Wishing everyone the best of the New Year!
Cheers and cyber-confetti,
I was trying to line up the August blogs I owe to blog sites other than my own. The goal was to get it all over with now, so I'd have more time to write next month. They were all playing nicely except my August 22 Samhain blog. Given the date, I'd be a fool not do something related to DragonCon, but what? The program schedules are almost never finalized until the week before Labor Day, and I was pretty sure I've written everything there is to write about the con.
Should I do something about the balls? The Masquerade? The guests? My costume changes?
Then it hit me: Sixteen Ways DragonCon Is Like a Regency Country House Party.
The weird thing is, it works.
Well, would I lie to you about chocolate or Dracula?
Hugs and smiles,
But that could take years. In the meantime, I need to get back to work on the siren story. Another beta reader weighed in tonight with some great comments--and I'm not just saying that because some of the things she mentioned in her cover lletter were things I'd been fratching over and rewriting over the last couple weeks. Now I just have to work up the courage to go past page one of her commentary.
I always take what my beta readers say to heart. It just takes me a while to nerve myself to read it. :D
Yeah, cowardly and cat-whupped. I so am a writer!
Hugs and headshakes,
The free geisha dance program, which anyone who's ever been to Japan can tell you is a very, very big deal. Man, I love living in DC!
Let me put it this way, you don't normally see the fire trucks lined up, sirens wailing, until the second night at DragonCon.
Hugs and sickly grins,
That pic of the Japanese maple on our deck wasn't taken last fall. It was taken twenty minutes ago. If you squint hard enough you can even see the budding azalea budding behind the fence at the far right.
Told Greg it was his fault for getting all emotional about Karl Muck's version of Parsifal last night. Some things are just wrong. Like snow in April in northern Virginia. Or like a left-leaning Valentinian gnostic loving Wagner. (Have I mentioned his cartoons lately?) He still didn't get it. LOL
Not too much else to report. Been burrowing in what one of my fellow Samhellions calls "the writing cave" all week. I'm going to finish Highway from Hell by next Saturday if I have to write non-stop. Well, starting Monday. Still have to survive Mom's Easter plans first. ;-)
Also joined the Fantasy and Enchantment blog with a great group of Samhain fantasy writers: Jennie Andrus, Bianca D'Arc, Dayna Hart, Carolan Ivey, Melissa Lopez and most especially Gia Dawn--who will kill me for that when she finds out I wrote that. Heh heh. The group blog is just getting started, but we plan lots of great things, including a regular Thursday Thirteen and a newsletter.
And not a minute too soon! The prospect of filling a regular mailing all by myself was giving me chills. My life's boring. That's why I became a writer, after all.
Wishing you lots of chocolate and the best of the season, however you celebrate it. Cheers!
Wishing everyone, myself included, a much better year than 2006. May you and your loved ones stay healthy, happy and read lots and lots of good books.
And blogs. *g* Don't forget to check out the Samhain blog, live every day except Sunday...and New Year's. LOL The schedule starts again on Tuesday. And on Friday, Twelfth Night (trumpet fanfare, please), yours truly will try to come up with something amusing.
While you're waiting, you can rev up with some of those good books I was talking about. Kate Johnson's "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" is already available for download at My Bookstore and More. On January 2, yaoi fans can revel in Soul of the Night by Ann Cain and Barbara Sheridan, and on January 16, Ann Vremont's luscious erotic historical novel Sacred Heart Diaries hits the electronic stands. Enjoy!