Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oldies But Goodies


I'd forgotten I love old movies. Today, while cooking supper, I was changing channels and came across Turner Classics. A Yul Brynner movie was on. Many of you probably have never heard of him. He shaved his head before shaving your was cool. If you like old movies, you probably saw him in the King and I.

With his accented deep voice, beautiful eyes and lips, he was oh so sexy. In the movie I watched, he played a Communist officer who falls in love with a married Englishwoman. As always, he's all alpha male. The kissing scene was hot!

The kiss is in the trailer. Click here to check it out.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Every Woman's True Love - Shoes

The other day I decided to buy me a new pair of shoes. Easier said than done. Due to breaking several bones in my feet over the years and not having them seen to (I thought I had pulled muscles or had a bad bruise), I have spurs in several places. So I don't wear heels.

Have you ever tried to find fashionable and pretty shoes without heels? Not fun at all.

You can find tons of sandals of all types with rhinestones, shiny material, and all kinds of colors, but look for pretty feminine shoes without heels and covers your freezing toes and you'll be looking for days. I've seen some of the most gosh awful shoes. All I want are shoes without heels that makes me feel girly. And NO I don't want a ballerina type or loafers.

Well, I'll let you know if I find any.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Know You're Beginning to Wonder

I really do watch regular shows, but lately I do believe ad agencies are getting the hang of making entertaining commercials. If they don't want people to TiVo pass them, they need to make them entertaining. NASCAR sponsors have done a good job for years. But even the other guys are getting better, e.g. GEICO commercials with the cave men.

This next commercial is so funny because of Chris Kattan at the end. I loved the movie, Night at the Roxbury. It had such heart. And of course the Saturday Night Live skit was so funny. All such an 80's thing.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

We'll Miss You, Paul Newman


Paul Newman died Friday at the age of 83. Even at that age, he was still a good looking man. My heartfelt sympathy goes to his beautiful wife, Joanne Woodward.

They were a true love story.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Another Favorite Commercial

I love history, so this commercial was right up my alley. Funny!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mad Men

I've been torn between watching Mad Men and not watching. I want to watch it because I've heard about the great acting and writing. I didn't want to watch it because it was an era I grew up in. Even when I started working quite awhile after all the bra burning, men still treated women the same way. "Go get me a cup of coffee, Carla." The only change was they didn't say honey anymore and it was okay to fix myself a cup too. (I don't drink coffee.) I had one boss tell me it was okay for me to call him by his first name when I was in his office, but when others were around, I'm to call him Mr. LastName. We weren't allowed to wear pants, only skirts or dresses. Some of the women wore rather short skirts. Made filing in the bottom drawer interesting for the guys. Yes, people smoked in the office, but we weren't allowed to have sodas or food at the desk. No radios but there were piped in elevator music.

There are more subtle things that happened I won't get into, but as you can imagine it's not a way of life I would like to return to. Though for the last several years I thought all of that was behind me, I've had a few instances come up recently that prove chauvinistic attitudes at work are still alive and well in the U.S.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One of The Signs You're Grown Up

Today, I had my yearly physical and I've decided I may have to change doctors. Oh, my doc is a nice man, but last year I found out he's my age and you know what? Every since then that has given me the creeps. I would like you to know if he and I dated in our twenties, he would've had to at least fed me dinner before he could get his hands where he did.

Just had to say it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Nerdy Heroes Can Be Cool!

My favorite sitcom. So very funny!! Love those nerds!


Plus a buddy of mine blogged about Geek Love. Check it out!

Monday, September 22, 2008

When a Boy Hits On You

When I was little and a boy hit my arm or pinched me or later snapped my bra, my mom would say "He likes you." Well, I can tell you I never thought he liked me. I never equated that to anything resembling fondness. That was a boy not understanding his emotions and his mom or dad telling him it was okay to hit.

I told my girls it was never okay for a boy to hit them and for that matter, they weren't allowed to hit boys (or girls). Big no-no.

