Saturday, February 27, 2010

Caught in a Bubble

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I know I'm not blogging at a regular pace these days. My apologies. There are a ton of things I could say, stuff that breaks my heart, but isn't about me. Believe it or not, as much as I like to blab, I'm only willing to blab my own issues - not my loved ones. So there are many things going on around me I just can't talk about. In that respect, 2010 has been one lesson in disaster after another, and every day I hug and kiss my hubby and kids because we have been so fortunate. It's a blessing just that we are okay.

My niece's wedding is today, so the plan was for the Hubster and me to attend the wedding, but things got sidetracked. We have Mini with us, and Oldest is doggy sitting for my Mom and Dad now that they're on their way to Texas. My grandmother is going in for surgery soon to have her lymph nodes removed. Her cancer has spread. There is the lymph nodes thing, and afterwards she starts radiation therapy. It's very tense for the family right now.

On the other hand, Hubster and I had lunch with my parents this past Wednesday. A really good visit. While dad and the hubster stabbed a transmission, Mom and I chatted. I ended up raiding her shoe closet, which is like a mini-shoe store. I came away with two pairs of pale beige wedge sandals that are potentially conference suitable. I have to do a test run on my outfits this week to see if I need any last minute pieces.

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My fantasy romance novel is almost ready for the write-in phase. It's been slow going, but I can already tell it's worth the effort. I'm excited about the characters and the way they've grown. I've almost pulled together all my end scenes, which is all I'm lacking. Roughly 10 scenes. I had them finished, printed up the notes, but decided on the read through that I lost interest right past the mid-point. Soooo, I'm reworking that section, and basically getting the "last gasp" together so I'll be ready for Lesson 13 on Monday. I won't have as much time to devote to classes next week, so this will hopefully save me from getting too far behind.

I'm about half way through reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I have no idea where this story is going, but the author is an absolute master of characterization. For research, I'm also reading a book called The Vikings, by Howard La Fey. (non-fiction, hard cover, Nat. Geographic books) Very interesting book.

OH! Before I forget... There's a call out for urban fantasy, fantasy, and books driven by the female protagonist POV. Juno Books has the information on their blog. Be sure to read the guidelines!

That's all I've got for now, so I'm cracking the whip and getting back to work. I hope you have a snazzy weekend!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Wonderful Dreary Day

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Yum. Tastes like model horses.


I can breathe! *does the slippery socks dance* Oh, man, I woke up this morning feeling like a bazillion bucks. I'm now able to inhale deeply without wheezing, coughing, or feeling like one side of my head is going to collapse. That is so full of effing win, I can hardly contain my jazziness.

And the throat tickle is much, much better. A few more days like this, and by the time I get to conference, I may not have a cough. Whee!

I'm moving along in my course work as well. I've managed to claw my way through the trenches to Lesson 12, so...yesterday I went to the library and picked up a copy of A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin. I haven't read very far into it yet, only about 20 pages, so I'm not 100% sure what the book is about. It's roughly 700 pages so it should give me something to chew on for a couple of days. It's hard to get a quiet moment during the week, so I'll likely have to hit it on the weekend and do a locked down reading jag.

In the meantime, I'm polishing my pitch - round three. One way or the other, I plan to have the final for this bastard by Friday. One would think I'd have this thing in the bag by now, what with the time I've spent on this thing.

Yikes! I just realized it's after 1:30. I guess I better get back to work. The kidlets will be home before too long. Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Which Path Do They Take?

Funny Pictures - Cat I Will Come Down


I haven't been using many images from webshots lately. I love their stuff, but the talking ads are annoying the absolute shit out of me. Every time you reload the page, the ad replays. Since I try to link every photo on this blog to the place I found it, I wouldn't want to blast someone out of their seat with an unwanted Mucinex ad or some such thing. It bugs me, so I certainly don't want to do it to someone else. That being the case, until webshots takes that train wreck off their front page, I probably won't be using many of their photos from here on in. A shame, really, because I love looking at stuff. There's some serious talent on that website.

Anyhoo... story progress. I'm stuck at this one place in my story and until late in the day, I wasn't sure which way to go. This is one of those points in the book I always forget about until I start rereading. Why do I forget? Because it's boring. Absolutely forgettable. So basically, it's out. Gone. Red X'd. I've finally gotten to that point in the book and now must face what I knew would have to happen all along - I've got to figure out how I'm going to replace this scene.

