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Thursday Thirteen: What I’m going to do with Jaynie

Yay! We’re meeting for the first time on Wednesday!

Note: I’m not crazy. We will not be doing ALL of this in one day, mostly because some of them are in parts of town that we can’t walk to. 

1. Have lunch.

2. Take her to my fave bookshop on Orchard road.

3. Take her to buy the cheapo Roomba.

4. Take her to the library.

5. Take her to my other fave bookshop.


7. Get her drunk and convince her to let me see Shiloh Walker‘s pics.

8. The internet’s wonderful, but there’s nothing better than an in-person gab and gossip session.

9. Improve her spicy food eating skills.

10. Take her to a wet market to admire stinking fish.

11. Did I mention gossip?

12. Take her to buy a yogurt maker.

13. Come up with a mad plan to take over the internet whilst everyone’s at Nationals.


Alliteratively Yours: Bigtime!

As we all know, I’ve adore alliteration, for reasons beyond even my comprehension.

For this reason, Bigtime is a reason for me to celebrate, as it is clear that Jennifer Estep understands how wonderful alliteration is.

We have the likes of:

Bella Bulluci, who sounds like the designer of my dreams: subtle colors, clean lines, and simple designs

Berkley Brighton, the whiskey billionaire. Hmm.. Does he introduce himself as“Berkley Brighton, billionaire” or is that too much alliteration?

Kyle Quicke, owner of Quicke’s. Is he Quicke in, Quicke out? Or should it be Kwicke in, Kwicke out?

Then we have the villains: The Terrible Triad, consisting of Malefica, Frost, and Scorpion.

And of course, we must not forget the superheroes, The Fearless Five!!!

There’s Stryker who has won several Sexiest Superhero of the Year contests without EVEN entering, Mr. Sage who is really is a sage, the mysteriously mysterious Hermit, a rather impulsive Tornado (don’t know about you but this worries me) and of course Fiera.

Better known as Fiona Fine, she’s also the star of Hot Mama. Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep

She can melt steel and men’s hearts …

By day, Fiona Fine is a successful couture designer, catering to the high society players of Bigtime, New York. By night, she’s Fiera, a superstrong superhero who can create and manipulate fire with her bare hands. Fiera, along with the other members of the heroic Fearless Five, make life miserable for the ubervillains who want to take over the city.

But Fiona’s personal life isn’t so fine. She still misses her fiancé, who was killed by ubervillains a year ago. But men admire Fiona’s smoking assets, and she decides to get back in the dating game especially after she meets Johnny Bulluci. But this notorious playboy has plenty of secrets to go along with his sexy smile. And, with two new ubervillains in town who are intent on raising hell, Fiona’s love life might just crash and burn …

Check out the first chapter and remember, it releases in November this year!

Note: All characters/places mentioned above are copyrighted to Jennifer Estep.


Thursday Thirteen: Authors with the Title Gene/Luck

1. Shanna Swendson! C’mon, she has Enchanted, Inc, Once Upon Stilettos and Damsel Under Stress… By the way, the star of these same books, Katie Chandler, will be by tomorrow. 😉

2. Lynn Viehl. You knew she was going to be here, but she really does has some great titles. If Angels Burn, Night Lost, Evermore

3. Nalini Singh. Slave To Sensation and Visions of Heat. The latter sounds like a song title to me. Anybody?

4. Melissa Marr. Her debut’s not out yet, but she’s got Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange. Wanna bet Wicked Lovely would be a great description of her work?

5. Vicki Pettersson. Dork she may be, but The Scent of Shadows? The Taste Of Night? You bet she belongs here. Um, oops. I see I’ve yet to post my TASTE review… Will be corrected soon, but I thought that SCENT was better.

6. Lilith Saintcrow. At least, for her Dante Valentine books. Her Watchers, not so much. Working For The Devil is exactly what Dante does, and Dead Man Rising? Well, a dead man (sort of) does rise. And next we have The Devil’s Right Hand.

7. Marianne de Pierres. Two words: Parrish Plessis. Which then leads to Nylon Angel, Code Noir, and Crash Deluxe. I’ve read all three, and adored them, but I see now that I only reviewed the third one. Hmm… Angie said she loves them too, by the way.

8. Natasha Mostert. Season of the Witch is just out, and have you gotten your copy? 😉 Then we have Windwalker and The Other Side of Silence.

9. Elizabeth Bear. I’ve only read one of her books, and I’ve another on my TBR pile, but they do have wonderful titles. Take the Jenny Casey trilogy, for instance: Hammered, Scardown and Worldwired.

