entirely tied to her own problems.

    So, wish my luck, buds. I went to a writer’s conference. Did a pitch session, learned what I didn’t know, and wasn’t thrilled with what I did know. Bad at pitching. Then I went to a session on synopsis writing. VERY GOOD PRESENTER, not enough time.

    Then I had lunch. This nice guy was sitting across from me, and everyone else was talking. We started talking, and I moved over to talk without cross talking.

    He asked me about my book, and I told him. He asked where it was set, and I said the great lakes and Milwaukee. He asked me to send a query, mentioning he met me at the con and was interested in the story line. Apparently I do a better pitch over lunch if I don’t know I’m giving a pitch!

    So, if it doesn’t turn out, I feel better about where I’m at. At a MS review I get very good and very useful points, and when Faith finishes I’ll tie it all together. *Crosses fingers, but not holding breath*

    • Marsha
      March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Great news Mud! You have really worked hard at your novel and I have no doubt you will get pubkished. I just play at writing and know I have no talent for it.

      • March 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        YAY

      • Mindy Mymudes
        March 13, 2012 at 6:39 am

        Marsha, grr, my post didn’t follow yours. Writing is fun. Or it’s not. As a hobby it better be fun. The technical crap I write isn’t fun. The freelance doggy articles are sort of fun. If you enjoy writing, then do it. If you want to find out how you are doing, get readers. I paint, don’t think I have much talent, but I sure do like getting squishy paint on paper.

        Anyhow, still not holding my breath and going nuts trying to add in the comments Faith and Joanne (from the Con) gave me before I send it.

  6. March 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    MissE told me last night her new favorite show is FINDING BIG FOOT! She’s so weird(laugh). I also had to play on the trampoline in her backyard w/her. Woo! That’s a workout, I’m telling you.

    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES(CW Network): When it first came out, i watched the first couple of episodes and thought, “ok, maybe not for me.” Last week, I was at the library and i noticed season2 DVDs of the VampireDiaries on the shelf. I thought, “self, you need to stop talking to yourself.” Just kidding. I thought, “why don’t we give this another try.” So I did. I was a bit lost, since i didn’t watch most of the first season, but i quickly got the gist of the ongoing story. Doppelgangers!(grin) ANyhoo–I have to admit, i couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It has a weird hypnotizing effect on me. One thing the CW does is cast very pretty people. Honestly, you could watch this show with the sound turned down. It’s pretty violent. People die every episode. It’s an 8 o’clock show, so apparently sex, nudity, and adult language are frowned upon, but violence is a-okay! I kinda wish this was shown later in the evening, but i get it, it’s target audience is teenagers. I’m almost done with season2 and i realize season 3 is currently playing, so i don’t know when or how i’ll catch up with it. So, to conclude: yes, i’m watching the VampireDiaries, yes, i’m suprised i like it too, and yes, i maybe talk to myself too much.

    A PERFECT BLOOD: has anybody else read it besides me?

    • Marsha
      March 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

      I just can’t do it…can’t get past how she thew out everything developed in the first 8 books just to make the majority of the buying public happy. I will not read a book that has the main female character wind up with a violent, abusive male. I also don’t see all this “growth” that Rachel has supposedly made. Nope…I’m done.

    • March 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Nope, sorry Tony (and Kim really). I don’t like where it’s going. It just… I struggled so much to read Pale Demon when I thought of reading A Perfect Blood I just thought: No. I’m done. There’s no more hope in there left for me. Rachel and Ivy won’t get together. that’s why I read. Sounds silly but there you go. I’ve never been an Urban Fantasy fan but this series held me because of that dynamic. Now that it’s gone, so’s my will to read it.

      • March 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        For me, the books end with book 5. I can live with that ending.

  7. March 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So, in ths game that I’m playing one of my favorite characters died last night. It was so well written that I sobbed for about an hour. I had to stop playing and go take a shower. It’s THAT good.

    • March 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

      My nephew, Steven, said he just got MassEffect3 for himself(he didn’t want to wait for his bday for me to get it for him)but hasn’t played yet. He loved ME2(I don’t think his younger brother likes the shooter/SciFi games as much).

  8. March 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Antonio :
    I’m going to keep my eye on that game for my nephews(their bdays are coming up in spring)…i got Mass Effect2 for them last year.
    Hope you feel better…is it hot there right now? Summer? Being sick and hot is the worst.

    Did they like it?

    The weather’s been really REALLY strange. I’ve had a crazy week in training at the office so I was luckily not in the sun, but it’s been hot, then cold. Friend of mine with red hair burned so much one day he had blisters. Yesterday it was so cold I had to wear a jersey and THEN today, we nearly died from the heat on horse back.

    So far, the game’s been awesome. A website I actually follow asked me to cover it for them. (Very awesome, I love being pursued for my article writing skills, lol). The website is http://www.containsmoderateperil.com if you’re interested in looking it out.

    I’m about 1/4th through the game.

    • March 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Nice job Alissa! Do they purchase the games for you or is that too much to ask?

      • March 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Too much too ask, this is all for love and charity.
        One website did send me a book to read for free.

  9. mudepoz
    March 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Ditto, I love Lost Girl. Had an MRI, I’m not only clean, I have a brain. A nice looking one and I should watch out for zombies, according to my neurologist. Did I mention I love the man. Anyhow, my chiro can make the tingly foot feel better when she presses something, and the neuro thinks a shot more distal may help the problem and stay with the chiro to continue the treatment.

    LM is with a friend, and so far, she likes it. Some technical stuff to fix but it’s close. 🙂

    Work still SUCKS! But I have a cold, and the damn MRI yesterday, I am taking time OFF!

    • Marsha
      March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Mud I’m so glad that she is looking it over for you. It’s nice to have friends in high places. I liked your story too. My biggest issue is my inability to relate to young protagonists in any way. I have no doubt we will be celebrating your publication soon.

    • March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      It’s just the foot that’s giving you trouble? Does it hurt?

      So, your brain is a-ok, that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.

  10. March 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Did you see LOST GIRL last night? It was the famous 8th episode(famous to me anyways) where Bo has a hot love/sex scene with Dyson AND one with Lauren as well. We meet Vox for the first time as well. They are starting to get started on the ‘mother’ storyline that carries the end of the first season. Love that show…

    • March 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      love that show

    • Marsha
      March 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I’m so looking forward to seadon two. I’ve seen all of these.

      • March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        I think they are on episode #19 of season 2 in Canada(supposed to be 22 episodes total)…I’m going to probably chase down the season on DVD from the same place i got season 1(i’ll let you know if i get a decent price).

  11. March 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I got Timeless, haven’t read it yet.

    Kylie, thanks for the offer!

    Okay, so, the Kim signing!!!

    I was dissapointed that it was a signing only, no read, Q&A or anything. 😦

    Missy did *not* like the store, it was a horror store and pretty scary for small people. She also was not digging the line. She did ask Kim a question. Missy wanted to know why the book was called “A Perfect Blood” when it made no sense. Kim replied very nicely that it was what they wanted, to which Missy nodded and went, “oh, okay” since she’s seen that happen w/ me for things. We did bring Kim and Guy burning bunny cupcakes. I’m really bad at the uploading a pic thing, tho I did put it on Mud’s FB wall.

    There were probably about 75 people there. It was one of those signings where you could only get in line if you bought the book from them. I did see Tiffany, who sends her love.

    I got book 1 copy edits. According to Ilona Andrews yelling at the computer doesn’t help….

    • March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

      How cool! Sounds like you had fun(although Missy maybe didn’t as much I guess)…Did Tim take a picture of you for the drama page? I’ll check…Ilona Andrews is so cool;they are authors i can see following series after series for many years(unlike many authors who i give up on at the end of their series).

  12. March 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

    TIMELESS by Gail Carriger. The last(5th) in the Parasol Protectorate series(apparently there will be spin-off series in the future). The main thing i liked about this series was it’s uniqueness – there is nothing else like it. Set in Victorian England, written with a sly wittiness, mixture of the supernatural with steampunk elements – there’s just nothing else like it. That being said, it does tend to rely on wordplay, scenes run long w/o any action. But, it’s so good natured i’ve always forgiven these excesses. The story always works best when there is an interesting plot that pushes our favorite preternatural, Alexia(born w/o a soul, she can take away a supernatural’s powers with a touch, turning vampires and werewolves human as long as she keeps contact) and her merry band of friends(her actress friend, Ivy, and her inventor friend Madame Lefoux, a frenchwoman who dresses in men’s clothes and harbors an open crush on Alexia) and family(her werewolf husband, Conal, her 2-yr-old daughter Prudence, a metanatural – she can steal a supernatural’s powers with a touch, becoming a vampire baby or a werewolf cub, leaving the supernatural human!). Sadly, there is rarely a very good plot in these books, or should i say the barest, thinnest plot streeeeeetched out to book length, and this book is no exception. Still, it is what it is – you don’t read these books for the plots. It’s tough to remember the plots from previous books, so it’s easy to get lost trying to remember who is who and what they’ve done in previous books. I’m looking forward to reading the sequels set around Prudence in the future. I’d give this one a B.

    PONYO the movie by acclaimed annimator/filmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli is the Disney of Japan(and most of his films have been released here in the states through Disney). His films are beautiful and have a dream-like quality to them. I liked Ponyo. If you get a chance to rent it on DVD and watch on a big-screen tv, do so. Beautiful. I’d give it an A(like all his films).

    Question: does anybody watch the BBC’s DOWNTON ABBEY? I’ve never seen, but poeple swear by it.

    • Kylie Ru
      March 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      My mama watches Downton Abby. She loves it.

  13. March 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    So, it’s the final count down for me and that game that i’ve been waiting for FOR 11 MONTHS! It’s being released this friday. I’m going to get my Mel to get it for me at the store, lol. She’s awesome that way…

    What did you all do over the weekend? I’m half sick. I have a head cold. I’m wishing it would move to my chest so that I didn’t have to go to work. Which is pretty pathetic I know, but there you go. I don’t want to go to work this week, lol. We have ‘training’. I’m sitting on a report as it is. i have to finish it by monday.

    • March 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I’m going to keep my eye on that game for my nephews(their bdays are coming up in spring)…i got Mass Effect2 for them last year.

      Hope you feel better…is it hot there right now? Summer? Being sick and hot is the worst.

  14. Kylie Ru
    March 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    SUZANNE!! I can totes help with the man love stuff~! (has forgotten how to write straight relationships)

    Hey, guys~! How’s it hangin? Sorry I’ve been AWOL. Stuffs stuffs stuffs. My gosh, it’s been crazy at home. Renovations. All my stuff is packed into boxes so it can be easily moved. So very depressing. T^T Guess what! I have a new love. Sherlock. BBC’s Sherlock. It’s…it’s amazing. It’s up there with Psych. And I’m in love with Ben Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Oh my gosh. And Martin has this shirt. It’s black/white horizontal striped pullover longsleeved sweater type thing. I love it. He looks so awesome in it. I want it. xD The Brits have already had season 2. We Americans won’t get it until May. =_= Suuuuuucks. I know I’m gonna cry at the end. I just know it. Imma sob. So hard.

    • March 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Hi Kylie!(waves) I watched the new Sherlock as well and liked it.

  15. March 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    THE WOLF GIFT by Anne Rice. Bleh! I had to force myself to finish the first chapter(32 pages). It was one of the worst first chapters i have ever read. Boring, unbelievable characters/dialogue. I was a fan of her vampire books, but i couldn’t force myself to read any more of this.

    MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins. I really liked it. Yes, it was tough to see what the effects of war had reduced our main characters to. They weren’t wise-cracking, gung-ho smiling victors. I loved Star Wars, but war isn’t always so fun, not everyone in real life makes it out alive or unscarred. It would be easier if the good guys were totally good and the bad guys totally bad, but war makes victims out of everyone, especially the young. Could it have been longer? Did the ending seemed rushed? Well, given the ending, i think it was wise to wrap it up earlier rather than later. Would people have been any more satisfied if they had read another 100-150 pages? I doubt it. I like that she stucked to her guns and wrote it the way she wanted, there must have been a lot of pressure on her to lighten it up. Anyway, I would give it a A-/A. A fine YA series.

    The library says GAIL CARRIGER’s latest is being held for me, TIMELESS. Yeah! Looking forward to reading. I hear it’s the last in the series and she is going to write 2 other spinoff series: 1 prequel series, and 1 spinoff series set in the future around her daughter(that should be good).

    Anyhoo–be good, have a nice weekend! 😀

  16. March 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    So, while doing my final read-over on book 2 I discovered a character, who’s been with the series from the beginning (tho was cut from book 1), is gay, and has the hots for another character. It changes nothing in book 2, however, it does def solve a plot issue for book 3 and it actually makes sense. Funny how characters surprise you.

    However, I have no idea how to write gay men. (Well, man the other character is def bi) Since it’s YA, there probably won’t be anything more than a kiss. But I’ve never had any m/m relationships in my books before (cue writer insecurity in writing things out of my box). Anyway, will be interesting to see how that storyline develops….

    Book 2 has been turned in. I get copy edits Monday. Oh, and the ARCs have come in to my publisher and INNOCENT DARKNESS is now on Netgalley. EEP. People who don’t know and love me will be reading my book. ~flails~

    • mudepoz
      March 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

      *Pricks ears*
      Arcs? So when will my Amazon book be coming??? And don’t ask me about writing gay, I can’t even write romance. HOWEVER, I’ll introduce to the erotica writers I talk to at RT 🙂 Though many write BDSM 😛

      • March 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        You Amazon book should get to you when it releases 8-8.

        I know some erotica writers, too. In fact, thanks for reminding me I need to make “the queens of dirty” some sashes for RT

    • March 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

      LOL, I should probably come in here.

      You’ll have to decide where you want to go with you gay man Suzanne. There’s a wonderful canadian series called Being Erica that I watch religiously. And, in it is some of the best written gay characters that I know purely because they act so normal. If you have a flapping queen, make the person very ‘queer eye for a straight guy’. If you want more normal intelligent, soft spoke – think of a quiet college professor. Do men blush when they think of the person that they love? I don’t know. I think the challenge is more to write romance from a male perspective and that Ryan can help you with. The development or romance? Of love? That’s normal. 🙂 Ask your husband – how did he feel? What did he feel when he fell in love with you? You see – we as gay people feel love the same way straight people do. It’s just… the same from both sides. So, it can get pretty intense, and if things slip in the wrong direction they REALLY slip in the wrong direction – but yes. It’s normal. So, don’t stress. Don’t be too worried and just write the character as he appears. 🙂

      • March 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Thank you! Most of your reply is below Tony’s. I overthink and overstress, thank for you the good advice. I’ll just take it as I come. If I get the voice wrong, I think my editor will help, but at the same time, I also don’t want to get it wrong because he’ll know if its wrong. <—-see the over thinking here?.