The scene right before this one ends in a dramatic,"is the dinosaur going to eat the children?" kind of way. With that said, there are four ways I could write this next part, and I've been on the fence about it. I know how this story ends already, and I'm trying to basically play connect the dots in an interesting, satisfying, and believable way. I fully intend to honor all promises I make to my readers in this book, and nothing must feel forced.

I know for a fact one of these options doesn't work - it's boring storytelling. It's the option I started with. I'm listing it because I wrote it, and I did so because I've seen it used in I don't know how many romance novels. That alone sets up red flags, but I was NaNo'ing my way through this beast and took the easy out. That said, mark #1 off the list. I don't want to write it much less read it.

Now for the other options. I'm sure part of my muddled thinking is to blame on the zombification process I've been going through by taking Forte twice a day, but I digress. The different possibilities:

1. Hero and heroine play it safe. They cautiously pack up and move on.
2. They fight through, but only 1 manages to escape.
3. Locals appear and help Hero and Heroine overthrow villains.
4. Hero and heroine are SOL. They villains overtake them.

I could probably make this book 100% better by introducing a hoard of zombies to come in and devour all my errant characters. Of course, that wouldn't make sense. So, I'm going for the next best thing: I'm leaning toward #4. That's going to require a whole new arc to carry the section through, but I'll also gain character depth for my heroine and hero. It'll also give insight into a character that had up to this point been mostly a shadow figure. With this option, we get to see how the bad guys function in the field. And, I gotta say, after floundering with this bit for so long I'm kinda at this point...well, it's either they figure out how to dig themselves out of this mess or they deserve to die. Maybe even with zombies.

So there you have it. I love my hero and heroine, but they're about to learn I'm the dungeon master and I can be a bitch. In fact, I think I may need that on a T shirt for those moments when I forget and start to think my characters are in charge.

That's all I've got for the moment. If and when I get over this hump in the story, I'm gonna have a glass of wine and dance around the office. Carefully. Because I've got quite a mess going on in here. Happy weekend, everyone!




Friday, February 19, 2010

Oatmeal and Stock Cars




Yesterday's trip to the doctor wasn't as painful an experience as I thought it was going to be. I've dropped a few pounds, and my thyroid function is right on target. My cholesterol and triglycerides are still too high, though, so my doctor broke out the whip to find out what I'm eating. I eat a lot of veggies already, but I eat a lot of junk things too. Her advice to me: cut out the junk and eat oatmeal. Oatmeal cookies, oat bread, straight up oatmeal. Yep. I can sooo see the benefit of cutting out yummy pizza and eating...oatmeal. :P

I told the hubster if I start braying it's from all the damn oats I have to eat, don't be shocked. He laughed and said he'd get a saddle. Heh.

After the doctor we went to Reynold's and had lunch. I ordered a crawfish poboy and a large green salad. Good stuff, and legit - albeit sans oats! We watched CNN coverage on the guy who flew his airplane into the IRS building in Austin while we ate our meal, then afterward went about a few errands before returning home.

Hubby picked up Mini from school, and brought home a slip saying we've been given a week to pull together a Black History Month project. We wanted to choose something that Mini would take interest in, and that's pretty much anything with wheels on it. So, we settled on Wendell Scott, the first black NASCAR driver to win in the Sprint Cup Series. Mini should get a kick out of that. He digs racing and cars.

Today I have to buy some polymer clay to sculpt Scott's stock car. It seems the simplest approach. I've sculpted cars out of Play-Doh for Mini before, so first order of business is to find a good picture of the car to use for reference. (Google, here I come!) Once it has hardened, I'm going to let Mini paint it. I'll be sure to post pictures of this grand scheme. I do believe they're going to put these projects in the newspaper and display them at the library as well.

That's all that's going on right now. I gotta get my stuff together and run the last of the weekly errands. When I come home, I've got chapters to read for a friend, and revisions to work on. (While eating fat free ice cream, if I'm lucky!) Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yes, Yes, Party

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I concur. Whee.


What a day! I survived it, but it didn't get off to a very good start. Once every 3-4 months I have to go in for a blood screening and blood pressure check. I do this the day before the actual "talk to the doctor" doctor appointment. I have to fast, no water, food, nothing before the blood work is done.