Why am I blogging about this? Something someone said today made me think about it and I felt the need to blog about it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Rant About Writers' Contests

Each time I enter a contest, if I final or not, I usually find a comment or two a judge makes to be crazy or downright ignorant. Like the one a few years ago wrote there weren't malls in the seventies. She didn't say "she thought" but she told me without doubt there wasn't any. Well, Birmingham's Eastwood Mall opened in the sixties and was torn down just a couple years ago. Or the one who said there were only stone floors in castles. I'm sure she's been in every castle in England and knew this for a fact. ::snort::

If they're not giving incorrect information, they're trying to change my manuscript. Like the one who said the heroine's mother would never comment on how the hero is sexy. Hello! How would she know? I know the mom. She came out of my imagination. Goodness! I'm a mom of a two grown girls. They can tell you I'm very verbal about who is sexy and who isn't. Then there was one of the more recent judges who marked up my manuscript to the point little white remained on the pages. If she wants to write a paranormal, she didn't need to start with my book.

Some judges need to remember the basic story should stay, only the readable of the story should be scored. Thankfully more and more judges overall like my stories. Thus the reason I final in over 20% of the contests I enter. But after doing this for a few years, I've learned to toss out most of the junk they mention - like underline instead of using italics. Geez, like the editor would really care. It always amazes me what's so important to people.

Be prepared. If I enter any more, I'll be blogging on the stupid things they say. But be aware, I'm cutting back on contests even more than I did this year. They take up precious time I could be finishing or polishing books.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Oh! Grow Up!

Okay, okay, okay. I know I talk too much about General Hospital on this blog. But this week’s episodes had a couple threads to do with parents and how as an adult you’re still controlled by the way they treated you in the past.

Of course, the drama is over the top sometimes and I would love to say to the grown kids, “Grow up! Take responsibility for your own actions!” Then I would like to add, “Parents are human too!" In many romances, the hero and/or heroine have issues left over from their own childhoods. Grown men with trust issues, especially in their relationship with women, are that way because their mom cheated on their dad or left them on their own. And the women may have grown up without a dad and have daddy issues (thus dating much older men) or their dad preferred a son over the daughter, so the daughter acts like a boy.

It's a wonderful way to add depth to a character. There are many ways to play it, but the most important part is to handle it in a subtle way. Who likes a whiner? Otherwise, your reader would be shouting the same things I did at the TV.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yes, sir!

The other day I was reading a very sexy book in which the woman said, “Yes, sir,” to the hero. And when I say he liked it, I mean he really liked it.

Living in the Deep South and working in a male dominant day job, I’ve never thought anything of including the respectful address of sir in responding to a customer’s yes or no question over the phone. Now since I’ve read this book and enjoyed it tremendously – talk about hot! – whenever I say “Yes, sir” or “No, sir” I can’t help but wonder in the far reaches of my mind if certain customers get a thrill out it. No. I’m not wanting a response like in the book, I’m just curious.

Just as I’m always surprised when they comment on my accent. Of course, it takes me a couple seconds of “What accent?” tumbling through my thoughts before I realize they’re talking about my Southern drawl.

Hmmm. It’s something to think a little more about. Little tidbits to add to my books.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Misleading Words

As a writer, I'm always on the lookout for new words. Most I can use. Some are just too odd and would only confuse the reader. Did you know the most popular fiction books are usually written geared for a reader with an average of a ninth grade education? Not saying those who read books have a ninth grade education, just at that level the reading is easy and doesn't take a lot of concentration. Besides the average person uses language any ninth grader would understand.

Anyway, a couple words I like and do not use because 1) most people do not use it in their everyday speech and 2) they look dirty but aren’t. You knew there was a catch to it. It always comes down to sex for me. LOL!

They are cogitate (to think hard; ponder; meditate) and masticate (to chew).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Luxury Items?

With the cost of gas getting out of hand and the stock market reverting to percentages echoing 2001, people are cutting back on trips and avoiding buying big luxury items. Thus the car manufacturers' layoffs. I know I don't plan to buy a new car for at least three more years as my youngest is still in college. All my extra money is going to Jacksonville State. GO GAMECOCKS!

But will they cutback on their "home" entertainment? I don't think so. Since they're not traveling far, they will be going to the movies, renting DVDs, watching PPV and buying books. Yeah. I believe the economy will help sales, especially e-formats. Am I psychic? Heavens, no. I just know with the money I'll save in not traveling (I love to fly and I haven't been on a plane in over a year - longest time I haven't in, ohhhh, ten years), I'll spend on gas, groceries and books.

With Harry Potter's popularity, I believe the fans will look for similar books. Paranormal will stay strong.