    • March 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Is it a POV character? There’s an extra bit of pressure if you have to write his internal dialogue, to get it right, to keep him interesting to all readers. If he isn’t, then i think it’s more about writing the reactions of the other characters around him, especially whoever is the POV character in scenes with him and/or the character who is the object of his affections.

      • March 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        He’s not the POV character, but the love interest (who’s bi) is. I guess I’ll tackle it when I come to it and I’m pretty sure my editor will help me if I ask.

        I always freak out when I write something new.

        I sort of felt like — wait, why didn’t you *tell* me you liked him?? I’ve been writing you since 2009. I’d be okay with it, honest. (Yeah, I’m loopy, I know my characters aren’t real, lol).

        Thanks for all the help!

  17. March 1, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Morning bunnies.
    I’m still deciding whether or not I want to read A PERFECT BLOOD. I’m so disapointed in the series after BMS and PALE DEMON that I just don’t have the heart ot pick it up. I still feel as if KH has sold us out over Rachel and Ivy. I still feel like someone who’s been played. I think it’s me honestly, I put too much hope in the series. there are so few good f/f writers and moments out there. Almost none. Even Lost Girl you have the main character attached to a male and female. It’s as if f/f is just not enough.*sigh*

    Anyway, how you all doing?

    • March 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

      There are some nice moments between Rachel and Ivy, but they are few and far between. If this had been written in 3rd person, we might get to see Ivy come to grips w/Rachel becoming a friend rather than a lover and see Ivy fall in love w/someone else, but…that’s not going to happen of course. We are, however, introduced to young female vampire – Nina – who could replace Glenn/Daryl as Ivy’s love interests, but we won’t end up seeing much of that and at this point it’s going to seem tacked on at the end. Should you read? Well, it’s not a strong entry and Trent is heavy on Rachel’s brain, so there’s that to deal with.(shrug) There’s only 3 left in the series, so i don’t want to quit now. Plus, we’ve been promised that the last one will be heavy in the vampire/Ivy storyline.

  18. mud
    February 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Suzanne, I rewrote the whole thing:)

  19. February 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

    A PERFECT BLOOD by Kim Harrison: First, I don’t know who has read it or not, so I won’t go into detail. I enjoyed it, I did. How could I not? It has all our familiar friends, a fine writer at the helm. For me, it’s like watching a favorite tv show that you used to love so much, couldn’t wait to watch, ‘can’t miss tv’, and now, as it’s nearing it’s end, you still love the characters, and grieve not only it’s coming demise but past storylines you wish had gone a different way as well as the end you know is not going to be as satisfying as you once wished…so there is a feel that it is going through the motions one episode at a time, tying up loose storylines, rather than building to a satisfying climax. Again – I enjoyed the book, i really did, but…it’s not sticking to my rib cage like those early books. Maybe it’s me. Actually, I’m sure it’s ‘definitely’ partly me!(laugh) A book is a participatory artform – it takes a willing, active imagination to bring the words/story to life. Maybe my heart isn’t fully in it right now. I’m tired of Rachel’s incompetence, watching her rush in without the tools to accomplish the job, getting her ass kicked over and over. I love that she tries so hard, and i’ve always factored in that she is young and tackling tough jobs, but really, at this point, she has the knowledge, experience, and the power to do better. That silly, ineffective paintball gun is part running joke, part metaphor – it’s cute and well-intentioned, but it is rarely effective. Yet, she relies on it over and over. If it weren’t for luck and her friends coming to her aide saving her butt every time, she would never accomplish anything. It’s the tenth book. Everyone else has grown in the series, even the villians. Why can’t Rachel? I don’t think it would take away from her character or the overall series storyline for her to grow. In fact, contrary to claims otherwise, i would say she has definitely “regressed.” I say regressed because, again, she knows more now, is more powerful now, has more effective tools and allies now. (shrug) I won’t go into detail about the continuing Rachel/Trent storyline. It is what it is. Almost every UrbanFantasy series ends with a “special girl/bad boy” romantic denoument. It’s as predictable as a sunrise. And it’s what the customer(most customers) want, so there is no use in complaining about it. The Rachel/Ivy interactions are still great. My favorite parts of the book. I actually thought the plot in this one – humans as terrorists trying to kill supernaturals, fighting fire with fire using magic – was actually pretty interesting. The end result – the story – didn’t work so well for me, unfortunately. I would give the book a B. A ho-hum episode in a long-running great series.

    • February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

      I ordered so I could get a number in the signing line when Kim’s in LA sat. I have to say editors can have a lot of influence in where an author takes a series and some of it does come from wanting to please the fans through sales. I think a long series is much harder then say, a trilogy. With the way the publishing industry works, a trilogy can usually be all written and with the publishing house before book 1 ever comes out, leaving less time for the public to imfluence a story…

      • February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

        I totally appreciate that – afterall, it’s a business. With these long series, i get the impression that writers are tailoring episodes rather than novels, puffed up short stories with a lot of interpersonal storylines, interaction, sprinkled liberally much like a long-running tv series. I love tv, don’t get me wrong, but i much prefer that tv, especially networks, at least make an effort to appeal to as wide an audience as possible rather than just targeting one segment(white, straight women/Romance readers). It feels exclusionary, anacronistic. Plus, i don’t think publishers give their target audience enough credit – people/readers cast their nets widely in making purchasing/viewing choices when it comes to tv, music, film, why don’t they think readers would stretch a bit for different stories featuring a wider variety of poeple, characters? I keep bringing up tv because that’s what these genre series resemble to me. Except that tv is decidedly 21st century in entertaining a diverse populace, while the publishing industry is stuck in the mid-20th century.

        ***YOU HAVE GOT TO GET A PICTURE OF YOU AND BITSY WITH KH. You should all pose like Angelina Jolie with your right leg stuck out.

  20. mud
    February 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    THings are bad with my job. Weird with my dogs. And all in all, not really happy. Book is with Faith, but as it’s crap…

    • February 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

      I’m sorry things are ‘bad,’ ‘weird,’ and ‘not really happy,’ M. I’m sure these are temporary setbacks. Have you read A Perfect Blood yet? If you did, What did you think?

    • February 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

      HUGS. I have not forgotten you and your book. Mid-March I’m done with copy edits. I promise that I’ll read it before RT and at RT we can have coffee and talk about it to make up for my epic lameness.

  21. February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Dad’s starting to talk a little, but he’s still really disoriented. he left me a message asking me to pick up some vodka on my way home, since I always buy the good stuff (unlike my mother, lol). It made me want to drive the 6 hours to visit, not that the hospital would be amused by me brining liquor.

    Book 2 is due Thurs and I’m tired and un motivated. It really just needs one more pass to weed out any lingering mistakes, but ~whines~ I don’t want to do it.

    HUGS everyone.

    • February 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

      I’m glad your dad is awake…talking, in itself, is a relatively good sign…the brain can bounce back and compensate – in effect re-wire itself, somewhat – after a trauma. At least that’s what the experts/doctors say.

      Bk 2 – Just think how good it’s going to feel to finally turn that in! I don’t know what to suggest…is it possible you could play ‘hooky’ wednesday and just concentrate on the book?

  22. February 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Morning bunnies!!

    Thought I’d come in again. I don’t know about you guys but I can’t help but feel as if time is REALLY running away with me. I blink and eye and then another week’s past.
    Will make an effort, promise, lol, I’ll be here more often now. 😉

    Anyway – I’m still obsessed with that game. It’s coming out in just under two weeks. The whole gaming community is about as ampted for Mass Effect 3 as you can get, lol.
    This is the latest live action trailer.

    • February 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

      HI Alyssa!(waves)

  23. February 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Jenn, by next week the cyberpunk will prob be done. You still heading to SoCal in a few weeks? EMail me so we can make plans.
    Tony — I might actally need your help w/ the cyberpunk. I will prob need to cut 50 pages out of this and I all ready know there’s way to many feelings in this book…and I need to ramp up the cyberpunk part…how good are you at going “cut!” “Cut” and “Cuttttttttttt.”
    MUD–HUGS
    Marsha–Thanks!
    Alyssa–HUGS

    • February 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

      😀 Hugs back Suzanne! lol, of everybody I know what’s going on in your life the most, lol. 😉

  24. Jenn
    February 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Gang!

    Tony – SMOOCH back at ya!
    Marsha – Hi! *waves* How are you doing? We need to email again lol.
    Suzi – I’m glad that your dad is doing better. I’m almost half way through the other book. Hopefully it’ll be finished by the end of next weekend.
    Everyone else – hugs, smooches, cuddles <- take your pick!

    • Marsha
      February 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Jen. I know you’re busy so no sweat. I saw the photos of you and you and Andy on Facebook, that looked like fun. Take care.

  25. February 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’m still here. Dad’s been moved out of ICU. Book 2 is due end of the month then I go into copy edits for Book 1.

    FInishing up “the book that shall not be named” to hand off to the agent, drafting a cyberpunk that will probably give Tony hives 🙂 (lots of pink/feelings/relationships probably not enough robots and explosions)

    I’m guesting today on YA muses about an major “ah ha” moment in my writing career.
    http://yamuses.blogspot.com/2012/02/turning-point-guest-blog-by-suzanne.html?spref=tw

    Am going to try to get out to Kim’s singing in a few weeks.

    For her birthday Missy wants me to take her and her sister to American GIrl Place. ~head desk~ Can’t we just go to Disneyland? It’ll be cheaper and the dolls less creepy…

    HUGS

    • Marsha
      February 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      So glad your dad is improving. I’m so proud of you and your writing Suzanne! I don’t know how you do everything you do, but I just know you will be successful.

    • February 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Great guest article. I think this is one of my very favorites that you’ve written. (grin)I’m ok with pink…really, i am(laugh). MissE went to the Chicago American Girl a few years ago. I don’t think she’s ever been so excited as when she learned that she was going to AGirl with her mother and best buddy, MissMargaux.

  26. February 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

    THE ROOK by Caniel O’Malley: written by an Australian who attended college in the states(Michigan St. and Ohio State)it is about a secret supernatural government agency that deals with the supernatural in the United Kingdom(there is also a similiar agency in the U.S.). It’s sort of like MEN IN BLACK i suppose. Children are identified early in life and taken to private estates to train them(X-Men style)and then incorporated into the agency. The main character here is a woman named Myfanwy(pronounced ‘Miffany’ rymes with Tiffany) who has been gifted with an amazing power – with a touch she can make you her puppet or damage any part of your body – but didn’t show the stomache for field work so she was shuffled off to administrative, managerial, accounting, office work at headquarters. They use chess terminology to define rank and Myufanwy(w is silent*grin) has risen to Rook as a result of excellent organizational, administrative, budgetary skill. Her work is her life, devoting all her time and energy to it. SHe’s very wealthy and powerful, but it’s all she’s got. Even with her success she’s seen as somewhat a disappointment, never having taken full advantage of her powers. So. Everything seems to be going relatively well when people start approaching her with dire predictions about her future: she will be the victim of a conspiracy w/n her organization, an attempt on her life will take place, she will barely escape death but without her memory. Random people, mind you – beggar on street, child in hospital, etc. She decides to take these premonitions seriously and sets out to prepare her future self by compiling a written history, detailed findings and clues about her fellow employees. First chapter we meet a woman in the rain who wakes up outside in the rain surrounded by dead bodies with no clue who she is, her only clue is a note to herself that she finds in her coat pocket. There starts off the adventure. It’s almost a ‘buddy cop adventure’ with past Myfanwy guiding current Myfanwy to uncover the conspiracy. There is a lot of humor in the book. It almost could be described as the british tv show THE OFFICE with fangs. The supes are many and varied, not really sticking with traditional supes, but expanding to everything under the sun that can be imagined. ANother comparison is the JASON BOURNE series where the hero has lost his memeory but retained his skills. It’s funny because the current Myfanwy(can’t get over that name*laugh) is much more daring and blunt, much more prone to action than her old self much to the surprise of her co-workers who are used to mousy myfanwy. It’s a long book(hardcover–482 pages)and the first part of book is a lot of talk, no action, but the second half of the book makes up for that. There is not even a hint of romance/sex so i don’t know if this book will get the attention it deserves. But i love the main character and the world that is created(i don’t know if this is going to be a series or not…?). This would make great source material for a tv series. Check it out. I’d give it a solid A.

    Hi Marsha!(waves)…i know, i know, people are pursuing different things. It – KIm Harrison books – probably wasn’t going to be enough to keep everybody excited, united for long. But – everybody has each other’s contact info, so it’s not all bad.

    Suzanne/MUD – hope things are going okay.
    ALyssa/Jenn—“smooch.”

    • Marsha
      February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Tony. I know it isn’t enough for me either, but I consider you guys friends. Did you pick up Kim’s new book? I’m opting out…weaning myself out of the Hollows, the whole Trent thing is too nauseating for me. I have found some interesting series that are self-published since taking the plunge into ereader land. Some are surprisingly good. Thanks for you book reviews and suggestions.

  27. February 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hey Tony. Looks like it”s you and me lately pal.

  28. February 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    CINDER by Marissa Meyer – finished the book(first in a series)and I thought it was terrific. It’s funny–the last 4 good books i’ve read have all been YoungAdult dystopian adventures: THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins;READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline;and now CINDER by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened. Cinder, a young teenage mechanic, is the main character in a retelling of the Cinderella story. In this one she is a ‘cyborg’, ie she is a human who has electronic additions partly to replace/repair her body after a terrible accident as a young child(that she does not remember). She lives with her widowed ward, who resents her, and her 2 daughters. The story is set in ‘New Beijing’ after WorldWar IV. A terrible disease is killing citizens. And the people all fear the Lunars, people who live on the moon who possess ‘magic’ and can control people’s minds. The emporer comes down with the disease and the young prince Kai sets out to find a cure while holding off the evil queen of the lunars who wants to marry the young prince and combine her kingdom with his. Cinder is introduced to the young prince early in the story(he visits her mechanic’s booth incognito to seek her help in repairing his robot)and develops a crush on Cinder not knowing that she is a cyborg(cyborgs are second-class citizens in this new world, not much better than indentured servants). He eventually invites her to a ball of course(grin) which she refuses at first. I don’t want to reveal too much, but there are a few surprises along the way, more than a few tears are spilled, people die, and the story ends on a cliff hanger. I’m looking forward to reading the next book. I’m wondering if a new fairy tale is going to be used as the plot in the next book or what? Interesting setup. I really like the world building in this version. I like the characters as well. For adults, I’d give it a solid A. For young adult readers, I’d give it an A+.

