Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ever have one of those days?

Where you just want to neglect everything....

your friend's blogs.
your own blogs.
your projects.
The dishes in the sink.
Even reading Harry Potter?


I'm having one of those weeks.

But on a brighter note, my baby brother is now a Return Missionary!!! I wish I had a picture. He's such a stud. It's so nice to have him home. I've missed him during what has probably been the longest two years of my life.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Through, I randomly received a number.

And that number was 15.

Which means the winner is


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who participated. I love you all and wish I could give prizes to all my lovely, wonderful, great, fabulous fans. I hope you enjoy the new story on Chapterhouse Lane. It is one I'm rather proud of. :)

The first post is up today.

Leigh, let me know your t-shirt size and which design you would like.

Monday, September 12, 2011


To celebrate another beginning on my story blog, Chapterhouse Lane, I am having another GIVEAWAY!

First, the prizes:
1. A Chapterhouse Lane tee-shirt. You can choose one of four designs:

2. Some very special nail polish, exclusive to the story Fathom. You'll know why it's so special after you read it.

it looks way better in person, trust me.

3. This beautiful book. Gives you a rather large hint of what Fathom might be about. 

4. And because no giveaway is complete without something to eat, you'll also be getting a bag of dried mangoes. Random? No. Read the story and you'll see.

All these prizes are being provided at my expense (along with a generous donation from Amber Martin) so PLEASE spread word and give your support!

To Enter: 
Leave a comment on THIS blog for each entry!
1. "Like" Chapterhouse Lane on Facebook. Or, if you already "like" it, comment about this giveaway. Don't forget to include a link!
2. Follow Chapterhouse Lane on Twitter @herolondon. As with Facebook, if you already follow the Lane on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway.
3.  Follow Chapterhouse Lane on blogger.
4. Post about the giveaway on your blog.
5. Subscribe to RSS feed.
Open to U.S. residents only, please.

Winner will be chosen next Monday, September 19th. Same day as Fathom's debut!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Guest post!

I got to do a guest post over at The Page Traveler today about September 11, 2001. Hope you'll go see her, follow her, blog stalk her, travel with her, just plain love her. Cuz she's fabulous.

And stay tuned for next Monday when I post about my next Giveaway!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Have I lost it?

I'm working on a complete and total rewrite of one of the stories I've written. Serious overhaul.
Cutting characters.
Changing scenes.
Even giving my main character's personality an adjustment.

Because I didn't like her at all. And that's a bad thing for your main character.
Seriously, would you admire someone who kept dating a person totally wrong for her, who is actually quite foppish and annoying, while a very cute, very smart, very Scottish dude was pursuing her? Me neither.
So anyway, I'm starting basically from scratch. New opening. Almost new everything. 

And I have tons of time to work on it. But I'm stuck already. 

First chapter moves too fast. I'm almost liking my old chapter one better. Ugh.

I'm worried. Have I lost it? Is my writing talent finished, as far as novel-writing goes? Is it over for me? I know I've had lulls before. I had to take a huge hiatus while I was pregnant. And it took me a while  to pick it up again after Ella passed away
But I almost feel like I can't write. It's not coming to me. It's not working. I totally stink. The writing stinks. I don't know how to fix it. 

Any writers out there? Any advice? Cheats? Techniques? Help!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

One week

I'm announcing this on my personal blog for those who aren't aware of my story blog.

If you are, and are sick of my talking about Chapterhouse Lane, disregard this message and take with you my disappointment.

So, as I was saying, in one week the contest will come to an end and The Streets of Elangard will be deleted. For further information, visit

And look forward to my next giveaway!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pretty good with a scalpel

I've had this video forever, just haven't had the chance to edit and post it yet.

So here it is now. My darling husband, who is now in his second year of dental school, demonstrates with a grapefruit and a kitchen knife how to dissect a human brain.

It's actually quite compelling, but if you're squeamish, I probably wouldn't recommend you watching it. Only because of what we talk about, not because of what it shows. It's perfectly non-violent.

The voices you'll hear in the background are me, my mom (who makes a brief cameo appearance), my sister, and her little boy.

Isn't he adorable?
Yeah. I get to sleep next to that guy every day.
Love him.