Friday, March 30, 2007

The Tooth Fairy

Sometimes being a parent is just plain weird.

I refer to the practice of body part removal. Make that baby-tooth removal and I pulled my first one today. My daughter was just the bravest little thing. She stood there looking at me like I was a complete moron as I failed to grasp the wonky tooth firmly enough between shaky fingers. When I finally got the bloody thing out, with that horrid little snapping sensation, she looked at me like I'd finally passed some sort of parental test--as if giving birth and slavery isn't enough.

But the major problem I have with the whole tooth fairy business (wikipedia just enhanced my unease) is, What do you do with the teeth once you've impersonated a fairy?

We have this beautiful pewter box for DD's teeth (from Auntie Deb). But one day we forgot to do the whole tooth-fairy payment/removal thing and now we have to add salt to the pot (literally) because that's how tooth-fairies know it's here in Canada (DH thought that one up; quick on his feet huh?). Another time we paid up, but forgot to take the tooth so she got money two nights running. *sigh*

But what do I do with these little pearly white teeth? I can't throw them away. I can't make a necklace out of them. If the police search my house they're going to think I'm a freak.

So okay, I'm a freak :)

What do you do with unsavoury body parts?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Happy Birthday blog--2 today :)

I almost completely forgot (that is my refrain for March :)

*Happy Birthday blog*

...and thank you everyone who pops by and makes my blogging life a damn sight more interesting than me just talking to myself :)
I just couldn't resist once I saw Siobhan and Eves'

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New Triskelion Website

Triskelion has launched a new, brighter and better website and they have also included the facility for people to write reviews. So if you love/like me and have read Her Sanctuary I'd be very grateful if you'd take a moment of time to write a few words.

Link here...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sounding British

Here is a wonderful article on perception in the US of people with British accents. Stephen Fry is the other half of Hugh Laurie (AKA Fry & Laurie, funnily enough) to all Brits (and many others I expect). He's had the most interesting life, and it isn't over yet :) I'm going to have to base a character on this brilliant man.

"I shouldn't be saying this, high treason really, but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting a brilliance that may not really be there."

Fry - who puts his own melodious tones down to having "vocal cords made of tweed" - made the suggestion after seeing a "blitz of Brits" scoop many of this year's Golden Globes and Oscars.

Stephen Fry
My vocal cords are made of tweed - I give off an air of Oxford donnishness and old BBC wirelesses

Stephen Fry in his autobiography
His comments come as a new generation of British stars are trying to prove themselves in the US, while staying true to their regional roots (and more are landing plum jobs in US hit shows with accents other than their own).

By the way--my British accent is intact. I think I might sound quite sexy if you don't know who you're talking to :)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Smart and Sexy

Boy--that was always what I wanted to be :) Smart and Sexy

Look what's out!!! I do love Jill's books. Can't wait to get my sticky fingers on this baby :) And having met the lady I can say she's just as nice as she is talented. And she was just nominated for a RITA.

Thank goodness it is spring break and I can relax with a good book :)

PS. Congratulations to all the Golden Heart and RITA finalists.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Triskelion's contest... check it out

Triskelion's MySpace has a big contest going one ... link here

And my horoscope for this week is pretty funny...


It has been too long since you visited the Middle of Nowhere. You've been a fixture in the heart of a well-defined Somewhere for quite some time. But now, Taurus, you need the enriching confusion of the Cosmic HUH?! it's prime time for you to wander out into the fertile chaos of the WHAT THE HELL!? zone. Have fun! Don't forget to writhe! Now please repeat and repeat and repeat after me, slowly building from a smirking giggle to a cackling belly-laugh: WHERE AM I AND HOW DID I GET HERE?!

I just cannot believe how accurate these things are :)

Friday, March 23, 2007


Well while my world has gone slightly mad (don't ask) I have also gone slightly mad doing what I love best. Reading. It isn't that I'm not writing when I'm supposed to be writing (I am), it is just I'm reading in every spare second (and as everyone including myself is vaguely ill, I've had tonnes of time in the last ten days to read--when I'm not writing :)

I finally got this book from the library, and boy was it worth the wait. Karen Marie Moning's previous books have been (for me) kind of cheap thrills stuffed with fabulously buff heroes and unbelievable, but fun, fairytales. We all need a bit of escapism sometimes and Karen provided it in spades.

This book isn't a classic romance as such. Darkfever is the first in a five book series and I loved it. Kind of a mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Blair Mallory (ala Linda Howard) with a twist of KMM's fairy leanings.

Now I can't wait to see just who or what Jericho Barrons is, and whether or not he's Mac's hero. Wonderful characters, witty writing. I unexpectedly loved this book. Now I have to wait for months until Bloodfever is released :(

Thursday, March 22, 2007


I just got my hair cut. I figure if you only go to the hairdresser twice a year you're almost guaranteed to feel good when you come out. Anyway, I love it. All those dry brittle ends in the trash. I look just like Neve Campbell, but with bangs (well, if you squint hard in a low lit room :)

I haven't always loved hairdressers, in fact I think finding a good hairdresser is one of the unspoken traumas for modern day woman.