The blood screen was early this morning. I got up at 7. I'd gone to bed at 11 last night, but every hour or so, a dog would come whining, or Mini would come pile in bed with us. He's too big for that now - 3 people in a queen size bed - so I pick him up and haul him back to his room, tuck him in and then back to bed for me. WAH. About four hours of that last night. I swear to all that is holy I was draggin' when I finally had to get up and stay up. And I couldn't just go into the kitchen and have coffee.

I got dressed and sat around like a zombie. For about five minutes. The minute I came into the dining room it seemed like all hell broke loose. Dogs were yapping, Mini was begging for attention and "picknin' up". Oldest and hubby were gabbing and racing in and out of the kitchen. Pure chaos. I managed to slip off to the bathroom to get dressed.

Fast forward twenty minutes, and we'd almost gotten ready to leave when Mini had an accident.We'd already dressed him for school, and he went in his pants. Hubby was in the bath and had the door locked, so he couldn't get in there. So now it's time to leave and I have to rush hubby out of the bathroom with an angry stick. Now it's a rush to run more bath water so I could put Mini in there. Only when I stripped him out of his wet clothes did I realize he had a fever. Wonderful. He's sick! No since in rushing that. I told hubby to call the school and let them know we couldn't bring Mini in.

Finally Oldest catches the bus, and I send Mini back to his room so I can dress him in fresh clothes. Once I'm in Mini's room, I realize the puppy has pissed in the floor. *sigh* Christ on a stick, can I just tell you how much I <3 my Swiffer? Anyway, I'm less than happy by this point - I'm late for my pre-appointment appointment. If I don't get there before the scheduled patients arrive I have to wait what could be hours for something that takes all of 5-10 minutes to do.

After threatening everyone with pain and eternal torment, we got our shit together and made a dash for the doctor's office. Of course, I arrive 15 minutes late, and there are patients waiting, so I sit and wait, too. After about forty minutes the nurse calls me back. She pops a vein, I go through 2 blood vials, and then she slaps a cotton ball on me with some tape and sends me on my merry way.

Tomorrow I have to go in for round two. :/ Thankfully this time it's an appointment. After that, I have to mail off a few things, and take care of bills. I'm going to do all this tomorrow, because I don't think I can stand a third day of similar fun.

On the flip side, I've managed to get caught up on the MMC book features today, and I'm gradually getting my act together for conference. I have everything together but a pair of black pants. I swear, what is up with all this faded black, charcoal gray crap on the racks now. I just want a simple pair of black pants. It's, like, the apocalypse of classic fashion. NO black pants? What next? No little black dress?

I will get through this. I WILL. And I will get through this revision lesson from hell, too. That's my current mantra. Believe it. :P

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Decadent Conflict




My gosh, what an awesome photo. If you click it, it takes you to the webshots album. The photographer pbono has other pictures of Carnival in Venice. Gorgeous stuff!

The masks and costumes are kind of what I had in mind when I wrote Wicked Temptation. I love the elaborate costumes - seriously decadent. Wouldn't you like to know who is behind that mask? I would! :0)

It's boiling down to conference time, and I'm still working on my pitch. I have it down for the most part, but I'm wondering about the ending - the conflict. I'm not sure why it's off, it just is. Must definitely fix that next week. Starting next Monday, I have to shift gears a bit to prepare for Written in the Stars. The pitch is gonna be jumping to the head of that list. I feel more confident when I take time to practice reading my pitches aloud.

As for the actual act of writing, I'm thick in revision classes right now. I've received my coursework for lesson 11 on Monday, but I'm not ready to move forward yet. I'm still midway through lesson 10. I believe, but am not 100% sure, that I'm currently prepping my manuscript for write-ins. Yay!

I've been devoting several hours a day to revision and index cards. It's grueling, nerve frazzling, frustrating, and slow going, but.... I already see it paying off. I'm taking my time with it, but at this rate, I should have my book ready to submit by the end of summer, if not a little sooner. I'm very psyched about that.

That's about it for tonight. Tomorrow I'm back to the doctor for my quarterly blood tests. Basically a thyroid, kidney, and blood pressure check. It's a 2 part deal. I go tomorrow for the blood work, then my actual doctor's exam is on Thursday. At any rate, I have to get up early in the morning, so I better hit the sack. Busy day tomorrow.

