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New facet of Chaos, or Katie’s hyperbolic, mythic moving experience

ImageFor those wondering why I’ve been even more remiss than usual about regular blog posts, here is the reason – told in the (only slightly edited) words of the cause.  A happy cause it is, though.  Life is a positive flavor of chaos at Chez Wooldridge.  Helloooooo, Katie!!

 

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Passing the protective daemons resting with the dryads of this mystic land, I come upon my home for the unknown future.  The grand cathedral [Trish, here, is deeply moved by such a description of her crooked, humble, home] is adorned with angles, fairies, and protected by its four legged guards and their elfin comrades. [I really hope she’s not considering Nylis a guard. Maybe Loki, and the ghost–hell, even the statue, of Miss Rhetta.  But Nylis?]

 

First, we chose the clean out the junk in the room I wasn’t going to sleep in and turn it into a more cleverly organized storage closet and library. [It’s still a work in progress.]  To do this I, as a monkey, ascended the stair to the attic where was found many a box, chest, and crate filled with hidden fortunes and forgotten memories.

 

Next was the ship…. Ohhh…. Wait!!!  The weaponry.  Must mention those. [Even I had forgotten the depth of our collection…]

 

In the storage closet stood all manner of weapons for this palace’s gallant warriors to wield as each practiced and sparred with the spirits of the wood, lain bare from Winter’s chilly wind.  We transported these to the Temple Viewing (TV) room and blocked this entrance, protecting what would protect us, with the rugs and coverings found within the room that was to be changed next. [Oh my… those who know my writing – I swear, I am blameless here.  This is ALL Katie.]

 

Next was found a white, well built, with the sturdiest logs and paint, book shelf. Moving it is highly silly to watch and was done by mainly myself. (I made a short video).

 

Once we removed from the windows of the adjacent room [Katie’s near-future completed bedroom] what had been keeping the cold-winter out and sunlight from ever coming in a refreshing and cleansing sensation came over us and hot chocolate was the perfect for that moment. [To my editor friends: A discussion will be had about passive writing.] And so we share a moment by the Comfort Stove.

 

Tho’ this be a wonderful place to rest, we must journey forward through our days…

 

Days later, at Home Depot, I had a challenge of choosing not only the new color but the design, finally deciding on nothing and arriving from the store with a new fire protector (lamp shade), spackle and paint supplies.

 

Once the ship [read as: Katie’s room, I had to ask about the metaphor, too] was emptied was when the handwork began.  [And Katie got tired of writing, so she bulleted the rest.

 

Spackling:  Finding and sealing every hole and ding was a chore taking days.

Painting:  Two coats helped me keep my thoughts warm.

Furnishing:  Moving the bed took two of us and after this the rest was up to me.

 

Now, I am happy to see my new residence built to allow for freedom of motion to and from nature. [She has a balcony.]

My aery was made for flight and its motion felt when you sit in its center–being as the floor is tilted and the furnishings are placed as tho’ the room were a circle. [She likes her room and is kindly making the most of the aforementioned crookedness of my humble home.]Image

 

Now, we work on making the rest of the house liveable… while I attend to my email slayage, deadline challenges, and journey demands.  Ack… the mythic hyperbole is catching!!  I better end this post now and get to bed…

The Broad Pod: February 2012 Romance

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Welcome to the February 2012 edition of Broadly Speaking, where this month we are romantically speaking.  Your host, Heidi Ruby Miller, writes stories where the relationship is as important as the adventure. She is the author of the SF Romance series set in the Ambasadora-verse and co-editor of the writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program. Find her at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.

Heidi’s guests are:

PAULINE BAIRD JONES
The “romance force” is strong in Pauline Baird Jones’ family. Her parents recently celebrated 60 years of marriage and she and her hubby will clock 37 years this April. Maybe that’s why romance is laced into her 12 novels of mysterious mayhem and space opera action adventure. She hangs out at all the usual social networking sites and has a website at paulinebjones.com

ALEXA GRAVE
Alexa Grave loves to tell stories–it just so happens her characters occasionally take her on an unexpected ride.  Her story “Kindled Morphogenesis” can be found in the anthology Modern Magic: Tales of Fantasy and Horror.  Please visit her at Born to Write–http://alexagrave.blogspot.com.

BRENDA COOPER
Brenda Cooper lives in the rain-sodden and beautiful Pacific Northwest where she works as a technology executive and writes science fiction and fantasy in the wee hours of the morning.  Her most recent published novel,  Mayan December, came out from Prime Books last August, and Pyr will be publishing a duology that can loosely be described as “Evita in Space” in 2011 and 2012.

