Monthly Archives: October 2007

DWTS Outrage!!!!!

I am stunned. Watching Dancing With The Stars last night, at first I thought my blog would only have something to say about Jane Seymour’s ‘food poisoning’ incident, but you could have knocked me over with a feather last night when Continue reading

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Dancing With The Stars

Hold on folks… this is a long one this week!!! This week’s dances: Continue reading

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Shelfari vs LibraryThing

With online applications (meaning: things you can do online) multiplying at such a rapid rate, there comes a time when one has to start whittling down the competing apps. I belong to so many online groups and have so many applications that I am beginning to see a lot of duplication in them, and wonder if I should be making a choice and sticking with it.

You know what I mean.

If you want to trade books online you can belong to BookMooch, TitleTrader, PaperbackSwap, and a dozen others. But if you have the same inventory listed at all of them, sooner or later you’re going to promise the same book to two people! It has happened, not to me, but to others.

So, in the interest of clarity, Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately… a lot of thinking, a lot of writing, a lot of everything. Sometimes life is overwhelming in all of the demands, distractions, duties. And yet I’m lucky to be so busy; my family is healthy, and so am I, I love what I do, and I have people around me who care for me. I’m a fortunate person, and I never forget that.

Some of that ‘thinking’ I alluded to has been about writing. Professional writers sometimes get Continue reading

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Getting past the first stage of writing…

Every writer on the face of the earth – or at least the only ones who are any good at all – are convinced at some point that what they have written is crap. Absolute garbage. Bosh and nonsense. However you want to put it, you reread what you’ve written and become convinced that the phrasing is wooden, the pace is all wrong, the dialogue stilted… yeah, yeah, I know.

We’ve all been there, trust me.

Agatha Christie, in her autobiography says, about writing a novel: Continue reading

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Dancing With The Stars

Of course, all the talk this week at DWTS was Marie’s faint. She honestly did look embarrassed about it, but it probably did her a little good, vote-wise. I thought it could go either way, with some people withholding a vote, thinking she ought to go home and rest! Continue reading

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Calling all Sara Paretsky fans!!

Hey all,

I was approached today by a fellow from the BBC; on Monday (I think?) they are doing an interview with the fabulous Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski mystery books, among other great novels, about her first V. I. book, ‘Indemnity Only’. As I have her listed on my MySpace profile as a favorite author, I suppose it came up in some kind of search. I’ll tell you a neat story of my ‘brush with fame’ having to do with Sara Paretsky another day. Continue reading

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