Nite nite, everyone - and sweet dreams! :0)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Office Wreck and Craftiness

Yesterday I finally tired of dragging my laptop from room to room to print things, so I shuffled all the junk to one side of my office and moved in the dining room desk. Weee!

My office is a complete wreck right now, overloaded with stuff that will have to be boxed and stored, but the main thing is that all my stuff is in one place.

I worked on revision note cards until about 1 am. I'm still on lesson 10, but I'm moving along with it, so it's to be expected that I have occasional panic attacks - possibly a symptom of staring at neon colored index cards for hours and hours. Anyway, I gave the cards a rest and tweaked my pitch a little more. I have to read it aloud dozens of times to get a feel for it, so when I'd finally reached that "zone", I printed up the current pitch and made a mad dash for the intertubes. I looked up Vlad epidsodes of 24, and set hulu playing, then pulled the bag of craft stuff hubby brought home from Hobby Lobby in my lap.

He picked up some keychain making things for me, so I tore open a pack of those and decided to make one. But what would the picture be. I really like Poochie stuff from the 80s, but it's kind of hard to find now - especially if you don't want to mortgage your house to have old store stock imported from Italy. So, I bought a graphics sheet and printed up a couple of discs with Poochie on them, to make the keychain in the picture above. Oh, and by the way, you do not see the mess on my desk. *waves oogly boogly magic wand* That stuff is all an illusion.

I'm happy with the keychain. The colors are too light in the picture, but the writing cave has poor lighting unless the curtains are open. Then the pictures come out too bright. Heh. At any rate, there it is.

Today, I'll be sorting through scenes again. Looking for things to cut and keep. Wah. That's it for now. I better get something accomplished while the guys are gone.

I hope you all have a snazzy Monday! :0)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy, happy Valentine's day! The man did a very romantic thing for me yesterday. While I was at the history center in Bossier for the local chapter meeting, he bought two blueberry bushes and planted them in the yard. *sniff, sniff* I have been talking about getting a couple of berry bushes for months now. I do think he's a keeper. :*)

Diane O'Brien Kelly gave an awesome workshop on taxes - all geared toward writers, of course. There was quite a bit in there that I didn't know. Like the myths about hobby income vs. business income. If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, take a notebook and settle in. There is a lot of important stuff going on in that workshop.

On another note, I'm still working on lesson 10 of my revision course. I've been devoting hours to this thing daily, and while it is grueling work, I can already see how this is going to help my book.

When I told my hubby the new and improved beginning for "Maiden", he was blown away. He actually turned down the volume on his computer to listen to the story arc. I won out over Guild Wars, people. Do you understand the implication of such a domestic victory? *faint*

Today I'll be working on lesson 10 a bit more, and filling out note cards. Man, the conference is coming so fast. I'm still ironing out my pitch, but I think I pretty much have the bulk of what I want to say on paper. I've sent it out to a few friends for feedback. Cass, of course, and Jamie, from my RWA group. I'm still not sure I've got the conflict right.

Once I've exhausted myself with eye-blasting, neon colored note cards for the day, I have to do a bit of actual writing. I promise to have a book to my editor around the first of April.

All that aside, I think I should probably put Sassie in her doggy bed (she's in my lap) and go thrown the laundry in the wash before the boys get home. Off for now. I hope you all have a yummy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine Cuppy Cakes = YUM

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Hillbilly kittehs...from the Catskills?


Today has been straight out of WTF. I glanced out the front door this morning, and at first I thought lack of coffee was making me see things. But alas, no...it was actually snowing. Pretty white fluffy flakes falling everywhere. Sadly, they weren't sticking. Wah! I stood there wishing and wishing they would, but it didn't work. I watched them land on the BBQ grill only to melt away against the black roll-top. What a waste of a good procrastination tool.

I'm working on lesson 10 of the revision course, and I think this one is sure to deliver me into the living, breathing, physical experience of hell on earth - complete with exercises!

I'm about a fourth of the way through the first half of the lesson. Oh, yes, there is a part deux! My brain cells are already screaming in protest, but I must.move.on.

