Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Sweet Little Horror Story

I am pleased to announce that my vampire story, "Letty" is up at ShadowCast today. I hope you will give it a listen. I am so honored that T.C. Parmelee did the reading. She is amazing. I couldn't be happier. I was swept away listening, and I wrote the story. That was unexpected and wonderful. Writing podcasted fiction could become an addiction.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Writers Conference

I'm very excited about the upcoming online Catholic Writers Conference. I'm not sure which I'm more nervous about, my pitch session or my inability to figure out the technical aspect of negotiating a virtual conference. I'm still trying to figure out how to be in a chat room and how to chat once I'm there.

I'll have the opportunity to pitch my novel for about seven minutes to an agent. Is it possible to sell my book in that time? I suppose I'd better get practicing.

There's still room in some of the pitch sessions if you are a Catholic writer or even if you are not. They'll be taking non-Catholics too if there's room after Feb. 20th, I believe. So, come check it out.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Published Today in 50 to 1

I love 50 to 1. It's a cute little place where folks can submit a fifty word story or the first line of a story. Today I was published there. This will be my second time. :) Go take a look.

(This just in. My niece has discovered that a word is missing from my one liner. Oh the humanity!)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bread & Butter Books

At our house we nearly always have bread on the table at dinner. Sometimes it's muffins, other times it's tortillas, once in a while crackers, but typically it's bread. Sourdough is my husband's favorite. In some homes rice is always on the table at dinner. I had dinner at a friend's once where they served spaghetti with marinara sauce with a side of rice. I thought it unusual, but maybe my bread obsession is what's crazy.

Recently my dad had knee surgery. (Trust me, I'm not flying off topic. It'll all come together.) My mom brought a book with her to the hospital to pass the time- I believe it was Northanger Abbey. She said she just stared at it blankly. She loves reading, but couldn't concentrate. I told her she should have brought a book she'd read a giga-billion times.

Do you have a book that is like bread and butter to you? Like a warm blanket? You can pick it up, turn to any page, and the words are as familiar as a long time friend?

That's the sort of book to bring to the hospital, one that you've already invested yourself in and no longer takes effort to read. When you're waiting in a hospital, your emotions can make you kinda spacey.

I'd like to tell you that my "bread & butter" book is the Bible. There are certain passages, to be sure. But it's actually Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. I think something of Neil Gaiman's could become one, but I'd have to actually settle on one book and I'm still in the new love flush of discovery with him. Then there's The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. While not as bread & buttery as Dirk, that is to say, it's not imprinted on my brain, I could easily open it to any page and confidently take a bite. I have one or two others, but I'd rather hear from you. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Audio Stories Make Household Chores Magic!

The clatter of dishes, the hiss of the frying pan, the chop-chop of the knife on the cutting board~

It's an ordinary evening cooking dinner. I click on a podcast and suddenly I'm in a world of zombies, witches, aliens, or other fantastic critters.

Two of my favorite sites are The ShadowCast Audio Anthology and StarShipSofa.

Today on The ShadowCast I listened to an H.P. Lovecraft tale and a zombie story with a quirky ending. I just never know what fabulous creepy story Jason Warden over at Shadowcast is going to offer.

If science fiction is more your thing, then go check out StarShipSofa where you get to hear science fiction stories and news and sometimes even the history of science fiction. Yes, it has a history.

If your day is like mine, it only has twenty-four hours in it. So, the nice thing about a podcast is, it helps you fit in some extra reading. Do you have a favorite audio story site?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Love Out of Order

Today I had the privilege of buying a most splendid book by the very talented author Nicole Green. It's called, Love Out of Order.

Here I am outside of Barnes & Noble with it.

It's a scrumptious story about two people, John and Denise, who reluctantly fall in love. Nicole spices the novel with tantalizing tastes of romance that pique your appetite. I know I was pulling for the couple to get together. I won't tell you if they do. You'll just have to read for yourself. ;) Her characters are so vivid that they'll stick in your heart and mind- the leads and the minor characters. I hope you'll pick up a copy. It makes a great Valentine too. :)
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