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