Tuesday, December 29, 2009
There's no big party planned, but I feel good about it. Hallowed Circle was just so much fun to write. That doesn't mean it wasn't work, writing is always work, just sometimes doing the work is really enjoyable. Or maybe, as one of the panel titles/suggestions going around for MARCON indicates, All Writers are Sadomasochists. :-)
I dedicated HALLOWED CIRCLE to my son, Logan. He just got his driver's license. I think, in spite of the snow, I'll let him drive me out to some lunch to celebrate. (The plows have cleared the roads.)
How about, since I'm feeling celebratory, let's see if anyone out there reads this little ol' blog of mine. Let's have a contest. (Feel free to let others know via FB/twitter, etc.)
One condition: You have a shipping address in the USA.
One three-part rule: Leave me a reply, tell me who your favorite VICIOUS CIRCLE character was and why.
I'll give it a week--until noon EST on Tuesday January 5th. I'll take all the entries and copy the names, pull one at random, and post it by 2 or 3 pm. Then, you'll have to check back and see if you've won. (You'll have to email me your address.) If the winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, I'll pick a new random winner who'll have the same 48 hours, etc. If those terms sound good to you, please enter!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Check this out: Big Furry Balls.
Available in two sizes, no less. My plaid flannel fashion aside...I can't decide. Do these things need some googly eyes hot-glued on? Or do you think these furballs need to stay on the store shelf in case the werewolves they were snipped from come looking for them?
Friday, November 20, 2009
I’m so excited—I’ve got TWO big news-bits to tell—and I have to share NOW so I can get back to my “happy dancing” so I can settle in for the java and get to work .
First, I just signed the contract for the fourth installment of Persephone Alcmedi’s story! It will be called Arcane Circle. WOO-HOO!
Second, somehow my publisher Simon & Schuster/Pocket/Juno has acted in that vast labyrinth known as Publishing-Things-that-Happen-though-I-Don’t-Understand-How and sold foreign rights of the first three Persephone books to a German publisher. How do you say “Groovy!” in German?
C’mon, Happy Dance with me! And have a FANTASTIC weekend!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
First, this thing was hand made. HAND MADE. Read that again. HAND MADE. Someone, in this busy world of ours, someone with small children, took the time to MAKE this adorable invitation.
Second, this is well done. Did you notice the little cookies? The detail on the gingerbread man? Maybe you can't see it in this picture, but OMG, is he cute! Being totally artsy myself, this is one of those things I can point to and say, "That is awesome," with a certainty that you should all simply accept. :-) For clarity, I have sons, not daughters, so 'scrapbooking' and this kind of craftiness is...well it's not going to happen in my world. So, when I see this, it's special. It's not just a paper card or invitation. It's a show of talent that speaks of time-taking and care. It's technically still just paper and ink, but somehow it's...warmer.
And third, I've been invited to a cookie exchange. I've never been invited to a cookie exchange. I love to bake. Cookies, brownies, cakes, cookies, and oh, did I mention cookies? (Notice pies are not in that list...) I make oatmeal scotchies with chocolate chips and pecans that my kids swear should be sold in stores. And that is high praise coming from the Oreo fiends I'm raising.
But back to the cookie exchange. This is such a no-brainer idea--whoever you are, wherever you are, get your friends together and do this! (That's an order.) You won't have to get the various supplies to make a bunch of different kinds of cookies, and you won't have to go through and clean the mixer and the beaters a dozen times. Once. Once. And then: you get to have a party and see all those friends before the busy-ness of the season sets in, yet you have your snack stash ready whenever anyone comes calling! (Perhaps freeze a variety of cookies is separate baggies and pull out a baggie to thaw when you know someone's coming!) This is one of the most brilliant things ever and I am delighted to have been invited. (Thank you, S!)
Imagine how YOUR friends would feel if you spear-headed such brilliance as this in your circle and invited them? Even if they're not bakers per se, they can do the cookie dough roll from the store and add little candies to the top or something, right? Cookies can be as easy or as involved as you want them to be. You choose. And since the holidays are about spending time with the people who matter to you, combine them.
