Friday, April 25, 2008


I swear my brain is blank this morning. I've been staring at the blinking cursor for the last ten minutes and still can't come up with a pithy topic. I've been up until well after one AM each night working on my revisions, the DH has been out of town and I have a thousand things I need to do today (which is weighing on my brain right now). Not to mention I need to get dressed to go run my seven miles this morning (my running partner is a slave driver).

So instead of something deep and stimulating, I'm going to share the things I've learned (or heard about in passing) this week and some things I'm looking forward to:

In the news:

In case you didn't hear (I think it was last week!), Kendra placed third in the Linda Howard Contest. Way to go, Kendra! Right now she's in Hawaii. (I'm green with jealousy.)

Everyone's talking about what a blast the Romantic Times Convention was this past week in Pittsburgh. The girls at Killer Fiction, The Bradford Bunch, Romance Bandits...they all have pictures and stories up on their blogs. Next year RT is in Orlando. I'm considering going because my first book will be out then. Someone told me RWA is a great convention if you're prepubbed, RT is the one you need attend after you have a book (or books) out. Anyone here been to RT or planning to go next year?

Allison Brennan just inked a HUGE new deal with Ballantine for a new supernatural thriller series based on the seven deadly sins. She talked all about it yesterday at Murder She Writes.

Gemma Halliday also agreed to write a new series for Dorchester based on a Hollywood gossip magazine and the mysteries surrounding it. Read more about her new series here.

And things I'm looking forward to:

The new Indiana Jones movie.

68 degree temps on Saturday.

Finishing my revisions (I'm so close!)

There's more but my brain is too full to think of them! So you share...what news did you hear this week? Anything interesting? And what things are you looking forward to in May?


Paty Jager said...

You know, Eli, I had this same problem with my personal blog today. Must be something in the air!

Congrats to Kendra!

Since I'm not acqauinted with Alison and Gemma but live to be honored with deals like that, I'll say. Good job!

As for RT- I've thought about it, but several TWRP people went and though the said if was fun, ther weren't all that jacked up about it. So I'm on the fence.

I'm looking forward to the ebook release of Outlaw in Petticoats in May.

Hopefully more sunshine.

And the words to start flowing on the new project.

Come May 16th, I'll be looking forward to my daughter and her three returning to Alaska. LOL (they will be here the first two weeks of May) So not much writing will get done.

And I have about five chats/blogs I'll be on in May.

Alice Sharpe said...

Eli -- You did well for a blank brain blog day. I had one of those this week, too. It always seems odd to me to put words out into the public when you aren't excited about the. I've even thought abut writing a couple of small blogs when ideas strike and saving them for those days when that blinking cursor won't cooperate...

I don't know about RT. I know people who go but I've never really asked them a lot about it. Since my editor goes to the national and as far as I know not RT, that's a consideration. I'll have to look into it. There's also the NINC conference and the Pasic -- if you want conferences, they're all over the friggin map.

What am I looking forward to?

The new Indiana Jones movie. I have a friend who said she'd be happy to watch Harrison Ford shuffle around in a walker if he just keeps making these movies. Or did her statement have something to with bed pans?

Warmer weather, a chance to plant flowers.

Having these books come together in a god and true way and then sending the proposal.

Taking a trip to celebrate. Where? Anywhere.

Congrats Kendra!!!

Karen Duvall said...

Me, three. Blog ideas are wafting through my brain like smoke. Sigh.

Yeah, Kendra!

I've always wanted to attend RT. I'd much prefer that to Nationals. It's far more diverse in regard to genre, and I love, love, LOVE the magazine. In fact I just got the latest in the mail yesterday.

I'm kicking around a novella idea with some Cerridwen Press authors who want me to join them in putting together an anthology. That's going to be fun.

I had 5 full requests within the past 2 weeks! And a few more partial requests, too. So I'm feeling optimistic!

And best of all, the results of my breast biopsy were NEGATIVE! Phew. I was scared for a few days, but it's all good. There were some calcifications in my left breast, and now they're gone thanks to a very painful procedure that I'd rather not repeat. I'm feeling no pain now, but I gotta tell ya, black and blue is not my color! 8^)

Genene Valleau said...

Is a blank mind day kinda like a bad hair day? Though it doesn't sound like your mind is blank, but filled to overflowing. I can definitely relate to that.

I don't remember if I heard Kendra's news or not, but CONGRATULATIONS, Kendra! Awesome news about Allison and Gemma also!

I've never been to RT and haven't seriously considered it. I've heard it's a wonderful party time, but I'm not really a party person, so it probably wouldn't be a good use of resources for me. I think I'll probably focus on smaller conferences closer to home and appearances where I can get there and back in the same day.

What am I looking forward to in May?
--More sunshine and finishing the clean-up in my back yard. My son is helping me do pathways and it's shaping up nicely -- just never as quickly as I think it should. LOL!
--Edits and cover done on my December release and maybe the late February 2009 release as well.
--Plotting and planning on my series of nine related books.
--Continued promotion on my books in the form of contests, guest blogs, connecting with old friends and reaching out to new readers groups online, adding something new to my Web site every couple weeks to keep it fresh, and finishing that video trailer!
--Finishing a big graphics project, which will replenish ye olde bank account.
--Making progress on my dog rescue/sanctuary. I plan to launch the Web site and test the waters with a few items of merchandise, as well as make some decisions about property, and keep my doggies getting healthier and healthier!

Also, two of my grandsons have birthdays at the end of this month and in May. Always fun!

I'm also looking forward to the Readers Luncheon in Portland tomorrow. I've always enjoyed this event.

Oh, yeah, and Mother's Day is in May. Maybe I'll celebrate by taking my sons to lunch so they can tell me who to vote for in the primaries I ignore all the political hoopla but they keep up on all the issues and candidates. Makes for lively discussions. :)

Thanks for triggering my May "to do" list, Eli. It's going to be another interesting, productive month!

Genene Valleau said...

Hey, Karen! CONGRATULATIONS on your requests. That's awesome! Also very glad to hear you got a clean bill of health on the biopsy.

Genene Valleau said...

Oh, duh! I should have the printed version of SONGS OF THE HEART in May. Guess I have Blank Mind Syndrome also. Wonder what else I missed? LOL!

Barbara said...

Congratulations, Kendra! Good luck on those requests for fulls, Karen! And may your revisions be finished with the speed you run, Eli!

Jim and I are looking forward to leaving on a 5-week road trip on May 3rd. We'll be seeing seeing a bunch of national parks and monuments as we drive across the country to visit our parents in North Carolina and Michigan and a brother in Tennessee. I'll be keeping a trip log.

When we get back June 8, we should have a new patio and fence thanks to our landlords who are always hard at work improving their properties. Then I'll be able to get a late start on planting a few things to enjoy this summer.

Sorry I'll have to miss your talk on characterization at the MWVRWA meeting, Paty. I was really looking forward to it and need it. If you have any handouts, save one for me. Thanks.