So tonight, I'll be doing classwork...until about 8pm CST/9pm EST. There's a chat at The Knight Agency going on tonight. Nephele Tempest and Lucienne Diver will be chatting. Possibly taking questions? I have no idea, but I'm going. Anyone want to come with?

Mini had his preschool Valentine party today. It's the start of their winter break, so they won't be back to school for about a week. Anyway, I was *cough, cough* helping him with his candy and noticed that he'd gotten 7 Valentines all from the same girl. Heh.

So that's the skinny. Nothing big going on today. A few phone calls. A few emails. OH! And a new house phone. Hubby brought it home a few days ago. It's sleek and pretty, but coolest of coolies...it has an orange LCD display. I had no idea there was any such animal. All the LCD's I've seen are red, blue, and green. I'm now fascinated by our phone and must push buttons whenever I go into the kitchen. But that's what life is all about right? The simple things? ;-)

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bottled Patience

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The next few weeks are going to be intense. Winter break for the pre-k kids starts this Friday, so Mini will be out of school next week. His V-day party is Friday. On top of that, this weekend is also my local RWA chapter meeting, so I also have to go buy all the cups, flatware, plates and napkins for the conference. I'm also trading a doll with someone, so I really need to scrounge up a shipping box.

I sent off my first story of the year this week, and I'm already working on another. The first scene is on paper, even if it's in questionable shape. Last night, or early this morning, however you want to look at it, I had to do some serious thinking on my setting. It just wasn't working. I think I've finally put it all in place, so I'm moving forward. Woot!

Even better than starting a fresh new project, I finally got everything straightened out with paypal this morning, so I'm now able to access my revision classes again. Whew! That's one stress I really don't need right now - very glad everything's back in order! Tonight I'll be reading through Lesson 10. Afterward, I have to start working on my pitch. Wish me luck!

Don't forget to drop by Cobblestone Press Main Street Forums for the free, month long writing workshop going on. Come on, writing workshop + free! Get over there already!

The man has gone to pick up lunch for us, bless him. Not sure what it will be: pizza, burgers, nachos... I'm not feeling too picky at the moment, to be honest. Bring it, hubster! That said, I better get something done today. Off to write!

Happy hump day, everyone. ;0)





Sunday, February 07, 2010

It's Really Sunday?




Today has felt like Monday and Mercury retrograde all wrapped up into one. I bought a few things over the weekend, and never had a single issue with my paypal. This morning I got a notice that it failed to pay this month's subscription to my revision classes - and I can't find a good goddamn reason why. After about two hours fraught with tears and worry, I tinkered around with the settings, and finally changed the billing. The main problem is fixed, but now it will be Wednesday before the subscription pay goes through. I'm so bummed. I had it set so I could get my class work on Mondays. Now my course week will be running Wednesday to Wednesday, and the delay is pretty much shaving a week of my work time right before effing conference. So far, I kinda think 2010 hates me.

After fighting with paypal all morning, I decided to step away from the comp a while. I poured another cuppa coffee and watched Zombieland with the hubster. Poor Bill Murray. On a day like this, though, nothing is quite as relaxing as watching men shoot down a hoard of blood thirsty zombies. *sigh*

Over the weekend, I promised 3 more books to Cobblestone Press. The first book is already underway. I'm working on it now and anticipate having it in no later than the first of April. So new books are coming.

This week, I'll be posting flyers for the Written in the Stars Conference. If you're a writer, or interested in writing, this is one of the best little conferences in the south. A stellar agent/editor panel will be on hand, and there are going to be many wonderful workshops. Take a peek!

"Written in the Stars"
A writer's conference featuring...


Award-winning author workshops by:
Lorie Wilde, Winnie Griggs, Connie Cox, Allen Davis III, Sarah Baker, Kathleen Baldwin, Sandy Blair, Beth Cornelison, Kaye Dacus, Robyn DeHart, Tracy Garrett, Tina Gerow, Tessa McDermid, Susan Myer, Terry Odell, Colleen Thompson, and Gina Wilkins.

Friday, March 5th – Saturday, March 6th
Holiday Inn Financial Plaza
In Shreveport, Louisiana


Scheduled Industry Professionals:
Laura Bradford, Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
Terry Burns, Agent, Hartline Literary Agency
Melissa Jeglinski, Agent, The Knight Agency
Beth Miller, Agent Assistant, Writers House
Wanda Ottewell, Senior Editor, Harlequin SuperRomance
Laurie Rauch, Executive Editor, Samhain Publishing
Jessica Sebor, Editor, Random House/Bantam Dell
Elizabeth Hadwin, Bookseller, Barnes & Noble


To sign up, or find out more about the Written in the Stars Conference, visit www.nolastars.com . If you attend, be sure to say hi when you see me. I'm definitely going to be there!

