Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CONFESSIONS!!...brace yourselves...

Dearest  Bleaders,

*bleaders = blog + readers

I've got some news and a confession.

Let's start with the confession (I mean, let's face it, you were probably more interested in THAT anyway...). I've been a horrid - HORRID! -  commenter as of late. There have been so many events in my life (some I can't say yet, others I'll share shortly) that have prevented me from spending much, if any, time on Blogger. *extends hand for vicious slapping* I want to thank you for taking the time to read and comment regardless!

Ben started Dental School (200 pages of notes on Day 1???...er, um, I mean, YAY!), and I've been very busy doing final edits on my ms (thanks, Laura!) while writing book two. Also, on Friday I leave for Europe!! Off to Sweden, Denmark, and Italy for two weeks with my uncles and sis. First time I've traveled internationally without Ben. Kinda freaks me out, but not enough to stay home. :) If I don't blog while there, I'll definitely share highlights/photos when I get back. 

And...Gaia's Secret has a cover! (Thanks, Ben!) This has truly been one of THE coolest pieces of the literary puzzle - "seeing" an actual image for my story. I wouldn't be here without you all, and I can't wait to share it once I come back from across the big pond.

In the meantime, Happy Labor Day, and I'll leave you with this...

Some students wrote to Roald Dahl, asking him questions about his short story collection, "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More." Here's his response:

See, writing isn't a hobby. It's a lifestyle.  :)


  1. I wish, I really, really wish, I liked Mr. Dahl. I just can't get into his books.

    It's great to have cover art, isn't? I can't wait to see it!

  2. Andrew - Well, I can definitely understand why you would not be! Just look at that letter, lol ;D He's a little...odd.

    Thanks, too, for being excited about cover art. I KNOW you understand!

  3. Have a wonderful trip!

    Looking forward to seeing the cover art. :)

    I love the letter from Roald Dahl--I enjoy picking up his books from time to time (though he can be a bit strange).

  4. Odd indeed...and I can't wait to see the cover art!

  5. Golden Eagle - Thanks so much! And I totally agree - I love picking up Roald Dahl from time to time (The Twits??), but he is SO strange!

    Jeff - Thank you!! I'm so excited!! (Can't you tell?)

  6. Snort! Bleaders. Awesome.

    Congrats on the hubby starting dental school! (Okay, not so much congrats on the 200 pages of notes. What are they trying to do? Kill them on the first day?) And huge congrats on the planned trip! That sounds fabulous! I can't wait until you show pictures--- of the vacation AND the cover art!

  7. Peggy - I love that you virtually snorted. *wipes computer screen*
    Thanks on the congrats!...Yes, I think they are trying to drown them in information. Ben's gurgling on the couch, lol.

  8. The next time I see a woman with a beard, I will think of this post! (and believe me, I've seen some pretty...'good' beards on women)...lol...so strange!

  9. Ashley - Oh, the bearded women! I know, that's what got me with Dahl's letter, too ;)

  10. Barbara what wonderful uncles you have. Enjoy your trip. Italy! Jealous! Pictures! I am so looking forward to reading your book, let me know when it is available please. I did read Ruby Red and loved it. Can't wait for the next book.

    Have a safe trip.

  11. Aww, thanks so much, Norma! I will definitely let you know when it's available. Also, I'm so glad to know you read Ruby Red and loved it! I, obviously, share your sentiment :)

  12. Hey, life happens. Don't even worry about it. And have fun on your trip.

    So when do we get to see your cover?

  13. Donna - :) Thanks!...and I'll share my cover in, oh, about 3 weeks.

  14. LOL, that letter! Amazing!

    Your vacation sounds fantastic! I'm very much looking forward to the pictures and stories! Have fun!!! :)

  15. Have a wonderful holiday! We just got back from Copenhagen and Stockholm and loved them both. Looking forward to hearing about your travels when you get back!

  16. Krispy - Thanks so much!...and I certainly will have fun :)

    Beth - Oh, how neat!! I'm even more excited now (as if it were possible, lol)

  17. Eurpoe?!!!?!?!

    [tries not to get green with envy!]

    SO exciting! I expect lots of pictures and updates! Also, congrats to Ben for starting dental school... haha... I mean... good luck. Just think, 4 years... just 4 years and the madness will be over!

    Also, I was going to tell you to check out my blog. There is a sweet cover contest happening that I thought you should enter (since your cover ROCKS!) If you're in Europe, possibly you don't have the time or resources to do it. But I thought I'd give you the heads up, just in case.

    AND, speaking of your cover, when can I blog about it? I'd love to brag about you sometime!

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