No matter the level of sensuality, whether the sex is on or off the page, romance has its place among the many stories of speculative fiction from these women. After all, love stories are universal.

Covers! Splendid Covers!

I am late and later in regards to the Spencer Hill Press Cover Reveals, but I’m pleased to finally share the absolutely gorgeous covers on my blog of the two novels I’m editing.

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And really, I can’t say how happy I am with both books.  🙂  I can hardly believe that _I_ get to help these authors with the amazing worlds they’ve invited me into.

 

Now… I’ve got deadlines to both authors that I ought to be finishing, but I just wanted to share the fabulousness.

 

Look for both books in 2013 from Spencer Hill Press!

The Great Recovery of 2012

It seems more of this year has been recovering:

 

Recover from Scott’s trip

Recover from Arisia

Recover from Boskone

Recover from arrival of new roommate

 

Oh, yes, an old friend has moved in with me.  🙂  I’m very happy about it, but there is a lot of work involved because my house really is quite a mess.

 

I’m back in that pattern of reaction as opposed to pro-action…

 

Or not… it was my invitation that brought Katie here, and part of that plan was some serious house fixin’ work.  To make Scott’s old room livable, I knew there would be a lot of work.  It was pro-active.

 

But now, I have to react to fit the rest of my life around this.

 

As it is, I’m going to have to work around much more travel than I planned: two extra international trips to visit Scott.

 

“Work around” sounds so negative… it’s AMAZING to get this chance to travel with my Husband-of-Awesome.  It’s an opportunity I can’t miss.  But, I do still have responsibilities and deadlines (many of those new, too) that must be balanced around the opportunity.

 

My blog has not been as regular as I’d like, though.  I’m back to making it a work in progress.

 

I’ll aim for Monday and Thursday updates for now.  That’s about all I can promise.  There are too many Fridays that I am traveling and Thursday nights I’m prepping. 

 

I’ll do my best to keep things updated… like, ahem, my website… for which I’ll send my webmistress edits tomorrow night.  (And I’ll see if I can sneak in a person-to-person visit amidst my errands tomorrow.)

 

In any case, it’s another reinventing of my work, my job “title,” and, in essence, my life.

 

And I’m happy to share it for all its lessons.

Networking (aka Having Fun at) Boskone this Weekend!

Conventions are fun. 🙂  So is networking… or as I like to call it, “hanging out.”

 

I actually hadn’t intended on attending Boskone.  With all the traveling I’ll be doing with going to visit Scott, and several other unplanned trips that are now getting planned, I figured I could drop out of this particular New England convention. 

 

But Patty, my friend and owner of Annie’s Book Stop Worcester (which, by the way, could really use readers’ help!!), convinced me to go. 

 

I am not on any programming, save the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (8:00 Saturday – be there!).  I’ll definitely be at the Broad Universe table, helping out.  And I volunteered to help my friend, Elaine Isaak, with her Chai and Chocolate kickstarter party at 8:30, Friday night.

 

Which is a pretty free-time convention for me!

 

Patty says I need to make this my “bar-con.”  Do my social networking.  We’ll be each others’ wingwoman… because I have a lot to learn from her, and she (and other people, surprisingly to me) think I’m good at this networking thing.

 

In fact, my new housemate, Katie, is sharing a room with me and also hoping to learn some of this networking mystery.

 

Quite honestly, I just like getting to know people and hearing their stories.  If they find me interesting, too, we exchange contact info and possibly contact each other at a later date.

 

Or, someone runs into me and asks me if I know someone who…

 

I guess the trick of it, and “trick” makes it sound so dirty – it isn’t, is that combination of enjoying the company of others and having the mental facilities to remember them in both a social context and a potential business context.

 

In any case, I’m looking forward to my first low-key, non-programming convention in a very while.  Look for me there – I’ll be… just hangin’ around.

Foodie Friday: My Keurig!

ImageAs I mentioned around Christmas, one of Scott’s surprises for me was a Keurig coffeemaker.  It took me a little over a month to clean off a spot for it, and then actually take some time to set it up (which, actually, took less than 10 minutes, including cleaning and all).

 

So, in good geek spirit, I started playing with immediately.  I ran a few of the pods that it came with for me and my mother-in-law for lunch, and then I started playing with what I was most looking forward too, which is the little individual cup you can fill with your own stuff.

