What else has kept me from blogging? Well, for Christmas, I got a Wii. This is the first time I've requested a game console, instead of the boys who sniffed at the tiny little Nintendo box. Ha! Showed them. They spent a good part of Christmas Day and some of Boxing Day playing bowling and tennis and other of the sports that came with the unit. We all got to punch each other's cyber-lights out in the Wii Boxing -- wow, that's a workout! I also got Wii Fit Plus with aerobics and yoga and strength training etc. I've been doing the aerobics step program which is a good workout on its own. Yoga? I used to be fairly flexible, especially back in my karate days, but OMG I am SO out of shape and stiff now. It's HARD.Which means I now have to work in time every day to work out. I know it's good for me, but ... okay, I'll quit before a full whine escapes.
Good news on the western, too, by the way. I finished the edits and will be sending it out in the morning to my critique partners to pull apart. *cringe* While I'm waiting for them to wade through the over 61,000 words (yeah, I know, it was supposed to be a novella that topped out at 30K. I'm verbose, what can I say?) Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers that I'll able to submit it soon. Of course, I still have to get the thumbs up/down from my CPs, and write a synopsis and a killer query letter. But that light at the end of the tunnel is definitely not a train. Woohoo!
HockeyVampiress around the web, offered to make me some ribbon/bead bookmarks that included a tiny copy of my covers in one of the beads. I jumped at the chance. You see, back in 2007, I was at the RWA conference in Dallas. They have a "goodie room" there, where authors can put out swag--free copies of books, bookmarks, postcards, sewing kits, you name it. Anything to promote their latest release or just their brand. One author included a beautiful blue beaded bookmark (or book thong as they're sometimes called) in a small package. But by the time I got home a week later, the bookmark had been separated from her business card so I had no idea who had made them.
Shell's bookmarks with their title specific bead means that whenever you use my bookmark, you'll be reminded of my book, or of me. They're beautiful bookmarks too. So over the next few months, in celebration of Personal Protection's upcoming release, look for a few to be part of my contests.