I had a terrible time growing up. As a teen I cut off my long hair into this weird spikey-do. Gawd!! And at the University of Liverpool I remember crying when some ***** gave me a mullet. Hell hath no misery like a woman with an awful haircut.

Anyway I survived and one thing I like about my hair is it grows really fast.

PS. I'm going for some color stripes this summer--unless you think I'm too old??

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Some evil little buggers have been going around Winnipeg boosting cars and then trawling for pedestrians to hit. At least two people have been seriously injured by these kids and right now most of the sidewalks are so thickly encrusted with ice, you can't walk on them. Well aside from wanting to beat the crap out of the wee buggers, it is also giving me story ideas. Like how could someone take advantage of a spate of crimes to plan and cover up a murder? I have a lot of ideas, I hope no one else does :/

Here's hoping no more people get hurt in real life.

PS. Happy Birthday Deb!!!!!!!!

Wip word count

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tim & Faith

Guess who DH and I are going to see in June?
Faith Hill & Tim McGraws' Soul2Soul tour.

How cool is that? The MTS Centre sold out in 2 hours. Can you imagine? I've been to about 6 concerts in my whole life: The Christians in Liverpool, Runrig in St Andrews (the best Celtic rock band ever :), Bruce Springsteen (who really is The Boss) in Glasgow, U2 in the Skydome (U2!!!), Blue Rodeo in Winnipeg. They were all blowout glorious, but somehow I think this one will also live up to my expectations...

WIP Word Count:
18,633/50,000 words.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

This made me laugh :)

A cute little old lady goes to the doctor and says,

"Doctor I have this problem with gas, but it really doesn't bother me too much. They never smell and are always silent. As a matter of fact I've farted at least 20 times since I've been here in your office . You didn't know I was farting, did you? because they don't smell and are silent."

The doctor says, "I see. Take these pills and come back to see me next week."

The next week the lady returns. "Doctor," she says, "I don't know what the hell you gave me, but now my farts, although still silent, stink terribly."

"Good," the doctor said.
"Now that we've cleared up your sinuses, let's work on your hearing.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patricks Day

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Well--the fish are still doing well. We have Racer 1, Racer 2, Racer 3 & Racer 4. We have Sharktooth and Trouble. We have Sacha, William and Molly. We have Snail 1 and Snail 2 (and 3,4,5,6,7 as they've been at it already). We have Flip, Zip, Bubbles and Squeak. We have Chumbaluna, Halfmoon and Lumbabwaya. So far, so good. Oh--and I think I saw Dennis Quaid this evening :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Well today is the Ides of March--important only if you are Julius Caesar and the year is 44 BC.

It means half the month is gone already!! Argh. How the heck did that happen? We are freezing our bahooties off again--and Italy sounds so appealing...

I need a holiday!

Where would you go if you could take off today?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


I'm almost done the first 3 chapters of my wip. Izzy and Sebastian are about to face one of those life altering moments. All good--or rather it will be eventually.

I wanted to explain why I use celebrities, or film stars, or models (out of the Boden catalogue), as inspiration for my characters' looks. The main reason is, I can find multiple images of them wearing many different sorts of clothes, in many different types of setting. I can picture their faces in different moods, laughing, grim, sad, happy.

And in some ways I'm thinking--isn't this cheating? Where's my imagination for God's sake?

But the thing is I have so many stories and characters in my head I need to assign them a strong image that keeps them fixed inside my brain. Otherwise my French princess will start looking like the FBI agent, and worse, acting like her. And my rich banker (not rhyming slang BTW) will start hitching up his cowboy pants and shoving his dark blond hair off his forehead, when he's supposed to have short dark hair and be too suave to hitch or shove anything.

I'm a very visual person. This is how I work.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A little note...

Elizabeth Vaughan is talking on Squawk Radio (thanks Brandy). Check it out if you want to sample her writing just a little bit... link

Monday, March 12, 2007

A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury

I read this book last night. I was given it in my freeby bag in Reno, but because it was touted as an inspirational I hadn't been in the mood. It isn't that I need sex in books, I just have a thing about the thought of reading an 'inspirational'. I'm not sure why I'm uncomfortable with the idea. I'm religious enough, we got married in church, our babies are christened, but I don't have masses of time for churches as a whole.

But... obviously I was missing the point of 'inspirational'. There is no religion in this book, just a wonderful love story (and I'd class this as a love story, not a romance, because of the ending). The writing is excellent and KK wove a very emotional story that made me cry (and I'm seriously tough, *cough*).

The only complaint I have is it needs a horse on the cover. It's a book about cowboys and rodeo and people coping with illness and the bitterness children feel when a parent leaves. All in all, an excellent read. But no horse on the cover. And no sex :)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Talladega Nights

Well it was DH's turn to choose the movie on Friday night so we ended up with Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

What a stoo-pid movie. I tried hard not to like it, it is so dumb, but I couldn't help but enjoy it. It was like a cross between The Dukes of Hazard/Monty Python/the Hillbillies/My Name is Earl.