    TWILIGHT:BREAKING DAWN, Part One: It’s about what i expected. Very ‘light’ supernatural romance. Still, like the others, it was oddly entertaining(laugh). Looking forward to part two(i didn’t read any of the books) and wondering how this fast-maturing vampire baby storyline is going to work out. Especially with werewolf Jacob ‘imprinting’ on her. Huh?(grin) And i gotta see Bella as a vampire. And the other odd vampires(Michael Sheen and company) – what’s their deal in the next one?(grin) I’d give this one a B.

  29. February 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    How is everyone doing? Suzanne, please let me know how your dad is . Do they know why he had the seizure? We are having a beautiful day down here, but rain is coming. It feels like Spring right now. Take care everyone. Alyssa, I need to know if you want me to send you Kim’s new book.

  30. February 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I’m still in LA. I’m leaving it up to my mother if and when she wants us to come. We’re waiting to see if there’s any brain damage from the seizure, but hopefully eh’ll be moved out of ICU soon.

  31. February 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Yesterday my dad woke up. Today he’s talking a little. We’ll see how it all goes…

    We’ve also all been sick. Blarg.

    • February 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Oh damn Suzanne! I didn’t realize your dad has been unconscious. I’m so glad he is awake and cognizant again. Let us know how he fares.

    • February 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Are you in Arizona? It sounds like you are still in L.A. Are you going to visit? It’s tough, I know, I’ve had similiar times in my life.

      CINDER: I’m liking it more and more as i read…more later…

  32. Mindy Mymudes
    February 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Yup, they do that here. But, when I discovered I made more as a Starbuck’s manager, what do I have to lose. I make less than 30K and had to take over my bosses position. Not only do I do the zoo classes, I do all the botany, the greenhouses, 7 day a week work weeks, and while it was fun, it’s not worth it.

    TD is an atty, he is willing to support me.

    • Jenn
      February 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Good Luck! Keep us posted 🙂

    • February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

      YOu would really miss your job, i know, if you left. But, it sounds like they are running you ragged and not compensating you.

  33. Mindy Mymudes
    February 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m in the process of becoming a trouble maker and invoked the Union. Wish me luck, I’m either out on my butt or I get paid for working 7 day work weeks!

    • Marsha
      February 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Good luck. Watch your p’s and q’s though. When some one does that around here they stay on them like white on rice.

  34. February 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

    HeyHey–

    INCEPTION: finally saw the movie and i really liked it. It would drive one crazy to try and keep everything straight – it’s a very complicated plot, i’m still not sure if i “got” everything. Still thinking about it. Very ambitious.

    THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND…A book that was touted as a fairy tale for kids that adults would want to read. I got through 2 chapters. I can’t imagine a child following the language, vocabulary in this book.

    CINDER by Marissa Meyer – a dystopian, steampunish retelling of Cinderella: so far i like it, I’m only 40 pages in. It’s a bit predictable of course, but there is enough fun SciFi touches to keep even the most jaded reader interested, charmed.

    It’s cold and lightly snowing here.

    • February 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Cinder was good? Can’t wait to read that,

  35. Jenn
    February 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

    I am so sorry I’ve been so bad at keeping in touch with you all, but I just wanted you let you all know that I think about you every day. I hope all is well with each & everyone of you.
    Love, Jenn

    • February 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Happy Valentine’s Day, Jenn!

    • February 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Happy Valentine’s Day Jenn and everyone. Be happy.

  36. February 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Suzanne how are you guys doing? Is your dad OK?

  37. February 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I read an article in the latest Entertainment Weekly about upcoming tv pilots/projects that the various networks are working on. More genre shows on the way. They spotlighted the CW as well and mentioned 6 shows that they(the magazine, critics, and CW executives)are very excited about, but they did not mention the Hollow’s project.Sometimes these pilots never see the light of day. That’s too bad if the Hollow’s tv show doesn’t make it. It would be fun to see the characters/story come to life.

  38. February 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Question:i mentioned KH’s new drama page and that i can’t see any of the old stuff that was on the side, like who has commented and the side pages,etc. I was wondering if it was my spyware that was blocking it out(someone mentioned ads)somehow. Can anyone else confirm or correct? Just wondering.

    • February 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Hmmmm…i google searched some of the old pages and found them in the new format, so it must be my computer/software.(scratches head)

      • February 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

        correction:answer:kh wasn’t done formatting. NaSty pages gone, which is fine(they were 2 years old afterall).

  39. February 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Hey guys,

    Still alive” Insanly busy with work. And, I’ve been bearing the brunt of some nasty accidents horse related. Have a crushed wrist (though not broken, just sprained) and a broken toe.
    We’re not sure what to do with this filly, she’s going to kill us.

    Work is insane. I don’t like it, but what can I do? It’s not as if I can quit. I’m still bitter about not being selected for veterinary science.

    Hugz to MUD, I’ve recapped and hear it’s tough. Hugz to Suzi.
    Hugz to all, I miss you.

    • February 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Sounds like you are going through a lot. A broken toe?! Idea:would it be feasible if you capitalized on your knowledge/love of horses and somehow found a way to make a living training/keeping horses?

      • February 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

        Hey Antonio.

        Yup, we’re looking at renting/buying some stables and then doing lessons and things. Neither my friend and I want to work anymore. Me least of all.

    • February 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I was about to call you and see if you were alright. You don’t know what work is until you start your own business. You will put in all kind of hours, but it should be easier doing something you love to do.

  40. February 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Still paying the “wait and see” game with my dad. Blarg.

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Is he having tests in the hospital or you just haven’t heard from him?

      • February 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        tests in the hospital and such, my mom calls me with “no update” updates several times a day.

  41. February 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I think KH changed her site again. Looks like a lot of those side pages, like the musical pages, casting a Hollow’s movie, and, yes, those old NaStyRoMo pages, have all gone bye bye. I was wondering just the other day when she’d take down those pages.
    RYAN–It’s been a pretty mild winter for us here in Ohio – knock on wood – although there was a slight snow dusting on the ground this morning.
    MUD–hope you are doing well. I know you are dealing with a lot right now.
    Suzanne–hope your father is doing better. I know you have a lot on your plate right now w/family and looking for house and trying to work and write.
    Marsha–do you have any casinos close to you? Odd question, i know. Just wondering. It seems like i was in Alabama a few times and passed some casinos(maybe i’ve got my states mixed up)
    JENN/AHEILA–I’m guessing you are NOT having a mild winter. Hope the writing is going well.
    ALYSSA–how you doing? Haven’t heard from you in awhile.
    Kylie/Tiffany–been so long. Need to email.

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      We do have an Indian casino south of us near Montgomery. The churches are absolutely livid over it.

      • February 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

        I used to be pretty decent at blackjack. I like craps too, although you can lose your money fast in a craps game.

  42. February 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Went to the parade!! It was awesome!! About a million people they said on the news and it probably was. ANTONIO they still call it ticker tape -lol- but it’s actually just paper so just call it a parade I guess. Weather was great. We’re having a mild winter. I took the morning off then went to work.

  43. February 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I have to admit I’ve been watching the American version of BEING HUMAN on syfy the last few weeks and i’m kinda enjoying it. FRINGE is as good as ever. I love the split world stories. ALCATRAZ – kinda getting bored. The flashbacks are getting stale for me. LOST GIRL – i’ve already seen these episodes 3,4,5 times but i’m still loving them. GRIMM – i really like, but they need to open the long story a bit and it could use a bit more sexual “oomph” if you know what i mean. I have a feeling there is a big reveal coming up(don’t want to spoil w/my suscpicions), but it has to do w/another cast member(hint hint). Finished CATCHING FIRE and really liked it. I wish i didn’t know what was coming up w/MOCKINGJAY but i’ve read some reviews. Still going to read. Her(Suzanne Collins) previous series – GREG THE OVERLANDER – was a middle-school/YA series that started off as an adventure story but then developed into a series that spotlighted the effects of war on children as well. It’s ending was not a triumphant one either…bittersweet, lives lost, romance ending before it could really begin. Don’t be fooled be the silly covers, it’s a terrific series. SLINGS AND ARROWS – the Canadian tv show about a shakepearean company: pretty good. If your library system has it, i would reccomend. I got the dvd for INCEPTION from library – looking forward to watching. I notice that last night’s episode of CASTLE was titled “Blue Butterflys.” I haven’t seen yet. Makes me think of KH’s blue butterflys. Have you seen the previews for that JOHN CARTER movie? It’s about an American Civil War veteran on Mars. Based on stories By the same writer who created Conan(i think…? or was it Tarzan…?)Anyhoo – looks fun/good.

    • February 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      It’s based on the John Carter books by the Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan). It looks like it has massive suckage potential, which is sad b/c the books are great.

  44. February 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Hey guys, I’m still super pumped over the GIANTS’ SUPERBOWL WIN!!!!! Can you guess they’re my team!? There were some tense moments there, but some great catches and Eli did what he does best…come from behind in the last minutes of the game. Some friends and I are going to the ticker tape parade in Manhattan tomorrow. Should totally be fun and memorable. I missed the last one 4 yrs. ago so I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow.

    SUZANNE, how is your dad? I hope he’s doing better.

    • February 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Congratulations!!! Both times my Bengals made it to the SuperBowl they lost to the SanFrancisco 49ers. I haven’t been to NY/Manhattan in a long time…way before 9/11. They still have ticker-tape parades? In winter? I hope it doesn’t rain or it will be a huge mess! The last time i was in Manhattan i bought a fake Rolex watch from a guy on the street(laugh!)

  45. February 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Nice article on the HuffingtonPost site about LOST GIRL:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/lost-girl-syfy_b_1249995.html

    • February 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Awesome article!

  46. Marsha
    February 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Suzanne, how is your dad? Tony, I live in SEC country. No one pays much attention to the NFL down here. It’s just an excuse for a party. Mud are you still at work? Is anyone writing for Aheila’s new round of NaStyRoMo? Is everhone doing OK?

    • February 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      RIght now we’re playing the “wait and see” game. Not fun at all.

  47. February 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!

    I’m not sure i care who wins, but it’s always a spectacle and who doesn’t like a good spectacle every now and again? Madonna is the halftime entertainment. THe game is tonight in the evening but the coverage started earlier this morning!

    CATCHING FIRE(Hunger Games, bk2): I’m about halfway through it. I read some reviews for the 3rd and last book – i don’t know why i do that – so i have a sense of hopeless doom as i read. Still, it’s very good…

    Anybody going to see KH this year at a book signing? I was toying w/the idea of going to Cleveland, but really, it’s such a long roundtrip drive(7+ hours) . If i had friends from dayton and we were going to make a short trip out of it, maybe i would do it. I have a feeling she’ll get closer in the remaining book tours. I mean, c’mon, she’s gotta at least visit Cincinnati again. be good…

    • February 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      I think I’ll drag missy to go see her when she comes here.

  48. February 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    My husband is an attorney 😛

    • February 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      More time for you to write! When I get to retire in two years I want to take some classes and see if they can teach me somethings that might help. Of course by then I’m sure I’ll have given up completely.

  49. February 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I was hired as a tech. I’m working 7 day workweeks, not paid for them, and as much as I loved my job, I’m not paid as a manager, which is what I’m doing.

    • February 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I understand. What will you do after? Can you afford to quit? Listen to me, this is none of my business really.

  50. Mudepoz
    February 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    And I’m quitting.

    • February 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Quitting work???

  51. February 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    HUGS everyone.

    Things are still crazysauce on the homefront. Now my dad is super sick and in the hospital. Sometimes I hate being so far away.

    • February 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Suzanne. I’m so sorry. I’ll try some good thoughts mojo.

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Sending well-wishes…i hope things improve…

  52. Marsha
    February 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing well. Jenn, Aheila, I’m glad you are both doing so well at work.

    • February 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Hi Marsha(waves):-D

  53. Mud
    February 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Tony, may I pass this on? Nd will you post it on Amazon?
    I made a new friend:).Deb Harkness . I may never get published, but I sure am collecting buddies.My work sucks, I get email via my Kindle!

    • Marsha
      February 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Your work does not suck! I’m sorry I haven’t finished it…I’ve been trying to deal with some issues and can’t seem to make myself do anything but go to work and go to sleep lately.

    • February 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

      My RAVEN CURSED musings? Mmmm…it was more stream of conscious stuff…I’d rather it be ‘prettied up'(laugh) before wider circulation…i normally don’t like to write customer reviews, i’ve only done a few…

  54. February 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I just kicked off the NaStyRoMo 2012 Edition! 😉

    http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/nastyromo-2012-kick-off/

  55. February 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    RAVEN CURSED by Faith Hunter: I had a good time with this. The first half, I admit, I was wondering what had happened to our main character. She seemed transported from a chick-lit title, or a YA romance, or a supe romance at the very least. Every time a man walked on the scene, she(and her dual-natured companion, Beast)would objectify him from head to toe and give us a description of what affect it had on her(alot of “warm feeling” and bellys doing “flip-flops” and such). This happened over and over, even if we’ve already met the character 2,3,4 times earlier. The second half of the book was more action-packed. A lot of storylines coming to a head. There must have been 6-8 stories, and over 2 dozen characters in this book. A lot was going on and like the last book, Jane wasn’t anywhere near perfect. Maybe this is part of her character. In this book, it makes sense—there’s so much going on for one person to be perfect. She makes mistakes. But, there’s also another concern that i kept coming back to: why is she doing what she’s doing? I get this often when watching other supe tv shows(trueblood,etc). Why is it worth her while to be working with or for these people. They are mostly pretty awful. Why do i care about them(vampires and werewolves,etc). I think this is why it is a mistake for supe stories to ignore humans and reduce them to victums, food. Without humans as a baseline, who do i really root for? It’s like watching gods fight.(shrug) Anyhoo, getting off track. I liked the book, i did. I didn’t love it. And I’m falling out of love with Jane a bit, which is becoming more and more common for me in UF. I’d give it a solid B.

    WATCHMEN: the movie. I know! I hadn’t watched it until now. I read the graphic novel it was based on 25 years ago. I liked it. It was staged in a very obviously ‘arty’ form. But that’s ok, so was The Matrix, so was Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. It wasn’t as good as those films, but still, it was fun to watch. I’d give it a B.

    I notice the CW has bought a handful of pilot shows, but no new news on the Hollow’s project.(shrug)

  56. Jenn
    February 1, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Happy Feb Gang!

    How are you all doing? I’m sorry I’ve been absent so much, life has been crazy busy here & not in a good way lol.
    I just caught up with you all in the below posts. I’ve missed you all! How is everyone?

    • February 1, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Hey darling! Sorry to hear about that! I hope it’ll get better soon.

      I’ve been insanely busy for the past month. Things are settling this week but I’m starting in my new position as game design director of the pitch team next Monday so more craziness to come for sure.

