rflong: (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2009 08:10 pm)
I'm testing cross posting right now.

Let's see if this works...

Originally published at R. F. Long.

rflong: (Default)
( May. 2nd, 2009 08:06 am)
It's always interesting to look at something new.
rflong: (Meeting on the Turret Square)
( Apr. 28th, 2009 03:32 pm)
I went to see this last night

Bear with me. There are not enough superlatives in the English language.

In places it was actually so beautiful that in between listening to the music, the lyrics (and er... reading subtitles - my Italian is not that good), and watching the images unfold on the screen my mind just could not keep up. I just had to sort of sit back and be swept away with it.

Anna Netrebko  and Rolando Villazón starred and were marvellous - opera stars who can both sing and act and look the part. Musetta almost stole the show (so did her costumes) and the scene where the two pairs of lovers sing - one pair reaffirming their love, the other breaking up, was wonderful. There's tremendous humour in this story which the film brings out well, which serves to make the tragedy which it strikes, as it inevitably must, all the more poignant.

And that moment near the very end, where the music stops and they speak a few lines instead of sing -- shocking and heartbreaking.

Fascinating talk by Elizabeth Gilbert

Go and watch - she has a lot to say that makes a lot of sense.

But it does leave me with one question - the burning question... )

Very very exciting news today. I got the print date for my novel The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian. It's going to be available from 1st December 2009. Actually in print. On paper! YAY!

Of course, its already available as an ebook if you are so inclined. :)
rflong: (Clock)
( Apr. 27th, 2009 10:29 am)
Saturday afternoon was lovely - chat and hot chocolate and even a glass of wine (or two for me) with [livejournal.com profile] ceindreadh , [livejournal.com profile] wyvernfriend ,
[livejournal.com profile] sciamanna and E. Afterwards went to Yellow Brick Road to get a crystal so I could make the Boy Wonder an Atlantean pendant (he has this book...)

Yesterday was mainly filled with food shopping and organising this week as[profile] e_w_h  is on a work trip. :(

I bought a number of ready meals (healthy ones) so I won't have to cook in the evenings and should therefore get some writing done. Allegedly. That said last night I watched 3 eps of Supernatural, edited the novella, sucknopsized it and then submitted it, so that was fairly constructive. Today the Boy is on another half day from school so I will have to scoot out early to mind him. I am so lucky I work where I do.

Hopefully I can hole up on the sofa and do a bit of writing today too. Fingers crossed...

rflong: (Default)
( Apr. 25th, 2009 10:05 am)
Heading into Dublin later today for hot chocolate and chatting in the Library Bar of the Central Hotel.

Hope I have someone to chat to!!!! I'll look rather strange otherwise.
rflong: (Dogmatix)
( Apr. 24th, 2009 09:42 am)
I suddenly seem to have acquired a lot of To Do's

1) finish Moy Tura Echoes. I mean c'mon I'm under 10k from the end. That should be easy, right? RIGHT? Unfortunately got home last night and I don't know if it was hayfever or a cold but I collapsed and barely managed a bit of editing on something else.

2) polish, synopsise and sub the near future SF novella the alter-ego wrote.

3) Re-mend the patches on my daughter's trousers. Again.

4) Start the necklace I've been meaning to make for ages.

5) Finish the blinds for the conservatory.

6) STOP thinking about the new Shiny YA idea, at least until I have finished the other two things.

7) Oh, and the alter-ego has a novel to write as well.

8) There was an 8 but I've forgotten it. this is a large part of the problem of course.

9) Short stories for anthologies. I've a whole list of them. Need to get writing. Oh wait. See previous entries in teh list that concern writing.

10) Stop worrying about the submissions I have out because I really cant do anything about them anyway.

11) No really. Stop. And stop checking the email as well.

12) Write some decent blog posts.

13) Start writing The Wolf's Destiny. Em.. this should probably be further up the list, shouldn't it? Maybe this was acually 8.

14) Work. While at work. Like em... I should...
rflong: (Meeting on the Turret Square)
( Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:11 pm)
It's Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

I'm just going to point people here again - it still amuses: Over the Transom.

rflong: (Iz You Drunk Again?)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:11 pm)
It's not that easy being green

Not the usual version, but one I love just as much...

Oh all right... here's the other. I just can't make up my mind. One's Ray Charles(with muppets) and the other, well...
I know you want to hear it...

In between "finishing" Moy Tura Echoes, dealing with the alter-ego's continuing demands for custody of the brain for her writing, plotting The Wolf's Destiny (book 3, which will have to be, well, book-length), crits, betas, oh! and everday life, I saw a piece of graffiti in Dublin yesterday which handed me the entire plot for a YA novel - okay, I figured out the main gist on the bus on the way home.

So now I have something else to write. Yay me!

