Friday, May 31, 2013

Killing Time the Fun Way

Some time ago I read an excellent, powerful, suspenseful, short love-story by Anne Stuart entitled Risk The Night.

I filed it away in my memory as something to post about later particularly because it came from a place I really liked:

Lunch Hour Love Stories

LHLS is a site created so that romance lovers can go and find a short story by a favorite author that they can read in a short space of time - like their lunch hour or while waiting for an appointment.

Fun, huh?

I forgot about the site until I saw it mentioned somewhere recently. I decided to click on over and see what's happening.

A lot - that's whats happening there.

Under the heading Browse Menu I found the category Contemporary Cuisine which contained the story listed above by Anne Stuart and another story I will check out as soon as I have a little spending money by Bella Andre, whom I love, titled One Perfect Night. There are several by other authors you many know and love.

Other categories are Regionals, Seasonals, Olde World Fair and Otherworldly Delights.

If you click on the title of a story that sounds good to you, you will be taken to a page with a synopsis and icons for the places you can buy it. (All the usual suspects, amazon, B&N, etc).

Anne's story is $1.99 from amazon and well worth it. Bella Andre's is also $1.99 from amazon. I clicked on a story by Julie London that is $.99. All highly affordable.

If you are a Barbara Samuel O'Neal fan like I am, you will be interested to know she is a founding author and the site suggests there's a new short story from her coming soon.

The list of founding authors is extensive and also includes another favorite of mine: Susan Andersen.

Pop on over and check out Lunch Hour Love Stories.

Back yet? What did you think?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kindle vs Nook

Hey y'all -

If you have an ereader - what brand do you have? Are you happy with it? Why or why not?

I want to buy an ereader and have been comparing Kindle and Nook.

Kindle has a basic model for $70 if you are willing to put up with pop up adds or $90 if you're not willing to put up with them.

I'm not willing to put up with them.

Nook has the same basic model but only one price - $80 with no pop ups guaranteed.

I want to pay $10 less and still get no pop ups by buying the Nook.

I've checked to see and book prices at are the same as at Although amazon has the daily deal which sometimes is really good.

For some reason I am attached at the hip to amazon. Don't know why.

And there is no reason why I can't still buy books from amazon to read on my Kindle for PC ap if they are a really good deal.

I'm just finding it really hard to commit to something other than amazon which has become my comfort zone.

It makes me angry to think of paying $10 extra so amazon won't attempt to sell me things while I read. It feels like blackmail or extortion or old-fashioned mob-style protection.


Friday, May 24, 2013

why me?

I recently gave up my smart phone because I don't want to continue paying the data fees when I only use it for regular cell phone things and as a kindle. I can buy a kindle cheaper than those fees. And, in fact I'm ordering one tomorrow.

One of the things I want to do with my phone is take pics and upload them onto the computer. I can take pics. I was told uploading was simple because the charger has a usb port.

Guess what - not simple.

I will not go back but I do wonder -

Am I too dumb to have a dumb phone?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


He's "not the fizziest can in the six-pack." says one of the characters in The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Walsh Sister Novel by Marian Keyes.

I talked about Marian and how much I love her when I read the first book by her, Last Chance Saloon.*

I still love her and am thoroughly enjoying this book. 

That is not our subject today my lovelies.

The subject is my silly, secret, even giggly amusement at the ways people convey that someone is slightly nutty.

"not the fizziest can in the six-pack" was a new one to me and I reread it 2 or 3 times, inwardly (and probably outwardly) grinning.

Grinning like a woman whose cheese has slipped off her cracker.

Hehehe. I love that one.

Here's some more that I like:

Her elevator doesn't go all the way to the penthouse.

He's from the shallow end of the gene pool.

She's about a half-bubble off plumb.

 His lights are on but nobody is home.

 She's rowing with only one paddle or only has one oar in the water.

He has no tools in his shed.

 It's one thing to ride the little yellow bus, it's another to be the guy licking the windows.

 She's a few ants short of a picnic.

He's spinning crop circles.

Other people drink from the fountain of knowledge but she just gargles.

He's crazy as a sack full of ferrets.

And for all you sewers out there:

Her sewing machine is out of thread.

What is your favorite way to say that someone is bonkers? 

 *The book I am currently reading is the 5th and final book in a series about the Walsh sisters:
1- Watermelon; 2- Rachel's Holiday; 3- Angels; 4- Anybody Out There?;
5- The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

Friday, May 17, 2013

Brandon deserves better

Some of you know that in the early hours of Black Friday in 2012 my nephew was killed. He was walking home from a bar. He walked everywhere within a 5 mile radius of his home. He was a talented, dedicated personal trainer.

He was struck by a car driven by a drunk driver as he was crossing an intersection. According to police it looked as if the driver never even slowed down or hit his breaks until he pulled over 2 1/2 blocks from the scene.

There were no witnesses. There were no cameras. Brandon was dead when police arrived.

