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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Just when you think you’re the only one…

I have long mourned the loss of the original Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo. For those who don’t know, it had the most incredible scent; truly herbal, not fruity or floral.

So for a kick, I went online and input ‘original Herbal Essence scent shampoo’, and found… lots of others feel the same way! First I found a soap maker who has tried and tested a lot of combinations and found a scent that he/she has made into an essence you can purchase to add to your shampoo to copy the scent.

But then… I found this petition:

Apparently when Clairol was asked, they said they’d bring it back if enough people asked them for it. So yes, there are others out there. Of course I signed it. Frankly, I think it’s a lost cause, but aren’t those the best kind?

Now, if I could just find White Rain hair conditioner….


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Thanksgiving and sticky ideas.

What a week!

Monday (October 8th) was Canadian Thanksgiving, and it was the weirdest. Get this: it was the hottest day so far this year (or seemed like it), so in order to bake the turkey (and squash and apple crisp) we had to have the air conditioner on! How strange. It felt like my ‘carbon footprint’ was as big as Sasquatch’s.

Weird. But now the temperature has cooled right down and feels very very ‘fallish’.

The rest of this week has seen me working on proposals.

I get ideas all the time, and probably have a dozen book ideas in various stages of development. When I get an idea for a novel, I start the process by opening a new file and writing whatever I feel like. I usually close it down, then, and see if it’s ‘sticky’. Continue reading

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Fresh Fiction

Great news!!!

Awaiting the Fire Awaiting the Fire was chosen as Fresh Fiction’s ‘Pick of the Day’ for tomorrow, today October 6th, 2007! I am honoured!  Check out the site, and my book cover will be prominently featured at the top of every page!!

Fresh Fiction

What is ‘Fresh Fiction’? They are a fabulous website, in their own description ‘Fresh Fiction: Books and authors for today’s readers of Mystery, Thrillers, Romance, Suspense, Fantasy and Science Fiction’. A broad range indeed, and I’m doubly honored that they chose li’l ole me out of the vast sea of authors.

Their pick of the day is chosen by their reviewers, again, in their own words in a letter to my editor about Awaiting the Fire: “The Fresh Pick is chosen by a group of readers and is never a purchased advertisement or promotion. We’ve chosen your book because it appeals to us and we like to share our diverse tastes in reading and hope other
readers will give it a try.”

So, here are some links:

My author page on Fresh Fiction:

Check out the reviews… hey, according to reviewer Mandy Burns: “Donna Lea Simpson is absolutely brilliant!” She said it, not me!

Also, I am their ‘Guest Blogger’ for October 9th 2007 – that’s next Tuesday – so check out my blog on ‘When series change covers’… wonder where I got that idea from!!

Their blog link is:

Check it out… the site is fabulous, well-designed and thorough!

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