10. Mark Del Franco. Unshapely Things is such a lovely title!

11. Justine Musk. I think it’s taking forever for her next release to come out, so why don’t you go get BloodAngel while we wait for Uninvited (out in September)?

12. Simon R. Green. The title, apart from being urban fantasy in first person, was the reason why I first picked up Something From The Nightside, and then Agents of Light And Darkness. *pauses* *takes a deep breath* Why doesn’t he have a website?!?!?!?!?!?

13. Last but not least, we have Sunny. I’ve not read it, but Mona Lisa Awakening sounds pretty good to me, and then there’s Lucinda, Darkly being released in August.

1. Darla’s TT–more reasons to hate spam

2. Gabrielle’s TT–help save the environment!

3. Scooper’s TT–Read this!

4. Rhian’s TT–not sure where she finds the time to come online, but she does

5. Boltbabe’s TT–we all have junk food guilt

6. Joely Sue Burkhart’s TT–her fave bloggers

7. Ann’s TT–she’s got lots of stuff on her bulletin board

9. Edie Ramer is Evil: She has no TT but she has a post on Hooking up at Magical Musings (she’s had an interesting life, our Edie)

10. Rene Lyons’s TT–people she cannot forget

11. Tilly Greene’s TT–Brit Slang, for Anglophiles!

12. Dionne Galace’s TT–Only 13 hunks? *shakes head sadly*

13. Annie Dean’s TT–she’s a very surprised woman this week

14. Shiloh Walker’s TT–all about the month of May

15. Jenna Bayley-Burke’s TT–boy, she’s busy busy busy!

16. MG Braden’s TT–the hubs is home!

17. Lauren Dane’s TT–poor thing is stressed, sick and a mushy brain

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Thursday Thirteen: My RMSWP Application

What’s the RMSWP? Why, it’s the Richelle Mead School of Writing and Publishing of course!

This is the application she asked for.

(Note: Jo Leigh’s contest ends today!)

1. I know I can’t drink.

2. I’ve become all giggly and redfaced from a slug of rum.

3. But I can bake.

4. I’ll bring homemade baked goods to class regularly.

5. Cookies, cakes and pies. I’ll even take requests.

6. I’ll even up the ante and make alcohol-soaked cakes. Tiramisu…and rum buttercream is yummy!

7. Since I’m a cheap drunk, I’ll let the psych professor experiment on me.

8. I’ll write a book while drunk.

9. And then he can write a paper saying “It’s something every writer should think about.”

10. Cutting edge research, cheap! Instead of pouring liters of alcohol into some other possible subjects’ throats, a few mouthfuls of whisky should suffice.

11. I think I’ve recruited someone else to study, or maybe teach, there. She’s pubbed, so I guess it’s teach?

12. In case it’s not enough, I’ll even do my coursework drunk.

13. So how about it? And La Richelle’s interview goes up on Saturday!

1. Rhian’s TT

2. Scooper’s TT

3. Jaci Burton’s TT

4. Darla’s TT–on Beta Reading

5. Ankur’s TT

6. ScifiChick’s TT

7. MG Braden’s TT

8. Shiloh Walker’s TT

9. Heather Rae Scott’s TTshe’s my hero!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Edie Is Evil

This I know to be true.

After all, Michelle Diener agrees with me!

There are a number of reasons.

Like, she’s weird:

5) I took pole dancing lessons last summer.

7) I used to climb my mother’s roof and walk the railings on her sun porch roof. The woman next door came running over one day, screaming at me to get down. If she knew what her own kids did …

8) When I was 9, I ran away to join the circus as a tightrope walker. My best friend and I got lost and slept overnight at a new school construction. The next morning, we fought and turned back. Because she didn’t remember the way home, she followed me, crying the whole mile and a half.

On a post about what she’s never seen a heroine do in sex scenes:

6) The heroine fantasizes that the hero is Hugh Jackman

How dare she spread the Jackman love? The man’s just NOT hot!

I really want to read this book:

In my wip, one of my protagonists is a hairdresser who always wanted to be a standup comic — but a big case of stage fright keeps her from trying. Now she’s lost a bet and has to perform on open mike night at a comedy club. She’s putting together a set about the differences between men and women, and she asks input from her clients and other hairdressers. They touch on farts, men’s fascination with their penises (starting when they’re toddlers), and the way men revel in urinating in public places.

But it’s not yet sold! *whines whines whines*

Fortunately, we have a solution.

