Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ask Andrew - Word Limit


Dear Andrew

I am wondering why a publisher would put a word limit on books.

Theresa

Dear Theresa

Publishers put word limits on books for a number of reasons.  One of the biggest being consistency.  One of the big publishers had had strict length limits on their category lines for years.  This is so that each story bought by the consumer will be within the lines primary guidelines.  It also helped keep costs in line during a time when the primary sales vehicle was print books.  The longer the book the more it cost to print. 

Dreamspinner Press puts a length limit on their stories for the Advent Calendar.  That is so that when the reader receives their story each day, it isn't more than they can read so they don't get behind or frustrated with the story a day concept.  (The length of the story also determines how it will be made available.  For DSP, a story needs to be a certain length before it will be put into print)

However the biggest reason I believe for length limits are costs.  Longer length books cost more to produce.  Often editors, proofers, translators, and in the case of audiobooks, narrators, are paid based on word count so the longer a story is the more it costs and in today's market, publishers can't charge more for longer books, its too competitive.  So they set a word limit or publish guidelines on how long they want their stories to be.    Remember that publishing is a business and one of the tenants of business is to try to control costs.

I really hope this helps!
Happy New Year!

Hugs and Love
Andrew

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Resolutions


Our New Year’s Resolutions
 
Sean: Be more organized. 
 
Julia: Really focus on the writing.

BA: Is rule the world an acceptable resolution?
 
Sean: Eat healthier.
 
Julia: Start doing yoga again.
 
BA: Is that a no on the total world domination, then?
 
Sean: Explore new kinks.
 
Julia: Take Andrew Grey to Texas.
 
BA: Can I at least be a super villain? 
 
Julia: Sure, baby, but no monologuing.
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!
 
If you have a topic you’d like us to chat about, please let us know. We’re totally up for that.
 
You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot and @batortuga.
 
Sean’s website is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com
BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com
 
Facebook:
Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites
Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor
BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga
 
Much love, y’all,
BA

Monday, December 29, 2014

Some Vacation Snapshots by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I'm in NYC right now being a tourist (and coughing due to an unfortunately timed cold) so I thought I'd share some snapshots. I'm also sharing these daily(ish) on Facebook and Twitter.







Hope you have a terrific week and a safe and fun New Year's Eve.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas! The gift disappointment.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

How was your Christmas?  Did you get something good?  Did you get something really bad?  Did you get into an argument with your sister?  Did you flip out with the stress?

My answers:  Good.  Yes.  Yes.  No (wow!). Yes.


On Christmas Eve someone said to me, “I hope you have a merry Christmas.”

I answered, “Thank you.  Each year I simply pray that I don’t stress too much.”

It’s true.  My Christmases are usually so busy I end up stressing because I’m trying desperately to remember sixty million things, juggle seven million tasks and keep my children in line.  (And I’m not quite sure which is the most difficult).

And like any family gathering, you’re going to have someone snipe at someone else and hurt feelings abound.  When I get together with my siblings we often fall into familiar childhood roles – which unfortunately for me, is the youngest one that they laugh at because it’s fun.  And my childhood response is let them.  I was conditioned to do it.  Yes, I need to learn to stand up for myself.  **scribbles on New Year’s resolution list**

But surprisingly things went rather smoothly this year.

Firstly, my mother-in-law had decided not to invite extra guests to our “family” Christmas breakfast.  She remarked to me three times during the morning (and maybe more times to others) how nice it was to just have family.  I had to bite my tongue to stop reminding her that I’ve been telling her that for over ten years now.  So without the extra guests it meant, as a family, we could open presents whenever we wanted. I didn’t have to rush over to their house in the morning.  I didn’t have to make small talk with people I didn’t know (which I can do, but it isn’t always easy for me).  For the first time since I started dating my husband, I could relax at her house on Christmas morning.

Then we dashed off to have lunch at my sister’s house.  It was a small gathering this year, with many of my siblings deciding to have their own at-home lunches.  It took the pressure off the sibling relationships.  My brother#1 didn’t do things “his own way” causing sister#1 to get upset which meant she sniped at sister#3, who in her turn would snipe at me.  So I had a nice time, instead of crying in the bathroom as I have been known to do.