There you have it, my nudge towards peace and goodwill in the name of cookies.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
So. Deadlines are met, for now. Book four is being plotted, titles bandied about, and --doctor's orders-- I purchased a new pouch of Millstone or Mills Brothers or whatever coffee Kroger carries. Chocolate Velvet. Mmmm. Ever have a piece of Red Velvet Cake? YUM! My ma makes the BEST. I make 'em quite good myself. But this java, with my usual additions, OMG! Tasty.
Speaking of coffee...I have a funny story to share:
Long ago, when I attended OSU Mansfield, my afternoon classes were in--gasp--English. Specifically creative writing. (Another gasp, huh?) And though I enjoyed the classes, I also enjoyed good java. So I always brought my own cup from home. Now, granted, I'm a mom of four and not your 'traditional' student at this time. Meaning I'm not a twenty-something. One day, as one of these nice young girls held her paper coffee-machine cup in her hand, she asked me, "Why do you bring coffee from home? I mean, there's a coffee machine downstairs in the cafeteria. It's hot and it's cheap. Doesn't that get cold?"
My answer: "Yeah, but honey the coffee machine downstairs doesn't add a splash of Kahlua." I take a drink and 'ahhh' appropriately.
That's me being a Rock & Roll Bad Influence. In my own little way.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I'll be back to the Tarot as a Story Prompt thing soon!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This is a list of phrases I randomly heard in wandering amid the 20,000+ folks at Dragon Con:
"Respect the Codpiece." (Okay, so this one wasn't actually random. Gary of the Ambiguously Gay Duo --SNL-- said this to me.)
"You sooo wouldn't look gay in that shirt."
"I love seeing celebrities. It makes me feel like I'm somewhere important."
"I found Jesus. Twice! And he's a mean drunk."
"Was it good for you, or not?"
"F**k Delta Airlines."
"If you cut the zombie penguins, I quit."
"These panels always make me feel dumb and inobservant."
"I haven't been dumpster diving since college."
"Let me exterminate you with my love."
"No matter what it looks like, it's not a hangover. It's con fatigue."
**Mumbled by man taking photo of man in Alien costume: "I bet his nuts are sweatier than mine."
This was Dracula, a dream come true meeting (please just ignore the mood-killing restroom sign over our heads). Allow me to clarify, that is not camera shake creating that blurriness. There was something mystical and dreamy about the experience. I felt blurry in Vlad's presence and it had nothing to do with the margarita.
And last but not least, Davy Jones, who--as fate would have it, shares his name with one of the Monkees. He is, if you recall the movie, a musician as well. Not recognizing my groupie attitude, he politely reminded me that he could move each of his tentacles individually, as if I didn't know he's wicked awesome on the pipe organ. (That was not intended as a smutty reference but as I type it, yeah, I find myself venturing there...).
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
So, if you haven't read the previous posts, go back and read them.Yes, in honor of back-to-school season, this is your homework. Go on. I'll be here when you get done. I'll play a game of 4 card Spider Solitare while I wait....
Oh, you're back. Good. You know the character you've started has had a rough patch. So what's next? Here's what we have today.
Three of wands.
and the Fool.
Why two? Because that's what I wanted. I drew one, then to clarify, drew another and combined them. When using the Tarot as prompts, as often in life, you do what works.
Let's say the 3 of Wands tells us that there is hard work ahead, that the foundation for this work is already complete, and some early success indicates this project has real potential. YAY! Happy things for this character. Then add in he Fool, which represents a new phase of life(works with the 3 of Wands), but the clarifying element here is this: this new phase of life is one that comes with a risk. It means your character has to jump into the journey whole-heartedly...yet this character can see how she (your character may be a he, but I'll use she pronouns here) is either going to land wonderfully, or trip over her own feet and look foolish.
The point is this: Regardless of the landing, she's jumped. The journey has begun.
