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Two weeks ago, Alex F. Fayle tagged me with the Next Big Thing meme. I could say that the reason I didn’t post last week is that it was Thanksgiving and I was busy, and there’s some truth to that. Last week was highly family oriented. Another reason is that it’s hard to answer the questions.

This meme prompts writers to talk about what they’re working on at the moment, then tag others to talk about their own work. I have trouble talking about work in progress — often, if I talk too much about the work, I don’t do the work. Then there is the rather startling number of projects I count as in progress now. However, I shall do my best.

What is the working title of your book(s)?

The Mini-Golf Course Murders — the next book in the River Corners mystery series

Rage of Fire — the next book in my Elementalists paranormal romance series (currently working on outlining)

Jack Hawthorne 2 — needs an actual title, but so far it’s just labeled as the second in my middle-grade SF/horror series (also fleshing out the outline here — and for #3 as well)

Sundered Sword — a fantasy set in an alternate Baroque Tuscany (at least I think it’s Baroque, but this might need to be fixed)

Mirei — an interplanetary science fiction novel, currently referred to simply by the name of the first character to show up

For completeness’ sake, I shall include Return of the Albino Weasel — my current NaNo project

Where did the idea come from for the book(s)?

I’ve always loved cozy mysteries, and I think I first tried to write about Greg and Isobel Stone (they were already married in that version) back in 1990 or so.

The paranormal mystery series is founded on a love of elements. Love staring at fire, playing in water, feeling the wind blow about me. I could never pick just one.

Jack Hawthorne is based on loving reading middle-grade and children’s books, both growing up (series like The Three Investigators) and ones I read now with my son (like the Kane Chronicles), but wanting something with a bit more danger in it, albeit B-movie danger, as everyone starts changing into insects.

Sundered Sword started with a random thought from a Monty Python movie. “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!” What if that was what determined the ruler, but the sword was broken and there were two legitimate claimants?

Mirei’s story is an on-again, off-again work in progress, one of the few that I haven’t planned out ahead of time. I suppose you could say I was inspired by squids in space.

The albino weasel is a running gag in our NaNoWriMo group. It was a phrase that cropped up at a kick-off party a few years back, a comment uttered into one of those silences that sometimes falls during a party. And we’ve got a great bunch of WriMos who are really entertaining to talk to and have cool and crazy things to say about their lives. So this year, my goal was to just throw all that into a story and see what happened. I’m actually rather bummed I haven’t done more with it.

Will your book(s) be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t plan to use an agent, even for those that I may submit to traditional publishers.

Things I know will be self-published: the mystery, the paranormal romance, and the Albino Weasel (assuming I get more written!).

And now to tag . . .

Bonnie R. Schutzman — Born and raised in Montana, Bonnie migrated east for graduate study and wound up staying. She writes vivid characters that I love to hear what happens to. She also golfs, paints, hikes, crochets, and takes time to be with her family. You can find her on her blog, Cowgirl in New England.

Edward Greaves — A New Jersey native, Ed’s the reason I joined the Garden State Horror Writers (soon to be rebranded as the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers, I believe). He’s had a couple of short stories published, and he’s an associate editor for Space and Time magazine. This year he attended the Viable Paradise workshop. You can find him on his blog, Writing for Beans.

Dawn Bonanno — Dawn is a transplant from Brooklyn to Chicago. She runs, she draws, she spends time with her kids (including working on children’s stories with her daughter), and of course, she writes. She’s been a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest, and she also attended Viable Paradise this year. You can find her on her Website, dmbonanno.com.

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Taken from Val. [livejournal.com profile] maripat posted her responses on her Blogger blog. If you want to play along, leave a link in the comments so I can see your answers.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. Gift bags are for last-minute birthday presents. *grin*

2. Real tree or Artificial? REAL. My in-laws have an artificial one, though they usually do both. I love the smell of a real tree, though.

3. When do you put up the tree? Later than hoped for every year. It tends to depend on husband's work schedule (grading, final exams, etc.).

4. When do you take the tree down? Before it catches on fire. Generally, about a day before they stop accepting trees at the city compost/mulch division.

