We went to the beach!

We went to the beach today after a productive weekend of getting stuff done around the house. Brianna loves the beach so she was asking all weekend but really, Memorial Day weekend is a crazy time to visit. Today isn’t so bad though, because all the tourists have to go home so the locals come out. We spent a few hours on the beach–much time was spent in building and rebuilding the sandcastle. After the sand and water play, we walked on the boardwalk. Made a stop at the arcade where Brianna “played” some games and Josh won Brianna an Elmo in the giant claw game (please disregard ugly shirtless guy next to the game, he just stumbled into the photo)

We wore Brianna and Elmo out.

And as proof that I was actually at the beach I present…my feet!

Mobile!

Thanks to Jane at Dear Author’s post of today, I’ve installed the WP Mobile plugin on my blog so it’s now easier to view my blog on smartphones/PDAs. I tried it out on my Blackberry Pearl to be sure it works. I said this in the comments there, but I tried to read blogs on my Blackberry going to/from Georgia last week, but most (including my own) were too graphic intensive to do so with any ease. You can download the plugin here.

Magical Musings

I forgot to post this earlier because I’ve been running errands all morning, but I blogged today at Magical Musing and talked about perception and epublishing–both reader and author perception.

Pitiful

My friend Erin IM’d me today and told me it had been FIVE days since I blogged. You know, I had stuff but…sometimes you just get in the habit of not blogging because it falls at the bottom of your list. I’m guest-blogging at Magical Musings tomorrow and I’m pretty sure Liz was having palpitations because I hadn’t given her my post yet. Truth is, I had blog block. The words just weren’t coming. And I think some of the stuff I’ve seen around the blogosphere lately, and heard about people saying elsewhere has given me brain freeze. It discourages me a little, when I hear/see people making these huge sweeping statements and sometimes it’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel and give up fighting the good fight. But a good glass of wine (or two or three) usually cures that 😉

On another pitiful note, you may have noticed that my sidebar of recently read hasn’t changed. The sad, sad truth is that I haven’t completed or started any new books in May. I haven’t picked up Stacy’s book to finish or Meljean’s book. I think that’s a real indication of how overtaxed I’ve been, because I’ve always been a firm believer in reading for pleasure, to learn, to keep up with the market and just because I love it. But I haven’t had the energy to read at the end of the day. I’ve been watching more TV series on my Zen player. And playing Brickbreaker on my Blackberry, lolol. Or just *gasp* going to bed.

I did finish Torchwood Season One and um, dude, if you’ve seen it…was that not one of the lamest season finales ever? Just wow. If that had been one of the first episodes, I’d have never kept watching! I said in an earlier blog that I was trying to decide what to watch next. It turns out that Josh read that and asked me not to watch Heroes on the Zen player because he wants to watch it with me. And Battlestar Galactica. So I’m currently re-watching Firefly (this show makes me laugh. God I love and it and damn the networks for not recognizing its brilliance). I’ve also loaded the first episode of Deadwood, Beauty and the Beast, Farscape and La Femme Nikita on there. Farscape and Deadwood are new to me. The other two are old favorites.

BEA is coming up next week. I’m not attending. I was going to but Josh and I have tickets to the Dover Nascar race next Sunday, complete with pit passes (we’ll be watching the race from the pits). I decided that taking the train to New York Friday morning and coming back Saturday night, then getting up early Sunday and going to the races was just asking to run myself down even more. I have a bunch of commitments to meet in June, I’ll be in Long Island on the 15th for their RWA chapter luncheon, so I figured one trip to NY a month was enough 🙂 I’ve given a few people some book assignments of things to snag me, but I’m actually relieved I’ve decided to cut myself a break.

But the week after BEA (the next Monday) we’ll be making a big announcement. That’s all. Just a big announcement *grin*

Oh and starting that same Monday, we’re going to hold a first line contest on the Samhain blog. It will be an opportunity for people to submit while our submissions are closed, if anyone is interested. We’re going to do it in the same manner that Karin Tabke held hers, I thought that was fun. More details will be forthcoming on the Samhain blog.

This weekend, I’ll be at home, cleaning. I know, my life is glamorous and fun and you wish you could live it. But I’ll be cleaning and painting and doing laundry and all those other fun things you do to get your house in order to sell. Blech. Hope everyone has significantly more fun plans than I do!

On the road again…

I swear, I’ve spent the major portion of the last five days in the car. I’m ready to be stationary for awhile. But we’re not quite home yet. We left Georgia last night after dinner with Josh’s best friend and his wife, so we got on the road about 8pm. Drove about three hours, just long enough to listen to the Nascar qualifying and race on the radio (see how redneck I really am) and now I’m blogging from a dark hotel room in South Carolina waiting for my husband to roll out of bed so we can hit the road again. Yippee (note the sarcasm?)

Georgia was good, I think I took a few pictures (like…three of Lake Juliette) so I can share those tomorrow. Did NOT have roadkill on the bbq at Crissy’s but instead steak, ribs, corn, potato salad and baked beans. Yummy! (apparently the mosquitos liked it too because I was getting nibbled on at the end of the night). I also got to see the potential new Samhain offices. They have really really ugly wallpaper (like really really really ugly) but other than that are quite cool and hey, wallpaper can be (and will be) covered 😉

While we were in Georgia we got to borrow Crissy’s bitch aka The Naginator. Hello, best toy ever! I want one. Actually, we tried to buy one before we left Georgia but couldn’t find one for a reasonable price. I’m all for impulse purchases but not if they’re going to cost me hundreds more than if I waited and bought it online. So, no naginator for me this weekend. I’ll order this next week when I get home. I have a lot of traveling coming up and it will be quite handy (seriously, I wrinkled my nose at the thought of one, but if you drive in unfamiliar areas with any frequency, this thing is freaking kick ass and easy to use. I had no manual, just turned it on and used it!)

So rather than bore you with “omg, I’m ready to be home and see my child and see if my fish tank survived my absence” any further, I’ll send you over to Jane and Jayne this morning, where I answered some further questions about print (as did representatives from Ellora’s Cave and Loose Id).

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