He was 26 years old. He had faults, of course, but he was sweet and he was becoming a truly good man.

 Brandon Jennings 

He's on the left here. This was taken the weekend before he died. The man on the right was his boss who owned the gym where he worked. He was a very good friend to Brandon. In the picture, they have just finished getting a certificate to train people to do extreme mudder competitions.

This is one of my favorite pictures oh him.

Because of the laws in Missouri where he was killed, the man who killed him is only being charged with a DUI. It is his third DUI so he will do some time. Maybe 6 months.

No vehicular manslaughter or anything to indicate he took my nephew's live.

The judge asked everyone to call the man who is investigating and weighing in on what the man's sentence will be so he could take statements about the impact of Brandon's death on our lives.

We called. And got a snotty lady who put us through to voicemail.

Then we were told the man was not going to call back and take statements. Instead we should send emails to him. We were also to send emails to the prosecuting attorney so he would know the man had gotten emails.

Now we are told the man wants us to mail him letters with our statements.

He is, for some reason, making it very difficult for people to be heard about justice being served and the man who killed Brandon doing as much time as possible.

Meanwhile, my brother, my sister-in-law and my two nephews, Brandon's brothers, grieve his loss with no sign of any justice in sight.

Brandon really doesn't deserve this.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's Delia day...

I have nothing to say. So I went to pinterest to find inspiration.

I found 3 things that make it essential that this be Delia day.

                                             "I'm not getting down until the spider is gone."

Do I know Delia or what?

Friday, May 10, 2013


Yesterday while I was flailing around in the pool water looking like a demented whale - I had a realization about my work-not-in-progress.

The main character can't do the black windows rituals. She needs to hate / fear black windows because of the rituals that her parents made her sit through. So much that she designs and is obsessed with window treatments.

If all her issues are already resolved it will be a very boring book.

Now whether or not that realization will translate into me actually writing...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Goofs and proud of it

I was on the way to take my 15 year old granddaughter Kat home from kickboxing. This was our conversation:
Me: Wow Jason* was really on tonight. I lost count of how much time you spent doing planks**.
Kat: A lot of time.
Me: Yeah. Planks are one thing I can’t do in the pool.
Kat (cute mischievous look on her already cute face): Hi, I’m Derek***, aqua fit instructor. If you like planks you have to take my class. Unfortunately I must warn you that my students keep drowning. I don’t know why.
Me: He could call the class ‘dying to be fit’.
Kat: Okay class, to the bottom of the pool. We’ll now do 3 minute planks. Oh no – someone call 911.

At which time we were both laughing too hard to continue because we are goofs.
*Jason – awesome instructor of Kat’s kickboxing class that she loves. I wouldn’t last 15 minutes.
**planks – kind of like push ups except you don’t go up and down. Supposed to be great for you abs / core.
***Derek – awesome instructor of an aqua fitness class that I love although it kicks my ass.

12 year old Jay and Kat and I were on the way to kickboxing. They were making fun of the Abe Lincoln vampire slayer movie. Kat said something about him fighting zombies.

Jay: Four score and seven years ago I stabbed you in the head.

Goofs I tell you - goofs.

Friday, May 3, 2013

More help from cyber friends; Sarah Wynde and Delia Moran

On Tuesday we were talking about Sarah Wynde and a blogpost she wrote that helped me to focus and verbalize my philosophy for writing.
It is a take off of Kurt Vonnegut and off of Sarah Wynde.
That philosophy being:
Passages need to move the action forward OR reveal or arc character OR relationships and overall I need to create a world I want to live in, at least for a while.
In her comment on my Tuesday blogpost - Sarah added this about her philosophy on writing (her philosophy being a work in progress); “I’ve realized that it has to include something about fun, because for me, and for what I want to write, a scene simply because it’s entertaining works.”
A scene simply for entertainment works for me, also but I’m not sure I need to actually spell that out in my philosophy because, for me, any world I want to live in for a while would have to have moments of fun in it
I talked about how realizing this freed me because it was paralyzing me to think that the sole purpose of every sentence was to move the story along.
In the comments from that same Tuesday blogpost of mine, Delia made a valid point which helps me now. I've heard it before but it didn't help when I was paralyzed:
“But for me it’s important to note that you don’t need to get that nitty gritty about it until revisions.” Delia Moran
See, I didn’t even want to write passages if I knew that I was going to have to cut every single thing that did not move the story along when I went to revise.
I write moments that define or arc character.
I write moments / scenes that are just for fun / entertainment.
I don’t mind revising, really I don’t. But it is not fun for me to write if I think I’m going to have to take out every bloody thing that is strictly for fun, romance building or bonding my characters with my readers.
And, frankly, it doesn’t make sense for me to write like that because I like to read books with such passages in them.
Why would I write a book that I don’t want to read?
If you are a writer, do you write books you would want to read?
If you are a reader, have you noticed, do your books have passages just for fun, romance, etc? Do you read those passages? Do you like them?