Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thursday Thirteen, 3 days late

13 Reasons Why I haven't posted yet this month.....

1) Burn out. *G*

2) December started and so did the normal holiday craziness that accompanies my day job.

3) I forgot how to spell.

4) I got caught up in a multitude of holiday knitting that needs to be finished.

5) My dog ate my posts.

6) I took too much time trying to grow that extra arm that would come in handy.

7) My children had forgetten who I was.

8) I was abducted by some large buff inter-dimensional travellers that insisted that I was their Queen.

9) Research!

10) I got lost in a mall.

11) All my spare brain power was used in knitting projects over HERE.

12) Someone switched my coffee to Decaf. That's just mean.

13) I got caught in a time warp because honestly, I don't know where the last 20 days went.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


As of 5:10 today I reached my goal and was declared a NANOWRIMO winner. WHOOP WHOOP!

And what is really cool is I have aa awesome story that I will continue to work on. I'd like to get another 50,000 words on it and then edit it down to 90G's or so and have it ready for submission. I'll have to come up with a reasonable date for that goal. Tomorrow.

Right now, I'm going to take a nap and reacquaint my self with my family and a very large mountain of laundry.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Songs that inspire me #3

NaNoWriMo needs a title track...

Ok I am blaming this on too much coffee, not enough sleep and an overabundance of alpha waves this month. Everytime I hear this song I think about the writing process during November. *G*

3,800 words to go and I'm a winner!!
(hit 'em right between the eyes, hit 'em right between the eyes)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The end is in sight...

Barring anything unforeseen,
(No, I'm not speaking about you right now Fates. Someone is tempting you, somewhere else.)

I think I'm going to make it to the finish line this year. I just crested 36,000 words. Holy Woo-Fucking-Hoo. I really am excited. It's not that the words are flowing from my fingers, but I am truly enjoying this story and look forward to seeing what happens next. Since this is a month long exercise in being a pantster, I truly have no clue where is it going.

No let me rephrase that. I know where it's going, but don't know how it's getting there. So far it's a hell of a ride.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Procrastination Station

How cool is this.... It's my very own book cover. *G*

You too can make your own book cover HERE. I was having a little too much fun with it, but this one was my favourite.

Should be writing, I know but I am just taking a bit of a break. I'm still very much behind but it's not so much that I can't finish. Currently, the count is 14,197. Not too bad considering I've done the bulk of that in the last week. If I keep up this pace I should crest 50G's just before midnight on the 30st.

Thankfully, my story idea is coming along nicely. I spent 3 days talking to my three main characters on paper. Just wrote page after page of my asking them questions and them answering them. You know it worked. I came up with twists that I didn't know about and they revealed little hints about their lives that I can intertwine into the story. My hero is still in too good a shape, I'll have to rough him up a bit more before the end. No one likes a perfect hero, at least I don't. *G*

The hardest part is not going back and rereading what I have written. That's my rule #4392. Just keep writing, no looking back until December.

See you in a few days

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Oh where, Oh where, Can I dich my overabundance of procrastination?

So according to my original plan today I should be cresting the 18,000 word mark. Official count....4409. Yikes. I do have a lovely excuse for not doing a damn thing this weekend. I just got home from a 48hour get away with hubby, celebrating our 12 anniversary.

Fun time over, I've got to get to work. As long as I stay on course and do at least 2G's per day for the rest of the month I should be ok. I might have some crunch time near the 30th but thankfully I have the weekend of the 29th off. That will help give me any extra time I need.

Thinking about it today I realized that I am writing a book. Yes, I realize that is what I want to do be really that isn't what NaNoWriMo is all about. This month is about quantity not quality. Throwing all sorts of words at the wall, regardless of their correct spelling or punctuation.

Bah! A pox on punctuation

In celebration of this moment of freedom that I hope to maintain for the next 21 days. Here is another really helpful link I got from the Unliterary Mother Land

This site is called Serendipity, and it has all sorts of generators. Two of my personal favourites are Plot Twists, and the Cuss-O-Matic.

Now if you will excuse me apparently...At this juncture a assassin starts shouting 'Holy bastard child of a volatile orc-faced giraffe!'

wow not sure how I'm going to work that in but at least I shouldn't have a problem making the word count.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Today is what?

Today is day 3 of NaNoWriMo and as I was reminded yesterday, I have been incredibly silent around here for the last month. It's true I admit guilt, gots a great reason though. Vacation mind meld. You know that wonderful euphoric feeling you get on a beach in Florida where you can pretend that there are no bills, work, phone calls, laundry to do. You exist to soak up the sun, knit and read.

OOPS It took longer to get my brain back into real life. I did manage to finish knitting my shawl before NaNo. Then this morning I wake up and realize that it is the 3rd.

THIRD!!! According to my NaNo schedule by tonight I should have 6000 words done. **Looking at count** 500....ouch I had better get to work.

Good news is I have an awesome dream last night. The kind that while I was dreaming I was making mental notes about how good of a book this would make and all the clever twists in it. Too bad I could only remember the end when I woke up. I'm hoping that if I start writing it my subconscious will give up those lovely little sleep induced gems. At least I managed to get the ending down and some very general plot points.

Here is a really interesting site I found via the NaNoWriMo site. The technique is called Mind Mapping, and is a brainstorming tool. I think I'm going to have to play with this a bit. Looks like fun and perfect for digging into forgotten dreams.

Too bad I can't count blog posts towards my final count LOL

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Looking to the future...

It's getting to be that time of year again. 27 days until NaNoWriMo kicks off. As of this moment I really have no idea what I am going to write about...well that is not completely true. I have a good idea what I am going to write, but this year I want to have it plotted out so I know where I am going. Of course I'll allow myself any diversions, jumping track, blasts of imagination...that is what NaNo is all about. But it would be nice to be able to pull myself back into the general direction of where I'd like to be.

