Archive for May, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

May 30, 2007

In honor of the new Whiskey Creek Press and Whiskey Creek Press Torrid newsletters which debut this Friday, June 1st, I’ve decided to have this week’s Thursday Thirteen about something near and dear to my heart – what I’ve learned from making the newsletters.

Thirteen Things I’ve Learned From Re-creating the Whiskey Creek Press Newsletters

1. It’s hard using a template when you don’t know a lot of HTML.

2. It’s even harder, in fact impossible, creating it from scratch. Pre-made template it is.

3. Asking a lot of readers and authors what they want leads to a lot of ideas.

4. Asking a lot of people what they want inevitably means you didn’t take suggestions from someone. And you will hear from them about it.

5. While asking for ideas leads to many answers, asking for actual written content for a newsletter often leads to blank faces. And their avoidance of e-mail and IM.

6. Anyone can learn HTML from Google. Just type in HTML, what you want to do, and poof! The first couple of sites will give you the coding. No experience necessary.

7. Yahoo is evil when it comes to newsletters. I put on a pretty pink border and it takes it out. Every time. Maybe next month Yahoo will let me know how it’s possible to keep the prettiness…

8. This is for the HTML nerds: Yahoo doesn’t accept style sheets. So my whole cheat sheet for the newsletters – gone. I had to write fully every time there was a font change, anytime there was a color change, rather than just styling.

9. Yes, I learned about style sheets by Googling. They are geniuses, those Google fairies.

10. Even if you think you can write, writing an article about the goings on at a publisher is intimidating. And if you don’t think you can write? PAIN. πŸ˜›

11. After living in newsletter land for a while, you start joking in HTML. “Haha [/sarcasm]”.

12. Photoshop is your best friend. You can do anything with it. So far I can place an image on a background. And change a font. Oh, the talent.

13. Aaaaaand, shameless plug. The WCP newsletter will be available on the WCP Newsletter Yahoo group (shocker, I know), and the WCP Readers Group. Because of the spicy, hot adult content, the WCP Torrid newsletter will only be available on the Torrid Readers Group. These groups are all low-mail groups, but I will be posting the newsletters on Special Notice, so if you’d like to join and only want to receive the newsletters and important notices, you are more than welcome to do so. πŸ™‚

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One (Supposedly) Word Meme

May 29, 2007

3. YOUR HAIR? Brown
4. WORK? Admissions
9. YOUR DREAM CAR? Don’t have one
10. THE ROOM YOU’RE IN? Office
11. YOUR SHOES? Flipflops
12. YOUR FEARS? Heights
13. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 10 YEARS? Author/Editor
16. MUFFIN? Lemon Poppyseed
17. ONE OF YOUR WISH LIST ITEMS? Adobe Internet Suite
18. WHERE YOU GREW UP? New Hampshire
21. WHAT AREN’T YOU WEARING? Underwear (no, just kidding. πŸ˜› jewelry)
22. YOUR PET? Cats
23. YOUR COMPUTER? Sony Laptop
24. YOUR LIFE? Great
25. YOUR MOOD? Calm
26. MISSING? Friends
28. YOUR CAR? Toyota Corolla
30. YOUR SUMMER? Inside 😦
31. YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? None right now
34. SCHOOL? Grad
35. LOVE? Yes πŸ™‚

For All of You Married Ladies Out There…

May 24, 2007

Doing a nice survey for Holly… Two posts in one day! Crazy!

How did he propose? Or did he at all?
Hubby proposed to me my junior year in college, on choir tour on Spring break. We were singing at my high school (I went to boarding school) that night, and he took me around town while the others were eating dinner. He tried taking me to the church I attended while at school, but it was locked. He tried walking to the gazebo in the center of town, but it was closed due to the town election (it was a Tuesday night). So, frustrated beyond belief, he took me back to the school chapel where our concert was going to be held, got down on one knee, and proposed. That night both my parents, my sister, his parents and grandparents attended the concert, so we announced it afterward (though my sister had already noticed the ring).

How long were you together before he did?
2 years

When did you get married (Time of year, date, time of day, etc)?
September 4th, 10am. It was early, because I wanted the sunlight to look a specific way. It meant getting up at 4am for hair. Yeah.

Was it big or small? Did you regret doing it one way or the other (i.e. if it was small and intimate, do you regret not having a larger celebration?)?
Ours was probably considered mid-size, about 100 people. I was content with the size. It had a good mix of our family and friends.

Where did you register? What’s the best gift you received?
We registered at JC Penney, Sears, and Kitchens Etc. (now doesn’t exist). Best gift was a basket of country items including a beautiful antique-looking bowl, place settings, etc. And my mother and sisters’ shower gift – a laundry basket of cleaning supplies.

Who was your Maid of Honor? Do you still have contact with her?
I had two maids of honor, and they were my sisters. Still have plenty of contact with them.

What were your colors?
Blue and yellow – country.

Any tips for cutting corners you can offer?
Well, we didn’t get a videographer,Β  which I actually regret. We had free beer and wine for the cocktail hour at the reception, then had open bar for soda and juice, but paid drinks for the rest of the time.

Any advice for the bride-to-be?
Go with the flow. On the actual day, just go with whatever happens and let everyone else worry about it. Oh, and in planning, remember – it’s YOUR wedding. It is not your mother’s, however she wants to live through you. It’s not your soon-to-be mother-in-law, who is insistent in choosing what she’s paying for (luckily I didn’t have that problem, but I definitely know someone who did). It’s your day – get what YOU want. Do as little or as much as you want, and ENJOY it.

Thursday Thirteen!

May 24, 2007

Thirteen Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

1. It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

2. At first I thought, if I were Superman, a perfect secret identity would be “Clark Kent, Dentist,” because you could save money on tooth X-rays. But then I thought, if a patient said, “How’s my back tooth?” and you just looked at it with your X-ray vision and said, “Oh it’s okay,” then the patient would probably say, “Aren’t you going to take an X-ray, stupid?” and you’d say, “Aw fuck you, get outta here,” and then he probably wouldn’t even pay his bill.

3. A good way to threaten somebody is to light a stick of dynamite. Then you call the guy and hold the burning fuse up to the phone. “Hear that?” you say. “That’s dynamite, baby.”

4. Why do people in ship mutinies always ask for “better treatment”? I’d ask for a pinball machine, because with all that rocking back and forth you’d probably be able to get a lot of free games.

5. I bet when the neanderthal kids would make a snowman, someone would always end up saying, “Don’t forget the thick, heavy brows.” Then they would all get embarrassed because they remembered they had the big hunky brows too, and they’d get mad and eat the snowman.

6. If I lived back in the wild west days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I’d carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like “Hey, look. He’s carrying a soldering iron!” and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, “That’s right, it’s a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice.” Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they had made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink.

7. Too bad you can’t buy a voodoo globe so that you could make the earth spin real fast and freak everybody out.

8. Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.

9. Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: “Mankind”. Basically, it’s made up of two separate words – “mank” and “ind”. What do these words mean ? It’s a mystery, and that’s why so is mankind.

10. I bet the main reason the police keep people away from a plane crash is they don’t want anybody walking in and lying down in the crash stuff, then, when somebody comes up, act like they just woke up and go, “What was THAT?!”

11. What is it that makes a complete stranger dive into an icy river to save a solid gold baby? Maybe we’ll never know.

12. We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients. But we can’t scoff at them personally, to their faces, and this is what annoys me.

13. If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you’ll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.

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Friday Fifteen

May 17, 2007

Since I missed Thursday Thirteen, I thought I’d make up for it. πŸ™‚

My Fifteen Favorite Authors (Except for #1 and #2 who are tied in my book, in random order)

  1. Nora Roberts/JD Robb. Of course!
  2. Sarah McCarty. Was there ever a doubt?
  3. Susan Mallery. Give me sheiks or give me death!
  4. Cindy Gerard. Bodyguards and Navy SEALs. Grrr.
  5. Carla Cassidy. FANTASTIC romantic suspense!
  6. Catherine Coulter. Love her FBI series!
  7. Janet Evanovich. Joe Morelli and Ranger, need I say more?
  8. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Love the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brother books.
  9. Pamela Britton. NASCAR romance at its best.
  10. Kate Angell. Fabulous baseball hunks!
  11. Lori Foster. Joe Winston. ‘Nuff said.
  12. Jaci Burton. Her erotic stuff his H. O. T.
  13. Megan Hart. New-to-me favorite. Love her Spice books. GREAT stories.
  14. Nalini Singh. Love her Psy-Changeling world.
  15. Kristi Gold. One of Harlequin/Silhouette’s finest… and she writes sheiks. πŸ™‚

Who are your favorite authors?

My New Thursday Thirteen

May 17, 2007

…is up at the Let’s Gab blog! Hopefully Marissa will add her TT here later… πŸ˜‰

Oh blog entry, where art thou?

May 16, 2007

Ok, so I’ve had a few blog topics in my head. The importance of blurbs, how to create really good secondary characters, newsletter hell, and a few others that I now cannot remember. Have those topics manifested themselves into actual blog entries? No. Why? I’m in writer’s block. (Can one ever say that they are in writer’s block? Feels likes it…) Apparently for me that means anytime I think about writing something planned, I freeze and stare at a blank page. Newsletter? Frozen.

So this entry is not planned. I’m not closely pondering the deep meaning of each word I’m typing into this. I’m not thinking about the fact that this is writing, and instead thinking about it as complaining.

Ah, yes, the art of complaining. Something everyone seems able to do at any point. There’s always something that’s annoying us, that’s bothering us. My annoyance is writer’s block. What the heck is wrong with me that I spit out 23k words in 2.5 months (hey, it’s my first book, that’s good for me) and now I stare? And stare. And stare some more. What’s wrong? To be honest with myself (and well, anyone reading this blog), I’m guessing that it’s partly an editing issue and partly a confidence issue.

Editing issue – I’m an editor. I’m trained to look at the written word a specific way, looking for problem areas. Why does this become an issue for me? Because when I’ve been editing for a while then try to change to writing, the words will not flow from me. I’ll write a sentence then read it over and think, “Man, that doesn’t convey the idea I want. It’s needs more emotion.” I agonize over every little sentence until I drive myself crazy. I just can’t get out of the editing part and into the writing. I tell myself that it doesn’t matter if it sucks big hairy donkey balls, in Karen’s words, I just need to get it out.

The other issue – my confidence. I am not one of those writers who’ve known since they could read that they wanted to be a writer. I have never said “I want to write when I grow up.” I hated writing. Detested it even. Pulling words out of me was like pulling teeth. I knew that I couldn’t write. Never had any aspirations to do so, either. So when I started this book, it was more of a dare to myself. More of a challenge just to see if I could write a book. I had an idea in my head, I edit the darn stuff, help authors come up with ideas, why not?

And then, the scariest thing happened – I liked it. For the first time in my life I liked writing. The words were flowing, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. Sometimes it took me an hour just to get over my fear of writing and DO it, and sometimes I got right into the story and popped out a thousand words in two hours. The idea of telling this couple’s story, and setting up the next two books–yes, turns out this is the first in a series–fascinated me and hooked me right off.

But underlining all that is my fear. The fear that I was actually right growing up – that I can’t write, that I’m only pretending to do this, that I really have no idea what I’m doing despite the fact I edit it.

It’s crippling to my writing. I stare, and stare, and stare some more just telling myself, “You can do this. You’ve written 23k, more than you ever thought you would. You can do this.” And still. I stare.

I need to stop the staring and start the writing. Again. And again. Until the damn book is done.

And then, and only then, can I edit.

If only it were that easy…

Happy Birthday Hubby!!

May 15, 2007

Happy Birthday to my hubster, my best friend, the love of my life! I hope you have an amazing birthday!

8 Things About Me

May 13, 2007

Here are the rules…

The Rules:
1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are my answers ~
Side note: This will be hard, since I already did thirteen things last week about me, but here goes…

  1. I’m a middle child.
  2. I’m growing my hair out to give to a group like Locks of Love.
  3. I love fruits and vegetables.
  4. My ultimate goal is to be able to stay home to write and edit for my living. Sigh. A good dream… πŸ˜›
  5. My husband really is my best friend.
  6. The rooster scenes in The Family Guy drive me crazy.
  7. I’m loving having blogs. Yet I can’t believe that anyone would want to hear anything I have to say, lol.
  8. My “new at two” for a new Verizon phone just came up, and I want to hold out until they make a purple flip phone.

I’m not going to tag anyone since everyone I know has already done this, lol.

Thursday Thirteen

May 10, 2007

Thirteen Things I should be doing instead of this TT

1. Editing. Oh, the editing. I thought I would get C.A.’s edits done for Tuesday, but I guess that’s too much to ask for a vacation. πŸ˜› I’m praying I’ll have them done tonight!

2. Writing. This was supposed to be my writing week, but editing comes first. Next week I can use all the evenings for writing, and I WILL!

3. Review stuff. Luckily I’ve pretty much kept up with the comings and goings of reviews, so there’s not much to do, but there are still a few sites that haven’t gotten back to me yet.

4. Calling my cousin to see if she’s had her baby. She was due April 24th, so I kind of hope she has, lol.

5. Washing the windows. Oh, they are covered in grime. I washed them probably two months ago during a random warm weekend, and they’re gross from the last big snowstorm.

6. Washing and vacuuming my car. It needs it. Badly.

7. Rearranging my closet to put the summer clothes at the front. I HATE doing this.

8. Making all my doctor’s appointments for the summer.

9. Getting ready for SEATTLE in July! Woot! Plane and hotel are all set, now we just need to figure out where we’ll be sightseeing.

10. Reading the twenty SELF magazines I have piled up. Why do I even have this subscription?

11. Taking care of all the e-mails in my inbox. Oy.

12. Repainting my toe nails. You know that e-mail that goes out at the beginning of every summer to not scare people with your feet? Yeah, my toes are there right now. πŸ˜›

13. Aaaaaand…editing.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Jen McKenzie
2. Lauren
3. Rene
4. Comment and I’ll add your TT here! (Haven’t figured out how to do an automatic one yet… :-P)

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