But what about the presents???

LOL – okay.  Did I get what I asked for?  Yes.  I asked people to buy me an Amazon gift card.  My family forgot, but my best friend showed me what being a best friend is all about by remembering.  (Thanks BFF – I’ll need to dedicate another book to you).  Hubby also bought me the new printer I asked for, and my in-laws bought me some new towels. (When stuck trying to think of a present for me, I always ask for towels.  Towels are always needed.)

Did someone get it terribly wrong?  <facepalm>  That crown goes to my poor mother-in-law.  The present for my daughter came with rather strict instructions: “She needs dresses.  They need to be long – she’s so tall that most little girl dresses are indecent on her.  The dress needs to be pink or purple.  She will not wear any other colour.  She won’t wear denim.  She won’t wear shorts.”

The length thingy was a parental instruction.  The bit about the colour, denim and shorts was a stubborn-mule-5yo-girl thing.  I’ve fought with her for at least 3 years about it.  She won’t wear shorts.  And she definitely won’t wear denim.  To make my life a little simpler, when it’s time to get dressed each day, I just go with the flow.  Does it matter in the big scheme of things if my daughter wears only pink cotton dresses?  I’m sure it’s just a phase.

Did MIL get it right?  Only one out of three outfits.  I’m sure those other outfits are very pretty.  And yes, they’re pink.  But they’re shorts.  She won’t wear shorts.  Did I not say that?  SHE WILL NOT WEAR SHORTS.  Now I’m going to need to find a suitable bribe in order for my daughter to wear the outfits at least once before I can retire them in the too-small-box.


I have a theory.  The Renae-theory-about-presents is that you receive two types of presents: 

1.  Presents that people want for themselves, so they are sure you will love it, because they do.

2.  Presents that people think you want, because that’s how they perceive you.

Neither presents are given without thought – because I know that my family love me and want me to enjoy the presents.  But sometimes you wish you didn’t get some things.  Sometimes you love something – but after six years of only receiving ladybird-themed gifts, you wish you never let that little nugget of information drop.

My sisters are mostly in the second category of gift givers.

Sister#3 has me pegged – she always manages to buy me a great present.  This year I received a nice stationery set of post-it notes in different sizes.  Yes – I’m a list maker and this will be great.

Sister#5 doesn’t cook.  She has no interest.  But she thinks I do, and therefore loves to buy me stuff that has to do with cooking.  Often a lot of fun.  But often impractical stuff.  Each year I get something wildly weird to do with cooking.  This year was a cupcake ferris wheel.  A what?  Yep!  A miniature ferris wheel that holds eight cupcakes.  It’s cute.  It’s ultra cute.  Let’s just hope I don’t have crowd at my next party, because there’s only eight cupcakes, people.  **wink**

Sister#1 thinks I like wildly bright clothes.  It’s true, I don’t shy away from the bright reds and blues.  But sometimes…

However my maternal parent is in the first category of buyers.  For the explanation of my gift this year, I must digress. 

As a child my room was painted pink.  When sister#3 moved out of home, I happily installed myself in her room (the first time in my life I didn’t have to share a room!) and I revelled in the fact it was yellow!  **throws confetti**  When I was about 12, my mother decided to put vertical blinds in all the rooms.  She asked me what colour I wanted.  

“Yellow.  Maybe light blue or cream,” I replied.

I got pink.

Yup.

Yellow room + pink curtains = hell for a teenager already in hell.

When I was 19, sister#5 moved out and I could move into the larger bedroom.  Mum gave me permission to paint the room any colour I wanted.

“Blue,” I said.

“Oh.  How about green or pink?” Mum asked.

Nope!  I was finally, at 19 years of age, getting a say in the colour of my room.  I picked blue!  (It still had pink curtains, but nothing is perfect).