Then again, I may be off my rocker. LOL!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Another Day

Well, I realized this morning, I had forgotten to blog yesterday - I fell asleep at my laptop again. LOL!

In two weeks I go to Georgia Romance Writers' conference, Moonlight and Magnolias and I've been so excited about it since I found out I'm a finalist in the Maggies. So many of my friends will be there and that makes it so much nicer.

So write it on your calendar and pray for me. :-)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Harlequin Stories

Have you ever wished you could tell Harlequin what type of stories you would love to read? Then check out www.tellharlequin.com and tell them all about it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Role Models

I was thinking today about my role models when it comes to being a writer. Luckily I have several and most I see on occasion.

A special thank you to Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard, Kelley St. John, Peggy Webb, Debra Webb, Paula Graves and Lyn Randal.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thank Goodness for Fridays

A few weeks ago, I had wrote I would blog my thanks for something each Friday. Then I completely forgot. LOL!

So today I'm thankful I'm one of those people who love to make up stories. I have people yakking in my head who believe their lives are so important, and of course, I get all wrapped up in their problems. I feel what they feel. I see what they see. And I love the guy just the same.

Thank you, Lord, for making me a writer.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Good News!

I found out my book, A Sheriff to Call Her Own, is a finalist in the Golden Gateway! YEAH!!! Things are looking up! Now to revise and get it back to the contest coordinator!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thank Goodness For Videos on Demand


No. That's not my lips. I just realized today I missed True Blood. Planned on watching it. Excited about it coming on. Then BANG! I forgot. Sigh. Oh, well, thank goodness for VOD. That's how I watched all the Tudors last season.

If you're wondering what is True Blood. Click here to find out.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Walking and Listening


Last weekend I finally put together my new treadmill. Love it! I get to walk in airconditioning, without worrying about dogs, mosquitoes, or cars running over me. This poor old body needed excerising so much. We have a gym at work, but with my hours, I would have go in extra early in the morning and shower in their "open" locker room. The guys can do it, but not me. With this body? Hell no!

Anyway, the treadmill has a connection where I can hook in my iPod. Love it! The first two times I used it, I listened to music. Soothing. But today I decided on something different. I listened to Karen Marie Moning's free podcast of her first Fever series, DarkFever. Made me remember why I love this series so much. I can't wait for the third book to come out. Her new website shows there will be two more, plus you can click on the link to her free podcast. I'm in heaven! She's doing such a wonderful job on them.

Thanks, Karen!

Monday, September 8, 2008

I Want to Celebrate!

No. Nothing wonderful has happened. I was just thinking about the bottle of wine a customer of mine sent to me a couple months ago. (Very sweet customers - how lucky can I be?) I sure would love to open it. It's very expensive. When I got the bottle I looked it up on the internet and was SO surprised. Yeah, yeah, probably was tacky doing that but my curiosity got the better of me.

Anyway, I hid the bottle so I would have something special to open when I got THE CALL. As in the call from an editor or the call from an agent saying she sold my book. Of course, I need an agent for the latter to work.

Well, the wine is a 1982 vintage and the rate I'm going it might hit the half century mark before I sell. See, I can be sort of optimistic. I did say sell.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sundays Belong to the Lord and NASCAR!

Of course, living in the deep South, I've grown up in and still do go to church on Sundays. One of the things that have changed (besides the way preachers preach) is I watch NASCAR. My husband loves to go to Talledega in the spring and fall, but I keep my rearend at home. The track is too crowded and too hot for me. But I do love watching the race.

It's easy to watch the race and read, write or edit. They have dozens of commercials and I'm one of those who don't need total silence (thank goodness). So here I sit, taking care of my blog and will soon work on my WIP again. Got 100 pages left and then I'll be ready for editing. Can't wait. The book's coming along rather nicely. Actually it surprises me everytime I write one how all the clues and twists and turns fall into place. Almost writes itself.

Check out Dale Jr.'s new video.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

ADD & AD/HD

Most everyone nowadays know what ADD and AD/HD means (Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder). It's amazing how many acronyms we use everyday. I use them throughout the day. If you were to listen to one of my conversations at work, you would believe we're secret agents speaking in code. It would go something like, "I spoke with my RPC and he said ASI messed up the info on the ADAP. No matter, PPIM will not give us the date we want on the OPC2. Check ICIT and see if you can sub."

