Monday, September 27, 2010

Good lord.

Just when you thought she had faded from the intarwebs entirely...

Hi there! I am still alive and kicking. I am currently trying to get my latest manuscript, an urban fantasy, out there to make the rounds. For those of you who liked my romances, well... there will be romance -in- the series, as it's planned, but it's not a romance. It's vampires and werewolves and gypsies and magic and ...stuff! First and foremost.

I really enjoyed writing romance, and will certainly still include romantic elements often, but my days of "pure" romance are pretty much over.

So, if you're still watching this blog at all, keep an eye out for website changes and maybe even a new name.

And thanks for putting up with my Long Dark Silence.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Hey look!

An entry! And a chapter!

After noodling over what to do with this stuff I keep accumulating, and asking for opinions on what to do with it, I'm back to posting free stuff.

I have another story that is never going to see publication, for various reasons. I will probably make it available here at some point.

But for now, I will share another chapter of Finding Home. The previous chapters are still available, so if you've forgotten what you were reading--and who can blame you after this lapse of mine--you can catch up!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

So this blog thing...

I am clearly terrible at keeping this blog up to date.

Yes, I've missed updating the sensual romance list.

And the Thursday Thirteens.

And the serial read (because I got all conflicted about that).

And I never posted a trip report.

But dang it, I'm still coming up with new words.

Today's entry: grog -- quite simply put, this is a group blog. Because there should be a word for it. Amazon took plog; bloup is silly. So grog it is and grog it shall be.

Go forth and spread the word. ;)

Monday, February 04, 2008

Like a Headless Chicken

You know, I think the preparation for a vacation is what makes the vacation necessary. Yeesh. I feel like I'm in a trillion way tug of war with myself. Which of course makes me want to procrastinate on everything. Fortunately, it also means that I can't.

My apologies for a couple days of silence. Additional apologies for missing the next installment of Finding Home. Chapter Three is up now.

Off for more headless chicken racing.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

My first Thirteen

Okay, I've seen Thursday Thirteen around for a long time and never tried to do that. It changes today. Ah ha ha. Or something. :)

Thirteen Things I Do Instead of Writing

1. Clean. Particularly the bathroom. The Engineer likes this, but it doesn't put words on the page.
2. Read. I have a TBR Mountain. Reading is never a bad thing. Unless I should be writing.
3. Eat. Can't type with my hands full, right?
4. Organize my BPAL collection. Which means mess it up more, really.
5. Cruise the internet. I will read webpages about just about anything when I'm procrastinating.
6. Play Solitaire. Solitaire is a conspiracy by programmers everywhere to sap the world of productivity, I swear.
7. Roleplay. Yep, I'm still a gamer girl. I will probably never outgrow this.
8. Torment Adore my cats. Fair's fair.
9. Go virtual shopping. I very often find a site, decide that I must have one of eveything, fill my shopping cart...and leave without buying a thing.
10. Read email. Write email. Wish for more email.
11. IM my friends, my husband, random strangers--okay, I'm not quite that bad.
12. Stare mindlessly into space. I usually come up with an idea or two while I'm doing this, but it's not the height of productivity.
13. Make lists of the things I should be writing. No, really.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Setting and the Stage (Or your expectations)

I am dutifully reading through my RITA books this year, which means I can't really talk about what I'm reading. Which is frustrating to say the least, especially because I really started posting/blogging what I read last year in a few places and I want to pick it up again. I'm being good, though. I've read two of my eight thus far. I suspect that more will go on the cruise with me.

What I can talk about, however, is setting. I'm wondering just how much a book's setting influences reader expectation. I'm not talking about in historicals, really, either. I think we can all agree that there are certain well-known expectations for, say, a Regency or a western historical or a medieval.

I'm thinking more along the lines of a contemporary novel. If a contemporary romance is set in England, does that change what you expect out of the book? I've never been to England, despite having made a few online friends who live on that side of the pond. Most of my knowledge of How Things Are (tm) comes from brief conversations with them and, you know, the media. Television, movies, things that aren't necessarily true to life. I'm sure that influences how I read books set in London (though, to be truthful, I haven't read that many). I'm always pleasantly surprised when I "get" an "English" book.

And then I wonder about all the people reading American-set romances while they live overseas, and I wonder if it's not just as frustrating to feel like you're missing out on something by not having a shared cultural background.

And then I think too much.

What are your thoughts? :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On and on I go.

I am updating the sidebar with more new releases today. If you are here to give me information about a new release, please make sure to give me release dates. If you're not sharing news about a book, letting me know when the publisher tends to do updates is just as appreciated, I promise. :)

The discussion on plagiarism and Savage Gate (which name makes me snicker a little--edited to use the right name, even) continues, which makes me happy. I'm not so thrilled by the antagonism still going on in some corners, but not because I think anyone's doing anything wrong. Just that it exists. For all that I wade into discussions with some regularity, and have my own hot button topics, I'm also often a hopeless Pollyanna who really would prefer everyone to get along.

Oh the complexity of me!

In other news: Ann Aguirre has a new book coming out in February. I've read her writing and loved it, and have been looking forward to this book for a while. I can hardly wait! She's hosting a contest on her blog for a series of honestly outstanding prizes, like gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Amazon, etc.

What do you have to do? Well, first you take the quiz:

KICK-BUTT CONTEST! Answer five questions, earn chances to win fabulous prizes.

The official GRIMSPACE quiz*

Ever wondered what job you'd hold down on a star ship?
Uhm, no... *shifty look*
Banana Hammock!

and then you go back to Ann's blog and follow the steps? Simple? Simple!

I personally came out a Jumper. I can handle being interstellar royalty, I think. ;)

Go check it out!