Quote du Jour:
If I had more time, I’d have more time.

My good friend Devon launched a new site devoted to poetry. Check out Circadian Poems here. You’ll also find the link to the right under Links of Note. She’s accepting submissions of original poetry and essays about poetry. Check out her site!

And, now that I’m mentioning it, on a whim I decided to submit something. She accepted, much to my surprise. So my first lil’ poem EVER called “Clarity” will be published in November. WOO!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a great friend of mine who has entered the Blog-o-Sphere. Ladies and Gents, put your hands together for my pal, Leigh. You can check out her blog, The Spinning Pen. And for the record, the post entitled The Life of Pie had me weeping with laughter. Give it a read. Also check out her new website which is WAY COOL: Mending Resolute.

Grocery Store Nonsense
Sunday is our usual shopping day. We always all go together and the ladies at the deli know us by name. They always give the lil’ boy samples and he always gets his favorite – Boar’s Head Hard Salami. It ROCKS. Anyway… as we were walking in, and Husband was being rather annoying this weekend, he says to me, “Hey, do you think these women who come without their husbands are jealous that your husband comes with you?”

I rather doubt it, hon. Grocery shopping alone is probably the only rest they get. Lucky them.

I’m envious of THEM. But I didn’t tell him that. I bit my tongue. Sometimes, a girl just wants to be ALONE. Without someone pinching her ass or just being plain annoying. Men. Can’t live with them. Can’t kill them.

Poor Book
So, I had started reading a book by Beatrice Small called Lara. It’s her first foray into the world of fantasy romance (she does historical) and she’s really a fantastic writer. I really like her historicals, so I thought I’d give this a shot.

Talk about a disappointment. By page 15, I was ready to fling the book against the wall. I gave up on page 20. I really wonder if she’s EVER read a fantasy. It was … poor. The dialog was stilted, the characters cardboard. I hated the main character. I GET IT – she’s beautiful. Enough already. I GET IT – they have to sell her to the dude for money so her pop can tourney. BUT ENOUGH ALREADY. I was so annoyed.

Maybe my expectations were too high, especially after reading Patricia A. McKillip, Robert Jordan, and Elizabeth Haydon.

So… I started reading Tahn by L.A. Kelly (who really does Christian fiction) and this… HOO… this is fantastic. The beginning is compelling, griping, and the characters are deep. I like the hero. I like the heroine. I’m about a quarter of the way into it and it’s great.

Back to the WIP
HEY! I wrote about 200 words yesterday. Don’t flog me. I’m sucking right now. I know why I CAN’T write at the moment and it’s because I have “Talk Dirty To Me” on submission. It’s only been a week. So I need to just GET OVER IT already and not think about it. Easier said than done. I’m hoping they ask for the full. And then they send me a contract. And then I get to pick out cover art. And THEN I’ll have a nice nifty book cover to go along with this: The Bitter End. If you haven’t seen it already, check it out. I put this up in the hopes that TDTM will get picked up and I can promote through this new page. And the blog of course. So. Wish me luck.

In other news. I think I’ve decided to change the name of my current WIP from Nice Girls Do to Take Me I’m Yours. I also have this wacky idea I think I’d like to tie in 80s rock band (like Warrant, Slaughter, Poison, etc.) song titles with the titles of the books. Titles aren’t copyrighted, right? So I’m thinking I can get away with it. I think. I dunno.

Okay. That’s all for now, folks. Have a golden day!

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.