Bastet's Lair

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June 2, 2007

Small blog

Abbreviated and late blog today because I had to go far away for a family birthday. My aunt turned 80 and they gave her a big party. Long car trip and I got home brain dead! We nearly got lost on the way there, and were still turned around on the way back to the tollway.

For all you Chicagoans or the Chicago bound: I just found out the location I'll be at at the Printers Row Book Fair. On Sunday, June 10, the Chicago Writers Association table will be on the west side of Dearborn St., north of Polk St., between the Red Rock Press and Young Chicago Authors tables. I'll be there from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. I still have no idea where I'll be on Saturday, but I'll be at the Society of Midland Authors table from noon to 2 p.m. The weather had better be gorgeous, at least on Sunday, because the CWA is not getting a tent, just a table.

Way, way too tired to think of anything else. I'll check back in tomorrow.

BTW, my brother reported that I was wrong about the family vacations and that we went to Door County, Wisconsin, a couple times. I reminded him that I am seven years older than he is, so all that happened later when I was in high school. I still had a childhood with no vacations. So, that's a correction of sorts, I don't know.


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June 1, 2007

The Virtual Book Tour Begins

Yes, indeed, my Virtual Book Tour has started and you can view my first stop at:

It will be up there for a couple days, last night I wasn't so sure. It's not the usual canned interview, but a heartfelt essay that I wrote, so I hope you pop over there and take a look.

In other writing news, I had a meeting with my writers' group last night and the group thought my current chapter was my best one yet. I got nothing but praise. The new member was a little confused, because he didn't have the benefit of reading the first three chapters, but everyone else was on the same, ahem, page. We all marveled at the end of the meeting how having an extra set of eyes makes all the difference when you are writing. Someone who can tell you the dialog sounds phony will spur you on to fix the conversations in the next piece you turn in. Everyone there is showing great improvement.

We've been entertaining a guest from the U.K. this week. We took him downtown for some deep-dish Chicago pizza (I feel like I'll never eat another meal for the rest of the week!). The it decided to pour down rain, which really didn't help, anything. I left them and went shopping. They came home roughly the same time I did, drenched and unable to do much sightseeing. But being from London, our guest was pretty used to rain.

That's about it for this Friday. Big family celebration this weekend. I hope I shall survive.


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May 30, 2007

Announcing the Virtual Book Tour

a-da! Starting tomorrow (or maybe the day after), we will commence the Virtual Book Tour in which I will visit most of the popular blogs on books and writing. My first stop is supposed to be tomorrow, because someone couldn't shoehorn me into June proper, but if that changes I'll let you know.

Anyway, the idea is that I go galavanting off to visit various blogs, where they ask me questions about my book, writing, and other things. I supply the links over here, so you can visit--and possibly make some new blog friends. It's all good for everyone. Here's where to start. My pal Dorothy, who organized this whole thing, will be listing all my stops. I will blog EVERY DAY. Yup, every day. OMG, can I do it? Of course I can, and I will give you links on where to go.

This does not mean I will only be writing about my book, "Excited Light". Heavens, no. I'd run out of material pretty fast. Because face it, once a book is published, the writer is on to another project pretty quickly. I've got lots to say about my work-in-progress, but little more to add about . Don't get me wrong, I dearly love old "EL," but I do have other things to discuss.

And speaking of things to discuss, it's a downward spiral for the American men at the French Open. My God, in one day, the entire American contingent poops out: Roddick, Blake, the whole bunch. Robby Ginepri was only saved by a rain delay. All we can hope now is that Venus and Serena have their mojo working. Oops, better not use that word. It backfired on a certain player a couple years ago.

Okay, enough of that. Look forward to lots of fun visits around the Web to interesting places!


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May 29, 2007

Weeds and chemical warfare

Technorati ProfileYesterday, before we did our barbecue, I spent the afternoon going after the monster weeds that have popped up all over our lawn and in my garden. I'd take a picture, but it's too embarrassing. I can't plant the annuals, which should be in the ground about now, until I get rid of these suckers.

So, there I am with the chemical ammo, going "die, die, die" to dandelions and other nasties. The gunk is supposed to work in 24 hours. So, I get up today and what do I see? Weeds. Some of them are a tad wilted, but others look just as healthy as ever. WTF? Am I going to have to do a second coating of the toxic waste? Maybe I just need to be patient.

I don't feel really ecologically cool about this endeavor, but there's a limit to how much I can dig up--especially in allergy season, which is hitting me hard. However, I may have to get out a shovel and just turn all the earth to get rid of these weeds from Mars. They are Big, I'm telling you. Monstrous. One variety has covered up a rosebush, and it seems completely impervious to the evil weed killer.

Lots of writing going on. At least that's working out well.
Soon I will be going on my Virtual Book Tour arranged by Dorothy Thompson. I'm pretty excited about this. It will all start on June 1 and feature my novel, Excited Light. For more on Excited Light, visit my Web site at: