Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Her Sanctuary--New Cover

I'm pleased to reveal my new cover from The Wild Rose Press--how cool is this? I love the colors and the scenery.

Now playing: The The - Perfect
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Funny :) From my Friend, Deb.

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah'.

The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?'

The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him'.

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.

As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.'

The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.'

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl: replied, 'They will in a minute.'

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

After explaining the commandment to 'honor' thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?'

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, 'Thou shall not kill.'

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.

She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, 'Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?'

Her mother replied, 'Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.'

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, 'Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?'

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.

'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, 'Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.'

'Yes,' the class said.

'Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?'

A little fellow shouted,'Cause your feet ain't empty.'

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
'Take only ONE. God is watching.'

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

A child had written a note, 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples.'

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Catch up

Okay, okay--where have I been and what have I been doing? Nothing terribly exciting. I've been doing kid stuff (like brownie sleepovers) and garden stuff (growing seedlings from scratch and trying to get the flowerbeds ready). I've been cycling to school and working on edits. I've been celebrating a wedding anniversary and missing my granny who died 11 years ago. I've been ironing and watching American Idol. I've been judging the Daphne (Kiss of Death Writers' Contest) and trying to keep up with the publishing industry online. I've been redesigning my website (just waiting for my new cover before I put it up) and updating other people's webpages.

Edits are going okay, although I cringed when I first looked at this manuscript which I wrote a year ago. Wow--I have learned a lot in a year. This edit is the 'remove fluff' edit. Anything that doesn't move the story forward, is ditched. And I have been ditching furiously. Not sure about the story--I mean I love it, but I'm a little worried it is more British police than an American editor would like. We'll see. As always.

Now playing: Runrig - Protect and survive
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day

I tried to post a nice Earth Day picture but blogger wouldn't let me.

Happy Earth Day/Week.


Now playing: VANESSA PARADIS - Divine Idylle
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Out of Tears edits

I blogged on Killer Passion today--about writing villains and CRACKER

And I'm editing OUT OF TEARS (hence SB, who just got married. Congratulations!)

---------------- Now playing: Iron Maiden - The Trooper via FoxyTunes

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Johnnie Boden

Oh, god, isn't this gorgeous? I am so shallow. Good job I have no money because I'd just spend it!!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Who is your favorite American Idol?

Mine is Jason Castro. I just love what he does :) I think one of the girls is going home this week.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


We went for a nice family walk this morning and coming up the golf course we heard some gulls making a racket. Then we realize the gulls were dive-bombing a bald eagle soaring over the first tee. It is cool to see such wildlife when you live in the city (albeit a rural part of a small one). This isn't my photograph, because at that time this morning I didn't have a camera (mine fried with static just before Christmas).

But NOW I have a camera :)

DH, DS and myself went to the shops to try and track down some bargains (like the $100 frying pan on sale for $20; ours was bent) and to find some birthday presents for moi (about a month early but a sale is a sale). I was treated to a fabulous new camera, a few t-shirts and a pair of pants for working out in, and 3, yes 3, new bras!! Yay me!!!!

The downside was staring at myself naked in the mirror trying on sports gear and wondering when I'd managed to go up to a UK size 14????? Horrible moment. And who wants to work out in public looking like a chubby soccer player? Not me. Lands End had some nice stuff though that didn't show any bumps. I bought everything in a nice generic 'medium' size. So I guess I can add that to the goals for the year. Sell book to big NY publisher. Lose 15 pounds.

You'd think the latter would be easy, huh? Let's wait and see.

Hey--spring break is over. My life can begin again. All I can say is I have fantastic kids, but I love their teachers.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Spring Break

Doesn't that sound like a holiday? Ha ha! The kids have a week off and the weather is slowly warming up. The snow has sunk into the ground by about a foot but if I look out the front everything is still white, as much ice as snow.

So we have lots of great stuff planned. Play-days, movies, haircuts, shopping. And then if I put on my other hat, writer, I'm doing edits on STORM WARNING, applying for a grant, I just finished Discovering Story Magic online course, and just started Tools for the Psychic Investigator. (I'm a little worried my baddy is drifting too much into the occult though. That'll freak out my dad). And I have some critting to do.

I also vowed to sort out closets this spring break.

So... Spring break is a little squeezed, but I do hope to bloghop later (a woman has to have some pleasures, right?). What are you doing this week?