Two years later I bought my own house.  Hubby and I lovingly went through the entire house and painted over all the pink, grey and green walls the previous owner preferred, and painted our house yellow.  The bedrooms were blue.  The couch was a bright blue.  The carpet was cream.  We loved our cream/yellow/blue colour scheme, and we still have it today, although a little more on the cream/beige and less on the yellow.

Several years ago my parents build a new home.  Mum picked the colours — the tiles, the curtains, the walls, the cupboard doors, the skirting — from scratch.  I tell people that every time I visit her house I feel like I’m living inside a lolly.  It’s Candyland!  Her entire house is soft pink and light green with rose embellishments.  The lounge is a rose print.  The pictures on the walls are full of pink roses and green leaves.  The tiles in the bathroom are pink with roses.

So, to say that my mother and I have different tastes is putting it mildly.  So when I opened the present and saw painted roses on a white background, I knew mum had found something that would look great on the wall. In her house. 


I really feel so bad about not feeling more grateful about some of the presents I received.  I’m a bad, bad, bad girl. 

So if my family stumble across this blog, know that I really did love the presents.  Thank you for thinking of me and my kids at Christmas.  I hope you all enjoyed your presents too.

Because there is one thing I’m very grateful for.  At least I didn’t get toothpaste.  Again.  Yes.  I received toothpaste for a birthday gift once.  MIL wears that crown too.


Next week:  New Year’s Resolutions


How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ask Andrew - Holiday Message


This spot is normally a post where I answer a reader question, and that format will return next week, but I want to take the opportunity here to wish everyone a magical holiday season.  In the northern hemisphere, we are very near the darkest part of the year.  The sun is almost as far south as it will go.  But with all the holiday celebrations and lights, we bring a special light to this otherwise dark and cold season.  So I hope that no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, that its filled with joy, warmth, light, family, and wonder.  If you're travelling, like Dominic and I will be, stay safe. For all the cooks out there, I hope your dishes are sprinkled with holiday magic.  Most of all I wish you a holiday season filled with warmth and love to carry you well into the new year. 

Hugs and love always!
Andrew

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm a Tourist by Cardeno C.


Happy (holiday week) Monday! I'm off being a tourist so I don't have a blog post, but I'm trying to share fun pictures, etc. on Facebook and Twitter. Have a great week and a happy holiday.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, December 20, 2014

20 Quick Questions Roundup


Last week I was all blogged out.  I couldn’t think of anything to blog about on my own author website.  My latest release Safe In His Arms has come and gone.  My next release isn’t anywhere near being released, so what shall I blog about??

One of the things that fascinates me as an individual, is how different people can be, yet still be friends.  My BFF, for example, lives a completely different life from mine.  Our tastes in men, furniture, clothes, food, music and world events completely differ.  The only thing we can agree on is literature.  We are both MAD for romances.  Yet we get along fabulously, and never (*cough cough*) run out of things to talk about.  (And our cafĂ© bills prove this!)


If friends can be different, yet friends, how different are authors from one another?  We all write in the same genre.  We all slave over keyboards.  Does that mean we are the same in other parts of our life?

So I decided to set out on a hunt – a multipurpose  hunt.  I gathered together a group of Australian M/M authors, and posed the same 20 questions at them.  We're all Australian.  All writers.  All love M/M.

So how similar are we??

(It helped also that it meant I didn’t have to blog that week on my website, plus a bunch of Australian authors got a bit of free promo from me!)

I have had 14 authors respond – you can see their individual answers here:  http://renaekaye.weebly.com/renae-blogs.  Those who responded were 

NR Walker, Toni Griffin, LV Lloyd, Beany Sparks, Jess Buffett, Michelle Rae, Nic Starr, NJ Nielsen, AB Gayle, LJ LaBarthe, EE Montgomery, Penny Brandon, Lisa Henry and Lisa Harris.

This is what I can tell you:

* All authors who got back to me happened to be women (so far. I’ll nudge the guys again)

*  They came from all over Australia – five from New South Wales, three from Queensland and South Australia, and one each from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

* Less than half knew their state’s bird emblem.  **wink**

* With fourteen random people, we could expect a large range of star signs in our mix, but actually, we had three people from Aquarius, Aries and Taurus each.  Also one each from Gemini, Leo, Libra, Virgo, Scorpio and Leo.  (Surprisingly my google searches seemed to say that Virgos are the most suited to writing).

