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Reading Books

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

I finished a non-fiction book called The Survivor’s Club. It was an ARC, so I’ll be writing a review of it pretty soon. Good book.

I’m also reading Dead After Dark an anthology with Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Susan Squires and Diana Love. I just finished the Squires story with just the Love to go. All three have rocked so far. Will finish soon.

I’m reading another book which I won’t mention because it is train-wreck flawed for me. Don’t know if I’ll bother finishing.

Also reading Clown Girl by Monica Drake. This will be a slower read. It’s literary and a bit slow to be about something. But some things are worth waiting for. We’ll see if this one is.

I’ll need to take two books to the gym tomorrow morning since I’ll finish Dead after Dark pretty soon.

Have been thinking about the Dark Elf project a lot. I may start some basic plotting and brainstorming fairly soon.

Off to check the laundry then to bed.


Carolyn Blogs About Reading and Some Other Stuff

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Title Title, Who’s Gotta Title?

First off, The Next Historical (or the book briefly known as Sinful) is now officially entitled Indiscreet. My editor emailed yesterday and said it turns out Berkley has a July 2009 release titled Sinful, and sales didn’t like the second choice title which was A Reputation for Sin, so did we (my agent and I) have any other ideas? My agent, I do believe came up with Indiscreet. So there it is. It has the Sales seal of approval.

Reading Controversy!!

Apparently, Suzanne Brockmann has a prologue posted for her next Troubleshooters book, Dark of Night. The heroine is Sophia and as any fan of Brockmann knows, Sophia is in love with Decker. Well, readers are all atwitter (in the traditional sense) with the possibility that Sophia’s hero will be Dave, not Decker. Some appear to be enraged. One woman opined that there should never be ambiguity about the hero, to which I must say au contraire!!

Personally, I think whoever the hero turns out to be, Brockmann will pull it off. We’ll all be thinking we want to marry Dave or Decker or whoever it is and be glad that Sophia gets her hero.

I also think that the last Troubleshooter book laid some excellent groundwork for Dave or Decker. I think it could go either way, and I don’t care which way (ok, I have a slight preference for Decker, who wouldn’t?) but I know I’ll be entertained and enthralled the entire time either way.

As to the no ambiguity about the hero? By the end of a Romance, there should indeed be no ambiguity over who the hero is. But in the beginning, I disagree with that statement wholeheartedly. In fact, I think a big part of the trouble with a lot of Romances is the very lack of ambiguity.

The only Rule for Romance is the HEA. (Just like the only Rule For Msytery is that there’s a mystery to be solved) That’s it. All the other stuff that gets you there can be anything at all. Anything. And that can mean a hero who isn’t the best candidate for the job at the start.

Off to make sure I’ve pre-ordered my copy…

Carolyn’s Reading List – Partial and in no particular order

  • The Outlander by Gil Adams
  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart
  • Brain Rules by John Medina
  • Clowngirl by Monica Drake
  • The Crown Road by Ian Banks
  • The Black Arts – a concise history of witchcraft, demonology, astrology, alchemy and other mystical practices throughout the ages by Richard Cavendish
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewksi
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  • In Cod We Trust, Living the Norwegian Dream by Eric Dregni
  • The truckload of books I brought back from RWA
  • miscellanous other books lurking in the TBR

How about you? Leave a comment so I’m not so lonely here!


Listen Up!

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Look, people. If you’re on Twitter, it seems pointless and probably is until you’re following a few people. Really. If you have a twitter profile go out and find people to follow. You can unfollow them if they’re boring you. Look over over there to the right (unless you’re reading this in a feed, in which case, click through to my blog and then look to the right) you’ll see the link to my Twitter profile. Follow me (cuz I’m so charming and all) and then follow a few of my followers. Being a geekish sort, you might want to skip the tech tweeters. You can search twitter for people in your home town. That was fun and I’m glad I did that. I’m following a bunch of writers. Once you’re following more than 10 people, the point becomes more obvious. So go do it.

In other news, it’s Friday!!!! oh thank all the powers in the universe for that!

I finished Evermore. Now I’m reading Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs. But I may set it aside for Reservation Blues because as you may know, I am now a huge fan of Sherman Alexi.

Off to my local RWA chapter meeting tomorrow which means I should go to bed.

Thought A LOT about the next book today. I’m getting anxious to start. I’m thinking May 14 should be my official start date. That way I have this weekend for a last bit of massive reading.


Ends and Odds

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor’s originally self-published MY STROKE OF INSIGHT: A Brain Scientist’s personal Journey, tracking her experiences after a blood vessel exploded in her brain and she watched her mind deteriorate — losing the ability to walk, talk, read, write or remember — and then fought her way to complete recovery, aided by her understanding of how the brain works as well as her mother, to Clare Ferraro at Viking, at auction, for publication in May 12, 2008, by Ellen Stiefler at Stiefler Law Group (world).

About a month ago, I posted a link to her speech on this subject in this post. The speech is riveting. I can’t wait for the book.

I finished Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer. Fantastic. I gushed about it yesterday. Yup. Fan girl. I’ll just say this now: If Sherman Alexie keeps writing books like this, I expect a Nobel one day. Don’t laugh. I predicted Toni Morrison’s Nobel. Sure, it was obvious from Beloved that she was a major writer. You’re probably saying to yourself, Carolynn, any idiot could tell that about Morrison. I’m saying the same thing about Sherman Alexie. I have Reservation Blues on tap.

Now I’m reading Lynn Viehl’s Evermore because it was on the top of the pile when I left the house this morning. Pretty darn good so far.

And NOW I’m going to bed to read some more.


Relaxing With Tibetan Masks

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Carolyn’s Days of Relaxation continue.

In no particular order – except maybe the obvious. Today, I read a lot. Two really good books. I’ll have to blog about that later, however. I slept until I wanted to get up. I emailed someone who I’m really, really hoping I can afford to have fix the parts of my website I just don’t have time to deal with anymore. I replied to some other emails that have been lingering in my email box. I daydreamed about the historical that’s due in November. Took my son, nieces and nephews down to the neighbors to feed the horses apples and carrots while the sheep were being sheared. Wandered back to the house and made lunch. Made cookies for lunches this week. Took the Darling Child to the Antique Faire (it was way too hot for both of us) and bought these:

Tibetan Demon Mask, Blue
Tibetan Demon Mask, other

They are Tibetan demon masks meant to protect one’s home. They are now on duty in my room. This particular dealer is from Santa Cruz and he’s been coming to the Petaluma Antique Faire for the last couple of years and he always has the neatest stuff very reasonably priced. Those two masks were $60 for both. Reasonable for me. Now, for all I know he made them in his garage, but I don’t think so. Besides, years ago I decided that when I buy stuff like antiques, I would never ever buy anything I wouldn’t still like if I found out it was fake. That’s been a good policy because it keeps me from buying stuff I will eventually dislike looking it. This works really well with furniture. I like my demon masks. I have three now.

I also bought a Himalayan bell which, if I can stand to part with it, I will include as one of the prizes in my Wicked Cool Stuff contest. It’s brass and awesome. I’ll be announcing the contest shortly.

Lastly, before I sign off for the night, tomorrow I have the day off and I’m getting a facial and a massage. And hour and a half massage. Oh, heaven. Yes. I will be imagining cabana boys.


The Day After

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Well, maybe not quite. I had a few tweaks for Xia, like thinking up a new name for a secondary character who will, I’m pretty sure, be a heroine eventually, if there is an eventually, and an issue with cleaning up a ruby ring that isn’t what I originally thought it was. Both of which I did. Then I added in the glossary and I’m done for the night! I’m waiting to see if there’s any feedback in re stuff that sucks or something. Then it’s out the e-door.

What will I do with myself?


Get a LONG massage.

Fix some website stuff

Send out ARCs and bookmarks.

Entertain the Darling Child who may have decided My book is due May 1st!! is the only thing his mother can say. In a tense voice.


Evening Thoughts

Monday, December 24th, 2007

The presents are wrapped. So, my evening is free.

This morning I notebooked Xia and went off on this tangent and after 40 minutes of that, I thought, yeah, this is great for some other book. And then I had this flash of insight, or maybe just relief because the warm down period was starting, at any rate, I worked out the backstory for my heroine. Sigh of Relief.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Website, Buffy and Word Perfect

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Trying to get through the holidays here at Jewel HQ. It’s not always easy. Sigh.

The good news is that I’ve started implementing my redesigned website. I have the bulk of the new pages up, but not all of them, and I’ve not tested much. The blog will be dead last. But I got a lot more done today than I thought I would.

You-all may know that I don’t watch TV. Therefore, I don’t care much about the hardware. But I have my complete set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer DVD’s which, for various reasons having to do with the Wii, the Tivo, the DVD and a viper’s nest of color-coded cables I am unable to match color for color, I’ve had to watch on the iMac. Wow. The iMac display is just effin awesome. Tonight I re-watched the 1st two episodes with my son. We made popcorn, turned the lights off in my room and lay back on my bed to watch. It was fun. I think it’s great, too, for him to see a woman kicking some vampire ass and making friends with nice people. I’m looking forward to seeing the entire series.

Lastly, I think I’m going to be OK with Word Perfect in Parallels. I figured out my keyboarding issues and I believe all will be well. I had one issue with my new ftp client for the mac, and the first set of files I uploaded went up with the wrong permissions. My webserver is on a linux machine so I had to manually change permissions. The hosting software didn’t seem to allow batch changes, and I have no idea what my ssh shell login and pw is anymore so I had to do it one at a time. Pain! Besides, I know about 5 ‘nix commands and it’s scary when you have to Google first, though I’ve done it in the past. So it’s just as well. Then I found the place in the ftp client that sets the default permissions and since I know what those should be I had no further trouble. Oh, that was too long. Sorry. Today was a geeky day.

No more shopping for me. I was weak today and spent non-xmas-wad funds on presents. It was fun regardless. Tomorrow, wrapping! Ilooove wrapping presents.

I’ll be starting in full blast on Xia on 12/26.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve everyone!


Whoosh! That’s the sound of me getting behind

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Here I am vacating and I feel like I’m getting behind. Is that even possible? I finished Brockmann’s All Through The Night and started E. George’s book but I think it’s too dark and depressing for me right now. I’ll probably pick it up again later. So now I’m going to go through the TBR and start looking for what I do feel like.

I started notebooking Xia’s story today. Got some cool ideas. I need to go to bed now because I was up too late last night.


Shopping Done!

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Today I went out with my xmas money and got all my shopping done. I despise shopping, but I did OK. I bought a cookie press and made cool cookies tonight. They came out great!

In other news I think I’ve decided not to marry Vishous. Instead, I’m going to marry James Blunt. Wonder if he likes older women? In other silly news, I’m going to buy a lottery ticket tomorrow.

I’m reading Brockmann’s All Through the Night. Enjoyable. Next up, What Happened After He Shot her.

Now I’m going to go work on the website.

Xia continues to percolate. I don’t know how long I can relax with him knocking about in my head.