Thursday, February 26, 2009

Article on moi. Am having mixed reactions to it... What think you?

Check it out here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I am sitting in Starbucks, but I just had to share... I am finished with the rough draft of SPEED! I am many words from my projected goal so I still have adding and polishing to do, but at least I have a completed manuscript to work with. That's a lot!

It feels so good. This, people, is why I write!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rah Rah

Thanks to Shannon McKeldon, I found a way to get free wifi at Starbucks. You just have to load five bucks on your card and register it. If you show movement on the card monthly you can get two hours of free wifi a day. This is both good (yay, free wifi) and bad, because if I can browse the Internet, I don't write near as much.

I only wrote 1800 words in three hours yesterday during my writing time. Boo, hiss, boo. Usually I can write several thousand. On the up side, I only have about 8000 to go. I have a couple of plot snarls to straighten out, but am confident I can have the manuscript done by my deadline which is the end of Feb.

I am nearing that ending point and I am having trouble with not revealing enough to make the MC's motivations clear. This is what my CP's have been saying. This bugged me because there is a scene which is important to the character arc that would lose emotional impact if I revealed too much. A fine line to walk. So I am going to use flashbacks in order to keep the voice immediate and just show enough to reveal more to the reader without losing the emotional intensity. This will also add word count. YAY! Word count is good.

I've been a bad blogger because I haven't been able to read and comment as much as I used to, but best beloveds, I have been BUSY! Will try to catch up over the weekend.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Dizzy with business!

Ran my parents around yesterday and today and have to do it again tomorrow. Add in work and I haven't had a moment to breathe! A list of what's going on here. (Because I just know the mundane details of my life are so fascinating!)

* Wrote almost 3000 words on Monday.
* Got back a couple of crits that has me scratching my head in places. Will post more about that later.
*The local newspaper is going to be doing a story on me cause I'm just that damn interesting.
*My son is now volunteering at the center with me. Love that kid.
*Remember my foster babies? Am trying to get the mom to move into a CPAH property so they will have access to more services and I can keep an eye on my babies. Keep your fingers crossed she will get in.
*have to run. My second job starts in 45 minutes.

Monday, February 16, 2009

GCC Presents Wendy Toliver!

I love Wendy Toliver's writing! So much fun!

Miss Match is Wendy Toliver’s second Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy. It was a 2007 finalist in the Romance Writers’ of America© Golden Heart® contest in the Young Adult category (under the title Cupid Girl).

About the Book!

Sasha Finnegan has always had a knack for setting people up, and at sixteen, she's turned her talent into an online business, molding high school crushes into true love. But Sasha finds her toughest match yet when hottie Derek Urban asks her to set him up with Sasha's gorgeous sister, Maddie. It's not that Derek isn't a good catch. In fact, after spending so much time with him, Sasha can't help but think he's perfect -- for her, that is.

Can Sasha push her feelings aside for the sake of her business? Or has this miss finally found her match?

About Wendy

Wendy Toliver lives in the Utah mountains with her three little boys, her husband, and other various wildlife. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Speech Communication/Broadcast and has had a variety of jobs, from performing singing telegrams to working at an advertising agency.
Now a soccer (etc.) mom and the author of The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren and Miss Match (both Simon Pulse), she couldn’t be happier. Well, if she had a self-cleaning house, a Porsche, and an endless supply of chocolate-covered cinnamon bears, she just might be a tad happier. Visit her online at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Excessive Speed

Best. Thing. I've. Ever. Written.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

GCC Presents Alyson Noel!

I read Saving Zoe and I love Alyson's writing. Am going to pick this one up as soon as I can afford it!

St. Martin’s is proud to announce the debut of Alyson Noël’s first paranormal YA novel, EVERMORE (February 3, 2009; 0-312-53275-X), the first in her IMMORTALS series.
Sixteen-year-old Ever used to have two parents, a little sister, a dog, and a nice house in Oregon. She used to be a varsity cheerleader and go to school dances. But that was before the horrible accident that claimed the lives of her family.