Stoo-pid. LOL.

I've never seen a Will Ferrell movie before. I really didn't expect to like it--obviously I have delusions of intellectualism because I also love all the Die Hard movies, the original Pink Panther movies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. etc., etc.

And Sacha Baron Cohen, gawd, he just makes me want to curl up.

So, it seems I'm pretty easy when it comes to movies, LOL.

BUT... what is it with NASCAR? I know I know, I'm gonna get thumped, but really, if you grow up with the thrill and chill of Formula 1, why would going round and round in circles appeal? Me and DH just looked at the TV with consternation--it's like a whole bunch of mice spinning on a wheel. So they go fast. So what?

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Horsemen

Look who's in town. Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang. Filming a scary movie called 'The Horsemen.' They could be driving past my house right now on their way to the shoot. Pity they didn't bring the Californian weather with them. I mean, seriously!!

Film Spiel...
Emotionally distanced form his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife, a troubled detective investigates a series of murders that seem to be based on the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a dark psychological thriller starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Defenders of Wildlife

I saw this on Stacy's blog and it makes my blood boil--just as it does when I hear about the various countries wanting to get rid of the whaling ban.

Anyway... straight from Stacy's blog...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to strip wolves of crucial Endangered Species Act protections in the Northern Rockies. Such a plan would allow Wyoming and Idaho to move forward with plans to eliminate as many wolves as possible within their borders.

Please help save these magnificent animals. Tell the federal government to maintain federal protections for gray wolves by sending a message at the website below: Help generate 200,000 comments to federal officials -- take action at the website above, then forward this message on to others who care about wildlife.

Personally I love wolves, to the extreme that they feature in my first novel, Her Sanctuary. Most of the fears humans have of wolves are based on myth and misinformation.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Cleaning hunk

Feeling up and down.

For fun, ladies, please check this out. It is so weird.

I had Brian clean my bathroom in a Gladiator outfit. I think it is a little sad that I get more of a thrill at the thought of someone else cleaning my bathroom, than I do having a half naked stranger in there--oh well. :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Middle Scenes

Oh the glamorous life of a writer. First I drop off the entire family at work, daycare and school. Then I sit down with my favourite mug full of steaming hot tea, check my email, decide that the plot I wrote on Saturday while stretched out in front of the fire feeling ghastly was, to put it politely, absolute crap.

So sitting on the floor, hairy dog by my side, I pull out my white board, clean it off with a bit of unused tissue and redraw my boxes very neatly. I know the start of my story. I know my characters. And because it's a romance I know that in the end my characters end up with a big fat happy ever after. So how do I get my characters from point a to point z in a meaningful, logical and yet interesting way?

Well the other thing I did while feeling rotten (I still feel rotten BTW--can you hear me moaning again?) was read Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon. Now I am familiar with these concepts. I've read numerous writing books and listened to a gazillion workshops. The information in GMC is presented in easy to understand language and I didn't really think I was learning much, until...

"When you're planning a book, think about the middle of the book too, not just the beginning and the ending. Look at your GMC and ask yourself what kind of lesson your hero has to learn. And what kinds of scenes will give him the experience he'll need to draw upon when your book reaches the climax."

Ding. Having written mainly romantic suspense stories in the past I have had a villain to play against, a villain for my protagonist to fight against to provide character growth. Trying to write straight romance means I have to dig a little deeper into the structure of the middle scenes because I want to create specific character growth in a short amount of time. I can't waste any scenes.

I mean seriously--who said writing romance was easy? So after plotting my entire novel I reworked Chapter 1 and then I noticed the thick dust on the top edge of the keyboard, which was a bit yucky. So I cleaned it. And after that I had to put the tea on and fold the laundry pile (which was bigger than me), pick up DD etc etc etc.

Just another day in paradise :)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Isn't this cool?

Aren't these cool? My friend Deb sent me a bunch. I love the zebra. Puts my face painting skills to shame. If only I could hold the kids down...???

Saturday, March 03, 2007

'I've got a pulled muscle,' says DH.

'Oh,' said I.

'According to the chiropractor, I'm not allowed to shovel snow or do any back wrenching exercise.' Big lengthy male pause. 'So I told him you'd have to go on top.'


Or not...

Friday, March 02, 2007

Beta Blogger

Somehow I accidentally switched to the new blogger. Please email me if there is something wrong with it, OK?

I will come visit everyone very soon. I have the sore throat from hell and DH put his back out. Things are a bit complicated right now :)

Isadora is a Princess--never written about a Princess before...

Happy Friday, everyone :)

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Isadora and Sebastian.

What do you think?

LOL. I've written four books!! Woohooo. Not today--but in total.

The plot developing in my head for the next one feels like fun too, just have to make sure it isn't cliched. Wow. I love this stage, the start, mapping out the characters, mapping out the setting, the story, the problems, the reason why these two people fall in love with each other when there is a world of other people to fall for.

I mean really--why do we fall in love?