We can scare the evil out of her, because she’s afraid of heights:

Are you afraid of heights? I am! I kow the sinking in my stomach, the sickness in my throat, the dizziness inside my head as I look down over a sheer cliff while my normally steady legs suddenly start shaking.

I believe she’s going to RWA National this year, so someone who is Anti-Evil, please do something about it.

This is a Public Service Announcement brought to you by a member of the Organisation Against Evil.



Friday, Fly High and Free!

RTB’s looking for reader columnists. You know, like me. But I’ll be blunt: it’s a lot easier to say, sure, it’s just a post every 6 weeks or so than to actually write one every 6 weeks or so. Speaking of RTB, I’ve got 2-3 possible ideas for my next one, but if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free!

To read about the UK book trade, read Scott Pack’s blog. Via Kate Allan’s Marketing For Authors.

Read Scooper’s review of Ninja. I’m not reviewing it because I’ve read it so many times I couldn’t tell you what the flaws are. Also, will someone please tell Racy she’s not supposed to be reading reviews?

Via Dear Author, a column in TV Guide by La Nora.

Read Angelle’s review of Demon Angel. It’s freaky how most people say the same things about this book. I’ve said this 3 times now. I likey Number 3.

Jaci Burton reviews Succubus Blues. And, hurray, I’ve got my hands on SDI!

But…sadly, not The Rest Falls Away. My bookseller was wrong, Colleen. I sad sad too. Also, the meme attacked me, you evil person!

For Jackie Kessler and Jezzie, Jezebel sauce.


Thursday Thirteen: Me and the Mark Twain philosophy

This is in honor of Jane saying that I live by the Mark Twain philosophy.

1. The Mark Twain philosophy: Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.

2. I suppose it’s true. I like to argue.

3. And I like being the underdog. We shall see who can shout louder–probably me because I am loud. Not ladylike at tall.

4. Playing the devil’s advocate is fun.

5. I’ve a long and well-documented history of doing a different question from the rest. That is, given the choice of two questions, I’ll probably do the question less people do. This is without discussion, like in exams.

6. So I guess I do see things differently. That’s mostly a good thing. Unless, you know, you don’t want to get flamed–I’ve not gotten flamed before, and hope that I never will. But it might be fun. Fun is important to having a happy life.

7. I’d like to think that I do ask interesting questions to the authors who’ve been kind enough to let me interview them. Maybe 6 helps?

8. I’m very very honest. I’ll say the things people don’t want to hear, if I think they’ll listen. No point wasting my time and energy otherwise.

9. If they don’t like what I have to say, they can get lost. Or they can argue intelligently with me. I don’t mind. Ask Angie. I’ve not blocked her from commenting yet. *g*

10. And, well, to keep number 8 true, I think people are mostly stupid irrational. This applies to me as well.

11. Therefore the majority is probably wrong, and why you should be on the side of the minority. Be the underdog!

12. This is why I like economics. In your little world, you’re right and everyone else is wrong. *g*

13. Gee. I’ve run out of stuff. Do you know that I’ve not actually read Huckleberry Finn? Or the book about Tom? Is it the same book? Yeah. My classics education is severely lacking.

1. 13 things on Jaci Burton’s desk

2. Racy Li’s Debut Day

3. Angelle Trieste’s Must Buy List

4. The Gardella Vampire Thursday Thirteen

5. JoelySue Burkhart’s finished MBB#3!!!!!

6. Christine d’Abo’s TT

7. Jobs Scooper Does Not Want

8. I Am… by MG Braden

9. SpyScribbler learns from Natalie R. Collins’s Behind Closed Doors

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Wednesday Web Wanderer

Racy Li and Anne Douglas are joining the Richelle Mead School of Writing and Publishing. The school motto is Drink Hard and Drink Lots (especially on release day). *g*

Alison Kent‘s a Paperback Reader reviewer. I can’t wait to see her first review! By the way, if you ever visit her in her home, you can steal books from her. She’s got so many, I don’t think she’ll notice. 😀

Melissa Marr‘s Fun with Moral Relativism. Great post. Also, she’s evil and stay away from her–but buy Wicked Lovely.
Paperback Writer on Strange Fruit.  Strange fruit be yummy yummy. Justine Larbalestier has good taste.

Lara Adrian is offering bookmarks and magnets. I want the bookmarks. I just collect them. I’ve got a nice collection that’s growing, and if you want to donate, tell me! FYI, if you want my opinion, the smaller ones are better. Don’t make them so big that you can’t stick them in paperbacks without sticking out.

