Archive for October, 2008

One for the Road

October 31, 2008


October 31, 2008

Yes, I finally bought it (yes, current content is a placeholder only).

The totally awesome Tyim Courts is currently hip deep in site design. Things will be moving over there slowly but surely (in about two weeks!).

You will all be jealous when you see it!!

Girls for Obama

October 30, 2008

The best part, I think, is just seeing pictures of girls engaged in… well, being full, active, passionate people.

It makes me happy.

Just because you can vote and wear pants…

October 29, 2008

The day a woman candidate runs and nobody talks about what she’s probably like in bed will be awesome. Can you think of any other candidate who was sexualized (or desexualized) the same way our two big female candidates have been?

The goal is to mock Palin’s intelligence not by engaging with her foolish beliefs and ignorant rhetoric, but by pointing and saying “look, boobs!” or “I’d sure like to hit that!” And making her non-threatening isn’t only dangerous politically when Palin is in fact in a position to potentially do a lot of harm; attempting to make her non-threatening in this way is dangerous to all women who hold power, who want to be taken seriously, and who dream of being able to be proud of their sexuality and brains all at the same time. An acknowledgment of female sexuality shouldn’t be seen as mocking — these portrayals of Palin only reinforce the idea that it is.


We still live in a world where sexuality itself is seen as degrading to women.

As somebody who feels like I can’t talk about sex and my enjoyment of it for just that reason – because doing so will somehow devalue me as a human being – I really fucking resent this crap. Is it just that it’s even more alarming and teeth-gnashing when they do it to powerful women?

It reminds you that you just can’t escape it. You have to face it. And kick it’s ass. It’s not going away just because we can vote and wear pants.

"You need to be brilliant."

October 28, 2008

The truth is that most of what comes in is perfectly competent. Stories with an interesting protagonist with a clear motivation, on a journey with a definite beginning, middle and end. The problem isn’t that it’s full of problems. The problem is that it’s competent, okay, decent, moderately well-executed, perfectly servicable… You get the idea.

To stand out from this sea of submissions, you need to sparkle. You need to be un-put-downable. As jaded as editors are, you need the manuscript that makes you want to grab the phone immediately to call your spouse, boy/girlfriend, best friend because you can’t wait to talk about it, the manuscript that has you leaping out of your chair because you’ve got to do something to disperse the energy that’s rushing off the pages and into your heart. You need to be brilliant.“

Writerly Bookery

October 27, 2008

I expected to be asked for my website address and author photo from my publisher at some point… I did not expect that that would be this week.

Crap. It’s almost November already, isn’t it?

Well, I’ll just send them the new URL when I have it. But the author photo really should be done this week. I have no excuses.

It’s funny that the request comes on the tail end of my day job’s annual franchise convention, where our vendors and franchisees (who’ve worked with our much larger competitors), asked my boss what marketing agency he’d used to produce all the videos, welcome books, binders, handouts, signage, etc. for the convention. When they found out our little 3-person on staff team put together the whole thing, they were just about floored.

I play a writer in real life, now, too.

And that fiction writing life?

That’s going to get really real really quickly here too.

Life is kind of surreal. At some point, after years of slogging away, it feels like you’ve gotten on a train, and everything is just going really fast.


October 27, 2008

We should also hopefully have some workadoo projects up on YouTube shortly, and you’ll be able to see what all the bloggerly-silence has been about… well, that and rampant socializing.

I discovered Cincinnati this weekend, and learned that it’s not ALL of Ohio that sucks… just Dayton. Dayton is the jewel of suckage.

But Columbus and Cincinnati… not so bad!

Because it just isn’t Halloween….

October 27, 2008

… without Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (??) and Some Chick in a Hat.

I do think it’s sad that the one year I can’t afford a costume is the year I get invited to a Halloween party one weekend *and* a work party this Friday.

Oh well. It’s a Very Nice Hat (a few more pics here).

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

October 26, 2008

You’ll thank me later…

And yes, these are diabetic friendly.

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
3-4 heaping tbs Splenda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin spice
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (mmmmm PUMPKIN!!!)
1 egg
1 tbs vegetable oil
1 tsp white vinegar

You will need a big bowl and a medium bowl.

In the medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, egg, oil, and vinegar. Stir until they are combined nicely.

In the big bowl, mix up everything else. Then add the pumpkin mixture from the medium bowl into the big bowl. Stir it all up together in the big bowl until it is juicy and awesome. If the batter still seems too thick, add a little more milk. I don’t know why you have to combine the ingredients separately and then put them together, but that’s what the googles say to do, and mmmm does it turn out fine!

Cook them up and enjoy the pumpkin-y goodness!!!

I Need to Go Back to School

October 26, 2008

All of my deferred loans are coming due. They’re doable and all – it just means paying less toward the CC debt, and that just bugs me.

Sitting down and hammering on my budget again. The last two months have not been kind to me.