      I’m so behind on my writing! XD

    • February 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Hey Jenn/Aheila. Jenn–hope things get better. KH’s new book comes out in less than 3 weeks;that’s something to look forward to. Hey my Canadian friends—did you ever watch the Canadian-made series SLINGS AND ARROWS(starring Rachel McAdams among others)about the behing-the-scenes drama behind a Shakesperean(spell?)theatre company? I heard her mention it in an interview recently and my local libray system has the DVDs(I think it was shown on Showtime here in the states). Just wondering.

      • February 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

        Never heard of it but I might check it out!

  57. January 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Tony, I’m waiting for Cinder through our 2012 YA debut ARC tour, I’m like billionth on the list. I won a copy of fairyland and never got that. Really want to read it.

    I just finished INCARNATE, which comes out tomorrow — reincarnated souls, dragons, sylphs, it was a great YA high fantasy romance. Also just finished GILT, a tudor period historical that comes out in May. Normally I’m not a big historical fan, but I really liked this one.

  58. January 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I was watching AUSTIN CITY LIMITS the other night and they had FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE and a SWEDISH act – LYKKE LI. I thought LYKKE LI had an interesting sound. ANyhoo–here’s the song ‘GET SOME’…

  59. January 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Or not…

    • January 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Do you know something we don’t know?

  60. January 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

    A few books out/coming out that look interesting…I’ve already told you about THE ROOK by Daniel O’Malley(i got that on library reserve)…ANNE RICE has a book coming out that looks interesting: THE WOLF GIFT. She apparently is turning her eye towards werewolves in this one(comes out mid-Feb). SUZANNE—a couple of books that look interesting for you especially: CINDER by Marissa Meyer is a dystopian YA version of the Cinderella story except the main character is a cyborg! It just came out and is getting a lot of notice/positive reviews. A middle-age school book also caught my eye: The GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by Catherynne M. Valente(w/illustrations)…looks fun. I’m reading THE RAVEN’S CURSE by FAITH HUNTER right now. ANd yes! There is MUD’s name in the opening acknowledgements! More later…be good, have a nice weekend…

    • January 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      If I were a good friend, I’d write my review. So much has been going down around here. Gah! Suzanne, I beta for erotica writers, amongst others @@. Are you aware there is a course for writing steampunk erotica? I’ll get the link if you want it.

    • January 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Raven’s Curse is awesome! I thought Anne Rice was born again and had given up all the spooky shit. I do hope that werewolves are making a comeback. I like them.

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

        Anne Rice–she was writing religious-influenced stuff the last i heard so it surprised me when i heard she was writing this. She said she doesn’t know if it’s going to be a series or not. I think it’s a story about the creation of the werewolf(shrug) although i’m not sure about that. I got it on library reserve. I’m about halfway on RAVEN’S CURSE. I’m enjoying it. THe main character seems…’lighter’ in this one, almost as if she has been transported from a supe romance. She admits this to herself when crying over a justified killing…that she has changed, that she has people in her life that she loves, cares about, that her worldview, opinions, have changed. She’s growing in – to her anyways – a more healthy direction. I have a feeling the series is getting closer to a finish/happy ending.

  61. January 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

    SHADOW HEIR by Richelle Mead: I didn’t dislike it as much as i thought i would(laugh). The 4th and last book in the Dark Swan series wraps up, maybe, half the threads developed in the series. Maybe it was supposed to be a longer series, maybe it was left where it was in case the series is renewed at a later date…i don’t know. There was some odd logic: mother is hiding in human world so protect her children but travels by commercial airline, rents cars, and doesn’t bother with aliases for herslef or her children. Sheesh! Why doesn’t she just blog her whereabouts on facebook. Anyhoo, it is what it is. I’d give it a C+.

    e-readers: i notice on amazon there is a very big selection of genre fiction. I notice that A MODERN WITCH by Debora Geary is listed in top ten scifi/fantasy list overall and has gotten a lot of very good reviews. Light supe romance, if you are interested. There is a bunch of others. i don’t have an e-reader, but many have hundreds of customer reviews which is impressive. be good…

    • January 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      I’m afraid that I’m one of the readers who think what her character did is just not fair to her so called love.

  62. January 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

    50/50: movie about a young person who gets cancer. It wasn’t as depressing as you might think, but it was hard to watch. I’ve had to spend a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, nursing homes, in the last few years visiting sick or dying loved ones not to be affected. Plus, i’m at the age when i know it’s not that long before i’m going to be the one who is being visited. Good movie. I’ll give it a B+.

  63. January 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m reading Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead right now. I’m about 70 pages in and it’s OK so far.

    Last night i was watching a tv show – HART OF DIXIE(CW) – and i thought, “I can’t rationalize to myself why I continually watch this show.”(laugh) It has gotten some really bad reviews by some tv critics. The guy from USAToday absolutely hates it. I understand. It’s set in a small Idyllic Alabama town, with an emphasis on “Idyllic.” It’s a town that has not now, or ever, existed. In many ways it reminds me of the small town from THE GILMORE GIRLS tv show set in New England. There is no real desire to even remotely try to be true to reality. The only black person in this town is the mayor, a former professional football player. No crime, the town so clean you could eat off the streets. The stories are soft, the characters even softer. And yet, i can’t look away. Maybe because Rachel Bilson is so easy on the eyes. I don’t know. It is a guilty weakness. Q> Can you think of a guilty weakness, a tv show, movie, something, that you continually watch, listen to even though you can’t rationalize ‘why’?

    • January 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Ghost Hunters.

      • January 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        House of Anubis. It’s a nick show with bad acting and even worse effects, yet when Missy goes “watch it with me, mama”, I do.

      • January 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

        GHost Hunters/House of Anubis: Those are two shows i haven’t seen(but do know about them). You know a show MissE watches(and, thus, i have to watch when visiting) is a show – i forget the name? – it’s about little girls competing in pagents. OMGosh, what a trainwreck!

      • Jenn
        January 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

        Man vs Food

      • January 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        Oh is she watching toddlers and tiaras? ZOMG.

  64. mudepoz
    January 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Four dogs. Truly is a grumpy old man, so he doesn’t interact with the girls.

  65. January 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    New LOST GIRL episode tonight.(Mon) And tuesday, Syfy will replay the first two episodes again.

    I may have discovered a new book to read/reccomend: THE ROOK by Daniel O’Malley. I first saw a review in my sunday PARADE magazine of all places. It’s described as a quirky mash-up of tv’s The Office and Fringe. It just came out and it has 14 customer reviews on amazon, all 5 star(sure, they could all be relatives and friends of the author*laugh*). Still, it looks fun. Set in England, it’s about a woman who works at a government agency that fights supernatural threats.

  66. mudepoz
    January 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2933675576744&saved Why I am brain dead. Suzanne, if you hear of anyone who needs a roomie, let me know.

    • January 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      They are so cute. Do you still have three dogs?

  67. January 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Aheila! Hi! Did you get your prize? Was it cute?

    Mud – Apparently I’ve already been counted in Leanna Heibers room for RT. I think there’s 5 us. Yikes.

    Tony — it should be. Also, request it. Yes, if you request it…

    Jenn — HUGS

    Finally caught Lost Girl. I liked it.

    Tony, I get what you mean in the edits of the dragon story now, lol. However, the parts you tended to hate most were the ones my 16 yr old girls adore. Tho Phil was there fave character. They want to keep him, and have a real nerd bard.

    • January 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

      (grin) Ha! That only makes sense, right? I liked Phil and the nerd bar concept myself, if i remember correctly(although i don’t know how you would incorporate the bar long term if the band is travelling? Portal maybe?). I’ve come to realize that ‘relateability'(spell?) is the most important aspect in UrbanFantasy, both in character and location. It’s why cities work so well – it’s a standard baseline locale that everyone can relate to. However, everyone comes at stories from different angles – male/female, young/adult. I’m wondering if UrbanFantasy is really transferable to all? If a female character is too strong/powerful then the relatable dynamics of boy/girl relationships kinda breaks down and it becomes a video game or superhero story.

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Tony, the only authors seeming to do YA UF also write adult UF and their YA books still lean more towards the relationship aspects, lots of strong yet vulnerable girls, pushing back and fourth with strong guys…

    • Jenn
      January 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

      HUGS back at ya! I just watched lost girl last night! The dynamics keep changing which is great!

    • January 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Yes I got the prize! It’s super!

  68. January 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Hello people!

    Oh gosh, it seems like I haven’t been here in forever. Been wanting to but life has been so darn crazy in the past year. I’m at a much better place in this beginning of 2012 than I was in 2011. Christmas 2011 was job loss, 2012 was promotion. That’s a pretty nice way to summarize just how much has changed in 12 months.

    So now that I have a little piece of mind, I got to think about which breath of fresh air I could bring into my writing life. Then remembered NaStyRoMo and missed it and all of you guys along with it of course!

    So here I am now!

    I skimmed through the posts on this page and I’m very happy to see all the familiar faces, a whole lot of smiles, entertainment and writing energy.

    Who’s up for a take 2 on NaStyRoMo? With your permission (particularly Tony’s), I’d organize it through my blog and try to rope in some of the awesome drabblers who participate in my weekly prompts. The more, the merrier, right? 😉

    • January 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Hey girl! How ya’ll doing up there? Is it cold? We are going to be near 70 tomorrow and it’s just plain freaky. At least my electric bill should be lower. I love the idea of another NaStyRoMo, but it seems everyone is so busy with their lives that they kind of drifted off. It’s great to hear from you again. You can count me in. Did you see Suzanne’s first book cover? It’s gorgeous.

      • January 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

        Hello!
        70! That’s our summer! With the wind and everything, we hit -13 Fahrenheit last week. So yes, it is freezing up here. How are you enjoying your weather?
        Yay for the return of NaStyRoMo. I expected people to drift away a bit which is why I’d like to put it up on my blog and get some new blood to participate! 😉 It’ll be a nice change of pace from all my other stuff.
        I did see Suzanne’s cover and it’s absolutely amazing!

    • January 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Hey Aheila!!! I’m glad things are going well for you. I’ve been remiss in my correspondence w/everyone(including you)so it’s good to hear from you. That first year of NaSty was fun – it’s hard to reproduce that kind of energy. But, if there is anybody with energy to spare, it is you(grin). It’s cool with me if you want to sponsor, organize, another go-around with the NaSty concept. Thanks for asking – I appreciate that. So, unless there are any objections, go for it. And I’ll try to participate as well. Be good! 😎

      • January 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

        Hello!
        Yeah, the first year was unique and I don’t believe we can ever capture that again. But I think giving free reign to love stories between supernatural characters is a great way to have fun in February. And the name you picked kicks a** so… 😉
        Who knows, maybe we’ll find a new awesome energy!

    • Jenn
      January 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Hi Aheila! Welcome back! I don’t know if I’m going to have time between OT at the office & working on this really cool steampunk book 😉 But I will be sure to read it all!

      • January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        That darn steampunk book. XD

  69. suzannelazear
    • January 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      So exciting Suzanne! I’m spending a fortune on books for my Nook since I got it, but your book is one I will definetly download. When is it out? August?

    • January 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Too cool! I wonder if Amazon will come down on price as well. You often see the price drop the closer one gets to the publication date. i got some Amazon gift certificates burning a hole in my pocket that I’ll probably use to buy INNOCENT DARKNESS. I wonder if it will show up in any library systems?

    • Jenn
      January 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Squee!!!! I am so very excited for you! Do you know when it will be available in Canada? Don’t get me wrong, lol I’ll get it on my kindle, but I want the actual book too!

  70. January 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I’ve been dieting the last couple of weeks. I think I’ve lost some weight, but i’m not sure. Not going to weigh myself until february…it’s always too depressing to step on that scale every few days as your weight goes up and down…just trying to eat better…the key for me is to NOT buy the wrong foods to begin with…no cheating…I can’t buy, say, a box of Cheez-Its with the rationale that i’ll only eat a few a day…so, i’m being strict with myself…so far so good i think…it’s easy to get in bad habits…to snack late at night watching tv, etc….i have given myself one day a week to eat a bit unhealthy(laugh)so i’m debating what to eat this week. Last sunday, i had pizzia w/my dad. I’m thinking chili this week…Mmmmmmmm chili spaghetti…

    • January 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I’m doing the same Tony. Lately I have had this weird addiction to Ruby Grapefruit…eating them by the dozen. I must say I’m feeling a bit better. Keep at it. I do understand the cheez-its mentality. I never buy peanut M & Ms, I’ll eat a whole pound bag before I realize what I’m doing.

  71. suzannelazear
    January 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Yeah, so those of you who read my middle grade elfpunk, the one with the faeries and the dancer…it went on submission yesterday. Will keep you posted.

    • Marsha
      January 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I have no doubt they will love it Suzanne. You’re an excellent writer.

    • January 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

      I don’t think i read that one…but good luck. 😉

      • suzannelazear
        January 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Tony, no you didn’t. It’s aimed at girls between Missy and Miss E. It will probably break your brain.

    • Jenn
      January 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I’m with Marsha & Tony, I have no doubt they will love it too. It’s a great story that will speak to a lot of kids that age 🙂

  72. January 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Hellooooo…ALCATRAZ: i finally watched the 2-hour premeiere and i really liked it! I like the setup, i think it’s set up for a nice comfortable run…all prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz in 1963 and now they are showing up again, causing trouble, as if they haven’t aged, carrying out assignments that even they don’t seem to understand, not remembering anything…i like the female cop – understated – and her comic-book, alcatraz expert who becomes her partner. The cop has a personal stake in the mystery which is cool. A lot of flashbacks which i normally don’t like, but i did like here. It’s set in San Francisco, of course, but i like that the show has given us the impression that everything has been filmed there as well(maybe it has, i don’t know;i doubt it–expensive!)…so many times, a show is set in a great city and then we never actually feel like we are there at all. There was a show earlier this year – the nine lives of chloe king – that was supposed to be set in SanFrancisco, but we never acually saw any of the city and the showrunners made no effort to at least approximate the locale – most of the show was interiors, coffee shops, houses, apartments, abandoned warehouses…So, anyhoo, i thought ALCATRAZ looked promising…Going to the library today to pick up Richelle Mead’s latest…i know—it’s getting terrible reviews, but i’ll read it(or try)…still cloudy and dreary here…

  73. January 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    😎 I hear LOST GIRL’s overnight rating here in the U.S. was pretty good – 1.5 million with desirable young adult numbers. Apparently that is considered good for that time slot/network. SUZANNE–i don’t know if you have any access to a dvr/tv/vcr but Syfy will replay the first episode of Lost Girl 3 more times before the next episode: thur/1AM;sat/1AM;and saturday again/11PM. Hope that helps. Finished THE HUNGER GAMES. I liked it. To tell the truth I liked GREGOR THE OVERLANDER better(shrug), but still i liked it. At least a B+ for me. I thought it was a bit of a copout for our two heroes not to have to deal with murdering someone. Everything was self-defense/luck. But i get it – it’s a YA not an adult novel. Still, i wonder what the movie is going to look like? It’s gotta be more violent…or will it? I don’t know. The twilight movies were pretty light when it came to violence, i have a feeling that is going to be the similiar approach to the HG movies…movies for a wider viewing audience. And i can’t blame them for that. I watched exactly 19 minutes of the premiere for the 2nd season of BEING HUMAN. That’s all i could take.(laugh) The pace is so slow…not to belabor the point, but if you’re going to do an ‘american’ version of something, be american! Faster pace, funnier, sexier, more violent, move move move(snaps fingers)…americans trying to copy an English style of filmaking/tv just doesn’t work for me.(shrug)Syfy should be Syfy, not BBC. Just my opinion. I forgot that JUSTIFIED(FX) was on last night.(3rd season premiere) Justified is set in the ‘real’ Hollows of Kentucky, and it’s terrific if you get a chance. MUD–hope you’re doing a bit better…i know, the pain never really goes away completely. Jenn–did you know the second season of LOST GIRL in Canada isn’t over yet? Apparently there are 22 episodes in the second season which picks back up this sunday(the 22nd). I wish i still knew someone who lived in CHICAGO so i could maybe visit and meet up w/you guys at least for lunch/drinks or something, but i don’t and i’m a bit crunched for funds this year.(shrug)

    • January 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      I’m so mad. I set my recorder and for some reason it didn’t record the show. I’ll try again for one of the repeats. It isn’t on HULU yet.

