Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Those whom the Gods love grow young."
Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Balancing Act

What's your secret? For those of you who hold down two jobs--i.e.--authors that have a day job, how do you write and keep your house clean?

Or if you're a student that works, how do you maintain a high grade point, get your homework in on time and hold down a job..or two?

Since we've been getting our house ready to put on the market, I haven't written in a month. My schedule prior to HGOM: I worked my day job, came home, fed the critters, grabbed something to eat, then headed for the mole hole where I write. On Sundays, I'd make a brief swath through my house with mop and dust cloth as time permitted. But in depth cleaning...nah.
Now I'm ready to start writing again, but since we'll be showing the house that means cleaning has to stay a priority. sigh. Where's a maid when you need one?:)
So, folks how do you do it? How do you juggle those balls? If you have any good suggestions, please share.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vampire Island Contest

Contest: For a chance to win a PDF of Vampire Island and a Vampire Island mouse pad just leave a comment. The contest runs through August 7. I’ll announce the winner Sunday, August 8.


My name is Zoe Tempest. Just let me say, I had no intention of becoming a vampire hunter. My world revolved around the trendiest clothes, the boy of the week, shopping, and texting. My life was as close to perfect as a seventeen year old can get. I had everything. Then my parents were murdered and my world came crashing down.
After their funeral, I went to live with my uncle Julian Kilmer. That’s when everything changed. In a manner more terrifying than anything I could have imagined

Brief Excerpt:

Nerves chased up my spine and settled in my neck. I
reached over my shoulder and massaged my tense
As the sun broke over the horizon and streamed in
the kitchen window, Uncle Julian strode from the room.
I drummed my fingers against the wooden butcher
block table, wondering if he was escaping me or the
sunlight. Startled at the direction my thoughts were taking
I straightened. Uncle Julian couldn’t possibly be a
vampire…Could he?

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Still getting the house ready to put on the market. Here's the bro.
Hope you're doing something fun today. Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Even Blogs Need a Face Lift

Thanks to the creativity and techie skills of good mate Amarinda Jones, Sandra's Blog got a facelift.

I'm blogging today at Roses of Prose. If you have an opportunity, swing by and keep me company.

Friday, July 23, 2010

So You Think English Is Easy? Snort

No wonder I'm so confused:)

1. The bandage was WOUND around the WOUND.

2. The farm was used to PRODUCE PRODUCE.

3. The dump was so full that it had to REFUSE more REFUSE.

4. We must POLISH the POLISH furniture.

5. He could LEAD if he would get the LEAD out.

6. The soldier decided to DESERT his dessert in the DESERT.

7. Since there is no time like the PRESENT, he thought it was time to PRESENT the PRESENT.

8. A BASS was painted on the head of the BASS drum.

9. When shot at, the DOVE DOVE into the bushes.

10.I did not OBJECT to the OBJECT.

11. The insurance was INVALID for the INVALID.

12. There was a ROW among the oarsmen about how to ROW.

13. They were too CLOSE to the door to CLOSE it.

14. The buck DOES funny things when the DOES are present.

15. A seamstress and a SEWER fell down into a SEWER line.

17. To help with planting, the farmer taught his SOW to SOW.

18. Upon seeing the TEAR in the painting, I shed a TEAR.

19. I had to SUBJECT the SUBJECT to a series of tests.

20. How can I INTIMATE this to my most INTIMATE friend.

Got any you'd like to add to the list?

Thanks for sharing, Leslie.

I'll be blogging at Roses of Prose tomorrow. If you have an opportunity, please stop by.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Aliens in My Computer

My Computer Is Either:

A) Possessed

B) Been Taken Over By Aliens

C) Has Lost Its Ever Loving Hard Drive Mind

D) Is Dying

E) All Of The Above

The CD Drawer Keeps Opening and Closing On Its Own Very Woo-Woo

Monday, July 19, 2010


On the surface, Gillian Stone has it all: wealth, beauty, and the freedom to come and go as she pleases…at least from sunset to dawn. From dawn to dusk, she’s grounded in several hundred pounds of marble. If that’s not bad enough, her life expectancy is preordained to be short …unless she can find a certain genie and reverse the wish spell.


I left the bedroom, walked down the
long open hallway then went clattering down the stairs.
I stiffened my legs and skidded to a halt three steps
from the bottom. A tall lean man faced the door. His
worn jeans cupped a compact butt. A long sleeved navy T
stretched across his shoulders. Hearing me, he turned.
Wow. For a moment, I forgot to breathe. Tousled
blue-black hair accentuated a thin face with a nose just
crooked enough to keep him from being too handsome.
Skin stretched tight across high cheekbones. I couldn’t
tell much about the mouth. The lips were in a thin straight
Every inch of that lean body radiated attitude.
“I’m Gillian Stone.” I came down the rest of the
stairs and held out my hand.
He took it.
I felt a jolt run up my arm and jumpstart my heart.
“Darth Hunter.” He dropped my hand before he’d
barely wrapped his fingers around it. I wonder if he’d felt
it too.
He smelled like fresh air and tart limes. I wanted to
curl up against him and sniff, but I was pretty sure that
wouldn’t be appreciated. So instead I asked the first thing
that popped into my head, right after ‘are you in a serious
relationship’, “How old are you Darth Hunter?”