* Everyone would prefer to attend a dinner party rather than a rave – this is a very authorly trait obviously.

* Half of my respondents identify as night owls.  Only one said they were a morning bird.

* When asked pizza, burger or Chinese, no one prefers pizza.  Two people would prefer a burger, but overwhelmingly 10 out of 14 would go Chinese.

* They had a range of favourite drinks:  coffee, tea, water, wine, hot chocolate, coke, G&T, green tea.

* They had a range of favourite ice cream flavours.

* The most favoured colour is blue, followed by green, then red.

* Eleven out of 14 would go mad if they didn’t write.

* When asked if they draw most inspiration from pictures, plots or people, four answered pictures, three answered plots and two people.

So what can I infer from this?  Not a lot, apart from if we ever get together we should have a dinner party with Chinese.  Perhaps if I analysed what each person finds the hardest and most frustrating part of writing?

The most frustrating part of writing?
Ewyn:  Editing character development.
Penny:  Not getting to the end quick enough.
AB:  Starting.
LJ:  Titles. I fail at them.
Jess:  Writing the synopsis 
Michelle:  Editing.
LV:  Editing.
Beany:  My muse PITA.
NR:  Details. The devil is in them.
Toni:  Not having enough hours in the day to get it all done.
Nic:  Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to write as there are just not enough hours in the day!
NJ:  Punctuation (I suck at it) also Synopsis & Blurbs.
Lisa Harris: Writers block without a doubt, edits coming a close second.
Lisa Henry:  Staying focussed enough to finish writing one thing instead of being distracted by shiny new ideas. My list of WIPs is out of control.

**sigh**

No help.  I guess I will have to expand my search and see.

Don’t forget to check out the full answers of each author on my blog:  http://renaekaye.weebly.com/renae-blogs

With Christmas in less than a week, I am busy with end of year activities and present sourcing/wrapping.  So I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  Be happy.  Be safe.  (Read a book and leave an author a review as a present).

See you next week.

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ask Andrew - Secondary Characters


Dear Andrew

Has there been any characters that started off as supporting characters, but then developed into a more prominent character?
 
Dawn
 
Dear Dawn
 
Secondary Characters have morphed into more prominent characters on many occasions.  A good example is Cliff Laughton.  When I wrote Love Means... No Shame, Cliff was just Geoff's father who had passed away.  But even his absence and his loved ones reaction to it, touched me and I had to go back and write Love Means... Courage to tell Len and Cliff's story. 
 
Another secondary character that just had to have his story was Phillip form a Troubled Range.  He was a secondary character in two stories before he got his own.  When I started this manuscript, Phillip was actually starting to get pissed with me.  He'd been a bride's maid twice and it was his turn to be the center of attention. 
 
In an upcoming story, The Price, there is a secondary character, Ember.  Think calm, long dark hair, rich skin and deep eyes.  He's very zen and knows his place and what he wants.  At least he thinks he does.  Ember is getting his own story very soon because while he never raises his voice, he's starting to scream in my head. 
 
I almost never start out intending to write a series.  Usually I'll write the first book and then a secondary character will step up and start asking for his story.  But as you can tell, that tends to happen quite a bit. 
 
Hugs and Love
Andrew
 
Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to
andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com
 
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cereus! Ahem.


Sneaking in to steal the Sean, BA and Julia blog this week to talk about Cereus, which is near and dear to my heart.

See, I came up with Bloodrose, a paranormal nightclub, years ago. Its owner, Jonny, has (most of) his story in Belling the Cat, with a super hot cameo in An Itch to Scratch. (both at www.torquerepress.com)

But when Jonny came up with Cereus, a paranormal resort in the far western Rockies, he told me to ask BA and Sean to help me. (I listen to the voices in my head, don't you?"