5. Do you like eggnog? Mmmmmmmm. Homemade is best, but I'll drink the stuff that comes from the store if that's all there is.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My stuffed purple monkey, Sweetie. Second favorite was the book, Robertson, Ugly, & Nohow -- maybe the first real book that was all mine. Both were gifts from my favorite great-aunt. Oh, and there was my first real bike -- a mauve girl's bike with coaster brakes and a banana seat; I finally learned to ride it without training wheels because my younger brother was riding his bike without.

7. Hardest person to buy for? I dunno. CG -- who is too old for most baby toys but can't use so many other things because they "contain small parts; not intended for children under 3." Very frustrating.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Anyone I happen to see the perfect gift for. Judging by the number of things I've found stashed around for T-Bug in the past 24 hours since I started wrapping, I'm going to have to say him.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? A couple of stripped-down versions (just the Holy Family). EDIT: And evidently a complete set that I had forgotten about but T-Bug found this morning. Go figure.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. Not necessarily in a timely fashion, though I'm hoping to get them off this year, anyway.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't think of anything particularly horrific.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Whenever I see something that grabs my attention.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Can't recall such an incident.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Filled Christmas candies. Oatmeal fudge bars. Kourabiedes. Pretty much anything that has more fat or sugar (or both) than I should be consuming.

16. Lights on the tree? The more, the merrier! Oh, colors? White. Multi-colored. Solid, blinking, or racing. They just have to be shiny.

17. Favorite Christmas song? "Silent Night" or "Joy to the World." I can never quite decide.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We have traveled before, but with the short break T-Bug gets from school, it's not worth the hassle.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Well, I could, but they'd probably object because they have names already. All of which I know . . . Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donder* and Blitzen. And that red-nosed pipsqueak. ;-)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? You know, if you put an angel on top, that branch is sticking straight up her skirt. Think about that. We either do a star or no topper.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One on Christmas Eve, the rest in the morning. As the kids get older, I imagine there will be a push for doing them all after Midnight Mass. I remember when we convinced my mom that that was the way to go.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People who are so stressed at not shopping that they forget how to drive, how to park, and how to be courteous to other people on the road.

23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color? I have a darling little Irish angel my mom gave me years ago.

24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner? We always do ham and potatoes (baked or mashed), creamed spinach, maybe some rolls. It's simple, it's filling, it's good.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? More time in the day? Focus? Patience? An e-mail saying I've made a sale to a pro market?

*Yes, Donder, not Donner. Donder and Blitzen are Thunder and Lightning. Donner is a lake in the Sierras (and the pass that goes alongside it), named for the party trapped there by a snowstorm.

Night quiz

Dec. 18th, 2008 10:31 am
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From [livejournal.com profile] bonniers. My muse took the quiz, just to be clear on this. (Though I edited their spelling.)

Which creature of the night are you?
Your Result: Incubus/Succubus
 

It's all about feeding, isn't it? You pay them back from their energy, though. You give them something (your drama) that will keep them distracted from life, which you consider a terrible joke.

Werewolf
 
Sorcerer
 
Vampire
 
Ghost
 
Chthulu Spawn
 
Demon
 
Which creature of the night are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
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Finally got around to doing this meme, as seen on Clairelight, which she got from Scott Westerfeld.

The rules:

1) In iTunes, select View Options under the View menu.
2) Turn off everything but “Artist.”
3) Select all and copy.
4) Search and Replace the word “track” with nothing.
5) Paste the results into the Wordle.net Create page.



Don't hate me for my music. *wink*
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What Erin Means



You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.



You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.



You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.



You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.



Flaky? Ton of energy? Don't stick with things? Jealousy? I think not.

"But for the important things, you pull it together." Okay, that I'll go with. And the active imagination.
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In lighter news, I ran across this quiz on [livejournal.com profile] anghara's LJ the other day.

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

8 - the Asserter

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose AY - your Enneagram type is EIGHT (aka "The Challenger").


"I must be strong"



Asserters are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.



How to Get Along with Me




  • Stand up for yourself... and me.


  • Be confident, strong, and direct.


  • Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.


  • Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender,
    vulnerable side.


  • Give me space to be alone.


  • Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.


  • I often speak in an assertive way. Don't automatically assume it's
    a personal attack.


  • When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that's just
    the way I am.