Actually I am trying to be sensible about this. I have wrote a summary last night and broke it down scene by scene this morning. Now I am going to try to leave it alone until I have finished Moy Tura. Lee has promised to "enable" me about it, which means of course she has to "enable" me to finish the other book first. I got a good 1300 on Moy Tura today and turned a small corner (of Grafton Street as it turns out). I also did some research yesterday which involved lots of walking around places where scenes are/will be set and taking photos. So here is Dublin, yesterday.Cut for f-pages... )

(And realised I misspelled Cuchulainn - or maybe I can pretend it's a variant spelling. Yeah... that's it.. variant spelling...)
rflong: (Joy)
( Apr. 20th, 2009 08:33 am)
Having a lazy day so far. Going to head into Dublin shortly with the Boy Wonder to look at the bog bodies in the museum, visit some bookshops, and some other shops if we have time/patience and meet my best friend E for lunch. Many the bribe will be offered, I expect! ;)

And... [livejournal.com profile] wyvernfriend  reviewed The Scroll Thief!


Your Inner European is French!
Smart and sophisticated.
You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.
Well, there you go then...
Cheryl Morgan has the videos of Paul Cornell's Guest of Honour interview ([livejournal.com profile] paulcornell2 )from Pcon by [livejournal.com profile] slovobooks . It's in several parts. Its very interesting. And it is hillarious. Some of the gales of laughter during the Alan Moore portion of the interview were [livejournal.com profile] irishkate and myself. Em... yeah, sorry about that. Most came from Catie Murphy ([livejournal.com profile] mizkit ) though... Honest!
rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Apr. 13th, 2009 07:24 pm)
A new game for Monday (once a month) is Excerpt Monday in which various members of Romance Divas publish an excerpt from something. In my case, its The Scroll Thief and the excerpt is up on my website - RFLong.com

At the bottom of the excerpt is a list of excerpts from a number of other Romance Divas authors - there's Jeannie Lin's Golden Heart Finalist "Butterfly Swords" (I beta read this - as soon as its available, and it will be not doubt about it, rush out and buy it!), Kirsten Saell's forthcoming "Chancellor's Bride" and many more. Some are works in progress and some are published, some are PG and some are most definitely not.

(We've tried to give those that need them a rating so basically, if its marked Adult or NC-17 and you don't want to read that sort of thing, please don't click the link. In some cases the excerpt is PG but the site might contain some steamier stuff. Please just use common sense! It's a marvellous thing. :) The majority are PG.)

Happy reading.


rflong: (Default)
( Apr. 12th, 2009 10:34 am)
Happy Easter (if you celebrate it). Happy Sunday if not.

I am reducing a pheasant carcass for stock, getting ready to clean our house before MIL comes and I also have to cook a spiced beef for lunch.

But the kids are happy with toys and an easteregg. Got the Boy Wonder the DS game of The Spiderwick Chronicles reduced in price the other day. He is over the moon. Principessa has a little toy hamster in a ball. Their eggs were hidden in the doll's house.

Our house is weird! icon_smile.gif

Watched Dr. Who special last night. It was a yes, with the odd dodgy moment before brain was firmly stuffed in a box. Engineer husband's ([profile] e_w_h )  "why not just take the seats out and use them as ramps?" two minutes before they did has to be my fave moment though! :)
You Are a Jaguar
You have a knack for reforming, balancing, and even healing people.
You see the good in everyone, and you help bad people learn to be better.

Even though you connect to people, you can't help but feel separate from everyone else.
You often feel like you are on the outside looking in, even with your closest family members and friends.
teh kitteh has just killed a magpie almost as big as he is.

Then he's surprised I won't let him back in the house just yet.


I'm a Philistine.
rflong: (Joy)
( Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:55 pm)
I've just signed the contract for The Wolf's Mate, the sequel to The Wolf's Sister.

We're talking about releasing 1 & 2 as a single print volume after epub, and then my writing the third part as a short novel! More details as and when I have them.


We've just finished a chinese takeaway to celebrate, are enjoying a nice pinot grigio and watching Ladyhawk. It's still wonderful. I saw it in the cinema when it was first out. And I've seen it since, but not for a while. it still hold up, the humour is lovely, the hawk and the wolf... well I have a soft spot for birds of prey and wolves. And oh my, the music is SOOOOOOO Alan Parsons Project (which is understandable when you know who did the score! I keep annoying [profile] e_w_h  by singing Eye in the Sky and bopping up an down!)
rflong: (Iz You Drunk Again?)
( Apr. 2nd, 2009 06:11 pm)
is delighted with himself. I came home this even intending to take off the dreaded collar only to find that he had already managed to free himself of it. I have never seen so happy, or so smug an animal!

You see? I don't need you monkeys. Now bring me food, minion!
This is a slighlty older picture of him, but it gives you the general impression of the attitude (or should that be "cattitude"!)


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