Cereus: Building was born. Y'all, we had such fun, with Sean introducing Zee and Daniel, who sort of act as the hinge for the whole world. A dragon and a demon. Yum. And there were werekitty chefs and a werewolf contractor... we laughed a lot, and got into IRC channels to talk characters...

Now we're on book 4! Seriously, how does that even happen?

Werebears, demons, werewolves, and vampires dominate this one. Sexy. Funny. Sad, sometimes, when a spirit bear has lived in captivity. Did you know about spirit bears? White colored black bears only found in Canada. I had to ask Sean Michael to run with that, right?

Here are some favorite lines from the new book.

Fish poots were the worst.

So, Twister was obviously not made for stone demons.

“But, like, if he’s erect and turns to stone…”

“No.” Oh, hell, he hoped that didn’t happen, although, then he’d have his own personal dildo...

"Don't make me beat you vampire. That's for later."

He loved the word derp. The sound made him think of duckshit hitting water.

How about a wee excerpt from Spirit Bear by Sean?

It was snowing. Like whoa. Like a lot. Etu sat at the window and stared at it.

Pretty snow. Lightening's heat warmed his back.

"It is. It makes it seem like we're all alone."

Etu and me. Etu and me. Lightning sounded so pleased.

"That's right."

Lightning had finally allowed him to close the door, so there was that at least.

Lightning's warm tongue licked along his ear and there was a wave of want.

"I know, bear. Some day."

When?

"I wish I knew."

Lightning sighed, warm air blowing over his neck.

"I'm sorry, bear. I am."

No sorry for my Etu.

"I wish I was a bear."

You would be a beautiful bear.

"Thank you. I'd be a skinny one, for sure." He snuggled in.

Mine. More and more that thought was coming from Lightning.

Etu chuckled. "And you're mine."

Yes. Lightning pressed close, heavy against his back.

"Mmm." He sighed, so pleased. So happy.

Lightning's weight seemed to shift, his fur becoming softer.

"Love you, Lightning."

"Love you, Etu." The voice was deep, husky, rough as if from misuse.

He stilled. "Bear?" Could it be?

"Etu," Lightning repeated, and a hand slid along his arm. "You are soft."

"Oh, God. Please. Please say it's real." He leaned back, feeling skin, muscles, not fur.

"I'm real, Etu." Lightning's hand took his chin and turned his head.

Oh. Oh, his bear was a beautiful man.

"Oh, my bear." Pale and broad, with a chest full of white hair, Lightning looked like he was kissed by snow. The eyes, though, those were the same. Like dark little buttons.

"Etu..." Lightning leaned in, their lips pressing together.

Oh, he moaned and pushed into the kiss. He'd fought the urge to be erect around his bear, resisted the urge to rub, but it had been getting harder and harder lately.

Long arms wrapped around him, Lightning pulling him in close.

"You shifted for me. Thank you. Thank you, love."

"Wanted you." Lightning was so warm, even as a man.

"Yes." He reached out to touch the soft belly. Tell me it's okay.

"It's okay."

Lightening pressed their lips back together again. Etu's fingers pressed flat against Lightning's belly. Lightning breathed, ab muscles flexing with it.

"So good." He moaned low, his palms aching.

"Because you're mine." The husky tone remained in Lightning's voice.

"Yes. Yes, I'm yours."

Cereus: Rescue comes out Wednesday at Torquere Press! www.torquerebooks.com . Go read it, huh?

