Posts Tagged ‘RITA’

Reading Reading Reading!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Yes, I have been reading. Some of the books are for RWA’s RITA award and I am honor bound to say nothing about that reading other than, you know, I love reading RITA books. I have so many books going it’s hardly funny.

Kresley Cole’s Dark Deeds at Night’s Edge was a good read. Really enjoyed it.

If you happen to write [genre omitted for reasons of secrecy], why on earth would you give a character in your book the same rather unusual last name as certain characters in a New York Times bestselling series in the same genre? It’s enough to make you think the author has never read the genre because, trust me on this one, anybody even a little familiar with the genre will have heard of this name.

I came into possession of a $200 gift card so last Sunday I made my son pry himself off the couch and go into town with me to spend it on stuff we didn’t need. We discussed what to do and, well, OK. I’ll tell you:

We went to our local independent bookstore and spent $98.15 on books. He got another edition of a Peanuts book he’s been collecting and I got Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, Patricia Brigg’s Cry Wolf. Josh Bazell’s Beat The Reaper and Stan Nicholls Orcs. This last book as a cover that is this shy of being the awesomest book cover ever. I’m dying to read A Mercy but I think I’m going to start on Orcs first.

Tomorrow I have Jury Duty, so I’ll take that book and maybe another plus, naturally, my iPhone on which I have yet more books to read.

After the book extravaganza we went to our local Chocolate Bar, Viva Cocolat and Soccer Boy spent $75 on chocolate (truffles and some desserts) and I rounded out the purchase with a couple more things. Fun was had. A lot of fun. The last of the chocolate disappeared today.

But here’s what I hate: my son is now 5’6 and weighs 113 lbs. He can eat $75 worth of chocolate and still need more calories. Between Dec 7 and January 17 he grew two inches. And he’s not stopping the growing thing.

Anyway, I get to sleep in an hour later because of jury duty and with any luck get to sit around and read all day. I have served on a jury before and I cannot recommend the experience enough, but I think if I get voir dired I’ll be dismissed on account of my two lawsuits (Hepting vs. AT&T and Jewel vs. NSA). But maybe not. Maybe I’ll get put on a jury. You never know.

Off to read!

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Catching up

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Had to do some day job stuff this morning. Yuck. Took longer than it should have due to an issue that was out of my control. But all’s well and I’m home now. Xia has been going very slowly lately. I need to make up some words today. But I also have a lot of RITA books to read. Sigh. On the good side, despite the slow going, the ideas have been good. I have 41K words now and things are starting to gel. I’m trying to think of something amusing or interesting to say here, but no go. So! instead of that I’ll talk about a growing obsession of mine.

Spike
James Marsters as Spike
Oh, my gosh. As perhaps you know, if you read here from time to time, my xmas present to myself was Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. So, the character Spike is a bad boy vamp who’s pretty dang hunky. Plus, there are scenes in which he has very little clothing on and it’s quite clear he keeps up a regular workout without overdoing it. And yes, I should be hanging my head in sexist shame for this, but I’m not. It’s finally our turn!

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Another Saturday Night

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

My son woke up with a fever this morning, which meant we stayed home and kept a low profile. I made an Angel Food cake, and since you have to do something with all the left over egg yolks, I make a yellow cake, too. Both came out great. I bled my synopsis today. Slow agonizing progress, but progress nonetheless. I finished all my RITA books. Fun reading. What else? Nothing. Today was boring. But the synopsis is almost done and in a bit I’m going to print out my first 3 chapters (if I can get the cat off the printer) and see where things stand. Crap? Not crap? I’ll find out. Could be I’ll cry myself to sleep tonight. Or not.

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Beef, Jaguars and writing

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Now that I’m all registered for school and filling out the forms for graduation, and now that soccer is over for a bit, it occurs to me that I now can think about starting back up on some of the things I gave up for grad school. I had to stop the Tae Kwon Do, for example, when I was just a year or so away from getting my black belt. But now I want to take Tai’Chi, so I’ve started looking around for classes. I found a place that has Tai’Chi on Mondays and Pilates two other days a week, so maybe I’ll do that, if it’s not too expensive. There’s also a place that teaches Flamenco, and I have always wanted to learn Flamenco. So I’ll call around tomorrow and see what I can do.

I’ve now read three of my RITA books, and unlike last year when I had serious issues with almost all the books I read (it was painful, really painful for me) so far, they’ve been darn good. One in particular is by a new and really talented writer. I think this book has some flaws, but they’re flaws from someone who can write, and there’s a big difference between that and the kind of flaws that crop up in books by a writer who doesn’t have the beef, if you will.

I didn’t get all that much done this weekend, on account of Saturday being sucked up by soccer, and last night reading a RITA book, and then another one this morning. Then my son had an indoor soccer game and since the other team didn’t show up, the parents went out on the field and played the kids instead. What a hoot! I was on defense, and I have a whole new respect for my son’s position. We were losing until my son came out of goal and went on offense, then the proud parents scored several goals. Yeah! The kids who played goalie after my son had never played goal before and we took shameless advantage. We had to. Those kids are in shape!

There was a report in the local paper about three sightings of a "large black cat" about two miles from here. One by a biology student on her way to school. There are mountain lions around here, and there’s a local park, a big wilderness type park here where my son’s class actually saw a mountain lion, but we don’t have black panthers here. If the sightings are real, there must have be some jerk who had one for a "pet" and it got free. Scary. If it’s true, I imagine we’d hear shortly about livestock being killed. Lots of cows and sheep out that way. We have foxes, coyotes and bobcats out here, and, as mentioned the occasional mountain lion, but panthers? Yikes! Hopefully, it’s not true.

I’ve been working on Magellan’s Witch and will fail the word count minimum, of course. But things are going OK. I’ve started the 2nd of the two new chapters, and darned if I didn’t find out that my hero has a tragic love in his past. I like when that happens. All the planning for writing just doesn’t substitute for actual writing. Back to it for a bit.

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