Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 • No Comments
I just wanted to post this here for any writers who submitted stories to Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance (formerly known as Corsets and Clockworks). I won’t be notifying authors of their inclusion in the anthology until after I receive final approval from my publisher. I’m in the process of editing the book for submission next week, but I likely won’t be notifying authors until mid-May, possibly June. I appreciate your patience!
In the meantime, please do stop by steam * lust * animation and see what Nikki Magennis has planned for the fabulous book trailer she’s creating for the book! I think I’m as excited about the film she’s making as I am about the book itself!
Or visit my Steamlust tumblr, (mostly) dedicated to lovely steampunk images right now, but will include excerpts and info about Steamlust as we get closer to publication.
Saturday, March 19th, 2011 • No Comments
I have no idea where the first half of March has gone and why I haven’t managed at least to check in here. So sorry for those of you who might actually read my blog. I hear Facebook is making blogs obsolete, which makes me a little sad as I still regularly read at least two dozen blogs, even if I can’t manage to keep mine updated!
The first half of March has been spent working, if you can call doing what you love work. (I guess sometimes it does feel like work, though I forget those times pretty quickly.) I’ve been selecting stories and editing Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon! (This is the formerly titled Corsets and Clockworks. Though I’d grown attached to the old title, I like the new one just fine.
I’ve done some writing lately, too. I’ve actually subbed two stories recently, which is impressive for me these days. Once Steamlust is shipped off in another week or so, I’m going to spend a couple of weeks dedicated to writing, writing, writing. Just writing. Sounds like a dream, actually. I also pitched a few new anthology ideas—a couple that I’m particularly excited about, so I hope to have a new announcement (or two) in a few weeks.
Speaking of books… Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance is just six weeks away from being released! Ohhhh… a new book! I can’t wait to get my copies. Reviews are starting to pop up, like this 4-cherry review at Whipped Cream:
From mermaids to succubi to vampires, the Dream Lover anthology has it all. Stuffed full of authors both new and familiar to me, I found something to satisfy every mood I might have, as well as every mystical creature I’ve ever thought about imagining. I loved how the stories all had a similar thread running through them, but were all different enough to stand out on their own. Each will grab your attention and draw you into its own world for a moment or two before returning you home again. If you’re a lover of the exotic, erotic, and extraordinary, then this is by far the anthology for you.
Yay!! I l know I shouldn’t read reviews, but I can’t help myself (I suspect most writers/editors are the same way), so it’s always lovely to receive such glowing praise. I’ll be doing some readings and promotional things for Dream Lover, which I’ll keep you all updated about.
I also spent a good part of March (and the last part of February, actually) sick, sick, sick. Four solid weeks of some sort of illness. Multiples illnesses, possibly, including an upper respiratory infection that led to an acute asthma attack that landed me in the hospital for a day in the half. Not fun, not fun at all. But the illness(es) seem to have passed, my energy is coming back, I’m doing well, baby is doing well and life is good.
So, what’s been going on with you?
Saturday, February 26th, 2011 • 1 Comment
For the first year since I can’t remember when (and certainly since they started nominating so many movies), I have seen all of the Oscar nominated films!
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Whew! Before the nominations were announced, I had only seen Inception and Winter’s Bone (believe it or not!), so I had some catching up to do. I wrapped it up last night with The Kids Are All Right and now I can have some fun and make my Oscar picks! So, here they are:
Best Picture: Inception (but I’m torn between that and True Grit)
Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Actress in a Supporting Role: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3 (But I didn’t see the other 2 nominees)
Art Direction: Inception
Cinematography: True Grit
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland (I didn’t see it, but the costumes look stunning)
Directing: The Coen Brothers, True Grit
Film Editing: Black Swan
Music (Original Score): Inception
Music (Original Song): “We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3
Visual Effects: Inception
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winter’s Bone
Writing (Original Screenplay): Inception (But I would love it if The Kids Are All Right won)
I left out categories where I didn’t see any of the films (documentary, foreign and short film categories, for example). Maybe someday I’ll make a point of seeing all the films that are nominated in any category. Though that’s probably far too ambitious. The only other person I know who seems to be as into the Oscars as I am is Neve Black, who is attending an Oscar party that sounds awesome. It’ll be just me and the television tomorrow night, for however long the awards last… and maybe some snacks to get me through the night!
So, what about you? Who will you be rooting for on Oscar night?