rflong: (The Wolf's Sister)
( Feb. 14th, 2009 08:11 am)
OKay, so we didn't go last night, we're going this morning. But I had to tell you about the Samhellion swag hunt happening NOW until the 15th of February because otherwise it would have been too late!

"The mission is simple, go to the author websites below and search for the missing gifts. Each gift is an icon that will say, Samhellion Swag Hunt. Once you locate the gift, come back here and enter the item (jewelry, candy, etc) not the URL - for each author then click submit.

You're now entered into a drawing to win a free ebook! For each participating author, we will draw one prize so if you have nine authors on your list then you have nine chances to win! All winners will be announced on the Samhellion Blog.


One entry per household - You must be 18 to enter - Void where prohibited by law.

Hunt #3 - Ends February 15 @ 8 AM, EST"

Some really great books are available, romance (both sweet and steamy - maybe don't do this in work!), paranormal and fantasy.

And one of the prizes is The Wolf's Sister.

I've been back at work this week, hence the silence. Playing catch up. It has been going pretty well apart from

(a) a bizare computer ghost on one of the library PCs which causes multiple windows to open sometimes (40-50 instances of Internet explorer) , creates folders for no reason and wipes out favorites. Problem is, it seems to be only persecuting one of our users.

(b) the case of the missing Codex - a historian working here found reference to a provincial chapter of 1909 and wanted to see the documents. My boss and I found more about this Chapter in one of the historical works written by someone who lived here, including a reference to the Actorum Codex 1871 which was noted as being housed in the archives here. Imagine our surprise as neither of us had ever heard of it! We had a search yesterday and lo! it appeared in a cupboard right where it should have been. Still can't remember seeing it at any point before but that's old books for you. Great name, isn't it? I feel it will be lifted for an Ayredale library story someday soon.

(c) A LARGE number of donations snuck in under the radar while I was away so I have to sort them out, decide what we need and catalogue them. Luckily we have some room left.

In honour of the return to libraryland I found one of my Orang-utang pictures (taken at Dublin zoo earlier this year) It's one of my favorite pictures - It's also the picture on my phone - and I am very proud of it. I got some wonderful shots in France as well. I will have to post up a few soon. But my Orang-utangs above are still my best I think.

Not news on rejections or acceptences. I subbed Come and Play and The Bonny Lass O' Fyvie last week - not sure if I mentioned that. I was planning to take [personal profile] nephele up on her very fine offer (look at her blog, especially if you are a YA writer - go on, you have 2 more days)  but as May Queen is not yet finished I can't really and I don't think I'll be able to pull another 25-40k words out of somewhere in two days! Shame, as I would love to give it a go, but she does specifically ask for completed novels. And I don't think, by any stretch of the imagination that The Penitent could be described as YA!!! :D

Nothing from McMillan yet. It's starting to look like it has been rejected. *sigh* So, I'll give until the end of the month and then start thinking about what else I want to do with it. Still trying to keep the fingers crossed for an 11 hour miracle.

That's it for now. The library calls.

rflong: (River Bridge)
( Sep. 2nd, 2007 01:09 pm)
Coupled with two rejections coming through last night - one for Come and Play and one for The Bonny Lass O' Fyvie. I've sent out Come and Play again already and want to do The Bonny Lass as a snail mail, so much print it up and write a letter on the home pc (it being the one with a printer attached!)

I've been unpacking most of the morning. We still have all the bags to go. Hubbie just phoned. He was out with his fishing club and has six mackerel for us for dinner tonight (ok, maybe not ALL of them for dinner). We also picked up some rather lovely sorrel sauce in France so that might be the menu, I reckon.

France was lovely, really really lovely. We were in a great site in a wonderful area. Most of all we didn't do too much which has left us both wonderfully relaxed (possibly a little too relaxed). The world is winding up around us and I don't think we're quite ready to join in yet. My daughter goes back to her creche tomorrow and my son and my husband are back to school/work on Tuesday. I am the lucky one - not back until next Monday (at my boss' suggestion! YAY!), but we have a lot to do to get the boy ready for school again! Shoes for one thing. He needs new ones. And the new (which we did manage to be organised enough to get before we went) trousers have to be taken up. (Mum?!)

I have to get myself back to writing. Big time. The only problem with taking a holiday is that you do have to get going again afterwards. Ah well. May get something done shortly.

Oh, and I am busily planning evening courses for the new term. Might even take two! Eek. Such ambition. So far my options are Fencing, Pottery, Jewellery Making, and Woodcarving. Such a dilemma.