XXOO

Julia

Monday, December 15, 2014

Twitter Recap by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I haven't done a Twitter recap for a few months and I think it's time. By which I mean, I'm short on time and ideas. Ehm, with that stunning introduction, here comes Twitter!
  • End this business name: "Happy Endings In-Home...." Dec 14, 2014
  • Cover reveal for Jumping In,my release w/ @AReCafe --a cop's bad day ends when the vice-mayor finally makes his move! http://t.co/6vpP4VvcZB Dec 12, 2014
  • I love @Scribd as a reader so happy to say my shifter novella Blue Mountain is now in the catalog for other readers! #amreading Dec 11, 2014
  • How many of these delicious things can I eat and still consider this a healthy dessert? http://t.co/qYh3mDGJHs Dec 11, 2014
  • 1)You know what would make this knife better? No handle. 2) Primitive space-age, like business casual only worse. http://t.co/ZPmsZ3sbGm Dec 10, 2014
  • Stayed up late reading the cute Hummingbird House by @thekenziecade, childhood friends/reunion romance was gr8! http://t.co/c1XrFTFOxE Dec 10, 2014
  • Be afraid. Be very afraid.
    http://t.co/ZW3TyVrfY9 Dec 10, 2014
  • Free read TJ and Finn now on my website with a sexy cover! http://t.co/9T38qdwvt9 #mm #free #gayromance #romance Dec 09, 2014
  • I will not buy a Diet Coke despite this great offer and my cloying need. I will not. http://t.co/UC9p5VmuCK Dec 09, 2014
  • My massive crying isn't due to losing a limb in a painful accident or hearing depressing information. I chopped shallots. 4 shallots. Dec 08, 2014
  • Mary Calmes has a new book out!! I am beyond excited. http://t.co/vacpV0uall Dec 08, 2014
  • I walked by the couch and saw this.
    http://t.co/WdFSglA5XO Dec 07, 2014
  • I miss you. http://t.co/XVLoXz4Ybj Dec 06, 2014
  • Puppy has a new collar that makes her look like the gift she is. http://t.co/QJGQixzciH Dec 06, 2014
  • *snicker* http://t.co/VLttoKLVeU Dec 05, 2014
  • If it meant there was a Diet Coke at the end of it, I'd endure the pain. Two weeks without, y'all. http://t.co/BoZow93M5E Dec 03, 2014
  • It's (re)release day! A combined volume of In Another Life and Eight Days is available for $3.99. http://t.co/s7eR3PzuZo Dec 03, 2014
  • Got spam email from a new "friend" asking only for a response. I'm tempted to respond just to see her goal because I can't figure it out! Dec 02, 2014
  • This puppy makes mine feel underdressed. http://t.co/WuW9PwdCTT
    Nov 29, 2014
  • Inspiring view. http://t.co/ueIQlOtsSM
    Nov 29, 2014
  • Tonight's story inspiration: guy who won't turn his head yet sits beside - not across - his date & talks to empty space instead of her. Nov 29, 2014
  • http://t.co/H3OZPsMoKo Nov 27, 2014
  • This afternoon's writing view is really special. http://t.co/HQqsH
    3Im2q Nov 27, 2014
  • I win the creepy day contest, right? http://t.co/Fj7l9DYblP Nov 26, 2014
  • This is so true: http://t.co/DrDVY0FFJ9. Not that I'll ever get to taste it again. *sigh* Nov 25, 2014
  • I miss it. http://t.co/GjM9VwnhD7 Nov 23, 2014
  • Continuing the fire theme. http://t.co/BkDg2qyo75 Nov 23, 2014
  • Flaming coffee. http://t.co/j3afDGI3Uf Nov 23, 2014
  • As if my comma-where-a-space-bar-should-be phone isn't annoying enough, friends are mocking me by responding to texts like this: ",yes,". Nov 23, 2014
  • Today's cute: My puppy likes to be on whatever is the tallest surface. like the top of a stack of pillows. Or laundry. Nov 20, 2014
  • Bringing my own reading material to today's appointment. http://t.co/1xo1SXgNqE Nov 20, 2014
  • http://t.co/jlkQICUnWn Nov 19, 2014
  • Doctor said to stop drinking Diet Coke. I'm going to miss you guys Nov 19, 2014
  • Dr's faucet hands-free faucet doesn't wk. Waved hands, got closer & further & all I got was 1 second splash. Now have soap-sticky palms. Nov 19, 2014