Gena Showalter’s doing a contest, and so’s Brett Battles.

Bruce Bortz: On why Bancroft Press won’t be entering the NBA this year

Maureen McHugh on Taste. Are you a supertaster too?


J.M. Carr’s Learnt Lots about Vampires

Clicky here.

*g* She’s just fab.

ETA: More on Vampires


Succubi on Sunday

Maybe I should make this a regular feature.

The first succubi story I read was not Richelle‘s or Jackie‘s.

It was Eileen WilksOriginally Human in the Cravings anthology, which I bought in my bid to assuage my need for more Lupi books, though of course I enjoyed it anyway.

And now we have more succubi books!

This is only going to be a short “why you should get them” post. The full review will go up in December for Hell’s Belles and March next year for Succubus Blues.

I think I’m the first to do a comparison, at least online. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

They are very different books, despite the outward similarities. In some areas, both Richelle and Jackie took almost perfectly opposite approaches.

In terms of voice, Jezebel, who stars in Hell’s Belles, has a slightly chick-lit flavor, IMHO. She is very exuberant, enjoying her new life on Earth despite being on the run. She is what she is, a succubus, though over the course of the book, you slowly see just how well she fits on Earth.

Georgina, the star of Succubus Blues, on the other hand has always lived on Earth, and she has for centuries now. In her day-to-day routine, she lives like a human woman. She has a dayjob, bunch of pals she drinks/parties with, etc. Except that she is also an immortal shapeshifter who steals/claims souls for Hell.

Hell’s Belles has a red cover and Succubus Blues has a, you guessed it, a blue cover. I think that the colors represent the respective personalities very well.

You actually go to Hell (I mean that in a fictional sort of way, not in a rude, fuck off and die sort of way) in Hell’s Belles. I really like Jackie’s concept of Hell, by the way. In fact, I like it so much, I am JEALOUS. Big time.

On the other hand, you delve more deeply into Georgina’s psyche, by taking a trip into her past. I do feel that it’s a bit more character-driven than Hell’s Belles (this is an observation, not a complaint). You see Georgina interacting more with other people, whereas Jezebel’s a bit self-absorbed and tends to observe people rather than really interacting with them–though I do put this down to her ‘new’ to Earth.

I liked both books equally, or almost equally, but which one I prefer more will depend on what day it is, and definitely recommend reserving at your favorite indie bookstore.

Also, it’s EVIL to leave excerpts at the back for books that won’t be out for a year or more!

PS Angie? 😛 Nanananananana!


Saturday Shopping Spree

I cannot believe I went out shopping with women who can buy 110 dollars worth of tupperware.  Worse, it’s 11 identical sets of tupperware.

The women involved are my two older cousins on my dad’s side and one aunt and my mother.

I am officially afraid of them.

I DID NOT abet them, whatever my cousins-in-law say. Grrr.

I can’t believe the younger of the older cousins brought her toddlers along to a warehouse sale. I am still recovering–I bet the kids are sleeping already.

But I’ve been shopping twice this week.

I bought a brown dress on Wednesday. Well, the tag said it was a “shirt dress” whatever that means. I’ve a feeling it’s one of those long t-shirts that are in fashion right now that people wear with tights. But I’m really short and it’s just long enough for me to wear as a dress–a dress my parents would let me out of the house in without batting an eyelid, no less. Go on, laugh at me tall people, but we short people are mean and sneaky so watch your back!

Speaking of tights, I bought a pair of brown tights today. Coincidence, but they match with the dress and look great together–and I have just the pair of shoes for them. ^.^ I’ve been looking for them anyway, because it’s one of my wardrobe rules:

If I have it in black, I need it in brown too. 

See, most of my wardrobe is made of those two colors, so if I have one each, then I can mix and match easily.

I’m thinking of adding to that rule, but I’m not sure whether the third color should be purple (I refuse to wear purple tights though, that’s just WRONG), green (I do have fab green shoes that fit perfectly) or blue (less likely because the other two colors look better on me). You may vote, and I will take your advice with a pinch of salt. 😀

PS I’ll talk about the succubi books I’ve read tomorrow. It does alliterate with Sunday, after all.


Thursday Thirteen: I wish I was Taller

1. I’m not even five feet tall, you see, so people sometimes think I’m like TWELVE! *wails*

2. It annoys me that when I’m at the bookshop, I sometimes have to ask the booksellers to get books for me because I’m short.

3. Same thing as at the library, except I go look for the ladder and climb instead, but the top shelf is still almost out of reach. One day I’ll topple off and have to sue the library.

4. I have to tailor every bottom I buy. Pants, skirts, jeans etc. They are always way too long. If I buy three-quarter pants or capris, they turn into ankle-length pants.

5. It has to be really short, or full-length. What? Skirts and pants. And really short skirts are bad because I’m a tomboy and will forget to cross my legs and embarass myself.

6. When I’m out shopping in a crowd, I can never spot the people I’m with. Unfortunately, because I’m short, they can’t spot me either.

7. Too long sleeves. Because my legs are short, my arms are too.

8. Too long shirts. I once bought a man’s dress shirt that I could have worn as a dress. Could have being the operative words. I didn’t actually try that.

9. People call me petite. Look, I’m short. Call me short. I don’t mind. I prefer it to petite. Petite rhymes with cute and I refuse to allow cute to be associated with my person.

10. Bitches who go “My, you’re tiny! Where does all that food go?” in a sneering tone of voice. I’ve a kick-ass metabolism. Insinuate that I’m a bulimic again and I will slap you silly and stuff your head into a toilet bowl.

11. My nieces/nephews are all going to be taller than me. That’s a whole generation who are going to think it funny to grab whatever it is I’m looking for and hold it above my head like I used to do them. Must work on my Meanness Quotient, or MQ.

12. All tables and chairs are at the wrong height for me. Makes life difficult in the kitchen especially. And I spent many miserable years sitting in front row in school.

13. People who think I’ve image issues about being short. No I don’t. I have practical issues, see 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12.

Michelle’s Winter/Fall TT

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Thursday Thirteen: 2007 Books I want

1. Eileen Wilks‘ Blood Lines
If you are asking this question, I suggest you go buy Tempting Danger now and come back.

2. Richelle Mead‘s Succubus Blues
Succubi! She’s running an ARC contest, and I think it’s still open so go and enter and tell her I should win. 😀

3. Lynn Viehl‘s Night Lost
Need I say more?

4. A Is For Amour edited by Alison Tyler
I used to say I don’t follow editors. I’ll read anything she edits/writes.

5. Colleen Gleason‘s The Rest Falls Away
Have you seen that trailer?

6. Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘s Tattoo
I read Jennifer’s first release, Golden, and I really liked it.

7. Vicki Pettersson‘s The Scent Of Shadows
Vicki emailed me the blurb, which I kinda think is up on Amazon already, and whoa….

8. Holly Black‘s Ironside
I loved Tithe and wasn’t very impressed Valiant, but I do adore her voice.

9. Rachel Vincent‘s Stray
Werecats! ‘Nuff said.

10. Melissa Marr‘s Wicked Lovely
I just have this feeling I’ll really like Wicked Lovely–LOOOVE the title! I had this feeling with Justine Musk too, and Holly Black just from reading their blogs, so fingers crossed! Plus it’s got fairies

11. Justine Musk‘s follow-up to BloodAngel
I totally dig her voice. BloodAngel belongs to my reread shelf and it’s soooo freaking hard to get there you know. 😉

12. Lilith Saintcrow‘s next Dante Valentine book
What, you don’t know I’m a huge Lili fan?

13. Racy Li‘s Ninja
What CP can wait for her pal’s book (FIRST too!) to be released? Plus, I’ve already read the beginning and love it.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

1. Darla on what We Know

2. Alison Kent’s TBR pile and her 04/07 release is The Perfect Stranger

3. Scooper’s Secret Lines

4. Lara’s Knows These Things For Sure and I can’t believe I left Kiss Of Midnight off my list!

5. Angie on her comfort reads and so that she has more time to read them, people should stop sending her ARCs 😉

6. Jaci’s Thankful TT

7. MG Braden’s TT

8. Joely Sue’s TT

PS There is something seriously wrong, because all the authors on my list are female. What happened to gender equality?

PPS If you’re not on the list, please feel free to comment and let me know. I’ll include your release and release date in the link back to your TT. 😉

PPPS In honor of Jordan posting an excerpt, we have an honorary 14 with a too far away release date: Red.


Thirteen Things: Midnight Snacks

1. Scrambled eggs. Plain, and hopefully salted enough.

2. Plain toast–preferably with good bread, but Wonderbread and its like will do in a pinch.

3. Instant noodles.

4. Instant noodles tossed in my mom’s sauce, which is made from dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, pepper, a bit of salt, onion and sesame oil, and a bit of chicken stock (water if there’s no stock).

