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LONG SWORDS, HOT HEROES, AND WARRIOR WOMEN
Happy New Year,
I hope the holidays were happy for everyone. My new year is getting off to a good start. Today, I ffinished the first rewrite of a novella from a rough draft for an open sub call for a house I'd really like to get into - deadline for this anthology and single title sub is Feb 1st. I can make it. The first rewrite of the rough draft is always the hardest part o writing for me. It always reminds me of a quote -
"Revision is when you first get to recognize the distance between what you wanted to write, what you thought you were writing, and what you actually did write. That recognition often makes you wantto throw up." by Carolyn See
I couldn't have said it better and I'm so glad someone else understands how I feel. But I'm through that first revision now, it's all up hill, it's still steep and it's a hard climb but still it's up hill.
For January I'm giving away a 5" x 7" print of artist Sarah Clemens' stone painting, Shy Dragon. it comes with a pink jewel and it's #109 of a limited edition of 250. You can view the painting at
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28 DAYS OF HEART:
All Romance will release one title each day, for 28 days, during the month of February. They also will compile them into 5 anthologies and Charlain Harris is writing the foreword. All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. My 28 Days of Heart story is Timeless Voyage and here's the blurb.
Off the mist shrouded coast of Ireland, a pagan lady-pirate, Anwen, captures the enemy, a Roman, Titus Rufius Kaeso. The Celtic warrior woman presses her hard
iron dagger against Kaeso's throat, but her arm does not obey the will to slay him. From time out of mind, memories of fated lovers, druids, and sacrifice, stay her hand. Kaeso is also captivated by dreams of the woman he loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. But in this lifetime they are foes,Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more?
The Preditors & Editors poll is up. Vote for your favorite authors and books of 2009. I have a book listed there as well. Please vote.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power." Toni Morrison
WORDS OF THE MONTH:
Lake Superior State University released the 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness
TREE OF THE MONTH:
Looking at this, common oak, though a massive one, it's easy to understand why the druids worshiped trees.
DETOUR SURF THE NET WITH A VIEW:
Here's January's Surf The Net With A View
Cool Cats on Youtube
1. Parrot massages cat's head
This parrot, CoCo is hilarious, you have to wonder, what he is thinking. And the
kitten, Lucky, is so calm. I think CoCo sees Lucky as some type of play thing.
2. Thriller Cat
This cat performs Michael Jackson's Thriller. This is very entertaining and
it'll have you howling with laughter.
3. How to Give A Cat a Pill
How to give your cat a pill (or not.) You'll need a pill to stop infectious laugher after watching this video. This reminds me of a friend who recently said the vet gave her a paper on how to get a urine sample from her cat and then
they said or if you still can't do it, you can bring him in and we'll get it. She told me she threw those instructions straight into the trash, she wasn't about to try to get a urine sample from a cat.
4. Very Smart Cat
Let the cat feed himself, I think this is great.
5. Cat Under the Sink
Now this is a silly cat but he's so cute.
6. The Best Cat Video You'll Ever See
These are some crazy cats. I couldn't stop laughing out loud.
7. The Mean Kitty Song
The little kitty video song. Spartan is a warrior. He chews on my shoes and lies on my hair. He will attack anything that moves. Hey little Sparta what is with
all the fight? Little bitty kitty want to bite.
8. Nora the Piano Cat
This is one talented cat.
9. Cat Flushing Toilet Music Video
He's a cat flushing a toilet. What a catchy song. You will chuckle at this one.
10. Cat Attacks Sleeping Man
I love this because my cat (Severus) wakes me up in the morning.
Pet New Year Resolutions
1. Ferret New Year Resolutions
A loving ferret owner resolves to do better for his furry pals such as creating a "fun zone" for his ferrets.
2. Micia's New Year Resolutions
Here are New Year Resolutions from Micia, a Siamese cat. My favorite is #2, "Try to do more for myself. Do I really HAVE to wake Mummy and Daddy at 3am for them to raise the bed covers so I can snuggle under the blankets with them? YES! Abandon New Year resolution 2)"
3. New Year's Resolutions for Pet Bird Owners
Let's not forget our feathery friends. Resolutions for owners of parrots, finches, and doves. Including: Take the time to talk to my bird, letting him know he is part of the family. And, Give my bird a shower a few times a week to keep her feathers healthy.
4. New Year's Resolutions for Dogs
The list includes such yummy treats as "I'll remember that the garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff." And "I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and car registration."
5. 10 New Year Resolutions for Your Dog
More canine resolutions. Here's a good one, I will recognize the difference between furniture and fire hydrants.
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