That's about it for now. The rest of the day is meant for relaxing. And football. Geaux Saints!
Happy weekend, everyone.


Friday, February 05, 2010

Friday Ooglie Booglies

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Eeek!


Hubby dragged me kicking and screaming to do taxes this morning. Thankfully, that hassle is over for another year. Once that was over, we had a bite to eat at Sonic (tots and cheese!). While waiting on our order, the man and I were playing with the ghost radar app for iTouch. We got a couple of sentences out of it: "there's gentle music" and "third son asleep."

Dad and Mom wanted to visit with the kids this weekend, so I took them over there after school. Hubster and I didn't really know what to do with ourselves, so we made plans to go cemetery touring tomorrow. I have a camera with video, and he has a shiny new EVP recorder he wants to try out. We also have the ghost radar thingy. Maybe this will give me some inspiration for a new book.

After the cemetery walk, we're going to take in a movie. He wants to see Legion, and afterward we'll probably go out for dinner, and maybe even pop in at Rabb's. Ah, the possibilities...

That's it for now. It's almost midnight - I better hit the sack! Nite nite, everyone. :0)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

we could be serious

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Taps paw: testing, testing 1,2,3


It's been a while since I've blogged. Sorry about that. I've got some really cool stuff going on this month leading up to the NOLA conference in March. I just completed lesson 9 of
Holly Lisle's novel revision course, and I'm also peeking in on the plotting workshop Deanna Lee is holding at the Cobblestone Press Main Street forum.

The Cobblestone Press workshop is completely free, and open to anyone registered to the Main Street forum. I encourage writers, and people interested in writing, to sign up. I'm all for free writing workshops. You can never know "too much" about the craft. It's all about building a better story, and improving your skills. The more you know about HOW a story is put together, the more you'll know when you sit down to build a story of your own. In other words: go check out that workshop!

I'm counting the days to the
2010 Written in the Stars Conference. I plan to pitch my fantasy-romance novel while I'm there, so as you can imagine, I'm working my tushie off trying to get in some rewriting and revisions. This, on top of pulling together what I hope will be a rock solid pitch. Cross your fingers for me!


Speaking of books and such.... Weirdly 3 is now available from Wild Child Publishing.

From paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly: Volume 3 will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Beasts, ghosts, demons, evil creatures and, of course, every day, as well as evil, people inhabit Weirdly's pages.

An ice trucker goes out on his first journey only to meet a legend... a jack-in-the-box like you've never seen... Gilbert Boggs yearns for years past and discovers that wondering "what if" might be more than he bargained for... When Jolie Broussard moves to the small town of Maison Rouge, she's just looking for a solitude, but it's not what she gets. Can she save herself? Sally and Bob love children, but they love their pets too... And much more. Do you dare to read them?


Only the Moon Will Tell is my story in this volume.

Jolie Broussard is an outsider in the little town of Maison Rouge, Louisiana. Her curious, monthly routine comes under suspicion when the town folk invite her to a firelight fais-do-do at Richard Park? What secrets will be revealed in the dark of night? Only the moon will tell.

Coming in March, I'll be doing a live reading on Second Life. The stories I touch on will include Only the Moon Will Tell, and The Ghost Train (from Weirdly 2: Eldritch). I'll be posting more about this when the event is closer to date. The pertinent information will be posted her at the CZ blog, and on these websites:

www.corazane.com
www.corazanebooks.com
www.midnightmooncafe.com

This Saturday, February 6th, I'll be giving away a copy of Weirdly 3 at the Midnight Moon Cafe Blog, so be sure to drop by for a chance to win a sparkly fresh PDF copy.

On the home front, hubster went out and bought a copy of Zombieland today, so you can imagine what I'll be watching tonight. I've been looking forward to this one. Is it any good? No, wait! Don't tell me! :D

That's it for now. I'm off to put the Minibeast in the bath. I hope you're all having a good week. Happy Tuesday!