Yes, all taking away from those all important writing hours. Bad bad me.

Anyway, talk soon
rflong: (Default)
( Jul. 27th, 2007 11:22 am)
Right, those two are off again! Now to do something else!

rflong: (Default)
( Jul. 27th, 2007 10:12 am)
Two rejections this morning.

One for The Wrecker's Daughter from Heliotrope (32 days)and one for Come and Play from Wierd Tales (49 days). I think I have another market for The Wrecker's Daughter, a fairly unusual one, but I have to go check out their submission guidelines. Not sure about Come and Play - I have one idea, but want to see if I can pull up anything else first.

Other than that, I have done NO writing thanks to JK Rowling and THAT book. I finished it last night. There were laughs and tears and a certain amount of cheering (in my head). I really enjoyed it. There were one or two spots where it dragged a little, but the main thing that struck me is the vast improvement in her writing over the years. Yes, of course you would expect that, but it was glaringly obvious in this one. What an amazing thing to do though, to have so many people, children and adults gagging to get to the end of the seventh book in a series.

The kitchen is nearly there. Nearly.  We had a couple more hiccups (surprise!). We're trying to work out why everything about this installation has ended up being "non-standard". The cooker went in last night (hurray) and looks wonderful. The oven isn't wired in yet, but the hob is and works. I may yet get my pasta! We're all having a night off tonight and then doing a full day tomorrow. I must take some pictures. I have a couple of befores already. I'll do an "in progress" tonight (if I remember) and an "after" on Saturday evening. We will still have to decorate, of course, but that is to be expected. There is a large hole in one wall exposing the pipes. The electrician took on look at it and said "That was the work of a plumber!". There was also a leak in the bathroom at some point and the ceiling above the cooker is bowed so a panel will have to be replaced. (Yippee!) So, there will be tiling, papering and painting to beat the band going on next week. And I am a painting monster when I get going.

Off to check up on the local DIY shop where I will be spending my lunch hour looking for wall lights. :D

Well, the first new sub for "Come and Play" went a bit disastrously wrong. I got a mail back saying the magazine had closed. Shame they didn't mention that on their website when I read up on them!!! 

Ah well. NEXT!

I've got so much to do at work today - have to tidy the whole library and sort out a pile of boxes which have been loitering behind the sofa in the reading area for too long. Piles of duplicates to box up too. And we're launching a lending section. Who says life is dull.

Other than that little news. Two dinners to cook over the weekend - Friends on Saturday, Mother in Law on Sunday. On Sunday night we have a babysitter lined up (my best friend, if we can prize her away from her lunchdate - tee hee!) and we are going to see Pirates 3. Despite the reviews, I am looking forward to it (if nothing else for Johnnie Depp and popcorn).

Wrote another couple of pages of "Moy Tura Echoes" last night and I got a couple of crits in on Chapter 11 on Notebored. It has been pretty well received so far. As we are about to start up the JumpStart Writers group again, I have to decide what I will go with - I could do some rewrites on the initial chapters of Echoes and try to keep the momentum going. I could turn to May Queen or the Freya story and get them going again (they slid off the radar, despite having quite a bit done). Or I could attack Dream of the West again and try to do that total rewrite I've been going on about - but that might not be fair on the people in the group who I have worked with before. 

(but that might not be fair on the people in the group who I have worked with before. Wow, that's a bad sentence!)

Decisions, decisions...

At least I'm busy!


Well, what did I expect. You'd think I'd know by now. I think I will gradually drive myself demented waiting for 

(a) responses to submissions
(b) critiques 
(c) lunch!

At least, working where I work, I get lunch as part of the deal. And its usually pretty good. I have that to look forward to.

I think I have found a couple of places to try for "Come and Play". This isn't a long piece (1600 words), and I know one market was very split on whether they would take it or not. It is dark, and my published work so far as not been so dark ("Anything for Love" is about the darkest.)

Hope I've done the lj_cut right. I am still trying to get up to speed on this whole thing! :D

It is NOT a vampire story by the way. Nor is it a serial killer story. It's something else. Hopefully I'll get it sorted today and sent off again. I don't like having them hanging around the house...

I read Kristen Nelsons Blog and the ones for the last couple of days have been great - Describing a dream client and the client from hell. Entertaining and edifying... http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-would-you-describe-dream-client.html

Yummm... lunchtime approaches. I think I'd better go.


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