Thursday, January 18, 2007

No Music on this One

Dear hubby got me an iPod for Christmas! I may be the only person in the entire universe of iPod owners who has absolutely NO music on their iPod, but I am certainly getting use out of it. I've dowloaded an amazing collection of podcasts.

(For those of you who haven't had the chance to investigate podcasts, they're like radio shows that have been recorded. Or blogs that are read out loud. Or both. You don't actually need an iPod or any other MP3 device to listen to them. Most modern PCs and Macs have built-in software for listening to them, and if not, you can easily download free MP3 players.)

Some of the podcasts I've listening to lately are Grammar Girl, Word Nerds (love it), Podcast of Horror, and Tech for Writers. I'm always finding more, so this list will grow. (Still haven't found a vampire one, though...)

I'll go into more detail about these podcasts and include links in a later post. Gotta run and get ready for an evening event.

Bye for now!

Odd Weather

This has been an odd winter so far. At a recent (January) post-holiday
party, many of our neighbors were remarking on the unseasonably mild
weather. Most of them were quick to add that although they were
enjoying it, they worried what the odd climate change heralded for the

As an example of how exceptionally mild it was, normally when I put up
holiday lights outside, I can't take them down right away after the
holidays are over because they're either hidden in snow or frozen to
the bushes. This year I was out there in January without a coat,
gloves, or boots, and taking my time as I enjoyed the sunshine. Odd.
Very odd. We didn't have our first ice storm until a few days ago, but
it was north of where I live. I wouldn't have even known about it if a
lot of people at work hadn't discussed it.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I Finished It!

FINALLY! I've finished the final draft of The Old Power Returns! Sort of...

What I've done is finished entering changes from the initial edit and also a final read-through. Out loud. Reading it out loud really helped me find problem areas, but it was a real pain in the throat. As much as I hated the physical part of it, I'd definitely do it again.

I've sent it off to the editor. She'll give it one last read-through and do a copy edit, which means, of course, that there will probably be a few more corrections. But I'm getting closer... Next step is off to the printer! I've seen the preliminary artwork for the cover and should be seeing the next pass of it soon.

I've also heard that the translation of DARKSOME THIRST, the first in the series, to German is coming along nicely. Keep an eye on Otherworld Verlag -- if you read German -- for the latest. Or surf over to my publisher's site (, which will carry announcements of its progress.

How totally exciting!