Friday, November 30, 2007

Rediscovering Bruce

I finally got around to loading most of my Bruce CDs onto my computer.

I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen the first time I heard the Born in the USA album, when I was in sixth form at school (16/17). He'd just taken the UK by storm, and I used to listen to Radio Luxembourg at night, a pirate station that played a lot of rock, and that's when I first heard 'Born to Run'. To say I identified with that song is the understatement of the last century. I was a small town girl desperate to explore and have adventures. I never felt like I belonged to my hometown, even though it is beautiful and I was related to half the population.

Anyway--Bruce's new CD Magic just came out and would make a great Christmas present for a Bruce fan--don't you think. Cough cough. DH are you reading this...

:)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

All through the night

I believe in equality for all. It is a big concept, equality. Very hard to get your teeth around.

What does that have to do with 'All through the night' by Suzanne Brockmann? Quite a lot actually. One of Suz's main characters is gay and this is his book, his HEA. I loved it. I don't write reviews, but I'm a massive Suzanne Brockmann fan and I love to see people standing up for what they believe in, and I loved catching up with all the other characters from the Troubleshooter series.

Two of my gay friends just got married in New Zealand. I hope they have long and happy lives together and never have to deal with prejudice of any kind.

Suz Brockmann has donated all of her earnings (advance, royalties and subrights) from ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT to MassEquality's Educational Fund. MassEquality is a group dedicated to preserving equal marriage rights in Massachusetts. Find out more about MassEquality at www.MassEquality.org

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Help!


Help! I'm stuck under too much snow!!! Knackered, cold, exhausted. Can't wait for winter to end, even though it has only just begun. What I need is a big bubble bath, a Bailey's and a brick sized chocolate bar. Hope the weather is better where you are!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

I was rude--sorry

I was just very rude to someone on the phone. I had won (I believe it is past tense) $2600 worth of holiday vouchers to Cancun to spend at their 5 resorts and some Disney stuff too, but I asked the woman about flights and stuff and she just repeated the 'you've won $2600 holiday vouchers blurb', at which time I got snappy because I was half way through story time when they phoned and without any ado I'm transferred to 3 different people who act like I frickin' phoned them! And she hung up on me LOL!!!

Seriously, the English accent can be a beautiful thing.

Anyway it reminded me of a plot I'd had in mind, where a downtrodden telesales person becomes a serial killer and tracks down all the crappy people he/she has dealt with over the years. Of course, heaven only knows where they were calling from, and it would be a long way to travel to kill someone for an 'icy' tone. However if I disappear you know where to start searching...

I'm off to watch The Tudors. :) And talking of icy-- minus 33C windchill :/

Sunday, November 25, 2007

For the Double...

University of Manitoba Bisons brought home the Vanier Cup this week. They won the national football championship beating Saint Mary's Huskies in Toronto. Now it is the turn of the Bombers in the Grey Cup!!!!!

Bombers look for fairy-tale ending to season

TORONTO -- The plot would fit beautifully in one of those cheesy Hollywood sports movies that are supposed to leave the audience weeping as the final credits roll.

Some unknown kid (Ryan Dinwiddie) from Boise State makes his first professional start in the 2007 Grey Cup and leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to victory over the neighbouring Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In doing so, Dinwiddie gives all-star slotback Milt Stegall the chance to walk off into the sunset with his first Grey Cup. He also provides kicker Troy Westwood the opportunity to end his career a hero instead of a tormented figure who looks a lot like Charlie Brown trying to kick the ball, only to have Lucy pull it away.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Defensive Backs gather on the field at the end of team practice at the Rogers Center in Toronto Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2007.

Sound unrealistic? Crazy? Not to the Blue Bombers, who are left with no choice but to believe in a fairy tale that may or may not come true today at Rogers Centre.

"It could be a classic movie one day," Stegall said Saturday. "You never know. Of course, I would be the star, but I know what you're saying. It would be fame and glory. It would be nice for it to happen. He deserves it. He works hard.

"He didn't come up here to be a backup. He's going to get the chance to play, and he's going to get his opportunity."

Is he ever. Dinwiddie, 26, draws into the lineup with starter Kevin Glenn on the sidelines with a broken arm.