Before the end of the year I'd like to have BIS rewritten and ready to be submitted again. To be completely honest, I have barely written anything in the last few weeks.

It's not because of the rejection, that I was ok with. It has more to do with my loosing another family member. I don't handle death all that well as it is, but loosing 4 family members in 2 years is taking its toll on me. Considering one of my characters is Death, I started wondering today if I just don't want to talk to him. Although refusing to write about one of my characters because I am pissed at him? That would bring me to a whole new neurotic level.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Songs That Inspire Me #2

This is a band that has caught my attention, Apocalyptica. Hailing from Finland, they have all the typical look of a heavy metal band. Long hair, leather, black nail polish, skulls, gothic feel, etc. What then you might be wondering inspires me?

They play the cello. No I'm not kidding.

This is what inspires me. They have taken a traditional classic instrument and blown it out out the 'box' we have kept it in. I did a bit more research and they are normally known for doing Metallica covers. (On the cello, remember?) I absolutely love when something is this far out of the expected.

Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Mikko Sirén
They turned those geeky band boys from the highschool band into BAD ASSESS LOL (There has to be a story in that.)

I can't embed one of the songs, I like so click Here for the link. Adam Gontier (of Three Days Grace fame) is singing this one.

I can't get enough of them and will no doubt have to buy a new CD because I'm going to wear this one out.

Monday, September 22, 2008

My Gran was right.

I got an email regarding my manuscript yesterday. Not the news I was hoping for, but as far as rejections went this one was very inspiring. NOT in a 'Screw you, I'll show you all!' kind of way. More so, she pointed out a few areas that needed to be improved and how. Also, she mentioned areas that she thought I had done very well. So instead of being crushed, I find my self itching to get back at it and see what I can do to improve what is there.

What has my Gran got to do with any of this you may be wondering? Well to clarify. NO, she has not read my work nor will I allow her to. I love my granny and don't want to see her early demise because she read some of the steamier aspects of my work. (If she did read it and enjoyed it, then I would be the one having a heart attack LOL)

My Gran has always been big on 'Thank-you' notes. All gifts must be thanked for, or you didn't get another one. It's a great life lesson. Keeping her in mind, I wrote a quick note to the editor thanking her for her time. Assuring her that I would be taking a close look at the areas she mentioned. Later that day, I got a note back from her letting me know that when I was ready, I could sent it directly to her.

WHOOP!! I just skipped the main slush pile and got it straight to the pile on her desk. All because of a Thank-you.

I need to write my Granny a note.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I've got a surprise!!!

It's finished and it's GORGEOUS!!!!

Many thanks to Paula from Foxling Designs. She did an incredible job on it all. I love it! Now I had better get back to work. *BG*

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Love That Spanned Decades


Married for 62 years and deeply in love until the moment they were separated. February 1939 they became "man and wife" after only knowing each other for 3 months. I offer irrefutable proof that finding a soulmate is possible.

Is it any wonder I only write romance? When all I need for inspiration, is to look to my own Banga & Grampa.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I've been tagged...

I've been tagged by Melany to share 3's about me.

Three jobs I have had in my life:
1) Wine & Spirit Consultant (bestest job eva!)
2) Cut fabric in a shirt factory (*snore*)
3) Bartender (always fun when your young and can stay up that late)

Three shows that I watch:
1) Numb3rs
2) Dexter
3) Firefly (I know it's cancelled, but I have it on DVD and watch them all the time)

Three people who e-mail me regularly:
1) Mechele
2) Suzan
3) Trish

Three of my favorite foods:
1) Italian
2) Crab legs
3) Pulled pork

Three places I'd rather be right now:
1) In a castle, in Wales
2) On a beach in Mexico
3) Curled up in bed with my honey bunny

Three friends I think will respond:
1) Isabella
2) Savanna
3) Myfanwy

Three things I am looking forward to this year:
1) Getting published (fingers crossed)
2) Writing my next book(s)
3) Halloween

Three places I have been:
1) Mexico
2) Wales
3) Florida

3 things I would do if I won 100 million dollars in the lotto:
1) Submit my resignation via postcard
2) Pay off my family's bills
3) Take my kids on a trip to see the world

3 things that make me happy:
1) My children's humour
2) Visiting with family
3) Completing a story

3 things that annoy me:
1) People driving trucks that slow down when crossing train tracks.
2) Bad cup of coffee from Timmies
3) Passport office

3 favorite movies:
1) Serenity
2) Hellboy
3) First 3 Star Wars movies (NOT the prequels)

3 places I want to go before I split the planet:
1) Back to Wales
2) Italy
3) Australia

3 things I want to do before I split the planet:
1) See all my children grow to become happy and healthy adults.
2) Retire
3) Become a best selling author

3 things I'm thankful for.
1) My home (I need to live somewhere)
2) My job (I pay for my home)
3) My education (I could get the job)

3 People I'm Thankful for:
1) My family
2) My friends
3) People who do their best to make this a better planet

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I did it!! I did it!!

With a shaking hand and pounding heart I hit the send button and submitted my story to Loose-Id. Of course, right after I panicked thinking that I shouldn't have done that. Another few months of revisions couldn't hurt right? Yes, it could very much. Letting go is very difficult.

Thankfully I have already gotten a confirmation that they received it and it has been forwarded on to an editor. Now I wait......6-8 weeks. That is approximately 5 weeks and 5 days left to go. Yes I will be counting down and it is marked on the calendar.

So to distract myself, I'm going to start on Bacchus book. Hopefully Vine-Boy will make the time pass a bit quicker. Now how do you torture a Wine god? hmmmmm I need a mystical equivalent to Phylloxera .

Friday, August 8, 2008

Songs That Inspire Me #1

For something new I've decided that every once in a while I'll post a song that inspires me. Songs that just strike a chord inside me and I know I could listen to it 100 times (and I do) and never get sick of it.

