Thursday, February 21, 2013


I've been really stuck on this song lately. I'm probably going to buy The Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtrack. The songs keeps looping through my brain. Ahhh!

Anyone else have an ear-worm at the moment?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Extra! Extra!

Oh, yeah! Today I was in the Chronicle Telegram (not the online edition, so don't bother lookin') promoting my book In a Pickle. Yay! Haven't picked up a copy of IAP yet? Get 'em while they're fresh (Amazon or my publisher, links are on the right.)

I need a signature line. You know, something to sign myself out on. "Peace"? No, too cliche (and THAT is cliche to say it's cliche, so maybe it's not...Dun Dun DUN!) How about...

Keep breathing,

Monday, February 18, 2013


I just pounded out some wordage! My secret? I tuned in to Rainy Mood (I gave you a link a few days ago) and used a program called Focus Writer. The Rainy Mood track was excellent background noise, and the Focus Writer software blocked out all distractions on my computer (such as the internet.)

Okay, what was my real secret? I allowed myself to just write. No editing as I went, just pure creation.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Happy Sunday

I hope you all had a restful day :) This evening, I've been chillin' with my home-cats and watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. #FunTimes


Saturday, February 16, 2013

I CAN Say No

I'm just a girl who CAN say no, and I just did. Have you ever started reading a book and couldn't make it past the first few chapters?

Or are you someone who HAS to read a book through to the end?

What would it take to get you to stop reading?

For me...

- A book that scene-jumps without transition. (As in, one second you're outside, the next you're inside and no transition was made.)

- A book that's plot/action is so slow, it takes you more than four chapters to decide that it's worth slogging through.

Those are just two. Someone did the first taboo in a book I recently tried. I am not going to mention the book or the author. That's just cruel, and I don't want to defame anyone. But the glaring error made me upset. It angered me that such an error made it to print. And it happened not once, not twice, but three times within the first thirty pages. Egads!

There. That was my rant of the day. Do you feel like ranting? Feel free to in the comments, without mentioning books or authors. I don't want to mud-sling ;)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cyborg Seeking Women Advice

Dear Bethy:

I've been on the run for sometime now. Don't get me wrong: I didn't do anything illegal...I think. Does throwing yourself off a thirty-story building count? Tossing a bounty hunter around? Anyway, there's this girl in my life now. She's the first girl I've ever met, and so far so good. I was just wondering if you had any tips for dealing with women in general. So far, all I know is that they look different, smell better, and are cranky every so many weeks (or when you tell her you've got to run and you mean literally RUN away from the bad guys.)

Any help welcome,
A Cyborg Seeking Women Advice

Dear Cyborg:

First of all, congratulations on surviving such a fall. That's impressive, though it was a very foolish thing to do.  Before doing something so dangerous, stop and think "Will I survive?" or "Would I let my child do this someday?" If the answer is no, step back and make a new plan. As for women advice, do not generalize. Every woman is different: Some smell like a farm and others are cranky all the time. Just be yourself, be nice,  and make sure you appreciate her.

Good luck outrunning the baddies,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day, spending it with someone or something you love. I spent it with my mom and my cat.

Oh, and I have an assignment for you: Write a love letter to yourself :)


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rainy Mood

I was introduced to this lovely site, and thought I should share it with you guys. "Rainy Mood" provides (FREE--huzzah!) rainstorm sounds. It is excellent background noise for editing or sleeping.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Warm Fuzzies

One fall/winter, I was feeling low. I mean "why am I here?" "this is pointless" "who am I?" sort of low. My mom tipped off my sister, who then proceeded to contact my friends and our family for notes. Notes of encouragement, that is; things to bolster me up.

My sister got a good response and scrapbooked the notes and gave the book to me for Christmas.

That really encouraged me and it still helps me through the occasional rough patch...when I remember to look through it! Today's one of those days where I might read it from cover to cover.

And I think I'll drink lots of tea.


Has anyone done something nice for you lately? How have you shown kindness to others?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wee Hours of the Mornin'

What time is it? 5:22. AM. Very, very AM.

I'm aware that most of my blog followers are fellow writers. There may be some lurkers in there *peers through the ether* and they may be *le gasp* readers. Yes, I know you all read. I'm talking about people who read what *I* write...besides these silly posts. Which brings me to my dilemma:

To post for writers, new and aspiring?


To post for readers?


To post for both?

What are YOUR preferences?

Do you HAVE a preference?

Do you have some CHOCOLATE? I'm all out :(

Friday, February 1, 2013

Casting Call?

If you're anything like me, you like casting different people in movie roles...especially if it's an adaptation of a book.

For example, my lovely friend (and s talented opera singer) Megan Welenc would make a wonderful Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter. Evanna Lynch did a fab job. Megan would've as well. She's just got this sweet whimsy thing going on. And she can act.

Then there's casting actors in movie roles. There's been lots of debate as to if this guy will do a good job of portraying Suzanne Collins's Finnick from The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. (We'll see!)

Another fun thing to do--don't judge--is to cast characters in certain franchises/fandoms in other franchises/fandoms.

Say they had made A Christmas Carol episode of the 80's/90's TV show Full House?

Danny, of course, would be Scrooge. Instead of a miser, he'd be his usual dust-a-phobic self. My family sat down and thought up which FH characters would play Dickens's. We even had the plot twisted to fit...
What about you? (Please tell me my family is not alone in this madness!)

What actors or friends would you cast in an adaptation of your favorite book?