    • Jenn
      January 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Yes! I know that Lost Girl starts again this weekend! I’m very excited lol. And…it’s been picked up for season 3 🙂 Woooohoooooooooooo!

  74. mudepoz
    January 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    So we need two more…

    • Jenn
      January 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

      As much as I’d like to come this year, one of my sister’s is getting married that & I have this little trip to Cali to pay for so, I’m going to have to pass.

  75. mudepoz
    January 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I need a room mate, so when you get it together…

    • suzannelazear
      January 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I will probably need to do that crazy 4 to a room thing…or sleep in the bathtub

  76. Mud
    January 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Suzanne, do you have a roomie?

    • suzannelazear
      January 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      I don’t even have a plane ticket. I am not that organized.

  77. suzannelazear
    January 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Oh, MUD, HUGS.

    Life explosion still going strong. Still have no home internet. Sad I missed LOST GIRL.

    Ugh.

    Got invited to a writing retreat in oregon, so behind I’m temped to cry and plead deadlines to Hubby to justify spending the $…tho I just cried to keep going to RT CHicago in the budget so I might be pushing it…

  78. Mudepoz
    January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I wasn’t happy with the end end of the HG series, it fell flat. That was a common thought in the reviews, like she was rushed.

  79. January 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I have a DVR that lets me record, so I taped Alcatraz.(and a vcr on another tv – I’m prepared for all tv recording needs!*laugh*). I was wondering what Syfy would do for LOST GIRL…and it seems they chose to label it with a MA(mature) tag for language,sexuality, and nudity, rather than edit it. I’m glad. Kenzie curses and says a lot of innappropriate things and jokes and i would hate for a censor to mess that up. They kept all the “shits” and “dicks” in there(laugh). It’s a 10PM show, an adult show. I hope it did well in the ratings. I taped the premiere of the second season of the American BEING HUMAN. I watched part of THE FADES(BBCAmerica) before giving up on it. It wasn’t for me. The premiere of WHITE COLLAR is tonight. I like that show. Still haven’t read the newest RICHELLE MEAD or FAITH HUNTER book yet. BUT—I have started on THE HUNGER GAMES and i’m really liking it better than i thought. I shouldn’t have doubted SUZANNE COLLINS. I read her previous series, GREGOR THE OVERLANDER, and really liked it. I just assumed that the hunger games, from a young female viewpoint, would be very predictable and i was wrong. It is so dreary, dark, and wet here. blah! i’d rather have snow than overcast skies and cold rain.

  80. January 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    So Tony, are you going to watch one show tonight and tape the other? I don;t think my Dish lets me do that so I’ll be changing the channel often.

  81. January 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    THE FADES: (BBCAmerica)This show kinda snuck up on me. It debuts this saturday and is described as a Young Adult Horror/Fantasy. I don’t normally go for horror, but it’s gotten good reviews so I’ll give it a shot. 6 episode first season.
    BEING HUMAN: (SyFy) 2nd season debuts monday. It’s the lead in for the debut to LOST GIRL. I watched the first episode of the american version of Being Human last year and was disappointed that it didn’t navigate a more independent path from the original. I mean, if you are going to treat the material as a play then i don’t know why i would bother watching it?(shrug)Still, I’ve heard that they have indeed gone in somewhat of a different direction so I’ll give it another try.
    ALCATRAZ: (FOX) Debuts monday with a 2-hour premeire. I’m kinda excited about this one! Looking forward to it.

    I clued KH into the premiere of LOST GIRL but she had no interest…? She said she watched GRIMM to see how a pilot episode of an UrbanFantasy would go(in answer to question a month or so ago) so I don’t know why she wouldn’t check this one out(shrug)She even called me Vampy!(laugh)

    ***MUD: I ‘ve been thinking all day about your recent tragedy/problems…It has stuck w/me a bit, it not just being news from anyone…you’re my friend and i wish i was close by to help…just know that my thoughts are with you and your family…

    • Marsha
      January 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Tony, the premier of Alcatraz will be up against Lost Girl so I hope you can record and watch at the same time. Also, you message to Mud is well said. I feek the same.

      • January 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        I can’t type very well. Guess I need to put my glasses on.

      • mudepoz
        January 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Thanks all. It’s weird, it seems to hit me at the oddest times.

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Tony, have you seen ONCE UPON A TIME?
      I love that, I’m anxiously waiting for the latest episodes!!!

      • January 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

        I saw the first two episodes and it just didn’t ‘grab’ me.(shrug) I might end up giving it a second chance. It just seemed like one of those setups that is designed to go on and on and on without any resolution, the same characters, the same conflicts over and over, the same villians and heroes…again, maybe i’ll give it another shot eventually.

  82. January 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Marsha :
    Where is everyone hiding?

    I’ve had an interesting week. Serious car trouble which had me realizing that it’s time to sell my poor old Corsa Lite. I’m going to have to get a new one, i can’;t do the distances that I do in a car that’s unreliable.
    I was also mauled by a cat which had me getting a tetanus shot yesterday. Ouch…
    Also – I’ve started writing for an online blog! They saw an article of mine on my blog and wanted to know if I’d write for them. (But, lol, other people can apply as well… If you’re a nerd). It’s fun, I do about 2 articles a week, mostly about video games and movies. They’re at http://www.nerdtrek.com

    • Marsha
      January 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

      That’s exciting Alyssa! Good luck on the car front, mine is paid off in a few months and I’m hoping to keep it a couple of years and save enough to remodel my kichen.

    • January 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

      How cool! (I mean, on the blog, not the car trouble)

  83. January 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Outside of my boss leaving me a mess and three days notice and working everyday since Christmas, my foster son shot himself in the head. To make it worse, there is a blizzard so I can’t get there.

    • January 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      That’s awful, M. I’m so sorry about your foster son and everything else that seems to be happening at just the wrong time.

    • Marsha
      January 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Oh my God Mud, I’m so sorry.

    • January 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

      gods Mud, I am so sorry to hear this. I’m so sorry. *hug*

    • Jenn
      January 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      OMG Mud, I am so sorry to hear this, I hope you got to get there. Hugs.

  84. January 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

    HeyHey–

    THE FIRM(NBC): new show based on the book and film by John Grisham. I was looking forward to this, but I dropped out about halfway through the 2-hour premiere.(shrug)

    MONEYBALL: Film starring Brad Pitt, based on the book by the same name. Story about the general manager from the Oakland A’s professional baseball team who can’t compete with the large budget teams so he utilizes advanced mathematics in putting together a low-budget team by signing underappreciated players, older players. It’s a good movie, not great. I enjoyed it. I’d give it a B+.

    THE FINDER: is a spin-off from BONES. I remember seeing the BONES episode that introduced these characters and being underwhelmed, but I’ll give it another try…

    So how are we doing?(grin) It is supposed to snow today after it rains, then we are supposed to get high winds…oh boy, i need to get out and get some errands done.

  85. January 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Where is everyone hiding?

    • January 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I had a medical scare w/a family member, but it turned out not to be anything serious.

      • Marsha
        January 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Glad everything is OK.

    • suzannelazear
      January 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      This whole move business has been really draining. Still have no home interent. Can’t find anything. Sigh.

      • Marsha
        January 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        Chin up Suzanne. It will get better. At least this is your own place

  86. January 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Oh my God I’m tired…but it was so worth it!

    • January 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I watched the whole thing too…too many kicks…wish it had been a better game…(laugh)My dad went to Lousiana to a bowl game a few years back to see LSU and Notre Dame…he said the LSU fans were the rudest fans he’d ever been around.

  87. January 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Damn I hope Alabama beats LSU. They are the absolute worst fans in the country.

  88. January 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hey bunnies.

    Marsha, I saw you tried to call me one eve! Sorry for missing it! I was sleeping already. It was a week night at 12:52am. I was out like a light (and my phone was on silent). Sorry for missing you!!
    I’ve had a busy week, I’m back at work and trying to sort out my life in the ‘post vet denial’ phase. I’m still terribly disapointed and i went back to work thinking: Really? This crap again?!
    But, I have a job so I can’t really complain.
    One of my favorite bands released a new CD without telling me. (IN JANUARY 2011!!!) sneaky little bastards. The music is amazing and I thought I’d share some with you. 🙂

    • January 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I’m so sorry Alyssa. The minute I noticed what time it was here I knew you’d be asleep. I hope I didn’t wake you. I was just going to see how you were doing. Like the music…it sounds like a movie soundtrack.

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

        *laughs* don’t worry about it! My phone was on silent so I didn’t hear a thing! Normally it’s not but I’ve been receiving strange calls in the night so now I just don’t bother listening to it.

        The music is amazing, it is – believe it or not – a soundtrack to a comic book…

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I’m in a ‘blah’ mood as well for a variety of reasons. You know what you need? You need a distraction. New hobby, something. How bout American football?(ducks thrown shoe)”Stop! Stop! Sorry, just kidding. Sheesh.” Question:how do you get American tv shows? It seems that you are relatively familiar with current american shows. The reason i ask is that I know you were a big fan of LOST and the makers of that show have a new show debuting monday, January 16th called ALCATRAZ. It’s about time travelling former criminals from Alcatraz’s past. It stars former LOST star Jorge Garcia. Sounds interesting. Also, that same night, Syfy is debuting the Canadian show LOST GIRL. I know you’ve heard us talk about this show, I think you’d like it. I didn’t know if it’s easier for you to catch american shows than canadian shows(although, i think Lost Girl has been sold to Australia and the U.K.). Book reccomendation: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. For a gamer, SciFi lover like yourself, i think you’d like it. Be good. 😎

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        lol, I’m a product of my generation. A mate of mine downloads them and then I get them from her. The only problem with that is that I’m relatively at the mercy of her taste in shows. (I’ve been begging her to get Lost Girl for MONTHS). My PS3 works like a media drive so I watch the shows on my television that way. Cable here isn’t worth it (very expensive, about $100 per month – I’m not willing to pay that amount of money for numerous RERUNS) and our normal tv channels dont’ show anything of worth. Also, lol, I have a notoriously bad attention span when it comes to watching television. I’d get up and leave half way through or forget the next week that it’s on and then miss out on a major plot twist. It irritated me to such an extent that I stopped watching. 🙂

    • Jenn
      January 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I love this song! I will definately be checking out their other work!

      And…I still think you need to come to Canada and go to vet school lol.

  89. January 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Gail Carriger’s Soulless(First in Parasol Protectorate series) is being serialized in an online Manga magazine, YEN PLUS. Apparently, the manga story will then be gathered together for a paperback release starting in March, 2012. There are 3 planned for so far. The sketches I’ve seen so far are beautiful(by a female artist who goes by the name REM). Anyhoo, I found this cover…

    • January 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I’ve not read the books. Is there a werewolf involved? Sorry about the Bengals Tony. My quarterback, Tim Tybo, has lost the last three or four in a row. Florida hasn’t played well since he left.

      • January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

        Yes, her love interest is a werewolf. You would like the books – very unique, witty, sexy. It’s a slower paced, dialogue heavy style, but it is definitely ‘one-of-a-kind’ and that’s rare…

  90. January 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

    😦 My Bengals got crushed, 31-10. Not even close.(sigh)

  91. January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    TONY, Bengals may have slight edge this weekend. I’m hoping Giants win their game, prob be a close one.

  92. January 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    having to change email because of stuff. use @yahoo for now

    Moving tonight

    Not work, personal, not fun

  93. January 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Antonio :
    Did you check out those Succubus books i sent you? YOu might like them…they are a bit lighter.

    I did get half way through the first one before work went crazy, then got sidetracked by the new NOOK Color and I’ve been downloading like crazy since. I. Must. Stop. I did like it, not as much as the first two Dark Swan books though.

  94. January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Mean people suck. Just saying.

    • January 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Was someone rude on your blog or your other locations?

    • January 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Mean people are toxic, contagious, and they steal your lunch money and kick sand in your face…work?

  95. Kylie Ru
    January 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Oh my gosh, and there was so much tea to choose from. Oh! Suzanne…I got that Jack The Ripper book. xD Lol…so how’s everybody? I’m good. Classes start today (am not as financially screwed as I was last semester. However, ASU is holding my money hostage. Almost rescued it last night but somehow managed to accidently hit the right combination of keys to close the tab. O.e an hour and half worth of work….gone….in less than a second. I just about swore infront of my mom. I was like “SON OF A–AARRRGGG!!” So I get to do that again today but it won’t take as long cuz I’ve already read all the stuff and can just fly through.) Today’s class is advanced developmental biology. Weeeeee.

    Marsha~! Lol I’m all caught up on Supernatural. How could you not love the angels?! Cas and Gabe and Balthazar are AMAZING!! Well…were amazing, I guess. I’m convinced they’re coming back. Gods…I cried. I cried so hard. Oh, and there’s finally someone I hate more than Nick. His name is Dick…and he’s a dick… He shot Bobby. BUT BOBBY’S GONNA BE OKAY!!!! HE’S GOTTA BE! HE’S BOBBY!!!

    I wanted to say something else………oh yeah! So Mike has this marvel pinball game on the PS3, right? I started playing Thor. I’ve gotten like 33.7 million points. Mike freakin blew my score away with his 80-something million. But I will once again earn my title of Defender of Asgard.

