Friday, August 29, 2008

Too Good To Be True

I’ll admit it, I’ve been holding back. I’ve been losing weight with a system that sounds too good to be true. I didn’t believe it either, so I wanted to make sure before I spread the news.

A few months ago, I happened upon a six-part television show called, I Can Make You Thin. The shows, and the program, were developed by British PhD Paul McKenna. There are four simple rules to his program: 1. When you’re hungry, eat. 2. Eat what you want to eat. 3. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite. 4. When you’re full, stop. Sounds too easy, right? And yet it works. Really. I didn’t believe it, but it’s true. I can’t tell you how much weight I’ve lost, our scale bit the dust two moves ago, but I do know my clothes fit better, and I see the difference when I look in the mirror. I’ll let you know how it’s going.

Over on the Otherworld Diner, my post The Otherworld Diner: A Prize Inside Every Snack!, dishes up a light serving of paragraphs in the middle of books by bestselling authors. If you want to check it out, go here. As always, while you’re there, feel free to look around. My coworkers always serve up thought provoking entrees and snacks.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Middle Age

Yesterday was my birthday and I was *cough* years old. I spent the day with family—including two of my grandchildren. Cool day, really.

Over at the Otherworld Diner, I’ve posted a piece on middles (of manuscripts, not people). Come on over and check it out. While you’re there, my coworkers’ posts are wonderful. If you’ve ever had a manuscript slow down after the initial excitement, then come on down for some great ideas.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Today Show—Again!

This weekend is the Romance Writers of America’s national conference, professional gathering of writers of romance to learn, network, and recharge.

The Today Show did a report. They interviewed Nora Roberts, who did a wonderful job of explaining that romance is about hope. Personally I was hoping they wouldn’t make romance look bad. As they showed scenes from San Francisco, where the conference is held this year, they only showed the literacy book signing (the only event open to the public). No mention was made that those books are donated and the proceeds used to support literacy programs. Actually, from the report, you’d get the impression that the entire conference was about fans gathering in droves to meet their favorite authors.

Then, when the camera goes back to the Today Show set, two female hosts were sitting on a couch. One of them said, “We should take up that career in our spare time.” I took that to be the usual “I could write one of those trashy things in a few hours” type comments. I don’t think I was wrong.

I dare her to try. Come on, lady, show us what you can do. It’s easy to write a romance novel. It only takes hundreds of hours of hard work, including planning, plotting, research, revision, more revision, and polishing. And then comes the rejections. Yeah, it’s easy. Hey, why don’t we take up being a Today Show host in our spare time? It can’t be hard to just sit there and talk. Right?

Meanwhile, over at the Otherworld Diner, I blogged about my muse. Her name is Quill, and she’s a...

Sorry, you’ll have to go see for yourself.