HNY! You’re probably tired of hearing that by now. There is, however, something optimistic about the start of a new year. This is the time to take out that gym membership (this year, how about going more than once?) start that new book (and finish it) lose that ten pounds (okay, so now I’m pushing it) volunteer or donate (or better yet, both) to those less fortunate. All well within the realm of possibility. All doable. Let’s make a pact…
Officially started 2008 with friends Suzy and Dennis Perkins (and their kitten Bingo who would not be ignored during the festivities.) Now I don't know how many of you are familiar with the cable network Speed TV
, but I'd never watched before. We became so involved in a Barrett-Jackson
car auction that we (A) didn't even play one game of Elvis Pinball the entire night and (B) almost missed the big ball drop with Dick Clark. Anyway, it was a gas and the highest selling car was a DeSoto tha went for $230,000. Warning: this stuff is addicting.
New Year's Day found us in the mountain home of fellow critique partners Margie and Tom Lawson who hosted their annual New Year’s Day Open House. They live outside Boulder in a dream of a log cabin and from their writing desk, the view of snow capped mountains and trees and blue, blue sky is an inspiration in itself. This year, however, we missed two of our critique buddies—Jeff, of course, and Sandy Maren who is off on a journey of discovery. You can follow Sandy through her Nomad’s Kitchen Table
blog page. Which, I might add, has not been updated since Christmas Day. Come on, Sandy, where are you????
Marta Acosta is posting a Q & A we did starting on her website, Vampwire,
January 7. There’s a contest running as well, so drop in. I’ll answer questions or comments. Nothing’s sacred so fire away.
It’s been pretty quiet on the media front, though there are a couple of stories that I found interesting:
Joss Whedon has confirmed that Ripper - the proposed Buffy spin-off starring Anthony Head - is still going ahead… Whedon, speaking to SFX magazine, stated : "Ripper - or whatever Tony [Head] and I get to make - isn’t imminent, but it’s absolutely on the slate. The Beeb (BBC) has been grand about it."
And shocking though it is to report, Eminem’s mom
reported that the rapper LIED about his childhood! He’s not trailer trash after all. Anybody who knew his first name is Marshall could have guessed that! Anyway, she’s writing a book (of course.)
And speaking of books that should never be written, Lynne Spears book on parenting has been put on hold when it was revealed that her sixteen year old daughter Jamie Lynn, sister of she who shall remain nameless, is pregnant by her nineteen year old boyfriend. Even I can’t think of anything to add to that—well, except maybe the irony that the book was to be published by a Christian publisher.
Now, here’s something really COOL—A robot that pours beer. I still can’t figure out how to post YouTube stuff so follow the link
. This is being billed as the Best Robot Made to Benefit Humanity in Terms of Direct Impact on Humans— Who am I to argue? What do you think, Jeff? Want one?
Oh, and one last thing. January is Jeanne Stein month on the Barnes & Noble Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
online book club. If you have any burning questions you’d like to ask, here’s your chance. I promise to answer everything.