    • January 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Kylie-girl! I only understood half of what you wrote and you know what? That’s totally cool with me(grin). Miss you, goober. Stay out of trouble. 😎

    • January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Oh, you did? Tell me if it’s good!

    • January 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Bobby got shot!!! He has to be OK. Who’s gonna keep those boys out of trouble? Welcome back even if it’s only for a little while.

      • Kylie Ru
        January 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        YES! Right in the freakin HEAD! But he’s gonna be okay. I keep teling myself this. I LOVE BOBBY!! They already killed off Gabe and Cas. THEY CAN’T TAKE MY BOBBY AWAY, TOO!!! But yeah. New episode tonight. Hopefully…hopefully it won’t open with a funeral.

  96. January 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Yes, Kylie and I went out drinking…at a tea place. 🙂

    After 2 years of taking care of grandma I just can’t do it any more, especially since it’s 1 1/2 hrs *each way* to work from her place. Looking for a place closer ot Missy’s school.

    MUD, sucks to hear about work. HUGS

    • January 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I never minded long commutes to and from work, but i never had a wife and child either. Then to get home and, well, be in someone else’s home…that could be taxing, i’m sure. YOu’re husband and stepdaughter probably like living there though.(shrug)Still, it doesn’t sound like you’ll be living too far away from her either, which could work out for everyone.

  97. Mud
    January 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    WTF. Tony

  98. Mud
    January 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Tobi.Working off my Fire

    • January 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Ha! Tobi. You know what that reminds me of? There’s an episode of the tv show FRIENDs where Chandler has a co-worker who thinks Chandler’s real name is Tobi…they’ve been working in the same building together for a few years and Chandler never corrected him after the first time he got his name wrong so after awhile it got too awkward to correct him!(laugh) Then Chandler gossips about this guy and the guy chases him down and says, “Tobi, do you know who this SOB Chandler is? He’s been talking about me.”(laugh!)I had a friend whose father used to call me Rich(my last name) and i never corrected him either.

      OK—I’m sensing you don’t want this guy’s job?(grin) “Working off my Fire.” Is that an expression or did you buy a Kindle Fire? Because if it’s the latter, tell me if you like it(I’m thinking of getting one, but i’m holding off waiting for Amazon to update, improve it.

  99. Mud
    January 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Tobi,I get a political nightmare, 50 hour 7 day work week and no recompense.

  100. January 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    HANGOVER 2: I wasn’t expecting much, the reviews warned that it wasn’t as good as the first one. But, I gotta say – I really liked it! For me, it was as good as the first. I know, I know – it’s a raunchy, stupid movie – but, sometimes, when a movie, tv show, book, art, fully commits to raunchy and stupid(laugh) sometimes, not always, but sometimes you get something special. I admit it: I liked this movie. I laughed outloud more than once(which i rarely ever do), and that’s something. let me tell ya’. I’d give it a B+.

    Suzanne: Are you moving out of your mother-in-law’s place?(can’t remember if you are still there…?). Did you take MIssKylie drinking?(grin) Is she over 21 yet?

    MUD: So, does this mean you get a promotion/raise? Might be worth it. Too cool about the FaithHunter acknowledgement!(I don’t have the book yet)

    Jenn: I’m not exactly sure of where you live…how close are you to Toronto? They must be experts at clearing roads of snow. I saw a Travel Channel show called LAYOVER with Anthony Bourdain that was shot in Montreal. I gotta get to Montreal one of these days – it looks very cool. If you’ve been, what is your opinion of the city?

    Marsha: I know, I know – the reviews are terrible, terrible, terrible for the way RMead ended the Dark Swan series. I haven’t read yet myself. I really loved that main character and the setup in the first book: human girl w/magical demon hunting powers becomes a Queen in the land of people that were her sworn enemies. And she can move easily back and forth between the two worlds/lives. Too cool. How did she so totally screw that up?!

    • Jenn
      January 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

      I live 2 hours south of Toronto. But we get about the same weather as they do. Yes lol we are good at snow removal here! I’ll have to check out that show. I have only passed through Montreal, but from what I remember it is a big city & has lots of culture to offer.

      • January 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        2 hours south? You’re practically in Detroit!

    • Marsha
      January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      She basically left everyone with no closure. I can’t really say too much without ruining the book for anyone dumb enough to buy it, but it seems she left everything open in case she wants to go back there one day. Sucks.

      • January 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        Did you check out those Succubus books i sent you? YOu might like them…they are a bit lighter.

  101. January 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    My job has really sucked lately, my boss gave us 4 days notice before he retired and everything is just FUBAR. I’m working a 7 day week, and other than comp time, I don’t get recompense. So…I’ve been crabby.

    Then I got my Kindle Raven’s Curse by Faith Hunter.
    I’m in the acknowledgments. *Thud*

    • Jenn
      January 4, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Sounds like you’ve got some ups & downs. I hope the ups help with the downs for you!

      Hugs

    • Marsha
      January 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Oh my God how cool! The acknowledgement part, not the work part. I hear you about that. I still have 46 hours of comp time tos take for extra hours wotked during the moves to the new courthouse.

  102. January 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I loved the Hunger Games books until the end. I think it got rushed through and ends were not well tied up. I felt cheated after being emotionally invested.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Hmm. I’ve heard that the end is disapointing, as if the author was late for a deadline and rushed it…

  103. Marsha
    January 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I finished Richelle Mead’s last book in the Dark Swan series. All I can say is “That’s how you’re going to end it…really?”

  104. January 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Antonio :
    I need to read that. I’ve had the book here at the house over 2 years now! (sigh)So many books…

    Tony, it took me 5 hours to finish it, really, lol, you can find 5 hours somewhere I’m sure…

    It’s really very good. But then, I’m always a post-apocalyptic fan of anything.

  105. January 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Happy New Year everyone

    hung out with Kylie in AZ.

    Finished my rough rough rough draft of book 2 yesterday

    apartment hunting

    ~yawns~

    And now back to work…

    HUGS

    • Jenn
      January 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

      I hope you have fun with Kylie.
      Apartment hunting?

  106. Jenn
    January 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

    It sounds like you all enjoyed your football yesterday!

    Anyone else got snow yet? We got dumped on in the last 24hours. I’d say about a foot! So of course, no one can drive this morning. *sigh* Oh well. Be safe!

  107. January 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Sorry, omitted the word “East.” Giants won NFC East title. 😀

  108. January 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    TONY… Giants won NFC title so may see ya in Super Bowl. 😉 Watched some college football too. So many bowl games! Lol
    Hope all you guys have a great year! Hey we’re now in our third year together over here. After 59 DS pages it’s still a cool place to hang even if we can’t all chat every day.

    • January 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Two words. Badgers. Green Bay.

      • January 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        I was pulling for the Badgers to beat Oregon in the ROse Bowl. Great game. The ducks are so obnoxious. The Big Ten is taking it’s lumps this year in the bowl games.

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Ryan–my Bengals are ridiculously lucky to have made the playoffs…they only beat one team with a winning record:The Tennessee Titans…as it turns out, THAT was the win that kept THEM(Titans) out of the playoffs. Super Bowl? – OMGosh, if the Bengals make it to the SuperBowl it just might be a sign of the coming apocolypse.(grin)

  109. January 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hey Tony. Sorry my Gators chomped your Buckeyes…not! The way the Gators have been playing the past few years I have to enjoy every win I can get.

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      My Buckeyes AND my Fighting Irish lost.(sigh)

  110. January 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Antonio :
    RM book:It apparently is the last in the series and the reviews have been bad, bad, bad. The first book was so good!

    This book is a HUGE disappointment so far. It’s pretty much boring as hell.

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      I get the impression she fell out of love w/series and hurried up and ended it after three, especially with all the bad reviews for #2. She has so many other things she’s writing…her Bloodlines(YA series) series, which is a spinoff from her Vampire Academy books, is booming. Her Succubus series…

      • January 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        I could never get into that series, I like the others quite a bit…

  111. January 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    It’s the day after New Years…there’s snow on the ground! Today is a mammoth day of college football – 6 bowl games – so I’ll be soaking that up because the college season is almost up. My pro team – the Cincinnati Bengals – barely squeezed into the playoffs for only the 3rd time in the last 20 years, so that’s cool. Looking forward to LOST GIRL hitting American airwaves in 2 weeks – hoping it does well. New show on horizon in 2 weeks on network tv – ALCATRAZ. It comes from the creative minds of LOST and looks interesting. Time travelling conspiracy involving criminals from Alcatraz’s past? C’mon, I gotta see what that’s about, right? Be good. 😎

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      There is a very strange vibe at Alcatraz. I really believe if anyplace is haunted, that place is.

  112. Jenn
    January 2, 2012 at 7:58 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

    How is everyone doing so far?

  113. January 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!!!

  114. December 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I hope you all have a Happy New Year!!!

    • December 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

      I’m staying off the roads New YEar’s Eve – too many drunks!(grin). Lot’s of football to watch.

      Stay happy and safe people.

    • January 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      LOL, I did the same!
      Happy New Year everybody!!

      So, I stayed in bed the whole day and had a ball. Read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (book 1) Very good.

      • January 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

        I need to read that. I’ve had the book here at the house over 2 years now! (sigh)So many books…

  115. December 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    😎 I was in a bookstore last week and read the first chapter of A Perfect Blood in the back of the mass-market paperback, Pale Demon. It’s always good to read something from KH – even when the characters go in odd directions – and it makes me anxious to read her newest.

    MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: a movie by Woody Allen starring Owen Wilson. It’s about an American writer who is in Paris with his fiance and her parents. He’s a guy who romanticises the past…he loves Paris, but wishes he could have visited it in the 1920s. Sooooooo, as movies go, that’s just what happens – every night at midnight, a car picks him up and takes him to 1920s Paris where he meets people like Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Elliott, Picasso, F.Scott Fitzgerald. It didn’t get great reviews, but I liked it. Nothing great, but the city is beautiful and the story is surprisingly sweet, funny…I’d give it a B.

    Looking to read the latest from Faith Hunter and Richelle Mead…

    • Marsha
      December 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      I downloaded Richelle Mead’s book yesterday but haven’t had a chance to start it yet. I have major reservations since I hated the last one.

      • December 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

        RM book:It apparently is the last in the series and the reviews have been bad, bad, bad. The first book was so good!

  116. December 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    FATE’S EDGE by Ilona Andrews: Continuing series(3rd) gives us new character, Audrey Callahan, a young conwoman who can magically open locks, doors, but is trying to go legit. She gets pulled into trouble by her no-good father and brother for one more job to get enough $ to send her druggie brother to a posh rehab facility. Eventually, she meets up with Kaldar Mar(whom we met in last book), a thief and gambler who is now working as a ‘spy-for-hire’ for ‘The Mirror’, a sort of black-ops, intelligence organization that his cousin, Cerise, and every other character we’ve met in this series now works for. Their enemy: The Hand. I’ve lost track of the long story in this series of ‘why’ these two deadly spy organizations are playing this spy game, all we know is that the Mirror is the good guys and the Hand is the bad guys. The two young brothers from the first book, Jack and George(shifter and necromancer respectively) are now 12 and 14 and have run away from home to ‘help’ Kaldar. Gaston(half water giant/don’t ask) and nephew of Kaldar, is also along with the ride. Together with Audrey, they try to steal back the magical item that Audrey and her family had stolen in the first place. I can’t remember what was so special about the stolen artifact, the real story is another romance between two magically special, beautiful people who have suffered tragedy in their life and now are grudgingly brought together to fight a common ememy. Pretty much the same story as the first two in the series. I didn’t get a real handle on the two characters until they had their requisite revealing heartfelt arguement towards the end of the book. I liked all the characters, main and supporting. The villians are truly scary. The world is vivid. It felt like one of those saturday night Syfy movies…not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just i felt maybe this one was rushed a bit…it felt too familiar…not special, but enjoyable. B-.

    • December 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      I liked the story too, but I agree that the ending feels like it was very rushed to make a deadline. Still, the world building in this series is amazing. Just like the Kate Daniels series. Did you read the Christmas present on their blog, the Kate and Curran short? Wonderful.

      • December 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Thanks for the heads up;just got done reading it. It’s always good to read a Kate Daniel’s story. I wonder about reading an entire book based in the same universe about a supporting character – which i guess is targeted for summer, 2012.

    • Marsha
      December 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Ah, the baby you can’t part with.

  117. December 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Fleas Navidad and Yappy Howlidays…

    That’s all I got. Unless y’all want to see the TD walk with Mandy.

    • December 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Who is Mandy?

  118. December 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!

  119. December 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  120. December 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Hey everybody!
    Just popping in to say Merry Christmas!!

  121. Jenn
    December 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hi Gang! I got an joke today that I have to share with you all:

    Shot my first turkey yesterday. Scared the shit out of everyone in the frozen food section…It was awesome! Getting old is so much fun!

    I hope you laughed as hard as I did 😉

    • December 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      I understand completely!

  122. December 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Merry Christmas everybody!!!! A bit early because things are a bit crazy at work this week and I wanted to be sure to wish all of you a holiday filled with joy and peace. Life can be rough at times and it’s always good to know at those times that we have good people, good friends to talk to. So enjoy the holidays and I wish you lots of good things in the coming year.

    • December 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Ryan, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  123. December 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Alyssa–sorry to hear about the disappointment of not getting into vet school. It sounds like you have a plan B though…sometimes plan B’s turn out to be pretty good.

  124. Marsha
    December 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I read Kim’s reply to my comment yesterday. I know without a doubt now that I will not like the last three books. It’s time for me to move on from the Hollows

    • December 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      I know exactly what you mean, Marsha. I haven’t decided if I’m gonna read the new book. Time was I used to count the weeks waiting for the next Hollows. I dunno. Didn’t expect to lose interest, though it does happen with a long series.

  125. December 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    ALYSSA…so sorry you didn’t make it in. How can they do this to us!?!? We wanted a veterinarian in the family. 😉 They’re missing out on someone really special. Will you try next year? You should. ❤

    • December 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

      I’m not sure. I’m getting older Ryan (Marsha, stop laughing). I’m most probably going to do my Master’s now and then – when I have a Master’s, there’s little sense in moving back to become a vet. I’d then rather just close my eyes and continue to do my phd. Then at least you’ll have a doctor in the family, lol.

  126. December 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hey everybody,

    so… I didn’t make it. I’m pretty crushed. But I’ll survive.
    Hope you’re all well.
    Hugz.
    Me.

    • December 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Awwwwwww. HUGS. ~sends cupcakes~

      I am so sorry to hear that.

    • December 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Do NOT give up! If this is what you really want, try some other schools. By the way, please send me an email, I think I might have your email wrong.

    • December 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

      🙂 Your mail came through Marsha.
      Thank you everybody, I can feel the support.