Now Ever blares the Sex Pistols through her headphones and hides under her hoodie in class. She doesn’t need to listen to hear, or see to know. All she needs is to touch someone to know their entire life story, not to mention always seeing their auras and hearing their thoughts. She’s been branded a freak at her new high school in Laguna Beach as she goes out of her way to avoid human contact, but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

From the moment Ever first looks at Damen, she feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies, and nothing is as it seems…

Alyson Noël is an Orange County native and now lives with her husband in Laguna Beach, CA. She is also the author of Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, Kiss & Blog, Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, and the adult novel Fly Me to the Moon. For more information, please visit her website at:

Monday, February 09, 2009

Starbucks is pissing me off

So I totally blew off almost my entire weekend of obligations in order to write. I still made it to Spanish and I made it out to mentor Harley, but other than that I wrote my arse off. Twenty-four new pages people! Not bad for a weekend.

A small rant:

Dear Starbucks,

How I love thee, let me count the ways: I love your coffee, and the marraige of chocolate and espresso in your espresso truffle is a work of art. I love the comfy chairs, I love the number of electrical plug ins you provide, and I love the back to the womb decor. But I have to say, with all honesty, that your lack of free wifi really pisses me off. Frankly, I don't mind paying almost five bucks for a supurb cup of coffee, but when you try to soak me for more with your AT&T internet services... well, that just hurts my feelings. I know you are going through some financial difficulties right now, but come on, surely you can afford to give your devoted customers free wifi for their loyalty. I'm just saying.

Love, Teri

Thursday, February 05, 2009

GCC Presents: Diana Wallach

I can't believe I missed this series! Where was I? I am going to have to put it on my to buy list!

About the Book...

Mariana Ruiz thought she left her summer fling in Puerto Rico, that is until she finds Alex sitting across from her at the breakfast table. Living two doors down from her visiting old flame isn’t easy, especially given the unresolved sparks still lingering for her locker buddy Bobby—and they don’t exactly go unnoticed.

Her best friends are little help as Madison deals with her IM-only “boyfriend” and Emily sinks into secret mode after her parents’ recent breakup. The only relationship that seems to be working is her estranged aunt Teresa who’s tying the knot on New Years with Mariana and her cousin Lilly as bridesmaids. But the last wedding detail left unplanned is who will Mariana kiss at midnight?

Strained friendships, stolen kisses, and secret loves create plenty of surprises to unfold before the New Year’s bells start ringing…

About Diana...

Diana Rodriguez Wallach’s debut novel, Amor and Summer Secrets, is the first in a young adult series published by Kensington Publishing in September 2008. The sequels to the series, Amigas and School Scandals and Adios to all the Drama, were released in November 2008 and January 2009, respectively.

Born to a Puerto Rican father and a Polish mother, Diana has experienced the cultures her characters inhabit, and many of the multi-cultural themes expressed in her novels are based on her personal background.
Diana holds a journalism degree from Boston University, and has worked as a reporter and as an advocate for inner city public schools. Her first novel, Amor and Summer Secrets, sold to Kensington Publishing on Fat Tuesday 2007 while she was at Mardi Gras wearing beads and a feathered mask.

She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Jordan and her cat Lupi, who was rescued from a shelter in Harlem. Diana enjoys traveling, watching bad TV, reading great novels, practicing yoga and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A plea for books

Hi all,

I have to come up with five copies of the book, The Mother Daughter Book Club, by Heather Vogel Frederick. We meet in seven days and I only have four (which Heather donated herself.) If anyone has a copy they can send, I will be oh, so grateful! Heather is actually coming to the community center to sign them next month and would love for all my kids to have some. Remember, this is a low income housing development and I'm trying to give these kids a start to their own personal libraries. Contact me off blog at diddymon(at)verizon(dot)net if you can help me out.

EDIT: Got my books! Thanks!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Random Musings

I really didn't want Pittsburgh to win. Enough is enough already.

Can you have phantom tooth pain? Like pain in a tooth that's no longer there? Cause my jaw still hurts. Oh, and for those interested, it was a chronically abscessed tooth. The dentist couldn't figure out why because the rest of my gums look great. Anyway. He took it. And now it hurts and they didn't give me enough bloody freaking vicodin and someone in pharmacy is gonna hear about it today, yessiree bob!

(Deep breath)

Saturday afternoon was spent mentoring a high school girl. Me and two other authors are walking her through the trials and tribulations of writing her first book for her senior project. She's pretty darn talented and it's a blast watching someone figuring out things for the first time. So fun.

Wrote a scene yesterday that I had been putting off. not sure how much I'm going to keep, but it felt good to push through it!

Okay, I'm outtie. I have an article due and I am going to try to run today. Or walk.