Horribly Late

Yeah, I know.  Same old story.  I suck and blogging.  Honestly, I had to log into the blog for another reason and had no intentions on blogging.  But when I saw my numbers, there was no way I wanted to ignore that many people who actually came here hoping to see something new.

So what have I been up to since ConCarolinas?  A lot, really.  Well…maybe.  The day job and Little Bit have been taking up most of my time.  Not that I’m using that as an excuse.  I’ve also been doing a lot of reading lately, too.  Some books I’d rather not say anything about, while others I think are pretty awesome.  For instance, I finally got around to reading an Amanda Hocking book and was hooked.  Even better, it’s a zombie book.  Now anyone who knows me knows I’m extremely picky about zombies.  Well, I LOVED Hollowland and Hollowmen.  I so hope there’s a third book in the series.  Hollowland (B+) was better than Hollowmen (B-), but still great when read together.  Like I said, I’d pick up a third book in heartbeat.

Right now, I’m reading House of Reckoning by one of my all-time favorites, John Saul.  I was a little worried at first, but I ended about sixty pages into the story and read one line that made me think “Yeah, that’s the John Saul I know and love!”  So, I’m not putting it down after all.  🙂

I’m looking forward to starting Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines series, but only when the price of the ebook comes down.  I’m not buying anymore paper, if I can help it.  There’s enough junk in my house as it is.  I don’t need more clutter.

One thing that I especially love in the urban fantasy scene these days is the Cover Art Coverage feature by All Things Urban Fantasy.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to.  I can fall off into another world with some of the cover art that comes out there days.  Or not, depending upon how crappy it is.  I don’t always agree with Abigail, Julie, and Kristina and it’s usually because they see something totally different from what I see.  As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Talk to you soon!  I hope.  *gulp*

The Newest Addition to My Addition Fiction Shelf

For once, I’ve done a good job with staying off the internet this weekend, which really helped in terms of hammering out the beginning of Skinned.  I’m only two chapters into it, though I’ve rewritten, scrapped, and obliterated about ten thousand words.  That has brought me back down to a about five thousand that I’m sticking with.  I like the beginning of Skinned, more so because I’ve found my pace.

Also, I’ve decided to redo my website again.  What can I say?  I get bored so easy these days.  I have a preliminary site done, but I’m trying to decide how I want to layout my Books page, since I’m using a template.  It’s going to be a tad bumpy, but I’m working it out.  One thing you’ll notice right off the bat is the limited amount of pages.  I just don’t see the need for having so many.  Plus, it’s less to maintain and update, which works really well for me.  😉

Finally, there are very few books these days I’d call rave-worthy, let alone an entire series.  The funny thing is I don’t feel bad about reading the books out of order.  In fact, I think it’s more fun that way.  So what series am I to the point that I’d lick the words off the pages, if I knew that it would help me get through it faster?  I’m talking about Lydia Dare.  I’m not sure if there’s a name for it other than rave-worthy deliciousness.  So, I’m ranking the writing team of Tammy Faulkner and Jodi Pearson right up there with Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong.  And anyone who knows me and has been following my blog, knows their books are like crack for me.  Lydia Dare shall now, and forever, be deemed as reading coccaine and join my shelf of Addiction Fiction.  :mrgreen:

This and That

Huck Finn

Leave Mark Twain alone!  😡  I’m not a fan of the N-word, but I’m a fan of Mark Twain’s purpose behind using it 200+ times throughout his novel.  He wanted to depict that particular time in history and what culture was like in those days.  Replacing the word does nothing.  If anything, I feel like it demeans a part of our history or tries to sweep it under the rug like it never happened.  NOTHING will ever erase those memory.  Granted, I didn’t live in those days, but I’ve relived the Jim Crow laws via my grandmother’s angery eyes whenever she sits down and shares her stories of growing up in the south.   The N-word is all of our history, the good, the bad, and mostly the ugly.  I want to remember it because it’s a constant reminder of how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go. 

So leave Twain alone!!!

Ted Williams

If you haven’t seen this video, then you don’t own a computer or have a TV.  I swear, every time I hear this guy’s voice, it’s haunting.  His story would make a great lesson for those who are hooked on drugs and alcohol and think they can’t make it back or that there aren’t any second chances.  You just never know.  Thankfully, he has a happy ending.  The happy ending we all hope for someday. 

The part that really got my eyes a tad teary was to know that he was on a plane to see his mother who he hadn’t seen in 10 years.  I could be wrong, but I think he wanted that more than anything anyone could ever offer.  Luckily, he has a bunch of those too.  😉

Borders

The biggest news on the web block these days has to do with Borders.  So, I’ll first ask, “Have you heard the news?”  If not, here are a bunch of links to get you started:

Borders Delays Payments to Publishers

Two Borders Execs Resign; B&N Issues Statement On ‘Special Terms’

Borders, Post-Mortem

In case you can’t tell by the titles, Borders isn’t doing so good…or is it well?  Anyway, they’re hurting and have been for a while.  They remind me of Dorchester who has also been in a death spiral with no hopes of pulling out.  But believe it or not, I have more faith in Dorchester.  Borders?  Not so much.  My reasoning for this has to do with my own shopping habits.  I’ll hit up Amazon to save a few bucks before I will my local bookstore. 

Borders has been very kind to romance writers and most of it–I think–is due in part to bookseller Sue Grimshaw.  She was a guest at our local RWA chapter a few months back and can easily be ranked as one of the best guests of all-time.   Not only is she tall and pretty–yeah, I’m jealous  🙂 –but she really knows her stuff when it comes to what sells and what does from book covers, to author promotions, to the stories themselves.  If she loses her job, I’ll be very sad. 

So these are some of the things I’ve come across this week.  Comments?  Anything you’d like to share?