  127. December 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    😎 HeyHey evrabody…

    ‘Happy Happy, Joy Joy’ to MUD for new puppies. And Happy Hanukkah as well.

    Jenn–WInter Solstice:i forgot about that(even though it is on my calender). Then again, i noticed that yesterday was national carroling(spell?) day and i didn’t observe that either.

    FATE’S EDGE: i’m about 100 pages in…i like it so far…

    I need to venture out to finish up w/christmas and birthday shopping(both my sister AND her daughter, MissE, were born on the after Christmas).

  128. December 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

    • Marsha
      December 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

      They’re so cute! I want a new baby now.

  129. Jenn
    December 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Happy Solstice Everyone!!! I hope you all make it though the shortest day of the year with joy & ease 🙂

    • Marsha
      December 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

      Happy Solstice too you as well!

  130. December 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    NO Marsha, I haven’t had a chance to read yours, yet, either! It’s crazy, end of semester and beginning of holidays! HAPPY HANUKKAH!

  131. December 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I’m thinking that I forgot to subscribe, which is why I haven’t been around *Facepalm*

    • December 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      I was afraid you were mad at me because I still haven’t finished your manuscript. I’m sorry, I gave in to temptation and read Fate’s Edge, but I have time to myself this weekend and I should be able to finish it.

  132. suzannelazear
    December 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Did you see tour dates and such are up on Kim’s blog?

    The LA signing is *so* close to me, and it’s on a Saturday. Woot! Jenn…can you come to LA a weekend or two earlier and we’ll go glomp Kim together???

    • December 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

      She comes to Cleveland on a wednesday. That’s about 3 1/2 hours from me. It’s at a library which is different…?

      • December 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        aparentl;y the library one is pre-reigstration only and already open on the library’s website…

    • Jenn
      December 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

      lol…I wish I could…that would be a lot of fun!

    • Marsha
      December 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Somehow I don’t feel right going to see Kim when I have no intention of buying the new book.

      • December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

        you could reserve it at the library.

      • Marsha
        December 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        I don’ plan on reading it at all…can’t stoach watching a strong woman getting hooked-up with an abusive male.

  133. Jenn
    December 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Hi Gang! How is everyone? All set for the holidays?
    Tony – I’m hoping to see KH at some point this year,but I don’t know where or when yet.
    Marsha – I want to see your new hair! I bet it looks fantastic 🙂
    Alyss – I am going to check that comic out next lol. I really hope that the school doesn’t wait until the last minute to tell you that you’re in. And I want to see your new hair cut! Oh as for product, another one that I like is the Pantene products. Anything for curly hair from them works well for me.
    Suzi – That book review looks awesome! Very Squee worthy!!! How do I tag so you can play with the big girls? lol

    Lost Girl has been picked up for season 3 here in Canada. Season 2 was really good, better than season 1! I hope they don’t cut out too much for you all. That would really suck.

  134. December 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Another night, another movie. I know! I get this way…concentrate on this or that for awhile. Anyhoo–this time the movie was FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. I like romantic comedies…i do!(laugh)…not all of them, and precious few are great, but generally you can count on most at least being “good”…i liked this one…yes it was slight, could have been done better. So often in the movies with only 2 hours to tell a story one feels like they are watching a cooking show–one part this, two parts this, preheat the oven, cook for so many minutes…i could have used many different metaphors here, but the meaning is the same:there’s only so many different ways to tell the same story. It really comes down to the actors in romantic comedies…yes, the script can be especially clever and witty, but we’ve seen it all before, and even if we don[‘t know “exactly” how to make lasagna, we kinda expect a certain…well, expectation that one ingredient after another in certain proportions, cooked for a ccertain—you know what? I’m already tired of my own metaphor(laugh!)…you get the idea:it’s hard to put a new spin on an old story. Soooooooooo I’d give this one a solid B. 😎

    • Jenn
      December 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

      I liked the movie too. Mila is so funny. 🙂

  135. December 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I’m on a movie viewing kick lately. Watched SUPER 8 last night – it was pretty good. It felt like 20 minutes had been cut out of it though. I’d give it a B+. Going to the library today to pick up copy of FATE’S EDGE – WooHoo! Finally. Did anybody read it yet? Marsha? MUD? It is windy and overcast here…deeeeeeeeepressing.

    • December 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      I did. It isn’t my favorite, but still it’s very good. The biggest issue I have is that the ending seems like it was very rushed.

  136. December 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Alyssa :
    Recommend away. I’m desperate.

    Do they have Aveda in SA? Their Smooth Infusion is one of the bests. I bought some by mistake and it’s sitting in my cabinet. I wish I could get it to you. Anyway, just look for a leave in product that you leave in your hair after you wash it. You just rub a little bit in your palms and then rub your palms gently through your hair.

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:20 am

      I’ll go and look today. I’m a one brand kinda girl, lol, never bother looking at the other stuff.

  137. December 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

    So, no word from Vet school yet, all I know is that I’m on the short list. turns out they might let me know THREE BLOODY DAYS before class starts whether I’m in or not. (fuck it fuck it fuck it).

    Also, hair. Fail.
    Turns out, shorter hair curls easier if the weather’s clammy. I washed my hair last night (for the first time since it’s been cut) and today, it was unmanagable. The bloody hairdresser seems to be the only one to tame this. (sigh).

    I have to start doing Yoga again. I’m getting a bit fuzzy around the edges.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Hmmmm…i guess i don’t know what goes in to applying for vet school. I know it’s kinda tough for med school here in states, but i don’t know about vet school. Would it be crazy to apply to foreign schools? I wouldn’t know how that would work either, might be more expensive for all i know.(shrug)

      • December 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        I won’t be able to afford doing it abroad, I can scarcely afford doing it here. 🙂 I have to wait, I’ve technically got three years worth of the subjects. I’m going to be joining the second year if I make it. I have made it to the short list, now i just have to wait for our department to sort themselves out and make the list of the canidates who got in availible.

    • December 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Ugh, that sucks ~HUGS~ That happened to my brother for med school, and sure enough, the day before classes started (or something crazy like that) he finds out he’s in — and it was in ANOTHER state. Good luck!!!

      • December 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        And I still have to quit my job, lol.

    • Marsha
      December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Oh I hope you get in! As for the hair you need to use a product on it after you shampoo. Mine refuses any curl or frizz of any kind, but gets full of static and looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket without putting something in it. I can recommend something, if you can find it over there.

      • December 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        Recommend away. I’m desperate.

  138. December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Morning! 😎

    I watched the latest Pirates of the Carribean last night. It was good, not great. Solid B.

    Did you guys catch the little drama on “ask Kim A Question” page? Apparently someone named “Lisa” verbally attacked a regular poster – Valerie Yoder. I don’t read that page every day;maybe once or twice a week. So, i missed the beginnings. Anyhoo–i wrote her a little note and told the anecdote of when i first tried to talk to Mindi(MUD) on the drama page about 3-4 years ago.(laugh)I told her(Val) maybe her and this Lisa might end up as friends.(laugh) But, i kinda doubt it. Also, Suzanne—I showed KH your book cover and she said it looked fab! She said she thought you would do well with it as well. Cool, right? Marsha–round-robin would be fun but we don’t seem to get an active, constant flow here as much to do it…i think we tend to e-mail/text/phone call each other individually these days…i think ryan and kylie and some others keep more in contact this way(i don’t tend to text/phone call so much myself)…I’ve got my nose to the grindstone on something myself(what an odd expression i just used…where did i get that?) and it would be oh so easy to get distracted–i’m addicted to distration, procrastination.(grin)I have been thinking about floating a new NaStyRoMo this february…something with some reservations, guidelines, like ONE self-contained story under, say, 4-5 thousand words.(shrug)

  139. December 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Cool article in USAToday about self-publishing. Many consider it the new “slush pile”…a way to get your early stuff noticed and make some $ in the process…without having to invest a lot of $ yourself, most e-book self-publishers sell their book for 99 cents and pocket 35 cents(with the seller, Amazon or B&N or whoever) pocketing the rest. It’s not a lot, but traditional publishers are not going to give first time authors much anyway.(shrug)

    • December 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

      P.S. If you go to Amazon and type in “Suzanne L…” up pops Suzanne Lazear! That’s kinda cool, right? Many young writers, you have to nearly type in their entire name before it prompts the name. Maybe the 25 “likes” are helping…?(shrug) 😎

      • December 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

        My agent keeps tweeting “stop gifting me your self pubbed ebook, it’s no substitute for a query”

        yes, all the likes and tages, help *alot* would love to have 200 people tag it with steampunk so I can play with the big girls…

    • December 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      I agree with you about the possibility that epublishing can give new writers a chance to grow. However, since I got the ereader I’ve read some of those little $.99 shorts and that is all they are worth. Most of them were not written as well as my fellow NaSties write. Speaking of which, y’all need to get busy. I’m reading Mud’s story, but I’ve had nothing from any of the rest of you. Suzanne, you’re excused since I have to pay for the privilage of reading your writing now. How would you guys feel about a “round robin” kind of story where one person writes a chapter, another writes the next, etc. Could be fun?

  140. December 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Alyssa is dreaming of Weed. And she cut her hair off. And Marsha died her hair to look feisty. (grin)

    Did you see KH’s post about Paul’s top paranormal book list from 2011? what a ridiculous list! No Ilona Andrews?! No Gail Carriger, Jocelynn Drake, Faith Hunter, Richelle Mead? Best year ever?! Huh? He did give some love to new writer Kevin Hearne which was cool.

    GRIMM–in an episode last week they had a visiting female supe who was a badass wolf. The show is set in Portland by the way. Anyhoo—They said, almost as a throw-away line, something about how she was dating Adam Haupmann. Isn’t that the name of the alpha male in Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series?(set in the state of Washington, by the way)…I’m going to have to pay attention: maybe they are going to pay homage to supe writers/stories/characters in the show. That would be fun.

    • Marsha
      December 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      I did’t catch that! Yes I’m pretty sure that is the name of the one that Mercy did’t pick.

    • December 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      I did catch that — and he’s the one Mercy ends up with 🙂

  141. December 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Thought I’d share – I cut my hair for something like the first time in 5 years. Now, it’s not around my waist anymore but dangling around my shoulders.

    • Marsha
      December 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Let us see what it kooks like! I’ll bet it’s easier to care for. I just git a wild whim and had mine died really red with a big blond streak over my right eye. When you do that at my age they call you fiesty.

    • December 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

      I have to say, it’s a LOT lighter. And, it’s quicker to brush. And, it looks much better kept in general. I’ve never highlighted or dyed my hair, but then – lol, I don’t need to. It’s red enough as it is… o_O The women were fighting who was going to get to cut it.

  142. December 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

    OUR IDIOT BROTHER: movie with Paul Rudd. I liked it! It was good. Light, silly. It was about a good natured, happy guy who is a bit too nice for his own good, getting into trouble first by selling pot to a uniformed police officer…yes, you heard me – “uniformed” police officer. He then loses his job, girlfriend, and dog and has to move in with his mother, then his 3 sisters, causing trouble with every turn. Anyhoo–all ends well as he fixes his 3 sisters who didn’t think they needed fixing…turns out they are more messed up than he is. I’d give it a B+/A-.

    Suzanne–do you mind if i show KH your book cover? I understand you don’t want to seem pushy. I, on the other hand, have no such compulsion.(grin) I’ll add it as a “oh, by the way…” comment at the end of a question/post.

    • December 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Go right on ahead. 🙂

    • December 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      I watched REAL STEEL over the weekend. That was also very good, i really enjoyed it (because I actually didn’t expect much).
      🙂
      I dreamt I had weed on me last night, lol. I need to find a supplier… damn, lol.

  143. December 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’m addicted to a web comic with Steampunk theme:

    http://www.girlgeniusonline.com

    Also, on MONDAY I hear whether or no I’m accepted into veterinary school. I’m on the short list who’s profiles went in front of a panel today. *breathes in and out rather quickly* This is it. This is what I’ve been waiting for for almost 6 months.

    • December 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Good Luck! 😎

    • December 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      All fingers are crossed for you. I think you’d make an awesome vet!

  144. December 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    • December 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Too cool! Definitely sqeee worthy. Congratulations Suzanne, I’m so proud to be able to tell people my friend wrote that book!

      By the way, one of the charities at work this year collects pajamas and books for older foster kids. What books would you recommend I buy for teen girls?

      • December 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

        My fave YA books this year were Hourglass (timeslip) by Myra McEntire, The Vespertine (Gaslamp) by Saundra Mitchell, The Candidate (paranormal) by Inara Scott, The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk) by Kady Cross, and the Iron Fey Series (faeries) by Julie Kasagawa.

    • December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Too cool. Did you ever show KH your book cover? I bet she’d like to see it.

      • December 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        No, never showed it to Kim. I had a shy moment. Didn’t want her to think I was a stalker, lol.

  145. December 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I see that NBC is running an episode of GRIMM tonight(thursday) and tomorrow(fri) as well to build some interest/excitement. Of all the new SciFi/Fantasy introduced this fall, Grimm is by far my favorite. Once Upon A Time seems to be the breakout star though, getting twice as many viewers as Grimm. American Horror Story is still getting a lot of buzz as well. I hope Grimm survives…it could be improved(could use a shot of sexiness/romance), but i think it’s pretty good right now. It will be interesting to see if LOST GIRL can garner decent ratings here in America…if this had been developed in america, instead of canada, i’m sure they would play down the bisexuality(make the good doc some unlikable harpy, femme fatale, looking to take advantage of Bo/play up the male lead–Dyson. I like Dyson as well – it would be a sound strategy, i have to admit. I don’t know if american women are going to like Bo…we’ll see. )

    • December 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I am looking forward to Lost Girl, since you all talk so much about it. I like Grimm. Never seen Once Upon a Time. It’s a Missy bedtime so I always miss it and I’m not good with the watching shows online thing.

    • Marsha
      December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      I’m so afraid they’re going to ” clean it up” here in The States. American TV is so afraid of anyone protesting or complaining. I almost wish it was on cable for that reason alone.

