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Putting the Et in CeteraJune 25, 2011

Whoo! Having ADD-like whiplash on the computer this morning, so I thought while I was spinning like a top, I'd pop over and say hello.

Hello! Did you hear about New York? WOOOOHOO! That's what I say. And hey, I'm going to New York on Monday (for RWA National). It's too bad I'm going solo, or I'd get hitched again! Next trip. This time, I'll just settle for 

BOOK SIGNING IN NEW YORK

(Seriously, there will be soooo many authors at this signing -- hundreds! Come meet your favorites! And I would love to see you.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 5:30 – 7:30pm
RWA Literacy For Life Autographing
Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway
New York, NY
**Open to the public

Now, to share a couple of things. (I like doing this. I hope you don't mind. I've been reading SO much lately--it goes along with all the writing, I think, and while I don't tell you about the books I don't like or just merely like, I do adore sharing the books I love.)

THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS, Christina Hopkinson

Now, let's talk about this book. I absolutely loved it. I was charmed by it. Light, humorous women's fiction, Brit-chick-lit (don't hit me). I ate up every word, and I wanted it to last forever. However, I could see how people might be annoyed by the premise of this one: the main character's husband's slovenly ways are driving her so crazy that she starts a list of his faults, a detailed, Excel-spreadsheeted way to ascertain if she should stay married to him. She's a bit whiny. She's a complainer. SO AM I! I was highly amused by the whole book, and I think she tells a good tale. I'd be interested to hear what other people think.

CONFESSIONS OF A FREELANCE PENMONKEY, Chuck Wendig

This has just made it to my short list of Must Have Writing books (I should really write that list down somewhere, sometime). Now, Chuck's not for the faint of heart. If you don't think swearing is funny when done well, might be better to step to the side. However, if you want straight-to-the-heart-of-it-all advice on how/when/why to write, get this book. Immediately. In fact, he made me so uncomfortable when he was talking about rising tension that I had to put it down for a day or two because I KNEW I had to look at that in my current novel-in-progress, and by god, I didn't want to. Damn it. (His blog is awesome. Really awesome. This week he had a good post on Novel Writing.)

Listening to:

The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur  - good, ambient writing music.

Leftover Cuties  - Uke AND accordion and a pretty girl with great pipes! What could be better?

Comments

I just got a book on chick lit and postfeminism--very excited! Also, I wanted to pass along a title to you: "A Curse Dark as Gold" by Elizabeth Bunce. it's a YA re-telling of the Rumpelstiltskin story, and I kept think of you because it is so focused on WOOL.

Thanks for the suggestions. They sound great. And I'm going to check out Chuck Wendig's blog too.

Have fun at the conference! I will be attending next year's conference in Anaheim! I hope you'll be there. :)

I'm reading,"My year with Eleanor", a memoir by Noelle Hancock. She's a writer who got laid off from her blogger job, and then saw the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, "Do one thing every day that scares you." So, she does....a year of fear is what she calls it, and the book tells the tales of how she confronted fears like sky diving, facing ex-boyfriends and interviewing them about why their relationship didn't work, working for a week at funeral home due her her fear of death. It's a quick, fun read with many funny parts as the author subjects herself to fearful situations.

Lucky you getting to go to New York! I can't wait to go back again. Took your recommendation and stayed at the Jane back in Oct for my birthday, had a wonderful time! It was perfect. Sounds like some good books, I think I'll start with the The Pile of Stuff....

Drat - I was at summer camp while you were here! I'm so sorry I missed you. Hope you had a fabulous trip. Maybe next time we can hook up. Congrats on the book tour. It sounds amazing!

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