Dude, Where's My Muse?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Yawn

Barely any sleep last night, feeling yucky and woke up at 7 to watch the trade deadline shows. So far, BORING. The four or five guys I'm waiting to see if they move so far have barely been mentioned. Well, they did talk a little about Georges but that was about it. I'm hoping it picks up soon. :o)

Spent the wknd reading. Finished off Sarah Mayberry's March Blaze, TAKE ON ME which was a good read. Off to eat something and see if the trades get any more interesting

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

POP!

I've been spending a few days thinking about the 'personal critique' on Sabrina.

The one thing that I'm stumped on was about that 'POP' bit. I always figured if it was highly entertaining that meant it had to pop at some point. Maybe not?

So I decided to ask other writers. What does POP mean to you? What makes a story POP? How can you tell when something POPS? I'm working my way through the TBR pile hoping to find something that pops so I can see where I'm going wrong with my own stuff.

Basically, I'm waiting for that a-ha moment to hit where I can take my 'highly entertaining' story to the land of popness.

(And how often can I say pop in one blog entry???)

Sorry for not blogging so much lately. Aside from vacation, had a few things going on that kept me away from the computer. Sadly, one of my great uncles passed away yesterday.
posted by Lis at 7:14 PM 5 comments

Friday, February 16, 2007

Deflated

Woke up this morning to a rejection (or as my dad following an episode of Oprah prefers I call it, a personal critique) of Sabrina. This from the dream agency who'd had it for ten weeks. Apparently it was 'highly entertaining' and 'a great core idea' but they found it somewhat predictable. So I'm feeling just a wee bit lost at the moment. Oh and I should query them in the future...

Not sure what to do.

I had a blog post that got eaten by netscape this week that was about dark para vs light para and if there really was a market for the lighter stuff... and now I'm trying to decide what to write. To keep trying the lighter side and hope to grab someone's attention when I finish off Harley (and there is still that other partial of Sab floating around NYC) or go the darker route. I don't know. What I do know though, is I am off on vacation. Following a mini-meltdown this afternoon courtesy of tylenol cold syrup, I'm taking a few days off. Clean out the bookshelf a little, tackle cleaning out the bedroom and maybe just maybe, organize the office. So if you don't hear from me, I just might be buried under my TBR pile. That 7 foot high double wide bookshelf is pretty darn heavy *g*

~L
posted by Lis at 7:13 PM 2 comments

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Belated

Happy Valentine's all. Meant to get on here yesterday and yet again netscape + blogger DOES NOT = happiness. So its back to ie for now.

Finished 'A HOBOKEN HIPSTER' last night. Fun read. Several lol moments where I was actually sitting there giggling. Who knew Robin Hood could be so hot? (hmm, may have to find Robin Hood - Men In Tights now. That movie was hilarious).

Looks like some NHL teams are making waves before deadline. Forsberg was moved tonight and there was something suspicious in the Buffalo-Oilers game. So be even more interesting to see what moves are made now before deadline... I'm keeping an eye on Montreal to see what they do. And the Oilers too. Lots of rumors on who's on the block (why is it the half decent players I actually like) for guys who really aren't that hot (and I mean in the player sense, not the hottie way *g*). Fingers crossed favorite defenseman gets moved west. And by west, this time I mean here oh hockey gods :o) lol

In other news, realized Agency A has had VW for 10 weeks. Wow. Doesn't seem like that long but I guess it is. Still smoothing out a few rougher points I'm finding as I read through. And in chat tonight had some authors tell me the next idea (2B to DG's 2A) sounds really good and funny. Always nice to hear because a lot of the time I wonder is this only funny to me?? Hard to write comedy I tell ya.
posted by Lis at 8:44 PM 2 comments

Monday, February 12, 2007

Its A Monday

For some reason my netscape broswer doesn't like blogger lately so everytime I've tried to post a new blog, it shuts down. It also goes wacky when I try to comment on certain people's blogs. So I've got my fingers crossed this is going to work :o)

Found out the mailed partial arrived in NYC Saturday afternoon thanks to tracking. I'll have to call the post office and see if I get a refund since it didn't get there in the guaranteed 5 days. That's the only good part about expresspost is they do refund you if it doesn't get there in time. Lettermail you've got no clue it hasn't arrived till 4 months later when you email the agent and find out the partial never did arrive. Had that happen half a dozen times.

On the good news side, picked up 'A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest' yesterday on the way home yesterday and really enjoying it so far (6 chapters in). If you like first person and want a fun read, definitely pick it up. Robin Hood's pretty hilarious so far (and he thinks the heroine so far is a guy... so should get interesting soon!)
posted by Lis at 6:27 PM 3 comments

Friday, February 09, 2007

Issues

Abound. Between the laptop dvd drive, transfering files back and forth to have word tell me its corrupted (??) yet I can open it in works... things are making me batty. Is anyone else using statcounter and having issues? On the first I had no hits at all according to them and now its counting every pageload between 3-5x each. Yesterday I had 100 hits. Erm, not quite. I'm happy if I hit 30 hits a day.

Other than that, I had a good post all written up about books only to discover netscape has issues with blogger and shut down, losing my nice post. So I'll try and recoup that this wknd.

No big wknd plans, keep editing, working on a side project too... since it keeps me sane when the other 2 characters decide to get out of hand. Query contest may still be going on on Romance Divas. Not sure. I think I judged most of the entries. Waiting to see if I got picked to mentor. I said I could do queries and synopsis so see if anyone asked for that :o)

What's everyone else up to this wknd?
posted by Lis at 9:30 PM 2 comments

Monday, February 05, 2007

February

Its cold and yet we had rain today. Can't figure that out. The roads are crazy icy, so I'm glad I'm not going anywhere tonight.

Had an okayish wknd. Could have been better, could have been worse. Got The Marine at Costco, as an early Valentine's present. 2 hours of John Cena = two thumbs up in my book. Liked the movie, so probably watch it again this week and study his mannerisms a little more (since Logan is based on him *g*).

Watched hockey Sunday and surprise surprise, my fave player was in the lineup. Color me shocked. Hope he stays in for awhile. Its only three weeks till trade deadline, so how he plays now could help determine where he ends up -- esp. since he hasn't come in trade rumors for awhile.
Oilers play tomorrow night against the canucks, looking forward to that one. Not sure who I'm cheering for yet lol

Mailed the partial to NYC on Sunday. The girl at the post office was obviously new and almost threw out my receipt till I explained I needed that for tracking (Then she took away the backing to my label so fast I thought she took the receipt again) don't know why she was in such a hurry, I was the only one in there. But at least its on its way and with tracking I won't have to worry about it getting lost in the black abyss between here and New York (and if it does, I get my cash back).

Other than that, nothing too exciting happening. Got a query up in the RD Query contest which is interesting as always. :o)
posted by Lis at 8:48 PM 3 comments

Friday, February 02, 2007

Color Me Stupid

Little rant because I feel so stupid right now.
I had the last 8 bombshell books in my shopping cart on ehq for the last 2 weeks, and didn't put the order through. Went today to order and they aren't there. None of the BS books are listed on the site.
So now, my collection is almost complete minus the last 7-8 books.
*hits head on desk* I have to hope if I go out tomorrow I can at least track down the 1 or 2 of the last 4.

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