Thursday, May 29, 2008

I thought this was excellent :)




Your Gemstone Says...




You are simply joyful. You find it easy to have peace of mind.

You tend to think positive thoughts. It's easy to control where your mind goes.

You have great mental powers and self discipline.

You are able to dream big. You definitely aren't afraid of failure.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

David Cook won American Idol 7

For once my support wasn't the kiss of death. I am really looking forward to what this guy comes up with. I loved the finale. George Micheal, Bryan Adams, Donna Summer. Some great music from my 'era'.


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Now playing: David Cook - Innocent (American Idol Studio Version)
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Davids

Tonight is the last night on the show for the American Idol performers, David Cook and David Archuleta. Both Davids were amazing throughout the competition, but I'm more into David Cook. I hope he wins. After tomorrow I'll have some of my evenings back. This season has been absolutely incredible in terms of talent. I can't believe people get up on the stage and sing like that. Awesome :) I couldn't do it. I probably couldn't do heart surgery either, but I'd be more tempted to give it a go. I did not get the musical gene in the family.


Friday, May 16, 2008

40



Miscellany...

Today is my 40th birthday and I am indulging myself :) Here are some unknown facts about me.

Royal connections...
I have seen Prince Charles (from a great distance), had dinner with Princess Ann (I sat next to her head of security at a Glasgow fashion show--just call me the bulletcatcher), and I almost ran over Prince William on the corner of Bell and Market Street in St. Andrews with the stroller. It was raining.

Famous Faces...
I've seen Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid, Robbie Coltrane, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, actually pretty much any golfer from 1989-2002. Pity I have no interest in golf. And I used to live on Kenny Logan's family farm in Stirling.

Family...
  • My maiden name is Beddow and I come from a line that traces back to the same town where I was born to at least the 1600's. I also have Oakley, Dougherty, Morgan, Mepham, Meadows, & Corfield in the family tree.
  • I'm related--distantly--to Steve Heighway, one of the greatest soccer players Liverpool FC ever had. Go reds :)
  • In the 70s, my dad--a legend in his own mind--made a record with Sean Cannon who went on to join The Dubliners. Me and some friends went to see The Dubliners play in Dundee, and though I suggested we try to meet the band after the concert because of the family connection, my best friend, Mary, (from Cork) didn't believe me, so we left. LOL. She was kicking herself by the time she realized I was serious.
  • My aunt is a published author of a book about my hometown. Broseley--The People and The Past. It is full of old family photographs and details about the old days.
  • My brother is an award winning banjo player.
  • My mom always wanted to write a book--I feel like I stole one of her dreams while she stayed home to look after other peoples' children.
  • The most intelligent person I know is my elder sister who left school at 16 with no qualifications.
  • My younger sister was born 6 days after me and we always shared birthday parties growing up. Happy birthday, sis! My first memory is crying my eyes out on the day she was born, and my second memory is getting drunk on sherry when I was about 3 years old. Not sure if the events were related, LOL.
  • I have 10 nieces, 8 nephews, and 2 great nieces/nephews. When I was born, I had 7 grandparents and great-grandparents, alive. Now I only have one, my favorite, Grandad John.
  • I was really good at video arcade games as a teenager. And pool. And field hockey (I played Left Inner).
  • At one point when I was a kid, we had 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 tortoises, 4 guinea pigs, 27 rabbits, 13 bantam chickens, and numerous goldfish. Can you imagine?
  • We moved from Ironbridge to Broseley when I was 6. My parents still live in the same house although they are planning to move.
  • I lived off Penny Lane in Liverpool in 1987.
  • This is me at a fancy dress party in St. Andrews 1990/91. See I was a wizard before it was cool :) The joy of friends with Facebook...argh.
  • And this is our Ph.D. supervisor. Prof Ian Johnston.


  • I used to scuba dive but I developed an irrational fear of cylinders--really.
  • I love to travel, but I never left the UK until I was 21. Then I visited my friend, Mary, and another two buddies in the south of France. I was too shy to strip on the beach (the French were relieved), but it was awesome.
  • The best boss I ever had was at Stirling University.
  • I started seeing DH in 1992. Even though he didn't have a job he followed me to Ontario when he finished his Ph.D. in 1995. How cool is that? We got engaged in 1996 (he proposed to me with an emerald ring at 7 a.m. on my 28th birthday) and we married in 1997. Every year it gets better.

Forty years goes fast when you are having fun.

Monday, May 12, 2008

PS. I Love You (no spoilers)


I had the perfect Mother's Day. A lie in, pancakes. A lovely long family walk. Then DH made lunch and we went to the garden center and bought way too many plants :) I didn't make a scrap of food, or a cup of tea all day. The kids made me the most wonderful gifts, and to ice the cake, DH and I watched PS. I LOVE YOU. What a fantastic movie. I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. I even cried, and I never cry. I'm not a huge Gerry fan, but I really liked him in this. All the cast were superb. My only regret is I didn't read the book first. Might just buy that and read it anyway. Excellent movie--one of the best I've seen. And the soundtrack...it all made me very homesick for a visit, I can tell you.




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Now playing: The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
via FoxyTunes

Friday, May 09, 2008

BBC WORLD anyone?

I'm annoyed with my TV people. :( They have moved the BBC WORLD channel from being a digital pick to being part of the Tier 3 package and if I want my favourite channel back I have to pony up an extra $15 a month. I know it doesn't sound like much, but as much as anything it is the principle of the thing. They didn't even tell me. :( So do I pay up or just use the internet?

Moan over. With so many real problems out there I'm happy for what I've got.



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Now playing: Nickelback - Far Away
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Too Much to do


I don't know what it is lately. I'm getting everything done except visiting blogs. I'm sorry.

I'm doing a lot of single parenting just now, and lots more to come over the summer months as DH is away for about 7 weeks total. That's part of it. It requires me to be one step ahead of myself in terms of organization--even now I'm thinking I should be making lunches for tomorrow and making up the dog's food, and finishing my taxes. So my day is far from done even now.

I'm on my 5th and final Daphne contest book--lots of good reads and one fabulous new author 'find'. I love that :)

Writing-wise I'm waiting to hear back from my agent regarding STORM and the proposal for ICEBREAKER. And I've been working through OUT OF TEARS with my improved knowledge. And sometime in May my editor at the Wild Rose Press will be getting back to me with edits. One thing about writing is you can sometimes see huge jumps in your skill as a writer. Part of that is how I write--way too many drafts (obviously I have a tiny brain), and some of it is growth as a writer (yay me :) .

I desperately want to see PS. I love you, and ATONEMENT. Needing some serious chickflicks in this house :)

Better do all my chores... LOL. What are you watching?

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Now playing: Bruce Springsteen - Long Walk Home via FoxyTunes


Sunday, May 04, 2008

Happy May :)


So one day we're building flowerbeds, the next it is snowing--againnnnnnnnnnn.
I redid my website--I'd love for you to take a look :) WEBSITE


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Now playing: U2 - Beautiful Day
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Did you see this...

Automaton author writes up a storm???

I refer specifically to this section:

"But Parker doesn't describe himself as an "author", and he's far from the creative type. Rather, the US-based professor of management science at INSEAD business school has developed and patented algorithms enabling computers to write books for him....

...And much to the chagrin of content makers everywhere, Parker said the same technology could be used to create video content, software and even computer games. He has recently branched out into poetry and crossword puzzles and said his next challenge was to move into fiction with computer-generated romance novels."

What a w*nker. How insulting, not just to romance writers, but to readers.

What do you think?

---------------- Now playing: INDIGO GIRLS - GET OUT THE MAP via FoxyTunes