"We won a Grey Cup with Sean Salisbury as our quarterback - no disrespect to him," Bombers president Lyle Bauer said. "And we had our chance to win one with Sam Garza. There will be 41 other guys out there trying to make a difference. There's something about Ryan that might surprise people.

"It's one game. We're not looking for him to lead us to first place or a 12-6 season. We're just looking at him to execute our offence. It's one game. Anything can happen."

So the result of the 95th Grey Cup comes down to whether Dinwiddie can play it safe, avoid turnovers and get the ball into the hands of his talented receiving corps and running back Charles Roberts.

And even if he can do that, will it be enough to beat a Saskatchewan team led by quarterback Kerry Joseph, the CFL's most outstanding player?

"Dinwiddie is an unknown," said Saskatchewan centre Jeremy O'Day. "One thing people have to understand is that every star quarterback had a first game some time in their lives."

Maybe so, but the six-foot-one, 190 pounder - considered too short and too light to play in the NFL - is making his first professional start start on the CFL's ultimate stage. A former water boy and big man on his high school campus, Dinwiddie has a chance to make a name for himself in one afternoon.

For better. Or for worse.

"It is Hollywood," Dinwiddie said. "I just want to win this game, and all that other stuff will come. I just have to be like a point guard. Distribute the ball to the playmakers and let them go win the game.

"I don't have to be Superman. Just make a few throws. Let the guys make plays. You know, they're the ones who got us here. I just have to get the ball in their hands."

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy American Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.




It is absolutely freezing here, but I'm looking forward to a roast dinner on Sunday with some California friends. Yummy :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Icebreaker--hero

Well, my hero was easy, I knew as soon as I saw him that he'd be perfect, but finding any decent pictures that don't make him look like a teenybopper, nancy-boy has been hell. However, Henry Cavill who plays Charles Brandon in The Tudors (pronounced Tchew-dors, not two-ders, thank you very much) is perfect. Just swap the frills for fatigues and you've got a burned out ex-SAS soldier turned helicopter pilot, Daniel Fox.

So I've got the basics of character, plot and setting and I actually started writing today. I have tonnes of research to do but wanted to get a chapter down and get a feel for the main characters.

I love this part.
I'm visiting tomorrow--assuming no one in the family gets ill. The school have me on speed-dial, it has been that sort of month ;)

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Book--Icebreaker

I have been procrastinating lately. Once I sent Storm Warning off to my agent last Monday, I cleaned for three days and got some of the encrusted crud off the top of door frames and wiped everything I could reach while standing on my stepladder. I bought some Christmas ornaments because we are still trying to fill the extra space in this house compared to our old flat. We spend about $100 a year on new ornaments and this is our 4th winter and we are only just beginning to make a dent on the place (our old place was tiny and we had to ditch all the Christmas lights due to the electricity supplies being incompatible). Anyway, then I did a bunch of Christmas shopping and lots and lots of down time stuff, that I don't get to do when I am immersed in writing a story.

Then I sat down and thought about what my next story was going to be about. I have had this idea in my head for years (I wrote the first chapter back in 1998 just after we left Ontario to move back to Scotland the first time). It uses my experience as a fish biologist conducting an environmental impact assessment up in Northern Labrador. I looked up the region today to check out how the nickel mine had progressed and was staggered. The land is decimated, I hope the water quality isn't screwed, but who the heck knows? Anyway, I'm not against mining per sae, but I'm against raping the land and leaving it like a dessicated carcass. Hopefully this company will keep its promises to return the land back into pristine wilderness.


So--I know who my heroine is. Looks-wise she's based on a friend of mine :) but I couldn't put her photo up without feeling weird. My friend is totally gorgeous without trying, but she also has days when she looks ragged like the rest of us. And she's kind of down to earth pretty, not Hollywood starlet hot.

I poured through magazines and the internet looking for someone to play her. I like have pictures as a reference. It is how I get anchored. But no one fitted!! I was absolutely fed up having wasted a whole precious day--and then suddenly, having given up I was reading something about Maura Tierney and BANG. I thought to myself, she looks just like **** and the light went off in my tiny brain. And this way I can write her a great part and get over my annoyance at this season's ER.

I'm working on her name and backstory. I have my hero sorted out too. I'm starting to get excited.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Go Bombers Go!!

Winnipeg Blue Bombers are through to the final of the Grey Cup.
Congratulations team!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Confessions of a TV Addict

Okay, I confess, and now we have a PVR I like to record my favorites and watch them with DH late at night :)

Here goes--my TV list.