LOL!

Oh, the reason I mentioned ADD...some days I feel I have the adult verison. Well, back to work on my WIP. :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Samurai Girl


Tonight I was watching Samurai Girl. Really enjoying it. The guy looked so familiar. His name was familiar (Brendan Fehr). Turns out he's the same fellow from ROSWELL! Boy, oh, boy, he's grown up!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Practicing Dialogue


Yesterday, when I was driving home from work, I had a small truck riding my car’s rear end, another car wanting to slide over to my lane while I was still in it and a car in front of me with the driver trying to find something on the passenger’s side. Thankfully not all of that happened at the same time. I’m sure for those who drive more than fifteen minutes from home experience that type of stuff all the time. The question I have is how do you handle it?


Me? I usually ignore most of it, but I do talk to the people. No, I don’t use sign language. I just entertain myself as I rarely listen to the radio anymore during those treks to work and back. My conversations go something like, “No, no, no. This is my lane and I don’t share.” Or “You driving like that give women a bad name. Sit up straight and watch where you’re going, girly.” Or “Hey, hey, hey!” (Think Fat Albert.) Now that last one was to a truckload of hay with bits and pieces slapping my car.


The talking to drivers as I go along is a family tradition. My father did it and I know my daughters do it. Do you talk to drivers? By the way, most of the time when a person gives me one of those hand signals showing their displeasure, I’ll either throw them a kiss or wave at them as if they’re my long lost friend. It usually freaks them out and makes them wonder where they know me and will I tell their wife, mother, etc.? LOL!


The corvette? No. I don't own one. Just added it for color. Pretty, ain't it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Men and Hair

I know I'm creating a trend by talking about reruns of Home Improvement, but it's on at that time of day I write my blog. Tonight's episode is about Brad's haircut. Even back in the 90's I did't really care for the boy's haircut and I still don't.

But it made me think about how even in my family we feel differently about men's haircuts. My husband keeps his cut short and neat without a part. When we were teenagers together, he worn his hair long. At one time his hair was longer than mine, and at the time my hair reached my shoulders. When I mentioned in his younger days he use to look like Michael Easton, he offered to dye it (it's salt and pepper now) and grow it out. I said, "Nah!" He's pass that now.

My oldest daughter loves military haircuts on men and my youngest prefers long. Too funny. I say a man needs to look at what looks best on him. Some men look sexy bald headed. But I have to say, I hope to God that Michael Easton never goes bald. Check him out.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Taking a Look

I love watching reruns of Home Improvement. One of the episodes tonight was about Tim checking out women, especially when he's with his wife.

Personally, I don't have a problem with my husband looking at women. For two reasons, 1) he doesn't follow them and try to get their phone numbers and 2) I like looking at men. Of course, neither of us stare, just a look and then we check out the next one. LOL!

Am I not ever jealous? Only when the younger neighbor comes over and asks him to do something for her. That ticks me off.

Looking's okay. But having my man do a favor for you, better watch out!

Monday, September 1, 2008

An A-ha Moment

Today I was changing channels and came across an old disaster movie. About fifteen minutes into watching it, a scene came up where a mother gave her baby to an older daughter and told her to leave as they were stuck in a quagmire of traffic. The daughter's boyfriend was on a motorcycle that easily threaded through the stalled and wreaked automobiles. By taking the baby and leaving with her boyfriend, she would be leaving her mom and dad behind, most likely to die. Tears welled up in my eyes and I had to quickly wipe them away before my husband walked in and saw me making a fool of myself.

I had always heard to write an emotional scene the reader needed to like the characters and be vested in them. Well, this was only fifteen minutes of a movie with a large cast. I didn't know if I really liked these characters. But the part that choked me up was knowing I would've done the same thing to save my two girls. Hopefully I would never be placed in that spot but I know I would willingly do whatever was needed to guarantee my kids were still breathing and healthy.

That's when I realized the movie had done one thing for sure to bring out emotion, they presented a situation they knew most parents could understand and feel. Sometimes, even if you don't like or know the character well enough, you can place them in a position where they make a decision you know you would've done the same. At that moment, the reader would be in the shoes of the character, feeling the same feelings, experiencing the same doubts, desires, fears or sadness. That's what I want in my writing.