Wednesday, January 30, 2008

1970 something

One of these is me. Any guesses? In front of a replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake's galleon that circled the globe in 1577 (ish). Can you imagine?

Monday, January 28, 2008


Life has gone crazy again. We had a few days of balmy minus teens and tonight we have a blizzard forecast.

I'm judging RITA entries (always an honor), I'm editing STORM WARNING (hence we have Eric), I've just completed an on-line editing course, I'm knee-deep in research material for two different books, and I'm trying to avoid a cold that is dogging the family.

On top of that AMERICAN IDOL started and LOST begins this week. I need to squeeze some room onto the PVR and think Harry Potter might have to bite the dust.

Sorry, Harry :)

Hope you are having a lovely January.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


There is an excellent interview of Eric Maisel, the author of THE VAN GOGH BLUES, on Mary O'Gara's fabulous blog.

About those creative blues and what you might do about them.

Editing STORM WARNING. Hence some Bana moments :)

AND... a super online course run by Mary Buckham

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RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN, College of Felony and Intrigue, KILLER INSTINCT online workshop for the month of FEBRUARY 2008.

WORKSHOP: Sex Between the Pages: Understanding and Writing Sexual
How do you write great sexual tension whether you write Regencies or Erotica or somewhere in between? Why is it some authors can make you cheer and commiserate and ache as their characters take their perilous journeys toward intimacy and others leave you feeling ho hum? Mary Buckham interviewed authors Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Susan Anderson and Lori Foster to learn how to write sexual tension from sweet to spicy hot for her SEX ON THE PAGE workshop. She also combines examples from other outstanding Romance authors with an in-depth analysis of the 12 stages of intimacy, findings in behavioral science and the power of biology to better understand and incorporate sexual tension in your own writing.
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Buckham
Mary Buckham's last release, INVISIBLE RECRUIT, earned reviews such as "page-turning", "to-die for sexual tension" and "couldn't put it down". Currently Mary is working on a Thriller series set in Seattle's Pike Place Market. She has hundreds of free-lance articles to her credit, a non-fiction book and is a former magazine Editor.
She is also a national writing workshop presenter, both on-line and at workshops around the country. She also presents 2-day plotting weekends throughout the country through . In her spare time, Mary is one of the co-founders and a driving force behind Mary encourages you to visit her website at for more information about her, her appearances and workshops and her current writing projects.
> KILLERINSTINCT workshops encompass writing and craft topics.
> **PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start of the COFFIN class. Cost of each workshop is $15.00 US for KOD
> members, $30.00 US for non-KOD members. (RWA membership NOT required to take the course).
> For more information check out our website at
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scavanger Hunt.

We're running a scavenger hunt on Killer Passion. All very easy and a $25 gift certificate could be yours!

Check it out. I want one of my friends to win :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

The problem with -40C

The car has to be plugged in so the engine doesn't freeze.
You can't go anywhere you can't plug your car in.
Tires deflate themselves if the rims are loose.
You need antifreeze in the fuel else the fuel-line freezes.
The automatic garage door opener stops working because it is too cold.
Exposed flesh hurts.
The furnace breaks down because the pilot light burns out.
You have to wear so many clothes you look like a big puffy doughnut.
Your skin dries up and cracks.
The dog doesn't want to go out to pee.

But the really amazing thing is life goes on. School, work, university, shops, buses.

Canadians are cool. (I'm frickin' freezing:)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I blogged at Killer Passion today...

I'm getting around blogs slowly. Hope you are all well!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Steve & Me

I have just sat down and started to read Steve & Me, by Terri Irwin.

The first thing that really moved me was the quote from the bible (which is actually from one woman to another). It's beautiful.
"Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; wherever you go I will go, and wherever you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you."(Ruth 1:16-17)
Not everyone approves of that sort of steadfast love, beyond the grave. I've heard reporters comment on it as being 'unhealthy', that Terri Irwin isn't dealing with her grief. Well what the hell do they know. Sheesh.

And what I didn't realize before I opened the book, is the foreword is written by my very good friend Craig Franklin.

He never said.

What you might not know about Craig, (and why would you?), is that he is one of the brightest physiologists/biologists on the planet. He has a brain that leaves mine in this spinning fog (maybe not so difficult since I had kids), and he's always questing for a better understanding of how the world works. He's also gorgeous and a fantastic cook, but we try not to mention it.

Craig doesn't lavish praise on the unworthy. He's solid. Full of integrity. The heart-felt tribute that he wrote in this book only makes me sadder that I never got to meet Steve Irwin, and more importantly, that the world lost, or only had for such a brief time, such a great bloke :)

It also made me think about my life and what I want to achieve. And to realize that hopes and dreams require huge amounts of emotional investment, of self belief, and commitment. The road isn't always easy, but you have to believe in what you are doing. Passionately.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Thanks for all the sympathy guys. I have a little blog-block right now.

At least my hero is misbehaving appropriately in my wip. Hit page 100 today.

Big hugs--hope the world is treating you well :)

Monday, January 07, 2008

Clockburn CracklinRosie

5th September 1992-7th January 2008

Finn. A great dog. We're going to miss her terribly.

Below: back home in Scotland with two of her puppies.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Best of British

Having a bit of a British blitz in the movies--especially, a Hugh Grant and Colin Firth extravaganza. It wasn't planned. It started with 'About a Boy' a Nick Hornby classic. Then Love Actually because it's the perfect Christmas movie and such a brilliant cast. Then the Harry Potter movies. Does anyone else think JKR cast her characters from the best of British theater? Because seeing these people in their roles--Imelda Staunton, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Walters, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Robbie Coltrane? They are all so perfect in their parts I wonder if JK imagined them so? Then the last two nights we've had Bridget Jones and The Edge of Reason. I love those movies.

I think we all have more than a bit of Bridget in us :)

Will visit soon.

I'm going quietly insane. School on Monday. Please God.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Dead Heat

I don't know about you guys, but I'm not into any post-Christmas routine yet. I did have some news on the Killer Passion blog though.

And my very good friend Pam Champagne has just had a new print book release. Don't you love this cover?

Dead Heat

Jenna Green struggles to make a name for herself on the racetrack after her father’s untimely death. Rye Cameron’s offer of a job to train his horses comes out of the blue. Aware of his reputation with women, she accepts the job despite her doubts. Soon she discovers the real reason Rye hired her and finds herself fighting for her life.

PRINT ISBN 1-60154-125-2
(228 pages) Hot

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