Monday, March 21, 2011

What's Been Up and Next Up

It's been two weeks since I turned in Convincing Leopold. The no-deadline thing lasted less than a week, but I'm already back to no-deadline bliss. And yes, the urge to clean and organize has passed, as anticipated. But I did manage to give kidlet's room a complete once-over, which resulted in 2 bags of trash and 1 bag of clothes for salvation army. Oddly enough, it doesn't look like there's any less stuff in her room now then before.

So what else has been up with me? Other highlights of the last 2 weeks involve browsing for new cookies (during which I picked up today's cookie), reading a book (Rougaroux Social Club: Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz - very good book, BTW), and doing the 1st round of edits on Convincing Leopold....which made me realize I need to tweak the blurb for that book. So that's on the to-do list for this week.

I also bought an awesome new ap for my iphone. It's a white noise ap - has all sorts of sounds like rain, wind, and traffic (there's even a cat purring), and you can create your own mixes. My fav so far is air conditioning/light rain - perfect background noise that drowns out everything else (including chatty, skype-lovin' hubby). Many thanks to Sloan Parker for the head's up about the ap. The muse is lovin' it.

Speaking of the muse, next up on the to-write list is actually a to-finish book that I started last fall. I had this huge urge to write something with young lovers. Something that captured that intense first-love, young-love vibe. So I gave in to the muse and started Back to You. If you're guessing it's not all sweetness, you're right. There's some major angst, 'cause, you know, there has to be angst. ;) I need to get back to Sasha and Thomas and finish their book. So in the next week or so (but hopefully not too much 'so'), I plan to get back to them.

So that's what has been up with me. How about you? And if you have any good book recommendations, feel free to offer them up. I plan to get some more reading in before I get back to writing.


  1. Mmm... cookie.

    I just finished reading the 4-book Shadow of the Templar series by M Chandler. They just get better and more intense. I cried quite a bit toward the end of the 4th one, too.

  2. I checked out the 1st book on GR, then checked out the author's website. And I learned something today - I had no idea lulu did ebooks. I thought they only did print. Obviously not, because incredibly suggestable me just bought the .pdf.

  3. Yes, nice cookie.

    Recent good reads: KZ Snow's Precious Boy; A Thread of Deepest Black by Finn Marlowe.

  4. LOL! The author's website has additional scenes (what happens after the fade to black?). I'm looking forward to pulling out Kuroi Neko and reading some of those over lunch today.

  5. Wren - I have A Thread of Deepest Black in my to-read list and when I was skimming the list the other day, I couldn't remember what had intriged me about the book. Of course, after you mentioned it, I had to check out the book on GR. Ahh. I'll have to pick that one up when I'm picking up With Abandon later this week.

    Chris - ooh, additional scenes. I'll have to remember to check back at the author's site after I finish the books.

  6. Oh, that ap sounds good. I especially miss the cat purring sounds since my last kitty died. Thanks for the tip, you and Sloan both. :)
    The young lovers sweetness and angst sounds promising!

  7. The app? No, just no. Do you know how much noise I have in my life already? LOL.

  8. Janna - :( about your kitty. Glad you like the sound of the work in progress!

    FV - oh yeah, my house is noisy, too. Lots of random noise, and the muse hates random noise. That's why the ap is so awesome. It blocks all that out and after about 5 mins, I don't even 'hear' the air condition/rain mix. It's similar to quiet, but not quiet, if that makes any sense whatsoever. LOL