  • Apparently the joke about old magazines in doctors' waiting rooms also applies to TV - Lucille Ball is on. Or else I'm in a time warp. Nov 19, 2014
  • Priorities: I delay things so I don't have to move laptop, disturb puppy, get up (e.g. bathroom break). What I can't delay is Diet Coke. Nov 18, 2014
  • I'm not usually one to post this kind of thing, but for some reason, this one was really meaningful today. <3 http://t.co/nPnVPGhPOD Nov 18, 2014
  • Are you dying? Because I'm dying. http://t.co/s491fsCPeA Nov 18, 2014
  • You. Guys. I signed up for Scribd thinking they had a great gay romance collection. Then today, I saw this: http://t.co/QrrRY56tR2!!! Nov 18, 2014
  • Things I admire about the dude who wrote this: his organizational skills (subparts are good). End list. http://t.co/SNNmvFXdhl Nov 17, 2014
  • So I thought I was having a bad stressful day. It turns out I was wrong, y'all. Context is everything: http://t.co/ddhsJWzqIC. Nov 15, 2014
  • I miss Karen Walker, you guys. http://t.co/ohsz7B80Lc Nov 14, 2014
  • My friend's tomato is not happy this morning. http://t.co/ASIK1cKdDg Nov 14, 2014
  • Listen to the racy sample of McFarland's Farm audio http://t.co/btj4tCXZnM #mm #audiobook Nov 13, 2014
  • Nobody is allowed to say people IRL aren't as stupid as romance novel characters & I need a @BuzzFeed intervention http://t.co/r9zffK6F5k Nov 13, 2014
  • I need a block for my computer to keep me from reading @BuzzFeed because I have neither time nor, apparently, self-control. Nov 13, 2014
  • Sitting on the couch typing, surrounded by blankets, pillows, & dog beds for puppy. She is, of course, lying across my arm instead. Nov 11, 2014
  • Does your job ever feel like this? http://t.co/ejRmoYL7nZ Nov 11, 2014
  • Brings me to tears every time I read it. http://t.co/Pb8fCoqi0y Nov 10, 2014
  • I wish McDonald's delivered Diet Coke. Nov 10, 2014
  • The background music at the restaurant was an elevator-style remake of Blister in the Sun. Are we okay w/ this happening to the Femmes? Nov 07, 2014
  • Today's writing challenge (for the vegetarian author): describing the experience of eating a rare, juicy steak like it's a good thing. Nov 06, 2014
  • I love a good punny in the morning! http://t.co/v0EtkUYtyF Nov 04, 2014
  • Laughed so hard I had a coughing fit. Who's brave enough to share their version? http://t.co/xdt0TbkDnL Nov 02, 2014
  • Me: "Can I please have a refill?" Waitress: "Regular or decaf?" Me: "Hahaha!" Her: "I know." *Shaking head and pouring* "Some people!" Nov 02, 2014
  • When explaining how your snuggly puppy is wrapped in your shirt, don't forget the R. It's the key difference between "awww" and "ewww". Nov 01, 2014
  • How to know you're tired: hitting the shift key to make a capital letter seems like too much work. Oct 30, 2014
  • My puppy sleeps like a person. She is on her side with her head on the pillow. http://t.co/EApUyZcMaU Oct 29, 2014
  • Was scheduling a meeting via text for 5:15 & got a response asking if I mean a.m. or p.m. What kind of maniac do they take me for? Oct 28, 2014
  • My friend just picked this from the garden. No joke. http://t.co/LegxzqQtRF Oct 25, 2014
  • This is really neat. I had no idea what it was until the very end! http://t.co/lR8coZYXxM Oct 25, 2014
  • I have to write blog posts. I'm terrible at writing blog posts. @renaekkaye, do you think anyone will notice if you write them for me? Oct 24, 2014
  • Okay. Everyone can pack it up for the day. This wins the internet. Start at 2:10 and prepare to die. http://t.co/RrlIjN1QwC Oct 24, 2014
  • Naptime. http://t.co/qO8jd7qwVs Oct 22, 2014
  • Dear Jack In the Box iced coffee: I love you. Oct 21, 2014