What I Like About Being a EIGHT




  • being independent and self-reliant


  • being able to take charge and meet challenges head on


  • being courageous, straightforward, and honest


  • getting all the enjoyment I can out of life


  • supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me


  • upholding just causes



What's Hard About Being a EIGHT




  • overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don't intend to


  • being restless and impatient with others' incompetence


  • sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it


  • never forgetting injuries or injustices


  • putting too much pressure on myself


  • getting high blood pressure when people don't obey the rules or when
    things don't go right



EIGHTs as Children Often




  • are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit


  • are sometimes loners


  • seize control so they won't be controlled


  • fugure out others' weaknesses


  • attack verbally or physically when provoked


  • take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings



EIGHTs as Parents




  • are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted


  • are sometimes overprotective


  • can be demanding, controlling, and rigid





Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

Harper
SanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages






You liked the test?

so S P R E A D I T ! tell everyone!!!
(use Quick-Paste below)


you wanna know MORE?

so check out, what Google found
about your type...

or do you prefer to









You are not completely happy with the result?!

You chose AY


Would you rather have chosen:

  • BY (FOUR)
  • CY (SIX)
  • AX (SEVEN)
  • AZ (THREE)

    Take The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test at HelloQuizzy

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    When you see this post, quote from Doctor Who on your LJ.

    "We must feed . . . we must feed . . . we must feed . . .
    "You!
    "We must feed you."

    or from this season:

    "A whole lot of running to do."

    or

    "What are you doing in MY Library?"

    (Would you believe I only started watching around Christmas?)
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    "If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you."
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    Seen in various places, including [livejournal.com profile] avferreira, [livejournal.com profile] kalima62, and [livejournal.com profile] hoshikaze.

    I deleted my comment count, and adjusted the scoring so ties had the same number.

    Who comments the most on this journal? )
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    Seen in various places, but taken from [livejournal.com profile] bonniers:

    My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
    Reverend Lady Erin the Superficial of Chalmondley Chumleyton
    Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title
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    1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?

    No.

    2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

    Probably a couple of nights ago. Tired, sick, pregnant, and cranky don't lend themselves to a Panglossian attitude.

    3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING

    Most of the time. When I'm actually making an effort, as opposed to just scrawling a list.

    4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

    Tie between pastrami and salami.

    5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

    Yes.

    6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

    Umm . . . I don't know. I usually wait for the other person to make the first move, which is really awkward if you're both doing it.

    7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

    Me? Never! :P

    8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

    Nope. They came out when I was 17.

    9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

    Probably not.

    10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

    Er? People have favorites?

    11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

    How else are they going to come off?

    12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

    I make do with stubborn.

    13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

    Depends on my whim of the moment.

    14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

    I suppose I notice their clothes--after all, you can see those a lot farther away than little details--but what I look for is a smile and eye contact.

    15. RED OR PINK?

    For what? I want my cotton candy pink, my strawberries red. (My roses can be either. Or red-and-white. Or yellow-and-orange. Or . . . ) And my lingerie black.

    16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

    I suppose that I lack patience--though I don't dislike it enough to do anything about it. Er, I'm also just a touch opinionated, but that's not going to change, either.

    17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

    My dad. I keep thinking of things I'd like to tell him.

    18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO LINK THIS BACK TO YOU?

    If they want.

    19. WHAT COLOR PANTS (Or Kilt) AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

    Black maternity capris, white sneakers.

    20. WHAT WAS The LAST THING YOU ATE?

    Some grapes. I really should eat a balanced lunch.

    21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

    The repeating "boop" of the chat window.

    22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

    Something shiny, glittery, pretty, and eye-catching!

    23. FAVORITE SMELLS?

    Baking bread. Baking chocolate chip cookies. Desert after the rain (or even during). Roses.

    24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

    My husband, who called from work this morning.

    25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO LINKED THIS TO YOU?

    Bonnie? Definitely! She's good folks!

    26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

    Meh.

    27. HAIR COLOR?

    Brown, some silver creeping in.

    28. EYE COLOR?

    Hazel.

    29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

    Occasionally. It depends on things like allergies and humidity and whether I'm going to need my sunglasses and how much time I want to take getting ready in the morning. Right now, they're not fitting so well--pregnancy changes the shape of all sorts of body parts.

