Thursday, January 31, 2008

You Decide

Okay, my story has officially jumped the tracks. Am currently hanging from side of train. After sending action hero to rescue the dangling author (i.e. me), please suggest solutions (you may vote even if you are not a writer) ...

The best way to save the new book is to:

(A) Start again (No frellin' way)

(B) Write 25,000 words of sex scenes and end with a big bang. (Pun intended)

(C) Eat chocolate until the sugar buzz makes the book seem inconsequential. (Godiva is only about 3 miles away)

(D) Hire a web-kitten to eat or ignore the file, while the author moves to Mexico. (Friends/Family/Web-buddies welcome to visit)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Illusionist

I just saw The Illusionist and enjoyed it so much. Norton is always an amazing talent, but in this guise I found him especially riveting. The rest of the cast also does a compelling job. If you like suspense and a good emotional ride, consider this historical romantic thriller for an excellent bit of entertainment.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Life's a Beach

"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous." Robert Benchley

"Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed be doing at that moment." Robert Benchley

Treasure Island, Florida was a sweet little paradise. Some writer friends and I had margaritas, faced the wind on the upper deck of the rented beach house, and had some interesting conversations about the secret lives of Disney characters. We debated whether the moon was full, who deserves to get eaten by tigers, and whether exposition should just plain be outlawed in the opening couple chapters of a book. Oh, yeah and we wrote a little.

If you're looking for a getaway, Florida has some beautiful beaches. For company, I recommend avoiding the jellyfish, but embracing everything else.

Where in the world are you today?

Friday, January 18, 2008

In the Words of Sammy Hagar...

After two days of mind-blurring classes, I drove home this morning from Dallas, aka the big D. There were an abnormally large number of police officers chatting with motorists on the side of the road. Those flashing lights sure are bright at 6:00 am. As I drove past at 90 mph, I wondered idly what the speed limit on the I-45 is. I would have stopped to ask the officers, but they seemed otherwise engaged.

I encountered a Tahoe that was driving in a manner completely unbecoming to a vehicle with an engine that size. I tried to signal the driver to let him know that his automobile had far larger than a V4, but he seemed not to notice me at first. Trapped as I was with semi trucks to my right and a cement barrier to my left, I was forced to a speed much slower than is tolerable for a 256-mile drive.

Therefore, I moved my seat back as far as possible while still maintaining my foot on the gas pedal. (Distancing myself from the steering wheel seemed the responsible thing to do prior to attempting a maneuver that could result in air bag deployment.)

In a move rarely seen attempted by civilian drivers, I was able to bypass the bizarre traffic jam. There was only a little fish-tailing, and I did enjoy the riding on two wheels part. Most importantly, I made it home in record time.

Excuse me while I answer the phone. It's probably Nascar calling.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Like a Head on Fire

"It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office." Shirley MacLaine.

Are you following politics this year? I am at moments, and a friend sent me to a site online to take a survey of questions that matches one up with the candidate that best matches one's answers. You have to rate issues on importance and choose from several answers. It was really interesting.

I'm sure it's not wise to get into politics here, so I won't ask you who you like as best as a candidate. Instead, if you answer one of the following questions, I'll match you to the cartoon character that suits you best...

1. Of all the super powers I could have I would most like to:
(a) fly even if I had to wear a really boring hairstyle and tights (b) talk to animals who might follow my commands, but might also choose to ignore me, (c) deflect bullets while wearing my underwear, (d) turn into a bucket of water

2. My highest priority in life is:
(a) efficiency, I like to move fast (b) treats, you can send me to possibly get killed so long as there's a peanut butter cup involved, (c) killing my nemesis; I'll try things that defy the laws of physics if there's even a chance I can destroy him/her

All right, obviously I'm overtired considering that I'm making up a question/answer section of my blog that involves cartoons. Have a great Sunday, and I'll see you in the comments. :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Cruising Through January

This picture actually looks a lot like someplace other than where I live because today it's something like 65 degrees and sunny. I have all my windows open, and I'm quite convinced that this year is going to be a great one. Who says global warming is a bad thing? No one who lives in an igloo, I'll tell you that. Although, I may be singing a slightly different tune in August.

As part of my NY's resolutions, I've resolved to have more fun. To that end, I faxed some paperwork this morning so I can take a cruise later this year. It'll be my first ever, and I'm really excited. I love the water, so I think floating around on a small town for a week will be fantastic. Plus if there's bad weather, we can go around it, which suits me because I prefer to see my hurricanes from the safety of my living room.

If you're out there and feel like commenting, tell me about your NY's resolutions or your favorite vacations.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Hercules meets Hackers

Kelly McCullough's WebMage, the first in a series, has the most original premise I've seen in a very long time. Plus the characters are likable and the action and wit abound. If you want to take a walk on the weird & wild side, read this book.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

"I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. I have enough for this life."
-- Pearl S. Buck

HAPPY 2008!

Kissing the Suspect Release!

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