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... )

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. 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! :)
I had insomnia the night before last, but not the "oh well I'm awake I might as well get up and write or do something similarly constructive". Oh no, I don't get that sort of insomnia. I get the "lie there tossing and turning trying to work out if you're really awake but not actually being awake enough to get out of the bed" insomnia. So yesterday was a bit of a blur.

Last night however I turned off the light at 10pm and blissfully slept through until the alarm went off. Didn't even notice the children coming in. So today I feel somewhat human again and less like a badly reanimated zombie with a need for crisps and coke.


Today Grace Draven ([livejournal.com profile] grace_draven ) has an interview with me on her livejournal. Grace is hoping to do a lot more interviews with a variety of authors and I am her guinea pig which is very exciting. Her questions were great. As usual I only hope my answers make sense.

And... another Romance Divas workshop coming up

Writing Historical Paranormal Romance with Some of The Hottest Authors in the Genre

March 20th & 21st at Romance Divas


Colleen Gleason

Melissa Mayhue

Jennifer Ashley

Sharon Page

Jennifer St. Giles

Want to know how to write romance that brings a mysterious and paranormal twist to history? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the Historical Paranormal genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

Oh, and it's writing discussion day on Gnattering.com, where I'm talking about re-writing - "Not just Writering... RE-writering"


And finally, this is for [livejournal.com profile] crystaljordan

Yay Crystal! :)

This made me laugh so loud I scared the children - "Everything is amazing right now, and nobody's happy"

(Can't embed it. That makes me sad, but its sooooooooo worth looking at. It's so true. "Give it a second! It's going to SPACE!")

In other news, heard back on The Wolf's Mate and I have some rewriting to do. The good news is, there are some brilliant suggestions (of course) there so I'm kind of itching to get started now. It does mean I have to rearrange some of the things I had planned to do and some projects will have to be posponed, but hey! Everything is amazing right now, and I've decided I'm very happy. :)

Over on Gnattering.com, its Entertainment Thursday combined with a Thursday Thirteen on Keanu Reeves - actor or robot. 13 Keanu Reeves films, from worst to best. I've left out huge chunks. But these are the ones that stuck with me or will haunt me to my grave.

So come and play with the Shinys.

Today I discovered that it is impossible to buy a single cassette tape anymore. I eventually got a pack of 10. I need 1 for the Boy Wonder's piano teacher to record about 10 minutes of music. We may never need to buy cassette tapes again. Seriously.

Oh, and I saw one of the anthologies the alter-ego is in on the shelf in a major bookshop here. Yay! Turned it face out. Went back to admire again it a little later. Bookshop staff might think I'm wierd now.

1) A discovery from last night - it is difficult to make unbroken pancakes after half a bottle of champagne. I can make pancakes but they tend to get a bit mangled.

2) There is still time to enter the draw for a free copy of The Scroll Thief on my website - I haven't picked a winner yet, so come and have a go.

3) Romance Divas is having a wonderful workshop which starts today.

From the Call to the Bookstore

February 25th-26th at Romance Divas



Want to know what it takes to get from “the call” to the bookstore in New York publishing? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with RITA award winning author Kristan Higgins, who can answer that question and many more! It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.
Come, join the mayhem.

4) My hand is much improved but is still half red, with a lovely white band on my finger where my wedding ring was!

5) Battlestar Gallactica was good last night. (Yes, I'm rambling now).

6) I think I'm about to start another novel. The plot bunnies have been at me again. There's just no hope anymore.
rflong: (Default)
( Feb. 10th, 2009 09:29 pm)
So I'm on the mend, both from the 'flu, the absence of [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h on a worktrip and the submission process. Kind of.

I've discovered the most wonderful method which involves self-medication with gin & tonic, crackers &gorgonzola and pride & prejudice...

My favorite bit - can't embed it, sadly but here's the link

Here's a longer clip. I wonder if all men should in future begin any proposals of marriage with "First, I must tell you that I have been the most  unmitigated and comprehensive ass..." It has a nice ring to it. *g*

The downside is I've only written a few pages this evening. Ah well.

A review for The Wolf’s Sister is now online at PNR Reviews by Dee Gentle, PNR Reviews & Features Editor, Paraphernalia

and its a nice review too… “a wonderful start to the series”

Also up today is the almost infamous “ghost post” at Texty Ladies. I mentioned in my interview with Jane about various ghost sightings and she asked for more information. She opened the call last week to Texty Ladies readers and the result is up today. It makes for some interesting and spooky reading!


(x-posted from www.rflong.com - comment there or here)

ps LJers - the bunnies are behaving and I wrote some of The Wolf's Mate last night. Yay!

Also edited to add: *drumroll*

Your results:
You are Padme
Princess Leia
Han Solo
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Luke Skywalker
Boba Fett
Lando Calrissian
Qui-Gon Jinn
You try to be a good person,
but your boyfriend doesn't.
At least you look great.
(This list displays the top 10 results out of a possible 21 characters)
Click here to take the Star Wars Personality Test
rflong: (The Wolf's Sister)
( Sep. 15th, 2008 12:02 pm)
Things I have discovered this morning: Vistaprint does not make things easy for anyone.


Great weekend

I met a writing friend in Dublin on Saturday at the wonderful Epicurean Food Hall. We had hot chocolate and talked for almost 2 hours! My throat was sore when I got home so I have a suspicion as to who did most of the talking! :D

On Sunday we took the kids to see Swan Lake at the National Concert Hall, performed by the Russian National Ballet. Wonderful production! E_W_H won tickets on the radio. These were central seats in the front row of the balcony. We chanced our arm and all went in, managing to pick up two additional seats which were more or less the front of the stalls, almost central. Armed with a normally talkative child each we split up. I took the beloved son up to the balcony while E_W_H and darling daughter took the stalls. I have to say watching a ballet with an almost 7 year old boy is interesting. I answered lots of questions, such as the usual "Who's he?" and "Why's he doing that?" to the more esoteric "Why aren't they talking?" and my favorite "Why is everyone dancing?!"

Hissing "Because its a ballet!" at him got me a very funny look.


I did a little work on The Wolf's Mate but I am trying to take a bit of a break this week because
(a) I finished the edits for The Scroll Thief and felt like my brain had been fried
(b) my CP Elaina (*waves*) is currently in nightmare edits trying to get a requested ms out to an agent when the characters keep changing the end on her so I'm trying to help on that
and (c) I got The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay on Saturday - the only book that could make me put aside Marion Meade's biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, if only temporarily. Seriously, both are wonderful books. I normally find biographies very dry (prefer autobiographies) but Meade makes Eleanor and her world come to sparkling life. Her descriptions of processions, banquets and battles are fabulous. But GGK is GGK and after reading the Fionavar Tapestry within a week I am Hooked (yes, with a capital H)

That said I have been scribbling away longhand and Shan and Jeren have reached their first black moment. The first of many I fear. My concern with this story is that it is potentially more her story than his and I don't want to see him relegated to standing around in the background (impressive though his pecs may be). There needs to be a balance. Also at the moment there is far too much standing around talking.

A couple of Moy Tura ideas have started to percolate again, so I hope soon to write some more there as well. But I dont want to push it and have the characters clam up on me again. They're stubborn that way.

eta: I updated the book trailer to include the cover and various helpful suggestions. Almost forgot to embed it!


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