Sons of Anarchy

Did anyone watch the first season of Sons of Anarchy? The season finale was last night and I’d love to hear your thoughts. This show broke my heart with last week’s episode and I’m not even a faithful watcher (it’s “Josh’s” show and I just end up being sucked in if I’m in the room). So…anyone else out there want to gossip about the show?

From the November 2008 RWA Hotsheet

17. The Board formed a task force to investigate the language regarding the RITA entry qualifications in the P&PM.

A message from Diane Pershing, President of RWA

The phrase “mass-produced” as it pertains to the RITA contest, is intended to define eligible books as those that are produced in sufficient quantity by the publisher to be offered for sale to the trade (booksellers and librarians) at standard discount rates and returnable. As the term has caused some confusion, the RWA board, during its meeting this past weekend, formed a task force to study the language further, but current rules and interpretation of those rules remain in place for this year’s contest. Contest rule changes—if any–never apply to contests in progress and are therefore only considered during the July meeting.

Adobe Illustrator help

ETA: Goal achieved. Thanks for the help, and thanks to those who offered. I really appreciate it!

Is there anyone out there who uses Adobe Illustrator? I need a jpeg file changed to a EPS Vector file. It will save me $30 if someone can help me out–otherwise the place I want to order from charges $30 for the conversion fee!


Damn black thumb

My husband jokes about it and I pretend to be offended, but it’s true. I have a black thumb. This is particularly sad to me because I really love plants and having plants in the house. This summer I grew a boatload of herbs, but it took both of us to keep most of them alive. Because I have a black thumb.

But I really loved having fresh herbs, and while our winters are mild enough that some of the herbs will winter fine, I decided I wanted a few indoors. So a few weeks ago when we were in Williamsburg, VA, one of the colonial places was selling the most gorgeous chive plants ever. I picked up one of those and a small rosemary plant, the two fresh herbs I’ve found myself using most in cooking (the other two would be basil and oregano, but I haven’t had a chance to get any going indoors yet).

Now, chives are purportedly one of the easiest herbs to grow, being very forgiving. But I’ll be damned if my chive plant hasn’t started dying. It was this lovely green bushy thing just two weeks ago, and now it’s got all sorts of yellowing and dying leaves all over the place. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong because honestly, I haven’t done that much to it! I’ve tried a few different places in the house, I’ve made sure it has water, but isn’t overwatered and other than that, I’ve left it alone. Waaah!

I did buy a grow light, so I can move the herbs upstairs to the baker’s rack set aside for the purpose of growing plants. But since that baker’s rack is currently totally occupied by prizes for the Holiday Hell contest (see, when I say I’m ready to get them out of here, I mean it!) there’s no room for my grow light or my herbs.

I sure do hope that my chives don’t die in the meantime. Black thumb of plant death. Hmph.


I’ve picked the two winners from last week’s pre-contest.

For leaving a comment, the winner was Kris who asked for a copy of Trinity Broken by Jamie Craig

and for filling out the form, the winner was Brandy, who’s getting a copy of Dana Marie Bell’s Cat of a Different Color.

Thanks to everyone for participating and please come back on December 1st for the 12 Days of Holiday Hell giveaways, which will include the two Kindles.

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