  • I talk abt youth and perspective at @QueerRomance today http://t.co/sh9aHriN2w Oct 21, 2014
  • Look at the sexy teasers @Surrendertobook made for The Half of Us! http://t.co/z1ljA9as6T Oct 19, 2014
  • I want to be the kind of person who can put this in the bathroom & have it look pretty plus be fully functional: http://t.co/jyKvfzoTwG. Oct 19, 2014
  • Anyone known where I can get Diet Coke with the, uh, extra ingredient that makes this happen? http://t.co/o3w8Lh7Gld Oct 17, 2014
  • Still feeling punny. Also, cheese because ... cheese. http://t.co/dX8QJN3GFo Oct 17, 2014
  • Today is a day that calls for puns. http://t.co/778idrF7P7 Oct 16, 2014
  • My morning today: http://t.co/SJQLxMOOKR. Oct 15, 2014
  • Organize? Totally. Clean? Not so much. http://t.co/0pBSrcpWq0 Oct 15, 2014
  • I love glass gourd season! http://t.co/8TRoJvcgsf Oct 13, 2014
  • Bonnie & Boonie are not the same word. 1 is a lovely name & the other sounds insulting. Don't ask what raised this. I'm trying to forget. Oct 10, 2014
  • Stay thirsty, you guys. http://t.co/6EHPQq07mr Oct 09, 2014
  • Jason in The Half of Us has a little trick to take his mind off annoying things, like conversations. I might too. http://t.co/7Yg1bPie6a Oct 09, 2014
  • Hottest #TeaserTuesday images ever from @ontopdownunder1. Giveaway too but those teasers. Look. Seriously. Look. http://t.co/elRxOa8xdZ Oct 08, 2014
  • Morning project: get rid of adware infesting my computer but not showing up on scans. Grrr. Oct 07, 2014
  • So, I went to get a coffee and ... this. http://t.co/P9L303ClkT Oct 07, 2014
  • As if to mock me for not using enough commas in my writing, my phone's comma is so close to the space bar I put a comma between every word. Oct 06, 2014
  • Good news this morning. It'll be great news soon. And then one day, it won't be news at all. It'll just be life. http://t.co/yBdz9nt29v Oct 06, 2014
  • If there's anyone happier than my puppy when she's going for a run, I haven't seen it. Haven't seen anything cuter either. Oct 06, 2014
  • Is it mean to laugh? Because I can't stop. I can't. http://t.co/G3HCXdqKfl Oct 03, 2014
  • Writer friends: the talented @bookidentity now does book design. I work w/Kelly on my website and bks and just love! http://t.co/tVlinVrq4q Oct 02, 2014
  • I know, you guys. I know. But I can't help myself. It's my evil side coming out. http://t.co/RNIHlOrDFT Oct 02, 2014
  • My puppy is wagging her tail in her sleep. I had no idea dogs did this. It's adorable. Oct 01, 2014
  • Love the voices in my head. http://t.co/Jme38BDIiw Sep 30, 2014
  • Update (2/2): She's laying on her back w/ her feet in the air like she's trying to get the spaghetti into her Fallopian tubes. Sep 30, 2014
  • Update (1/2): They're done. He's washing the dishes. Sep 30, 2014
  • Update - new text: But wouldn't you be like "ok. Enough spaghetti. Let's fuck" after like 30-45 seconds? Sep 30, 2014
  • (2/2) They literally are sitting on their sofa both in their underwear the woman totally topless, eating spaghetti. Sep 30, 2014
  • (1/2) Text from friend in NY hotel rm: There is a straight couple across the st w/ their blinds open. Sep 30, 2014
  • I'm thinking of getting a new kindle. Mine is an original & now there are many different ones. Which Kindle do you have/recommend & why? Sep 29, 2014
  • I just cleaned out all my email in-boxes. I feel so fresh. *Ahhhhh* Sep 26, 2014
  • "We'll switch marital partners more frequently in our lifetimes than we will banks." Thoughts? I've had the same bank acct for 24 yrs. Sep 25, 2014
  • Or in my case, caffeine. Like a 100% chance. http://t.co/6bXDKKAdua Sep 24, 2014
  • BWAHAHAHAHAHA! - "Couscous, Skittles?" http://t.co/3NjsBa6Ogs Sep 23, 2014
Have a great week.

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