Saturday, December 29, 2007

Great news and Glitches

First the great news: State of the Onion has been spotted in two different B&N stores! One in Champaign, IL and one in Maryland. I'm excited. The book's release date is January 2, 2008, and I didn't expect that any would be available sooner. Even better were the kind notes I received from Maryann (Champaign) letting me know she'd already finished reading - and the other from Becky (Maryland) who was just starting it. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to hear that people are enjoying the book.

Now - the glitches:
I hate being offline. I've become quite the Internet junkie and it's been painful to be offline (mostly) for the past few days. I've been able to use my kids' computer a bit, but my desktop stopped connecting to the Internet. Long story, and too boring to relate -- but suffice it to say that permanent wireless adapters are more reliable than USB adapters. And let me also say thanks to the wonderful 20-year-old sales force at Best Buy who do a marvelous job of recommending equipment. I installed the proper hardware today and so far - everything seems to be working exactly as promised.

Next - some holiday thoughts (I've been off my blog for too long. Lots of catch-up):
We listened to non-stop holiday music while preparing for Christmas here.
Our family's top choices for holiday music:

White Christmas - Bing Crosby
The Chipmunk Song - Alvin and the Chipmunks
It's In Every One of Us - The Muppets
Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
The Nutcracker Suite by Lambchop and Sherry Lewis
Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley

and the newest addition to our favorite lineup:
Sarajevo/Christmas Canon - by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (what we fondly refer to as the "In Your Face" Christmas carol. It's so bold and so energetic. Love it!)

What are some of your favorite holiday songs?

As we move closer to 2008, we reflect on all the blessings we've experienced in 2007 . And if you count them instead of sheep, as Bing Crosby does in White Christmas, I hope you have so many that you can't ever count them all without falling asleep first.

My very best to you during this wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Very good day!

You know it's a good writer day when you get a book in the mail with your name on it. Yesterday was a great day because I got *two* of them. First and foremost, I received (via FedEx, actually) a hot-off-the-presses copy of State of the Onion. Can I gush just a little? It's beautiful! It looks even better in person than I ever expected!

I also received a copy of The Future We Wish We Had, an anthology edited by Marty Greenberg and Rebecca Lickiss. My short story, "Destiny" was chosen for inclusion among many other writers who I know and greatly respect.

So, I'm feeling pretty good, right?
Then - today - a new review posted for State of the Onion. Here's the link: wpbookreviews: State of the Onion
Today has been a *very* good day!

Monday, December 10, 2007

MWA Holiday party

Yesterday was the holiday party for our chapter of the MWA. I had fun, and I think everyone who attended did, too. Silly girl that I am, I forgot my camera (again!) but I hope to post pictures here when the folks who were more on the ball send them to me ;-)

Augie Aleksy, of the wonderful Centuries & Sleuths bookstore, graciously opened his doors to us again. Augie had appeared on Rick Kogan's morning radio show earlier, and had mentioned our party. Right beforehand, one of the young guests from the show, Kyle Durango (sp?) visited the store just to say hello.

My favorite parts of the event? During Pictionary/Charades when Libby Hellmann ran around, ducking behind things, trying to get her team to come up with the novel title: VANISHING POINT. (She did) -- Raymond Benson pulling THE LADY IN THE LAKE out at the last possible minute -- Michael A. Black coming up with WHEN THE SACRED GIN MILL CLOSES mere seconds after Annie Chernow drew a very good rendition of a mill. The crowd shouted "windmill!" and Mike supplied the rest. Great game. Even better because it resulted in a tie, keeping everyone's holiday spirits intact ;-)

As they say - a good time was had by all.
Anybody out there have pictures? Send 'em to me. I'll try hard to remember my camera in the future.

Monday, December 03, 2007

A Little Late...

Yes, it's been a while since I've posted. I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was wonderful. We went to my brother's which meant no cleaning at my house, and that's always reason to give thanks.

Today I'd like to direct you to Julia Buckley's blog where she interviews Diana Vickery. Diana created the Cozy Library site, where I've been fortunate to have had my books mentioned. It's a great place to learn more about all sorts of cozy mysteries and their writers.

Also on Julia's Mysterious Musings site (scroll down a bit) is her tribute to William Blake. I *love* his poem "The Tyger." My high school speech class was required to memorize it and recite it to the class with expression. To this day, whenever anyone asks, I'm happy to provide an encore performance. Of course... nobody actually ever asks ;-) But I do con my kids into listening, hoping that some day they'll love the beauty and power of that poem as much as I do.

I'm not much of a poem person... but I adore "The Tyger" as well as "Break, Break, Break" by Alfred Lord Tennyson (very sad) and "A Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe.

What are your favorite?