Easy enough, right? Character has bad things happen, she deserves an upturn. But it's not all cake. Here's an opportunity to reinforce that character, to define her...after disclosing the pain of that falling Tower card, the character's risk here should hearken back to that time and bear a resemblance to it. Even better is if this moment can call her to prove that the lesson was learned, or show that it wasn't.
C'mon now, the creative wheels are turning. Get out your paper or a new document and start writing down some notes. Go back to the other posts and start building a character and her story. You might be surprised what you get.
I'm going to use an example in my next post, so stay tuned.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Ten of Swords is the card that indicated the end of some difficult situation is at an its ending point. The pain suffered through that ending is acknowledge here, but implies that the road before you--if you've learned what you were supposed to learn--can be travelled with less conflict.
Think about the previous post's card...the Tower. Did it inspire some character for you? What happens when that positive turn toward the goal is the painful falling of the Tower? Now...what happens when the smoke clears? What goal is left for that character? Get them started forward. And make us wonder if they've learned that lesson...
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Six of Cups "refers explicitly to the past, and of memories and good times experienced there." (I'm quoting the post because you likely didn't go and re-read it.)
Now, take todays card The Tower...
The handbook for the Mythic Tarot says, "...the Tower will fall anyway, whether we are willing or unwilling, not because some malicious external fate decrees it, but because something within the individual has reached boiling point and can no longer live within such confines."
The Six of Cups expresses a positive turn toward the goal... can that turn BE the falling of the Tower? What kind of story would that be and what kind of character would make that story interesting adn compelling?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Leave a comment and you'll be in the drawing for a free signed book! Of course you'll have to check back Tuesday evening to see if you've won...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
But ata-tarot.com says more, and makes a LOT of sense to me now. Have to share.
"This card is the only one in the Tarot that refers explicitly to the past, and of memories and good times experienced there. After losses such as those on the Five [of Cups] we sometimes have to take a time out to heal, to look back on the past and all the good that lies there. And during such times it's never the right thing to focus on the negative, and that's why this card is so positive and full of light. The fallen cups are now full and upright again, but with blooming flowers that cannot be spilled or washed away. Now that you have looked back, maybe now the way will be clear to look forward." and "The Six of Cups almost radiates an aura of joy, because it represents the past with all its memories, the present with all its gifts, and the future with all its wondrous opportunities. It has ties to all kinds of pleasure, particularly sexual pleasure, but it can also refer to smaller, everyday pleasures. Simple gestures of affection, such as the gift of a cup pictured on the Rider-Waite version of this card, are still meaningful despite our modern world and its frantic pace. The Six of Cups can thus signal a gift given or received, or some other similar gesture."
Sometimes, the little things aren't so little.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
If those kids hadn't helped stir up the Quikrete for those fence posts (okay using the hose was the fun part of this) and hold the fencing while it was being nailed in, if they hadn't helped me shovel all the mulch (4 yards of it) into the wheel barrow to fill this area, if they weren't helping with the signs, if they hadn't held the nails and screws and stuff while I put up the flag holders and helmets (okay, so I think power tools are fun), then yeah, maybe they'd be spoiled. But they helped. And I learned I have some good workers.
It's worth it seeing them stalking around the yard with their nerf guns and light sabers (one or the other usually tucked down the the back of the their shirt-necks as if holstered or sheathed) fighting off some imagined beast with the other neighborhood boys and then suddenly everyone's swinging and sliding. Yeah. I have plenty of popsicles. :-)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This is a card a writer can work with. Check it out:
In her book Solitary Witch, Silver Ravenwolf says this is a card of "Intuition; deception; night work; instinct; struggle for sanity; change; possible confusion; magick; gossip; stuck between a rock and a hard place; self-esteem issues; empathic."
And http://www.salemtarot.com/ says: "When the Moon appears in your present, things are not as they seem. Deception of one’s self, or from another, is strongly indicated. Extreme caution when dealing with others is advised. New information comes to you, possibly in dreams or through a vision. In any case, when the truth is exposed, it must be dealt with. Accepting the darker, wilder side can bring peace; denial only brings chaos."