      • December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

        There’s some language, sexual situations and brief nudity that garners a tv14 rating in Canada…i wonder if Syfy will edit or go with a more mature rating, tv-ma? Not that there is wall-to-wall mature content, but there is definitely enough to warrant an american mature rating…there’s so many funny, dirty lines – i hope they don’t cut…

  146. December 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I finally watched the last HARRY POTTER movie(Deathly Hallows, part2)…it was good. It must have been impressive in 3D at the theatre. I have to admit i liked the earlier books/movies better, but i am impressed w/the author and studios for gradually “maturing” the storytelling. If i hadn’t read the books, i would have been totally lost those last 3 movies. B+/A-. There were Holiday episodes of Warehouse13 and Eureka last night(taped them)…i’m still waiting for the library to chase down a copy of Ilona Andrew’s latest(I was first on the list!*laugh*)…Suzanne–I’m finishing up beta read today/tomorrow–you must be totally annoyed w/my cranky suggestions(hey, what are friends for*grin*)…Marsha–I totally ate ALL the brownies you sent me for my BDay…yes, I am a pig(“oink oink”)…they were soooooooooo good. MUD–How are you feeling? Any better? JENN–KH is coming to Cleveland,OH apparently, which is 3 1/2 hours away from me. I don’t know if i’m going to make the drive or not(probably not)…are you going to drive to Michigan signing? Alyssa–how you doing? I’m going to give my nephews my old Playstation 2 and all the games i have for Christmas. They have other systems, but they like the old consoles/games as well. Ryan and Kylie – stay out of trouble(grin)…PS–I have a brand new roof! (and just in time – it has been raining every day since)… be good… 😎

    • December 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Doing alright thank you. Suffering from a serious case of gatvolness. And no i’m not translating, lol.

      I’ve become addicted to a Steampunk comic Girl Genius.

      • December 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

        Oh, I wanted to say that I also enjoyed the last HP. I saw it in 3D and it was impressive. I hadn’t really liked the last couple so this one was refreshing. And it’s great that it’s now finished.

      • December 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        No, your suggestions have made me think…though I have been runing them by the teen girl peanut gallery as well for second and third opinions (sometimes they do agree with you :)) And that’s *exactly* what betas are for.

      • December 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        Really, I do appreciate them all and I appreciate you taking the time to read through it. 🙂

      • December 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

        I’ve seen Girl Genious online…the collected graphic novels are kinda expensive…hmmmm…i should check and see if my library system has them…without looking up the translation, i would hazard that gatvolness does not seem like a good thing.

    • December 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      I was so late with your brownies I owe you something else. I”m making some snowball cookies soon, I’ll try to get some to you. I have to watch myself, I eat them like pop corn. I watched the Holiday shows from Si Fi last night. I lked Eurika, not so much Warehouse 13.

  147. December 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Because I haven’t spammed you guys with game trailers in a while – here’s some food for thought. This has also been one of my ‘most anticipated games of the year’. I haven’t bought it yet, because I like to wait for reviews first. Turns out, there are so many glitches in the thing that the only thing worth watching is the trailer. this is what happens if video games are rushed. Sigh.
    Still a great trailer though.

    • Marsha
      December 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Wow. The graphics are getting so sophisticated these days. It’s visually beautiful.

  148. December 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I saw a funny commercial advertising Trueblood DVDs as a Holiday present. It’s funny because, if you are like me, you are often asked what kind of shows/books you like and then asked to explain what they are about.

  149. December 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So, I’ve finished the third season of Being Erica. Really enjoy this series!!!! It’s like sitting in therapy for myself, lol. Free shrink consultation.

    • December 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

      I think there was a channel here in america that was showing it…the Soap Network, i think? I haven’t seen it…

      • December 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

        It’s super. I’ve really enjoyed it. Yes, I think it’s on the Soap Network. It’s girly, but I like it because it gives you a little something ot think about.

  150. December 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Tony, I watched Neverland last night. I liked the start of it, but either I got tired or it started to drag for me later. I really enjoyed the gaslight London scenes best.

    • December 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

      It really dragged for me as well…the promos squeeze all that’s beautiful and exciting about it(laugh)…it’s somewhat disengenious(spell?), right? I taped the second half…might as well watch it. Hey, did you notice the LOST GIRL promos during the commercials? Itk’s the first time i’ve seen those…there are some long clips of the second season on YouTube i saw yesterday…

      • Jenn
        December 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        Second season is really good, but you want to watch it in order…just FYI.

  151. Kylie Ru
    December 4, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Heh…hi, guys.

    • December 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Hey, our social butterfly is still alive! I check you out on twitter every now and then Kylie. You seem to be happy and active. To quote Martha Stewart, “That’s a good thing”.

      • Kylie Ru
        December 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        Lol I guess so. School’s been a pain so that’s what’s been taking most of my time. Finals start Thursday.

    • December 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Hey, little goober.

      • Kylie Ru
        December 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

        Goober? I am not a goober….okay, maybe I am. xD

    • December 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Kylie!! *GLOMPS*

      🙂
      Welcome back

    • Jenn
      December 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Kyls! How are finals studying coming along?

  152. Jenn
    December 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hello my lovelies! I’ve missed you all & am very sorry for my long absence. I’ve had 5 days off in the past 35 (or there abouts). This is going to be my first complete weekend off.
    How is everyone?
    Suzi, I’m going to look at dragons for you this weekend.
    Hugs to you all!

    • December 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      I hope you enjoy your time off, you’ve earned it.

      • Jenn
        December 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

        Thanks, it was good to hide at home lol.

    • December 4, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Hey MissJenn… 😉

      • Jenn
        December 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

        Hello Tony! How’s life treating you?

    • December 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Everybody, they are coming back! WOOT!

  153. December 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

    It’s the weekend! I’ve seen a couple of movies this week:CRAZY,SEXY LOVE…or is it Crazy, Stupid Love? ANyhoo, it stars steve carrel, emma stone, ryan gosling, among others. It’s about love and relationships in different stages. It’s very entertaining, but “Hollywood reality” is substituted for real reality so much in the course of the story that i couldn’t help but feel more and more detached from the characters…luckily, there was enough heart and great acting to make up the difference…but it could have been better if it had dared to respect the audience a little more. TRANSFORMERS:DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – about what you would expect with terrific special effects and non-stop action. The story was actually well thought out this time mixing in the Soviet/American space race to the moon in the 1960s with Chernobyl in the 1980s…Chicago gets the crap kicked out of it in this one…So, I would give the former a solid B, and the later a B+. Still waiting for my copy of ILONA ANDREW’S newest to become available at the library.

    At present, I’ve got a whole crew of roofers on my roof making a racket! It’s kinda scary – i feel like that scene in the MATRIX where that underwater mechanical snake is tearing into the ship, peeling it open like a can of corn.

  154. December 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    All together now…HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!!!!

    • December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      tHaNk YoU, Marsha!!!

      • December 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

        Happy Happy Mate!! May it be a wonderful year!!

    • December 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Thx Alyssa! Luv ya mate. ❤

    • December 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!!! 😀

    • December 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Tony!! 🙂

  155. Marsha
    December 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Great job guys! That is awesome word count from both of you.

    • December 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Great job, Alyssa/Suzanne! 😀

  156. December 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    In case anyone is interested, it’s NaNoFinMo over on my blog http://suzannewrites.blogspot.com/2011/12/nanofimo.html

    • December 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Ha! That’s a good idea!(grin)

  157. November 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    OK Ladies, what was your final word count for NaNo?

    • December 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Um, 82 mumble, but only 51 was on my sequel. Bad writer. no cupcake.

    • December 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      93K, but the last 20 was absolute crapola, lol, I’m exhausted. I can’t look at MS Word and NOT get nauseous.

  158. November 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

    We got our first light snow of the year last night…not much, it’s already starting to burn off…i got my first check from the insurance company to fix my roof – WooHoo! – now, i just gotta get the roofing company to come on a “dry” day and get the work done.(it’s kinda late in the year to be doing this). I saw that Syfy is producing a 2-night miniseries – NEVERLAND(prequel to Peter Pan story) – starting this sunday. It looks beautiful(previews) so i think i’ll check it out. I read yesterday that Alan Ball and crew are starting to film season 5 of TRUEBLOOD. I can’t wait to see how they figure out the “Tara thing”(don’t want to say too much for those who haven’t seen yet). I’m also looking forward to season 2 of GAME OF THRONES…i might have to purchase HBO myself(my Trueblood buddy has moved). I’m looking forward to reading ILONA ANDREW’S newest: FATE’S EDGE(relese date was yesterday, the 29th). Be good… 😎

    • Marsha
      November 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

      I’ve already downloaded Fate’s Edge to my ereader. I have to finish reviewing something for a friend first though 🙂

  159. November 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Antonio :
    I hope you reported it, if he was injured and went to hospital they could have caught him(they still might be able to piece it together from hospital records*it’s not too late). You’ve had a few of these scary encounters, if memory serves. You are tough – i’d probably barricade myself in my house if this happened to me. Also: give them your damn car if this ever happens again!!! Surely you have car insurance. Your car can be replaced, YOU CAN’T.(okay, Uncle Tony moment over*grin). Medication: Mmmmmm…tough call;I have a female friend who says it helps her but she can’t have an orgasm anymore(and she has a new, wonderful man in her life and enjoys sex*shrug). I think i’d rather find couseling than go without orgasms!(laugh) Maybe a female support group who’ve been victims of violence(would probably be cheaper than one-on-one therapy) Question: do you have ability to get handgun permit in SAfrica? I know, i know – drastic – but you are a single woman on the road alone a lot.

    Reporting it? No. No use in this country of mine. If my car got smashed or I got hurt then I’d have considered it. But, the fact of the matter was that I broke his hand and I cut him. So, if i reported it, I might well have been the one to get thrown in jail. (white woman assaulting a black man and all of that).
    As for giving up the car, NO WAY! lol, my laptop was in there. They can take my car but I swear, they CANNOT take my laptop. you guys live in there.
    Seriously though, lol, there was never any demands Tony. It happened so fast. He went from saying: “I want money for food” to “I will stab you” in three seconds. I reacted on instinct, doing the first thing that came to mind and that was grabbing the knife. As I grabbed it, I found myself thinking that it will be okay, even if I do get cut. I just needed to keep it away from me.
    I want to barricade myself in my house. I want to spend the rest of the year in the office. But I can’t, because I have work to do. Sometimes you’re tough because you have no other choice.
    And as for the medication argument that you provided. *smirk* I’m not saying anything about my sex life, lol, but I can say that yes – I can understand where your friend comes from. It’s not worth it in my opinion. Even if I feel crap, I still want to feel.
    Lastly – gun. Too much trouble, and as a whitey I’m not really allowed, lol. If I shoot him, or they steal my gun, I’m in even more trouble.

  160. November 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Holy crap, guys what’d I miss? Hey Alyss, way to go girl! Wish I coulda been with ya to, you know, help, but doesn’t sound like ya need any. Hope you scared the shit outa him. 😉 Seriously, be careful and like Marsha said, talk to someone. Doesn’t have to be a psychologist. Could be a friend.

    • November 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      I bloody well hope so, lol. 😉 I hope he never tries it again, but that’s wistful thinking.

  161. November 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Bidding for KH’s A PERFECT BLOOD ARC is up to $150 on eBay…I think i’ll wait for the Febrauary release.(grin)

  162. November 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

    😎 Morning nasties…

    I’ve been lazy these past few weeks…i was sick for awhile, then my uncle died…so, i need to pick it up, step on the gas…

    MUD–i think i’ve read a thing or two you wrote and liked it…style is a process i think, especially in these fast moving times…i find myself, right now, working on pace and likability…i try imagining a group of my friends and relatives of all ages sitting around as i read something i wrote…i ask myself:am i keeping the kid’s interest? Are people confused? Is there a nice balance with dialogue/exposition, drama/comedy? Are people laughing, smiling? Am i holding everyone’s attention, even those who wouldn’t normally be interested in such a story? I think one of the first pieces of advice i ever got, years ago, was to read it out loud—personally, i’ve added the “imagine reading it aloud to family and friends” part, because more than ever, i think books have so much competition and need to be crowd pleasers these days(genre fiction anyway)…(shrug)…i’m rambling…but more than anything, these days, i’m of the mind of “do it because you love it.” You know? There’s a pleasure to creating, and no, it doesn’t “have” to be a crowd pleaser all the time, everytime. Sometimes it’s just good for the soul.

    • November 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

      😉 Morning Tony.
      I’ve been bad as well. I’ve been in a strange funk since July. Still am honestly, but I’m trying to step out of myself. I’ll also confess, I had a bit of a ‘south african’ encounter. I almost got hijacked last week. Wednesday. Long story short, guy threatened me with a knife. I tried to close my window. He stuck knife into car, tried to stab me. I grabbed knife. we had a wrestling match, we shouted at each other ect ect ect. I ended up cutting him wiht his own knife and breaking his hand.
      I’ve been ‘fine’ with it. or, okay. I try not to htink about it too much. Still scared and I get this nauseous feeling every time I have to get into my car, but I’ll get over it. It’s still early days.
      But, my friend, let that be a lesson to you. Don’t mess with me, I’m hard core.

      • Marsha
        November 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

        Oh my God Alyssa! Of course you are a bit off after that. You need to talk to some one.

      • November 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

        I’ve been urged to, but I’m not quite sure who, lol. I avoid psycologists like the plague. I’m technically supposed to be on anti-depressant medication ect ect ect. But, I choose (a long time ago) not to use them because I don’t like the… lack of emotion that they make me feel. I’m terrofied of going to one of them and have them say: Oh, we can sort it out for you but you have to use this medication.
        I’m looking for trauma councellers but that’s hard to find as well. (sigh).
        And then on the other hand I can’t help but feel that I dno’t need it. That I can tough it out. I mean, technically nothing bad happend. I’m still here. I vanquished the bad guy.
        I should be fine.

      • November 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        I hope you reported it, if he was injured and went to hospital they could have caught him(they still might be able to piece it together from hospital records*it’s not too late). You’ve had a few of these scary encounters, if memory serves. You are tough – i’d probably barricade myself in my house if this happened to me. Also: give them your damn car if this ever happens again!!! Surely you have car insurance. Your car can be replaced, YOU CAN’T.(okay, Uncle Tony moment over*grin). Medication: Mmmmmm…tough call;I have a female friend who says it helps her but she can’t have an orgasm anymore(and she has a new, wonderful man in her life and enjoys sex*shrug). I think i’d rather find couseling than go without orgasms!(laugh) Maybe a female support group who’ve been victims of violence(would probably be cheaper than one-on-one therapy) Question: do you have ability to get handgun permit in SAfrica? I know, i know – drastic – but you are a single woman on the road alone a lot.

  163. November 29, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I wish I was proud of what I wrote. Other than It has a beginning, middle, and end, it isn’t much of a story. Then again, hey, I wrote something. Sigh.

    • November 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Mud, I think that you are your biggest critic. 🙂

    • Marsha
      November 29, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Mud, you are light years ahead of most people with an actual finished manuscript. I have cime to acceot that I will never be a writer, just a reader. I can cook, bake, and decorate with the best of them, but write, not so much.

  164. November 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Anyway, Tony – you asked about the NaNoWriMo. Yup, I have something I’m very proud of. I’m not going to do anything with it just yet, but it’s there. Waiting for me. 🙂

  165. November 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Took me a while but I figured it out, lol. New sheet ala Alyssa.

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