    30. FAVORITE FOOD(S)?

    Chocolate. Lobster. Fresh fruit. Fresh-baked bread. Flank steak with onions and mushrooms. Pecan pie.

    31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

    To quote a song from The Pirate Movie, "Give me a happy ending every time."

    32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

    I don't know; my mind's blanking.

    33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

    Purple.

    34. SUMMER OR WINTER?

    Summer, if I can skip the humidity. But spring and fall are even better.

    35. HUGS OR KISSES?

    From whom?

    36. FAVORITE DESSERT?

    CHOCOLATE. More specifically, Death by Chocolate, from Marcel Desaulniers' cookbook of the same name.

    37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?

    I don't know.

    38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND

    Val and Bonnie.

    39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

    Gene Wolfe, The Knight; Harry Turtledove, How Few Remain; George R. R. Martin, ; Datlow & Windling, Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (from 2000)

    40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

    I don't have one.

    41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT?

    Nothing.

    42. FAVORITE SOUND?

    Garage door signaling that my husband's home. Rain on the roof at night. Cat curled on my lap purring. My child's laughter.

    43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?

    Beatles. At least I can understand their words. :P

    44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

    Moscow.

    45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

    I give good backrubs. I bake very well. I meet deadlines. What I'm really good at, though, is passing Web links on to friends.

    46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

    Hawthorne, Nevada.

    47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?

    Anyone who feels like responding.
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    Rules of the Meme:

    1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance,like a lyric to your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich, maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.

    2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

    3. Update your blog or LiveJournal with the answers to the questions.

    Optional:

    4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

    5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.


    My answers to [livejournal.com profile] bonniers's five questions behind the cut:

    my answers )
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    Seen in various places around LJ, including [livejournal.com profile] sartorias, [livejournal.com profile] sksperry, and [livejournal.com profile] david_bridger.

    If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and whom you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

    I knew it!

    May. 25th, 2007 05:11 pm
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    You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer

    Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from.
    And while you may have some problems being "normal," you'll have no problems writing SF.
    Whether it's epic films, important novels, or vivid comics...
    Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!


    Seen courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] eblgorton. Yes, I edited the text just a touch. :P
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    From [livejournal.com profile] alienmoon76

    Comment and I will name you 3 interests from your list, and 3 userpics and you tell me about them. In turn, you repost in your own LJ for your f-listers to do :D (A cool way to find out a bit more about the other interests of your friends list that you don't know much about.) :D But don't worry, if you don't want to just say so. (Or you can play in the comments and skip the posting in your journal.)
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    Tagged by both [livejournal.com profile] maripat and [livejournal.com profile] saetter. But still only doing 8!

    Here are the rules:

    • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

    • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

    • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

    • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


    1. The average depth of papers on my desk is 4.5".

    2. I worked as an assistant pastry chef for 2-1/2 weeks, but they let me go because I couldn't do the work fast enough.

    3. When I was in elementary school, some of the boys on the playground would call me "Erin the Red Baron" to annoy me. It worked.

    4. I was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in my high school class. It remains to be seen whether this is true.

    5. I used to have a birthmark in the shape of a porkchop behind my left knee.

    6. I love tomato sandwiches--toasted bread, buttered, with sliced tomatoes and salt and pepper. Yum!

    7. I am easily distracted. (Hey, the rules don't say that no one can know these facts!)

    8. I won second prize in a French-speaking contest in high school.

    And now, whom to tag? [livejournal.com profile] adais, [livejournal.com profile] alienmoon76, [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, [livejournal.com profile] neo_naim, [livejournal.com profile] hookedoncoffee, [livejournal.com profile] nickigirl, [livejournal.com profile] mayakda, [livejournal.com profile] kalima62

    heh

    May. 2nd, 2007 04:39 pm
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    From Go-Quiz.com
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    In the year 2007 I resolve to:
    Train my cats to hunt hamsters.



    Get your resolution here.



    All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my abennettstrong.

    Which movie was this quote from?

    Get your own quotes:
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    "Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines

    Though I'll second someone else's comment that I believe in human rights, not just rights for any one group.
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