NCIS (love the characters)


The Unit (fantastic writing, characters and acting)


The Tudors (Oh my god. The richness of history, the scandal, the costumes, the intrigue, the sexy people)


Criminal Minds (I love this show but can't believe they show such graphic violence so early at night. I love the characters, I enjoy the plots because these are the types of stories I enjoy reading).



CSI NY ( I love NY. I love this cast, the plots are usually pretty good)


CSI (still fabulous)


ER. I love this show but I HATE this series' storyline. I may need to sack this writer :)


The Amazing Race (Good fun. I did have to explain what gay meant to my daughter, and persuade her, that she and her best friend weren't (as far as we know))


After Christmas I'll have LOST and American Idol to watch too, but to be honest there is such rubbish on TV at the weekends I can usually catch up on the good stuff, and not having to trawl through 3 million car adverts is a plus too.

8-10 TV hours a week (plus the BBC news headlines). Probably too much, but it relaxes me and the story-lines and writing, inspire me too. Interesting to see what works. What about you? What are you watching?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Seducing the Mercenary

This is one of the books I read while I was in deep, deep edits.

I don't write reviews, but Loreth's book is awesome :)

To win a copy check out Suzanne's blog and scroll down.


Click here to read an excerpt :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Done :)

I'm done with edits for now (i.e. until I get Storm Warning back from my agent) and I'm also waiting for feedback on Out of Tears.

I'm going to clean the house and research the next project :D

Just need to take a breath.

So... say goodbye to Ben/Eric for a little while. It is going to be hard to let go, I might just need the occasional reminder...








Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen was a Shropshire lad, famous for his poetry during the first world war. He is perhaps just as well-known for having been killed in action at the Sambre-Oise Canal just a week before the war ended, causing news of his death to reach home as the town's church bells declared peace. He was 25.

It seems terribly appropriate.




Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
"Dulce et Decorum Est "

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! -- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under I green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, --
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.


Thank you, all the soldiers who fought for peace.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Thursday, November 08, 2007

No Time...

I have a bunch of movies and books to talk about but I'm behind schedule on my wip and therefore not allowing myself to blog. I know you're all devastated LOL. Next week I'll drive you all bonkers, I promise :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dentist


Dentist for the kids today. Argh. Hate that--not the dentist he's great, but the drive across town. When I was a teenager I had to hold my friends hand if she had a dental appointment. I used to get notes for the teacher saying 'she has to take her friend to the dentist' :)

Thankfully my education survived Deb's dental phobia.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Jealousy?

I think Eric Bana is an incredibly talented actor... a really really talented actor :) I couldn't resist this picture, the caption alone cracks me up :)

I have cast Eric in the role of my hero Ben Foley, who has short dark hair and the deep brooding gaze.

I wonder how Mrs. Bana feels about being married to a guy who goes from pudgy (in Chopper) to hot (in pretty much everything else). How would it feel to be married to a man whom other people admire for their looks? How would I feel if someone posted pictures of my DH on their blog? Not very happy, I'm sure. I hope Mrs Bana appreciates I'm using images of Eric as a way for me to get into character, and as a way to jump feet first into my story without wondering what the hell color my hero's eyes are :)

I'm lucky to be married to a man who understands my need for visual aides. :) Of course, he's hoping for a New York Times best seller so...

Bless him :)






Monday, November 05, 2007

Storm Warning--past the half way mark



I hope all you NaNo writers are having a great time. I am enjoying edits, I'm enjoying putting more grit into this storyline.

This is my favorite picture of Eric. I loved his role in Blackhawk Down.

It's getting colder. We're wrapping up warm, heating is on. Fire is lit. Oh--and daughter is sick.

Isn't life grand :)

Saturday, November 03, 2007


I don't know about anyone else but I'm totally getting my inspiration :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

So much Eric, so little time.

I swear I ate so much candy today that I will burst. I have a theory. If you stuff yourself silly over a few days it is better than eating a small amount everyday for months. Opinions?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

You'll just have to make do...


with Eric...

I'm being lazy. Not because I don't want to blog, but because I'm working really hard on edits. Plus my kids picked up so much candy yesterday I turned into a pumpkin and have to roll about the place. LOL. Hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled Halloween.