Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I Heart Rachel C.

I'm soooooo excited! I just got a fabulous 5 Angel review from Rachel C. at Fallen Angels Reviews! I love a great review as much as the next writer, but this story is very close to my heart, so the awesome reviews mean even more to me. Here's the part I liked best. :)

Best Laid Plans is a fast paced romance between two individuals with enough baggage to take a month long holiday. Every aspect of Zander and Tessa is alive and breathing on the pages, Bronwyn Green leaves no flaw, no matter how ugly, hidden. I loved the way they interact, it’s real and gritting, and the chemistry is hot. They’re drawing closer together even when their arguing and pushing each other away. I don’t know how she does it, but it’s a faultless glide that takes no effort to believe. With the added conflict of Zander’s job and Tessa’s stalker, the story has you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next thing to happen. And even when you think you know what it is, Ms. Green surprises you. Her skill at bringing the story to life is enviable. Vivid images flash through your mind as you read her words. Tessa is a hero that every one will love, she’s strong and tough but soft and vulnerable at the same time, very few authors can pull that off but Ms. Green does it with ease. Zander is a hunk and makes me want to head back to school if only all the professors were like him. No tweed coats in sight. Best Laid Plans is a wonderful book full of romance and suspense, and with every twist and turn you hold your breath, waiting for the next scene to unfold. I found this book so enjoyable it’ll be one of the ones I read again and again. After this I’d have no problems buying a book just because it has Bronwyn Green’s name on the cover.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Half Way There

Halloween Costume Update:

Wendy Darling, Tinker Thug...I mean Tinker Bell and the Goth Gypsy are done, as is the emergency replacement Dorothy Gale blouse.

The Dwarf has suddenly morphed into an executioner - or a 'headsman' as my child so quaintly calls it - and should require virtually no sewing.

The weird Naruto anime thing is partially cut out, but I have to go back to the fabric store to get more pieces and parts and I haven't even cut out the Vampire Princess yet.

Unfortunately, I got hit with the stomach flu last night so sewing today ought to be...um...interesting, to say the least. Sigh...it couldn't have waited 'til Thursday?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Men...what are they thinking?

If you've ever wondered about the workings of the male mind (beyond the hamster and its wheel) head on over to http://totalebound.blogspot.com/ for an excellent article on The "Why" Chromosome, by Brynn Paulin.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Trick or Treat

So it's October 25th and I've got six days to make six costumes. Yep...right on schedule for the sewing frenzy (the next one will be scheduled the week before Christmas)

Today it's the Goth Gypsy for one of my daycare kids.
Tomorrow Wendy and Tinker Bell for my sister-in-law and niece.
Saturday a dwarf (unfortunately not the Snow White kind - we're looking at a LOTR type dwarf) for my youngest son.
Sunday will be some freaky anime creature for my oldest son.
Monday will be a vampire princess for one of my other daycare kids.

Some of these will probably take a bit longer, so at least I've got some wiggle room. Of course, my youngest son wants a matching costum for his raggedy, stuffed kitty he carries everywhere. In the last few years, kitty has been a pirate, Spidercat, a jawa and a miner.

So - is anyone else making costumes? If you have kids or grandkids, what are they going to be for Halloween. What about you guys - anyone dressing up?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It could have been worse

On Saturday, Brynn Paulin, Jennifer Armintrout, Cheryl Sterling and I gave a presentation at our local library as part of their Celebration of the Book festival. Our talk was supposed to be about the Diversity and Misconceptions of the Romance Genre, but we only touched on a few misconceptions before it turned into a writing workshop of sorts.

Despite the fact that I would have liked to address more of the misconceptions, I consider the entire experience a rousing success anyway.

We had a much larger audience than I'd expected including my baby sister, Cait who drove down from college to see us, and my littlest minion, An who called in sick to work to see us.

I didn't throw up due to nerves.

I think I only babbled incoherently twice - public speaking wigs me out and I occasionally say wildly inappropriate things.

And best of all, the two snide questions regarding the validity of epubblishing and literary fiction vs. genre fiction were handled beautifully by Brynn and Jen respectively.

Also, I think we might have garnered some potential members for out monthly RWA meetings.

Still, I'm glad it's over. :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Yet another sign of the coming Apocalypse

I have the illustrious Margaret to thank for this little gem.

Apparently, there is a Hello Kitty machine gun. Yep...you read that right. An honest to God, machine gun. One that shoots bullets. Real bullets.

I have but one question. WTF??? No, really - wtf?

This lovely AK-47 is made by Glambo. No...I didn't make that up.

Please note the hand crocheted stock cover - just what every fashionable assassin needs.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

And now for something completely different...

Okay...so it's not really completely different. It's just me on blogspot. I was informed by a dear friend that I might want to consider trying blogspot - mostly because she wants to post and she can't on myspace. So Margaret, bring on the posts. :)