Sometimes it's because it gives me goosebumps, or I think the lyrics are particularly intense. Or like this one from Stone Sour. It's called Through The Glass Every time I hear this song I get different stories that formulate in my brain. It's great for when I am sorting out plots or other ideas.

I hadn't seen the video until I surfed YouTube looking for it. Wasn't overly impressed with it, although the FX are cool. If you have never heard it before, try not to watch the video the first time and just listen to the music.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The results are in!!!

Congratulations Everyone!!!

This weekend, I'll be polishing up my synopsis and finally submitting my baby for consideration.


Stroke of Midnight

First Place - Scenting Cinnamon, by Ella Drake
Second Place - Reaction Time, by Alannah Lynne
Third Place - From Afar, by Ava March
HM - Full Moon, by Tiffany Kenzie
HM - Him, Memoir of My Second Marriage to the Egyptian God of Fertility, by Constance Denson-Hamilton

Passionate Plume

First Place - Male Call, by Denise A. Agnew
Second Place - Rescue Me, by Anna Leigh Keaton
Third Place - Hot Down Under, by Susan Lyons
HM - Second Chance Christmas, by Mackenzie McKade
HM - Desert Heat, by Leigh Wyndfield


Stroke of Midnight

First Place - Liberating Lacey, by Anne Calhoun
Second Place - Laws Of Attraction, by Crystal Kauffman
Third Place - Nice and Naughty, by Jayne Rylon
HM - Love, Lust and Lies, by Cathleen Ross
HM - Trading Favors, by Reece Butler

Passionate Plume

First Place - Wicked Ties, by Shayla Black
Second Place - Roped, by Ann Jacobs
Third Place - Suite Seventeen, by Portia Da Costa
HM - Twin Fantasies, by Opal Carew
HM - Nothing To Lose, by Mechele Armstrong


Stroke of Midnight

First Place - Plantation Rule, by Noelle Henderson and Barbra Moser
Second Place - Show Me-The Spartan Chronicles, by Nadia Aidan
Third Place - Seeking Truth, by Francesca Hawley
HM - A Gentleman For Her, by Ava March
HM - Wild At Heart, by Crystal Kauffman

Passionate Plume

First Place - At Love’s Command, by Samantha Kane
Second Place - Mirage, by Monica Burns
Third Place - Nicholas, by Elizabeth Amber
HM - One Bashful Lady, by Brenda Williamson
HM - Anchor and Storm, by Kate Poole


Stroke of Midnight

First Place - Wings Of Desire, by Sindee Sexton
Second Place - Fairy Prince, by Leanne Karella
Third Place - Almost Darke, by P.M. Black
HM - Soul Bound, by Barbara Morgan
HM - Goddess in Trouble, by Maggie Nash

Passionate Plume

First Place - Tailspin, by Denise Rossetti
Second Place - Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind, by Karen Kelley
Third Place - Seducer, by Aubrey Ross
HM - Settler’s Mine 2: The Lovers, by Mechele Armstrong
HM - Born Again, by Rena Marks


Stroke of Midnight

First Place - The Tiger’s Tale, by Nara Malone
Second Place - Saving Jenna, by Violet Summers
Third Place - Bluebeard’s Hunger, by Ella Drake
HM - Minotaur, by Hortense Powdermaker
HM - Believing Is Seeing, by Corinne Davies

Passionate Plume

First Place - Mona Lisa Blossoming, by Sunny Chen
Second Place - Blood Rose, by Sharon Page
Third Place - Mystic’s Run, by Jory Strong
HM - Ethereal Foes: The Dragon’s Demon, by Marie Harte
HM - Blood Red, by Sharon Page

And we inaugurated a special award this year–The Angela Knight Service Award.

The first recipient of this award was Ember Case. Deepest thanks goes out to Angela and Ember for all their wonderful service to the members of the Passionate Ink Chapter!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Oh Yoda, give me strength...

**nope nothing yet**
I've lost count how many times I've checked my email today. So far..nothing.
**no honey, nothing**
The party where the results are being announced started a little over an hour ago.
**still nothing**
Oh, how I wish I knew someone there. I would have given them my cell number and begged them to text me. LOL
**ahhhhh..nothing yet**

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tomorrow is the day

Tomorrow at Passionate Ink's cocktail party in San Francisco they will ba announcing the winners. Good Luck everyone!!!

Passionate Ink’s Third Annual
The Passionate Plume Contest for Published Authors
Finalists announced!
3rd Annual Passionate Plume Finalists

Mechele Armstrong - Nothing To Lose
Shayla Black - Wicked Ties
Opal Carew - Twin Fantasies
Portia Da Costa - Suite Seventeen
Ann Jacobs - Roped

Elizabeth Amber - Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr
Monica Burns - Mirage
Samantha Kane - At Loves Command
Kate Poole - Anchor and Storm
Brenda Williamson - One Bashful Lady

Mechele Armstrong - Settler’s Mine 2 : The Lovers
Karen Kelley - Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind
Rena Marks - Born Again
Aubrey Ross - Seducer
Denise Rossetti - Tailspin

Paranormal / TT
Sunny Chen - Mona Lisa Blossoming
Marie Harte - Ethereal Foes: The Dragons’ Demon
Sharon Page - Blood Red
Sharon Page - Blood Rose
Jory Strong - Mystic’s Run

Denise A. Agnew - Male Call
Anna Leigh Keaton - Rescue Me
Susan Lyons - Hot Down Under
Mackenzie McKade - Second Chance Christmas
Leigh Wyndfield - Desert Heat

Passionate Ink’s Third Annual
Stroke of Midnight Contest
Finalists announced!
3rd Annual Stroke of Midnight Finalists

Cathleen Ross - Love, Lust, and Lies
Anne Calhoun - Liberating Lacey
Crystal Kauffman - Laws of Attraction
Jayne Rylon - Nice & Naughty
Reece Butler - Trading Favors