 

I started with an Irish Breakfast tea.  It’s an easy gauge for tea, simple, black, I know what it should taste like.  My theory, though, was that it would be too weak because A) black tea needs boiling water, and B) a 4-5 minute steep.  The Keurig heats the water to the optimal coffee temperature, which is between 170-180, and it’s a fast brew, also optimal for coffee.  Regardless, I tried.  My theory was correct, and the black tea was too weak. 

 

Next, though, I tried green tea, which I know has a lower brewing temperature and, ideally, should only steep for a couple of minutes or it gets bitter.  I measured out some jasmine green tea leaves into the little filter and, et voila! – PERFECT green tea.  It had a great bouquet of the jasmine, still plenty of green tea flavor (and I’m sure all the nutrients), and not a hint of bitterness.  Success!!

 

I have not tried white tea, but I’m guessing I’ll have similar issues because, though it has a low temperature requirement, it also has a very long steep requirement.  Herbal teas will probably depend on the herbs, as some need hotter temperatures and/or longer steep periods. Something simple, like chamomile, ought to be fine, but the medicinal herbs will need me to continue using my other methods.

 

Still, I’m SO thrilled with the quality of the coffee that the perfect green tea is a bonus!

 

Yay, Keurig!

Corrupts Absolutely?

I’m in another anthology coming out this March!

 

The call came through last year, and I’d been moved to write the story for some time.  I kept re-emailing myself the call for submissions because I was so intrigued with the idea:

 

A superhero anthology playing with the extent of how much power would corrupt your average, real person.

 

I didn’t get a full idea until the editor added an extra wish list:

 

Female writers and protagonists

Non-meta* individuals who are just super smart or technologically enhanced

Teams or siblings

 

And a few other things, but those three clicked a switch in my brain, and Victoria jumped into my head and started complaining about her boss at this engineering firm who treated her like crap and had grand delusions of being the next Tony Stark.  Ok… maybe the boss wasn’t that delusional, he really was building a massive weapon war suit thing.

 

Thing is, while her a-hole boss may not have any superpowers, Victoria does: She can make technology bend to her will.

 

To find out what happens, you absolutely need to order this book!

 

If not for me, there are some other great writers – including at least two other fabulous Broads that I know.

 

I also have to say, that I’m liking the editor’s marketing plans for this anthology.  He’s already working on promotional blog posts, we’ve got the cover (see the pretty picture), and we’ve gotten a lot of other emails with ways that we, the contributors, can help.

 

As I’ve progressed in my writing, I’m learning how much I love anthologies.  Not many pay well, but I do love having physical books – and the themes totally get my creative juices flowing.

 

Besides Corrupts Absolutely?  I’m working on two other stories for two other anthologies.  I’m not accepted in either yet, but I’m writing!

 

On top of that, Christy and I have reunited yet again. 😀  Yaayy!! For those of you who are Shadow Guard Fans, keep an eye out for some Super Special Updates!!!!

 

Happy Writing!

 

*meta – a common word for “mutant” or someone with special powers.

My blogging plan…

ImageIt’s not working so well. 

 

Well, there’s a post here when it ought to be scheduled, more times than not… but I’m barely hanging on, and there’s been a lot of borrowing from other sources – look, the podcast!  Look – a cute cat!

 

I have a lot to say; I have articles in my head.

 

I have no time…

 

Little things around the house, reworking my whole schedule, fitting in this exercise and eating protocol… total time eaters.

 

I may end up just posting a photo of my houseguests on Friday.

 

Also – people near Worcester – sign up for the Writing Workshop I’m doing with two great friends this Saturday.  Today is your LAST DAY to do it. 🙂  Here’s the info on how to register.

 

Part of the blog-eater is this workshop – so I’m sacrificing for you!

 

🙂  Happy mid-week.

Broadly Speaking Travels Through Time!

Broadly Speaking Travels Through Time!

Welcome to the January 2012 edition of Broadly Speaking. According to the Mayan Calender, this year is the year that we run out of time. (Or, more probably, a new cycle begins quite uneventfully.)  But if we can’t go Back to the Future in our own version of The Time Machine, we can at least talk about it. 

Join your host, Tracy S. Morris, for a timely discussion about the adventures of women writing science fiction, fantasy, horror — and everything in between.
 
Up first, Tracy and Melanie Fletcher discuss the rules that one must decide on before writing about time travel. 
 
Then, listen to a round-table discussion on the various conflicts that are inherent in time travel fiction with Pauline Baird Jones, author of Steamrolled, Kathryn Sullivan, author of Talking to Trees,  S.A. Bolich, author of Firedancer and Lynda Williams, author of the Okal Rei Saga.     
 
We hope that you can make time to listen to this podcast. If not, save it in your player for sometime when you have time on your hands.