Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
There are some other pretty fun little games Random House has--like the King Dork one has a Band name generator--My fake band is Flat Fontanas. Snake's is the Tall Picketers.
And the Bras and Broomsticks site will quiz you to find the perfect spell to change your life!
Mine was the Love Spell--which is odd because most of my answers seemed to involve my hair...and well, I already made Snake, so I'm kinda good on the whole Love thing--but here it is incase you need:
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 cinnamon stick(Add two pinches of loose body glitter for extra romance!)
Mix the grapeseed oils and vanilla (and glitter, if you choose) with the cinnamon stick for about 2 minutes.
Repeat this spell over the bowl: "Love like the sun, gentle like the moon,romance abounds, one month until noon"
Pour the potion into a bottle. Apply a dab on both wrists and kneecaps. Relax and wait for the magic of love to take effect.
So 3 great YA book and 3 great time sucks... Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Is anyone else getting anything special this year?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Ingredients for yummy Forgotten Cookies--substitute Nestle Holiday Chips: $10
Priority Shipping of super cute cookie jar filled with yummy Forgotten Cookies to Agent: $5
Getting the email that contents had shifted during shipping and said yummy cookies had disintegrated into a pile of (wonderful agent assures me) still-yummy cookie powder: Priceless
It is almost so embarrassing as to be funny. Here are some better ideas for presents that will not disintegrate in the care of the USPS...
For young boys on your list:
And yes, there's is even one now for Dogs!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Ellen Page could also easily play Serena Moore in the movie version of UNDONE. btw...
Some winter books I'm planning to read this Christmas Break--the ominous looking Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay:And for after Alex has me scared to death... I'll need a something more uplifting like Rachel Hawthorne's Snowed In:
Check out Alex on the MTV Book Author's Blog-it's on my links now. Also a fun new blog I found... Ann Dee Ellis --she has funny interviews with her blog readers--maybe we should try that here one day??? OK--now I must go hunt down so yummy boy toy pictures to share tomorrow... bbs.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I've already pre-ordered one copy. Aren't I cute? And I struggled with the shipping options--there is a part of me that really wants to get it as soon as possible--but I couldn't see spending $17 bucks extra just for shipping. I may decide to order another copy later and do it with 1-day shipping, but come to think of it--UNDONE comes out on July 22nd-- and on July 23nd, I think I'll be in San Fran for the RWA conference anyway... Well, anyway--I wonder if I made the first purchase?
You go be the 2nd, LOL. (but serious)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
For someone who shall remain nameless (you know who you are)--How To Tell If Your Boyfriend Is The Antichrist:
I actually have a copy of my own, and consult it regularly as it includes many other unsavory boyfriend-types. While I have yet to actually date the Antichrist, I have used this book to determin that I've dated A Closet Homosexual, A Total Bastard, and A Scientologist. Scary, huh?
Who doesn't love evil laughs, secret lairs, and master plans? But not everyone knows how to carry them off. That's where How to be a Villian comes in. Perfect for the wannabee evil-dooer in your life.
And just because I'm a realist (and a doomsdayer), no Christmas list is complete without:
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Yes, apparently I watched the mean streets verison of Sesame Street.
According to an earnest warning on Volumes 1 and 2, “Sesame Street: Old School” is adults-only: “These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”
Check out the full NYTimes story here.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I couldn't wait to bring I-CY to boring dull work so he could keep me smiling with his cute little flipper dancing moves. However, my little iPod playing cutey was a teensy bit too rambunctious for the office. Yep--while at the other end of the cubicle jungle as I handled very serious, important company problems, a noise erupted from my quiet corner office. Shrieking chirps. Squawks of pleasure. "What's that noise?" my dour coworker scoffed.
"My dancing penguin," I replied.
So what's I-CY dancing to today?
Remember when we were such fools
and so convinced and just too cool...
(Pink ~ Who Knew)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Debut YA author Cyn Balog's FAIRY LUST, about a teenage oracle whose boyfriend slowly turns into a fairy and the lengths she'll go to in order to keep him human, to Stephanie Lane at Delacorte, in a pre-empt, by Nadia Cornier at Firebrand Literary.
And because she'll be embarking on the journey of a thousand re-writes (or at least one round of copy edits), here is a little publishing humor I've shamelessly stolen from Cheryl Klein of Brooklyn Arden (a more perfect place I can't imagine):
Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: I can't tell whether you mean "change a light bulb" or "have sex in a light bulb." Can we reword it to remove the ambiguity?
Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only one. But first they have to rewire the entire building.
Q: How many managing editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!
Q: How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Does it HAVE to be a light bulb?
Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: The last time this question was asked, it involved art directors. Is the difference intentional? Should one or the other instance be changed? It seems inconsistent.
