Thursday, June 21, 2007

Real Life Takes Over

Myths aside, I am having drama.
My cat had surgery last week and upon shaving his belly, the Dr discovered a long healed scar from sternum to.. well, whatever the medical term is for pee-pee. Now the cat adopted us last year, and we have no idea of his medical history or why someone would cut him open like that. But he ended up having not one but TWO hernias from it, so he had to be opened again to tuck things back into place.

All was good until last Sunday night when he decided to lick at the suture site. Since I'm a responsible cat mommy, I took him to the emergency vet who nicely fitted him into a torture device called a plastic cone.

So now he mucks around with that damn thing on his head, bumping into furniture and hating life and me with it. Since he likes to sleep next to or on me, half the time I end up with my face in the damned cone.

Since he won't eat with that stupid thing on, I have to take off it at nights. So my writing time is punctuated with "No Sylvester", or "stop it" or "Bad Kot" (Kot is cat in russian) etc etc. Instead of eating or drinking, he tries to groom. And he won't eat or drink with the stupid cone on his head...

Needless to say, Urban Myth isn't quite where it needs to be...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Cleaning and Plotting

I did two successful things today.
I cleaned half of my closet and unpacked a suitcase that has been on the floor for the past two weeks. One never really knows how much crap can live in the belly of a closet (or a suitcase) until one takes EVERYTHING out. And that was just half. Tomorow I will tackle the other half if i still have strength left.

I also have a good outline for Urban Myth so we a back in business. I managed to save about half of what I scrapped. The scenes will have to be tweaked to adhere to the outline, but hey, easy stuff. right? (I HOPE!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


DisArmed had the BEST review from Kerin at TwoLips Reviews!

"Kira Dillon is a pilot. Being captured and used as a lab rat forced her to become innovative. The fact that the scientists turned her blood into an undetectable explosive, well, hell, that’s practically a bonus. When she’s rescued, it’s by the last person she expected to see, Holloway Duke.

When Duke was sent to retrieve Kira, he was hell-bent on retribution. After giving her a blood transfusion, he discovers that she needs his DNA, in any form, to survive. Making her beg for it, every time, will be his biggest pleasure.

Oh. So. Hot. Fiona Jayde is definitely an author to keep your eye on. When I read GrimJustin 1: DeBriefed, I was absolutely convinced that Ms. Jayde was a veteran author but since then, others have worked to convince me otherwise. With sensual characters, an exciting storyline, and decadent love scenes, GrimJustin 2: DisArmed belongs on everyone’s must-read list as well. I can’t remember the last time I read more intense lustful scenes as the power struggle between Duke and Kira raged. With finesse for world-building and intense storylines, this series belongs at the top your To-Be-Read pile. Thank you, Fiona Jayde for making being a reader so enjoyable! "

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Urban Mything

I got about half way there. Then I decided it was complete crap. So I deteled. Well, i didn't deleted, i don't have enough guts for that and I usually reuse the scenes. But I remapped it and I'm going to go in a whole other direction. It just felt stale and when i forced it it felt forced. Big surprise there, right ?

In other news, I spent most of the evening trying to figure out how to send emails through my web server. I'm not the best of hackers and tech support is notorious in their continued effort to answer without answering. I'm hoping on the fifth go-around I'll actually get the answer I need.

I'm wondering if my continued efforts to procrastinate are actually my subconcious telling me I wasn't liking the story... Maybe next time I'll listen BEFORE half way?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Shattered Silence and Urban Myth

The entry is finally up on the Opal Carew page!

Yes, there are spelling mistakes. I even saw one. Chrissie saw a couple... Oh well.

I'm 6K into Urban Myth and pantsing it. I tried to do an outline, I really did. But first I dead-ended and then I got an idea.

Usually if I dead end -- meaning the scene is going nowhere -- I delete and choose another angle. This time I really tried to make it work. For 2K i tried to make it work. Then I said F-it, erased it, and did something different. The scene flowed like water.

I wanted to be at 10K by today, but 6K ain't bad. Now I need to stop procrastinating and get back into it.

Oh, did I mention what this thing was about ? Vampyres.

Friday, June 8, 2007

MySpacing at MySpace

I finally created my MySpace page. I'm pretty pleased with it :)

I still have a few tweaks to do but its all mostly there.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Latest News

So as mentioned in the previous blog, DeTained is out and GrimJustin will "sail" in peaceful space for a long while. It needs a break from all the lazer blasts anyway.

Last night, I gathered all my balls and upon advice of a writer friend submitted a first chapter to Opal Caraw contest. I polished it as best as I could, I had my wonderful crit partners looking at it, but didn't run it through my last and best line of defence -- Chrissy, my editor at Changeling. So I'm feeling naughty and scared at the same time. I can't spell and I tend to get cute with my turn of phrase. I also used "eyes" instead of "gazes" -- which is on the list of no-nos, but like I said, I was feeling naughty.
(As in "her eyes lifted from his chest to his face" -- vs. her gaze lifted.... Chrissie is right, eyes can't lift! )

The story is a contemporary suspence (romance of course), titled Shattered Silence. (Thanks to Xjiard for the idea on the name!!!) its set in the modern "real" world, but it has a slight paranormal twist. My heroine - Kate Malloy -- is a cop who turned psychic after a concussion. She can sense "intent" towards her before its made, be it verbal or physical. True to form, I'll have martial arts fighting and lots of "action".

My second article on writing is up on the Cheeky Changeling Newsletter. Check it out -- For Every Situation, There Must Be Motivation

Today I need to get 2k into Urban Myth, so of course I'm procrastinating.