Crystal Kauffman - Wild At Heart
Francesca Hawley - Seeking Truth
Nadia Aidan - Show Me–The Spartan Chronicles
Noelle Henderson and Barbra Moser - Plantation Rule
Ava March - A Gentleman For Her

P.M. Black - Almost Darke
Sindee Sexton - Wings of Desire
Barbara Morgan - Soul Bound
Leanne Karella - Fairy Prince
Maggie Nash - Goddess in Trouble

Paranormal/Time Travel:
Nara Malone - The Tiger’s Tale
Hortense Powdermaker - Minotaur
Ella Drake - Bluebeard’s Hunger
Violet Summers - Saving Jenna
Corinne Davies - Believing is Seeing

Ella Drake - Scenting Cinnamon
Ava March - From Afar
Constance Denson-Hamilton - Him, Memoir of My Second Marriage to the Egyptian God of Fertility
Alannah Lynne - Reaction Time
Tiffany Kenzie - Full Moon

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Just take care to avoid the sun

I don't want to say this out loud and jinx it...BUT, I may have discovered how to get myself out of the corner I wrote myself into.

You see, if you use wax and feathers, you can make this lovely pair of wings.

Icarus? No never heard of him. Why?

I promise, I'll be careful.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

It never rains. It pours....

I have hit a MONDO dry spell when it comes to some of my favourite print authors. They all seem to be on the same release schedule which means either I have NOTHING to read or I have lots to choose from. Thankfully my favourite E-authors fill in the gaps, so I don't loose my mind.

Here's a list of books I'm waiting (not so) patiently for....

Beth Ciotta's Fall of Rome Famous for bending the law to get his man, former Wells Fargo detective Rome Garrett signs on with the Peacemaker Alliance, a covert government agency intent on taming the west. Unfortunately, his first assignment involves teaming up with the only woman who ever broke his heart. But bringing down cold-blooded killer Bulls-Eye Brady would restore his tarnished career, and as a personal bonus, he vows to show his old flame how it feels to love and lose. Retired cardsharp Kat Simmons has been in hiding for six years. Now she's being asked to risk her hard-won obscurity by baiting the very man she fears. Not only that, the plan involves spending intimate time with Rome, the only man she ever truly loved. Readopting her flamboyant persona, Kat joins Rome on a whirlwind poker tournament tour, gaining notoriety as they clean up at the tables. With any luck, when word gets out that Kat Simmons is back on the circuit, Bulls-Eye Brady will show up to reclaim the woman who "got away."

Angela Knight's Warrior In the 24th century, anyone can leap through time at will. To police the time jumpers, the Temporal Enforcement Agency has established a precinct in time. Galar Arvid is a genetically altered warlord and agent who's been sent back to 2008 to save a pretty Atlanta artist from a Xeran time traveler who intends to kill her for profit. What Galar doesn't count on is the powerful desire Jessica Kelly ignites in him. But could a romance between them work? A three-hundred-year chasm separates them and, even if they dart through time, there's still a maniacal killer on their tails

Both of these books have already been released and I have them, but they are my reward for finishing ALL edits on B.I.S. *G* If I don't cave first, I'm just not good with this type of temptation.

Alexis Morgan's Dark Warrior Uleashed July 31 A Talion enforcer, Ranulf Thorsen has served his people for a thousand years, delivering the eye-for-an-eye justice by which his kinsmen live. Weary of the centuries-long fight, the fierce warrior with icy blue eyes has secluded himself on a mountain far from the chaos of the modern world below. Now he's been summoned to face the most dangerous battle of his life --and the fate of his people is on the line.
But when he meets the beautiful womanhe has sworn to defend...
Kerry finds more than comfort in her warrior''s embrace, and Ranulf hungers to both defend and claim the petite powerhouse for his own. But with time ticking away and their lives on the line, will Kerry believe the wild tale he''s telling her, and master her powers...before it''s too late?

Nalini Singh's Hostage To Pleasure September 2 ~ Ashaya Aleine was separated from her son, forced to create a neural implant that will forever enslave her psychically gifted Psy race. After fighting a desperate battle to save her child and escape the PsyNet, she's lead not to safety, but into the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

Deborah Cooke's Kiss of Fury Aug 5 ~ Alexandra Madison has discovered an invention that could change the world. When her partner is murdered and their lab destroyed, Alex knows she has to rebuild her prototype in time...
Donovan Shea knows the Madison project is of dire importance to the ongoing Pyr/Slayer war. So when he sees Alex being followed by a Slayer, he reacts and defends her, never imagining that shes his destined mate...
As Slayers close in on their prey, Donovan knows heall surrender his life to protect Alexaand lose his heart to possess her...

Alexis Morgan's Mammoth Book Of Vampire Romances August 11 ~ Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shape-shifters, and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favorite centuries-old bloodsucker—the vampire.
Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business show you the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual, and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires!

Robin D Owen's Heart Fate September 2 ~ Wed to a wealthy older man when she was just a girl, Lahsin Yew runs away from her abusive home to find a new life. At seventeen, sheas about to enter her Second Passage, when her Flairaand perhaps her HeartMateawill be revealed.
Lahsin finds sanctuary in a secret garden, where she meets Tinne Holly. Though he is her HeartMate, he cannot tell her, and her troubled past prevents her from trusting any man. Pretending to find her by chance, Tinne helps her through her Second Passage. But when the truth is revealed, can she forgive his deception, and learn to trust in her destiny?

Alyssa Day's Atlantis Unleashed Aug ? ~ Poseidon's warriors swore eleven thousand years ago to save humanity from those who stalked the night. Now two souls--immortal and human--are all that stand between justice and the eternal darkness: a warrior prince and the beautiful and prescient archaeologist he's been sworn to protect.

And what are the chances of my saving any of these books to read when we go away in October....slim to none I'd say LOL

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I am up to my eyeballs in edits, wading though literally years of work. Fixing parts that, when they were first written, I had no clue about dialogue tags, POV...etc Okay to date I have them figured out, well at least I understand what I am looking for. My biggest challenge currently is THAN vs THEN…Oh hell I have no clue and they are scattered throughout my entire work.

Then (than?) today I suddenly realized that I am going to have to axe out a large scene. One of my favourites. It wrote up so well, has so much going on in it. Nothing better then a good chase scene.

What is the problem you might ask?

It makes my heroine look TSTL!! (too stupid to live) She deserves to get her ass beaten if she is dumb enough to do what she did. I'm racking my brain trying to think of a way to keep it in. It's not like the hero's swoop in and save her, she gets herself out of it. But still dumb dumb dumb, What were you thinking when you left? You were safe where you were.

It might have to go.

Dammit, there has to be a way around this.

The results to the S.O.M. are in a week, I've chewed most of my nails off. First, second, third or Honourable Mention, I am going to submit this come August.

If, I can figure my way out of the corner I have written myself into.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Just like a bad penny...

I'm turning up everywhere. *G* I've caught the Facebook bug. I'm amazed how many people I have found on there. Some I have no intention of letting know I am still alive....but that is another story. LOL

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bad Blogger

I know I know It's been ages since I posted. I was surprised myself that it has been so long. Why? Oh well Summer has a lot to do with it. I'm outside for the most part, watching the kids in the pool and if not there then I've been on the lap top working.

Yes I have been working on my WIP, instead of dreaming and having delusions of grandeur. Thinking about how wonderful a book will be, doesn't get it written. Sitting there allowing your ass to get numb, while you bang your head against the keyboard is how it's done. Occasionally, I place a comma in the correct place. If the stars align and everything works then I'd like to have this finished and ready to submit at the end of the month...Yikes!

I have to send out many thanks to Mechele, who has patiently waded through my rough work with red ink. I've learn so much about grammar from her, I almost understand some of it.

Also, I'm working with an awesome web designer on my very own website. I can't wait to show it to you. It's gorgeous!!! The only downfall making a commitment this large to my career as a future published author, is that nasty little voice in the back of my head. It's gotten louder in the past month. In regards to my talent and why am I bothering to create a website....*blah blah blah*

I've read a hundred times how every author has this little voice and how it never goes away.
I need to find some mental duct tape.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The face of a Character

I don't always have a good sense of what my character's look like when I start writing them. Usually after a while, and a few thousand words, their actions dictate what they look like. Or if they have been rumbling around in my brain for a bit and I suddenly "see" them.

In my Celtic story, the main Hero was inspired by a sweaty picture of Matt Sundin that someone had stuck on the wall of our lunch room, next to a Leaf's schedule. It was that picture that got the creative juices flowing and started me on that adventure.

I wanted a Hero who was older, but not a pretty boy. Someone who would be intimidating, kind of scary, with a quiet dominance but not someone my Heroine would fall all over right off the bat. Someone who has a sexiness that is revealed in a hint of amusement, or the way the light falls on him when he is concentrating on something else. Just like my Hero this face didn't hit me all at once. I've seen almost all his movies. Tonight I was suddenly struck, while watching The Transporter, with the realization I was watch Hadyn in action.

Jason Statham is sexy as hell in my book and is the perfect face for my Hero. So I leave you with some eye candy while I go and finish my current WIP. The sooner it's finished, the sooner I can get back to my fantasies...I mean story telling.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Time Flies....

I can't believe that that May is done already. That month just flew by as did the class I took with Angela Knight. I learned lots as I mentioned before, and am trying to keep it all in mind as I work.

Writing 1,000 words a day isn't as easy as one would think. Especially since I have a penchant for editing as I go. I will sit there and work on my WIP and perhaps add only a few hundred words....or none at all. At least the words that are there are (hopefully) better then when I turned my lap top on. The winners of SOM are to be announced by the end of July. So I want to have my manuscript finished by then, because regardless of how I place I am still going to start submitting it everywhere.

Got hit with a fun idea for a flash story that, if it turns out well I may use as a free read. I'll play with them a bit and see what happens.

My Celtic themed story is still strong in the back of my thoughts. It got pushed to a side burner when I started concentrating on BIS again. I have a habit of when I get tired with editing I take a break but then don't end up coming back to the computer, so my idea is I'll just open up the Celtic one and see if I get a second wind.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

"POP" and the lightbulb goes on

I can't believe it's almost the end of the month, and therefor the end of Angela Knight's workshop. I've learned so much from her, if anyone has a chance to take one of her courses, I highly recommend it. The voices in my head have been deafening, I have little scraps of paper in my pockets and lining my notebook. So much I want to get into this book and I am scared to death. I've got some great ideas but what if I can't do them justice?

It seems as though as loud as my character's voices get, so does my inner critic/saboteur. But I am pushing through.

My goal is to have the story finished by the end of July. I have set many goals for myself over the past couple years, not so much luck with most of them. My own fault of course. I have to keep focused.

I'm really starting to grasp the concept of GMC (Goals, Motivation & Conflict) and that in turn will help strengthen my manuscript. There is just so much swirling through my brain that I'm afriad of forgetting some of it. Now if I would get it all down on screen then I woulnd't have to worry so much.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Writing to music

I don't always write with music, but I've found that sometimes it's imperitave. Especially if I am doing a fight\battle scene. This is on my CD a couple times.

I have a longer version thankfully LOL. Everytime I hear it, I'm in the mood to mentally start swinging.

Oh and as a side note. Mac Danzig might have won the contract that season, but John Kolosci was my favourite. *BG*

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Writing every day!

This is a habit that I keep hearing that I must get into, if I am really serious about becoming a professional writer.

I try.

I really do.

But damn, it's really hard. Does it count that the days I don't get any words done I am still thinking about it? Not a single day...not a moment goes by where some part of my thoughts is on at least one of my stories. I just don't get the time to write it down. I have a notebook that I scribble my thought on so I don't loose them. (learned that the hard way one too many times)

Between my full time job, being a mum to two, a wife and housekeeping...well there is only so many hours in the day. (To be honest writing comes before housekeeping) LOL Does that make me less committed?

I don't think so. It may take me a bit longer to reach my goal, but then I will have other experiences to draw on.

Not that I am going to use that as an excuse for the next 5 years. But if I don't get any writing done for a few days in a row because I am dealing with life, then I am not going to beat myself up over it anymore.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fan-girl Squeeeeeeeeeee

I've got back to school.....Virtual school that is. I'm taking an online class with Angela Knight. **Insert gratuitous squeeing**

The first book I ever read by her was Jane's Warlord. Totally rocked. I will admit, slightly ashamed, I first grabbed the book because of the cover. Personally I think there is a shocking lack of hot biceps, triceps, other ...eps on covers. Rock hard abs are very nice, but look at that that arm......*sigh*

Her writing is fast paced, funny, and really, really, sit in a cold bath while you read HOT! Tough Alpha slightly damaged males, Strong stand-up-for-herself females. My favourtie combination.


Perfect timing as I polish my own story. I really find some parts hard to write. One person mentioned they almost felt voyeuristic while writing and yea I can understand that. Also I start worrying about what the people who know me would say, if they read it.

I have flown far under the radar when it comes to writing. When I became a finalist, my loving and thoughtful husband ran around and told everyone. Suddenly, I have people asking if they can read some of my work, or they are looking forward to reading it. Yikes Scares the hell out of me, because I know they don't have a clue what I am currently working on. This particular story has two heros and a single heroine.

So far I am been brushing them off with promises of later. I'll wait till I'm done and then let them read a heavily edited, well maybe I'll write a second story just for them?

Monday, April 21, 2008

An official finalist

Stroke of Midnight Finalists

There I am right under Paranormal/TimeTravel. I get the giggles every time I look.

My polished copy was entered into the final round. I was amazed how much I deleted out of it. Some was on the reccomendation of the judges, some was because I realized it wasn't surving any purpose. If it doesn't help the story along then it is dead weight and gets transferred to my 'just in case' file.

Friday, April 18, 2008

My newest favourite series..

I have been madly reworking my entry but I took tonight off. I need to give myself a break and reread it again tomorrow. While blog surfing I checked out Nalini Singh. I discovered her book quite by accident last summer and was hooked in a big way. *sigh* I love her alph heros. I dream of creating my men half as wonderfully tortured as hers.

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Monday, April 14, 2008


I've paused in my running around the house screaming to tell you.
In awe.
In shock.
I've lost the ability to speak slowly and in complete sentances.
Must go polish for the final round.
Wish me luck!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A much needed kick to the pants...

Yes I will admit I have fallen way far behind in my writing. As much as I would love to blame life, work, schedules, and a thousand other reasons; the bottom line is my ass has not been in the chair.

It's so easy to get distracted and justify my not getting the words on paper by saying that I'm allowing my subconscious to work on a few plot problem. Nice excuse huh?

Today on The Midnight Hour, Lillith Saintcrow's post was like a virtual boot to the butt. I have to get into the habit of writing everyday. Thinking about plot lines and story scenes don't count. Words must appear on the screen. Starting today. Apparently it takes 90 days to develop a habit? If I did 1000 words a day, which really is not hard, then I could have an entire book written, first draft, in that time.

I've been transferred to a new store, so why not develop a new habit. On my 15 minute breaks I'll write, even if it's long hand. Just get the words down and get into the habit. No editor is going to bang on my door demanding I finish. I want this, I want to be writing full time in 6 years. If I don't develop god writing habits I might as well start counting down the days till I retire.....27 years from now.

I do want this but I have to keep in mind that being a mom is still the most important part of my life. Not to forget about my hubby who is very supportive in my dream to be published. Guitar lessons, gymnastic class, tekwondo class....those aren't going away and I want to be able to enjoy watching my girls excel at what they are good at. Not t forget that I have a full time job I really do enjoy...most of the time.

I guess it's not just about time management but about balance as well. So we'll start with my breaks and then an hour a night and see how much I can accomplish.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A wasted morning

...and a comment on writing dialogue.

March break is over, hubby is off to work and the kids at school. I can sit for a length of time with out my ribs throbbing in pain, and today is my day off. Armed with my cuppa of organic earl gray, I flip on the computer with the mindset of getting a smidgen of research done. Since my Hero is Welsh I needed to listen some speech in hopes of absorbing the patterns.

It was not that easy. I just got more and more particular about what I was looking for. Originally I thought to find a Welsh radio station and have that play in the background as I wrote.

But then what about dialects, shit didn't think of that so it has to be a station in Southern Wales.

Oh hell can't be Welsh speaking because I won't know what they are saying and I'll be too distracted....

Then there was the searched for common slang, but how common? and to what age groups would these be appropriate? Oh swearing! Must look up swearing....but again this is in Welsh I need English translations..... Oh what a vicious circle I wove for myself.

The more I thought about it, the more concerned I became at making his speech authentic....not that I have a clue what he was saying because so far I haven't written a bloody word!

I don't want the dialogue to come across like Kevin Costner's English accent in that Robin Hood movie. Fading in and out depending on the daily mood and generally being awful. What would be worse would be odd phrases/slang stuck in there to make it sound authentic but all it does is pull the reader out of the story.

To make matters worse my secondary character is Irish. I suspect I'll put myself through all this again when I start surfing the Gaelic sites looking to tweak his dialogue.

Mae hi wedi cachi arna i

(lit. it's shit on me = I'm buggered/I'm for the chop)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bad Blogger

I know I haven't been all the interesting this month. Still typing away and dealing with my penchant for procrastination. (say that five time fast LOL)

Still working away, today the hero announced that he hated his name. *sigh* So there went a few hours of constructive work while I played the name game. I find my characters do that a lot. What ever name I give them in the beginning once I start to realize their characters...they need a new name.

For some I guess they start writing with their characters in mind. Me I have to write and write and write some more to get to know them. Then I have to go back and rewrite much of my previous work. Hopefully it will all work out in the end I will have more solid characters.

Either that or my personality is splitting more then I originally thought.

Friday, March 14, 2008

click click click click......

or should it be tap tap tap tap tap?

Either way I'm still working on it. Sat in Starbucks today, waiting for Chapters to open, and worked on some more plot lines. In my head I know what the conflicts are but I needed to see them written down.

I remember reading that Jennifer Crusie uses a large white board when she is working on a story. To keep track of plot points and the flow and conflict building and stuff like that. I'm understanding the mentality with that. Keeping things rolling around in my head is good but sometimes it helps to see it all spelled out in front of me. That way I can see if I have missed something.

Like needing to be meaner to my characters....Poor Liam. He's only a secondary one, I'm afraid of what else I will do to the main ones.

Friday, March 7, 2008


Gave myself a mulligan yesterday. Got hurt at work and the searing ache in my ribs distracted me from the singular thought I have obsessed over so far this month.

Today I am going to have one of my characters suffer from a possibly cracked rib because I now have first hand experience how that feels.

Negative to positive... Nothing in life happens that I won't use in my writing LOL

Monday, March 3, 2008

Here we go again.....

Yes, 70 days of Sweat began again on the 1st.
850-1500 words a day for 70 days. I'm number 165 out of 233 on the list. *G*

So far so good. I am not behind! WooHoo LOL As soon as I am done here I'm going to get my words done the day. That way if I have time to write tonight, it will be gravy. I'd much rather gravy then catch up..... get it?

Currently I am going to work on my Celtic treasures project. It's a paranormal/fantasy romance, with lots of smut of course. I already have 30,000 words done on it so if all goes well the first draft will be done before the summer. This one I have in mind for Berkley Sensation. We'll see how it turns out.
I'm also going to work on BiS, but it's hard to track 1000 words when you are doing edits, unless you rewrite an entire scene.

I'd love to write a shapeshifter book, there are some ideas percalating int eh back of my brain as well. I slipped a were character into my currents works so we'll see if I can work him into the story better so he can stay.

Good Luck everyone! Keep writing!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My butt is numb.

Why? Cause it's been in the chair and I have been working hard!
*yea me! clap-clap-clap-clap-clap* (Anyone who has to withstand the Suite Life of Zac and Cody will know what that is from. LOL)

Many thanks to Mechele Armstrong for being kind enough to critique my work when she is in the middle of a ton of projects herself. You are the best Mechele!

Had some problems with the computer a week and a bit ago. We got hit with a mutant virus that pretty much meant that we had to get the hard drive wiped. A lesson to all. Don't forget to backup!! Thankfully I have discovered the wonders of a thumb drive and keep a copy, of what ever I am working on, saved on it.

At the moment I have the first 35 pages of my full manuscript entered into the Passionate Ink's Stroke of Midnight contest, and tonight I finished a short story for Loose-Id's March Madness contest.

70 Days of Sweat is starting again in March. 1,000 words a day for 70 days. No limit on what you can work on, but of course it works better if you limit your projects.
BUT should I keep working on Believing is Seeing or should I start something new?

hmmmmmm Decisions, Decisions, I had better get used to a numb bum.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tagged Back......

I've been tagged back by Mechele Armstrong.
This is war..Mawahahahahah*coughcoughcoughcough*ha

Thirteen or so Random things about Corinne Davies

Since 16 is close to 13 *blinks* I thought I’d do an extended Thursday Thirteen for a tag by Ann Aguirre.

The mission: list sixteen random personal facts or habits, and then pick twelve of my friends to tag.


1.) I refuse to eat any round green vegetable. (peas and brussel sprouts topping that list UGH!!!)

2.) The uglier the sock design, the more likely I'll wear them. My current favourite are black and white striped with little pink cherries all over them.

3.) My favourite burger is from a restaurant called TurtleJacks. It's topped with goats cheese and whole roasted garlic cloves. mmmmmm

4.) I knit.....A LOT. and yet rarely do I knit anything for myself

5.) Currently skulls are my favourite clothing decoration

6.) I had a crush on Gerald McRaney when he was on the tv show Simon&Simon. (I was about 14)

7.) There is a statue of buddha on my computer, but I'm not buddist. I just think he's cool.

8.) Tasting various types of wine is an integral part of my full time job.

9.) I do not cry in front of anyone if I can help it.

10.) I love candles, in fact I have a cupboard filled with them and almost always have some lit somewhere in the house.

11.) Floating in water is my favourite way to relaxation.

12.) Vanilla Earl Gray is one of my favourite teas.

13.) After breaking up with a boyfriend, I ate an entire McCain cake (and he wasn't worth the belly ache I had later).

14.) I sing along to the Medieval Babes in the car. No I can't reach a fraction of the notes they can and I'm usually off key.

15.) Pedicures are one of the most luxurious things you can have done to yourself. (that does not involve sex)

16.) With every sentance starting with the word "I" it looked very self absorbed or narcissistic so I went though and reworded most of them.

So I am going to cheat with the whole tagging back thing. Anyone who is interested, go for it. Be sure to make a comment so I know you did it, and I can read them *G*

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Character vs Conflict

There is nothing like reading a really bad book to get you thinking about the details when it comes to writing. I just finished (skimmed) a book hoping that at some point it would get better, but no. 250 pages of confusion. Props that would suddenly appear and you wonder what that has to do with anything, 10 pages later it is just what the hero needed to escape, or the clue needed. And it bounced from setting to setting almost every couple of pages, very confusing as well as wading through massive info dumps. I was so disappointed because when I read the back blurb it sounded so promising.

I'm ears deep in revisions and edits trying to polish my story to the best of my ability...just in case. *G*

I started thinking about what it is that I like most about my favourite books. Conflict is a must in any book but I'll touch on that again in a second. I realized that it was the stories that have strong well developed characters that I enjoy the most. Firefly/Serenity for instance. This is a cast of very different very well thought out characters that reacted to each other in very different ways. Don't get me started with Jayne. He seems to be one dimensional but there is layers to that boy I tell ya. Layers.

So I took a good look at my own characters...yikes not many layers there. Wait let me rephrase. They have layers but only in my head, I haven't gotten all the information out so they seem a bit 2 dimensional. So I have to get more of their individual history in there.

Then there is the conflict. I have read tons of times that you have to be mean to your characters. Do terrible things to them. I think I have been to nice. There are lots of aweful things I can do that will both help with the layering and build a better climax. (No not that climax, the other one)

But all this adds up to a whole lot of changes, additions and hopefully a better story in the end. I need to type quicker.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Breathing into a paperbag

Okay I did it. I'm not as panicked as the first time but it is a bit of a rush. I know I haven't blogged for a bit but I've been head down editing the first bit of one of my books. Passionate Ink has a contest called Stroke of Midnight and I have officially entered.

I'd say what I really think will happen but Rose at work has forbidden me from voicing any negative opinions regarding outcomes. LOL So I have been thinking about what it will look like when I do well and get an email requesting the full manuscript. Power of positive thinking is to be my mantra, I will chant......

Full manuscript?

Oh shit I'd better get to work!!!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Smut Meme

Isabella Snow started this Meme, it's just too much fun to pass up.

I used to hate getting tagged for memes, but it's been so long since I've done one I started missing them. So, I created one, and here it is. I actually had done a normal one, until someone remarked it should be smutty, so I've just edited it. You're welcome to post it on your blogs, the rules are as follows: You must call it the Smut Meme (obvious reasons, I'd hope), you must link to me in the title, and you must tag 2 people, and link to them as well. Oh, and you must post this little blurb at the beginning, like I've just done. Got it? Ok then.

The idea is to pick one or the other, even if you prefer neither. I'll go first. If you want to play along you can answer the questions in the comments

1. Chocolate or Whipped Cream: Chocolate

2. Leather or PVC: PVC

3. Outdoor Sex or Indoor Sex: Outdoor

4. In the Jacuzzi or In Bed? Bed

5. Bad Sex or No Sex: No Sex

6. Dominate or Be Dominated: Be Dominated

7. Thigh highs or Bodystocking: Bodystocking (hides many self perceived faults)

8. Fast or Slow: Slow

9. Rough or Gentle: Rough

10. Bite or Suck: Bite

11. Role play or Reality: Reality

12. Dirty Talking or Dirty Talking To: Dirty Talking To

13. Edible panties or No Panties: No panties

14. Spanking paddle or Bare-handed: Bare-handed

15. Landing Strip or Kojak: Brazilian Landing Strip

16. Multiple Sessions or One Good Fuck: One Good Fuck.

17. Moaning or Screaming: Moaning...loud

18. Older Men or Young Men: Older, but not creepy old.

19. Threeway or No Way: Threeway

20. Swing or No Swinging: No Swinging

And I tag: Mechele Armstrong & Mari/Mo. If you don't know the answers, make them up!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Plotting, Plotting, Plotting....

I have this giddy sense of.... hell I don't now. So much for being a word slut, can't think of the correct one right now. I just want to run around screaming because the story is coming together.

I've been floundering around is a pea soup kind of haze. I can feel the story and have a bit of an idea what is going on but everything is fuzzy and unclear and uncertain. Mentally I've been caught in a loop, the same thought seem to fall back on previous one and I couldn't seem to make a break through. There were plot holes that had to be filled before I go on but I couldn't seem to focus.

I mentioned this to my coworker and she pulled me into the warehouse and convinced me to spill it all. So I did. Sitting on a case of Penfolds Bin 389, I told her everything that has been rolling around in my brain for the last 2.5 months. She was able to pin point some spacific areas and give me a new way of looking at it. Exactly what I needed, even talking through the story out loud helped.

There is alot of work to do and many many many pages yet to fill, but it's working. I so want to tell you...but I'm afriad of jinxing it. I'm keeping my toes crossed, since I need my fingers to type.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Other wise known as an author.....

Overheard by the fly on the warehouse wall at work.

Me: Dammit Rose I can't get this frick'n inventory to balance. I hate this paperwork crap.

Rose: Not surprised.

Me: Whadda you mean?

Rose: You're a word slut not an accountant.

Have I mentioned how much I adore the woman I work with? I should mention that she's an aspiring 'word slut' as well, which might explain why we get along so well.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Why research can be fun....

Is that not exquisite? It's a picture of Hallstatt, a town in Austria, and I've decided that I MUST go there someday. The mountain in the background takes my breath away. Here in Ontario we don't have anything remotely close to that, unless I want to drive over 12 hours to Virgina, or longer to the Rockies. We do have the Niagara escarpment but it's not the same.

If what I have read and studied so far is correct then it's in, what in ancient times was, the Roman province of Noricum. It's also becoming a very important piece to my book.

Noricum was a hub of activity for ancient Celts who ended up settling there. There is a pretty much extinct Noric language that is suspected to be similar to Gaulish and Eastern Celtic. (Hmmm wonder what my charries are looking for there.)

While I have lots of research to do on the area, I'll have to rely on my reactions to pictures and what I read to come up with a plausible storyline and believable characters. That is unless I suddenly win the lotto and can afford to fly to the places that I want to write about.

If anyone has been there or lives there and is willing to share some experiences I'd love to hear about it!!!