Q: How many marketing directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: It isn't too late to make this neon instead, is it?
Q: How many proofreaders does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Proofreaders aren't supposed to change light bulbs. They should just query them.
Q: How many writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: But why do we have to CHANGE it?
Q: How many publishers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Three. One to screw it in, and two to hold down the author.
Q: How many booksellers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only one, and they'll be glad to do it too, except no one shipped them any.
Q: How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Check out the comments on Brooklyn Arden for possible answers... (yes, I draw the line at stealing from the comments sections, LOL)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
I was also trapped at a bookstore needing to leave, but also needing to buy some books--a new Gena Showalter and three others that I really wish I could remember the premises of, because they sounded so good!! Why was I trapped, you may be wondering... IT was also the day the new Harry Potter came out (apparently my dreams are just slightly behind the curve). So there was a monster line. I'd heard rumors (yes, rumors abound in dreamland) that there was one register in the back that was reserved for those poor idiots not buying the new Harry Potter... this turned out be true, sort of. It was an inept person with a calculator who couldn't figure out how much my books cost.
Yeah... dreams are freaky. I'm so glad my cover didn't have veggies on it.... Has anyone else had a funny dream about what your book cover would look like?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
1. “There's only one sure way to bring the giant down. Defunct the strings of cemetery things with one flat foot on the devil's wing.”
2. “And the violence caused such silence…”
3. “Traveling in a fried out Kombi on a hippie trail head full of Zombie. I met a strange lady she made me nervous, she took me in and gave me breakfast.” *this is my fave!!
4. “I'm a zombie in the moonlight. I'm sleepin' when it's daylight. I really should be alright, but I'm feelin' kinda uptight.”
5. "I wanna be a fucking prize winning drag queen with the platform boots and the tombstone looks. I want the whole world to hate me with the bolts on my neck and the gun in my dress. Tonight I’m the prettiest zombie alive.”
6. “I Zombie cancer raging. I Zombie fascinating. I Zombie crucify. I Zombie do not die.”
7. "My little sister is a Zombie in a body with no soul in a role she has learned to playin a world today where nothing else matters…"
8. "All you zombies hide your faces..."
B. White Zombie
C. Rob Zombie
F. Men At Work
Monday, October 29, 2007
What exactly are Zombies?
A Zombie is an undead person. A living dead. Or, alternatively, a life-impaired.
How to Identify a Zombie:
How are Zombies created or how does one become a Zombie?
There are two ways to become a Zombie:
1. A bokor, the Haitian word for sorcerer, captures a victim's ti bon ange, or the part of the soul directly connected to an individual, to create a zombie. This is usually done with Zombie Powder. Zombie Powder is a complex mixture that includes, but is not limited to, tetrodotoxin (found in Puffer fish), Marine Toad, Tree Frog, and human remains.
A law condemning zombie creation went into effect in Haiti in 1835 [ref]. Article 246 of the Haitian Penal Code classifies the administration of a substance that creates a prolonged period of lethargy without causing death as attempted murder. If the substance causes the appearance of death and results in the burial of the victim, the act is classified as murder.
ref: “How Zombies Work” http://science.howstuffworks.com/zombie.htm
2. During a Zombie encounter, a bite wound is inflicted. This is a good news/bad news situation—Good news—he didn’t get your brain. Bad news—you have 30 seconds to 1 month before you too are Living Impaired and in search of human brain food stuffs. So, you've been bitten. That weird guy in the trench coat at the bus stop bit a lot of people before he staggered onto the bus.The big question is, is it a Zombie bite?
There are no laws currently protecting the public from Zombie Bites.
What is being done to protect us against the threat of Zombies?
Fight the Bite!
Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
National Center for Reanimation Prevention and Control
Elite Zombie Hunting Squad
What can I do to protect myself against Zombies?
Over the course of the week, you will learn more about the threat of Zombies and how to protect yourself against a Zombie Invasion. In the event you encounter a Zombie before you are fully prepared—employ the following methods of protection:
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed during Zombie Awareness Week are not necessarily those of the author, Brooke Taylor, and should not be used as evidence of her political position in the ongoing Zombie v Unicorn debate.
Disclaimer: It is not the intention of the Zombie Awareness Week to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide the public with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. You are urged to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.
Friday, October 26, 2007
.... w/ 80's Rock Stars. Yep, I was in love with these guys (Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, John Taylor/Duran Duran) then, and they've still go it now. (Okay, so Bono sometimes looks like he is a few grey hairs away from being Robin Williams, but work with me!)
In other news, a sneak peak at my favorite week of the year--Halloween Week!!! Here at Blog Hard we will be interrupting our normal programming for a special segment. To give you a hint and to keep with our 80's rocker theme, I present you with the following: