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I’ve been told that authors must have a blog.

I don’t know why. As a reader, I find most author blogs boring, and as an author, I find my own blog boring! LOL…

Perhaps because it seems so one-sided. It’s difficult to open up about anything in such a public venue, considering that it’s also recommended that authors don’t discuss their politics, religion (or lack thereof), views on human rights, or anything (everything?) that could be considered “controversial”.

I can see myself easily getting into trouble with all of the above (that Aries thing again)… so… I generally don’t blog. LOL…

What about you? What’s your take? Should authors bother with blogs? Do readers give a shit? Or are the official websites, Twitter pages, and Facebook pages enough (is a blog truly necessary with all that social networking)?

:-)

Laughter = Good

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Ramblin' Woman | 0 comments

My husband and I have been on a we need to laugh out loud kick with our viewing entertainment. This translates into watching a lot of standup comedians… Chris Rock, (old school) Eddie Murphy, Lewis Black… And this weekend, the standup comic we watched was Bill Burr. The movie (via Amazon streaming) was LET IT GO.

This movie had us laughing so hard we nearly puked. Other than that, not much else I can say about it other than to say you should watch it. It’s therapeutic. :-)

Today, I plan to write. We’ll see how that goes. LOL… ;-)

Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Ramblin' Woman | 0 comments

Normally I don’t write about this kind of stuff outside of say, posting a review, but since I’m so impressed by this product, I wanted to share. I only found out about Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly by stumbling on it looking for something else on Amazon.com.

I’ve only used it a couple of times, but I gotta say: This goop (a healthy replacement for Vaseline) is fabulous!

Here’s the link to it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00028LUB8/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00

Do you have this product? What do you think?

Social Networking & You

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ramblin' Woman | 0 comments

I write this post primarily to test out a new social networking plugin I added to my WordPress-based website (and blog). I did this because I am so beyond over having to type and copy-paste the same message in all of the social networking websites as recommended for authors (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Google Plus, Tumblr, Pintrest, et-freaking-cetera). How tedious is that?

It’s extremely tedious. Exceptionally so if one questions the relevancy of having so many places to “network”. Call me Old School; I remember the days of just having one’s own website with possible message board the pinnacle. That was all one needed to be a part of social media. Now? I still miss the ease of message boards… blogs aren’t my bag. But oh well. It seems they’re (blogs) taking over the once popular message board community.

I’d rather keep the “blog” for news and announcements and then have an integrated message board for anything else (comments/reviews about books, what peeps are reading/watching and why, etc)… but it seems the attention span of today’s social media follower has shrunk (like everything else).

I have a Twitter account but remain unsure as to why since I rarely use it. Yet it’s one more place to post an announcement that some may see. I don’t use Blogger but use the WordPress blog integrated with my site… that may or may not prove to be a good or bad thing, networking-wise, as I’m not connected with Blogger. There might be some networking opportunity I don’t get because of that… but at this moment, I don’t care. LOL…

I have a Facebook page which is fine but apparently one can’t simply have a formal page without having an informal Facebook persona somewhere within Facebook. I’m not at all happy about that. There are days when I’d just as soon not have Facebook at all and dump it like I did my MySpace page.

Seriously, how plugged in does one need to be? Why?

Heroine Hate!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Ramblin' Woman, Whatchya Reading? | 1 comment

I’m curious. Readers: What number one thing will absolutely, irrevocably, make you loathe and despise a book’s heroine?

I know I have quite a few, varying on the book’s primary concept, but what is yours and why?

:-)

The Book World – Series Crazy!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Ramblin' Woman, Whatchya Reading?, Whatchya Writing? | 2 comments

According to my mother, I’ve been reading books by myself since I was two. So that means, if I add the 2, carry the 4, and divide by 9, I’ve been a reader for 37 years and counting.

That said, I have noticed an increasing trend in the last… oh, say 5 years, of books leaning away from stand-alone titles and veering heavily toward series titles. And not just regular series titles (in which each book can stand alone, like say, for example, Kresley Cole‘s outstanding “Immortals After Dark” series, and C.L. Wilson‘s fantastic “Fading Lands” series) but the kind in which each book never ends. (Case in point, P.C. & Kristin Cast’s “House of Night” series – TEAM HEATH!, which should really be a television show on FX or CW at this point ala “Charmed” or “The Vampire Diaries” – TEAM DAMON!, and not a movie or movie series).

For the most part, I enjoy series books (I own all of the aforementioned series titles), but I do prefer the kind in which each book has a beginning, middle, and end, and can stand on its own, without being supported front, back, side-to-side by others of its ilk. I’ve also found that I have a tolerance level for the type of series that never ends and does not stand alone… and I’m thinking that tolerance ends with the end of “Book 7″. (This is subject to change pending the general overall awesomeness of the title/series, the length of each book, and the strength of its main characters.) But for the most part, if the primary arc of the series does not end by “Book 7″, forcing one to continue on with books 8 – 13+, I stop being tolerant and start getting annoyed (to put it mildly). I start feeling suckered as a reader, and basically frustrated as my satisfaction with each book dwindles. (It starts being less “series” and more consistent coitus interruptus.)

Granted, it seems that publishing houses enjoy this type of writing, for as Wesley Snipes once famously said as his character Nino Brown (film: New Jack City, 1991), “Money talks and bullshit runs a marathon”, so as long as bank can be made, I don’t see this trend fading any time soon. But as a book consumer, I can’t help but wonder why this trend is as popular as it’s become. Is it because there’s nothing at all (fictional) to watch on television anymore (except, of course, for “Sons of Anarchy” and the previously mentioned shows)? (Because that’s the only reason I can think of.) Or is it something else?

What are your thoughts on this subject? I’d love to hear them, both as a writer and a reader. :-)

The Power of the Universe in Your Fingertips

Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in Ramblin' Woman, Whatchya Writing? | 0 comments

Writing stories is like lucid dreaming: You don’t like how something’s going, you tweak it, change it, until it fits how you want it to. You literally have the power of the universe at your fingertips; each keystroke decides the fate of people, animals… the world. Right on! *G* You are the god that your characters must bow unto and all hail. It truly is “good to be the king” (see Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part II).

That’s what drew me to writing. I lay the blame where it belongs, on my Mercury placement in Pisces. Writing it down was the classic good sense of my Saturn in Gemini. In other words, I’ve been blessed with an extremely fluid and vivid imagination and dexterous fingers. The largest portion of blame lies in my Sun sign, Aries. What Aries wouldn’t want to be a god (in their own mind, LOL)?

Now, as I read reviews of Torn (even though I’ve been advised multiple times to not), I am left with many feelings (subject to which review), but the one that stands out is astonishment. Not because someone might think my book sucks, or another someone might think my book is freaking awesome, but it makes me realize, as a romance novel reader, how used to a particular formula, a romance story “status quo” we are. Tell a story with characters not conforming to said status quo, and it’s on like Donkey Kong. LOL…

Me? I just want to tell the stories in my head to the best of my ability regardless of the subject matter or concept and whatever so-called boundaries (“guidelines”) may or may not fall by the wayside. I don’t particularly care, as long as the story is fun to read, one way or the other. Yyyyyyeah, I probably could have researched film making a bit before writing (or at least publishing) Torn, but meh. I’m not a big fan of researching things (read: If I wanted to do research, I’d work on my Masters of Science in Nursing instead of writing a smutty novel. LOL *G*). I’m also not a big fan of reading a romance author’s research blowout (quit showing off, it’s distracting from the story). But primarily, as I said, my target is simply to share a fantasy. A “what if”. And IMO, fantasies shouldn’t require footnotes. Just sayin’. ;-)

I’m currently working out two different stories. One, “Lovestruck”, is another contemporary romance set in Montana. The other, “Haven”, is a fantasy/paranormal set in a tweaked version of most likely the US (but filmed in Canada and New Zealand, bwaha! ;-)). Both are more “traditional” romances than Torn, in that (as far as I know) no adulterous situations occur (at this time; the stories are “young”, who knows… stories, like life, are subject to change without notice).

But this is what I’ve been mulling over today: There’s an episode of (one of my favorite TV shows) “Charmed” in which a kid draws things that come to life (read: The Charmed Ones become comic action heroes). What if what you wrote came to be? What if as you wrote, you saw your life dynamically change, around you? Like lucid dreaming, you could alter things. Literally become your character, shape your alter, etc. What would your story be?

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