I stayed up chatting with Isabelle Santiago until 2 AM while working on my newsletter - which is coming along nicely by the way. Isabelle, if you're reading this, are you as tired as I am this morning?
The winter newsletter issue will be up very soon, so keep a look out! I'll be giving away a Cora Zane T shirt to one lucky reader who downloads the Winter Issue. On another note - signed Werekind bookcards. I've been asked where to get them. I give them away promo bags and contests all the time. If you'd like a signed bookcard from me, all you have to do is ask me and I'll send you one. Simple as that. There are lots of ways to contact me: www.CoraZane.com, on Facebook or Myspace, here on the blog, Author's Den, and through Twitter. The bookcards are first come first served, and while supplies last. I won't be doing a reorder until after the new year.
A lot happened over the weekend. First things first, I went to the RWA NOLA Stars Chapter Christmas party in Shreveport on Saturday with Beth Cornelison, and ended up taking 2 videos and a heap of pictures. Of course, you won't find me in any of them, but that's ok. I think another member had a camera and I'm going to be searching for those as yet unseen shots. ^_^
Instead of trying to upload a bunch of pictures, I turned them into a video. I'm no movie maker, for sure, but it was a lot easier to do this that fighting with Photobucket and/or bandwidth issues. The shots are in chronological order - from arrival and chatting in the sitting room, to eating lunch in the den, the gift exchange, to the silent auction at the end.
I have two more videos to upload today. They're from the gift exchange, which had a fun twist. Each person who brought a gift drew a number. When their number was called, they were able to pick a gift from under the tree OR STEAL someone else's gift. ^_^ A person could only be stolen from 3 times, and then they reached immunity and were left with the gift they held in hand.
I traded a book with Lenora Worth at the very end of the exchange. An "outside" negotiation. Perfectly legal. ~_^ She got a copy of Stephen King's On Writing, a book that has been on my Amazon wish list for ages. She already had a copy, so we traded - the book I'd unwrapped as my gift was an autographed copy of inspiration advice for writers. Not an easy choice to make, but now I have Stephen King's book off my wishlist! Woot! I started reading it just last night. I'll post more about it once I'm finished.
When I made it back home Saturday, hubby had cooked pork chops, bless him! I was a very good girl at the Xmas party, and while I wasn't starving exactly when I got home - I had devilled eggs, chicken, and someone made this rockin' awesome cheesy broccoli dish at the party - I wasn't opposed to chowing down on chops. Hey, I'm a born and bred southern girl, what can I say? ^_^
I didn't cheat on Atkins once at the party, and even dropped a pound. I'm currently down 7 pounds from when I started on Dec. 1st. Woot! I have a mini goal this week to lose 3 pounds.
Yesterday Oldest had his first date. Oh my. It went well, and those two...dare I say it. They are like peas in a pod. It's nerve wracking to imagine it. Just seeing the way they look at each other, you know they've both got the gaga's. *_* Anyway, the kids have already made plans for the coming weekend, and it looks like I'll be driving. I sense something starting, but oh, I dare not look too deep....
Happy Monday, everyone!