Presently, I have some characters dealing with a bit of this....mwahahahahaha!
Anyway. So, on with the card.
http://www.salemtarot.com/tarotcard_The_World.html says, "The World is the twenty-second card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number 21 to indicate the subconscious mind of the High Priestess (2) uniting completely with the conscious mind of the Magician (1)."
Now there's something that hadn't occurred to me before. And how the central figure in this card is often considered a Hermaphrodite, that blending of female subconscious and male conscious is made a bit more interesting.
Salem Tarot also says, "A figure dances in the center of a giant victory wreath. The creatures that symbolize the four elements have materialized, taking on more realistic forms." and "The dancer passes through the wreath, entering a new phase of development, holding two wands. These wands channel the energy outward and inward, in an endless flow. The Wheel has come full circle, and the Dance of Life begins again, coiling ever upward toward divinity."
A fascinating card, to be sure. But there's more!
"The World is a card of unlimited potential put into experienced hands: the opportunity of a lifetime. Its image literally states “the sky’s the limit”. If you have been waiting for your chance, this is IT. You have the tools to accomplish your goal, and the door is open. The World is a card of action. Of all the Major Arcana, only the first (The Fool) and the last (The World) show movement. While The Fool is like the dawn of creation and its promise, the World is like the hallmark of self-actualization. The benefits indicated by this card are truly as limitless as the cosmos it represents."
And who doesn't want to hear that the door is open?
Friday, July 24, 2009
write a Haiku with the theme of any of the following (choose one or more):
-- vampires -- Texas -- werewolves
-- shapeshifters -- summer
For ALL the details follow the above link! You could win Maria's books and mine! So put your little thinking caps on--yes, even the one's with the propellers on top--and write a Haiku!!!
These are Maria's books...what great covers!
And GREAT stories too!!!
Kiera Kelly is a a Texas heroine born not only of shapeshifters, but of fey...
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
I gave your the definition from The Mystic Eye last time we saw this card, so this time I offer the definition from a website I'm rather fond of. (Italics are my doing, not the websites.) http://www.spiritualguidancetarot.com/judgment1.html "When the fool card is drawn you are about to embark on an adventure or you are in the midst of a course of action that has some degree of newness and excitement to it. A great deal of potential lies ahead. It is important at this time to maintain balance. In this card the young man dances along happily. He is fully in the present moment and enjoying himself very much. He isn't caught up in the past and he isn't worried over the future... he is fully present and aware. This allows him to make the most of the potential of any given moment. At this time you benefit by pouring all your energy into the task at hand - if you get too caught up in wonder/worry over the future or spend too much time looking back you stop moving. You can only discover how much you are capable of if you are willing to make the most of the circumstances you find yourself in presently and learn from them as you go. This is a card of fresh starts/new beginnings.
So, with edits about done, I'm going to pour all my focus into that, then move back to BOOK THREE and "make the most of the circumstances" the characters have found themselves in...mwahahahaha.
So...what do YOU take from this card?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
*) Transcendencein the Past position. A card in the left position indicates what has happened to affect your question in the past.The seeker has progressed to a time of renewal in a new cycle of life. The opportunity to be reborn is at hand, but the seeker must make the decision to make positive changes.
*) Seeker of Earth: Tarvos in the Present position. A card in the middle position indicates what is affecting your question at this time. Like the bright light of the sun, you are unstoppable. No one can deter your forward progress.
*) The Journey in the Future position. A card in the right position indicates your questions future. A time of revelation and understanding are at hand. Doorways and opportunities open unexpectedly, their importance depending on the foundations you have laid in the past.
I cannot show the card pictures this time--trust me, they are lovely. Or don't trust me and hit the link above and see what you get!
