Monthly Archives: May 2010

Forsaken By Shadow by Kait Nolan – Guest Blog

I have been pimping the Hell out of her new novella for months now, and am so excited she is guest posting today! This is such a full story, yet so short as to be read in one day. I loved it, and cannot wait for her next book! So check it out. Give her some coment love, and for chrissakes BUY THE BOOK! It’s only $1! How awesome is that?

And so without further ado…….here’s Kait Nolan!

We are surrounded by technology 24/7 these days.  Cell phones.  Computers.  TV.  Twitter.  Facebook.  MySpace.  Email.  Blogging.  We are constantly plugged in.  Writers in particular are in a position to overdose on technology.  With expectations that we are supposed to keep up with the publishing industry, continue to build our platforms, expand our readership, maintain as much social media real estate under our branded name as possible…  Given that most of us aren’t fortunate enough to just write for a living, trying to stuff ALL that in and still get stuff written is a challenge.  And sometimes it becomes painfully obvious that it’s time to unplug.

You might need to unplug…

  • If you check your Amazon stats before you have your morning coffee
  • If you find yourself using hashtags in your manuscript
  • If you have Twitter accounts, blogs, and Facebook pages for one or more of your characters, and think they must be updated regularly at the expense of the actual writing
  • If you compulsively check your sales pages at all major vendors just because it is a new hour
  • If you converse via chat with someone in the same room
  • If, in real life, you introduce your family as DH, DD (8), DS (6)
  • If your spouse has to email or text you to get your attention, even though he’s in the same room
  • If your online friends are closer to you than your real life friends
  • If you find yourself slipping into chatspeak or textspeak in your manuscript
  • If you celebrate your Tweets by increments of 1000 (or greater)
  • If you’ve been forced to have a secondary Twitter account because you routinely go over the limit
  • If you use a Facebook announcement to spread important news to family members instead of the phone
  • If Googling yourself is part of your morning routine, right in between brushing your teeth and getting a shower
  • If you get a twitch when you’re away from your laptop/iPhone/Blackberry for longer than five minutes
  • If your fingers automatically type your statements…even when you aren’t at a keyboard

I will admit to being guilty at one time or another of at least seven of these.  I’ll leave it to your imagination as to which ones.  Let’s just say…I might need to unplug.

If you need to unplug and want something to read while you’re there, you might check out my debut paranormal romance novella, Forsaken By Shadow, available for $1 at Scribd, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the iBookstore.  It is the first in the Mirus series.

Banished from their world with his memory wiped, Cade Shepherd doesn’t remember his life as Gage Dempsey, nor the woman he nearly died for. But when Embry Hollister’s father is kidnapped by military scientists, the only one she can turn to is the love from her past. Will Gage remember the Shadow Walker skills he learned from her father? If they survive, will Embry be able to walk away again?

Kait’s writing blog Shadow and Fang

Kait’s cooking blog Pots and Plots

Kait on Twitter

Kait on Facebook

Kait on MySpace

Kait on Goodreads

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Kooza – continued

Well…I promised a recap of my night. So sorry I forgot yesterday. Work was something akin to a horrific nightmare. Still is, but that’s another post entirely. Granted, y’all probably don’t want to hear me bitch and moan about my shitty job again. Lord knows, you get enough of that on Twitter. (@Christel42)

Ahyway, the circus was pretty neat. It really took me back to being a kid. Of course, it helped that I went with my Dad. That was a blast. Of course, no cell phone or cameras were allowed, so hence, no pictures. I had wanted to bring home a program to show my family, but they charge $14 for them. (Waiting for the WTF?! yelling…)

Why, yes…$14 for a freaking program. Seriously? And the best part happened right after we walked into the corral (read snacks, booze and merchandise area).

My Dad nudges me, “Hey…you hungry?”

“Um…no. We had sloppy joes for dinner.”

“Well, you can get a hotdog for $24!”, as he pauses for emphasis.

“Oh my fucking *^%(&*^%*()?! Wha…? Oh my sweet Jeebus!”

And that was the highlight of my evening. I lied. The contortionists were super awesome too.

Cheers!

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Kooza

I am so excited!

Tonight, I am accompanying my Dad on a glorious adventure in theatrics. My Mom decided, on a whim, that we needed some bonding time. Either that, or our enthusiastic conversation on the drive home from Easter dinner inspired her to purchase tickets for us to go tonight. This is going to be super-awesome! I can’t wait!

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/kooza/default.aspx

I’ll update afterwards on my super-awesome adventure. Are you jealous?

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darkness

trickles down like fire

flickers in the moonlight

this is where we lie

in wait

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Dear Mom: Happy Mother’s Day! Oh and I’m getting my tubes tied.

On the 5th of every month, bloggers from around the world are open to write about rights and issues concerning women. First started by Shine and Marie, we’re hoping to bring a variety of women’s issues to the forefront to make people aware of what’s going on. For the month of May, we’ve chosen to write about Women’s Reproductive Rights and Issues. Please join us in telling us your stories, thoughts, and ideas on a monthly basis.

Inspired by Sketches’ post today. If you haven’t read it, DO IT NOW! http://eveningsketches.blogspot.com/2010/05/womens-writes-state-of-my-uterus.html

I am an only child. Oh the pressure. Don’t get me wrong: I have awesome parents, but I know deep down, they want grandchildren. Hordes of them. Have I mentioned I hate kids? No? Well “hate” is a pretty strong word, but suffice to say, I don’t like kids. They’re loud, annoying, and they poop. Everywhere. I babysat when I was in high school (no lie), and I even took a Parenting class. I think maybe it was the class that made up my mind. Imagine 50 screaming toddlers, all in the same location. Not so much.

When I was younger (pre 18), I wanted kids. At least I thought I did. Just goes to show you how much you “know” as a teenager. Being a mother was expected of me. My family’s pretty conservative. My aunt and uncle have 4 daughters, who are all younger than me. They all pretty much just went to college because it was expected (as did I), but mostly to find husbands. And it worked. For 3 out of 4 anyway. Now they’re happily married with multiple children. Honestly, there’s so many I’ve lost count.

I am the black sheep. The non-conformist. The radical. I lived with multiple boyfriends. No, not all at once. Duh. Most likely, I will never get “married”, at least in the conventional sense. But in my heart, I am. I have an awesome partner who I will spend the rest of my life with. He has a son. A 17-year-old son. At 35 (me), and 43 (him), there’s just no way we’re going to procreate. I’ve had the teenage years with my step-son, and I think that’s what convinced me. Of course, there are many other reasons: over-population, money, cats, etc. I’ve been discussing this issue with my Ob/Gyn for the last couple of years, and this is the best plan for me, for my life, and for my body. I’ve been on the pill for almost 20 years, and as a smoker, it’s not so smart. Heart attacks, strokes, blood clots: you name it. Over 35, it becomes dangerous, so I’ve considered other options. Tubal ligation fits for me. Maybe not for everyone, but for me, it’s the best plan.

So why am I ashamed? Why am I scared to tell my parents (mostly Mom)?

Because I am about to bash their biggest, albeit delusional dream.

So this year for Mother’s Day, I’m giving the gift of life. That’s right: life. Mine. And you know what? I’m happy about that.

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