5. Pasta, done aglio olio. Garlicky, spicy goodness! You can make the oil part in the bowl you plan to eat the pasta from, by making it in the microwave.

6. Cake. It’s really, all cake, all the time, but I needed to fill a slot, so….

7. Ice cream.

8. Cheese toast.

9. A good, rich and thick cup of cocoa/chocolate/coffee. Sometimes, I go a little crazy and mix all three.

10. Fruit. I really like fruit. There are few kinds of fruit I won’t eat.
11. Nuts. Cashew nuts, at the moment.

12. Alcohol. Not something I’ve tried, mind, but I imagine at the rate I’m going, eventually it’ll happen.

13. Fried Rice.

If you did a , comment, and I’ll link to you!

What Colleen Read As A Kid aka, What? No Enid Blyton?

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Monday Movie: The Devil Wears Prada

Yes, call the tabloids! I actually went to the movies!

I went to kill some time, and this was the only one I was remotely interested in watching at the time I was there–the other being Little Man, and I absolutely refuse to watch that.

I liked it.

I’m sure I’ve a character somewhere that I can use Miranda Priestly as a model for. Every writer should write a Dragon Lady character like Priestly in her/his lifetime, especially if you’re a she. I honestly rather BE a Dragon Lady, but it requires work and me lazy.

Andrea Sachs…Sigh. Why oh why oh why oh why must she turn out nice? Why couldn’t she have turned her back on Nate and her journalism dream and become another Miranda Priestly? Mind you, I think Anne Hathaway did a good job.

Wait, I think this is a roman a clef, right? I know Lauren Weisberger wrote the novel of the same name which this movie is based on, but is it a roman a clef? I don’t know.

Mary Sue. Mary Sue. Mary Sue.

This rates 8.5 out of 10.


Terrible Tuesday: A Knife Got Me

Dear People Up There,

I’m sorry for whatever it was I did to offend you.

But haven’t I been good?

When Jordan had a day like mine recently, I went over to give her a hug. I didn’t laugh at her or even think to myself, “I’m glad it wasn’t me.”

I know I was greedy. I baked 3 kinds of cake because I like cake, and lots of it. But I’m willing to share!

My brothers have already had a cupcake each–and I told them to come and get them. The chocolate cake is for my dad–and me, I’m a girl, I can’t help it if I love chocolate. The Swiss Roll because the littlest brother likes kaya rolls, but the ones out there aren’t great–mostly because the filling they use aren’t as great as my mom’s.

Okay, so I had the last two slices of chocolate cake that wouldn’t fit into the cake box, two slices of the Swiss Roll and one of the cupcakes. But I had to quality check and I was hungry. Baking is hungry work, you know!

And after my foot bled all over the place, I needed some comfort. So I had the chocolate cake. That’s all.

I’m sorry. I really am.

Forgive me?

Huggles, Milady


Sunday Squee: PBW Takes Over The World Edition

Lets see…

I got Dark Need during the first week of release, which only happens for Big Books. Go Buy It.

Joyce is upset that there’s going to be a long wait between Dark Need and the next Darkyn book, currently titled Night Lost. It’s always nice to have my best friends suffer with me–see how much I love you, J?

Audrey has finally (I hope, I won’t talk to her until tomorrow) gotten the Darkyn books. I told her a thousand times if I told her once. But she doesn’t listen to me. See if I give her good recommends next time. Hah! Maybe I’ll give her an L.A. Banks-type recommend. I love you too, A. Really do.

Oh, one more thing: Go buy the book. I’ve gotten it, so there’s no reason why your bookstore won’t have it. 🙂 Unless it sold out. 🙂


Wednesday Writers Wreads: Lists edition

See what J Carson Black has to say in her guestblog on Murder She Writes.

Then hop over to Julie Leto‘s Marisela blog to see her maybe Rules.


Monday Madness: Publishing edition

Bev, you’re going to regret this.

Remember Subversive Romance™?

It now has a publisher, The Insanity Press!

But it only hits me now that I’m Publisher, Editor and *drumroll* Writer.

Help! I’m going to need to write a short story to be up on July 1st!!! Help!


Subversive Romance™: A new subgenre

The girl and the guy don't get together in Subversive Romance™. Heck, maybe she decides that she doesn't want him after all.

Girls don't need guys to live happily ever after. She needs money, and lots of it!

Coming soon to a bookstore near you from Insanity (because given the current polls, only a nut would try this) Press!

PS Maybe I can become the next Tina Engler?

PPS Or more likely, I'll become the next bankrupt publisher.

PPPS This is a very late Friday Funny.