Also, I went and hung out at NRRRadio (www.nrrradio.com) last night and ended up being interviewed rather impromptu...or at least I was surprised. I'm naive. :-) A bunch of wild guys with their own station. Can you say dangerous? They are outrageous, and get to say whatever's on their mind. It was a blast to hang out and see behind the scenes. Stay posted as there will be a book giveaway in the future. I will give a heads' up!
Friday, July 10, 2009
http://www.salemtarot.com/tarotcard_Knight_of_Cups.html says: "The Knight of Cups, dressed in blue to denote his sensitivity and emotional nature, signifies a dreamy, caring, loving individual from your present. This Knight pursues his thoughts and fantasies, and intuitively attunes to the needs of others. He may signify a lover who does not wish to commit, who is attractive, but passive. He does what he believes in, and is considered a charmer...someone you know, or is this you?"
To me this is a card indicative of the true romantic, or the spirit of romance. So I guess I'll be working on that romantic element in the WIP. And since I intend to use this weekend to get a lot of work done, I'll post more Tarot on Monday!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
http://www.themysticeye.com/info/tarotcardm.htm defines the meaning of this card as: New beginnings, new adventures, new opportunities, unlimited possibilities, pleasure, passion, thoughtlessness, rashness.
Since I am embarking on a Fourth of July camping excursion, I'll take this as the new adventure. *And I may not blog tomorrow...*
I hope you all are doing something fun with people you care about this weekend!
Friday, July 3, 2009
My experience with this card concurs. My take is: What you're trying to do now won't work that way, change your approach. So, for that scene giving me trouble, today I'm going to work differently. I may even skip ahead to another scene altogether and come back to this one later. But I'm in a different room (bedroom, not office), different chair (okay, so it's not technically a chair...I'm stretched out on the bed with my feet up), and even a different computer (laptop instead of desktop). C'mon progress....
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So, without further adieu, the Tarot of the Day is: Ace of Pentacles.
MEANING: A prosperous cycle is now beginning. Material success is now within your grasp. With a little effort, this time could be the beginning of a profitable career.
Wow. Isn't that cool? I swear I didn't load the reading. Totally random.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Not only are there a bunch of very talented and entertaining writers over there who you should be reading...but Kelly Meding, whose debut book comes out this fall, has been kind enough to do an interview with me, and have a contest in honor of my soon-to-be-out book, VICIOUS CIRCLE! (Scroll down...there it is!) In the interview I reveal some electrifying events from my rock-n-roll past, heh heh, and you can be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of VICIOUS CIRCLE by leaving a comment or asking me a question in the comments section. The contest is open all weekend, so--in a moment between the awesome things you're all surely doing this weekend-- stop in and say hi or ask me a question and get yourself in the running for that free copy! Kelly will conduct a random drawing, and I'll mail the book out!
And, when you're done with that, zip over t Kelly's site http://www.kellymeding.com/ and read about THREE DAYS TO DEAD, her novel coming this fall. SOUNDS AWESOME! You'll want to add it to your to-be-read list!
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Moon is New. So what does that mean?
The moon cycles through two phases, waxing and waning. Waxing means the moon is going from dark to full. Waning means the moon is going from full to dark. Simple, right? Waxing, that dark orb filling up, growing bigger and brighter every day. Use this time to draw the good things to you, making your life better and brighter, too. Examples are, good new habits, like studying, exercising, making time to write. You get it. And, of course, flip it for the second phase. Waning means the moon is emptying out. During that time you want to sweep away the bad things like negativity, doubt, heartache, bad habits (you know your vices & you which should go & why). With a little creativity, you can apply this simple pattern in a variety of helpful ways.
Decide what you want more of, what positive qualities do want to bring into your life?
Success? Happiness? Love? Decide, then spend the next two weeks building up a daily affirmation. Make it a simple phrase that you say with some task you repeat every morning. I say mine while stirring the chocolate into my coffee. You're laying the groundwork for a better regime of self-talk, and you should feel a positive vibe, a good change. To keep it going, as the moon shifts to waning, change your affirmation to a simple phrase the releases something negative that is in the way of that goal.
