Friday, August 29, 2008

Book fun!

We'll take a break from fun with pictures to share a little of what I'm reading:
Recently finished-
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon - worth the wait, though I'm still thinking about it and the ramifications that she's created for the Dark Hunter world. I may have to read it again very soon, since I'm sure I missed a ton in my marathon session.
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers - here's another one I enjoyed but I'm left thinking an awful lot about it. For the first time in a while the book I was reading affected my dreams (in general just making them a bit screwy).
His Mistress by Morning by Elizabeth Boyle - a local writer and a woman I consider a friend, this is one of her newest (though not THE newest). I loved this book and the world she's created. Elizabeth took a chance by adding a touch of magic to her newest series, and it paid off. I can't wait for the next one.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - I picked this one up at conference, and I'm glad I did. The author takes on the world of the Fae in her debut. She has created a dark world, one where there is no easy answer, and I appreciate her ability to stay true to her story in the end. She could have taken the easy way out, but it would have ended the series, and left her readers greatly disappointed. Instead she took the hard road, and the book is all the better for it.

Currently reading-
Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr - I admit the title is what caught me, but the concept dragged me in. G.C. is the story of 15 yr. old Rachel Lowenstein (I just caught the joke here, ladies...haha!) and her attempts to navigate high school, dating and faith.

Up soon-
How to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles
Driving Sideways by Jess Riley
Delicious by Sherry Thomas
Shrink to Fit by Dona Sarkar

And a slew of others...eep! With school set to start next week I better get to work!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

The long awaited San Francisco blog...

I promised you all I'd share a little about my trip to San Fran, and far be it for me to not follow through on a promise. To honor this promise, I've posted several photos from the earlier portion of the week (traveling with Mom) and just a couple from the conference (because my camera sucks and most of the pics taken inside didn't come out the way they should have).
This first one is of Mom on our first day. We decided to take the long way to the's a wonder she was still smiling.

Does anyone else find it ironic that the first thing I saw when we entered Chinatown was the Glatt Kosher deli?

Sauselito was, we finally saw the sun!

We went to visit the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park...but they may not let us back since Mom broke it...

The conference itself was fabulous, as always. I caught up with many of my friends I rarely get to see in person, like Eileen Cook, Cathy Yardley and the Jills (Jill Shalvis and Jill Monroe). It was also my opportunity to try out my best geeky fan girl impression when I ran into some of my faves like:
Marjorie Liu. Can you tell how geekily excited I am in this picture? Poor Serena had to calm me down afterward. It's almost sad, but I don't care.
I also ran into Suzanne Brockmann in the hallway, and took the opportunity to share my thoughts on one of her more recent books (all good, I swear!). Of course, she was giving me that patient, "Thank you, really, but you need to leave now" look, so I didn't stick around. I saw her again the next day at a workshop called, "The Lessons of Firefly," and I'm sure she now thinks I'm stalking her. Which I'm not.

No really. I'm not.
Conference is nothing if it's not also an opportunity to get dressed up in our finest...which we did.

But before you think the conference was all work and glamorous parties...we also took some time to have a little bit of fun. You know me, I won't pass up an chance to dance.

All in all, the conference was a definite success. Now I can't wait for Emerald City!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Your name is really familiar...

All through conference fellow writers said this. No one every knew where they'd heard it, but they assured me it was all good.
I'm choosing to believe them.
The upside of all this is that apparently my name is becoming more familiar in the writing world. More people are recognizing it and the circle is widening. I'll take it!
Of course, here I am several weeks later and I'm still wondering where they heard my name before. Unfortunately it's a mystery I'll have to leave for another day.
In other news check out the page count meter! I realize I haven't updated it in a while, but you can see why. I've been hard at work scrambling toward the finish in Cherry Adair's "Write the Damn Book" Challenge. I have vowed to finish my current WiP, even though I'm dying to get started on my next I know will absolutely rock. One that whispers to me in my sleep. One that's guaranteed to make folks at my coffee shop look at me sideways when they catch me laughing to myself as I write.
We're also gearing up for the new school year, which means trainings along with prepping my classroom. Nothing like a little time pressure to get the blood pumping...

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pudding brain not-withstanding...

Okay, okay, I know I'm at fault here. I'm horribly late with updating you all on the every exciting life I lead, and I should apologize. But I won't.
I came back from the RWA National conference with just enough time to grocery shop and re-pack, before leaving again to celebrate Bubbe's 80th birthday back in Michigan. I got to spend some quality family time this last week...complete with mini-golf.
All I want to know is, how in the world did two athletic people (ie. my parents) create me? I have no grace when it comes to sports. Heck, I'm just proud I scored better than my 9 year old cousin.
The week was very much like reverting to my 5 year old self. How is it that I can be almost 30 years old and yet the minute I return to my grandmother's home I might as well still be in elementary school?
Now that I'm home, I'm busy running around getting ready for the new school year. I spent most of yesterday at work, pulling my classroom together with the help of about 5-7 volunteers. These ladies and gents were amazing. They willingly took on some of the nastier labeling the books in my class library with genre and cleaning out my printer. I'm scrambling to get as much writing in as possible before work starts in reality...which means that things are definitely not boring around here.
But I haven't forgotton all of you. Over the next week or so I promise to show you pictures of my trip to San Francisco (the tourist part with mom, not the've already seen all of those). I may even throw in some photos from Michigan. Who knows. You'll just have to come back and see.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Home sweet home...

Back from conference. Stop.
Brain is pudding. Stop.
Will write more when can normally function. Stop.

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