Sunday, July 18, 2010

And the winner is...

Sherry won the personalized PDF of Flower Power.
The contest was held at Sandra's Blog.

Enjoy your Sunday, Downtowners.

Mine is going to be spent trying to get the house ready to go on the market. groan.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

If I Were In Charge of the World

Ryan's version many years ago...

If I were in charge of the world I'd cancel final assesments, tests and all the boring stuff on T.V.

If I were in charge of the world there would be free world series tickets, more opportunity and vaccines for all diseases

If I were in charge of the world you wouldn't have streets of homelessness, beanie babies, and you wouldn't have newspaper headlines that involved murder

If I were in charge of the world Super Bowl Sunday would become a holiday, chocolate would become a food group and people that play sports and like to build forts would still be allowed to be in charge of the world

If you were in charge of the world, what would you do?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Funny Video

This is too funny. You may have already seen it, if not you may want to watch it:)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Flower Contest

Downtowners, are any of you avid gardeners? Interested in aromatherapy? Crafts? Edible Flowers? Carnivorous Plants? For a chance to win a personalized copy of Flower Power just leave a comment at my other blog: The contest will be running from July 5 through July 17th. The winner will be announced the 18th.

Fragrant Garden

Is there anything more sensual than a scented garden? There are so many flowers to choose from. While rosemary is actually an herb it has a wonderfully tart scent.
When I smell lavender, I close my eyes, and I’m carried to far-off hills in a simpler time and place where the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the clouds are fluffy and white.
How about a chocolate-scented daisy? Yum. This daisy is yellow with red stripes on the under side of the petals and chocolate-colored stamens.
Or chocolate-scented geraniums? These flowers have deep green, large fuzzy leaves that produce the scent. The scented geraniums are grown more for their scent than their floral appeal.
Orange-scented geraniums have large leaves that smell like mandarin oranges.
Coconut-scented geraniums are vine-like and have a pina colada fragrance. You may want to get a small attractive trellis for this particular geranium. It can also be used in topiaries.
Damask roses are considered “old roses”, known for their wonderful fragrance.
Honeysuckles are vines and shrubs with sweet-smelling flowers. The flowers have edible nectar. But beware, the berries are poisonous.
Jasmine is a climbing vine with white waxy flowers that have a very sweet scent. They bloom at night so they will do equally well in your night garden. The flowers are used to make tea. Some people believe that drinking jasmine tea daily will prevent certain cancers.
Lilac bushes bloom for a few weeks in the spring. Their wonderful fragrance carries for quite a distance. Since this is a bush, you will want to place it accordingly, perhaps at a corner of your garden. What could be better at reviving your spirit than a cup of jasmine tea and a whiff of lilac?
Nicotiana is also called flowering tobacco. This fragrant plant is easy to grow. It starts blooming in early summer. The flowers open in late afternoon. As previously mentioned, it’s also a good flower for attracting hummingbirds.
Peppermint or spearmint are perennial herbs that spread easily. They grow to two feet tall. These plants spread by runners and can become invasive to your garden if not contained.
Pineapple sage has a unique fragrance. Some people think this red-flowered perennial smells more like a martini than pineapple.
While rosemary is actually an herb, it has a wonderfully tart scent.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy July 4th

Who's seen Eclipse? If you've seen it, what did you think? How did it rate against Twilight and New Moon? We're planning on seeing it Monday.

Enjoy your 4th

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shame, Shame

I don't often blog-vent, but I'm going to today.

Most of my adult life, I've considered myself an Independent. If I felt the republicans had the best candidate, that's who I voted for. If the democrats, I voted democratic. But the chasm between republicans and democrats has gotten so wide its almost impossible to bridge.

How can any compassionate American vote against extending unemployment when a million of our own are without jobs? Is it because they have jobs of their own and have so far distanced themselves from those who can no longer pay their bills, they no longer empathize? They say they don't want to leave more debt for our children, but how about worrying about feeding those same children and keeping a roof over their heads.
Yes, millions of dollars have been wasted.

It infuriates me that my hard-earned tax dollars have been squandered on bonuses for fat cat CEOs that helped put us in the mess we are in. But I hardly see that as an excuse for not taking care of the hard working Americans that faithfully pay their taxes and have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Let's forget party lines and try to remember we're all Americans.