You can do it! You own your mind, and only you can make your self-talk positive. Be your own cheerleader, just don't carry around the pom-poms, okay? No negative inner-monologues!
And as for my SQUEE!!!! I received a package in the mail today...two copies of VICIOUS CIRCLE, hot off the press! WOO-HOO! I actually got to hold in my hands my first published book! What an amazing feeling! And what a great day for it to arrive. :-)
8 days 'til VICIOUS CIRCLE hits the stores....
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
First, for my writing pals, check this out:
Interesting tidbits and ideas about writing and web-book promotion here:
What do you think? I think I'm too lazy--um, I mean busy, yeah--I'm too busy writing to do all that stuff, but there's some interesting ideas there. Maybe I could incorporate some of it.
And don't forget, it's Wednesday. THE GEEKS COME OUT AT NIGHT is on! Tonight is part 2 of the radio broadcast the OHIO WRITERS NETWORK did with SYRINX at http://www.nrrradio.com/ at 8 PM EST. BE THERE. It's, like, an order, dude.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Okay, so I had a bit of the outpatient surgery and have been rather unmotivated about moving around. So, of course that meant I had to curl up with a book from the ever-growing to be read pile.
This one, for some reason, was near the bottom of said pile, but it had been high in my mind as one to read soon. I'm bad, I know. It takes me a month or so to read a book because, well...I have a bunch of boys and a couple of dogs. They need me (to feed them and clean up after them, anyway).
This book, a Gothic romance of past and present, had mystery, Scotland and magic! It held my attention until I'd finished...a mere 4 days later. (A miracle for me!!!) Lillian's words are mysterious and evocative, lush and--at times--eerie. The characters are very well drawn, and the tale, I found, was very intriguing and delightful.
I'm not one to review books, or read reviews of books. (I read the cover and decide from there if the book is for me.) However, Lillian's writing skills shine in Blackness Tower. Her words were so haunting and moving, they just SOOO created the imagery for that little cinema in my head. I had to share.
FIND IT ON AMAZON HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Blackness-Tower-Lillian-Stewart-Carl/dp/0809572028/omnivoracious-20
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
That's the title of a radio program, a web-based radio program that is, and it's based in Cleveland Ohio! I'm not tech-savvy, but Nyte's Realm Radio sounds like a cutting-edge idea, one that will perhaps make traditional stations re-think how things are done!
A brief history (lifted right off their website): NRR was started in 2008 by DJ Nyte for the sole purpose to provide entertainment for the internet user. NRR began as a simple project by DJ Nyte with web creation, broadcasting, programming, and show entertainment governed by DJ Nyte. NRR has now grown into a complete interactive station on the internet with a staff providing the tools to help the listener to listen to current dance music along with entertainment provided by internet jocks.
So why am I telling you this?
Because at MARCON my writing friends and I met up with Syrinx and Co. and recorded an interview that will be aired tomorrow evening!
Geeks Come Out at Night(Syrinx) June 10th 8-9pm est A show based on you and your fandoms! http://www.nrrradio.com/ Of course, our "fandom" is about books!
NRR provide a 24/7 continuous stream that is easily accessed from any computer connected to the internet. I hope you'll tune in and check 'em out!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Well...there we were. What fun we had! Despite it being not-so-heavy into books, I met many folks who were delightful, entertaining, friendly, chatty and fun. I love that the people who go to such efforts on their costumes (and OMG, do they make astounding efforts!!!) are "in character." Klingons roam around and act like it degrades them to ride elevators with human scum, then you see 'em playing poker with a table full of regulars and it cracks you up. From Ghostbusters to Jenga Fett (whom I mistakenly called Boba Fett...my mistake, and I realized it after you'd gone), Dr. Who-ligans (get it...hooligans???, hey Brig, I made a funny!) to Stargate crews, from the Joker to Tia Dalma, MARCON is sooo much fun.
Here's some pic's I snapped, but I did not take as many as I should have.